Brandon Cook has been a name synonymous with excellent guitar playing for many years in Portland, Oregon. He studied at Portland State University with Jerry Hahn, obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Performance. After college, he studied with Marty Friedman(ex-Megadeth) and Al Pitrelli(ex-Megadeth, currently in Transsiberian Orchestra). The training received here took Brandon’s playing to a much higher level.
Brandon worked with Chris Caffery for a short time allowing him to share the stage with several amazing musicians including: Jeff Plate, Mark Wood, Alex Skolnick, Nick Douglas and Tim “The Ripper” Owens.
Since that time, Brandon returned to Portland and began focusing on teaching and projects like Appetite for Deception, one of the most authentic Guns n Roses tribute bands on the planet, State of Balance, his original metal band.
King James is a Hard Rock band recalling the classic era of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, and Scorpions.
Formed in 1993, the original line-up was called a “Super-Group”, featuring Rex Carroll (Whitecross), Jimi Bennett (Sacred Fire), Robert Sweet and Tim Gaines (both of Stryper).
They recorded two successful albums in the mid-90’s, with accompanying tour dates. In the 2000’s, while the individuals each persued their various other group endeavors, the following of King James has slowly and steadily increased to the point where their second album “The Fall” was re-released in 2010.
Adding fuel to the fire, the group has reformed with original members Rex Carroll and Jimi Bennett, and solidified the foundation with the addition of Michael Feighan (drums and vocals) and Benny Ramos (bass and keyboards).
The new album “Maximus” is a towering, signature moment. Soaring vocals, beautiful melodies, incredible guitars, stadium-sized drums and bass, and songs that simply WILL NOT leave your head.
King James is back and better than ever, and they’re on tour NOW.
Members: Founding: Rex Carroll – Guitars Founding: Jimi Bennett – Vocals 2012 Lineup: Rex & Jimi Michael Feighan – Drums Benny Ramos – Bass & Keyboards Previous Musicians: Tim Gaines – Bass Scott Banks – Bass and Vocals Robert Sweet – Drums Michael Feighan – Drums Dave Geer – Drums Additional musicians: Rick Wells – Keyboards Chris Cameron – Keyboards Russ Daughtry, Leia Thomas, Kristy Smith – Additional Vocals Arnie Roth – Violin Kim Scholes – Cello Official Fan Page For Rex Carroll & Jimi Bennett
Genre: Christian Metal/Rock
Hometown: Chicago and Atlanta
All the members of American Bombshell have joined together for the soul purpose of writing and performing kick ass original Rock N Roll songs.
Straight ahead Rock has been missing from the musical landscape for number of years, taking a back seat to Pop and Rap.
The Metal genre has been diluted into so many sub genres that its hard to even tell whats what anymore.
But at the core of it all there has always been Rock N Roll. The 5 guys in American Bombshell all come from successful local acts and have all shared
stages together in their other respective bands but it was the love of pure unadulterated, unfiltered, bad ass, bad attitude, dirty, broke,
drunken Rock N Roll that got them to band together. Killer original songs infused with elements of punk, blues, glam, dirt, anger, and sex and drugs
plus a high energy, sweat and beer soaked live show brings that feeling of the killer rock bands and shows of yesteryear.
Bringing Rock back to the masses one show at a time….that is the mission.
Rock N Roll is not dead people…….you just haven’t heard American Bombshell yet.
Faithsedge is a heavy Heavy Metal/Hard Rock/Progressive project
started by singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia in Huntington Beach,
California. Giancarlo has a solid musical background, having
previously worked with renowned producers such as Mike Talanca
(David Bowie/Foreigner) and Juan Croucier (ex-Ratt) among others.
