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1/02/2024

Interview: Veteran Session Drummer & Voice Actor Larry Cox Launches Website For Aspiring Artists

WWW.LARRYCOXROCKS.COM

As 2023 draws to a close, it also heralds a momentous peak in the realms of budding drummers and voice actors as LarryCoxRocks.com unveils its long-anticipated website. Veteran drummer and voice actor Larry Cox has initiated this groundbreaking platform committed to fostering talent in these competitive domains. The website and its contents are meticulously crafted to guide aspiring individuals toward establishing a professional drumming or voice-acting career.

 

After a drumming and concurrent voice acting career spanning four decades, Cox combines a harmonious blend of passion and precision, making Larry Cox Rocks the go-to destination for individuals driven by the beat of drums or the resonance of their vocal cords. The platform ready to transform how aspiring talents hone their skills and embark on a journey toward professional success.

 

It's been quite some time since I've spoken with Larry and posted reviews of albums for his bands Deaf Symphony and Kick Tommy. Still, I recently caught up with him for a quick Q&A regarding some background about his long career and his desire to embark on this latest project:

 

KH: So, I understand this website project is the culmination of something you've wanted to do since the late 1990s; tell me a little about that.

 

LC: That's right, Keith. My dream has always been to create instructional and career guidance media, but I was too busy throughout my career for such a time-consuming endeavor. Now that I've been mostly retired from mainstream work, I finally had the time to fulfill that dream.

 

KH: Which came first as a profession, the drumming or the voice acting?

 

LC: The drumming. My first pro gig was in 1985 with a band called Looker, based in Buffalo, New York. We started out playing clubs, you know, the routine for a band. Then we got a financial backer and recorded an album, got picked up by a promoter, and ended up touring for about a year, opening for Steppenwolf, Kenny Loggins, and Cheap Trick during that year. It was a great first experience.

 

KH: How long did that last?

 

LC: Just that one year, and like most bands, we broke up. So, I headed for Los Angeles to take advantage of my connections with Looker that year.

 

KH: From our initial conversation, it sounded like things happened quickly for you in LA; tell me about that.

 

LC: Yes, that's true; things happened pretty fast. I was introduced to an agent who got me gigs with some reasonably popular bands on the LA club circuit, which was hopping back then. There were so many venues for original music back then that you could gig somewhere three to five times a week. And since I was playing with two bands, I was busy. Anyway, one thing led to another, and my exposure got me into the studio, not only with the bands I was playing with but with other bands and singers recording demos for the record labels, which was crazy back then.

 

KH: They were signing bands left and right in the eighties.

 

LC: Absolutely. So, during the late eighties, I ended up recording with a couple of great vocalists, trying to get record deals, and eventually went on to great things later. One was Johnny Edwards, who eventually went on to sing with Foreigner on their Unusual Heat album. The other was Jeff Scott Soto, who had already sung with Yngwie Malmsteen then, which was super exciting for me. Jeff went on to big things eventually.

 

KH: Jeff is a monster vocalist, and his recent stuff with Sons of Apollo is top-notch.

 

LC: He was a great dude and one of my favorite to work with. Have you ever looked at his Wikipedia page?

 

KH: No, I haven't. Is it a good read?

 

LC: Oh man, the bands he has been part of are one thing, but the list of guest appearances as lead vocalist and backing vocalist is stunning.

 

KH: I'll have to check it out. Was all of this around the same time you played with Joshua?

 

LC: I joined Joshua in 1988 and recorded and played live with them until 1991. It's a great band, and Joshua Perahia is one of the most amazing guitarists in the world. I can't believe that things fizzled out for him; he should have become a household name among musicians.

 

KH: So, it's almost three years with Joshua. What happened?

 

LC: Well, it's a long story that I don't want to get into in detail, but it was a sad, sad scenario because I thought we were going to be huge. We were on the verge of a deal with Warner Brothers, and our music attorney Stan Diamond, a legend in the music business, said we were going to be the next Journey. As we were recording demos for Warner, the singer had an epiphany that he needed to start singing Christian music and wanted to rewrite the lyrics to the songs; I mean, right then and there, while we were in the studio. Warner said, "That's not going to happen," the singer quit, and everything fell apart within a couple of days. I was devastated. 

 

KH: Damn, that had to be heartbreaking.

 

LC: Oh, big time. I was ready to hang it up. However, at that time, I was getting busy with session work, I mean swamped. So, since I had no band at that moment, I gobbled up every session I could, jingles, soundtracks for movies, television, and video games, artist demos for record labels, and so many other things. It was a great time being a session player.

 

KH: How many sessions would you say you've done in your career?

