Richie Kotzen

Wed
11
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - RICHIE KOTZEN

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On episode 96 of One On One with Mitch Lafon, we have interviews with THE WINERY DOGS’ Richie Kotzen, and Cronos from legendary metal band, Venom. This episode of One on One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by Talking Metal's Mark Strigl.

Richie Kotzen discusses his new album ‘Cannibals’, recording with his daughter and the progress of The Winery Dogs' upcoming second album.

Our second interview is with Cronos of Venom who discusses the band's latest masterpiece 'From The Very Depths', their history and has a few choice thoughts about Black Flag's Henry Rollins.

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Mon
19
Jan

RICHIE KOTZEN 20th Solo Album ‘Cannibals’ Out Now

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RICHIE KOTZEN 20th SOLO ALBUM, ‘CANNIBALS,’ OUT NOW
 
Guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN digitally released his 20th solo album, CANNIBALS, January 8 via his Headroom-Inc label.  It quickly reached #1 on Amazon’s New Rock Releases chart.  Videos for “You” and “Cannibals” can be found on his official YouTube page.
 
Here’s information about CANNIBALS, in KOTZEN’s own words:
 
CANNIBALS is an interesting record for me,” KOTZEN explains, “because much of this material is comprised from recordings that are as old as 10 years.  The title track is the most recent song I’ve written.  That was from 2014, but ‘Come On Free,’ for example, was originally recorded back in the early 2000’s.  I always liked the track, but never knew how to fit it into one of my records.  Somehow I thought now was the time, so I went back to the original recording and did a remix.  The only new overdub is the chant at the end, which happened recently one night when I was playing the song for my friends.  I had a bunch of friends in the studio from Brazil and they all started chanting.  I was like, ‘ALL THAT!’ and put up the microphone and we recorded it with no headphones.  Everyone was having a great time.  It was so spontaneous.
 
“The track ‘Time For The Payment’ is also an older recording from 2008.  I would have included that on my album, PEACE SIGN, back then, but it didn’t seem to make sense at the time.  That recording is unchanged.  I just had it mastered and I think it is a great closer for the record.
 
“‘In An Instant’ and ‘The Enemy’ were both written by combining new song ideas with previously recorded material.  I wrote ‘The Enemy’ chorus in 2014 when I originally recorded the song, but I didn’t like the verse I had written.  After spending a day listening to old song ideas, I found an older song of mine with a great verse idea and intro, and basically copied and pasted that recording into the current recording.  Then I sang everything over, made some creative edits, re-wrote some lyrics, and ended up with ‘The Enemy.’  I probably shouldn’t reveal this, but half the song has a drum and guitar performance from several years ago and the rest of the song is comprised of new recorded performances.  Crazy concept, but somehow it worked and I ended up with a recording that I’m very happy with.  I did the same trick with the song ‘In An Instant.’ 
 
“I suppose my proudest moment on CANNIBALS is the song I wrote with my daughter, August, called ‘You.’  I originally released this as a single/video at the end of 2014.  It was born from a piano idea she had written when she was 13 or 14 years old.  I found the original recording of her piano performance on my computer and wrote lyrics to it last summer.  Probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever recorded.
 
“I also did a duet with someone who I’ve always been a fan of, Dug Pinnik from Kings X.  I was at a house party and Dug was there, and we were talking about how we should do something together one day.  When I went back to the studio I was working on the song ‘I’m All In’ and then it hit me.  I called Dug and asked him if he would trade vocals with me on the tune and we did it!  He added a whole other dimension to the track.  I’m glad I called him!”
 
In other KOTZEN news, he’ll be teaming up with his bandmates of THE WINERY DOGS (Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan) to start working on their second album this month.  Stay tuned for new album details.
 

 

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Tue
09
Dec

RICHIE KOTZEN Releases Two New Songs Ahead Of New Album Set For 2015

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RICHIE KOTZEN RELEASES TWO NEW SONGS AHEAD OF NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE IN 2015
 
 
December 8, 2014 --  Fans of guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN anxious to hear new music before his next solo album (details of which are forthcoming) should head over to iTunes, where he just released two new singles, 'You' and 'Cannibals.'

 
'You' was co-written by RICHIE's daughter, August, who appears in the video posted on RICHIE's official YouTube page.  He explains, 'It must have been four years ago and my daughter, who is now 17, was constantly playing this piece of music on the piano.  I finally asked her what it was and she said she just made it up.   I set up the microphones and recorded her playing for about seven minutes.  Years later, I found this on my hard drive and decided to write lyrics to it over this past summer.  The end result is what you see and hear in the video.   It is one of my favorite things I've done and I'm happy to have been able to collaborate on music with my daughter.'
 
