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Schugar/Schenker

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Constructing New Hard Rock

Under Construction is the 2003 CD release/collaboration between Arizona guitarists Amy Schugar and Michael Schenker, and it features eight tracks in the rock and hard rock vein, with lyrics and vocal melodies by Schugar and music by Schenker. Tracks such as "Love & Danger" and "Surrender" are groove-driven and radio-ready, the latter featuring lead guitar by Schugar. Guitarist Fred Robinson contributes a lead guitar track to "All I Got", which also features a second solo by Schugar. You'll also hear many classic 'Schenkerisms' throughout the CD, kind of a cross between his work on "The Odd Trio" and some of the more recent MSG CDs. Schugar's vocals are a great fit for the material - dark-hued, emotionally charged and expressive. A compelling pairing that should yield some powerhouse results if allowed to develop even further.

alb For over 20 years, Amy Schugar has been developing her skills as a songwriter, arranger, singer and guitarist. Her talent is undeniable, and her energy, tenacity and never-give-up attitude have benefited many bands and collaborators in the past. She has a tremendous sense of melody and rhythm (she can hold her own on her '67 Slingerland drum kit!), and is a skilled keyboardist as well. While attending a concert of one of her favorite artists, Eric Johnson, she was noticed singing and playing guitar on the side of the stage by Michael Schenker of MSG, UFO and Scorpions fame. Michael was impressed with what he heard and saw, and Michael and Amy clicked immediately. They began their songwriting collaboration in early 2003.

Schugar is looking for label representation for her music and a place to play regularly in the Arizona area. Schugar and Rev Jones have been working on an album, reported to be heavier and more modern than the Schugar/Schenker CD.

Contact Information
Schugar/Schenker
P.O. Box 84424
Phoenix, AZ 85071-4424
United States

E-mail: Schugar/Schenker
Web site: www.amyschugar.com

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Musical Impressionism With Acoustic Guitar

New Jersey guitarist Richard Robinson's CD is an entirely acoustic (and primarily solo) effort entitled Watercolors. The CD is all instrumental and features steel string acoustic guitar compositions inspired by various bodies of water and created by incorporating elements of blues, jazz, R&B and flamenco styles to form a sort of musical impressionism. Interestingly, each piece on the CD was created onsite at the location indicated in the song title ("Lake Erie", "Charleston", "Beach Haven", and so on). Robinson's songs offer a smorgasbord of impressions, including mysterious ambience, reflective seascapes, and atmospherically charged ebbs and flows, and the soothing music contains both textured musings and shimmering flourishes. Additionally, Robinson composed all the songs on Watercolors.

pic Richard has played guitar on recordings and at music festivals in the United States and Europe with performance artists William Pope L and Lydia Grey, choreographer Karole Armitage, visual artist Mary Edna Fraser, composers Jeffrey Lohn and Thad Wheeler, and Atlantic Records recording artists Blue Magic, among others. While Richard primarily works in electric and digital mediums, Watercolors is an all-acoustic recording. He has studied guitar with Jeff Mironov and guitar and composition with William Walton. Richards lists his guitar influences as Steve Howe, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton and Larry Carlton.

Robinson has two CD projects in the works, one acoustic duo with Roy Goldberg of Stewkey's Nazz and a group project of R&B songs entitled "Rhythm & Buddha". He also co-wrote the theme for a show by Thad Wheeler entitled "Butterfly Dreams" that's currently being shopped to various Broadway producers.

Contact Information
Richard Robinson
212 Baldwin St.
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
United States

E-mail: Richard Robinson
Web site: www.rrguitar.com

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