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Finnish Duo Maria and Christian to Record New CD in Historic Nashville, TN

Maria & Christian

The Finnish Duo Maria and Christian head to Nashville, TN USA to record their first Country album.

Maria & ChristianSep. 10, 2015 – Nashville, TN. — ] Finnish duo Maria & Christian (http://mariaandchristian.com) have announced their plans to record their first country album in Nashville, TN with Grammy nominated producer Casey Wasner at his studio in Leiper’s Fork, TN.
Maria and Christian have spent the last several weeks in Nashville working people in the country music scene to find the critical element that will capture the essence of their music and the talent that can bring it to life in the Nashville style that is world renown.

“We’re excited to announce that we will be finishing our first country CD shortly and touring in support of it in Europe in September. With the help and massive talent of Casey Wasner, we feel we be able to put forward our very best effort and bring our music to the world that will best showcase our vision, emotion and desire to connect with our fans.”  States Christian Casagrande.

Along with the new CD, Maria and Christian are relaunching a new website. You can find out all about Maria and Christian on their website as well as all relevant social media links.

Look for the as of yet unnamed new album to be complete by late November and available for purchase through all electronic outlets and at shows in Europe.

ABOUT MARIA AND CHRISTIAN

Maria and Christian are a Finnish Country Duo that play 150 dates a year around Europe. The duo have worked with The Voice in France and host their own vocal competition every year called “Finnish Best Duo” (Suomen Paras Duo) which takes place throughout Finland.

 

Media Inquiries for Maria and Christian:

Contact: Maria Kiiski

mariak.christianc@gmail.com

 

Official Press Release here:  http://www.prlog.org/12492381-finnish-duo-maria-and-christian-to-record-new-cd-in-historic-nashville-tn.html

New Mage Wars Arena by Arcane Wonders Video Developed by The Lowry Agency

The Lowry Agency/Club Fantasci in association with Arcane Wonders developed a new 7-step battle demo video for Mage Wars Arena. For more information about video production, please contact The Lowry Agency here.

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Live From Music City Interview with Bryan Bellar of The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats
The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats

 

David Lowry interviews Bryan Bellar, bass player for The Aristocrats and former Nashville resident. The Aristocrats are currently touring across the US in support of their new CD Tres Callaberos. Bryan discusses the new CD, the current tour and show in Nashville and how to grow as a musician.

Interview Link: Live From Music City Aristocrats Interview 8/15/15

The Aristocrats have a show in Nashville on Aug 15th at The High Watt. Doors Open at 8:00pm.

Get tickets here: http://thehighwatt.com/calendar/venue/highwatt/2015/08/15/the-aristocrats-with-travis-larson-band-and-artilect/

www.the-aristocrats-band.com

https://twitter.com/acratsband

https://www.facebook.com/aristocratsband

 

Live From Music City Interview with Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake

Joel Hoekstra

David Lowry got the chance to talk with the always busy Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake in the middle of The Purple Tour to talk about the new guitar spot in Whitesnake, The Purple Album, VHF, Joel Hoekstra’s 13 project, his appearances on That Metal Show and how to make it in the music business. A big thank you to Joel Hoekstra for doing this interview on such short notice!

Joel Hoekstra

Joel Hoekstra

 

Interview Link:  Live From Music City Interview with Joel Hoekstra June 2015

 

www.joelhoekstra.com

www.whitesnake.com

Sponsored by the following:

The Lowry Agency

Pirate Studio

Heroes of the Colosseum is Now Available

Heroes of the Colosseum

 

 

Heroes of the Colosseum Now Available

Two Hour Wargames announces that Heroes of the Colosseum is now in stock and available to the public.

June 8th , 2015 – Lake Havasu, AZ. — ] Two Hour Wargames (http://twohourwargames.com/) in association with  Lock ’n Load Publishing (lnlpublishing.com) are excited to announce the release of “Heroes of the Colosseum.” Designed by Ed Teixeira, “Heroes of the Colosseum” brings the power of two games in one box as players battle it out as both gladiators in the historic Roman Colosseum era and also compete in all out chariot races providing furious action no matter which game players choose.

In the first game of Gladiatorial Combat, player may:

  • Rules to personalize your gladiators, making each truly unique.
  • A way to generate Non-Player Gladiators, opponents totally controlled by the game mechanics.
  • Two full color arenas, beautiful counters, and Roster Sheets to represent the gladiators and their equipment.
  • Quick to learn, but hard to master, combat rules that accurately reflect the gladiatorial way of combat.
  • An easy to use Campaign System, to track the success of your gladiators, as they rise in abilities.
  • Three different locales to fight in, from the Fringes of the Empire to Rome herself, where only the greatest gladiators can gain their freedom.

