P.O.D. Announces ‘Satellite’ Re-Issue Release Date, Specs; Premieres Previously Unreleased Demo; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Atlantic Records

P.O.D. will bring the music to the masses in more ways than one this year.

The band will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of its album, Satellite with a re-issue of that album Sept. 3. The re-issue will feature a total of 27 songs. Among those songs are rarities, re-mixes, previously unreleased demos and a full remastered presentation of Satellite.

The band premiered the previously unreleased demo of ‘Alive‘ Tuesday. The demo is a semi-acoustic take of the hit single. Among the rarities featured in the re-issue are the b-sides ‘Critic’ and ‘Sabbath’ that were previously available only in Europe. Re-mixes of ‘Boom’ and ‘Youth of the Nation’ are also featured as part of the extensive re-issue.

Courtesy: Atom Splitter PR

In other news, P.O.D. is scheduled to launch a new tour Aug. 14 in support of the album’s re-issue. The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 7 in San Diego, CA. It features performances in cities, such as Columbia, SC; Louisville, KY and Minneapolis, MN.

Front man Sonny Sandoval said he and his band mates were looking forward to getting back out on the road in a recent interview.

“We’ve been touring and working hard for almost 30 years now,” said Sandoval. “It’s all we know. This past year has really made me realize how much I love what I do and how much I appreciate that I am still able to make music and play live for all of those who are still listening. Thank you to all of you who still love live music and can’t wait to be a part of the P.O.D. experience. We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful faces out on the road.”

Guitarist Marcos Curiel expanded on Sandoval’s thoughts with his own comments.

“It’s been way too long,” said Curiel. “We are beyond excited to get back to the stage — where we provide the rock and you provide the roll. From familiar faces to new ones, let’s get back to what we’ve all been waiting for. We are ready as a band to create new memories with you all. Let’s do this! Peace, love, light, and rock ‘n’ roll.”

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here. Sleep Signals, All Good Things, and From Ashes To New are scheduled to serve as support for the tour.

P.O.D. ON TOUR:
WITH FROM ASHES TO NEW, ALL GOOD THINGS, + SLEEP SIGNALS:

8/14 — Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip*
8/16 — Denver, CO — Gothic Theatre
8/17 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room
8/19 — Sioux Falls, SD — The District
8/20 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
8/21 — Glen Flora, WI – Northwoods Rock Rally^
8/22 — Minneapolis, MN — First Ave
8/25 — Louisville, KY – KY State Fair#
8/26 — Fort Wayne, IN — Piere’s
8/27 — Belvidere, IL — The Apollo Theater
8/28 — Joliet, IL — The Forge
8/29 — Detroit, MI — St. Andrew’s Hall
8/31 — Pittsburgh, PA — Roxian Theater
9/4 —   Houston, TX – BuzzFest (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – KBTZ Show)~
9/5 —   Dallas, TX – BFD21 (Dos Equis Pavilion – KEGL Show)~
9/9 —   Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival^
9/10 — New Haven, CT — Toad’s Place
9/11 — Laconia, NH — Granite State Music Hall
9/12 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium
9/14 — New York, NY — The Gramercy Theatre
9/15 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount
9/16 — Baltimore, MD — Ram’s Head Live
9/18 — Atlanta, GA — Center Stage
9/19 — Mobile, AL — Soul Kitchen
9/21 — Birmingham, AL — Zydeco
9/22 — Savannah, GA — Victory North
9/23 — Orlando, FL – Rebel Rock Fest (Pre—Party)~
9/25 — Columbia, SC — The Senate
9/28 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues
9/29 — St. Louis, MO — Pop’s
10/1 — Tulsa, OK — Tulsa State Fair
10/2 — San Antonio, TX — The Rock Box
10/3 — Lubbock, TX — Jake’s Backroom
10/6 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory
10/7 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues 
*With From Ashes to New
^With From Ashes to New & All Good Things
#With All Good Things
~P.O.D. Only

More information on P.O.D.’s upcoming Satellite re-issue and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/POD

Twitter: https://twitter.com/POD

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Blacktop Mojo Announces New LP Specs; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Companion Video; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Atom Splitter PR

Blacktop Mojo’s calendar for 2021 got very busy this week.

