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Tom Keifer Releases Video For “The Way Life Goes,” Deluxe Edition of Acclaimed Solo Album Due October 20th!

Tom Keifer Releases Video For “The Way Life Goes,” Deluxe Edition of Acclaimed Solo Album Due October 20th!

TOM KEIFER just released the latest video for the title track, “The Way Life Goes,” from his critically acclaimed debut solo album in connection with the highly anticipated release of THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION, an expanded compilation chock full of bonus content and special artwork.

THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION is set for release October 20 on Cleopatra Records. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon and on Cleopatra’s website. The package will include the original album that has been remastered by Richard Dodd (Kings of Leon, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum). It also has two brand new studio tracks recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy® Award-winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) with KEIFER and his bandmates (#keiferband: Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Paul Simmons, Paul Taylor, Savannah Keifer, and Kendra Chantelle). Fans will finally get to hear the long-awaited studio recording of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which KEIFER performs at all of his concerts, plus a powerful new take on the Cinderella classic “Nobody’s Fool,” newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION will be wrapped in an all new six-panel digipak designed by artist David Calcano (creator of the Fantoons comic strip series) with 20 pages of one-of-a-kind unique illustrations depicting each song.

As KEIFER explains, “Everything from the new artwork, documentary, videos and bonus tracks contained in the DELUXE EDITION is a sum of all the amazingly talented people who came into our world as a result of the initial release. The two bonus tracks were specifically chosen and recorded as we felt them both to be special collaborations that came about while touring for THE WAY LIFE GOES.”

New band members Jarred Pope (drums) and Kory Myers (keyboards/vocals) join the #keiferband lineup in 2017. Writing has begun for a follow-up to THE WAY LIFE GOES with recording slated for Fall 2018.

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Tom Keifer To Release Deluxe Edition of ‘The Way Life Goes’ In October

Tom Keifer To Release Deluxe Edition of ‘The Way Life Goes’ In October

TOM KEIFER once sang, “You’re only going once around the ride.”

He’s proving that theory wrong with the highly anticipated release of THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION, an expanded compilation of his critically acclaimed solo debut album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, chock full of bonus content and special artwork.

THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION is finally set for release October 20 on Cleopatra Records. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon and on Cleopatra’s website. The package will include the original album that has been remastered by Richard Dodd (Kings of Leon, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum). It also has two brand new studio tracks recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy® Award-winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) with KEIFER and his bandmates (#keiferband: Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Paul Simmons, Paul Taylor, Savannah Keifer, and Kendra Chantelle). Fans will finally get to hear the long-awaited studio recording of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which KEIFER performs at all of his concerts, plus a powerful new take on the Cinderella classic “Nobody’s Fool,” newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

“The reason that I picked up guitar, the reason that I sing the way I do, was all because of that guy,” said Hale of KEIFER’s influence on her at a young age. The two first performed “Nobody’s Fool” live together in Atlantic City, NJ in September 2013.

“I remember the first time seeing Lzzy perform live at the House of Blues show in Atlantic City and being absolutely floored by the power of her voice and performance,” KEIFER continues. “She’s an amazing artist and has been a great inspiration to me as well.”

There will also be a bonus DVD with music videos, tour clips, and “The Way Life’s Goin,’” a 30-minute documentary produced by Tammy Vega (KEIFER’s longtime official photographer) about the creation of the bonus tracks, exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions, and live footage.

THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION will be wrapped in an all new six-panel digipak designed by artist David Calcano (creator of the Fantoons comic strip series) with 20 pages of one-of-a-kind unique illustrations depicting each song.

As KEIFER explains, “Everything from the new artwork, documentary, videos and bonus tracks contained in the DELUXE EDITION is a sum of all the amazingly talented people who came into our world as a result of the initial release. The two bonus tracks were specifically chosen and recorded as we felt them both to be special collaborations that came about while touring for THE WAY LIFE GOES.”

New band members Jarred Pope (drums) and Kory Myers (keyboards/vocals) join the #keiferband lineup in 2017. Writing has begun for a follow-up to THE WAY LIFE GOES with recording slated for Fall 2018.

Upon its initial release, THE WAY LIFE GOES garnered rave reviews. To wit:

“A collection of 14 blues howlers, Stones-y rock and, yes, big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.” –Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone

“…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure Keifer guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ Exile On Main Street while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.”–Ward Meeker, Vintage Guitar

“…the record features such vital, vibrant guitar tones and parts that are immediate and honest.  They also have that cool, interlocking, layered quality that made so many classic rock albums so, well, classic.  Keifer flat-out knows how to play vibey guitar parts with ungodly tone, and fans of the Stones, Zeppelin, Steve Marriott, and early Aerosmith should definitely take notice.  And, although you wouldn’t wish hemorrhaging vocal cords on anyone, this guy is singing better than ever to complement his great 6-string parts.” –Matt Blackett, Guitar Player

THE WAY LIFE GOES marks the first release of any kind by Keifer since Cinderella’s last record, 1994’s STILL CLIMBING. In many ways, it picks up right where the band left off. The first single, ‘The Flower Song,’ echoes ‘Maggie May,’ the familiar grit in Keifer’s voice approximating Faces-era Rod Stewart; but for the most part the album replicates the blend of pounding hard rock, soaring ballads and blues and country tinges that characterized Cinderella’s sound beginning with LONG COLD WINTER.”–Shaun Brady, Philadelphia City Paper,

“’The Flower Song,’ his premiere solo offering, smacks of the Black Crowes/the Faces.” –Katherine Turman, Village Voice (NY)

Here’s the complete track listing for THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION:

