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Thu
14
Aug

KIX's 'Rock Your Face Off' Album Cracks Billboard's Top 50

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KIX'S 'ROCK YOUR FACE OFF' ALBUM
CRACKS BILLBOARD'S TOP 50 ITS FIRST WEEK OUT
WITH FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN ALMOST TWO DECADES

 
 

August 13, 2014  ' Fans of KIX-- Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian "Damage" Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie "10/10" Younkins (guitar), Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant (drums), Mark Schenker (bass)'have waited almost two decades for new music.  Now that their seventh album was released August 5 on Loud & Proud Records, their unwavering and undying support has landed ROCK YOUR FACE OFF in the Top 50 on Billboard's 'Top 200 Albums' chart.
 
Elsewhere in Billboard, in addition to the #48 chart debut, ROCK YOUR FACE OFF debuted at #5 on the Independent Albums chart, #11 on the Top Internet chart, #17 on the Top Rock Albums chart, #27 on the Indy/Small Chain Core Stores chart and #33 on the Physical chart.  It also debuted at #1 on Amazon's Hard Rock and Metal chart.
 
Rave reviews have been pouring in since ROCK YOUR FACE OFF was released:
 
'KIX have made an album with all the spirit and joy and craftsmanship that they always brought, an album with a hooks-per-minute ratio enough to grab you even if you never heard of them before reading this review.  The band plays with a sense of rhythmic push-pull that reminds you that people used to dance to this stuff, and that they still could, if they were so inclined. 'Rollin' In Honey,' about having so much sex that you feel like you're drowning, rides cowbells and backing-vocal chants that push the song close to bubblegum-disco territory...Nearly every song has oh whoa whoa backing vocals that will get stuck in your head for hours.  All of it is delirious and catchy, and it proudly flaunts its out-of-fashion party-hard spirit.  It's glittering trash, made by guys in their fifties who probably hold down day jobs these days and who have no business making this vigorous and fun anymore.  Its mere existence is an inspirational thing, and it's a reminder that sometimes exploring new musical space isn't the most important thing. Sometimes, songs are the most important thing.'   (Stereogum.com)
 
'The album, which was produced by Taylor Rhodes, is a collection of blues-inspired rock that combines catchy hooks and tasty riffs with the inspired musicianship and party atmosphere KIX are known for.'  (GuitarWorld.com)
 
'...it is good to see that KIX has stuck to their signature style in your face AC/DC sound...In the vein of BLOW YOUR FUSE the up tempo beat of the band never diminishes and keeps on rolling.  The tightness of the band is evident...ROCK YOUR FACE OFF is the perfect summertime record.  Crank it up to ten and roll your top down, as the pride of Maryland shows the country how to rock East Coast style.'  (Hardrockhaven.net)
 
Check out KIX at any of the following stops:
 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
 

Sat 8/16            Greencastle, PA            Greencastle Legion Grounds
Sat 9/13            Berlin, MD                     Soundwave Festival at Airlift Acres
Sat 9/20            Baltimore, MD               Rams Head Live
Sat 10/25          Camp Hill, PA               Radisson Convention Center
Sat 12/20          Baltimore, MD               Rams Head Live (KIXmas)
 
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.  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, rock supergroup 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.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Neil Young, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  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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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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