CONTACT: Red Hill Movies, redhillmovie1@gmail.com

Buffalo, New York - "Dyin' Tonight," an original song performed by Robby Takac of Goo Goo Dolls fame for the upcoming horror film Johnny Gruesome, has been released by Funhouse Productions and is available for purchase on major music platforms ahead of the film's October 16th VOD release. Takac co-wrote the song with Armand John Petri and Joe Rozler, and recorded it at his GCR Studios in Buffalo, New York. 

The film Johnny Gruesome was written and directed by Gregory Lamberson (Slime City, Killer Rack) and stars Anthony De La Torre (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Lords of Chaos), Michael DeLorenzo (New York Undercover, Head of the Class) and singer-songwriter Aprilann ("Crown and the Girl"). The film tells the story of a murdered heavy metal rebel who returns from the grave for vengeance. Red Hill Movies, Deinstitutionalized, and JFR Productions co-produced, with Uncork'd Entertainment distributing.

Petri and Rozler also composed the score, and additional songs used in the film were created by Dean Italiano, Giasone Italiano, and Aprilann. The Italianos' contributions were created for a rock CD, "Gruesome," to promote the novel on which the film is based; that CD is available separately.

Trailer for Johnny Gruesome:

"Dyin' Tonight" by Armand John Petrie, Joe Rozler, Robby Takac:
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Google Play- 

Robby Takac sings Johnny Gruesome 


Elliott Murphy’s Back in the USA for More Acts November 7-24

(Long Island Rock Troubadour Returns to the States for An Incredible November)

Elliott Murphy, singer-songwriter and long-time Paris resident, returns to the East Coast this November for an autumn season of touring, events and filming. 

Elliott will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on November 8 at a gala ceremony to be held at the Space in Westbury… Long Island, of course. Former inductees of the LIMHOF include Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett and Lou Reed.

Originally from Garden City, Long Island, Elliott Murphy rose to national prominence with the release of his debut 1973 album Aquashow, when critics declared him, along with Bruce Springsteen, John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III, the new Bob Dylan, even though the original was still only in his mid-thirties. When asked if he considered the “New Dylan” tag to be a curse, Murphy often reminds interviewers that, “… all of us singer-songwriters, who were pushed into that estimable club, seem to be still working. So more than a curse it’s a guarantee of life-time employment!”  

Along with his virtuoso French guitarist Olivier Durand, Elliott Murphy will be performing shows in New York and New Jersey in November along with a highly coveted performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington DC.

As well as having released over 35 albums in a career spanning 45 years, Elliott Murphy is a prolific writer of fiction with two novels and numerous collections of short stories published in Europe. One of his earlier stories is currently being made into the film Broken Poet and will feature Elliott Murphy in his first major acting role. Cast members include the legendary Marisa Berenson, Academy Award nominee Michael O’Keefe, and acclaimed French actress Joana Preiss. A Spring 2019 release is projected for Broken Poet by award-winning Spanish Director Emilio Barrachina. Elliott’s most recent album, PRODIGAL SON, (Murphyland Records) garnered 4 stars in French Rolling Stone. 

In 2015 Elliott Murphy was awarded the Chevalier des arts et des lettres medal by the French minister of Culture. 

November 8 Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Westbury, NY [Duo]
November 9 My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY [Duo]
November 11 Ray's House Concert, Staten Island [Duo]
November 13 World Café, Philadelphia, PA [Duo]
November 16 The Sail Loft, Port Jefferson, NY [Duo]
November 17 Rockwood 3 ***5PM Show*** [Duo]
November 18 Drews, Ringwood, NJ [Duo]
November 23 Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY [Duo]
November 24 Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Wash DC [Duo]

For further information on show dates please visit:  www.elliottmurphy.com
The Second Act of Elliott Murphy Trailer w/ Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Willie Nile: 
Rolling Stone listed two of Elliott’s albums in their list of 10 Singer-Songwriter Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s You’ve Never Heard: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/10-singer-songwriter-albums-rolling-stone-loved-in-the-1970s-youve-never-heard-77702/elliott-murphy-lost-generation-165711/


Christmas Fun from my Girlfriends

Metal Punk, Fast drums, crunch guitar, female vocals 

CHECK THIS DESCRIPTION: a gentle, lush song with stand out chimes, bells, violin, and viola, angels, stars shining, and bells ringing.  Denny Colt sings in a sweet, girl-next door voice and range similar to Cassadee Pope’s or Emma Roberts.  