Giancarlo contacted producer and bass player Fabrizio Grossi (Steve
Lukather/Alice Cooper) after not only being impressed with his work
on numerous albums as a producer but also with his amazing bass
playing skills.FAITHSEDGE 2 Fabrizio has worked with some of the
biggest names in the most diverse music genres (George Clinton, Ice
T and Cypress Hill are among his endless list of collaborations) and
after hearing Giancarlo’s demos put together an incredible band to
back up the project along with himself playing bass duties and
producing the resulting debut CD in 2011 on Scarlet records/ E1
Alex De Rosso joined Faithsedge on guitar. Having handled live lead
guitar duties in Dokken, with whom he toured the world and shared
the stage with the likes of Scorpions, Whitesnake, Ratt, Warrant and
Firehouse among others, Alex has also played on many critically
acclaimed albums with artists such as Joseph Williams (Toto/Disney’s
The Lion King), Kelly Hansen (Foreigner/Hurricane) and Pamela Moore
(also known as Sister Mary from Queensryche’s concept album
‘Operation Mindcrime’).Tony Morra completes the line-up on drums.
Tony owns his own studio in Nashville, Tennessee, the Downtown
Batterie and has played with many great artists such as Rebecca St
James and Van Zant among others. He is also credited for playing on
the Grammy Award winning album ‘Songs From The Neighborhood – A
Tribute To Fred Rogers’ in 2006 and for touring as a member of pop
legend Stevie B’s Band and Sweet Sensation. Tony has also played
drums for different movie soundtracks such as ‘Chronicles Of Narnia’
and ‘Just Married’ to name a few.Faithsedge 1The resulting effort is
a perfect mix of hard rock, heavy metal and progressive, with lots
of vocals and hooks, shredding guitar solos, pounding bass and drums
and plenty of melodically challenging songwriting. ‘Faithsedge’ 2011
debut was mastered by Tom Baker of Precision Mastering (Judas
Priest/Motley Crue) and received critical acclaim.
In 2014 Faithsedge return with the same lineup as the debut with
help from two melodic rock greats on keyboards Eric Ragno (Trixter)
and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline). With a new more aggressive
approach yet keeping the same melodic and progressive elements to
please hard rock fans of the debut .The new album was mastered by
Peter Doell of Universal Mastering (David Lee Roth /Richard Marx).
March to May
When is the right time to take a chance? Who are the right people? What are the right
conditions? March to May was born under unusual circumstances. Neither Darren nor Beth
realized the musical potential they shared when they first met in December 2012. It took several
chance encounters — passing vocal harmonies on a trip to the coast with friends, tentative
instrumental work one cold winter evening, comments here and there on lyrics and melody —
before the spark hit. But when it did, it didn’t take long for them to catch fire. By March 2013
they had co-written their first two songs, by April they had a paid gig under their belts, and by
May they had a name and shows booked out into the months ahead. Both halves of the duo are
passionate about the music they write and play, and view March to May as a constant evolution;
from pursuing collaborations with other artists (with styles ranging from classical to hip hop and
electronica) and keeping an ear attuned to the myriad ways they can expand the range and
expression of their own music, their primary interest is to keep the music fresh and personal. And,
above all, to keep love – love for the music, love for each other, love for the world they live in – at
Darren Guyaz (guitar, vocals, keyboard)
Darren roamed the northern Appalachians through his childhood, plinking & plunking the
classical keys until he ventured West to his birth-state of Montana, settling in Missoula to finish a
degree in Geography. One evening on an old, historic homestead in the hills north of town, he
picked up a friend’s guitar and began strumming, teaching himself how to play a few chords,
finger-picking his way through the frets, and forever changing his musical expression.
Soon after, he headed south on an open-ended ticket to South America, criss-crossing the Andes
until finally resting for a month on a small goat farm in Patagonia. Here, on long rainy nights
straight out of Márquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, he borrowed an old guitar from Matias, the
owner of the little farm, and began writing songs in a small, dilapidated cabin over many glasses
of cheap, Chilean red wine.
His vagabond days came to a close after falling in love with Seattle and the Pacific Northwest,
where he now spends his days wandering the mountains, and his nights playing music with the
newfound collaboration March to May.
