Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Magna Carta online store

Checkout the online catalog of releases from Magna Carta and Magnatude Records. 

Magna Carta online store

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Images from a DREAM . . . THEATER of the MInd..

..a postcard from the past.

Liquid Tension Experiment
Liquid Tension Experiment is:
• Tony Levin - Bass (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson)
• Mike Portnoy - Drums (Dream Theater)
• Jordan Rudess - Keyboards (Dream Theater, Dregs)
• John Petrucci - Guitar (Dream Theater)

Derek Sherinian
Derek Sherinian - Keyboards
• Brett Garsed - guitars • Tony Franklin - bass • Virgil Donati - drums

James LaBrie / MullMuzzler
• James LaBrie - Vocals

• Matt Guillory - Keyboards
• Mike Mangini - Drums
• Mike Keneally - Guitars
• Bryan Beller - Bass
• Trent Gardner - Keyboards

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Michael Lee Firkins talks his new album with Oscar Jordan

Michael Lee Firkins talks his new album "Yep" on Magnatude Records w/ Oscar Jordan of Oscar’s Guitar Shop on the October 4, 2013 Podcast.  Download it for FREE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/oscars-guitar-shop/id592290314?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Friday, September 20, 2013

Michael Lee Firkins - "Yep"


Michael Lee Firkins - "Yep"

Firkins gained fresh perspective in other musical ways, as well. A number of songs on Yep, including “Cajun Boogie” and the leadoff track “Golden Oldie”, feature an electric “Reso-Tele,” a guitar Firkins designed with the help of a woodworker friend. Fusing a resonator cone and the body and neck of a Fender Telecaster, the electrified roots rocker has built the perfect instrument with which to express himself.

“The Reso electric guitar was an integral part of my journey,” says Firkins. “When I first started this record I had been playing acoustic guitar a lot, and wasn’t really into the electric. But since I started using the Reso-Tele, I’ve designed my sound around the instrument, and tried to use it on as many tracks as possible for Yep.”

Michael Lee Firkins on Magnatude Records

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dave Martone / Glen Drover - "Live At Metalworks"

On September 10, Magna Carta will release DAVE MARTONE / GLEN DROVER's "Live At Metalworks" as an audio CD with bonus DVD.

"Live At Metalworks" captures audio/video performances by Martone andDrover which were streamed live over the internet on September 25, 2011. This show was viewed by over 25,000 people in over 63 countries around the World.
Dave Martone (a true modern guitar hero) performs with his band on such guitar virtuouso tracks as “The Goodie Squiggee Song” and “Dinky Pinky” from Martone’s Magna Carta debut, “Clean” (MA-90972). Other highlights of Martone's set include a cover of Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”. Another special moment occurs when Martone brings Glen Drover on stage for an encore version of Joe Satriani’s “Crush Of Love”.
Glen Drover (best known for his work in Megadeth) performs with his band (which includes Saga keyboardist, Jim Gilmour) on a version of Frank Zappa’s “Filthy Habits” as well as “Colors Of Infinity” and “Ascension” from Glen’s Magna Carta debut, “Metalusion” (MA-91082). Drover brings Dave Martone back on stage for an encore version of Megadeth’s “Symphony Of Destruction” with Glen on vocals.
• Dave Martone - Guitar and Vocals
• David Spidel - Bass
• Gary Grace - Drums

• Glen Drover - Guitar and Vocals
• Jim Gilmour - Keyboards
• Paul Yee - Bass
• Chris Sutherland- Drums
CD Details
Dave Martone
1) The Goodie Squiggee Song
2) Bossa Dorado
3) Angel Fish
4) The Devil Went Down To Georgia
5) Got Da Blues
6) Dinky Pinky
7) Crush Of Love (with Glen Drover)

Glen Drover
8) Frozen Dream
9) Illusions Of Starlight
10) Colors Of Infinity
11) Filthy Habits
12) Ascension
13) Ground Zero
14) Symphony Of Destruction (with Dave Martone)

