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THE HU Roared Into NYC For A Sold-Out Show At Irving Plaza In Front Of An Audience Of Devotees Including Whoopi Goldberg

DT: SEPTEMBER 21, 2021

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER / SRO PR

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GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED
MONGOLIAN ROCK SENSATION
THE HU
ROARED INTO NYC FOR SOLD-OUT SHOW AT IRVING PLAZA
IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE THAT INCLUDED
WHOOPI GOLDBERG,
ACTRESS AND CO-HOST OF ABC TV’S “THE VIEW”

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As part of their buzzed-about North American headlining tour, “The Hun Tour,” globally acclaimed Mongolian rock sensation THE HU roared into NYC for a sold-out show at Irving Plaza (9/18) in front of an audience of devotees including Whoopi Goldberg, actress and co-host of ABC-TV’s long-running hit talk show “The View.” Whoopi also came backstage to hang with the guys and express her deep admiration for them.

Known for their electrifying performances, THE HU will be on the road through October 31 with upcoming sold-out shows in Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis and Flint (recent gigs in New York, Baltimore and Munhall, PA were sold out). Tickets are going fast for the remaining shows and can be purchased at https://www.thehuofficial.com/tour-1.

Read an exclusive Q&A here with THE HU as they talk about returning to the stage for the first time since the start of the pandemic and their experience dealing with its repercussions from a global standpoint. The band also discusses their excitement on reuniting with Lzzy Hale; being included as part of Metallica’s 30th anniversary reissue project; and the creation of new music.

Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, THE HU, comprised of producer Dashka along with members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush, are a modern rock group rooted in the tradition of their homeland. The band’s name translates to the Mongolian root word for human being, and their unique approach blends instruments like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and throat singing with contemporary sounds, creating a unique sonic profile that they call “Hunnu Rock.”

Their debut album, 2019‘s THE GEREG, was released via BETTER NOISE MUSIC and debuted at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist charts. With it, the band have accumulated over 250 million combined streams and video views to date and have received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, NPR, GQ, The Guardian, The Independent, Revolver, and even Sir Elton John himself.

Proving their global appeal, THE HU have sold out venues across the world in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, with scheduled festival appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Download Festival, and more, creating a community of fans from all walks of life. They’ve quickly grabbed the attention of the industry, leading to collaborations with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. Most recently, the band received praise from fans and critics for their Mongolian rendition of Metallica’s “Sad But True” (as part of Better Noise’s “15 Years of Rock” series), which Metallica themselves acknowledged on their social media accounts and enlisted them to be part of their upcoming Special 30th Anniversary ‘Black Album’ Reissue Covers Project, with a cover of the iconic song “Through The Never.” The band has also explored eclectic ways to reach audiences with their sound, most notably writing and recording music for EA Games’ Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Readying their next chapter as a global force, THE HU are finishing their highly anticipated sophomore album, which was recorded in their homeland during quarantine. The project is expected to be released in early 2022 via BETTER NOISE MUSIC.

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JACOB AND THE DAZEY CHAIN Announces Debut EP ‘The Sky Is All I Need To Get High’ Released Today (9/20)

DATE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

FROM: LYNDIE WENNER, SRO PR

 

JACOB AND THE DAZEY CHAIN
BRIT-POP/ROCK-INFLUENCED GUITARIST, SINGER, SONGWRITER
ANNOUNCES DEBUT EP
‘THE SKY IS ALL I NEED TO GET HIGH’
RELEASED TODAY, SEPTEMBER 20
PLUS LIMITED EDITION VINYL WITH 4 BONUS TRACKS

“Jacob & The Dazey Chain represent Tasteful, Artistic Nostalgia. Young taste-maker Jacob Thornton, the talented and prolific rockstar-on-the rise who has one hand reaching toward the 2020’s and the other holding on tightly to the 1970’s.”
The Aquarian Weekly, Sept.13, 2021

JACOB AND THE DAZEY CHAIN, the Brit-pop/rock-influenced singer, songwriter, guitarist and recent Nashville transplant from South Florida, today (September 20) releases his debut EP THE SKY IS ALL I NEED TO GET HIGH on indie label Gratuitous Noise. LISTEN HERE to the EP on all streaming platforms and check out JACOB’s quotes below about the songs.

All the songs on this six-song EP were written by JACOB REESE THORNTON and inspired by his longtime musical influences including R.E.M., Oasis, Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac; as a young teen, he admired their albums when they were played around the house. All the tracks on THE SKY IS ALL I NEED TO GET HIGH were arranged and produced by JACOB, with two of them, “Traces” and the title song “The Sky Is All I Need To Get High,” co-produced with Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) who also played bass. All the vocals and guitars were performed by JACOB, with Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters) on B3 organ. Drummers Jerry Roe (Legendary Shack Shakers) and Lee Levin (Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, Barry Gibb) also appear on select tracks.

“The overall theme is about finding hope in moments of uncertainty, and taking chances,” says JACOB about the EP. “Most of the songs were written when I was 17. Everyone at that age understands how daunting the future seems. Especially when it sneaks up on you. While it might not have been a conscious effort, when I listen back on these songs, I’m hearing my own inner dialogue–all the universal emotions that come with trying to find your purpose and place in the world. I’m a true believer in the idea that everything put in front of you is there for a reason, and that you have to follow your signal and embrace the path that calls you. That’s a driving force behind many of my songs.”

Three singles were released leading up to the EP: “Traces” (Jan ’21), “The Kids” (May ’21) and “Swan Dive” (July ’21). JACOB AND THE DAZEY CHAIN is a three-time winner in Classic Rock Magazine’s “New Tracks of the Week” reader’s poll. “Traces” entered the top 20 Play MPE downloads across all AAA/Rock specialty stations and Top 10 (#9) streaming charts and receives regular play on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM with Los Angeles DJ Rodney Bingenheimer.

JACOB’s guitar and vocal skills are not new to those who have seen him perform by invitation at Eric Clapton’s 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival. He has also played on stage with Bruce Kulick (Kiss & Grand Funk Railroad) and Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz (from Slash & The Conspirators). In addition, he’s collaborated with bass legend Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page & Paul Rodgers) on a searing cover of “I Can See For Miles” by The Who (watch here).

“It’s a once in a generational thing… I don’t think we get enough of these ”
~Lori Majewski, SiriusXM Volume – May 3, 2019

“So so talented–I think we are going to be talking about this kid for years and years…”
~Larry Flick, SiriusXM Volume; former Senior Talent Editor, Billboard Magazine – May 3, 2019

The title track and next single, “The Sky Is All I Need To Get High,” is scheduled for a mid-October 2021 release and a B-side “surprise” that JACOB plans to use as a PSA encouraging both young and old to practice Covid safety measures and do the right thing so we can all fully get back to enjoying the thrill of live music together.

