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Gudars Skymning – V (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:07


Swedish rockers Gudars Skymning (Twilight of Gods, and also a Swedish equivalent of “Oh dear!”) have now released their fifth slab of seventies infused hard rock sung in their native tongue. If you’re into bands like Abramis Brama and Magnolia, this is without doubt right up your alley. After the instrumental heavy folsky “Orloks Boning” the band crushes on with the powerful riffster “Mars Makalös”. “Rakt ut I mörkret (olycksfågel del II)” continues with some heavy shuffle, leading into the up/mid-tempo chugging ”Allman” featuring Micke “Mojo” Nilsson on additional vocals and lead guitar. “Hjärtats ödemark” continues with some heavy riffing, a bit like blending Budgie, Black Sabbath and November. The verse and chorus of “Vid vansinnets berg” are almost a bit Sabbath doomy in the approach, while the bridge takes it into a slightly psychedelic landscape. “Soppan” starts out as a shuffle oriented number, but takes a turn into a doomy territory in the verse. What makes Gudars Skymning sound a bit different is Kenny-Oswald Dufvenberg’s slightly different melodic approach, which makes it quite unique. Even though the band has evolved a bit by each record, they haven’t strayed away from their original formula. This band just keep on delivering album after album, all having that high class and quality! Kick ass stuff!
Janne Stark
Label: Transubstans
Year: 2017
Country: Sweden


Days Of Jupiter – New Awakening (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:05


I really loved Days Of Jupiter’s 2012 debut “Secrets Brought To Life”, while the follow-up “Only Ashes Remain” didn’t impress as much, however, this one I was looking forward to. The band plays modern melodic hard rock/metal, and as long as the riffs, songs and vocals are there, I’m all for it. I really like bands like Alter Bridge, Sevendust and Shinedown, so no prejudice from me. The album starts with the melodic and heavy riffing “We Will Never Die” which actually does remind me a bit of Shinedown. “I Am Stone” is a bit different in its style and approach, a bit busier and not predictable at all. A killer track with really cool twists and turns. This one really gets the band back into the ball game! “Wasted Years” kicks major butt! Damn, those crushing riffs combined with Janne Hilli’s awesome melodic vocals! They definitely give their Swedish main competitors’ Corrodeda run for their money! “You Can’t Erase Me” is a cool, powerful ballad. “Awakening” starts off sounding a bit similar to Sevendust with a crushing staccato riff and bulldozer drums, but the boys take it to a place of their own. Awesome track! The next track has one of those annoying spelling mistakes I bet they went “duuuuh” when they saw. The sleeve says, “If I Wear God”, while the booklet correctly states “If I Were God” – whatever, the track speaks for itself. I just have to mention “Insane”, which is another well-aimed kick in the groin! Love it! Highly recommended!
Janne Stark
Year: 2017
Label: Metalville

Country: Sweden

Kardinal Sin – Victorious (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:03


I shall start by admitting I’m NOT a fan of power metal. Fast pace, double bass drums, big choirs and major scale sing-along choruses verging on the Eurovision Song Contest just isn’t my thing. The opener “Patria (Fatherland)” is dangerously close to this, but manages to avoid the worst cringeworthily pastiches. However, the just run straight into that wall, with second track “Wall Of Stone”, which sounds like something in-between Hammerfall and The Poodles. I really like the verse, but the chorus is just too much Eurovision for me. Before I go on, I must say the band does sound great! Great vocals, killer guitar playing and a fantastic mix by Fredrik Folkare ( as always). “Mastermind” starts out soft, but soon the door is kicked in. This track is a bit more theatrical in its approach and the chorus is way better than the previous tracks. This one is more my bag! The title track is also pretty cool. I really like the cool twists in the verse and this one has sort of a “Phantom Of The Opera” vibe to it. Not bad at all. “Bonaparte” sounds a bit more like the missing link between the aforementioned Hammerfall and Rhapsody. “S.I.N” takes it down a bit with its acoustic intro, but blossoms out into a powerful big ballad. Even though, as I initially stated, this is not really my cup of tea, I think the band does a great job. It’s a high-quality album and fans of power metal should definitely check it out.
Janne Stark
Label: Tramp Music
Year: 2017

Country: Sweden

Coldspell – A New World Arise (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:02


I was a huge fan of Coldspell when they entered the Swedish hard rock scene with the outstanding debut “Infinite Stargaze” in 2009. “Out From The Cold” from 2011, delivered more of the same, while I was a bit disappointed with “Frozen Paradize” (2013) as it felt a bit generic and didn’t really lift off for me. Now they state that “A New World Arise”, so let’s see what that means. The album kicks off with the powerful up-tempo rocker “Foreveremore” with a kick-ass chorus and I immediately feel hope. “Call Of The Wild” takes it down a notch, and it actually makes me think of Eclipse, which is a good thing. A killer dynamic song with lots of interesting layers. “It Hurts” starts off with a quirky guitar arpeggio which I can’t completely wrap my head around (which is also a cool thing) and then enters into a heavy, crunchy verse and a great catchy chorus. “Miles Away” picks up the tempo again and Michael’s guitar crushes anything in its way. “Signs” takes the album on a different, crushingly heavy, yet very melodic, path. Almost a touch of Zeppelin in the verse with a classic melodic heavy rock chorus. I must say, this album totally demolishes its predecessor! “Love Me Like You Do” opens with some bluesy acoustic riffing and moves into a Dokken style power riff territory. Quite different from anything the band has previously done. This kicks major ass, I must say! I won’t go into each and every track, I will just say – there’s not a bad track on the album! The production is brick heavy, yet dynamic with Niclas’ outstanding vocals crowning this power package! A must!!
Janne Stark
Year: 2017
Label: Escape

Country: Sweden

Peter Martinsson Group – Changes (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:00

