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    The Letter Black Sign With EMP Label Group

    March 13th, 2017

    The Letter Black, who first burst onto the hard rock landscape with their Tooth & Nail debut HANGING ON BY A THREAD in 2010, are back with a new record and a new label. The band is set to release their third album, PAIN May 26th on EMP LABEL GROUP. Produced by guitarist Mark Anthony, and mixed by the legendary Ben Grosse (Blink 182, Disturbed, Starset), the album, an aggressive step forward, shows the band venturing into heavier new territory.

    “When we met to talk about the new record, it was unanimous that we wanted to do what we’ve been wanting to do all along, Metal. Though we have had those moments in the past, we were always restricted for various reasons. Those barriers are gone now, and that allowed us to create the record the way we wanted. This album is The Letter Black. For the first time, I feel we have successfully delivered the most honest and true music in the band’s history” recalls Mark.

    Vocalist Sarah Anthony adds, “I wanted to really explore my vocals on this effort. I wanted to dive more into the aggressive side matching the more aggressive music but also touching on some more intimate moments on a few songs as well.”

    In late 2016, the band, Vocalist Sarah Anthony, Guitarist Mark Anthony, and drummer Justin Brown, began talking to (Megadeth bassist) David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert of EMP LABEL GROUP. Through these talks, the band found themselves inking a new deal with EMP opening up a new direction for 2017.

    “We are beyond excited to be working with David and Thom over at EMP. We really feel like they get what we are about. We have never spoken with anyone so open to letting us just go with it and create the album that we want to. That kind of trust makes us even more determined to do them proud and deliver the best album we ever have” states Mark.

    “The band’s previous releases had been a huge for the band at Tooth and Nail, and they have always been an amazing hard-working band.”, says Hazaert. “So when the opportunity came to bring them into the fold at EMP we jumped at the chance. The Letter Black is one of the hardest-working bands out there, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the family.”

    The Letter Black released HANGING ON BY A THREAD, and the 2013 follow-up REBUILD on Tooth and Nail, before departing the label before the recording of PAIN. The band has since played over 100-150 shows a year, including support for Skillet, Thousand Foot Krutch, and more.

    Formed in 2015, EMP has quickly become one of the go-to labels in the Worlds of Metal and Rock. Distributed by AMPED in North America, and SPV in Europe, EMP boasts a diverse roster including Cage9, Doyle, Mark Slaughter, Broken Teeth, Ancient, Doll Skin, Another Lost Year, Helstar and more!

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    March 13th, 2017

    Debut release from LA-based label 1520 Entertainment unites pedigree artists with Grammy-winning producer.

    Official Video for “Under the Bridge” Released March 6th

    It is hardly commonplace for hip-hop and rock to become bonded bedfellows. And it takes a crafty vision to mesh the disparate musical species in a way that begets fire and ice in a single song.

    “Under the Bridge,” the 1992 global hit from Red Hot Chili Peppers, is a moody, potent exposè about alienation, despondency and the search for one’s truth. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis penned the platinum-selling song as he found redemption on the other side of addiction. Who can forget the indelible chorus: “I don’t ever want to feel, like I did that day/Take me to the place I love, take me all the way.”

    Now press reset. Imagine the enduring song with commanding lyrical verses—cogent and again charged with strife—accompanied by the Chili Peppers’ chorus loaded with 8-cylinder gusto via a flaming, fierce female vocal. Meet Chino XL and Rama Duke, both partnering with independent music label 1520 Entertainment. “Under the Bridge” is, in fact, the launch single for the company, which aims to release a new single from its eclectic roster each month throughout 2017.

    “We hope that our hybrid version of ‘Under the Bridge’ might save some lives and inspire a new generation,” says Jared Lee Gosselin, Partner of 1520 and producer of the track. His pedigree includes production credits for Velvet Revolver, Serj Tankian, DMC, Macy Gray, India.Arie, KRS-One and Musiq Soulchild. In 2013, Gosselin was awarded a Latin Grammy for Beto Cuevas’ album “Transformacion.”

