There is no doubt in my mind that one of the most under-rated and under-appreciated progressive rock bands around is America’s 3RDegree. Over the years they have been incredibly consistent, and while I have not heard the debut album (so consequently have not reviewed it), I have given all the other five maximum marks, so it is safe to say I am a fan. There is something about their commercial progressive sound with wonderful harmonies which really gets to me and many others. The first album of theirs I heard was 2012’s ‘The Long Division’, and I was blown away by a sound which reminded me so much of City Boy – that review got the band to check them out as they had never previously heard them, and it also made sense to them! I also need to thank fellow beer aficionado and bassist/keyboard player Robert James Pashman for instilling in me a love of trappiest ales.
So what is this compilation, and why does it say it covers the years 1990-2020 when it starts with a recording from 2011? That song, “The World In Which We Lived”, originally appeared on their debut album back in 1993 when they were a trio with some guests and Robert provided the vocals, and was then re-recorded in 2010 with George. It is the commencement of a journey in chronological order, with virtually every song remixed, taken from all their releases over the years. The set also contains three hidden tracks, which cannot be streamed but are part of the download, and these three replace three other songs on the CD if the physical version is purchased. It is safe to say that one of these is the finest bringing together of two songs which share the same title I have ever heard and will be guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone who knows them.
With their two most recent albums being their most successful, and both of them being concept albums with the second being a continuation of the first, it does mean there is a certain lack of continuity within this compilation, but there is no doubt it is a wonderful collection of songs and a great way of finding out about one of America’s finest commercial crossover prorgressive bands who have an innate sense of melody to combine hooks with intricacy in easy to enjoy songs which are always fun and full of life. 9/10 Kev Rowland
As Martin Springett says ‘I am so fortunate to work with two brilliant musicians/producers in Kevin Laliberte and Norm Macpherson. I have wide musical interests and don’t care to be hemmed in by labels or listener expectations. With Kevin and Norm, I can travel to new and unexpected ports of call, and to many different musical worlds. A Bridge of Spirits connects them all.’
Bridge of SpiritsTracklist
1. Forever Leaving Home 06:05 2. The Sister of Theft 02:50 3. Woman In the Waves 05:56 4. Finding Home 01:48 5. Rare Birds 03:51 6. A Dance to the Music of Time 02:49 7. Bridge of Spirits 05:41 8. The Owl (long form) 17:04 9. The Gift 02:24 10. Strange Kingdom (Bonus Track) 04:49
Musicians on Bridge of Spirits
Kevin Laliberte – Flamenco Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Electric Bass Norm MacPherson: Slide Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin & Bassoon Dave Wilkie: Vocals Denise Withnell: Vocals Drew Birston – Fretless Electric Bass and Acoustic Bass Martin Springett – Guitars, Bass, and Vocals Sari Alesh – Violin Wayne Kozak: Soprano Saxophone
On Friday, August 26th the rock band Evership publishes the third and final single from their upcoming conclusion to the Rock Opera The Uncrowned King! The Law of Ages highlights the subtle and powerful range of vocalist Beau West and the classical influence of Shane Atkinson’s compositional prowess. Introspective and powerful, with notes as varied as Coldplay, The Scorpions, Kansas, and Queen, this single is a good power ballad suitable for modern, classic, acoustic, and progressive rock programs. A music video for The Law of Ages will be released on Sept.14th. The Uncrowned King – Act 2 will be released on October 14th.
About this Song In this part of the rock opera, the wrongful king, the younger twin prince, has been crowned, leaving the rightful heir hopeless, until he meets Wisdom. The message here is when unjust life situations create uncertainties that are of such a scope as to be beyond our control, Wisdom encourages us to be patient and not reactive and comforts us with the knowledge that ill-gotten gain is temporal and truth, eventually, will be known.
About Evership Rock band Evership is the conceptualization of composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer/engineer Shane Atkinson, along with lead vocalist Beau West. Few recent acts have made a bigger splash than Evership in the world of modern art/progressive or symphonic rock. Their impactful 2016 self-titled album catapulted them to the forefront of the rock world. This led to main-stage performances at the largest of US Art/Prog rock festivals RoSFest and ProgStock and over 50 glowing national and international reviews and interviews. Each successive album has been honored in the yearly “Best of’s” by critical reviewers. The response to The Uncrowned King – Act 1 was astounding. Highland (Issue #108) hails Evership as “firmly establishing themselves in the Progressive American Landscape” and UK’s ProgRadar sites “Evership is the new face of American Prog”.
