Just announced! Tickets on sale now for our first Nashville Guitar Club – April 19th event! Come join us at 12th & Porter and support some of the worlds greatest guitar players doing what they do best.
Date: April 19th, 2017
Place: 12th and Porter – 114 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
Time: VIP 4 – 6pm, Event 7 – 9
Tickets: General Admission
GA Adult $15.00
GA Student $10.00
GA 4 Ticket Bundle $12.50
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Featuring world renkowned guitarist and session player Chris Rodriguez, Larry Mitchell Mitch Malloy and Denny Jiosa! Awards winning acoustic guitarist Lance Allen will be playing at the VIP event!
Originally from the Bronx in New York City, Chris Rodriguez moved to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Belmont University and pursue a career in music. Over the years,
he has made a name for himself as one of Nashville’s finest. An exceptional musicianand vocalist, Chris can be seen and heard playing electric and acoustic guitar, banjo
and mandolin, as well as singing lead and backup vocals both on stage and in theNashville session scene.
Chris has worked across the spectrum of musical genres from country, pop, rock, R&Band metal to black gospel and Christian. In 1999, Word Records released Chris’s solo debut album, Beggar’s Paradise (released in the Latin market as Paraiso De Un Mendigo), which still garners world-wide attention today. He has appeared as a session guitarist and vocalist on records by artists such as Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Kenny Loggins, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Michael McDonald, Lionel Ritchie, Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Steve Winwood, Peter Cetera, Jo Dee Messina, Rodney Crowell, Lee Ann Womack and Megadeth.
Chris has also graced the stages of several morning and late night shows, American Idol, The Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, The ACM Awards, The CMA Awards, the CMA Country Christmas specials and the Grand Ole Opry. Over the last two decades, Chris has hit the road to perform with the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Peter Cetera, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Ronnie Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Loggins, and Billy Currington. When he isn’t traveling the world, Chris can be spotted at various venues playing with Nashville’s foremost seasoned artists and musicians, The Nashville Alternators. Originally founded in May 2010 while organizing a benefit for flood victims, they can be found performing at private and corporate events, fundraisers, tradeshows, the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators games.
Additionally, Chris served as Musical Director in Keb’ Mo’s Monday Night Blues Show at the Studio Gallery at Fontanel and has produced several independent international records such as Ward Thomas (United Kingdom), Ben Mullen (Canada), Charly(Germany) and Salvador (United States).
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Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.
As an artist, he has released 8 solo records and won a San Diego Music Award for best pop jazz artist. Larry is currently touring promoting his 2016 release “The Traveler”
As a producer-engineer, Larry has won 26 New Mexico Music Awards in various categories from pop, adult contemporary, rap, rock, country World music and Native American. He won a Grammy Award for producing, engineering and performing on “Totemic Flute Chants” by Native American artist Johnny Whitehorse, who is better known as Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo.
Larry is currently touring with his own trio as well as solo shows in support of “The Traveler”
He has many long-standing endorsements and relationships with companies such as Ibanez Guitars, D’Addario Strings, D’Marzio Pickups, Tech 21 NYC, Cord-Lox, Dava Picks, Antares tech, Sennhieser Wireless systems, Pro Bag gig bags, Ultimate Ears, Peavey, Majik Box, Fractal Audio and now with Knaggs guitars and Godin Acoustic guitars, Morrow Audio cables.
Rocker Mitch Malloy has released his new, full-length CD MAKING NOISE. This recording marks the first time Malloy has undertaken an album solely by himself from start to finish – songwriting, producing, instruments, mixing and mastering. “I have always brought in a few musicians or songwriters to work with me on projects in the past and have really enjoyed what they brought to the table. But this time, I was in a different place and really needed to work through everything musically by myself…thus, My Therapy!” said Malloy tongue-in-cheek about the first single, with video, aptly called My Therapy.
