Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Rhinestone Cowboy is Taking His Last Ride

These are the kind of press releases I don't like to recieve










Surfdog Records has announced the upcoming release of Ghost On The Canvas, the remarkable new album from the legendary Glen Campbell. The album - which marks the iconic singer/guitarist/songwriter's final studio recording - arrives everywhere on August 30th.

Ghost On The Canvas sees Campbell capping his brilliant career with one of his most moving and energized works to date, a powerfully emotional song cycle that sees him accompanied by a truly dazzling line-up of songwriters and musicians. Among the tunesmiths contributing original songs to the collection are such modern luminaries as Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan, Robert Pollard, and Teddy Thompson, backed by a roster of players that includes Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Rick Nielsen, Roger Manning, and The Dandy Warhols. The album is produced by Julian Raymond, who also co-wrote a number of new songs with Campbell.

Campbell will celebrate the new album as well as his extraordinary five-decade-plus career with a valedictory Worldwide concert tour, dubbed "The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour." A complete itinerary will be announced shortly.

Sadly, Campbell was recently diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer's Disease. The multiple Grammy Award-winner discusses his health and his long career in an exclusive interview with People, available on newsstands now as well as via

For more than fifty years, Glen Campbell has been among popular music's most successful and significant artists, a multi-talented superstar who can rightfully be declared a living legend and a true American treasure. The Arkansas-born Campbell took up guitar at an early age and in 1958, relocated to Los Angeles where he immediately became an in-demand session musician. He joined forces with the legendary Wrecking Crew, a group of session players whose work can be heard on a stunning range of recordings spanning from the 1960's thru the seventies. The Wrecking Crew played with such artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Presley, and most famously, Phil Spector, with whom they helped create the famed "Wall of Sound." In 1964, Campbell was invited to become a touring member of The Beach Boys, playing bass and singing falsetto harmonies, then later contributing guitar to 1966's seminal Pet Sounds.

Campbell achieved his first major success as a solo artist with "Gentle On My Mind," which proved a crossover smash upon its 1967 release. He followed it that same year with "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," marking the first in a string of collaborative hits penned by renowned songwriter Jimmy Webb that also includes such classics as "Wichita Lineman," "Where's The Playground, Susie," and "Galveston."

In addition to hit singles, Campbell also released a remarkable run of gold and platinum certified albums, including 1967's Gentle On My Mind, the first of seven consecutive collections to hit #1 on Billboard's "Country Albums" chart. Among them are full-length favorites like 1967's By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell and the 2x-platinum certified Wichita Lineman (both released in 1968), and 1969's Galveston.

As if his musical career weren't enough, Campbell also drew acclaim as an actor and TV personality, with credits that include 1969's True Grit (earning him a Golden Globe nomination as "Most Promising Newcomer") and four seasons as host of CBS' The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. The highly rated variety series saw Campbell joined by a spectacular assortment of stars - including John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, and Cream - while also introducing some of country music's greatest artists (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard) to a wide national audience.

1975 saw the release of Campbell's biggest crossover triumph, "Rhinestone Cowboy," which earned RIAA gold certification while topping both Billboard's "Hot 100" and "Hot Country Singles" charts. Two years later saw Campbell repeating the feat with the gold certified, #1 smash, "Southern Nights," marking his fifth-ever country chart-topper as well as his seventh on Billboard's "Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks" tally.

Though Campbell's life has taken many difficult turns, his faith and family have long enabled him to keep pushing forward, both as a touring superstar and acclaimed recording artist. In 2008, he united with Ghost On The Canvas producer Julian Raymond for one of the most unique albums in his canon, Meet Glen Campbell. The album found Campbell putting his inimitable stamp on songs by such artists as U2, Green Day, Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, and Jackson Browne, supported by members of Jane's Addiction, Jellyfish, and Cheap Trick.

Over the course of his astonishing career, Campbell can lay claim to six Top 20 albums and 21 Top 40 hit singles. His track record as one of country music's greatest stars includes 27 Top 10 country classics spanning 22 years, as well as nine #1 country albums.

Campbell has also received a stunning array of honors, beginning in 1967 when he made history by winning multiple Grammy Awards in both the Country & Western and Pop categories: "Gentle On My Mind" was honored as "Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Male" and "Best Country & Western Recording," while "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" was named "Best Vocal Performance, Male" and "Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance." The following year saw Campbell earning yet another Grammy when By The Time I Get To Phoenix was named "Album of the Year" - the first country album to win the top award. What's more, "Gentle On My Mind," "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," and "Wichita Lineman" have all since received the "Grammy Hall of Fame Award."