Once upon a time, back in 1979-80, guitarist Peter played guitar in underground bands Plebb and Purple Haze, each one with one release to show for (rarities today). In 2012 he was brought back to the musical scene with his outstanding instrumental album “Guitar State Of Mind”, followed by “No Grey” in 2014. Now it’s time for another dose of instrumental high-class guitar playing. Peter Martinsson Group is more about melodic hard rock oriented songs that high speed shredding. “Never Again”, for instance, has an aura of 70s Rainbow hanging over it, while “You Can Dance” crunches out some heavy bluesy riffs which makes me think of Michael Katon. “Ahead Of Time” has a cool 70s feel of Janne Schaffer (think “Halkans Affär” or “Fillins Mignon”). Peter’s tone and feel often give me serious goosebumps! His sweet notes are just there! His melodic feel is outstanding and even though I’m not a huge fan of instrumental albums, I just can’t stop listening to his music! I just love the quirky playfulness of songs like “Happy Happie” or the coolness of “Loosen Up”. He also does a killer version of the traditional folk song “Barkbrödslåten”, quite different from Kebnekajse’s rendition. Highly recommended!
Janne Stark
Label: Plebb
Year: 2017

Country: Sweden

Mathias Holm Klarin – Dream Catch (digital)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:58


To find any traces of Swedish shredder Mathias Holm’s solo material we have to go way back to 1996. That’s when he released his first album “Pictures Of A Dream”. In 2010 he also released an album with Swedish prog metal band Mindsplit (also featuring members from Madison, Jade, Scudiero/Fatal Smile), but since then little has been heard. Until now. "Dream Catch" starts where “Pictures of a Dream” left off, with a collection of melodic, instrumental guitar music. Mathias has matured a bit in his style and playing, and just like guitarists like Joe Satriani, he aims for the song rather than the shred thrill. Way better in my book! Mathias has a great tone and his sound is clear and powerful. The title track is one of my favorites with it’s nice variations and cool tempo. There are of course some Yngwie:esque twiddling here as well, such as in “Green Water” and “Past Reflecion” with their neo-classical orientation. Killer technique, great tone, impeccable playing, but not as interesting to me as something like “Divine Journey”, where Mathias takes us through a lot of different musical landscapes, from fast shredding, to fusionesque parts to oriental influences. All in all a really nice album from an outstanding guitar player!
Janne Stark
Label: Lion Music
Year: 2017

Country: Sweden

Target – In Rage (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 05:51


In 1976, I heard the song ”99 ½” on Swedish radio. I went straight to the record store and bought the self-titled album by American melodic hard rockers Target. That record soon became one of my favorites and still is. The follow-up, “Captured”, didn’t hit me as hard as the debut, but it was still an outstanding album. Then nothing more, not until singer Jimi Jamison re-surfaced in the band Cobra in 1983. Well, we all know Jimi’s history after that and his tragic passing in 2014. I’ve found a couple of live clips of Target on YouTube and also one unreleased song entitled “Taxman”, which made me wonder if there were more where it came from. Well, it turns out there were! Finally, this previously unreleased, and for me previously unheard, treasure of Target songs now sees the light of day. Nine tracks recorded in 1979. Jimi in his prime and the band sounding just as great as on the first two albums. The album kicks off with “Tight Wire”, a straight ahead hard rocker with disco drums and bass, making we wonder if Gene Simmons hadn’t heard this rhythm section when writing “I Was Made For Loving You”. This is however way better and not by far as cheesy. “Love Magician” kicks off with a fat riff and goes into funk mode, something they explored on the first two albums as well. “Too Much Good Love” kicks up the tempo a notch, while “Hold Tight” brings back the heavy bluesy riffing. Target has had a slightly southern rocking touch on both their previous albums, and here it is. Groovy, cool and heavy with Jimi singing in his soulful bluesy way. “Taxman”, yes, here it is! A kick-ass rocker, a punch in the face! “Means That Much” is this album’s “Let Me Live”, the bluesy powerful ballad. “Come On” is a great up-tempo boogie rocker, also in the vein of the band’s previous efforts. “A Place Called Hot” picks up that southern nerve again. This one is one of the best Target songs ever. A really cool, quirky, busy rhythm and killer guitar riffing, with Jimi’s perfect vocals as the icing on the cake. “Don’t You Think It’s Time” continues in the same vein as the previous track, and takes a well-deserved place on the list of “best ever songs of Target”. KILLER track!! Bonus track “Echo Tango” is a demo recording, a little rougher around the edges, but damn what a track! A perfect ending to a fantastic album, a glorious moment of long lost and unknown musical history. You can hear this is not taken from the actual master tapes, but the sound has still been restored to almost perfection. If you’re a fan of Target, a fan of late 70s melodic hard rock, a fan of Jimi’s fantastic voice, you don’t wanna miss out on this gem!
Janne Stark
Label: Escape Music
Year: (1979) 2017

Country: USA

Steve Walsh – Black Butterfly (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 05:50

When singer Steve Walsh left Kansas I didn’t expect to see him return in a few years. Well, wrong was I. His new solo album is already hot off the press! Opener “Born In Fire” sounds like a left over Streets track, which is great in my book. Steve sings great and it’s actually hard to hear the difference between Steve’s voice and guest singer Jerome Mazza! The have a very similar tone, where Mazza does still have his high register in place. They do sound great together and the song is a kick ass rocker! When I first heard “The Piper”, it had something familiar about it. I soon realized this song actually appeared on the album by Radioactive. Some of the guitars have been re-amped, but it’s still the same song. “Grace And Nature” is a more pomp oriented track with a chorus that sort of takes the song down in intensity, which is an interesting move. “Dear Kolinda” continues in the pomp oriented vein with a chorus that does touch on the old Streets/Kansas nerve. In “Winds Of War” Jerome Mazza takes over the lead vocals. His voice sounds quite close to Steve’s actually. Sounds like something that also could have been on the Radioactive album. “Tanglewood Tree” starts off a bit Yes sounding. The vocals are a bit thin and strange in the opening, but soon gets better. An ok track, but not really a favorite. “Now Until Forever” again features Mazza on lead vocals. A good semi-ballad type track with a big chorus. “Warsaw” would also fit on the aforementioned Radioactive album. Quite Toto:ish.
“Black Butterfly” sounds quite different from “Shadowman”, both in sound and style. I honestly think “Shadowman” had more of a unique identity, while “Black Butterfly” sounds very much like several other projects involving the song writers. “Nothing But Nothing” starts out pretty cool and promising with an interesting guitar riff and even though it never really lifts off the way I expected, it’s a really cool track with an oriental touch in the chorus. Good one! “Winds of War”, also featuring Mazza on lead vocals is a mid-tempo melodic AOR track, a bit anonymous, but decent enough. “Billy Carbone Is Dead” is another track with a slight Streets touch, where I so wonder what Mike Slamer would have done with the guitar parts. “Mercy On Me” is one of the best tracks after the opener, also featuring Mazza on lead vocals. All in all a pretty good album, in deed. My first impression was actually better than what I feel after 5-6 times of listening. I’m a bit torn regarding Mazza handling the lead vocals on several tracks. He’s a great singer who deserves his own album, and I’d rather hear Steve sing all the songs and Mazza do his own thing, in the same style though. The production is clear and good, but I do miss a bit of the fatness of “Shadowman” which on the other hand misses a bit of the clarity found here. Well worth checking out.
Janne Stark
Label: Escape Music
Year: 2017