Mitch has been busy the past year not only writing and producing his own album but also writing and producing projects for clients in his studio, Malloy Master Tracks. Mitch states, “I love working with young artists and passing the torch to a new generation of rockers.” Malloy Master Tracks is a full-service production facility that serves a variety of clients from hit acts and labels like Taylor Swift, Boys Like Girls, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Gates, Craig Morgan and Sony Music NY to singer/songwriters Victoria Show, Gary Burr and Billy Falcon and even voice over work for Outdoor Channel, Field & Stream and various other brands.
Malloy’s tenure as an artist has spanned several decades beginning as a regular on the New York music scene in the 80s. Mitch soon garnered a major recording deal with RCA/BMG Worldwide and achieved chart success and landed a coveted spot on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In the mid-90s Mitch was asked to replace Sammy Hagar as lead singer for Van Halen but after spending time and recording with the band he declined. “When the band appeared on the MTV Music Awards with Dave [David Lee Roth], the fans expected his return — I expected his return. I felt as cool as the opportunity was, it just wasn’t the right time,” said Malloy.
For the launch of his 2016 release, Mitch Malloy embarked on the international MAKING NOISE tour which began in the summer and included stops at the world famous Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Liverpool, Athens, Madrid, Malmo and Oslo, to name a few. The tour will continue in 2017 and includes a special stop at the M3 Festival. Also look for Mitch on the 2018 Monsters of Rock Cruise!
Every artist owns a desire to craft a project that most perfectly represents the substance of their God-given creativity. It becomes a very personal statement, and often, the work for which they are best–known.
For Denny Jiosa, the release of Dreams Like This is a deﬁning moment, the product not only of ﬁve years of work since his last release, but a faithful rendition of his musical inﬂuences and tastes. “THIS is the album I’ve always wanted to make!” says Jiosa, and it shows. “I started writing for this project almost immediately after the completion of Body2Body,” Denny muses. “I love all the albums that I created for my previous record label, 1201 Music, but I had begun to realize that my musical interests had a wider range than the format I’d been writing for. My early inﬂuences stretched all the way from Wes Montgomery to Carlos Santana. That’s quite a distance. I wanted to make an album that captured all those things that made me want to play music in the ﬁrst place.”
You’ll ﬁnd those ﬂavors here: straight-ahead jazz, Latin, smooth jazz and cinematic landscapes all unfold effortlessly giving us a glimpse of Denny’s prodigious musical vocabulary. He has an uncanny way of expressing deep emotions through the twists, turns and nuances of his seductive melodies. The song Chill Pill opens the CD with a funky contemporary groove with some surprises. Embracing the Fire sizzles with high-voltage Latin energy. I Am Roxane, which the enhanced CD also features as a full length video, smolders with provocative sensuality and you’ll want to savor the languorous The Glass Half Full like a glass of ﬁne wine.
The centerpiece of this album, however, may be Denny’s lusciously smooth, masterfully soulfulrendition of Sunny, which features the original composer and performer, Bobby Hebb contributing scat vocals. Denny recalls, “I’ve loved that song since ﬁ rst hearing it on the radio in 1966. A friend introduced me to Bobby, who agreed to come to my studio to listen to the version I’d recorded of his song. Not only did he give his overwhelming approval, he wanted to sing on the track! Nothing could’ve made an album about my musical dreams more complete.”
“God blessed me with a passion for music; I knew I was to play music from very early on… it was written on my heart.” When Denny looks inside, Dreams Like This encapsulates the music he ﬁnds written there.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Industry insiders have recognized Denny Jiosa’s abilities for some time. His ﬁve previous CD releases and a string of chart-topping singles have earned Denny a steadfast following. His most popular single, Lights of the City, garnered a SESAC national airplay award. Musical colleagues have long relied upon his abilities. In addition to his work as a producer, he is credited both as guitarist and recording engineer on several Grammy nominated releases. Dreams Like This once again ﬁnds Denny among friends, in the ranks of world–class musicians, including Chester Thompson (Genesis, Santana, Frank Zappa); Chris Kent (Take 6, Larry Carlton); Glen Caruba (Kirk Whalum, Glen Frey); Pat Coil (Pat Metheny, Michael McDonald), and fellow artists Dan Moretti and Rob McGaha.