Bonus Songs From Each Artist Exclusively on the DVD

Dave Martone
1) The Goodie Squiggee Song
2) Bossa Dorado
3) Angel Fish
4) The Devil Went Down To Georgia
5) Got Da Blues
6) Dinky Pinky
7) Crush Of Love (with Glen Drover)

Bonus Tracks:
8) Attack Of The Celery Crunchers (Martone)
9) Playing Between The Molecules Of Time (Martone)
10) Tone Of Darkness (Martone)

Glen Drover
1) Frozen Dream
2) Illusions Of Starlight
3) Don’t Let The World Pass You By
4) Colors Of Infinity
5) Filthy Habits
6) Ascension
7) Ground Zero
8) Symphony Of Destruction (with Dave Martone)

Bonus Track
9) Mirage

Bonus Backstage Footage

"Live At Metalworks" sound samples and ordering info:


Friday, August 16, 2013

Attention Deficit - "The Idiot King" review

Attention Deficit - "The Idiot King"

Attention Deficit is:
• Alex Skolnick - guitars • Michael Manring - bass • Tim Alexander - drums

Listen to Sound Samples:
Attention Deficit on Magna Carta

In their sophomore effort "The Idiot King", Attention Deficit created a more elaborated repertoire than the one comprised in their debut album, which was mostly devoted to the articulation and expansion of various jams. Since there's a major dose of creativity in the writing process, the variety in the musical ideas and rhythmic variations has allowed the trio to generate a more focused power within the stylistic confines inherent to its trio format. Jamming, there is much of it here, too, but generally speaking, this is a more composed album. The shocking aspect of the first album may seem a bit less impressive because "The Idiot King" bears a less urgent feel, but as I said earlier, the energy is not diminished but refurbished in a more focused fashion.

'American Jingo' starts with a ¾ motif in which playfulness and tension state a sense of aggressiveness, latent most of the time. 'Any Unforeseen Event' finds the band exploring more relaxing ambiences, under what I feel is the elegant facet of classic Holdsworth. Since it lasts only 3 minutes, I believe it is too short to properly explore its full potential. A special mention goes to Manring's amazing bass lines stuck somewhere in the middle-. The Holdsworth reference becomes more explicit in 'RSVP' (a personal highlight from this album) and 'Dubya', pieces that go headlong for the dense side of your typical jazz-rock power trio sound, even forming adequate expansions.

Things turn closer to the funky side of things with 'The Risk of Failure', a piece that includes certain Crimsonian trends, especially in some phrases by Skolnick: drummer Tim Alexander shines here with particular brilliancy. A second portion finds the band moving to jazzier structures, with Skolnick showing off his skills and melodic sensibility equally. 'Unclear, Inarticulate Things' is one definitive showcase for Manring's proficiency: Michael uses his prowess to state a precise rhythmic cadence and a solid set of skilful phrases, forcing Skolnick to indulge in some guitar pyrotechnics. The use of mutual challenging in a power trio context is creatively convenient when you have musicians totally committed to each other as these three are. 'The Killers Are to Blame' is the sickest piece in the album, with those combined guitar and bass soundscapes flowing as reckless purveyors of tension, while Alexander goes on forging and recreating the track's rhythmic structure with his fantastic rolls: disturbing and captivating, here is another highlight. Tension remains, reconsidered under a metallic view, in the exciting 'Nightmare on 48th St.', an ominous exercise on electric wildness that shows a mixture of classic Primus, 90s KC and LTE.

All in all, Attention Deficit did a similar thing than Bozzio Levin Stevens: after a first album based on the urgency of initial mutual approximations, a second album came afterwards with a more focused attitude while preserving much of the previous fire. "The Idiot King" is an excellent testament of Skolnick, Manring and Alexander as a well- oiled unit of avant-garde jazz-rock. Thank you, guys!!

