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TOMMY EMMANUEL To Release ‘Imagine’ Digital-Only EP 1/15; Shares New Video

DT: JANUARY 8, 2021

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK/LYNDIE WENNER
SRO PR (LOS ANGELES, NASHVILLE, LAS VEGAS)

TOMMY EMMANUEL
TO RELEASE
‘IMAGINE’ DIGITAL-ONLY EP ON JANUARY 15

FEATURING HIS
ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTAL OF
JOHN LENNON’S CLASSIC “IMAGINE”
PLUS TWO ORIGINAL EMMANUEL SONGS,
“SINCE WE MET” AND “I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT OF YOU”

“SINCE WE MET” HAS BEEN RELEASED TODAY AS A SINGLE
ALONG WITH ITS VIDEO; WATCH IT HERE

In 2020, TOMMY EMMANUEL released a newly recorded acoustic instrumental of John Lennon’s classic “Imagine”–on the same day (October 9) Lennon would have been 80-years-old–as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl exclusive to music retailers. Now, the acclaimed and Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter will release the digital-only EP titled IMAGINE on his label, CGP Sounds. It will consist of this version of “Imagine” plus two original EMMANUEL songs: “Since We Met” and “I’ve Always Thought of You.”

“Since We Met” was the B-side to the above-mentioned 7-inch, while “I’ve Always Thought of You” is a new addition to this release. “Since We Met” and “I’ve Always Thought of You” were songs originally on EMMANUEL’s 1999 album Only, but they have been re-recorded and are appearing for the first time on certain digital outlets such as Spotify.

Today (January 8), “Since We Met” has been released as a single along with a video that was filmed in March 2020, just before the pandemic shutdown, in the back of Tommy Emmanuel’s tour bus outside the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN. It was directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard for Neighborhoods Apart Productions. As TOMMY explains at the beginning of the video, he wrote the song back in the ‘90s and it was recorded with a full band. Over the years it has evolved as an intimate solo piece for him and has become a song requested by fans. “There have been people who’ve written to me and said, ‘I’m going to propose to my girlfriend if you play ‘Since We Met’ tonight in the show.’ That’s happened a few times; it always touches me so much that a song could make someone feel that way.”

Next week, the track and video for “I’ve Always Thought of You” will be issued to coincide with the EP’s January 15 release.

Meanwhile, the video for EMMANUEL’s stirring version of “Imagine” can be viewed here.

Read the press release here. The limited edition 7-inch vinyl is now also available on TOMMY’s web-store. It’s also interesting to note that 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Lennon’s “Imagine” single and album of the same name.

In other exciting TOMMY news, his guitar work graces Barry Gibbs’ new solo album Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook out this Friday, January 8. EMMANUEL plays on the Bee Gees’ classic “How Deep Is Your Love” featuring Little Big Town.

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ABOUT TOMMY EMMANUEL:

TOMMY EMMANUEL has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes. At the age of six, he was touring regional Australia with his family band. By 30, he was a rock n’ roll lead guitarist burning up stadiums in Europe. At 44, he became one of five people ever named a CPG (Certified Guitar Player) by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London. He’s piled up numerous accolades, including two Grammy Award nominationstwo ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy); repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll including a cover story for their August 2017 issue; a cover feature for Vintage Guitar’s July 2020 issue; and was Music Radar’s reader’s poll #1 winner of the Ten Best Acoustic Guitarists in The World (December 2019). A noted fingerstyle guitarist, EMMANUEL frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. His talents, which translate in any language, carry him to the far corners of the globe, but EMMANUEL never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every date. That leaves him open to those technical imperfections, though they also provide some of the humanity to an other-worldly talent. On May 8, 2020, he released a newly recorded career-spanning double album, THE BEST OF TOMMYSONGS, via CGP Sounds/Cruzen Street Records). Watch the album trailer here which focuses on TOMMY’s unique ability to tell stories without words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SOQEMWYAQ4&feature=youtu.be

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WARDRUNA Celebrate Winter Solstice with new single “Andvervarljod” (Song Of The Spirit-Weavers)

DT: DECEMBER 22, 2020

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

TRADITIONAL NORDIC FOLK OUTFIT
WARDRUNA
CELEBRATE WINTER SOLSTICE WITH NEW SINGLE
“ANDVERVARLJOD” (SONG OF THE SPIRIT-WEAVERS)
LISTEN HERE

TRACK FEATURED ON UPCOMING JANUARY 22 RELEASE
‘KVITRAVN’
VIA BY NORSE MUSIC

Photo Credit: Kim Ohrling

WARDRUNA will continue to keep Norse traditions relevant in today’s society with their unique blend of contemporary compositions with traditional and historical instrumentation and narratives. In celebration of the Winter Solstice (12/21)—one of the most important ancient Pagan holidays—the band have today, December 22, released the third single, “Andvevarljod,” from their forthcoming 2021 album KVITRAVN. A special Skaldic version of the song was premiered via a livestream on the Winter Solstice along with a speech on its importance and meaning by WARDRUNA founder/composer EINAR SELVIK.