 

LC: Oh shit, there's no record of that, but thousands, thousands for sure. I still do them almost thirty years later; who could keep count? I wish that I would have kept a ledger, you know, but when the money keeps rolling in, your so damn busy, family life and life in general, who thinks to keep count, you know? You keep doing what you do, and the next thing you know, thirty years have gone by! And with that kind of work, you remain anonymous, so there's no media attention or records for anyone to pull up like with mainstream recording artists.

 

KH: Sure, I get it. That's amazing. And then you have a guy that plays drums on three albums with his band, and he's a household name. 

 

LC: (laughter) Right? (more laughter).

 

KH: So when did the voice acting thing come along, and how did that come about?

 

LC: I had been doing voices all my life. I was a huge fan of Mel Blanc, the guy that did all the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies stuff in the sixties and seventies, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety, and so much other stuff, so much. Most people have not learned how many characters he voiced in his long career. I wanted to be that guy! So, when a connection of mine in the music business heard me doing some voices during a drum recording session in 1999, he was like, "Bro, how come you are not a voice actor?" And he knew a guy, so he hooked me up, and it took off from there. Crazy. That was the beginning of juggling two separate careers for the duration.

 

KH: Wow, people are trying to get one career off the ground, and you've been slamming two virtually impossible jobs to get into.

 

LC: (laughter) Hey, don't be hatin' (laughter).

 

 KH: Okay, you've had a super busy career, so what led you to this current project when most folks would simply be enjoying retirement and cocktails on the beach?

 

 LC: (laughter) I take my laptop to the beach! (laughter). Even though I am still doing select drumming and voice work in my retirement, this stage of my life finally allowed me the time to put together content dedicated to helping others pursue such careers. It's a labor of love for me, so it feels like something other than work. It's more like my retirement hobby; that's how I see it and feel, and the same is true with motivational speaking and drum clinic events. They are both things that I love to do. The moment you sit around waiting for the end, the Grim Reaper detours to your doorstep.

 

For budding drummers and voice actors, Larry Cox Rocks is where dreams take center stage. The site offers a diverse haven to access a treasure trove of resources designed to elevate their craft. The site hosts a wide variety of instructional media, tutorials, guidance material, and personal coaching options, as well as several podcasts covering different subjects. Whether just starting or looking to expand upon one's talent, the platform provides a comprehensive guide for beginner and seasoned skills.

 

One of the standout features of the website is the capability for members to request personalized coaching sessions that focus on specific areas of interest, along with the ability to communicate directly with me. So, whether you're just starting or looking to finesse your technique, Larry Cox Rocks provides an immersive learning experience that transcends physical and geographical boundaries, connecting aspiring talent with a seasoned veteran whose drumming and voice acting career has spanned four decades.

 

Beyond the educational aspects of the site, the platform offers in-person social engagement with Larry Cox through clinics, workshops, and motivational speaking. Such forums allow groups of like-minded individuals to engage in group learning and vibrant discussions and to interact through real-time education that transcends virtual boundaries — adding an extra layer of excitement and fostering a sense of camaraderie among participants.

 

"I believe in the transformative abilities that I possess with my many years of experience," says Cox. "My mission is to empower aspiring drummers and voice actors, providing them with the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to turn their passions into professions. Launching my website is a significant step towards realizing this vision."

 

Larry Cox Rocks is a visionary platform dedicated to nurturing drumming and voice-acting talent. With a commitment to education, motivation, and inspiration, Larry Cox Rocks is poised to become a terrific launchpad for aspiring drummers and voice actors everywhere.



 

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6/21/2022

Celebrate WILLIAM SHATNER’s Historic Space Trip With A Commemorative 7” Vinyl!

Los Angeles, CA – Not many real life events can elicit chills from sci-fi fans but when William Shatner, who portrayed space captain James T. Kirk on the long-running sci-fi series Star Trek, was actually flown into space aboard the Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin rocket, well, even the most cynical among us couldn’t help but feel a certain amount of astonished delight!

Now, fans of Mr. Shatner can celebrate that historic, out-of-this-world trip with a fun commemorative single! Shatner’s brilliant rendition of Elton John’s classic “Rocket Man” was originally released as a part of his 2011 solo album Seeking Major Tom. The track featured guitar work from influential Gong axeman Steve Hillage and recently has been newly mixed by producer J├╝rgen Engler. This new version is being released on both digital platforms as well as a limited edition 7” vinyl backed with Shatner’s version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity featuring Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore & Candice Night! Get your copy now before the Klingons destroy them all!

Stream the single: https://orcd.co/william_shatner_rocket_man

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Track List:
SIDE A
Rocket Man feat. Steve Hillage

SIDE B
Space Oddity feat. Ritchie Blackmore & Candice Night

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6/17/2022

Spreading his wings in the indie world, mntgmry reveals 'Fire Bird'

 

Back with another string to his ever-growing collection mntgmry reveals funktastic new single ‘Fire Bird’. An uplifting, nu-funk single that feels like the offspring of mntgmry’s previous releases, the message behind the new release is hard-hitting. Receiving praise from the likes of EARMILK and Daily Advent, mntgmry is certainly an artist going from strength to strength.


