Blues Guitarist Eli Cook To Release New CD

Blues Guitarist Eli Cook To Release New CD Featuring Guest Appearances by Leslie West, Pat Travers, Harvey Mandel, Artimus Pyle, Vinny Appice, Tinsley Ellis, Rod Piazza, Eric Gales and members of Gov’t Mule & Double Trouble
Eli is on his way!” - Leslie West
Los Angeles, CA – Much to the anticipation of blues music aficionados worldwide, acclaimed blues guitarist Eli Cook will be releasing his new CD titled ‘Primitive Son’ on April 29, 2014 on Cleopatra Records. Making this eagerly awaited release even more exciting is the inclusion of legendary guest artists such as Leslie West of Mountain, Pat Travers, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Harvey Mandel, Eric Gales, Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio), Tinsley Ellis, Rod Piazza and Jorgon Carlson of Gov’t Mule!The legendary Son House (1902-1988) was known to say “Blues is a feelin’”. Eli Cook’s music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the fore-front of modern Blues and Rock.
Says Eli, “ ‘Primitive Son’ is a mix of modern and old-school blues with contemporary topics and an emphasis on lyricism and arrangement in an epic bar-rock format. With production and vibe, much of the material was constructed be a kind of ‘Exile on Main St’ with modern recording and songs, type-of-thing. There are a few more slick production pieces that we pushed in an almost cinematic direction for dramatic effect, and that comes from me being a film score nut. I like creating dynamic arrangements with limited instrumentation.”
I have heard quite a few guitar players that are young and just starting out. When I was asked to play a track with Eli Cook I wanted to see if there was something there. Believe me when I tell you THERE IS SOMETHING THERE! I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did playing on it. Eli is on his way!” - Leslie West

Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio. Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition. 

Eli recorded and released his first two albums between 2004 and 2007: the all-acoustic, original-roots album ‘Miss Blues’ Child’ on the Sledgehammer Blues label, and a heavy blues-rock release ‘ElectricHolyFireWater’. During this time he was invited to open for B.B. King on King’s east coast tour. Since then, Eli has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Parliament-Funkadellic, Gary Clark JR, Roomful of Blues and many others. In 2008, Eli released his third self-produced album, ‘Static in the Blood’, a modern R&B/Rock crossover project featuring ornate experimental studio production. The follow up album, ‘Ace Jack & King’, a return to roots-blues and heavy guitars, received critical acclaim. The All Music Guide proclaimed that Eli could be “the best blues singer of his generation.” 

In 2013, Eli signed with LA-based label Cleopatra Records to begin work on his 5th studio album, ‘Primitive Son’, featuring guest appearances by rock and blues legends! Now, much to the excitement of Eli’s fans worldwide, the wait is over!
Eli has been earning rave reviews from both critics and fellow blues musicians alike - Tinsley Ellis called him a “triple threat, obviously a great guitarist but also an emotive singer and an innovative songwriter. He’s in the vanguard of young, 21st century blues rockers!”
I was honored to record for Eli’s new cd. The track is destined for stardom, as is Eli!” - Rod Piazza
Says Eli, “The label was instrumental in getting the guest stars on board, though they did have to approve of the material before agreeing to collaborate. It’s nice when people like Leslie West, Eric Gales and Tinsley Ellis dig your songs and get inspired to rock out on them!”
Watch Eli Cook’s promotional video:
Check out Eli’s upcoming shows:
May 9 Concerts on the Docks, Huntsville, Al
May 10 Slick Willy’s South, Belton, MO
May 11 Nathan P Murphy’s Blues Club, Springfield, MO
May 13 Greens & Blues, Boulder, CO
May 15 Silver Lake Lounge, Los Angeles, CA
May 16 Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
May 17 Duel Brewing, Santa Fe, NM
May 18 BB’s Jazz, Blues, & Soups, St. Louis, MO
For more information:
Eli Cook’s ‘Primitive Son’ iTunes pre-order link: – featuring the song “Revelator” available as an “instant gratification” track (meaning that it can be immediately downloaded by anyone who pre-orders the whole album).
Amazon pre-order for CD:

BEYOND THE SHORE wrap up two months of tour dates; launch “tour stories” video on youtube! BEYOND THE SHORE wrap up two months of tour dates; launch “tour stories” video on youtube!

Lexington, KY’s Beyond the Shore have completed an extended tour that began in February. The band has spent the last two months driving across the US twice for over 60 total shows. While on tour, the band tends to find themselves in interesting situation, which at any given time may be fueled by boredom, booze, or simply the randomness inherent in finding oneself in a new town nearly every day! At the beginning of this tour, Beyond the Shore visited the Metal Blade offices, where they reminisced about some of their most entertaining experiences while on tour. The video is on youtube now at, and includes stories about some cool Missouri cops, irritable bowel syndrome, and hotel room pornos.

