Sunday, November 19, 2017

NYC Guitarist Mishti talks about the Death and Rebirth of Rock and Roll

Mishti is a New York-based musician who was born in Tokyo and, as she says, “shaped by parental wanderlust”. Until age 13 she was often mistaken for a boy, “probably due to a propensity for George Harrison haircuts and skinny ties”. She is currently writing music for the unrequited, reminiscing about her life-changing participation at the 2014 and 2015 Michigan Womyn’s Music Festivals, pinching herself for participating in Toshi Reagon’s 2016 Word, Rock & Sword Festival, and gigging regularly and happily in the New York City area. Her first single “The Weight of My Heart” is out for mass consumption.

Cherish Lee: Country Music Royalty, Making it on Her Own Terms

Meet Cherish Lee. She is quickly becoming known as country music's "rebel with a heart of gold"! She's not only an artist, but an honest to God, down and dirty servant to all those that are beat down and in need of love.  Whether animal or person, Cherish has always had a heart to help them.  To all those she helps, she's a tattooed princess, but she's not all angel! Cherish Lee refuses to play by some of the country music industry’s biggest rules! In Lee's own words, "I refuse to pay money to make it on the ‘music charts!’ I want it to happen, because I worked my ass off, and people actually want to hear my songs! What happened to passion, story telling, rebels with a cause, and music that had its merits in how DAMN good it was, and how it made you feel?  Our forefathers in music would be ashamed of us." Lee's album cost less than $1,500 to record, reminiscent of Nirvana's first album, "Bleach", which cost $600.

Lee's first-time producer, Nate Wedan, quickly found the heartbeat of the album and added his own spectacular flair to it. Cherish says "I wanted to have the people on this album, who made my heart skip a beat when I saw them live, and that’s what I did.  I couldn't have made the album without the people I've been blessed to co-write with, all the badass musicians that worked on it and Wedan. I was respectfully allowed to be the artist, and most importantly, a mother. Nobody flinched at Wyatt (Lee's son) coming into the studio with me, and in many of the sessions, I'd be holding him while cutting vocals!"

Cherish has seen how hard the business is first hand through her father, Johnny Lee (country music legend, Urban Cowboy's "Lookin' For Love") and mother, Charlene Tilton (television sex pot vixen, Lucy Ewing on hit TV show, “DALLAS”). She quickly gained her own recognition as a singer and songwriter in THE Music City. Lee's album is truly homegrown-- a Cinderella piece that is just flat out cool.  This October 2017, Lee is releasing her first single "Tequila Cowgirl," along with her music video debut.

“Tequila Cowgirl” is about an all American girl- a hard worker; she's got her head on straight, knows right from wrong and lives by that. She loves Jesus and tequila. She loves her animals and is thankful for what she has. While she doesn't need a man and won't share her bed with just anyone, she is looking forward to meeting the right one. Any guy would be considered lucky to bring her home to meet his mama, and every girl wants to be her best friend! The song has an intimate, nostalgic feel to it with a healthy dose of country music.
The full, aptly- named album, "Tequila Cowgirl" is scheduled for release in January 2018. It's honest music that tells a story, and Lee's voice conveys it beautifully, with all the attitude that her fans have come to expect from her.

Pre-sales for the single, "Tequila Cowgirl" begin October 8, 2017 on iTunes

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

East of Eden and the Tribal Transcendence of Rock and Roll



Van Halen I vs. Blizzard Of Ozz. In the battle for the hard rock heavyweight champion of the world!

It’s time for the Rock and Roll Battle of The Century! Which album is more influential? More Iconic? Has the Best Song Writing? Or do you just plain Like More? Van Halen I or Blizzard of Ozz. Consider the gauntlet thrown!  Featured Loudini Artists:   In This Moment  Almanac   Nothing More

