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Celebrate National Tequila Day at El Dorado Cantina and The Cantina by El Dorado on Wed., July 24

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July 11, 2024

 

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¡SALUD! CELEBRATE NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY JULY 24
AT EL DORADO CANTINA AND THE CANTINA BY EL DORADO

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WHAT:            Celebrate El Dorado Cantina and The Cantina by El Dorado’s favorite holiday, National Tequila Day, with $5 House Margaritas featuring Octavio Tequila, and $10 Don Julio® 1942 shots.

WHEN:            Wednesday, July 24, 2024

WHERE:       El Dorado Cantina
430 S. Rampart Blvd. inside Tivoli Village, 702-333-1112

3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive near The Strip, 702-722-2289

The Cantina by El Dorado

8349 W. Sunset Road near the 215 Beltway, 725-208-1903

Reservations are encouraged.

ABOUT EL DORADO CANTINA

Founded in 2014, El Dorado Cantina is best known for being one of the first Mexican restaurants in Las Vegas to offer cuisine featuring organic, non-GMO ingredients and for its extensive menu featuring dishes inspired by regions across Mexico. The El Dorado Cantina team believes in using sustainably raised products, which means that all the beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, fish, and produce used in the dishes originate from carefully selected farms in the U.S. free from antibiotics, pesticides, and steroids.

Happy Hour is offered at all locations from 3 – 6 p.m.  A reverse Happy Hour from Midnight to 3 a.m. is offered seven days a week at the Tivoli Village and Sunday through Thursday at the Sammy Davis Jr. location.

Voted “Best Mexican Restaurant” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal multiple years’ running, and one of Yelp’s “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.” two years in a row, El Dorado Cantina is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with two locations in the Las Vegas Valley: 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive; and 430 S. Rampart Blvd. inside Tivoli Village. For more information or to make a reservation, visit ElDoradoCantina.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT THE CANTINA BY EL DORADO

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, The Cantina by El Dorado features a streamlined menu of high quality organic, non-GMO authentic Mexican cuisine, a full-service bar with gaming with generous player incentives, and multiple televisions for an elevated sports viewing experience. Every Tuesday is Tequila Tuesday featuring $10 Don Julio® 1942 shots, and every Wednesday, enjoy a $20 Surf & Turf taco special. The Cantina is conveniently located off the 215 Beltway and Durango Drive at 8349 W. Sunset Rd #150. For more information or to make a reservation, call 725-208-1903 or visit https://eldoradocantina.com/the-cantina-by-eldorado/ and follow on Instagram @thecantinalv.

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Hillary Smoot / SRO PR
310-367-9056
hillary@sropr.com

Image of house margarita is courtesy of El Dorado Cantina

 


LAURA PURSELL’s New Video And Cover Of “Ode To Billy Joe” – The Bobbie Gentry Song Celebrates Its 57 Year Anniversary Today (July 10, 1967)

DATE: JULY 10, 2024

FROM: LYNDIE WENNER, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO PR

LAURA PURSELL
TODAY (JULY 10) RELEASES NEW VIDEO AND SINGLE:
COVER OF “ODE TO BILLY JOE,”
THE 8 X GRAMMY-NOMINATED AND MULTI-GENRE TOP 10 HIT
BY BOBBIE GENTRY THAT WILL CELEBRATE ITS 57-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE SONG’S JULY 10, 1967 RELEASE

“ODE TO BILLY JOE” IS FEATURED ON LAURA PURSELL’S RECENTLY RELEASED ALBUM ‘SHOOTING STAR’ ON THE NETCOM MUSIC LABEL

LISTEN TO THE SINGLE HERE AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

Ode To Billy Joe – Single Artwork

Nashville singer/songwriter LAURA PURSELL today (July 10) releases the video and single of her interpretation of the classic Bobby Gentry song “Ode To Billy Joe.” This marks the second single from her current album SHOOTING STAR on Netcom Music (September 2023). Listen to LAURA’s sultry-southern cover of the song HERE and watch the YouTube video HERE.

On July 10, “Ode to Billy Joe” will celebrate the 57-year anniversary of the song’s release in 1967. It was written and recorded by BOBBIE GENTRY, and five weeks after its release, topped Billboard’s Pop Singles chart and appeared in the top 10 charts of the Adult Contemporary and Hot R&B singles charts, as well as in the top 20 of the Hot Country Songs list. The song was the title track on Gentry’s 1967 Capitol Records debut album and nominated for eight Grammy Awards and appeared on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and Greatest Country Songs lists. In 2023, the song was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry.

“Ode To Billy Joe” was one of the songs recorded on what LAURA refers to as the “LA Sessions.” On the evening of March 16, 2020, when she and her band (consisting of drummer Chris Ross, bassist Jeff Takaguchi, and pianist Rick Hils) were told to fold up and leave the stage of a Burbank, CA venue they had a performing residence at, the city of Los Angeles was shutting down at midnight due to a Covid-19 pandemic mandate. Laura shares, “Not being able to perform live or leave LA and to keep myself and the band from going bonkers, we created our own little creative bubble and started looking for hidden gems to cover and possibly record. ‘Ode To Billy Joe’ has always been one of my favorite songs. So, I’m really excited to celebrate the anniversary of its release and am thrilled to have added this song to my latest album Shooting Star.The video was premiered July 8 at  Americana Highways.


© 2024 Netcom Music

During that time of the LA lockdown, LAURA and her band began to meet daily in her living room at the Studio City, CA home she was living in at that time, to rehearse and keep their chops up, work on new tunes, and figure out the road ahead. Laura and her band recorded a collection of songs at producer and guitarist Kenny Meriedeth’s Deep End Music Studios in Burbank, setting their focus on material from the Americana, country and roots rock idioms. LAURA shares, “Recording this collection of songs kept us all somewhat sane and energized.”

Halfway through recording the material, the Nashville native’s beloved father Bill Pursell—a respected Nashville pianist, composer, and orchestrator/arranger—passed away from Covid-19. The LA sessions and what would eventually become the album SHOOTING STAR was shelved indefinitely, and LAURA drove back to Nashville to mourn the loss of her father and musical mentor, and to settle his estate and solidify his musical legacy. In the fall of 2021, LAURA picked up where she and the band had left off, heading back to So. California to finish recording the LA sessions. Out of dozens of recorded tracks, 10 songs were chosen for inclusion for what is now her latest album SHOOTING STAR, an ode to loss and memory. Listen to the album HERE. The first single and title track from SHOOTING STAR was written by Bob Dylan and appeared on his 1989 album ‘OH MERCY.’ Watch the video filmed in downtown Nashville HERE.

Recently, Pursell was invited on the SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW Podcast by the show’s host Rik Anthony who says: “In the heart of Nashville, amidst the echoes of country music legends, stands a luminary in her own right. Laura Pursell was born into country music royalty as the daughter of a pioneer in the creation of the iconic ‘Nashville Sound.’ Pursell’s journey is steeped in heritage and talent.” Listen HERE.

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The Cantina by El Dorado introduces new menu items

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July 8, 2024

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THE CANTINA BY EL DORADO INTRODUCES NEW MENU ITEMS

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Pictured: Queso Gringo, center, with the Smash Burger and Baja Ahi Stack in the background, courtesy of The Cantina by El Dorado

WHAT:                              The Cantina by El Dorado has expanded its approachable and affordable menu just in time for Summer, with the additions of fresh salads, burgers, and much more!

