Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter and guitar virtuoso Richie Kotzen, who discusses his new album, Salting Earth. Discussing the inspiration for the album, as well as managing his time between his solo work and his time with the Winery Dogs, Kotzen is always creating music. From his time in Mr. Big and Poison, Kotzen is like a bookmark on the rock scene for over 25 years.
About Richie Kotzen:
Kotzenâ€™s â€œcharge to rechargeâ€ was officially put into play following the mega-success of the 2015â€“16 tour behind his band The Winery Dogsâ€™ sophomore effort, the oh-so-appropriately named HOT STREAK. And the manâ€™s reset manifesto wound up hitting all the right buttons too. The proof is on display deep within the grooves of SALTING EARTH, which veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track and first single, â€œEnd of Earth,â€ to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of â€œThunderâ€ to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of â€œThis Is Lifeâ€ to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the albumâ€™s final song, â€œGrammy.â€
The majority of SALTING EARTH is the result of KOTZENâ€™s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to â€œMake It Easy,â€ a tasty, sing-along groove stew. â€œItâ€™s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly Iâ€™m the only performer on it,â€ Kotzen admits. â€œIt actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-â€™80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parentsâ€™ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, Iâ€™d have to figure out how to do it alone.â€
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Photo by Julia Lage
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