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This is it! Our last day of 12 Days of Guitarists and it goes to  none other than the MOST BAD ASS GUITARIST…… Zakk Wylde!!!  Zakk shreds like no other!!!

Zakk has been very busy this year. He released with Black Label Society, “Unblackened”, the new live DVD/Blue Ray and CD.  The double disk release not only featured a stripped down approach to all the classic hits like “Stillborn,” “The Blessed Hellride,” “In This River,” “Throwin’ It All Away,” “Losin’ Your Mind,”  but fierce guitar solos that you love from Zakk. There is also bonus material that includes photo gallery, music video and Interview with Zakk.  Make sure to pick up your copy to add to your Zakk Wylde collection.

Zakk also teamed up with Death Wish Coffee to bring you their newest addition, Valhalla Java!! This is the kind of the coffee that you need after one of those nights when you think nothing can wake you up! Death Wish Coffee Co. known as The Responsible Coffee Company with an Irresponsible Product Try at Your Own Risk! Check out this fun video about the new coffee:

 

Black Label Society have been busy working in Zakk‘s home studio, The Black Vatican, on their new album! Zakk mentions that the new Black Label Society album should be out in April 2014 and will include more of the heavy-riffing Les Paul-roaring that Black Label Society is known for.

Zakk is amazing with his blistering licks and most notably about his style is his huge vibrato! He has lightning speed and precision alternate picking style. You can try to emulate Zakk‘s guitar playing style, but he  has so  many tricks in  his bag, you will never come close to his AMAZING guitar work!!!

Zakk also came up here to EMG to celebrate their 25th anniversary with Zakk Wylde and the release of Metal Works. To celebrate EMG released a Zakk Wylde Limited Edition Set. We ran in to Zakk when he was up here at EMG and the boys had a great time talking with him.  Check out the picture of Rockin Ryan and Brandon here with him.

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Check out the release video here for the EMG pickups from earlier this year:

 

Now let’s kick back with a cup of Valhalla Java, play some songs from Unblackened and dream about the new Black Label Society album and tour!  I will leave you with a couple music videos from Zakk‘s visit to EMGtv which includes an acoustic performance by Zakk of Lovin Woman and another of his smokin solo work over an Andy James track provided by Jam Central Track.

Enjoy, Marisol

 

 

 

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Today is not only Christmas Eve but we are on Day 11 of 12 Days of Guitarists!  Today we feature Satchel of Steel Panther. Just yesterday, Steel Panther ranked in at the Number 2 Spot for bands to rule 2014 and today is Satchel‘s day.

You might be surprised to find a guitarist from a so called “parody band” on the list, but Satchel has the full package! He not only shreds on his guitar and has incredible solos, but also one of the best stage presences EVER! Yes, it may be,  because he personifies all the great ’80 rockers/metal heads into his own style but nonetheless, he is a BAD ASS and DAMN FUN to watch.

Check out Satchel in the tribute video that Rockin Ryan put together which includes footage and photos from their San Francisco show at the Regency Ballroom earlier this year.


 

Satchel is on tour with Steel Panther and next year they are releasing their highly anticipated new album, All You Can Eat. Make sure to catch him out on their tour and get ready for a fun night!  Their new single, Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World has a crazy ass video that you have to check out.

 

So have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and check out our featured Day 11 guitarist, Satchel holding his balls:

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~ Enjoy, Marisol

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SteveStevens

Only three spots remain on our 12 Days of Guitarists for 2013 and Day 10 goes to one of my personal favorites; Steve Stevens. Steve is most notably known for his 30 year career as guitarist and songwriter for Billy Idol.  Steve is also know for his solo work, collaborations as well as frequently playing with the all star band, Camp Freddy and other projects including soundtracks.

Just this past weekend Camp Freddy had three sold out packed to gills shows at The Roxy. Steve was there and he was just a madman on his guitar as usual. I didn’t get to catch him at the most recent Camp Freddy shows but I have seen him many times perform with Billy Idol and he is just spectacular live!