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LIMITED EDITION VINYL w/Bonus Tracks

A limited edition vinyl of the EP is available here and includes four bonus tracks.

Sketches of You(received rave reviews on SiriusXM’s ‘Feedback’ on Volume 106)
“Ground Rush”
“Seed of Youth”
“Bulletproof Superstars” (Exclusive – never before released.)

SONGS ON THE EP:

“The Sky Is All I Need to Get High”
“’The Sky’ is the oldest track on the EP and the only one I’ve yet to play live. I was in Las Vegas rehearsing for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in early September 2019. I had about 30 mins to kill in our hotel room and figured I’d try to write a song. The bathroom acoustics were so incredible that I literally just sat by the sink, queued up a voice memo and let it roll. Weeks later I was sifting through old voice recordings and rediscovered the riff. Lyrically, the song is about trusting your own instincts and not letting people dictate the path you take. That’s a common theme in a number of my songs. I knew it had to be the opening track because it pretty much sums up the theme of the EP within the first 10 seconds.

“Traces”
“Traces” was written while going through a Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ phase. Learning to play those songs brought a whole new element to my writing, as so many of the chords are ones I’d never think to play. The Beatles wrote the book.  I’ll never forget the first time Bill and I heard Rami’s key parts on this song. When that first chorus hit, everyone in the room got goosebumps. It took it to the next level.  Lyrically, ‘Traces’ is about coming of age in troubled times, and with hope as a new era unfolds.

“Color Me Blind”
“It’s about wanting to get across to someone special but not knowing how, and the frustration that brings. ‘Color Me Blind’ was the last song completed for the EP. It’s a bit different from the rest of the record—it almost has a jazz flare to it. That bridge where the guitar lines and the synths begin to stack upon one another is one of my fave moments on the EP.”

“Swan Dive”
“I read a quote that said, ‘When you take big bites out of life, life sometimes bites back.’  That inspired ‘Swan Dive.’ I was partly thinking of musicians I know who, like me, put our music out there against impossible odds.  But it’s more universal.  I’d say it’s about throwing caution to the wind.  Overcoming fear and self-doubt.  But also being careful what you wish for.”

“The Kids”
“’The Kids’ is a reflection of the world my generation is inheriting–-cynicism and a sense of peril. It feels like what I’ve read about the late 1960’s. Music had a huge cultural impact then. It was not disposable and it mattered. At the time I wrote this song, two things were going on really.  The anger that came with this country’s last four years of political divide, and the awful school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida–20 minutes from my own high school. It left the entire South Florida community reeling. None of us really felt safe after that, and unfortunately these mass shootings continue. Our grandparents had to worry about a nuclear event and had fallout shelters in their high schools. My generation has to worry about the bullied kid with assault weapons shooting up the school. I thought the students who spoke out after that were very brave– ‘no more thoughts and prayers.’”

“Signal & the Noise”
“One silver lining of the Covid lockdown was the amount of free time to write. This song was a product of that. I am fascinated by the concept of synchronicity— how the universe always has a way of bringing the right people into your life at the right time if you follow your instincts. The demo version that made the EP was recorded live, in one take, on my iPhone 11 in the bathroom! It was something I did for social media and had no intent of recording it properly. However, once I saw the reaction it received, I started to track a studio version. But nothing matched the intensity of the original live take, warts and all. Then I started thinking back on some of my favorite songs including “Dead in the Water” (Noel Gallagher) and “Hey, Hey, My, My” (Neil Young) and realized that the live rawness and vulnerability of those tracks makes me feel like I am in the same room as the artist. It feels more personal. After all the production that went into this EP, I like the idea of closing it with something real and unfiltered.”

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OZZY OSBOURNE Commemorative 10” Black Vinyl Single Of “Hellraiser” Set For December 3 Release; Disc Will Include Mash-Up Duet With Lemmy Kilmister, The Classic Original Ozzy Track And Motorhead’s Version Of The Song

DATE: SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

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OZZY OSBOURNE’S
30TH ANNIVERSARY
‘NO MORE TEARS’
EXPANDED DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION
OUT TODAY,
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
SPECIAL 10” BLACK VINYL SINGLE OF “HELLRAISER”
SET FOR DECEMBER 3 RELEASE
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER TODAY

Earlier this week, it was announced that a never-before-released interpretation of “Hellraiser”–with a mash-up of vocals by OZZY OSBOURNE and the song’s co-writer, longtime friend and colleague Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead–was added to the digital 30th anniversary release of OZZY’s classic album NO MORE TEARS out today (September 17) via Sony. Now comes news that this new updated version of “Hellraiser” will be issued as a stand-alone release on OZZY’s birthday, December 3. The special 10” black vinyl single features three versions of the song, which was co-written by OZZY, his friend and colleague Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and OZZY’s longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde. In addition to the new “Hellraiser” mash-up–which was remixed by Rob Kinelski–the 10” will include the classic original OZZY track with Motorhead’s version of the same song as the B-side. It is available for pre-order today.

Lemmy and Ozzy Hellraiser

Hellraiser” originally appeared on NO MORE TEARS; Motorhead then recorded their own version and released it as a single from their 1992 March ör Die album. “Hellraiser” was one of four songs from NO MORE TEARS co-written by OZZY with Lemmy; the others are “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” “Desire,” and “I Don’t Want to Change the World.” Listen to the track here.

In honor of today’s release of NO MORE TEARS, Sirius XM Ozzy’s Boneyard Channel will feature a weekend long celebration of the album. Hear songs and insight from OZZY and Zakk, every hour Friday-Monday beginning September 17 at 8:00 AM. You can also listen on SXM App by searching “No More Tears.”

The digital 30th anniversary release of OZZY’s classic album NO MORE TEARS–his sixth solo album that went Top 10 (#7) and was certified quadruple platinum–will also be highlighted with two special editions: a 2LP black vinyl version and a special yellow and red 2LP vinyl version with a specially created booklet (exclusively at www.towerrecords.com). Both configurations will be released simultaneously with the digital version. Order the album here.

In its release, NO MORE TEARS yielded four top ten singles on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart, “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (#2), “Road To Nowhere” (#3), “Time After Time” (#6) and the title track (#10). In addition, the album’s “I Don’t Want to Change the World” earned OZZY his first Grammy for a live version of the track that was featured on his 1993 LIVE AND LOUD album.