"Reiner the Rhinestone Reindeer" by Phoebe Legere
Female electronic music, campy story about Reiner the Rhinestone Reindeer, who wore a tiara and was bullied by the boys and girls. His bling saved Christmas!

JOY TO THE WORLD I GUESS Rebecca Loebe and Findlay Napier  This song is about people’s arguments through during the holiday season, and the resolutions we make to fight less, “Joy to the world I guess….  There are friends we no longer will see in the holidays, because they’re shadows in the moonlight on the lawn.”  



The new album by Nonhlanhla Wanda and Sharon Katz

Nonhlanhla Wanda and Sharon Katz. Two South African musicians - born on opposite sides of Apartheid's barriers - who sang out in support of Nelson Mandela's vision 25 years ago by  forming "The Peace Train" and steaming across their country. Now as South Africa prepares to celebrate a quarter century of democracy, these two Grammy-nominated humanitarians and friends-for-life have released SIDE-BY-SIDE. It features all original compositions in English and Zulu by Nonhlanhla, Sharon and producer Malcolm Nhleko, formerly a member of The Peace Train and now sound engineer for Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 

The 7 songs on SIDE-BY-SIDE are about courage in the face of adversity; the lessons of our ancestors; and the power of individuals - all passionately expressed through gorgeous vocal harmonies and instrumental wizardry in an Afro-Jazz fusion style that blends traditional South African Maskanda with contemporary grooves and lyrical melodies. Complementing the distinctive voices of Nonhlanhla and Sharon are Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass, Charles Boykie Mnomiya on drums, Sanele Phakathi on piano and synthesizer, and Sharon Katz on rhythm and lead guitars. Magical, Aware, Rhythmic, Powerful, Melodic, Soulful.

Since 1992 when they began their musical mission to help end violence and discrimination in South Africa, Sharon and Nonhlanhla have traveled extensively to lend their voices to human rights struggles around the world, most recently transcending barriers along the border between Mexico and the USA. Their work is the subject of the documentary film, When Voices Meet, which has been selected by 23 film festivals, won awards coast-to-coast, and been shown in over 50 countries. 

In addition to the Grammy-nominated 2002 release “Imbizo,” Sharon Katz & The Peace Train have 5 other albums and appear on the Rainforest benefit album, “Carnival!” alongside of Sting, Elton John, Madonna and Tina Turner. 

‘side-by-side’ songs:
1. Amaqhawe (Heroes) - Emotionally-charged tribute to the heroes who inspire us to reach across the divides and continue our positive work in the world. (pronounced AMA-QHA-WE ) - NOTE: The “Q” is a “click.”

2. Hamba Kahle Mandela (Go Well Mandela) -  A stirring ballad to say goodbye to Mandela and a challenge to carry his lessons forward.  (pronounced HAM-BA-KAH-LE  MANDELA)  (H=soft sound)

 3. Bayajabula (Some Are Happy) - A chunky South African guitar groove dominates this track that describes the dichotomy of rich and poor in the New South Africa. (pronounced BA-YA-JA-BU-LA) 

Sing With Me -  A jazzy ballad with soaring melodies about the courage and survival of children against all odds.

5.  Elamanqamu (Stop the Fighting) - Maskanda guitar licks and powerful Zulu laments make an appeal  to stop the senseless fighting before it's too late. (pronounced EL-A-MA-NQA-MU) - NOTE: The “Q” is a “click.”

6. We Can Be The Change -  Funky Afro-Soul tune  to be the change we want to see in the world

7. Outro -  Instrumental blending the Zulu traditional bow instrument called uDloko with Sharon’s guitar

 (uDloko is pronounced U-DLO-KO )   - NOTE: soft D


The Northeast’s only progressive rock festival, ProgStock, is returning to the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey, October 5th through 7th

Tickets are on sale NOW for ProgStock 2018, a three-day gathering of some of the world’s most masterful progressive rock musicians, Oct. 5-7 at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ.
Single-day festival passes for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (October 5, 6, or 7) are on sale online as follows: Friday, October 5: $60 (orchestra) or $50 (mezzanine), Saturday, October 6: $100 (orchestra) or $85 (mezzanine), Sunday, October 7: $100 (orchestra) or $85 (mezzanine) Ticket URL: http://www.progstock.com/2018/tickets-donations/
Based on a strong foundation of international appreciation and respect for music and its heritage, ProgStock 2018 is an international music festival that strives to create, build and sustain a solvent and vibrant music scene.

