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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

News Update for Wednesday 1st June, 2011

Acoustic Saints - A very new project

As first mentioned here on Monday, here's a little more on the new side project 'Acoustic Saints' put together by guitarist / singer / songwriter Stan Bush, bassist Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords, Giuffria) and Rick Sailon (Laura Brannigan, Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Jim Messina (Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina)).
Now while both Stan and Chuck come from rocking backgrounds, don't expect big guns a blazin'!
This is after all, an acoustic project and just how far they may take this is anyone's guess?!

As of right now, it's my understanding from Stan, that's it's a fun side project, which has just one small gig lined up. Here's what Stan had to say:
"Yeah, we just got together a couple of weeks ago, so June 7th will be our
first gig.
This is a very cool thing. We're doing only great classic songs, with a few originals thrown in. 
It's myself, Chuck Wright (Bassist from Quiet Riot, House of Lords) and Rick Sailon (Violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin)."

That gig will be at:
Casa De Carlos,
22901 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
8:00 to 11:00
No Cover - Mexican Cuisine

There is a website, but as of right now it's coming together slowly, but the guys do hope to have some music samples posted there soon. After all, they are talking 'original material' ahead of the show.
Let's hope there's something more for the rest of us soon!

Chuck is obviously committed first and foremost to the rejuvenated Quiet Riot, who have tour dates coming up fast, starting this Friday 3rd June in Santa Clara, CA. Check here for more details on those dates:
Chuck's own site is here:
Stan is most likely working on a new album too, but meantime Stan will be appearing all this weekend long at the annual gathering of Transformers fans –   BotCon 2011! Taking place June 2nd – 5th at the Pasadena Convention Center in beautiful Pasadena, CA.
Stan will be promoting his latest album Dream the Dream, which features the powerful “Sam’s Theme (The Touch)” and the YouTube sensation “Your Time!”
Editor's note: 'Dream the Dream' review here:
Official Stan Bush site is here:

Meantime, the 'Acoustic Saint's' site as it is, can be found here:

Steve Lukather at 2011 Workshop and festival
Steve Lukather (Toto) is the newest addition to the 2011 Workshop and Festival of the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation, along with Joe Bonamassa, Lee Ritenour, Scott Tenant and Greg Howe to name a few.

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation brings together the finest guitar playing and one of the most exquisite natural landscapes in the world. These two passions, music and nature, take center stage during our week-long guitar workshop and festival at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, Montana, from August 28th till September 4th 2011.

It's a unique opportunity to participate in 6 days of workshops in one of six styles of guitar and attend nightly performances by some of the finest players of each style. Participants can choose to study Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical Guitar or a Singer-Songwriter curriculum which takes the place of last year's Acoustic workshop. Also offered is a Beginners course for people who want to learn to play guitar while in the company of some of the world's greatest players.

Check out all the (register) information at!


NASHVILLE – May 25, 2011 – Classic rockers The Doobie Brothers and country star Luke Bryan will be heading to CMT for the next installment of CMT CROSSROADS when CMT CROSSROADS: THE DOOBIE BROTHERS and LUKE BRYAN premieres Friday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT.

Taped before an invitation-only audience in Nashville, The Doobie Brothers and Luke Bryan will perform their hits including The Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water,” Long Train Runnin,” and “China Grove,” and Bryan’s “Rain is a Good Thing,” “Do I” “and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).”

“We are so pleased, and fortunate to be able to share the stage with Luke Bryan on Crossroads,” says Pat Simmons of The Doobie Brothers. “We love the challenge of performing such wonderfully crafted songs with an artist like Luke, and his band. He’s one of the most exciting artists on the country music scene these days. The energy, innovation, and soulfulness of the music he writes and performs, is right up our alley. We’re dustin’ off our country chops, and we look forward to having him join in on our songs. This is going to be a great experience for all of us, and fans of both country music, and rock ‘n roll. It could only happen on Crossroads!”

“I am really excited to perform on stage with the Doobie Brothers,” says Luke Bryan. “Their music was such an iconic part of my growing up. I bet most Americans can hear a particular Doobie Brothers song and have it take them back to a certain time and place in their life…and the best thing is, they are still creating great music today!”

As durable as American steel, Northern California’s Doobie Brothers celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have recorded three multi-platinum albums, four platinum sets, and four gold records.
Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold 10 million copies – a rare “diamond record.”Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include “Listen to the Music,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me),” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Minute By Minute,” “Real Love,” and “The Doctor.”
In 2010, original members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, and 30 year member and country producer/songwriter/player John McFee (Southern Pacific) marked a new chapter with the delivery of a potent album – World Gone Crazy (HOR Records), featuring a guest appearance by Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson. It’s their first new album in a decade, with tracks like “Far From Home” and their country single “World Gone Crazy” marking a renaissance of the propulsive roots-based, harmony laden, guitar driven style that sold an estimated 30 million records over the course of four decades.

Luke Bryan will release his third studio album for Capitol Records Nashville on August 9, Tailgates & Tanlines. This project is the follow up to his GOLD-certified album Doin’ My Thing, which produced three back-to-back #1 singles- “Do I,” “Rain Is A Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.” The lead single off the forth-coming project is “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and is his fastest rising single to date. The song debuted at #1 in U.S. digital singles sales with 105,498 downloads its first week. Luke, who will perform and present on the CMT Music Awards on June 8, is currently nominated for two 2011 CMT Music Awards - Best Web Video of the Year for his video “It’s A Shore Thing” and as Best New Live Act, the Nationwide Insurance Award.
Fans can catch Luke on the road this summer on Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic” tour.
CMT CROSSROADS is produced by Tom Forrest and Kathryn Russ. John Hamlin, Margaret Comeaux and Bill Flanagan serve as executive producers for CMT.

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