Endorsed by: Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Godin Guitars, Hotone, Mesa/Boogie, D’addario, VVT, TC Electronic, Creation Audio Labs, Auralex Acoustics, Jensen Loudspeakers, Wampler Pedals, XTS, V-pick, Levy’s, Warehouse Guitar Speakers,
Lance Allen is an award winning fingerstyle guitarist, with million of spins on streaming radio and 1000’s of followers on youtube.
He is the world’s top skype guitar instructor who has taught in every state and more than 30 countries worldwide.
Coined the guitarlancer, by virtuoso musician Tommy Emmanuel, Lance continues to compose new music and share his gift by teaching.
Endorsed by Takamine guitars, lr baggs. Stonebridge guitars , Faith Guitars and Batson Guitars.
David Lowry of Live From Music City talks with Andy Timmons about his new CD “Theme From A Perfect World” and his upcoming show in Nashville on October 6, 2016 at the Douglas Corner Cafe. In a first both both Andy and Live From Music City, we had a nice little jaunt with the police during the taping of the interview! Make sure you don’t miss it! Thank you to Andy Timmons for making this interview happen!
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ANDY TIMMONS BAND – US TOUR OF EAST COAST, NORTHWEST AND MIDWEST
(AUGUST 2016) ANDY TIMMONS BAND to tour the East coast, Northwest and Midwest this fall, debuting the soon to be released album “Theme From A Perfect World” as well as Sgt. Pepper and classic favorites. When Ibanez displays their instruments at music industry trade shows they prominently feature the world’s greatest guitar heroes; Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert…and Andy Timmons.
Timmons sparked his own guitar revolution scoring two top 10 videos on MTV with his band Danger Danger, selling over a million records, and touring the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper. A handful of critically acclaimed solo albums followed soon after as well as a long association as guitarist and music director for Olivia Newton-John.
Often referred to as “The King Of Tone,” Timmons scored another global success in 2011with his emotive interpretation of The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album entirely arranged for guitar. Never one to sit still, Timmons also recorded four albums with world renowned drummer Simon Philips (Toto, The Who, Jeff Beck) and played them live across much of the world.
The Andy Timmons Band will be touring with special guest Travis Larson Band. With six studio albums and two full-length DVDs, the award-winning TLB is firmly rooted as one of instrumental music’s premier acts, having worked on records with Steve Lukather (Toto), Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck), Dave LaRue (Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Dixie Dregs), Vinx (Sting, Herbie Hancock). Additionally, the band has shared live billing with Ted Nugent, UFO, Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs), Ronnie Montrose, and The Aristocrats. TLB’s release Soundmind earned accolades as Guitar Player Magazine Editor’s Top Three in 2011. Travis Larson Band will release a new album in 2016. http://www.travislarsonband.com
Band: Andy Timmons Band
Date: October 6, 2016
Venue: Douglas Corner
Price: $13 advance, $18 door
Venue Link: http://douglascorner.com/calendar.php
Opening Act: Travis Larson Band
Up to date Tour Dates at www.andytimmons.com/shows/
Wednesday October 5th at Rock House Live in Memphis, Tennessee https://www.rockhouselive.com/detail.cfm?artistid=101
Thursday October 6th at Douglas Corner in Nashville, Tennessee http://douglascorner.com/calendar.php
Sunday October 9th at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina http://thepourhousemusichall.com/event/andy-timmons-band-w-travis-larson-band/
Friday October 14th at The Token Lounge in Detroit, Michigan http://thetokenlounge.com
Saturday October 15th at Reggie’s Live in Chicago, Illinois http://www.reggieslive.com/show/andy-timmons-band/
Sunday October 16th at Rhumba Café in Columbus, Ohio http://columbusrumbacafe.com
Tuesday October 18th at Musica in Akron, Ohio http://liveatmusica.com
Sunday October 23rd at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City http://liveatmusica.com
Monday October 24th at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City http://liveatmusica.com
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David Lowry interviews Bryan Bellar, bass player for The Aristocrats and former Nashville resident. The Aristocrats are currently touring across the US in support of their new CD Tres Callaberos. Bryan discusses the new CD, the current tour and show in Nashville and how to grow as a musician.
