Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Otherwise "True Love Never Dies" out now on Century Media Records

A few weeks back I happened to catch Three Days Grace at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio. The first opening band to hit the stage that night was a band out of Las Vegas, Nevada by the name of Otherwise. Otherwise is on the Century Media Records roster of artists and their debut cd "True Love Never Dies" is a highly recommended pickup for any music fan who likes to give their ears a hard and heavy sonic assault of rock riffness that packs a punch mixed with soulful and aggressive melodies to wet your musical appetite.

This band grabbed my attention right from the start of their Cleveland show right up through the end of their high energy set. It's been a long time since a band has come out and grabbed my attention like that and a more proper review will follow in the weeks ahead. Until then head on over to their website Otherwiserock.com and check out what they have to offer. Your ears will thank you in the weeks ahead.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

SiriusXM Presents Metallica Live at the Apollo Theater‏

METALLICA TO PERFORM PRIVATE,
EXCLUSIVE CONCERT FOR SIRIUSXM LISTENERS
 CONCERT TO AIR LIVE ON SIRIUSXM'S
LIMITED-RUN MANDATORY METALLICA CHANNEL
 
Sirius XM Radio announced today that Metallica will perform at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater for the first time at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Saturday, September 21 at 8:30 pm ET.
 
Metallica will perform songs from their 30-plus year career, and the concert will air live nationwide on the band's limited-run SiriusXM channel, Mandatory Metallica, days before the release of the band's upcoming 3D feature film Metallica Through The Never, which will be released exclusively in IMAX theaters in North America on September 27 and wide on October 4.
 
"With historic performances from James Brown to B.B. King to Ray Charles and all that came before us, this will definitely be a memorable night for Metallica, our fans and those listening on SiriusXM," said guitarist Kirk Hammett. Bassist Robert Trujillo added, "With its rich musical history the Apollo Theater and its legacy are totally unparalleled and we can't wait to perform there this September."
 
 
"Metallica is a band of unquestioned influence, whose body of work spans decades and whose musical style is literally a music genre unto itself," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "We are so excited to bring this private performance only to our subscribers nationwide. Listeners will also have access to Mandatory Metallica, the channel we've created with the band to showcase their iconic music."
 
SiriusXM's Mandatory Metallica, the limited-run 24/7 commercial-free music channel featuring hits, rarities and concert recordings from throughout the band's iconic career, will launch on Friday, September 13 at 12:00 pm ET and air through Sunday, October 6, via satellite on channel 40 (SiriusXM's Liquid Metal channel), and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. Liquid Metal will continue to be available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online. Mandatory Metallica will continue to be available on SiriusXM Internet Radio through the Summer of 2014.
 
Listeners will have the opportunity to win tickets to the event through dedicated listener emails as well as various call-in promotions across SiriusXM's diverse music, talk and sports channels. SiriusXM subscribers can enter for the chance to win tickets starting August 22, 2013 and, starting September 10, 2013, can enter for the chance to win a trip to New York City to see the concert. See Official Rules at www.siriusxm.com/MetallicaLive.
 
Currently in its 79th year, the legendary non-profit Apollo Theater is known for launching the careers of countless iconic performers, and has been a catalyst for artistic excellence and innovation since it opened its doors in 1934. The Apollo's new artistic vision builds on its legacy and new Apollo programming has music as its core, driving large scale and more intimate music, dance and theater presentations. For more information, visitwww.apollotheater.org.
 
 
Mandatory Metallica is an example of SiriusXM channels created with iconic and leading artists, including Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzy's Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem's Shade 45, Willie Nelson's Willie's Roadhouse, The Pink Floyd Channel, B.B. King's Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Jimmy Buffett's Radio Margaritaville, Siriusly Sinatra, Tiƫsto's Club Life Radio and Neil Diamond Radio.
 
 
For more information on SiriusXM, please visitwww.siriusxm.com.
 
 

STRYPER REVEALS AUDIO SAMPLES FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM "NO MORE HELL TO PAY"

"NO MORE HELL TO PAY" DUE OUT NOVEMBER 5TH IN NORTH AMERICA VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS

Legendary rock band Stryper reveals audio samples for three tracks from their forthcoming studio album, NO MORE HELL TO PAY. Click here to listen to snippets of "Revelation," "Saved By Love" and "Marching Into Battle." 