The band revealed the title, release date and cover art for its forthcoming album. The group also unveiled the album’s lead single and its companion video while also announcing the act’s upcoming live dates.

Blacktop Mojo is scheduled for release Aug. 13. The 12-song record is the band’s fourth record and will come approximately two years after the release of the band’s third album, Under The Sun. Additionally, it will come more than a year after the release of the band’s EP, Static.

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Tail Lights,’ and its companion video Wednesday. The musical arrangement featured in the new song is a stirring rock ballad. The emotional depth in the arrangement matches the lyrical theme featured alongside that content. The song’s lyrical theme is that of the all-too-familiar broken relationship topic.

The video that accompanies the song presents the band performing the single, each man by himself, on a stage as what is supposed to be rain falls behind each musician. the presentation is meant to remind audiences in part of what the band looks and sounds like on stage.

Speaking of on stage, the band is scheduled to return to America’s stages beginning July 10 in Tulsa, OK. The band’s upcoming tour in support of its forthcoming album is scheduled to run through Aug. 22 in Lubbock, TX. It will feature performances in cities, such as Atlanta, GA; Des Moines, IA and Cleveland, OH.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets and VIP packages are available here.

BLACKTOP MOJO ON TOUR:
7/10 — Tulsa, OK — The Shrine
7/11 — Columbia, MO — Rose Music Hall
7/13 — Omaha, NE — Reverb Lounge
7/14 — Watertown, SD — The Goss Opera House
7/16 — Cadott, WI — Rock Fest
7/17 — Grand Rapids, MI — Upheaval Festival
7/19 — Pittsburgh, PA — Crafthouse
7/20 — Richmond, VA — Canal Club 
7/22 — Johnson City, TN — Capones
7/23 — Spartanburg, SC — Ground Zero
7/24 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade (Purgatory)
7/25 — Huntsville, AL — Sidetracks Music Hall 
7/27 — Jackson, MS — Hal & Mal’s Red Room
7/28 — Leesville, LA — Shooters Bar & Billiards
7/30 — Chickasha, OK — Legends Pub House
7/31 — Kansas City, MO — Headlights Bar & Grill
8/1 — Des Moines, IA — Leftys 
8/3 — Minot, ND — The ‘O’ Riginal Bar & Nightclub
8/4 — Minneapolis, MN — Cabooze 
8/6 — Sheboygan, WI — Kiwanis Park
8/7 — Fort Madison, IA — RiverfestFM
8/8 — Madison, WI — The Annex   
8/10 — Cleveland, OH — The Winchester
8/11 — Columbus, OH — Woodlands Tavern   
8/13 — Port Byron, IL — Port Byron Great River Tug Fest
8/14 — Bristol, IN — Abate SummerFest
8/15 — Joliet, IL — The Forge 
8/17 — Nashville, TN — The End
8/18 — Memphis, TN — Growlers
8/20 — St. Louis, MO — Red Flag
8/21 — Hutchinson, KS — The Red Shed
8/22 — Lubbock, TX — Jakes

More information on Blacktop Mojo’s new album, single, video, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BlacktopMojo

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

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Judas Priest Announces Rescheduled Tour Plans

Courtesy: Chipster PR

Now that COVID-19 restrictions are being eased around the world, Judas Priest has rescheduled its 50th anniversary tour.

The band made the announcement in a press release distributed Monday. The updated tour — presented by LiveNation — is scheduled to launch Aug. 8 in Reading, PA and to run through Nov. 5 in Hamilton, Ontario. It features performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Las Vegas, NV and Rosemont, IL.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here. Sabaton will serve as support for the tour.