One thing is for sure about Steve, he can play so many different styles and make them his own. His guitar playing knows no genres or boundaries, just pure talent all the way through.  He truly perfects one of my most favorite styles; flamenco. When he performs with Billy and he does his flamenco solo, I am just in awe. I literally can’t take my eyes of his fingers glide across his guitar at lightning speed. Check out this video of Steve Stevens performing live:

 

Steve is not only an amazing musician but is also one of the nicest guys out there. We have had the chance to chat with him several times during NAMM over the years and he really is just a great down to earth guy. I look forward to catching him once again at NAMM 2014.  For now, how about checking out Steve as he performed with Camp Freddy this past weekend, and Billy Idol came out to sing a couple songs with them. Here is Rebel Yell:

 

Make sure to head over and visit Steve‘s social media sites as well as pick up some of his merch on his webstore here. You can also check out Steve’s beautiful wife Josie who is featured in our Holiday Q & A Part 1 here where she tells what kind of ornaments Steve and her collect and answers more Holiday questions.

~ Marisol

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Orianthi

Today is our Day 9 of 12 Days of Guitarists and we are pleased to announce Orianthi as our feature.  Orianthi has had a long history shredding on the guitar and is absolutely amazing. She first picked up the acoustic guitar when she six years old and at age 11 she moved on to the electric and the rest is history.

At the young of 28, this Greek Australian guitar virtuoso has led quite a successful career as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and an amazingly all around talented musician.  Many might know her as the guitarist for late Michael Jackson and his ill-fated “This is It “Tour. She went on to not only perform with Alice Cooper’s live band, but her own highly successful solo career.

Orianthi is amazing to watch. She makes it look so easy as she shreds on her PRS guitars. You are completely mesmerized as she displays her impeccable technique. This guitar rock goddess not only plays some bad ass guitar but she has an undeniable charismatic stage presence.  You can check out Orianthi in the following video where she performed at the 100 Club in London earlier this year:

 

Orianthi is currently gearing up to perform for an upcoming gig in Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day. Here is the catch, you might be able to be part of her BAND! She is working with Dave Stewart (co-founder of Eurythmics) on an innovative way to find her other band members. BeMyBand is a collaboration with Dave’s company Weapons of Mass Entertainment and Talent House to find her missing 4 band members. Musicians can submit their video of their best live performance and they may just end up on stage performing with Orianthi. Here are the positiions available:

  • drummer
  • bassist
  • guitarist
  • keyboard player

Musicians have until January 24, 2014 to submit their video and you can get more details on the website. To play along side Orianthi,  you better bring on your A game because she is one spectacular Rock Goddess! Check her out in her video for Heaven In This Hell:

 

Make sure to check out Orianthi‘s social media sites and stay up to date on her latest news. Now it is time to crank up some Orianthi!

~ Marisol

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Ok… so now I am really bummed about not making out to the 3 Day Camp Freddy Residency at The Roxy in Hollywood.  First I told you yesterday about Austin Winkler (formerly of Hinder) joined them on stage as he sang Born To Be Wild. (Read post here). Well, last night, I missed catching our featured guitarist Day 1 (Read Day 1 here), Jeff George of Harlot and his bandmate Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) join Camp Freddy.  Guess what song they played? Poison Nothing But a Good Time which is so perfect since in our interview with Jeff earlier this year we asked  him to pick a song from the ’80s to be his anthem or theme song and  he chose… Poison Nothin But A Good Time.  You can check out Jeff and Danny here performing a cover of Poison’s Nothing But a Good Time here:

 

It was a wild night that included many special guests including Moby, Donovan,  Courtney Love, Billy Ray Cyrus , Moby, Slash and more!  Danny came out and sang three songs, “Nothing But a Good Time”, “Any Way You Want It”, and “School’s Out”.  At the end, everyone came up and joined in to play a cover of Guns N Roses “Paradise City”.  Check out the video for final jam of  Paradise City

 

We will continue to keep you updated on Jeff George and more Harlot news to come. In case you missed it check out our past interviews with Jeff George:

Jeff Geroge talks about Harlot, Bach and Nothing But a Good Time for 2013.