The album has remained an OZZY classic, earning a spot (#22) on Loudwire’s “Top 90 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the ’90s” with Ultimate Classic Rock including No More Tears on their list “Top 100 ’90s Rock Albums.”

The 10” black vinyl single of “Hellraiser” tracklist is as follows:

Side A

“Hellraiser” mashup (2021 – 30th anniversary edition)

Side B

“Hellraiser” – Ozzy Osbourne (1991)

“Hellraiser” – Motorhead (1992)

Click here to read the full announcement about the 30th anniversary editions of NO MORE TEARS.

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D.D. VERNI & THE CADILLAC BAND To Release Debut Album ‘Let’s Rattle’ September 17; Band To Perform First-Ever Live Show October 30 At The Vogel (Count Basie Center For The Arts)

DATE SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN

D.D. VERNI & THE CADILLAC BAND
TO RELEASE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM
‘LET’S RATTLE’
SEPTEMBER 17
ON THE HEELS OF TWO SINGLES + VIDEOS,
CADILLAC MAN” AND “OLIVIA…THAT’S WHO!

NEW + ORIGINAL SWINGIN’ AND ROCKIN’ BIG-BAND MUSIC
FROM THE SONGWRITER/FOUNDING MEMBER AND BASSIST
FOR HEAVY METAL PIONEERS OVERKILL

BAND GEARING UP TO PERFORM FIRST-EVER LIVE SHOW
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
AT THE VOGEL (COUNT BASIE CENTER FOR THE ARTS)
IN RED BANK, NJ
TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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Look for D.D. VERNI & THE CADILLAC BAND to release their debut album LET’S RATTLE September 17 (via MVD) on the heels of two singles + videos, Cadillac Manand “Olivia…that’s Who!”. Expect high-energy original swingin’ and rockin’ big-band sound from D.D. VERNI, the songwriter/founding member/bassist for heavy metal pioneers Overkill who’ve sold millions of records worldwide and have released 19 studio albums dating back to their 1985 debut album. Pre-order the album here, or pre-save the album here.

The band filmed the video for “Cadillac Man,” the album’s first single, at the Vogel (Count Basie Center for the Arts) in Red Bank, NJ, where they’ll perform their first-ever show on Saturday, October 30 Tickets are on sale now.

“We have our first show coming up and we’re very excited!” says D.D. “The more you move through life the less firsts there are, so I am pumped for this first-ever show. I’m now putting together a band that will feature a bunch of the same musicians from the ‘Cadillac Man’ video, with rehearsals this month and next. The show will feature most songs off ‘Let’s Rattle’ as well as a handful of classic rock and roll songs.  I think people are very curious and they’re not exactly sure what to expect…just like me!  But that’s half the fun–all I know is we’ll do our best to blow the roof off the joint.”

The set list at the Vogel will be comprised of songs from the album including its second single, “Olivia…that’s Who!” of which D.D. says: “While the song is about my daughter, I think it speaks to anyone who has a bubbly outgoing spirited girl in their life,” says D.D. “It could be your mom, wife or girlfriend.” Read an interview with D.D. about the album here.

LET’S RATTLE is the result of VERNI’s longtime dream of recording a big band album, as his love for the sound dates back many years. The New Jersey-based artist began by writing a fantastic collection of soon-to-be big band classics. Next he recruited longtime Brian Setzer Orchestra upright bassist, John “Spazz” Hatton, to do horn arrangements and play upright bass, while bass player D.D. switched things up playing some guitar on the album. Then D.D. brought in the LA based horn section from Phat Cat Swinger to play the horns and added Brian Setzer Orchestra drummer and current Doobie Brothers member, Tony Pia. Add jazz pianist Dave Moscoe and Hot Rod guitarist Damian Bacci, and you have a star-studded line-up of big band greatness that made this album shake and swing.

With songs like “Cadillac Man,” “Shake It Swing It” and “Olivia…that’s Who!” the album features 13 tracks (nine originals and four covers), was produced by VERNI and mixed by Greg Reely (Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Overkill), and recorded in Los Angeles and New Jersey.

Powerhouse,” another highlight from LET’S RATTLE, will also be performed at the upcoming show. “I was not even aware that was the name of the song,” says D.D.   “But everybody knows the riff from the old ‘Looney Tunes’ cartoons.  When the factory starts up at the Flockheed Eggcraft factory and all the chickens are laying eggs, or a number of other different times when it was used through Warner Bros cartoons, ‘Road Runner’ and ‘Wile E. Coyote.’ etc.  And I remembered that Blitz [Overkill’s lead vocalist] had suggested to me that maybe we could somehow use that as an Overkill intro tape, but I couldn’t think of a way.  But it stayed with me as I feel like that’s the song that runs in my head all the time–hahaha.  I have a lot going on, always busy, so it suited me.  After I researched it some, I learned it was a Raymond Scott song–and as I listened, I said it’s such a great riff, I wished there was more of it or some lyrics. And then got the idea to just add to it and change the arrangement until it felt a little bit more like a song rather than just an instrumental.  So I kept all the bit’s I like the best and added the female backing vocals to the riff part.  I wanted to keep the title so I wrote the lyrics from there.  I decided the ‘Powerhouse’ should be the devil and wound up writing lyrics about selling your soul to the lady in red, knowing it was not the right thing to do, but knowing you would do it again.”

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The track listing for LET’S RATTLE is:

Cadillac Man
Shake It Swing It
Give Me Your Number
Olivia…That’s Who!
Powerhouse
Cold Hearted Woman
School Of Rock n’ Roll
L-O-V-E
Just Say U Love Me
Manhattan Baby
Close Your Eyes and Dream
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head
The One Who Loves You

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LORNE BEHRMAN Reveals Second Single + Video “Sandcastles” From The NYC Rocker’s Debut Solo EP

DT: SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK/SRO PR

LORNE BEHRMAN
REVEALS SECOND SINGLE + VIDEO
“SANDCASTLES”
FROM THE NYC ROCKER’S
DEBUT SOLO EP
‘WHEN I HIT THE FLOOR’
OUT OCTOBER 15 ON SPAGHETTY TOWN RECORDS

WATCH THE “SANDCASTLES” VIDEO HERE
AND READ A Q&A BELOW

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“Real blood and guts rock and roll that bleeds with soul and redemption.”
Jesse Malin, 2021

NYC rocker LORNE BEHRMAN, the singer-songwriter-guitarist who previously played in The Dimestore Haloes, L.E.S. Stitches, The Dead Tricks and most recently The Sweet Things, today (September 16) has shared the video for Sandcastles.” It’s a tense and urgent rocker marked by an ominous guitar riff, spooky Farfisa organ and chilling lyrics about the effects of childhood sexual abuse (“What was done to me was done to you, I know/You’re just the messenger, I know”). “Sandcastles” marks the second release from LORNE’s debut solo EP WHEN I HIT THE FLOOR that’s due October 15 on Spaghetty Town Records.