Review by Cesar Inca on http://www.progarchives.com  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

OHMphrey - Posthaste review

OHMphrey is:
• Chris Poland - guitars • Robertino Pagliari - bass • Jake Cinninger - guitars • Joel Cummins - keyboards • Kris Myers - drums

"Featuring Umphrey’s McGee’s Jake Cinninger, Joel Cummins, and Kris Myers alongside guitarist Chris Poland (Megadeth) and bassist Robertino “Pag” Pagliari, the album evokes reminiscence of heavier, funk laden fusion material ala Jeff Beck and Attention Deficit.

The wealth of talent among OHMphrey’s members is undeniable. Jam fans will surely enjoy the instrumental acrobatics on display, especially within the last two tracks which were recorded live in 2009 and collectively contain thirty-plus minutes of improvisational exploration. Cinninger’s stellar guitar work reflects his jazz and progressive metal influences and is worth the listen alone."

- SoundFuse

OHMphrey on Magna Carta

Monday, June 24, 2013

Points North live opening for Allan Holdsworth

August 2, 2013  7PM
Brick by Brick
1130 Buenos Avenue
San Diego, CA

Jazz Fusion Great 'Allan Holdsworth' With Jimmy Haslip On Bass & Virgil Donati On Drums With The Always Kick Ass Band 'Points North' Featuring Eric Barnett Uriah Duffy & Kevin Aiello Also Joe Damico Will Do His Jeff Beck Tribute "Blow By Blow'
Brick By Brick


Points North on Magna Carta:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tempest with some Pirate songs

Tempest - "The Double-Cross"

"Captain Morgan" 
'The life of Henry Morgan is an extraordinary story of a little boy from Wales, who ran away from hone and ended up as the most famous pirate of all time.'  from Tempest - "The 10th Anniversary Compilation"

Buy "Captain Morgan" on iTunes

"Captain Ward"
'This song tells the tales of the brave Scottish pirate, Captain Ward, and his ferocious battle with The Royal Rainbow, the king's flagship' from Tempest - "Balance"

But "Captain Ward" on iTunes

"Captain Kidd"
'This song is the third in a series about infamous pirates' (and helps give title to the album) from Tempest - "The Double-Cross"

Buy "Captain Kidd on iTunes



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Billy Sherwood / World Trade perform Yes' "Wonderous Stories"

...on the tribute "Tales From Yesterday". 

Also includes performances by Steve Morse, Patrick Moraz, Peter Banks, Robert Berry, Steve Howe & Annie Haslam, Shadow Gallery, Cairo, Enchant and more..

"Tales From Yesterday" on Magna Carta

Buy "Wonderous Stories" on iTunes

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Keith Emerson performs Alberto Ginastera's 'Dance Creole'

Keith Emerson - Dance Creole (by Alberto Ginastera)

Best known for his work with his bands The Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Keith has been at the forefront of introducing classical music into his recordings since the beginning of his career. His name is synonymous with merging divergent styles such as classical, rock, jazz, etc with scintillating results. Incredible technique, memorable compositions and innovative live performances are Keith's trademarks.

Buy Keith Emerson performing Ginastera's Dance Creole on iTunes

Buy Keith Emerson performing Ginastera's 'Dance Creole on Amazon

Steinway To Heaven

Thursday, May 30, 2013

dUg Pinnick - "Blind" non-album single

Dug Pinnick: "Angel EP"
Single from King's X bassist/vocalist, released in advance of his 2nd solo album.

The song 'Blind' is not on the "Strum Sum Up" album.

"Why wasn't blind on the original CD of Strum Sum Up? It's a great track, and is the only one I purchased from the EP because I bought the CD. Maybe it's just a marketing thing, but if you don't have Blind you need to pick it up to complete the CD. It's rough, it's loud and it just fits Dug and what he's done in this recent solo outing. It's grand." - iTunes customer review

Buy "Blind" on iTunes

Buy "Blind" on Amazon

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Jordan Rudess - The Road Home on iTunes


"... finds Jordan deeply immersed in his passion for progressive rock music. For this album he decided to cover a handful of the prog rock classics that inspired him the most. ELP, Genesis, YES, Gentle Giant, and King Crimson all get the full on Rudess treatment."