Interview Link: Live From Music City Aristocrats Interview 8/15/15
The Aristocrats have a show in Nashville on Aug 15th at The High Watt. Doors Open at 8:00pm.
David Lowry got the chance to talk with the always busy Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake in the middle of The Purple Tour to talk about the new guitar spot in Whitesnake, The Purple Album, VHF, Joel Hoekstra’s 13 project, his appearances on That Metal Show and how to make it in the music business. A big thank you to Joel Hoekstra for doing this interview on such short notice!
Interview Link: Live From Music City Interview with Joel Hoekstra June 2015
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“Live From Music City,” a radio show on blog talk radio (www.blogtalkradio.com/live-from-music-city), welcomes guitarist and musician extraordinaire Michael Lee Firkins who will talk about his brand new release “Yep” and will share about how to tackle the issues an independent musician must face on a daily basis on “Live From Music City.”
Date: Nov 26th, 2013
Time: 5:00pm CST
Length 30 Min
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Rock band Maragold chats with Live From Music City about their new CD “Maragold” to be release on April 23rd, songwriting and the music business!
Listen to the interview here!
MARAGOLD…a band that started as an idea and grew into a long awaited reality.
Renowned guitarist Greg Howe, widely known for his rock / fusion instrumental recordings, had been considering doing an album featuring vocal-driven songs for quite a while. Long time friend, bassist Kevin Vecchione, had played on Greg’s “Five” album, as well as having toured with Greg previously.Through the years, over the course of their enduring friendship, Greg and Kevin had been discussing and mulling over the idea of being in a band together… They finally decided to stop talking and start acting, and the seeds of the band “Maragold” were sown. Drummer Gianluca Palmieri, who had also toured with Greg, and played on his recent album “Sound Proof”, was recruited to complete their dynamic rhythm section.
All they needed was “the voice”…
Originally, the band started working with a male singer, but due to other musical endeavors, he was unable to continue with the project. In the meantime, Kevin had discovered an amazing vocal talent while performing in the Tri-State area club circuit, and suggested the female singer as a replacement. Greg was initially hesitant, as the songs they had lined up were centered around a male vocalist.
Kevin had Greg listen to some demos he had done with the new singer, Meghan Krauss. Greg enthusiastically agreed that she had “the voice”, but Meghan’s presence, personality, image, and especially her ability to inject herself into a song, truly made her the “total package” that they wanted in a vocalist. Meghan agreed to take on the duties as lead singer; Greg and Kevin immediately went to work writing songs befitting her vocal style.
The results are the ten amazing songs on the debut self-titled album, “MARAGOLD”. Combining exemplary musicianship and powerhouse vocals with provocative songwriting, the album represents a daring new direction for Greg Howe, which is sure to be an exciting experience for his fans, old and new.
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Guitar Goddess Gretchen Menn joined Live From Music City to talk about the music business, her CD “Hale Souls” and her other projects. Listen in as she talks about image, haters and the struggles of being an instrumental artist.
Interview here: Live From Music City with Guest Gretchen Menn
Apart from demolishing her mother’s violin with Pete Townshend-like vehemence at age three, Gretchen’s passion for all things guitar didn’t fully surface until her early teenage years. It was under the tutelage of classical guitarist Phillip de Fremery, a student of Andrés Segovia, that Gretchen began her path on the instrument. Her father, noted writer and former editor-in-chief of Guitar Player Magazine, Don Menn, was quick to point her in the direction of the greats as soon as she expressed interest in guitar.
