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Dann Huff

Fri
30
Jun

DON BARNES - Ride The Storm (Showcase)

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to see that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ is out worldwide now.
 
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end. The second Disc and bonus tracks appear only on the CD version (not digital) of this release.
 
As there was no original artwork yet conceived for ‘Ride The Storm’, so regular MRR artist extraordinaire Nello Dell'Omo was commissioned to come up with something amazing. And that he has. In collaboration with Don, who drove the vision and MRR, the end result might just be one of his best album covers yet!
 
Two individual sets of remastering also serve the album well – it sounds as fresh, punchy and as amazing as it ever has. Thanks to JK Northrup (Rock Mix) and Brian Foraker (Alt. Mix) for their vital work.
 
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ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' Out NOW!
 
 
It’s time Don himself jumped in with the story behind this amazing solo album:
 
“Over two decades ago, with years of success as lead singer and guitarist with 38 Special, I was given an opportunity by A&M Records to create a side solo project as an artist.  A&M suggested putting several top-rated musicians in the studio with me and I would write and co-produce the project. I set about co-writing songs and was honored to have some of the industry’s top musicians join me in the recording.
 
All of these players were extraordinary talents in the music business; the great Jeff Porcaro along with his brother Mike, respectively the drummer and bassist from the band Toto - and the best 'bottom-end foundation’ for any session - came on board to help forge a great rock record.
 
We also had the masterful veteran drummer Denny Carmassi from the band Heart, noted session keyboardist and composer Alan Pasqua from the band Giant on keyboards...along with another music titan, virtuoso guitarist and now-producer Dann Huff, all of whom brought such excellence and talent to the sessions that I just can't find enough words of praise and appreciation for them.
 
Additionally, I was privileged to work and collaborate with two extremely talented producers - Martin Briley and Brian Foraker - both of whom brought a wealth of experience and cool vibe to our sessions. We had always felt that the combination of these powerhouse players together created a very special album, a unique ‘rock classic.' Many who have heard the album say that description still remains true today.
 
Unfortunately, unexpected situations arose in the record business at that time and corporate transitions got in the way of the release date. The album was finished, mixed, and ready to go, but what started out as a great rock record turned into a series of disappointing twists and turns.  Just as it was ready to be released, A&M Records was sold through a huge global acquisition and the company changed hands several times over the years. The new company and staff had their own difficulties getting accustomed to the transition and my project was put aside without a release date.  My solo album became one of those music stories of a great rock record that started in one direction but had corporate business dealings move it to some other outcome. 
 
I'm proud to finally present my solo album, complete with extras like the 3 additional recordings in demo form left off of the original group of songs, along with a second full CD of alternate mixes. 
 
We had a great time recording these big, explosive songs, all presented here with newly re-mastered technology.  You’ll hear the intensity and spirit of the songwriting, the excellence and power of talented players, and the absolute force we delivered on the recordings. 
 
This album and these songs made it through a rough storm and they rock stronger than ever today. Turn it up and enjoy a great ride.”
 
- Don Barnes, May 2017.
 
 
And who is responsible for the contents of this album alongside Don? Quite simply the best of the best.
 
Track List and Player Credit:
 
1. Ride The Storm
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar Solos - Dann Huff / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
2. Looking For You
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys and Additional Guitar - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Pocaro
 
3. I Fall Back
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
4. Don't Look Down
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Jesse Harms / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
5. Maybe You'll Believe Me Now
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
6. I'd Do It All Over Again
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Rhythm Guitar - Tim Pierce / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
9. After The Way
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
10. Johnny Ain't So Cool
Guitars - Don Barnes / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Keys and Guitar Solo - Martin Briley / Drums - Denny Carmassi

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Thu
29
Jun

A GIANT Gig For BRYAN COLE

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I'm absolutely thrilled for MRR's own BRYAN COLE as he heads for Nashville this weekend, to partake in the gig of a lifetime. Yes, Bryan is singing for a reunited GIANT! Featuring Dann Huff, David Huff and Mike Brignardello, plus keyboardist Tyson Leslie (Vixen) and Mark Oakley.
 
This is a benefit gig for Todd Austin, who lost everything in a recent fire. The Giant guys are old friend with Todd and agreed to pitch in by performing two songs among a night filled with music. 
Now, due to the nature of the event and the fact that Dann Huff hasn't sung in a number years, he felt that he wouldn't do justice to the songs and asked Mike Brignardello if he knew a vocalist. Well, having just played on Bryan Cole's debut album Sands Of Time, Mike immediately called Bryan, who needed no time at all to jump at the chance.
 
The event takes place this Saturday night in Nashville.
 
