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Guitarist Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders/Brother Cane) To Release New Album

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 18, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

Damon Johnson Kicks Off 2019 With New Release

MEMOIRS OF AN UPRISING

via Double Dragon Records

First Single “Shivering Shivering” Available 1/25

March 8th Album Available for Pre-Order Now

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January 18, 2019  – Today, Double Dragon Records reveals the artwork and release date for Memoirs of an Uprising, the self-produced new album from singer/songwriter/guitarist, Damon Johnson. The album is set for release on March 8, 2019 with pre-orders beginning January 25, 2019. Fans who pre-order Memoirs of an Uprising  will receive the album’s debut single, Shivering Shivering, as an instant grat track.  Orders for a limited edition Red Vinyl pressing of the album can be placed here.

After incredible runs with the bands he co-founded, Black Star Riders and 90’s chart toppers, Brother Cane, Damon Johnson found himself in spring of 2018 in a surprising position. Johnson had just completed a coast to coast tour with BSR supporting Judas Priest, as well as select reunion performances with Thin Lizzy, when he realized there were two things he couldn’t stop thinking about; his family and his music. Would 2019 finally be the year Johnson gives full focus to the music he kept hearing in his mind, composing an album, a true collection of songs that represented his personal vision, plus have the final say about his tour calendar? The answer was a resounding, YES!

Johnson explains, “After that Priest tour I was feeling anxious about some things: getting older, where my career would be in 10 years, how much time I was continually spending (mostly in foreign countries) away from my wife and our two youngest kids…plus I was sitting on a near completed solo album of the most honest music I’ve ever made. Ignoring some hard truths could not be a part of my deal anymore.” So Johnson made the decision to part ways with Black Star Riders, finish his album, and start over…this time completely on his own name.

The resulting album, Memoirs Of An Uprising is a collection that is both fierce and diverse – a powerful springboard for the musician to start his next chapter. Collaborating with his longtime friend and songwriter, Jim “Johnny Blade” Troglen, Johnson began assembling a group of songs in divergent tempos and grooves that appealed to his musical side and then laced them with lyrical themes of betrayal and revenge. “The first two songs we put together were “Shivering Shivering” and “Dallas Coulda Been A Beatdown” and I knew we were off to a great start,” says Johnson. Throughout Memoirs Of An Uprising there are musical events that are strictly meant to get bodies moving, like “Dallas…” and “Making Peace With This Wicked Beast.”  There are some truly challenged literary actors in “We Got A System” and “The World Keeps Spinning Round.” When it is suggested that this could be a concept album, Johnson says, “As much as I’d prefer to steer clear of that label, there is no denying these 10 songs can be consumed in one listen and feel like a complete story.”

Listen to sample of the thunderous first single, “Shivering Shivering”  HERE.

Album pre-order is available HERE.

Track Listing for Memoirs Of An Uprising:

Shivering Shivering

Dallas Coulda Been a Beatdown

Down on Me

We Got a System

Call It a Trade

Rage with Me

So Brutal

The World Keeps Spinning Round

Making Peace with This Wicked Beast

Glorious

With a busy year ahead, Johnson will perform his first shows of 2019  at the end of January and continue throughout the year. Partial listing below with more to come.

Tour Dates:

1/29 – New York NY – Iridium
1/30 – New York NY – Iridium
2/14 – Helena MT – Lewis & Clark
2/15 – Fresno CA – Tower Theater Lounge
5/8 – Nashville TN – The Basement East w/The Winery Dogs

Source: MAD Ink PR

LONG LIVE DAMON JOHNSON.

STONE.

Jason Becker Releases Free Song From When He Was 16 Years Old – Join His Email For The Free Download

Posted in guitarists, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

Join Jason Becker’s email list and get a FREE download of “Ripping Song” – This was a nice way for Jason to practice his fast playing when he was 16.

Join email list >> https://jasonbecker.fanbridge.com/

Jason Becker’s story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A child prodigy on guitar, Jason rose to prominence as a teenager when he was one half of the legendary rock guitar duo Cacophony (with his great friend Marty Friedman). After wowing audiences all over the word with his amazing guitar chops and deep compositions, Jason auditioned for—and got—the gig with David Lee Roth, following in the huge footsteps of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. He wrote and recorded the DLR album A Little Ain’t Enough and was poised to take over the rock guitar world when a nagging pain in his leg was diagnosed as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a debilitating and fatal condition with a life expectancy of maybe five years. Maybe.

That was 29 years ago.

Jason Becker – Triumphant Hearts (Album Trailer)

Jason did indeed lose the ability to play guitar, walk, talk, and breathe on his own. But he never lost his will to live or his desire to create music. Communicating through a series of eye movements with a system developed by his father, Jason spells out words as well as musical notes and chords. He imparts his musical vision to his team who then can input the notes into a computer, edit the parts to his exacting standards, and then generate charts for session musicians. It is through this amazing process that Jason composes his profoundly beautiful music, rich in melody and counterpoint, brimming with emotion. His inspiring music and life story have been the subject of countless news articles, magazine cover stories, and an award-winning documentary, Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet.

Not only is Jason not dead yet, he’s busier and more prolific than ever, as evidenced by his latest release, Triumphant Hearts. The album’s 14 tracks showcase Jason’s gift for melody and his deep knowledge of classical composition and orchestral arrangement. Many of the guitar parts are performed by a who’s-who of 6-string gods including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa and many others. And, in what will absolutely delight his fans, Jason’s amazing guitar playing—recorded in the ’80s and ’90s—graces several tunes.

Jason Becker is unquestionably the sexiest man alive, but he’s also the most positive, upbeat, and inspiring man alive. “I really feel lucky,” says Jason. “I am surrounded by loving people, and I can still make music.”

Jason Becker’s new album Triumphant Hearts was released Dec. 7, 2018.

More of Jason Becker:

http://JasonBecker.com

http://www.facebook.com/jasonbeckerofficial/

http://www.ebay.com/usr/beckteaam

http://www.instagram.com/jasonbeckerofficial

LONG LIVE JASON BECKER.

STONE.

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