Joe Bonamassa Featured In New Episode Of ‘GibsonTV’; Bonamassa To Hold Live Stream Concert Sept. 20

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Bluesman Joe Bonamassa is keeping himself in the headlines.

The famed blues singer/songwriter/guitarist appeared this week on GibsonTV’s series The Collection.  Bonamassa’s appearance featured him discussing his collection of vintage guitars.  This latest episode is streaming here.

Audiences can watch even more episodes of The Collection by subscribing to GibsonTV.

Said GibsonTV host Mark Agnesi of Bonamassa and his collection,

“Joe’s commitment to preserving the history of these instruments and sharing their stories is a testament to his love for everything about the guitar.  His passion is contagious, and he is an amazing ambassador for the instrument.”

Bonamassa’s appearance on GibsonTV is just one way in which he is keeping his name in the headlines.  He is scheduled to hold a live stream concert at 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 20 in support of his newly released album Royal Tea.  The ticketed event will stream live from the famed Ryman Auditorium.

Tickets are available here.  A portion of proceeds from ticket sales for the concert will benefit the Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation for Bonamassa’s Fueling Musicians Program.  The program helps assist musicians who were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Magic Show Act II Proves To Be Just The Beginning For The Members Of We Are The Finale

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Courtesy: Houndstooth productions

Typically when people think about Nashville, Tennessee, the first thing that comes to mind is country music.  Nashville is the home of country music.  Its Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry are shrines to the legends of country music for all intents and purposes.  So the thought that a rock band–a punk band no less–would rise among the country ranks and make a name for itself among that mass of counrty acts no less comes as something of a surprise. But when audiences hear the new EP The Magic Show Act II: The Turn from We Are The Finale, they will agree that this Nashville, TN-based band is set to finally start turning the tide in Music  City, USA and help make the city known for being more than just the capital of country music.  The Magic Show Act II: The Turn totals only five songs and sixteen minutes.  Throughout the course of the EP’s technically four full-length songs–the EP’s opener only runs fifty-one seconds and isn’t technically a song–front man Daniel John Schafer and band mates Bradley Gwinn, Brandon Keysey, Freddy March, and Ronnie Mills show quite a bit of diversity and talent.  They take listeners on a ride through some of rock’s sub genres throughout the record from the pop punk style of the EP’s first full track ‘Well Enough Alone’ to a semi-post hardcore sound in ‘…And Scene’ and an almost seemingly 80s influenced sound on the EP’s closer ‘The Honeymoon Phase.’  It’s tough especially in the indie rock world to find a record that crosses so many sounds within the course of its songs (Whether it be an LP or EP). But the members of We Are The Finale have done just that here.  Keeping that in mind, it helps to make this EP one that is deserving of at least one listen by audiences.

The members of We Are The Finale have crafted a record in its new EP The Magic Show At II: The Turn that is well worth at least one listen.  The reason being that through the course of the EP’s four full-length songs, the band refuses to stick to just one of rock’s various sub genres.  it switches things up from one song to the next, thus keeping audiences engaged from start to finish.  The record’s lead song ‘Well Enough Alone’ is proof of that.  The song’s slower, almost bluesy sound instantly hints at an influence from the likes of Set It Off.  Front man Daniel John Schafer’s lyrics add a certain depth to that musical side, too. He hits on a topic that quite a few men have dealth with in life in the form of a woman that causes a man no end of problems inside.  He sings, “Your eyes are telling lies/That your mouth is trying to hide/So now I gotta decide if it’s worth it/To keep this dragging on.”  Schafer writes in the song about how his subject is going crazy over the female in question, writing, “Girl, you got me faded (Whoa, I’m so smooth girl)/And now the groudn is shaking (Let me move you)/Now I feel like I’m six feet deep (You shouldn’ve known, too)/And the top of my headstone reads Leave well enough alone.”  In other words, the woman in question is killing his subject, metaphorically speaking of course.  What man hasn’t been in this situation at least once in life?  And while the song’s subject is obviously male, one could argue and flip it to have a female as the lead subject singing about a guy driving her crazy as that does happen, too.  That interchangability and the song’s musical side colletively make ‘Well Enough Alone’ a fitting opener for the band on its new record.