Beth Wesche (Celtic harp, vocals)
Beth spent her formative years wandering through the Andes and across a smattering of U.S.
states. The daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, she stayed in each place just long enough
to fall in love with it before moving on to the next adventure. Music wove its way through her
life from an early age – she sang in choirs from elementary school to college, beginning classical
voice training and starting to sing a cappella as she grew older. While living in Ashland, Oregon,
she picked up the Celtic folk harp and found herself captivated by the sound. However, a few
short years after beginning to play, she moved to the East Coast, leaving her harp silent in her
family’s living room for five years and largely convincing herself that music would have to take a
back seat in her life.
In December 2012, though, things changed: she moved back to the West Coast, settling a few
short blocks from the little acoustic instrument store in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood where her
harp was created many years before. Perhaps she should have taken it as a sign. Within a few
short weeks, music surged back into the forefront of her life when she found another musician
with whom she shared an unmistakable musical chemistry, and she began to question how she
had ever left it behind to begin with. And thus, March to May was born.
The Water’s Edge is the debut release from March To May, out April 25th, 2015. For more information,visit
Billy Grima is a singer/ songwriter living in the Caledon Hills of Ontario, Canada. Born in Blacktown, NSW Australia, Billy started writing at a very young age and was singing in a church choir by the age of 8 years old. At 15, Billy moved to Canada and settled in Toronto. Like classic singer/songwriters, Billy Joel, Jim Croce, James Taylor and Bob Dylan, life’s daily realities and everyday events are a source of Billy’s inspiration. His smooth and soulful sound has earned him comparisons to contemporaries Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Jack Johnson and even Bruno Mars.
Billy has 3 albums to his credit: I’m Just Standing , A Little Piece Of Heaven and his latest, titled Sugar & Cream, produced and engineered by Pete Swann (Glass Tiger’s Alan Connely, Adrian and Justin Lifeson, sons of Rush’s Alex Lifeson.) Sugar & Cream features a tasty blend of pop, rock, soul and Americana, including the first single, “Pleasure To Have Met You.” The album is going for worldwide radio adds this spring.
“Writing a hook or humming a melody is medicine,” Grima says. Let Sugar & Cream be the prescription for your perfect playlist.
RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE:
Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Jack Johnson, Billy
Joel, Bruno Mars
-Music and Lyrics by Billy Grima
-Produced, mixed and mastered by Pete
Swann at Attitude Productions Studio,
1. Pleasure to Have Met You
2. Calendar Girl
3. I Miss You Baby
4. You Mean The World To Me
5. Sugar & Cream
6. Living The Dream
7. Picture of You and Me
9. There With You
10. Baby Please Don’t Cry
“Pleasure To Have Met You”, “Picture Of
You and Me”, “Calendar Girl”, “There
CrashDollz are THE Detroit Punk band of 2015 and beyond!
Finally here to re-ignite Rock and Roll, CrashDollz bring Punk sneer with Big Rock Power into a new unchartered area. Crossing demented aggression, punk attitude, heavy metal power, virtuoso musicianship and sexy/trashy/gutter punk image into a whole new music revolution that could only have come out of Detroit, CrashDollz are truly unique and one-of-a-kind. Listen to “Novocaine”, “Dollhouse”, “Dumpster Punk” or the radio-friendly “27 Tulip Pass” and you will hear serious songwriting talent at the core of a big explosion of rock and roll audacity the likes of which hasn’t been heard in many years.
Leading the way on vocals is Nikki Darling, with her Raw, Aggressive and Powerful vocals. Nikkis technical ability as a singer adds enormous depth to an otherwise stale genre and her outrageous stage presence and confrontational stance is without peer. Followed by Guitarist Rachel Rekkits loud in your face but memorable guitar riffs, whiz-kid solos and fiercely aggressive stage presence..
Drummer Mikk Mannik, the Motor City stix splitter is bashing drum heads with his unique, loud and powerful drumming that sounds and appears as if he is hammering his drums into submission, in addition to adding double bass in all the right places. Finally, you have Kevin “Krank” Kekes on pounding, aggressive bass guitar. Kranks agile and acrobatic playing ability and stage presence balances the CrashDollz front line into the most uniformly bombastic stage fronts in rock history. CrashDollz is the band to watch in 2015 and beyond!