The second game of Chariot Racing allows player to:

  • Rules to personalize your charioteer, making each truly unique.
  • A full color Racing Oval, beautiful counters, and Roster Sheets to track your chariots.
  • A unique mechanic where, unlike other chariot games where you fall behind and out of the race, each player is always in the race, making critical decisions each and every turn.
  • An easy to use Campaign System, to track the success of your charioteers, as they rise in abilities.
  • A way to generate Non-Player Charioteers, totally controlled by the game mechanics.

Components:

  • 2 Game Manuals
  • 12 Player Cards
  • 2 – 11”x 17” Maps
  • 1 – 8.5”x11” Map
  • 2 Player Aid Cards
  • 112 – counters

One of the exciting things about “Heroes of the Colosseum” is the fact that it can be played as a stand-alone game, a solo game against the mechanics themselves or even as a long running campaign allowing for players to keep stats for a “circuit” type of game play and constantly improve on their characters so they grow as the campaign goes on.

Get more information or purchase Heroes of the Colosseum from its official product page (http://lnlpublishing.com/Heroes-of-the-Colosseum).

Check out the promotional video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhHvEgCzCa8 and be sure to subscribe to the Two Hour Wargame channels to see more promo videos.  Box art and other art assets are available by contacting david@thelowryagency.com.

ABOUT TWO HOUR WARGAMES

THW Game Design, parent company of Two Hour Wargames, has published over 70 games. We have been in business since 1998 and have won an Origins Award for Best Miniatures Game of the Year 2006 – All Things Zombie as well as other awards.

ABOUT LOCK ’N LOAD PUBLISHING, LLC.

Lock ’n Load Publishing, LLC. are a leading developer-publisher in both the table-top and video games.  Since 2006 Lock ’n Load Publishing has developed and published 75+ of historical, strategy and fantasy games with many award-winning titles in their portfolio spanning both digital and table-top platforms.  Lock ’n Load Publishing’s mission is to provide new game designs and redefine how people play games.

Media Inquires for Two Hour Wargames:

Contact: David Lowry

david@thelowryagency.com

Official Press Release here:  http://www.prlog.org/12464163-heroes-of-the-colosseum-now-available.html

 

Falling Stars – War of Empires

Falling Stars - War of Empires

Falling Stars – War of Empires

4X strategy game available on Kickstarter and Steam’s Greenlight with a gameplay video, screen shots and plenty more on the way!

Feb. 26, 2015PUEBLO, Colo.Lock ’n Load Publishing (lnlpublishing.com(http://lnlpublishing.com/)) and Riveted Games, LLC. are thrilled to kick off Falling Stars – War of Empires Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/david-heath/falling-stars-war-of-empires) and Steam Greenlight(http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=387410923) campaigns. Falling Stars – War of Empires is a 4x turn-based strategy game where players vie for control of the galaxy through politics, space warfare, exploration and more.  The game will be available on Windows, Mac and Linux.  “We are very excited to be working with Riveted Games and to be bringing this game to the public“ said David Heath, President of Lock ’n Load Publishing.  Philip Devine, President of Riveted Games, commented “Lock ’n Load has been great at supporting our project. ”

Get more information on Falling Stars – War of Empires from its official product page (http://lnlpublishing.com/falling-stars-war-of-empires) and be sure to visit our developers forum area (http://forums.lnlpublishing.com/forums/falling-stars-war-…).

Check out the gameplay video on YouTube (http://youtu.be/5-3yodxE8Lw) and be sure to subscribe to the Lock ’n Load Publishing channels to see more great promo videos.  Box art and other art assets are available from our  Press Media Area or by contacting press@lnlpublishing.com(mailto:press@lnlpublishing.com).

ABOUT LOCK ’N LOAD PUBLISHING, LLC.

Lock ’n Load Publishing, LLC. are a leading developer-publisher in both the table top and video games.  Since 2006 Lock ’n Load Publishing has developed and published 75+ of historical, strategy and fantasy games with many award-winning titles in their portfolio spanning both digital and table top platforms.  Lock ’n Load Publishing’s mission is to provide new game designs and redefine how people play games.

Media Inquires for LnL Publishing:

Contact: David Lowry

press@lnlpublishing.com

Official Press Release here: http://www.prlog.org/12429740-falling-stars-war-of-empires.html

Neil Zaza Live At Douglas Corner Nashville, TN

Neil Zaza
Neil Zaza

Neil Zaza

 

Last Friday night I was privileged to finally meet a guitar hero of mine, Neil Zaza. Granted, I have interviewed him and spoken with him a number of times and obviously I have been listening to his music for years, but it’s completely another thing to hear the brilliance of a musician live. Neil has a reputation of being one of the world’s finest guitar players and not just because he is a technically proficient player, but because he is an amazing song writer on top of it. Neil has the very rare ability to make his guitar “sing” as if a vocalist was always there and you never miss the vocalist. He is truly one of the most melodic players on the planet, especially in his guitar instrumentalist genre.