DISC 1: CD

1. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It’s Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick and Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fool’s Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain’t That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
14. Babylon

BONUS TRACKS
15. Nobody’s Fool feat. Lzzy Hale
16. With A Little Help From My Friends
17. Nobody’s Fool (Piano Version)

DISC 2: DVD

Chapter 1) The Way Life’s Goin’ (Documentary)
Chapter 2) Solid Ground (Music video)
Chapter 3) The Flower Song (Music video)
Chapter 4) It’s Not Enough (Music video)
Chapter 5) It’s Not Enough (Lyric video)
Chapter 6) Album Promo
Chapter 7) Cathouse Live
Chapter 8) Count Vamp’d Las Vegas
Chapter 9) Farm Rock Chicago

Check out TOM KEIFER at any of the following tour stops:

Sat 9/23 – Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theatre
Sun 9/24 – Big Flats, NY – Tag’s Summerstage
Thu 10/5 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
Fri 10/6 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
Wed 10/11 – New York, NY – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Thu 10/12 – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
Fri 10/13 – Chester, PA – The Block at Harrah’s Casino
Sat 10/14 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Fri 10/20 – Little Rock, AR – Arkansas State Fair
Sat 10/28 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Fri 11/3 – Galveston, TX – Lone Star Rally at Saengerfest Park
Sat 11/4 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
Thu 11/9 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
Fri 11/10 – Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon
Sat 11/11 – Big Bear Lake, CA – The Cave
Sun 11/12 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
Thu 12/7 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Fri 12/8 – Dubuque, IA – Q Casino

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THE WAY LIFE GOES: Tom Keifer On His Creative Journey, New Music and More!

THE WAY LIFE GOES: Tom Keifer On His Creative Journey, New Music and More!

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In 2013, Tom Keifer released his highly-anticipated debut solo album, “The Way Life Goes,” to rave reviews. At the time of release, he couldn’t have foreseen the tremendous impact the album would have on him both personally and professionally. As his journey to bring this collection of incredibly soulful tunes to the masses began to pick up steam, Keifer soon found himself connecting with scores of amazingly talented people. These connections would soon begin to unlock new adventures for him as an artist and plant the seeds of inspiration for future work.

Flash forward to 2016. As a thank you to the fans who supported him and the solo project for the past few years by attending shows, Keifer and his bandmates (#keiferband: Tony Higbee/guitars and vocals, Billy Mercer/bass and vocals, Paul Simmons, drums and vocals, Paul Taylor/keyboards and vocals, Savannah Keifer/vocals, percussion and piano, Kendra Chantelle/vocals and percussion) entered a Nashville studio earlier this month to record with four-time Grammy® Award-winning producer/engineer Vance Powell (Elle King, Chris Stapleton, Jack White). These new tracks will be featured as bonus material on an expanded, deluxe edition of “The Way Life Goes”, set for release later this year. A true labor of love, the package will also include the original album that’s being remastered by Richard Dodd (Kings of Leon, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum), a bonus DVD with video extras, a documentary about the creation of the bonus tracks, and exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions. The deluxe set will be wrapped in a new expanded art package designed by artist David Calcano.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Tom Keifer to discuss the incredible impact “The Way Life Goes” has had on him creatively, what fans can expect from the upcoming deluxe edition of the album, and what the future holds for him and his band in the months to come.

What went into the process of finding your creative voice early on?

Tom Keifer

Tom Keifer

Much like most artists, you have your influences and the things you cut your teeth on. I go back into the ‘60s and ‘70s with the hard rock that was inspired by the American roots music — blues, country and gospel. I came up on the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart and Janis Joplin. I think you just want to emulate them when you are younger. That starts by covering them. I played in tons of cover bands. Eventually, I decided I wanted to start writing my own music. When I started writing my own music, I heard a voice in my head and there was no one in the area that sounded like what I heard in my head, so I just started singing in that voice myself. For me, the creative process and writing is something I feel that is ongoing. I think most people who write songs and perform would tell you it is a process that you are constantly trying to improve. The way I feel about it is that the next time I write a song, I want to write a better one. The next time I do a performance, I want to sing or play the song better. It is kind of an ongoing process. The recording end of it is also a big part of the creative aspect. When you are in the studio, that is kind of where you paint the picture of your songs. I guess that is why they call it a recording artist. [laughs] When we went into make the first record [with Cinderella], we were very green and didn’t know very much about that process. As a result, the record came out a simpler production, would be the best way to put it. It is very basic. That really grew as time went on with Cinderella and even with my solo record, where you are getting better at using all the colors in the studio and bringing in different instrumentation. On “Long Cold Winter,” the second record we brought in dobros, pianos, acoustic guitars and things that weren’t on the first record. We went even further on “Heartbreak Station.” There are so many aspects of creativity and I guess to dig in and grow in each area every time you step into the studio is really important.

Where do you look for inspiration to fuel the creative fire these days?

I have been listening to a lot of Top 40 radio. When the solo record was released, “The Flower Song” was being played on the Top 40 channels on Sirius XM. Our family started tuning in because you always like to hear your own song on the radio! [laughs] It was kind of cool to hear “The Flower Song” right after Kendrick Lamar and then Taylor Swift would come on. It was like, “Wow! Back on Top 40!” That is where all Cinderella’s big hits were because we crossed over. It is kind of a situation where I’m back where I started in a way. Obviously, the Cinderella records were big in the rock format too but when they really crossed over, they went to Top 40 radio. It was exciting to be on that format again. We kind of got hooked on listening to it. My son really loves that channel, so I listen to that a lot in the car when I am riding around with him. I have discovered some really great artists from there ranging from Imagine Dragons to Bruno Mars to Elle King. She is my new favorite on there and I think that record is really killer! That is actually one of the records that led us to Vance Powell, who is the producer we hired to record these tracks for the deluxe set of “The Way Life Goes.” I find that format to be very creative and there is a lot of inspiration there in terms of production elements and songwriting. Not all of it is my taste in music but it is certainly more colorful and interesting creative format than a lot of the other formats out there.

