Steve Conte Debuts New Single, ‘Overnight Smash’

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Steve Conte premiered the latest single from his new album this week.

Conte debuted his new single, ‘Overnight Smash‘ Thursday. The song is the fourth single from Conte’s forthcoming album,  Bronx Cheer, which is scheduled for release Nov. 5 through Wicked Cool Records. Conte premiered the album’s third single, ‘Dog Days of Summer‘ last month. Its premiere was preceded by that of the singles,  ‘Recovery Doll‘ and ‘Gimme Gimme Rockaway.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Overnight Smash’ is a classic rock-infused composition. There are hints of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and others interspersed throughout the course of the approximately three-minute opus. Listeners can even argue there is a slight influence from The Rolling Stones in the mix, too. The energy in the straight-driving composition is certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained in its own right.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the new song takes on a rarely discussed matter, but one that is relevant to everyone, and Conte talked about that topic during a recent interview.

“‘Overnight Smash’ is about professional jealousy,” he said. “Once somebody starts ‘getting somewhere’ in their career, there is always that crowd that, for whatever reason, got left behind in the dust, and then they like to s***-talk about ya.”

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The Cocktail Slippers Members Pay Tribute To Their Daughters In New Single

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The Cocktail Slippers debuted its latest single this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘I’ll Be Here For You‘ Thursday. The song’s premiere comes less than a month after the band debuted its the n latest single, ‘Be The One‘ and its video.

The band’s new single is a stark contrast musically and lyrically to that of ‘Be The One,’ which is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album, Shout It Out Loud. The band’s first new album in 20 years, it is scheduled for release Sept. 17 through Wicked Cool Records. The difference is noted in part through the song’s musical arrangement. Where ‘Be The One’ is a fun, upbeat song, this composition is more contemplative and airy. There is much more emotional depth to this song’s arrangement than in ‘Be The One.’

The song’s lyrical theme is just as different from that of ‘Be The One.’ In this case, the song is a tribute to the band members’ daughters, according to information provided about the song. The band said of the song that it is “An ode to our daughters. It’s about growing up, growing older and passing on generations. The vocal was recorded only a few weeks before Hope’s daughter Fay entered the world!”

The band premiered the song’s companion lyric video Friday. The video features the song’s lyrics over various nature scenes, such as a pond, a waterfall, and a field of grass.

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

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Steve Conte Debuts New LP’s Third Single

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Steve Conte premiered the latest single from his new album this week.

Conte premiered his new single, ‘Dog Days of Summer‘ Thursday. The song is the third single from his album, Bronx Cheer, which is scheduled for release Nov. 5 through Wicked Cool Records. The song’s premiere follows that of the album’s first two singles, ‘Recovery Doll‘ and ‘Gimme Gimme Rockaway.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Dog Days of Summer’ is a steady, mid-tempo composition that blends some classic rock leaning with a touch of country rock. The pairing of those influences makes the song a unique musical work.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement adds its own appeal to the whole with its introspective nature.

Conte talked about that theme during a recent interview.

“It started with the title, which is a phrase I always liked, but when I was finished with it, I noticed that I wasn’t only writing about those awful hot days in August where you don’t want to do much of anything,” he said. “I was also writing about getting older and watching the young upstarts, full of hope and goals, pushing hard to get somewhere – and seeing my kids zoom by me with all their energy. At this point, I feel like I can relax and don’t have much to prove, because my work is out there on records, on video, in the consciousness of the public – in my bubble, anyway. And the work speaks for itself.”

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The Cocktail Slippers Releases First New Music In Almost A Decade

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Rock band The Cocktail Slippers will release its fifth album late this summer.

The record, Shout It Out Loud, is scheduled for release Sept. 17 through Wicked Cool Records. Its release will mark the first time in seven years that the band has released a new album. In anticipation of its release, the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Be The One‘ and its video Thursday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Be The One’ is a pop rock style presentation. It boasts a sound and stylistic approach that is easily comparable to works from The Go-Gos. It also incorporates more of a modern rock sensibility to make for more engagement and entertainment.

