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JUST LEAVE THOSE OLD RECORDS ON THE SHELF RIO BASED SINGER AND MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST RICK DEVIN JOINS FORCES WITH A BATCH OF FAMED VETERAN SIDEMEN TO CELEBRATE 12 CLASSICS ON OLD SCHOOL 2: ROCK HITS OF THE 60s & 70s
Performing everything from country rock and cowboy music to classic rock and ambient instrumentals, Rick Devin s fascinating, whirlwind career over the past three decades plus has included performances, sometimes totaling over 300 per year, on thousands of stages throughout the world or on film with many of music s biggest names, from Joe Cocker and Glen Campbell to The Dixie Chicks and Ronnie Milsap. In 2001, he and country star Michael Martin Murphey opened The Singing Cowboy Ranch in Nathrop Colorado, the same year Devin was nominated for WMA Entertainer of the Year. During this era, the singer also toured the Southwest extensively as frontman of Rick Devin and the Eagle River Band.
Bringing his career full circle to the songs he grew up playing, the recording of his ninth and latest full length solo album Old School 2: Rock Hits of the 60s & 70s has been one of his greatest collaborative adventures yet. The versatile singer and multi-instrumentalist (bass, rhythm guitars, electric guitars, lead guitars, piano, keyboards, percussion) celebrates and re-imagines 12 classic rockers from that golden era with a powerful lineup of guest veteran sidemen, including keyboardist/vocalist Chris Pitman (Guns N Roses), drummer Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers, Joe Walsh, America, Stevie Nicks), guitarist Ron Bumblefoot Thal (Guns N Roses), guitarist Chris Pinnick (Chicago, Chuck Negron, Herb Alpert), guitarist Philip Donnelly (Donovan, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, Everly Brothers, John Prine, Gary Moore), and drummer Stuart Lawrence (Donovan). Also playing key roles are artists that Devin knows from his decade of living in Ipanema Beach, Brazil with his Brazilian born wife. These include renowned saxophonist Beto Saroldi and vocalists Maria Ricart, Manoel Pires and Rosa Lucena. Devin s brother Sean Devin shares the lead vocals on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young s famed Ohio.
The highly anticipated follow-up to 2008 s pop-oriented venture Old School: Hits of the 60s & 70s, on which Pinnick & McCracken also appeared, the new collection also includes explosive twists on tunes made famous by a cross section of legends: The Beatles ( Nowhere Man, Ticket To Ride ), Joe Cocker ( Unchain My Heart ), Joe Walsh ( Rocky Mountain Way ), Creedence Clearwater Revival ( Have You Ever Seen The Rain? ), Santana ( Black Magic Woman ), bluesman Slim Harpo ( Baby Scratch My Back ), Derek & The Dominos ( Layla ), Bob Seger ( Old Time Rock and Roll ), The Who ( Pinball Wizard ) and ZZ Top ( Tush ).
Though the songs are instantly familiar and flash the listener back to a truly remarkable era in music history, Old School 2 was only made possible by employing contemporary digital technology in a unique and necessary way. Devin sent his chosen guest musicians the foundational tracks he created in his home studio in Brazil via yousendit files. They recorded their parts over those tracks from their various studios in New Jersey, California and North Carolina and Donnelly sent his from Tipperary, Ireland. Devin s arrangements allow for some cool contemporary twists, including some different instrumentation, extended solos and edgier lead guitar flavors (compared to the original versions) by Pinnick on Layla and Thal on Tush and extra percussion flavors (bongos, timbales, congas, etc.) by McCracken on Black Magic Woman.
"I am totally impressed by all of the musicians who participated in this project, says Devin. Each and every person brings their own special talents to a truly old school project."

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CD Review: ROCK WiRED MAGAZINE: Oh the American Songbook! Many an elder rocker and even a few younger folks like MICHAEL BUBLE are building their careers out of the music that got your grandparents necking each other. I want to see the day when this sort of pop music interpretation moves on from GERSHWIN and PORTER and embraces the harder edged sounds that got us out of the 20th century intact. Award-winning recording artist RICK DEVIN has come to this same conclusion and has released two albums called OLD SCHOOL - ROCK HITS FROM THE 60s AND 70s. He has just released the second edition of this recording and the results are magical... May 20, 2013 - Brian Lush, ROCK WiRED MAGAZINE --ROCK WiRED Magazine

CD Review: MUSIC EMISSIONS: Devin's versions are as instantly recognizable as the originals, with impressive and sometimes long-distance contributions... if you are looking for a great party CD to spin at your next get-together, you can't really go wrong with Old School 2. I don't think I'd want to associate with people who aren't familiar with the majority of songs Devin has devotedly curated... an A+++ effort that will immediately appeal to baby boomers and multi-generational fans of the 11 bands Devin is honoring (The Beatles are repeated twice)... Rating: A+++ ... May 11, 2013 - Rockthusiast, MUSIC EMISSIONS --Music Emissions