'Cannibals' made its debut during his recent three-month solo tour, which started in Europe, taking him through Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Chile, and concluding with a month-long trek of the U.S.  'I did something I've never done before on this tour,' RICHIE explains, 'which is performing an original composition that has yet to be released.  The only place you could hear the song 'Cannibals' was at the show, and it went over quite well with the fans.  Rather than wait to release the song as part of the new album next year, I figured it would be cool to share the studio version now while it's fresh in the people's minds who attended my shows.  I was able to collect live footage that was shot during the tour and compile a live video to go along with the song.'  A newly released video can be found on his official YouTube page here.
 
RICHIE has been touring in support of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, which was released September 2 on Loud & Proud Records.  It's a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent's entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs ('War Paint' and 'Walk With Me').  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material.
 
Stay tuned for new RICHIE KOTZEN album news in the coming weeks.
 

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Wed
03
Sep

RICHIE KOTZEN 'Essential' 2CD Release Out Today

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RICHIE KOTZEN
'THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN'
OUT TODAY ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS;

 
U.S. HEADLINING TOUR STARTS NOVEMBER 1 IN ANNAPOLIS, MD
 
September 2, 2014 -- Guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN released THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN today on Loud & Proud Records. To celebrate his newest project, he's hitting the U.S. concert trail starting November 1 in Annapolis, MD at Rams Head Tavern.  Before then, he'll be spending September and most of October on a headlining tour which will take him through Europe and Mexico.

THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent's entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs ('War Paint' and 'Walk With Me').  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material.  A new official video for 'War Paint' will premiere on MusicRadar.com later this week.  In the meantime, the video for 'Walk With Me' (filmed entirely on KOTZEN's iPhone) can be found on his official YouTube page.
 
Fans can check out exclusive full album streams of each disc on VH1 Classic/MTV.com and GuitarWorld.com.
 
KOTZEN personally curated THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive, and concise introduction to his extensive body of work.  'I've really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,' he says.  'I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.'
 
Rave reviews of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN have already started to surface:
 
'KOTZEN is an artist with a centered musical philosophy anchored by soulful music and a perfectionist's attention to craft... THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is an excellent career retrospective by an underrated songwriter.'  (Oscar Jordan, Vintage Guitar)
 
'The extensive combo perfectly captures his dynamic musicianship, his jaw-dropping guitar solos, and his tangy blend of rock, blues, and soul, and will encourage listeners to discover more of his work...'  (Bear Frazer, Arena.com)
 
'RICHIE KOTZEN is one on the most ridiculous guitar players alive today...If you have only heard RICHIE in other bands (or have no clue who he is) then you really need to hook yourself up and give him his due. RICHIE has an incredibly soulful voice and did I mention his guitar solos are other worldly?  Get the book of his musical life and discover some magic.'  (Jason Lally, Realrockreport.com)
 
Check out RICHIE KOTZEN at any of the following stops, with more dates to be added in the coming weeks on all of his official websites:
 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE

 
Sat 11/1            Annapolis, MD              Rams Head Tavern
Mon 11/3          Londonderry, NH           Tupelo Music Hall
Tue 11/4            Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Wed 11/5          New York, NY               B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Fri 11/7             Poughkeepsie, NY        The Chance
Sat 11/8            Reading, PA                 Building 24
Sun 11/9           New Haven, CT              Toad's Place
Tue 11/11          Pittsburgh, PA              Altar Bar
 
About Loud & Proud Records
 
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for new releases by Neil Young, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud's current roster includes five-time Emmy' Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs, renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident, multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk, Seattle's alternative Walking Papers, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
 

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Wed
27
Aug

One on One with Mitch Lafon - RICHIE KOTZEN & NITA STRAUSS

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In episode 40 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by Talking Metal host, Mark Strigl. This episode features interviews with THE WINERY DOGS’ Richie Kotzen, and Nita Strauss from Alice Cooper’s band.

In our first interview, Richie Kotzen discusses his new album ‘The Essential Richie Kotzen’ which features a brilliant acoustical take on the POISON classic ‘Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice), his time in Poison, his time in MR. BIG, his plans for an upcoming solo album, working with The Winery Dogs and much more.

Our second interview is with Alice Cooper guitarist, Nita Strauss. She discusses touring & getting the gig with Alice Cooper, the late Dick Wagner, her new web site www.nitastrauss.com and much more

For More Richie Kotzen visit: http://www.richiekotzen.com ;http://www.thewinerydogs.com and on TWITTER: @Richie_Kotzen

For more about Nita Strauss visit: http://www.nitastrauss.com and on TWITTER: @hurricanenita

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This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the MelodicRockFest 4 - taking placee October 3rd and 4th in Arlington Heights, Illinois and features performance by Mitch Malloy, Heaven’s Edge, 7th Heaven, Talon, Paul Laine, Bombay Black, Johnny Lima and many more.