From Mike's FB page: "GIANT reunites for the First Time Ever July 1 @ Basement East for Thrilla for Toddzilla. The original line-up; Dann Huff, David Huff, Mike Brignardello and Mark Oakley, with Tyson Leslie on keys and Bryan Cole on vocals. Show starts at 8:00, be there early, we're playing two songs! Looking forward to seeing our friends and helping our pal Todd Austin. See you Saturday!
 
 
And from Bryan this afternoon: "

This Sat night will be a very special evening in Nashville, TN! You do not want to miss this!!! First of all, we're helping a brother musician who lost almost everything in a fire! I've always been absolutely amazing how strong the music community is here in Nashville!

Now for the BIG, GRAND, AWESOME AND GIANT NEWS I PROMISED...... I will take the stage with my musical hero's DANN HUFF, DAVID HUFF, Mike Brignardello, MARC OAKLEY AND Tyson P Leslie for a first ever GIANT REUNION!
Not only am a humbled and honored to have been asked to be a part of the event, but I'll be singing lead vocal for a band that has truly been a MAJOR inspiration! So don't miss this epic event! THIS SATURDAY JULY 1st at 8:00pm at the Basement East in Nashville, TN!
 
 
Stay tuned for pictures and video from the event and if you haven't yet checked out Bryan's album, do so here: http://melodicrock.com/articles/melodicrock-records/2016/11/25/bryan-col...
 
 
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Thu
25
May

Another DON BARNES Audio Preview - 'Ride The Storm

Artist: 
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Don Barnes, Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
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Wed
24
May

Another DON BARNES Audio Preview - 'Ride The Strom'

Artist: 
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Don Barnes, Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
 
Mon
22
May

DON BARNES Lost Solo Album 'Ride The Storm' Comes To MRR

Artist: 
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
As there was no original artwork yet conceived for ‘Ride The Storm’, so regular MRR artist extraordinaire Nello Dell'Omo was commissioned to come up with something amazing. And that he has. In collaboration with Don, who drove the vision and MRR, the end result might just be one of his best album covers yet!
 
Two individual sets of remastering also serve the album well – it sounds as fresh, punchy and as amazing as it ever has. Thanks to JK Northrup (Rock Mix) and Brian Foraker (Alt. Mix) for their vital work.
 
It’s time Don himself jumped in with the story behind this amazing solo album:
 
“Over two decades ago, with years of success as lead singer and guitarist with 38 Special, I was given an opportunity by A&M Records to create a side solo project as an artist.  A&M suggested putting several top-rated musicians in the studio with me and I would write and co-produce the project. I set about co-writing songs and was honored to have some of the industry’s top musicians join me in the recording.
 
All of these players were extraordinary talents in the music business; the great Jeff Porcaro along with his brother Mike, respectively the drummer and bassist from the band Toto - and the best 'bottom-end foundation’ for any session - came on board to help forge a great rock record.
 
We also had the masterful veteran drummer Denny Carmassi from the band Heart, noted session keyboardist and composer Alan Pasqua from the band Giant on keyboards...along with another music titan, virtuoso guitarist and now-producer Dann Huff, all of whom brought such excellence and talent to the sessions that I just can't find enough words of praise and appreciation for them.
 
Additionally, I was privileged to work and collaborate with two extremely talented producers - Martin Briley and Brian Foraker - both of whom brought a wealth of experience and cool vibe to our sessions. We had always felt that the combination of these powerhouse players together created a very special album, a unique ‘rock classic.' Many who have heard the album say that description still remains true today.
 
Unfortunately, unexpected situations arose in the record business at that time and corporate transitions got in the way of the release date. The album was finished, mixed, and ready to go, but what started out as a great rock record turned into a series of disappointing twists and turns.  Just as it was ready to be released, A&M Records was sold through a huge global acquisition and the company changed hands several times over the years. The new company and staff had their own difficulties getting accustomed to the transition and my project was put aside without a release date.  My solo album became one of those music stories of a great rock record that started in one direction but had corporate business dealings move it to some other outcome. 
 
I'm proud to finally present my solo album, complete with extras like the 3 additional recordings in demo form left off of the original group of songs, along with a second full CD of alternate mixes. 
 
We had a great time recording these big, explosive songs, all presented here with newly re-mastered technology.  You’ll hear the intensity and spirit of the songwriting, the excellence and power of talented players, and the absolute force we delivered on the recordings. 
 
This album and these songs made it through a rough storm and they rock stronger than ever today. Turn it up and enjoy a great ride.”
 
- Don Barnes, May 2017.
 
