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TOKYO ROSENTHAL: FREE DOWN LOAD OF ECONOMIC DISTRESS SONG

“Mister Tell Me ‘Bout The Great Depression”

“Epic, this song has balls.” ~ AMERICANA UK

“There are songs that just hit at the right time” ~ Simon Barrett – USA TODAY/BNN

“A clear hint at the mistakes politicians and the economy leaders constantly make” ~Bruno Michel – CMJ

“ ‘Did we really start that war… did they really lie about what for?’, Tokyo asks over a dramatic fusion of swirling fiddle and bombastic drums.” – COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE MAGAZINE

Award winning singer/songwriter Tokyo Rosenthal announced today that in light of the hard economic times the world over that he would offer free downloads of his original recording, “Mister Tell Me ‘Bout The Great Depression”. This is being done in conjunction with Rosenthal’s record label, Rock & Sock Records and is available on Rosenthal’s web site www.tokyorosenthal.com. The song also appears on Tokyo’s latest CD, “Ghosts“, which recently was #5 on The Euro Americana Chart, and has received rave reviews and airplay the world over.

Rosenthal’s tune documents the causes for the economic turmoil that has become a global phenomenon. “It was inspired by the stories my grandfather, ‘Poppy Jack‘, used to tell me about the 1929-1939 Depression,” said Rosenthal. “But this song is about now. And it’s futuristic. Picture a young man sitting on the door step of his neighbor asking what happened back in 2009-2010. Hopefully he’s not saying 2009-2019!”

Critics such as No Depression said, “It’s a song for these times, for all time, and big thanks to him for writing it.” Americana UK was even more direct as they said,”Epic!, This song truly has balls”.

Rosenthal felt that offering the tune at no charge was the best way to get his message across and at the same time make it affordable to all who want to have it and pass it on. “I hope people the world over take advantage of this opportunity and both like the song musically and relate to some if not all of what I’m saying,” Tokyo added.

Rosenthal, along with Charlie Chamberlain on mandolin and guitar, just completed his fourth tour of the United Kingdom and his planning a 40 city US Tour beginning in late August. For more information log on to www.tokyorosenthal.com and www.myspace.com/tokyorosenthal.

“‘Mister Tell Me’ why this next song shouldn’t be a miracle of a cross over hit, just enough rough, just enough dirt, the smile this induces, is an intimate thing.” ~ THE NEXT BIG THING

“Rosenthal can draw you into his lyrics much the same way that James Taylor and Don Henley can”.

“Take Jackson Brownes’ personal confessions and wrap them in Kris Kristofferson’s world weary tales of broken relationships and you have an idea of what to expect from Tokyo Rosenthal.”

“This is Americana with real teeth in the lyrics”

This and more is what the critics are saying about Tokyo Rosenthal. But it wasn’t an overnight trip. Hardly, as “Toke” has spanned the music scene for three decades. But it was in 2007 when recognition finally reached him through the recording of his CD, “One Score And Ten”.

In a career that started with the country rock boom, Rosenthal has honed his craft and “rootsy/ Americana with a little blues thrown in” sound to perfection. His recent move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina has allowed him to team up with the famed producer and recording star Chris Stamey in the studio.

While content to let the critics compare his style to others Tokyo doesn’t hesitate to point out his influences, who include The Band, The Byrds, The Indigo Girls, Gene Clark, Emmylou Harris, and believe it or not Janis Joplin. Toke’s version of “Piece Of My Heart” always sets off a crowd reaction.

In 2008 Rosenthal released a new CD entitled “Love Won Out”, that featured the single “St. Patrick’s Day”, to critical acclaim. This CD broke into the charts reaching #11 on the Euro Americana Chart, #14 on the Far Chart and #10 on the North Carolina Roots chart. He completed a Northeast US tour in March and a UK tour in April of that year. In August of that year he toured Japan and debuted in The Netherlands in October. In November Toke was back in New York City followed by Woodstock and Boston and then made a “Heartland” tour from North Carolina to Texas and back, headlining along the way at the World Music United Festival in San Marcos.

He began 2009 with the release of the timely and moving single, “Mister Tell Me ‘Bout The Great Depression”. Then he returned to Holland and Scotland for two weeks in February for a radio concert tour. This was followed by Germany in the spring and another tour of the UK in the fall. And of course he played all over North Carolina while recording his next album, “Ghosts”, that was released in January 2010. His most successful release to date, “Ghosts”, reached #5 on the Euro Americana Chart and the critical acclaim and US airplay was overwhelming. “Toke” then once again toured the North East U.S. with the highlight being his headlining at the world famous Bitter End in New York City. Toke then completed “UK Tour IV”. Extensive US touring is on the agenda for the balance of 2010. Always writing and always gigging, his musical journey continues.

www.tokyorosenthal.com



“This is a killer sound track”MUSIC STREET JOURNAL

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Galen Kipar Project’s fourth album in five years, The Scenic Route, was recorded in Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville North Carolina-[Others who have recorded there include Donna the Buffalo, Avett Brothers, and Band of Horses]. Featuring eight songs, the album promises to satisfy the musical longings of loyal fans as well as the uninitiated.  It was mastered in NYC by Richard Morris Mastering (Iron and Wine, Nora Jones, Wiyos, Felise Brothers). The Scenic Route was published by Paper Sailer Publishing.  Click here for a song preview from the album.