Speaking about the new release, mntgmry shares, “Fire Bird is a song of protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It is hard not to feel completely powerless when faced with images of such unnecessary violence and loss of human life. But as an artist I feel one way that I can contribute to this terrible conflict is to help empower Ukrainians fighting for their country.


This song was created to boost the morale of Ukrainian soldiers and citizens fighting against this heartless and cowardly invasion. It contains some controversial language and themes, but a person’s right to safety and autonomy is unquestionable, and it is always ok to defend oneself.”


Prominently based around a pop arrangement, ‘Fire Bird’ is an exceptional ear-worm that the world needs to hear. Equipped with a hard-hitting music video that will leave you sticking it on repeat because of its relatability, all proceeds from the song and video will be donated to Ukrainian relief efforts.

3/09/2022

Tony Palmer’s “All You Need Is Love” Documentary Limited Unique Signed Collectors Edition Box Set

“All You Need Is Love” is a landmark production that first aired in the 1970s.

Director Tony Palmer’s 17-part documentary covers the history of modern popular music, from its earliest origins through the mid-70s. Among the included genres are folk, ragtime, musical theatre, swing, jazz, blues and of course rock ‘n’ roll.

Palmer interviewed more than 300 subjects, and he enlisted the help of experts and personalities in the music field, including Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Feather and Nik Cohn, to provide the background for each episode. The documentary’s title is taken from the 1967 Beatles song written by John Lennon, a friend of Tony’s.

The Box Contains:
1) A hand signed by Tony Palmer certificate
2) All 17 one hour episodes on 5 DVDs of the classic TV series
3) 322 page long out-of-print original book with black & white and colour photos
4) 28 page brochure with all the background
5) A complete facsimile of Tony Palmer’s diary for 1975 showing where and when the films were made...
6) A reproduction of the “A monumental achievement. Thank you” telegram sent by JOHN LENNON personally to Tony Palmer

Here’s what the press has said about Tony Palmer’s “All You Need Is Love”:

It’s subtitled ‘The Story of Popular Music,’ and it really is, in nearly 15 hours, on five discs… How great must this be? See for yourself.” (EW Pick, “A” Rating) - Ken Tucker, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Calling this five-disc, 17-episode walk through history of pop music ‘comprehensive’ is like calling the Bible ‘important’… All You Need Is Love is a musical education in a box.” - Ryan Dombal, BLENDER

“There's no shortage of ambition in this 17-episode series directed in 1977 for  British TV by music journalist and filmmaker Tony Palmer. Subtitled 'The Story of  Popular Music,' this is the closest we will ever get to a definitive portrait of such a sprawling topic.” - Sean Axmaker, MSN.com

“This rigorous and compelling documentary series is a one-stop shop for the wisdom and development of pop.” - Andrew Perry, MOJO (UK)

“For an entertaining and informative history of popular music up through the mid-70’s, you could not do any better than this engrossing series.” - Curt Fields, WASHINGTON POST

“The idea of documenting the entire in-depth history of something as mercurial as popular music is the kind of epic task that could make even Ken Burns blanch. And yet that’s exactly what British journalist and filmmaker Tony Palmer did in the mid-’70s, with the impossibly expansive 'All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music.'” - Bilge Ebiri, TIME OUT NEW YORK

“Tony Palmer’s 'All You Need Is Love' was hailed in its day and looks even better now, thanks to Palmer's blend of stock footage, electrifying performances and thoughtful narration.”  - Noel Murray, LA TIMES

“…an impressive achievement, scholarly, opinionated and entertaining, seamlessly blending archive and fresh footage with an impressive cast of talking heads.” - Peter Kane, Q MAGAZINE (UK)

“…Undeniably the most ambitious attempt to document the changing face of popular music ever to reach the TV screen.” - Terry Staunton, CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

“…An astute, fine-tooth-combing through popular music in all its hues and ages.” - Linda Laban, BOSTON GLOBE

“…Holds your interest throughout – though you’ll certainly need more than one viewing to absorb it all.” (4 stars) - Gillian G. Gaar, GOLDMINE

For more information: https://www.tonypalmerdvd.com/products/a-limited-unique-signed-collectors-edition-all-you-need-is-love-box-set

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

1/31/2022

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today: A Tribute to The Beatles starring Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Joey Molland, Jay DeMarcus, Denny Laine and Jason Scheff

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today: A Tribute to The Beatles starring Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Denny Laine (founding member of The Moody Blues and Wings), and Jason Scheff (Chicago’s lead singer from 1985-2016)! These legendary artists will be performing their hits plus selected songs from The Beatles’ albums “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver”.