 
And who is responsible for the contents of this album alongside Don? Quite simply the best of the best.
 
Track List and Player Credit:
 
1. Ride The Storm
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar Solos - Dann Huff / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
2. Looking For You
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys and Additional Guitar - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Pocaro
 
3. I Fall Back
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
4. Don't Look Down
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Jesse Harms / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
5. Maybe You'll Believe Me Now
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
6. I'd Do It All Over Again
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Rhythm Guitar - Tim Pierce / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
9. After The Way
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
10. Johnny Ain't So Cool
Guitars - Don Barnes / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Keys and Guitar Solo - Martin Briley / Drums - Denny Carmassi

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Thu
12
Jun

ROLLING STONE: DANN HUFF - PRODUCER PROFILE

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Producer Profile: Dann Huff

From Rolling Stone Magazine Online

Former Giant lead singer plants his rock roots in country, resulting in some of the most beloved albums of the decade

June 11, 2014 11:01 AM ET
 
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With a resume that includes fronting a glam-metal band and playing guitar on Madonna's "Like a Prayer," Dann Huff insists no one is more surprised than he about his gargantuan wave of success in country music.

"It was all rock & roll," the renowned producer laughs of life before around age 29. "All I wanted to be was a session guitar player — that was my dream."

Beyond his wildest dreams, the Nashville-bred musician started booking sessions at just 16 years old, eventually moving to Los Angeles and strumming for superstars ranging from Madonna and Michael Jackson to Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand. A short-lived stint as the lead singer of Giant (one-hit-wonders with 1990's "I'll See You in My Dreams") taught Huff that his talents were a bit further behind the mic.

"Giant came and went quickly…. Pearl Jam came along, and that was it! We moved back to Nashville," Huff reflects to Rolling Stone Country. "I was a horrible frontman. I hadn't been born to be that. So I just jumped back into what I knew, which was playing sessions. In the changing face of country music, it was perfect."

Huff credits legendary producer James Stroud with hiring him to play guitar on "pretty much every record he did," including projects by Tim McGraw, Clay Walker and Tracy Lawrence, just to name a few. And it was Mutt Lange, producer for the likes of Def Leppard and Shania Twain, who encouraged him to try his hand behind the board.

"He's one of the greatest, living or dead, producers. He's my hero," Huff says of Lange. "He told me early on, 'You're a producer.' I took that as a compliment and said, 'Well, please call me for gigs!'"

Huff's first time at the helm of a country album was for a brother-sister duo called the Wiggins. But it was while he was producing a Megadeth record when his big springboard to country came calling: Faith Hill was looking for co-producers on what became one of her most successful — and polarizing — albums, 2002's Cry.

"Artistically, it was phenomenal. But she just got murdered for that record," Huff reflects of the criticism Hill faced for her melodic infusion of pop and R&B. The backlash from country purists continued to haunt him through projects with Lonestar, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and a laundry list of other big country names, but, ultimately, blurring the lines between country and pop is what has kept Huff one of the most in-demand producers to this day. Major country record labels have him on speed-dial, booking him for budding acts such as Hunter Hayes, the Band Perry and Cassadee Pope.

"Music evolves," Huff muses. "You tend to be most critical of what scares you. The debate about too much pop in country has been going on well before I [started producing]. We just took it to new levels."

One of Huff's longest working relationships has been with Urban, teaming with the Aussie superstar for his last six albums. He describes their pairing as yin-and-yang, with opposite musical visions that made for grueling recording sessions, but chart-topping music.

"It wouldn’t be unusual to sing a song, comp it and come back a week later and do it again — sometimes three, four, five times," he recalls of recording with Urban. "It wasn't that he couldn't sing it, it was that he was trying to live it. We'd spend days on just one vocal, looking for that moment where it feels like a known thing. Keith is very performance-driven, which makes him a great performer. I honor and respect that; I love going to shows after all these years. But that doesn’t affect me when I listen. It's not a moment, it's a clinical endeavor — trying to bring life out of something. We'll argue, and out of that comes a lot of great music."

In fact, when asked about the magic that is his producing method, Huff's answer has nothing to do with electric guitars, drum loops or anything that involves Pro Tools. Instead, it's all about the moment. To him, the definition of "producing" is helping a recording artist pour the kind of raw emotion into their songs that is evident to even the untrained ear.

"I like working with people who really make you feel as if you're living a lyric," he says, citing both Urban and Hill as two of the best vocalists when it comes to making deep connections through their deliveries. "It's not just poetry; it's not just music. The combination takes you to another place."

And that — all rock roots aside — is country music.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/producer-profile-dann-huff-20140611#ixzz34ObBaRTs
 

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