Country: USA

Dirty Dave Osti - Rare Tracks (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:24


Dirty Dave has previously released a couple of really great blues rock albums, so what good would actually a "rare tracks" compilation do? Well, quite a lot it seems. Rare Tracks proves to be a damn fine "could easily have been a legit" album. Consistent in both sound and style. It kicks off with the instrumental blues rocker Grooveyard Ride followed by the southern rock sounding Louisiana Outlaw with a bunch of cool slide licks and fitting raspy vocals. Blur The Lines kicks it into riff mode, with some cool bluesy sections. In The Wind kicks it up a notch in tempo, but both the riffs and the blues are still there. A cool instrumental tune, where my only critique would be that it actually does lack some vocals in the empty spots. Bastard is a cool acoustic number leading into another cool bluesy melodic semi-ballad. Up next is a kick-ass cover of ZZ Top's El Diablo, from the sadly overlooked Tejas album. Without going into each track, let me just say, even though this is "just" a compilation of leftover tracks, it's a damn good one!
Janne Stark

Label: Grooveyard Records
Country: USA
Year: 2017

The Quill - Born From Fire (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:22


Swedish retro rockers The Quill have gone through various styles and line-ups. Now they have returned bringing back singer Magnus Ekwall, flanked by guitarist Christian Carlsson, bass player Roger Nilsson and drummer Jolle Atlagic. The new effort kicks off with Stone Believer and immediately Black Sabbath and in particular Zero The Hero comes to mind. No, it's not plagiarism, only very similar in feel. This is my favorite Quill line-up and they do not disappoint! Snake Charmer Woman proves the opener was no fluke. This one kicks it up a few notches in speed, but the heaviness prevails. Ghosthorse is more Sabbaththan Sabbath. It's a track I think Iommi would wish he wrote today! What a killer!! Keep It Together takes it down a notch, starting off with naked vocals and Univibe-drenched guitar. It then leads us into Sabbath's Snowblind territory. There's not a weak track on the entire album, the mix is fat, full and fucking crushing, the band sounds better than ever and this is one kick-ass release you should not miss out on! 
Janne Stark

Label: Metalville
Country: Sweden
Year: 2017

Universal Hippies - Mother Nature Blues (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:19

Busy boy Stavros (Freerock Saints, Hard Driver) is at it again. This time delivering a bunch of instrumental tracks under the Universal Hippies moniker. I'm not a huge fan of instrumental albums, I shall admit, but this is some pretty cool shit. Opener Redemption Day is a cool, melodic thing with highly tasteful guitar harmonies and great melodies. Enjoyable indeed! Homo Sapiens continues in the same vein and I get a feel of Wishbone Ash meets 70s Epitaph, with some bad ass riffing thrown in. Stavros plays outstandingly tasteful. No overplaying, no meaningless shredding, but melodic soloing, great feel, great arrangements and really great songs. There's not a bad track on the album and I must say I really love every part of it from the songs to the performances to the songs. Awesome!
Janne Stark


Label: Grooveyard
Year: 2017
Country: Greece

Hard Driver - Freedom Machine (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:17


Stavros must be the busiest man in Greece! Not only does he rock out with Freedom Saints, now he has also released an instrumental CD with Universal Hippies and, at the same time, let loose another beast. Those of you familiar with Jake E Lee's band Badlands will surely make the connection here (for you uninformed Hard Driver is a song on the first Badlands album). Hard Driver sure do have some Badlands overtones. Bluesy hard rock with a southern touch. This is indeed a pretty solid album. The songs range between good and kick-ass and the band sounds great. The Achilles Heel, for my personal taste, is the vocals. Stavros is a good singer, but there is still something lacking for me to fully embrace his vocal performance. I'm not 100 % sure exactly what it is, but it's most likely a combination of his vocal range, his sound and his overall performing lacking a bit of oomph, for lack of a better word. However, what he lacks in vocals, he makes up for in his excellent guitar work. The songs are solid and the band plays great! Well worth checking out!
Janne Stark

Label: Grooveyard
Year: 2017
Country: Greece

Ulrich Ellison - Dreaming In The House Of Blues (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:15


Ulrich is a new musical acquaintance. Opener Americ reminds me a bit of Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush at times, which is a good sign. Ulrich provides some quite clean and melodic vocals, while the guitar work is a bit dirtier. Ten Feet Tall continues in a melodic southern rock vein, while River Of Life again adds a touch of Marino mixed with some slight Eric Johnson:ish influences. He continues down the blues rock path and lays down some serious blues licks in the intro of Running On Empty. I Had A Dream is a soul oriented thing with a jazzy touch, which doesn't really grab me, unfortunately. Rollin' And Tumblin' gets the boat cruising in the right direction again. Ulrich gives it a cool groovy, almost folksy touch. Feeling Like A Rich Man again veers off into a soul oriented funky area outside my sphere. The album has a few of these road bumps, especially towards the end, but the majority of the tracks nicely rock my boat. There are some seriously cool riffing going on in a lot of the tracks. 

