Ali Jacko: The Working Man’s Musician by Eileen Shapiro

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After becoming the first Asian to win British, European, Intercontinental and The World Full-Contact Kickboxing championships, British born Ali Jacko woke up one morning and became a rock star sensation. “I had never even sung, even in the bathroom before. My own family cannot believe I can sing. I don’t blame them as I still don’t believe I can sing myself, I’m going to wake up from this dream I am having”.

Ali Jacko can sing….and he has written some of the most emotional and passionate romantic, heart felt love songs, as well as powerful anthemic, message revealing, and thought provoking expressions of today. Pouring his soul into his compositions, Ali Jacko is creating a buzz globally, having his kaleidoscope of tunes featured in films, gaining a huge YouTube audience who loves what he is doing.

I spoke in depth with the English born anomaly regarding his compelling music and his intentions for the future. His audacious air of confidence and positive energetic spirit causes him to delve deeply into anything he tries, and arise victoriously. The essence of his music and lyrics makes him stand out and be recognized as a special force in the music world…

You’re songs are awesome!

Thank you. Which ones did you like?

There’s not a bad one in the bunch. I love “Working Man”, it’s an anthem. I love the video.

That’s definitely an anthem.

I also am in love with the song that you wrote for your daughters, “You are the Reason”

Both of the girls in the video are my daughters. They’re my actual daughters.

When will your new album come out?

Basically I’m releasing a song every month all the way to November. December I’m going to have a break…..I think I deserve a break….so come January or February I’ll release all the songs I’ve released into an album. So it’s 11 songs, plus I’m going to have 3 other songs added to the album. A total of 14 or 15 songs. It’s going to be called, “Love Rocks”.

You also are involved in lots of sports? And then you’ve decided to sing, what’s that about?

I’ve done sports all my life. It’s just one of those things that happened. Whatever I do I put 100% into it. I believe in it. I believe in my songs, I believe in my lyrics. Most of my lyrics relate to my life and are inspired by myself. All the songs are a true story.

For example what was your motivation for “Working Man”?

I’m just trying to find different angles of my life that I can expose in the form of music in order for people to see and relate to. “Working Man” is a song that everyone can relate to. Men can relate to it, the women, the family can actually appreciate it. When a man goes into work he works for his family. The video shows this one person, but in three minutes you can only show so much.
Have you seen the video of the song, “What If I Loved You Like That?”

Yes I did. That’s a great song as well.

All of my songs I’m very attached to. I’ve put a lot of work into them. Even the ones I’m releasing I believe you’re going to like. Similar kind of influence, similar kind of stories….different melodies, different hook lines…all of my songs have a story.

Where are you from?

I’m from East London. I live in Stratford, where the Olympics were. My parents are from Bangladesh. My father was the first generation in the UK, I’m the second generation. I was born British. I’m definitely British. Through my fighting all my life I represented England. I won the world championship five times. I’ve only lost one fight and that was due to a cut. Then I beat the guy again next fight.

You were a champion kick-boxer speaking of the Olympics?

I was a kick-boxer, yeah.

What do you want to do with your music?

Well, I want to win a Grammy. That’s what I want to do. My background is Asian. My parents are from Bangladesh. I was born and brought up in the U.K. …so I want to be the first Asian singer to win a Grammy. That’s my mission. I’m still writing, I work with some really good producers…I’ve got some really good stuff coming out.

Do you write all of your songs?

Yeah, I write all of my songs. There’s some collaborating with other writers just to tidy them up and finish them. They’re all directed, technically composed by myself as well. I’m not a musician but obviously I know how I want some melodies, and I want my songs catchy. Even through my videos you can see I put a lot of effort into it in terms of exposing the story and the song.

They are like short films.

Yeah. I’ve only started doing this for the last couple of years. I’ve not been in it for very long.

Do you play any live gigs around London?