In This Moment
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Nature counts the black widow spider amongst its most fascinating and dangerous anomalies. The female arachnid often devours its mate after copulation. It's both a delicate and dangerous predator. In This Moment isn't all that different from this enigmatic beast. Led by frontwoman Maria Brink, the Los Angeles hard rock outfit strikes with a seductive metallic bite on their aptly titled fifth full-length album, Black Widow.
"Black Widow is a metaphor for this innocent young girl who gets infected with life, traumas, experiences, and the balance of light and darkness," explains Maria. "She becomes this poised and powerful creature. That's the album."
"We went into this with the title Black Widow," says lead guitarist Chris Howorth. "It fits the image of Maria as this powerful heroine. If you think of the boys in the audience watching our stage show, she's like the black widow pulling them all in."
The record, the first for the band on Atlantic Records, picks up where the group's 2012 breakthrough, Blood, left off. That album saw In This Moment debut at #15 on the Billboard Top 200, their highest chart position to date, and eventually sold over 250,000 units in the U.S. alone. It also spawned the single "Blood," which rose to #9 on the Mainstream Rock and Active Rock Songs charts. A sold out headline tour, HELLPOP, followed, as well as appearances at the Uproar Festival and Rock On The Range, and jaunts with Shinedown and Papa Roach. After the whirlwind of Blood subsided, Maria and Chris retreated to Las Vegas in February 2014 to begin working on what would become Black Widow with longtime producer Kevin Churko [Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch].
While writing and recording in the studio, Maria and Chris both tapped into the fearless ethos that characterized Blood, inciting their next creative evolution in the process.
"It's almost like I was growing up in this industry," Maria admits. "I swear I went from a girl to a woman. I used to hold myself back, and I had all of these fears. I woke up one day and realized it doesn't matter what anybody thinks. We have to do what we want to do. When I did that, I was freed. We could do this big grandiose show, and we could make the music we wanted. It began with Blood. That's where we started to come alive and figure out who we really are. We let go of any walls and limitations. Black Widow is us doing what's in our hearts."
"Black Widow is a progression from the last record," Chris affirms. "That opened up the floodgates for us. There were no boundaries. We could just go for it. We weren't afraid of any ideas. We didn't worry about anyone's opinion. We approached the music with that attitude."
Their boundless approach shines through in album opener "Sex Metal Barbie." Tempering an industrial crunch and sexually charged synths with gnashing riffs and hauntingly hypnotic vocal delivery, the track instantly transfixes, calling out haters who hide behind keyboards.
"People can be so cruel on the Internet," she sighs. "I actually don't read anything negative about me or the band anymore. I don't let myself get sucked into that. In the end, music comes down to someone's personal perception of what they love. It's not meant for everyone. I wanted to empower myself with that online negativity somehow. I literally went on these sites and read mean things and rumors about me. I wrote them down and transformed them into lyrics for the song. I turned it all around."
"That was the second song we did," the guitarist recalls. "It came from Maria saying, 'What about building a metal song around a cool hip-hop beat?' Everything was constructed piece by piece, and it was very experimental. Once we finished the song, we felt like we had something special. It was a catalyst for more music."
Meanwhile, "Sick Like Me" begins with an eerie buzz before snapping into muscular distortion and a propulsive guitar gallop. Everything explodes on an anthemic sing-a-long hook.
"It's about when somebody loves you for everything you are," she states. "They love you even for what you consider flaws. It's that vision of people who are super eccentric and twisted, but they're perfect like that because that's who they are. They're meant to be."
Then there's "Big Bad Wolf," which bares its teeth with a bludgeoning riff, keyboard swell, and piercing scream. "It was destined to be a faster song," adds Chris. "Maria did this choppy, cool Mike Patton-style verse. It became really intense."
Maria smiles, "I like to say I have the Big Bad Wolf in me and this Little Piggy in me. In my perception, the Big Bad Wolf is the enlightened and loving part of myself, whereas the Little Piggy is the dark side. I have a natural pull towards darker things. It's the internal struggle of those two animals in me, but I realize both are very necessary for all of us. I need to embrace that fire, be wild and primal. That's important too."
In This Moment also teamed up with Shinedown's Brent Smith for the stunning duet "Sexual Hallucination." It’s an elegant electronic-infused piece that drips sexuality and darkness. 
"We love Brent and Shinedown," Chris continues. "We didn't think we'd have a shot at getting him, but he instantly said yes. The song is a little different for him, and he jumped at the chance to do it."
One of the album's most powerful moments comes on the piano-driven rumination "The Fighter." Contrasted with the resounding stark keys, Maria's voice proves especially potent. She goes on, "It's embracing and accepting who I am. I used to think something was wrong with me. I've come to learn I'm perfect in how fucked up I am. I wouldn't have these songs to sing or be able to connect with people without that."
Ultimately, that connection with fans is what drives the band. "Their loyalty is incredible," declares Maria. "It comes down to us doing this for ourselves and our fans. We owe it all to them, and we're excited for everybody to experience this. This is who we are, and it's for them."

