Monday, October 20, 2014

Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories Live 2014' to be released on DVD/CD/Digital on November 24, 2014

Breaking news everybody...

Coldplay have today announced the 24 November release of a new concert film and live albumGhost Stories Live 2014, on DVD/CD, and digital formats. The release is available to pre-order via Coldplay.com and iTunes now. An exclusive trailer can also be viewed at Coldplay.com. 

Filmed by Grammy-nominated director Paul Dugdale, the Ghost Stories Live 2014 film documents the band's unique performance of the Ghost Stories album to a small handful of fans in March 2014, two months prior to the album's release. Shot in a custom-built amphitheatre at Sony Studios, Los Angeles, the ground-breaking production sets the band's performance against stunning 360-degree and overhead imagery.

Said Chris Martin: "The Ghost Stories show at Sony Studios was a very special moment for our band. The magic theatre built by our incredible crew with the 360 screens was literally a dream come true. And it was the first time anyone outside of our studio had heard the new songs. This film is basically our original vision for the Ghost Stories album."

Parts of the performance were first broadcast in May 2014 as a Coldplay TV Special by major broadcasters around the world, including NBC in the US and Sky Arts in the UK (where the film has already been nominated for Best Live Coverage at this year's UK Music Video Awards). But Ghost Stories Live 2014 is the first time that the performance has been sequenced as originally conceived: a visual representation of the Ghost Stories album.

The release also contains an exclusive Ghost Stories live album, with audio recorded at the band's rapturously-received shows in LondonSydneyParisCologneNew York andLos Angeles between April and July 2014.  

The package is completed by eight music videos from the Ghost Stories era, including two never-before-seen films for B-sides All Your Friends and Ghost Story plus the exclusiveExtended Director's Cut of the Magic video (with a brand new cameo from Peter Fonda).

Ghost Stories Live 2014 is Coldplay's first DVD release since the Grammy-nominatedLive 2012 concert film.

DVD
Ghost Stories Live 2014
1. Always In My Head
2. Magic
3. Ink
4. True Love
5. Midnight
6. Another's Arms
7. Oceans
8. A Sky Full Of Stars
9. O

Music videos:
1. Midnight
2. Magic (Extended Director's Cut)
3. A Sky Full Of Stars
4. True Love
5. Ink (Live at the Royal Albert Hall)
6. All Your Friends
7. Ghost Story
8. Always In My Head (Artwork Animation)

Alternate Live Takes:
1. Always In My Head
2. Oceans

CD:
1. Always In My Head (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London)                                                   
2. Magic (Live at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney)                                                                                             
3. Ink (Live at Le Casino de Paris, Paris)                                                                                         
4. True Love (Live at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney)                                        
5. Midnight (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London)                                         
6. Another's Arms (Live at the Beacon Theatre, New York)                                                                                                                              
7. Oceans (Live at E-Werk, Cologne)
8. A Sky Full Of Stars (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London)
9. O (Live at Royce Hall, Los Angeles)

Audio Fidelity to release Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 'The Christmas Attic' on 2-LP set

It's never too early to get into the holiday spirit...

Audio Fidelity To Release Trans-Siberian Orchestra's “The Christmas Attic” on 2-LP Set!

“THE HOLIDAY TRADITION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

Camarillo, CA – Christmas arrives early this year with the release of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's  rock opera “The Christmas Attic” on 2-LP Set by Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity. Originally released in 1998, “The Christmas Attic” is the second installment of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Trilogy. The story begins On Christmas Eve,  when a young girl's curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic when she decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents' home while she should be asleep.  This album contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs. The track “Christmas Canon,” one of the TSO's most well-known songs, is a variation of Pachelbel's famous Canon in D Major, with lyrics and new music added as well as Boughs of Holly and a soulful rendition of Music Box Blues.

“The Christmas Attic” is being made available on vinyl for the first time in a 2-LP set. The brilliantly remastered records are packaged in a seasonal gatefold jacket that includes a colorful 12-page booklet filled with the tale of The Christmas Attic as well as the lyrics to all the songs. 

When founder and producer Paul O'Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was ambitious: “...create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Who...but take it way, way further.”

