Showing posts with label Southern Rock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Southern Rock. Show all posts

9/03/2020

PeacockSunrise Records Announces the Fall Release of 'Delta Tales', an Album by Sun King Rising


Sun King Rising's debut album, Delta Tales, will be released this Fall on CD, vinyl, and leading download and streaming sites. Sun King Rising is the professional moniker of singer/songwriter/piano player John Blangero who hails from Port Isabel, Texas. PeacockSunrise Records is the Americana/Rock label spinoff of Nick Katona’s successful Progressive Rock label, Melodic Revolution. The album is produced by New York-based producer, Steven “Ace” Acker.

“Blangero is steeped in the traditions of southern rock and country soul,” said Katona. “His primary influences on this record are the arrangements, vocal stylings, and big band vibe of Leon Russell and Joe Cocker. We are excited to have him as an artist.”

Blangero’s songs are filled with memorable hooks, rocking piano, driving rhythms, a powerful horn section, and soulful female background singers a la’ Ray Charles’ Raelettes.

“I’ve been wanting to do a solo Americana/southern soul/classic rock type of album for many years,” Blangero said. “I love the music of Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Dan Penn, and others and I wanted to capture some of that vibe in my own writing. So, I started writing and recording solo demos of songs like Let There Be LightDown the Delta RoadDrive Me to NashvilleIn A State of Grace, and Love Turns Grey.

“After hearing these demos on my ReverbNation channel, Nick contacted me,” Blangero recalled. “He told me ‘OMG, you have got to release these songs on my label.

“Melodic Revolution is a successful Prog Rock label, but to accommodate my style of music he launched a new imprint, which he called PeacockSunrise. I felt that Nick had the experience and knowledge to take Delta Tales to market successfully, so I signed with the label.”

Acker was the co-founder and guitarist of 1970’s MCA recording artists, LAW. He has since served as producer for various artists and projects in New York, Pittsburgh, Ohio, Nashville, and Jackson, MS and has been affiliated with SST Studios in Weehawken, NJ since 2007. “I’ve been a fan of Ace’s work since his early days with LAW,” Blangero said. “I felt he was a perfect choice for this project.”

The recording of Delta Tales was a fascinating task, spanning four months, from January 2020 to mid-May. The Coronavirus shutdown in April forced Blangero and Acker to complete the production remotely with players and singers recording in several different studios across the country rather than recording additional live, full-band studio sessions.

Said Blangero, “It was a logistical challenge, but Ace did a great job organizing the players and the sessions. I am proud of this record. We captured the magic that I’ve always heard in my head with great background singers, classic horn parts, tight rhythm sections, killer guitar, funky keys, and my own acoustic piano parts. It sounds like it could have been recorded in the early 70s, which is the vibe I was going for.”

In addition to his work as recording artist, Blangero is also an internationally renowned genetic scientist at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, for whom he continued to work while recording Delta Tales. You might aptly call his music, then, “The Genetics of Soul.”

Watch Sun King Rising's new video for “The Snake”:


Blangero’s prodigious gifts revealed themselves when he started taking piano lessons at the age five in his hometown of New Castle, Pennsylvania. Five years later, he had absorbed not only the fundamentals of classical music, but also gospel and rock music. He joined his first rock band at 14 and was soon composing and singing his own music.

Apprenticeships in a series of area bands culminated in the formation of his own original band, called Harlequin. By then his music had evolved into a combination of prog rock and glam, presented with all the theatrics such music generally entails. Harlequin retained regional popularity throughout the fertile Pennsylvania/Ohio/West Virginia market.

At the height of the band’s popularity, though, he gave up music to obtain his Ph.D. in biomedical research. During his twenty-year hiatus from music, he ascended to rock star stature in the international scientific community. But the musical beast within him could not be stilled forever. Playing casually with blues bands in San Antonio revived that beast and rekindled Blangero’s creative spark.

In closing, Blangero said, “I tried to capture my southern soul on this album. I hope that the overall message it conveys is one of positivity, especially in these dark times.  I think we have put together strong songs that will make people tap their feet and sing along, too! For me, the song is everything.”