Janne Stark
Label: Grooveyard
Year: 2017
Country: USA

Count’s 77 – Soul Transfusion (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:12

This is the second effort from actor/club owner/singer Danny “Count” Koker. The man is not just a pretty face, he’s actually a pretty good singer as well. In some tracks, he reminds me a quite lot of Ron Chenier from Canuck hard rockers Fist. Gritty, mid/low pitch and pretty ballsy. Not bad in my book. He also surrounds himself with some pretty good musicians, including kick ass guitarist Stoney Curtis, who has made quite the name for himself through his solo discs. The first Count’s 77 album was quite good, but this one does kick it up a notch. It starts out with The Count’s version of Summer of 69, here known as Summer of ’77 (which I can personally relate to more than the Bryan Adams number). A catchy, poppy hard rocker with nice hooks. Hard Rock Band has a cool southern rock vibe to it, which reminds me a bit of The Boyzz mixed with 38 Special. Again, a bunch of nice hooks. Do You Feel Me? definitely picks up those aforementioned Fistreferences, both vocally and musically. If you remember and like Fist’s Thunder In Rock album, this should be up your alley. A really cool track, indeed! Without going into each of the songs, this is a really cool, no frills, straight ahead southern tinged hard rock album with great musicians, cool vocals and songs that rock really well. Recommended!
Janne Stark
Label: Shrapnel
Year: 2016

Country: USA  

Chris Bickley – Digital Reflection (CD)

Stark Music Reviews - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:09


This is US guitarist Chris Bickley’s second effort (it should be noted he also plays with the resurrected 70s American rockers Thunderhead). His first album, Tapestry Of Souls, was a good start, but on Digital Reflection he has definitely perfected his crafts. The album has a better flow, stronger song material and definitely a way better mix. Yes, this is a (mainly) instrumental guitar album, but Chris does write really good songs where the guitar handles the “vocals”, so not only a lot of shredding, but actual melodies. Chris is backed by bassist Dino Fiorenza and drummer Gaetano Nicolosi, both great musicians who provide a solid foundation for Chris guitar playing. Dino also does some pretty impressive slapping here and there. Furthermore, Jimmy Pitts fills out the cracks and crevices with some nice keyboards. The album also features some other guest guitarists, such as Adrian English and Mike Abdow. The songs range from mid/up-tempo rockers to soft and nice ballads such as Arigato and one of the two vocal tracks, Tragedy (sung by Steve Johnstad). The other vocal track is a surprising cover of Iron Maiden’s Wasted Years, sung by Teri Lane. She does a good job, even though I would have wished for a bit more edge and a little less vibrato. It’s a good track, but I honestly don’t think it fits that well into the rest of the material. If Chris would’ve made an instrumental version it would maybe have been a bit more fitting. Well, the rest of the material kicks ass, and it’s a great album indeed! Shredding is alive and well!
Janne Stark

Country: USA
Year: 2017

Label: Shredguy Records

Jimmy Kunes talks National Wrecking Company, Cactus, and more!

Rock Guitar Daily with Tony Conley - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:01


"It’s an intense record. It’s an intense world we’re living in." ~ Jimmy Kunes

Jimmy Kunes is a man on the move. He's just finished up with one of his "Freed Live" tributes to Free (and some Bad Company) at B.B. King's in New York City as he heads out the door for Europe with Cactus for some shows before he'll return to oversee the release of his killer new project, National Wrecking Company. Before he jumped on a plane for Italy we had a chance to get a preview for the album, and to catch up on all the dizzying details!

National Wrecking Company is one of those rare records that sounds like you know it the minute you hear it. The songs, melodies, and riffs are classic hard rock, but there's also a definite sense that they've captured the times we're living in, and there's a great sense of urgency to the material. It's a record that deserves to be heard. That's where we started the conversation:

This is real classic hard rock with a modern sound, did you write with an agenda to sound that way or is it more organic? Tell me about the band and how this record came together.
   
Jimmy Kunes: "Funny you should ask a question that was right on the tip of my mind, so to speak.  "Randy (Pratt) had started to assemble very strong hooks, riffs and grooves along with one of his drummers, Neil Cicione and TC Toliver (Plasmatics). He had me in mind to check out a few of these ideas that were then arranged into songs by our engineer/ producer JZ Burrell. "I was knocked out by how original and utterly exciting they sounded and immediately came up with lyrics, subject matter and imagery for the songs. It all happened quite rapidly. "So, I took in my lyric drafts and started laying vocals down."They had also been quite prolific in keeping the ideas churning and would hit me with a new one after I'd finished a vocal. I would come up with a root idea on the spot and elaborate on that, go out to the vocal booth and build it up from there. I was right on my game but the songs were so hooky, catchy and crafted so well that it all just seemed to glow and flow very easily. More often than not we would finish off 2 songs in a day's work. Very satisfying. "So yes it was a very organic, fresh way of approaching writing lyrics and laying vocals down for me." 
Has the band had a chance to play play out yet? Are there plans to gig with National Wrecking Company?

Jimmy Kunes: "NWC is very much a studio project as this point, but who knows?  "It is extremely compelling material that I would imagine would go down very well and will see the live light of day at some point. I would be very much into doing a few songs from the record with Jimmy Kunes Band. We do a couple of songs from Flood The Engine as well… "We are all very busy with all of our respective independent projects, as well as Cactus, so we will have to see how it all spins out after we officially release our album. (Due in October '17)"

What kind of distribution are you doing? Label shopping, releasing it yourselves, etc.?
Jimmy Kunes: "We will definitely be putting it out either way. We might release on Randy's label (Hyperspace) or we also have a few labels we would be into National Wrecking Company finding a home on. There is already interest being shown."


You’ve been on fire creatively as of late with this coming after a really great Cactus album last year - how do you keep the creativity coming and what inspires you.

Jimmy Kunes: "Thanks Tony!  "Everything inspires me! And I always have a notebook, pad of paper, phone note section, voice memo on iPhone is VERY useful and I'll constantly be jotting words, titles, phrases and singing melodies down. "The really exciting thing is I've been waking up with semi-fully formed songs which will I chronicle on one of the above mediums for future projects. "I am also well into work on my 3rd solo record, Jimmy Kunes Congregation, so never a dull moment over here! Ha!"
It’s an album of big themes, what’s on your mind when you’re writing lyrics these days?

