October 28th 2023 Melodic Revolution is beyond ecstatic to introduce you to Emerald City Council, one of the finest new progressive rock outfits. Emerald City Council is an American progressive rock band that was formed in 2021 out of a recording project written and produced by saxophonist/keyboardist Brent Bristow.
About The Album: The debut album, Motion Carries, will be released in early 2024 on CD, Limited Edition Transparent Green Double LP, and Digital, as well as streaming on all popular channels. The debut clocks in at just over an hour and boasts nine original tracks. The music is nothing short of sublime, and I always feel uncomfortable to compare a band’s music. That said, this band will appeal to fans of Able Ganz, Flying Colors, Kansas, Seven Steps to the Green Door, Proto-Kaw, Native Window, Alan Parsons Project, Transatlantic, and Fish On Friday. – Nick Katona President of Melodic Revolution
About Emerald City Council: The band features vocalist Jake Livgren (Proto-Kaw, Kerry Livgren), drummer Noah Hungate (The Band Perry, son of Toto’s David Hungate), Jeremy Nichols (Erin Coburn) on bass, up-and-coming guitarist Seth Hankerson, and saxophonist/keyboardist Brent Bristow (Professor of Music at Arkansas State University-Beebe). Brandon Goff, Associate Professor of Music Industry at Francis Marion University, has also contributed significant guitar work as a special collaborator to the band.
The album includes several guest appearances, including guitar solos from Paul Bielatowicz (Carl Palmer, Neal Morse), and Mike Thompson (The Sons of Kirk), plus contributions from actors Jeffery Combs (Star Trek, Re-Animator) and Steve Rankin (Star Trek, X-Files).
Multi-Grammy/Emmy-winning engineer and producer Jamie Tate, an important member of the ECC team, mixed and mastered the material at the Rukkus Room Studio in Nashville. Artist Thomas Ewerhard provided the cover artwork that perfectly captures the spirit of the music.
From a statement from the band: “On behalf of the Council, we are honored and excited to join the Melodic Revolution Records family. We are impressed by the MRR team’s enthusiasm for our music, and we are confident this partnership will help get our music to the right audience.”
Emerald City Council are: Jake Livgren-lead and backing vocals, keyboard Noah Hungate-drums Jeremy Nichols-bass Seth Hankerson-guitar Brent Bristow-saxophones, keyboards, recorder, guitar, vocals
Long regarded as one of the premier musicians in the world, David Sancious was an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, toured and recorded with Peter Gabriel, Sting, Seal, Eric Clapton, Jon Anderson and a long list of A-level musicians. He also created groundbreaking music with his band Tone.
After a long absence from recording, David has embarked on his 9th recording entitled “Eyes Wide Open,” an 8 song project featuring legendary names such as Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Prince alumni Michael Bland (drums) and Sonny T. (Thomson) (bass). A mix of instrumental and vocal music reminiscent of David’s group Tone, “Eyes Wide Open” takes a contemporary stance by addressing today’s issues head-on through David’s signature sound.
All pledgers receive a digital download of the recording with their pledge (also available in high-resolution 96K 24bit). The campaign will also be offering signed and unsigned audiophile 180-gram vinyl and CDs, remastered versions of landmark recordings “True Stories” and “Just as I Thought” (both remastered in 2000), rare photos and posters of David with Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel, as well as behind the scenes videos, T-shirts, interactive updates, gear used by David on tour, and much, much more, all of which will only be available through PledgeMusic!!
Progeland return with Harmony Of The Universe their first full-length album since the acclaimed album Gate To Fulfilled Fantasies in 2014
In a statement from Progeland; Finally, the day we have waited has come and we can proudly present to you our new album, Harmony Of The Universe. Eight new songs with powerful and touching melodies invite you again on a journey to Progelands soil and seas. The stories are about life, memories, dreams, the future, and the past. Can you imagine what kind of different ingredients make our lives complete, what we don’t need and what we need to find?
Welcome to the Progeland the journey continues!
Goodwill and peace can be found under the sun of Progeland.