    In fact, because of the unsettling theme of “Under the Bridge,” 1520 is working to make its mark on local communities. The label is contributing a portion of the song’s revenues to the California-based Action Family Foundation, which works with youth and their families to resolve issues related to drugs, alcohol, sex and gangs.

    The inspiration for this modern version of “Under the Bridge” was first inspired after Gosselin worked with Rama when she was signed to Hollywood Records for a multi-album deal in the early part of the millennium. “So passionate, such a unique tone and super talented,” he says of the raucous vocalist. “Truly one of the most gifted singers I have worked with.” Rama was working on a rock album and in the studio with a band covering “Under the Bridge” live, with a full-on grinding, grimacing rock vibe. It was never released.

    Meanwhile, Gosselin and Chino XL had forged a years-long fruitful relationship. The latter was discovered and pacted at age 16 by Grammy-winning legend Rick Rubin and released several MTV staple singles, while also working as an actor in TV and films and collaborating with the likes of Travis Barker, J Dilla, Immortal Technique, Snoop Dogg, Tech N9ne, Cypress Hill and Proof (D12).

    Gosselin says, “He is one of the top lyricists I have ever worked with. His writing and flow are something that few can accomplish.” As the pair developed new material, the producer had an epiphany. “It just kind of hit me in the studio with Chino. What an amazing remix this could be. Rama has already given it rebirth; now if I could find a way to discover a way that would fit Chino’s lyrical style.”

    In fact, the three have forged such a creative kinship that they are discussing integrating their talents into a 1520 trio partnership called “A Bad Day For Sorry.” Stayed tuned for that.

    Meanwhile, in the refashioned “Under the Bridge,” Chino offers a cautionary tale about addiction: “I’m the rose petal that fell from its pedestal, unbearable God witnesses the frozen princesses couldn’t let it go/The interruption of a king, my slim heroine’s grin taught me that I had even more to lose than everything.” Follow that with Rama’s hair-raising roar of the chorus.

    Add to the song’s potency the fact that this is no off-hand interpretation. Both artists infuse the production with their own life lessons. Rama says, “I was a pretty angry child who moved all over the place, always wearing headphones and listening to music that came out raw where the singer wasn’t afraid to say what they felt. I understand the struggle and I think that is part of everything I sing.”

    Adds Chino, “My history is similar, so for me, the song is about overcoming a less than perfect childhood, and the struggles of youth. So I relate to a message about survival, of never bowing down as you work to overcome whatever the darkness brings.” Add to that the clever—if harrowing—metaphor he brings out in the lyric, referring to heroin as a one-time heroine.

    “I wanted 1520 Entertainment to come out of the gate at a gallop, not a trot,” Gosselin says. “I’d like to believe that our version of ‘Under the Bridge’ will not only be a defining moment for the label, but for pop culture as well.”

    “Under the Bridge” has been released to all major digital download sites, and was released to CHR and Urban radio stations on March 06, 2017.


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    Never Say Die

    March 12th, 2017

    Toronto, Canada

    Rock, Hard Rock, Alternative

    It’s not often a platinum selling band with a #1 song in the US announces they’re going on hiatus, but that was the case when MY DARKEST DAYS singer MATT WALST was given the opportunity to front Canadian hard rock legends, THREE DAYS GRACE .

    NEVER SAY DIE started in the front passenger seat of the MY DARKEST DAYS band wagon … we had a relentless tour schedule,” says REID HENRY (Lead Vocals/Guitar). “During overnight drives I’d squeeze through a small window to the front of the bus and stay up writing, singing, and occasionally wedging my laptop on the dashboard to record.”

    Over the next year, NEVER SAY DIE remained a studio project of Reid and MY DARKEST DAYS band mate, BRENDAN McMILLAN (Bass).

    In early 2016, Reid’s demos caught the interest of Producer/Engineer (EVANS BLUE, PARABELLE, SCARLET WHITE ) and drummer (AGE OF DAYS ), MIKE LANGFORD. The band began recording an EP that grew into an album. With the addition of Mike’s long time tour mate, DANE HARTSELL (guitar/vocals), what started as a dream for Reid, NEVER SAY DIE has quickly become a reality.