I’ve done a couple of gigs, but I’m quite selective what gigs I want to do and what I don’t want to do. I love to do festivals, I’d like to do some decent shows. I’m a solo artist so I don’t perform with the band, I perform with the dancers. I’ve got a group of dancers who work for me.

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Do you plan to go to New York?

I can just picture myself going up on stage and pretending I’m an Indian but-but-ding-ding stuff, and then I start singing rock songs. That’d be crazy, wouldn’t it?

Yes, it would definitely be different. I’m not sure about the crowd you’d get…

It doesn’t really matter, people would remember it. No one’s ever done it. Just make it look like you’re a proper Indian, go to the microphone, speak like an Indian and sing rock songs…To be honest with you, there’s a film releasing in India on the 15th of June, Two days ago they released a trailer of the film. The trailer has hit more than 50 million views. A friend of mine is an actor. He’s using one of my songs called “I Found Love”. That video, I shot it with my wife. She’s French. He’s taken that song and converted part of it into Indian, so it’s Indian and English. That song is basically the main song of the film. I’m hoping to get hundreds of millions of listeners. Not just 1 million, but millions and millions…. his last song received 1.5 billion views. The name of the film is called Race 3. The song is called “Army of Angels”.

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Ghostly Beard “Inward”

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We’ve heard of the phrase “re-invent the wheel” right?  Well, what that basically means is making an exact model of something that has already been mastered by someone and has been in existence for some time.

So, let’s use this phrase metaphorically for music’s sake – okay?

Now think of this:  how many songs in mainstream commercial radio rotation (and streaming services) have the same hooks, command to the beat, and topics?  Many, right?  Well, isn’t it like they are trying to re-invent the wheel?  I mean, Honestly, they should give it up because they never quite get it right.  Right?

History and modern day mainstream music has taught us that one cannot re-invent the wheel – it’s shape or its purpose, but one CAN improve it!  Still, how many artists can attempt this refining technique and REALLY come out in the end with a fresh take or mastered effect?  Not many!

Ghostly Beard (Patrick Talbot) is such an artist who has redefined music but has stayed true to his sound and style.  And like wine, he just keeps on getting better and better and better ….

As an artist who knows HOW TO acclimatize his work, his sound is mastered; his technique has been perfected; and, his musical identity is etched and enjoyed – this is featured on “Inward” his newest album.

Ten songs grace the binding of this collection:

1) How Does It Feel

2) The Love in Your Eyes

3) Gone

4) Autumn Blues

5) Night Train

6) Let Go

7) It Doesn’t Matter

8) 9 to 5 (Barely Alive)

9) Let it Rain

10) Going Away

The six featured in this review dominantly display the artist’s interior – this is my interpretation. 

The album opens with a question in the form of a song – a wonderful technique that engages the listener’s ears and mind instantly!  “How Does It Feel” has a relatively straightforward arrangement with the artist’s vocals and warm musical accompaniment:  an organ, percussions and guitars.  The lyrics express the reality of feeling lost within humanity and poses a general question:  when you’re out there in the streets and no one sees you stumbling on your feet / when you’re bleeding off the walls and your beating heart is out of control / how does it feel? / to be less than real… how does it feel?  And even though this song is easy listening, Ghostly Beard once again wakes up your senses with his soul wrenching guitar skills.  I think “How Does It Feel” is set to become a popular song on AC radio with its easy like honey vocal execution and rhythms.

Ghostly Beard is mysterious and meticulous when it comes to his image, music and message, but he is surgical in making sure that what he feels translates into the music and is felt and grasped by anyone who listens.  To read more, go to http://www.klefnotes.com/music_reviews/ghostly_beard_inward/

 

Joe Lockett To Guest On The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell Wednesday June 13th, 2018

Joe Lockett will be a guest on The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell live on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 from 3-5 pm ET | 12-2 pm PT at w4cy.com Radio 

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.June 7, 2018PRLog — Joe Lockett will be a featured guest on The Jimmy Star Show live radio/tv show hosted by King of Cool Jimmy Star along with Cool Man About Town Ron Russell to discuss his career and the entertainment industries at large. The Jimmy Star Show is tv/radio’s coolest hit show, featuring the coolest in music, entertainment, fashion and pop culture, all from a fun industry insider perspective in a completely live, unedited fast-paced two-hour conversational format.