‘Well Enough Alone’ is a good first impression from We Are The Finale on its new EP.  This is especially the case for those that might not be so familiar with the band’s music.  That’s thanks to its mix of relatable lyrical content and equally interesting musical side.  Audiences that pick up the band’s EP will note that as enjoyable as this song proves to be, the band doesn’t resteasy on its laurels.  Rather it switches things up from here as is evidenced in the semi-post hardcore sound of ‘…And Scene.’  The song opens with the sound of an old film reel setting the stage for what is to come much like was done with old movies.  It is a fitting addition to this song, considering the song’s lyrical content.  Shafer sings in the song’s chorus, “All you ever wanted was to bust out on the scene/But I won’t let the scene change me/And all you ever wanted was a reason to feel this way/So now I’ll stay away/Away from you for a while.”  Before this, he sings, “My face fills with blood/Your face is so smug/So now I’ll take some steps away/This life you sell/It can’t be real.”   The song seems to come across as highliting the frustration felt by someone that has to deal with one of those overly annoying people who lives solely to bring others down one way or another.  Hopefully that interpretation is right as it is just the interpretation of this critic.  The song’s second verse strengthens the argument for this interpretation as Shafer sings, “I’ve heard these lies before/Back when I was young/And I am moving on my way/Now that I’m older I see all the things that I want/And I’m ready to plead my case.”  Again, Schafer comes across as targeting the people that would say whatever they want to others, knowing others would believe them and in turn allow themselves to be torn down emotionally.  It will be interesting to find out whether or not this interpretation is correct. Hopefully it is correct.  Regardless, the very fact that it could generate such discussion and thought by itself makes it well worth hearing.  The balance of Schafer’s clean vocals and his screams set against the song’s guitars and drums adds even more depth to the song, proving again what makes ‘…And Scene’ another part of a whole that any indie punk and rock fan will enjoy.

We Are The Finale shows throughout the course of both ‘Well Enough Alone’ and ‘…And Scene’ its musical versatility and its lyrical versatility, too.  The band exhibits just as much musical versatility in ‘The Honeymoon Phase’ which closes the EP.  The band’s use of keyboards throughout the song and the rather bombastic guitar solo incorporated into the song’s bridge adds its own share of depth to the song.  They collectively show something of an 80s influence.  There’s also a bit of a Fall Out Boy influence here, too.  Such a juxtaposition of sounds shows even more than ever the versatility of the band’s abilities and influences.  That versatility by itself makes the song one more good example of what makes The Magic Show Act II: The Turn well worth the listen.  The song’s lyrical side gives it even more depth as Schafer sings, “I’ll rip the ties that bind me to your walls/And I will grab hold of everything and try/To stay on my feet while you’re chasing afer me/Because this war torn heart can’t beat anymore/And I’ve lost my want to pick you off the floor/So stay on your knees and stop chasing after me.”  He goes on to sing of his subject taking the chance to tell a significant other that he/she loves someone in particular.  Yet in the song’s end, he sings, “Now we’ll stay forever broken-hearted/And destined to feel this way.”  It’s almost as if he is saying in regards to his subject that said subject will take the chance to express his/her love for a certain person even though it may be too late and regardless of not getting that chance again.  It’s something of a bittersweet song, when considered from this lyrical angle.  The song’s musical side complements that bittersweet feel, too. the two elements together make for a song that is just as solid as the EP’s opener.  It will leave audiences wanting more in the best possible way.  Audiences will get to hear more as the band has a pair of live dates currently scheduled.

Audiences can hear more from We Are The Finale live now as the band currently has a pair of live dates confirmed.  The band is scheduled to peform a live home town show tomrrow at Rocketown.  It is also schedule to perform at Exit/In in Nashville, TN on January 17th.  Audiences can purchase tickets for both shows online now and get the latest news from the band at http://www.facebook.com/WeAreTheFinaleband. Audiences can also keep up with all of the latest from the band online via Twitter at http://twitter.com/wearethefinale.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Alabama’s New Live DVD Is A Must Have For Any Lover Of Country Music

