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GUITARIST BRAD NOAH LAYING DOWN TRACKS FOR HELLER RIDGE PROJECT

Nashville, TN-Heller Ridge project featuring songwriters, Jason Hollis and Kevin Herrick; brings in veteran guitarist, Brad Noah (ex-Disciple, Dixie Horsepower) to lay down lead and rhythm guitar tracks for the upcoming 10 song album.  “Brad was the first guy I thought of for this album because I’ve been friends with him for years but I’m also a huge fan of his amazing techniques on guitar! He always comes up with the greatest riffs and solos.  The songs on this album are now coming into focus the way I envisioned them to be in my mind.  It’s so exciting to see this project shaping up we just have final vocals and a few more pieces of the puzzle to finish so we can hopefully get this out later this fall.” says Jason Hollis.  The musicians  so far on the album are Jason Hollis Bass/Lead Vocals/BGV’s, Kevin Herrick Acoustic Guitars/Lead Vocals/BGV’s, Patrick Maley Drums, Brad Noah, Electric Guitars.  The engineering/mixing is being executed by Max Hardin a.k.a. T.B.H. “This album is coming together on so many levels and we have a lot of choices of sounds to put on here to really make it a great sounding record.  I’m so excited for everyone to hear it.” says Kevin HerrickHeller Ridge self-titled album will be available on CD and Vinyl as well as all streaming services to make it available to fans everywhere.   More news on the Heller Ridge album coming soon.  Just check back often to see updates.

HELLER RIDGE RECORDING ALBUM IN THE STUDIO

Nashville, TN-Country duo, Heller Ridge has been recording their debut album this summer at Red Room StudiosJason Hollis and Kevin Herrick are Producing, Writing, and Arranging this project and our addition to the team, Max Hardin a.k.a. T.B.H. (To Be Honest) is Engineering and Mixing.  The team have been working hard cutting studio tracks putting the finishing touches on the self-titled album will be released in late Fall of 2018 or early Winter of 2019.  “Timing is everything for us, we just want to do it right and have the best songs on this record,” says Kevin Herrick.  “We’ve put blood, sweat, and tears literally at times all of the above into this project and I’m so excited for you all to hear these songs!” said Jason Hollis.   The album is a mixture of Classic Country meets Southern Rock because of the backgrounds of the two songwriters; the songs are full of hooks you can sing along to and will leave you wanting more. Be on the look out for more information about this album coming out.

HELLER RIDGE SESSIONS GOING STRONG!

Nashville, TN-Heller Ridge is a new name to some in the Country Music and Southern Rock world but, to Jason Hollis and Kevin Herrick this has been years in the making.  They have been performing on the road touring and doing session work in studios for over 28 years; and have been writing partners for over three years now creating their upcoming debut album of ten new songs, self-titled “Heller Ridge.”  “We have been perfecting these songs for a few years now and we just want to make an album full of songs that fans will enjoy for years to come.  We really started out to get our songs heard as songwriters but we decided to go ahead and put it out ourselves as Heller Ridge.” says Jason Hollis.  Working along side of the guys is platinum-selling, recording session drummer, Patrick Maley who has stepped in to play drums and percussion throughout the album.  “The guys asked me to play over a year ago and I said let’s do it!  I have known these guys for years and love their songwriting so I jumped at the chance to play.  The guys came over last week and we started cutting drums and bass at my home studio.” said Patrick.  The album is at the half-way mark now and will hopefully be completed before this summer of 2018.  “We are so excited to get this album out to folks who want to hear something that’s different than what’s on radio right now songs with strong hooks that you just automatically start singing after you hear them.  Our biggest hope is that you like it so much that you keep spinning it again and again” says Kevin Herrick.  Be on the lookout for their debut album later this year.

STREAMING VS. BUYING RECORDS

I remember going out to multiple record stores on Saturdays it was my hang-time with friends; we all were looking for that “find” for the day.  Those days are few and far between with record stores barely surviving now days and the Music Business is at a new place that it’s never been before; retail is all but gone in the “Big Box Chains” and like I said record stores are almost gone with the exception of the cool, hip, small vinyl stores popping up around the country.  There are the rare unique stores like McKays Books & Music in Tennessee that carry everything from music in cd’s, cassettes, vinyl, even 8-tracks! To books, musical instruments, stereos, video games, movies, etc.  But for the most part the stores like Tower Records, Sam Goody, Camelot Music, CD Warehouse, Musicland, & Hastings are a thing of the past.  With vinyl records sales over 13 million in 2016 and is projected to grow again by the end of 2017 it seems that the resurgence is not a fluke or fad it’s here to stay.  For how long who knows but music lovers like myself are loving it!  Compact Discs sales or CD’s are down to 104 million units sold in 2016.  The good news is that physical sales were actually up from over a decade ago in the total share of album sales than the previous year.  But the big elephant in the room is Streaming a format that’s been around since 2008 or at least that’s when it truly became a way to get music through an app on your phone.  We all know Napster started the sharing-file system but streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Unlimited have become the main source for people all around the world to listen to music.  Music Streaming has taken over now and is the largest share of the Music Business;  there are over 400 million subscribers and counting!  It doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon; so, what do we do as consumers of music? What is our best option? Do we continue to purchase music in physical form or do we sucumb to the inevitable and get a streaming service for our music collections?  I for one, will always buy music physically because I love to read the liner notes of who produced, wrote the songs, what musicians played on it, etc.   But I’m going to make a decision soon on a streaming app to go forward with so that I can save some cash instead of spending thousands of dollars per year on music when I can put it on other things.  I’ll still buy my favorite bands and maybe some new bands if I like them enough to give them the nod on a physical purchase.  I still take my ipods everywhere for now, but I have a feeling that will end in the coming years.  I just wanted to give you an overview where we are in the Music Business right now and where we are going; the choice is yours keep buying music physically or join the millions of Music Streaming listeners. Or do like myself use them all and see where the road takes you.