Day 1 Of Guitarists is Jeff George (Jeff also tells us about his current guitar rig rundown)

Holiday Q & A Special, Part 1 (Jeff talks about  his Holiday traditions, oddest gift and more!)

So get ready to be hearing a lot more from Jeff George and Harlot this coming year. Hold on tight, he is about to take you on a wild rock n roll ride!!  Make sure to visit Harlot‘s social media sites so you can stay up to date on all their upcoming news.

~ Enjoy, Marisol

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John5

Today on Day 8 of our 12 Days of Guitarists, we are pleased to feature John 5! John 5 has had quite an extensive guitar career, from playing with David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, and others. In addition to playing with Rob Zombie, he has continued to have quite a successful solo career. He is an amazing guitarist that shreds when he plays. He is a guitar virtuoso who can play you anything from bluegrass to flamenco, instrumental to country, and metal to rock and anything else in between.

John started playing the guitar at age 7 and attributes his watching of Hee-Haw as a child for his love of Telecasters. He explains about on Hee-Haw, “they all played teles, so I thought that was the only guitar out there. I was so young and I thought I wanted an electric guitar and so it was a Telecaster. Lucky for me it was the greatest guitar in the world for me.”   

John has recorded six guitar albums; Vertigo (2004), Songs for Sanity (2005), The Devil Knows My Name (2007),Requiem (2008), The Art of Malice (2010) and God Told Me To (2012) as well as a remix album, Remixploitation (2009) He is definitely an incredible guitarist that you can’t help but enjoy watching.  His album God Told Me To has one of my most favorite songs of all time, “Noche Acosador” which literally gives me chills when I listen to it. His guitar delivers seduction and intensity with every note. Check it out here:

 

That song just creates pure bliss for me!  It seems John 5 has no limitations on his playing as he really plays guitar across the board; no genres, no boundaries. Just Kick ass Guitar playing that will enliven all your senses. Another amazing video to check out is “Welcome To Violence”, check it out here:

 

Earlier this year, I got to go to the live taping of VH1’s Heavy Metal Show and I was ecstatic to see that John 5 was one of the guests on for that taping. He not only has spectacular guitar skills, but he has such a genuine and charismatic personality.  Definitely a class act. Make sure to head over to Itunes and pick up his tunes, but be warned; he is truly ear porn and addictive!

~ Enjoy, Marisol

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Get ready, it is going to get hot in here…. For Day 6 of 12 Days of Guitarists, we bring to you Brody DeRozie of American Monster from Las Vegas. We had the opportunity to watch Brody play with Hell or Highwater during the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento.  Brody is a madman on his guitar!  He is belting out riffs, smoking solos  and he just makes it look so easy. You can definitely tell that he loves playing and is a crowd pleaser.

We had the opportunity to talk with Brody about American Monster and he told us,  “American Monster is slotted to have a debut show back onstage in the early winter months of 2014 with the original lineup in Las Vegas. The following months will consist of shows in the southwest region of the US with some pretty familiar bands. In spring, we plan to record new songs, while re introducing original singer Mikey Lorenzo to the heavier current AM sound. Also as promised, merchandise! T-shirts, sticker, posters, etc.”

We are so excited to see and hear more of American Monster. To hear that they are back and ready to ROCK is music to my ears! When we asked about what is in store for 2014, Brody mentioned, “2014 is %100 American Monster. This band has a lot to offer the music world and I’m proud to be apart of it.”

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So in 2014, you will get to see a lot more of Brody’s high energy guitar playing. Check out a video of Brody shredding at Vinyl in Las Vegas here:

 

Brody is also included in our Holiday Q & A and we can give you first peak at his responses here:

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What is the oddest gift you have ever received?

One year my great grandma got everyone these super ugly matching hats, we took a pic together with them and never saw the hats again.

What is your favorite Holiday Food Item?

Stuffing. Ill get down on that for sure. haha

What is your favorite Holiday family tradition that you still do today?

Getting the see all the So Cal family!

Do you have a favorite holiday movie or song?

A Christmas story. Some channel plays it for 24 hrs straight every year and I always end up watching it a few times. the Gremlins too. Love it!