Andvevarljod,” translated in English to “The Song of The Spirit-Weavers,” explores the Nordic deities of fate (also known as the Norns), the spinning of life threads and the Norse and Sámi common idea that a person´s spirit is connected to wind, both before and after birth. It features guest appearances by a small group of prominent Norwegian traditional singers including Kirsten Bråten Berg, Sigrid Berg, Unni Løvlid and Ingebjørg Reinholdt alongside WARDRUNA’s own Lindy-Fay Hella.

“On a personal level, ‘Andvevarljod’ is a song I hold very dear and it was also my starting point on the new album,” shares SELVIK. “Musically, it gives voice to very old song traditions and on top of that, it is voiced by some of the most central reasons why these traditions are being kept alive for us and the generations to come. Special thanks go out to our guest singers for lending us their talents and for the invaluable work they do for keeping our traditions alive!”

Stream “Andvevarljod” across all digital platforms at this link: https://orcd.co/andvevarljod

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KVITRAVN (which translates to ‘White Raven’) will be released on January 22 via BY NORSE MUSIC in the U.S. and SONY MUSIC / COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.). Throughout its 11 songs, KVITRAVN discusses Northern sorcery, spirit-animals, shadows, nature and animism, the wisdom and meanings of certain myths, various Norse spiritual concepts, and the relation between sage and songs. Pre-orders are available via digital download as well as CD and 180-gram 2LP gatefold vinyl (black and ltd. Edition white options) at https://orcd.co/kvitravn_album.

WARDRUNA were last seen stateside in 2018 where they sold-out a headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado and are scheduled to return to North America in fall 2021, dates of which can be found in the admat below. With a sound that must truly be experienced live, they performed their first-ever concert in front of the 1,500-year-old Gokstad Viking ship in Oslo, NO and are the only band to have ever been allowed to hold an amplified concert at the Viking ship museum. Since then they’ve performed sold-out shows worldwide, including major festival headlining appearances (Hellfest, Roadburn, Summer Breeze, Castle Fest, Echoes & Merveilles, Rock oz Arenes, Rock The Coast, etc.).

In addition to their recorded music, WARDRUNA have exposed their music to a broad audience worldwide with massive musical contributions to History Channel ́s TV series VIKINGS and most recently SELVIK’s featured work on the score for the latest installment of the Assassin’s Creed® franchise, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla of which two of his songs were featured on the official soundtrack The Ravens Saga (via Lakeshore Records) in addition to contributing to the game’s main theme. A ten-track album Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Wave Of Giants featuring all of SELVIK’s contributions was also released via Lakeshore Records on December 4.

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New FRANK ZAPPA Tribute Beer, “Why Does It Hurt When IPA?” Set To Debut 12/21

DATE: DECEMBER 21, 2020

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

NEW FRANK ZAPPA TRIBUTE BEER,
“WHY DOES IT HURT WHEN IPA?”
SET TO DEBUT ON ZAPPA’S BIRTHDAY, DECEMBER 21

The ZAPPA TRUST and San Diego-based Duckfoot Brewery Co have teamed up to launch a new FRANK ZAPPA tribute beer, Why Does It Hurt When IPA? It’s set to debut on ZAPPA’s birthday, December 21.

It’s a wild, improvisational jam of an IPA, brewed with ZAPPA hops, Simcoe and Cascade. The West Coast-style IPA has notes of passion fruit, spice and grapefruit (a favorite of FRANK ZAPPA’s) with a clean and dry finish. The can features never-before-published photos of Frank which pair nicely with the beer itself. In addition, the label explains more, “the Zappa hop, like the man, has a hugely eclectic style. Published flavor notes have ranged from passion fruit, mint, spicy, savory, fruity cereal, and uh…purple. (Try the beer, you’ll get it). Just like Frank, this hop is one of a kind and awesome.”

You can order Why Does It Hurt When IPA? by visiting ZappaBrew.com. The beer is offered solely in the U.S. as a 6-pack ONLY at 4.99 per beer, plus a flat rate of $25 shipping.  There is a limit of two six packs per customer (with the shipping rate of $25).

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO

The beer, which like many things ZAPPA, came about through a personal connection. Duckfoot co-founder, Matt DelVecchio, a ZAPPA fan from the age of six, is a longtime friend of Zappa Plays Zappa touring musician Pete Griffin who made the intro to the family.

