Our Top 10 Alter Bridge songs list takes a look at a great rock and roll band formed in 2004 that hails from the sunny State of Florida in the United States. The band was created out of former members of the very successful band Creed as well as Tremonti and Projected. Alter Bridge is still an active band as of 2021.They have a tour planned for later this year for 2021 and an album is in the works for 2022. Alter Bridge has released six studio albums packed full of astonishing music. Much of the material on thoise six
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With the release of his second solo album this coming Friday, May 14, Myles Kennedy showcases the musical diversity of The Ides Of March with the unveiling of the pensive ballad “Love Rain Down“.
The song showcases the softer side of the upcoming album. The genesis of the track has been around for years and is reminiscent of what fans and critics were drawn to on his debut solo album Year Of The Tiger. The acoustic introduction builds until the band – drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier – joins in on the second verse and rides out the rest of the track. Lyrically, Myles delivers a plea born out of the longing for answers and solace from all of the dark possibilities of the day as he sings “Let your love rain down. Let it wash away the sorrows I’ve found.”
While Year Of The Tiger was more of an acoustic exploration through Myles’ mind, The Ides Of March finds him strapping on his electric guitar and pushing himself as a guitarist/songwriter. The Ides Of March was produced by longtime collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette.
Prior to his latest song, Myles released album-opener “Get Along,” the title track and longest song on the album “The Ides Of March” and the hit-single “In Stride”. “Get Along” is moving up the radio airplay charts worldwide, while debut single “In Stride” had a #4 placement in German rock- and is currently in the Top 25 in US Active Rock charts, beyond others.
Three years after Kennedy’s debut solo record ‘Year of the Tiger’ comes his second full-length solo album, ‘The Ides Of March’ out on May 14th. It is, shall we say, an ‘interesting mix,’ taking in as it does Rock, Blues, Soul and even a touch of Country. all of course featuring front and center that remarkable voice. Sound like something for you? Well let’s dive in!
As Kennedy says in the press release: “I wanted to make sure the record was diverse,” he explains. “I’m a music geek. I’m a fan. When you’re known for playing a specific genre of music, you don’t always have the opportunity to show your affinity for other styles. That’s the beauty of making solo records. It’s your moment to step out and take chances. I count my lucky stars that I’ve had the good fortune to make records and tour the world with so many talented musicians. With that said, the artist in me still needs to explore.”
Well he certainly has here, and while the album is certainly more forceful and noticeably louder than the largely acoustic debut, and showcases a good variety of material it somehow manages to still feel cohesive.
So “As the world slipped into lockdown at the onset of the Global Pandemic, Myles simply “marched down to Guitar Center, picked up a brand-new Universal Audio interface, went back home, and just started working.” He grabbed his guitar, wrote his heart out, and recorded demos at his home studio in Spokane, WA. After four months of demoing, he hopped in the car with his rhythm section, drummer Zia Uddin and bassist Tim Tournier and they drove over 3,000 miles to Studio Barbarosa in Orlando in order to record with longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette. “To get together with Elvis and his crew was actually a nice break,” he smiles. “It was like rock ‘n’ roll summer camp.”
We start with the wonderfully upbeat guitar-soaked intro and unity lyric of ‘Get Along’ which sets things up nicely before the softer edge of the insistent melodies of ‘A Thousand Words’ and the of huge groove of the Blues riffed, guitar-packed ‘In Stride.’ It’s an impressive initial throwdown to an album of quality with some wonderful twists and turns.
One of the biggest songs here is the title track ‘The Ides of March’ which clocks in at over seven minutes and whose melody came to Myles in a dream. “The first half serves as a warning. It paints a sonic picture of a very dark dystopian future. The second half breaks from the bleak outlook to remind us that we can do better if we remember who we are and what we’re meant to be as a society.” It begins with some nice acoustic work before dancing into a framework that will have you thinking of everything from Tom Jones ‘Delilah’ to vintage Wings as it reaches out for a ‘Live and Let Die’ feel had that song been touched by Bowie and augmented by Carlos Santana. It’s a great listen.