The last time we spoke, it was just before the release of “The Way Life Goes.” You covered a lot of miles and it has been a wild ride for you since the release. What impact has this album had on you personally and professionally?

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Tom Keifer’s ‘The Way Life Goes’

It has been beyond my expectations in terms of many things. The way it has been received by the fans and the press and in reviews has been amazing. It has also brought some truly incredible people into my life. Being able to work with my wife, Savannah, in creating the album and now with her being part of the touring band has been a really, really cool thing. The band that came together for the tour has had a really, really great chemistry from day one. I thought I was going to have to audition for months because the record was created with session musicians. When it was time to release it and go on tour, I had to put together a band that could convincingly play the new stuff and the Cinderella stuff and be people who you want to be around! That was kind of a tall order. What is amazing is that the very first people who walked into the very first audition are the same people who are on this bus I am standing on as I talk to you. [laughs] It feels like it was the band that was meant to be. The chemistry on and off stage has been really amazing and they are a really great inspiration to me. They are amazing musicians and people and we have just been having a ball. That is part of the reason we have continued to tour behind the record. As different as things are today, it takes awhile for the music to seep in. There isn’t one format or outlet that is going to take you platinum overnight. It is a very different climate. We are out, as our bass player Billy [Mercer] likes to say, taking the music to the people! [laughs] You know, it is a pretty long tour cycle for a record but the record took forever to make and I feel very blessed to have this band and these people in my life. We are just having a good time out here!

That is great to hear! As you mentioned, you are preparing a deluxe edition of “The Way Life Goes.” What has gone into the process of bringing it to life and what can we expect?

Tom Keifer

Tom Keifer

It is kind of a celebration of what I was just talking about, in terms of the really cool things the release of the record has brought to life and how life has expanded. What inspired it was a piece of artwork that was given to me as a gift from my tour manager. It was a collage of illustrations by an artist named David Calcano. He has done some artwork for Rush and Mr. Big. He also created something called Fantoons. He is a pretty well known artist and he is pretty amazing actually! The collage was illustrations of members of my new band, illustrations that kind of brought some of the lyrics of the record and its songs to life and illustrations that depicted life situations. I remember opening it as I was sitting on the tour bus and looking at it. I was thinking, “Wow, life has really expanded since the release of this record.” It made me think about how fortunate I was to have this band and Savannah involved. Since the band came together, because of the chemistry, we have been talking about recording the band. There have been a couple of songs we have been wanting to record.

We had also been talking about doing a documentary. When I opened this gift, Tammy Vega, who is a photographer and videographer who travels with us constantly, was sitting right next to me. She is amazing and we call her the eighth member of our band. She is a really talented girl. The wheels started turning and I thought, “This could be an album cover, what I am looking at here. Tammy could do this documentary. We could record the band and do the songs we have been wanting to record. We can tie all the things we have been talking about doing and let David repackage the record completely.” The artwork is completely new and David has done 20 pages of art for each song and it’s crazy. It is pulling all these people and things we have been wanting to do together and celebrates what we feel has been a really special couple of years that we have spent together out touring with this record. I think the fans are really going to like it. The tracks came out amazing. The artwork is amazing. The documentary not only covers a lot of stuff on the road that Tammy has filmed but she was also right in the studio with us when we were recording the bonus tracks with Vance Powell a couple of weeks ago in Nashville. She had cameras hidden around the studio and it is really an intimate inside look at the process. You are literally inside the vocal booth with me while we are doing takes! You see us around the console as we are talking about the playbacks. There are also a lot of interviews and it is really great!

Tom Kiefer and his very talented friends.

Tom Keifer and his very talented friends.

Can you tell us about the songs you and the band cooked up at this point?

We aren’t announcing what they are quite yet but we will be shortly. The only thing I can say about them is that they are songs that came about as a direct result of the release of this record. They are something that came about as a result of this project and all the touring we have been doing. When we announce what they are, I think it is really going to make sense to fans. Some people have asked me, “Why aren’t you just making a new record?” Well, we are actually in the process of writing but the songs that we selected and intentionally went into the studio to record, a few weeks ago, are things that don’t really make sense for a new record. They make sense with “The Way Life Goes.” That will make sense when the deluxe version is released and everyone knows what it is.

You mentioned working with Vance Powell on these tracks. How did you two cross paths and what did he bring out of you and the band for these songs?

We were vetting different producers for this project. Like I said, I felt from day one that the chemistry with this band was really amazing and I had been wanting to record it. I wanted to make sure the first time we did it, we did it right! We were looking into some serious producers. Vance is no slouch! [laughs] He is a four-time Grammy Award winning producer, so we are not fuckin’ around here! His name came up and I was familiar with the artists he had worked with from Jack White to Chris Stapleton to Elle King, as I mentioned before. Our drummer, Paul [Simmons], had been friends with him for a while. We were thinking he might be cool, so Paulie approached him and told him what we were up to. He said, “Yeah, cool!” He was into it! We had some pre-production rehearsals and then we went into Southern Ground Studios in Nashville and rocked out for a few days. We wanted it to be a live recording, built from the ground up and didn’t want it to be too processed. One of the first discussions I had with Vance was, “This band plays and sings incredibly. We have seven people who sing in the band and I want to capture all of that at once.” He is very good at that process and has done it a lot, so that is how we approached the tracks. Obviously, we went back and enhanced them and did some overdubs and stuff but the heart and soul of the tracks are really live off of the floor.