NO MORE HELL TO PAY is set for a November 5th release in North America and will be available in two formats - standard CD and deluxe digipak featuring exclusive video content. Produced by frontman/guitarist/songwriter Michael Sweet, the set features some of Stryper's strongest and heaviest material ever. Click here to access the dramatic album cover art for NO MORE HELL TO PAY and see below for the full track listing.
 
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (lead vocals/guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar), Stryper has been going strong since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free" and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and GRAMMY nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV's Top 10 simultaneously.
 
NO MORE HELL TO PAY track listing:
 
*Revelation
*No More Hell To Pay
*Saved By Love
*Jesus Is Alright
*The One
*Legacy
*Marching Into Battle
*Te Amo
*Sticks & Stones
*Water Into Wine
*Sympathy
*Renewed


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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

CANDLELIGHT RED ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES WITH CANDLEBOX AND SICK PUPPIES TO PROMOTE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO‏

 
Directed by Wade Spencer The official music video for the debut single from our new album 'Reclamation', available now on Imagen Records! Hailing from Williamsport, PA, and comprised of Ryan Hoke -…
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CANDLELIGHT RED RELEASE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO, "FEEL THE SAME," ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES WITH CANDLEBOX & SICK PUPPIES
 
Candlelight Red are rising fast within the ranks of bands that specialize in hard rock with killer hooks, as evidenced by their latest release, 'Reclamation,' and the new single/video, "Feel the Same." Directed by Wade Spencer and shot while the band was on tour earlier this summer, the clip continues the band's winning tradition of striking music videos, which showcases the excitement of their live show but shows Candlelight Red on the road behind the scenes.
 
 
You can view the video for "Feel the Same"
here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YblYWCYZSAE
 
 
 
Hailing from Williamsport, PA, and comprised of Ryan Hoke - lead vocals, Jeremy
Edge - guitar/backing vocals, Jamie Morral- bass/backing vocals, and Tanner
Wayne - drums, Edge recently offered his thoughts on the "Feel the Same" video.
"Since this is a much mellower tune for us, we thought it would be cool to give
fans a glimpse of life on tour as well as the sacrifices we all make to be away
from family and friends to go out and do what we love most...travel over the
country playing music and trying to win over new fans!"
 
 
'Reclamation' was issued on June 4^th, and was produced by Sevendust's Morgan
Rose and recorded at Architekt Studios in Butler,NJ. Taking over drum duties is
Tanner Wayne, who replaced Brian Dugan (due to family obligations). Wayne
previously was a member of the bands Chiodos and Scary Kids Scaring Kids, and
has toured with LMFAO, Underoath, and Emmure.
 
 
The new look Candlelight Red line-up will continue touring throughout the summer
and fall, as dates with Candlebox (in August) and then Sick Puppies (in
September) have been announced. Also, VIP Packages are available
through vipaxxess.com - http://vipaxxess.com, for fans to enjoy the ultimate Candlelight
Red experience.
 
 
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
 
Tue/ Aug 13  Baltimore MD  Baltimore Soundstage
 
Wed/ Aug 14 West Warwick, RI |  Manchester 65 w/ Candlebox
 
Fri/ Aug 16   Patchogue, NY  The Emporium w/Candlebox
 
Wed/ Aug 21 Monroe, LA  Live Oaks w/Candlebox
 
Fri/ Aug 23   Baton Rouge, LA  Varsity Theatre w/Candlebox
 
Sat / Aug 24  Lafayette, LA          The District w/Candlebox
 
Sun /Sep 01 Madison W WJJO presents "A Taste of Madison"
 
Tue/Sep 03 Denver CO  Gothic W Sick Puppies
 
Wed/Sep 04  Salt Lake City UT  The Depot W Sick Puppies
 
Fri/Sep 06  Spokane WA  Knitting Factory W Sick Puppies
 
Sat/Sep 07  Eugene, OR  WOW Hall   W Sick Puppies
 
Mon/Sep 09  San Francisco CA  Independent W Sick Puppies
 
Sat/Sep 21   Gulfport, MS Jones Park, CPR FEST with Volbeat, HIM, Sick Puppies,
etc.
 