“Our new friends (but they feel like old friends) at Duck Foot Brewing Co are making a delicious new brew using the Zappa hop,” AHMET ZAPPA says. “Stay home, be safe and enjoy Why Does It Hurt When IPA? responsibly. All the Zappa Trust proceeds from this batch will go to support the music community in need.   Music is the Best!”

“We are so beyond thrilled to be making a beer for one of our favorite musicians of all time,” Matt Delvecchio, Head Quack/Founder, Duck Foot Brewing Co adds.

Look for AHMET and the Duck Foot Brewing Co team to do an online meeting in the new year to discuss everything about the beer and take questions from fans around the world.

Why Does It Hurt When IPA? comes at the end of a busy year for ZAPPA. Beyond the releases of The Mothers 1970 and Halloween 81 earlier in the year, last month saw the debut of the long-awaited and highly-acclaimed Alex Winter documentary, “Zappa.” The film tells the story about the prolific genius composer, free speech activist, cultural ambassador to Czechoslovakia and legendary musician, Frank Zappa. It was accompanied by the surprise digital release of the corresponding Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A perfect complement to the film, the 68-track soundtrack is available to stream and download now via Zappa Records/UMe. “Zappa” is now available everywhere in the U.S. from Magnolia Pictures.

www.zappa.com

https://duckfootbeer.com/

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LEE ROCKER of The Stray Cats Announces Release of New Solo Album ‘Gather Round’ 1/22

DT: DECEMBER 10, 2020

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK, SRO PR

LEE ROCKER
OF THE STRAY CATS
ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW SOLO ALBUM
‘GATHER ROUND’
DUE OUT JANUARY 22, 2020

LEE ROCKER of The Stray Cats fame today (12/10) announced the January 22 release of his new solo album GATHER ROUND on Upright Records (his label distributed through Orchard). Get ready to “Gather Round,” start “Pickin’ and Grinnin,’” enjoy a “Dirty Martini,” do the “Doghouse Shuffle” and place a bid at the “Graceland Auction.”

GATHER ROUND marks the Grammy-nominated upright bass player, singer and songwriter’s first album of all-original music since 2007’s Black Cat Bone (Alligator Records). The sizzling 10-track rockabilly album was produced by ROCKER (vocal, string bass), who is joined by Buzz Campbell (guitar, backing vocal), Larry Mitchell (drums, percussion) and Matt Jordan (piano, organ).Two songs with videos—Doghouse Shuffleand Pickin’ and Grinnin’”—are now available, with a third track/video due out ahead of the album’s release. Pre-order the album here and watch the trailer here.

Most of the songs on GATHER ROUND were written after the pandemic started. “My wife Deborah and I hit the road in our airstream and criss-crossed the country from California to New York and back,” shares ROCKER. “We rolled through 20 states from north to south and from east to west. In addition to the pandemic, the presidential election was raging. I wrote songs and music and drove 6,000 miles. It’s been year filled with global disaster and uncertainty. It’s also been a time of introspection and for me a time to reimagine how to record an album under these circumstances.

“When we returned to Southern California,” he elaborates, “I booked a studio to record in one day week for months. I played many of the instruments myself and had my band, Buzz Campbell, Larry Mitchell and Matt Jordan send me their tracks from remote home studios.”

Opening track “Gather Round” powerfully gets the album rolling.” It’s a song of positivity, of love, joy and happiness. When I wrote and now listen to the song, I feel like I’m raising my middle finger high in the air and waving it to 2020.”

“Graceland Auction,” explains ROCKER, “came about by my lifelong obsession with Presley. I’ve been a bit of a collector and have bid and bought various Elvis stuff. “It makes me laugh and it makes me want to cry.”

“The Last Offline Lovers” is a song “I wrote to my wife Deborah. We’ve been together for 32 years and she has been my inspiration, love, and strength. All of the instruments on this are acoustic and I played all of them with the exception of the drums performed by Larry Mitchell.”

Another album highlight is “When Nothing’s Going Right,” a song ROCKER wrote that appears on the Stray Cats’ album last year, 40. “This is the original version I recorded before the Stray Cats’ version. I feel it has that spark of original fire.”

ROCKER minces no words and looks to brighter day on “Pickin’ and Grinnin.” He says: “I wrote this song as my statement on Trump and the dividing of this country which I love. We all need to reside in the UNITED states of America. Come together gather round. I know that we all can’t agree on everything but we should be able to agree we live in a democracy and that every four years we have an election that should be respected.”