Among Campbell's many other honors are seven Academy of Country Music Awards (including "Top Male Vocalist" and "Album of the Year" in both 1967 and 1968), three American Music Awards (celebrating "Rhinestone Cowboy" and the album that bears its name), three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, two Country Music Association Awards, and the UK's Q Award for "Q Legend." In addition, Campbell has received the Academy of Country Music's prestigious "Pioneer Award" and has been inducted to both the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the Musicians Hall of Fame (honoring his membership in The Wrecking Crew).

Glen, I'm sure you're fans,

friends & family

are praying for you!

We wish you the best as

you embark on your

upcoming tour.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Andrew Allen on Life, Love and Everything in Between

Epic recording artist, Andrew Allen has been pretty busy these days with recording a new album, writing songs for other artists, doing an acoustic tour AND preparing a summer tour starting this month.

His song, “Loving You Tonight,” topped the Canadian radio charts for more than 22 weeks!! And most recently, Andrew has been nominated for a Canadian Radio Music Award. Pretty cool for this native Vancouver boy!

On the U.S. side, he isn’t doing too badly here either!! “Loving You Tonight,” is doing very well on the top 40 stations, like my Seattle station Star 101.5. As well as being released as an EP, it can also be found on the "NOW (That’s What I Call Music!) 37 CD."

Recently, with drummer Nate Lotz, Andrew graced us with an acoustic set at The Renaissance Seattle Hotel sponsored by Star 101.5, Sony Music and the hotel.

I personally had never heard of Andrew but was invited by a good friend to see his set. SO GLAD I took her up on the offer.

The one thing I noticed about Andrew is his presence as well as a smile that lights up the room. When you meet him, he makes you feel like you've known each other for years. He is very genuine on and off stage!

Andrew was gracious enough to sit down with me afterwards to talk about his life, writing and his upcoming album “What You Wanted.”

Spin that 45: How old were you when you started getting into music?

ANDREW: I was like 5 years old. My parents put me into piano lessons. I kinda didn’t really love the practicing side of it, but I definitely enjoyed playing it. So by about the time that I was about 10 years old, I had done a few different competitions and such with Royal Conservatory and sort of the typical things your parents get you to do. But I started working with different Disney songs and that kind of thing. And then I also started writing my own stuff. And I mean, my songs at that point were 18 minutes long (laughs) and they changed every time I played them but they were my OWN songs and so that’s kinda when I started playing and getting serious into it.

SP45: Very Cool! You started pretty young. When did you start writing?

ANDREW: Legitimately writing music. . . probably when I was in grade 10, I would say, I sort of formed a band. There was 3 of us that all played guitars. So we were a “three guitar band” like Collective Soul or something. Had a bass player and a drummer. And that’s when I really started writing songs. I didn’t really know where I was going with the song writing. I really didn’t know what the structure was and I honestly didn’t have a lot of influences because I wasn’t listening to a lot of music. It was more a sort of just what I was feeling and that’s what I would write. And it ended up being pretty well crafted pop songs for not knowing what I was doing.

SP45: That kind of leads me into my next question. . . who were your influences during those teen years?

ANDREW: I didn’t honestly have that many. . . if any. I feel almost bad for saying that I wasn’t a “music listener!?” I still wouldn’t say that I am today. I’m not super cutting edge on the new stuff that’s coming out.

SP45: Having learned that I am avid MUTEMATH fan, you told me before our interview that you saw Mutemath twice in Vancouver.
So, you like Mutemath! HA!

ANDREW: (laughs)YES, I love Mutemath. But again, it’s because a friend honestly held my hand and brought me to the concert.

I love music, but I’m definitely one of the guys that say “Oh, I could be listening to other music or I could be writing my own.” And so I just kept writing my own stuff. Which is why I’m always really honored that people take the time to listen.

But some of the influences that I’ve definitely grown up with are Bob Marley & Sublime. And some of the newer guys like Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 & John Mayer.

The first CD I ever bought was the "Cool Runnings" Soundtrack. It was that whole Raggae Island influence that I just loved. I haven't bought another rhythmic aspect type CD since then.

SP45: Yeah, your music definitely has that Raggae Isle feel to it.

ANDREW: Thank you (smile)

SP45: So Andrew, let’s talk about the new album.

ANDREW: Okay. It’s called “What You Wanted,” and it’s 11 songs that go through every gamut of love you could think of. It’s definitely influenced by love and by life and by kind of all the fun things in it. But also all the hard times that you go through while you’re in it.

I had written basically the first five songs before I went in to record it. And then I wrote the last 6 while I was in the studio process. And that was really challenging for me because I’m not used to writing under pressure. But it was also really neat to see what came out because of the pressure.

A lot of time in my writing process, I’m kind of humming the tune getting through the songs and then once the song is completed, “it” in a way tells me what the song is about. Like one song on the album is called “Dance With Me.” It's about a friend of mine that passed away from cancer. And the saddest part about it, was she had only been married for 2 years. When she passed away, I couldn’t help but think of the husband, being I, too am one. Thinking of what that would feel like after not knowing her that long. And so one of the concepts on that song, which is the darker or sadder songs on the album, is just the idea of maybe when he plays “their song,” he’ll actually still be able to dance with her, no matter where she is.

