Many thanks to Just For Kicks Music and everyone who’s bought the CD so far. Together we put Albany Creek “on the map”!
Recently I was interviewed by Robert Steven Silverstein about Great & Terrible Potions, guitars, music practice, studio engineering, Roger Dean and Brian Wilson.
Plus he managed to extract some never-before-revealed great and terrible secrets about the making of the album.
Check out the full interview!
Some more reviews of Great & Terrible Potions have popped up over the last few weeks. They’re all a good read!
Cosmos Music (France)
Classic Rock Society (UK)
Classic Rock Presents Prog (UK)
Progressive Area (France)
Leicester Bangs (UK)
Get Ready To ROCK! (UK)
Dutch Progressive Rock Page (Holland)
And if you can, keep an eye out for the review in the new issue of Dutch print magazine iO Pages (#104). The one with Pink Floyd on the cover!
Ordinarily I go for Strats with maple necks.
While I was visiting Vegas recently, I stopped in at a “Center” that sells “Guitars”. I was on the lookout for something a bit different, perhaps a US-made Les Paul.
Imagine my surprise when instead I had an unexpected affair with a sonic blue blacktop Strat sporting a rosewood neck. From south of the border! I don’t know how it happened. It just did. And I walked out with it.
Of course I’ll do my usual custom fiddling around with the hardware and electronics, but it really is a great-feeling neck and body combination. Unfortunately one or two of the harem will have to go to make way, but they knew the risks.
In the meantime, here’s some actual news.
– Keep your eyes out for the latest issue of Classic Rock Presents Prog (UK). Word on the street is there’s a positive review of Potions in it, but I’m yet to see it.
– I recently recorded an interview with Don Cassidy at Delicious Agony Progressive Rock Radio. To hear it, head over to the site and find the Interviews link on the left hand side. Then enjoy, in all its glory, my seldom-heard “6am Saturday” voice.
Until next time!
Nothing makes an Australian drawl stand out better than a refined American radio voice.
Listen, then, to this new 40-minute rambling conversation with Don Cassidy of Delicious Agony Progressive Rock Radio, which features my seldom-heard “6am Saturday” voice.
Head to deliciousagony.com and click on the Interviews link on the left hand side!
Thanks to everyone who has bought the CD. The response has genuinely surprised me. In fact the first production run has almost sold out, and I’ve had to kick off another one.
In the meantime, two new reviews of Great & Terrible Potions have surfaced:
Hi everyone. Just a few quick updates!
My new album, Great & Terrible Potions, will be released next Monday and will be available from this website. Some advance reviews have slipped out already, and I’m excited to say they read pretty well:
The album has also been featured on prog rock radio shows in the US:
In fact, if you’d like to hear a sneak preview of three tracks (Aquamarine, Diabolique and Nobody Dies Forever Part 1), you can even download the podcast from Epic Prog.
And finally, a reminder that the album launch is happening this Friday, that is if you’re in the Brisbane, Australia area..
Venue: Caxton Hotel, Cocktail Bar (upstairs)
Address: Caxton St, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
Time: From 7pm
Support act Luke Sorensen will be playing an acoustic set from 7:30pm, and I’ll be coming on at around 8:30pm. Plenty of time to catch up and have a drink beforehand and afterwards! And of course, CDs will be available on the night, for $20 each.
Hope to see you on Friday night!
ART MEETS MUSIC WITH BRISBANE/LONDON PROG-ROCK ALBUM LAUNCH
BRISBANE’S BEN CRAVEN COLLABORATES WITH ROGER DEAN OF “YES” AND “ASIA” FAME.
August 12 sees the official launch of a progressive rock collaboration between Brisbane’s Ben Craven and renowned UK artist Roger Dean.
Craven’s new album, entitled “Great & Terrible Potions” is a modern day progressive rock album that has been 5 years in the making, however enlisting the assistance of Roger Dean seemed a natural progression given the heavy influences of 70’s prog-rock bands within Craven’s music.
Roger Dean, who rose to fame in the 70’s and 80’s through his designs for prog-rock bands Yes, Uriah Heap and Asia is credited with transforming the status of album covers from mere packaging to works of art.
Just one month after unveiling new artwork for the band Yes, Dean provided the artwork for up and coming prog-rock artist Ben Craven.
Craven’s music has been gaining interest from all areas including Beach Boys/The Byrds collaborator, Van Dyke Parks.
Describing Craven’s work as “seriously well distilled and blended”, Van Dyke Parks has become a fan of Craven’s work, “I’m an admiring audient of what’s certainly going to progress from prog rockers to a large audience beyond”.
Craven’s album launches on 12 August at Caxton Street Hotel, Brisbane and the album will be launched in digital format on iTunes on 15 August. Physical CD copies featuring a fold out booklet with Dean’s artwork is also available on 15 August and is available through the website www.greatandterriblepotions.com.