CONFIRMED TOUR DATES: 
 
9/8/2021 Reading  PA                      Santander Arena* 
9/9/2021 Virginia Beach VA             Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*+ 
9/11/2021 Orlando FL                      Central Florida Fairgrounds^# 
9/13/2021 Charlotte NC                   PNC Music Pavilion 
9/14/2021 Raleigh NC                      Red Hat Amphitheater* 
9/16/2021 Grand Rapids MI             Van Andel Arena* 
9/17/2021 Youngstown OH              Covelli Centre^ 
9/19/2021 Detroit MI                         Fox Theatre* 
9/20/2021 Rosemont IL                    Rosemont Theatre* 
9/22/2021 Milwaukee WI                  Miller High Life Theatre^ 
9/23/2021 Minneapolis MN              The Armory* 
9/25/2021 Maryland Heights MO     Saint Louis Music Park 
9/26/2021 Louisville KY                    Louder Than Life Festival^# 
9/29/2021 Denver CO                      The Mission Ballroom^ 
9/30/2021 West Valley City UT         Maverik Center* 
10/2/2021 Everett WA                       Angel Of The Winds Arena* 
10/3/2021 Portland OR                     Moda Center* 
10/5/2021 Oakland CA                      Fox Theater^ 
10/6/2021 Los Angeles CA                Microsoft Theater^ 
10/8/2021 Las Vegas NV                   Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood 
10/9/2021 Phoenix AZ                       Arizona Federal Theatre 
10/12/2021 San Antonio TX              Freeman Coliseum^ 
10/13/2021 Cedar Park TX                HEB Center Cedar Park^ 
10/15/2021 Irving TX                         The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 
10/16/2021 Oklahoma City OK          The Zoo Amphitheatre^ 
10/19/2021 Independence MO          Cable Dahmer Arena* 
10/21/2021 Nashville TN                    Nashville Municipal Auditorium* 
10/22/2021 Alpharetta GA                  Ameris Bank Amphitheatre* 
10/24/2021 Charleston WV                Charleston Civic Center Coliseum* 
10/25/2021 Philadelphia PA               The Met* 
10/27/2021 Newark NJ                       Prudential Center* 
10/28/2021 Oxon Hill MD                   The Theater at MGM National Harbor 
10/30/2021 Mashantucket CT            Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater^ 
10/31/2021 Lowell MA                       Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell* 
11/2/2021 Halifax NS                         Scotiabank Centre* 
11/4/2021 Laval , QC                         Place Bell* 
11/5/2021 Hamilton ONT                   First Ontario Centre*

* new show
^ not a Live Nation event
# festival date
+ Sabaton not support on this date; support is TBD

More information on Judas Priest’s new tour schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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John 5 Announces Summer 2021 Tour Schedule

Courtesy: Cosa Nostra PR

John 5 will hit the road this summer.

The guitarist (a.k.a. John William Lowery) made the announcement in a press release distributed Wednesday. The tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 10 in Iowa City IA and to run through Sept. 3 in Pryor, OR. The nearly month-long tour will feature performances in cities, such as Nashville, TN; Birmingham, AL and Leesburg, VA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Tue 10 Aug              Iowa City, IA            Wildwood