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released live recording featuring veteran country act Alabama is a must for any lover of country music. This new recording is not the first time that Eagle Rock has tested the waters of the country music world. Eagle Rock is not commonly known for handling recordings from country music acts. That isn’t to say that Eagle Rock has never handled recordings from country act. It released two recordings from the superstar country trio Lady Antebellum over the past two years—Own The Night World Tour (2012) and Live: On This Winter’s Night (2013). So any time that Eagle Rock does test those waters is reason to take notice. Audiences will definitely take notice of this latest country outing from Eagle Rock and Alabama. There is a lot to like about the recording. The most obvious aspect of the recording that audiences will appreciate is the show’s set list. The band handles material from its most recent release as well as older material and a standard or two that everyone will know. In direct connection to the show’s set list, the recording’s audio and video mix are collectively just as impressive. That is of course the standard for Eagle Rock Entertainment’s live recordings. And while Alabama is the central point of focus in this recording, the veteran country band is not the only superstar name that appears in the concert recorded at the famed Ryman Auditorium. The band welcomes some of today’s biggest names in country to perform alongside its members. This trio of elements collectively makes Alabama & Friends at the Ryman one more success for Eagle Rock Entertainment and proof that Eagle Rock should take more chances within the country music world. As important as the noted factors are to the overall success of Alabama & Friends at the Ryman, their being noted is not to discount the importance of the bonus features included in the overall presentation or even the DVD’s packaging. Both factors play just as much of a role in the overall presentation, too. All things considered, Alabama & Friends at the Ryman proves once again why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leader in live recordings.

Alabama & Friends at the Ryman is one of very few live recordings from a country act released by Eagle Rock Entertainment. It isn’t the first time that Eagle Rock has handled a live recording from a country act. But it’s also a rare release as Eagle Rock handles mostly live recordings from rock and pop acts. This recording though, proves that the people at Eagle Rock should consider handling more recordings from the world of country music. It proves this in a number of ways, the first way being the concert’s set list. The concert’s set list offers up both older and more recent material from the band’s catalogue, including a handful of songs from its most recent release simply titled Alabama & Friends. One of the best of the new songs off of said album is the political protest piece ‘All American.’ This song pulls no punches. It goes after members of both political parties. Vocalist Randy Owen sings about the divide among both politicians and Americans alike. He goes on to note that we’re really all one in the same, not Democrat or Republican. One need just step back and look at things from a wider vantage point. Taking into consideration the preconceived stereotype of country musicians and their political affiliations, this song is a welcome breath of fresh air from a country act. It not only helps to disprove that stereotype even if only to a point. It also harkens back to the days of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and others of that ilk stylistically speaking. As noted, the band balances quite well the show’s set list including both more recent material alongside the band’s older works, too. Those that prefer the band’s older material will love that the band opens its show with its classic hit ‘IT You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)’ and that it also included in its performance the likes of ‘High Cotton,’ and ‘Song of the South’ among other classics. The balance of the band’s classic songs with its more recent hits is the center point of the success and enjoyment of Alabama & Friends at the Ryman. By direct connection, the recording’s collective audio and video mix are just as impressive.

Eagle Rock Entertainment has maintained a standard of excellence with its live recordings when it comes to the overall audio and video mixes of said recordings. It is that standard of excellence that has helped Eagle Rock justifiably maintain the mantle of the leader in live recordings. Alabama & Friends at the Ryman is no different in maintaining that standard. Taking into account the seemingly small size of the Ryman Auditorium—the shots presented in this concert make the Ryman look rather cozy—those charged with handling the concert’s audio mix had quite the challenge. That is because if the auditorium really is as small as it appears in this presentation, it makes it much easier for sound to bounce off of walls, thus making the handling of audio levels challenging. If the Ryman is in fact as it appeared, it had to have made placement of cameras just as challenging as balancing audio levels. But the camera crew handled its duties with just as much expertise. The end product of the crew’s efforts is one more concert that will impress general audiences just as much as it did the heads at Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The set list that makes up Alabama & Friends at the Ryman works with the concert’s collective audio and video mix to once again show again why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the rightful leader in live recordings. The set itself balances the band’s classics with its more recent works. Those responsible for handling the show’s audio levels handled balancing the seemingly cozy surroundings just as expertly as the show’s camera crew. The end product of these elements together is a product that fully lives up to the standard set by Eagle Rock’s previous live recordings. On another angle, the inclusion of today’s major names in country music in the show enhances the overall experience even more. Alabama is joined in its concert by Jamey Johnson, The Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and fellow veteran singer Trisha Yearwood. These performers each contributed their talents to the band’s 2013 album Alabama & Friends. They are just some of the names that came on board for that album, too. On the surface, it’s just a bunch of country’s biggest names performing together. On a wholly other level, it presents an interesting juxtaposition. Here is Alabama, one of the biggest names of country music’s “old guard” playing alongside country music’s next generation in the noted acts. It makes for such a statement without really saying much of anything if anything at all. That statement is a powerful statement, too. Rather than being a passing of the torch, it’s like the next generation paying homage to the roots of the business. It is certain to put a smile on any country music lover’s face. This subtle yet oh-so-strong statement is just as important as the concert’s audio and video mix, and its set list in the presentation’s set list. All three factors together make this concert a must have for any lover of country music.

