Delta Rae Announces New Tour Dates, Releases New Video

Durham, North Carolina’s Delta Rae is quickly making quite the name for itself.  The band recently released its major label debut record, “Carry The Fire.”  Since then, the band has spread its name and its music thanks to performances in some of the country’s biggest venues, and on one of its biggest shows in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and VH1’s The Big Morning Buzz.  Now, the band is offering fans even more chances to see it live.  Fans can check out its live show online and in person.

Delta Rae has released a live medley of songs from its new album that fans can check out now.  The video, which can be seen here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ_JqRcU9YA, features the band performing its songs:  ‘Morning Comes’, ‘If I Loved You’, ‘Is There Anyone Out There’, and its breakout hit, ‘Bottom of the River.’  It’s just the band and its instruments, emphasizing the joy of this band’s sound.  If seeing the band online isn’t enough, then there are more chances to see the band live.  The band has announced another batch of tour dates.  Among those dates is a stop at Mike Dianna’s Grill in Corolla, NC on Saturday, October 13th. 

Courrtesy: Warner Brothers Records

Fans can get a full rundown of the band’s latest tour schedule online at http://deltarae.com, http://www.facebook.com/deltarae, and http://twitter.com/deltarae.  And while waiting to see the band live, fans can check out the band’s music on its official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/deltaraeband.  Fans can pick up the band’s debut album in stores and online via iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/album/carry-the-fire-deluxe-version/id532969027

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Offspring Playing Tonight Show This Friday

Offspring fans mark your calendars.  The band is scheduled to perform on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Friday night.  The band will perform the lead single and title track from its new album, “Days Go By” on the show.  After its performance on The Tonight Show, the band will head out west for the Sunset Strip Music Festival this Saturday, August 18th. 

Courtesy: Sam Jones

The band’s performances this weekend are just a pair of shows in its current slate of tour dates in support of its new album.  The band’s tour rundown includes a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 16th at the WEND Festival.  The festival is at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte.  For a full tour itinerary and to get all the latest Offspring news, fans can go online to http://www.offspring.com, http://www.facebook.com/offspring, http://twitter.com/offspring, and http://www.youtube.com/offspringtv

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New Live Release An Excellent Tribute To An Excellent Singer

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Records/Montreux Sounds

The world lost one of the greatest singers of all time earlier this year when Etta James passed away.  Thanks to the continued partnership between Eagle Rock Entertainment and Montreux Sounds though, her voice will never be gone, nor will the memory of the vocal titan.  That is thanks to the brand new live release, “Etta James:  Live at Montreux 1975 – 1993.”

The brand new release, “Etta James:  Live at Montreux 1975 – 1993 is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful singer.  She really was a singer among singers.  This compilation of her performances from the famed Montreux Jazz Festival is proof of that, as if she really needed proof.  It’s one more collection that will help keep her memory and her voice alive for many more generations.  The performances culled for this compilation show just how versatile she was as a vocalist.  She showed she was a powerhouse vocalist at times.  And at others, she was as soft and gentle as perhaps Billie Holiday.  It all combines to make an excellent tribute to an excellent singer.

Some of the best examples of James’ powerhouse abilities are in the likes of ‘How Strong is a Woman’, ‘W.O.M.A.N.’ and the compilation’s opener, ‘I Just Wanna Make Love To You.’  The way that she sings in the opener and in ‘W.O.M.A.N.’ gives the songs a gritty, naughty vibe, for lack of better wording.  Her style perfectly catches the sensuality of the songs, making them favorites for any happy couple.  And the power in her voice as she sings, “A woman is strong as a mule/for the man she loves.”  The way that the band drives the song gives it even more of an oomph, especially in the live setting.  It makes for one of the compilation’s highest of points.

James showed how powerful and bombastic her voice was during her performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival.  For all the power in her pipes, James also showed that she could be gentle and delicate, too.  One of the prime examples of this is in ‘A Lover is Forever.’  Again, the mix of her vocal prowess and the music makes for another amazing piece that expertly captures the emotion of the song.  this effect is also heard in the medley of ‘At Last’/’Trust in Me’/’A Sunday Kind of Love.’  She proved on all of these songs that she understood and respected her craft.  She was able to interpret the songs in a way that would translate them with ease to her audiences.  The same thing applies to her more powerful songs, too.

When it’s all said and done, “Etta James Live at Montreux 1975 – 1993” shows to be a fitting tribute to a woman who was a strong woman and an equally strong singer.  It is available in stores and online now.  It can be ordered directly through Eagle Rock Entertainment’s website at http://www.eagle-rock.com.  The companion DVD and blu-ray to this release will be released later this month via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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Dream Theater Takes Top Honors In Rolling Stone Poll

Dream Theater has earned a high honor from rollingstone.com.  The band’s 1999 album, “Metropolis Part 2:  Scenes From A Memory” has taken home the top prize for the readers’ poll on readers’ favorite Prog Rock Albums Of All Time.

“Metropolis Part 2:  Scenes From A Memory” was the band’s fifth full length studio release.  It was the long fabled follow-up to the band’s song, ‘Metropolis Part 1:  The Miracle and The Sleeper’, which was on the band’s breakthrough 1992 LP, “Images & Words.” 

This honor follows up the band’s dual 2011 honors from rollingstone.com.  The band earned the #2 spot on the website’s “Top 10 Metal Bands of All Time” poll and #10 spot on its “Best Prog Rock Bands of All Time” poll.  Both the band and rollingstone.com staff reacted to this year’s honor.  “All of us in Dream Theater are so grateful to our fans for their incredible support in voting our album Metropolis PT. 2 Scenes From A Memory as the number 1 album in Rolling Stone’s poll for ‘Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time,’” said the members of Dream Theater. 

Staff from rollingstone.com responded to the huge number of votes for Dream Theater, saying, “If we had kept in all the Dream Theater albums, Images and Words would be number two, and Awake, Octavarium and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence would also be listed here. Lumping them all into this top spot was the only way to handle the flood of Dream Theater votes.”  The band’s fans can read even more on its win by clicking this link or pasting it into their browser:  http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/readers-poll-your-favorite-prog-rock-albums-of-all-time-20120725/1-dream-theater-metropolis-pt-2-scenes-from-a-memory-0257304#ixzz21ktIiOga.

Dream Theater just finished up the Summer North American leg of its tour in support of its latest album, “A Dramatic Turn of Events.”  The band will head down to South America next for the last leg of its world tour.  That tour will start Wednesday, August 8th.  A full slate of upcoming dates can be found at http://www.dreamtheater.net/tourdates.  And fans can get even more news from the band online at http://www.dreamtheater.net, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dream-Theater/7677942180, http://twitter.com/DreamTheaterNet, and http://www.myspace.com/dreamtheater.

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