Wed 11 Aug            Des Moines, IA        Lefty’s

Thu 12 Aug              Sioux Falls, SD         Bigs Bar

Fri 13 Aug                Sioux City, IA           The Marquee

Sat 14 Aug               Lincoln, NE              Royal Grove

Sun 15 Aug              Lawrence, KS           The Bottleneck

Tue 17 Aug              St. Louis, MO           Red Flag

Wed 18 Aug            Ft. Wayne, IN          Piere’s Event Center

Thu 19 Aug              Hobart, IN               The Art Theater

Fri 20 Aug                Marietta, OH           Adelphia Music Hall

Sat 21 Aug               Leesburg, VA           Tally Ho Theater

Sun 22 Aug              Stroudsburg, PA      Sherman Theater

Tue 24 Aug              Nashville, TN           Basement East

Wed 25 Aug            Chattanooga, TN     Songbirds

Thu 26 Aug              Johnson City, TN     Capone’s

Fri 27 Aug                Pipestem, WV         Metal In The Mountains

Sat 28 Aug               Birmingham, AL      Saturn

Sun 29 Aug              Miramar Beach, FL  Village Door

Tue 31 Aug              Huntsville, AL          Sidetracks

Wed 01 Sep             Jackson, MS            Martin’s

Thu 02 Sep              Memphis, TN          Growlers

Fri 03 Sep                Pryor, OR               Rocklahoma

Jared James Nichols, Black Satellite, and Sarah Longfield will serve as support for the tour.

More information on John 5’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

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Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John5official

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/john5guitarist

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Goo Goo Dolls Announces 2022 North American Tour Schedule

Courtesy: Warner Records

Goo Goo Dolls’ American audiences will have to wait until next year to see the band live.

The band announced through a news release Friday, that it will launch its next tour July 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City, UT. The tour is scheduled to run through Sept. 2 in Los Angeles, CA. The tour features performances in cities nationwide, such as Raleigh, NC; Cleveland, OH and Houston, TX.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Ticket information is available here.

GOO GOO DOLLS – SUMMER 2022 TOUR DATES

July 26, 2022 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre

July 27, 2022 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

July 29, 2022 – St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Music Park

July 30, 2022 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre

August 1, 2022 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre

August 3, 2022 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights

August 4, 2022 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

August 5, 2022 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park

August 7, 2022 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

August 8, 2022 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

August 10, 2022 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

August 13, 2022 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Pavilion

August 14, 2022 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

August 16, 2022 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

August 19, 2022 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center 

August 21, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts

August 23, 2022 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre

August 24, 2022 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place

August 26, 2022 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

August 27, 2022 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre

August 28, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

August 30, 2022 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre

August 31, 2022 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

September 2, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre

In other news, Goo Goo Dolls has unveiled a live clip of its cover of ‘Nothing Can Change You.’ The song was originally composed and recorded by Tommy Keene and is featured in Goo Goo Dolls’ forthcoming record, Rarities. The record is scheduled for release June 25 through Warner Records.

Along with the Tommy Keene cover, Rarities also features a live cover of INXS’ ‘Don’t Change‘ and an in-studio performance of Live’s ‘Let Love In.’

Rarities‘ track listing is noted below.

“RARITIES” DIGITAL/CD TRACK-LISTING

  1. Hit or Miss
  2. Nothing Can Change You 
  3. Long Way Down (Chris Lord Alge Remix)
  4. Name (Live Acoustic)
  5. Don’t Change (Live)
  6. Girl Right Next to Me (Live Acoustic)
  7. Another Second Time Around (Live Acoustic)
  8. Iris (Acoustic)
  9. Slide (Acoustic)
  10. Naked (Remix)
  11. Black Balloon (Live)
  12. Naked (Live)
  13. Black Balloon (Live from Sessions@AOL)
  14. Broadway (Live from Sessions@AOL)
  15. We’ll Be Here (When You’re Gone) (Acoustic)
  16. Better Days (Acoustic)
  17. Let Love In (Live)
  18. Listen (Live)
  19. Feel The Silence (Live)
  20. Take Me Out to the Ball Game

“RARITIES” VINYL TRACK-LISTING

SIDE ONE

  1. Hit or Miss
  2. Nothing Can Change You
  3. Long Way Down (Chris Lord Alge Remix)
  4. Name (Live Acoustic)
  5. Don’t Change (Live)

SIDE TWO

  1. Girl Right Next to Me (Live Acoustic)
  2. Another Second Time Around (Live Acoustic)
  3. Iris (Acoustic)
  4. Slide (Acoustic)
  5. Naked (Remix)

SIDE THREE

  1. Black Balloon (Live)
  2. Naked (Live)
  3. Black Balloon (Live from Sessions@AOL)
  4. Broadway (Live from Sessions@AOL)
  5. We’ll Be Here (When You’re Gone) (Acoustic)

SIDE FOUR

  1. Better Days (Acoustic)
  2. Let Love In (Live)
  3. Listen (Live)
  4. Feel The Silence (Live)
  5. Take Me Out To The Ball Game

In other news, Goo Goo Dolls is working on its 13th album. More information on that as-yet-untitled album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.googoodolls.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/googoodolls

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Black Label Society Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: eOne

Black Label Society is heading out on the road.