Joe Lockett is the Founder/ CEO of Lockett in Media, The Joe Lockett Show radio and TV, contributor to MSNBC, as well as the visionary behind JL Mentoring Camp and Joe’s Lock & Learn program.

The JL Show: TV – Alabama Cable network and radio WYDE 101.1 FM are news, entertainment and real talk about topics that matter to his audience. It’s a radio and TV show for and about the people and the voices of the community no matter where that community lies.

Community First: The Joe Lockett philosophy would be nothing without giving back to the community. Joe’s Lock & Learn program has given away over 4000 book bags over the last three years. In 2016 Joe created the JL Mentoring Camp for girls and boys, which served 30 families as a result of the free camp.

Joe Lockett created his own sock line  Walking In Faith -JL Signature Socks www.jlsocks.com  which 25% of the proceeds goes to charity.

Joe has received numerous awards: the Who’s Who in Birmingham, Men of Influence award, Mayor William A. Bell Sr. Small Business award, and William Robertson 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Joe is married to Michelle Lockett and they have three beautiful children.

The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell is pleased to showcase the expertise and talent of Joe Lockett and all anticipate a fun and informative time talking with him about his career and the entertainment industries at large.

Join King of Cool Jimmy Star, and Cool Man about town Ron Russell as they have a playful and sometimes wild time with the talented featured guest!

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Harley Wallen To Guest On The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell Wednesday,​ June 6th, 2018

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Actor/Writer/Director/Producer Harley Wallen will be a guest on The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell live on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 from 3-5 pm ET | 12-2 pm PT at w4cy.com Radio | Visit http://www.jimmystarsworld.com

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.June 2, 2018PRLog — Actor/Writer/Director/Producer Harley Wallen will be a featured guest on The Jimmy Star Show live radio/tv show hosted by King of Cool Jimmy Star along with Cool Man About Town Ron Russell to discuss his career and the entertainment industries at large. The Jimmy Star Show is tv/radio’s coolest hit show, featuring the coolest in music, entertainment, fashion and pop culture, all from a fun industry insider perspective in a completely live, unedited fast-paced two-hour conversational format.

Multi award-winning filmmaker and actor Harley Wallen has starred in over 40 feature films and TV shows with legendary stars such as Tom Sizemore, Tara Reed, and John Savage among many others.

He started his journey as a Martial Artist early with Judo at age 7 and is now a 5th-degree black belt. Harley also spent time learning other arts (Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon – Do black-belts as well) and Mixed Martial Arts. His other love at a young age was dance as he was an outstanding break dancer in his teen years. His sheer talent and skill are what landed him his first opportunity in acting as a dancer at the syndicated Swedish TV cult hit ‘Solstollarna’! Soon after, he realized he was bitten by the acting bug. Harley then moved from Sweden to the United States to boldly pursue his dreams. After a short stint, these plans got sidetracked by business opportunities as Harley climbed various career ladders.

After returning to acting It wasn’t long before the roles started coming and the growth he had experienced in the business world started happening to him in the acting world. After the film incentives ended in Michigan, he decided to start making films of his own. Not having a film school background with only limited experience, he decided to go online to further his education in filmmaking and took several more classes and seminars in acting. Finally in 2016 Harley and his wife Kaiti formed the film production company ‘Painted Creek Productions’. The one thing he really takes pride in is his commitment to the character he is playing regardless the size of the role or the paycheck. Harley is now writing, producing, acting and directing and has found his life’s purpose.