MoeTar Live Dates

Thursday June 13, 2013 -  Fairfax, CA
Venue:  19 Broadway  - 19 Broadway, Fairfax, CA
MoeTar with Extra Ordinary Astronauts.

Thursday June 27, 2013 -  San Francisco, CA
Venue:  50 Mason  - 50 Masin St.,  S F,  CA
MoeTar with Extra Ordinary Astronauts.

Wednesday July 24, 2013 -  San Francisco, CA
Venue:  Bottom of the Hill  - 1233  17th St., SF, CA
MoeTar with Brian Kenney Fresno & Special Guest

Friday, May 24, 2013

OHMphrey on iTunes

OHMphrey is:
• Chris Poland - guitars • Robertino Pagliari - bass • Jake Cinninger - guitars • Joel Cummins - keyboards • Kris Myers - drums


Friday, May 17, 2013

Ethan Brosh - out on tour with Yngwie Malmsteen's 2013 Spellbound Tour

05-26-13 Tampa FL Orpheum Theatre
05-25-13 Miami FL Grand Central
05-24-13 Orlando FL Plaza Theatre
05-23-13 New Orleans House of Blues
05-21-13 Sauget IL Pops
05-18-13 Houston TX Guitar Fest
05-17-13 San Antonio Backstage Live
★ Ethan Brosh ★ Out of Oblivion ★

Simply put, this is trend-bucking arena rock for instrumental guitar music freaks. Ethan Brosh's perfect balancing act of accessible yet atmospheric metal neither panders nor alienates. Out of Oblivion is the dramatic climax to Brosh s decade-long ascendancy to bona fide guitar hero status.

Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai) on drums
Gerorge Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) guitar solos on Downward Spiral
Greg Howe guitar solo on Blade Runner
Art work of Derek Riggs (Iron Maiden)
Album was mixed by Chris Tsangarites (Ozzy, Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen)

Brosh s flawless technique references Bach as easily as headbanger metal icons Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, neo-classical shredder Yngwie Malmsteen, and classic rockers Boston.

Learn more --> http://magnacarta.net/Ethan_Brosh/ethanbrosh.html

BUY on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/out-of-oblivion/id305541275

BUY MP3 on Amazon: www.amazon.com/Out-Of-Oblivion/dp/B00260A0KM

BUY CD on Amazon: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001PPGK9E


1. Hit Man, The - (featuring Eyal Freeman/Mike Mangini)
2. Night City - (featuring Eyal Freeman/Mike Mangini)
3. Downward Spiral - (featuring A.C. Black)
4. Blast Off
5. Ancient Land - (featuring Eyal Freeman/Mike Mangini)
6. Illusion - (featuring Stathis L)
7. In a Sentimetal Mood - (featuring A.C. Black)
8. Blade Runner - (featuring A.C. Black)
9. Last Hope - (featuring A.C. Black)
10. Bach Prelude No.4
11. Affliction

Monday, May 6, 2013

Classic Rock Magazine spreads the word: Video: Pinnick Gales Pridgen – Collateral Damage

..Pinnick says: “This record is three guys, with music in us, who said, ‘Let’s go for it.’ It was built upon raw energy.”

Pinnick Gales Pridgen have released a video for their track Collateral Damage.

It’s taken from the self-titled album of the supergroup power trio, featuring bassist dUg Pinnick of King’s X, guitarist Eric Gales and ex Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

MoeTar at ROS-fest 2013


MoeTar is playing on May 5th, 2013 in Gettysburg PA for ROS-fest 2013.

Bay Area-based modern progressive rock band, MoeTar, collects seemingly disparate and opposing sonic forces to create a coherent artistic statement for their Magna Carta Records debut, From These Small Seeds.

MoeTar’s two main protagonists, lead singer Moorea Dickason and bassist/songwriter/lyricist Tarik Ragab, along with a versatile crew of musicians, including guitarist Matthew Charles Heulitt (Zigaboo Modeliste, Narada Michael Walden), drummer David Flores and keyboardist Matt Lebofsky (miRthkon) create catchy, yet complex, music that attempts to make sense of our confusing world.