Hear classics like “I Saw the Light”, “Hello It’s Me”, “Sailing”, “Ride Like the Wind”, “No Matter What”, “Go Now”, and more alongside Beatles classics!  

Says producer Toby Ludwig, “Flower Power concerts has been doing Beatles tributes featuring some of the greatest voices and musicians available for over 20 years now, creating a unique experience that can be shared by all. The songbook of these albums should be our best one yet.”

This time we thought: Wouldn’t it be great if we played the best songs The Beatles ever recorded for a change? ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Revolver’ are the boys peaking in front of our eyes and redefining what pop music would be for the foreseeable future. This is going to be fun.” – Todd Rundgren

It’s always a pleasure playing these classic songs with great artists and friends. Please come join us.” - Christopher Cross

The Moody Blues met the BEATLES in the early 60’s and were invited to join them on their second British tour. The thought of performing some of their classic songs with such a revered cast on this tour will bring back not only those moments in time but also fond memories as a member of WINGS. I trust that we will pay due credit to their timeless legacy by bringing back that music to everyone who joins us for this special ride.” - Denny Laine

Tour dates:

March 1, 2022 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
March 2, 2022 – Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
March 3, 2022 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
March 5, 2022 – Atlantic City, NJ – Sound Waves (Hard Rock Hotel)
March 6, 2022 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theater at Westbury
March 7, 2022 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center for the Arts
March 8, 2022 – Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
March 9, 2022 – Medford, MA – Chevalier Theater
March 10, 2022 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
March 11, 2022 – Staten Island, NY – St. George Theater
March 12, 2022 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn's Peak
March 14, 2022 – Newport, KY – PromoWest Pavilion at OVATION
March 16, 2022 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 17, 2022 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
March 19, 2022 – Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget
March 20, 2022 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theater
March 23, 2022 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center for the Arts
March 25, 2022 – Bonita Springs, FL – SW Florida Event Center
March 27, 2022 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

More tour dates to be announced.

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

10/29/2021

Indie meets psychedelic dream-pop project Di Ivories reveal hypnotising single 'Have U Noticed?'

 

Indie meets psychedelic dream-pop project Di Ivories dive into realms of disco in hypnotising new single ‘Have U Noticed?’. Led by singer, keyboardist and composer Diego Martinez, the immersive project have received praise from Under the Radar, The Stumble Upon, Music Crowns and BTR Radio to name a few. Combining indie rock with unpredictable instrumentation, Diego’s chaotic music may be eccentric but it’s certainly able to win over your heart. Written in fall-winter 2020 where the dark days of the pandemic were still fully upon us, there’s elements of relatability throughout the new release.

Speaking about his electric new single, Diego shares, “Have U Noticed? Came at a time where I had to address my feelings for someone that I’ve had after several years of friendship. This song is probably the strongest song of the EP because it is so emotionally charged. Heart Break is one of the purest forms of raw energy we feel and try to understand while it’s happening to us, but we never really realize how shattered our heart is until after it’s already broken. We tracked this song with an upright piano in the intro and then in a flash the beat drops and you feel the intensity of the song, like something is catching fire in front of you. 


This song brought out the fire in me to do something magical, like try to walk on water. Was written in the Fall-Winter, where the darkest days so far of the pandemic loomed upon us. I wanted to capture the raw emotion of a personal heartbreak along with the pain everyone is feeling and create a chord structure that would help me cry the pain away in order to mold into later strength.”


A huge fan of expressing himself through fashion, Diego comes across as a powerful role model with a passion for colours. Adding to how he created ‘Have U Noticed?’, Diego shares,It started with an inventive little piano diddle that kind of rattled my emotions in a way that gave off a deep sadness when playing it. It got hooked into my brain and shortly afterwards the words started coming out. That ended up being the verse and throughout the seasons as the days grew colder I started to feel that too and it ultimately shattered me. I was heartbroken, the song beautifully captured my heartbreak while also guiding me towards a new light.”


Be transported into a heavenly production produced by Garret de Block, mixed at Strange Weather Studios and mastered by Alex de Turk. 

10/15/2021

Eva Westphal evokes optimism in ambitious 'Things Don't Fit'

 


Young singer-songwriter Eva Westphal returns with viral TikTok anthem ‘Things Don’t Fit’. Based in New York City, Eva began writing her own songs at the age of 13. Seven years later, the artist has turned heads across the globe. Though she is classically trained, her transition to pop music has led to various successful gigs, including singing at Fenway Park and Outside the Box Music Festival, as well as being a featured artist on top Boston radio stations such as Mix 104.1 and Country 102.5. Distinguished musicians have commented on her unique voice, with Alicia Keys pointing out Eva's "pure tone" on The Voice: Snapchat, and Mix 104.1 calling her "one to watch”.

