Press Wrap Up #2

The latest Paul Rodgers news from across the web this week
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101KGB.COM
Paul Rodgers Co-Hosts with Bob (Podcast)

HUFFINGTON POST
HUFFPOST LIVE: Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers LIVE (Video)

THE ABSOLUTE SOUND
INTERVIEW-PAUL RODGERS
From Middlesborough to Memphis, the former Free rocker returns to his musical roots
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Press Wrap Up

The latest Paul Rodgers news from across the web this week
(Click the red links below to access the reviews and interviews)

ROLLING STONE
Paul Rodgers Returns to His Soul and R&B Roots: The Bad Company frontman shares stories of recording in Memphis, sneaking into Graceland and flying Led Zeppelin’s jet (Interview)
MIDWEST BEAT WITH TOM LOUNGEES
Paul Rodgers – The Royal Sessions Interview (Streaming Audio)
CLASSIC ROCK REVISITED
Paul Rodgers – The Royal Sessions Review (Rating: A)
GLIDE MAGAZINE
Paul Rodgers – Going Soul/R&B on The Royal Sessions (Interview)
THE VINYL DISTRICT
Paul Rodgers – The TVD Interview

Glide Magazine Review of “The Royal Sessions”

Paul Rodgers The Royal Session Album FrontIt was an equally brave and honorable gesture Paul Rodgers made with The Royal Sessions. Offering homage to those artists, like Albert King, Sam, Dave and Otis Redding, that strongly influenced him to develop a career that included singing for “Free,” forming “Bad Company” and fronting the remaining members of “Queen,” one of the most distinctive singers of our time not only chooses material that inspires him, but makes the most of a courageous decision to record at Royal Studios in Memphis with musicians who populated Hi Records made by Al Green and similar artists.

Produced by Rodgers’ creative partner Perry A. Margouleff, The Royal Sessions sounded utterly contemporary even as it was recorded with analog equipment. Polished to a fine-shine in which full arrangements including rich percussion and crisp keyboards surround a sure rhythm section, the grit balances the sheen on “I Thank You,” and even more so on “Down Don’t Bother Me,” where the addition of female backup singers and horns meshed with the emotive tones of Rodger’s still fluid voice.

The end result of this collaboration evoked the feelings at the heart of the songs, rather than mere nostalgia for a time and place. On “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” it’s hard not to wish the track lasted longer so to hear the band work out a bit more on its own after Rodgers finished singing. Nevertheless, on that track and “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” like the rest of the ten here, the British rocker captured attention fully and completely when he sang.That’s no small accomplishment, given the concept of the album. Even on Otis Redding’s, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” there’s not one iota of self-consciousness in the vocals. On the contrary, the moments Paul Rodgers hits and holds notes are as brief yet heartrending as when he cuts himself short. Hearing him sing “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember,” there’s a definite sense the man is rediscovering those feelings that initially moved him so deeply back in the days of his youth; consequently, this performance is a tribute to the spontaneity of moment and, by extension, the realization of his ambitions for this project.

The familiarity of the tunes is a major attraction of The Royal Sessions, so much that the choice of blues icon Albert King’s “Born Under A Bad Sign,” should be as much of an epiphany as Bacharach/David’s “Walk on By.” Rodgers does justice to himself and collaborators on this record by getting in touch with the heart of this material as well as the musicianship that brings to life the subtleties inside it. It’s no wonder that, in his pithy liner notes, Rodgers references a restoration of his faith in music, arising directly from the experience of making this record. Those who hear it are very likely be transformed too.

Read more and preview “The Royal Sessions” at GlideMagazine.com

Paul Rodgers The Royal Session Album Front

American Blues Scene Article on The Royal Sessions

Bad Company Frontman Paul Rodgers and The Royal Sessions

“The name Paul Rodgers is usually associated with legendary classic rock bands like Bad Company and Free but something you might not know is that he has had a deep love affair with roots based music for a long, long time. His upcoming release “The Royal Sessions”  is clearly a labor of love and pays loving homage to this music he holds dear. ” – American Blues Scene

Read the full article and review at AmericanBluesScene.com

I Can’t Stand the Rain #17 Adult Contemporary Radio this week

BAD CO. AND FREE FOUNDER CELEBRATES THE SONGS AND MUSICIANS OF MEMPHIS ON “THE ROYAL SESSIONS” AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 4TH

Exclusive Stream of “Walk On By” Posts on Billboard.com Today

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014 - Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, is #1 Most Added at AC Radio this week with the single, “I Can’t Stand The Rain,” taken from the upcoming release February 4th of “The Royal Sessions”-a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchelland Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks.

Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records-recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer.  The album is also doing well at classic rock and blues radio formats. An exclusive stream of Rodgers’ version of “Walk on By” just posted today on Bllboard.com. You can check that out on this link: http://smarturl.it/PaulRodgersBillboard

Read the entire article here: http://www.abc27.com/story/24446345/paul-rodgers-1-most-added-at-ac-radio-this-week-with-new-single-i-cant-stand-the-rain

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BAD COMPANY AND LYNYRD SKYNYRD ANNOUCE SUMMER CO-HEADLINE TOUR

BAD COMPANY AND LYNYRD SKYNYRD
ANNOUNCE 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
SUMMER CO-HEADLINE TOUR OF 12 DATES
Both Bands Will Supplement This Joint Excursion With Individual Headline Dates

New York — Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced a co-headline tour that takes the bands coast-to-coast for 12 dates.  Both bands celebrate significant 40th anniversaries in 2013, with Lynyrd Skynyrd having released their debut album on August 13, 1973 and Bad Company being formed that same year.  While the pair have shared the stage and Paul Rodgers has toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company and Skynyrd have never toured as co-headliners together.

Bad Company were dubbed a super-group upon the  band’s formation due to the union of Free’s Paul Rodgers (Vocals / Multi-Instrumentalist) with Mott The Hoople’s Mick Ralphs (Guitar) plus King Crimson’s Boz Burrell (Bass) and Free’s Simon Kirke (Drums).  Over the next nine years, the band released a string of six albums, yielding international hits “Can’t Get Enough,” “Bad Company,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” and many others penned by the main songwriters Paul Rodgers and Mick Ralphs. Original members Rodgers, Ralphs, and Kirke will be joined by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning (from Paul Rodgers solo band).  Original bassist Boz Burrell passed away in 2006.

Bad Company has inspired many of today’s musicians.  Most notably, Metal band Five Finger Death Punch who scored a #1 Active Rock hit with a cover of the song “Bad Company”. Since 2001, the band has only played 11 isolated performances, and has not staged a tour of The United States until now.  In front of the run, Rodgers shares, “When Mick and I formed the band in the 70′s we were amazed at the instant success.  It didn’t hurt to have Led Zeppelin behind us, and we wrote some decent songs that still resonate.  This one is for fans.”

Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, Lynyrd Skynyrd has maintained a tremendous legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, and continues with the recently released Last Of A Dying Breed (Roadrunner).  The band’s career was halted for a decade after the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and then subsequently faced adversity through the losses of Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Huey Thomasson, yet they rock on.  With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.  The current line-up features Gary Rossington (Guitar), Johnny Van Zant (Vocals), Rickey Medlocke (Guitar), Mark “Sparky” atejka (Guitar), Michael Cartellone (Drums), Johnny Colt (Bass), Peter Keys (Keyboards), Dale Krantz Rossington- Honkettes (Backing Vocals) and Carol Chase-Honkettes (Backing Vocals).

Paul Rodgers reveals, “The Skynyrds and I go back to the 70′s and the days and nights at the Hyatt House on Sunset in LA aka the Riot House.  In the 90′s the band introduced me to my wife Cynthia, and that’s why I am so damned happy and healthy these years.”  Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Johnny Van Zant offers, “Every member of Skynyrd has been fans of Bad Company from the get go.  Personally, Paul is one of my favorite rock singers.  We have a deep appreciation for Bad Company’s music and look forward to being on the road with them and sharing the stage.”

Special guests and Kentucky-bred hard rockers, Black Stone Cherry, will be kicking things off on The 40 Tour.  Their music has been described as Southern-fried hard rock about everything from being proud of where you come from and true to who you are.

The co-headline tour will stage performances at the following venues:

Thu Jun 20      Auburn, WA               White River Amphitheater
Fri Jun 21        Ridgefield, WA           Sleep Country Amphitheater
Sun Jun 23      Mountain View, CA   Shoreline Amphitheater
Thu Jul 11       Houston, TX              Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat Jul 13        Charlotte, NC             Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun Jul 14       Bristow, VA               Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Jul 17      Camden, NJ                Susquehanna Bank Center
Fri Jul 19         Burgettstown, PA       First Niagara Pavilion
Sat Jul 20        Noblesville, IN            Kilpsch Music Center
Tue Jul 23       Clarkston, MI             DTE Energy Music Theater
Wed Jul 24      Cincinnati, OH            Riverbend Music Center
Fri Jul 26         Gilford, NH                Meadowbrook (Not a Live Nation date)
Sat Jul 27        *Bethel, NY                Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

*Black Stone Cherry not appearing on this date