To pre-order Sun King Rising's Delta Tales: https://sunkingrising.bandcamp.com

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Website: www.sunkingrising.com
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4/06/2020

The Outlaws Legend Harvey Dalton Arnold Releases New Album "Stories To Live Up To"


“Standing up or laying down, I won't be here when the sun goes down,” says the 66 year old Southern Rock legend Harvey Dalton Arnold on “When the Sun Goes Down” from his new release Stories to Live Up To released on Music Maker Recordings.

For the guitar cowboy who quit high school and left his home in rural Eastern North Carolina to hit the road playing rock and roll at 17, Stories to Live Up To is a retrospective album, examining the emotions and choices that have defined Arnold's life. His decision to hit the road eventually led him to become the bassist and vocalist for iconic Southern Rock band The Outlaws during the peak of their fame. Arnold's tenure with The Outlaws came at the peak of an American art form that spoke to a generation.

Says Harvey, “Stories To Live Up To is a bunch of songs that I've written with the intent of kind of painting a picture or telling a story. I've been playing and writing mostly in the blues vein that I love so much, and I believe that this album is a fresh adventure for me.”

On his new record, his second released by Music Maker, Harvey doesn't just look back, he wails through the everyday experiences that make an opera out of every man’s life - the perils and the joy of love, cheating, loss and longing. Accompanying Arnold in the studio is a crew of musicians with a righteous set of their own rock and roll bonafides. On bass Zev Katz (Paul Simon, James Brown, Carole King, Eric Clapton, on drums Charley Drayton (The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Miles Davis), on Piano, Rhodes, B3 Organ, and Keyboards Rob Arthur (Jimmy McGriff, Peter Frampton, Joan Osborne), and Zak Alister on Rhythm Guitar.

Says Harvey, “The album was recorded at Cowboy Technical Services Studio with Tim Hatfield, the owner engineering. We were all in one small room with no isolation, and we mostly played live, including my guitar solos and vocals. The record is not perfect, but its very human and has a spontaneous soul about it... I'm very proud of it and it was my most satisfying, fun recording experience ever. I look forward to supporting this CD with a video and live gigs in the future and my heart goes out to my friends in NYC as they and all try to survive the virus pandemic.”



Track Listing: 
1. Stay Here With Me
2. Early Bird
3. What’s On Your Mind
4. Poor Boy
5. When the Sun Goes Down
6. Lone Outlaw
7. Gotta See Ya
8. Put Me Back
9. Catfish Blues

More about Music Maker Relief Foundation: Music Maker Relief Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1994 that supports the soul of America’s blues, gospel, and folk music through partnerships with senior, traditional artists. Music Maker ensures our cultural heritage is passed on to the next generation though live performances, exhibitions, documentation and youth engagement. They have received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council and the North Carolina Humanities Council.

For more information on the Music Maker Relief Foundation: Cornelius Lewis, 1-919-643-2456 (US),  corn@musicmaker.org

To purchase:
Physical: https://musicmaker.org/product/harveydaltonarnold-storiestoliveupto/
Digital:
Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/6pIgMkaHlBbok8dYphSKWi?si=g71-sDJ9Rsug1GKqd8tHRA
bandcamp – http://bit.ly/2NBDygc
iTunes – https://apple.co/2G1IMhk

For more information on Harvey Dalton Arnold:
www.facebook.com/bluesboy58/
www.musicmaker.org/artists/harvey-dalton-arnold/

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

5/16/2019

Southern Rock Legends Black Oak Arkansas Return With New Album "Underdog Heroes"!


First full-length album of all new recordings in more than 30 years!

Southern Rock legends Black Oak Arkansas return with their first full-length album of all new recordings in more than 30 years! Founding members Jim “Dandy” Mangrum (vocals) and Rickie Lee Reynolds (guitar) have been keeping the spirit of BOA alive and their songwriting partnership makes this album an essential release in the band's much heralded catalog!

“Underdog Heroes” includes a very special recording of virtuoso guitarist Shawn Lane, regarded by many as one of the fastest guitar players to ever live, and a member of the BOA clan since 1978 until his passing in 2003!