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As you said, you are already looking ahead to your next record. Where are you headed musically?

You know, it is hard to say because it is in the writing process. The writing process for me is like collecting seeds from here and there. Some of the seeds are lyrical ideas. Some are melodies that pop into your head and you jot a few things down and they start to develop. There are some things that are starting to develop into songs. It is hard to say what it is going to be like until you actually get into the studio and start recording or at least playing them with the band. Like I mentioned before, there are so many ways you can paint that picture at a studio or with the band. “Is this going to be a heavy song with guitars or is it going to be a ballad with piano?” It’s not at that stage yet and is more in the writing process where we are starting to collect those song ideas. That is something I don’t like to rush because I like them to come from real inspiration and real life stuff. There has been a lot of life going on over the past few years, so the well is being filled! The way I write, the way Savannah writes, who was a big part of the writing with the first solo record, and the way a lot of the people I write with write is by going out and living life to fill the well. Then, all of a sudden, these ideas and inspirations start coming to you. Sometimes, I will go a couple of years without writing a song but I am living life, being inspired and gathering things to write about. Now, those are starting to come out. They started coming out last year. In those periods where you are not writing, it is always like, “Will I ever write a song again? Ohhhh noooo!” But then they just start falling out. [laughs] That is what is starting to happen and the state that it is in now. The stage we hope to be in next year is in the studio with a producer, maybe Vance because we certainly love working with him, and laying it down. Then we’ll have more of an idea of what it all feels like.

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So much can be said about the climate of today’s music industry. As an artist who is immersed in it and out doing his thing, what excites you about being an artist today?

The fans excite me more than anything. It is their enthusiasm that is really satisfying. Playing live has always been my favorite aspect. I mean, I love writing songs, painting the picture in the studio and recording them. You go through the struggle of love and hate in the process. Sometimes it is very easy and sometimes it is a challenge. Sometimes you are trying to pull something out of thin air while trying to create this song or this sound. Sometimes it is as simple as, “There it is” as it comes out of the studio monitors and then other times it is, “No. That’s not what I am hearing in my head.” Then you have to really struggle to find that. It is a great process and I enjoy it but there is nothing like once you have finally found it and then you take it out on the road and you are in the moment playing it live. There are no do-overs and you are sharing that moment with people who are returning the energy and singing the songs back to you. That inspires me more than anything!

What is the best lesson we can take away from your journey as an artist?

I think it is important to remember that nothing is impossible. Before Cinderella was signed, I was told it was a pipe dream and the odds were a gazillion to one. You just have to believe in yourself, always do your best work, make it about the work and the music and not about the ancillary benefits that come with it. It should always be about the music!

Thanks for your time today, Tom. I loved “The Way Life Goes,” so I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us with this deluxe release, as well as new music! I wish you continued success!

Cool, brother! Good talking to you again and thanks for covering what we are up to! I appreciate it! Take care!

To get the latest news and information on Tom Keifer, visit his official website at www.tomkeifermusic.com. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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Tom Kiefer Working On Bonus Tracks With Vance Powell For Deluxe Edition Of ‘The Way Life Goes’

Tom Kiefer Working On Bonus Tracks With Vance Powell For Deluxe Edition Of ‘The Way Life Goes’

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In 2013, TOM KEIFER released his highly-anticipated debut solo album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, to rave reviews and immediately kicked off a non-stop touring schedule. Flash forward to 2016.

Now, as a “thank you” to his fans who have supported him and the long-awaited solo project for the past few years by attending one packed show after another, KEIFER and his bandmates (#keiferband: Tony Higbee/guitars and vocals, Billy Mercer/bass and vocals, Paul Simmons, drums and vocals, Paul Taylor/keyboards and vocals, Savannah Keifer/vocals, percussion and piano, Kendra Chantelle/vocals and percussion) will being entering a Nashville studio later this month to record with four-time Grammy® Award-winning producer/engineer Vance Powell (Elle King, Chris Stapleton, Jack White).

The new tracks will be featured as bonus material on an expanded, deluxe edition of KEIFER’s critically acclaimed 2013 solo debut album, THE WAY LIFE GOES.  Set for release later this year, the package will also include the original album that’s currently being remastered by Richard Dodd (Kings of Leon, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum), a bonus DVD with video extras, a documentary about the creation of the bonus tracks, and exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions.

The as-yet-untitled deluxe set will be wrapped in an all new expanded art package designed by artist David Calcano (creator of the Fantoons comic strip series) with one-of-a-kind unique illustrations depicting each song. KEIFER credits a framed collage designed by Calcano of images depicting life, members of his band and songs from THE WAY LIFE GOES that was given to him by his tour manager, Gene Aldridge, as the inspiration to release the deluxe edition.

“That one gift,” said KEIFER, “instantly made us think about all the incredible people, adventures and inspiration that had come into our lives over the last few years. The new deluxe edition is our way of celebrating the way life’s gone since the initial release. It’s been an amazing journey!”

The new package’s bonus track song titles, release date and some other very special surprises will be announced in the coming weeks.