Galen will be the featured musician on the Fret Knot Radio Hour on Tuesday, May 25th at Malaprop’s bookstore. Host Chris Weller will interview Galen and the audience will get the chance to hear a few acoustic songs during this free show!

The official CD release party for the new album is Saturday, May 29th at the LAB on Lexington Ave in Downtown Asheville.

Here is what WNC Magazine’s Michael Flynn has to say about GKP:

Music: Sound Travels

The Galen Kipar Project wants to take you on a scenic ride
Like countless artists in Western North Carolina, singer-songwriter Galen Kipar finds inspiration in this region’s compelling landscape. The force of a rushing river, the solitude of the wilderness, and the surprise of an October snowfall turn up in lyrics on the latest CD from Asheville’s Galen Kipar Project. Titled The Scenic Route, the eight-song album continues the band’s fusion of folk, jazz, and classical elements, creating a sound that’s intricate and memorable, sophisticated and relaxed. “Headed on down to the waterside, going to find a place to rest my mind,” Kipar sings in “Riversong,” which adds viola and electric guitar to the band’s acoustic core. Guitarist Kipar, eight-string guitar/bass player Jon Morrow, and drummer Jeremy Young all studied music at area colleges, and Kipar’s arrangements draw on his background in classical composition. The band’s fourth album in five years includes ace Asheville musicians contributing on flute, strings, lap steel, and piano. “It comes from an honest place,” Kipar says about the album, which the band will release May 29. No matter where you’re headed, The Scenic Route is a trip well worth taking.
Check out these other reviews about GKP (Click the links for the full write-up):
The Scenic Route is luminous and warm; Kipar’s vocals as light and syncopated as water cascading over rocks…Each song on Routes is carefully orchestrated and worked with the tender care of a master painter at his easel. Kipar elevates this eight-song collection far beyond standard singer/songwriter fare, wringing emotion and texture from each song and adding layers of interest with rich, resonant percussion and an intricate dance of string tones. He pushes the envelope of how many sounds can be introduced without reducing the sum to a fuzzy, sonic snarl.” ~Alli Marshall, Asheville’s Mountain Xpress
In Asheville, fans call his act a ‘small-scale symphony.’ It’s probably more like chamber folk/pop, sometimes reminiscent of Adrian Belew’s quieter moods.” ~Tad Dickens, Roanoke Times
“I was given a copy of his CD Why It’s Needed [2007]  … and I was hooked right away.” … “Strange, slightly other-worldly acoustic music sung in a sweet, slightly distracted voice. I think of it as a sort of American Primitive, with hits of Sandy Bull in the guitars, Brett Dennen in the voice, Donna the Buffalo in the rustic simplicity, and something altogether new in the wonderful orchestrations. I have heard this CD about four times all the way through since it hit my car’s CD player two days ago. One of the songs… made me cry the first time I heard it. In the words of Tina Fey, when I hear the sounds of this nearby world, I want to go to there.'” ~David Gans, KPFA’s Dead to the World, Host of Grateful Dead Hour (Audio Interview Paraphrased)

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KELLER, LARRY AND JENNY ARE ON THE LAM…and we have no idea where they’ll end up! In a never ending quest to do things that have never been done, we present a opportunity like no other, and if you play your cards right, you may be the lucky one able to assist in their capture and collect the REWARD…..a 90 minute acoustic performance by Keller and The Keels in YOUR living room for you and up to 49 of your friends! All you have to do is buy the new album “Thief” at Keller’s OFFICIAL MERCH STORE by August 31, 2010, and you’ll be automatically entered into the contest. If you preorder “Thief” through www.kellerwilliams.net before May 25, 2010, you will receive TWO entries into the contest.

Remember, as with most cool things in life, there is fine print involved, so go to www.kellerwilliams.net for contest rules and details, and, no, Keller’s mom is not eligible for this contest. Unfortunately, Rhode Island residents are not able to participate, although since medical marijuana is legal there, we don’t feel so bad for you. Also, since we gotta travel to you, folks from the Florida Keys get double entry…..just joking….or are we?
So, go buy a copy, get your friends to buy a copy, and increase your chances to win. Let’s Party!