    With their debut album set for release early 2017 and plans to tour Canada/US, it’s apparent NEVER SAY DIE has positioned themselves to continue where MY DARKEST DAYS left off.


    Photo credit: Ryan Abramowitz

    Brendan McMillan (Bass), Reid Henry (Lead Vocals / Guitar), Mike Langford (Drums), Dane Hartsell Guitar/Vocals)









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    March 12th, 2017

    In the summer of 2014, frontman and guitarist, Dave Naruszewicz was looking to work on a new project following the disbandment of Chicago-based group, Heart-Set Self Destruct. After recording 2 full length records, releasing a single to active rock radio which charted at #1 on Music Choice Network, and years of touring North America with such bands as Volbeat, Hellyeah, and Filter it was time for change.

    Looking to feed his passion as an artist, Dave spent time working with other musicians in the Chicago music scene but didn’t find what he was looking for. Not deterred, Dave reached out to longtime friend and fellow musician/drummer, Russell Ray. Russ (formerly of Old Fashioned Beatdown) also co-wrote and recorded drums for Wind-Up Records McCauley.

    Dave began flying to Los Angeles from Chicago twice a month, working with Russ to build something new, original and undeniable. Russ then reached out to former bandmate and guitarist Shawn Patterson (formerly Old Fashioned Beatdown and Phantom Communique). The three began writing, recording, and sharing demos that would eventually become the foundation of VYCES. After a few trips to L.A., they entered the studio with producer Augustus Cryns (Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits and Westfield Massacre). One year later, the band completed 14 songs that established the raw sound, power, and a vision that is VYCES. The band has been compared to such artists as Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and Breaking Benjamin, sonically creating a dark blend of active rock and metal. Dave describes the soul of the songs as “exploring the darker side of human emotion and behavior. It’s something everyone can relate to because everyone has experienced some form of hurt, betrayal, weakness, hate, addiction and/or lack of acceptance. It’s also the fuel that drives us to be stronger, get better and overcome the flaws we’ve built in our minds.”

    The founding members of the band felt it was time to release their music and tour, so they began their hunt for members to fill out the line up and become part of the family. Evan Seidlitz, (former singer of Thrown Into Exile and Grimace), longtime friend of Dave and Russ, was asked to join the band. Evan toured on The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in 2013 with Thrown Into Exile, promoting their single, “Not Alone” which was featured on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal. Evan also performed several guest spots with Grimace when they played the house band for Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. Evan, being a singer and frontman himself, brought a new dimension of aggressive and melodic vocals to round out the band’s live performance, as well as adding keys and synths to fill out the sound. The band soon began auditioning other musicians in search of a bass player. Evan brought in bassist Mark James Klepaski (formerly of Breaking Benjamin). Mark earned platinum and gold records for his work with Breaking Benjamin. Along with years of touring experience, Mark brought a unique and powerful style and tone that fit perfectly with the band’s vision. Mark re-tracked the bass lines on the record, helping mold the band’s rhythm section into what it is today.

    The band is currently touring to promote their current EP DEVILS which is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and all other media platforms. For more information please visit our website.

    VYCES is:
    Dave Naruszewicz ­ Vocals

    Evan Seidlitz ­ Vocals/Keyboards

    Shawn Patterson ­ Guitar

    Mark James Klepaski ­ Bass

    Russell Ray – Drums

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    World-Renowned Guitarist JOHN 5 Releases New Album “Season of The Witch”

    March 4th, 2017

    US tour kicks off TODAY in Fife, WA! Get tickets HERE.

    Available Today via iTunes, Amazon, & Spotify

    Season Of The Witch, the brand new full-length instrumental solo album from world-renowned guitarist JOHN 5, is out today and can be ordered via iTunes, Amazon and, or streamed via Spotify. Season Of The Witch features JOHN 5’s backing band The Creatures (bassist Ian Ross and drummer Rodger Carter), and features experimentation with various genres – including western swing, Spanish flamenco, heavy metal and more – thoroughly showcasing JOHN 5’s diverse virtuosic abilities.