New items include shareable starters such as the spicy Diablo Shrimp, jumbo shrimp with sweet & spicy Diablo sauce, cilantro, chiles, and served with Queso Toast ($15); Papas Bravas with chipotle crema, Salsa Bravas, Cotija cheese, chiles, cilantro ($9); Baja Ahi Stack, fresh Ahi with Chile de Arbol, Tomatillo Crema, lime, Serrano chiles, Pico de Gallo, avocado, sour cream and served with tortilla chips ($15); Queso Gringo, Cheddar and Oaxaca cheeses with jalapeños, Fresnos, Chimichurri, and Pico de Gallo ($12). Other new items include fresh salads such as the Chili Lime Salad with grilled chicken, shredded lettuce, cabbage, roasted corn, avocado, and Pico de Gallo, tossed with Jalapeño Ranch, and topped with Queso Fresco and crispy tortilla strips ($15); and the Carne Asada Fajita Salad with Carne Asada, chopped Romaine, roasted peppers and onions, and crema, served with flour tortillas, guacamole, Cilantro Lime Dressing, and Cotija cheese ($18); and two new burgers for $14 each: the Cantina Burger and the Cantina Smash Burger, both served with crispy fries.

WHERE:                          The Cantina by El Dorado
8349 W. Sunset Rd.

ABOUT THE CANTINA BY EL DORADO

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, The Cantina by El Dorado features a streamlined menu of high quality organic, non-GMO authentic Mexican cuisine, a full-service bar with gaming and generous player incentives, and multiple televisions for an elevated sports viewing experience. Specia offers include a daily Happy Hour from 3 – 7 p.m. with a reverse Happy Hour from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.; every Tuesday is Tequila Tuesday featuring $10 Don Julio® 1942 shots, and every Wednesday, enjoy a $20 Surf & Turf taco special. The Cantina is conveniently located off the 215 Beltway and Durango Drive at 8349 W. Sunset Rd #150. For more information or to make a reservation, call 725-208-1903 or visit https://eldoradocantina.com/the-cantina-by-eldorado/ and follow on Instagram @thecantinalv.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Hillary Smoot, SRO PR
hillary@sropr.com
310-367-9056

 


Enjoy cool live jazz at Vic’s Las Vegas this July

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July 2, 2024

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ENJOY COOL JAZZ AT VIC’S LAS VEGAS THIS JULY

WHAT:               Vic’s Las Vegas brings world-class jazz artists to entertain diners throughout the month of July.

WHO:
WHEN:              July 5 & 6          KEN PEPLOWSKI –
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
July 11-13        BENNY BENACK III
– 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
July 19 & 20    CALABRIA FOTI WITH BOB McCHESNEY
– 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
July 26 & 27    PATTY ASCHER
– 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Vic’s Las Vegas
                              355 Promenade Place in Symphony Park
No cover and no minimums. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

ABOUT KEN PEPLOWSKI

Ken Peplowski is a jazz clarinetist and saxophonist hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. Ken, and his trumpet-playing brother Ted, made many local radio and TV appearances and played for Polish dances and weddings virtually every weekend all through high-school. “That’s where I learned to improvise, ‘fake’ songs, learn about chord changes, etc.- it’s exactly like learning to swim by being thrown into the water!” By the time Ken was in his early teens, he was experimenting with jazz by playing in the school “stage” bands, and by jamming with many of the local jazz musicians. “By the time I hit high school, I was teaching at the local music store, playing in our family band, and playing jazz gigs around town while still getting up early every day for school.”

After a year of college, Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. “Buddy heard me with my quartet at a Cleveland jazz festival along with Teddy Wilson’s trio and the Dorsey band and made an offer right then and there for me to not only play lead alto, but to have a feature spot on the clarinet with the rhythm section. It was a great ‘road-school’ – we learned the discipline that goes with playing one-nighters every day for 48 weeks out of the year, and Buddy was a great, very generous bandleader.” Peplowski met Sonny Stitt while on the road with the Dorsey band and studied with him. “He was, and is, an inspiration to all of us who make a living ‘on the road’ – I’ve never heard anybody play with such amazing consistency as Sonny, through all kinds of settings.”

In 1980, Ken moved to New York City, and was soon playing in all kinds of settings, from traditional to avant-garde jazz. “Everything’s a learning experience in jazz music – there’s always an element of the unpredictable.” In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone.

Peplowski signed with Concord Records, under the tutelage of Carl Jefferson, the founder and president, and recorded close to 20 albums as a leader, including “The Natural Touch” in 1992 which won Best Jazz Record of the Year by the Prises Deutschen Schallplatten Kritiken, and “The Other Portrait”, recorded in Sophia Bulgaria with the symphony orchestra and highlighting Ken’s classical side. He also recorded two records on the Nagel Heyer label, “Lost In The Stars” and “Easy To Remember”, the latter of which features Bobby Short on his last recording. “I loved Bobby Short’s approach to the American songbook, and we’d talked about doing a record together for a while – I’m glad we got this one ‘in the can.’

And he has certainly achieved these goals, be it in small clubs, the Hollywood Bowl (where he played a sold-out concert), headlining in Las Vegas, the Newport Jazz Festival, pops concerts, European festivals and clubs, or at home in NYC, doing everything from playing on the soundtracks to Woody Allen movies, guest soloing on records (his more interesting recent ones were Marianne Faithfull and Cuban vocalist Isaac Delgado) to taking on the role of music director for interactive French and Italian cookbooks (“Menus And Music”).

The litany of musicians Ken has collaborated with includes Mel Torme, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Hank Jones, Dave Frishberg, Rosemary Clooney, Tom Harrell, James Moody, Cedar Walton, Houston Person, Steve Allen, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Marianne Faithfull, Isaac Delgado & Erich Kunzel. (“Although not necessarily in that order,” says Ken).

Ken Peplowski is a Buffet-Crampon artist, and plays the R-13 clarinet, with a Portnoy mouthpiece and Van Doren German-cut reeds. He also plays a Conn tenor sax and a Berg Larsen mouthpiece.

Ken’s new CD is called “Sunrise” and it’s a big band record of new arrangements written exclusively for him, plus some reworking of classic arrangements. His upcoming CD is a duo record with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figuereido entitled “Amizade”. He is currently the artistic director of the Sarasota Jazz Festival, the Newport Beach Jazz Party, and the Oregon Coast Jazz Party in Newport, Oregon.  Ken Peplowski has also been bestowed this year’s “Creative Arts Prize In Recognition Of Outstanding Contribution In The Field Of The Creative Arts” by the Polish American Historical Association.

ABOUT BENNY BENACK III

By age 33, Emmy-nominated Trumpeter and Vocalist Benny Benack III has already become a leading voice in Jazz for his generation, headlining clubs and festivals around the world on the heels of his latest critically acclaimed album “Third Time’s the Charm” which ascended to #2 on the JazzWeek International Radio Charts in 2023. He is the rare talent who is just as formidable as a fiery trumpeter ranging from Freddie Hubbard to Louis Armstrong and everyone in between, while as a singer he delivers sly, mature, naturally expressive post-Sinatra vocal stylings.