Jimmy Kunes: "Well first and foremostly everything is overshadowed by the state we're in as a nation these days.  "Also the way we have systematically raped and stripped our land/country of its natural resources. For years now. How the polar icecap is melting. How the air is being tainted and polluted. How the levels of harmful levels of lead are being identified in water supplies. How we haven't made any real strides to implement wind power and alternate sources of energies. How there are people in power that are in bed with the all-powerful industries and corporations that are insuring that we never will do so. Until it is too late. And it's too late.  "I think it's obvious what songs on the album reflect greed, malice, political agendas and blind willfulness to drag us all asunder. "It’s an intense record. It’s an intense world we’re living in."

Your voice is in great shape, how do you keep it so sharp and powerful, any secrets?
Jimmy Kunes: "Ah, thank you Tone. "Really just using it as much as I can. There obviously come times when one needs to take it easy and rest it a bit. I try to arrange sessions, gigs, etc. in a way that I don’t overstrain my vocal cords too much. Pacing myself during tours as much as you can helps. I tend to really give it all I got out there, but there ya go. "Part of being proficient in something such as singing full time is knowing how to sing around something live that you've recorded that would maybe make you too winded, or not quite being able to hit certain notes live. That's the beauty about live performance for me. It never ever gets boring and nothing’s ever the same way every time out. Keeps one very fresh.  "There is a certain template for a vocal in a song that you basically adhere to, but there’s also room for improvisation that surprises even myself every night."
You are a very busy guy who regularly does projects that pay tribute to some great singers and bands, tell me about your influences and how you approach covering such voices and bands like Free, Paul Rodgers, Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale, Ian Gillan and others.

Jimmy Kunes: "I really believe you are a product of what you listen to at an early age. I was really lucky to have an elder brother (Bill) who had a killer collection. "A lot of the artists you mention above were and are influences, but that in turn makes you want to dig back to see who influenced THEM. It's a never ending journey. "In the past I put together a Deep Purple MKIII celebration and we are still doing our FREED LIVE!!! band as well. We play tomorrow night as a matter of fact. We have a blast playing our favorite styles of music so it's a kick for us."

What are you hearing these days that impresses you?

Jimmy Kunes: "Typically when I write, I try not to listen to too much current or newer stuff. Not enough time! And one doesn't want to be nicking lines from something you’ve heard that might get lodged in the old memory banks."When you were writing and recording the NWC album, what conversations were you having with your band and co-writers?

Jimmy Kunes: "By the time I got to work in these things, songs were fairly completely formed but arrangements were tweaked by myself and Josh to make them more "singable" and to flow as far as being able to tell the storyline and being able to come up with a clever turn of phrase or chorus. "The guitars were farmed out to Randy’s friends and ex-band mates Phil in Florida and Jesse in Portland. They added their parts and overdubbed on their end. Phil also made some trips up to Electric Randyland in Plandome, Long Island where we recorded the Cactus albums as well as my two solo records. Keyboards and piano were recorded by our man Scott “The Doctor” Treibitz who also played amazing Hammond, piano, mellotron and keys on my records.   "It all came together quite easily. So it would be Randy, Josh and I together in the control room while I was tracking and we would bounce ideas around.
 
 "A very fun album to do. They should all be this much fun!"

Speaking of fun, you’re been doing some shows with former Starz guitar slinger, the great Richie Ranno - is this all leading somewhere?

Jimmy Kunes: "Glad you asked this.  "I actually play tonight with Richie in New Jersey. We also have recorded a tune for an upcoming September release for a tribute album to The Godz, a 70’s Columbus, Ohio-based band. Again with the z ha! "That went so well we are putting in place ideas to do a proper record together. Richie is a great songwriter, musician, engineer, producer and we also work very quickly and very efficiently together. "Plus, he was in an ultra-cool band like Starz. I mean "Cherry Baby"! Come on!"
You’re getting ready to hit the road again with Cactus, and the band has been through some changes over the last year, tell me about what’s changed and how it all feels.

Jimmy Kunes: "Everything has changed but it has lead to some very exciting positivity as well."Jim (McCarty) decided he just cannot do the road anymore. It is a hard graft. Even for me. It's a physically demanding strain at times with all the travel involved. Bless him he plays constantly in Detroit in the blues scene there. Pete as well wanted to just concentrate on Vanilla Fudge as opposed to touring with two bands so he's doing that. I'll see him later at the gig with Richie so that'll be cool. "Paul Warren, another Detroit native and guitarist extraordinaire (Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Nite City) has stepped in and brought a real blast of '55 Stratocaster energy to the band. He lives in Nashville and we've already jammed together down there a couple of times. We share the same penchant for obtuse humor, the occasional glass wine or ale and of course the same musical tastes. Terrific guy and terrific player."We did a German tour in May (Black Dawn Over Europe ‘17) that ended up in Verviers, Belgium that was particularly outstanding. We saw a lot more of Germany this time around with s couple of days off to explore old cathedrals. And Castle Frankenstein! (Thanks Oli!) And Bier Gardens. Fantastic. "We also took Carmine's friend and ex-band mate Tony Franklin (Roy Harper, The Firm, Blue Murder) with us to Venezuela for two sold out shows this spring. Amazing gigs, amazing times. "James Caputo from Staten Island is with us on bass."

You’re heading off to Europe with Cactus, then what does the rest of the year hold for Jimmy Kunes fans?

Jimmy Kunes: "We've started work in the next NWC album already! I go in on Monday to start laying down some vocal tracks so I'm very excited about that.  "I'm also working with Freddy Villano (Quiet Riot, Dee Snider's Widowmaker) and Tom Jude (Doro Pesch) of American Mafia on some new tunes which is very exciting. We write killer songs together. I co-wrote 2 on the 1st A.M. album (Rock and Roll Hit Machine),  (Everytime  and Man On The Flying  Trapeze)."Always something new, fresh and exciting. Keeps the doldrums away!"

