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Dean Hall

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Blues Rocker Races Towards Slide Guitar Fame

The last place you might expect to find blues guitar talent would be around the infield at NASCAR race. But guitarist/singer Dean Hall (he's worked as a jackman on a Winston Cup team) pours out carloads of muscular blues on his submitted four song CD-R. He has an impressive pedigree too; his father is country music singer Tom T. Hall. Dean, for his part, favors jarring, hell raising riffage and songs with titles such as "My Baby's A Pig (But I Love Her Just The Same)". He does like writing, as did Tom T., in a storytelling style, injecting humor and irony into his compositions. Guitar fans who like aggressive, guitar-oriented blues will no doubt clamor for Hall's upcoming, full-length CD release, to be delivered from his imposing 220 pound athlete's frame with a deep, burnished tone, spirited slide savvy, and distinctive vocals.

alb A former University Of Kentucky linebacker, Dean played guitar through grade school and high school, always playing blues-rock in some band or another. His mother, Hootie McKinney (a drummer) bought him a drum kit when he was only 4, and he got his first guitar at age 6. Dean initially worked for his dad as a roadie, but finally got to open a show, playing some Waylon Jennings tunes. He later became a member of both Bobby Bare's and Marie Osmond's road bands. Dean's debut CD in 1994 was entitled "If You Play Another Country Song (I'm Gonna Have To Kick Your A..)". His second CD was entitled "The Ghost Of James Bell" and received a nomination as Best Blues Album at the Nashville Music Awards ceremony. Dean recently placed a song ("Chiseled In Stone") and landed a role in the DreamWorks film "The Last Castle", starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini.

Hall is currently writing songs for his upcoming CD and working on his career as an actor and musician.

Contact Information
Doug Deutsch Publicity Services
1443 Seward St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
United States

E-mail: Dean Hall
Web site: www.deanhall.com

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Divided Sky

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Absorb This Divergent Heavy Progressive Rock

Divided Sky is a Philadelphia based group playing divergent heavy progressive rock that blends jazz, classical, heavy rock and contemporary elements into their music. They submitted an advance CD-R copy of their full-length album Spectral. Led by guitarist/vocalist Sean V. Crisden, the twelve tracks are richly progressive, at times, cinematic, and permeated by Crisden's strength and fervor. Make no mistake, this is not guitar-hero prog (ala Dream Theater or Symphony X); instead of extended solos, the group, bolstered by second guitarist Rich Banister, uses textural playing, unfaltering rhythmic drive and sharp dynamics to create mood and interest. Their ten-minute opus "Images" has a number of varied and expressive guitar passages, running an entire gamut of sound and fury. Divided Sky's rhythm section features drummer Scott Radway and bassist Franco Fiorini, both of whom figure prominently in the mix. Progressive junkies need to check out this band when their CD is finally released for an intriguing aural experience.

pic Sean's musical career was spawned from years of training through classical violin and culminated in the presence of incendiary, ever-evolving guitar work. He has done time as a studio musician and has charismatically contributed to genres from punk to rap to everything in between. Rich is defined by precision and effortless playing, leaving few questions as to his ability to evoke worlds with his guitar. Scott is a classically trained percussionist and composer currently attending Temple University for composition and has honed his drumming chops in many on-going projects running the gamut from jazz to heavy rock. Jeff is a seminal bass player who is equally at home rocking out on electric bass or walking along on an acoustic upright.

Divided Sky is currently giving away free CD samplers of their music as well as playing live whenever possible in order to promote their brand of sonic pleasure. The full length CD Spectral will be released in the first week of October and will be available at the Divided Sky website.

Contact Information
Divided Sky
C/O Sean V. Crisden
P.O. Box 44158
Philadelphia, PA 19144
United States

E-mail: Divided Sky
Web site: www.dividedskymusic.com

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