Current Location
Hollywood, CA

General Manager
Tony Couch, Liam Pesce & Jackie Giffune at In De Goot Entertainment

Press contact
Amy -

Booking agent
Anthony Paolercio & Steve Kaul @ United Talent Agency
Adam Saunders @ X Ray for UK/Europe

After 15 years and 10 CD’s as guitarist, producer and composer for the German Heavy Metal institution RAGE and with hits penned by him like “Down”, “Soundchaser”, “War of Worlds”, “Straight to Hell” (well-known from the German blockbuster movie “Manitou’s Shoe”), “Carved in Stone”, “Forever Dead”, “Empty Hollow” and “Cleansed by Fire”, Victor Smolski now continues his musical career with his new group ALMANAC. 

The guitar virtuoso’s composition “Suite Lingua Mortis”, released first on the successful 2006 RAGE record “Speak Of The Dead”, built the Classical foundation for the new, more versatile yet even playful LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA sound and their LMO release in 2013, which scored a big success by outselling all most recent RAGE releases and charted in Germany at #24 on the official album charts. 

In comparison to RAGE, LMO offered fresh song material entirely composed by Smolski, a new musical concept combining Heavy Metal with Classical music, songs written especially for band & orchestra plus several male and female singers sharing the lead vocal job. 

This successful story now continues with ALMANAC who add a powerful touch of heaviness to LMO’s unique sound. The Belarus-born guitarist with this new group is joined by former LMO band members Jeannette Marchewka (vocals), the “Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia” with Enric Garcia on keyboards and “White Russian Symphony Orchestra”. 

New members are Tim Rashid on bass and Athanasios "Zacky" Tsoukas on drums. 

The two singers David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) and Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) complete the line-up. 

For all the members of ALMANAC the debut album is a new, exciting, and very interesting chapter that has now begun. Traditional power metal in conjunction with classical music, world music with a modern sound are making ALMANAC an absolute listening experience.

Fans with an interest in deeper subjects including history and culture will also be able to dive into a new world with their first album, which combines historic and modern parallels that will surprise many. 

From the warlike nomadic horsemen in the steppes of Russia, to the Tsardom, Ivan the Terrible, warlike Cossacks who dominate the Tatar, the siege of Constantinople and the Mongol invasion are stories about battles, wars, intrigue, conquest, terror, power and love that can be heard vocally using the different styles of the singer’s voices. 

ALMANAC has signed a record deal with the world’s leading Heavy Metal label Nuclear Blast.

ALMANAC's debut album »Tsar« is a new, exciting, and very interesting chapter that has now begun. Traditional power metal in conjunction with classical music, world music with a modern sound make ALMANAC for an absolute listening experience. ALMANAC's debut album »Tsar« ( release date March 18th 2016 through Nuclear Blast ) has entered the charts at the following positions: Germany #74, Swiss #87

Since the band was founded two years ago, ALMANAC played around 50 shows in 10 different countries, their first CD "Tsar" was also nominated at the Metal Hammer awards as best debut album 2016. Actually, the band members are working on a new CD production.

Press contact

Booking agent
ITM Agency, Germany

Nothing More
Rock / Progressive / Alternative

Band Members
Jonny Hawkins - Daniel Oliver -Mark Vollelunga - Ben Anderson

San Antonio

Record Label
Eleven Seven Music Group

New album "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" out now. Get it here:


Current Location
San Antonio, TX

General Manager
Will Hoffman | Vector Management

Alan Watts, Eckharte Tolle, Carl Jung, Stanley Kubrick, C.S. Lewis, Alex Grey, Sam Harris, Carl Sagan, Malcolm Gladwell, Terrance Malick, Dan Dennett, Terrance McKenna, Geoffrey Moore, Radio Lab, Dustin Kensrue

Press contact

Booking agent
North America - Nick Storch at Artist Group International. International - Steve Zapp at ITB

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Swedish Army Captain Nina Soderquist: from Monty Python Musicals to AC/DC

The rock star Nina Söderquist has been called London's Music Age and was praised by the world press for her success in London's West End with the musical SPAMALOT. Nina has toured with Björn Skifs (Blue Swede, “Hooked on a Feeling”) and BADROCK, rocking arenas around the world, with several ROCK & QUEEN tours.