Available from Purple Pyramid Records on both CD and a special limited edition GOLD vinyl pressing (only 300 made)!

Track List:
1. Don't Let It Show
2. Underdog Heroes
3. Channeling Spirits
4. Ruby's Heartbreaker
5. The Wrong Side Of Midnight
6. The Devil's Daughter feat. Sammy B. Seauphine
7. Arkansas Medicine Man
8. Do Unto Others feat. Shawn Lane
9. You Told Me You Loved Me
10. Love 4 Rent
11. The 12 Bar Blues
12. Johnnie Won't Be Good



A WEE HISTORY OF BLACK OAK ARKANSAS…..

In the year 1963, some high school pals decided to get together to form a group because of their love of music. After 53 years, several dozen albums… three of which became gold, one of which became platinum, and one gold single from a song known as “Jim Dandy To The Rescue,” which was told to them to record by none other than Elvis Presley himself (!), this group of friends still manages to stay together. (After talking to Elvis about this song, Black Oak Arkansas was told the following week by their producer Tom Dowd and by their label president Ahmet Ertegun that these two industry giants were also about to ask BOA about recording that same tune! Ahmet himself only personally signed 5 groups to recording contracts in his long, long recording history… and Black Oak Arkansas had the honor of being number 5!) Many testimonials and awards have been presented to this band by everyone from Bill Graham, (who founded and ran Winterland Ballroom and both the Fillmore East and West), to Wolfman Jack from the Midnight Special; from First Lady Betty Ford to President Bill Clinton!

In their long musical history, the BOA boys have shared a stage with the likes of James Gang, Kiss, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bob Segar, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Black Sabbath, Foghat, Bad Company, Bruce Springsteen, Boston, Iron Butterfly, Grand Funk Railroad, B.B. King, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, The Outlaws, Deep Purple, 38 Special, Marshall Tucker, Buddy Miles, Billy Preston, Jerry Lee Lewis, BTO, Robin Trower, Humble Pie, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Eagles, Blackfoot, Credence Clearwater, Johnnie Winter, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Steppenwolf, Allman Bros., The Doobie Brothers, Z Z Top, Chuck Berry, Lynyrd Skynyrd , Charlie Daniels, James Brown, Steely Dan, J. Geils Band, Cheech and Chong, Steve Martin, Danny Thomas, Evel Knievel , and the list goes on and on and on! Warner Bros. released a DVD on the early years of the band, and then charged forth with another release of a Black Oak Arkansas DVD live at Royal Albert Hall in London! BOA has donated many hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities in their career, and both the mayor of Little Rock and the governor of the State of Arkansas even declared a “Black Oak Arkansas Day” on October 6th. There is now a permanent display in the Arkansas State Museum and the Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas dedicated to the band.

Black Oak Arkansas continue to tour around the US to enthusiastic audiences!

Buy the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/black-oak-arkansas-underdog-heroes-cd/
Buy the vinyl: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/black-oak-arkansas-underdog-heroes-limited-edition-gold-vinyl/
Stream/download: https://orcd.co/underdogheroes

Black Oak Arkansas official website: http://boa.outoftheashes.net/

Press inquiries:  
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PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com


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9/11/2015

Southern Rock/Country Review: Blackberry Smoke-Holding All the Roses

Release Date: February 10, 2015
Label: Rounder Records

As the summer season officially comes to an end, Blackberry Smoke’s Holding All the Roses is the perfect companion to keep you company as the weather changes and the temperature starts to drop. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Blackberry Smoke consists of Charlie Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brandon Still (keyboards), and Brit Turner (drums). Holding All the Roses is their fourth album and their first release since 2012’s The Whippoorwill.

Holding All the Roses is a twelve track album that is nothing short of pure gold. From the opening rocker to the hauntingly beautiful ballad and to the catchy country tunes, Holding All the Roses offers up nothing but quality goods from start to finish. If you are new to southern rock or it has been awhile since you where into the genre, then this album is the perfect place to get into it.    

