, I thought I was being pranked after first listening to it. After covering Richie Kotzen last year as he fronted the band The Winery Dogs, I was stoked to hear what new stuff Richie has to offer.Having seen The Winery Dogs, I expected Richie to have a similar sound on his new album.“It’s in that time when I’m away from it where ideas begin to take shape,” he continues.“Then, when I find myself coming back to music, I end up in a situation with a wealth of ideas and creative energy.And for this ever- adventurous triple-threat songwriter/guitarist/vocalist, that meant putting on the brakes after a nonstop flurry of band-related activity in order to refuel the creative process for the ten heartfelt and hard-hitting songs that comprise his vibrant new solo album, Salting Earth, out April 14 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc.In other words, Kotzen tossed convention on its ear by actually taking one step back in order to move two steps forward.
THE WINERY DOGS guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen, who made a name for himself via his hard rock, blues-influenced solo albums, perhaps got his most notable exposure during his one-album stint with glam rockers POISON in the early '90s. But Kotzen explained to "Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley" that it made sense on some level, even if it didn't on others.From stints with acts like Poison and Mr Big, and working alongside greats like Stanley Clarke, to an impressive solo career - all of which have been accomplished with great style and taste.The Cornford RK100 has been developed and tweaked to suit his expansive style with a great deal of input from him throughout the process.And as if both of those new albums weren't exciting enough, Kotzen has just thrown a brand new live DVD into the mix. The first-ever professionally-filmed DVD of his solo career, "Richie Kotzen Live" highlights the artist's impressive guitar skills as well as his genre-spanning musical style. Richie Kotzen’s guitar playing is superb throughout this album, which isn’t a surprise since Kotzen is a renowned guitarist and you can hear some of his influences, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eddie Van Halen as that sweeping style of guitar playing rings out.