Blake Carpenter to release his first new Minstrel’s Ghost album since the highly acclaimed The Road to Avalon in 2012, the new TMG album will boast12 track and is a chilling tale unlike any other, this release also signifies the end of The Minstrel’s Ghost era.
Jack: A Different Tale is a story of birth, despair, trauma, murder, and suicide. The story of a boy and his life, growing up in a dark world, exposed to dark things bludgeoning his fragile mind and leading him to morbid adulthood of brutal and calculated murder ending with his emotional ride to suicide.
According to Blake; even though this album was meant to be a pivotal starting point to a future on the road bringing TMG to the world it is also a fitting end to a dream I had for a long time, something that could have been great but the fates apparently saw differently.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your support over the last 10 years and your patience over the last 5 whilst I dealt with everything that came at me during that time.
I am not giving up making music but I am letting the ghost move on so this will be the last TMG work to come from me. Please, if you want to keep up with me after this, head on over to blakecarpenter.com, bookmark it and check back regularly for updates, feel free to re-sign up for the newsletter as well. If you have not already, you can add me as a friend on Facebook here and follow me on twitter here.
Track Listing 1. Alone 02:52 2. Born 05:18 3. Growing Pains 04:16 4. A New Day 04:17 5. New Scars 04:27 6. Goodbye 04:32 7. Darkness Falls 05:06 8. It Begins 04:50 9. The News 03:13 10. Saucy Jacky 04:08 11. What Have I Done 04:49 12. Reflections 05:46
The Minstrel’s Ghost is…
Blake Carpenter / Voice, Keyboards & Guitar Keyboards, Rhythm, and Harmony on all tracks. Lead Vocals on Growing Pains, A New Day, New Scars, It Begins, Saucy Jacky, What Have I Done, and Reflections
Jartse Tuominen / Lead Guitar
Tony James Martin / Voice & Bass Guitar Bass Guitar on all tracks, Lead Vocals on The News. Harmony Vocals on Growing Pains, A New Day, New Scars, Goodbye, The News and What Have I Done
Mark Troup / Voice & Drums Drums on all tracks, Lead Vocals on Born. Harmony Vocals on Growing Pains, A New Day, New Scars, Goodbye, It Begins, The News and What Have
Since 2001, Andrew Roussak has been living in Germany as a freelance artist, playing live gigs with bands and performing solo piano concerts, writing orchestra scores, doing studio jobs and giving the piano and keyboard lessons.
2006 Andrew won the German Pop & Rock Award as the best keyboard player and the best instrumental soloist.
2008 Andrew records the first of two albums with a progressive metal band Dorian Opera No Secrets
2010 Andrew’s first solo piano album Blue Intermezzo is published by MUSEA Records. France. / classiques du futur label.
Andrew appeared on ILIAD: Grand Piano Extravaganza a 2 CD-box, with 12 pianists from all around the globe
2011 Andrew’s keyboard solo had won the online competition carried out by the British progressive rock band The Tangent; this solo had been then featured on The Tangent ‘s album COMM in 2011
Records the Crusade 1212 the 2nd of two albums with a progressive metal band Dorian Opera
Andrew also appeared on Decameron “Ten Days in 100 Novellas” An international project managed by Colossus Ry Finland, including 33 international bands covering the first 33 novels of the Decameron by Boccaccio, a 3 CDs-Box.
2019 Currently, Roussak is working on the completion of his third solo album. Storm Warning, due out late spring 2019.
In a statement from Andrew Roussak
Dear friends, I am pleased to announce the signing of a contract with Melodic Revolution Records on the release of my upcoming solo album Storm Warning. I feel very honored and happy to join the MRR family, and want to thank my dear friend Nick Katona – the CEO of MRR – for keeping the prog rock alive! Peace and love to you all, let there be prog!:))
Watch “Get Behind Me Satan” feat. Ted Leonard below
Jesus Christ – The Exorcist will be released on June 14, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl. on a triple album and double CD set featuring about two hours of music that will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories.
Jesus Christ – The Exorcist is a monumental project in Neal Morse’s already impressive discography. A progressive rock opera ten years in the making, it is written and produced by Morse and includes performances by Neal and an all-star cast of vocalists and musicians. When asked about what fans can expect from the album, Morse explains, “Oh, it is completely diverse. There are touching ballads, rousing ensemble pieces, classical elements, and dramatic Broadway musical type songs, as well. It is really meant to be listened and experienced all the way through as you would a play or an opera. I hope that people will experience it in that way because I think that’s where they will really find the power in this piece of music.” With a cast of amazing vocalists and musicians like Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, Jake Livgren and others, this progressive rock opera is a landmark event that will leave its mark on every listener.
TRACKLIST CD 1 1. Introduction2. Overture3. Getaway4. Gather The People5. Jesus’ Baptism6. Jesus’ Temptation7. There’s A Highway8. The Woman Of Seven Devils9. Free At Last10. The Madman Of The Gadarenes11. Love Has Called My Name12. Better Weather13. The Keys To The Kingdom14. Get Behind Me Satan CD 2 1. He Must Go To The Cross2. Jerusalem3. Hearts Full Of Holes4. The Last Supper5. Gethsemane6. Jesus Before The Council And Peter’s Denial 7. Judas’ Death8. Jesus Before Pilate And The Crucifixion 9. Mary At The Tomb10. The Greatest Love Of All11. Love Has Called My Name (Reprise)
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER: “Jesus Christ – The Exorcist” – Neal Morse’s progressive rock opera, ten years in the making!