Beyond the Shore guitarist Zach Hunter adds: "We’ve just wrapped up the longest stretch of dates that we’ve done as a band to date. It’s been a wild and crazy ride, but the experiences that you take away are priceless. From glaciers to deserts, we’ve seen it all in a little over two months. Being away from friends and family is a struggle all touring bands face, but the people you meet and memories you take home with you make every second worth it…keep your eyes peeled for more dates this summer!"

Since the April 2013 release of the Ghostwatcher, Beyond the Shore have been keeping themselves busy touring including dates with Nonpoint, My Ticket Home, Veil of Maya, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud, Thy Will Be Done, Altars, Digital Collapse, Bermuda, Barrier, Fit For An Autopsy, Legion, and label-mates Shai Hulud, as well as playing the main stage at 2013’s New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Massachusetts.

Beyond the Shore has received praise from press and fans alike with magazine heavyweights Alternative Press including the band in their AP Recommends feature and premiering the band’s production video for the track 'Homewrecker', which was met with such an overwhelming response that it was pushed to be the most shared and viewed video on the site during the week of the premiere. Outburn Magazine (US) stated that "far and away their greatest asset lies in the gorgeous fluid and emotive leads…conjuring plaintive tones that are steeped in melancholy over the top of the hammering attack, and in doing so imbuing them with greater emotional impact." Praises from press didn’t stop in the US for the Lexington, KY band though, with major publications like Power Play Magazine (UK) calling the band "a talented bunch of canonical misfits procuring a positive message…Beyond the Shore have been constructed to impress" and Sunday Sport (UK) claiming that "Ghostwatcher may be the best thing to come out of Kentucky since fried chicken…This is metalcore at its absolute best."

Beyond the Shore is:
Andrew Loucks - Vocals
Zach Hunter - Guitar
Jared Loucks - Guitar
Eli Masharbash - Bass
Jonathan Pugh - Drums

Follow Beyond the Shore at the following locations:

EQUILIBRIUM Releases First Album Trailer – New Album “Erdentempel” Out June 10, 2014 via Nuclear Blast


German Epic Metal pioneers EQUILIBRIUM have just released the first trailer for their upcoming new masterpiece Erdentempel. Check it out here:

Erdentempel will be released on June 10, 2014 via Nuclear Blast! Pre-Order the album here:

Guitarist, composer and lyricist René Berthiaume spent almost four years working on the new creation, called Erdentempel.

The outcome is a very emotional and above all very personal album, that leads back to the roots of the band, without neglecting the bombast of the previous two records.

The album was recorded, produced and mixed under the direction of René at Helion Studios and mastered at Finnvox-Studios.

The cover artwork was done, just like the one for the Waldschrein EP, by Skadi van Terror.

René states:

“Things finally get going again! The new album is done and we can hardly wait to share it with the world.

The 12 titles are already a hint that it’s an extremely varied album.

I have just listened to the album again, and I’ve never been so happy and excited after the completion of an album.

The album really includes every facet of Equilibrium. We are also very proud of the cover artwork of »Erdentempel«.

Skadi has been listening to the record most intensely, started to draw and this is the outcome. She really managed to put the content of the album into a picture!

By the way, this time there is one song with English lyrics on the album. It is for all our fans who don’t speak German.

So they can finally understand the lyircs while listening to it. The other songs are still in German, of course!

The tracklist of Erdentempel:

1. Ankunft

2. Was Lange Währt

3. Waldschrein

4. Karawane

5. Uns’rer Flöten Klang

6. Freiflug

7. Heavy Chill

8. Wirtshaus Gaudi

9. Stein Meiner Ahnen

10. Wellengang

11. Apokalypse

12. The Unknown Episode  |

MISS MAY I Releases New Track ‘Refuse To Believe’ as Free MP3 Download!

Touring this Summer with the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

‘Rise Of The Lion’ Drops in North America on April 29, 2014 via Rise Records

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It comes as no surprise to diehard MISS MAY I fans that the band loves to give back to their avid followers, and today they are in the extra giving mood! Right now you can download a brand new track, ‘Refuse To Believe’, via ‘Refuse To Believe’ is the third exclusive track to be released from the band’s upcoming release Rise Of The Lion, hitting stores in North America on April 29, 2014 via Rise Records. 

