Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates (Hall & Oates) has teamed with an amazing group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life. Planned for release on February 2, 2018 the project is his first for Thirty Tigers. Arkansas is available for advance order through e-retailers and a Pledge Music campaign including autographed vinyl, limited edition exclusives, hats, shirts, and more.
The project originally began as a tribute to Oates' music idol, Mississippi John Hurt. During a series of Nashville recording sessions, it evolved to become a unique collection drawing from a wide range of Oates' musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, John says, "It's like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues."
The album was recorded at Addiction Studios in Nashville and produced by Oates and David Kalmusky who also engineered and mixed it. The sonic glue that cements the project is "The Good Road Band". The impressive lineup consists of Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nathaniel Smith on cello, and Josh Day on drums and percussion.
With this incredible band, Oates shines a light on music from America's past long before the birth of rock 'n' roll. Fresh interpretations include the Emmett Miller classic "Anytime" from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, "Miss the Mississippi and You," from 1932. Reimagined traditional Delta, country blues and ragtime selections salute legendary artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake.
Two new original songs by Oates blend seamlessly with the traditional roots material, as well as John's deep catalog of Daryl Hall and John Oates hits. Taken together, Oates' music becomes a retrospective of American popular song.
In ongoing efforts to provide relief assistance to citizens in Puerto Rico facing devastation from Hurricane Irma and Maria, Pretty Lights Live will be streaming the PL sets for free on December 28-29 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI (10:15pm ET) and on December 31 at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA (10:05pm ET) on the Pretty Lights Facebook page and the Pretty Lights YouTube Channel. A "donate" option will be available on each platform to contribute monetary donations to United for Puerto Rico. All donations from the streams will go directly to United for Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane relief efforts. $1 from all ticket sales in Detroit and Philadelphia will go to United for Puerto Rico (via Plus 1).
Pretty Lights Live ran a similar campaign earlier this fall for their September 29-30 Whitewater Amphitheater performance in New Braunfels, TX. That campaign generated an estimated $55,238 in contributions from live stream donations and $1 from each ticket sale went to assist Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts.
"Eleven years on from (The Hold Steady's) BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA, this album once again cements Finn's talents as a songwriter," wrote FLOOD in its "The Best Albums of 2017," "not just in terms of his storytelling abilities, which remain as potent as ever, but also as a chronicler of the American experience and the people struggling to live ordinary lives in ordinary towns. The irony, of course, is that Finn makes those lives just as interesting as anything in the movies."
WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS sees Finn exploring themes of love and partnership in the modern world, as ever expressed via finely etched character studies, black humor, and craftily arranged rock 'n' roll. Largely recorded at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, NY with frequent collaborator Josh Kaufman as producer, the album features musical contributions from drummer Joe Russo and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen), keyboardist Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim), former Rainer Maria vocalist Caithlin De Marrais, singer/songwriter Annie Nero, horn master Stuart Bogie (Arcade Fire, Antibalas), and Finn's longtime partner in The Hold Steady, guitarist Tad Kubler.
WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS received worldwide praise upon its March release:
"A deeply personal work from a master storyteller."
"Finn's weathered voice is at its most expressive...tied to songs that take him as far from his comfort zone as he's ever tread. It's a remarkable record not for sounding like a return-to-form, but for feeling like entirely new territory without sacrificing its thrill or familiarity."
"[Finn] discovered on his last solo release...that there was value in toning down the power chords and giving his musical short stories space to breathe. WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGScontinues in that same vein; if there's any difference, it's that the stories might be even more engrossing this time around."
Finn, backed by the Uptown Controllers, celebrated the arrival of WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS with an acclaimed headline tour and sold out run with Japandroids. In addition, Finn and his band hit NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers for a spectacular live performance of album highlight "Preludes", streaming now via NBC.
Much to the excitement of Alice Cooper group fans worldwide, Gonzo Multimedia will be releasing Michael Bruce's critically acclaimed biography “No More Mr. Nice Guy” in a Limited Edition Box Set! The Box set contains a signed certificate, book, 1996 interview CD, and reproduction of Alice Cooper group memorabilia. Limited to 250 Units, and signed by Michael Bruce.
Written by Alice Cooper group guitarist, keyboard player and main songwriter, “No More Mr. Nice Guy” is an anthology of the band that encapsulated the decadent spirit of the 1970s. Following the group on their journey from Arizona garage band to eventual rise to stardom, it reveals the truth behind the drinking and the rock 'n' roll. This “true life” story includes the hangings, the executions, the ghoulish makeup, the egos and of course, the rock 'n' roll. Revised and updated it includes previously unseen photographs and memorabilia.
“Its not often we get a chance to redo, remake or in this case re-release a book.....my book. It is with much thought, great enjoyment, many thanks and heartfelt appreciation for family, friends and fans that I present the re-release of 'No More Mr Nice Guy.' A compilation of hilarious rock 'n' roll stories and life events that made me the man I am today.” - Michael Bruce
This release comes on the heels of the recent highly publicized Alice Cooper group reunion concerts!