ROCKER’s infectious party spirit is in full effect on “‘Dog House Shuffle.” “It’s just plain fun!  It’s really my tribute to the original rocking bass players that have influenced me so much. These guys are in a way the unsung heroes of rockabilly and early rock. We’ve incorporated these players into the video.”

Last year, in a multiple-page feature in the new Bass Player magazine (December 2019), ROCKER was asked about his ability to come up with fresh rockabilly bass-lines. He says: “I’m still discovering things. I still have revelations: ‘how did I not think of this before?’ There are a lot of different rhythms and slaps, and different ways to walk your bass-lines. There’s only 12 notes but there’s an infinite number of ways to play them.”

The GATHER ROUND track listing is:

1. Gather Round
2. Graceland Auction
3. The Last Offline Lovers
4. Everybody Wants to be A Cat
5. Pickin’ and Grinnin’
6. Every Time I See You
7. A Dirty Martini
8. When Nothing’s Going Right
9. Dog House Shuffle
10. Ophelia

LEE ROCKER, photo credit: Jet Luna

About Lee Rocker:

Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. Grammy-nominated, The Stray Cats have sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly music to the top of the charts. From the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine, to appearing on Saturday Night Live, to headlining music festivals and touring with the Rolling Stones, Lee Rocker has seen and done it all. In addition to The Stray Cats and the Rolling Stones, Rocker has toured and performed with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, and John Fogerty.  In 1982, Rocker and his father Stanley Drucker, (classical clarinetist) both received Grammy nominations; this was something that has only occurred twice in the history of the Grammy Awards.  In 2012 Lee appeared on Broadway in the hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet” and in 2014 he was inducted into the Bass Player Hall of Fame. Rocker has received numerous honors for his contributions to music and the arts, including being inducted to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and he is a recipient of the Visionary Artist Award by the City of Laguna Beach California. Lee Rocker and his band look forward to touring again and performing Stray Cats hits including “Rock This Town,” “Stray Cat Strut” and “Sexy and 17” as well as slamming renditions of songs from his many solo albums.

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TASH SULTANA Returns To Stage For November 28 Concert Livestream From The Hordern Pavilion In Sydney

DATE: NOVEMBER 26, 2020

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

TASH SULTANA
RETURNS TO STAGE IN THEIR NATIVE AUSTRALIA
WITH NOVEMBER 28 CONCERT LIVESTREAM FROM
THE HORDERN PAVILION IN SYDNEY

PERFORMANCE IS PART OF GREAT SOUTHERN NIGHTS INITIATIVE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ARIA AND THE NSW GOVERNMENT
AND WILL BENEFIT
SUPPORT ACT 

Photo credit: Giulia McGauran

After an unprecedented year for all, Australian multi-instrumentalist TASH SULTANA is excited to return to the stage with a November 28 concert and livestream from the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia. The show, part of the Great Southern Nights initiative in partnership with ARIA and the NSW government, will benefit Support Act.  The performance will air live on YouTube at 9:00 PM(AEDT)/5:00 AM (ET)/2:00 AM (PT), with the set emaining online for a limited time, so fans around the world are able to view it. More info can be found here.

“I am that stoked to be playing a show again–it’s been an insane year and it will be good to get up there and play to a crowd of people who’ve been missing live music as much as I have,” SULTANA says. “For those of you unable to attend in person, I’ll be livestreaming my show this Saturday on @YouTube. Part of the Proceeds from the Superchat and Superstickers donations will be going to @SupportAct to help those in the live events industry whose livelihoods have been affected drastically due to the pandemic.”

During the past seven months, TASH has been focusing on their forthcoming sophomore album TERRA FIRMA. It’s set for release February 19, 2021 on Mom + Pop Music and is available to pre-order NOW. In advance of its release, TASH has released three singles, “Pretty Lady,” “Greed,” and “Beyond the Pine.”

ABOUT TASH SULTANA

Since dropping their debut album two years ago, TASH has only gone from strength to strength in a career already abundant with highlights. With over one billion total worldwide streams, 500,000 tickets sold globally including a sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre, performing stand out sets at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and more, TASH has also made their US debut TV performance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

In Australia, TASH’s debut album FLOW STATE was nominated for six ARIA Awards including winning the ARIA for Blues and Roots Album Of The Year, they undertook a massive sold-out Australia headline tour with over 70,000 tickets around the country, whilst “Jungle” and “Notion” are ARIA accredited 2x Platinum, “Mystik,” “Murder to the Mind” and the NOTION EP all ARIA accredited Gold.

Stay tuned for more news to come from TASH SULTANA.

