PRS Guitarist NEAL SCHÖN to Release New Fusion and Blues-Inspired Hard Rock Album

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PRS Guitarist NEAL SCHÖN to Release New Fusion and Blues-Inspired Hard Rock Album

Legendary guitarist Neal Schön has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing, entitled SO U.  The new album features Schön, Mendoza and Castronovo splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’s songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades. Schön commented, “This is a great new record that features all three of us – Deen, Marco and myself – sharing lead vocals.  Enjoy!”

Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schön has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time.  Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana.  Schön moved on in 1973 to form Journey.  With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013.   As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schön continues with the band today in its latest incarnation.

In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schön has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects.  His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring “THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schön still has it going on – and then some…The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious.”  In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schön uses custom-built PRS Private Stock Neal Schon guitars, made especially for Neal by world-acclaimed Maryland guitar manufacturer Paul Reed Smith Guitars.

SO U track listing:

  1. Take A Ride
  2. So U
  3. Exotica
  4. What You Want
  5. Love Finds A Way
  6. On My Way
  7. Serenity
  8. Shelter
  9. Big OceanThe album can be pre-ordered now via iTunes,Amazon and via the Journey online store; fans who buy SO U now via iTunes will receive “Exotica” as an instant-gratification track.

Schon fans and guitar aficionados might want to take note that as an endorsee of Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Neal has had the opportunity to collaborate with PRS to design his own signature model guitar, the PRS NS-14 guitar which is available through authorized PRS dealers and distributors.

 

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About PRS Guitars: Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric and acoustic guitars and guitar amplifiers. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Opeth, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Ricky Skaggs, Cody Kilby, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers. 

PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com

For more about Neal Schon please visit: www.schonmusic.com

Dustie Waring of Between the Buried and Me Prepares for New DVD with the Latest Gear from PRS

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Dustie Waring, Lead Guitarist of Between the Buried and Me, Prepares for Filming of New DVD with the Latest Gear from PRS Guitars

 

When progressive metal band Between the Buried and (BTBAM) announced their North American tour and plans for a new studio DVD, lead guitarist Dustie Waring called on PRS Guitars to support the events with their latest gear including the new PRS Archon amp, Dustie’s MD-made Custom “Floyd” 24-fret guitar, and MD-made P22 guitar.

The tour and DVD follow Between The Buried And Me’s ambitious concept album, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, which was the North Carolina-based band’s highest Billboard chart position (#22) since the band’s inception in the early 2000’s. The album landed the #3 spot on Billboard’s Hard Music Album chart, #8 on the trade magazine’s Rock Album Chart, #5 on Billboard’s Indie Label Album chart, and #10 on the Billboard Indie Retail Album chart.

BTBAM’s virtuosic metal guitarist, Waring, who jumps seamlessly from intricate clean lines to death metal growls to thick progressive guitar riffs relies on the new PRS Archon 100-watt amplifier to navigate the demanding catalog of music performed at each venue. Waring offers, “The Archon is a really exciting amp. Whether I need a nice bell like clean, rock crunch, or a super saturated metal tone, it can do it all. Not to mention that it’s as pretty as any PRS guitar!” When asked about his main guitar that features a Floyd Rose Tremolo, Waring responded, “My Custom 24 is the first PERFECT instrument I’ve ever picked up. It’s been a long journey to find a guitar that is the perfect weight, sounds amazing, plays perfectly and looks even better. I feel very fortunate to have this luxury.”

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Announced BTBAM tour dates include:
02/28 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01 London, ON London Music Hall
03/02 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
03/04 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/05 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie’s
03/06 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
03/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
03/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
03/10 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
03/11 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
03/12 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
03/14 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Sports Café
03/15 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What?! Festival
03/18 Sauget, IL Pop’s
03/20 Ybor City, FL The Ritz Ybor
03/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
03/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
03/23 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall

The DVD project will begin filming directly following the tour. The concept behind this project is in contrast with the band’s ambitious and impressive live stage productions – this will feature the band in a small studio, an intimate setting in which they will perform “The Parallax II: Future Sequence.” Joining the band for this performance will be a small group of auxiliary musicians, including percussionists, saxophone, flute, and string quartet. BTBAM will record at the Fidelitorium just outside Winston-Salem, NC after the conclusion of their upcoming North American tour. Director Justin Reich will be behind the cameras for this project, and longtime BTBAM producer Jamie King will mix and master the audio. The release date is tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2014.

More information about Waring and the band Between The Buried And Me can be found at the following websites:
http://www.prsguitars.com/artists/profile/dustie_waring
http://www.metalblade.com/btbam

Waring can be seen demonstrating the his PRS guitar and the new PRS Archon in a video that features Dustie along with other PRS artists, Mark Tremonti (Alterbridge), Emil Werstler (Chimaira), and Zach Myers (Shinedown) at http://www.prsguitars.com/archon/

About PRS Guitars:
Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric and acoustic guitars and guitar amplifiers. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Opeth, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Ricky Skaggs, Cody Kilby, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.

PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com

Rush’s Alex Lifeson Joins PRS Acoustic Signature Artist Family

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Rush’s Alex Lifeson Joins PRS Acoustic Signature Artist Family

 

PRS Guitars is pleased to announce the new Private Stock Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic guitar, new for NAMM 2014. While the craftsmanship and attention to detail are very consistent with other PRS Private Stock acoustics, this instrument embodies some new design elements that take the instrument in a unique direction. The Alex Lifeson signature PRS acoustic is slightly thinner than the company’s Angelus Cutaway and Tonare Grand and is constructed in such a way that it lends itself to louder stage volumes and the rigors of the road.

“During the 2013 Rush Clockwork Angels Tour, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a PRS Angelus Cutaway.  It quickly became my pre-show warm up guitar, and I spent many hours in many hotel rooms lost in the gorgeous sound and tone of that beautiful instrument.  I’m very happy to announce that I have collaborated with PRS to develop an Alex Lifeson Signature model based on this superlative platform,” said Lifeson. “If you’re like me, you won’t be able to put it down.”

Alex LifesonThe Alex Lifeson signature acoustic is made in PRS Guitars’ Maryland shop and features a bearclaw spruce top and koa back and sides with a mahogany neck and ebony bridge, fretboard, and headstock veneer. It is adorned with Mother of Pearl and Paua “Birds in Flight” inlays and Paua purfling along the top, fretboard, and headstock veneer.

“We are honored to work with Alex, a guitarist with world-renowned acclaim, experience, and talent. It would be difficult to find a better person to lend a discerning ear and such voluminous experience to a project like this.  Our goal has been to develop a musical instrument that can perform equally well at home, on the stage, in the studio, or in the practice room.  With Alex, we have found the perfect balance of all the above in an elegant package,” Jack Higginbotham, President, PRS Guitars.

The PRS Private Stock Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic will be available starting in the spring of 2014. More details on this model can be found here: www.prsguitars.com/lifeson.

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Photo credit: John Arrowsmith

About PRS Guitars:

Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric and acoustic guitars and guitar amplifiers. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Opeth, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Ricky Skaggs, Cody Kilby, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.

PRS Guitars Info: www.prsguitars.com