Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter and guitar virtuoso Richie Kotzen, who discusses his new album, Salting Earth. Discussing the inspiration for the album, Kotzen lets us know exactly why this is a different album for him. 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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Review Fix Exclusive: Richie Kotzen Talks How ‘Salting Earth’ is Different
Photo by Julia Lage
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