The band made the announcement in a news release distributed Friday. The band’s forthcoming tour is scheduled to launch Oct. 1 in Sacramento, CA and to run through Nov. 28 in Albuquerque, NM. The nearly two-month run features performances in cities, such as Asheville, NC; Dothan, AL and Houston, TX.

Prong and Obituary will share time as support for the tour, dubbed the “Doom Trooping Over North America Tour.” Tickets are available now. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Oct. 01 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct. 02 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater 
Oct. 04 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Oct. 05 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory 
Oct. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo 
Oct. 08 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct. 12 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Oct. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Oct. 15 – Bowler, WI – Mohican North Star Gaming & Resort
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club Stage
Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Oct. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater 
Oct. 21 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live Hotel & Casino
Oct. 22 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater 
Oct. 23 – Dothan, AL – The Plant
Oct. 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
Oct. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Oct. 28 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel 
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 31 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Nov. 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall 
Nov. 04 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Nov. 05 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
Nov. 06 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Nov. 09 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Nov. 10 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Nov. 11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
Nov. 13 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues 
Nov. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
Nov. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 
Nov. 19 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Nov. 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater 
Nov. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Nov. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 
Nov. 27 – Denver, CO – Summit Theater 
Nov. 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater 

Black Label Society’s latest release, the None More Black vinyl box set April 21 through eOne. The collection boasts all 12 of BLS’ albums on vinyl along with a 32-page hardcover book, None More Black bottle opener and back patch.

The full album and track listing for Black Label Society’s new vinyl box set is noted below.

Vinyl Selections in Boxset:
Grimmest Hits 2LP
Stronger Than Death 2LP
1919 Eternal 2LP
The Blessed Hellride LP
Hangover Music Vol. VI 2LP
Mafia 2LP
Shot To Hell LP
Order Of The Black 2LP
Catacombs Of The Black Vatican 2LP
Nuns And Roaches LP
Sonic Brew 2LP
Song Remains Not The Same II 3LP
  
Bonus Tracks:
Song Remains Not The Same Vol. II
1. My Dying Time 
2. Blind Man
3. Graveyard Disciples
4. The Nomad 
5. Scars
6. House of Doom
7. A Love Unreal
8. We Live No More 
9. Cry Me A River
10. The Chosen One
11. Empty Promises
12. Lead Me To Your Door

More information on Black Label Society’s new tour dates and box set is available along with all of the band’s latest news is available online now at:

Websitehttps://www.blacklabelsociety.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/blacklabelsociety

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Motorhead Premieres New Soundcheck Performance Of Its Song, ‘Stay Clean’

Courtesy: Sanctuary Records

A month after releasing its latest live recording, Louder Than Noise…Live in Berlin, Motorhead’s surviving members are revisiting another of its classic tours.

The band debuted a soundcheck performance of its song ‘Stay Clean‘ Thursday along with a companion video of the rough recording. The performance was recorded during a soundcheck ahead of one of its shows in March 1981 during the “No Sleep ’81 Tour.”

‘Stay Clean’ is part of the band’s classic live recording, ‘No Sleep Til Hammersmith.’ The band is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the recording’s release this year with a new re-issue of that presentation scheduled for release June 25 hrough Sanctuary Records. Pre-rders are open for the re-issue.

The forthcoming re-issue features a new mediabook presentation complete with new liner notes. It also features a second disc that contains a previously unreleased concert from Motorhead’s “Short Sharp Pain in the Neck Tour,” which was also held in 1981.