Melodic Revolution Records is proud to announce that Potters’ Daughter will return on August 19, with a new 3-track Art-rock, pop EP “Weighted Keys” a compilation of three songs that were dear to Dyanne during three different phases of her life:
1. “Night of the Swallow” – a semi-acoustic version of Kate Bush’s dramatic song from her album, “The Dreaming” (from Dyanne’s time in NYC, when she first discovered Kate Bush)
2. “Catherine” – a solo piano rendition of Tom Kelly’s elegant song from his album, “Spinning Through Eternity” (from the present time, in honor of Nickie Harte Kelly and the entire prog community who so warmly welcomed Potter’s Daughter and Octarine Sky)
3. “That Song About the Midway” – a semi-acoustic version of Joni Mitchell’s beautiful song from her 1969 album, “Clouds.” (Dyanne first heard the song at age 16, right after joining her first professional band, and has loved the song since)
The band will debut the release live at the 2022 NJ Proghouse Summer Day Camp on August 6th Doors open at 11:00 AM
Releases Date: August 19, 2022 Catalog No. MRRCD 22214 Format: CD, Digital & Streaming Barcode No. 7 55491 24666 5
1. Night of the Swallow (Kate Bush) Dyanne Potter Voegtlin – piano, keyboards, vocals Jan Christiana – bass, percussion
2. Catherine (Tom Kelly) Dyanne Potter Voegtlin – piano
3. That Song About the Midway (Joni Mitchell) Dyanne Potter Voegtlin –piano, keyboards, vocals Jan Christiana – bass, guitar, percussion
Tracks 1 and 3: Recorded at Euphoria Labs, Recording Engineer: Jan Christiana Track 2: Recorded at SI Studios, Recording Engineer: Joseph “Wiggy” Wegleski
Produced by Jan Christiana Mixing Engineer: Jan Christiana Mastering Engineer: Tom Borthwick
Album Cover Art: Pink Glasses Girl by Joe Ganech
Releases Potter’s Daughter – The Blind Side (Full-Length Album) Self Released – 2018 Potter’s Daughter – Blood and Water (2-track Single) featuring Annie Haslam (Renaissance) Self-released – 2019 Potter’s Daughter – This Winter’s Child (Holiday Single) Melodic Revolution Records – 2019 Potter’s Daughter – Casually Containing Rage (3 Track EP) Melodic Revolution Records – 2010 Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box – Pyrrha’s Song (Single) Melodic Revolution Records – 2021 Octarine Sky – Close to Nearby (Side-project) Self-released 2021 Potter’s Daughter – Weighted Keys (3-track EP) Melodic Revolution Records – 2021
A ProgStock 5-Year Patron may select any available seat within our theater and reserve it for 5 years, starting with this year’s festival. Patrons receive a three-day pass to the festival and are also entitled to these amazing perks:
Earliest access to the lobby each day (30 minutes before all others)
First-in-line access to all artist meet-and-greets each day (before all others)
Highly-valuable merchandise packages (unique each year, with cool freebies from us and our artists)
An exclusive ProgStock 5-Year Patron badge (new and unique each year)
Great perks throughout the year when opportunities arise from our alums and friends.
You know you want to join the club!
Pre-show will be Thursday, October 6 We wanted to alert everyone already making travel arrangements that there will be a pre-show on Thursday, October 6.
We are hoping this show will be the grand re-opening of the Hamilton Stage Building. You will recall, the Hamilton Stage Building was flooded by Hurricane Ida last year. Tickets for the show will go on sale in the next couple of weeks, but for now, we want to put it on your radar, so you can plan travel accordingly.
The lineup for this show currently includes Mile Marker Zero We will have at least one more surprise for you, maybe more! Stay tuned!
We know we just announced them in the last newsletter, however, Dauzat St. Marie will not be able to make it this year due to last-minute rescheduling of some previously canceled shows, but they are officially booked for our pre-show in 2023
The official merchandise from ProgStock 2021 is now available in the ProgStock Store.
You will find the t-shirts, posters, programs, shot glasses, and wristbands from ProgStock 2021 in there, alongside the same from previous years.
We even have a set of the glassware from all five years: the pint glass, stemless wine glass, glass beer mug, and both shot glasses (because you needed two shots), all for only $50 for the whole set.
PLUS ProgStock hats, water bottles, coffee mugs, stickers, car clings, jewelry, key rings, and guitar picks that don’t have a year on them at all.
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