Do you have a specific memory of a certain ornament or holiday decoration?

A Kiss ornament that I’ve had since I was a kid. Don’t know how its still in tact.

 

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Make sure to visit Brody’s Facebook page here and other social media links to stay up to date on the latest American Monster news. You will definitely be hearing more from American Monster in 2014!  I will leave you with a couple videos. First, is the tribute video that Rockin Ryan put together for Hell or Highwater set from Aftershock that features Brody and second, is one of my favorite American Monster songs, “Skies of Fire”.

~ Enjoy, Marisol

 

 

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Xander Demos

Xander Demos

Here we go on Day 5 of the 12 Days of Guitarists and we are pleased to bring you shredder extraordinaire Xander Demos! Xander is one shredder that will have you in awe of his playing. He is incredible at  his craft as his fingers sweep his guitar.  Check out his song “White Knuckle Driving” from his CD “Guitarcadia“, that one just blows me away every time! You can check out a video of him playing it here:

 

Xander is a high energy rock and metal guitar player that will have many shows coming up in 2014 to including openers for Metal Church and Primal Fear.  Xander will also be performing at NAMM Metal Jam 2014 at the Whisky a Go Go on January 22, 2014. Every year we head out to the Metal NAMM Jam and is a night filled with high octane metal all stars and I look forward to seeing Xander there!

We also had an interview with Xander and are pleased to repost that here for you once more:

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Music Junkie Press: How old were you when you first started playing guitar and can you remember what was the first song you learned how to play in its entirety?

Xander: I was 13 years old when I first started and the first song I learned to play was Asia’s “Heat Of The Moment”. Although I wouldn’t learn the solo until later on in life.

Music Junkie Press: That is cool, I always loved that Asia song! What was your first guitar?

Xander: My first guitar was a this Gibson SG copy but I had it for such a short time that it never felt like my first one. I was more serious after I got a BC Rich Mockingbird. That really felt like my first.

Music Junkie Press: The Mockingbird has such an incredible sound! That is your current rig rundown for you?

Xander: I play through the Fractal Audio Axe-FX II into a Matrix GT800 amp and Port City cabinets. I also use Mission expression pedals.

Music Junkie Press: Do you have a special nickname or name for your favorite guitar now?

Xander: Since it’s my only 7-string I just called “The Seven”. Not too  interesting, but I will probably come up with something way cooler when I’ve had it longer.

Music Junkie Press: What three artists were most influential for you when you first started playing?

Xander:  Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, Ozzy), Eddie Van Halen and Tom Scholz from Boston.

Music Junkie Press:  Very nice variety there Xander. If I could peak into your Ipod, what artist or song would I be most surprised at finding in there?

Xander: Anything from ABBA or perhaps the occasional Lady Gaga song

Music Junkie Press: If you could take a song from any other genre and turn it into your shredding metal sound, what might it be?

Xander: “Talk of the Town” by The Pretenders. It was actually the very FIRST song/video I heard/saw that made me want to be a musician.

Music Junkie Press:  Actually, I have to tell you that your “Boys of Summer” cover is the most shredding version and I LOVE IT! hat would be incredible! I hope you think of doing that one day, it would be amazing! What is your favorite guitar solo of all time?

Xander: “Moonage Daydream” by Racer X. It was the solo that made me really want to dive into that level playing.

Music Junkie Press: What are you currently working on or touring?

Xander: Getting ready to hit the road for Skull Fest and Wolf Fest on Oct 19th  and 20th. Some of the biggest names in hard rock and 80s/90s glam will be playing on these bills. Very honored to be a part of those shows.  Also, we’re working on the follow up to “Guitarcadia,” which is called,  “Dancing Thru Daggers.” I’ve got several other side recording projects  coming up, too.

Music Junkie Press: That is some exciting news. You will have to keep us updated on “Dancing Thru Daggers”.  Lastly, is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?

Xander:  I just want to say thanks for letting me do what I do. The support is very humbling and I am so appreciative of every single person who listens to and purchases my music.

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Xander Demos currently is in Pittsburgh, PA and fronts his own solo band,  XDB.  Now you have to head over to Xander Demos social media sites and stay up to date on his upcoming shows and news. Also, make sure to check out on his Reverbnation page or Facebook page an AMAZING cover of one of my Don Henley songs, “Boys of Summer“. Xander just adds so much more depth to that song and shreds it on the guitar. Check it out, it is not to be missed!

~ Marisol

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Jacky VIncent

Day 4 of Guitarists goes to one of the most awesome shredders out there today, Jacky Vincent. Many may know Jacky as lead guitarist for Falling in Reverse but he also has a bad ass solo album that highlights is amazing guitar playing. Jacky has impeccable technique and is truly a guitar hero.

His solo album Star X Speed Story and it literally takes you through his high energy, lightning speed shredding. It is one of the top guitar instrumental albums out, right up  there with Steve Vai, Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert and my true favorite; Michael Angelo Batio whom Jacky credits a lot of his guitar playing. Some of my personal faves on the album are Without You, Runaway Tryst, Venom Love, Fatal Envy and of course Maybe I am a Wolf.  When you listen, you can seriously feel his guitar singing to you, it is absolutely magical how he makes each note come to life.  You can pick up his album by heading over to Itunes here.

You can check out a tribute video that Rockin Ryan put together which includes footage and photos he took of Jacky Vincent from shows this year. Check it out here:

 

At NAMM 2013 Dean Guitars released and featured Jacky‘s own signature guitar. Jacky rocks the Dean C550 and Dean Z. You can check out more about his Dean Guitars and watch some demo videos from Dean here.   Jacky says, “I am beyond words with enthusiasm for my Dean USA custom electric guitar. So get ready! This is a big milestone for me, thanks Dean Guitars!!”

So make sure to check out Jacky‘s CD, Star X Speed Story and pick up a copy couples for everyone’s stockings this Holiday.  You can also watch Jacky in action shredding on his Youtube channel and make sure to follow him on Twitter so you can keep up to date on the latest Jacky Vincent news.

~ Marisol

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JRBareis

Photo Credits: Radio Suicide
Metaltown 2013 Sweden

For our Day 3 of 12 Days of Guitarists, I bring you one of most talented teens to the hit the stage in a very long time. J.R. Baries of Love and Death.  J.R. was picked by Korn guitarist, Brian Head Welch to join his band, Love and Death when he was only 15 in March 2011. J.R. has been playing guitar since he was 11 and it is amazing to know that he never took any lessons, completely self taught.

He shreds on the guitar and has quite impressive skills that definitely qualify him as our guitarist extraordinaire. J.R. uses PRS GuitarsMesa BoogieGHS Strings1964 EarsIn Tune Guitar Picks and Best-Tronics Guitar Cables.  J.R. also shows how to play tutorials on his Youtube channel and you can learn how to play many of the Love and Death songs.

We got to see J.R. play at Aftershock Festival earlier this year and I was excited to watch was Love and Death.  I have really enjoyed their album “Between Here & Lost” as it has some of my favorite songs like Meltdown, Paralyzed, Chemicals, The Abandoning, and those are just to name a few.

We had the opportunity to talk with lead guitarist, J.R. Bareis after Aftershock and are pleased to bring you the interview here:

Music Junkie Press: HI JR.  Thank you for taking the time to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press. We got to see Love and Death at Aftershock and you guys were awesome. How was it playing at Aftershock for you?

J.R.:  It was good. We had a lot of fun. It was very good.  I believe it. It was awesome. It was great all the people that showed up. It was very exciting.

Music Junkie Press: They reported that they had over 30,000 people there. Who were you most excited to see play?

J.R.:  Honestly, I was really looking forward to seeing Skillet because we are good friends with them and we haven’t seen them in a while so  it was great to see them again. It was great to watch them and it was a lot of fun.

Music Junkie Press: You being the youngest in the band, how old were you when you joined Love and Death?

J.R.:  I was 15 when I joined the band so it has been a crazy ride.

Music Junkie Press: How is it touring as the youngest member?

J.R.:  It has been awesome. I can’t complain. I got to get out of school to do it.

Music Junkie Press: You must have started young playing guitar. How old were you when you first started playing?

J.R.:  I started playing guitar when I was 11 and it really came natural to me. I didn’t take lessons or anything, it was definitely a gift. I just kind of figured it out.

Music Junkie Press: Do you remember what your first guitar was?

J.R.:  Oh ya, My first guitar was actually, well do you know Rudolf Schenker from the Scorpions, the guitar player (MJPress: YES!) His brother Michael Shchenker had this guitar out with Dean Guitars and it was like this little baby flying V, this black and white guitar. Ya that was like my first guitar with this little tiny amp with it.

Music Junkie Press: What do you play now?

J.R.:  I play now Paul Reed Smith Guitars.

Music Junkie Press: What was your first concert that you went to?

J.R.:  My First concert…. Man it was probably the NewsBoys, they are like a Christian band and I was like 3 or 4 when I saw them.  I loved it though. That is when I got my first taste of music and concerts and I have always wanted to do it since.

Photo Credits: Niklas Axelsson Metaltown 2013 Sweden

Photo Credits: Niklas Axelsson
Metaltown 2013 Sweden

Music Junkie Press: I love it JR. You are living your dream. Now, do you prefer playing the festivals or the intimate club shows?

J.R.:  It is hard to say because there are like pros and cons of both. Honestly I think I like the smaller venues, it is more intimate obviously, the crowd gets into more usually when they are at a smaller venues. It is cool too because after the show, we get to like meet people too and talk and hang out together. I definitely like the more intimate shows. It is important for us to meet our fans because they support us and the least we can do is hang out and talk with them.

Music Junkie Press: That is great for the fans. They do love meeting you all.  I have to tell you that I love your videos out. Meltdown is definitely my favorite one so far. Are you guys currently working on any more videos?

J.R.:  We are talking about it right now. We have a new song that came out and is called Empty. So we are thinking about doing something for that or maybe for a different song. For now, we are touring for the rest of the year and see what happens.

Music Junkie Press: That is right, you guys are out on tour with Asking Alexandria  and Korn. That is great.  Now, If we could peak into your Ipod, what artist or song would we be most surprised at finding in there?

J.R.:  Ha, you know probably the most surprising would be Katy Perry! It is funny because I don’t listen to a lot of music like that but she actually has like a really good voice and I actually like her stuff because she can actually sing and she really doesn’t use AutoTune that much.

Music Junkie Press: That is such a popular response. We have been asking that question for years now and Katy Perry has been our number one response! How about some fan submitted questions for you.

From Javi: I am 15 and my parents don’t want me to pursue my dream of music. Do you have any advice for me?

J.R.:  You know I would pursue it honestly in my opinion. I was lucky to have parents that fully supported me in doing it. My dad is a drummer too so I always grew up around music and they knew I loved it. I was very blessed to have parents that support me in that. I thought about that too before, if my parents never supported me it would be really hard because you know want to make them happy and at the same time you want to do what you want to do and be happy in your life too. I think it comes down to, it is your life and I think you should do what you want with it and make it the best you can for yourself and not have to follow different people’s views on what you should do with your life.

Music Junkie Press: That is well said J.R. and great advice for any age. Kylie wants to know what is your favorite song to play live?

J.R.:  Man, probably, honestly it is Meltdown. It is like my favorite song that we have and it is a lot of fun.

Music Junkie Press: Thanks JR. We are going to share your social media sites and let them know that they can pick up the new Deluxe edition out of “Between Here and Lost” that has some great remixes on there!

J.R.: Totally, we got the two new remixes for The Abandoning and Meltdown. Again, we have our new song that we made for it, Empty. Ya, I hope everyone goes out and gets it and hope they like it. Thanks for having me.

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I hope everyone does get the chance to pick up this amazing album and check their website for tour dates so you can catch their incredible high energy filled shows! You don’t want to miss J.R.’s fierce guitar playing. I will leave you with the video for my favorite song, Meltdown.

~ Marisol

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