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
 
www.candlelightred.com - http://www.candlelightred.com
 
www.facebook.com/candlelightred -
 
http://www.facebook.com/candlelightred
 

Friday, July 19, 2013

EDEN’S CURSE Introduce New Lineup‏

Multinational melodic metallers EDEN’S CURSE are delighted to announce their new line up. Ending ten months of speculation after an arduous audition process, the band are proud to announce Serbian vocalist Nikola Mijic as their new front man. The introducing video can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/Epji9f5lKzs
Hailing from Senta, in the North of Serbia, Nikola is a vastly experienced singer despite his tender years. For the past ten years he has been fronting Serbian outfit Alogia and more recently Hungarian Prog Rockers Dreyelands, who released their debut album on Lion Music in 2010. In 2008 he also featured heavily on the Prog Rock project album Expedition Delta.
A happy Nikola said “I’m really honored to be part of the Metal journey of Eden’s Curse with their new upcoming album that is coming out on 4th October and I’m looking forward to rock with you guys“!
Drummer Pete Newdeck commented “For me, when I heard a lot of the auditions, Nik’s was the one that stood out. It stood out mainly because of it’s originality. His voice was strong, it was soulful and he had something different to offer. That’s really why I championed him because I think he could offer something different, change the face of the band and possibly help this band move forward“.
Bassist Paul Logue added “When Nik sent his audition of Evil & Divine that’s when we really began to sit up and take notice and say that this guy was something special. He is the complete package“.
Guitarist Thorsten Koehne enthused “He’s just an amazing talent, one of the most amazing singers I’ve seen in recent times. He’s just so versatile in what he can do and he just fits the band perfect because with Eden’s Curse we’re very diverse, as far as the music, so there’s not just one particular style that we are doing. So we were really looking for a singer that could keep up with that and have a range in his vocals. Nikola is just perfect because he can do so many things, from blues to metal stuff and everything in between“.
Also joining the EDEN’S CURSE ranks is Welsh keyboard wizard and Powerquest main man Steve Williams who replaces Alessandro Del Vecchio.
Bassist Paul Logue commented “Sadly we we part company with our brother Alessandro on a truly positive note as his career as a mixing engineer and a producer has really taken off, meaning less and less time could be devoted to the Eden’s Curse cause. We will miss him dearly as a friend and a musician and we wish him nothing but the utmost success. We firmly believe he has the talent to go right to the very top! He will always be considered a part of the Eden’s Curse family and is cursed for life“.
Williams, a former member of Dragonforce, commented “It was a real thrill to be asked by Paul and the boys to get involved in Eden’s Curse. I’ve been a fan for a long time, I’ve known the guys a while and it’s great to be here getting myself right cursed I can tell you“!
Bassist Paul Logue further commented “I’ve known Steve for a while and when Ale left he recommended we look at Steve. It was very easy choice for us, as we were already good friends and with Powerquest calling it a day it was a perfect time in both our careers to join forces. Steve is a smashing player and one of life’s true gentlemen. He is an utter joy to have on board and I am genuinely excited to see what we can produce together in the years to come as I am a big fan of his songwriting“.
The band can also confirm that their long awaited fourth album “Symphony Of Sin” will be released by AFM Records on 4th October.
This will be preceded by a digital single “Evil & Divine“, for which the band shot a video for on location at the famous St. Andrews in the Square location in Glasgow, under the direction of Ryan Priddy and his team at Independent Element.

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Five Finger Death Punch Reveals Initial Tour Dates For North American Tour‏


FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH REVEALS INITIAL DATES AND ON-SALE DETAIL
FOR THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Run Kicks Off At The Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA 9/15
Las Vegas, NV --- Five Finger Death Punch has announced the first dates and on-sale detail of a broad North American itinerary for THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN headline tour. The excursion kicks off on September 15th at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, and will run for more than thirty dates. Escape The Fate and Miss May I support, with Gemini Syndrome opening the show. The first appearances will go on-sale the morning of July 20, and details are available here: http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour/.
The band has created a tour announcement video that can be streamed and shared here: http://youtu.be/YbKCF0HmKIs. At 4:30PM Eastern today, bassist Chris Kael will participate in a live video chat with two members of Escape The Fate. Tune in here: http://www.spreecast.com/events/ffdp-etf-live-chat
The first Five Finger Death Punch album of two new releases The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1 will be issued on July 30 and can be pre-ordered here: http://bit.ly/19iRG1Y Currently, the band is co-headlining the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival alongside Rob Zombie.
The complete itinerary includes appearances in:
9/15 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
9/17 Medford, OR Armory
9/18 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
9/20 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center
9/21 Post Falls, ID Greyhound Park
9/22 Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
9/23 Lethbridge, AB (CAN) EnMax Centre
9/25 Prince George, BC (CAN) CN Centre
9/26 Dawson Creek, BC (CAN) Encana Events Center
9/28 Calgary, AB (CAN) Mac Hall
9/29 Saskatoon, SK (CAN) Credit Union Center
9/30 Edmonton, AB (CAN) Shaw Conference Center
10/02 Regina, AB (CAN) Brandt Centre
10/04 Fargo, ND Concert Hall @ The Venue
10/15 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
10/17 Bossier City, LA Century Tel Arena
10/18 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
10/19 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater
10/20 Springfield, MO Shrine Mosque
10/22 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Pavilion
10/23 Pharr, TX Pharr Event Center
10/26 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheater
 

Avenged Sevenfold Reveal New Single "Hail To The King"; Tour Announced With Deftones And Ghost B.C.


AVENGED SEVENFOLD REVEAL FIRST SINGLE
"HAIL TO THE KING" FROM
FORTHCOMING ALBUM
HAIL TO THE KING TOUR ANNOUNCED WITH
DEFTONES AND GHOST B.C.
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 6TH STUDIO ALBUM
HAIL TO THE KING DUE OUT ON AUGUST 27TH
Avenged Sevenfold today revealed "Hail To The King", the blistering first single and title track from the band's forthcoming sixth studio album due out on August 27th via Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Mike Elizondo, Hail To The King was recently proclaimed "the band's crowning achievement" by Revolver Magazine. To listen to "Hail To The King" now, click HERE. To purchase "Hail To The King" on iTunes, click HERE. Hail To The King is available to pre-order HERE.
 
Avenged Sevenfold also announced the Hail To The King Tour - a massive headlining U.S. arena tour to take place this October and the band's first full scale American tour since 2011. The run of dates will kick off in Chicago, IL on Thursday, October 3rd and wrap up on October 26th in Las Vegas, NV. Supporting the band on all dates will be special guests Deftones and Ghost B.C. See below for a complete list of dates. Venues and on-sale information will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Additionally, starting today fans of Avenged Sevenfold can pre-order a special, limited-edition box set of Hail To The King (available on August 27th). The antique gold colored embossed foil wrapped "treasure box" will feature exclusive Hail To The King artwork and include a deluxe version of the album on CD with a download card to an extra bonus track, an exclusive Canvas Print, a 20-page photo book featuring photos of the band through out the years, a Death Bat Challenge Coin, Death Bat Skeleton Key, an instant download of the new single, and a download of the album on street date. Fans that purchase the box set will also receive pre-sale access to the upcoming U.S. tour. The box is available for purchase HERE and once they sell out no more will be made.
Hail To The King is the follow up to Avenged Sevenfold's 5th studio album, Nightmare, which earned the band it's highest ever debut on the Billboard album chart when it took the Number One spot and spawned three Number One, hit-singles "Nightmare", "So Far Away" and "Welcome To The Family". "Nightmare" broke radio records and was the most played current song at Rock Radio for all of 2010. Throughout 2010 and 2011 Avenged Sevenfold toured the world nonstop. They have achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries and have sold out arenas the world over and headlined some of the worlds biggest and most prestigious music festivals playing to over one million people. Due to an overwhelming demand from the United States troops abroad, Avenged Sevenfold embarked on a USO tour in the Middle East including stops in Kuwait and tour of Iraq performing for US soldiers stationed abroad.
Avenged Sevenfold made an unprecedented appearance as characters in the Call of Duty Black Ops 2 video game in November 2012. The game was the biggest selling video game of all time and featured the band's performance of a song written for the game, 'Carry On,' which then went on to Top the Billboard Monitor chart on January 13, 2013.
On August 26th, one day before the release of Hail To The King, Avenged Sevenfold will play a free show for their fans at the Hollywood Palladium. The show is a special thank you to their fans and for fans to celebrate the release of the new album with the band. Stay tuned for entry details, which will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Avenged Sevenfold Hail To The King Tour
October
3rd Chicago, IL
5th Indianapolis, IN
6th Cincinnati, OH
8th Baltimore, MD
9th Boston, MA
12th Bloomington, IL
13th Detroit, MI
15th Atlanta, GA
16th Orlando, FL
18th Houston, TX
19th Dallas, TX
20th San Antonio, TX
22nd Omaha, NE
23rd Oklahoma City, OK
26th Las Vegas, NV
*All dates with Deftones and Ghost B.C.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Don Dokken and Gilby Clarke in new Miracle Whip Commercial