According to a statement from the band, the song’s lyrical theme is the central plot of so many rom-coms. It states of the song’s theme, it is about “That feeling when you meet someone and you instantly think, “This person is no good at all,” but then you get to know them and it turns out your first gut feeling was way off. “It started out wrong but it turned out right.” The song is actually about falling in love – head over heels – when you weren’t expecting that to happen at all.”

The video for ‘Be The One’ is simple and complex at the same time. As the press release announcing the debut of the song and video states, the video was captured in the band’s rehearsal space. It is a one-shot Steadicam shot that slows down vocalist “Hope” by 75 percent normal speed while her band mates interact at normal speed.

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

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Kris Rodgers & The Dirty Gems’ New LP Is A Shining Success

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Wicked Cool Records has quietly become one of the leading names in the independent music community in the past year or so.  New releases on the label from acts, such as Soraia, Jessie Wagner, and Marc Ribler have served well to support that statement.  The release of Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems’ seventh album, Still Dirty, Friday solidifies that statement even more.  The band’s debut record with Wicked Cool Records, it is easily a record that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.  That is due in no small part to its musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes play their own part to the album’s appeal and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here plays its own important part to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Still Dirty one more of this year’s top new independent albums.

Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems’ forthcoming seventh album (and debut for Wicked Cool Records) is a surprisingly impressive offering from the veteran independent collective.  That is due in no small part to its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are diverse.  That is putting it lightly.  From beginning to end of the approximately 34-minute presentation, audiences get such a wide range of sounds and styles from one to the next and even within themselves.  There is a lot of neo-classic rock sensibility throughout, beginning right from the album’s outset in ‘She Likes to Party.’  The slide and talk box in this song pairs with the use of what sounds like a Hammond B-3 organ and Rodgers’ vocal delivery to really liken the song to works from the group’s label mate, Kurt Baker while also clearly taking influence from the likes of The Dobie Brothers and The Allman Brothers Band.  By contrast, ‘Across The Galaxy,’ features a vocal performance by Rodgers that immediately lends itself to comparison to that of Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy.  That against the string arrangement in this contemplative song, makes for a unique presentation in itself here.   That pairing conjures thoughts of Barry Manilow’s timeless classic ‘Mandy’ (wild, huh?) while the use of the guitars, bass and drums alongside those elements also gives the song more of that neo-classic rock sensibility already established through the record’s first half.  The contrast in that dichotomy makes this song interesting in its own right.  On yet another note, the funky approach to ‘Don’t Turn Around,’ throws back to the soul and R&B sounds of Motown.  Again, the organ plays a big part in that comparison.  The use of the choral style vocals against that organ line and the ‘My Girl’-esque bass line and horns enhances the song even more while still ensuring the song boasts its own identity.  The whole is a presentation that is yet another unique addition to the album’s overall musical body.  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s arrangements, the whole makes clear why the record’s musical diversity is so important to the album’s presentation.  It is just one part of what makes the album engaging and entertaining.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements makes for its own appeal.