“Let Me Help You (Find the Door)” starts with a kick and a jolt that electrifies not just the song, but also the rest of the album. The bar is set high here with a standout vocal performance and a short but oh so sweet guitar solo. There is a confident attitude that shines right through the music, making it hard not to fall in love with. It is just a perfect country rock song. “Holding All the Roses” keeps things moving right along with a lively opening that never lets up, making for one great foot-stomping tune with a blistering guitar solo. It has quite the catchy chorus, as well.

“Living in the Song” changes up the sound a bit by going the way of being an easygoing country song with a nice flair of rock. Next up is the laid-back “Rock and Roll Again” that is just a fun song with a great sing-along chorus. Overall, the song has great rhythm and harmonies that flow right along that make for a very pleasant song. The relaxed “Woman in the Moon” is breezy, end of the summer day type of song. It is the perfect song to listen to out on a porch or deck as the sun sets. Probably the most country sounding song on the album, “”Too High” dazzles with its simplicity and honest lyrics. Changing things up and bringing the rock and roll sound back into the equation is “Wish in One Hand,” which is full of more fantastic musical work and a sleek guitar solo. The mellow “Randolph County Farewell” is a short, acoustic guitar interlude.

“Payback’s a Bitch” has all the right moves. There is an edge and steely determination present in the music and vocals that is appropriate for the song’s theme of revenge. It a great song for those just out of a nasty relationship.  “Lay It All on Me” is a low-key and catchy country song. “No Way Back to Eden” is controlled and emotive tune. It is simple and beautiful. “Fire in the Hole” is a great way to cap off the album. It is the type of the song that can be put on repeat and not grow stale. The music is stirring and the vocals are as fantastic as ever here.   

Blackberry Smoke’s Holding All the Roses is a masterpiece of the southern rock/country genre. There is just no way around it. Every song is a carefully crafted piece of work that gets better with each listen. When compiling a list of essential albums of 2015, BlackBerry Smoke’s Holding All the Roses is without a doubt one that deserves to be on it.  

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Let Me Help You (Find the Door), Woman in the Moon, Fire in the Hole

Tracks:

01. Let Me Help You (Find the Door)
02. Holding All the Roses
03. Living in the Song
04. Rock and Roll Again
05. Woman in the Moon
06. Too High
07. Wish in One Hand
08. Randolph County Farewell
09. Payback’s a Bitch
10. Lay It All on Me
11. No Way Back to Eden
12. Fire in the Hole

Brian McKinnon - Write A Music Review Sr. Staff
September 11, 2015
Review Provided By Write A Music Review



7/22/2008

Swampdawamp-2.0 Review


Artist: Swampdawamp
Title: 2.0
Genre: Southern Rock-Blues
Label: Big Penny Entertainment
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Swampdawamp is crankin it up again and getting those southern fried rock and blue fires burnin! On this teaser, titled 2.0 a Special Edition pre release CD, they are offering up three studio tracks and interviews and a rehearsal recording. The boys sound like they are ready to release another great album sometime later this year...READ MORE...

7/07/2008

Swampdawamp Release 2.0–Another Big Helping of Southern Rock and Blues


Los Angeles, CA-July 7, 2008- SwampDaWamp (pronounced swamp duh wamp) is the creation of singer-songwriter-guitarist Gig Michaels. Hailing from Charlotte, NC, SwampDaWamp is the powerful and creative collaboration of six talented and seasoned musicians: Gig Michaels (lead vocals & acoustic guitar); David Lee (drums); Michael Hough (guitar & vocals); Keith Inman (guitar); Mike Huffman (keyboards, B3 & vocals); and Cody Bennett (bass)...READ MORE...

6/15/2008

Lullwater-Faithful Sinners Review


Artist: Lullwater
Title: Faithful Sinners
Genre: Rock
Label: Independent
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Lullwater is made up of John Strickland (lead vocals, guitars, bass) and Brett Strickland (vocals, lead guitar), who is no relation to John, with Nick Thomas (drums, percussion), Phil Brush (bass) and Will Manelos (guitar and no longer with the band) filling the other positions in the band with great success. Their name was derived from the street address of the basement where it all began...READ MORE...

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