The next song on the album is “What I Like About Us” which is just a fun, upbeat song about all these crazy adventures that maybe or maybe I haven’t gotten into. And just those fun weird quirks about our relationships, that by the end of it, you say “You know what? All these weird little quirks are what I like about us!”

So it’s definitely an album that covers all the things that matter to me.

SP45: Awesome! I’m sure your fans can’t wait to hear it. When can they expect to see its release?

ANDREW: I’m not too sure about the date, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be around mid June, which is coming up soon!

SP45: Great! I know I can’t wait to hear it myself. You’ve told some great stories behind a couple of the songs. Where else do you get your inspiration for writing?

ANDREW: Definitely from life! I also write for other artists and sometimes I find that a challenge because all of my songs come directly from my heart. They’re influence by real people and real events which is why a lot of them are very “storyteller” type songs. It’s funny, I was listening to the record in my car recently and I was like “whoa, in a lot of the songs I say ‘and she says,’ or ‘he said,’ like I’m telling a story. And so to write for other people, you really have to try to get inside their mind and write something that you hope feels real for them.

And so when you asked what my inspirations are, they’re from life, love and from real people and real things that have happened.

SP45: You know when you were introducing one of your songs here at the Renaissance, you said that you are pretty much a happy person.
What makes you sad?

ANDREW: What makes me sad. . .um. . .

SP45: I hope that’s okay for me to ask. . .

ANDREW: Oh it is, I haven’t been asked it.

The things that make me sad. . . . I think frustration is like my biggest battle with myself. Such as when you’re frustrated because you’ve done something. Like "guilt" is one of the worse. And I don’t necessarily hang on to it, but it’s like I strive to make sure that other people are happy, that I’ve treated people fairly, that I’ve done right by them and that I’ve give them the right about time.

One of the things that make me sad is when I know sometimes like even when in this career where I’ve spend a lot of time promoting and pushing myself and I’m neglecting time spent with my family and friends. And I see sometimes that that hurts the relationship that I have with them. And that kind of gets to me where I just go “Ugh!!” It’s the only pressure that I put on myself.

Another thing that makes me sad is, world type events. I’m a really strong advocate for not just human rights but sort of equality for the universe, you know like humankind and it drives me nuts to see the amount of consumerism that I know I’m part of and not to be able to see a tangible way to be able to help.

Like I think what blows my mind is when you think about Third World countries that are NOT depressed and yet, we are! And I think it’s because we have way too much crap!! You know what I mean? And so, we get super down and we have this super high suicide rate and all these depression medications. And yet, we’re all like we feel so bad for these Third World countries. But I think there’s something they could teach us!! And so, a lot of the time I get really saddened by that type of thing and then I get sad that I’m not doing anything to help it.

So, I would say those are the two things that kind of bring me down.

SP45: You have a strong faith. Would you mind talking about that?

ANDREW: I was adopted. My birth mother who is 1st generation Irish, was a very strong Irish Catholic. And one of the things she wanted to make sure about my adoption was that I would be raised by a Catholic family.

At 12, I stopped going to church, but came back to it before getting married, attending a Baptist church, cuz I liked the music aspect of it. I began to be a part of the worship teams, which I found amazing! Sometime after, I went to work on a cruise ship for a year and coming to the end of that year, I decided that I wanted to do something different. And ended up getting a job as worship director, where I worked at for 2 years, which I loved. Except for what ended up happening was I became so frustrated by the political aspects of the church. I found myself wishing that they had hired a politician instead of a musician.

But that’s what encouraged me to sell everything, jump into my van and start touring across the country, because I thought that the music that I was and AM writing, is about life and love, which is exactly what Jesus taught and it’s not coming through that way, like preachy. And so I’m not out here to try and convert the world or anything like that and I’m not carrying Jesus in a box. I’m just hanging out and hopefully people can experience love through it.

SP45: Okay so here's my last question. . .
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

ANDREW: WOW, those are huge questions.
I didn’t see myself HERE . . . 5 years ago! So I would say that in 5 years, I will be happy to be wherever I’m placed because that’s where I’m supposed to be.

And in 10 years it’ll be the exact same thing! (smile)

SP45: Hahahaha! I love it!!
Andrew, thank you so much for taking the time to sit with me and give us a look into what makes you tick. Can’t wait to hear the new album! And I can’t wait to see you live at El Corazon in Seattle on June 21st. Again, thank you!

ANDREW: No problem! Thank you! (Big smile)

Andrew Allen


Friday, June 3, 2011

Hold On cuz Peter Furler is ON FIRE!!

I truly love my job!!

I love, Love, LOVE listening to music!