His sophomore album “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” (2020) featured the likes of bass luminary Christian McBride, achieving viral online fame w/his vocalese rendition of “Social Call” ft. Veronica Swift that’s been transcribed and covered by singers around the world. He has crooned his way to millions of more listeners alongside groups such as the Grammy-winning “8-Bit Big Band” and YouTube sensation “Postmodern Jukebox”.

His double-threat credentials were first apparent when he was a finalist in the 2014 Thelonius Monk Competition on trumpet, and then won Third Place in the 2021 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition. His resume for both was recently bolstered in Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll for 2023, where he appeared in two categories: The #2 Rising Star Male Vocalist and #15 Rising Star Trumpet.

His global recognition has been bolstered by the recent advent of live-streaming concerts, both through his weekly residency at Smalls Jazz Club, as well as frequent appearances at fellow young lion Emmet Cohen’s “Emmet’s Place” online series. He has emerged from the pandemic as one of the most in-demand touring artists in the Jazz world, with a never-ending intercontinental schedule that reflects his indefatigable love for the music, with his smile and panache on full-display wherever it takes him next.

ABOUT CALABRIA FOTI

Calabria Foti is an American singer, violinist, composer, arranger, author, and educator. A consummate musician and a dynamic entertainer, Calabria is a connoisseur of music, from Classical to Broadway.  Ms. Foti’s recordings and live shows have been praised by such diverse artists as piano virtuoso Van Cliburn, composer Johnny Mandel, trumpeter Chris Botti, and a host of other music and entertainment luminaries. Upon hearing her CD, “A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening” (2007, MoCo Records), legendary singer Johnny Mathis said, ” Listening to a beautiful voice is one of my greatest pleasures in life. Listening to this recording of Calabria Foti’s voice is some of the most beautiful and artistic music I have ever heard. She is a treasure!”

Born into a family of musicians and music educators, Calabria was exposed to classical, jazz, and popular music at a young age. Passionate about movie musicals and classic films of the late 1920s on, Ms. Foti calls herself a “throwback”, in love with the period of American history that produced the songs of the Great American Songbook and the films from The Golden Age of Hollywood.

Her highly acclaimed CDs are a testimony to her musical sensibilities and can be heard regularly on adult standards and jazz radio formats throughout the world. She has shared the spotlight and the microphone with TV’s Seth MacFarlane and in 2013, the two paired up to record the duet, “Let’s Fall in Love”, which garnered a Grammy Award nomination.

Equally at home performing musical theatre, jazz, cabaret, or her own original songs, Calabria has been called a “master of improvisation and interpretation”, and her voice has graced several major motion picture and television soundtracks.

Also, an accomplished violinist, Calabria created the jazz violin sound for Fox TV’s Lisa Simpson, performed the virtuosic violin solo for the long-running theme to PBS’ Great Performances, and most recently was a featured soloist in the films, Muppets Most Wanted and Sherlock Holmes. She has played violin on hundreds of television and movie scores, and on CDs for Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Josh Groban, Daft Punk, and many others.

With a delightful speaking voice, Ms. Foti has hosted the internationally syndicated radio program “Music Of Your Life” and is heard occasionally as a guest host on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Siriusly Sinatra”, where she enthusiastically discusses and plays the music she loves so much.

ABOUT PATTY ASCHER

Whether singing in English or her native Portuguese, Patty Ascher brings an alluring quality to bear on every evocative tune. From achingly beautiful interpretations of songs by the likes of Michel Legrand and Burt Bacharach (the latter whom she paid tribute to on the acclaimed album Bacharach Bossa Club) to heartfelt renditions of her own affecting bossa nova and R&B flavored originals, Patty delivers with the kind of classy sophistication that belies to the great jazz singers.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Patty Ascher grew up in a musical household. Her father Neno was part of a very successful Brazilian band from the 70s called Os Incríveis (The Incredibles). “My father was a musician, his brother is a very popular arranger and maestro in Brazil and all my cousins play an instrument,” she says. As a singer, she cites Brazilian divas Leny Andrade and Gal Costa along with American jazz divas Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington as important influences. “What they all have in common,” says Ascher, “is personality. When you hear them, you do know who is singing.”

Patty Ascher also lists Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Al Jarreau as among her favorite male voices, though her earliest vocal influence may have come from a 1930s icon. “The first song I remember in my life was ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ with Fats Waller singing,” she recalls. “I was only three years old, and I loved that song. I’d wake up in the morning hearing Fats, and that always stuck with me. Then I discovered Cab Calloway’s ‘Minnie the Moochie’ from a cartoon, and I loved that as well. My father then introduced me to Louis Armstrong, and I started to listen all the time to his versions of ‘Dream A Little Dream of Me,’ ‘High Society’ and ‘St. James Infirmary.’ I used to love that man singing just to me in my room while I was eating or taking a bath, even when I was sleeping.”

Patty Ascher’s musical horizons eventually expanded to include the Beatles, American Soul and jazz. During her college years while studying for a bachelor’s degree in literature at the University of São Paulo, she began immersing herself in Brazilian music while harboring a dream of becoming a professional singer. She recalls her earliest onstage experiences. “My first gig was in a beautiful theater in São Paulo. It was a benefit concert for the Jewish Community Center. The second one I did was in Rio de Janeiro at Bar Do Tom, a Bossa Nova temple…a very fancy night club in Rio.”

In 2007, after earning a master’s degree she encountered bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal, who invited Patty Ascher to record her first CD, singing Burt Bacharach songs in bossa nova style. “Meeting him was a sign to me,” she says. “It was a chance to go on seriously with a career, working with a great producer and mentor. We released our project one year after our first meeting and it was a dream project. It was an incredible opportunity to sing samba and jazz together. They have a lot in common. Both were born in the ‘new continent’ at the same time from the same mother Africa.”

On her latest recording, Bossa, Jazz ‘n’ Samba, Patty Ascher’s gorgeous voice is surrounded by lush orchestrations from such respected veteran MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) artists and composer-arrangers as Dori Caymmi, Gilson Peranzetta, Amilson Godoy and Cristovao Bastos. This spirited cross-cultural project –recorded at the famous Gravodisc studios in Sao Paolo, Brazil –should put Patty Ascher over the top and she was nominated for a Grammy.

ABOUT VIC’S LAS VEGAS

Created by Porchlight Hospitality in 2023, the award-winning Vic’s Las Vegas is located in Symphony Park at 355 Promenade Place. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Vic’s features Italian-American cuisine, a full-service bar, gaming, and live entertainment nightly. Reservations can be made by calling 725-755-5299 or visit vicslasvegas.com. Follow on Instagram @vicslasvegas.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Hillary Smoot, SRO PR
310-367-9056
hillary@sropr.com

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“Crack Cocaine” Jumps to #1: BILLY MORRISON’S Collaboration with Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Stevens

DATE: JULY 2, 2024

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK, SRO PR

BILLY MORRISON’S “CRACK COCAINE”
COLLABORATION WITH
OZZY OSBOURNE AND STEVE STEVENS
IS NOW THE #1 ACTIVE ROCK SONG IN AMERICA
MARKS THE SECOND SINGLE/VIDEO
FROM MORRISON’S SOLO ALBUM
‘THE MORRISON PROJECT’
VIA TLG | ZOID | VIRGIN MUSIC GROUP
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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BILLY MORRISON’s seismic collaboration “Crack Cocaine”—featuring OZZY OSBOURNE and STEVE STEVENS and co-written by all three artists—is now the #1 Active Rock Song in America. Having jumped into this position on the Mediabase chart, the track is the second single from BILLY’s third solo album THE MORRISON PROJECT via TLG | ZOID | Virgin Music Group (released April 19).