The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell is pleased to showcase the expertise and talent of Harley Wallen and all anticipate a fun and informative time talking with him about his career and the entertainment industries at large.

Join King of Cool Jimmy Star, and Cool Man about town Ron Russell as they have a playful and sometimes wild time with the talented featured guest!

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Neurotix: “Loser”

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Grunge/Punk sensations, Neurotix has just released their new single entitles “Loser”, a very unique sound from a very unique band. The Chicago based faction consists of Dominic Tonozzi, singing lead and playing guitar, Paul Rhyne on lead guitar, Carlo Tamayo, bass and backup vocals, and Dave Reisig playing drums and backup vocals.

“Loser” is a song that’s is special to the band as it was their first favorite song when they first began to play together. All of the songs they play are based on truth. “We’re bringing back what we consider to be an unfinished genre that left the music scene for over two decades, “GRUNGE!” Ever since the death of Nirvana is lead man Kurt Cobain the style has been mostly obsolete. This is the reason we are bringing Granger back. It makes the listener come alive with its high intensity and loud obnoxious tones”….from the artist

I spoke with lead singer Dominick, regarding his music, his attitude, and his future endeavors….We examined darkness and brought to light….

I love your music…

Thank you…What’s interesting I’ve been in jam bands all my life. I just got sick of it, I felt like I was dead. So I changed to grunge which is pretty much my roots, that’s where I grew up at. We’ve got a lot more music coming, but we just figured we could push all of this first. We have like three albums worth so we are slowly putting stuff out. The whole thing about our music is that it’s real, we don’t write fiction.

What inspires you to write your music?

Just life experience. Darkness. Depression. People being overmedicated. Real life situations. The government, I mean the world is a pretty evil place, technology understanding your surroundings, however, you would say that. Usually, I have Carlos the bassist interpret what I’m trying to say. So it’s just understanding your surroundings and how evil the world is, what darkness can do to you if you don’t recognize it in your everyday life. It comes in a lot of different forms, the devil doesn’t come here with horns. It comes in a lot I’d different forms… usually, the devil will falsify light. But it’s a fake light. People get trapped. A lot of this music is just me finding my way through the darkness. We like to bring light into dark places. First, we didn’t understand where it started. It started with it’s ok to not be ok. There is a lot of darkness in the music, marital problems, and just finding your way through life. It’s more so about that the music. I just feel the music as a coping mechanism to help me figure things out, opposed to sound. So it’s more emotion than sound if that makes any sense to you.

Kind of…

If you can write what you feel, that’s the trick. If you can make people understand what you’re feeling without saying anything, just by listening to the music that’s pretty much the goal. I don’t mind being edgy and straightforward. We have attitudes and we’re not scared to talk.

Do you believe music can change the world and if so which one of your songs would you use to change it?

All of them. We don’t release anything that we don’t feel can relate to people going from a bad position to a good position. It’s always darkness to light and realizing things. The song “Pumpkin Seed ” doesn’t sound too light but that’s about raising your family wrong….”don’t follow your heart, it’s contaminated”. That’s a quote from that.”

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Most of them. I started as a bassist, that was my main thing but everybody was always scared to sing, so I just kind of did it because I didn’t have a choice. Nobody else would sing.

Where would you like to be with your music in five years?

Just playing shows, playing venues and just getting music out there. I’m not opposed to touring.

How did you come up with the band’s name?

We wanted to come up with the word that describes us all, and we are all neurotic… a lot of the World is neurotic too….it’s just recognizing that in its own way there is no perfect person. No matter who you are you’ve got flaws. You’ve got pain. Nobody goes through the world without it and we’re surrounded by evil. That doesn’t sound too happy but that’s reality. We’re only human and we only use part of my brain. I’m actually doing a song that’s a 1700’s hymn. Nobody has really done hymns before. Especially a grunge band. But it doesn’t sound like a hymn. It sounds like a grunge song.

That is so cool.