During her 25 years in the industry, Nina has lived and worked all over the world. She started as an entertainer at Sunwing performing with dance bands, soul, jazz, pop and cover bands, to finally land in rock music.

Her big breakthrough came in autumn 2007 when she took the role of Lady of the Lake in TV3's hit show, "West End Star.”. She moved to London to play the lead in Monthy Python's musical “Spamalot” - the biggest role played by a Swedish performer in the West End, for a very long time. Meatloaf and Phil Collins are just some of the world stars who have praised her. There were over 500 performances. She also played the lead role when the musical ran in Sweden.

Nina has participated in many international talk shows such as the "BBC Morning Show" and "Alan Titchmarsh Show" in Britain, with 40 million viewers.In 2009 she participated in the Melodifestival with the song "Tick Tock". She has participated in productions like "Rhapsody In Rock", "Starlight", "On Stage", and  "Champions of Rock".

Nina is a “field artist.” As a singing Captain, she is hired by the Swedish Armed Forces to maintain the Swedish forces nationally and internationally. Nina has been in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Liberia and Mali.

In the summer of 2016, Nina worked with Björn Skifs, Sanne Solomon, Lisa Nilsson, Tommy Nilsson, Mats Ronander in legendary BADROCK. Björn had previously sung a duet with Nina in SVT's "Thanks for the Music.”  There were a total of 8 sold out shows with around 30,000 visitors in Borgholm Castle Castle.

On September 22nd, 2017, Nina & Björn Skifs released the duet "GOODBYE,” written by Nina.
You can hear Nina as a radio actor on the channel "ROCK CLASSICS," and soon you'll see her rocking in the show "ROCK THE NIGHT," together with Kee Marcello (Europe, “The Final Countdown,) John Boding & Stefan Odelberg.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Why Aren't These Artists In The Rock & Hall of Fame???

With the 2018 just around the corner the Loudini Hard Rock and Metal Circus want's to know what's up with these bands who haven't been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame? Featured Loudini Artists:   Greta Van Fleet  Hand of Dimes  Amaranthe

Greta Van Fleet
Firing twin barrels of arena-rock muscle and moving melodies, Greta Van Fleet is a modern rock & roll band rooted in the genre's strongest traditions: super-sized hooks, raw riffage and the sweeping vocals of a front man who was born to wail. 

The four-piece formed in Frakenmuth, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, where 20 year-old twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka began playing shows with their 17 year-old younger brother, Sam, and 17 year-old family friend Danny Wagner. Holding their practices in the Kiszka family garage and road-testing their songs onstage throughout Michigan, the four became a band of brothers whose songs mix classic chops with the thrill of teenage angst. 

From sing-along choruses to fiery guitar solos, Greta Van Fleet rounds up a highlight reel of rock & roll heroics. These guys aren't revivalists; they're looking ahead, breathing new life into a sound that's blasted out of car dashboards and living room stereos for decades.

Current Location

General Manager
ABI - Aaron Frank

Robert Johnson, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins

Press contact
Heidi Robinson Fitzgerald

Booking agent
Marc Geiger, Ron Opaleski, Mike Rosenfeld, Alex Bramwell

Hand of Dimes
After 25 years apart SKIN front man Neville Macdonald has reunited with 
his old friend and song writing partner Neil Garland. Half of the Welsh rock band KOOGA they received great acclaim locally, nationally, and around Europe with the release of their debut album ACROSS THE WATER in1986.

After the band split Nev. moved on to even greater success with UK rockers SKIN. Several chart albums and singles in the 90,s saw the band climb into the major league with TV appearances and main stage listing at many of the UK’s top rock festivals. After a ten year break SKIN reunited in 2009 to release a new album followed up with tours and appearances at The Download and High Voltage festivals in 2011.