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“I’m just hugely grateful to every person on ‘The Morrison Project’ team for pushing this track to the Active Rock Number One spot,” says an ecstatic MORRISON, the British guitarist, singer, and songwriter primarily known as Billy Idol’s rhythm guitar player for the past 15 years alongside lead guitarist Steve Stevens. “Both the song and the album have been so well-received—I couldn’t have asked for more. It’s a testament to passion and an honest love for making music as well as having a strong independent team. Thank you to my label, TLG | ZOID | Virgin Music Group, and every radio station and rock fan that played a part in this success.”

Says OZZY: “I’m overjoyed that ‘Crack Cocaine’ is number one at rock radio.  And, of course, I’m even happier for my friend Billy Morrison.”

“The power of great respect and friendship is truly on display with ‘Crack Cocaine,’” offers STEVE STEVENS. “To contribute to the legacy of Ozzy Osborne is mind-blowing. Thank you Billy Morrison for the phone call and steering the ship.”

In “Crack Cocaine,” OZZY sings, “I guess the way that your love makes me feel/Must mean I’m really addicted.” “Crack Cocaine” is the first new song with OZZY on vocals since the 2022 release of his worldwide smash album Patient Number 9 which earned him two Grammy Awards (“Best Rock Album,” “Best Metal Performance”).

MORRISON, OSBOURNE, and STEVENS all appear in the “Crack Cocaine” video, with PARIS JACKSON playing the glamorous/romantic interest. Directed by IVO RAZA and filmed at various Los Angeles locations, it also features cameos from visual artist RISK and actor JEFF HILLIARD. The video has now logged over 3.6 million views on YouTube. Watch it HERE, listen to the track (produced by MORRISON and STEVENS) HERE, and enjoy the album HERE.

For THE MORRISON PROJECT, BILLY has assembled an electrifying 12 songs with guest performances by Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, DMC, Al Jourgensen, Steve Vai, Steve Stevens, Linda Perry, Tommy Clufetos, John5, and more. The album was produced by BILLY, mixed by Barry Pointer, and mastered by Dave Donnelly. All the songs on the album—recorded in Los Angeles at various studios—were written by BILLY in collaboration with his guests. Read the album announcement HERE.

THE MORRISON PROJECT features 12 original tracks:

DROWNING
(Written by Billy Morrison/Erik Eldenius/Jeordie White)

CRACK COCAINE
(Featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Stevens with Tommy Clufetos on Drums)
(Written by Billy Morrison/ Ozzy Osbourne/Steve Stevens)

ITS COME TO THIS
(Written by Billy Morrison/Erik Eldenius)

THE AYES HAVE IT
(Featuring Al Jourgensen and John5 with Roy Mayorga on Drums)
(Written by Billy Morrison)

DYSTOPIA
(Written by Billy Morrison/Erik Eldenius/Jeordie White)

INCITE THE WATCH
(Featuring Corey Taylor and Steve Vai) (Written by Billy Morrison, Erik Eldenius, Jeordie White, Corey Taylor)

PUPPETS ON A STRING

(Written by Billy Morrison/Erik Eldenius/Jeordie White)

JUST LIKE A MOVIE
(Featuring D.M.C. and Persia Numan with Erik Eldenius on Drums)
(Written by Billy Morrison/Erik Eldenius/Jeordie White/ Darryl McDaniels/Persia Numan)

THE SOUND OF FREEDOM
(Written by Billy Morrison, Erik Eldenius, Jeordie White)

MR. DREAM
(Featuring Billy Idol and Steve Stevens)
(Written by Billy Morrison, Erik Eldenius, Jeordie White, Steve Stevens, Billy Idol)

WE ARE THE DEAD
(Written by Billy Morrison, Erik Eldenius, Jeordie White)

CHASING SHADOWS
(Featuring Linda Perry)
(Written by Billy Morrison)

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About TLG | ZOID | Virgin Music Group:

TLG | ZOID is the brainchild of industry veterans Dennis Sanders and Peter Tsiolis. This brand-new hard rock/metal label was formed in 2023 and is distributed by Virgin Music Group. In July 2023, the label notably scored the #1 Active Rock Song in America with Billy Morrison’s seismic collaboration “Crack Cocaine” featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Stevens and co-written by all three artists. The track is the second single from Billy’s third solo album The Morrison Project, which marks the first album released (April 19) under the new label. The “Crack Cocaine” music video starring Billy, Ozzy, and Steve, along with Paris Jackson, already has 3 million-plus views. TLG | ZOID is committed to fostering authentic musical expression across diverse genres: upcoming releases from TLG | ZOID include more projects from The Morrison Project, Smile Empty Soul, Gene Loves Jezebel, Stripping the Pistol, Aftermath, Radiobot, World Fire Brigade, Disciples Of Verity, and Empiires. TLG | ZOID has entered into a strategic alliance with dCommunity, signaling a progressive approach to the evolving music industry landscape and positioning TLG | ZOID as a frontrunner in integrating artist-centric initiatives and fan engagement within the metaverse and blockchain technology.

For press inquiries regarding BILLY MORRISON, contact:

SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@sropr.com
Andrea Faulk // afaulk@sropr.com

 


Stoney’s Rockin’ Country announces bangin’ live music every Friday in July

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June 28, 2024

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STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY ANNOUNCES BANGIN’ LIVE MUSIC THIS JULY

WHAT:             Enjoy live music every Friday from some of country music’s hottest stars at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country this month.

Hop on the mechanical bull or take a spin line dancing! Stoney’s has you covered with free line dance lessons Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Visit https://stoneysrockincountry.com/dance-lessons/ for details.

WHERE:         Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
6611 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Unit 160, at Town Square

WHEN:            Friday, July 5             Lanie Gardner
Friday, July 12           Presley Tennant
Friday, July 19           A Thousand Horses
Friday, July 26           Kaleb Austin

TICKETS:       Advance tickets are on sale now at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/13160/stoneys-rockincountry. Shows are open to 18+ and doors open at 7 p.m.

ABOUT LANIE GARDNER

Lanie Gardner is a singer-songwriter, TikToker, YouTuber, and entrepreneur from the United States. She rose to fame when her cover of Fleetwood Mac’s song “Dreams” went viral on YouTube. She has since established a thriving musical career, touring the country supporting larger artists.

ABOUT PRESLEY TENNANT

Radiant and fearless, Presley Tennant is the result of unequivocal talent and California ease. Dubbed a “vocal powerhouse” by Taste of Country, People Magazine states Presley is “quickly proving that she is a wild card in the country music industry.”

Rooted in the classics, the Horsetown, USA (aka Norco, CA) native immersed herself in Country Music following her national appearance on The Voice at just 16 years old. Determined to make her own way in the industry, Tennant teamed up with some of the industry’s top creatives to produce her own version of California-Country, melding together western lifestyle, her unparalleled powerhouse vocals, traditional roots, and a modern energy.