The fittingly dark video for “Sandcastles,” directed by David J Barron and filmed late at night in NYC’s Central Park, was premiered yesterday (September 15) by New Noise. The “Sandcastles” single will be available tomorrow (September 17) at all streaming platforms.

The WHEN I HIT THE FLOOR EP was launched in August with the rocking-but-reflective title cut “When I Hit The Floor”–a song about “substance abuse and hitting bottom,” says LORNE—the video for which was premiered by Glide. The outlet praised LORNE’s “power chord ethos, cryptic electricity, and gritty voice,” adding: “The incisive songwriting stance Behrman takes on this unapologetic rocker holds nothing back with its blunt account of a hard-living past.”

The four-song EP was produced by Matt Chiaravalle (Warren Zevon, Joe Bonamassa, Spacehog) at NYC’s Mercy Sound Studios and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Joe Lambert. LORNE played all the guitars, wrote all the songs, and sang all the leads. Joining him are drummer Hector Lopez (Alejandro Escovedo/The Sweet Things), keyboardist Rob Clores (Jesse Malin, Black Crowes, Alejandro Escovedo), and singer Dana Athens (Jane Lee Hooker).

Below are quotes from LORNE about “Sandcastles,” the song’s lyrics and more info about the EP.

“SANDCASTLES”
Q&A WITH LORNE BEHRMAN

–“Sandcastles” is a tense and urgent rocker marked by an ominous guitar riff, spooky Farfisa organ and chilling lyrics (“What was done to me was done to you, I know/You’re just the messenger, I know”) about sexual abuse cycles: how hurting people hurt others. What inspired you to write this song and the catharsis you went through during the process?

LORNE: When I was a little kid, I took karate classes, and there was an instructor there who promised they would give me a kit to build sandcastles if I went with them into the bathroom. This began a very stressful and painful time for me. It was sexual abuse, mind games, and secrets. I was a really sensitive kid—I still am really sensitive—and I felt in over my head, but scared to tell anyone. I remember thinking I wish my soul could disappear into the calf of my leg—like I felt like I had to be at karate, but I wished I didn’t have to be present. I have the best parents—open, loving, and there for me, always—but I had too much fear and shame to tell anyone. I felt like I deserved this, so I just dealt with it, and eventually moved on from karate class, though I would experience more predatorial people and have more painful experiences until I addressed this and really got help.

I would always bring this stuff up when I was drinking, and share with anyone around, but I couldn’t talk about it with people in the daylight. It was always there, hindering my trust, my connection with others, intimacy, body images, feeling safe, and even feeling safe alone—as if I was going to attack myself. It was the nightmare roommate in my head I never wanted.

I eventually got help, and spoke to many people about this. I got a lot of comfort. One person told me to pray for the person who did this to me. I wanted to punch this guy in the face. I remember walking home that night and just being livid—they don’t understand, I thought. But it dawned on me, that the person who did that to me, probably had that done to them. All forms of abuse are passed on until you stop them. Not long after, I wrote the song.

As far as a catharsis, I’ve heard people say if you shine a light on darkness it goes away. So, this is me, putting that saying into real life. Singing this in the studio was very hard for me, but my producer Matt Chiaravalle made me feel comfortable. Leaving that vocal booth and finishing the vocals of the song, I felt lighter—like a left a part of my history behind. Hearing it mixed and mastered, and knowing it will be out there scares me. I feel naked and vulnerable. That said, when I listen to the song, I feel like I am speaking up for that little kid that endured that private hell.

–The David J Barron-directed video for “Sandcastles” is fittingly dark, given the subject matter and other lyrics like: “What hides in me, haunts you, I know.” David has said: “It was shot in color, made in to black and white then rephotographed in color. The palette chose me. I like the black and white but needed it to be more degraded and violated feeling.”

LORNE: I had nightmares about shooting that video. Director David J Barron had this very powerful concept of capturing the fear and darkness inherent in the song. The camera chases me, the nighttime is overpowering, and the color palette enhances the horror of it all.

We shot it around 10 PM at night in Central Park, and let me tell you, nighttime at that park is still scary, haha. We shot it on a throughway that bisects the east and west side. The sidewalk was so narrow, and cars whizzed past you so quickly. It felt like we could get hit at any time, and then there were some “characters” passing in and out of the night. We shot the parts of me playing guitar right after.

Making the video brought up a lot of stuff. Thankfully, David is a deep guy and I could talk to him. He had that balance of knowing the shots he wanted, but also being sensitive to what I was going through. When the outside parts were over, I was so happy to be safe at home, it was like I was away from the horror. Seeing the video, I feel proud of myself. Like I finally took a stand, and I feel like I did it in a way that’s me.

–At the end of the video, the chyron reads: “Dedicated to survivors of sexual trauma everywhere.” Can you talk about the importance of survivors sharing their stories and emotions?

LORNE: I started sharing my stories in the last two years. When you speak about this, and someone says to you, I went through that, too, it’s like feeling like you’re not alone for the first time. Like you have a best friend that experienced the same minefield in their mind, and you can talk about this. The shame goes away, the feeling of being damaged goods go away, and your abnormal feelings feel normal, for once.

–Since you’ve shared your soul in the song + video, can you tell us which introspective artists, and which songs of theirs, have impacted you as a songwriter?

LORNE: The album Black Celebration by Depeche Mode probably influenced this song the most. I used to listen to Black Celebration all the way through as a teen, and it felt like a purging of bad feelings. When it was over, I felt clean inside. The final track, “But Not Tonight,” felt like I was all cried out and at peace with things. Also, the song, “Walking In My Shoes,” was really big for me. I guess, for me, it felt empowering maybe in a self-pitying way—like, “deal with my crazy mind for a day, haha, and then let’s talk.”

Another writer I really admire for her candor and boldness is Natalie Merchant. Her solo album Tigerlily really hit me. At the time I heard it, I was a punk purist, but the writing really got to me, especially the songs “River” and “I May Know The Word.” Her writing is so impactful. That album had this smoky emotionality that I wanted to one day conjure in my own way. I definitely was thinking of that album with this song.