CAST LIST Ted Leonard – JesusTalon David – Mary Magdalene Nick D’Virgilio – Judas IscariotRick Florian – The DevilMatt Smith – John the BaptistJake Livgren – Peter and CaiaphasNeal Morse – Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1Mark Pogue – Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2Wil Morse – Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1Gabe Klein – Demon 2, Pharisee 4Gideon Klein – Demon 4Julie Harrison – Servant Girl
UK classic rock legends Wishbone Ash US Tour begins April 10, 2019!
In the ramp-up to Wishbone Ash’s 50th anniversary, the band is celebrating its 49th year in characteristic fashion: with an extended tour. Dubbed XLIX (49 in Roman numerals), the tour began in October 2018 in the UK, followed by early-2019 dates in Europe and Japan. This spring, XLIX arrives on these shores.
Longtime fans and new converts alike will revel in the group’s signature twin-guitar mastery and powerhouse rhythm section as they present classics spanning their career.
The US leg of the XLIX Tour will revisit some of the band’s favorite venues as well as new ones from the Eastern seaboard to the Rocky Mountains.
“We always look forward to meeting old friends and fans alike on our annual Midwest and East Coast tours,” says founding member Andy Powell. “American audiences are so supportive and enthusiastic!”
Formed in 1969 in London, England, Wishbone Ash is one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock. True road warriors, each year they log around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth.
Mark Abrahams, the group’s newest member, has been trading licks with Powell for two years. Right out of the gate, Abrahams earned rave reviews from critics and fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Longtime rhythm section Bob Skeat on bass and Joe Crabtree on drums continue to provide the solid groove that is their hallmark.
By 1969, The Beatles, the blues boom and psychedelia had made their impact on classic rock, and the creative possibilities were infinite. Pioneering the use of twin lead guitars, Wishbone Ash jumped on board the burgeoning progressive rock scene. Taking full advantage of the fertile musical environment, they produced a distinctive brand of melodic rock.
Inspired equally by British folk traditions, American jazz and R&B, the group played to public and critical acclaim. Power and melody have made the Ash a hard act to follow, while they are currently being discovered by new generations of loyal rock fans.
Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash’s signature is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth.
The quintessential road band, Wishbone Ash has gained worldwide recognition based firmly on a regime of relentless touring.
“The band basically lives together year-round on the road, so we have a very strong level of communication that translates in our performances and recordings,” says Powell. “We’ve come to an era where the industry has to pigeonhole a band as Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Heritage Rock and so on. The truth is that we have always kept our options open and always relied on the musicianship of the players to lead the way. It’s fun to be stylistically diverse and this has, in its way, contributed to our longevity.”
Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 11 live albums and five live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary (“This is Wishbone Ash”). Released April 2018, “The Vintage Years” 30-disc box set, three-and-a-half years in the making, is a special collection dedicated to the band’s output from 1970 to 1991, including all 16 studio albums, three live albums, eight previously unreleased live shows from 1973 to 1980, a 156-page coffee-table hardcover book and an assortment of memorabilia.
Also available is the fifth Roadworks CD, “Live in Sacramento,” recorded on the 2018 North American tour; and the first official re-releases in decades of “Twin Barrels Burning” from 1982 and “Raw to the Bone” from 1985. In addition, some older recordings are emerging from the vaults, including Snapper Records’ most recent release, “Live in Glasgow” from 1977. The legendary and eagerly awaited “Live from Rockpalast” TV show recording from 1970s Germany will also soon be available on the label Made in Germany Music.
In 2015, Powell released his musical memoir, “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior,” co-written with renowned Irish music journalist Colin Harper and available in Kindle and Apple iBook formats.
“It’s quite an undertaking to put 46 years of being a touring musician in this one band into book form,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of changes in the music business and the world in general, as you can imagine.”
There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than Wishbone Ash. Be sure to catch them on the XLIX US Tour in April-May 2019, and stay tuned for the 50th anniversary tour in 2020!
April 10 – The Soiled Dove – Denver, CO April 12 – Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO April 13 – Wildey Theatre – Edwardsville, IL – SOLD OUT April 14 – Wildey Theatre – Edwardsville, IL – SOLD OUT April 16 – River Music Experience – Davenport, IA April 17 – Wilebski’s Blues Saloon – St. Paul, MN April 18 – Back Room @ Colectivo – Milwaukee, WI April 19 – Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL April 20 – Fur Peace Ranch – Pomeroy, OH – SOLD OUT April 22 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA April 24 – Sportsmen’s Tavern – Buffalo, NY April 25 – Daryl’s House Club – Pawling, NY April 26 – Bull Run – Shirley, MA April 27 – Boulton Center – Bay Shore, NY April 28 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA April 30 – The Tin Pan – Richmond, VA May 1 – The Blue Note Grill – Durham, NC May 2 – Rams Head on Stage – Annapolis, MD May 3 – Mauch Chunk Opera House – Jim Thorpe, PA May 4 – The Record Collector – Bordentown, NJ
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Los Angeles, CA – After suiting up as the Space Gypsy in 2013, blasting off on an epic Space Fusion Odyssey in 2015 and enjoying Life In Space in 2017, pioneering musician/songwriter Nik Turner is now set to venture to the outer reaches of space rock with his awe-inspiring new studio album The Final Frontier! Picking up where his last album left off, Turner brings another set of psychedelic freak-out grooves that will take listeners on a journey they won’t soon forget! Standout tracks include the album opener “Out Of Control,” a super-collider of rollicking psych rock that unites saxophone and guitar in spectacular fashion, and the dramatic space ballad “Interstellar Aliens.” Once again joining our intrepid traveler Turner is Nicky Garratt of UK Subs and Hedersleben, Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps, and Jason Willer of UK Subs and Jello Biafra’s band as well as special guest appearances by Hawkwind alumni Simon House and Paul Rudolph. Available on CD in a digipak case as well as a gorgeous limited-edition yellow vinyl in a gatefold jacket! The Final Frontier will be in stores everywhere starting March 8.