Paul Gilbert

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19
Apr

PAUL GILBERT Will Destroy on May 27

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It's no accident that I CAN DESTROY cuts a wide swath of styles and textures, from the full-frontal assault of  'Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal' to the jazz-blues lament of 'One Woman Too Many' (which also features GILBERT's patented four-pick Makita drill-bit riffery) to the radio-friendly balladeering of 'Love We Had' to the smoking-hot gut/heart punch of 'I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You),' the latter track's title a playful reference to the ubiquitous #1 hit PAUL GILBERT enjoyed as part of his gig as lead guitarist for the still-going-strong Mr. Big.
 
'My guitar playing was born from playing in my teenage heavy rock bands,' GILBERT explains. 'After playing for 40 years, I've been able to evolve the way that I see the fretboard, and how I hear the guitar in my head. This opens up my soloing, and also my writing. I couldn't have written this music when I was a kid. I couldn't have written these lyrics either. I needed time to live'to experience joy, and anger, and love, and frustration at people who don't use their turn signals.'
 
GILBERT knew that I CAN DESTROY producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Rush, Joe Bonamassa), whom he previously collaborated with on Mr. Big's 2011 release WHAT IF, would push him to do his best from the get-go. 'One thing I knew about working with Kevin as a solo artist is that there weren't going to be that many overdubs on the record ' not that many takes, and not many fixes,' he reports. 'As a musician, that puts the fear into you. It's a good fear, and it made me want to prepare in a pretty healthy way.'
 
With Shirley onboard to get behind the board, GILBERT next had to cull together some top-drawer musicians to bring into the studio. 'On drums, we've got Thomas Lang, who's somewhat of a drumming legend, and on bass is Kevin Chown,' details Gilbert. 'He was the only guy I'd never worked with before, and he was great. He played all the right stuff. He's played with everybody from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to Sebastian Bach.'
 
Ultimately, the joy GILBERT expresses all throughout I CAN DESTROY celebrates the freedom and creativity he enjoys as a solo artist. 'I do my best. It's pretty incredible to have been living the dream and putting food on the table by banging it all out on an electric guitar,' he concludes. 'This is actually my 30th year as a recording artist, and I still enjoy the search. I like looking around, trying to find things I haven't done yet, and then seeing if I can do them.'
 
Here's the complete track listing of I CAN DESTROY:
 
1. Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal
2. I Can Destroy
3. Knocking On A Locked Door
4. One Woman Too Many
5. Woman Stop
6. Gonna Make You Love Me
7. I Am Not The One (Who Wants To Be With You)
8. Blues Just Saving My Life
9. Make It (If We Try)
10. Love We Had
11. I Will Be Remembered
12. Adventure and Trouble
13. Great White Buffalo (bonus track)
 
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Thu
24
Jul

PAUL GILBERT New Album “Stone Pushing Uphill Man” on Shrapnel Records August 5

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Paul Gilbert's new record 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man' is a guitar-oriented instrumental record on which Paul covers some of his favorite songs, using his guitar like a voice to convey a wide range of emotions, while retaining his signature cutting-edge solo work. Following Paul Gilbert's last highly successful CD, 'Vibrato' is the next important chapter in this amazing guitarist's career. Regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry, Gilbert once again proves why he is the guitarist's guitarist.

Starting his recording career with Shrapnel Records as a teenager in the late 80's, Paul Gilbert has remained one of the most active guitarists from the original shred guitar scene, stemming from his multi-faceted talent and long-range career. With Platinum success, including a number one song with Mister Big, and cult status as founding member of the legendary and highly successful underground progressive metal band Racer X, Gilbert's sales draw from more than 20 albums and more than 20 years as a recording artist and touring musician. Paul has toured on the legendary G3 tour in support of Joe Satriani and once again confirmed to a younger audience what Gilbert fans have known for over 20 years: that Paul Gilbert is simply one of the greatest guitar players on the planet today.

When excitedly discussing his newest record, Paul said: 'For my new 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man' album, I decided to bring my guitar to the forefront and let it sing. To do this, I used the inspiration of my favorite singers. Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Elton John, James Brown, Sting, k.d. lang, and more. These voices are always in my head. With my guitar I could finally reach their high notes. The challenge was to match their emotion and expression. This was my goal as a guitarist. 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man,' is the first big step to truly find my voice on the guitar. I wanted the inspiration of my favorite singers for such a big challenge, so I chose a lot of cover songs. I think listeners will be surprised at what I've been able to do with the guitar'.

Paul Gilbert "Stone Pushing Uphill Man" available August 5th at finer record stores, Amazon.com, iTunes and Shrapnel Records Inc.

TRACK LISTING

1. WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND
2. BACK IN THE SADDLE
3. I GOT THE FEELIN'
4. GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
5. WHY CAN'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD
6. SHOCK ABSORBER
7. PURPLE WITHOUT ALL THE RED
8. MURDER BY NUMBERS
9. MY GIRL
10. WASH ME CLEAN
11. STONE PUSHING UPHILL MAN

Points of Interest

' Gilbert's profile as a music educator, instructional video performer and international guitar clinician, and guitar designer continue to keep his visibility high.
' Response from Gilbert's fans was overwhelming for his last record, 'Vibrato', and they are about to get served up an even more impressive guitar smorgasbord, beyond their wildest hopes.
' Racer X remains one of Shrapnel's best-selling catalog items, fueled by guitar fans that want to hear Gilbert at his shredding best. 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man' contains some of Gilbert's best playing to date.

http://shrapnelrecords.com 

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