The words are really good. It’s about a guy that was caught in a storm and thought he was going to die. So he started to pray to God. It will be some of the new were material that we are working on. I was really happy with it we’re getting ready to do it soon. We have tons of music to put out yet.

If you could tell your fans anything, what would it be?

It’s ok to not be ok. What would you classify our music as?

Spiritual grunge, alternative something….

It’s something…. The guy that that recorded it said the sound is grunge with 70s punk. Our attitude is grunge.

Anything you want to leave us with?

Darkness will always be conquered by light.

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The KOKE Band : Rock and Roll Friends Forever

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The KOKE BAND was born in a snow bank and raised on pine needles and is a gritty and tight band. KOKE hails from Mercer Wisconsin, a tiny logging and tourist town in the northernmost part of the state. At the time the band was formed the three members of the band were the only musicians in the town. During the long cold winter, they practiced in a small cabin where it was so cold they had to stand on mattresses and hold their hands over the small stove just to be able to play. Maybe it was the cold, or maybe the lack of an audience, or not being able to hear other music but The KOKE BAND formed a sound that was unlike any other. Since they didn’t have outside music to play they wrote most of the music in their set.

The KOKE BAND is Ed O’Meara on drums and vocals, Ed Kobesko on bass and vocals and NO Mansfield on guitar and vocals. The band went through several names during its time. A couple of them were The Purple Passions, Mercer Mountain, The Jonny Got Shot in the Head Today Do DA Blues Band and finally The KOKE BAND.

The band stayed together for 6 years during which time it became popular in the Midwest. KOKE was able to travel outside of the north woods and see big cities play with other bands and polish their sound. After touring relentlessly the boys decided to put KOKE on hold and went off the play with other bands.

During the summer of 2016 the band reunited on stage being backed up by NO’s current band Revolushn. From that gig, the spark was re-ignited and the band began to plan to record and do some shows.

During a trip to California here NO lives the band wrote and recorded six songs, of which the first single from the band has been released.

The single consists of NOT AFRAID and DOG HOUSE. NOT AFRAID is a rocking Mac truck of a song that starts out hard and finishes the same way. The rhythm section created by the Ed’s holds down the song as NO’s guitar whips through the middle like a giant snowplow. DOG HOUSE starts out like a traditional 12 bar blues but by the first chorus, it is evident that this is a different type of blues. After a ripping guitar solo, the B section comes in with Ed O’s voice commanding the center stage with an unexpected breakdown near the end.

In addition to The KOKE BAND, Ed Kobesko is an expert on the concertina and has a thriving career playing polkas and traditional songs at festivals throughout the state. Although Ed O’Meara played drums very little during the last decade he was back on top of his game with only 3 days rehearsal although he did seem pretty sore.

NO had never stopped playing and became an accomplished studio musician and engineer. He has produced the KOKE BAND’s latest efforts and has brought the band into the new century while still keeping that original, quirky sound that brought the band together in the first place.

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ED K:  “We simply wanted a super recognizable name that people could easily recall and relate to.  We thought about “Shell”, “gas station condoms”, “Xmas”, “Pyronate-A200”, “Pepsi”, and even “Exon”.  An exon is the portion of a gene that codes for amino acids.  We chose Koke, which is the portion of our genes that code for different acids!  To this day, our faithful fans simply know us as the “KOKE BAND”.

NO: A lot of people, including the cops thought we named it after cocaine. But we were backwoods hicks and didn’t know what cocaine was at the time. We had a big old box truck we used for a while and we had written KOKE on the side. Must have gotten stopped every 10 miles in that thing.

Tell me the history of Koke.

NO: I think we started playing together in grade school; it was before I was able to drive. We were first called The Purple Passions and our manager’s mother owned a gift shop where we would put on shows in the winter. We all played through one Sears Silvertone amp. We played dances and talent shows till we got out of high school. Then that first winter after high school we lived at Ed O’Meara’s parent’s resort. It was way out in the woods and we got snowed in for like 2 months. During that time we played every day in one of the cabins. It was freezing and we used to have to stand on the mattress and hold our hands over the little heater to warm them up enough to play.