Special No 1
For a limited time get the new Progeland album Harmony Of The Universe and the highly acclaimed debut album Gate To Fulfilled Fantasies for a special pre-order price of just $15 offer ends December 6, 2018, Harmony Of The Universe is a high-quality factory CD-RP manufactured in Finland housed in a beautiful digipak with a full color 8-page lyrical booklet and the Gate To Fulfilled Fantasies CD is also manufactured in Finland housed in a Jewel case with 8 page color booklet. That’s two full-length albums for just $15 + shipping offer ends December 6, 2018
Special No 2
For a limited time get the new Progeland album Harmony Of The Universe for a special introductory price of just $9 + shipping offer ends December 6, 2018 Harmony Of The Univers is a high-quality factory CD-RP manufactured in Finland housed in a beautiful digipak with a full color 8-page lyrical booklet
Special No 3
For a limited time get a Digital copy of new Progeland album Harmony Of The Universe for a special introductory price of just $9 + shipping offer ends December 6, 2018
1. World Without End 01:50
2. Make Me Real Again 07:58
3. Welcome Winter Time 06:26
4. Lost 05:47
5. Out Of The Point Of No Return 04:32
6. Gamblin With Time 05:36
7. The Song Of The Sea 06:06
8. What A Perfect Summer Day 05:19
Music by Petri Lindström
Lyrics by Tomi Murtomäki
Engineering, Mixing and Mastering by Petri Anttila
Produced by Petri Anttila, Tomi Murtomäki and Petri Lindström
Cover painted by Jari Ilmari Makkonen
Petri Lindström // Bass
Tomi Murtomäki // Vocals
Juha Kaski // Keyboards
Matias Kangasniemi // Guitar
Pasi Manninen // Drums
I was a little surprised to realise that this is the fifth Hartmann album I have in my collection, and yet again Oliver has done exactly what I expect of him by now, namely producing an album containing immaculate vocals, with a depth and breadth that is often sadly missing from this style of music, while there is still that edge to every song. They are commercial and radio-friendly yet still maintain the power and authenticity that one demands from music without it being overtaken by the sappiness that some melodic rockers feel that they need. The guys have built a reputation as an outstanding live band and has been called to tour with rock legends as Toto, The Hooters, Uriah Heep, Edguy, Mother’s Finest, Y&T and others, and this comes through in the music which definitely sounds as if it is ready for the band to take on to the stage.
This is hard melodic rock, no room here for over the top sugariness, but commerciality that is grounded in a band that can trace its influences from bands such as Bad Company, and then bringing that right up to date. The production is strong, musicianship spot on, hooks aplenty, the vocals are full of depth and breadth, while the guitars haven’t been sanitised out of existence. This is yet another incredibly solid and enjoyable album from Hartmann, well worth investigation if this is your style of music.
Bellows Falls, VT – Veteran music journalist Joe Milliken recently announced a publishing deal with the Lanham, Maryland-based publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers to produce his first book, a biography about the late Benjamin Orr. Orr was the co-founder, co-lead singer, and bassist for the platinum-selling rock band The Cars. Titled Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars, a release date is set for November 15, 2018.
Often considered the band’s heartthrob, Orr possessed an incredible voice, diverse musical talent, and rare stage presence, all balanced by a magnetic, yet enigmatic personality, striking good looks, and a relentless determination to reach rock stardom. Born Benjamin Orzechowski (aka “Benny Eleven Letters”) and raised in the Cleveland suburb of Parma Heights, Orr was, prior to becoming a world-famous rock star with The Cars, a “teen star” as a house band musician for the nationally syndicated television show Upbeat.
A few years later Ben met his musical partner and future Cars’ bandleader, Ric Ocasek, and by 1976 their quest for the perfect blend of songs, bandmates, and musical landscape finally materialized as The Cars. They would go on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide resulting in 15 “Top 40” hits.
From his early success in Cleveland through his stardom with The Cars to his solo band efforts and eventual rebirth with the emerging supergroup Big People, this definitive account of Orr’s rock-and-roll life is not a backstage ‘tell-all,’ but the story of a charismatic musician with a vision, a sense of adventure, and unwavering perseverance. Orr passed away much too young at 53, but he achieved his dream through hard work and determination, a long road that began in Cleveland and culminated with The Cars coming back to his hometown to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April of 2018.
This first-ever biography about Orr spans 11 years in the making, as Milliken draws together interviews with over 120 family members, friends, bandmates, and music associates from Orr’s life, as well as many unpublished and never before seen photos from private collections, to reveal an intimate portrait of one of classic rock’s great talents.
About the Author: Joe Milliken has been a music journalist, editor and website publisher for two decades. A die-hard music fan with a degree in visual arts, Joe turned to writing as his creative outlet, first as a local reporter, then a sports/arts & entertainment editor and freelancer. In 2014, he launched Standing Room Only, a website dedicated to promoting music and the arts on a local (New England) and national level. Originally from Boston, Milliken now resides in southern Vermont with his wife, Kelly, and his children, Nate and Erin.
Learn more about upcoming book-related announcements, events, discounts, and author interviews at www.facebook.com/BenOrrBook, by email at [email protected] or follow @benorrbook on Twitter.
Joe Milliken: Author, Website Publisher
Donna Neale: Public Relations Assistant: [email protected]
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