More information on Motorhead’s upcoming re-issue of No Sleep Til Hammerstein is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:

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Jared James Nichols Premieres New Single, ‘Skin ‘N Bones,’ Companion Video; Announces New Tour Dates; Becomes Gibson Ambassador

Courtesy: Black Hill Records

Blues rock guitarist Jared James Nichols debuted his new single and its companion video this week.

Nichols debuted his new single, ‘Skin ‘n Bones‘ Wednesday along with its companion lyric video. The song is Nichols’ first new music since the release of his single, ‘Throw Me to The Wolves’ in 2020.

The press release distributed announcing the new single and video’s premiere did not note if it will feaure in Nichols’ forthcoming EP, Shadow Dancer. The EP is scheduled for release Sept. 17 through Black Hill Records. It will be Nichols’ third studio recording, following Black Magic (2018) and Old Glory and the Wild Revival (2016).

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Skin ‘n Bones’ is a steady, blues rock composition. The production pairs with specific elements of the arrangement to also give the song a clear classic rock style and sound, too.

According to Nichols, the lyrical theme featured in the new song is meant to deliver a message of unity.

“The idea stems from making sure our eyes our open and coming together instead of breaking apart, and I express it all through this energetic trio,” he said. “I may not be great at sitting down and having a conversation with you about my feelings, but I can play a song like ‘Skin N’ Bone’ that shows you how I’m feeling and support it with sound and with guitar and with all the bombastic craziness that I put on it.”

The lyric video that accompanies Nichols’ new song features the song’s lyrics over the backdrop of a gently burning campfire.

In other news, Nichols has announced a series of live dates in support of his forthcoming EP. The three week-plus tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 10 in Iowa City, IA and to run through Sept. 2 in Memphis, TN. It also features performances in cities, such as Leesburg, VA; Fort Wayne, IN and Birmingham, AL.

In even more news, Nichols announced Wednesday, he has become a Gibson brand ambassador. That means he now endorses Gibson guitars along with a wide body of other famed guitarists.

Nichols was humble as he talked about the new honor.

“I get to release new music and become a Gibson brand ambassador on the same day, this is a dream come true,” he said. “So much more than just 6 strings and a piece of wood, Gibson Guitars embody who I am and have been the soundtrack and inspiration of my life. I am honored and grateful to be recognized as an ambassador for the most iconic guitar maker in the world.”

Added Nichols, “From being born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the same town as Les Paul, to now being a Nashville-based and part of the vibrant music scene here, I feel like this a testament to Les, and the legacy, as well as the future of this iconic brand. So here is my cheers to every 15 year-old-kid with a dream to someday join a band, play some gigs, and hopefully get a Gibson guitar…keep on pickin’ and play from your heart!”

Cesar Gueikian, Brand President of Gibson spoke warmly of Nichols in his own statement.

“Welcoming Jared, aka the Blues Power man, as our official Gibson ambassador is a confirmation of the symbiotic partnership we already have with Jared and a recognition of his success as a guitarist, modern riff-lord, musician, band leader and overall ambassador of rock n’ roll,” said Gueikian. “Since the age of 15, Jared has made Gibson his own DNA, celebrating Gibson’s influence in his music by naming his guitars – starting with ‘Old Glory’ and most recently, ‘Gold Glory’. Jared is not only a virtuoso guitarist and soulful songwriter, he’s also one of the hardest working young musicians of his generation. Today, we celebrate Jared, his passion for Gibson and for music and we get to enjoy his new single ‘Skin ‘N Bones’. The future is bright for Jared.”