We were poor as church mice and couldn’t afford records or anything so we had to write enough songs to do a set. We really developed a unique style and sound.

When we got out of there in the spring we started playing all over Wisconsin and the mid-west. We had a pretty loyal following. I think if we were together 6-7 years and kind of all decided we wanted to play with other people as we had never done that before, I mean we had never played with anyone else but our band. We all went on to play with really good bands.

Ed O: At my parents resort that NO mentioned, way up in the woods in northern Wisconsin, my parents would occasionally have bands play. Polka or Country bands. I came home from school one day and there was a set of drums set up. I asked who was playing that night but my mother told me, “No one, those drums are yours!” So, I had a set of 1957 blue sparkle Ludwig drums and I learned to play them by tinkering along to the songs on our jukebox. The resort was only open in the summer. I did a lot of practicing in the winters. Thankfully there were two guys I went to school with who had the same interests as me, NO and Ed K. We clicked right away. Keep in mind this was a very small school and the odds of finding two other musicians that were not only good but didn’t play the same instrument as you, were pretty high. We had a built-in audience too, as when we played a school dance or a jam at any empty building we could find, there was nothing else for anybody to do, so they would come and listen and dance to us.

Ed K: No and I started practicing together when we were 12 and the following year Ed O. joined us on drums.  We went to a battle of the bands in Rhinelander Wi. and won!  The promoter of the event wanted to give us motorcycles with his cycle shop’s name on it for promotion. None of us were old enough to drive.  When NO said “it was cold at Ed O’s north woods cabin that winter”, we practiced wearing winter parka jackets and you could see your breath!  When he said “we were poor as church mice”, we used plastic bread wraps for picks!  We were totally in our own world, without any news or even what day of the week it was.  Didn’t matter. It was all about music!

What inspired you to pick up the group from where you left off?

NO: My band Revolushn played the Loon Festival in our hometown of Mercer 2 years ago. Ed Kobesko had tracked me down a year or so before that and we had started to work together again. He played bass at a couple of gigs for Revolushn so when we played Mercer we tracked down ED O and he came to the show and sat in with us. It was so fucking cool we just wanted to do it again.

So the next year the three of us played at the Loon Festival as The Koke Band. It was super fun so we did a couple more gigs and as usual, started writing songs. Last spring they came to California where I have a studio and we wrote and recorded an EP. We are having a great time. I love those guys.

Ed O: I was hooked up to a chemo drip in a Wisconsin hospital when I got a call from NO. It had been decades since I had spoken with him. He said he and his band Revolushn, along with Ed K, were doing the Mercer Loon Festival and would I like to sit in for a couple of tunes. The gig was on a Wednesday and I had to stay hooked up until Tuesday so I said, “hell yeah!” Playing with these guys again is hard to describe. I love these guys and in many ways, it’s like we never disbanded. Really, we can have even more fun with it now than back in the day when we had to feed ourselves from playing music, by payment or barter.

Ed K: Getting back together was “Kismet.”  Sometimes when the cosmos correctly lines everything up, just right, predetermined events happen in a very orderly and harmonious fashion, result–Koke Band re-unites!

You have two pretty good new singles that you are set to release shortly…how would you describe them and what was the inspiration behind writing them?

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NO: Pretty good???? They are FUCKING AWESOME!!!

So Ed O’Meara wrote the lyrics for NOT AFRAID and it is powerful. The song is about how there is no use in being afraid of things. The reason is because he is a rock and roll musician. It gets back to how we felt when we first started.

DOG HOUSE was a song I wrote for the band when we started doing shows. It is about how you can get in trouble in a relationship without knowing what you did. It is not a serious song. We made the chorus sound like a party, which it was. All of the Kokette’s were drunk or stoned out of their gourds. We had a blast with that one.

