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A New S.U.N. Is Rising

Perhaps …one of Canada’s greatest singers! and she is back!  Sass Jordan has returned with a brand new album and band project.  Sass has surrounded herself with some heavyweights…Brian Tichy, whom played with Sass on her RATS album from the middle ‘90’s has collaborated with Ms. Jordan on her new album.  He not only plays guitar, and drums on the record, but has co-written with Sass.  The result?  A back to the roots type excursion,

 ‘S.U.N.’ is Sass at her rockin’ best.  A very strong bluesy rock record that means business!  The live band  is:  veteran bassist Michael Devin, and Tommy Stewart on skins, with Brian on guitar—creating  the ‘S.U.N.’ experience.  And what an experience it is, not since RATS, has Sass rocked this hard.  This is an all out hard rock experience, with perhaps the strongest set of songs this First Lady of Canadian Rock has delivered!  There are thirteen tracks for us to immerse ourselves in, and experience firsthand the rejuvenation of this whiskey throated siren!

   Now, when looking for this album, look under the ‘S’ section, as it is certainly a band project.  “S.U.N.”, is the name, and pure R.O.C.K. is the game!

 As we know, Brian Tichy did service for Whitesnake, and of course David Coverdale is experiencing resurgence in his own right.  His current guitarist, Doug Aldridge has also returned to his band, “Burning Rain”, doing double duty!  In the late nineties, Doug teamed up with Vocalist Keith St. John, and formed a heavy melodic rock ensemble that released two albums.  The self titled debut in 1999, and at the turn of the century, “Pleasure To Burn”.  Both albums received rave reviews with “Pleasure To Burn” containing what would become the group’s signature “Judgement Day”.  A year later, (2001), Doug joined up with Ronnie James Dio in ‘Dio’, while Keith started to sing with Ronnie Montrose.  After leaving ‘Dio’, Doug joined up with David Coverdale’s reformed Whitesnake, where he is still the front guitarist.  The two musicians’ paths have crossed again, and the planned third album has been finally realised!  “Epic Obsession” being released worldwide in May, finds Doug and Keith together again, delivering that Hard-rock, ‘funked up’ yet Melodic musical trip once again!  Released through Frontiers Records, this brand new effort will be joined by re-mastered, and re-issues of the groups’ first two albums.  “Burning Rain” will also endeavour some live shows, in between the ‘Whitesnake’ tours.      


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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

97th Street Pub:    Moni Funk & the Groove Machine:   March 29th & 30th   Wheelhouse:  April 12th & 13th

The Blue Gator:   Sherman Doucette:  April 5th & 6th   Poppa Dawg:   April 10th    Zamboni Brothers:  April 11th   The Young Uns:  April 12th  13th    

 The Minstrel Café:   The Rowdymen:  March 30th   Eric St. Laurent Trio:  Apr. 5th  Pappa Dawg Blues Band: April 6th    

  The Streaming Café:      The Mighty River:  March 30th   Karla Adolphe:  April 6th   Entrepreneurs (Unplugged):  April 8th    Dubai:  April 13th              

Notable Concerts:    

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Motley Crue:   April 20th   Alan Jackson:  August 3rd

 Kelowna Community Theatre:   Natalie MacMaster:   April 7th    Randy Bachman:   April 20th     

Prospera Place:  Sting:    May 30th   

Vernon:  Funtastic---Honeymoon Suite:  June 28th  Sweet:  June 29th  Julian Austin  Aaron Pritchett:    June 30th   

Summer Stomp ’13 (Sicamous)---Headpins  July 20th 

Dancin’ Barefoot Music Festival- Peachland :  Nick Gilder & Sweeney Todd: July 20th                 

Peach Festival  Penticton:  Honeymoon Suite:   August 8th                 

Notes & News:   Mark April 11th on your calendar, and plan a trip to Vancouver to see The Flu!  These Kelowna Sons will be performing at the legendary Roxy as part of The Fox Indie Night!  Get your tickets online at:  http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3474304   The Flu will appear with ‘One Bad Son’ and ‘Columbia’…and the lads are Headlining!!

…if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

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We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.






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