AND I love giving my opinions & thoughts on what I’ve been listening to!
So here I am again. . . sharing a truly solid piece of work with all of you!!

“On Fire” by Peter Furler

Does that name sound familiar? It might if you’ve been a fan of The Newsboys.

I’ve been a fan of The Newsboys for a number of years. I’ve seen them perform a couple of times and have been blown away by their performances. So I was looking forward to listening to this new album by former frontman, Peter Furler.

Peter is working with some of music’s BEST people, plus this is also a family affair with his wife and father lending their talents to some of the tracks!

Here’s the track list:
1. I’m Alive
2. Reach
3. Glory To The King
4. Never Ending Love Song
5. Matter Of Faith
6. All In Your Head
7. Closer (Featuring Steve Taylor and Some Other Band)
8. Faster And Louder
9. Psalm 23
10. Hold On
11. Greater Is He (Featuring Phil Joel and Bill Furler)

As I mentioned above, I am so impressed by who is on this project.
I am ALL about the liner notes!! Give me more liner notes!! HA!!


Let me tell you who is on here. . . Steve Taylor!! A legend!! Steve set the trend of NOT following the CCM format in the 80’s by blowing us away with his outspoken lyrics and delivering it in a New Wave style!! For you youngins out there, you might recognize Steve singing “Yo Ho Heroes" from The VeggieTales’ movie; “ The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.” Currently, Steve is working on a film adaptation of Donald Miller's book, "Blue Like Jazz" as well as just completing this project with Peter.

Musican & Photographer, Jimmy Abegg has been a part of Rich Mullins’ Ragamuffin Band, as well as working with some music’s finest i.e. Phil Keaggy, Charlie Peacock, Shaun Groves, Stellar Kart, Jars of Clay and Michael W. Smith, just to name a few.

Also, Phil Joel, formally of The Newsboys also lends his voice. GREAT!

For me, an album can be written well and have the best of the best playing on it. But if the sound sucks, I am immediately turned off. So I would like to tip my hat to Peter and “Me In Motion’s” Seth Mosley for doing a fine job of producing and making sure that the sound quality was beyond excellent!


Let me tell you about my favorite songs. . . which could change, since every time I’ve listened, I’ve added a new favorite to my list : )

The album sets you up with “I’m Alive!”

The beat is gonna take you for a ride. . . the lyrics are uplifting and encouraging! This is a song of CELEBRATION for anyone who has come out of a hard situation and or struggle and so happy to be given another chance!!

For myself, who had been chasing mirages in my life recently, only to find that God had been loving me the whole time through it. . . Yes, this song would be my anthem!!

This is a “get up and dance and CELEBRATE being alive and given another chance” song!!:)

“Never Ending Love Song,” to me is very reminiscent of that Newsboys sound. Great tune!!

“Matter of Faith” I love the intro to this. Very easy going and then the chorus comes punching!!

“Closer” definitely reminds me of Steve Taylor. I love this song!! It has that 80’s New Wave nuance to it. And of course. . . VERY outspoken lyrics! John Painter is SICK on the bass!!!

“Faster and Louder” is very MGMT / Passion Pit!! Love this song!! I wanna jump up and down!!!

Psalm 23 begins like a ballad but is very Euro sounding. Having just listened & reviewed Lady Gaga’s album, I could hear very similar sounds of that Euro beat with its angelic like keys!! Perhaps that is because DJ Andy Hunter did the programming. Very well done!!!

OKAY!!!! I think “Hold On” is my favorite of all. NO!! IT IS!!!!! I LOVE this intro and then the drop into acoustic guitar!! This song gives me chills!!! I LOVE THIS SONG!!! I can definitely hear this track on the top radio stations. I’m freaking out at how much I love this song!!! I love the underlying "Strawberry Fields Forever" feel to this. Especially at the end. Very cool!!!

I have to turn this up!!

I wish my speakers were louder!!!


For anyone who has loved Peter’s voice and style, you are going to love this album!

For anyone who is not familiar with him or The Newsboys, you are going to love this album!!!

Look for it’s June 21st release.
Official Facebook

Liner Notes:
Produced by Peter Furler and Seth Mosley

Vocals: Peter Furler
Guitars: Seth Mosley and Peter Furler
Bass: Seth Mosley and Peter Furler
Keys: Seth Mosley and Peter Furler
Drums and Percussion: Peter Furler
Background Vocals: Phil Joel, Peter Furler, and Seth Mosley
Additional Background Vocals: Summer Furler and Celi Mosley
Programming: Seth Mosley and Peter Furler
Additional Programming on “Psalm 23” and “Water To Wine”: andy hunter
Guitars on “Closer”: Jimmy Abegg
Bass on “Closer”: John Painter
Additional Production on “Closer” Peter Furler, Steve Taylor, John Painter, and Jimmy Abegg