I am a late bloomer as a songwriter, and the solo music of John Frusciante has been huge for me. The album To Record Only Water For Ten Days felt like it whisked the listener away to this private world for dark feelings. The opening track, “Going Inside,” is like an introverted person’s anthem. Jesse Malin has also been a huge influence on me. He writes with such vulnerability, but there is always a feeling of hope. Songs that really inspired me from his catalog are “Scars Of Love” from the album, The Heat, and “The Dreamers” from the album, New York Before The War.

“Sandcastles,” the lyrics:

What was done to me was done to you, I know
You’re just the messenger, I know
Were you frightened, and did you sit still?
Shame pulls you in/breaks your will
What was done to me was done to you, I know

Chorus: On the floor/dreamed of sandcastles/never got up
Ooooh, Ooooh, Oooooh
Can’t shut the door/dream of sandcastles/ I feel your touch everyday
Ooooh, Ooooh, Oooooh

What hides in me, haunts you, I know
We were just kids, I know
Do you forgive, is the enemy within?
Buried my pain in nights of sin
What hides in me, haunts you, I know

Chorus: On the floor/dreamed of sandcastles/never got up
Ooooh, Ooooh, Oooooh
Can’t shut the door/dream of sandcastles/I feel your touch everyday
Ooooh, Ooooh, Oooooh

“Sandcastles,” the song credits:

Written by Lorne Behrman (ASCAP)
Produced by Matt Chiaravalle at Mercy Sound Studios
Mastered by Joe Lambert
Lorne Behrman: Vocals and All Guitars
Matt Chiaravalle: Bass
Hector Lopez: Drums

The ‘When I Hit The Floor’ EP, track listing:

“When I Hit The Floor”
“I Won’t Fade Away”
“Sandcastles”
“Oh Lord, Give Me Time”

The “When I Hit The Floor EP artwork:

Wyldlife bassist Spencer Alexander designed the EP artwork, and it is a subtly playful homage to the cover of Don Henley’s first solo album, I Can’t Stand Still.

‘When I Hit The Floor’ EP album artwork (Download)

Photo Credit: Alex Bershaw

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THE VERVE PIPE Announce New Album ‘Threads’ due 11/5, Share Debut Single “No One’s Going To Break This Heart (Again)”

DT: SEPTEMBER 16, 2021

FM: KELLY WALSH, MITCH SCHNEIDER/SRO PR

THE VERVE PIPE
ANNOUNCE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN FOUR YEARS,
‘THREADS’
DUE NOVEMBER 5

REVEAL FIRST SINGLE
“NO ONE’S GONNA BREAK THIS HEART (AGAIN)”
OUT SEPTEMBER 17

LISTEN HERE

Multiplatinum alternative rock band THE VERVE PIPE have spent the past 25+ years acquiring global acclaim while continuously building their legacy with radio hit songs including the iconic 1997 #1 smashing single “The Freshmen,” “Photograph,” “Hero,” and “Never Let You Down,” plus the favored track “Colorful” which was featured in the 2001 feature film Rock Star. Founder/lead singer and main songwriter BRIAN VANDER ARK has returned with a refreshed energy bringing on youthful co-writer and backing vocalist CHANNING LEE on the band’s first new album in four years, THREADS, scheduled for release on November 5 (CD & digital), March 11 (vinyl).

THE VERVE PIPE are also excited to reveal the first listen to THREAD’s debut single, “No One’s Gonna Break This Heart (Again),” with an exclusive premiere via the band’s SoundCloud. Listen now at this link: https://soundcloud.com/thevervepipe/the-verve-pipe-no-ones-gonna-break-this-heart-again

“No One’s Gonna Break This Heart (Again)” will be available to stream/download across all digital platforms on Friday, September 17.

“This song is about how we overprotect ourselves,” shares VANDER ARK about the single’s meaning. “It’s about the armor that we wear after a particularly bad breakup. We deny ourselves the opportunity to fall in love again, fearful we will relive the pain. And yet it can’t be helped. Love happens again and again, until we finally get it right.”

VANDER ARK further comments on how the concept behind THREADS came together stating: “The inspiration for the album started when we learned of an old Japanese legend that said we all hold one end of a red thread of fate. It symbolizes the thin artery that originates in the heart. It flows down to the hand and then out into the metaphysical world. These threads are connected to other people who will have an important story in each other’s lives. They stretch and bend; they never break.”

“We also wanted to explore the concept of fate—what can be comforting can also be confining.” VANDER ARK continues to ask, “How do we know if fate is something we wait to find us, or something we create for ourselves?”

“The symbolism of Threads weaves in and out of each song, as we tell these stories that make up the good and bad of our lives – love, heartbreak, abuse, addiction, hope, revenge and that constant yearning for the unknown.

And our stories continue. We feel the constant pull of our threads, from our hearts through our hands. It is what keeps us forever reaching.”

THREADS Track Listing:

1. Forever Reaching
2. The Witching Hour
3. No One’s Gonna Break This Heart (Again)
4. Save Me
5. Set Me On Fire
6. Found
7. What Might Have Been
8. You Deserve Whatever Comes Around
9. First Fire of the Winter
10. Love Will Find You Again
11. The Freeze
12. End of the World

THE VERVE PIPE will be previewing new material and a new lineup on a handful of shows this fall/winter. The recharged lineup will see Brian Vander Ark joined by current band members Lou Musa (lead guitar), Randy Sly (keyboard, backing vocal), Channing Lee (backing vocals), Brad Vander Ark (bass) and Zach Dubay (drums). Experience their energetic performance at one of the upcoming dates:

Sat., 9/18 Pelham, NY – Toonerville Music Festival
Sat., 9/25 Ferndale, MI – DIY Street Fair
Sat., 10/2 Marshall, MI – Franke Center For The Arts
Sat, 10/9 Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
Sat, 12/11 Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room @ Colectivo

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ODDITIES FLEA MARKET Adds COVID Protocols for Los Angeles Event on 10/23 & 10/24 @ Globe Theatre (DTLA)

DT: SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

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ODDITIES FLEA MARKET
ADDS ENHANCED COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR
LOS ANGELES EVENT

SAT. OCTOBER 23 & SUN. OCTOBER 24 @ GLOBE THEATRE
IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

The truly one-of-its-kind ODDITIES FLEA MARKET will return to bring their assortment of curiosities to eccentric customers of all ages as they return to Los Angeles for their annual event this fall on Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24th at Globe Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The event has announced strict covid-safety protocols for attendees to ensure a safe environment for all involved. Attendees will arrive during a set block of time during the event, previously selected when with ticket purchase, and must provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid test result to gain entrance. Multiple sanitation stations will also be set up throughout venue to further aid in cleanliness and safety.