Upon its initial release, THE WAY LIFE GOES garnered rave reviews. To wit:

“A collection of 14 blues howlers, Stones-y rock and, yes, big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.”–Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone

“…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure Keifer guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ Exile On Main Street while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.” –Ward Meeker, Vintage Guitar

“…the record features such vital, vibrant guitar tones and parts that are immediate and honest.  They also have that cool, interlocking, layered quality that made so many classic rock albums so, well, classic.  Keifer flat-out knows how to play vibey guitar parts with ungodly tone, and fans of the Stones, Zeppelin, Steve Marriott, and early Aerosmith should definitely take notice.  And, although you wouldn’t wish hemorrhaging vocal cords on anyone, this guy is singing better than ever to complement his great 6-string parts.”–Matt Blackett, Guitar Player

“…an amazing, raspy voice and a knack for writing songs that lodge themselves on the brain and refuse to leave for days…”–Gerry Gittleson, Los Angeles Daily News

“The Way Life Goes marks the first release of any kind by Keifer since Cinderella’s last record, 1994’s Still Climbing. In many ways, it picks up right where the band left off. The first single, ‘The Flower Song,’ echoes ‘Maggie May,’ the familiar grit in Keifer’s voice approximating Faces-era Rod Stewart; but for the most part the album replicates the blend of pounding hard rock, soaring ballads and blues and country tinges that characterized Cinderella’s sound beginning with Long Cold Winter.”–Shaun Brady, Philadelphia City Paper

“’The Flower Song,’ his premiere solo offering, smacks of the Black Crowes/the Faces.”

–Katherine Turman, Village Voice (NY),

In touring news, TOM KEIFER and his band has confirmed lots of new tour dates that will keep them on the road throughout the rest of the year. Check them out at any of the following stops:

TOM KIEFER TOUR DATES:

Sat 4/2 – Sunrise, FL – Markham Park – Rockfest 80’s
Thu 4/7 – Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
Fr 4/8 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
Sat 4/9 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House
Mon 4/11 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee
Sat 4/23 – Fayetteville, NC – Fayetteville Dogwood Festival
Thu 4/28 – Chester, PA – The Block Entertainment Center/Harrah’s
Fri 4/29 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
Sat 4/30 – Columbia, MD – M3 Rock Festival
Thu 5/12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Fri 5/13 – Houston, TX – The Pub
Sat 5/14 – Kinder, LA – Coushatta Casino Resort
Sat 5/28 – Herrin, IL – HerrinFesta Italiana
Fri 6/3 – Nashville, TN – Farm Rock
Fri 6/10 – Saginaw, MI – FirstMerit Bank Event Park
Sat 6/11 – Elgin, IL – Arcada Park
Wed 6/15 – Alameda, CA – Alameda County Fair
Sat 6/18 – Tucson, AZ – Kino Sports Center
Fri 6/24 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Fri 8/12 – Three Forks, MT – Rockin’ The Rivers Music Festival
Sat 8/20 – Calgary, AB. – Deerfoot Inn & Casino

* More dates to be announced.

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Greg Prato Releases ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s’

Greg Prato Releases ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s’

Another epic read from Greg Prato

Another epic read from Greg Prato

Since its inception in the late 1960’s, heavy metal has experienced quite a few ups and downs in popularity. But there was one specific decade that sticks out as the most troubling – the 1990’s. In what seemed like one fell swoop, a style of metal that had been popular for much of the 1980’s was rendered obsolete, and in its place, was a much more real, raw, and unique approach – detected in several new metal-based “sub-genres.” Add to it several changes in the music industry and media, and it appeared as if traditional metal may have met its expiration date…before several bands (and a certain traveling festival tour) helped put headbanging rock back on track.

Written by journalist/author Greg Prato, ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s’ is the first book to focus entirely on this decade. Set in an oral history format, ‘Survival’ features over 80 interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including current or past members of Pantera, Sepultura, Fear Factory, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Dream Theater, King’s X, Extreme, Winger, Cinderella, Living Colour, Faith No More, Primus, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Stone Temple Pilots, Kyuss, Danzig, Clutch, Life of Agony, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Within Temptation, Cradle of Filth, Death, Coal Chamber, and System of a Down (among many others), as well as Eddie Trunk, Riki Rachtman, and Lonn Friend. Also featured is a foreword penned by Pantera bassist Rex Brown.

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone and Guitar Player, and has authored such books as ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81,’ ‘The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion,’ ‘The Eric Carr Story,’ and ‘Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music.’ ‘Survival of the Fittest’ is his 16th book overall.

Available as a paperback version [616 pages, $24.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99], ‘Survival of the Fittest’ helps put the ’90s and heavy metal all into perspective.

Read an exclusive excerpt here:
http://www.songfacts.com/blog/writing/survival_of_the_fittest_heavy_metal_in_the_1990_s/

Ordering info here:
Paperback and Kindle: http://amzn.com/1512073067

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/survival-of-the-fittest-greg-prato/1122273381

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Tom Keifer To Play September Shows With Halestorm

Tom Keifer To Play September Shows With Halestorm

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Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist TOM KEIFER has been on the road supporting his new cd “The Way Life Goes” for the better part of 2013. Keifer and his band wrapped up the first part of the tour with a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman at the end of June.

Having taken a short break from touring, Keifer and company plan to head back out on the road this fall. Two shows with Halestorm will kick off the next leg of “The Way Life Goes” tour in September with more dates to be announced.

Tom Keifer with Halestorm:

Sept 6th – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues
Sept 7th – York, PA – Toyota Grandstand

In other Keifer news, a new single, “Cold Day in Hell” has been released to rock radio and “The Way Life Goes” is now available on vinyl.

Keifer’s debut solo album, “The Way Life Goes”, was released on April 30 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group).

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Tom Keifer To Perform On ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ On June 18th!

Tom Keifer To Perform On ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ On June 18th!

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Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist TOM KEIFER is confirmed to be the musical guest on LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN tomorrow, Tuesday June 18th.
Keifer’s highly anticipated debut solo album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, is out now and available everywhere via Merovee Records in conjunction with ADA Label Services. It was self-produced along with his wife Savannah Keifer and Chuck Turner, and recorded in Nashville.