The lyrical content that is featured in Still Dirty is important to address because on one level it follows one central theme – relationships – for the most part.  On another level, the way in which that central theme is addressed makes it fully accessible.  Audiences get songs of love found in songs, such as ‘She Likes To Party,’ ‘I’m Your Man’ and ‘Don’t Turn Around’ while ‘See You Again,’ and ‘Can’t Give It’ tale pm the relationship topic on the opposite end of that spectrum.    Getting off topic a bit, the piano and strings in ‘See You Again’ pairs (once again) with Rodgers’ vocal delivery in this case to not only sound like Kennedy, but also Elton John.  Interestingly enough, Rodgers and company do take on an Elton John classic in ‘Take Me To The Pilot.’  That song is yet another of the works featured in this record that takes on the so common theme of relationships.  For all of the talk of relationships that dominates this record, it is not the album’s only theme.  ‘Across The Galaxy’ is a deeply moving existential contemplation in which the song’s subject seems to contemplate his purpose in life.  That in itself is a familiar theme across the musical universe.  Because of that and how it is delivered, it proves just as accessible as the album’s other songs.  ‘I Can Still Feel It’ is another existential type work.  In this case though, the song’s subject is looking back while also looking forward, celebrating what has been and what is to come.  The horns, organ and guitar pair with the vocals here (again, getting somewhat off topic) to make this song very similar to another even far more popular classic work.  Audiences will be left to discover that similarity for themselves.  On yet another note, ‘Tortuga,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is just a fun, random party type composition both musically and lyrically.  It is another break from the more common theme of relationships that permeates the album.  Between this song and the others examined here, the overall accessibility of Still Dirty’s lyrical content becomes clearer, as does the importance of that accessibility.  When all of this is considered along with the album’s musical content, the whole makes the album that much more enjoyable.  The collective content featured in Still Dirty is only part of what makes the album successful.  The sequencing thereof brings everything together and completes the album’s presentation.

Still Dirty’s sequencing is important in part because it ensures the album’s content avoids any redundancy throughout its 10-song presentation.  The musical styles and sounds change subtly from one song to the next, just enough to show the differences but still keep a certain feel throughout.  The lyrical themes are, again, mostly the same throughout, but the way in which they are handled is just right.  It ensures that even this aspect of the said element changes just enough throughout.  On yet another hand, the sequencing also takes the album’s energy into account.  For the most part, the album’s energy remains relatively high and up-beat.  ‘Across The Galaxy,’ the album’s midpoint, serves as a good breakpoint for the album as it noticeably pulls the album’s energy back.  Next to ‘See You Again,’ the album’s finale, it is the album’s only other reserved song.  This song might have been better served by being moved up slightly by one or two tracks, but that is a moot point at this rate.  Either way, it and ‘Across The Galaxy’ ensure collectively, the album’s energy does its own part to keep listeners engaged and entertained in the record.  Keeping this overall importance of the album’s sequencing in mind along with the importance of the album’s content, the whole makes Still Dirty a great presentation and one more of this year’s best new independent albums.

Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems’ new forthcoming album Still Dirty is a surprisingly enjoyable offering.  It is a presentation that will appeal easily just as much to the act’s established audiences as to newer listeners.  That is due in part to its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question blend influences of classic and modern rock for some of its content.  At other points, there is also some R&B and soul influence.  At others still, there is a sort of pop influence infused into the music.  That diversity offers plenty for audiences to appreciate in itself.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements adds to the album’s appeal.  That is because of its overall accessibility both in its themes and how those themes are presented.  The sequencing of that collective content brings everything together, ensuring even more, audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  That is because it changes things up just enough from one song to the next from beginning to end.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this album.  All things considered, they make Still Dirty a success for Rodgers and company and for their new label home.  Still Dirty is scheduled for release Friday through Wicked Cool Records.

More information on Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems’ new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Ribler’s New Album Is Awaiting And Deserves Attention From Audiences, Radio Stations Nationwide

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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Ribler has made quite the name for himself over the course of his career, having worked with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zant, and Paul McCartney.  Now this Friday, Ribler is poised to take a big step forward in his career, going from a supporting role to that of front man with his new solo album, The Whole World Awaits You.  The record, which has already produced three successful singles, could make Ribler a star in his own right given the right support as those singles show.  They are just a few of the songs that serve to support the noted statements.  ‘Without You,’ one of the album’s late entries, serves in its own way to show the album’s strength.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Manzanillo,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another example of how much the record has to offer.  It will be examined a little later.  ‘This Is How The Song Goes,’ the album’s finale, is another example of the album’s appeal. It will also be discussed later.  Each of the songs noted here does its own part to show why The Whole World Awaits You is appealing.  When they are considered with the album’s existing trio of singles and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the album a “whole” win for Marc Ribler and audiences alike.