CrashDollz debut CD garnered rave reivews from all over the world with 1 fanzine in the UK calling it “the best punk record of 2013” zine 2015 Readers Poll National acts played with: Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Negative Approach, Great White, The Misfits, LA Guns, Crud and Vains of Jenna.
IN THE BEGINNING
I am from Richmond, Virginia and the son of a great set of parents who gave me my 1st guitar at the age of four. Big mistake! I fell in love with the guitar but we broke-up for a while when I found the sport of diving. By the age of ten I was Virginia State Diving Champion. I then left the diving board for ice hockey (the greatest sport of all time).
GO RED WINGS! The guitar came back into my life at the age of 15 and won my heart over. I still love ice hockey and play a couple times a week but I don’t tell my guitar! My first guitar lesson was in the 8th grade. I took a guitar course in school where the teacher taught us basic guitar chords. It was a one hour lesson, once a week for 6 weeks. I was hooked! I went on to take music theory in high school. That was the best course I ever took in school.
Some of my influences are Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Carlos Montoya, Rare Earth, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Michael Schenker, UFO, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws, Allman Brothers, Steve Morse and the Dixie Dregs, Pat Travers, Eddie Van Halen, Al Dimeola, Allan Holdsworth, Scorpions, Randy Rhodes, Warren DeMartini and Ratt, George Lynch, Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, and (my favorite guitarist of all time) Jeff Beck.
THE NEXT LEVEL
My history with FireHouse begins when my band White Heat needed a drummer. We auditioned at least twenty guys. Finally Michael Foster answered the ad in the paper and showed up at our rehearsal room. I remember he had a really ugly green drum set but he could sing REALLY well and he had a GREAT groove. His first song to audition was Say What You Will by Fastway which has a swing feel and he just SLAMMED it! What really impressed me was his ability to sing and play drums at the same time. He was given a song list of the 35 songs we were playing at the time, and when he came back the next night he knew them all perfectly with harmony parts nailed! He obviously got the gig. That was in 1984.
Michael and I used to go out to the rock clubs when we weren’t playing gigs. One night we saw this band called Maxx Warrior. Their singer, CJ Snare, and a bass player, Perry Richardson, both blew us away. CJ and Perry sang so well together I just remember thinking, “Wow! If Mike and I could work with those two guys we’d be a really strong four piece band.”
Over time Maxx Warrior broke-up. I sent CJ some songs that I had written and asked him to sing on our tape. He just tore it up. We did a show in
Virginia with him as our singer a few weeks later and I’ll never forget him telling me that after performing live with us that he felt like this was the right band for him. I told him that I knew that he was the right singer for me and I thought we could make it in the music business together. I couldn’t believe what a great voice he had. I am still amazed to this day at his song writing ability and clever musicianship, and of course his pipes! CJ is also a great piano player.
After we had a tape with CJ’s voice on it we took it to Perry. He really liked it, but had promised the band that he was in at the time that he’d complete 6 months of gigs. We just said, “We’re coming to get you when that 6 months is up!” We sold our P.A. system, moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and started recording demos in my bedroom. Our band house had a basement where we would mic the drums and guitar speakers, run the mic cables through the air conditioning ducts into my room, and record all day. We’d play hotel gigs at night to make money to pay the rent and bills.
THE NEXT LEVEL
One night in December of 1989 a guy named Michael Caplan, Epic Records VP of A&R, flew down from New York to see our gig. He told me after the show, “You guys are ready for a record deal.” I said, “Well it’s about time!” Michael didn’t want to change us at all. He saw our vision, and I’m forever grateful to him for giving me my first chance in the big league. We went right into the studio with David Prater (Dream Theater) as our producer. I learned quite a bit from Prater and I think he did a great job on our CDs FireHouse and Hold Your Fire. He’s a genius with outstanding musical talent who used to play drums with Santana. When the CD was completed we finally signed the record deal with Sony. We on the American Music Award for Best New Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Band of 1991, Metal Edge Magazine’s Best New Band of 1991, Young Guitar Magazine’s Best Newcomer of 1991, and Music Life Magazine’s reader’s pop poll Best Newcomer of the Year 1992. Our first album, FireHouse, sold over 2 million copies, while our song Love of a Lifetime sold over 500,000 singles reaching #5 and Don’t Treat Me Bad went to #14. Our Second album, Hold Your Fire, sold almost 1 million copies to date with Reach For The Sky getting into the top 20 and When I Look Into Your Eyes reaching #7.