Speaking about the iconic new release, Eva shares, “Things Don't Fit is about growing out of your old self -- physical and mental. Inspired by an accidental ripping of an old prom dress, the song details my gratitude for how far I've come in my eating disorder recovery, which led me to become the proud, independent, musical, loud, driven 21 year old I am today. I hope that this song inspires other people to love themselves and their growth, too.”

Empowering and a role model for the next generation, Eva Westphal’s journey hasn’t been all roses and rainbows. Detailing the importance of growth, ‘Things Don’t Fit’ feels like a coming of age anthem that would sit perfectly in an episode of your favourite feel-good programme where the protagonist’s story finally ends right. Inspired by the remarkable ‘Evermore’ by Taylor Swift, the acoustic pop number is certainly chart-worthy and comes across as innovative yet nostalgic to yesteryears.

An advocate for LGBTQ+ causes, which is something close to the songwriter’s heart, Eva regularly teams up with organizations like It Gets Better, Phluid Project, and Project HEAL to spread awareness through music for LGBTQ+ issues and mental health.

6/28/2021

Bay Area Singer-Songwriter ROBERT STONER Releases His Personal and Nuanced Debut Album YEAR OF PAIN

San Francisco, CAROBERT STONER is a singer-songwriter from Berkeley, CA. He has written and performed music for many years, and now with the help of producer Ben Bernstein is set to release his debut album YEAR OF PAIN on July 9, 2021. ROBERT STONER, who also goes by Bob, wrote and recorded YEAR OF PAIN over the last year. This impressively strong debut showcases his personal and nuanced grappling with issues ranging from the specific challenges of children growing up and keeping a marriage fresh, to the trials and tribulations of our modern times.

The brother of a professional violinist in New York City, ROBERT STONER comes from a very musical family (one of his cousins even won the Tchaikovsky Competition in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, to great national acclaim). Despite the fact YEAR OF PAIN is his debut release, Bob Stoner is a prolific songwriter who has been writing songs his whole life, and he is already hard at work on his next release. “My songs seem to come in a pretty constant stream,” says Bob. “Songwriting to me is an ongoing process of listening, discovery, fleshing out of ideas, honing and sharpening, and trying to maintain or enhance the original creative energy through the production phase.”

Maintaining a day job as an economist means the songwriting process has not always been straightforward for Bob, but the left and right sides of his brain have fully coalesced on YEAR OF PAIN, resulting in a musical experience that is both provocative and enjoyable for the listener. He worked with Ben Bernstein at Ben Bernstein Music to produce the album, and Ben also contributed lead and electric guitar to the songs. YEAR OF PAIN also features vocal and instrumental contributions from singer-songwriter Maya Elise, and drums and percussion from Mike Stevens. Adding to the personal nature of the album is the artwork painted by Bob’s daughter Lily Stoner, who also contributed vocals on the release.

The songs on YEAR OF PAIN run the gamut from personal reflections on kids moving on in life (“Just a Riverboat”) or relationship difficulties (“Wait Until the Morning”) to commentary on the present state of ethics in the political realm (“The Principle”) and the difficulties that have become ingrained in our modern era (“Year of Pain”). The song that leads off the album (“Just a Riverboat”) and the song that ends it (the title track “Year of Pain”) each hold special significance for Bob. “Just a Riverboat” reflects on the time his daughter Lily went off to college back East by way of a trip to New Orleans with friends. It was an exciting moment and an important milestone in her (and Bob’s!) life, and the New Orleans imagery provided the perfect backdrop for the song. “Year of Pain” is a song that sums up the difficult times we live in, with political dysfunction, gun deaths, and growing intolerance leading the list.

ROBERT STONER has many influences in his songwriting, but his sound is uniquely his own. This comes from his eclectic taste in music (which includes everything from classical to showtunes to folk and blues), as well as a relatively long period of time spent amalgamating these influences before his debut album. People have said his songs have echoes of Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan – “I don’t know about that, but I will take the compliment!” says Bob. YEAR OF PAIN showcases Bob Stoner’s writing in the singer-songwriter genre, but he also composes fully instrumental music for the piano and has plans to release an album of that music as well.

To purchase or stream the album YEAR OF PAIN please visit: https://smarturl.it/YearOfPain

For more information about ROBERT STONER please visit: https://robertstoner.bandcamp.com

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8/07/2020

UK Music Legends The Pretty Things Share New Single "Bright As Blood"

UK Music Legends The Pretty Things Share New Single "Bright As Blood"

New Album ‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ Due September 25th


Credit: Judy Totton

The Pretty Things have shared new single "Bright As Blood" from their upcoming album ‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ out on the 25th September through Madfish Music.