The best new and classic progressive rock bands will headline this incredible three-day rock festival, including:

Jobson Plays UK: Returning to the stage for one night only, ProgStock presents Eddie Jobson and the music of UK as the Sunday night headliner. Best known as the legendary keyboardist and co-founder, composer and producer of progressive supergroup ‘UK,’ and as the world’s top exponent of the electric violin, Jobson’s playing and compositions have been featured on more than 60 albums with such groundbreaking artists as Roxy Music, Frank Zappa and King Crimson, as well as guest appearances with Yes, Jethro Tull and with members of Deep Purple and The Who. Jobson has brought together an all-star band for ProgStock with Jobson on keys and electric violin, Marc Bonilla on bass and vocals, Alex Machacek on guitar, and Thomas Lang on drums.

IQ: With a 37-year history, IQ are widely regarded as one of the world’s most highly respected progressive rock bands. Hailing from England, the band includes Michael Holmes on guitars, Peter Nicholls on lead vocals, Tim Esau on bass, Nick Durant on keys, and Paul Cook on drums. IQ will be headlining ProgStock on Saturday night.

Michael Sadler of Saga: ProgStock’s Friday night headliner, Michael Sadler, is the highly-acclaimed vocalist and frontman of legendary Canadian Prog darlings SAGA, who recently celebrated their final touring year with a special 40th anniversary appearance on the 2018 Cruise to the Edge. With 21 studio albums, awards, accolades and worldwide sales in the millions, Michael is in demand as a featured artist on many outstanding/high profile projects, and is known for his dynamic stage presence and musicianship. Michael’s latest project is a triplet EP with world-renowned pianist Rachel Flowers, who will be joining Michael on stage at ProgStock to perform the songs from their new collaboration.

The ProgStock line-up also includes Mystery (Canada), Enchant, Tom Brislin & Friends, IZZ, In Continuum, Accordo dei Contrari (Italy), Evership, Orpheus Nine, and Ryche Chlanda & Flying Dreams. Friday late-night at The Waiting Room restaurant in downtown Rahway includes Rachel Flowers, Steve Unruh of Resistor, Robert Schindler (aka Robeone), and Dark Beauty. Saturday late-night at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage Building includes Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius and Fernando Perdomo & The Out To Sea Band.

World-renowned album cover artist, Paul Whitehead, will be exhibiting his work at ProgStock 2018. Known in the progressive world for his work for the band Genesis, including covers for Trespass, Nursery Cryme, and Foxtrot, Whitehead’s art has recently graced the cover of Fernando Perdomo’s debut prog album, Out To Sea.

“For me, painting,” Whitehead says, “is about questioning reality and challenging perceptions.” This is so in his painting “MUSIC?” in which an electric guitar is transformed into a sailing ship sailing towards a very active volcano and asks the question, “Music?” The painting “Music?” became the cover of Perdomo’s Out To Sea. Whitehead will be exhibiting his work and creating paintings and other art pieces live on-site, as he is inspired by the music performances at ProgStock 2018.

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“This festival is about showcasing music that’s been around since the supposed ‘end’ of prog,” says ProgStock 2018 promoter Thomas Palmieri. “There’s no clearer way to show the connection between modern prog and classic prog than to show some of classic prog’s most influential elements, like Eddie Jobson and Michael Sadler, while showcasing some of modern prog’s most notable artists, like Mystery and Enchant.”

ProgStock 2018 is capturing a diverse international fan base that includes teachers, physicians, engineers and other professionals who share an affinity for complex rock music. The genre is also attracting a growing number of young people who, largely through internet radio, are getting introduced to progressive rock’s musicianship and complexity. 

ProgStock’s Stage will feature music that most rock radio programmers consider too long and intricate to add to their playlists. Terrestrial radio has not collectively embraced a wave of new progressive rock bands since the second British Invasion in the early 1970s made legends of Yes; Genesis; King Crimson; Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; and their peers for elevating the genre to a higher commercial art form. The strong response to ProgStock is already proving there’s more room than ever in today’s musical landscape for a resurgence in a genre of music that began migrating underground in the 1980s. 

As Palmieri sees it, the decade that has passed since the demise of the record industry created more opportunity for independent artists to be heard, opening new portals for progressive rockers to rise and flourish. 

“The only thing we’re up against is the corporate machine, much of which is excessive in terms of production rather than musicianship,” he says. “If there was any time to bring prog back to the attention of the mainstream listening public, now is the time.” 

ProgStock 2018 is sponsored in part by IK Multimedia and The Waiting Room restaurant in downtown Rahway, NJ.