While earning a degree in music at Smith College, Gretchen’s adventurous approach to her education would foreshadow her approach to the guitar. She convinced a professor to allow her to launch a special studies project on the intricate and unclassifiable music of Frank Zappa. Her analyses of “The Sheik Yerbouti Tango” and “The Girl in the Magnesium Dress” showed a love for epic, melodic, genre-shattering rock and roll composition that would manifest later in her original instrumentals.
After college, Gretchen began heavily incorporating her love of rock guitar into her daily regime, the only hitch being that the music of her rock gods, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, and Frank Zappa, wasn’t exactly Guitar 101. She also began considering her career path, and how she might prevent a situation she sought to avoid: tainting her love of music with the necessity of paying rent.
The solution? She went directly from college to flight school, and two years later was flying regional jets for the airlines. Yet Gretchen was never without her guitar.
After a year in the jet, with the life of an airline pilot being more than a little incompatible with a career in music, Gretchen relinquished her position with the airlines, knowing that there was a pilot out there somewhere who would appreciate the opportunity. She decided to take a more direct approach to realizing her musical dreams.
Playing with tireless passion and constantly seeking out new challenges, Gretchen’s projects have spanned the genres of jazz, funk, rock, progressive, and metal. In 2003, she donned a schoolboy uniform and joined AC/DShe as “Agnes Young.” In 2005, she joined forces with drummer, Clementine, to form Zepparella, currently with singer Noelle Doughty and bassist Angeline Saris. In 2007, Gretchen formed Sticks and Stones, the high-energy, instrumental “bassless power trio” with guitarist Mickael Tremel and drummer Sam Adato. In 2010, she played in Lapdance Armageddon, an aggressive acoustic duo with Jude Gold. In 2011 she wrote, produced, and recorded her first solo album, Hale Souls, which features bassist Stu Hamm, drummer John Mader, violinist Emily Palen, and guest artists Angeline Saris (bass on “Scrap Metal”), Jude Gold (second acoustic guitar on “Fast Crowd”), and Gretchen’s sister, Kirsten Menn (soprano on “Fading.”) Gretchen’s solo project, a trio with Angeline Saris on bass and Thomas Perry on drums, played their first shows in November of 2011, and will be starting to tour more in 2012.
Hale Souls (Mach Zero Records, 2011)
Lapdance Armageddon (self-released, 2010)
Conversation with Francis Bakin (self-released, 2009)
STICKS AND STONES
Unbreakable Strings (self-released, 2007)
THE HOUSE OF MORE
The House of More (self-released, 2006)
Live at 19 Broadway (Bonny Boy Records, 2005)
A Pleasing Pounding (What Are Records?, 2008)
Note: This interview was originally filmed to be a live in studio video but due to complications we can only bring you the audio. Stay tuned for a video of the song “Momentum” as we were able to retrieve that. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused Neal’s and our fans.
Click the link here to listen the to interview: Live From Music City w/Neal Morse Interview
Progressive rock legend Neal Morse dropped by Live From Music City to talk about the upcoming “Live Momentum” tour, the music business and his other projects.
NEAL MORSE BIO
As a young musician, Neal’s dream was like many others—to find success in the pop music world. But after years of struggling in the Los Angeles singer-songwriter scene, he realized that this dream would not materialize. Rejecting conventional wisdom, Morse took a courageous step: He about-faced and devoted himself to progressive rock, the music truly in his heart. The obscure and fiercely competitive genre held little chance of commercial success.
Undaunted, he formed the quirkily-named Spock’s Beard with his brother, Alan. They recorded The Light with what money they could scrape together. Against all odds, it was a breakout success, sending shockwaves through the small genre’s community.
Over the next 10 years, Spock’s Beard released 10 critically acclaimed CDs and 2 DVDs, ascending to the top of the prog world. Neal also released 6 CDs and 3 DVDs with Transatlantic, the heralded prog supergroup comprised of the genre’s best musicians.
The proverbial wayward son, Neal had finally found the success he sought. On the outside he seemed to have it all. On the inside, however, something was missing.
