Los Angeles, CA – On May 10th, 2019, Cleopatra Entertainment – in association with Cleopatra Blues – will release a brand new concert film Viva Las Vegas Live from Grammy Award-nominated Blues legend Joe Louis Walker. Directed by Brent Backhus, this stunning 85-minute concert was captured in all its glory at the infamous Boulder Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada last summer during Walker’s 2018 U.S. tour.
Joe Louis Walker’s career has spanned nearly six decades – and 24 studio albums – since first picking up the guitar at his childhood home in San Francisco at the young age of eight. Joining the local musicians’ union in his early teens enabled young Joe to perform publicly with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Buddy Miles, Thelonious Monk, Willie Dixon, Nick Lowe, John Mayall, Muddy Waters and even Jimi Hendrix. By the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Walker had already collaborated with and performed with multi-Grammy Award winning artists such as B.B. King (on King’s Blues Summit album) and James Cotton (on Cotton’s Deep In The Blues album) as well as enjoying the rare honor to perform at the Presidential Inauguration of President George H. Bush. In 2013, Walker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, later being nominated in four categories for a Blues Music Award. In 2015, his album Everybody Wants A Piece was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Contemporary Blues Album” category.
Viva Las Vegas Live will be available on global digital platforms along with the home entertainment version that will be packaged in a gorgeous, four-panel, 2 Disc Digipack containing a DVD and audio CD of the concert. The all-region DVD’s bonus features include an exclusive interview with Walker that was filmed backstage at the venue plus a rare, behind the scenes slideshow of Joe and his band as they prepare to storm through ten, smoking tracks in front of their adoring live audience. A stand-alone, limited-edition colored 12” Vinyl LP version of the concert will be released separately this summer on the Cleopatra Blues Label imprint.
Viva Las Vegas Live Track Listing: I’m Not Messin’ Around Young Girls Blues Sugar Mama Do You Love Me? In The Morning Soldier for Jesus You Don’t Love Me Girl Black & Blue Too Drunk To Drive Drunk Like It This Way
The Official release date for Storm Warning will be April 26th, 2019 however the is now available for pre-order in America via Andrew’s Bandcamp Store and in Europe via his own website.
Storm Warning is Andrew Roussak’s new solo album and his first release since the highly acclaimed 2010 release of Blue Intermezzo.
Album Track Listing
1. Enter Code 2. Bringing Peace And Progress 3. Left Alone Outside 4. Regata Storica 5. Chasing Shadows 6. Storm Warning 7. Can She Excuse My Wrongs 8. Malta Sketches a. Hola Beach Boogie b. 1565 c. Sunset in Valetta
All compositions except “Can She Excuse My Wrongs” written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Andrew Roussak.
“Can She Excuse My Wrongs” composed by John Dowland (1563 – 1626) lyricists unknown.
All instruments played or programmed by Andrew Roussak Backing Vocals Andrew Roussak
Nadia Ayche – Lead Vocals on Chasing Shadows Max Kottler – Lead Vocals on Left Alone Outside Selina Waidmann – Lead Vocals on Malta Sketches (Sunset in Valetta) Oli Weislogel – Guitar solos on Left Alone Outside, Chasing Shadows, Sunset in Valetta
Keegan / Meros / Leonard / Boegehold, join forces in new band
PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS is the brand new quartet featuring the talents of current & former Spock’s Beard members Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan & Dave Meros as well as long-time contributing songwriter-producer John Boegehold. The band has signed to InsideOutMusic for the release of their self-titled debut album on July 5th, 2019.
Of the musical direction, Boegehold comments: “My goal was to produce music that’s progressive and intricate while keeping things immediate and melodic. Whether a song is four minutes or ten minutes long, I didn’t want more than a few bars go by without some kind of instrumental or vocal hook.”
Originally a vehicle for a few tracks John had been working on in early 2018, he quickly came up with enough music to work towards producing an album. With that in mind, he enlisted the talents of Jimmy Keegan (drums & vocals), Ted Leonard (vocals & guitar) & Dave Meros (bass), with Boegehold handling all the synths. He adds: “Besides live strings on a few songs and a female backing vocalist on another, it was all done between the four of us with Dave and Ted ending up as co-writers on some of the material.”
With the band obviously being closely associated with Spock’s Beard, John was conscious of exploring different avenues with Pattern-Seeking Animals, whether it was song structures, vocal arrangements, synth sounds or emotional textures. “Pattern-Seeking Animals was a clean slate so I found myself drawing on a few different musical influences and using some contemporary production ideas and sounds that I probably wouldn’t use with SB for various reasons.”
The album will be released on limited CD digipak, gatefold 2LP + CD & as digital album.