Filled with uncompromising integrity, the ‘it’ factor and a dream, it’s no surprise Presley has shared the stage with musical heroes Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton and more. Not only is she immensely talented, but she also has a heart of gold, donating her time to animal organizations through her Riffs & Rescues virtual charity tour, where she performs live and raises awareness and funds for various animal initiatives.

ABOUT A THOUSAND HORSES

The high-powered new single from A Thousand Horses, “Highway Sound” marks the start of the most dynamic era yet in the Nashville-based band’s career. Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Jon Randall, the wildly life-affirming anthem delves deeper into the freewheeling originality they’ve embraced since their Dave Cobb-produced debut SOUTHERNALITY—featuring the PLATINUM-certified smash “Smoke”—and artfully merges elements of Southern Rock, Classic Country, and hard-driving Americana. Along with adorning the track with plenty of ear-catching details (achieved in part through such left-of-center instrumentation as electric sitar and talk box), A Thousand Horses fully capture what frontman Michael Hobby refers to as “the freedom of cutting ties with the negativity of the past and putting your energy into celebrating a new beginning.”

Written after a period of intense change in their personal lives, “Highway Sound” first took shape over the course of a weekend trip to a Texas farmhouse in summer 2021, during which Hobby, guitarist Bill Satcher, bassist Graham DeLoach, and former guitarist Zach Brown came up with the song during an impromptu session on the porch. A major leap forward for A Thousand Horses, “Highway Sound” spotlights the powerful musicianship and soulful urgency first revealed on SOUTHERNALITY—a 2015 LP that reached #3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with “Smoke” earning recognition as the first debut single for a group to reach #1 on the Country Airplay charts that decade. Soon after launching their own label, Highway Sound Records, A Thousand Horses returned with their 2022 sophomore album BROKEN HEARTLAND, featuring standouts like “When I Hear Your Name,” “Another Mile,” and “Never Liked the Rain.” Known for their incendiary live show, A Thousand Horses have also toured the country with iconic acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. In 2024, A Thousand Horses are embarking on their 16-show Spring headline tour and will continue to release new music with their full-length album The Outside slated for later this year.

ABOUT KALEB AUSTIN

Kaleb Austin grew up in Murray, UT where he cultivated a love for singing and writing country music from a very early age. He began writing his own songs at age 14 and quickly realized he wanted to pursue a career in the music business. In the coming years he would have the chance to share the stage with the likes of JoDee Messina, Billy Currington, Dan+Shay, Brantley Gilbert and Joe Nichols among others. After chasing his dreams for over a decade he finally got his big break through social media. His wife Cheyenne began posting short videos of Kaleb singing to his baby daughter which swiftly gained him a following of almost 2 million people. His following dubbed the “KAmpfire” helped him get to Nashville and record his first #1 iTunes single, “Sound of the South” with long time hitmaker Dan Frizsell. This marked a turning point in Kaleb’s life giving his music new wings and earning him the title of “TikTok Country Artist of the Year.” He has since released a full album with several chart-topping hits including “Turn the Night On” and “Sun Goes Down.” He currently resides in Salt Lake City where he is preparing for his upcoming tour and is actively writing for his second studio album.

ABOUT STONEY’S ROCKIN’ COUNTRY

The award-winning, world famous Stoney’s Rockin’ Country is Las Vegas’ premiere destination for locals and tourists who are looking for a boot stomping good ole time with line dancing, mechanical bull riding, beer pong, pool tables, and more. Located at Town Square, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country is a 19,000 square foot high-energy nightclub that features a 2,000 square foot dance floor and 570 square foot stage for dancing and performances, along with a state-of-the-art sound system, live bands, and DJs. Open Thursday through Saturday, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country offers special promotions including the World-Famous Ladies Night on Thursdays where ladies drink for just $2 and live music from the latest and greatest in country music every Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and line-dancing lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (702) 435-2855 or go to stoneysrockincountry.com.  Find Stoney’s Rockin’ Country on Facebook, Twitter @StoneysLV, and Instagram @stoneysrockincountry.

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Stoney’s North Forty pops off with live country music every Thursday in July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2024

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STONEY’S NORTH FORTY ANNOUNCES UPCOMING SHOWS IN JULY

WHAT:                 Enjoy live music from some of country music’s finest every Thursday at Stoney’s North Forty inside Santa Fe Station in July.

Hop on the mechanical bull or take a spin on the dance floor below the mirrored armadillo! Stoney’s has you covered with free two step and line dance lessons Tuesdays through Saturdays. Visit https://stoneysnorthforty.com/dance-lesson/ for times and details.

WHERE:              Stoney’s North Forty inside Santa Fe Station

4949 N. Rancho Drive

WHEN:                Thursday, July 4             Tennessee Jet
Thursday, July 11          Chad Freeman and Redline
Thursday, July 18          Presley & Taylor
Thursday, July 25          Graham Barham

TICKETS:            Tickets for live entertainment start at just $10 and are available at https://stoneysnorthforty.com/

ABOUT TENNESSEE JET

Long before Tennessee Jet began crisscrossing America as a one-man band, playing nightly shows full of fuzz guitar, primal percussion, and songs that split the difference between country and raw rock & roll, he traveled the interstates of Oklahoma with his bronc-riding father and barrel-racing mother. Sitting on the bench seat of an old Ford pickup truck pulling a horse trailer while heading to the next rodeo, he’d watch the grasslands of his home state fly past the windshield at highway speed. Country music was always on the radio back then, and those songs — honest, heartfelt classics by icons like Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam, both of whom he’d eventually join on tour — left a permanent mark. The Country, Tennessee Jet’s third album, nods to that childhood soundtrack. A salute to the sounds of his youth, these songs double down on Jet’s country and folk influences, without sacrificing the left-of-center approach that’s earned him a reputation as a genre bender. Honky-tonk ballads, twin fiddles, and country two-steps rub shoulders with a Nirvana-inspired rock song (“Johnny,” a tribute to 1950s legend Johnny Horton) and a bluegrass cover of the Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels.” The result is a richly textured album that’s both classic and modern in the same breath. This is raw, truthful country music — a reinvention of the sound that’s always formed the bedrock of Tennessee Jet’s artistry, even during his most amplified moments.

“My career has been a constant purging of what I’ve done before, so I can reinvent and create something that’s uniquely me,” says Jet, who kicked off his touring career by taking the stage alone, an electric guitar strapped across his chest and a drum set at his feet, accompanying himself with a one-man fuzz-filled wall of sound. It was an approach that owed as much to rock & roll’s distorted stomp as country music’s twang, and for Jet — an enthusiastic fan of Neil Young and Jack White, two forward-thinking rockers who, like Jet, refuse to be pigeonholed — the contrast between those genres was the whole point.

The Country marks the most collaborative project of Jet’s career. A songwriter, front man, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, he took a do-it-yourself approach to his 2015 debut and 2017’s Reata, both of which found Jet playing every instrument himself. The Country references those early years with songs like the autobiographical “Stray Dogs,” whose lyrics find a young Jet speeding down the Indian Nation Turnpike, his future wife riding shotgun, fueled by a combination of love, truck stop gasoline, and the need to make it to the next show on time. For an album that often pays homage to Jet’s DIY past, though, The Country also finds him teaming up with Dwight Yoakam’s touring band, whose members add Telecaster twang and Cali-country cool to Jet’s raw, ragged edges. Paul Cauthen, Cody Jinks, and Elizabeth Cook all lend a hand, too, duetting with Jet on their respective tracks while also teaming up for an all-hands-on-deck version of “Pancho and Lefty.” Additional guests include longtime Willie Nelson bandmate Mickey Raphael who lends harmonica as well as Lady Gaga bandleader Brian Newman on trumpet.