Tom Keifer is currently out on his first ever solo tour supporting the effort.

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The Way Life Goes: Tom Keifer Discusses His Career And Intense Solo Album

The Way Life Goes: Tom Keifer Discusses His Career And Intense Solo Album

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Best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based Blues-Rock band Cinderella, Tom Keifer is making his debut as a solo artist with the release of his long-awaited and highly-anticipated solo album, “The Way Life Goes,” on April 30th via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). This powerful collection of 14 new songs ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the Blues, Rock and Country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for Cinderella. Rolling Stone praised Tom Keifer as “a gritty, bluesy (rocker) with enough genuine swagger to draw comparisons to Mick Jagger.” “The Way Life Goes” is a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been Keifer’s life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Tom Keifer to discuss his career in music, overcoming adversity, his evolution as an artist and the creation of his most personal album to date, “The Way Life Goes.”

Thanks for taking time out to speak with us today, Tom. We always like to start by getting a glimpse into the past. What are you earliest memories of music?

For me, it was The Ed Sullivan Show. That just blew my mind. There was also a TV show when I was really young called “The Monkees” and I watched it religiously. I loved that show. I loved the music. The songwriting by Mike Nesmith on that TV series was really great stuff. I started playing guitar when I was about eight. I had a teacher who came to the house and a little 3/4 acoustic guitar and he taught me Beatles songs, folk songs and stuff like that. We would just strung pretty basic chords and sing. He would make me sing the songs too, so it was almost like taking singer/songwriter lessons at the same time, to be honest! [laughs] That is where it started. As I got a little bit older, I remember hearing bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Bad Company, Janis Joplin and Rod Stewart. That is when I wanted to get an electric guitar. I am pretty much self-taught on electric guitar just from listening to Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Joe Walsh and Lindsey Buckingham. That is the music I really grew up on as a teenager in high school, as I was first learning to play music. It was that really amazing 70s rock!

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Tom Keifer

What was it about music that made you pursue it as a career instead of following a different path?

I just loved it. I think from the time I picked up a guitar and started learning when I was eight, there is no other way I can put it, I just love what I do! I love playing music and I couldn’t really see myself doing anything else. I was never the most academic kid growing up. Actually, my Mom had to bribe me to finish high school with a Les Paul that she dangled over my head! [laughs] It was at the local music store and she said “If you finish high school, I will buy you that guitar.” That was the coveted guitar, a Gibson Les Paul. Yeah, I mean, it just felt like what I wanted to do from the time I was very young watching “The Monkees”. That grew into the hard rock stuff pretty quickly. Once I heard Zeppelin, it was all over!

With so many years under your belt in the music industry, to what do your longevity?

I don’t know. It is hard to say. Who knows! I think for every musician or band out there, there is probably just something about them that clicks with their fans and could be different for everybody. It is hard to say. I think if we could all put our finger on that, we could bottle and sell it, right?! [laughs] I will say that I have honestly, 120%, put my heart into the music and tried to make the best music I can make and give the best performance live. It has always been my motivation. Maybe that is it, I don’t know.

There was a period of time where you thought you might never sing again. Can you take us through that period and the process of overcoming that tremendous obstacle?

It was a long period of time, actually. It started in the early-90s. We were on the “Heartbreak Station” tour, which was our third record. We were almost to the end of the tour and literally overnight my voice started cracking and breaking. Every time I went to hit a note it would just fall apart. I liken it to the little kid on the “Lil’ Rascals,” Alfalfa, who when he sang it would break and crack, ya know! [laughs] It just freaked me out. Obviously! Even in my speaking voice got weaker and it would also crack and breakup if I tried to raise it. Long story short, this was about 1991, I immediately started going to throat doctors. I had never really gone to one before because I never had any trouble with my voice. I had always heard that singers, particularly rock singers, over the years would develop these things called nodes. They are calluses that grow on your vocal chords from screaming or intense singing. Although it is not anything that anyone ever wants to get, it can be dealt with by having them lasered off. You have a little recovery period but most people are fine, ya know? I figured that is what I had and the first doctor I went to I told him I had been on tour for years and I may have nodes. He looked down with the scope and said “No. There is nothing on your vocal chords at all.” I asked him, “Why is my voice doing this?” and he said “I don’t know.” That started a series of going to other doctors and specialists for probably another year and a half or two years. Everyone kept telling me the same thing, “There is nothing wrong with your vocal chords.” Finally, a doctor that I went to ran a different kind of test, a neurological test and told me that one of my vocal chords was partially paralyzed. That is not something that is easily spotted on the scope that the other doctors were looking at. If you know you are looking for it, you might spot it but they vibrate so fast, the reduction on them is not as obvious visually. He had to uncover it with a neurological test and that was the diagnosis.

The doctor said “You know, you are probably never going to sing again.” This was in about 1992 or 1993. There is no surgery or medicine that can fix this condition. The only chance you have to sing again is to try and retrain your voice, which is not an exact science. I started working with speech pathologists. Then when I started to learn how to hold pitches again, I started working with vocal coaches. It has been an ongoing learning process. I get to points where I just learned enough to go out and tour. We made the “Still Climbin'” record but I recorded those vocals very differently than I was used to. I used to just go in and sing the song. On “Still Climbin'” I was singing a line at a time. There was a lot of comping and studio magic. We toured for a couple of months on that one. There was an up and down ride with it because you would think you are getting better and then it would get worse. Over the years, I have learned more and more and I have kept working with more people and coaches and learning new things. It has been a cumulative process of taking in all that knowledge, trial and error, experimentation, therapy and doing vocal exercises everyday that has allowed me to get it to a place where it is pretty consistent. I have been touring a lot in recent years and it is pretty strong! In some ways it is stronger, you know? Certain areas of my voice are stronger because I have had so much training.