Ed O: NOT AFRAID is not meant to be an earth-shaking revelation. It’s just about how life can throw you some challenges and it’s best to meet them head-on. If you are afraid then you are fighting two battles. It really came to me when I was on that chemo drip and I wanted to go play the Loon Festival.

DOG HOUSE: What fun! I dare you to try to hold your head still while listening to it! One constant through the years for all three of us, I think, even though we didn’t see each other for years and were separated by miles and the living of our lives, is a strong blues influence. And I don’t mean sad blues, but fun upbeat blues.

Ed K: Ed O’s lyrics in “Not Afraid” reminds me that the greatest experiences are often the scariest.  That song just rocks with a youthful Punkiness vibe.  “Dog House” is a fun, good times tune that I can really relate to from the fact that until recently, I spent most of my life in the “Dog House”.  Ed O’s vocals and NO’s superb guitar playing, highlight this party tune!

You’re planning an event….let’s talk about it?

NO: We are planning to do an outdoor concert next to a place we play in Wisconsin. Kind of a mini-festival with several local bands. We will have a big stage and do it in a field next to the bar so people don’t have to walk too far for their PBRs. We are going to have camping and shit so people can get wasted and not have to drive anywhere. We are against drunk driving. We are still working out the details so stay tuned.

How is Koke different from Revolushn?

 

NO: The KOKE BAND drinks PBR and REVOLUSHN drinks ayahuasca.

Ed O: the Governor of Wisconsin asks you to leave the state if you don’t like beer.

Ed K: I’m not in Revolushn, but you could say this Frank on my behalf.  Revolushn is a group of extremely talented and gifted musicians.  They are highly respected and I always anxiously await to hear their next album.  “Koke Band” is a group of three buddies, best friends, over one lifetime!  We simply telepathically bounce our feelings off of one another and the magic happens!  Love you NO and ED O!

https://www.facebook.com/KOKEBAND/

Listen to The Koko Band on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-942497759

Tom Proctor and the A-Listers Debut Single “In Hollywood” Now Available Worldwide

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Tom Proctor and the A-Listers have just released their debut single “In Hollywood” off of their soon to be released first album “Working Man.” Download your copy today!

NASHVILLE, Tenn.May 27, 2018PRLog — Tom Proctor and the A-Listers have just released their debut single “In Hollywood” off of their soon to be released first album “Working Man.” Download your copy today!

Tom Proctor is no stranger to the entertainment industry, as he is an accomplished actor/producer and stunt coordinator in the tv/film world. He can be seen in the Academy Award-winning film “Twelve Years A Slave,” the blockbuster Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” in the hit television shows “Justified” and “Nashville” and many other great appearances on the big and small screen.

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The A-Listers are a group of seasoned, talented musicians who have worked with the biggest names in the history of music, and have collectively worked with Tim McGraw, George Strait, Luke Combs, Zakk Wylde, Travis Tritt, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, Florida Georgia Line, and many, many more.  Tom Proctor and the A-Listers are getting ready to take the Country Music world by storm.

The A-Listers:

Billy “Thunder” Mason

Geoff Butterworth

Mark Corradetti

Mark Thomas

Tom Proctor and the A-listers recorded, mixed and mastered their new single “In Hollywood” at Dark Horse Recording. Dark Horse Recording is a 4-studio complex set on a multi-acre plot of scenic farmland, based just outside of Nashville. They have hosted such names as Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alison Krauss, Reliant K, Bela Fleck, Korn and many more.

Download your copy of “In Hollywood” by Tom Proctor and the A-Listers on iTunes in the United States here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-hollywood-single/1389394364

Request “In Hollywood” at your favorite country music radio station today!

Follow Tom Proctor and the A-Listers on the web:

https://www.facebook.com/officialtomproctor/

https://www.facebook.com/actortomproctor/