Check out the new Miracle Whip commercial below, which features appearances by a host of musical artists including Don Dokken and Gilby Clarke. I really don't know what to say on this one other than....good for them for making a little side money. lol

Monday, October 4, 2010

Shooter Jennings Interview: Shooter talks Black Ribbons

Shooter Jennings and Hierophant are out on tour cutting a path and winding their way through America in support of their latest release "Black Ribbons".  Musically, "Black Ribbons" is a continuation of some of the cosmic rock material he has sprinkled in on some of his previous releases.  "Black Ribbons" is a concept release that follows late night talk show host Will 'O The Wisp, who is narrarated by Stephen King, on his last broadcast as the nation sits in a police state and the public airwaves are about to be silenced.  He is the voice of the movement of the resistance and for his last broadcast he chooses to play music from the exiled band Hierophant with the presmise of injecting a ray of light or hope for the resistance.  But will it come at a price???.

Shooter checked in from the road to talk a little bit about "Black Ribbons".  The next stop on the tour is on Tuesday Oct. 5 at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio.  Information for that show and remaining dates is down below.

Mydenrocks: What was the genesis or the initial spark to tackle the conceptional theme behind "Black Ribbons"?
Shooter Jennings: I'll tell you how it kind of came about.  It started with me leaving my other label and kind of cutting my ties with Nashville.  I had been starting to work on some music.  I had some very weird periods of time that I kind of emotionally went through.  "Black Ribbons" was one of the songs I wrote back then.  I was angry.  There were other times I was like ambivalent.  It just kind of went through different phases.  I had knew I was going to experiment in the studio and just see what came out.....kind of with the original intention of going in because even though I had some ideas about songs and stuff I knew they would kind of take a different shape once I started working on it.  I had always had this idea that I wanted to tie a record together with a voice.  It kind of actually came...funny enough...one time we were on tour and that show "City Confidential" came on.  It had Paul Winfield, who is dead now.  I thought "this guy's voice was so cool sounding and wouldn't be cool if a record had a voice like that tying it together."  That was kind of like the initial spark of it.  Then as I was out on the road I was writing stuff.  I wroted the "The Illuminated" in a weird moment of...kind of...I guess at that point...I can't remember where that falls into the actual time scale because that I know once I left New York and I was going to relocate my family to L.A. we drove cross country...and I am a huge Coast to Coast fan...and we were driving 6,7 days and I was driving the whole way...up late at night and listening to Coast to Coast and other radio programs.  A day into that trip is when the whole economy collapsed...Lehman Brothers and all that shit happened and just all fell apart.  Those kind of talk radio programs were just lit up with that kind of stuff.  People like David Icke, crazy writers, philosphers, and political people and whatnot all over the place talking about all kinds of stuff - the impending elections, police state talk, conspiracy talk, etc..  All this stuff and it just really kind of freaked me out.  But, it also made me really appreciative of what I had, my family, kind of where I was at...all of that kind of compounded into this feeling after I got to L.A.  I started doing alot of research and reading alot of books on the "off" days and going to the studio on the "on" days and started constructing this idea.  We went into the studio - me and Dave Cobb for about 6 months and really worked out the music or the landscape musically of the record and songs that I was working on.  Some songs we created from scratch depending on what the record felt like it needed.  As it went along I was researching and forming opinions and goals and things about the record...and it just kind of all came together in a way.  It was really weird.  Like the fact that I was writing it for a fictional band - I had that idea in my mind the whole time...trying to figure out band names and stuff.  At the same time it completely freed me up from thinking about like what my next record was to be....It was all generated by the story and came together as this really pure project.  It was just me and my close friends and family that was around when I was doing it.  So it was this really pure experience.