IK Multimedia is a multi-national company based in Modena, Italy, with business units operating in 7 countries: Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong. Their company motto is “Musicians First,” with products sold in over 120 countries utilizing a network of 15,000 resellers and used by millions of musicians worldwide (https://www.ikmultimedia.com).

Nestled in the heart of downtown Rahway, The Waiting Room is Union County's legendary restaurant and bar, providing a welcome sanctuary for all who enter (www.thewaitingroom.us).

Sponsorships are still being accepted. Information can be found on the ProgStock 2018 website:

For those who would like to support the festival, donations are being accepted at: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=16273. 
ProgStock 2018 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of ProgStock 2018 must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius' ProgRock Album 'Guilty Of Innocence' will be released on Vinyl format on 4th October via Melodic Revolution Records.

Meet Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius

'Guilty Of Innocence', the electric-violin-driven progressive rock album for Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, found some surprise support from the European Indie Charts this past Summer and was a breakthrough album in North America, hitting # 4 on the Relix/Jamband radio charts. Released on leading U.S.-based progressive label, Melodic Revolution Records, 'Guilty Of Innocence' is now being released on vinyl on 4th October.

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius' single and video for 'Behind The Curtain' is out now on Melodic Revolution Records.
Here's the video!

Progression Magazine writes “Joe Deninzon has made a career...wielding his violin like a guitar. In that way he has pioneered a new standard for rock violin, much the same way Ian Anderson did for Flute.”

Joe befriended legendary Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick in New York City, 1999, when Joe was a teacher at the New School where Alex was studying jazz.  Alex was a guitarist for Stratospheerius for 3 years and 2 albums. Alex says Joe “is amazing on violin and a great musician!” and guests on the 'Guilty Of Innocence’s epic track 'Soul Food'. Along with Alex, Renaissance’s keyboardist Rave Tesar, and Randy McStine (Vinnie Moore, Stu Hamm) contribute their chops to 'Soul Food'. Joe is concertmaster on the new Renaissance Live 'Symphonic Journey' CD/DVD, Annie Haslam spotlighted him as “a talented violin player” in press for their first tour together.

In his book 'Discovering Rock Violin', UK’s leading cinematic electric violinist Chris Haigh lists one of Joe’s recorded solo on Stevie Wonder’s 'Contusion' on his 'Live Wires' album among the Top 20 greatest rock violin solos of all time.

'Behind The Curtain' is the band’s radio track and video. Joe says "it’s about the rise and downfall of celebrity and the dark soul of our society. We have a primal fascination with chastising someone while we ourselves often lead double lives, hiding all kinds of skeletons in our closets while pretending we are faultless. We cathartically project our own demons onto public figures and relish watching someone go down in flames".

Its video features actor Max McGuire ('Star Crossed Lovers') playing various tormented and wretched people going through their own personal hell, and Stratospheerius members (Joe (electric violin/vocals), Jamie Bishop (bass), Aurelien Budynek (guitar) and drummer Lucianna Padmore wearing neon-colored masks. The band represents the demons who continue to hover around and haunt this man, with a nod to the Droogs from Clockwork Orange. It was co-produced by renowned MTV producer David P. Levin, Filner at Alpha Wave Studios in East Hanover, NJ, and edited by David Milone and David P. Levin.

Stratospheerius have showcased their "frenzied melange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world recently playing such festivals as Progtoberfest, Progstock, Great South Bay, Chattanooga RiverFest, Harvest Celebration. The group co-founded the traveling SonicVoyageFest with Circuline and Shadow Eden. They have opened for artists including John5, Alex Skolnick, Tony Levin, Gary Hoey, Martin Barre, Tim Reynolds Mickey Hart, Mike Stern, and John Scofield. Critics have called Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius "Pure Magic."(Act/One Magazine).

Joe is called the “Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin.”  

Fans can pre-order the vinyl (and order the digital & CD) of 'Guilty of Innocence' c/o Melodic Revolution Records: https://joedeninzonstratospheerius.bandcamp.com



Christmas Songs from Soul Moves Music

 Shopping in the malls for Christmas. “You’ll never take love for granted if you always give love in return.”  Male bass/baritone and acoustic guitar.  Folk styled.  

WHAT CHILD IS THIS  John Driskell Hopkins Featuring Balsam Range (Reckon Whose Young’un This is mix)
Lead singer of Zac Brown Band singing classic Christmas song, with string section and acoustic guitar and banjo, an “Andy Williams” vibe. 