Deeper in ‘Wake Me When It’s Over’ is a nice quirky slice of poppy fun; and rubs up alongside the Country textures of ‘Love Rain Down’ a picked acoustic that really hits the spot; whilst the slide and party feel of ‘Tell Me Like it is’ replete with handclaps add to the variety before the slow and soulful bluesy ‘Moonshot’ leaves us with just three.
‘Wanderlust Begins’ adds another stripped back shot of blue sky before ‘Sifting Through the Fire’ hits you with an unexpected Allmans-like vibe, both are very cool indeed and closer ‘Worried Mind’ a slow Blues, closes proceedings nicely: part lullaby, part warning – rounding out a well realised second solo album beautifully. Lyrically raw, sonically adventurous, and thoroughly compelling, this is a helluva album.
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Building upon the excitement from the announcement of his sophomore album The Ides Of March last month, MYLES KENNEDY is releasing its title track to the masses. “The Ides Of March” is the longest song on the album clocking in at 7:39 and showcases the musicianship of Kennedy and cohorts – longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier. The band stretch out musically as Kennedy sings an ominous warning “beware the ides of March.”
MYLES KENNEDY says about “The Ides Of March”: “Written quickly one night after having a few drinks, it was an attempt to sum up what so many of us felt during the beginning of the pandemic. We were bored, frustrated and self-medicating to avoid going stir crazy,” explains Kennedy. “What I like about the narrative, is it pushes the idea that if everything is going to hell, at least try and do it in a celebratory fashion.”
Never a musician to waste any precious time, Alter Bridge and Slash and the Conspirators vocalist MYLES KENNEDY used the recent pandemic to finalize his sophomore solo album. During his time at home due to all touring being canceled, Myles created the framework for the song ideas that would make up The Ides Of March. From the slide guitar riffs of the album opener “Get Along” to the pensive blues style of closer “Worried Mind,” it is clear that Myles has crafted a formidable follow up to his debut solo album. While Year Of The Tiger was more of an acoustic exploration through Myles’ mind, The Ides Of March finds him strapping on his electric guitar and pushing himself as a guitarist/songwriter. Tracks like “A Thousand Words,” “Wake Me When It’s Over” and “Moonshot” showcase the diverse music arrangements that has garnered Myles fans globally across all of his projects. The Ides Of March was produced by longtime collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette and is slated for release on May 14th via Napalm Records.
The first single, “In Stride“, opens with Myles showcasing his slide playing before delivering a lyrical message to “take it all in stride.” The song is currently seeing heavy rotation at rock radio stations around the world, leading to a Top 15 placement in the German Rock Radio Airplay Charts and rising in the Top 30 at US Active Rock, and has received massive response from fans alike. The video for “In Stride” marks a return by Stefano Bertelli (who created the “Native Son” video for Alter Bridge) and shows an animated Myles as he takes the end of the world in stride.
The Ides Of March is now available for pre-order in various configurations. These include a Digital Album, Jewelcase CD (available worldwide), and CD Digipack (Napalm mailorder, limited to 500 worldwide). It will also be available in various vinyl configurations including 2 LP Gatefold Black Vinyl (available worldwide), 2 LP Gatefold Gray Vinyl (available worldwide), and 2 LP Gatefold Bottle Green Transparent Vinyl (Napalm mailorder, limited to 400 worldwide) and lastly a Deluxe Box: Glow In The Dark Vinyl + Cover Artprint + 7″ Glow In The Dark “A Thousand Words” Vinyl Demo Single + Pendant + Slipmat (Napalm mailorder, limited to 700 worldwide). Fans that pre-order The Ides Of March digitally will receive instant downloads of “The Ides Of March” and the current single “In Stride.”
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