CHECK OUT WHERE THESE OUTLAWS WILL BE THIS SUMMER…
May 22 Smilefest– Reunion (Pinnacle, NC)
June 17 Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Telluride, CO)
June 17 Nightgrass at Sheridan Opera House (Telluride, CO)
July 4 Gratefulfest– Nelson Ledges (Garretteville, OH)
July 11 All Good Music Festival (Masontown, WV) *Two sets with Keller! Added Bonus AND Moonshine Breakfast with Keller and the Keels
August 13 Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival (Alta, WY)
October 2 Starry Night (Bowling Green, KY)

CHECK OUT EXCLUSIVE KELLER AND THE KEELS RELEASES AT WWW.THEONCEAWEEKFREEK.COM

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Keller Williams Covers Dead: Winehouse, YMSB on New Album

Jambase.com

Keller Williams releases his first-ever all-covers collection, amusingly titled Thief, on May 25, 2010. Recorded with The Keels — husband and wife duo Larry and Jenny KeelThief includes songs originally written and recorded by as wildly diverse an assemblage as anyone’s ever likely to dream up.Keller is on tour this summer – at solo shows, with The Keels, and even for a run of gigs as vocalist/guitarist in The Rhythm Devils, the project by Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and his partner percussionist Mickey Hart. Keller’s complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is included below.

Thief offers up Keller-versions of songs by an (almost) unthinkable collection of artists: from Amy Winehouse (“Rehab”) to the Grateful Dead (“Mountains of the Moon”), the Butthole Surfers (“Pepper”) to Kris Kristofferson (“Don’t Cuss That Fiddle,” which opens the album, and “The Year 2003 Minus 25,” which closes the album). The set is filled out with tunes by Ryan Adams, the Presidents of the United States of America, The Raconteurs, Patterson Hood, Danny Barnes, Cracker, Yonder Mountain String Band and Marcy Playground. All over the place, indeed, but that’s the way Williams likes it. And in his hands it all makes sense — like everything he’s ever touched, whether from his own pen or someone else’s, it all becomes Keller Williams’ music.

READ MORE: http://www.jambase.com/Articles/22330/Keller-Williams-Covers-Dead–Winehouse-YMSB-on-New-Album

Photo by Melissa Colombo

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Really excited about the official announcement of the 2nd Keller and the Keels studio album coming out this May! Here is what Cincy Groove Magazine has to say about it:

Keller Williams announces Brand New Album and Summer Tour Dates

Photo by Melissa Colombo

Keller Williams releases his first-ever all-covers collection, amusingly titled Thief, on May 25, 2010. Recorded with the Keels—husband and wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel—Thief includes songs originally written and recorded by as wildly diverse an assemblage as anyone’s ever likely to dream up.

Keller is on tour this summer – at solo shows, with The Keels, and even for a run of gigs as vocalist/guitarist in The Rhythm Devils, the project by Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and his partner percussionist Mickey Hart. Keller’s complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is included below.

Thief offers up Keller-versions of songs by an [almost] unthinkable collection of artists: from Amy Winehouse (“Rehab”) to the Grateful Dead (“Mountains of the Moon”), the Butthole Surfers (“Pepper”) to Kris Kristofferson (“Don’t Cuss That Fiddle,” which opens the album, and “The Year 2003 Minus 25,” which closes the album). The set is filled out with tunes by Ryan Adams, the Presidents of the United States of America, the Raconteurs, Patterson Hood, Danny Barnes, Cracker, the Yonder Mountain String Band and Marcy Playground. All over the place, indeed, but that’s the way Williams likes it. And in his hands it all makes sense—like everything he’s ever touched, whether from his own pen or someone else’s, it all becomes Keller Williams’ music. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to http://www.kellerwilliams.net for a big Thief pre-sale and contest announcement coming soon.

Read the full article and get Keller’s tour dates here: http://www.cincygroove.com/?q=node/1941

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by Tad Dickens

Roanoke Times

www.roanoke.com

For Asheville, N.C.,-based singer/songwriter Galen Kipar, crafting original music can be complicated.

“The process of writing a song can be like making breakfast for 15,” Kipar wrote in a recent e-mail. “It’s like Tetris, it’s like tug of war between left brain and right brain, it’s like building a house on your own. You poke, jab, shift, rotate, retrograde, sequence, invert, slur, augment, smooth over, compromise, come to terms with … until you can’t anymore. Then, you take a break and do it again.”

When Kipar and his musical cohorts get together to play live, though, it doesn’t sound so problematic. That’s not to say Kipar’s music is easy-listening. It’s nuanced, with attention to detail, but not too complicated.

In Asheville, fans call his act a “small-scale symphony.” It’s probably more like chamber folk/pop, sometimes reminiscent of Adrian Belew’s quieter moods. He’s joined by guitarist Jon Morrow, who eloquently covers both bass and guitar parts with an eight-stringed instrument. Drummer Jeremy Young grooves tastefully.

Bonus: When Kipar hits these parts next week, Roanoke Valley multi-instrumentalist Camellia Delk grabs her violin and joins the band. She also records with the band.

Listen for cuts from a new CD, scheduled for release in June. The album, recorded at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studios, features lyrics that focus on the outdoors — fitting for Kipar, a fly fisherman and “trout ninja.”

He feels winter’s approach while hoping for a “warm front,” in the classically tinged “October Snow.” Over a bluegrass shuffle and steel guitar, he heads for some “Fishing Time” in the bouncy “Rushing Over My Bones.” Delk’s sometimes haunting violin flavors “The Shore Rushed By.”

— Tad Dickens

READ THE FULL POST HERE: http://www.roanoke.com/entertainment/insideout/music/wb/238898

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