Hey! Quick! Get over to http://www.unclechunk.net/ to download their new album Social Studies. It’s free for another 24 hours.
Uncle Chunk is a kickass Melbourne band that features my buddy and Upperhand bandmate Rohan Drew on bass (as well as Mike and Marc Chunk). Go go go! Download download download!
Press release time!
The original EVH Wolfgang USA guitar is now available in two distinctive new sans-tremolo versions—the EVH Wolfgang Hardtail and Wolfgang Special Hardtail. These are special editions of the legendary high-performance guitar that started it all, this time with the addition of a TonePros® hard-tail bridge with stop tailpiece and fine tuners for the ultimate in stable intonation and precise tuning.
Can’t wait for this! First up, here’s a message from Richie on his official website:
“Quick Update… New single ’24 Hours’ will be available for download in just a few days (Sept 1st). The music video for the song will be posted at AOL online as well as my official youtube channel (links will be posted here). … AND… we are planning an official cd release party in Los Angeles late October (prior to the official cd release date). The full cd will be available for sale at the cd release party. Show date will be announced very soon.”
And here’s the press release:
After two years of extensive international touring, guitar virtuoso, singer/songwriter Richie Kotzen is back to unleash his new album, “24 Hours”, due on November 11 via Headroom-Inc.
“24 Hours” reflects the guitar style that has defined Kotzen’s career as a virtuoso, while taking it to another level.
“I feel like I have reached a new level of soloing on the opening track ’24 Hours’,” explains Kotzen. “I stopped using a guitar pick on electric a few years ago and my playing has evolved in a different way. Some of the solo lines I play on the song ’24 Hours’, and others as well, are lines I would have never been able to play with a guitar pick. So I would say the solos on this CD are at a different level than previous recordings.”
“24 Hours” is an absorbing collective blend of Kotzen’s musical influences and diversity. It takes you on an inspired, musical journey as the opening track sets the tone that falls stylistically somewhere between early Van Halen and Sly And The Family Stone. Kotzen also brought in his talented daughter, August Kotzen, and friend Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, to complete the album.
“My daughter August is singing with me on a few songs and is playing electric piano on the song ‘Stop Me’,” states Kotzen. “My friend Jerry Cantrell is singing backgrounds on ‘Love Is Blind’ and does a very cool lead vocal ad-lib in the final chorus of the tune.”
Kotzen burst onto the heavy metal scene as a teenager with a lightning-fast guitar techniques. With his talents, Kotzen has played with some of the best musicians; including renowned jazz great Stanley Clarke and a three-year stint in the band Mr. Big.
“I have been lucky in the sense that I have been able to play with guys who I could learn from,” explains Kotzen. “The biggest musical lesson for me was playing in a band with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Obviously, these guys are jazz musicians and I am not, but I learned so much from the time we recorded and toured together. My favorite rock bassist is Billy Sheehan, and we were in MR. BIG together for three years, which was awesome.”
Meanwhile, check out Truth In Shredding for info about Richie’s new black Fender Telecaster signature model.