On paper the music shouldn’t work at all. The band flies in the face of logic, yet not a musical note seems out of place. Flaunting their musical fluency, MoeTar doesn’t avoid challenges: they appear to actively court and thrive on them. Indeed. Inherent contradictions are the subject of many of the band’s songs.

So much of what I write about involves paradoxes,” says Ragab. “It seems the rules are set in contradiction to one another.”

Half the fun of listening to MoeTar is hearing how well all of these seemingly incompatible musical pieces fit together. Amid sonic references to Zappa, The Beatles, XTC, Gentle Giant, Stevie Wonder, Laurie Anderson and many others, MoeTar offers a fresh approach to rock, pop, electronica and experimental music. Simply put, From These Small Seeds is the culmination of a collision of styles that seems to defy the odds – and our ears.

MoeTar is:

Moorea Dickason - Vocals • Tarik Ragab - Bass • Matt Lebofsky - Keys • Matthew Heulitt - Guitar • David M Flores - Drums

Thursday, April 18, 2013

MoeTar - Free Live Show in Oakland

- April 26 at 8:00pm in PDT
Soundwave Studios -

MoeTar is playing an hour and a half set (our longest ever) for our friends and fans on Friday April 26th. This show will be free and on the large stage at Soundwave Studios in Oakland.

MoeTar is playing this same long set at RosFest in Gettysburg, PA on May 5th so we want to do a test run, dress rehearsal style, and it'll be so much more fun if you're there!

It's a rehearsal space stage so it is all ages. We'll have a few free drinks & snacks for you to get down on but the more drinks & food the better so if you've got it flaunt it.

Hope to see you there! - Moorea, Tarik, Matt, Matthew & David


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Liquid Tension Experiment 2 Vinyl is Ready

- Shipping for Record Store Day 2013.

Pre-order from Magna Carta this Week.

Liquid Tension Experiment 2 vinyl

LTE2 on Vinyl has arrived.

Electric Blue Vinyl

Electric Blue Vinyl on the turntable

Coke Bottle Green Vinyl

Coke Bottle Green at the window

LTE2 Test Pressings

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tempest play at Concert for Sue Draheim

Concert for Sue Draheim...

Monday, April 1, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
featuring Eric & Suzy Thompson, Jody Stecher, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Golden Bough, and more
$28.50 advance / $30.50 at door
Purchase tickets online
Sue Draheim

A host of Bay Area musicians – classical and Celtic, old time and bluegrass, Cajun and more – gather for a benefit concert honoring Sue Draheim, a beloved Bay Area musician who now lives in Berea, Kentucky. Sue was recently diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer, and many of her musician friends want to do what they can to offer their support.

The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with old time and Cajun music in the lobby, and will shift to the Freight stage at 8:00 p.m. with a string quartet featuring some of Sue’s colleagues from the classical music world. From there, the show will feature many wonderful musicians who played with Sue over the years.

Sue’s musical career began in the late 1960s with Dr. Humbead’s New Tranquility String Band and Medicine Show, and went on to encompass work with John Renbourn, the Albion Band, Any Old Time String Band, Golden Bough, Tempest, and Caliban. Sue also performed with several regional orchestras, the Western Opera Theater, and the long-running light opera company, the Lamplighters. Since moving to Kentucky, Sue has been playing for contra dances.

“Sue is one of the best musicians I have ever met,” the guitarist John Renbourn said. “She is incredibly versatile and her playing in each idiom is always right on the money. When we last saw each other she had a chair in a West Coast orchestra. The enjoyment of listening to Mahler was enhanced by the thought that she could easily slip into the Skillet Lickers. She learned Irish fiddle so perfectly that when the great piper Willie Clancey heard her he was truly moved and I can’t think of a higher accolade than that.”

Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin
Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum & Kathy Kallick
Tony Marcus & Patrice Haan
Golden Bough
Paul Hale String Quartet
Live Oak Ceili Band with the Patricia Kennelly Irish Step Dancers
Will Spires
Don Burnham & the Bolos
Eric & Suzy Thompson
Johnny Harper
Delilah Lewis & Karen Leigh
Harry & Cindy Liedstrand
Gerry Tenney & the Hard Times Orchestra

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Guitar Legend Peter Banks Passes

– July 15, 1947 – March 7, 2013

..London, UK – Best known for his innovative and unique guitar work with YES and Flash, as well as his own critically acclaimed solo albums, guitar legend PeterBanks passed away at his home in London on March 7, 2013. Banks, a founding member of the ground breakingprogressive rock group YES, performed on the band’s first two albums, ‘Yes’ and ‘Time And A Word’. He would go on to form Flash and release 3 well-received albums (Flash, In The Can, Out Of Our Hands), along with several successful tours of Europe and the US, culminating in an appearance on the widely watched late night American TV show ‘The Midnight Special’. With an admitted fondness for improvisation, music critics touted Banks as a cross between Pete Townshend and Wes Montgomery. Even Pete Townshend, one night after witnessing a YES performance, walked up to Banks, slapped him on the back and said, “You’re great!”
After Flash, Peter Banks would form the band Empire in the mid ’70s and eventually release 3 albums ‘Mark I’ ‘Mark II’ and ‘Mark III’. During his career, Banks would release 5 solo albums (Two Sides Of…, Instinct, Self-Contained, Reduction, Can I Play You Something?) and had been active in recent times working with acts such as Harmony and Diversity, Prog Collective, ANT-BEE and Days Between Stations. Banks first solo album ‘Two Sides Of Peter Banks’ has been considered by many as one of the great ‘prog’ records of all time and features an all-star line-up of Jan Akkerman, Phil Collins and John Wetton. In the early 2000′s Banks wrote his autobiography ‘Beyond & Before’ published by Golden Treasures publishing in the US. Peter was putting on the final touches of the log awaited live recording ‘FLASH - IN PUBLIC’ CD set for release on Cleopatra Records at the time of his passing.
Peter Banks will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of progressive rock guitar and will be missed by musicians worldwide.


We at Magna Carta had the pleasure of working with Peter on a few projects, "Tales From Yesterday" on which he performed 'Astral Traveler'; and the "Encores, Legends & Paradox (music of ELP)" tribute on which he appears on 'Toccata' and 'The Sheriff'.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Liquid Tension Experiment 2 on Vinyl

- - coming for Record Store Day April 20, 2013!

.Double Vinyl Pressing - 180 gram vinyl.
.Gatefold Package with never before seen photos and artwork.
.Limited to 1000 copies World-wide.

.700 copies on Electric Blue translucent vinyl (650 USA, 50 Europe).
.300 copies on Coke Bottle Green translucent vinyl (175 Europe, 125 USA).

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tempest - Celtic Faire, St Paddy's Day and Lief's Birthday Bash

See Tempest Live in March 2013.

Mar. 8, 9, 10 Sonora, CA

220 Southgate Dr.

Fri. 8pm,
Sat. 12 noon, 3pm,
Sun. 1pm, 4pm

Mar. 15, 16, 17 Las Vegas, NV

Special St. Patrick’s Weekend Shows!
1st Street Stage, across from the Golden Nugget

Fri. 8pm – 11pm,
Sat. 8pm – 11pm,
Sun. 7pm – 11pm

Mar. 23 Sutter Creek, CA

Lief's Birthday Bash!

44 Main St.

Sat. 8pm, All Ages

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pinnick Gales Pridgen reviews at Amazon


Just finished playing this magnificent beast of a CD. You want low, low down bass - you got it. You want great vocals - it is here in spades from Pinnick and Gales. You want some manic drumming - then Pridgen's your man. His efforts on Creams - 'Sunshine of your love' is brilliant. He just flays his kit and Pinnick and Gales put in some killer vocals. On top of it all you have Gales ripping some down-right vicious runs along the way. His 6 string attack on the track 'Me and You' is a gem. Kudos to Mike Varney who has turned in a top quality production. The sound is deep, thick, clean and precise. Just a 3 piece, but damn they can go some.

