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23
Jan

Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield Form New Band ROADCASE ROYALE

Los Angeles, CA — January 20, 2017 — Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart, has teamed up with former Prince band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form a new super group called ROADCASE ROYALE.
 
The sound of ROADCASE ROYALE is muscular rock with some R&B/Blues and in depth ballads thrown in, reflecting the iconic sounds of both their respective bands. ROADCASE ROYALE’S debut song is available to stream now via the band’s Soundcloud page. The song, “Get Loud,” is a ROADCASE ROYALE original, and will debut January 20th immediately following Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, which will be livestreamed through Facebook. The song will also be featured at the Women’s March on Austin, TX (the largest ever gathering of Texas women) on January 21.
 
Joining Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals) are lead guitarist Ryan Waters (the musical director for Liv’s solo work and Prince protégé) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums). Each of the members’ musical talents shines in “Get Loud.” The song begins with a laid-back groove, providing a solid acoustic and electric foundation for Warfield’s vocals — all about getting loud and standing up for women’s equality. “Get Loud” blends this important message with the groups R&B and rock influences, resulting in a uniquely powerful track.
 
The band has recorded five new original songs as well as plans for a tour early in 2017. Wilson has said, ROADCASE ROYALE’s activity doesn’t mean Heart is going away. “ROADCASE ROYALE is a side project,”. she notes, “and not a replacement for Heart.” She also stated that the name ROADCASE ROYALE came to the group during a backstage meeting they had last year, and said “When I came up with the name ROADCASE ROYALE it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”
“It’s going to be fun to see our road cases with ROADCASE ROYALE stenciled on the side!” Wilson added.
More about ROADCASE ROYALE:
Led by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield and Nancy Wilson, co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. Warfield, Wilson, and their bandmates bring their decades of experience from the upper echelon of the music industry to ROADCASE ROYALE, along with a renewed sense of direction and drive. Joining Wilson and Warfield are Warfield’s lead guitarist and musical director Ryan Waters and Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (Drums) and Chris Joyner (Keys). Each of these members shine in ROADCASE ROYALE with their various sensibilities creating the group’s sensitive, passionate, and driving rock and R&B sound.
 

 

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Wed
11
Jan

ANN WILSON of Heart Announces 2017 Solo Dates

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ANN WILSON has announced her 2017 20-date solo tour. The ANN WILSON OF HEART cross-country trek kicks off Tuesday, March 8 at the Moore Theatre in WILSON's Seattle hometown before moving onto Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, Englewood, NJ and New Orleans, among other cities. Tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday, January 13. See the itinerary below and view the trailer here.
 
"The stage is a magical place where I can be beautifully in and out of control, where I can build a fire and then jump into it," says the esteemed and pioneering Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend who's known for her force-of-nature vocals. "The stage is where I have always lived; where I've expressed my deepest emotions and supreme joys." ANN continues: "I suppose I am addicted to it. I've never been much good at talking, but I can sing, and when I sing I connect with people in a much deeper, higher way."
 
 
 
What will fans experience at these shows?  "People can expect the unexpected in 2017," ANN says. "A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production...The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart."
 
Musicians on board for the ANN WILSON OF HEART tour include Craig Bartock on guitar (Heart member for a dozen years, who also performed in the Ann Wilson Thing for two years) from San Francisco; Andy Stoller on bass (the Ann Wilson Thing member for two years) from Seattle; Denny Fongheiser on drums and percussion (Heart member in the 1990's for two years) from Los Angeles.  The name for the upcoming tour, explains ANN, "is to give people a point of recognition; to help people understand who I am and where I came from."
 
The ANN WILSON OF HEART dates follow the release of HEART's critically acclaimed 2016 BEAUTIFUL BROKEN album and summer headlining tour with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick, along with HEART solo shows before and after. "Heart is always evolving, changing," says ANN. "It is a living organism. Right now it's in a cocoon of metamorphosis, and we will see what emerges when the time is right."
 