Jimmy Kunes talks National Wrecking Crew, Cactus, and more!

Rock Guitar Daily with Tony Conley - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 18:17


"It’s an intense record. It’s an intense world we’re living in." ~ Jimmy Kunes

Jimmy Kunes is a man on the move. He's just finished up with one of his "Freed Live" tributes to Free (and some Bad Company) at B.B. King's in New York City as he heads out the door for Europe with Cactus for some shows before he'll return to oversee the release of his killer new project, National Wrecking Crew. Before he jumped on a plane for Italy we had a chance to get a preview for the album, and to catch up on all the dizzying details!

National Wrecking Crew is one of those rare records that sounds like you know it the minute you hear it. The songs, melodies, and riffs are classic hard rock, but there's also a definite sense that they've captured the times we're living in, and there's a great sense of urgency to the material. It's a record that deserves to be heard. That's where we started the conversation:

This is real classic hard rock with a modern sound, did you write with an agenda to sound that way or is it more organic? Tell me about the band and how this record came together.
   
Jimmy Kunes: "Funny you should ask a question that was right on the tip of my mind, so to speak.  "Randy (Pratt) had started to assemble very strong hooks, riffs and grooves along with one of his drummers, Neil Cicione and TC Toliver (Plasmatics). He had me in mind to check out a few of these ideas that were then arranged into songs by our engineer/ producer JZ Burrell.
"I was knocked out by how original and utterly exciting they sounded and immediately came up with lyrics, subject matter and imagery for the songs. It all happened quite rapidly.
"So, I took in my lyric drafts and started laying vocals down."They had also been quite prolific in keeping the ideas churning and would hit me with a new one after I'd finished a vocal. I would come up with a root idea on the spot and elaborate on that, go out to the vocal booth and build it up from there. I was right on my game but the songs were so hooky, catchy and crafted so well that it all just seemed to glow and flow very easily. More often than not we would finish off 2 songs in a day's work. Very satisfying. "So yes it was a very organic, fresh way of approaching writing lyrics and laying vocals down for me." 
Has the band had a chance to play play out yet? Are there plans to gig with National Wrecking Crew?

Jimmy Kunes: "NWC is very much a studio project as this point, but who knows?  "It is extremely compelling material that I would imagine would go down very well and will see the live light of day at some point. I would be very much into doing a few songs from the record with Jimmy Kunes Band. We do a couple of songs from Flood The Engine as well… "We are all very busy with all of our respective independent projects, as well as Cactus, so we will have to see how it all spins out after we officially release our album. (Due in October '17)"

What kind of distribution are you doing? Label shopping, releasing it yourselves, etc.?
Jimmy Kunes: "We will definitely be putting it out either way. We might release on Randy's label (Hyperspace) or we also have a few labels we would be into National Wrecking Company finding a home on. There is already interest being shown."


You’ve been on fire creatively as of late with this coming after a really great Cactus album last year - how do you keep the creativity coming and what inspires you.

Jimmy Kunes: "Thanks Tony!  "Everything inspires me! And I always have a notebook, pad of paper, phone note section, voice memo on iPhone is VERY useful and I'll constantly be jotting words, titles, phrases and singing melodies down. "The really exciting thing is I've been waking up with semi-fully formed songs which will I chronicle on one of the above mediums for future projects. "I am also well into work on my 3rd solo record, Jimmy Kunes Congregation, so never a dull moment over here! Ha!"
It’s an album of big themes, what’s on your mind when you’re writing lyrics these days?

Jimmy Kunes: "Well first and foremostly everything is overshadowed by the state we're in as a nation these days.  "Also the way we have systematically raped and stripped our land/country of its natural resources. For years now. How the polar icecap is melting. How the air is being tainted and polluted. How the levels of harmful levels of lead are being identified in water supplies. How we haven't made any real strides to implement wind power and alternate sources of energies. How there are people in power that are in bed with the all-powerful industries and corporations that are insuring that we never will do so. Until it is too late. And it's too late.  "I think it's obvious what songs on the album reflect greed, malice, political agendas and blind willfulness to drag us all asunder. "It’s an intense record. It’s an intense world we’re living in."

Your voice is in great shape, how do you keep it so sharp and powerful, any secrets?
Jimmy Kunes: "Ah, thank you Tone. "Really just using it as much as I can. There obviously come times when one needs to take it easy and rest it a bit. I try to arrange sessions, gigs, etc. in a way that I don’t overstrain my vocal cords too much. Pacing myself during tours as much as you can helps. I tend to really give it all I got out there, but there ya go. "Part of being proficient in something such as singing full time is knowing how to sing around something live that you've recorded that would maybe make you too winded, or not quite being able to hit certain notes live. That's the beauty about live performance for me. It never ever gets boring and nothing’s ever the same way every time out. Keeps one very fresh. 
"There is a certain template for a vocal in a song that you basically adhere to, but there’s also room for improvisation that surprises even myself every night."
You are a very busy guy who regularly does projects that pay tribute to some great singers and bands, tell me about your influences and how you approach covering such voices and bands like Free, Paul Rodgers, Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale, Ian Gillan and others.

Jimmy Kunes: "I really believe you are a product of what you listen to at an early age. I was really lucky to have an elder brother (Bill) who had a killer collection. "A lot of the artists you mention above were and are influences, but that in turn makes you want to dig back to see who influenced THEM. It's a never ending journey. "In the past I put together a Deep Purple MKIII celebration and we are still doing our FREED LIVE!!! band as well. We play tomorrow night as a matter of fact. We have a blast playing our favorite styles of music so it's a kick for us."

What are you hearing these days that impresses you?

Jimmy Kunes: "Typically when I write, I try not to listen to too much current or newer stuff. Not enough time! And one doesn't want to be nicking lines from something you’ve heard that might get lodged in the old memory banks."When you were writing and recording the NWC album, what conversations were you having with your band and co-writers?