Taken from the new, entirely acoustic album, which the band had been working on right up until the sudden and tragic passing of Phil May in May 2020. The band, led by guitarist Dick Taylor, is sharing this new music in tribute to their iconic, fearless and trailblazing front man.

New single "Bright As Blood" see’s Phil May and Dick Taylor embrace moving new folk,  Americana and bluegrass overtones, coupled with Jon Wigg’s rootsy fiddle and Sam Brother’s hillbilly banjo that sit alongside writer, George Woosey’s hypnotic, driving guitar and a vocal performance from May that is as open and vulnerable as we ever heard from him.

Dick Taylor, The Pretty Things 
“Bright As Blood” was written by the band’s long-time bass player – George Woosey - and it’s typical of his incredible work, it captures his fascination with Roots and Americana music perfectly and was a perfect fit with the album and even gave us our title…”

Listen to new single ‘Bright As Blood’ here


The new single will be available on all streaming platforms from Friday 7th August

‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ is the culmination of the work the band had been doing, following lengthy discussions about whether they could actually create meaningful new music in a stripped back, acoustic-driven format following their retirement from electric performances on health grounds that saw them bow out with an incredible three hour, sold-out performance at The 02 Indigo in London in December 2018 with guests David Gilmour and Van Morrison.

Deciding that they could, Phil May and Dick Taylor, together with long time manager and producer Mark St. John, began work on this new album, their first in an entirely acoustic format and set about laying the foundation of what The Pretty Things would be next.

The new album, the product of these sessions, is the sound of authenticity, hard experience and the pain and longing of two artists in the unknown territory of old age. The sound of two long, long lives, lived in art and music that have always lived at the cutting edge, and that have always worked as they did at the very start, in their teenage years, with absolute honesty and total integrity…

The new album ‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ will be released on CD, gatefold 2xLP on red vinyl and digitally and is available to pre-order now. (https://theprettythings.lnk.to/BareAsBoldBrightAsBlood)



Track listing:
1. Can`t Be Satisfied [03:04]
2. Come Into My Kitchen [04:17]
3. Ain`t No Grave [03:58]
4. Faultline [04:22]
5. Redemption Day [05:22]
6. The Devil Had A Hold Of Me [04:16]
7. Bright As Blood [04:44]
8. Love In Vain [04:17]
9. Black Girl [02:37]
10. To Build A Wall [04:25]
11. Another World [03:56]
Bonus Track:
I`m Ready [03:43]

Press Quotes:
"Mr. May’s snarling vocals and rebellious persona helped make his band, the Pretty Things, an influential part of the 1960s British scene.” - The New York Times

"The man David Bowie listed as God in his address book stuck two fingers up at rules about music, sex and life itself – and made the most glorious noise doing it” - The Guardian

"May’s yowling vocals, were as ferociously potent as anything recorded during the 1960s British beat boom.” - The Times

"Although the Pretty Things did not achieve the fame of many of their peers in the UK rock scene, they were beloved by musicians, including Aerosmith and, most famously, David Bowie” - Pitchfork

Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Pretty-Things-115515605226
Website: http://www.theprettythings.com/
Label: https://www.madfishmusic.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

UK Music Legends The Pretty Things Share New Single "Bright As Blood"

UK Music Legends The Pretty Things Share New Single "Bright As Blood"

New Album ‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ Due September 25th


Credit: Judy Totton

The Pretty Things have shared new single "Bright As Blood" from their upcoming album ‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ out on the 25th September through Madfish Music.

Taken from the new, entirely acoustic album, which the band had been working on right up until the sudden and tragic passing of Phil May in May 2020. The band, led by guitarist Dick Taylor, is sharing this new music in tribute to their iconic, fearless and trailblazing front man.

New single "Bright As Blood" see’s Phil May and Dick Taylor embrace moving new folk,  Americana and bluegrass overtones, coupled with Jon Wigg’s rootsy fiddle and Sam Brother’s hillbilly banjo that sit alongside writer, George Woosey’s hypnotic, driving guitar and a vocal performance from May that is as open and vulnerable as we ever heard from him.

Dick Taylor, The Pretty Things 
“Bright As Blood” was written by the band’s long-time bass player – George Woosey - and it’s typical of his incredible work, it captures his fascination with Roots and Americana music perfectly and was a perfect fit with the album and even gave us our title…”

Listen to new single ‘Bright As Blood’ here


The new single will be available on all streaming platforms from Friday 7th August

‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ is the culmination of the work the band had been doing, following lengthy discussions about whether they could actually create meaningful new music in a stripped back, acoustic-driven format following their retirement from electric performances on health grounds that saw them bow out with an incredible three hour, sold-out performance at The 02 Indigo in London in December 2018 with guests David Gilmour and Van Morrison.

Deciding that they could, Phil May and Dick Taylor, together with long time manager and producer Mark St. John, began work on this new album, their first in an entirely acoustic format and set about laying the foundation of what The Pretty Things would be next.