As John notes, as the project came together it quickly became apparent that they would want to take this material out live: “Originally it was intended to be a recording project but as it was coming together we started talking seriously about doing it as a live band. Because of the complexity of a lot of the material, it’ll require an additional musician or two to pull it off live. The plan is to tour as much as possible and to come out with a new album at least once a year. In fact, work on the second album is already well under way.”
Stay tuned for a first taste of music from Pattern-Seeking Animals in the coming weeks!
Sharon: “When we wrote the song, it felt as if we were in a rollercoaster. There was another terrorist attack in the world and at the same time there was a lot of things happening in our personal lives. Sometimes all these things happen at the same time and you are like: I don’t understand this world anymore! That’s what’s ‘Mad World’ all about”.
From the albumRESISTa new record on vinyl is coming soon!
2 LP – Vinyl Album
Vinyl 1  01 | The Reckoning 02 | Endless War 03 | Raise Your Banner  01 | Supernova 02 | Holy Ground
Vinyl 2  01 | In Vain 02 | Firelight 03 | Mad World  01 | Mercy Mirror 02 | Trophy Hunter
Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce that V, the fifth album from Swedish progressive rock quintet Brighteye Brison will be released worldwide on 24th May 2019.
The long-awaited follow up 2011’s Magician’s Chronicles Part 1, V sees the band returning to their symphonic rock roots, with epic songs featuring complex arrangements with their trademark vocal harmonies.
Linus Kåse from Brighteye Brison said: “I was already a fan of Bad Elephant Music and saw their passion for great adventurous music. It is the perfect fit for Brighteye Brison and it’s gratifying to be a part of their vision”.
BEM’s David Elliott: “I’ve been a fan of the band since I was wowed by Believers and Deceivers, and when Linus approached us last year I was delighted to welcome the guys tothe family”.
V will be available on compact disc and download, with pre-orders open soon!
Formed at the turn of the century in Stockholm by Linus Kåse (also a member of Änglagård), Swedish five-piece band, Brighteye Brison have released four acclaimed albums, the most recent being2011’s The Magician Chronicles Part 1.
Their eponymous debut album was released in 2003, followed by 2006’s Stories, which introduced the vocal harmonies and counterpoint arrangements that are integral to the band’s sound.
2008 saw the release of the critically acclaimed Believers & Deceivers, which introduced live favourite The Harvest into their repertoire, and drew comparisons with bands such as Gentle Giant and Yes.
This creative vein followed through to 2011’s The Magician Chronicles Part 1, which further expanded the bands intricate vocal and instrumental arrangements.
During 2018 the band recorded their fifth full-length album V, which will be released by Bad Elephant Music in the first half of 2019.
Brighteye Brison are:
Linus Kåse – keyboards/saxophone/vocals Per Hallman – keyboards/vocals Johan Öijen – guitars Kristofer Eng – bass/vocals Erik Hammarström – drums
DiN label boss Ian Boddy has been performing his own brand of ambient electronica since 1979. Over those 40 years he has built up a wealth of experience of tailoring his shows to the particular setting he finds himself in. Altair documents two of these live shows, each just a few hours apart on the same night.
Thus 2018 ushered in a fresh adventure for Boddy with a new invitation to play at The Gatherings series of concerts founded by Chuck van Zylof the Star’s End RadioShow on WXPN in Philadelphia. Boddy combined this concert trips with live radio shows for both Star’s End as well as Echoes Radio hosted by John Diliberto.
Past performances have found their way on to releases such as Shrouded (his 2000 show) and React (DiN29) with Robert Rich. Several of his Star’s End live sets have also been released on DiNDDL as download only albums. However the trip in 2018 produced what is in Boddy’s opinion, his best pair of performances to date and so he has decided to release a double live album to showcase this trip. The first disc documents his Gatherings show on the evening of 20th October in the beautiful St. Mary’s Church in Philadelphia whereas the second disc is his live radio show on Star’s End performed at 2am on the Sunday morning immediately after his Gatherings show.
The music on The Gatherings disc features some tracks from his previous studio album As Above So Below (DiN51) as well as new material composed specifically for this concert. Boddy performed the show playing analogue keyboards and a modular setup. Muscular analogue sequenced grooves are overlaid with atmospheric beds of FX as well as grandiose sweeping chords. The music gradually building up to the climax of the track The Thaumaturge from his As Above So Below album for which the audience certainly show their appreciation.
The second disc from the Star’s End show is a more introspective set with atmospheric string interludes over deep ambient soundscapes. The music gradually crystallises into a delicate sequencer on Spire before the full Berlin School sequencer work out of Apostasy. Full of haunting tones the final track Remnants closes the set which works as a perfect companion disc to the earlier Gatherings concert.
Produced in a beautiful fold out 6 panel digipak this double CD album is a must for both Boddy fans as well as lovers of live electronic music.