More information on Nichols’ new honor, tour, and music is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://jaredjamesnichols.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/JJNicholsMusic

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Real To Reel’s New Harold Land Live Recording Is One Of Record Store Day’s Standout Offerings

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In yet another sign that America is turning the corner in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, music lovers’ biggest day makes its return Friday.  That big day is Record Store Day.  A year after being canceled as a result of the pandemic’s impact, Record Store Day makes its grand return this week, and with it will come a release featuring performances from one of the jazz community’s more underrated and underappreciated artists, tenor saxophone player Harold Land in the form of Westward Bound!  Land released 15 albums between 1958 and 2001, with the last coming only four months prior to his passing at the age of 72.Now thanks to the independent record label Reel to Real, Land and his work are getting renewed focus with the forthcoming live recording, Westward Bound.  The nine-song recording will release on a 2-LP 33-1/3 RPM 180-gram set as part of Record Store Day’s return.  A CD platform release will follow on June 18.  The recording proves a positive new presentation that any jazz purist will appreciate, regardless of their familiarity with Land.  The liner notes in the recording’s companion booklet are one part of what makes it successful.  They will be discussed shortly.  The production and editing used in bringing the performances back to life add to the recording’s presentation.  They will be discussed a little later.  The songs featured in the recording round out this presentation’s most important elements.  They will also be addressed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the presentation.  All things considered they make Westward Bound! an enjoyable tribute to Land and will hopefully start bringing him the attention and respect that he deserves.

Reel to Real’s forthcoming Harold Land live recording, Westward Bound! is a presentation that most jazz purists will find enjoyable.  That is due in part to the information that is provided in the recording’s rich liner notes.  The notes in question offer an in-depth profile of Land and his career.  The notes are not just third person meanderings, either.  They come from those closest to Land. For instance, Sonny Rollins provides insight in an interview featured in the booklet as to how he took Land’s place alongside Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet.  Rollins’ (a legend in his own right) explains how Land’s departure was his own.  Not to give away too much, but it was related to a family issue.  Audiences will be left to learn the whole story for themselves.  This is just one of the many points of interest in the liner notes.  Also featured in the liner notes is a brief introduction to the songs performed by Land and his fellow musicians in each performance.  As it turns out, most of the songs are those of others (E.g. Tony Bennett, Carmell Jones, Dizzy Gilespie).  There is at least one song featured in this presentation that is Land’s but many are performances of songs from other composers and musicians.  Most of the background on the songs is pushed to the back of the booklet.  It would have been nicer to have had that information earlier in the liner notes, but this is not enough to make this overall aspect a failure.  That it is discussed as part of the overall rich liner notes at all adds to the liner notes’ appeal even more, especially considering the depth of that background information.  When this information is considered with the other items pointed out here and everything else in the liner notes, the whole makes a solid foundation for the recording.  It is of course just one of the items that makes the recording successful.  The production and editing that went into the recording add their own layer of appeal to the presentation.

The production and editing that went into Westward Bound! is important to address because audiences must take into account the age of the performances featured in the presentation.  The performances in question were captured at The Penthouse in Seattle, WA between December 1962 and August 1965.  The actual dates of the three performances are noted on the back of the packaging.  The more important thing here is that the captured performances are each more than 50 years old.  The earliest is 58 years old and will turn 59 in December.  The August 1965 performance is 55 years old.  Considering that more than half a century has passed since each performance was recorded, the recordings have obviously stood the test of time well.  That and those responsible for remastering the recorded performances obviously went to painstaking lengths to make the recordings sound so impressive.  The sound quality of each performance is such that it sounds like it could have been recorded now in the 21st century.  To that end, the work of those responsible for resurrecting the recordings is to be applauded.  On a related note, the transitions between performances are just as enjoyable as the recordings’ sound.  Considering that the performances were separate, it would be easy to assume that there would be fade outs and fade-ins, which are so commonly used for live recordings that present various performances.  That does not happen here.  Instead, audiences get clean, smooth transitions between each song.  That may be a simple aspect on the surface.  However, its aesthetic value unquestionably adds to the importance of the editing and production.  Keeping that in mind, this part of the recording’s presentation adds even more to its appeal.  It is only one more part of the recording’s success, too.  The songs themselves are important in their own right, too.