M: Was it a conscious decision to lean the music towards a more "cosmic" rock direction on "Black Ribbons"?
SJ: I love that stuff.  I definately lean towards all these influences and things sonically of how I want to sound.  I wanted to blend all these different kind of things like rock and different types of music together.  This is always something that I have done.  Even on the old records like a song like "Bad Magick" where it would be like ... really out there and kind of  psychedlic or droney.  I love that stuff.  This was an opportunity to just run with that inside of my personality and make a whole record of it.

M: Since you've came on the scene, I've enjoyed how you stick to the formula of pretty much putting out an album an year old school style,
SJ: I have.  This was the biggest gap though we've had though.  It was 3 years for "Black Ribbons" because it was the end of 2007 when "The Wolf" came out.  We hadn't put a record out except that for that "Bad Magick" collection that the label put out.  That had nothing to do with me.  The "Waylon Forever" one came out too in the interim.  We had been done with that one for a long time - since '06.  It took a long time to get a deal in place to get it out.  We're trying to pad away to go and start recording another record right now.  I can't too stale on myself.  I have to keep in motion.  It feels crazy to stop after you do something.

M: Shed a little light on the "Living Album" project you have
SJ: We've recorded a bunch of shows and they're on this "Living Album" thing that we're selling.  It's a USB of "Black Ribbons" that has this link that through the internet gives you access to all these shows that we played and recorded.  I think there's 15 on there right now and we're planning on recording the Nashville show coming up.  You can get it on our website or at the shows.

M: How did you get Stephen King involved to do the Will 'O The Wisp part?
SJ:  He was the first person that popped into my mind.  What happened is that I just had a feeling because I knew he was a fan.  He had written some nice things about our records in his Entertainment Weekly column and he actually wrote my name in one of his book, which was actually kind of a weird thing.  I reached out to him.  I couldn't get him forever.  So, I was doing an interview with this nice lady at EW online - someone who worked there passed a note to him and he wrote me back immediately.  He was like "I'm a fan (and all this stuff), but I'm really, really busy right now so I don't know if I'm going to be able to do this"...because of the way I described it.  It was really hard to describe to someone.  He said "If you're not too discouraged, still send me something."  So I sent him a 3/4 finished record...some instrumental tracks and he was actually missing some songs at that point.  It was just a taste of it.  He was like "Whoa!  This is a dynamite record!  There's definately no Waylon or McMurtry here.  I was like "I know.  I know.  I know it's crazy."  He said he was interested and we kept talking.  We never spoke or met.  It was all email.  We still haven't met or spoke.  It's been all email interaction and sending stuff in the mail.  One day I had written him a little script.  I was having a little hard time describing it to him because I kept saying dj and that was the first mistake because he's not really a dj.  He's like a talk radio personality.  More of like a late night day and taking calls or whatever.  So I wrote this little mock script up one day describing the vibe of what I was imagining and sent it to him.  He took that...all the names and stuff...he used all of it and made it a way better script out of it.  It turned out really good.

M: So Stephen did the recording himself?  He captured that vibe pretty good.
SJ: He did it all and sent it to me.  I got it in the mail one day - a cd, a transcript of it, and a picture of him in the studio sitting at the board in a Maine sweatshirt.  I heard it the first time in the house alone for the first time.  I was in my pajamas and I put it on...sat there and just listened to him do it alone.  I was like "Holy shit! This is a trip because I couldn't believe it came together." because I thought I was going to have to chop it up and piece it together.  I just couldn't believe how it came out.  I had this music that I had made like a year before on my computer.  I'm a big sci-fi fan.  Blade Runner is like my favorite movie of all time.  Vangelis did the soundtrack.  That was one of the coolest soundtracks and set the bar for the sci-fi soundtracks.  I was kind of creating some music like that.  I had made that on my garage bands playing the computer keys on the keyboard.  I had that music set aside.  So I was alright "I'm going to use this for his background music".  I just felt like it was the perfect vibe - spacey, out there, and dark.  The chord progression in that section I then wrote it in to "Everything Else is Illusion" and "Triskadekaphobia".  They both have those progressions going on behind Will 'O The Wisp so it was kind of a cool reocurring theme thing.