Ahmet Zappa’s Monsterfoot Productions Acquires Rights To Classic Weird-Ohs Monster Hot Rod Model Kits

DATE: NOVEMBER 23, 2020

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

AHMET ZAPPA’S
MONSTERFOOT PRODUCTIONS
REVS UP DEVELOPMENT FOR
CLASSIC DRAG RACING MONSTER TOY LINE
WEIRD-OHS

AHMET ZAPPA’s L.A.-based entertainment company, Monsterfoot Productions, has acquired the rights to develop and create new shows and media based on the classic Weird-Ohs monster hot rod model kits of the 1960’s.

Weird-Ohs is the brainchild of William “Bill” Campbell, who in the early ‘60s set out to design a wild cast of ‘monsters in hot rods’ along the lines of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s designs. The Hawk Model Company released the first line of Weird-Ohs based on Campbell’s designs in 1963 spawning a hit model toy line with licenses extending from board games, masks, trading cards, records, puzzles, lunch boxes and action figures to an animated series which aired on Fox Family in 2000.

Zappa’s Monsterfoot Productions is no stranger to the kids’ entertainment space having conceived the story and both developed and produced the feature film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” for Walt Disney Pictures, as well as created the popular “Star Darlings” franchise for Disney Channel.

“This is a dream come true for me,” AHMET ZAPPA says. “I’ve been a fan of Bill Campbell’s work my entire life. In fact, I was inspired to call my company Monsterfoot because of artists like Bill. Weird-Ohs combines two things I love: monsters and hot rods. What’s better than that?”

The licensing agency responsible for brokering the deal between Zappa and current owner of Weird-Ohs, J. Lloyd International is Toronto-based, MLGPC.

“There is no one on this earth more well suited to develop entertainment for the Weird-Ohs brand than Ahmet Zappa and the talented team at Monsterfoot. I have no doubt that Ahmet’s creative is going to blow people’s minds!” Michael Goodman, MLGPC founder and CEO said.

Ahmet Zappa is an entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, film and television screenwriter, director, producer, musician, inventor and the radio talk show host of “Rocktails” on SiriusXM. His projects have touched the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world making him the perfect person to bring Weird-Ohs back into the spotlight.

MLGPC is a toy and entertainment licensing agency best known for bringing Fugglers to market with the help of Spin Master and currently represents a slew of new and classic toy lines like Werepups, Big Wheel, Robo Force, Power Lords, Great Garloo, Marx Toys and several others. In addition to representing toy and game properties, MLGPC currently handles the licensing for Troma Entertainment (The Toxic Avenger, Toxic Crusaders & Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.).

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DEAD ROCK WEST Share Official Alternate Video For “Revolution In The Garden”—Video Directed By Henry Mortensen

DATE: NOVEMBER 23, 2020

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK

DEAD ROCK WEST
SHARE OFFICIAL ALTERNATE VIDEO FOR
REVOLUTION IN THE GARDEN

VIDEO DIRECTED BY HENRY MORTENSEN,
THE SON OF EXENE CERVENKA OF X
AND ACTOR VIGGO MORTENSEN

Photo Credit: Mark Dektor

Acclaimed Los Angeles-based band DEAD ROCK WEST–led by vocalist Cindy Wasserman and singer-guitarist Frank Lee Drennen—today (November 23) have shared the official alternative video to their politically charged song “Revolution In The Garden” (Blackbird Record Label). It was directed by Henry Mortensen, the son of Exene Cervenka of X and actor Viggo Mortensen. Watch the video here. Glide Magazine premiered the video November 20, writing that the band never let their boots down and their new single “Revolution in the Garden” is equally poignant, resilient, and powerful. The band combines absolute rockish thunder and a punkish raw noir that mixes shades of Patti Smith with The Germs.”

Henry Mortensen directed and shot the video between northern Idaho, Denmark, the Thousand Islands region of New York, the wilds of Yosemite and finally the sun-dappled ocean breeze of Venice, California, mixing images of the Garden of America with the cartoon influences of an American Youth past. The animation of the song’s chorus became a collaborative effort with all hands on deck, including Kelli Mayo of Skating Polly, Louis Perez III and even Exene Cervenka whose handwritten artworks are all seen in the video. The hand of Viggo Mortensen also appears; Henry’s father signed on for a guest spot pushing a stick around in frame. We are told that his hand was paid scale. It all was in an effort to fulfill Henry’s vision for the film, which was of a true garden, its defenders, of justice and hope, even in the face of intense conflict.

The first video for “Revolution In The Garden” was premiered via American Songwriter (October 21) with a piece by Paul Zollo who noted that “the new passionately incendiary single by the acclaimed Americana-plus band Dead Rock West, led by Frank Lee Drennen and Cindy Wasserman…is a great song and remarkable record, expansively produced by David J Carpenter, and delivered with urgency by Frank and Cindy together, bringing back the dual spirit of John Doe and Exene in X.”