MISS MAY I frontman Levi Benton had the following to say about the song, “I’m really excited to be giving people the chance to download ‘Refuse To Believe’. We wanted to give all the dedicated MISS MAY I metalheads something nice and heavy as a “thank you” for all their support. It’s one of my favourite songs on the record and definitely one of the heavier songs on the album!” 

Rise Of The Lion is MISS MAY I’s fourth album and the first to be produced by the legendary Terry Date (PanteraDeftones,White ZombieBring Me The Horizon). The countless fan letters the band has received over the years are the inspiration for the tracks on Rise Of The Lion, and each track is written from the perspective of those fans or responses to them. You can pre-order Rise Of The Lion in digital, physical CD, and vinyl versions, as well as special pre-order packages including exclusive Rise Of The Lion shirts, necklaces, posters, and more, via

As announced earlier this month, MISS MAY I have solidified a spot on the COLDCOCK American Herbal Flavored Whiskey Second Stage at the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem FestivalMISS MAY I will be joining the likes of multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide SilenceMushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition,  King 810, Body Count featuring Ice-T, Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour, Emmure, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, and Erimha. For more details visit and see below for a full listing of dates that MISS MAY I will be performing on.  

In addition to performing at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem FestivalMISS MAY I will head out on a brief headline tour of the United States this April and May, with support from For The Fallen DreamsMISS MAY I’s “Up Close and Personal” Tour will stop in eight cities, including a closer in their home state of Ohio at Rock On The Range. Get this – each ticket price includes a copy of Rise Of The Lion hard copy CD! 

MISS MAY I U.S. Tour Dates:

4/29     Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

4/30     Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

5/1       Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom

5/2       Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

5/3       New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall

5/4       Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar

5/6       Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary

5/18     Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range

MISS MAY I 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Performance Dates:

7/5 - CA - San Bernardino - San Manuel Amphitheatre

7/6 - CA - Mountain View (San Francisco) - Shoreline Amphitheatre

7/8 - WA - Auburn (Seattle) - White River Amphitheatre

7/9 - ID - Boise - Idaho Center Amphitheatre

7/11 - AZ - Phoenix - Ak-Chin Pavilion

7/12 - NM - Albuquerque - Isleta Amphitheatre

7/16 - MO - St. Louis - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

7/17 - MI - Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater

7/19 - IN - Indianapolis - Kilpsch Music Center

7/20 - IL - Chicago - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/22 - MA - Mansfield (Boston) - Xfinity Center

7/23 - NY - Saratoga - Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/25 - ON - Toronto (Canada) - Molson Amphitheatre

7/26 - PA - Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) - First Niagra Pavilion

7/27 - CT - Hartford - Xfinity Theatre

7/29 - NY - Darien Center - Darien Lake

8/1 - NJ - Camden (Philadelphia, PA) - Susquehanna Bank Center

8/2 - PA - Scranton -The Pavilion At Montage Mountain

8/3 - VA – Bristow (Washington, DC) - Jiffy Lube Live

8/5 - GA - Atlanta - Lakewood Amphitheatre

8/7 - OK - Oklahoma City – OKC Air Park

8/9 - TX - Dallas - Gexa Energy Pavilion

8/10 - TX - The Woodlands (Houston) - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

After the resounding underground success of their debut full-length releaseMonument,MISS MAY I took a step beyond the metalcore world they had grown up in with the release of their album At Heart in 2012. The record, produced by renowned record producer Machine (Lamb Of God), proved to be one of the strongest and most surprising metal records of the last few years, spawning huge singles in the songs ‘Hey Mister’ and ‘Day By Day’. Entering the Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week at #32, At Heart saw the band embrace a more mainstream metal approach to their music. During their 2012 Vans Warped Tour main stage onslaught, the At Heart campaign made massive leaps, seeing MISS MAY I nominated for ‘Best New Talent’ award at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, as well as headlining the Alternative Press 2012 Tour, and picking up support at Active Rock Radio for the first time. On the live side, the band was hand-picked for tours with the likes of Five Finger Death PunchKillswitch Engage and Bullet For My Valentine

To learn more about MISS MAY I, please visit and

Who Wants Prizes in San Luis Obispo California ?

Hey All - This is Joseph Timmons of Xombiewoof Magazine.

OK, so I will be at Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo CA on 4/19/2014 with some T-Shirts and Sticker Prizes to giveaway to anyone who can find me in the store and get a Picture of the RSD Events taking place.

Come take a Pic with me and post to your Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram or Twitter with @xombiewoof , #Xombiewoof, #xombiewoofmagazine, #RSD, #RecordStoreDay and @BooBooRecords

I will be there from 10am to????? Warning… I have a Camera Too!