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“BILL LEVERTY”

Guitarist of FireHouse and Solo Artist

Bill Leverty (born January 30, 1967) is an American guitarist currently a member of the hard rock band Firehouse

Bill was born in Richmond, Virginia. His parents gave him a guitar when he was 4 years old, but when he grew up he put it aside and took up diving and ice hockey instead. When he was 15 years old, he took up the guitar again, and studied music theory in high school.

He started a band called White Heat. Auditioning for a drummer, he met Michael Foster and was impressed with him. Some time later, they hooked up with C.J. Snare and Perry Richardson, and formed FireHouse. One day, Leverty got an endorsement deal with Yamaha Guitar Development and has been playing them since.

After 15 years with FireHouse, Bill released his first solo album.

Says Bill of the launch of his solo career

“In 2004 I released my first side project Wanderlust. The album received wonderful reviews from both critics and fans. I am very grateful for the overwhelmingly positive reaction.

In December of 2007 I released my first instrumental album Southern Exposure. I played all of the instruments except drums, as I was able to bring in Michael Foster for his amazing drumming talent. The album has received many great reviews. I plan on going out and playing these songs in music stores around the world as I do clinics to demonstrate various gear that I play. Please join my Mailing List so I can send you the latest clinic tour dates.
In June of 2009 I released my first album of cover tunes. After finishing the album I realized that all of the songs had originated in the Southern United States, so I named the album Deep South after an amazing piece of artwork that my Grandfather, William G. Leverty, had created called Deep South. The music is very diverse and most of the songs were written in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I’m playing a lot of instruments on this album that I had never recorded before. You can hear some sound clips on the Deep South page. I hope you enjoy the music!
In 2013, I released an album of classic cover tunes that influenced and inspired me in my youth. The album is called DRIVE. I thought it would be a great learning experience for me to go back to the songs that made me want to become a musician. I learned from not only the greatest artists and songwriters of all time, but also from the producers and engineers who made these timeless recordings. Some of these songs were number one hits, and some were songs that were so important to me in my formative years that I HAD to put them on this album. The result is an album that will show you how I started. I hope you enjoy the DRIVE.  After the release of DRIVE, I’ve been very busy working with other artists as an engineer, mix engineer, producer and vocalist on their songs. I’ve also been working on my fifth solo album. I’ve decided to release each song as soon as it’s finished. After I finish enough songs to make an album, I’ll release the album; but, in the meantime, you can keep up with my progress by getting the singles.I hope you’ll check them out on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.-

DISCOGRAPHY:
Wanderlust (2004)
Southern Exposure (2007)
Deep South (2009)Drive(2013)

Featured Songs

STRONG        

Features Michael Foster on drums, Keith Horne on bass, and Bill Leverty on vocals, guitars & keys.

Anyone familiar with Firehouse will know Bill Leverty as a virtuoso guitarist of the highest calibre,but in his solo career he takes over lead vocal duties too which are almost as good as his guitar playing.STRONG powers in with gutsy instrumentation before highlighting a beautiful bluesy groove in the verse featuring some liquid bass lines.The chorus kicks in to reveal an ultra catchy dedication to his Old Lady ,powered along by some kickass drumming.During the guitar solo Leverty delivers a thrill-a-second masterclass in taste and technique before the chorus takes us out the big finale.Wow !! what an introduction.

Boll Weevil

from his 3rd solo album, DEEP SOUTH

Quite a departure in sound and style from Firehouse.Boll Weevil has a brilliant mix of southern sweat and modern groove with, as you’d expect, great guitar tones.The vocal takes on the “megaphone” treatment and the arrangement keeps you on your toes with lots of sonic twists and turns and a surprisingly understated solo from Bill, relying on taste this time over technique, and very nice it is too.It just goes to show the depth of songwriting skills Leverty taps into outside the confines of Firehouse.

THE BLOOM IS OFF THE ROSE

Beautiful moody intro hints at a love song but this is anything but, lyrically, and the Santana-type lead lines at the start also hide the stinging lyrical content which brings to mind a myriad of lead singers I could think of with an “axle” to grind perhaps.The instrumentation is deep and menacing with a fat production which lends well to the sentiments of the song.The guitar solo is beautifully poignant, dripping with emotion

 

“My Right Mind”. (No video yet.) You can listen here:

Click the link to Bill’s website music player at the top of the home page to hear the new song “My Right Mind” a country rock flavoured tune with funky rock grooves and right-field stop/start breaks to keep things interesting, and a great vocal performance from Bill.

Tasty key change heralds another eye-watering solo featuring echoes of Schenker to take us to the end of another cooking song.

Bill Leverty is living proof that there is a healthy existence outside of the Mothership, in this case Firehouse.While the latter is a great band and still continues to function today,the last album released was in 2011, so Bill’s solo career is a chance to write and release new music in a less confined way.

I, for one am loving that and look forward to further new material from a highly talented artist.Go now to the website to experience the real thing.ADE FISHER

ps.Exclusive Star interview with Bill Leverty coming very soon.

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ENDIANA “ENDIANA”

A classic rock band exploring the histories of love, lust and bloodshed in the heartland.
Formed in ’09, ENDIANA is comprised of Tim Fuller on bass, Tim Gray on the drums and Matthew Aaron on vocals and guitar.