Marc Ribler’s forthcoming solo album The Whole World Awaits You is a wholly successful new offering from the veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist.  The album’s existing trio of singles goes a long way to support that statement.  They are only some of the songs that show how much the album has to offer audiences.  ‘Without You,’ which comes late in the album’s 12-song run, is also of note.  The song’s musical arrangement is an instantly infectious composition that lends itself to comparison to works from Train just as much as from Tom Petty.  Yes, those are two completely opposing acts, but are more alike than not, as this song shows.  That is evidenced through the light use of the organ alongside the vocals and the equally subtle guitar, percussion and drums.  The whole is a composition that is one of the album’s most radio ready works. 

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Without You’ does a lot to make the song appealing, and is just part of what makes it engaging and entertaining.  The lyrical theme that accompanies the musical arrangement builds on that appeal even more.  While the song’s title and some of its lyrics make it seem like a love song, the rest of the song proves to be more than just that.  It also presents a social commentary of sorts in the song’s chorus that shames people on both sides of the aisle so to speak.  That is evidenced as Ribler sings, “I don’t want to live in a world where everyone has an empty heart/I don’t want to live in a world where it still matters what color you are/I don’t want to live in a place where they watch every thing you say and do/I don’t want to live in a world without you.”  On the one hand, yes, the romance aspect is there.  At the same time, Ribler uses the opportunity to comment on the negative place that the world has reached; that place where we have to be so careful about every single thing that we say and do, and where our skin color still sadly matters so much.  The romance aspect becomes more pronounced in the song’s lead verse, in which the song’s subject pronounces his/her love for that other person.  This is made clear as Ribler sings, “Your love runs deep for me/Shows up in most everything/You lose your way and you fall down/I’ll be the one that you can count on/Help you understand/I’ll always be right there/You can let your feelings flow.”  This is Ribler’s subject saying that things are bad in the world, but he/she will be there for that other person.  It is a familiar lyrical topic in pop music, and is just as familiar in this case.  The adoration for that other person continues in the song’s second verse and bridge, as the song’s subject praises and thanks that other person for being there.  That accessible lyrical them and equally accessible musical arrangement is just as much of a positive addition to this album as the record’s singles.  It is just one of so many examples of how much the album has to offer audiences, too.  ‘Manzanillo,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another example of the album’s strength.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Manzanillo’ makes the song stand out because it stands out in itself.  Whereas so much of the music featured in The Whole World Awaits You blurs the line between neo-classical, Americana, pop and rock, this song’s arrangement is a distinctly Latin-tinged composition.  The dual guitar line, horns, and drums work with the claves to take listeners to Cuba from years ago.  Meanwhile, Ribler’s vocal delivery maintains a more American pop sound and stylistic approach.  The whole here is so infectious in its own right.  When it pairs with the song’s lyrical theme, the two elements make the song even more engaging and entertaining.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Manzanillo’ itself comes across as a tribute to the history of the Latin culture.  This is inferred as Ribler makes mention of the ancient Mesoamerican peoples and their culture.  He even makes mention of history repeating itself if we are not careful, perhaps making reference to how those cultures were wiped out and how our current world is doing itself in, too.  This is all this critic’s own interpretation of course.  His mention of his mother coming to him in a dream and warning about thing happening “in this land” lends itself even more to that inference.  Considering all of this, the song’s lyrical theme definitely stands out from its counterparts in this album.  That originality and identity pairs with the unique presence of the song’s musical arrangement to make the song stand out even more, as a key addition to the album.  It is just one more way in which the album shows its strength.  ‘This Is How The Song Goes,’ which closes out the album, is yet another example of what makes Ribler’s new album stand out.