One of the things that was difficult throughout this time, if that wasn’t difficult enough, was that you keep trying to sing with this condition and since it is a hard condition to sing wit, it puts a lot more stress on your voice. I have sustained a lot of collateral damage along the way that required surgical intervention to fix. I have had quite a few hemorrhages and done damages to the chords themselves. I have had six surgeries to repair damage from straining. Like I said, it is a long story. It has been years or struggling with this up and down. The good news is over the years, I have been able to put together enough pieces of the puzzle together and figure out what I need to do to keep it consistent and keep on track.

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“The Way Life Goes”

It is really inspiring to hear what you were up against and your determination to push through. You new album is called “The Way Life Goes.” That seems to mirror your take on your struggles along the way. How did you arrive at the title and what does it mean to you personally?

There is a song on the record called “The Way Life Goes”. Lyrically, that song is about the irony of some of the twists and turns that life throws at us. You are in a certain situation and think it is one thing but it turns out to not be. Things are not always what they appear to be. My writing, for the most part, is inspired by life. The songs always start with a lyrical inspiration because that is my background having grown up on people like Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and those kinda things. They were inspired by American roots music, like country and blues. It is all about real, everyday things. It is about good times and bad times, falling in and out of love and all of that. This record continues in that fashion. I just decided to make that one song the title track because it seemed to sum up the album. All of the songs are about life.

You put the album together over the course of several years. Can you tell us about that process and what made now the time to release it?

It was almost ten years in the making. We started cutting tracks in 2003. The idea of a solo record was something I started thinking of in the mid-90s. I started writing then for it and it kept getting put on the back burner. I had tons of songs piling up and finally in 2003 started cutting tracks for a record. It was cut independently of a label because I had just come out of a bad record deal with Cinderella a few years before that. I didn’t want to deal with a label, lawyers and people telling me what to do. I just wanted to make some music! That is how the record started. I produced it with Savannah, my wife, and a friend of ours here named Chuck Turner. He is a really talented producer and engineer. We just kinda worked on it until it felt right. To answer your question about “Why now?,” it is as simple as this. About a year ago, I woke up and pressed play and though it was done! [laughs] Then we started the process of finding a label. That was always the idea all the way along, once the music was done and created, we would go and find a label because I don’t know about marketing a record in this day and age. [laughs] We shopped it around from there. I actually completed the music about a year to even a year and a half, I can’t remember. We finally found a great place at Merovee Records. It feels like home and the first meeting with them like “Bam!” and here we are!

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What is your typically process for songwriting? Did it differ at all for this record?

It will usually start with a lyric, like I said. Sometimes a melody will come to you and you will hear it in your head. That can happen anywhere. I can be in a Home Depot on aisle five when I hear a lyric or a melody in my head that I want to write a song about. Usually, it is a race to get to an instrument to try and work out what I am hearing in my head. On this record, I did a lot more co-writing than I normally do. I am not real good at coming into a room and sitting down with no idea and writing a song. I have never really done that. Even with the co-writes, usually I would bring in some idea that had hit me when I was riding on an airplane one day or something like that. I always try to stick with the real inspiration that I had, ya know, like if you were driving down the road and something caught your eye and triggered something. In my experience, the best songs and the songs I think people can relate to and feel real come from those experiences, so that is where I have always tried to start.

Looking back on the entire process of bringing this album to life, what do you consider the biggest challenge involved?

The biggest hassle was the mixing. All of the songwriting was really fun because I never force it, as I just described, I just try to let that happen. That was fun and it was fun writing with other people. I wrote with Savannah, my wife, who is a great songwriter and a lot of other really great writers. That was a fun, new experience for me. Cutting the tracks was incredible. We used some really amazing musicians here and the overdub process and editing process was enjoyable too. When we got to the mixing stage, I really had this sound in my head that just wasn’t happening. We went through, at last count, 17 or 18 mix engineers! A lot of that time was spent on mixing and thinking we were there. Then we would live with it and say “Wow. We aren’t really there.” We would be disappointed and have to step away from it for a few months and go look for somebody else. It was a bit of a process! Every record has it’s path that it takes and at the end of the day with the sound or quality, I got as close I ever have. You are never really 100% satisfied! [laughs] I am pretty proud of it and I feel the time we put into it was worth it.

I know you went out on the initial leg of your first solo tour. What was that experience like for you?

It was great, man! Probably my favorite part of all of this is the touring part and playing music live. I say that because it is a true moment, a pure moment. You are not thinking “Can I do that vocal again?” It is what it is, ya know? [laughs] There is no “Can I cut that part over?” No, this is live! It is great because you go out and have fun. It was really cool. We did a bunch of new stuff off of the record and a bunch of the Cinderella tracks. I have a great band here. That was part of the process of going out this early in front of the record. It was February when we went out and that was months before the record was going to come out. I wanted to get tight with the members of the band, become a band, learn how to play these new songs on the road and all that stuff. I also wanted to give the fans a chance to hear some of the new stuff. We are doing a lot of the new stuff in the show. We purposely picked really small rooms so it would feel more intimate because part of the show was a sit down acoustic thing where I do some storytelling about how some of the songs where written, both new and old. The show really ranges from the storyteller’s aspect to a whole bunch of really blistering, high energy rock. There is a lot in the show.

Looking back on your career, how do you feel you have evolved as an artist since starting out?