“Revolution In The Garden” marks a potent new sound for Dead Rock West whose 2017 album More Love was produced by punk rock legend John Doe of X and who’ve toured with X, Dave & Phil Alvin, and Peter Case. The band’s line-up is rounded out by Geoff Pearlman (lead guitar), David J Carpenter (lead bass guitar) and Phil Parlapiano (lead piano + keys). On the new song, they’re joined by Matt Lynott of The White Buffalo on lead drums, indie artist Patrick Dennis (lead percussion) and The Section Quartet (strings). “Revolution In The Garden” is sonically propulsive and lyrically a powerful call-to-action with lines like “The voice in our head/The voice on the tube/The voice tellin’ us/We’re all gonna lose.” Read the press release here about the song’s release and lyric video.

The song was written by Drennen and indie rock artist Patrick Dennis 30 years ago when they played in a duo called The Homer Gunns from Leucadia, CA near San Diego. All of these years later, “Revolution In The Garden” feels more timely than ever.

 

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TOMMY EMMANUEL To Release ‘Live! Christmas Time’ Album 12/4; Sets Nashville Show with Jerry Douglas 12/11

DT: NOVEMBER 20, 2020

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK/LYNDIE WENNER
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TOMMY EMMANUEL
TO RELEASE
‘LIVE! CHRISTMAS TIME’
DECEMBER 4
VIA HIS LABEL CGP SOUNDS

ALONG WITH CRUZEN STREET RECORDS
TOMMY EMMANUEL & JERRY DOUGLAS
TO PERFORM CHRISTMAS SONGS LIVE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

TOMMY EMMANUEL, the acclaimed and Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter, will release a live holiday album, LIVE! CHRISTMAS TIME, on December 4 via his label CGP Sounds along with Cruzen Street Records. Today (November 20), “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” has been released as the first song from the album. This marks TOMMY’s first Christmas live album having released two studio holiday albums before (2011’s All I Want For Christmas and 2016’s Christmas Memories).

Combining EMMANUEL’s acoustic guitar virtuosity with his stellar band’s musicianship and infectious holiday spirit, the 11-track LIVE! CHRISTMAS TIME (a digital release only) was recorded on December 7 and 8 in 2016 on his “Classics & Christmas Tour” at the Big Room at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, CA. It features Tommy Emmanuel, CGP on guitar & vocals, Annie Sellick on vocals, John Knowles, CGP on guitar & backing vocals, and Pat Bergeson on guitar, harmonica, and backing vocals. The album was produced by Tommy Emmanuel, engineered and mastered by Marc DeSisto, mixed by Brad Benge and Tommy Emmanuel, with Brian Penix as Executive Producer. See the full track listing below.

“When I listen to this recording, I hear the joy, soul and fun we had at that show,” says TOMMY. “Christmas music is so joyous to me and I feel we rose to the occasion that night.”

Photo credit: Jan Anderson

On Sunday, December 13, Tommy Emmanuel and revered dobro player Jerry Douglas (14-time GRAMMY Award-winning and three-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year) will perform together songs from each other’s Christmas albums live from 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN. Joining them will be Pat Bergeson (guitar/harmonica), Daniel Kimbro (bass), and Christian Sedelmyer (fiddle). A limited amount of fans will be allowed in the audience. This show will be broadcasted live on Nashville radio station Lightning 100 and streamed on Nugs.TV.

Order stream here: 2nu.gs/tommy

Order Tickets here: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/tommy-emmanuel-jerry-douglas-3rd-and-lindsley-tickets/10776305?pl=3rdlindsley

The full track list for LIVE! CHRISTMAS TIME is:

1. Jingle Bells (Live)

2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Live)

3. Christmas Time (Live)

4. Jingle Bell Rock (Live)

5. Amazing Grace (Live)

6. Winter Wonderland (Live)

7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Live)

8. Christmas Memories / Waltzing Matilda (Live)

9. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Live)

10. One Christmas Night (Live)

11. Guitar Boogie (Live)

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Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

ABOUT TOMMY EMMANUEL:

TOMMY EMMANUEL has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes. At the age of six, he was touring regional Australia with his family band. By 30, he was a rock n’ roll lead guitarist burning up stadiums in Europe. At 44, he became one of five people ever named a CPG (Certified Guitar Player) by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London. He’s piled up numerous accolades, including two Grammy Award nominationstwo ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy); repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll including a cover story for their August 2017 issue; a cover feature for Vintage Guitar’s July 2020 issue; and was Music Radar’s reader’s poll #1 winner of the Ten Best Acoustic Guitarists in The World (December 2019). A noted fingerstyle guitarist, EMMANUEL frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. His talents, which translate in any language, carry him to the far corners of the globe, but EMMANUEL never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every date. That leaves him open to those technical imperfections, though they also provide some of the humanity to an other-worldly talent. On May 8, 2020, he released a newly recorded career-spanning double album, THE BEST OF TOMMYSONGS, via CGP Sounds/Cruzen Street Records). Watch the album trailer here which focuses on TOMMY’s unique ability to tell stories without words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SOQEMWYAQ4&feature=youtu.be

For more information on TOMMY EMMANUEL, visit:

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE

SRO PR Assets + Press Releases:
http://sropr.com/portfolio/tommyemmanuel/

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For press inquiries regarding TOMMY EMMANUEL, contact:

SRO PR
(Los Angeles, Nashville, Las Vegas)
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@sropr.com
Andrea Faulk // afaulk@sropr.com
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@sropr.com

 

KAMP GLOBAL Online Festival “Dear Tmrw” Set For November 22 And 23; K-Pop Festival Will Debut On Twitch Before Moving To YouTube

DATE: NOVEMBER 18, 2020

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

KAMP GLOBAL ONLINE FESTIVAL “DEAR TMRW”
SET FOR NOVEMBER 22 ON KAMP GLOBAL’S TWITCH PLATFORM
AND NOVEMBER 23 ON KAMP GLOBAL’S YOUTUBE PAGE

K-POP LINE-UP INCLUDES PERFORMANCES FROM
MOMOLAND, A.C.E, MCND, T1419, ALEXA, BVNDIT, GHOST9,
SONNET SON, AND BERRYGOOD

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KAMP Global is coming back this fall with “DEAR TMRW,” an online festival with a star-studded K-Pop lineup that includes Momoland, A.C.E, MCND, AleXa, BVNDIT, Ghost9, Sonnet Son, Berrygood and T1419, Momoland’s brother boy group that’s set to debut this December, in their first-ever performance.

KAMP’s “DEAR TMRW” online festival will stream November 22 at 9:00 PM (KST) on KAMP Global’s Twitch platform, with three additional showings November 23 at 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM (KST) on KAMP Global’s YouTube page.

KAMP Global’s CEO Tim Kim, “DEAR TMRW is a new online festival series created by the KAMP team in hopes of a better tomorrow and stronger bond between all of us at home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

Kim adds, “We are excited to finally come back with our follow-up festival to last year’s KAMP Singapore event with an online festival accessible to all K-Pop fans around the world on our Twitch and YouTube platforms. This online festival is packed with a star-studded lineup which includes T1419, K-Pop’s most recent much-anticipated debut.”

At the same time, KAMP continues to develop plans for a 2021 festival in Los Angeles at Banc of California Stadium. Stay tuned for additional details to be announced in the coming months.

WEBSITE | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

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AMERICA Announce The Streaming Of Concert Special “America–Live At The London Palladium” Beginning 11/27

DATE: NOVEMBER 12, 2020

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK

AMERICA
ANNOUNCE THE STREAMING OF
THEIR CONCERT SPECIAL
“AMERICA–LIVE AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM”
FOR THE FIRST TIME
BEGINNING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27

AMERICA at the London Palladium; Photo credit: Christie Goodwin

The iconic multi-platinum-selling group AMERICA–co-founders GERRY BECKLEY and DEWEY BUNNELL–are continuing their 50th anniversary celebration by streaming their concert special “America–Live at the London Palladium” for the very first time, beginning Friday, November 27. In a new Q&A below, BECKLEY and BUNNELL talk about what made the concert, filmed in the fall of 2018 at the iconic London Palladium and which has been commercially available as a DVD and CD, truly a night to remember. Watch the trailer here. The concert’s set list is also below.

Reserve Your Spot Now:
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–The stream is $20
–25% off using promo code: venturahighway

“America–Live at the London Palladium” celebrates 50 years of great music from the perennial classic-rock band who were formed in England in 1970 with founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell along with former band mate Dan Peek. They met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.” From their formative years, AMERICA has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message. Embracing a rainbow of divergent cultures, their audience continues to grow, comprising a loyal legion of first, second and third generation fans, all bearing testament to the group’s enduring appeal. “America–Live at the London Palladium” is packed with their timeless smash hits—including “A Horse With No Name,” “I Need You,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross the River,” “Tin Man” and many others—as well as deep album cuts that underline the band’s prowess and vision.