The juxtaposition of country music’s past, present, and future in Alabama & Friends at the Ryman is a fitting final piece of the presentation’s whole worth noting that makes this recording so enjoyable. The balance of the band’s classic material with its more recent works plays its own part in the whole, too. The top notch work of the show’s audio and video crew makes everything complete. Without their efforts, the presentation would not be worth presenting to audiences. Altogether, these factors make Alabama & Friends at the Ryman a recording that every lover of country music should see. That is not to discount the recording’s bonus interviews and “Making of” feature or the overall packaging of the recording. If a DVD can be packaged in a case the same size as a Blu-ray disc, it makes one wonder why more companies aren’t doing this. There is a macro-scheme at work here that ultimately saves money and space for both consumers and for the company. But that would take far too long to go into. So that will be saved for another time. But again, it would be unfair to ignore this factor or the bonus features included in the recording. One could even examine the band’s on-stage presence when examining the overall recording. It should be clear by now just how much could be considered in examining this recording. Regardless of which factor(s) is/are examined, the end result will be the same: it will still prove that Alabama & Friends at the Ryman deserves a place on the rack of any lover of country music. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

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Eagle Rock To Release New Alabama Live Recording Later This Month

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a new live recording from veteran country act Alabama later this month.

Alabama & Friends At The Ryman will be released Tuesday, September 30th. The concert features the veteran country act performing alongside some of the biggest names in country music today at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Among the names that joined the band on-stage for the once-in-a-lifetime concert are the likes of: Jason Aldean, Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Jamie Johnson, Florida Georgia Line, and the Eli Young Band. The show features the acts performing his such as ‘Tennessee River,’ ‘Love in the First Degree,’ ‘Dixieland Delight,’ ‘If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band,’ ‘Song of the South,’ ‘I’m in a Hurry (And I Don’t Know Why),’ and ‘My Home’s in Alabama.’  The full track listing for the concert is noted below.

Track Listing:
1) If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)
2) Tennessee River featuring Jason Aldean
3) Dixieland Delight
4) Song Of The South
5) One In The World
6) Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go featuring Trisha Yearwood
7) Dancin’, Shaggin’ On The Boulevard
8) Born Country
9) All American
10) Love In The First Degree featuring Luke Bryan
11) The Closer You Get featuring Eli Young Band
12) High Cotton
13) Take Me Down
14) I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why) featuring Florida Georgia Line
15) That’s How I Was Raised
16) My Home’s In Alabama featuring Jamey Johnson
17) Mountain Music

Alabama & Friends will be presented as a stand-alone DVD presentation as well as a DVD/2-CD combo pack, stand-alone 2-CD presentation, a limited edition double-disc vinyl, and in various digital formats. The stand-alone DVD presentation will retail for SRP of $14.98. Along with the central concert, the recording’s stand-alone DVD presentation features a number of bonuses for viewers. Bonus featurettes “The History and the Night,” “The Making of Alabama & Friends,” “The Songs and the Stories,” “Influence and Inspiration,” “The Magic of Alabama Live,” “Performing at the Ryman,” and “Alabama Is…” serve as the central bonus material for the concert’s stand-alone DVD presentation. There are also interviews with the bands and guests included as bonus material, too.

The concert’s DVD/2-CD presentation will retail for MSRP of $24.98, while the stand-alone 2-CD presentation will go for MSRP of $17.98. The limited edition 2-disc vinyl will retail for MSRP of $29.98. these prices will of course vary from one retailer to another. Alabama’s fans can order their copy of Alabama & Friends at the Ryman online right now via the direct-to-consumer store at http://www.myplaydirect.com/alabama-friends. The direct to consumer store offers not only the listed formats but also special audio/video bundles with an exclusive t-shirt.

More information on this release and others from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt
Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews.

Alabama’s fans can keep up with all of the latest news and more from the band online at
website: http://www.thealabamaband.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Alabama
Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheAlabamaBand

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