    In celebration of the album’s release, JOHN 5 and The Creatures are kicking off their U.S. tour in Fife, WA today! The tour will hit roughly 35 cities (with more potentially TBA), coming to an end in Chicago, IL on April 16. Tickets and VIP are available now – visit for more information and see below for all confirmed dates:

    JOHN 5 and the Creatures “SEASON OF THE WITCH” Confirmed Tour Dates:
    3/3 – Fife, WA @ Louie G’s
    3/4 – Everett, WA @ Tony V’s Garage
    3/5 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
    3/9 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub
    3/10 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
    3/11 – Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
    3/12 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
    3/16 – Fullerton, CA @ The Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Cafe
    3/17 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
    3/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill
    3/19 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
    3/20 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
    3/22 – Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
    3/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Bar & Live Music
    3/24 – Tyler, TX @ Clicks Live
    3/25 – Houston, TX @ Scout’s Bar
    3/26 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
    3/29 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
    3/30 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighbourhood Theatre
    3/31 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
    4/1 – Wilmington, NC @ Calico
    4/2 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s
    4/3 – Richmond, VA @ Capitol Ale House
    4/5 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East – Downstairs
    4/6 – Derry, NH @ New Tupelo Music Hall
    4/7 – Queens, NY @ Blackthorn 51
    4/8 – Boonsboro, MD @ The Stage House
    4/9 – Falls Church, VA @ The State Theatre
    4/10 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
    4/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    4/12 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom
    4/13 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
    4/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
    4/15 – Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
    4/16 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies

    JOHN 5 took a different approach with the release of Season Of The Witch, choosing to share his new music with fans throughout 2016 by releasing several tracks individually in the form of various music videos. Tracks/videos released include the fast-paced “Black Grass Plague”, downtempo, introspective “Behind The Nut Love”, hard rocking “Now Fear This”, jazz fusion marathon “Here’s To The Crazy Ones” (featuring a bit of “monkeying around”), heavy metal Claymation shredfest “Making Monsters”, and last but not least, the whiskey-soaked “Hell Haw”. The videos have garnered nearly a million views, collectively.

    “Since music is so visual nowadays, I thought these videos would be the best way to get my music out there, and it seems to have worked – now everybody knows the songs on the record,” states JOHN 5. “I put so much work into this record with the videos, the artwork, the songwriting and the playing – out of my catalog, this is by far my favorite solo record.”

    Season Of The Witch track listing:
    1) Book of Spells
    2) The Black Grass Plague
    3) Guitars Tits and Monsters
    4) Now Fear This
    5) Behind the Nut Love
    6) Making Monsters
    7) Dr. Evil’s Spook Show
    8) Here’s To The Crazy Ones
    9) The Macabre
    10) Ddd
    11) Hell Haw I.G.R.
    12) Ode to Jasper
    13) Season Of The Witch
    JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slash has called JOHN 5, “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”. JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Garbage, Ricky Martin and others. His upcoming release, Season Of The Witch, followshis previous solo work, Careful With That Axe, which debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release in 2014.

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    February 13th, 2017



    SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FEBRUARY 13, 2017 – Metallica today announced their WorldWired 2017 North American tour in support of their new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. The WorldWired 2017 tour is produced by Live Nation and kicks off on May 10th in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium. The tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy® Award winning band’s first proper North American tour since 2009. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. See below for a list of all confirmed dates.

    Presale tickets will be available to Legacy Fan Club members beginning on Tuesday, February 14 at 9:00 AM local time, with presale tickets available to all Met Club members beginning on Tuesday, February 14 at 11:00 AM local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, February 17th at 10:00 AM local time. Each ticket purchased will come with a copy of the Hardwired…To Self-Destruct album, available as a physical CD or a digital download. Visit for complete ticket info.

    Citi is the official credit card of the WorldWired 2017 North American Tour. Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special presale opportunity for all show dates in the U.S. beginning on Tuesday, February 14th at 11:00 AM local time. For additional details, visit

    Every ticket purchased through official outlets includes your choice of a standard physical or standard digital copy of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Fans should expect to receive information from Warner Music Artist Services on how to redeem their albums within 14 business days after their purchase. Full details of how you can gift the album, should you have already purchased, will be given on the redemption page.

