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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, August 31, 2009

Remember, beginning next Tuesday (Monday is Labor Day) We will present to you 5 new artists and I selected these special. One a day on Tuesday (8th), Wednesday, Thursday, Monday (14th) and Tuesday.

I think I am getting a handle on what y'all like and stuff...These 5 are something special in my opinion.

Also...I am running a little contest during that 5 day period. I have quite a few CDs from the last month or two. For the regular reader who pimps us and brings over friends to sit on The Couch, you can win 3 CDs of your choice, including any bootleg live performances I have.

Now, these people will have to leave a comment that lets me know they actually read the review and listened to the music - they need to include your name i their comment - and they have to cast a vote in the poll. (I can track where all the votes come from).

Now, those people get in the pool for the daily CD and the regular reader who sends the most friends gets 3 CDs...

There is a lot of music to be heard and won over those days.

See, I am a narcissist who likes to pimp it out big time when traveling! Yeah BoIIIII


On September 22, music fans will finally be able to hear Angel Taylor's debut Love Travels, the record that critics everywhere are talking about.

Billboard magazine has hailed 21-year-old singing/songwriting sensation Angel Taylor as one of their “15 Artists to Watch in 2009,” and The New York Post agrees, ranking her amongst their “6 Who’ll Sizzle” this year.

Love Travels has been called “one of the top debuts of the year” by the Associated Press, and received three-out-of-four stars in People magazine, who gushed, “fresh and honeydew-sweet… her glowing pop tunes will win over fans of both Corinne Bailey Rae and Colbie Caillat.” Essence magazine raves that Taylor is “heaven sent” and that her “graceful piano driven songs about finding, losing and yearning for love are sure to resonate with audiences of all ages."

The first single from Love Travels will be “Like You Do,” which will be accompanied by a video that Taylor will be filming in Nashville , TN.

Prior to the album’s widespread release, “Make Me Believe” was chosen as an iTunes Single of the Week and has already been downloaded more than a half-million times, with Taylor also being heard on prime time television hits “One Tree Hill” and “90210.” She spent the spring opening for Adele and Brett Dennen, and started her summer on the road with Kate Voegele before embarking on her first headlining tour.

Angel Taylor will be on the road with Brandi Carlile to mark the release of her debut.

Produced by Mikal Blue [Colbie Caillat], Love Travels marks a Taylor ’s coming of age as a songwriter. The 12 tracks on are more than just personal missives that she has set to music, they are living and breathing experiences that everyone has shared. The names may change, but the stories remain the same.


ANGEL TAYLOR on Tour Supporting Brandi Carlile






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All these years later, Kansas still rule the classic rock radio airwaves, and continue to put on simply spellbinding shows of the highest caliber. And what better way to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of Kansas’ self-titled 1974 debut than with a live DVD, ‘There’s Know Place Like Home,’ which will be released on October 13th, 2009 .

A hi-def for Blu-ray release (mixed in 5.1 surround sound), the show was filmed on February 7th of this year in their home state (at Washburn University’s White Concert Hall), and was certainly not your average affair. For this show, the group - which includes singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, guitarist Rich Williams, violinist David Ragsdale, bassist Billy Greer, and drummer Phil Ehart – was united with former members Kerry Livgren (guitar/keyboards) and Steve Morse (guitar), as well as the 50-piece Washburn University Orchestra.

When asked how it was to play alongside an orchestra, Ehart responds, “It's always an adventure. Adding another 50 people to your ‘band’ can always prove eventful. Our biggest memories are usually of certain symphonies that look down their noses at our music. What's funny about this is that those symphonies are usually the ones that have the most trouble playing our scores!”

And when the topic of playing with Livgren and Morse comes up, Williams gets downright philosophical. “Very comfortable...like loose fitting underwear.” Comprised of a solid track listing that includes fine renditions of Kansas classics (“Dust in the Wind,” “Carry On Wayward Son,” etc.) and fan favorites (“Hold On,” “On the Other Side,” etc.), ‘There’s Know Place Like Home’ will surely go down as one of the group’s best-ever live performances.

In addition to the DVD’s release, Kansas will appear on the popular syndicated radio show, Rockline, on Wednesday, September 9th, from 11:30pm to 1:00am.

The group will also be supporting the DVD’s release with a summer’s worth of tour dates. And if that wasn’t enough, Kansas’ members (save Walsh) have released the debut of their new side band, Native Window (http://www.myspace.com/nativewindow), which issued their self-titled album on June 23rd, and “open” for Kansas on the summer/fall tours.

And as far as Kansas’ popularity, it continues to flourish, as their classic ballad, “Dust in the Wind” recently obtained gold status as a digital download, while their classic rocker, “Carry On Wayward Son,” is featured on the games ‘Guitar Hero II’ and ‘Rock Band II.’ “They still get a lot of attention, still get a lot of airplay,” says Williams about the enduring popularity of Kansas’ songs. “They have retained a relevance through the years, that only a small percent of recordings do.”

With the release of ‘There’s Know Place Like Home’ and the supporting tour, Kansas will prove this theory as fact once again this summer and fall.


Sat 08/22/09 Kalamazoo, MI Arcadia Creek Festival Place
Sun 08/23/09 Rochester, MN Mayo Park with Native Window
Sat 08/29/09 Blue Ash, OH Blue Ash Town Square
Sat 09/05/09 Fort Gibson, OK 3 Forks Harbor
Sun 09/06/09 Norfolk, NE Divots Event Center
Fri 09/11/09 Pomona, CA Los Angeles County Fairgrounds
Sat 09/12/09 Valley Center, CA Valley View Casino Concerts
Fri 10/02/09 Muncie, IN Emens Auditorium
Sat 10/03/09 Murray, KY Regional Special Events Center
Sun 10/04/09 Kansas City, KS Kansas Speedway
Wed 10/07/09 Lancaster, CA Lancaster Performing Arts Center
Sat 10/10/09 Tacoma, WA Emerald Queen Casino
Sun 10/11/09 Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Casino
Fri 10/16/09 Maryville, TN Theatre In The Park
Sat 10/17/09 Trenton, NJ Patriots Theater At War Memorial with symphony
Sat 11/07/09 Chattanooga, TN First Tennessee Pavilion
Wed 12/02/09 Macomb, IL Western Illinois University with symphony
Fri 12/04/09 Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre with Native Window

A video trailer for the forthcoming DVD release can be viewed here

10 Of Your Sparks

  1. Matt-Man Says:
  2. A couple of my freinds went to see Kansas this past weekend in Blue Ash. They said they still are pretty good. Cheers!!

  3. ...will The Beatles be there?...

  4. Starrlight Says:
  5. I like Girl Pop if it has a twist to it. I'll check her out.

  6. Micky-T Says:
  7. I wrote down the Maryville, TN date. Bic'n'I could use a good night out! Thanks, short timer.

  8. Jay Says:
  9. I'm not good at following rules, but I'll see if I can't figure out a way to at least get into your contest drawing.

    Kansas is okay, but kind of boring. The landscape is very flat and there's really nothing but wheat fields and other farmland out there. And in Western Kansas especially the state tree should be a telephone pole.

    Oh wait, you were talking about the band? They're cool. ;-)

  10. Dianne Says:
  11. could you go back over the dates you'll be posting
    and how many artists per day?

    oh yeah, and when is Labor Day?

    also - will there be a contest?

  12. I always enjoy the "Where are they now" stories. And while Kansas has only a handful of songs onclassic rock radio, they are huge songs. THe whole "let's have anonther band without him" concept is funny no matter the reasons.

  13. Mimi Lenox Says:
  14. Did someone say wedding??!!!

  15. Roger Says:
  16. Come on Labor day!

  17. Travis Says:
  18. Kansas is such a perfect band to join with a symphony.


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