AMERICA have also been celebrating their 50th anniversary with a newly recorded song, “Remembering.” It’s featured on the August 28, 2020 release of their ultimate 8-disc anniversary box set HALF CENTURY (America Records). Watch the lyric video here which premiered (8/19) via Ultimate Classic Rock. Listen to “Remembering” here.

The song, written by BECKLEY, is classic AMERICA: harmony-rich rock, mixed with ringing guitars and pop smarts, with a compelling soul-searching lyric. “After 50 years together, this song is about the time spent looking back rather than looking forward…so much to be grateful for,” says BECKLEY, who produced and mixed the song with Jeff Larson. “Remembering” will also appear on AMERICA’s next studio album in 2021.

Watch the promotional film.

HALF CENTURY was produced for release and compiled by Jeff Larson for America Archives. It contains CD’s of rare archival studio recordings consisting of alternate mixes, demos and rehearsals, including several previously unreleased tracks ranging from 1970 – 2000. Along with the re-mastered Bremen 1973 in-studio performance and two CD’s of radio interviews providing an audio overview of the band’s career, along with a DVD of Super 8 “Home Movies” (1972-1975) to give fans a behind the scenes look at the early years of the legendary and enduring band. For more information: https://www.musicglue.com/america

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Photo Credit: Henry Diltz
From left: Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell

Q&A WITH GERRY BECKLEY AND DEWEY BUNNELL OF AMERICA
ABOUT THEIR CONCERT SPECIAL
“AMERICA–LIVE AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM”

America’s performance at the London Palladium was a particularly strong one. Listening to the music and viewing the performance, one can sense that magic was truly in the air. What are your overall impressions about the performance and how it was personally meaningful for you?

Gerry Beckley: Anyone who knows our history as a band knows that London is where we got started. Although we’ve played London countless of times since 1970, we’ve never played the Palladium. It was a true honor to finally have the chance and it was a total gift that the stars aligned for us to make the video recording.

Dewey Bunnell: The band had been really working hard on the road and the shows had been going very well, so we felt good about the trip to England for this one. And we were prepared for the filming process. For Gerry and I, it was particularly special since the band formed in London and we had family still there who would be attending along with old friends from the 70’s. We had never played the London Palladium before which made the performance that much more meaningful and I felt like we delivered our best that night.

England is pivotal to America since the band was formed there, and of course George Martin produced your fourth album and then six more albums. Can you talk a little bit about this British connection and how it’s intrinsically woven into your music?

Dewey: Looking back, I realize what a special experience it was to be young Americans living in London at a pivotal time in music history in the late 60’s. We spent a lot of time seeing shows around London and meeting people that added to our evolution in the beginning. When George joined the team in 1974, it only solidified that strong connection and began a great relationship for the next 7 albums and the rest of our lives.

Gerry: As I mentioned, London is a place very dear to our hearts. As often as we’ve been bundled into the “West coast sound” group of artists, I’ve always thought of us as a mid-Atlantic band. Certainly my love of all things having to do with the British invasion in the 60’s carved that in stone from an early age. To have the opportunity to work with George Martin in the middle of our journey was an immeasurable bonus.

The Palladium show featured an absolutely killer set list with all the hits and deep cuts too. Are there any secrets in creating the ultimate set list, including the order in which the songs are performed, that will satisfy both longtime fans and newer ones, not to mention you yourselves as musicians?

Gerry: Our set has been built and refined over these 50 years of touring. We do make changes from year to year but they are subtle and hopefully don’t damage what we have worked so hard to construct.

Dewey: To begin with, our current band is incredibly talented including longtime bassist Rich Campbell along with Ryland Steen and Steve Fekete on drums and lead guitar respectively. They bring their own unique energy to the arrangements that needs to be seen and heard. The set itself has evolved over recent years with the obvious need to play the most familiar songs at the core, but it’s important to us that we pace the set and tie it together with less familiar songs that add different dynamics to the show. At the end of that night I think we delivered our best and had as much fun as the audience!

America – Live at The London Palladium
October 19, 2018

Set List

Miniature

Tin Man

You Can Do Magic

Don’t Cross The River

Daisy Jane

Riverside

I Need You

Here

Ventura Highway

Driving

Cornwall Blank – Hollywood

Survival

The Border

Greenhouse

Woman Tonight

Only In Your Heart

-Dewey’s Memories-

California Dreaming

Lonely People

-Band and Crew Intros-

Sandman

Sister Golden Hair

A Horse With No Name

For more information on AMERICA, visit:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

SRO Press Releases + Assets:
http://sropr.com/portfolio/america/

For press inquiries regarding AMERICA, contact:

SRO PR
Mitch Schneider (national): mschneider@sropr.com
Andrea Faulk (tour): afaulk@sropr.com

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