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Fri
10
Feb

RICHIE KOTZEN ‘Salting Earth’ 21st Solo Album Due April 14

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Friday, April 14, 2017
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RICHIE KOTZEN
‘SALTING EARTH’ 21st SOLO ALBUM
SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 14 VIA HIS OWN HEADROOM-INC LABEL;
 
WORLDWIDE TOUR STARTS IN THE U.S.
APRIL 21 IN AGOURA HILLS, CA
 
February 9, 2017 -- RICHIE KOTZEN has never been an artist known for playing by the rules. And for this ever-adventurous triple-threat songwriter/guitarist/vocalist, that meant putting on the brakes after a nonstop flurry of band-related activity in order to refuel the creative process for the ten heartfelt and hard-hitting songs that comprise his new, vibrant 21st solo album, SALTING EARTH, out April 14 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc.
 
KOTZEN tossed convention on its ear by actually taking one step back in order to move two steps forward. “It’s something I really needed to do in order to reset myself,” he explains.
 
Kotzen’s “charge to recharge” was officially put into play following the mega-success of the 2015–16 tour behind his band The Winery Dogs’ sophomore effort, the oh-so-appropriately named HOT STREAK. And the man’s reset manifesto wound up hitting all the right buttons too. The proof is on display deep within the grooves of SALTING EARTH, which veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track and first single, “End of Earth,” to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of “Thunder” to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of “This Is Life” to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the album’s final song, “Grammy.”
 
The majority of SALTING EARTH is the result of KOTZEN’s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to “Make It Easy,” a tasty, sing-along groove stew. “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it,” Kotzen admits. “It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-’80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to figure out how to do it alone.”
 
KOTZEN’s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching CANNIBALS, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and SALTING EARTH cuts like the aforementioned “End of Earth,” “Thunder,” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a KOTZEN solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy.”
 
“That song came to me in the oddest way at the most inconvenient time,” he reveals of the track that can be filed in the “first thought, best thought” category. One night when he was home alone, “I basically woke myself up with the chorus melody in my head, and in my haze, I knew that if I didn’t at least record the idea, it would be forever lost. I ended up programming a simple drum beat, and then recorded the acoustic guitar. The lyrics pretty much wrote themselves. By 6 in the morning, the song was finished. I was going to do more overdubs, but I kept playing it over and over, and I just felt like there was something so personal coming out of the speakers. By messing with it, I’d likely destroy the magic — so I left it as it is.”
 
Bringing SALTING EARTH live to the people is KOTZEN’s next holy mission. “My real outlet is touring — playing live as much as I can, wherever I can, whenever I can,” he says enthusiastically. “It’s one of the few things you can’t copy, steal, or download. It’s an engaging human experience that’s a give-and-take between both the performer and the audience, and there is nothing else like it on this earth.”
 
KOTZEN will launch his “Salting Earth Tour” on April 21 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. He and his band are planning to tour extensively throughout the U.S. and continue their journey into Mexico, South America, and Europe. A complete list of international tour dates will be posted on KOTZEN’s official website and social media pages.
 
Here’s the complete track listing of SALTING EARTH:
 
1. End of Earth
2. Thunder
3. Divine Power
4. I’ve Got You
5. My Rock
6. This Is Life
7. Make It Easy
8. Meds
9. Cannon Ball
10. Grammy
 
Check out RICHIE KOTZEN at any of the following U.S. stops:
 
DATE               CITY                                         VENUE
 
Fri 4/21             Agoura Hills, CA                        Canyon Club
Sat 4/22            Pasadena, CA                           The Rose
Sun 4/23           San Juan Capistrano, CA           Coach House
Tue 4/25            San Diego, CA                          Brick By Brick
Fri 4/28             Las Vegas, NV                          Vamp’d
Sat 4/29            Scottsdale, AZ                          BLK Live
Mon 5/1            Denver, CO                               Oriental Theatre
Wed 5/3            Moline, IA                                 Rascal’s Live
Thu 5/4             St. Charles, IL                           Arcada Theatre
Fri 5/5               Westland, MI                             The Token Lounge
Sun 5/7             Whitesburg, KY                         Appalshop Theater
Tue 5/9             Pittsburgh, PA                          Altar Bar
Thu 5/11            New York, NY                           B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sat 5/13            Annapolis, MD                          Rams Head On Stage
Sun 5/14           New Hope, PA                          Havana New Hope
Wed 5/17          Bethlehem, PA                          Musikfest Café
 
Wed
11
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - RICHIE KOTZEN

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-96-richie-kotzen

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.

For More Richie Kotzen visit: http://www.richiekotzen.com ; http://www.thewinerydogs.com and on TWITTER: @Richie_Kotzen
For more about Venom visit: http://www.venomslegions.com
For more Mark Strigl visit: http://www.talkingmetal.com and follow him on Twitter: @Strigl and @talkingmetal

Check out the new releases from Melodic Rock Records at: http://www.melodicrockrecords.com

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon
 
 
Tue
06
Jan

M3 Festival Announces 2015 Line-Up with KIX and EUROPE Headlining

Friday, May 1, 2015
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M3 Rock Festival has announced the May 1 & 2, 2015 lineup. The graphic says it all...
 
 
Tue
15
Jul

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

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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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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