Morse came to realize that for him, embracing the Christian faith was the fulfillment of his spiritual quest. His walk was at once gradual and sudden—and as with so many, completely unexpected. As he continued, his path increasingly revealed more of what his heart had sought all along. Yet he also began to find his career growing at odds with his faith. The rising spiritual tension and increasing commercial success finally came to a head with the release of Snow (2002), the group’s magnum opus…and swan song with Morse.
The extraordinary 2-CD rock opera, composed by Morse, was widely acclaimed as the group’s finest. But it was the end of the era. Neal felt God calling him out of his former musical life and into the unknown. He made the agonizing decision to leave both Spock’s Beard and Transatlantic. Despite having finally achieved the success he had long sought, Morse had to begin all over again; musically, emotionally and spiritually.
Neal then embarked upon the most ambitious musical project of his career. Entitled Testimony (2003), it chronicles his spiritual and musical journey in words and music. The 2 CD set spans over two hours as one continuous piece of music. In genre, it ranges from a gospel choir to hard rock; from symphony orchestra to contemporary pop. Testimony was also Neal’s first of many albums with drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater). A deftly woven musical tapestry, Testimony takes the listener on a fascinating journey as unique as the man behind it.
The ensuing world tour was captured on one unforgettable night for the 2-DVD set, Testimony Live (2004). Morse was recognized as a remarkably passionate and engaging performer by Britain’s Classic Rock Magazine, who included him in their “100 Greatest Frontmen of Rock” listing. The tour was awarded “Best Rock Tour” from the popular Dutch website, DPRP, besting nominees Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, RUSH and others.
Morse’s next studio album was a conceptual, progressive rock album entitled One. Mike Portnoy returned to perform on drums (in what is regarded as perhaps his finest performance), with up-and-coming bassist Randy George. They were joined by legendary guitarist Phil Keaggy. The result was a band-focused sound, harkening back to Neal’s Transatlantic work. Continuing in the tradition of Snow and Testimony, One proved epic in scope and sublime in nature.
For Morse’s third progressive rock album, he took a new approach, artistically. On Question (2005), Morse weaves a compelling storyline that owes as much to C.S. Lewis as Indiana Jones. His journey is a timeless quest—to find the biblical dwelling place of God. Joining Neal are more of prog’s brightest stars, including Mike Portnoy and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Roine Stolt (Flower Kings, Transatlantic) and Steve Hackett (Genesis).
Bringing Question to the stage required an outstanding tour band. Fusing technical wizardry with musical nuance, a young band of unknowns proved themselves in the fire of Question’s musical roller-coaster. The audience responded with energy and passion, with the experience captured on CD. Unrestrained, raw, and magnificent, the resulting 2 CD set Question: Live (2007) was fitting as Neal’s first live album.
Neal’s next prog epic was his most daring, stirring passions and controversy. On Sola Scriptura (2007), Morse tells a compelling and sometimes macabre tale of the darkness that inevitably falls when humankind tries to elevate itself to God. Focusing on the Church in the Middle Ages, Morse is unflinching in his description of its abuses. Neal frames the issue as just one example of faith separated from its true foundations. The album closes not with an end but a beginning—for us to consider our world, and feel called to illuminate it.
Question and Sola Scriptura were received as Neal’s best to date, and the ensuing tours were captured on film. The ensuing release, Sola Scriptura & Beyond (2008) was an extraordinary live concert 2-DVD set that brought both albums to life. Also included were generous selections from One and Testimony, a Transatlantic selection, five songs from Spock’s Beard, and an hour of behind-the-scenes tour footage.
Less than three months later, Neal completed Lifeline (2008), his next studio album. Unlike his other releases, Lifeline wasn’t a concept album. Free from this constraint, Neal stretched out in all directions. He revisited early Spock’s Beard, Snow, Transatlantic, his solo releases, and launched into new territory. Joining him once again were Mike Portnoy and Randy George.