Curated by famed collector and oddities aficionado RYAN MATTHEW COHN (star of Discovery’s Oddities) and his wife/executive producer REGINA MARIE COHN, ODDITIES FLEA MARKET will showcase a wide collection of obscure rarities and distinctive pieces including medical history ephemera, osteological specimens, and taxidermy as well as morbid and gothic inspired art & home décor, jewelry, fashion, makeup and more. The event is sponsored by local oddities boutique shops and artists including Memento Mori LA, The Olde World Emporium, Bearded Lady Vintage & Oddities, The Mystic Museum, Century Guild, Veneration of Light and Alligator Jesus. See below for a full list of vendors.

ODDITIES FLEA MARKET VENDORS

ENTIRE WEEKEND (10/23 & 24)

(EYEBA) Oddball Oddity • Alex Streeter • Miss Havisham’s Curiosities • L’esquelet • Ampersand Curiosities • Brooklyn Taxidermy • Deadly Darling Nightshades • Seance Perfume • Stephanie Inagaki • Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab • Arcanexus Designs • Beans of John • Catacomb Culture • Scientific Woman • The Pretty Cult • Acid Queen • BlckBts • Papermoon Gallery • Builtfromsketch • Mickey Alice Kwapis • Opened Jesus • Crypt Relics • Jennafer Grace • Veras’s Eyecandy • MM Fabrications • Dutch Hollow General • Dirty Lola • Blue Bayer • Sorceress and the Stone • Zoa Chimerum Jewelry • Caitlin McCarthy • Psychic Circle Oddities • Loschy Designs • White Witch • Uneven Jewelry • Rebels & Outlaws • Diaphonized Specimens • Little Ghouls • Deadskull Curio • In Rooms Gallery • Silentcheesecake Designs • Feral Femme Art • Seven Jones Jewels • War Machine Custom Merchandising • Swoonful Cotton Candy • United Society of Sin

SATURDAY ONLY (10/23)

Lively Ghosts • Marina Gibbons Conservation Services • Lizz Lopez • Emily Binard • Tarantula Garden • Our Darling • Conjurer’s Kitchen

SUNDAY ONLY (10/24)

Brooke Weston • Kate Hart • Petals & Poison • Memento Mori Goods • Lauryn Barnes • Tomb of Achlys • Ave Rose \• Miss G Designs • Easton Wicks/ Dark Entries

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EVENT DETAILS
WHAT: ODDITIES FLEA MARKET
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24
10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (VIP), 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM (GA, timed entry)
WHERE: THE GLOBE THEATRE (740 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90014)
DETAILS: All Ages; Tickets ($15 GA – $45 VIP, timed entry)
*proof of vaccination or negative covid test result required for entry
https://theodditiesfleamarket.com/

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OZZY OSBOURNE and LEMMY KILMISTER Duet On “Hellraiser” From Upcoming 30TH Anniversary of ‘No More Tears’ Expanded Digital Deluxe Edition

DATE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

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OZZY OSBOURNE’S
30TH ANNIVERSARY
‘NO MORE TEARS’
EXPANDED DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION
TO INCLUDE NEW VERSION OF
HELLRAISER
AS A DUET WITH
OZZY AND LEMMY KILMISTER
PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL VERSIONS OF ALBUM ARE
AVAILABLE THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

More than 30 years after the release of NO MORE TEARS, music fans will at last hear a new version of the album’s “Hellraiser.” The digital release of the album, due out September 17 (Sony), will include an updated interpretation of the track featuring the first-ever official version of the song with a mash-up of vocals from OZZY and the song’s co-writer, longtime friend and colleague Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. Hellraiser” originally appeared on NO MORE TEARS; Motorhead then recorded their own version and released it as a single from their 1992 March ör Die album. “Hellraiser” was one of four songs from NO MORE TEARS co-written by OZZY with Lemmy; the others are “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” “Desire,” and “I Don’t Want to Change the World.” Listen to the track here.

“I hope everyone enjoys the song,” OZZY says. “This is just a small way to honor my friend Lemmy. Sharon and I talk a lot about how much we miss him.”

Beyond the digital version of NO MORE TEARSOSBOURNE’s sixth solo album went Top 10 (#7) and certified quadruple platinum–the release will also be highlighted with two special editions: a 2LP black vinyl version and a special yellow and red 2LP vinyl version with a specially created booklet (exclusively at www.towerrecords.com). Both configurations will be released simultaneously with the digital version. Pre-order the album here.

In its release, NO MORE TEARS yielded four top ten singles on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart, “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (#2), “Road To Nowhere” (#3), “Time After Time” (#6) and the title track (#10). In addition, the album’s “I Don’t Want to Change the World” earned OZZY his first Grammy for a live version of the track that was featured on his 1993 LIVE AND LOUD album.

The album has remained an OZZY classic, earning a spot (#22) on Loudwire’s “Top 90 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the ’90s” with Ultimate Classic Rock including No More Tears on their list “Top 100 ’90s Rock Albums.”

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TOMMY EMMANUEL Shares Third Single + Video “Nashtownville” From New EP

DT: SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK/LYNDIE WENNER

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TOMMY EMMANUEL
SHARES THIRD SINGLE + VIDEO
“NASHTOWNVILLE”
TAKEN FROM NEW EP
‘ACCOMPLICE SERIES VOL. 2’ WITH RICHARD SMITH,
OUT TODAY, SEPTEMBER 10

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
LISTEN TO THE EP HERE

AND READ THE Q&A BELOW WITH BOTH ARTISTS
EMMANUEL AND SMITH WILL TOUR TOGETHER THIS FALL STARTING OCTOBER 12

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Acclaimed and Grammy®-nominated acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter TOMMY EMMANUEL—one of five people ever named a CPG (Certified Guitar Player) by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins—today (September 10) has shared the single + video for Nashtownville.” It’s the third release from his four-song EP ACCOMPLICE SERIES VOL. 2 featuring Richard Smith, out today, September 10. The video was premiered yesterday (September 9) at Glide, which noted: “Emmanuel and Smith play off each other seamlessly creating an enrapturing acoustic duet that sounds bigger than its parts. With his nimble fingers, Emmanuel continues to up the ante, playing one note towards the vintage groundbreakers and another in his own influential present—’Nashtownville’ is no exception.” Listen to the EP, a tribute to their heroes Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins, at all streaming platforms here.