    Metallica has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer four options of special enhanced experiences on this tour, including premium tickets and amenities, including: early access to the venue, a visit to the ‘Memory Remains’ exhibit of memorabilia, and meet and greets. For full package details, visit

    Additionally, Metallica has announced the formation of their All Within My Hands Foundation, which will raise funds to support a cross-section of national, local and Bay Area charities that the individual band members support, along with continuing to donate to music education programs and local food banks. Through a collaboration with Crowdrise, the band encourages fans to make a donation when purchasing tickets to the upcoming shows. For more information, visit

    Hardwired…To Self Destruct was released on November 18 on Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations at

    Praise for Hardwired…To Self-Destruct includes: The New York Times: “Metallica has embraced its adulthood, reclaiming the attack of its music while jettisoning the image of a hard-rock band as young, fast and out of control;” Rolling Stone: “Metallica’s ‘Hardwired’ shreds back to vintage eighties terror;” Decibel: “Metallica balances legacy, longevity, and longitude with Hardwired…To Self-Destruct;” Kerrang!: “This is Metallica galvanized, refreshed, refocused and rediscovering themselves. Best thing they’ve done since The Black album? Yep;” The Guardian: “Metallica have just made their finest record in 25 years;,” NME: “Metallica remain both vital and innovative;” San Jose Mercury News: “Metallica has once again delivered an album that echoes and underscores the mood of millions;” and much more.

    To purchase Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, click HERE.

    May 10 – Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium*^
    May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field*^
    May 14 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium*^
    May 17 – Uniondale, NY – New Coliseum^
    May 19 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium ^
    May 21 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range Festival (SOLD OUT)
    June 4 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium^
    June 7 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field*^
    June 11 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium*^
    June 14 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome*
    June 16 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium*
    June 18 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field*
    July 5 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium*^
    July 7 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium*^
    July 9 – Atlanta, GA – Suntrust Park*^
    July 12 – Detroit, MI – Comercia Park*^
    July 14 – Quebec City, QC- Festival D’Ete

    July 16 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre*^
    July 19 – Montreal, QB – Parc Jean-Drapeau*^
    July 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl*+
    August 4 – Phoenix, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium*+
    August 6 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park*+
    August 9 – Seattle, WA – Centurylink Field*+
    August 14 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place*+
    August 16 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium*+

    *With Avenged Sevenfold
    ^With Volbeat
    +With Gojira


    Metallica formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), with sales of nearly 17 million copies in the United States alone, making it the best-selling album in the history of Soundscan. Metallica has also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. In December 2013, Metallica made history when they performed a rare concert in Antarctica, becoming the first act to ever play all seven continents all within a year, and earning themselves a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

    Avenged Sevenfold achieved worldwide success with a string of best-selling albums – including their 2005 platinum breakthrough City Of Evil, 2007’s Avenged Sevenfold, which topped the Billboard Alternative, Hard, and Rock Charts, and two consecutive No 1’s on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, Nightmare (2010) and Hail To The King (2013)- achieving Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries. They’ve also scored a series of Top 10 singles at multiple formats, including “Bat Country,” “Almost Easy,” “Scream,” “Nightmare,” “Welcome To The Family,” “So Far Away,” and “Hail To The King,” and “Shepherd of Fire.” The group, which hails from Huntington Beach, CA., have become known for their spectacular live shows, routinely selling out arenas worldwide and headlining some of the biggest and most prestigious music festivals.

    Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Advertising & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit

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    January 25th, 2017

    Billboard, CMT, Taste of Country, Roughstock and MORE Applaud the Reviver Records No. 1 Singer/Songwriter

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 25, 2017) – When Michael Tyler looked at his odometer after he arrived in Nashville from his hometown in Thayer, Mo., he noticed a number in his dash that’s resonated with him since his arrival: 317. It’s no coincidence that the 23-year-old’s debut album will be titled 317, available from Reviver Records March 17. CLICK HERE to pre-order 317 on iTunes and CLICK HERE to pre-order 317 on Amazon.