While The Country may be stocked with star power from the alt-country fringes, it’s Tennessee Jet who shines the brightest. A lifelong explorer who literally grew up on the road, he writes about love, loss, legends, and the pursuit of the muse in a voice that’s at once worldly and distinctly Oklahoman, peppering his lyrics with references to other literary heroes who, like him, shine at showcasing a sense of place: Faulkner, Shakespeare, Kerouac, and Woody Guthrie. Co-produced by the songwriter himself, The Country finds Tennessee Jet occupying his own sort of artistic crossroads, planting one boot in the nostalgic sounds of his past while pointing the other in a direction of his own making. This is his version of country music — a sound that, in Jet’s hands, becomes both fresh and familiar.

ABOUT CHAD FREEMAN & REDLINE

Chad Freeman & Redline, established on March 13, 2009, swiftly cultivated a unique sound that resonated locally and beyond. Starting with grassroots performances, they soon became fixtures on the Las Vegas Strip, entertaining crowds at events like PBR and NFR. Their journey expanded to include prestigious stages such as NASCAR, the Super Bowl, and CMA Fest, as well as numerous festivals, special events, and weddings.

Chad Freeman’s talent propelled him to international tours, gracing stages across Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, Canada, Mexico, Chile, France, Switzerland, and beyond. As they celebrated their 10-year anniversary in 2019, Redline’s lineup remains as robust as ever, eagerly anticipating a future filled with performances on diverse stages worldwide.

ABOUT PRESLEY & TAYLOR

Presley & Taylor are a dynamic country duo that has taken the music industry by storm with their undeniable talent, captivating performances, and heartfelt songwriting. Hailing from Connecticut, these two sisters have quickly made a name for themselves in the country music scene, earning a dedicated fanbase and critical acclaim along the way. With three previous singles, “22 Red Flags,” “Don’t Even Know Your Mama,” and “Everybody Sees It,” Presley & Taylor have made a significant impact on streaming platforms, amassing well over 5 million streams across all platforms. Their music has been featured on some of the biggest Spotify editorial playlists, including New Boots, Wild Country, Breakout Country, and more. The duo was also featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds Country: Best of 2021 & 2022 with their songs “22 Red Flags” and “The Storm.” Not only have their songs resonated with fans, but they have also achieved two fan-voted #1 videos on CMT Music’s 12-Pack Countdown, solidifying their status as rising stars in the country music world.

Presley & Taylor’s debut EP, “Limited Edition (Side A),” has been a game-changer for the duo. Produced by Jimmy Ritchey and featuring some of Nashville’s best talent as musicians, co-writers and collaborators, the EP has quickly gained traction in the music industry. With over half a million streams in the first month and placements on highly coveted editorial playlists like New Music Friday Country, Next From Nashville, Fresh Finds Country, and Young Nashville on Spotify, as well as Country Pop and Country Waves on Tidal, and Apple Music’s New In Country playlist, the EP has solidified Presley & Taylor’s place as true artists and songwriters in the country music scene. The music videos accompanying the EP have also been a hit, earning the duo an additional fan-voted #1 on the CMT 12-Pack Countdown.

Presley & Taylor’s talent and hard work have led them to share the stage with some of country music’s biggest names. They have opened for renowned artists such as Old Dominion, Gary Allan, Martina McBride, Sammy Kershaw, Tracy Byrd, and more, showcasing their ability to hold their own among country music’s elite. Their live performances have captivated audiences across the country from California to Connecticut, leaving a lasting impression on fans and industry professionals alike. They have also graced the stages of major music festivals such as Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, Country Thunder SK, and Country Thunder Wisconsin. Their talent and hard work have earned them coveted spots as featured artists on CMAfest sanctioned stages like the Spotlight Stage and the Durango Stage. Presley & Taylor’s relentless dedication to their craft and their fans has undoubtedly set them on a path to even greater success in the future.

Their success has not gone unnoticed, as Presley & Taylor have been featured in prestigious publications such as Billboard, Music Connection, Connecticut Magazine, CountryLine, Country Rebel, MusicRow Magazine, Inside Edition, and more. Their unique sound and authentic storytelling have garnered attention from both fans and industry insiders. With a thriving and growing social media presence and a fan base of over 250K followers, the duo has built a strong and dedicated community of supporters. Their engaging content and personal connection with fans have contributed to their rapid rise in popularity.

In addition to their musical success, Presley & Taylor have established themselves as ambassadors for the PEDIGREE Foundation, a cause close to their hearts. They have dedicated their time and efforts to raise funds and awareness for shelters and rescue organizations nationwide, using their platform to make a positive impact on the lives of animals in need.

With a strong team behind them Presley & Taylor are poised for even greater success in the future. Their unwavering dedication to their craft, genuine connection with fans, and commitment to making a positive impact set them apart as not just talented musicians, but as true ambassadors of country music. As they continue to write, perform, and connect with audiences around the world, Presley & Taylor are undoubtedly on the path to becoming country music’s next big stars.

ABOUT GRAHAM BARHAM

Graham Barham, originally from the quiet Louisiana village of Oak Ridge with just 124 residents, brings a distinctive Southern charm to his music. His songs paint vivid pictures of small-town life—moss-draped ponds, pickup trucks, and winding country roads are recurring motifs woven into his soulful lyrics. Despite his rural upbringing, Barham’s music transcends geographical boundaries, resonating deeply with audiences far beyond his hometown.

At 24, Barham’s journey to musical prominence began early, inspired by legends like George Strait and fueled by a knack for crafting catchy melodies honed during his formative years. His path to Nashville saw him evolve from singing in church as a child to penning heartfelt tunes that blend the raw honesty of country with the immediacy of pop influences. His breakout single, “Preachers Need People,” released in 2022, catapulted him into viral fame, showcasing his ability to infuse everyday stories with profound emotional depth.

Raised on a farm by a farmer father and a schoolteacher mother, Barham’s music reflects his blue-collar roots and an innate understanding of life’s highs and lows. His move to Nashville at 18 marked a turning point, where he immersed himself in songwriting, collaborating across genres and refining his unique brand of country music—authentic, heartfelt, and rich with personal narrative.

Produced largely by Will Bundy, whose credits include Keith Urban and Jason Aldean, Barham’s debut album on Virgin Records promises a collection of songs that capture the complexities of life’s journey. Tracks like “BREAK IT IN A BAR” and “TWO BROKE HEARTS” showcase his emotive vocals and incisive storytelling, while “Beer By My Bed” delves into moments of introspection and regret with unflinching honesty.

Looking ahead, Barham remains committed to crafting music that resonates on a soul-deep level, offering listeners a cathartic experience through his lyrics. Whether reflecting on personal growth, relationships, or the joy of a night out, his songs invite listeners to connect with their own stories. With each performance, Graham Barham continues to define his place in the world of country music, driven by a passion for authenticity and a desire to touch hearts with every verse.