With more than 9 million albums sold TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. They've become one of the world's top acts and listed in Billboard magazine as one of the top touring artists of the past decade. Their $20 million-plus stage production has played to over 11 million people in 80+ cities across the globe. TSO will once again be touring during the 2014 and 2015 holiday season with “The Christmas Attic” show. Last year they welcomed-in the New Year in front of over one million German fans in a nationally televised show live from the Brandenberg Gate.

“... a little Pachelbel, a little Bach, and some rock and blues”

Disc One
SIDE ONE
1 The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
2 Boughs Of Holly
3 The World That She Sees
4 The World That He Sees
5 Midnight Christmas Eve

SIDE TWO
1 The March Of The Kings/Hark The Herald Angel
2 The Three Kings And I (What Really Happened)
3 Christmas Canon
4 Joy/Angels We Have Heard On High

Disc Two
SIDE ONE
1 Find Our Way Home
2 Appalachian Snowfall
3 The Music Box
4 The Snow Came Down

SIDE TWO
1 Christmas In The Air
2 Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)
3 An Angel's Share
4 Music Box Blues

Produced by Paul O'Neil
Co-Produced by Robert Kinkel
Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ASIA to headline at The Coach House tonight

ASIA, from left, includes drummer Carl Palmer, singer-bassist John Wetton, keyboardist Geoff Downes and guitarist Sam Coulson.
Just a last minute reminder that legendary rockers ASIA headline at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano tonight, Oct. 16, 2014.

The band is touring in support of their most recent album, the excellent Gravitas, which was released in March 2014. Singer John Wetton has truly never sounded better, and the group's artful and accessible songs continue to probe real life with emotional heft.

Opening will be Orange County's own Union of Saints.

The venue is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 

Admission is $49.

For more information, call (949) 496-8930 or visit the official Coach House Web site here.

Sights and Sounds: Supertramp, District 97, Keb' Mo'

Several forthcoming releases have just been announced and will definitely be of interest to fans...

Supertramp's 'Crime of the Century' set to land as a deluxe reissue on December 9, 2014

2-CD DELUXE EDITION / 3-LP 180 gm BOX SET / DIGITAL EQUIVALENTS
 
Featuring the cream of Rick Davies’ and Roger Hodgson’s songwriting, Crime Of The Century was the first of the many peaks in Supertramp’s illustrious career; an album that had everything to prove, full of tunes that effortlessly straddled the world of pure pop and progressive rock. The LP eventually peaked at Number 4 on the UK charts and saw the band for the first time on the US Top 40. It was the music and the album’s cinematic sonic qualities that accounted for its impact.
 
Crime Of The Century is not only one of Supertramp’s greatest works, but one of the most highly regarded recordings of 70s rock music. Released in 1974, it put the band on the map after three years of struggle. With the unmistakable blend of the two songwriters – Davies and Hodgson’s – work, it married the sweetness of Hodgson’s ‘Dreamer’ – the band's first big hit single – with the grit of Davies’ similarly beloved ‘Bloody Well Right.’ In ‘School,’ ‘Rudy’ and the title track, the band – Davies, Hodgson, John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg, and Dougie Thomson – helped define what would soon be known as ‘Adult Oriented Rock.’ This was – and is – not just an album that showed Supertramp's increased maturity, but a timeless gem, crammed with incredible melodies and thoughtful lyrics.
 
This 40th Anniversary edition contains the classic original album, remastered by Ray Staff at Air Studios, and a second disc features their 1975 Hammersmith Odeon concert, mixed from the original tapes by original on-the-night engineer Ken Scott, capturing the band on the verge of stardom, showcasing all of Crime, and also previewing tracks from the then-as-yet-unreleased follow-up, Crisis? What Crisis?
 
The 2-CD package comes with a 24-page booklet of photographs, and a new essay written by Phil Alexander, Editor-in-Chief of Mojo Magazine, containing new interviews with Dougie Thomson, John Helliwell, Ken Scott, Bob Siebenberg, Roger Hodgson, and 1973-1983 Supertramp manager Dave Margereson. Crime Of The Century is also available in 3LP and digital formats.
 