    MT, whose current single “They Can’t See” is one of the Top 5 Most Added records at radio this week according to Country Aircheck, continues to connect with fans and the country music industry. Performing rights organization SESAC awarded Song of the Year to MT for co-writing the multi-week No. 1 platinum-selling Dierks Bentley smash “Somewhere On A Beach.” And now, enthusiasm is building for MT in 2017 with rave reviews about the young talent:

    “They Can’t See” demonstrates a knack for hooks and a boy-next-door vocal quality that fits into both party songs and youthful ballads.
    -Billboard, Tom Roland

    The rest of the song is a vocal playground for the talented singer….an artist willing to push the genre’s boundaries while never coming unglued from his country moorings.
    -Taste of Country, Billy Dukes

    The fresh talent co-wrote Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere On A Beach” … we suspect that Tyler will make the label 2-2 with artists who connect with audiences.
    -Roughstock, Matt Bjorke

    CMT also included MT in its “17 for 2017” artists for its year-long Listen Up campaign recognizing and supporting country music’s most promising newcomers.

    Earlier this year, MT’s debut single “Crazy Last Night” world-premiered on CMT and was selected as Billboard’s Country Songs of the Summer Picks.

    MT also penned Jason Aldean’s “Laid Back” on the platinum-selling album Old Boots New Dirt, three songs on the LOCASH album The Fighters (“Shipwrecked,” “Ain’t Startin Tonight,” and “Moonwalkin”) and a Jason Aldean/Kelsea Ballerini duet “First Time Again” on Aldean’s No. 1 album They Don’t Know.

    Hailing from Thayer, Missouri, known as a railroad town, it’s ironic MT is the descendant of the late, great Jimmie Rodgers, known as “The Father of Country Music” who learned his craft around the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad. At the age of 13, over a Myspace meeting, MT met award-winning producer Michael Knox (Jason Aldean/Thomas Rhett/Kelly Clarkson/Trace Adkins). After a few years of sending songs and ideas back and forth, MT came to Nashville, Tenn. to play a show at Tootsies Orchid Lounge for their first face-to-face meeting. At that time, Knox was hired by peermusic Nashville to help restructure the creative department. After watching MT play a few shows, Knox felt it was time for him to make the move to Nashville as a peermusic songwriter. The future has just started for this young singer/songwriter who is on the road touring all over the country with his energetic live show.

    MT is on the road with Reviver Records labelmates LOCASH for Live Nation’s ‘Ones To Watch’ Tour. Fans can purchase tickets at Follow Michael Tyler on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information on Reviver Records, visit

    1. “Here’s To The Nights”
    (Michael Tyler/Jaron Boyer/Adam Shoenfeld)
    2. “Crazy Last Night”
    (Michael Tyler/Jaron Boyer/Josh Mirenda)
    3. “Long Drive Home”
    (Michael Tyler/AJ Babcock/Pete Good)
    4. “They Can’t See”
    (Michael Tyler/Jaron Boyer/Brandon Hood)
    5. “Love Myself”
    (Michael Tyler/Jaron Boyer/Alexander Palmer)
    6. “Songs About Missouri”
    (Michael Tyler/Jacob Rice/Jimmy Yeary)
    7. “Hey Mama”
    (Michael Tyler/Jaron Boyer/Adam Argyle)
    8. “Secret”
    (Michael Tyler/Phil Barton/Preston Brust/Lindsay Rimes)
    9. “Good at Being Young”
    (Michael Tyler/Jaron Boyer/Josh Mirenda)
    10. “Play That Party Song”
    (Michael Tyler/Jessi Alexander/Gordie Sampson)
    11. “Interstate”
    (Michael Tyler/Jaron Boyer/Nathan Chapman)

    Feb. 08 House of Blues – Boston, Mass.
    Feb. 09 Irving Plaza – New York, N.Y.
    Feb. 10 The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, N.C.
    Feb. 11 The Ritz – Raleigh, N.C.
    Feb. 15 House of Blues – Cleveland, Ohio
    Feb. 17 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, Pa.
    Feb. 18 The Fillmore – Silver Springs, Md.
    Feb. 25 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, Mich.
    March 23 The Cabooze – Minneapolis, Minn.
    March 24 Bourbon Jack’s Honky Tonk Bar – Hastings, Neb.
    March 25 Summit Music Hall – Denver, Colo.
    March 29 Neptune Theater – Seattle, Wash.
    March 31 House of Blues – Las Vegas, Nev.
    April 21 Boondocks – Springfield, Ill.
    April 22 Delmar Hall – Saint Louis, Mo.