Sounds Like: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits, Chris Whitley.

Endiana puts a battered — but bold — heart on display throughout new album “After the Fall.” The nine-song collection rocks harder and is more accessible than previous recordings by Matthew Aaron, who sings, “We all have scars from being torn apart.” Aaron remains an expert at exploring haunted corners of love and life, while Tim Gray’s drumming erupts with personality and Scott Manning’s polished guitar work escorts Endiana from a dark alley to Main Street.”
—  dave lindquist, the indianapolis STAR
I’ve featured ENDIANA today because they are something different.I get sent a lot of stuff lately that sounds great until the ubiquitous Screamo sets in. A lot of bands are now starting to become indistinguishable among the pack. Not so ENDIANA !!
Have a listen to the following tracks and you’ll see why !!Ade Fisher
Hints of Petty, Steve Earle, the song has a vintage production feel of great Americana. Impassioned vocals from Aaron blend beautifully with the analogue sounding drums bass and guitar giving an authentic sound and feel.Great stuff !!
VODKA  ( http://www.reverbnation.com/endianamusic/song/16197797-vodka)
A White Stripes style bass n bass drum intro a vocal detailing a fall out with the Lil Woman.
Is the Vodka to blame ??? Real tasty bass and Gretsch sounding guitar kicks in a dirty guitar solo that sits under your finger nails like a whore’s eyeliner.Awesome choon !!!
Laid back ditty , sounds like Steely Dan with sweat !! Great vocals again and some note-worthy guitar tones and lines.
Lots of twists n turns in this one, even some Stones hints in this one.!!
If, like me, you like your music with some alternative flavours,ENDIANA are just what you need.
CHECK THEM OUT NOW !!!
FREE TRACKS AT http://t.co/zDZw0A0tFS
ADE FISHER
 

 

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“BLOWSIGHT”

Description

Sweden has always been a guarantee for the export of epic Pop melodies and famous rock-bands. However, this rarely combined in one band. Blowsight have internalized the essence of both worlds.With no fear and always with a tongue-in-cheek attitude the band maneuvers through all facets and colors of modern rock music. Even in reflective moments they maintain a touch of lightness. Despite all diversity, Blowsight always put the fun in music first and they never stop short at playfully crazy ideas to show it off.

Fresh, melodic and powerful! This is rock, who’s beat is not only the heartbeat of zeitgeist, but mainly convinces listeners with sophisticated songwriting. This is music that works – on small or big stages.

Nick Red (lead vocals/guitar), Seb (guitar/vocals), Mao (bass/vocals), Fabz (drums/vocals)
Sounds Like: 30 Seconds to Mars, Trivium, My Chemical Romance, Bullet for My Valentine, Foo Fighters
THE SUN BEHIND THE RAIN
Big dirty guitars combine Nickleback style rocking at its heaviest with big catchy choruses with beautiful chord changes to perk the interest and a quirky guitar solo !! Niiiccceee.
MAGIC EIGHT BALL
Almost Classical music intro segues into powerful drums n guitars.
It’s great to hear modern power with inherent melody and top class production.
Lots of musical twists and turns keep the listener on their toes.
LIVE DIE SURRENDER
Theatrical guitar start pounds hard into an uptempo rocker again with great vocal melodies
very exciting and inventive guitar solo, keeps you guessing as the song drops to lush vocal harmonies before smashing back into the power chords again.
Shit these guys are good !!!!!!
OVER THE SURFACE
Another ear-catching intro of modern keys lulls you into a great power ballad with killer melodies once more.This band don’t sit on tired old sounds and chords, they are always looking to try something different. MUST BE A SWEDISH THING !! AND I LOVE IT !!!!
ADE FISHER
 

 

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Wings of Pegasus are a hard rock band fronted by ‘Fil Henley’ who was featured on the UK version of ‘The X Factor’ in 2013. They have been in existence since 2006 and have recently released their debut album entitled ‘Persistence’. To date they have played at the O2 in London as well as Wembley Arena.
Tracks from Persistence can be heard on Reverb Nation    ( http://www.reverbnation.com/wingsofpegasus )

1.Unwanted Stranger is a brooding, slow tempo rocker with a big chorus.

2.Paris Nord takes the mood a bit lighter at the beginning but then builds to an excellent power ballad.

3. Greed. My personal favourite song from the selection on offer. The tempo fluctuates beautifully between light and shade passages peaking with some great drum fills and a brilliant guitar solo.As good as anything you will hear today !!

4.Haunted.High energy guitar riff, taken down verse then powerhouse chorus leading to a half tempo guitar solo then a big finish. Awesome stuff.

5.We Can Fall Down. High energy tune with big vocals, musical twists and turns ensure the listener is never allowed to get comfortable for too long, maintaining the  excitement !!

It’s high time a British Rock Band broke through the monotony of today’s music wasteland.

Wings of Pegasus might just be the one to do it .

Ade Fisher

 

 

 

Sounds Like: Creed, The Killers, Deep Purple (1968-1976), Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne

E-mail: wingsofpegasus@hotmail.com

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