Mid tempo, joyful vocals, driven by an upbeat cello, string quartet, lilt of a gentle voice, spiritual, gentle bells.

GOT MY EYE ON YOU SANTA by Jody Quine & the Big Mr. C (Dan Berggren) This flirtatious song has sleigh bells. Like Meghan Trainor, Katrina and the Waves, administered by SHEER PUBLISHING. c/o info@sheer.co.za and+27 11 438 7000.


The Yardbirds’ New Guitarist: Godfrey Townsend

Look for US Fall Tour with A Who’s Who of Great Musicians

GODFREY TOWNSEND is the new guitarist for the Yardbirds. A favorite in the Classic Rock World, Godfrey has played with a range of greats from John Entwistle to Jack Bruce. 

In fact Eric Clapton’s guitar technician, Lee Dickson commented to John Entwistle, “Hey John, come listen to this guy...he’s got Clapton down better than Clapton!” Entwistle replied, “You twit!...that’s MY guitar player!” 

Godfrey Townsend joins a lineup with innovative and legendary musicians— notably, of course the Yardbirds’ leader/drummer/singer/co-founder Jim McCarty, bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, Billy Idol, Derringer, Joan Jett), singer/harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone (Ram Jam, The Doughboys), and  lead singer/guitarist John Idan (who is on their 2003 CD “Birdland” album which features guest appearances from both Steve Vai and Slash). 

Godfrey’s plays guitar, keyboards, sings, and is the music director of countless live performers, most notably his own “Clapton is God-frey” show and the Happy Together tour.

A favorite in New York City’s Max’s Kansas City and the China Club scenes, Godfrey’s been the guy that got famous rockers on stage to jam with the bands.  After a stint in Las Vegas working with Mitch Ryder, Spencer Davis, and Joey Molland of Badfinger, he was recruited by John Entwistle of The Who, with whom he performed a half dozen tours, a studio album, and a live album. Godfrey went on to play with Alan Parsons, Todd Rundgren, Ann Wilson of Heart, Jack Bruce, Mark Farner, Christopher Cross, Flo and Eddie, and Dave Mason.  
Since the Yardbirds’ birth from 1963 to 1968, and then its 2003 reformation, the group has been known for its incredible guitarists. In addition to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, plus rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja have contributed to the band’s history.
Jim McCarty continues to lead this innovative British rock band that provides the crucial link between British R&B, Psychedelic Rock, and Heavy Metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzztone, feedback and distortion. The drummer/singer/songwriter is responsible for its haunting sound.
 The Yardbirds are exclusively represented TCI (Talent Consultants International) for booking concerts. Stay tuned for an announcement soon of U.S. Tour dates for this November. 
Goldmine Magazine stated, “the band’s hallmark of top-notch musicianship remains. There are no passengers in this band.” 


Nelson Mandela & Peace & Grace & Love

I work quite a bit with music from the African continent, both as a newly published songwriter, and in helping artists from there, most notably Sharon Katz, Wouter Kellerman, Jann Klose, Shawn Phillips, Alex Boye’.  I’ve been a cheerleader for many more!
From South Africa Sharon Katz made CNN News in 1993 as she created and led South Africa’s first, 500-voice multiracial choir. This became a 2015 award-winning documentary, WHEN VOICES MEET, selected for 25 film festivals and shown in over 50 countries, premiering in South Africa. (www.WhenVoicesMeet.com). Sharon Katz & the Peace Train have 5 other albums, and appear on the Rainforest benefit album, “Carnival!” alongside of Sting, Elton John, Madonna, Johnny Clegg…

This is Peace Train,” which appears on her 2002 Grammy-nominated album, “Imbizo.”  

Peace Train 
by Sharon Katz & Bolden Abrams Jr.(on Sharon Katz & The Peace Train “Imbizo” CD)

We need a sweet survival, love revival Peace Train
Make a heart connection, sweet affection, Peace Train
 Come on get on, come on get on, get on The Peace Train (2x)

Meet the Love Conductor, he’s your brother on The Peace Train
Choo Choo, choo choo! (2X)

Sister Ticket Collector, she’s the Hate Deflector, on The Peace Train
Choo Choo, choo choo (2X)

And when you see a child in her mother’s arms and you see her cry coz baby brother died, you know
There’s too much war in our lives
And when you pull your gun you see the children run, you make them terrified, you know
There’s too much war in our lives, I’m terrified
The world is love deprived.

Chorus:  We need a sweet survival, love revival Peace Train……………….