Jimmy Kunes: "By the time I got to work in these things, songs were fairly completely formed but arrangements were tweaked by myself and Josh to make them more "singable" and to flow as far as being able to tell the storyline and being able to come up with a clever turn of phrase or chorus. "The guitars were farmed out to Randy’s friends and ex-band mates Phil in Florida and Jesse in Portland. They added their parts and overdubbed on their end. Phil also made some trips up to Electric Randyland in Plandome, Long Island where we recorded the Cactus albums as well as my two solo records. Keyboards and piano were recorded by our man Scott “The Doctor” Treibitz who also played amazing Hammond, piano, mellotron and keys on my records.   "It all came together quite easily. So it would be Randy, Josh and I together in the control room while I was tracking and we would bounce ideas around.
 
 "A very fun album to do. They should all be this much fun!"

Speaking of fun, you’re been doing some shows with former Starz guitar slinger, the great Richie Ranno - is this all leading somewhere?

Jimmy Kunes: "Glad you asked this.  "I actually play tonight with Richie in New Jersey. We also have recorded a tune for an upcoming September release for a tribute album to The Godz, a 70’s Columbus, Ohio-based band. Again with the z ha! "That went so well we are putting in place ideas to do a proper record together. Richie is a great songwriter, musician, engineer, producer and we also work very quickly and very efficiently together. "Plus, he was in an ultra-cool band like Starz. I mean "Cherry Baby"! Come on!"
You’re getting ready to hit the road again with Cactus, and the band has been through some changes over the last year, tell me about what’s changed and how it all feels.

Jimmy Kunes: "Everything has changed but it has lead to some very exciting positivity as well."Jim (McCarty) decided he just cannot do the road anymore. It is a hard graft. Even for me. It's a physically demanding strain at times with all the travel involved. Bless him he plays constantly in Detroit in the blues scene there. Pete as well wanted to just concentrate on Vanilla Fudge as opposed to touring with two bands so he's doing that. I'll see him later at the gig with Richie so that'll be cool. "Paul Warren, another Detroit native and guitarist extraordinaire (Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Nite City) has stepped in and brought a real blast of '55 Stratocaster energy to the band. He lives in Nashville and we've already jammed together down there a couple of times. We share the same penchant for obtuse humor, the occasional glass wine or ale and of course the same musical tastes. Terrific guy and terrific player."We did a German tour in May (Black Dawn Over Europe ‘17) that ended up in Verviers, Belgium that was particularly outstanding. We saw a lot more of Germany this time around with s couple of days off to explore old cathedrals. And Castle Frankenstein! (Thanks Oli!) And Bier Gardens. Fantastic. "We also took Carmine's friend and ex-band mate Tony Franklin (Roy Harper, The Firm, Blue Murder) with us to Venezuela for two sold out shows this spring. Amazing gigs, amazing times. "James Caputo from Staten Island is with us on bass."

You’re heading off to Europe with Cactus, then what does the rest of the year hold for Jimmy Kunes fans?

Jimmy Kunes: "We've started work in the next NWC album already! I go in on Monday to start laying down some vocal tracks so I'm very excited about that.  "I'm also working with Freddy Villano (Quiet Riot, Dee Snider's Widowmaker) and Tom Jude (Doro Pesch) of American Mafia on some new tunes which is very exciting. We write killer songs together. I co-wrote 2 on the 1st A.M. album (Rock and Roll Hit Machine),  (Everytime  and Man On The Flying  Trapeze)."Always something new, fresh and exciting. Keeps the doldrums away!"


Black Country Communion back in action with new video & album!

Rock Guitar Daily with Tony Conley - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:51

My pals in Black Country Communion are beck in action with a smoking new video out today, and an album, IV, that will launch on Friday September 22nd!


I'm going to get out of the way, and let the music do the talking, but it's great to have the boys back in action!

Here is the press release:

Black Country Communion are pleased to announce two exclusive concerts in Europe during January 2018 to support the release of their new album “BCC IV”. The band will play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday 2nd January and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 4th January 2018.

These will be the only two concerts the band will play in the UK and Europe. Planet Rock will run a 48-hour ticket pre-sale from 9am on Wednesday 2nd August. Order your pre-sale tickets from www.planetrock.com.




Tickets will then go on sale to the general public from 0844 844 0444 and can be booked online from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.eventim.co.uk.

Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, ‘BCCIV)’, via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd 2017. This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s ‘Afterglow’.

Just like its three predecessors, ‘BCCIV’ was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalogue of hit records for Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Journey, The Black Crowes, has made him the hottest producer that rock music has to offer. Shirley, who originally had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa in a band after seeing them jamming together onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009 – is the group’s unofficial ‘fifth member’.

Black Country Communion is an earth-shattering combination of American and British rock influences—a bona fide super group that conveys to the world a simple but important message: classic rock is alive and well, and in good hands in the 21st century. Their communion together forms something that is greater than the sum of its parts, creating a legacy being cemented within the halls of music history.

The initiative for the new album came from Joe Bonamassa, who contacted the band in 2016 to see if they would be up for going back into the studio to write and record a fourth album.

Says Joe, “I just felt the time was right for Black Country Communion to go back into the studio and write and record a new album. When I contacted Glenn, Derek and Jason, they immediately agreed to give it shot. The timing was right.”

During October 2016, when news first broke about the band getting back together, things on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, started blowing up and fan reaction was overwhelming. It was clear to see that BCC fans were hungry for another album. BCC IV is destined to become one of the biggest hard rock albums of 2017.

Black Country Communion’s inception took place when front man and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa fused their styles on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center’s King of the Blues event. With the help and guidance of producer Kevin Shirley, they further added to their rock lineage by recruiting drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian.

Sidemen - Long Road To Glory coming to the big sceen in August!

Rock Guitar Daily with Tony Conley - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 01:00

Earlier this year, you will remember that I played a role in helping Sidemen: Long Road To Glory run a very successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $200,000 to pay for the final rights and clearances, and to move the film into its next step, that of distribution and being brought into theaters around the country. 

Well, as many of you now know, Abramorama, the company that brought us The Beatles 'Eight Days A Week' in 2016 and the Grateful Dead documentary, 'Long Strange Trip' this year is now bringing Sidemen to big screens with its premiere happening on August 18 in New York (see listings below).