The musical arrangement in ‘This Is How The Song Goes’ is just as unique as those in the songs addressed here and the rest of the album’s songs.  To a certain point, the blues, almost psychedelic approach and sound here conjures thoughts of The Doors.  At the same time, listeners can also argue that there is a hint of influence from The Beatles in the song’s arrangement, considering the strings and vocal harmonies.  Once again, it is completely unlike anything else featured in this record, making even clearer the importance of the album’s musical content.  The song’s musical arrangement is just one part of its identity.  Its lyrical theme is just as unique.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘This Is How The Song Goes’ is just as thought-provoking as the song’s musical arrangement.  It opens with Ribler singing, “A tree fell in the forest with no sound/Some things go up/But don’t come down/Tomorrow’s just a day we’ll leave behind/Only precious time…” What follows is difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference considering the overly subtle way in which Ribler sings here, but what is understandable shows the deep metaphorical language that Ribler uses here.  The mention of things being “in your dreams” in the song’s chorus is just as metaphorical even when the song’s lyrics can be deciphered.  That what little can be deciphered is itself cryptic is interesting enough.  When the rest of the song can be deciphered, the whole proves just as cryptic, ensuring even more engagement and discussion.  That engagement and discussion pairs with the song’s equally interesting musical arrangement to make the song in whole yet another clear example of why The Whole World Awaits You deserves so much attention.  When the song in whole is considered with the other songs examined here, the album’s singles, and the rest of its works, the whole makes the album a powerful new outing for Marc Ribler that could be the start of a very big career for him, given the right support.

Marc Ribler’s forthcoming solo album, The Whole World Awaits You is a presentation that is awaiting and deserves attention from audiences and radio stations nationwide.  It is a unique presentation that shows Ribler, who has spent so much of his career as a supporting musician to bigger names, is ready to take his own place in the limelight.  That is proven through each of the album’s singles and the songs examined here.  The album’s remaining songs serve just as much to support the noted statements.  Between the record’s unique (and accessible) musical arrangements and equally accessible lyrical content, the whole offers audiences much to appreciate.  All things considered, the album proves itself to be among the best of this year’s new independent albums.  It is scheduled for release Friday through Wicked Cool Records.

More information on Marc Ribler’s new album is available along with all of his latest news at:

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Marc Ribler Debuts New Single, ‘Fly Away’

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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Ribler offered audiences another preview of this new album over the weekend.

Ribler, who has worked with legendary music acts, such as Steven Van Zant, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul McCartney, premiered his new single, ‘Fly Away’ Friday. The song is the third from Ribler’s forthcoming album, The Whole World Awaits You, which is scheduled for release July 16 through Van Zant’s Wicked Cool Records. The song’s premiere follows that of ‘Who Could Ask For Anything More‘ and its video, and of the album’s lead single, ‘Shattered.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Fly Away’ is a gentle, semi-acoustic ballad. Its sound and stylistic approach bears a blend of southern rock with elements of Eagles, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen. The blending of those influences and sounds makes this composition interesting if only for this reason.

No information about the song’s lyrical theme was provided in the press release distributed about the song’s premiere. A close listen leads to the inference that the song centers on the all-too-familiar topic of a broken relationship. That is only this critic’s interpretation.

The full track listing for ‘The Whole World Awaits You‘ is noted below.

Track Listing:

1 The Whole World Awaits You

2 I’m Comin’ Aound

3 The Only Truth

4 War on Peace

Shattered

6 Fly Away

7 Manzanillo

8 Torn Apart

9 Without You

10 Who Could Ask for Anything More

11 History

12 This is How the Song Goes

More information on Marc Ribler’s new single and album is available along with all of his latest news at:

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Kris Rodgers And The Dirty Gems Debut New Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Independent music act Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems will release its new album this summer.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Still Dirty July 23 through Wicked Cool Records. The album will be the band’s first with the label and seventh studio recording. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘I Can Still Feel It,’ and its video Friday.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘I Can Still Feel It’ presents an infectious, vintage rock/R*B style sound and stylistic approach. The soulful presentation lends itself to comparison to works from the classic motown and blues sounds of the 1960s and 70s.

Rodgers said of the song’s musical arrangement, “It’s got that classic sound but it’s new and fresh.”

In regards to the song’s lyrical theme, Rodgers had the following to say.

“‘I Can Still Feel It’ is about that initial excitement you experience discovering what you’re passionate about; the “wow” moment.”