The heavyweight vinyl set in a beautiful box set, cut by Ray Staff at Air Studios, featuring all the material of the two CDs across three 180gm LPs, with an eight-page album-sized booklet with a longer version of Alexander’s essay, and two 10x8 prints.
 
Crime Of The Century was produced by Ken Scott (The Beatles’ ‘White Album’, David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars). His engineering prowess merited a Grammy nomination and became one of the ‘go to’ albums for Hi-Fi demonstrations alongside Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.
 
Enjoy again the sonic excellence and musical and lyrical sophistication of this well-loved band on this timely celebration of one of Crime Of The Century, one of their landmark recordings.
 
ORIGINAL ALBUM: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell/ Asylum / Dreamer/Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century
 
LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH 75: School / Bloody Well Right / Hide In Your Shell / Asylum / Sister Moonshine / Just A Normal Day / Another Man’s Woman / Lady / A – You’re Adorable / Dreamer / Rudy / If Everyone Was Listening / Crime Of The Century


District 97 Featuring Legendary King Crimson/Asia Vocalist John Wetton Release One More Red Night: Live In Chicago CD – OUT NOW!

London, UK – Prog fans rejoice! A new live CD capturing a set of King Crimson songs performed by District 97 and former King Crimson lead singer John Wetton has been released on Primary Purpose via Cherry Red Records. 

'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago' includes three songs from the iconic landmark album 'Red’; which inspired many musicians including Kurt Cobain. This CD also captures several other well-known songs from the three King Crimson studio albums John Wetton played and sang on, plus their earlier hit “21st Century Schizoid Man”. This is the first release of this recording and features many tracks which are now rarely heard live.

“I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt. Their shows are an exciting pleasure to attend, and I am proud to work, and be associated with them.” - John Wetton, Annapolis, October 1,2014.

District 97's drummer and 'One More Red Night' producer, Jonathan Schang, says “The first Crimson song I ever played live with John was 'Lament'. To hear 'that voice' coming from right in front of me, seemingly made only stronger by the passage of time, was an experience I shall never forget. Getting to know John more closely, both as a musician and a human being, is an honor and a privilege. I'm thrilled that our joint interpretations of his iconic work with King Crimson are now available for all to enjoy.

TRACK LIST:

1. ONE MORE RED NIGHTMARE 
2. THE GREAT DECEIVER 
3. LAMENT 
4. THE NIGHT WATCH 
5. FALLEN ANGEL 
6. BOOK OF SATURDAY 
7. 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN 
8. STARLESS 
9. EASY MONEY

To purchase District 97 & John Wetton 'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago': 
 
District 97’s last album was Trouble with Machines, features a guest appearance by John Wetton on the mini-rock opera, "The Perfect Young Man":

John Wetton’s last solo project was a 2 CD re-issue of Monkey Business and Jack-knife, the former of which includes many of his early 1970s versions of tracks that went on to become some of King Crimson’s most iconic songs: 