Sidemen: Long Road To Glory is an intimate look at the lives and legacies of three legendary bluesmen; piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen. The film captures some of the last interviews and final live performances, before their deaths in 2011. The historic live shows are accompanied by performances and personal insights from many of the blues and rock stars these legendary musicians inspired including; Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Tim Reynolds, Shemekia Copeland, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter.






Abramorama is the preeminent theatrical distributor of music films in the US today and recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners.  An industry leader in marketing and promotion, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Brett Bern’s BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Jill Campbell’s Mr. Chibbs; Tomer Heymann’s Mr. Gaga; Dawn Porter’s Trapped; Kim A. Snyder’s Newtown; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story Of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award®-nominated, Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog, Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-Nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017.



This historic documentary that lovingly looks at the lives, careers, and legacies of Pinetop, Hubert, and Willie is in my humble estimation one of the greatest movies ever made about the blues, and it will leave you remembering why we love the blues and perhaps a bit teary-eyed. It, as is the movie itself, a testament to perseverance. The movie and these men both saw things through to the end, and at the end of the road there is glory to be found.

Filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum (and in an effort to be transparent and with full disclosure, Scott is a dear friend) has done what many thought could not be done. He took an intended concert film that was meant to be an homage of sorts to The Last Waltz, and in the wake of his three subjects' deaths in rapid succession (all three died within eleven month in 2011), he turned the film full circle into a celebration of the legends' lives with tremendous contributions of so many of the rock and blues superstars who were influenced by their greatness. Future generations will owe him a tip of their hats, as do we.

It's with no small sense of satisfaction that I compel you to get out an enjoy this film. You can thank me later.





RGD's Tony Conley announces new book, Paul McCartney In The Beatles!

Rock Guitar Daily with Tony Conley - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 15:37
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
JULY 17, 2017

PAUL McCARTNEY 
IN THE BEATLES

Good Mojo Press announces upcoming release 
and Indiegogo campaign featuring incredible artwork and more 


"Analyzing a Beatle is like trying to describe a season. It is, by definition, an attempt to describe a force of nature. If art is subjective then all that matters is taste. Mr. Conley's loving, penetrating book on Sir Paul is definitive. His understanding of Vaudeville Paul & Little Richard Paul embodies the ethos of an artist that recreated songwriting and performing for generations to come... A black bird singing in the dead of night, forever." - Michael Des Barres, host of Little Steven's Underground Garage | SiriusXM Radio

Tony Conley, music journalist and voice behind the long running Rock Guitar Daily, and publisher Good Mojo Press are pleased to announce their new release, Paul McCartney In The Beatles. The book takes a comprehensive look at the music and musicianship of Paul McCartney during his career with the Beatles. Paul McCartney In The Beatles is set for release in November, 2017.

What it's all about: 

Conley's inspiration for the book sparked nearly thirty years ago while living in Los Angeles. During that time, he met Denny Seiwell, ex-drummer for Wings, the first band McCartney put together after leaving the Beatles. "Denny told me some great stories of his time with McCartney and Wings, and he had a unique demeanor concerning the experience of working with Paul." said Conley, "He always came back to the music and musicianship. That has always stuck with me."

While a great many books have been written about McCartney and the Beatles, Conley paves a less traveled path, opting for an in-depth look into the musicianship and the music created by McCartney and the band instead of the well trodden road of biography.

"I think at the end of the day, this is an analysis of someone who does what he does creatively for all the right reasons, and in the right ways," Conley says, "My hope is that people will read the book, and become inspired to work as hard and as fearlessly for their own art."

To go along with the book, Good Mojo Press will be creating playlists for the major streaming sites that will serve as a musical guided tour to the book. It's the writer's hope that people will read the book and listen along as they read, as he believes this provides and creates the most enjoyable, comprehensive way to experience the book.

Good Mojo Press to launch a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo on July 24, 2017 featuring incredible art as perks:

The 30-day campaign features as perks some of the most stunning and original art ever created and committed to a crowdfunding effort. In addition to these one-of-a kind items, there will also be books, posters, t-shirts, and other goodies available. Some of the one-of-a-kind opportunities for collectors to own: 

  • Stephen Holland (official Artist of the Grammys) offers an original 28" x 42" painting entitled, McCartney In The Beatles.
  • Renowned sculptor Tony Natsoulas has created a series of ten original McCartney clay masks that have to be seen to be believed.
  • Five specially made museum quality lithographs (archival grade printing on a custom designed cloth) featuring the artwork of John Lennon.
  • The original prototype of the Ben Fargen built and designed John Lennon Artist Series Amplifier that features a print of Lennon's famous self-portrait and his signature - all officially sanctioned by Yoko Ono/Bag One Arts.  

Paul McCartney In The Beatles will be available through Amazon, select retailers, and the Good Mojo Press website, and also as an e-Book.

About Tony Conley:

Tony Conley is the voice behind the long running Rock Guitar Daily (35,000 monthly readers) and a contributing editor and writer at many online publications. Conley makes regular appearances on several classic rock radio stations around the country as a rock music expert and industry insider. A lifelong music business professional, he has worked in management for Guitar Center for many years, and has played with and worked for such acts as Iggy Pop, Bobby Womack, Guided By Voices, and many others.

Advance praise for Paul McCartney In The Beatles:

"Tony Conley takes us beyond the pop star mythology to the core of the artist. The innovative and game changing genius bassist, pianist, guitarist, drummer, songwriter and singer. Behind the boyish grin, the "cute Beatle" was and is still nothing less than one of the greatest hands-on musicians of the last few centuries." - Johnny Hickman, Cracker

"Analyzing a Beatle is like trying to describe a season. It is, by definition, an attempt to describe a force of nature. If art is subjective then all that matters is taste. Mr. Conley's loving, penetrating book on Sir Paul is definitive. His understanding of Vaudeville Paul & Little Richard Paul embodies the ethos of an artist that recreated songwriting and performing for generations to come... A black bird singing in the dead of night, forever." - Michael Des Barres, host of Little Steven's Underground Garage | SiriusXM Radio

For interview opportunities and press, please contact:

Tony Conley
(937) 441-4502
maccabook@outlook.com

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