Look for ANN to continue to announce more ANN WILSON of HEART tour dates. Here is the current itinerary:
 
DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 3/8 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
Fri 3/10 Berkeley, CA UC Theatre
Sun 3/12 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
Tue 3/14 Aspen, CO Belly Up
Wed 3/15 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
Thu 3/16 Salina, KS Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts
Sat 3/18 Lake Charles, LA Golden Nugget
Sun 3/19 New Orleans, LA House of Blues 
Tue 3/21 Wilmington, NC Cape Fear Community College Theatre
Wed 3/22 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
Thu 3/23 Greenville, SC Peace Center for the Creative Arts
Sat 3/25 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Sun 3/26 Annapolis, MD Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 
Wed 3/29 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Thu 3/30 Westbury, NY The Westbury Theater
Sat 4/1 Peekskill, NY Paramount Hudson Valley
Sun 4/2 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Tue 4/4 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Thu 4/6 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre
Fri 4/7 Providence, RI Park Theatre PAC
 
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Tue
15
Sep

ANN WILSON New EP Will Be Released Digitally September 18

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“THE ANN WILSON THING” ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ann Wilson is set to release her first solo EP, The Ann Wilson Thing, on Rounder Records. Featured tracks on the EP include “Fool No More,” which was written by Wilson and described by her as “a heavy blues song about bad love and the fleeting of time” and “For What It’s Worth,” described by Wilson as “a melding of some timeless lyrics with meat, hair and teeth.” The Ann Wilson Thing will be released digitally on September 18 and in stores October 9.
Wilson previously announced her first solo mini tour kicking off September 21 in Solana Beach, CA. Additional dates include The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on October 6 and a second show at City Winery in New York on October 7. Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris with be sitting in with Wilson at her Nashville City Winery date on October 15 and Jon Batiste, the band leader of the Colbert show, will join Ann for a song at the New York City Winery show.
In addition, Wilson’s Hartford, CT show at the Kate Hepburn Theater will be filmed by Connecticut PBS as part of their new “Kate Hepburn Series” and will air on PBS in February.
As a songwriter and lyricist, Ann Wilson has created a truly impressive body of work (“Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Straight On”, “Even it Up,” “Mistral Wind,” and many, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing and with this intimate tour, she prepares to blow away her fans with up, close and personal, raw performances of blues and rock songs. The Ann Wilson Thing won’t replace Heart but it will be a new experience for existing Heart fans, as well as for new fans who will love these songs.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
 
 
 
Oct. 6
The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Hartford, CT
Oct. 7
City Winery (two shows)
New York, NY
Oct. 9
Rams Head on Stage
Annapolis, MD
Oct. 10
Rams Head on Stage
Annapolis, MD
Oct. 12
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
Oct. 13
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
Oct. 15
City Winery
Nashville, TN
Nov. 23
Yoshi’s
Oakland, CA
Nov. 24
Yoshi’s
Oakland, CA (two shows)
 
 
 
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Fool No More
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Mon
13
Jul

Ann & Nancy Wilson Perform HEART Exam On 1985 Multi-Million Seller

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Dallas, TX - July 12, 2013.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands  speak to Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Ann and Nancy Wilson about their five million plus seller 1985 Heart album on its thirtieth anniversary.

Heart's enduring career has no doubt been because of the resilient musical leadership of both singer/ songwriter Ann and guitarist/ singer Nancy Wilson, although it did not always appear that way.  The 'blood is thicker than water' cliche had proven to be true several times throughout their career, but perhaps never more than during the early 1980s. Ann and Nancy share with InTheStudio host Redbeard what led them to take the reins and ultimately to reinvent Heart.

'By 1981 we were already leading the band. We just came out and did it... The band was in a lot of turmoil, and we were the only ones who could be unified enough to lead the band.'  - Ann Wilson

'Right before the self-titled Heart album, we were without a record company and we were changing management... In the MTV era that we were in then, we put on the costumes and it was fun! Got out the flashpots, got the record company, got the budget, got the videos going and made sort of like a comeback, at a time when Heart's career was really flagging... We really lucked into some great people who helped us reinvent.'  - Nancy Wilson

That reinvention yielded hit after hit including 'What About Love?', 'Never', 'Nothing at All', 'If Looks Could Kill' and Heart's first # 1 single 'These Dreams'.

HEART '1985'/InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/heart-heart-1985-nancy-wilson-ann-wilson/

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