Neil has continued playing and recording with various bands on the Welsh scene mixing the genres of blues, rock, jazz, funk, and more recently a fusion four piece reworking the music of Steely Dan.

Current Location

Free, Rory Gallagher, Led Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, Faces, Van Halen, Aerosmith, ZZ Top.

Press contact

Booking agent
Band Members
Elize - Vocals
Henrik - Screams
Nils - Vocals
Olof - Guitars and keys
Morten - Drums
Johan - Bass


Record Label

The ONLY official Amaranthe Facebook page!

AMARANTHE have carved their name into the annals of metal in capital letters. According to some sources “melodic death metal” and somewhere else pegged as “metalcore” Amaranthe keeps driving genre purists loopy. 

Formed in 2007 by Olof Mörck and Jake E. in Gothenburg and sporting 3 singers, each with characteristics of their own, Amaranthe sound like no other band - timeless, pop choruses coated with an icing of three layers of sublime singing and growls. 

In April 2011 their debut album was released via Spinefarm Records to worldwide acclaim, charting high in Sweden and Finland. “Amaranthe” was the 84th most played album on Spotify worldwide, counting all genres. After a completed run of 92 live shows they returned to the studio.

March 2013 saw the release of “The Nexus”. Extensive touring followed, more chart entries garnered (Top 10 entries in Sweden and Finland, #12 on US Billboard Heatseeker etc.). 

October 2014 saw the release of Amaranthe’s 3rd outing MASSIVE ADDICTIVE. The album immediately charted in 6 countries, reaching #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. 

The band’s 4th album “Maximalism” was released in October 2016. The album charted everywhere, reaching #1 on the Billboard Heatseakers, Top 100 Billboard & #3 in Finland.

Jake E left the band in the spring of 2017 to pursue a career outside of Amaranthe. The band signed Nils Molin as replacement. The announcement was made at Provinssi Festival in Finland on July 1st 2017.

General Manager

Press contact , Malin Persson @ Universal Music for Sweden -

Booking agent (World, except...) (For North America, South America, Australia, South Africa and SE Asia outside Japan); (For Europe excl. Finland, Norway, Sweden)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Nancy Wilson: Rock Goddess Reinvents Herself and Rock and Roll For A New Generation

Nancy Wilson is celebrated as one of the seminal musicians in the history of Rock n' Roll. A guitar virtuoso from the age of 10, Nancy, and her sister Ann, led the multi-platinum rock group, Heart. Together they have gone on to sell 35 million records. Nancy is revered as an ingenious guitar player and a gifted vocalist. As a songwriter, Nancy has co-written a collection of indelible songs that have earned their way into the classic rock canon including, "Magic Man," "Crazy on You," "Barracuda," and "Straight On."

During an era when females in rock n' roll were scarce, Nancy helped carve out a place for women to front a band and dominate a rock stage. Her icon status was cemented when Heart was inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. That same year, she and her sister received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, the Wilson sisters celebrated another career milestone when they performed Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" at the Kennedy Center Honors. Their note-perfect performance was met with rowdy cheers and a standing ovation in the staid hall and brought members of Led Zeppelin to tears.

Nancy has also built a successful career as a film composer. Her composing credits include scores for the following films:

-2005 Elizabethtown
-2001 Vanilla Sky
-2000 Almost Famous
-1995 Jerry Maguire (main theme)
-1989 Say Anything...

Nancy’s film nominations include: 

-2006: Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (Critics Choice Award – Best Composer) for Elizabethtown

-2002: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (Saturn Award – Best Music) for Vanilla Sky

-2001: Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (PFCS Award – Best Original Score) for Almost Famous

-2001: BAFTA (Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music) for Almost Famous

-2000: Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (Sierra Award – Best Score) for Almost Famous

As a longtime film buff, Nancy has an encyclopedic knowledge of film. She has years of experience working as part of filmmaking teams, helping to craft scenes that support the emotional tone of the film and advance the story. An instinctive musician, she applies her touch to enhance an intimate, human moment or to bring excitement to a party scene.

Nancy's onstage experience in Heart has taught her how to create connections with her audience in a concert. She brings this skill to her composing work, where she delivers unforgettable melodic themes, aimed at deepening her relationship with a viewing audience.

Nancy is currently branching out into co-creating and scoring new television series alongside her regular touring schedule with Heart.