The songs featured in Westward Bound! are, as already noted, mostly from composers other than Harold Land.  There is at least one that is from Land, though.  Some of the compositions were crafted by Land’s fellow musicians who performed with him in the recording’s concerts.  Yes, it would have been nice to have had more of Land’s own compositions, considering that he is one of the lesser-known and appreciated musicians out there in the jazz community.  That aside, the songs show Land’s influences and the reach of his talent in their own way.  When they are considered along with the background information provided about them in the liner notes, the appreciation for those songs increases.  Keeping that in mind, the songs featured here round out the recording’s presentation.  Together with the liner notes and production/editing, the whole makes Westward Bound! a proper tribute to a jazz musician who deserves more credit than he has ever gotten.

Reel to Real’s Harold Land live recording, Westward Bound!, is a presentation that most jazz purists will find appealing.  That is proven in part through the rich content featured in the recording’s companion booklet.  The liner notes provide a thorough background on Land and his career while also addressing the songs featured in the featured performances, and much more.  The production and editing that went into resurrecting the featured performances add their own appeal to the recording in whole.  That is because of the clarity of the sound and transitions.  The songs themselves add their own layer of appeal.  That is because they serve to show Land’s influences and talents.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the recording a great live recording that any jazz purist will appreciate.  The recording is scheduled for release Friday on vinyl for Record Store Day.  A CD release is scheduled to follow June 18.  More information on this and other titles from Reel to Real is available at:

Website: https://cellarlive.com

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The Rumjacks Premiere ‘The Rhythm Of Her Name’ Video; New Album Out Now

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Celtic rock band The Rumjacks premiered the video for its latest single this week.

The band opened the week by unveiling the video for its single, ‘Rhythm of Her Name.’ The single is featured in the band’s newly released album, Hestia.

The video features the band performing its new single in a cabin setting. Various angles and lighting are used, as well as a woman seemingly rising from the dead as footage of a woman plays. The visualization in question would seem to hint at the song being an ode to a woman that the song’s subject once loved.

Front man Mike Rivkees spoke briefly about the video treatment in a prepared statement.

“‘Rhythm of Her Name’ is one of those songs that only can arise out of tragedy,” he said. “With ghastly undertones in both lyrics and video, the combination of the two has created some of my proudest work as both a songwriter and filmmaker. Being able to intertwine these to tell a full story (without giving away the song’s true meaning), has made this one really shine.”

The musical arrangement featured in the new single presents a similarity in sound and style to works from Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, but far more subdued in its sound and stylistic approach. The repetition in the chorus ensures the song will get stuck in listeners’ minds.

In other news, the Rumjacks is scheduled to tour in support of its new album next year. The tour is scheduled to launch Jan. 25 in Liverpool, England and to run through Feb. 26 in Belfast, Ireland. It features performances in cities, such as Glasgow, Scotland; Oxford, England and Bideford, England.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

UK & IRELAND TOUR 2022
25/01 – Jimmy’s, Liverpool
26/01 – Anarchy Brew Co., Newcastle
27/01 – Church, Dundee
28/01 – Slay, Glasgow
29/01 – Krakatoa, Aberdeen
01/02 – The Crescent, York
02/02 – The Musician, Leicester
03/02 – Katie Fitzgerald’s, Stourbridge
04/02 – Wroot Rocks, Wroot
05/02 – Waterloo, Blackpool
06/02 – O2 Academy2, Oxford
08/02 – Underground, Stoke On Trent
09/02 – Dick Whittington, Gloucester
10/02 – The Palladium Club, Bideford
11/02 – The Cobblestones, Bridgwater
12/02 – Camden Underworld, London
13/02 – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
15/02 – Star Inn, Guildford
16/02 – Patterns, Brighton
17/02 – The Joiners, Southampton
18/02 – Esquires, Bedford
19/02 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
24/02 – Whelans, Dublin
26/02 – Voodoo, Belfast

More information on The Rumjacks’ new video, single, album, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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