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    January 25th, 2017


    Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy/GRAMMYs

    Music’s Biggest Night® — Hosted By James Corden
    Airs Live On CBS, Feb. 12, 2017

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017) — The Recording Academy® announces Bruno Mars will join this year’s lineup for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast. The four-time GRAMMY® winner and current nominee will return to the stage to perform for the first time since 2013. Mars joins previously announced performers Adele, John Legend, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and hosted by award-winning television personality and performer James Corden, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

    Mars is currently nominated for Album Of The Year for his work on Adele’s 25. He has performed at The GRAMMYs® four times previously, including twice at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2013.

    The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

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    January 20th, 2017

    Melbourne, Australia’s ‘Shadowqueen,’ and their latest single, “Waiting On You.”
    by Brian McKinny

    Australian female-fronted rock trio SHADOWQUEEN, consisting of Robbi Zana (Lead Vocals, Bass, Keys), Si Hopman (Guitar) and Alex Deegan (Drums)  have been building a solid following around their home town of Melbourne, Australia opening for bands the likes of The Butterfly Effect, Shihad, Bellusira, Floating Me, King of The North, King Parrot, and Electric Mary to name a few. In support of their debut album the band completed their first headline tour, ‘The Queen’s National Tour’ taking them to Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, and Sydney.

    The band’s latest release is a menagerie of well-written, tight performances that run the gamut of straight ahead rock, some

    The ostensible title track, “Waiting on You” is a hard rock, straight-ahead groover that gets your attention right from the start. Production on this album is top-notch, as are the vocal performances. Guitar duties are handily performed by Si Hopman, someone who is definitely comfortable being the lead in a power trio lineup, and that comfort level is apparent throughout the entire album. Guitar tones and grooves are well put to use on every track, but particularly on tracks, Open Your Eyes and Unconditional. The hooks are definitely infectious, and no more so than on Call My Name and Waiting on You.

    Bass riffs are deftly handled by Robbi Zana, as she proves she’s as good a bass player at throwing down heavy grooves as she is belting out some earth-shattering vocals. She has a sassy attitude and a sultry tone to her voice, and Zana really shines on the entire album, with personal favorite standouts like Sacred Ground – a funky groover that had my head bouncing up and down to the beat – and others like the sassy and fun song that’s a sure hit single, Unconditional that make perfect use of her sexy, sultry voice.

    The accompanying video to the track, Unconditional was filmed by Melbourne-based master photographer and videographer/director, Ian Ritter, and the video is incredibly entertaining, fun, and innovative as well, which is a pleasure to see in this day and age of crap video being dutifully released by artists because it is compulsory. This video is different – they actually had a plan, and had a helluva good time doing it.

    There are eleven tracks on this yet –but-soon-to-be-released album, and every track is a winner.  Drummer Alex Deegan is the silent partner in this endeavor, holding down the beat with some tasty, tight, and very dynamic grooves from behind his kit – he doesn’t overplay parts, which is another thing you rarely see these days – a drummer who plays his part for the betterment of the song. You could say he’s very Ringo-esque in that regard, albeit with a bit more gusto than old Ringo did back in his Beatles days…

    Overall, I’d have to say that this sophomore effort of Melbourne’s own, Shadowqueen is a rock-solid effort worthy of your iTunes dollar and every rock radio program manager’s attention. Admittedly, there are very few female vocalist fronted bands that I am very enthusiastic about – call me a misogynist, I’m a bit old school… But this is a band that is a good band because of their female vocalist, as well as every one of the three members playing their parts equally well – the hallmark of a potentially great power trio in anyone’s book. In the final analysis, I give this band and this release a hearty 8 out of 10 Skulls for a fine album that is a welcome addition to my music library and will be on my most played playlist.

    You can find Shadowqueen on Facebook, on their website at or you can view their video channel on YouTube by clicking HERE.


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