ABOUT STONEY’S NORTH FORTY

From the creators of the award-winning, world famous Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, Stoney’s North Forty is a premiere destination for locals and tourists 21 and over who are looking for a boot stomping good ole time with line dancing, mechanical bull riding, beer pong, pool tables, and more. Located inside Santa Fe Station, and open Tuesday through Saturday, Stoney’s North Forty offers special promotions including Ladies Night on Wednesdays where ladies can enjoy $2 wine, well cocktails, and draft beer, a daily Happy Hour from 4 – 7 p.m., and live music from the hottest rising Nashville artists. Doors open at 4 p.m. and there are free line-dancing lessons Tuesdays through Saturdays. All active and retired military, teachers, nurses, and first responders with valid ID receive their first drink free! For more information, visit stoneysnorthforty.com. For all the latest news and a live entertainment schedule, follow on Facebook @stoneysnf and Instagram @stoneysnorthforty.

ABOUT SANTA FE STATION

Santa Fe Station is a top entertainment destination in northwest Las Vegas with a 60-lane bowling center, 16-screen multiplex movie theater, premier state-of-the-art sportsbook, and more than 2,000 slot and video poker machines. The property also boasts more than 14,000 square feet of meeting space and 200 hotel rooms and offers guests a variety of dining choices. Santa Fe is in the midst of a property refresh with the arrival of Stoney’s North Forty, Stallone’s Italian Eatery, Nielsen’s Frozen Custard, and an all-new Poker room. The property will add a new High Limit Room this fall. For more information, visit www.santafestation.com or follow us on social media at @santafestationlv.

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ROSS VALORY Marks The Summer Solstice With The Release Of His Interpretation Of War’s “Low Rider” From His Debut Solo Album ‘All Of The Above’

DATE: JUNE 20, 2024

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN, SRO PR

ROSS VALORY
TODAY MARKS THE SUMMER SOLSTICE
WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS INTERPRETATION OF
WAR’S “LOW RIDER”
THE CLASSIC CRUISING ANTHEM IS FEATURED ON
THE ORIGINAL JOURNEY BASSIST
AND SONGWRITER’S DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
‘ALL OF THE ABOVE’
WATCH THE DAZZLING VIDEO HERE

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ROSS VALORY today (June 20) marks the summer solstice by rolling out a dazzling video for his interpretation of funk-rockers War’s classic cruising anthem “Low Rider.” It’s one of the highlights from the original Journey bassist and songwriter’s current debut solo album ALL OF THE ABOVE (OID Music). Watch the video HERE.

“Low Rider” is another visually colorful delight directed by Michael Cotten, who lensed the album’s three other videos. It was premiered yesterday by Ultimate Classic Rock.

Says ROSS: “Michael Cotten has done exceptional work on the videos for every song on the album. It may be obvious to all that he is greatly inspired by my music. Michael and I are naturally in sync. Michael hears what I see. He sees what I hear. And, likewise! “With the exception of a few strategic edits recommended on my part,” he adds, “Michael Cotten ran with the ball on this song from the beginning.”

Cotten outlines how he envisioned the video: “We could say that this visual treatment of the classic song is an homage to the great tradition of Mexican/American car culture. We wanted to heighten the brilliant baroque sensibility that Lowrider cars and bikes display!”

“Low Rider” gets a sturdy makeover as ROSS is joined by Josh Ramos of the Storm providing the proper Puerto Rican vocals. Hall of Famer Gregg Errico of Sly and the Family Stone handles drums, with additional percussion by Karl Perazzo from Carlos Santana’s band. Canadian reality TV star Les Stroud, the original “Survivorman,” an old friend of Valory’s, adds harmonica, and Marc Russo ties everything together on soprano sax, which by the end of the track, turns into a party. The other players lighting up “Low Rider” are Eric Levy (ogan, clavinet, synth) and guitarist Vernon “Ice” Black.

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What was ROSS’ inspiration to cover “Low Rider”? “As I had just completed the basic tracks, in 2018, for the first cover tune, “Incident at Neshabur/Senior Blue,” I said to the boys that there was one more cool cover tune that I had always wanted to do. They all said, ‘let’s do it.’”

“I first arranged the session by inviting Greg Errico, who was the perfect drummer for the song,” ROSS continues. “Les ‘Survivorman’ Stroud, who recorded the harp, just happened to be passing through town. I brought in guitarist Josh Ramos, who has the perfect voice for this song, to cut the vocal tracks. The basic tracks were completed with Vernon ‘Ice’ Black, who brought the perfect touch for such a tune. The overdubs were completed by veterans Marc Russo, on saxes, and Karl Perazzo on percussion. The whole recording experience was fast and easy, as a song like ‘Low Rider’ should be!

“Low Rider” marks the fourth video and track from the debut album from one of rock’s best bass guitarists and an original member of the multi-platinum band Journey. It follows the album’s three previous videos which Cotten created for Tomland (the album’s hypnotic first single), Wild Kingdom (with its Latin-fired intensity), and Windmill” (defined by its Brazilian flair).

ALL OF THE ABOVE was produced by VALORY and co-produced by Eric Levy and Jacob Stowe. The nine tracks on the album represent the full maturity of VALORY’s musical gifts, cutting a broad swath through the instrumental territory the music travels. He plays keyboards, guitar, and, of course, many basses in a display of cultivated virtuosity across a palette far broader than could be found in his work with Journey. He is stepping out from behind his bass and, for the first time in his more than half-century as a professional musician, representing his vision and his compositions.

VALORY left Journey in 2020 and the band members worked out their issues in a peaceful mediated settlement. VALORY, who spent most of his life as a member of Journey, has no regrets. He counts his blessings at having spent an amazing career with a remarkable group of musicians who succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

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TOMMY EMMANUEL Today Releases New Video For “Mr. Guitar (Live)” In Honor Of Chet Atkins’ 100th Birthday

DT: JUNE 20, 2024

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TOMMY EMMANUEL
TODAY RELEASES NEWLY SHOT LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR
“MR. GUITAR (LIVE)”
IN HONOR OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN CHET ATKINS’ 100TH BIRTHDAY ON JUNE 20

“MR. GUITAR (LIVE)”
IS FEATURED AS A BONUS TRACK ON EMMANUEL’S NEWLY RELEASED ALBUM
‘ENDLESS ROAD: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION’

VIEW THE “MR. GUITAR”
VIDEO HERE

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In honor of what would have been Chet Atkins’ 100th birthday today (June 20), Grammy® Award winner TOMMY EMMANUEL has released a newly shot video of “Mr. Guitar” (Live).” It’s a song that TOMMY wrote in honor of the legendary and influential guitar pioneer.

Watch the video, filmed at TOMMY’s home outside of Nashville, TN and directed by Joshua Britt & Neilson Hubbard for Neighborhoods Apart, HERE. It was premiered yesterday (June 19) by The Bluegrass Situation.

The original studio recording of “Mr. Guitar” appeared on Tommy Emmanuel’s 1997 collaborative album with Chet Atkins titled The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World.

A live version the song, “Mr. Guitar (Live),” recorded in St. Louis, is featured as a live bonus track on TOMMY‘s album, Endless Road: 20th Anniversary Edition, released May 28, 2024.

