Date posted: October 6, 2017

Up All Night

Up All Night. It’s an apt title for Albert Castiglia’s seventh album: nobody sleeps when this man is in town. After 27 years of house-rocking studio albums and smack-in-the-mouth live shows, the Florida bandleader is the acknowledged master of red-raw, sweat-and-hair blues that gives it to you straight. Now, the visceral riffs and bruised soul of Up All Night make everything else sound like a lullaby. Up All Night finds Castiglia in a creative swagger after last year’s acclaimed Big Dog. What wasn’t broke then hasn’t been fixed now, with the bluesman once again recording at Dockside Studios, Louisiana, and capturing a warts-and-all mix alongside producer Mike Zito.

Up All Night is available now!

Date posted: September 20, 2017

CalderaWritten in rural Oregon in the shadow of Mt. Hood Caldera is a blistering declaration from a band that’s progressed beyond the sum of its influences to come fully into its own. Polyrhythmics began the Journey to Caldera during a snowstorm Stargazer Farm outside Portland, Oregon where they were sequestered for several days at a songwriting retreat. The tracks came together organically with each member of the band contributing ideas and concepts that ultimately became the songs on this forthcoming double LP which were recorded at Jason Gray’s Blue Mallard Recording studio in Seattle.

“A caldera is the term for what’s left after a volcano erupts,” explains Polyrhythmics guitarist Ben Bloom. “It felt like an apropos album title considering where we are as a band right now. The last album was this explosion onto the scene for us, a statement of who we are and what we’re here to do, and this one feels like the simmering crater that comes into focus once all that smoke clears.”

Date posted: September 14, 2017

From Walter: “And we couldn’t have done it without your belief in me and my band. Thank you. Also a big thank you to all the amazing guests, my band on the album: Michael Leasure, Sammy Avila, Johnny Griparic, and everyone who has helped make this happen (press, PR, label, management, agency, etc. …) We are truly all in this together!”

Date posted: September 13, 2017

Heather Gillis is the TOTAL package as a guitar player, lap steel player, singer, songwriter, and arranger. You may not know her yet BUT listen up, as you are going to hear a lot about this young lady in the next few years! Heather is an amazingly versatile player and performer. She and her band have the stage presence and confidence to appeal to a variety of musical tastes be it rock, blues, soul, jazz, roots or gospel. At 22 years old, Heather has not only formed a strong southeastern following but has played alongside and befriended the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Col Bruce Hampton, North Mississippi All-Stars and Damon Fowler just to name a few. 

In 2015 Heather was recruited by (legendary Allman Brothers Band drummer) Butch Trucks to be a member of his touring outfit, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band (2015-2017). During this time people saw that Butch had a secret weapon in his band and Heather’s name began to get talked about by those in the know. In early 2017, The Freight Train Band had a full touring schedule and Heather had planned to spend most of her time on the road touring with them throughout the year. That’s when she received the shocking news of Butch’s untimely death and all of a sudden had to switch gears and come up with a game plan. She relocated from the Tampa area to Atlanta, put together an all new band and has not looked back since. The band is a 4 piece band consisting of Guitar, Bass, Drums and B3 Organ. She can also add a horn or two for festivals and other special events. Don’t miss your opportunity to book Heather Gillis on your next event. She’s a WINNER and will leave your audience smiling from ear to ear and screaming for more.

Date posted: September 8, 2017

World renowned blues/rock guitarist Gary Hoey’s first break came in 1987 when Ozzy Osbourne liked Hoey’s tape enough to fly him to LA for an audition. Zakk Wylde eventually wound up with the gig, however Ozzy recommended Hoey move to LA where he was certain he would get noticed, and so he did. Thanks Ozzy! In 1992 Gary’s cover of “Hocus Pocus” rocketed into the Billboard’s Top 5 Rock Tracks. With a collection of 19 albums it’s no wonder Gary Hoey is listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. Since then, Gary has become a Music Director for Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp, worked with legends like Joe Perry, Roger Daltrey, blues icon Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, Leslie West, and KISS drummer, Peter Criss, just to name a few. He has toured and traded licks with the likes of Jeff Beck, Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, and Dick Dale.

Hoey has explored many styles of music in his career, but in 2013, came home to the Blues with his release of “Deja Blues.” His latest, 2016’s “Dust & Bones,” is an exuberant fusion of blues and rock. Whatever style he plays, one thing is certain, Gary Hoey is a fiery, charismatic player who connects with the crowd. Whether he’s playing scorching bluesy originals or blues/rock covers, his solos are thrilling and reminiscent of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan in their fiery youth. One thing that remains consistent is Hoey’s impassioned command of the guitar. He can attack his instrument with feral intensity and then play something very soft and achingly beautiful. This ability to mix feeling, phrasing, technique and tone is the true mark of a master guitarist.