Richard Smith is the revered British fingerpicking guitarist who has performed or recorded along the way with Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Tommy Emmanuel, among others. The EP, a tribute to their heroes Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins, also contains “Serenade to Summertime” “Twitchy,” and “Baby’s Coming Home.”

“Nashtownville” was originally written by Chet Atkins and appears on the Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins album, ‘Me & Chet.’ Tommy and Richard’s interpretation of it, along with the other songs on their EP, was recorded at TuneSmith Studio outside of Nashville, TN in the spring of 2021. The video was filmed at the Chet Atkins statue in downtown Nashville, TN on the corner of Fifth Avenue North and Union Street. It was directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard for Neighborhoods Apart Productions (The Killers, Lilly Hiatt, John Prine) and features many special guests such as Mark Pritcher (from Chet Atkins Appreciation Society), Annie Sellick, Pat Bergeson, John Knowles (fellow CGP), Stuie French, and a few more of Tommy and Richard’s friends. The police officer is played by Richard Smith’s wife, (versatile cellist) Julie Adams.

In other news, Tommy and Richard will tour together this fall starting October 12. The dates are listed here: https://tommyemmanuel.com/tour/.

Richard is also on Tommy’s Guitar Camp in Nashville, which takes place September 23-27 at the Virgin Hotel: https://tommyemmanuelguitarcampusa.com/

Here’s a Q&A with Tommy and Richard about “Nashtownville” and the EP:

Q&A WITH
TOMMY EMMANUEL AND RICHARD SMITH
ABOUT THE NEWLY RELEASED EP
‘TOMMY EMMANUEL ACCOMPLICE SERIES VOL. 2 FEATURING RICHARD SMITH’

 

TOMMY EMMANUEL:

—There’s so much joyous guitar work on the EP. How did this collaboration with Richard come about and how did you guys first meet?

TOMMY: I heard about Richard through other players at the Chet Atkins events in Nashville, and when we first met up, we played until we were exhausted! I had found someone I could have the best time playing all the music I loved from my childhood and who had a similar attitude and energy!

—What are your thoughts about Richard’s playing and what do you feel you both artistically have achieved with this recording?

TOMMY: Richard and I both approached these recordings with a deep respect for our heroes. We added our own ideas but kept the authenticity of the original recordings present. We played these songs with much love and joy!  Richard’s knowledge and abilities to channel Jerry Reed’s parts is what is most important to me, as I trusted him completely. When you stay close to Chet and Jerry’s parts, you can’t help but make great music, well written!

—The arrangement here for “Serenade to Summertime” comes from the Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins album, ‘Me & Chet.’ Perfect, because you both have a strong connection to Chet. Can you talk about why this song resonates with you?

TOMMY: “Serenade” is a typical melodic piece that Chet would have chosen to showcase his tenderness in a musical setting. Richard really stayed close to Jerry’s perfectly honed part as the accompanist and I tried to perform the song without too many frills or embellishments, just heart and feeling…

—“Twitchy” was written by Jerry Reed and performed by Chet Atkins and Reed. Why do you find this song inspirational?

TOMMY: “Twitchy” is such a great composition–you get the feeling it’s been around forever. It’s also one of the great duets that only Jerry could write to have Chet play the melody and he works all the harmony around it and plays a solo as well. We’ve played it for audiences a thousand times and hope we can play it another thousand times!

—”Nashtownville” was written by Chet Atkins and appears on the Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins album, ‘Me & Chet.’ What drew you to take this song on?

TOMMY: “Nashtownville” is a Chet composition and we both love its simplicity, yet, how strong it is, musically. Chet was a wonderful writer, and this song proves that. It’s two and a half minutes of pure MOJO!

—“Baby’s Coming Home” was written by Jerry Reed, and Chet Atkins recorded it for his ‘Chet Atkins Picks on Jerry Reed’ album. What quality does this song have that attracted you to record it?

TOMMY: “Baby’s Coming Home” is a wonderful song that is perfect for harmonies and solo sections that give the player and the listener everything they’re looking for!

—It’s exciting news that the two of you will tour together this November in America (having done shows in the past). What are you most looking forward to about this tour?

TOMMY: Playing this music to new audiences everywhere is such a joy, as most people haven’t seen players recreate these songs in front of them. It’s entertaining, surprising, and uplifting! When you are in the entertainment business, like us, you have a big desire to take people out of their normal existence and surprise them into another realm–music like this is your magic wand!

RICHARD SMITH

—There’s so much joyous guitar work on the EP. How did this collaboration with Tommy come about and how did you guys first meet?

RICHARD: Tommy asked me a while ago if I would like to do this tribute to Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed as part of his “Accomplice” series.  Of course, I had to do it!  Like Tommy, I’ve been playing their music all my life.  We both grew up on it. I first met Tommy back in 1996. He had played at a festival in France with the great Bay Area guitarist, Jim Nichols, who told him about me. I was living in England, where he had recently moved to, and he called up and came out to my family home. We jammed for hours that night.

—What are your thoughts about Tommy’s playing and what do you feel you both artistically have achieved with this recording?

RICHARD: Tommy has such an impeccable groove and such a personal touch and feel to his playing that has come about from listening to so many different musicians over the years. Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed were two very earlyiest influences for him. To pay tribute to these guys and play the tunes we grew up listening to, and put our own little stamp on them, felt like going full circle. This music is like mashed potatoes to both of us. It’s just so ingrained, that playing it is like falling off a log. You bring yourself and other influences into it, which just kind of happens naturally.

—The arrangement here for “Serenade to Summertime” comes from the Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins album, ‘Me & Chet.’ Perfect, because you both have a strong connection to Chet. Can you talk about why this song resonates with you?

RICHARD: On the original recording, Chet used a Del Vecchio resonator guitar. That instrument has a particularly beautiful tone and sustain. Tommy captures that beautifully with his Maton acoustic. That recording was probably the first time I’d ever heard that guitar sound. Jerry Reed’s back-up part is a huge part of the sound of that song.  The kind of rolling chords he used and the inversions he used were so beautifully constructed. Listening to it just takes me back to my childhood and when I first heard it.

—“Twitchy” was written by Jerry Reed and performed by Chet Atkins and Reed. Why do you find this song inspirational?

RICHARD: I think that tune is probably my favorite thumb-picking tune. It has such a great groove and such a simple melody. To me, it’s one of those tunes that just sounds like it grew there, like no one wrote it, and like it has just always existed. Those are the great songs to me. Songs and tunes that have melodies and chord structures that sound so obvious that you think “Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?” Another tune we both grew up on. It is also a pure duet. No band.

