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We recently shared with you our interview with guitarist, Josh Hamler of Shaman’s Harvest. You can read our full interview here: Interview with Josh of Shaman’s Harvest. We have been rocking out to their latest release, Smoking Hearts and Broken Guns which released last month. Shaman’s Harvest have just announced an extensive winter tour as support for Fozzy along with Texas Hippie Coalition.The tour will start right after they perform several headlining shows. Check the dates below and see if you can make it out to one of their upcoming dates:

HEADLINE
11/10/14          Colorado Springs, CO             The Black Sheep
11/12/14          Spokane, WA                          The Big Dipper
11/13/14          Boise, ID                                 Knitting Factory
11/14/14          Salt Lake City, UT                 The Royal
11/15/14          Denver, CO                             Lost Lake
11/16/14          Lincoln, NE                             Bourbon Theatre
WITH FOZZY & TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION
11/20/14          Flint, MI                                 Machine Shop
11/21/14          Steger, IL                                Another Hole In The Wall
11/22/14          Minneapolis, MN                   Mill City Nights
11/23/13          Des Moines, IA                      Wooly’s
11/24/24          St. Louis, MO                         Pop’s
11/25/14          Rockford, IL                           District
11/26/14          Kenosha, WI                           Brat Stop
11/28/14          Joplin, MO                             Rock 3405
11/29/14         Lubbock, TX                          Jake’s Backroom
11/20/14          Dallas, TX                              Trees
12/02/14          San Antonio, TX                    210 Kaponse Live
12/03/14          Houston, TX                          Scout Bar
12/04/14          New Orleans, LA                    Parish @ House Of Blues
12/05/14          Destin, FL                               Club LA
12/06/14          Jacksonville, FL                      Aqua in The Roc Bar Room
12/07/14          Cape Coral, FL                       Dixies Roadhouse
12/09/14          Gainesville, FL                        High Dive
12/10/14          West Palm Beach, FL             Culture Room
12/11/14          Lake Buena Vista, FL             House of Blues
12/13/14          Atlanta, GA                            The Masquerade

In case you missed it, check out their music video for their song, Dangerous:

The song is the first single of the album and is an anthemic rock song, which Josh commented, “When we started writing that, we were kind of wanting to write a song that every time you listened to it, driving down the road, you will probably end up getting a speeding ticket because it just makes you want to drive fast. And you know, it just, at that point in time when we were writing it, that was basically when Nate got his diagnosis and you know lots, lots of things trying to hold us down, hold us back, stop us from continuing on and in the end all of that struggle and that fight we had to, we had to endure, it made us better than we were before. Basically it is what the song is about, and everything that is trying to keep you down in life, this and that, don’t give up, you know, feed off of it, let it make you better.”

 

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Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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We recently shared with you our interview with guitarist, Josh Hamler of Shaman’s Harvest. You can read our full interview here: Interview with Josh of Shaman’s Harvest. We have been rocking out to their latest release, Smoking Hearts and Broken Guns which released last month.

The first single of the album is the anthemic rock song, Dangerous, which Josh commented, “When we started writing that, we were kind of wanting to write a song that every time you listened to it, driving down the road, you will probably end up getting a speeding ticket because it just makes you want to drive fast. And you know, it just, at that point in time when we were writing it, that was basically when Nate got his diagnosis and you know lots, lots of things trying to hold us down, hold us back, stop us from continuing on and in the end all of that struggle and that fight we had to, we had to endure, it made us better than we were before. Basically it is what the song is about, and everything that is trying to keep you down in life, this and that, don’t give up, you know, feed off of it, let it make you better.”

Check out the newly released music video for Dangerous:

 

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You can catch Shaman’s Harvest out on the road. Check the dates below and see if they will be coming to a venue near you:

  Date Venue Location  
Oct 17 Wooly’s Des Moines, IA
Oct 18 Ramada Oasis Convention Center Springfield, MO
Nov 20 The Machine Shopw/ Texas Hippie Coa… Flint, MI
Nov 21 Another Hole In The Wall Steger, IL
Nov 22 Mill City Nightsw/ Texas Hippie Coa… Minneapolis, MN
Nov 24 Pop’sw/ Texas Hippie Coa… St Louis, MO
Nov 25 Districtw/ Texas Hippie Coa… Rockford, IL
Nov 26 The Brat Stop Kenosha, WI
Nov 29 Jake’s Backroomw/ Texas Hippie Coa… Lubbock, TX
Nov 30 Treesw/ Texas Hippie Coa… Dallas, TX
Dec 02 210 Kaponse Livew/ Texas Hippie Coa… San Antonio, TX
Dec 03 Scout Bar Houston, TX
Dec 04 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA
Dec 05 Club LAw/ Texas Hippie Coa… Destin, FL
Dec 06 Aqua in The Roc Bar Room Jacksonville, FL
Dec 07 Dixie Roadhouse Cape Coral, FL
Dec 11 House Of Bluesw/ Texas Hippie Coa… Orlando, FL
Dec 12 State Theatre

 

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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FOZZY is proud and honored to announce the addition of JEFF ROUSE as their new bass player. Jeff is an incredible musician and singer who has spent the last decade playing in DUFF McKAGEN’s LOADED and is also the lead singer and guitar player in THE GUESSING GAME. After former bassist Paul DiLeo amicably and mutually parted ways with FOZZY last May, Jeff stepped in and immediately injected his amazing musicianship and electrifying stage presence into FOZZY’S already critically acclaimed live show. “I’m stoked to have been asked to join FOZZY and to hit the road to support ‘Do You Wanna Start A War!’ Can’t wait to see everyone out there!” Rouse said.  Rich Ward comments, “The first time I saw Jeff play with DUFF McKAGAN’S LOADED, it was immediately apparent that I was watching a special talent. He’s a pocket player with killer tone and amazing stage presence. One of the few total package musicians that I have ever known and it’s an honor to call him a bandmate and more importantly, my brother.

FOZZY have been quite busy with some heavy duty non-stop touring and they have just announced their headlining tour in support of their new single and title track of their new album, Do You Wanna Start a War. The tour is called the CINDERBLOCK PARTY TOUR which will feature two of my favorite bands; Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest. This will definitely be one tour you don’t want to miss. The 19 date tour sets off on November 20th. I am hoping they add some West Coast dates soon because that lineup is fierce. Check their upcoming tour dates below and see if they will be heading to a venue near you:

  • 09/30     Nashville, TN @Cannery Ballroom (with Theory of A Deadman)
  • 10/01     Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
  • 10/02     Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live (with Theory of A Deadman)
  • 10/03     Knoxville, TN @ The International (with Theory of A Deadman)
  • 10/05     New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre (with Theory of A Deadman)
  • 10/06     Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (with Theory of A Deadman)
  • 10/07     Boston, MA @ House of Blues (with Theory of A Deadman)
  • 10/08     Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (with Theory of A Deadman)
  • 10/10     Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall (with Theory of A Deadman)
  • 10/11     Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues (with Theory of A Deadman)
  • 10/12     Boalsburg, PA @ Number One Cycle Center (with Theory of A Deadman)

 

  • 11/20     Flint, MI @ Machine Shop (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 11/21     Steger, IL @ Another Hole In The Wall  (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 11/22     Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 11/24     St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s  (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 11/25     Rockford, IL @ District (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 11/26     Kenosha, WI @ Brat Stop (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 11/28     Joplin, MO @ Rock 3405  (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 11/29     Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom  (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 11/30     Dallas, TX @ Trees (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 12/02     San Antonio, TX @ 210 Kaponse Live (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 12/03     Houston, TX @ Scout Bar (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 12/04     New Orleans, LA @ Parish @ House Of Blues (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 12/05     Destin, FL @ Club LA (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 12/06     Jacksonville, FL @ Aqua in The Roc Bar Room (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 12/07     Cape Coral, FL @ Dixies Roadhouse (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 12/11     Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)
  • 12/12     St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater (w/ Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman’s Harvest)

Make sure to visit their social media sites and get ready for another great tour! I will leave you with a tribute video for Sandpaper and our interview with Chris Jericho from last year.

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We recently shared with you our interview with guitarist, Josh Hamler of Shaman’s Harvest. You can read our full interview here: Interview with Josh of Shaman’s Harvest. We are very excited about the highly anticipated new release, Smoking Hearts and Broken Guns which is set to release on September 16th.

