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Guitar Guru RICHIE KOTZEN To Release New CD 24 HOURS – To Release 11.11.11 On Headroom-Inc.

August 30th, 2011

FIRST SINGLE “24 HOURS” AVAILABLE ON ITUNES SEPTEMBER 1st

HOLLYWOOD, CA (August 30, 2011) – After 2 years of extensive international touring, guitar virtuoso, singer/ songwriter Richie Kotzen is back to unleash his new album 24 HOURS, releasing November 11 on Headroom-Inc.

24 HOURS reflects the guitar style’s that has defined his career as a virtuoso, while taking it to another level of playing. “I feel like I have reached a new level of soloing on the opening track 24 HOURS,” explains Kotzen. “I stopped using a guitar pick on electric a few years ago and my playing has evolved in a different way. Some of the solo lines I play on the song 24 HOURS, and others as well, are lines I would have never been able to play with a guitar pick. So I would say the solo’s on this CD are at a different level than previous recordings.”

24 HOURS is an absorbing collective blend of Kotzen’s musical influences and diversity. 24 hours takes you on an inspired, musical journey as the opening track sets the tone that falls stylistically somewhere between early Van Halen and Sly and the Family Stone. Kotzen also brought in his talented daughter, August Kotzen and friend Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, to complete the album. “My daughter, August is singing with me on a few songs and is playing electric piano on the song STOP ME,” states Kotzen. “My friend Jerry Cantrell is singing backgrounds on LOVE IS BLIND and does a very cool lead vocal ad-lib in the final chorus of the tune.”

24 HOURS is an album that has been in the works since Kotzen started playing guitar. The guitar virtuoso burst onto the heavy metal scene as a teenager with a lightning-fast guitar techniques. With his talents Kotzen has played with some of the best musicians; securing such major collaboration with the band Mr. Big and renowned jazz great Stanley Clarke as well as his own solo projects. “I have been lucky in the sense that I have been able to play with guys who I could learn from,” explains Kotzen. “The biggest musical lesson for me was playing in a band with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Obviously these guys are jazz musicians and I am not, but I learned so much from the time we recorded and toured together. My favorite rock bassist is Billy Sheehan and we were in Mr. Big together for 3 years which was awesome.”

24 HOURS was recorded and produced in Kotzen’s studio Headroom-Inc. 24 HOURS will be released on 11.11.11. Expect the first single, title track 24 HOURS to hit airwaves sometime soon. For more information go to www.richiekotzen.com.

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Richie Kotzen live European tour 2009 at The Rock Copenhagen Denmark

February 14th, 2009

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Richie Kotzen

European tour 2009

The Rock

Copenhagen

Denmark

27/1 – 2009

 

Reviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Richie Kotzen of Forty Deuce

January 25th, 2006

The well known Richie Kotzen has recently formed a new band called Forty Deuce. Richie takes care of the vocals and the guitars in the band and theyhave recently released their debut album NOTHING TO LOSE. I hooked up with Richie and asked him a few questions about Forty Deuce and also a few other things. And here is what he had to say enjoy for all fans of this guitar god.

 

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Frontiers Records for the promo pictures.

Thanks to Stefan at Atenzia records for the help with the interview

 

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