Sunday, October 26, 2014

CD Review: Richie Kotzen Brings His "Essentials" To Connecticut In November

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Richie Kotzen has release 18 solo albums throughout his 25 year musical career. Not to mention being a member of the rock bands Poison and Mr. Big and currently in the hard rock trio The Winery Dogs. On September 2nd, Loud & Proud Records gathered some of Kotzen's greatest solo efforts and released "The Essential Richie Kotzen" 2CD/DVD set. Kotzen will also be embarking on a solo U.S. tour that kicks off November 1st in Maryland. He will make his way along the east coast, before heading out west in mid-November.

The new two-disc set showcases his more popular fan favorites on the first disc, while the second disc gathers three new recordings, acoustic sessions and demos. He displays his Chris Cornell-type vocal range on the grunge-like rock of "Love Is Blind," while the eight-minute "Fooled Again" has a electrifying guitar solo to close the song. The classic rock appeal of "Help Me" and the bluesy "Bad Situation" show the diversity in Kotzen's songwriting and his guitar duties never disappoint. Kotzen looks for redemption in the scorcher "Save Me," before closing the disc with the slow, raw acoustic blues of "Remember (Reprise)."

The second disc is put together especially for the fans, beginning with three new recordings, including the soft acoustics of "What It" and "Change." Those are followed by five acoustic versions of some of Kotzen's more well-known songs, including his hit with Poison, "Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice)." The second disc closes with a piano demo for the song "Regret" and the R&B drum beat of "Damaged." To find out more about this latest new release from Richie Kotzen and about his upcoming U.S. tour, please visit

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