Official Web sites: www.district97.net & www.johnwetton.com

Keb' Mo' To Release BLUESAmericana On Vinyl Nov. 11
Pre-order Now Only Through www.KebMo.com
Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and contemporary blues artist, Keb’ Mo’ will release his 12th studio album, BLUESAmericana, on vinyl Nov. 11, 2014The vinyl package will be available through www.KebMo.comAmazon, select retail and independent record stores, and will include a poster and an album download card with an exclusive instrumental bonus track that was not included on the CD.
Fans can pre-order BLUESAmericana vinyl special packages now exclusively through Keb’ Mo’s official website, www.KebMo.com.  TheBLUESAmericana bundles are offered in three options, including a very limited amount of autographed and numbered LP’s.  All bundles include a complimentary Keb’ Mo’ Spirit of the Holidays EP.  The pre-order packages range from $20-$35.
Since it’s initial release through Kind of Blue Music on April 22, theBLUESAmericana album has remained in the Top 5 on the Soundscan Blues Album chart for 5 months, with 6 weeks in the #1 position. It will be one of the top-selling blues albums of 2014.
Recorded in Nashville, and produced by Keb’ Mo’ and Casey Wasner, the album features ten tracks, nine of which were co-written by Keb’, and has been described as having a mix of personal, raw honesty blended with folksy, upbeat roots rock-type material that is distinctly Keb’ Mo’. "I only make albums when I'm inspired to, and these 10 songs come from a very honest place," says Keb'. 
Earlier this year, Rolling Stone reviewed the album and called it, “Tasteful, well-played and sung, and conspicuously respectful of tradition—mostly blues tradition—this new release from the former Kevin Moore is his 12th since abbreviating his name to Keb’ Mo’ 20 years ago and it, like the man himself, is sturdy and reliable. The instrumentation is precise, well arranged and deliberately subtle, and many of the songs echo a description he himself gives one song: ’where the blues meets the church.’ Inevitably this will turn up in this year’s Grammy nominations—Keb’ Mo’ generally does—and that will not be a bad thing. While he has made a living being all over the place—singing, acting, writing, playing—his music has never lost its core, authentic focus. Which is why ‘more of the same’ isn’t always a bad thing.“
BLUESAmericana Vinyl Tracklist:
  1. The Worst Is Yet To Come (Kevin Moore, Pete Sallis, Heather Donavon)
  2. Somebody Hurt You (Kevin Moore, John Lewis Parker)
  3. Do It Right (Kevin Moore, Jim Weatherly)
  4. I’m Gonna Be Your Man (Kevin Moore, John Lewis Parker)
  5. For Better Or Worse (Kevin Moore, Victoria Shaw, Heather Donavon)
  6. Move (Kevin Moore, Tom Hambridge)
  7. That's Alright (Jimmy Rogers)
  8. The Old Me Better (Kevin Moore, John Lewis Parker)
  9. More For Your Money (Kevin Moore, Gary Nicholson)
  10.  So Long Goodbye (Kevin Moore, Rebecca Corriera)
Over the past two decades, Keb’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer and Tom Jones have all recorded his songs. His guitar playing has inspired leading instrument makers Gibson Brands to issue the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Bluesmaster acoustic guitar and Martin Guitars to issue the HD-28KM Keb’ Mo’ Limited Edition Signature model. He’s collaborated with a host of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Cassandra Wilson, Buddy Guy, Amy Grant, Solomon Burke, Little Milton and many others. Keb’ also wrote and performs the theme song for the smash sit-com, Mike & Mollyand was music composer for TV’s Memphis Beat.  
He has also been featured in TV and film, playing Robert Johnson in the 1998 documentary “Can’t You Hear The Wind Howl,” appeared three times on the television series, “Touched By an Angel,” and was the ghostly bluesman Possum in John Sayles’ 2007 movie, “Honeydripper.” Most recently, Keb joined the Playing For Change movement, which was created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Keb’ is featured on thePlaying For Change album: Playing for Change 3: Songs Around the World, which was released June 17, and features over 180 musicians from 31 countries, including Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Taj Mahal and many others. For more information on Keb’ Mo’ or to view a list of upcoming tour dates, please visit http://www.kebmo.com/ and follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bob Marley's 'Uprising Live!' to be released on DVD, DVD+CD and digital video on November 24

Fans of the late great groundbreaking Bob Marley have to be thrilled with this just-announced press release!


On November 24, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Uprising Live! by Bob Marley on DVD, DVD + CD set, and Digital Video [Pre-book Order Date October 31, MSRP $14.98 DVD, TBA DVD+2CD]. This is the first ever DVD release of this classic concert, which originally aired on the famed German television series Rockpalast, from Bob Marley’s final tour.
 
The Uprising Tour ran in Europe from May 30th to July 13th 1980 with five further dates in the USA in September. It was Bob Marley’s last tour before his tragically early death in May 1981 at the age of just 36. The tour was in support of the Uprising album, (released June 10th 1980) and just a few days later, this show would be filmed from Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle. Now, Rockpalast is presented here on DVD for the first time, with footage fully restored under supervision of Cedella Marley and Ziggy Marley.
 
On Uprising Live!Bob Marley is in superb form and delivers a set full of energy and charisma, including the icon songs “No Woman, No Cry,” “Exodus,” “I Shot The Sheriff,” “Redemption Song,” “Is This Love,” “Jamming,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Could You Be Loved” and many more. The show opens with a short set by the I Threes –Marley’s backing vocalists – who traditionally would perform a few songs before Marley took the stage.
 