The new album, the product of these sessions, is the sound of authenticity, hard experience and the pain and longing of two artists in the unknown territory of old age. The sound of two long, long lives, lived in art and music that have always lived at the cutting edge, and that have always worked as they did at the very start, in their teenage years, with absolute honesty and total integrity…

The new album ‘Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood’ will be released on CD, gatefold 2xLP on red vinyl and digitally and is available to pre-order now. (https://theprettythings.lnk.to/BareAsBoldBrightAsBlood)



Track listing:
1. Can`t Be Satisfied [03:04]
2. Come Into My Kitchen [04:17]
3. Ain`t No Grave [03:58]
4. Faultline [04:22]
5. Redemption Day [05:22]
6. The Devil Had A Hold Of Me [04:16]
7. Bright As Blood [04:44]
8. Love In Vain [04:17]
9. Black Girl [02:37]
10. To Build A Wall [04:25]
11. Another World [03:56]
Bonus Track:
I`m Ready [03:43]

Press Quotes:
"Mr. May’s snarling vocals and rebellious persona helped make his band, the Pretty Things, an influential part of the 1960s British scene.” - The New York Times

"The man David Bowie listed as God in his address book stuck two fingers up at rules about music, sex and life itself – and made the most glorious noise doing it” - The Guardian

"May’s yowling vocals, were as ferociously potent as anything recorded during the 1960s British beat boom.” - The Times

"Although the Pretty Things did not achieve the fame of many of their peers in the UK rock scene, they were beloved by musicians, including Aerosmith and, most famously, David Bowie” - Pitchfork

Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Pretty-Things-115515605226
Website: http://www.theprettythings.com/
Label: https://www.madfishmusic.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

2/10/2017

A WILDWOOD Moon Rises In Nashville



By K.W. Poole c 2017 for WMMW


WILDWOOD is as beautiful and unique as her name. Her new release is as colorful and ominous as the moon it refers to, and as bittersweet as the uncertainties of love in lyrics.  She chose Moonrise for her first release as it is inspired by her Appalachian roots. Roots she is proud to be a part of as they are the sound and soul of the Carter legacy. Her name, like her music, is lifted from that historically artistic familial origin.  “Wildwood” comes from the Carter family song recorded in 1928 Wildwood Flower (Irving and Webster.)  A song first recorded by her Great Uncle A.P. Carter with his wife, Sara, and her cousin Maybelle.  When asked why she chose this beautiful name, WILDWOOD’s response is an organic combination of storytelling and thematic approach:


"The lyrics are melancholy and remind me of Appalachia.  The story is:
'There is a flower in the Wildwood that is loved and promised to be loved. Then one day love leaves and she is left sad and neglected."
 
She points out the name also alludes to the "darker side of life," which is the theme of her present project.
WILDWOOD partnered with South X Sea two years ago, writing and recording new material with Producer Brandon Metcalf.  The new project consists of five songs, each of which will be released as singles throughout 2017.  Friday, February 10th the project kicks off with the release of Moonrise.   
WILDWOOD was influenced in her earlier years by legendary musicians.  June Carter Cash was her grandmother's first cousin. Lucky for Wildwood her grandmother and June were also best friends.  June and John (Cash) were a part of her childhood.  But, they were not the only musical influences in her life...
 
"Moonrise" is hauntingly beautiful, and though dark in nature, it is contagious. There are hints of Sarah McLachlan and Alison Krauss in the lyrics and music; two artists whom WILDWOOD is inspired by and has the potential to emulate. 
 
This Harvard Graduate has an extensive educational and diplomatic background. She founded a nonprofit organization - 3 Chords - in 2016 to teach refugee youth to express themselves in songwriting.
 
Moonrise - a juxtaposition of haunting and hopeful - fills the lyrics and melody with resounding notes of faithful love and broken hearts.  This single is sure to capture the Nashville scene with a refreshing take on a legendary family.
For more about WILDWOOD and her answers to The Nashville 7 please read the full article in the upcoming Nashville Music Guide CRS print issue to hit news stands everywhere...
Check out WILDWOOD:                                     Website: sheiswildwood.com             Instagram: @sheiswildwood
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8/05/2016

The North Coast Release Dazzling Single ‘With You’



Hailing from different locations across the north coast of America, The Northcoast’s three members come from New York, New Jersey and Seattle. They are the perfect example of how distance is no barrier to making music and with the aid of technology they have been emailing projects to each other and making music for over 10 years.

"With You" is their latest sparkly single, produced by Tom Lord-Alge, and is the perfect accompaniment to a long road trip or lazing on the grass on a summer's day.