A Transatlantic reunion had been the dream of many fans, and after ten years, a seemingly quixotic one. On April 16 of 2009, though, they were surprised to hear of a new album from the prog supergroup. The album began with Neal’s work a 45 minute composition, “The Whirlwind”. As he progressed, Neal, who felt it was taking on the attributes of a Transatlantic piece. He shared it with the band, and they agreed. Each band member brought material to the eight days of writing/recording sessions; by the end, they’d written a completely new album. Retaining Neal’s original title, The Whirlwind went on to be the group’s highest charting album to date.
Meanwhile, Neal had been touring in North America and Europe. Several shows from the end of 2008 were recorded to multitrack, and saved for future release. On November 16, 2010, the 3-CD set So Many Roads was released, presenting an astonishing 3.5 hours of new live music. Featuring 29 tracks spanning Neal’s entire 20 year career, So Many Roads is the definitive live Neal Morse release.
Later in 2010, Transatlantic embarked on their biggest tour yet, with dates in 11 nations across Europe and North America. The London, UK show was immortalized for the double-live DVD, Whirld Tour 2010: Live in London.
Neal begins 2011 with completion of his forthcoming progressive rock studio release, Testimony II. Mike Portnoy and Randy George returned to revisit the trio’s unique and powerful chemistry, and as usual, special guests and surprises await.
Neal’s largest ever tour will follow, over the summer, with his international live band led by Collin Leijenaar. Meanwhile, Neal continues development on his unnamed rock opera and a new collaborative mainstream rock project. In 2012, Neal shines brighter than ever with the next remarkable chapter in his musical and spiritual journey.
Live From Music City talks with Scott Rockenfield of Queensryche about music business topics, their upcoming show in Nashville on March 12th, 2013, his other business ventures, the state of the chain drum cage and the outpouring of fan support as Queensryche moves forward with new music and a new singer. Join us and hear the classic Queensryche tracks “The Lady Wore Black, Walk in the Shadows and Eyes of a Stranger.”
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Scott was raised and has lived in the Seattle, Washington area for his entire life. He started music and drum lessons at the age of 11 and focused his studies on music and film classes throughout his high school years. In 1981, at the age of 17, he founded the now multi-platinum rock band Queensryche. Since the band’s inception thirty years ago, they’ve sold over 20 million albums worldwide and have toured around the world, encompassing 45 countries.
Scott first started composing music for film and television in the late 80’s during his time spent with “The Maestro” Michael Kamen. During that time, Kamen asked Scott to work on some additional drums and percussion for the 1993 film, Last Action Hero, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Michael continued working and mentoring Scott in all aspects of film music and compostion for many years to come, until his unfortunate passing in 2003. This began Scott’s exciting new journey scoring music for film and television. After only a few years in the specialty, Scott received a coveted Grammy Award nomination for Best Original Music for the animated feature film Televoid in 1998.
Scott has done a variety of projects since then including the recently completed additional music and all LIVE drums for the immensely popular video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops. Released in November 2010, the game set a new five-day sales record with an estimated take of approximately $650 million worldwide. Just prior to his involvement with Call of Duty: Black Ops, Scott did the orchestrated and electronic score for the horror flick, Albino Farm, released in September of 2009.
In 2003, Scott Launched his own custom drum company called RockenWraps, which specializes in custom graphic laminated wraps for drums and musical instruments. Working with artists such as Lady Gaga, SlipKnot, Beyonce, Rod Stewart, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, WASP, Metallica, Tesla, 30 Seconds to Mars, Snoop Dog and many many, more, RockenWraps has had a chance to design some of the most memorable drum and stage graphics ever to be available.
Scott also has his own music company, Hollywood Loops, that specializes in Sound FX for film, television and video game composing. Distributed around the world, Hollywood Loops products have now been used in video games such as Call Of Duty: Black Ops and also in numerous film and television trailers.
Scott now has dozens of film, television and multimedia projects to his credit and owns his own state-of-the-art recording studio.
He lives in Seattle with his wife and three kids.