M:  Especially the ending....(you'll have to listen to "Black Ribbons" to find out)
SJ: That was his idea.  I loved it.  You start to like the guy alot throughout the record so when that happens it kind of sets you up for a fall.  His charisma really made that happen.

M: Since these songs were written at different times, was it tough to piece together the songs and storyline on the cd to make it all work as one concept theme?
SJ: It kind of really grew from the outside out.  For real.  It really did.  There were moments where it was crazy.  For instance, one of the toughest decisions of a record is the order.  I had to figure out the band name and the order...and all of it...halfway through the creation of the record so that Stephen King could do his parts.  So, I had to have the whole thing solidified pretty much by the time that Stephen King was going to do it.  That was like a rush.  I sat up all night one night with my lady Drea (de Matteo) and our friend Ginger Gonzalex, who lives with us out there in L.A.  We sat up all night ordering this record correctly and the right way.  I didn't want the whole record to be politico kind of songs.  It needed to just be sprinkled in there to go in conjuction with Stephen King because he was/is playing shit across their entire catalog....in theory.  So I knew nothing had to sound like they were off the same record.  Nothing had to be that cohesive musically.  But, there had to be the songs that he was going to introduce to kind of set up the theme of the record in a way.  There was definately alot of calculating that went on.

M: This is a concept that really isn't that far fetched from reality.
SJ: I wanted it to be not too far in the future.  I wanted to stay way far away from all the 2112 b.s.  What am I talking about 2112?  I'm mean 2012.  That's a great record though!  (laughing)  I was thinking that this could be right around the corner...a police state is declared and they could take over.  That was another thing.  There were things that I had written in and used in the script that I had cut out...little comments like an early intro where he originally said something about curfews being instated.  I was like...you know what?  If these people are living in these times, everyone is well aware that there is curfews.  So we took that out.  There were things that I wanted to do so that it was really vague and realistic for someone in that time.

M: Do you think that musically, with "Black Ribbons", you're finding this might be the "Shooter Jennings" sound from here on out?
SJ: If I really had it my way, I would have done it without any music.  You know what I mean?  In a way, it was the Will 'O The Wisp part about this record that was so captivating to me that had this late night experience.  To capture that feeling that I had in the car that night.  That kind of a feeling is cool as hell to me.  I loved the "War of the Worlds" thing when they did that and I love old radio theater...all the shows and stuff.  I feel that every step of the way I've been 100 percent...my heart has been in every bit of music that I've put out there.  I feel that I'm growing as a person.  I'm a dad now.  I'm turning into or becoming my own human being and coming to terms with who I am in alot of ways.  This record was opening doors for me and is a reflection of that.

M: What would your dad think of the record?
SJ: I think he would love it for sure.  He would definatley be like "Man!  You put some thought into this".  He had the same policital views that I have.  Do the right thing was his thing.  Whoever did the right thing I think he would get behind.

M: What can someone who has never been to a Shooter Jennings show expect?
SJ: A pretty awesome balls to the wall set that has most of the new record.  We alternate out a couple of songs.  There's some of the old stuff and even some new stuff we've been kicking around in there.  It's been acutally one of those tours where we've been working up new songs and evolving the entire experience.  I feel like we're really hitting a groove finally.

M: ...and what would you do to convince someone who doesn't know Shooter Jennings to buy the new record?
SJ:  It's got Stephen King on it!  (laughing)  Seriously.  It's hard to explain the record to people.  The people that know me really well, wrote me and said this record was so me.  So, just trust me.  You'll like it.

M: Is there any charities or causes you like to plug?
SJ:  I have two things - diabetes research because that's why my dad died and that's something that he would want.  The other thing is the Iraq war vets.  They're coming back and it's tough or going to be tough for them.

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Here are more upcoming dates on the tour.  If you plan on going to the shows, be sure to pick up a copy of Black Ribbons.  Inside you will find a numbered Archetype card.  If your number appears next to the tour date, take your card with you to the show.  This is your pass to personally meet Shooter and the band.

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern  Website link
15711 Waterloo Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44110
(216) 383-1124

Tue, Oct 5| 8 PM (7 PM door)
Shooter Jennings & Hierophant
J-Roddy Walston & The Business

$16.00 adv / $18.00 dos
Ballroom | All Ages 




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