Friday night only confirmed what I already knew. Not only did Neil player flawlessly and effortlessly this night, but his songs take you away as the melodies sweep out from his fingers and take flight through the room and astound you that anyone can be so good at playing an instrument and writing music or songs that are so strong that you are literally transported to a soundscape of rich, melodic musings from an un assuming genius that unfortunately, not enough people have heard of. Neil epitomizes what it is to be an instrumental songwriter. I dare you to find one song that isn’t absolutely gorgeous in its composition and melodic content. He is surely up there in the echelons of Vai, Satriana, Timmons and Johnson in his composition, technical and performance skills.

Granted, Douglas Corner isn’t the venue I would have preferred to see Neil in for my first time. The sound check was half a song, the sound system was adequate but not amazing but mostly, the mix was a bit on the poor side. The drums were over powering in the small venue and Neil was a bit lost in the mix sometimes, but that being said, it was still an amazing and brilliant performance that can’t be wiped away but minor issues. Neil captivated from the stage as I sat there and watched audience reaction. One person in particular was literally getting the chills Neil would rip through a fast solo and cap it of with some melodic ending that brought shivers to the fan. I was a bit shocked actually at how well Neil owned the stage and really brought a strong and mesmerizing performance to Douglas Corner considering the small stage, lack of a decent sound check and quite honestly, most guitar instrumentalists put me to sleep while they perform on stage as they stare at their feet and hand but put on no show at all. Neil did not disappoint here. It was a truly awesome performance that Neil should be proud of.

This performance was almost a homecoming in a way even though Neil had never played there before. The place was full of friends and family or “framily” as Neil calls them. They rated his performance with smart phone rating cards, many times garnering a “10” from the locals. Neil was busy before and after the show greeting, sitting and talking with each and every person who came to see him play. He gets it. There was no aura of ego. No “rockstar” persona that acted like an ass. He was gracious, very appreciate of every person who came out and acknowledged it from the stage and in person. Neil Zaza is the real deal.

The one sad thing was the lack of local musicians who always go around complaining about supporting live music. For some reason when a talent like Neil comes to town, which is not often in Nashville, the musicians don’t show up to support let alone, learn anything or be inspired by a brilliant musician. I guess it’s just much easier to sit and complain on Facebook than actually put your money where your mouth is. Luckily, the place was full of Zazaniacs (my made up word) where more than happy to soak it all in and shower Neil with love and praise for his music.

At the end of the show Matthew and Gunnar Nelson of “Nelson” fame came up to perform with Neil. First was Gunner performing “I’m Alright,” a Zaza show piece as well as the National Anthem. Then the brothers played “Love and Affection with Neil on guitar, Matthew on bass, Gunner on drums and country singer Theresa Rose on bgv’s. Unfortunately, the drum microphone was having major issues so some of the harmonies or other vocal parts could not be heard. But it was still very cool none the less.

All in all, I came away with more respect, admiration and inspired by Neil Zaza. He is a very rare, very brilliant and talented musician and songwriter. He is exactly what this genre needs more of and hopefully those reading this review, will take a moment to check him out both on his site and a venue near you.

The opening spot was filled by an Italian artist named Marco Pinna who performed acoustically with his a brand of latin/mediterranean/gypsy jazz that was fun, hip and lively. Marco was joined on stage by Sean O’Bryan Smith on bass, drummer Glenn Williams (both played for Zaza as well,) Lee Shines on percussion and Kyle Natchtigal on acoustic guitar. It was a nice refreshing change to the Nashville norm and this town sorely needs more of this kind of music to be performed live all over. Marco just release a brand new CD named “Amigus” which you can get on his site and I recommend you do.

 

Club Fantasci 2013 Board Game Awards Program

Club Fantasci

Club Fantasci

 

Club Fantasci announces the release of a new awards program focusing on board and role-playing games.

David Lowry the board game column editor is announcing the release of their new Club Fantasci 2013 Board Game Awards Program to feature the very best in the board and role-playing games industry.

“The gaming industry has being growing at an amazing pace for over a decade but yet there are still so many people who are unfamiliar with all the new types of amazing games that are coming out. We want to introduce these games to the public at large and encourage more social activities between families and individuals” says Lowry.

Read more here: http://clubfantasci.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/7208club-fantasci-board-game-awards/

Previously the Geek Eccentric Board Game Awards.

 

Live From Music City with Michael Lee Firkins

Michael Lee Firkins - Yep

“Live From Music City,” a radio show on blog talk radio (www.blogtalkradio.com/live-from-music-city), welcomes guitarist and musician extraordinaire Michael Lee Firkins who will talk about his brand new release “Yep” and will share about how to tackle the issues an independent musician must face on a daily basis on “Live From Music City.”

Date: Nov 26th, 2013

Time: 5:00pm CST

Length 30 Min

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lfmcradio/2013/11/26/live-from-music-city-with-michael-lee-firkins

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