Each member of the group has played at least three instruments since childhood and this, combined with their multi-cultural backgrounds, has given the group a plethora of musical influences and experience. Combining the pumping beats of Michael Jackson and bass lines of Passion Pit and Chvrches, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

The Northcoast have realised their childhood dream of both making and performing music. Having made an impact on the stages of Vans Warped Tour and played alongside big names such as Gia Farrell, their future is already looking bright!

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7/29/2016

Lori Dixon in Harmony with…….“The Beat of Life”


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Written by Sherryl Craig
For Women of Music Music of Women

Lori Dixon has been in love with music most all her life. It was something she did because she loved it.
Lori, Hannah, and Joshua
Lori, Hannah, and Joshua

There are many special things in her life… and music plays, or has played, a huge part in it. First she is a proud mom to two amazing children. Her 18 yr old daughter Hannah and her 14 yr old son Joshua, who by the way is a bright and thriving videograher. She studied Environmental Science and Animal Behavior, studied Education at Trevecca Nazarene University, and has been a teacher, a zookeeper and curator.
Lori is also a singer/songwriter and a devoted mentor in a program close to her heart called “The Beat of Life.” It is through this program that she’s using that love of music to make another passion a reality.. Helping those in need by sharing with them the healing gift of music.
IMG_7633Lori’s medicine is a non-profit called “The Beat of Life” and it is such an amazing project, with a large number of talented people from through out the various communities giving of themselves to help others in need. The project consists of teams of accomplished musicians and singer/songwriters that work with individual groups, like adults challenged with illnesses of various kinds, those challenged in the legal system, children struggling with abuse and/or bullying, and then take these real life situations turning them into compelling and thought-provoking songs.
Local artists and other supporters we want to mention who give of their time are Steve Bryant, Billy Dawson, Adam Wood who wrote the theme song for “The Beat of Life” called The Music Came Back, Jeni Dominelli the Founder and CEO of The Beat of Life, and dear friend and artist who performs with Lori in various locations PJ Ju, newly transplanted to Nashville from New York.
Lori Dixon
Lori Dixon

Music is such a huge part of her life and has always been so. She performs locally in Nashville and shares her exceptional talents with country music fans as often as she cans. Her passion for music is what helped give her son Joshua, the ability to gain language skills he needed due to autism. During a special project Lori met a gentleman by the name of Dan Harrel, or maybe you know him better as “Cowboy Dan.. It was Cowboy Dan’s CD’s that intrigued Joshua and through listening to them he was able to learn melodiously how to pronounce his words, even by singing them.
~ “With music we can change the world, help children challenged with disabilities and struggles.” Lori Dixon, 2016 ~
IMG_6906“The Beat of Lifetouches many areas in it’s musical out reach. Lori and the dedicated group of volunteers visit local corrections facilities for men and women and bring the prisoners into the craft of writing songs, “Redemption Songs”, from their own life experiences. Support like one of their own most valuable players, Steve Bryant Chief Operating Officer for The Beat of Life. The songs are used as music therapy to help those incarcerated in using their life experiences to heal and recover. They would then apply the results of music therapy to being able to once again join the community in a positive way. The program has worked so well that there have talks about expanding it further and in to other facilities.
The anti-bullying program for children is called “Sing It to Stop It” and the songs are pulled from the stories that the children tell of how bullying has affected them. Country music artist and author Billy Dawson shares his anti-bullying book “You Never Know” and speaks to the youngsters about the importance of respect and love. Lyrics of the songs written will vary by the group and the age of the writer/authors.
~ “Music empowers others to tell their stories, music is some of the greatest medicine we could ever have.” Lori Dixon, 2016 ~
20160504_121141As Director of Programs, Lori knows the work that goes into this project helps to embolden those who have been brought down by many of life’s struggles and how to use it in a more positive way. This is an amazing project that has not only encouraged those in recovery, in abusive situations, and struggling with low self esteem or bullying to take back their lives, but to use their words to create a musical expression that would encourage healing. The writers round/space where all the magic happens is called The Workshop and you can check it out here; http://www.theworkshopmusic.com/
All the various areas of work with this project is humbling to think of but “Beautiful Minds” is especially close to me because of my own work in mental health. I was intrigued to find out more. Lori and the gang visit with those who are mentally challenged and write heart-warming and compelling songs from the stories of their challenges. The songs are all written right there while every one sits in a group and shares the stories of mountains they’ve climbed and valley’s they have walked through in life.
Plans for the future would be to plan a once a month writers round at local venues throughout Nashville, to continue helping local musicians in need through fund raisers, and to continue giving back new life through song to all those who need a little help healing with the programs through “The Beat of Life.” ~ Lori Dixon~
For more in formation on Lori Dixon and “The Beat of Life” you can visit the links below;
http://www.thebeatoflife.org/
https://www.facebook.com/lori.hamlett?fref=ts
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