I love Eric and in this trio he has finally got the quality support he deserves. Over the past 5 years Eric has to be on top of the tree when looking at quality & quantity production of music. He just keeps backing up CD after CD. Keep up the great work Eric.

Regards Paul

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pinnick Gales Pridgen out Today!

But the groove really hits its stride on the fourth track, “Hang On, Big Brother.” This song comes out of the gate nasty and never lets up for its five-minute run. Gales and bassist Pinnick trade vocals, as they do on a few tracks. Their voices are very similar, with Gales being a little more subdued and Pinnick wailing away in his inimitable style. The chorus features some nice harmonies, and Gales and drummer Pridgen both get in their shots during the solo portion of the song. The funk gets kicked up another notch on “The Greatest Love,” which features perhaps my favorite riff on the album, a memorable little run that will most definitely get you moving when it comes blasting out of the speakers.

Gales, obviously, is heavily influenced by Hendrix, not to the point of imitation, but there are some definite nods. There are healthy doses of Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, as well. When he gets to unwind, as on “Hate Crime,” his chops are impressive. “Been So High (The Only Place to Go is Down)” is the signature moment on the album for Gales as far as the blues is concerned. Topping the 10-minute mark, the song gives him plenty of room to stretch out as Pinnick’s bass provides the base.

Read the entire review on Something Else

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pinnick Gales Pridgen CDs are Here!

-  We have them in hand now and will be shipping them out for the February 12th release date.
All pre-orders will get a free copy of the Pinnick Gales Pridgen Sampler pressed up for the NAMM 13 Show.  A nice little soon-to-be collectors item.

The Pinnick Gales Pridgen CDs are packaged in a 6 Panel digipak.
Pinnick Gales Pridgen CD

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dug Pinnick Discusses ‘Pinnick Gales Pridgen’ Album, Gear & More

  - interview with Andrew Bansal at  http://metalassault.com

   Known for his work in progressive rock band King’s X, solo albums as well as guest appearances with a multitude of other artists and bands over the past two decades, legendary bassist/vocalist Dug Pinnick of King’s X has now started a new project with blues rock solo artist Eric Gales on guitar and Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta fame on the drums. Their self-titled debut album is set to release on February 12th via Magna Carta Records. A couple of days ago, I had the absolute pleasure of talking to Dug about this album, his solo material, gear and other things. Enjoy the chat below, and visit the PGP’s artist page on Magna Carta here.

I was just listening to the Pinnick Gales Pridgen album, and I must say that all tunes are sounding pretty impressive so far. First of all, tell me how this collaboration came about.

Well, Mike Varney from Magna Carta called me up and asked whether I’d be interested in doing a project with Thomas and Eric, and I said yes. So he put the studio up in the north of San Francisco, we went up there for ten days and did the record!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Pinnick Gales Pridgen in Blues Rock Review

- With a familiar growl on the mic, this trio’s self-titled debut gives the Eric Gales sound a rejuvenated allure. With perhaps a darker perspective manifested in the album, Gales, along with Pinnick (King’s X) and Pridgen (Mars Volta) keep the blues alive and well.  The finished product comes off heavier than Gales’ recent solo work, more grunge with, of course, some rhythm and blues in the mix. This could well be credited to his new band mates, bringing along shades of their previous projects.  We all know the organized chaos that is The Mars Volta sound, and the high-octane rock King’s X put out.

Read the rest of the review:
Blues Rock Review

Friday, January 11, 2013

MoeTar Jan 26th Date

Happy New year to you!!!
MoeTar has  a show this month for your website and publicity efforts.

Saturday January 26, 2013 -  Berkeley, CA
The Starry Plough
2330 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA
MoeTar with Heliopolis and Mind Furniture.

I hope you both are happy, healthy and enjoying the beginning of the new year. 

Cheers to you,

Moorea Dickason, Singer

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tempest Tour Dates for 2013

Dear Friends,

Here’s our traditional plump, sparkly wish to you all, for an especially Happy New Year!
Tempest is getting ready to embark on the next adventure, kitted out with some great new tunes, including some of your old favorites, freshly arranged for 2013.