The video for ‘I Can Still Feel It’ featured Rodgers in front of a green screen that plays various imagery, such as a person surfing, two motocross drivers doing an aerial stunt, and people at a concert. The varied, positive imagery is used to help translate the noted positive message in the song’s lyrical theme.

More information on Kris Rodgers and the Dirty Gems’ new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://www.kridrodgersmusic.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/krodgersmusic

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Marc Ribler Addresses The Impact of Greed In New Single, Video

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Singer-songwriter-guitarist Marc Ribler debuted the latest single and its companion video from his new album this week.

Ribler debuted his new single, ‘Who Could Ask For Anything More‘ and its companion video Friday. The song and its video are the second from Ribler’s forthcoming album, The Whole World Awaits You, which is scheduled for release July 16 through Wicked Cool Records. Their premiere follows that of the album’s lead single, ‘Shattered‘ and its video.

The full track listing for ‘The Whole World Awaits You‘ is noted below.

Track Listing:

1 The Whole World Awaits You

2 I’m Comin’ Aound

3 The Only Truth

4 War on Peace

5 Shattered

6 Fly Away

7 Manzanillo

8 Torn Apart

9 Without You

10 Who Could Ask for Anything More

11 History

12 This is How the Song Goes

The video for ‘Who Could Ask For Anything More’ features Ribler and his fellow musicians performing the new single against a white backdrop in a studio setting. Paired with that setting is animated imagery, such as a helicopter flying over a traffic jam on a bridge, plastic bags floating in the ocean, and what is supposed to be one of so many Real Housewives Of… casts fighting on a television monitor.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Who Could Ask For Anything More’ throws back to the pop rock sounds of the 1960s, but still boasts something uniquely engaging and entertaining in its sound. That is exhibited through the song’s melodies and vocal harmonies. They really make for a certain infectious sense throughout the song.

Ribler discussed the song’s noted lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“While delivered tongue-in-cheek, the song has serious implications,” said Ribler. “It’s about taking a good hard look at the damage done by greed. It certainly seems to lead to insensitivity and indifference, for example, shutting down the George Washington Bridge for political gain and manipulation; creating plastic islands on our vast beautiful oceans, or simply creating multibillion dollar industries that benefit from the divisive proliferation of unhealthy citizens due to social, environmental, nutritional and drama-based pollution, and 100 other things I can think of at the moment.

Added Ribler, “That being said, all this crazy shit gives a songwriter much to write about. Perhaps that’s the bright side of greed, mayhem, death and destruction.”

More information on Marc Ribler’s new single, video and album is available along with all of his latest news at:

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Marc Ribler Debuts ‘Shattered’ Video

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Singer-songwriter-guitarist Marc Ribler debuted the video for his latest single this month.

Ribler debuted the video for his single, ‘Shattered‘ April 10. The video’s premiere comes more than a month after Ribler debuted the song by itself. The video features Ribler and his band mates performing the song in what looks like an empty apartment type setting as the woman about whom Ribler and company sings sits on a couch ignoring the vocalized pleas.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Shattered’ features a light, Tom Petty style approach and sound. The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical content touches on the all too familiar topic of a broken relationship.

Ribler talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“(It’s) a song about that unattainable person who twists you up, breaks you down and yet you still keep coming back for more with the hopes that you could actually make it work,” he said. “Delusion and desire are very powerful drugs.”

‘Shattered’ is featured in Ribler’s forthcoming album The World Awaits You, which is scheduled for release in June through Steven Van Zant’s Wicked Cool Records. The album’s exact release date is under consideration.

The World Awaits You is Ribler’s third album. It is preceded by his first two albums, This Life and Life Is But A Dream. Both albums are available to order here along with ‘Shattered.’

Ribler, who is musical director for Van Zant’s group Little Steven and the Disciples, co-produced his new single along with Van Zant. Ribler mixed the song.

More information on Marc Ribler’s new video and album is available along with all of his latest news at:

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