The first single of the album is the anthemic rock song, Dangerous, which Josh commented, “When we started writing that, we were kind of wanting to write a song that every time you listened to it, driving down the road, you will probably end up getting a speeding ticket because it just makes you want to drive fast. And you know, it just, at that point in time when we were writing it, that was basically when Nate got his diagnosis and you know lots, lots of things trying to hold us down, hold us back, stop us from continuing on and in the end all of that struggle and that fight we had to, we had to endure, it made us better than we were before. Basically it is what the song is about, and everything that is trying to keep you down in life, this and that, don’t give up, you know, feed off of it, let it make you better.”

Check out a lyric video for the song here:

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Smoking Hearts and Broken Guns is set to release on September 16th through the Mascot Records and to check out the following video where they talk about the new record:

Make sure to pick it up and also visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news. Current upcoming shows:

Sep 11 Aftershock Merriam, KS
Sep 12 Shamrock’s Pub and Grillw/ Save The Hero, A… Omaha, NE
Sep 20 House of Bluesw/ Theory of a Dead… Dallas, TX
Sep 21 House of Bluesw/ Theory of a Deadman Houston, TX
Oct 18 Ramada Oasis Convention Center Springfield, MO

Also, they are having an Album Release Show on September 19th at Blueberry’s Hills Duck Room in St. Louis, MO. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

~ Marisol

Information & Links:

Pre-order Smoking Hearts & Broken Guns:
PledgeMusic – http://bit.ly/1nz2YbP
Best Buy – http://bit.ly/WJQ1Sr
Mascot Label Group – http://bit.ly/UFRXJS

 

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We are just a week away from the highly anticipated new release, Smoking Hearts and Broken Guns by Shaman’s Harvest. This is one release that I have been so excited about since the album has 12 bad ass tracks that will take you on a ride of emotions through rock n roll. It isn’t often that you find a band come off a hiatus and not only make a statement that they are back, but really garner the attention to put that band center stage in the spotlight. That is exactly where Shaman’s Harvest belongs. The musicianship of the album is impressive from start to finish, these guys truly delivered a musical gem.

We had the opportunity to talk with Josh Hamler, rhythm guitarist and are pleased to bring that interview to you here:

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press. We are excited about the upcoming release of Smoking Hearts and Broken Guns in a couple weeks. I am sure you can’t wait to get the new music into everyone’s hands?

Josh: Oh ya, we are super excited about it all.

Music Junkie Press: With this album, you guys really have made the statement that Shaman’s Harvest is back and have definitely put you guys in the spotlight. Great album, start to finish. It truly brings truth back into music and the songs not only rock but carry a lot of emotion. How was the recording process for you guys, I know there were some difficult and hard times for you all with Nate’s diagnosis at the time. It must have been an emotional rollercoaster?

Josh: Oh ya, to say the least, you know. It was a tough time, it was a trying time, it was a time where we all kind of came together but you know, through it all, it helped us focus, not only on just making a record but making a great record. Giving us the emotional fuel to do it and it is kind of cool that it all worked out the way it did because it is all there; all the blood, sweat and tears and the heartache and the triumph, and the whole nine yards. It is all captured in those 12 songs.

Music Junkie Press: Definitely, you can feel all the passion in those songs. The song, Dangerous, the first single, it is like the rockin anthem for life, to get out there and live. Can you tell us more about that song?

Josh: Ya, you know, when we started writing that, we were kind of wanting to write a song that everytime you listened to it, driving down the road, you will probably end up getting a speeding ticket because it just makes you want to drive fast. And you know, it just, at that point in time when we were writing it, that was basically when Nate got his diagnosis and you know lots, lots of things trying to hold us down, hold us back, stop us from continuing on and in the end all of that struggle and that fight we had to, we had to endure, it made us better than we were before. Basically it is what the song is about, and everything that is trying to keep you down in life, this and that, don’t give up, you know, feed off of it, let it make you better.

Music Junkie Press: Another great track, In Chains brings out that Southern inspiration there! Can you tell me about that track?

Josh: Ya, that was the last track we recorded for the record and it kind of came out of nowhere and we just felt like, Gosh, we need to get this on the disc so, we went in and kind of explored with some slide guitar and some acoustic elements and come in big and huge on the choruses with the full electrics and what not. Just really like, a sense of power kind of, comes across and then all the guitar work in it, I am really pleased with, the solo at the end is pretty epic and we needed one more song on the record that you know, embodied that epicness that kind of stands the ground in its own right. It is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album.

Music Junkie Press:  It is a great track. We understand you made it out to Sirius XM Octane, can you share a little about your experiences over there?

Josh: Oh ya, Sirius, Octane and the Sirius stations have been big supporters of ours throughout the years and we have a lot of respect for them, made some friendships along the way. We basically went in and recorded a three song acoustic set that they are gonna start airing here a week before the record comes out. Helping us promote Smoking Hearts and Broken Guns. We got to do a cool little interview with Jose Magnin and ran into Kayla again and they all said Hi, and it is pretty crazy while we were in the studios. Your kind of in a, the studio that we were in is kind of like a fishbowl, it was glass so everybody on the outside could kind of see who is in there doing what. It was pretty crazy, whenever you are in the middle of a track and you look outside and the Doobie Brothers is walking through or the guys from Five Finger Death Punch are walking by, and this is alright!

Music Junkie Press: That is awesome, we are going to be tuning in to hear it. On your new album, I know it is hard to pick favorites, being like your kids, but which song are you most looking forward to playing live?

Josh: Oh man, I mean Dangerous is a fun song to play live, it is upbeat, energetic, it is powerful. You know, one of my favorite tracks to do live is Blood On the Water, just with that hand clap, stomp, bombastic kind of feel, get swampy at the same time so it is always a fun crowd pleasing track, it feels good. But like you said, it is hard to pick a favorite, it seems like each day I have a new favorite and then I am back to the one, a week or two later I am back to the one I thought was my favorite from the week before. So it just kinds of bounces around and each song on the record, it kind of exudes a particular emotion or color. You know I guess it just depends on how you are feeling that day. Which one is actually touching you.

Music Junkie Press: That is exactly about your album that is interesting. It is a range of emotions and sometimes you hear an album and brings out the same emotion throughout but not with Smoking Hearts and Broken Guns. You guys bring out such a great variety of emotion and feelings and that is such a creative process that we should congratulate you guys on doing that. It comes out beautifully and whatever your mood is, you can pop on the right song to fit you.

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Josh: Ya, exactly, that is what we wanted to do. We wanted to write a record that you would listen to front to back, not like you heard it all and you are done with it. You want to listen to it again, and it is something that it is not going to get old. I don’t know, that was kind of our goal and hopefully it comes across to all the listeners and you know, so far so good. We have gotten great response.

Music Junkie Press: It is definitely an album that you want to buy the full album. With the changes in the music industry where people buy a song here or there, this is definitely a full album that we would encourage them to buy the full album because so much is there. With all the changes in the music industry within the past 15 years, what is something that you would like to see change?

Josh: Well, you know, you kind of touched earlier about the honesty of it all. The music that is honest and touches people and music that isn’t so cookie cutter, that is kind of what we like, that is kind of our goal is to be a band that is not cookie cutter and you know, we look writing songs that anyone can relate to. Just because you feel the songs mean something to you and I equally feel it means something completely different to me, but we are both 100% right. Songs that kind of transcend everything, and that really can relate to you individually. Some of the lyrics and stuff, I mean ya, they are to the point, but they are vague enough to where they can relate to pretty much any walk of life, you know, any day and time, and that was kind of the goal.

Music Junkie Press:  That is so well said. Are you guys currently working on any videos and if so, which song?

Josh: Yes, Friday we are shooting the Dangerous video. We are also in the process of starting the preproduction on trying to come up with some treatment for In Chains. And you know it is kind of just a rollercoaster at the moment, we are just trying to get all systems go, get all the cylinders fired here and we got a great team here with Mascot Label Group, so we are just really excited to get out on the road and share our music and continue living this dream that we got going on.

Music Junkie Press: That is great, we can’t wait for the videos. Now are you planning any tours soon?

Josh: Yes, we are actually in New York right now and we are having a meeting tonight with trying to get some things solidified. In the short term, we are going to be doing a few two, three or four day runs with Theory of a Deadman and a few other bands, playing some House of Blues shows throughout the country. It is just, the ball is just now getting rolling, the train is picking up steam, so to speak, so we will just ride it out and enjoy it while we can.

Music Junkie Press: Definitely excited and hoping for a California show soon!

Josh: Cali is definitely on the list.

Music Junkie Press: We know things are going to get really busy soon with the release and we will be excited for the tour. Lastly, what would you like to share with our audience and your fans?

Josh: You know, thanks for bearing with us over the last few years of hiatus, I mean, we had some success with Dragonfly, you know four years ago and you know, it is not every day that a band can kind of disappear for a little bit and then show back up and then you know, being taken seriously or even people wanting, wanting to take the time to check it out. So, just thank you to all the fans and all the people out there who support us and give us inspiration because you know, that is where a lot our fire comes from, it is from average Joes all over the world.

Music Junkie Press: That is awesome, thank you and we will be sharing all the links with everyone and remind them to pick up Smoking Hearts and Broken Guns on the 16th. We look forward to seeing you guys out on the road.

Josh: That is great. I look forward to it too.

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Smoking Hearts and Broken Guns is set to release on September 16th through the Mascot Records and to check out the following video where they talk about the new record:

Make sure to pick it up and also visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news. Current upcoming shows:

Sep 11 Aftershock Merriam, KS
Sep 12 Shamrock’s Pub and Grillw/ Save The Hero, A… Omaha, NE
Sep 20 House of Bluesw/ Theory of a Dead… Dallas, TX
Sep 21 House of Bluesw/ Theory of a Deadman Houston, TX
Oct 18 Ramada Oasis Convention Center Springfield, MO

Also, they are having an Album Release Show on September 19th at Blueberry’s Hills Duck Room in St. Louis, MO. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

~ Marisol

Information & Links:

Pre-order Smoking Hearts & Broken Guns:
PledgeMusic – http://bit.ly/1nz2YbP
Best Buy – http://bit.ly/WJQ1Sr
Mascot Label Group – http://bit.ly/UFRXJS

 

PHILLIP FOX BAND

The Ohio quartet Phillip Fox Band have been quickly gaining attention for their unique style of music, country fried rock n roll. They seamlessly blend classic rock and old country and fuse it with a modern twist. What you are treated to,  are songs that not only rock but are emotionally driven and create a solid connection with the listener through story telling songs all the while you are feeding your rock n roll soul.

They currently have their debut full length album Heartland set for a September 2nd release. Heartland takes you on a musical journey full of hope, loss, love and truth. In a time where the musical industry can stifle a band’s creativity, Phillip Fox Band rose about it all by creating and completing their album fully funded by their fans through a Kickstarter campaign. Phillip Fox explains, “I think the whole Kickstarter thing, particularly with our fans voting essentially with their money and saying, ‘No we want this music’… The fact that we are able to put that out, we feel very blessed to be able to do it.

The album has it all, catchy melodies, smoking guitars, bluesy riffs,  powerful and captivating vocals, heartfelt songs that stir emotions as well as invite you to make Heartland the soundtrack of your life. Check out a live video promo for Phillip Fox Band:

We had the opportunity to chat with vocalist/guitarist Phillip Fox as they are currently touring. We are pleased to bring that interview to you here:

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MJP: Thank you for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press. We are very excited about the album release next month of Heartland.

Phillip: Awesome, we are too!

MJP: You have to tell us, even the title has some great personal meaning to it. Can you explain a little bit about Heartland?

Phillip: Ya, I mean. We spend a lot of time on the road, there are those places where just feel like home and then there is also nothing like coming off the road and being back at home. The Midwest for us, that is where we chose to live. We could have moved to New York or Nashville but, we chose to stay here in the Midwest and travel from out of there. Every time we come back, we felt like that song Heartland just really captured more than any other tune on the record, where we were as a band and stuff.

MJP: We know that the album is set to release on the 2nd of the September but you are also having an album release party on the 5th. I am sure you are excited to finally get it out there and into the hands of your fans.

Phillip: Ya, we are very excited about that and it has been a long time coming.

MJP: It is interesting because your music has it’s own style. It has been dubbed Country Fried Rock n Roll, which is great and you bring a lot of energy and emotion to your songs. For someone who has never seen the Phillip Fox Band perform live, what can you tell them to expect?

Phillip: I mean a solid show, excellent musicianship, and we give a 110% every time we get up on stage. I mean we love what we do and that I think is more evident to people when we get up on stage. We are doing what we want to do, we are doing what we love to do, we are playing the music that we want to play. Having all those things align for a band just doesn’t happen very often so I think that people recognize that what they are seeing, is something that is very rare. I mean stylistically, we kind of blend this old country, southern rock with a modern twist to it. Again it is just something that they are just not going to see very often.

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MJP: You mention that you bring a lot of energy to the stage. Do you have any preshow rituals before you hit the stage?

Phillip: Ha, Not anything that is not regular, aside from just getting on stage and getting comfortable up there. There is a lot of times where you have driven for like 6 hours, we have been working the whole time on the road while we are getting to the show and just taking the moment to clear your head and let everything else that happened for the day go away and forget about what is going to happen tomorrow.  To really center in what is going to happen right now on the stage right now. The nights that we have the opportunity to do that, are I know, that we can feel the difference for sure.

MJP: The album, it not only rocks but you also bring great emotionally driven songs to the forefront, Can you tell us a little bit about the song, Don’t Forget Me?

Phillip: Ya, I wrote that song a few years ago. I had a buddy of mine was overseas, this was at the time, when a lot of guys that were in like the National Guard or had been staged stateside and then got sent over to the Middle East. And several different friends, one of them either he went overseas and within six months, he posted on Facebook  that  his wife and he were getting a divorce, another good friend of mine from College, she had two young kids with her husband, he went over and was killed, like in the first week from getting over there. So she was like immediately widowed with two babies. And it was just one of those moments where it was like, Man, I feel this story needs to be told. When I talked with some of my friends that were over there and I mean the biggest thing that they wanted, which was to not be forgotten. Because that was the hardest thing, you know they are so far away, the time shift is so different, it is expensive to call or  to find the time to with family and  with six months of that and it is easy to forget.

MJP: Beautiful track, very well written and truly one of my favorites. Then you have the rockin track of I’d be Running Too. That rocks. How about that one?

Phillip: We had a lead guitar player for a minute who always seemed to be getting himself in trouble and that song is loosely based off his antics.

MJP: Classic! I love it. Now this album was completely put together by yourselves and  funded by a Kickstarter campaign. You guys took the bulls by the horn and did it your way with your awesome fans. How does that feel to have accomplished all that on your own and have the full control over the album process.

Phillip: You know, right now it is exhausting. (laughs) But when we get a chance to stop and think about it and know that we were able to put out a record that is 100% us. A record that if we were on a label, wouldn’t be able to be the same record. The song selection would probably have had to be a little different, we wouldn’t have been able to get as creative, I don’t think as we would with the song palette. A song like Nothing Worse than the Weak would not have been able to be on that record. SO knowing that we are able to put that out there and that our fans supported us and they wanted this music, ya, it is encouraging and it gives us hope, that maybe we can do this our way and make a go of it.

MJP: With the changes in the music industry within the last 15 years, what is something that you would like to see change?

Phillip: Well, I would love to be able to see artists express themselves in meaningful ways and not just record a song that they know is gonna sell. I mean, that doesn’t just go for like the big named Top 40 artists. A lot of guys we know, that are slinging it in the trenches with us on the road, they are facing those same challenges. DO I record this song that I really, it means a lot to me and I believe in or do I record this song that I did a co-write with these three dudes that are published down in Nashville, that I know might get more traction and might get me noticed. You know? I think the whole Kickstarter thing, particularly with our fans voting essentially with their money and saying, ‘No we want this music’. Some of them may or may not listen to the radio, I know we get a lot of our fans that are just fed up with everything they are fed from the media machines. And they want something that is real, something tangible, and that has some investment in it and that is a little risky. The fact that we are able to put that out, we feel very blessed to be able to do it.

MJP: Your fans also feel a part of the whole process and it includes them and they feel they are also keeping the spirit of music alive as well. Now, you guys have been busy touring. You have had a lot of shows this summer and are on tour right now, what has been the highlight for you so far on your tour?

Phillip: Man, that is a good questions. Headlining Bike Week was really sweet. Ya, there was a lot of energy there. We played on the Jaegermeister stage and it just grew. They were just solid. They had everything, it sounded good, it felt good, the lights were great. That was a great night. The Buckle UP Fest in Cincinnati was a really cool festival. Unfortunately, it rained almost the entire day we were there but you know seeing the people out in front of the stage with their umbrellas and stuff, that were there to see us, that was encouraging. It was awesome.

MJP: You have shows playing all the way to September. What do you have planned after that?

Phillip: So in October we go back to playing a lot of the clubs, the circuit in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. We are going to be down in Texas in early November, we are down in Houston and then from that point, we will see how the record is picking up and where that is hitting and hopefully that will open up some more markets for us.

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MJP: We are hoping you come out to the West Coast and bring your energy to us.

Phillip: We would love to! Love to! Just gotta figure out how to drive across the country and make that happen.

MJP: We are looking forward to the album release on Sept 2nd and lastly, is there anything you would like to share to our audience?

Phillip: You know I would say, Listen to the music, give it a song or two. We don’t, we are not one of those bands that say hey we are cool, or we are fashionable or sexy, so you will like our music. If you like the music, you will like the music. If you don’t like it, there is a lot of other music out there but I say if they listen to the first three tracks of the record and they don’t dig, at least they gave it a shot. But I am pretty sure they are gonna like what they hear.

MJP: I do too! That is a certainty. Thanks for talking with us here and have safe travels. Everyone stay tuned for Heartland set to release on September 2nd.

Phillip: Thank you very much.

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So do yourself a favor, mark your calendars to pick up the new album, Heartland on September 2nd and check the following tour dates and see if the Phillip Fox Band will be coming to a venue near you. Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay connected to be up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

Tour Dates: 

  • 8-25-14 in Put In Bay, OH at The Boathouse (duo)
  • 8-26-14 in Put In Bay, OH at The Boathouse (duo)
  • 8-27-14 in Put In Bay, OH at The Boathouse (duo)
  • 8-28-14 in Dayton, OH at Hollywood Casino
  • 8-29-14 in Brownsburg, IN at B-Squared
  • 8-30-14 in Bowling Green, OH at Grumpy Dave’s
  • 8-31-14 in Akron, OH at Upper Deck
  • 9-05-14 in Columbus, OH at Skullys (CD Release Show)
  • 9-06-14 in Cleveland, OH at Around The Corner (CD Release Show)
  • 9-07-14 in Mantua, OH at Mantua Potato Festival
  • 9-10-14 in Westerville, OH at Jimmy V’s (duo)
  • 9-11-14 in Wapakoneta, OH at Route 33 (CD Release Show)
  • 9-12-14 in Medina, OH at Thirsty Cowboys (CD Release Show)
  • 9-13-14 in Auburn Hills, MI at Toby Keith’s (I Love This Bar)

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One of our favorite bands from this year’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Texas Hippie Coalition have released a new lyric video. The lyric video is for the first single, Monster In Me which is off their forthcoming album, Ride On and is set for an October 7th release. This song is so BAD ASS! I love it, dirty guitars, seductive lyrics, vocals that grab a hold of you and a beat that just gets deep in your soul.  Check out the lyric video for Monster In Me here:

Their new style of music dubbed Red Dirt Metal is definitely receiving a lot of well due praise and I can’t wait to hear their new album. Ride On is due out on October 7th via Carved Records/Caroline Distribution. “It’s like Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top had a child, and Pantera ended up raising it,” exclaims Big Dad Ritch. “We’re Red Dirt Metal. That’s a flag we wave high. There wasn’t a line formed for us, so I created a line and jumped to the front of that bad boy. Ride On is the best example of what we do.”  The album is Available For Pre-Order at http://smarturl.it/THCrideon_iTunes via iTunes and http://smarturl.it/THCrideon_AmzCD via Amazon.

 The tracklisting for Ride On is:

  • 1)     El Diablo Rojo
  • 2)     Splinter
  • 3)     Monster In Me
  • 4)     Go Pro
  • 5)     Rock Ain’t Dead
  • 6)     Bottom Of The Bottle
  • 7)     Rubbins Racin
  • 8)     Ride On
  • 9)     Fire In The Hole
  • 10)   I Am The End

We can’t wait for the release and for a new tour. They completely tore up the stage this year on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival Tour as they performed to a packed crowd. It was awesome to see the great reception that this Red Dirt Metal received from everyone as they brought an ass whoopin to the crowd. They raised the heat as everyone was embracing their heavy metal classic rock sound. It was intense and I can’t wait to catch them again. They are one of those bands that right after you see them, you are on an immediate high and contemplating when and where you will get to see them next!!

Check out a slideshow of photos by our Rockin Ryan of their set at Mayhem here:

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We had the chance to catch up with the guys after their set and talk with them briefly. Check it out here, (we apologize for the background audio)

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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