And when you start to cry and your heart hurts inside you know
There’s too much war in our lives
Hate mongers telling lies, a poor girl’s father dies 
The tears pour from her eyes and I can’t leave your side
I can’t leave your side
The world is love deprived.

Chorus:     Choo Choo to end

© 2002, 2018 by Sharon Katz 

 Listen to our Christmas songs here: https://soundcloud.com/leightonmedia/sets/seasonal-christmas-hannakah

I want to turn you on to the holiday song NEVER TAKE LOVE FOR GRANTED by Dan Berggren.
“Remember it’s the thought that counts!”

Ilona will be performing at the Cutting Room, New York City on August 1.
She has two Nashville gigs: August 5 at the Bluebird, and August 7 at the Basement. 

Ilona’s music, to me, is a cross between Pink’s and Taylor Swift’s, and she has grit with energetic pop arrangements.   

Her song LOVE IS STUPID is upbeat power pop about tossing and turning late at night because she’s missing her ex. (lyric below) 

 Gary Lucas' Chinese Pop from the 1930s-'50s has developed quite a following. His partner Feifei Yang with multi-instrumentalist Jason Candler perform new Mandarin versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Jefferson Airplane, plus songs from the earlier part of the 20th Century. 

More shows, including today the last day at the Bolshoi Classical Music Festival, performing his original live solo soundtrack based on Russian classical music  accompanying the 1925 silent Soviet comedy “Chess Fever” directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Nikolai Shpikovsky. 
Please explore www.GaryLucas.com

Here are two artists that almost got away—Americana / Roots Rock & Roll ala Faces, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes is Josh Lewis, whose name I remembered as the original guitarist from one of my all time fave hard rock bands, Warrant.   

Elliott Murphy; OPEN CITY:  Bluesy, ethereal guitar, Elliott's voice could be described as a cross between Tom Waits & Petty and Bruce Springsteen. This November is going to be an empowering time for this rock troubadour that the universe has been giving back to.  Soon I'll have complete info. One confirmation is Elliott is playing New York City's Rockwood on November 10.

Rebecca Loebe is a member of the Austin, TX-based trio, NOBODY’S GIRL, who were at the top of the list in this month’s ROLLING STONE for their country-pop cover of Blondie’s CALL ME:   https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/10-best-country-and-americana-songs-of-the-week-cam-kenny-chesney-and-more-701812/

This is Rebecca’s song, LIE, from her top ten European album, BLINK.

Rachael Sage’s new album, MYOPIA, has yielded a finalist in the IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). The song is ”Tomorrow" is Rachael’s first co-write ever, with James Mastro, who is in her band, and was a member of the classic band, The Bongos.  ”People are crazy, but you’re not crazy, and neither am I”


July 21 Transcending Barriers San Diego Tijuana Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train live, in concert.
Wonderful things are happening because of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train’s upcoming performance, TRANSCENDING BARRIERS with Mexican and American children on July 21.  One of the children—a ten year old will be seeing her mother again. 

Here are the details of TRANSCENDING BARRIERS on July 21, 2018:

For several years, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train has been working with diverse groups on the West Coast of the USA to promote multicultural understanding, respect and peaceful, constructive action. In 2018, they  extended that work to Mexico.

Working with our partner in Tijuana: Promotora de las Bellas Artes, they have been training singers on both sides of the California/Mexico border. On July 21st singers & supporters from throughout California will converge in San Diego, and travel across the border to meet up with the Mexican singers. After a series of workshops and rehearsals, they will perform a Unity Concert on the Esplanada of the gorgeous performing arts center in Tijuana, Centro Cultural Tijuana.  

10 AM: Parade from the WorldBeat Cultural Center (2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, California, 619-230-1190) to the San Diego Trolley at City College Station and travel to the border crossing at San Ysidro. Those with passports will walk across the border; those without will cheer them on! 

12:00 Noon: Meet with singers and supporters from Promotora from the City of Tijuana who will escort us as we Sing & Parade for approximately 20 minutes to Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT).  

From 1 till 5 PM, there will be workshops and meals for the singers.

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Free Public Concert at AT CECUT (Paseo de los Heroes, No. 9350 Zona Urbana Rio, Tijuana Baja California, Mexico. phone: 664-687-9600).

Transcending Barriers is funded in part by
San Diego Foundation Peacemakers Fund
Puffin Foundation
with additional support from CECUT, City of Chula Vista, Coca-Cola Mexico, Guitars in the Classroom, Synergy Arts Foundation, WorldBeat Cultural Center


Video: The Peace Train's Transcending Barriers: