(22 April 2013 – Stockholm, Sweden) This morning we awake to the devastating news that Michael Sunden of Global Music, and Head First’s management partner with the band CrashDiet had tragically taken a fall in Nottingham, England, where he was advancing the band’s UK tour and meeting up with old friends.
To say that we are absolutely crushed would be an understatement. “I’d known Michael about 15 years, when he asked me to help him out on the US leg of a Backyard Babies tour and we somehow reconnected about two years ago. He then asked me to help with the running of CrashDiet’s business in The States and who was I to say no to that??,” says Dave Tedder of Head First Entertainment. “One thing that guy didn’t understand was the phrase ‘that can’t be done’ – no matter what language it was in, Swedish, English or any other. He pushed you to try a little harder. We pushed each other. And we argued and frustrated each other but what business partners don’t? With Michael’s passing we’ve truly lost one of the few ‘good guys’ in this industry.”
Our thoughts are with Michael’s wife, Carina, and their two young daughters. Aside from CrashDiet, Michael also handled affairs for Coldspell, Degreed, Houston, Miss Behaviour, Sister and Vega and Trouble Circus.
(4 April 2013 – Westville, OK) Ump, guitarist and lead vocalist for Oklahoman red dirt rockers Motortrain has been hard at work for the past few months writing and demo-ing material for the band’s sophomore effort. A road dog at heart, he’s decided that it’s time to take a break from being couped up and has decided to test some of his new songs in front of an audience. “Our debut EP was fun, but it was rushed. Over the last year we’ve all really been diggin’ deep to build this full-length album out. We didn’t want to make an album just because it was time, we wanted to make one because we had something to say. Of course, when you’ve been stuck in the studio all winter like we have, you want to get out and stretch your legs a bit, so that’s what we’re gonna do. Get out, road test some new songs, and meet some new faces.”
The new release, a full-length, self-titled album is scheduled for release in late summer of 2013 and will feature songs such as “Briars and Barbed Wire”, a hat-tip to the bands’ state line location and the rivalries that run between them, and “Whiskey Fingers” which pays tribute to lead singer Ump’s granddad, Don Schauf, who played peddle steel and fiddle up in Wichita, KS back in his day. He was in the local backing band for anyone who came through town, playing for folks like Earnest Tubb, Waylon, and Merle. Because he was stricken with Polio he never got to tour, so instead the band is taking his legacy on the road.
Motortrain dates are as follows:
April 4 – Tulsa, OK – Tankz
April 6 – Phoenix, AZ – The Blooze
April 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Steel Horse Saloon
April 8 – Prescott, AZ – The Drunken Lass
April 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge
April 19 – Ft. Smith, AR – Hero’s Underground.
(4 April 2013 – Key West, FL) Crossover pop/rock and now country/rock artist John Taglieri has released the brand new video for “Southern Paradise“, the title track to his forthcoming Ep via the Today’s Country website. The video can be viewed at http://bit.ly/10wnXx6
Directed by Anthony Mario Piccone for Savior Productions and shot on location throughout John’s part time residence of Key West FL at Durty Harry’s, Island Dogs, as well as other venues, and along Duval Street, as well as in the Atlantic Ocean & The Gulf Of Mexico, the storyline of the video focuses on “good times, good friends and a damn good party,” relates John.
Taglieri’s latest release, Southern Paradise is due out on 16 April 2013 via Leap Dog music and on iTunes and other digital outlets across the globe. He just announced a fly away trip to Key West to tie in with the Ep’s presale, the details of which can be found at http://Facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic.
(2 April 2013 – Key West, FL) To celebrate the release of the new John Taglieri Ep Southern Paradise (coming 4/16/13 via Leap Dog Music), he’s giving away a trip to Key West, FL. All you have to do is purchase Southern Paradise during the presale between 2 April 2013 & 15 April 2013 and you’re automatically entered to win. Details are as follows:
Trip for two to Key West, FL.
Must purchase the Southern Paradise Ep during the presale for $10.00 (plus shipping & handling).
All contestants must be 21 years or older to enter
Automatically entered to win the following:
- a trip for two to Key West, FL in August 2013
- round trip airfare for two from anywhere in the continental US to Key West, FL
- two nights lodging (hotel to be determined)
- an Autographed copy of Southern Paradise
- two John Taglieri T-Shirts (sizes tbd by winner)
- a free download of ‘The Very Best Of John Taglieri…The Songs That Should Have Made Me Rich!!!’
- dinner for two at LaTrattoria Restaurant on Duval St. in Key West, FL.
- a trip on The Fury Boat (either a day snorkel or a sunset cruise. Winners Choice)
- a welcome bag from Key West Welcome Bags with an assortment of goodies and local discounts
- VIP Treatment at a John Taglieri show at Irish Kevins!
(**Winners must live in the lower 48 United States**)
Trip length is 3-days/2-nights (Winners can extend this stay at their own expense.)
Winner(s) must be available to travel to Key West, FL In August 2013.
Winner(s) will work with Leap Dog Music to make all travel arrangements.
That’s it…pretty simple. Purchase the CD during the presale and you’re entered to win. If you purchase more than one copy of the CD, you will be entered the number of times you purchase. Winning name to be chosen from a blind drawing and completely at random.
To purchase The Southern Paradise Presale simply send $13.50 ($10 + shipping) via Paypal to John@JohnTaglieri.com or visit John’s Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic for details on how to enter.
Taglieri says, “Thanks! GOOD LUCK to everyone that purchases during the presale!! I’m as excited to pick a winner as you guys are to win! Hope to see you in my Southern Paradise!!
Watch for John’s new Ep, Southern Paradise, coming on 4/16/13 and get ready to sit back and soak it in…and let it take you to your own personal Southern Paradise!
Trip Sponsored by:
The Fury Boat – Key West
LaTrattoria On Duval
Key West Welcome Bags
(Hanson, MA – 25 March 2013) When John Taglieri abruptly quit his lucrative day job in 2005 to become “a professional musician” people thought he was out of his mind. Literally. I mean, who quits a steady paycheck to play music for a living in the 21st Century, right? More than half a decade later Taglieri is having the last laugh because he’s made it on his terms and his terms alone. It’s not a spiteful laugh, though, more along the lines of “hey, let’s head down to Florida and have a little party on the beach” type of chuckle.
Now, stealing a few chapters from the book of Jimmy Buffett for his new Ep, Southern Paradise, John has the beach party bit down to a science. Not that he’s copping Jimmy musical style, mind you, just his “fun at all costs and always have a margarita in each hand” happy go lucky attitude. “On this record I wanted to do things differently. I have a great balance in my life right now, and it’s lots of fun! This is my 11th release, I live in Key West, FL half the year and get to play music for a living…whats NOT to LOVE about that!??!” says John. Songs such as the title track talk about his own Southern Paradise and how life can be truly fun when you do what you love. “When I Think About” (written with Nashville writer Bobby James) and “Days of Night” (written by Sean Mormelo) all show a marked maturity and balance in Taglieri’s material. This is his eleventh release overall and tenth of all new music.
Working with the up and coming Nashville based production team of Sean Mormelo and Mark Cohn of Illusionati Entertainment, and mastered by multi Grammy Award winning Richard Dodd (George Harrison, Keith Urban, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty), the team has crafted a feel good record that sounds and feels like summer, no matter what your weather outside may be. “Sean and I go back about 10 years as writers and touring acts. We’ve always wanted to work together and this seemed like the right time. His partner, Mark Cohn was on board from the start and we brought Richard in to master the tracks. I think we put an amazing team together and put out a great product both musically and sonically!”, said Taglieri
Not only does 2013 bring John’s new Ep to you, it also marks the year he reached the milestone of 20,000 sales. Starting with the release of ‘Leap Of Faith’ in 1999 thru his ‘Very Best Of’ collection from late 2012, and through relentless touring in the last 10 years, on March 8th, 2013, Taglieri went over 20,000 units and downloads sold as an indie artist running his own record label. Taglieri had this to say about it…”I’m amazingly proud of this milestone. As a guy putting out my first CD in 1999 from a home studio, I never thought I’d have gotten this far, but here I am, and things are still moving better than ever. 20,000 is an amazing number to me and one that makes me proud of all the hard work its taken to get this far.”
Watch for John’s new Ep, Southern Paradise, coming on April 16,2013 and get ready to sit back and soak it in…and let it take you to your own personal Southern Paradise!