CD Review: HOT INDIE NEWS: He chose songs that played to his classic rock strength. I also think his voice lends itself very well to each of these tracks and he certainly breathes new life into these stories. And he tells them very well... Rating: A ... May 14, 2013 - Melissa Kucirek, HOT INDIE NEWS

CD Review: SKOPE MAGAZINE: I like all of the songs on this album and I have heard them for a significant portion of my life; so I know the nuances and intricacies of them all. I like the musicianship, instrumentation and the people Devin surrounded himself in this album s making certainly, certainly shine. Rating: 4/5 ... May 9, 2013 - Chris West, SKOPE MAGAZINE

CD Review: MUSE'S MUSE MAGAZINE: Old School 2 by Rick Devin proves where there is smoke there is fire. It s an impressive collection of 12 classic hits you won't soon forget and deliver a bone crushing line-up of players and musicians only a veteran like Rick Devin can deliver. Technical Grade: 8/10; Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10; Overall Talent Level: 10/10... June 11, 2013 - Cyrus Rhodes, MUSE'S MUSE MAGAZINE

CD Review: PENS EYE VIEW MAGAZINE: We had chance to sit down with Devin to talk about his latest record of classic song covers titled, Old School 2: Rock Hits of the 60s & 70s his ninth full length record and follow-up to 2008 s Old School: Hits of the 60s & 70s. Rick gave us all the details on how this second installment came to be... June 18, 2013 - Richie Frieman, PENS EYE VIEW MAGAZINE

CD Review: INDIE MUSIC DIGEST: Album Interview with Rick Devin -Old School 2 by Rick Devin proves where there is smoke there is fire. It s an impressive collection of 12 classic hits you won't soon forget and delivers a bone crushing line-up of players and musicians only a veteran like Rick Devin can deliver... Here is a sample of the interview: --Hot Indie News

AWARDS:
AKADEMIA MUSIC AWARDS: 2013 BEST COVER ALBUM
Old School 2: Rock Hits of the 60s & 70s" has won The Akademia Music Award for The Best COVER Album, July 2013. The Akademia Music Awards are quoted as saying, Rick Devin demonstrates impressive versatility and musicianship with this collection of classic songs... July 15, 2013 - AKADEMIA MUSIC AWARDS

PRESTIGE MUSIC AWARDS: 2013 BEST ROCK & ROLL ALBUM
Old School 2: Rock Hits of the 60s & 70s" has won a coveted Gold Award from The Prestige Music Awards for The Best Rock & Roll Album - 2013. The Prestige Music Award recognizes mus --Hot Indie News

AWARDS:
AKADEMIA MUSIC AWARDS: 2013 BEST COVER ALBUM
Old School 2: Rock Hits of the 60s & 70s" has won The Akademia Music Award for The Best COVER Album, July 2013. The Akademia Music Awards are quoted as saying, Rick Devin demonstrates impressive versatility and musicianship with this collection of classic songs... July 15, 2013 - AKADEMIA MUSIC AWARDS

PRESTIGE MUSIC AWARDS: 2013 BEST ROCK & ROLL ALBUM
Old School 2: Rock Hits of the 60s & 70s" has won a coveted Gold Award from The Prestige Music Awards for The Best Rock & Roll Album - 2013. The Prestige Music Award recognizes musicians, producers and writers who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change... July 3, 2013 - PRESTIGE MUSIC AWARDS --Akademia Music Awards and Prestige Music Awards

CD Review: HOT INDIE NEWS: He chose songs that played to his classic rock strength. I also think his voice lends itself very well to each of these tracks. His range is not mesmerizing, but he certainly breathes new life into these stories. And he tells them very well... Rating: A ... May 14, 2013 - Melissa Kucirek, HOT INDIE NEWS --Hot Indie News

1. Nowhere Man (feat. Chris Pitman)
2. Unchain My Heart (feat. Beto Saroldi & Chet McCracken)
3. Rocky Mountain Way (feat. Chet McCracken)
4. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? (feat. Maria Ricart)
5. Black Magic Woman (feat. Chet McCracken)
6. Baby Scratch My Back (feat. Philip Donnelly & Stuart Lawrence)
7. Layla (feat. Chris Pinnick)
8. Ohio (feat. Sean Devin)
9. Ticket To Ride (feat. Chris Pitman)
10. Old Time Rock And Roll (feat. Chris Pinnick & Beto Saroldi)
11. Pinball Wizard (feat. Chet McCracken)
12. Tush (feat. Ron Bumblefoot Thal)

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Cloud Reords
  • ASIN: B00CMSL8PO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GDH on October 17, 2013
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If you were born in the 60's, you will know every song on this album. Thanks Rick for putting this great collection together!
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