Brooklyn Walking Tour: Traveling Through Gretsch History Today
September 02, 2014
On July 30, 2014 I had a unique opportunity to take a step back into Gretsch Company history. As a matter of fact, I actually took several hundred steps, as I walked the streets of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn where the company got its start. Along the way I visited several sites that mark the evolution of the company from its... Read More
Gretsch Artist Matt Sorum Releases New Album
March 19, 2014
MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY RELEASED ALBUM ‘STRATOSPHERE’ MARCH 11th
LOS ANGELES (February 19, 2014) – Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and legendary drummer of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and The Cult, Matt Sorum is releasing his new album, Stratosphere under the moniker, Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy on March 11, 2014 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services.
Stratosphere is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album. "Over the years I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better," says Sorum. "But after years of soul searching I organically fell into a different state of mind. With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it."
Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano. "I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record," Matt says. "I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion. I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well."
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