February 6th 2015 will be, what would have been, Bob Marley’s 70th birthday and, with very few Bob Marley live concerts available on DVD, Uprising Live! will be a welcome addition for any fan.
 
Click here to view a video of "Could You Be Loved": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64tZdPWi82k
 
 
 
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Bob Marley is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century. In the digital era, Marley has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page now surpassing 69 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. His music catalog has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide since 1992 and his accolades continue, including an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001). Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to gain worldwide fame. A musical, political and even spiritual icon, a figure of almost mystical proportions, no artist has so dominated his genre in the history of modern music as Marley has reggae. For more information on Bob Marley, visit: www.bobmarley.com.
 
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:
 

TRACK LISTING
I Threes Set:
1) Precious World  
2) Slave Queen  
3) Steppin' Out Of Babylon  
4) That's The Way Jah Planned It
 
Bob Marley Main Show:
5) Marley Chant  
6) Natural Mystic  
7) Positive Vibration   
8) Revolution   
9) I Shot The Sheriff  
10) War / No More Trouble  
11) Zimbabwe     
12) Jamming  
13) No Woman, No Cry  
14) Zion Train  
15) Exodus  
16) Redemption Song  
17) Could You Be Loved  
18) We Can Make It Work  
19) Natty Dread  
20) Is This Love  
21) Get Up, Stand Up  
22) Coming In From The Cold  
23) Lively Up Yourself

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Bangles to be Honored at the 2015 She Rocks Awards

It's never too early to start thinking about the winter NAMM show, right? And recognition for The Bangles is always worthy news to share...

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first major label release, The Bangles will be honored at the 2015 She Rocks Awards™

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that it will honor platinum-selling pop band the Bangles as part of the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live awards event takes place on January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show.

Formed over 30 years ago by guitarists Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson in a Brentwood, California garage, the Bangles were the first all-female band to chart at Billboard's #1 for four weeks in a row. The band has been synonymous with hits like “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “Manic Monday,” “Hazy Shade of Winter,” “Eternal Flame,” and many more.

Reunited in 1999, the Bangles will be featured in a special tribute during the event as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first major label release, All Over the Place. “The She Rocks Awards shines a light on unique women working in every facet of the music industry,” commented guitarist Vicki Peterson. “We’re really honored to be a part of this year’s event.”

The 2015 She Rocks Awards will be co-hosted by platinum-aselling guitarist and solo artist Orianthi and the Women’s International Music Network founder and writer/editor Laura B. Whitmore. Now in its third year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. 

Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Orianthi, Sheila E, Gaby Moreno, Malina Moye, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey, Tish Ciravolo and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, educators, fans and media to celebrate women in music. 

The WiMN also recently announced it will honor saxophonist, singer and songwriter Mindi Abair as a 2015 She Rocks Award winner. One of the most dynamic and accomplished performers in music today, her latest album Wild Heartdebuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz chart. Abair was a featured saxophonist on the Late Show with David Letterman and American Idol, and has toured with rock legends Aerosmith. Additional award honorees will be announced soon.

The She Rocks Awards will take place on January 23, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 15. A NAMM badge is not required to attend the She Rocks Awards. 

The She Rocks Awards would like to recognize media sponsors NewBay Media, and their publications Guitar World, Guitar Player, Acoustic Nation, Bass Player, Electronic Musician and Keyboard Magazine.

For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@thewimn.com

Find out more at www.sherocksawards.com.

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About The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) 
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network has authored over 100 interviews with women in the industry and posts a new one every week. The organization produces events such as the annual Women's Music Summit, the WiMN She Rocks Showcases, and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.TheWiMN.com.

All-star guitarists pay homage to Jimi Hendrix

My review was originally published in the Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 print edition of The Orange County Register.

From left, guitarist Buddy Guy, bassist Billy Cox, drummer Chris Layton and singer-guitarist Mato Nanji during a performance of "Hey Joe" at the Experience Hendrix Tour. Photo: Robert Kinsler
All-star guitarists pay homage to Jimi Hendrix

Players such as Buddy Guy, Zack Wylde and Jonny Lang make the Experience Hendrix tribute a satisfying evening.

BY ROBERT KINSLER / CONTRIBUTING WRITER