The “No More Mr. Nice Guy” book is also available separately!
Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman (Strabs, YES, Anderson/Broford/Wakeman/Howe) will record a live version of his critically acclaimed album “Piano Portraits” at the Lincoln Cathedral in London on March 7th, 2018. “Live Portraits” be released on CD/DVD later this year. A new PledgeMusic campaign has been started to help fund the recording & filming of the event!
From Rick- Hello everyone. Last year I released the studio album Piano Portraits which was really well received and went Top 10 in the UK for several weeks. . Over the past year I have been touring “Live Portraits” to sell out audiences, so as a lasting record I have decided to film and record a very special performance of “Live Portraits” at Lincoln Cathedral on 7th March 2018. After the success of the “The Myth & Legends of King Arthur” campaign in 2016 here on PledgeMusic I have decided to again work directly with you the fans on bringing this one off concert and recording to life. By working this way I can offer so much more in the way of experiences, signed memorabilia and different formats, and create exactly what I would like everybody to see and hear. The concert will be based on many of the tracks from the Piano Portraits album plus many additional pieces, all embellished as can only be achieved in a staged live setting,. Thank you in advance for supporting the campaign and I hope you enjoy what we create together. Rick
Neal Schon, founding member of the 2017 Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee group Journey and former Santana band-mate will play a very intimate benefit concert for North Bay Fire Relief on Friday, February 9th at The Independent in San Francisco. The performance, Neal Schon's Journey Through Time, will feature original Journey and Santana member Gregg Rolie, as well as Marco Mendoza and former Journey member Deen Castronovo. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, December 15th at 12:00pm PST, available here.
In addition to the performance, Schon has released his first-ever holiday music, an EP that includes "Ave Maria," "Can't Help Falling in Love" and instrumental renditions of Journey hits "Open Arms" and "Faithfully" "Ave Maria" is available for free download at schonmusic.com.
Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, having participated in every album and tour to date. Schon is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who is not only the founding member of Journey, but was a member of Santana and has performed with a variety of other acts including Bad English, Jan Hammer, HSAS and has released 10 solo albums including his latest, Vortex. His guitar style has been described as soulful and melodic, admired by such fellow legends as Eric Clapton and Prince, who reportedly asked for Schon's blessing to release "Purple Rain", which echoed a similar sound to Journey's "Faithfully".
STEVE MILLER BAND CONFIRMS SPRING 2018 CANADIAN TOUR WITH PETER FRAMPTON CAREER-SPANNING STEVE MILLER BAND ULTIMATE HITS OUT NOW
Coming off an extraordinary 2017, Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is excited to announce his Spring 2018 tour of Canada. He will also be playing an additional two dates in the upper American Midwest. The full itinerary is below with more dates to be added later.
Joining Miller and his band on this tour will be special guest Peter Frampton. "2017 was an amazingly beautiful, creative and rewarding music experience for our band and our audience," says Miller. "The band and production crew are working on creating an even better concert experience for 2018 and plan on wading even deeper into the musical waters. Peter Frampton and I enjoyed last summer. There is so much to explore and we are looking forward to seeing our friends in Canada and the States soon."
Frampton added, "Having had such a fantastic tour together last summer, Steve and I decided to keep going this year! Jamming together each night during Steve's set is one of my favorite moments of the evening. Can't wait to get back out there." In September, Miller produced and personally directed the curation and creative process for two new, career-spanning Steve Miller Band Ultimate Hits collections (Capitol/Ume). Ultimate Hits is available in a 1CD and digital edition featuring 22 essential Steve Miller Band tracks, including three previously unreleased rarities, and in an expanded 2CD and digital deluxe edition with 40 tracks, including the acclaimed band's top hits, live tracks, and eight previously unreleased recordings from the studio and the stage. Both editions are also available on 180-gram vinyl in 2LP and 4LP deluxe packages (no digital, yet!). Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late '60s. With albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music-and society-could be in the years to come.
New scholarship endowment at UCLA Law honored Soundgarden leader Chris Cornell Los Angeles, CA on December 21, 2017 - A coalition led by Vicky Cornell, the wife of the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, has created an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law. The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell's commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need. Members of the coalition include several friends and colleagues of Cornell as well as supporters of UCLA Law.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the endowment is a fitting tribute to Cornell. "This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world," he said. As part of his long career as a songwriter and performer, Cornell wrote and recorded the title song The Promise (2017), the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes, including creation of The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law .
Cornell donated all of his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee. In November, the song was nominated for a Grammy for best rock performance. Cornell's career began in 1984, when he founded the trailblazing Seattle-based band Soundgarden. A chief architect of the 1990s grunge movement and one of the most powerful voices in rock, Cornell later had a