This year will take us across the wide country, and up and down the West Coast. We hope to see you all along the way, sharing the fun and excitement of the music.

Tempest is starting the Season on Jan. 18, with a special concert in the Central Valley,
at Lindsay Community Theater. So get your red dress on, Fresno, Hanford and Bakersfield!

And this Saturday, Caliban is performing an intimate acoustic concert -- our 8th Annual Show at Mission Coffee in Fremont.

See you soon!

Peace & Love,

Sat. Jan. 12 Fremont, CA
CALIBAN * Lief & Kathy's Acoustic Duo
151 Washington Blvd. *early show 7pm, All Ages (510) 623-6920
Presented by Brask House Concerts

...::: TEMPEST | 2013 Tour Dates :::...
West Coast, East Coast and Midwest Shows

Fri. Jan. 18 Lindsay, CA
190 North Elmwood, 8pm, All Ages (559) 562-1659

Sat. Jan. 19 Berkeley, CA
with special guests PANDEMONAEON
1317 San Pablo, 8pm, All Ages (510) 525-5054

Fri. Jan. 25 Felton, CA
with special guests Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience
6275 Highway 9, 8pm (831) 603-2294

Sat. Feb. 2 Arcata, CA
with special guests The Vanishing Pints
856 10th St. 9pm (707) 826-2739

Fri. Feb. 8 Folsom, CA
614-D Sutter St. *early show 7pm (916) 355-8586

Sat. Feb. 9 Carson City, NV
511 West King St. 8pm, All Ages (775) 883-1976

Thu. Feb. 14 Modesto, CA
CALIBAN * Lief & Kathy's Acoustic Duo
Special Valentines Day Concert
1202 J St. Modesto, 8:00pm (209) 450-4141

Sat. Feb. 23 Placerville, CA
594 Main St. 8pm (530) 642-8481

Fri. Mar. 1 Cobb, CA
15205 Highway 175, 8pm (707) 928-9922

Sat. Mar. 2 Newman, CA
1331 Main St. 8pm, All Ages (209) 862-4490

Mar. 8, 9, 10 Sonora, CA
220 Southgate (209) 533-4420

Mar. 15, 16, 17 Las Vegas, NV
1st Street Stage, Fremont St.
7pm – 11pm  (702) 678-5600

Sat. Mar. 23 Sutter Creek, CA
Lief's Birthday Bash!
44 Main St. 8pm, All Ages (916) 425-0077

Fri. Apr. 5 St. Louis, MO
2720 Sutton Ave, 8pm, All Ages (314) 781-4200

Sat. Apr. 6 Downers Grove, IL
5157 Main St., 9pm (630) 969-0600

Wed. Apr. 10 Rochester, NY
300 Park Point Dr. 8pm (585) 292-9940

Thu. Apr, 11 Syracuse, NY
301 West Fayette St. 8pm (315) 424-1974

Fri. Apr. 12 Cumberland, RI
Caith’s Birthday Celebration!
549 Broad St. 8pm, All Ages (401)725-9272

Sat. Apr. 13 Sellersville, PA
24 Temple Ave. 8pm, All Ages (215) 257-5808

Sun. Apr. 14 Newark, DE
5pm, All Ages (302) 521-0632
Contact Peggy for ticket info and directions

Wed. Apr. 17 Cleveland, OH
12112 Madison Ave., 8pm (216) 226-5681

Thu. Apr. 18 White Oak, PA
special guests Chuck Owston and The Scarlet Gypsies
2901 State St. 7pm, All Ages (412) 418-6631

Fri. Apr. 19 Columbus, OH
1248 West 3rd Ave. 9pm (614) 487-8140

Sat. Apr. 20 Dayton, OH
308 East 1st St. 9pm (937) 461-9343

Sat. Apr. 27 Norfolk, VA
Town Point Park, 333 Waterside Dr.
12 noon (757) 282-2801

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