—”Nashtownville” was written by Chet Atkins and appears on the Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins album, ‘Me & Chet.’ What drew you to take this song on?

RICHARD: It was just another great song from that album that was addictive listening. As a student of the guitar and the music, you want to learn everything. It’s another one of those songs that any guitar player who had that album would have had a go at.

—“Baby’s Coming Home” was written by Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins recorded it for his ‘Chet Atkins Picks on Jerry Reed’ album. What quality does this song have that attracted you to record it?

RICHARD: This is one of those tunes that every thumb-picker knows. A real standard among that crowd. Another simple melody with a great groove. These tunes are not known to the mainstream crowds, but there are guitar pickers dotted around all over the world  that will come out of the woodwork to meet like-minded folks at concerts or festivals and get together and play these kinds of tunes from records they all had. When I was at school, there wasn’t another kid in my school or any other local school that was listening to this stuff that I knew of. I’m sure it was the same for Tommy. But!!.. There were players out there. These records weren’t getting airplay like pop records, but there were a select few pickers out there buying these records. There must have been, or RCA would never have invested in putting more and more out there. You wonder who those people are, and where they are out there. When you meet them, it’s always great because you realize you were not alone in your pursuits and thirst for learning this music that was so obscure that it seemed like you were the only one listening to it.  At least, as a kid, that’s how it felt.  Playing these tunes with Tommy is always special.  We’d played all of them together over the years many times either jamming or on shows or festivals. I never get tired of playing them and I can feel that with Tommy, too.

—It’s exciting news that the two of you will tour together this November in America (having done shows in the past). What are you most looking forward to about this tour?

RICHARD: Oh yeah! Always a blast playing shows with Tommy. Playing the music, of course, is what I look forward to most, but being out west, too. AZ and TX.  I love the desert, you know. In certain places, I feel like I’m on Mars, or in a scene from the original “Planet of the Apes” movie.  Meeting new people, going to different places, or back to some of your favorite places. So many folks I’ve met think being on the road is such a tough life. To me, it’s like being on vacation and instead of living in one place, you kind of get to live everywhere. It’s a beautiful thing. Living everywhere, seeing so many places, doing what you love, and playing your favorite music with one of your all-time favorite musicians and people?  It makes me giddy. I can’t wait.

 

Artist: Tommy Emmanuel:
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

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Artist: Richard Smith

ABOUT RICHARD SMITH

Born in 1971 in Beckenham, England, Richard started early and first picked up the guitar at the age of 5 with his father teaching him his first chords and songs. After some early solo performances and six years of working as a trio with two of his brothers, Rob and Sam in the 90’s, Richard moved to Nashville, TN. in January 2000. In 2001 he won the national fingerpicking championship and has since forged a career as a solo artist, performing all over the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and Brazil, releasing solo records, duet and ensemble records.  Constantly touring with a repertoire of fingerpicking classics, originals, fiddle tunes, blues, Joplin rags, jazz standards, classical repertoire and everything from pop to Sousa marches. Richard has also performed or recorded along the way with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, Suzy Bogguss, Steve Wariner, Jimmy Fortune, Earl Klugh, Martin Taylor, Joscho Stephan, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, John Schneider, Lee Roy Parnell, Brent Mason, Rory Hoffman and a host of others.

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Hard Rock Act PISTOLS AT DAWN Share Spooky Video For “Gone Black”; Announce Free Shows in Atlanta & NYC

DT: SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR

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ATLANTA-BASED HARD ROCK GROUP
PISTOLS AT DAWN
SHARE SPOOKY MUSIC VIDEO FOR
“GONE BLACK”
TAKEN FROM NEW EP
‘NOCTURNAL YOUTH’

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A group of men sitting on stairs Description automatically generated with low confidence(Lineup [l-r]: Devin White, Chris Pierson, Tommy Richardson, Adam Jaffe, Billy Sullivan; Photo Credit: Michael Mueller/M3 Media)

Hard rock heralders PISTOLS AT DAWN bring their “high energy, hard-charging approach to rock n’ roll” (V13) full force in the haunting music video for “Gone Black.” The single is taken from their recent self-released debut EP NOCTURNAL YOUTH, recorded with producer Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox 20) and mastered by lauded engineer Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More). NOCTURNAL YOUTH’s first single “Voices” received over 1 million video views within the first month of release, while additional videos for singles “Cold,” “Gauntlet,” and “Crown” have amassed 6 million combined views across all platforms.

The “Gone Black” music video, premiered earlier this week via V13 in North America and Midlands Metalheads Radio in the UK, comes just in time for the start of fall and Halloween season as it features haunting makeup and SFX from Shane Morton of Silver Scream FX Lab (Adult Swim’s ‘Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell,’ ‘Mandy’). Watch “Gone Black” below or at this link: http://smarturl.it/StreamNocturnalYouth.

“‘Gone Black’ is about people who cause their own misery,” explains the band on the track’s meaning. “They are living their lives stagnant while thinking they are living right, all the while sinking into their own arrogance and/or ignorance and following a perpetual cycle. It leaves them with nothing every time.”

“Working with Shane Morton at Silver Scream FX Lab is like working with Picasso,” the band shares. “He’s an absolute guru that executes his vision with such ease and care that one minute you are human and the next you are a real creature of the netherworld. We loved being transformed into our black light beings! Filming ‘Gone Black’ is definitely one of the coolest video production experiences we have ever had.”

PISTOLS AT DAWN was originally formed in Atlanta, GA in 2015 but disintegrated after the tragic passing of guitarist Mike Buffa in 2018.  The band reformed in 2019 with founding members, drummer Adam Jaffe, guitarist Devin White and bassist Billy Sullivan, while adding Tommy Richardson on guitars and VH1 Rockstar Supernova finalist Chris Pierson on vocals. The band is currently completing tracking their debut full length LP, to be be mixed by Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of A Down) and will be released in early 2022.

See the band perform live at one of their upcoming ‘Thank You & F**K Covid’ free concert series in Atlanta and NYC, with additional stops being added soon. The group will also be featured as part of Rock 100.5’s ‘Rock The Bank’ Holiday Benefit Concert’ in Atlanta. A current list of upcoming appearances is as follows:

10/24 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Vinyl (FREE)
11/13 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft (presented by Rock 100.5 ‘ Rock The Bank’ Holiday Benefit Concert’
1/22 – NYC, NY – Mercury Lounge (FREE)

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