There’s also a new version of “Mr. Guitar” that TOMMY recorded with Grammy-winning bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland. It appears on the multi-artist album WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOODBYE – A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins, released March 15, 2024.

TOMMY EMMANUEL is an acoustic guitarist extraordinaire, composer, and global touring artist. He is also one of five people ever named a C.G.P. (Certified Guitar Player) by Chet Atkins, the innovator, songwriter, producer, record company executive, and visionary.

“Mentoring and encouraging people is something that Chet always did,” TOMMY says. “I try to do this thing with Gareth (Pearson), and I try to do the same with all young people. I encourage them to do things that I learned from Chet. I hope that somewhere somehow, I showed somebody something because of him that changed their life and made their life better. Cause he sure did that for me.”

Read HERE for more about ENDLESS ROAD: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. Regarded as a landmark album within TOMMY’s body of work, Endless Road has now been newly remastered for digital outlets and is also available for the first time ever on vinyl.

TOMMY is also coming off a dynamic 2023. He released his acclaimed collaborations album ACCOMPLICE TWO to great acclaim and earned the “Lifetime Achievement” Award from The National GUITAR Museum.

Here are TOMMY’s North American tour dates for 2024. The full international list of dates is HERE.

DATE LOCATION VENUE
Thursday, June 20 Boulder, CO Chautauqua Auditorium
Friday, June 21 Aspen, CO JAS June Experience
Sunday, June 23 Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Wednesday, July 10 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry
Friday, July 12 -13 Nashville, TN Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention
Wednesday, October 9 London, ON Centennial Hall
Thursday, October 10 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Friday, October 11 Kitchener, ON Center in the Square (Kitchener)
Saturday, October 12 Ottawa, ON Meridian Theatres
Sunday, October 13 Montreal, QC Place Des Arts Maison Symphonique
Tuesday, October 15 Fredericton, NB The Fredericton Playhouse
Wednesday, October 16 Moncton, NB Capitol Theatre
Thursday, October 17 Saint John, NB Imperial Theatre
Saturday, October 19 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Thursday, December 5 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
Friday, December 6 Fort Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
Saturday, December 7 Clearwater, FL Bilheimer Capitol Theatre
Sunday, December 8 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
Tuesday, December 10 Charlotte, NC Knight Theater
Wednesday, December 11 Newberry, SC Newberry Opera House
Thursday, December 12 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Saturday, December 14 Charlottesville, VA The Paramount Theater
Sunday, December 15 Hopewell, VA Beacon Theatre

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ABOUT TOMMY EMMANUEL:

TOMMY EMMANUEL has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes. At the age of six, the Grammy® Award winner 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.

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Happy Heavenly 100th Birthday Today To Chet Atkins—His Music and Legacy Are Celebrated on WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE—A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins

DATE: JUNE 20, 2024

HAPPY HEAVENLY 100TH BIRTHDAY TODAY TO CHET ATKINS,
THE 14X GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT RECIPIENT, AND A ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME AND COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
HIS MUSIC AND LEGACY ARE CELEBRATED ON THE ACCLAIMED
MULTI-ARTIST ALBUM OUT NOW:
‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’
A MUSICIANS’ TRIBUTE TO
CHET ATKINS ON MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS

“THE MAKING OF A MUSICIANS’ TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS AND HIS LEGACY REMEMBERED” DOCUMENTARY (AN OPRY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PRODUCTION)
IS CURRENTLY AIRING EXCLUSIVELY ON CMT
AND AVAILABLE ON DVD

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“Salutes to Chet Atkins’s unique career and contributions are unlikely to stop, but this latest entry is a manifestly heartfelt and repeatedly listenable one.”

–Barry Mazor, Wall Street Journal, 4/15/2024. Read more HERE:

“Sometimes there is a tribute album that is so undeniably righteous that there is nothing to do but shake the head and listen to the whole thing again. Such a release is a total bounty of rewards, and it’s hard to say where to start. Listening to the performances of this superb and unequaled colletion is to hear the history of some of the very best American music flash before your ears. Do not miss.”

–Bill Bentley, Americana Highways 4/30/2024. Read more HERE

Today (June 20) marks the anniversary of what would have been the 100th Birthday of legendary music icon and guitar great CHET ATKINS.

As the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history who traveled far to become “Mr. Guitar”—a journey that took the legendary icon from Appalachian poverty to international acclaim— CHET ATKINS is a 14x Grammy Award winner, Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.

CHET ATKINS’ music and legacy are celebrated on WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE—A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins. Released April 19 on the Morningstar Music Productions label, it features 15 tracks and 22 artists from the country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic musical realms. Conceived and produced by the legendary 3-time Grammy-winning, bluegrass and country songwriter, producer and guitarist Carl Jackson, the album contains some of the world’s best artists and guitar players including Vince Gill, Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P., Ricky Skaggs, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Sierra Hull, and many more. View a sizzle reel about the album HERE.

Additionally, WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE—“The Making of A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins and his Legacy Remembereddebuted April 19 on CMT and is airing exclusively through July 19. The Opry Entertainment Group documentary sizzle reel HERE. The program is an engaging 1-hour documentary about the making of the album. The documentary was executive produced by Martin Fischer and produced and directed by Kathryn Russ for Opry Entertainment Group. The documentary is available to order on DVD HERE.

A limited edition of numbered vinyls in a custom-created Gretsch orange-color have been mastered and pressed with the highest standards available. They are a must-have for vinyl collectors and major Chet fans. It can be ordered here HERE or by visiting the Chet Forever website HERE.

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The track listing for WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE is as follows:

1. Mr. Guitar: Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. & Michael Cleveland
2. Lover Come Back To Me: Brent Mason
3. Alley Cat: Ashley Campbell & Thor Jensen
4. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad): Vince Gill & Bradley Walker featuring Eric Clapton
5. Yakety Axe: Ricky Skaggs with Charlie McCoy
6. Sleepwalk: Jerry Douglas & Bryan Sutton
7. In His Hands: Carl Jackson
8. Mr. Sandman: Gareth Pearson
9. Windy And Warm: Brad Paisley
10. How’s The World Treating You: James Taylor & Alison Krauss
11. Caravan: Guthrie Trapp
12. All I Ever Need Is You: Sierra Hull
13. The Entertainer: John Knowles C.G.P. with Catherine Marx
14. I Still Can’t Say Goodbye: Vince Gill
15. Freight Train: The Chester Bees
(Campbell, Clapton, Emmanuel, Gill, Hull, Jackson, Jensen, Knowles, Mason, Moore, Paisley, Pearson, Skaggs, Sutton and Trapp)

ABOUT MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS:

Morningstar Music Productions was created by executive producers and longtime great friends Rodger Glaspey and Ken Leister. The two partners performed in groups that recorded albums during the 70’s as collegians during the Folk/Rock invasion. Producer and musician Carl Jackson approached Rodger and Ken with the desire to produce an album to honor Chet Atkins. The temptation to executive produce an album in Nashville paying homage to Chet Atkins with some of the finest artists and guitar players in the world including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Brad Paisley, and other greats was too captivating to pass up… and thus, Morningstar Music Productions was born, with their first album release We Still Can’t Say Good Bye—A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins released April 19.

For press inquiries regarding WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE, contact:

SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@sropr.com
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@sropr.com

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