We changed producers for the next CD FireHouse 3. We used Ron Nevison, who is famous for producing and engineering Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Damn Yankees, UFO, Michael Schenker, Vince Neil, and others. He gave us more of a live feel. I learned quite a bit from Ron. He’s a world class producer. FireHouse 3 enjoyed more success overseas than we’d ever had. We went gold in several countries in Asia enabling us to take our music around the world. Our 4th CD was produced by me. It was the first FireHouse album that I got to produce. It’s called Good Acoustics and we used our favorite engineer in the world, Mark Severns. At the time, Mark was teaching advanced audio recording and mixing at The Full Sail College in Orlando, FL. He is extremely well respected in the industry and very musical as well. He is also a great guitar player so we instantly hit it off. We had some of our greatest success stories overseas with Good Acoustics going gold in 6 countries. I produced our 5th album, CATEGORY 5. We started recording it in the spring of 1998. It’s a very diverse album for us, and it shows us stretching our musical wings a bit. We went to Japan in 1999 for an amazing tour. Pony Canyon suggested that we record a show so that we could have a live album. We agreed and the result is Bring ’em Out Live, our first ever live album recorded one night in Osaka, Japan.
In 2000 I produced and engineered our 7th album O2. This album has been called our best album ever by fans and critics from all over the world. It’s a return to our melodic hard rock roots with a 21st century twist. As a result of musical and personal differences we decided to part company with Perry Richardson. We found an extremely ccomplished bassist/vocalist named Bruce Waibel who fit our band perfectly. Bruce had previously played in The Gregg Allman Band for over 10 years, recording on the I’m No Angel and Just Before The Bullets Fly albums. He also toured with The Marshall Tucker Band for 5 years while Gregg was not on the road. I had a great time recording and touring with Bruce, but he departed FireHouse and about a year later, he tragically passed away. FireHouse released Prime Time in 2003. I engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered this album. We had a great time writing and recording it and you can hear that vibe in the music. Everyone went the extra mile to ake this recording the best it could possibly be. Michael’s drumming is the best I’ve ever heard him play. He ever takes the vocal on one track for the first time ever and he did an awesome job.
CJ’s voice is as amazing as ever. The press gave the album great reviews. We followed in 2011 with our next release Full Circle. For years we have been wanting to go back to rerecord many of our favorite FireHouse songs in an up-to-date style. Finally the timing was right and everything fell into place for us to do just that. There are eleven tracks on Full Circle and we hope you enjoy every single one of them as much as we did recording them.
O2 also featured my vocal debut on track #7 I’m In Love This Time. I got some good feedback on that song and since then I’ve written more songs
that fit my voice. You can hear two of them on the FireHouse CD Prime Time which was released in September 2003. In 2004 I released my first side project Wanderlust. The album received wonderful reviews from both critics and fans. I am very grateful for the overwhelmingly positive reaction.
In December of 2007 I released my first instrumental album Southern Exposure. I played all of the instruments except drums, as I was able to bring in Michael Foster for his amazing drumming talent. The album has received many great reviews. I plan on going out and playing these songs in music stores around the world as I do clinics to demonstrate various gear that I play. Please join my Mailing List so I can send you the
latest clinic tour dates. In June of 2009 I released my first album of cover tunes. After finishing the album I realized that all of the songs had originated in the Southern United States, so I named the album Deep South after an amazing piece of artwork that my Grandfather, William G. Leverty, had created called Deep South. The music is very diverse and most of the songs were written in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I’m playing a lot of instruments on this album that I had never recorded before. You can hear some sound clips on the Deep South page. I hope you enjoy the music!