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Tue
15
Jul

RICHIE KOTZEN to Release 'The Essential' 2CD Set on Loud & Proud

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RICHIE KOTZEN SET TO RELEASE 'THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN' 2 CD/1 DVD COLLECTION SEPTEMBER 2 ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS
 

 July 14, 2014 -- When RICHIE KOTZEN plays his guitar, you know it's him.  The guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter possesses an inimitable style that's both instantly recognizable and immediately striking.  This unique style courses through THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, a career retrospective collection set for release September 2 on Loud & Proud Records.  It encompasses this iconic talent's entire career of his most essential work and includes two CDs of classic material, acoustic performances, bootleg material and two brand new songs ('War Paint' and 'Walk With Me'), and a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material.  A three-song sampler, including the two new songs along with 'Lie To Me,' is being serviced to rock radio stations later this month.  Fans can pre-order the album at http://bit.ly/1oXRsUX.
 
KOTZEN personally curated THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive and concise introduction to his extensive body of work.  'I've really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,' he says.  'I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.'
 
'War Paint' builds from an opening bluesy riff into a bombastic chorus punctuated by KOTZEN's gravelly delivery and impeccable lead playing.  He explains, 'It was a challenge to make a studio recording sound like a live band with only one musician playing all the instruments.  I think I accomplished that on this track.'  At the same time, 'Walk With Me' sees KOTZEN evolving once more and incorporating a Theremin, an antique electronic instrument, into an emotive and engaging anthem.  'There was a specific sound I was hearing in the song,' he reveals.  'I realized it was a Theremin, so I bought one.  I spent a couple of weeks learning it.  I used that where the lead guitar would normally go.  It was a really rewarding departure for me.'
 
With his guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, RICHIE KOTZEN has built a remarkably diverse 20 year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.  During that span, KOTZEN toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Japan.  In 1996, Fender guitars honored him with not one, but two signature model guitars.  His signature model Telecaster is available worldwide and continues to be a top seller for the brand.  In 2006, KOTZEN received one of his biggest personal honors when The Rolling Stones chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date.  He has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, including Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White.  He currently plays guitar and fronts the band The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band's self-titled debut album debuted at #27 on the Billboard 'Top 200 Albums' chart).  
 
With his 20
th full-length solo album on the horizon for 2015 as well as countless gigs, RICHIE KOTZEN's legacy is only continuing to expand.  'When you perform, record or write, you go to a different place,' he concludes.  'It's another world. I love hearing people react to the music and lyrics.  That's the ultimate reward.'
 
Stay tuned for solo touring news, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
Here's the complete track listing of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN:
 
CD1:
1. War Paint *
2. Walk With Me *
3. Love Is Blind
4. Go Faster
5. Fooled Again
6. OMG (What's Your Name?)
7. Help Me
8. Bad Situation
9. Lie To Me *
10. Fear
11. You Can't Save Me
12. Doing What The Devil Says To Do
13. Remember (Reprise)
* never before released *
 
CD2:
1. What Is (2014)
2. High (2014)
3. Change (2014)
4. Special (2014)
5. Paint It On (Acoustic Version)
6. Holding On (Acoustic Version)
7. Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) - (Acoustic Version)
8. The Road (Acoustic Version)
9. Regret (Original Demo Version)
10. Damaged (Original Demo Version)
 
DVD:
1. Walk With Me (2014)
2. Paying Dues (2009)
3. 24 Hours (2011)
4. Larger Than Life (2009)
5. Losing My Mind (2005)
6. Help Me (2012)
7. Chase It (2008)
8. Player (2011)
9. The Shadow (2011)
10. My Angel (2011)
11. I Would (2008)
 
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About Loud & Proud Records
 
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for new releases by Neil Young, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud's current roster includes five-time Emmy' Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation, multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf, supergroup rock band The Winery Dogs, renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident, multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk, Seattle's alternative Walking Papers, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC/Edel AG. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
 

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Mon
23
Jun

DOUBLE STOP PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH RICHIE KOTZEN

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This week on the show is Richie Kotzen. He explains how he got his start in music (and his first record deal with Shrapnel), the huge impact Steve Smith had on his first cd, how he ended up with titles he hated on some of his solo albums, he covers his time in Poison, Mr. Big and Vertu, as well as his "do it yourself" attitude in terms of recording, distribution and music videos, and talks about his just completed new solo album which will be released on "Loud & Proud" in North America (as well as a "Best Of" release).

http://thedoublestop.com/ep-19-richie-kotzen/

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-double-stop/id818189359?mt=2

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