In 2013, I released an album of classic cover tunes that influenced and inspired me in my youth. The album is called DRIVE. I thought it would be a great learning experience for me to go back to the songs that made me want to become a musician. I learned from not only the greatest artists and songwriters of all time, but also from the producers and engineers who made these timeless recordings. Some of these songs were number one hits, and some were songs that were so important to me in my formative years that I HAD to put them on this album. The result is an
album that will show you how I started. I hope you enjoy the DRIVE. > >
After the release of DRIVE, I ve been very busy working with other artists as an engineer, mix engineer, producer and vocalist on their songs. I ve also been working on my fifth solo album. I ve decided to release each song as soon as it s finished. After I finish enough songs to make an album, I ll release the album; but, in the meantime, you can keep up with my progress by getting the singles.I hope you’ll check them out on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.
I found my soul mate on a hot summer’s night in 1995. When I first saw her I got weak in the knees and my heart started beating like it never had before. We fell madly in love and got married in April 1996. Her name is Kris. She’s my best friend in the world and I can’t believe I was able to get her phone number that night. We had our first child, Dabney, in November of 2001. She’s a gift from God. Every time I look at her, I see God. Kris and I are truly blessed to have such a wonderful daughter. My wife, daughter, and all of my family truly are my love of a lifetime.
Mick James is a noted song writer, producer/engineer, musician and actor. He is most widely known for the music included in the hit television show Criss Angel Mindfreak.
The highly recognizable “Mind Freak Theme” song was originally written by Micky James/Criss Angel and produced by both Micky and Jonathan Davis (KORN). Micky’s haunting, enchanting melodies have added an extra element of suspense to the show’s illusion for all 6 seasons. Micky has also created music from 2009 to present for the Criss Angel/Cirque Du Soleil Vegas show “Believe”. Micky work with Criss was 1st showcased in the 2003 Criss Angel Supernatural special shown on the Sci Fi channel and the 2004 Criss Angel Made in Japan special that aired in Japan.
Micky’s other credits include: Mel B Its a scary world, Giuliana and Bill, Carman Electra’s NWWL show (2007). On demand pay per view, Super bowl (2010), REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MIAMI 2013 (Bravo), CBS NFL Pre games (2010/To Present). Jets Play off game on CBS (2011/To Present). March Madness NCAA (2011/To Present) on CBS, MTV Cribs, & Teen Cribs, 10 on top (MTV), CMTV Cribs, VH1 That Metal Show
(2010/11/To Present). Being Liverpool (FOX TV), CATFISH THE TV SHOW 2013 (MTV), WWE, HBO, Criss Angel Biography on A&E, The American Country Awards, The Tyra Banks Show, Phenomenon on NBC, Basketball on CSTV, Entertainment Tonight, Parenthood on NBC, Dirty Money, Hell Roads, Secretly pregnant on Discovery channel. The Magic Place (Criss Angel’s new Web network.
Micky owns his own studio called Freedom of Speech Recording Studio located in New York, where he currently records and produces. Micky has designed his own signature series of guitars & basses for Carparelli Guitars. Named the “Levitation 7” that produce a certain unique sound for guitarists who are seeking something a little different. The guitars he designs are also very visually distinctive from any other guitars now on the
Micky proudly uses and endorses Ampeg bass Amps, Marshall Guitar Amps, Vox Guitar Amps, Korg Keyboards & software, Carparelli Guitars, DR Strings, IN Tune Guitar Picks, Focusrite Recording Gear, Cad Microphones, GMS Custom Drums, Snap Jack Cables, Pigtronix Effects boxes, Waldorf software, Wallander Instruments software, Softube plugins, Sample Logic Software and FXpansion software. Megatone Pedals, &
Currently, Micky has a full plate set for 2014, including the release of his 1st solo CD, the development of a feature movie, & touring. So stay tuned!