I don’t know. It is hard to be objective about yourself! [laughs] What I have tried to do is become a better songwriter, performer and singer. Obviously, the singing thing has been a challenge because of the condition I have. I do think, in a lot of ways, because of all the training I have had, I do think in a lot of ways my voice is better than it was. It is still a challenge and I don’t know what it will do from day to day. It stills borders being inconsistent. On the good days it is better in a lot of ways than it used to be. I think I have grown a lot in that area. I think as a songwriter, moving to Nashville was a really great move because the way that I write, which is lyrics from life situations, is what all the writers do here. That is the process here. I learned a lot from moving here and inspired by the amazing writers that call Nashville home. That is what it is all about to me — always trying to write a bette song.

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Is there anything you would differently in your career if you had a chance?

Nah! [laughs] Maybe I would mix the first two Cinderella albums a little bit differently. Someone asked me that the other day and it was the only thing I could think of. At the end of the day, they are what they are and they were very successful. I think what we grew into on “Long Cold Winter” and then into “Heartbreak Station” was really more of where the band was coming from. I would say that is not the only thing and I am not even sure I would do that. Life keeps moving forward and you can’t think too much about the past. We have been really fortunate and have had a lot of great times and success. I feel grateful to have been a part of it all and it still continues.

With that said, is there any interest on your part in creating new music for Cinderella?

We would love to but for as much as we would like to, we haven’t really had the right opportunity or deal presented to us. We had the one deal, which I mentioned, that really went south about ten years ago. We worked really, really hard on that and that is when I really started my solo record because we were in a legal battle in the courts over this record deal. The other guys kinda did the same thing to. Everybody went out and started doing their own things. We continued to tour as a band and that has been great for us! We have done some really, really great tours and it is our favorite part of the business anyway! We haven’t been in any hurry to jump back into a record deal after we got burnt so bad. That isn’t to say that we wouldn’t. To answer your question, we never say never. It is not for a lack of desire on our part, it is just has to be the right situation.

How do you view the music industry today on a whole as opposed to what is was during your early years in Cinderella?

Obviously, it has changed in a lot of ways but in a lot of ways it is still the same. I think the most important thing is to create some great music. That should always be the priority and focus because, ultimately, that is what the fans and listeners want. They want something really great. I think what motivates artists and bands hasn’t changed or shouldn’t change, even though it is a little more challenging in the current environment with budgets being less and labels putting less money into developing artists and music. That is one of the things that has changed as result of downloading and lost revenues. Even though that is going on, you have to find a way around it and still make sure you are creating quality music because that is what people want! In that sense, it is still the same game. You want to do your best but it is a challenge because of how the industry is collapsing on itself. That is really why I wanted to do my record independently of a label. I have a very good friend who put the money up for it and said “When it’s done, it’s done!” I said “I like that!” [laughs] That way there wasn’t any cutting the music short because of timeframe and budget. A lot of artists are up against that now. When you are signed to a label, you are on their time and on their dime. A lot of times that dictates when the music is done. A lot of times, the music isn’t always done! [laughs]

The album isn’t still very fresh for you and hits stores next month. Is another record something we might see you tackling sooner rather than later?

I don’t know. We will see. I am just taking this one day at a time. I put a lot if effort and energy into this record and I don’t even really want to think making another one right now to be honest! [laughs]

Your dedication to the album really shows. You have a bunch of terrific material on there.

Thank you. I appreciate that!

We have covered a lot of ground but I am still curious about a few things. What is the best part of being Tom Keifer these days and what does the future hold for you?

The best part for me is that I love what I do in terms of being a musician. That is great but the family to me is the priority always. It is two very different things but there is nothing like when you get to come home and I see Savannah and Jaden. I get to play with my son and I always look forward to that more than anything in life. He has really changed our world. I love watching him grow and learn. That is good stuff! The future? I don’t know, more good times, right? [laughs] I am playing shows, continuing to tour and watching my son grow. There is a lot of good music in the show — new old and everything in between.

Thanks for your time today, Tom. It is an honor to help spread the word on your work.

I appreciate it, man. I really do. I appreciate your support and help with all of this!

Great! Until we speak again, stay out of trouble! All the best to you!

You to man! Great talking to you!

To get the latest news and information on Tom Keifer, visit his official website at www.tomkeifermusic.com. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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Tom Keifer Premieres “The Flower Song” From Upcoming Album ‘The Way life Goes’

Tom Keifer Premieres “The Flower Song” From Upcoming Album ‘The Way life Goes’

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The time has come for fans of TOM KEIFER who’ve been waiting over 10 years to finally hear his solo music.  “The Flower Song” premiered on USA Today‘s website yesterday (http://usat.ly/110wDeA), who proclaim “has the feel of a vintage Faces cut–a little ‘Maggie May,’ a little ‘Ooh La La’–with Keifer’s gritty vocals front and center.”  It’s the first single from his long-awaited, highly anticipated solo album,THE WAY LIFE GOES, due out April 30 via Merovee Records in conjunction with ADA Label Services.

“The Flower Song” will be serviced to AAA radio stations nationwide on February 4, while “Solid Ground” will be serviced to all Rock formats on March 11.
“To me, that song is about how unbelievable it is that you’re able to find that one person that’s perfect for you,” as TOM KEIFER explained toUSA Today’s Brian Mansfield.  “Obviously, it’s told from the perspective of a guy, but I think it’s true for both men and women: When you find that one person, it’s a miracle.”
THE WAY LIFE GOES ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock.  It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for Cinderella.
In touring news, KEIFER will launch his first-ever solo tour on February 9 in Winston-Salem, NC at Ziggy’s.  The 14-city trek of small, intimate rooms is an up-close and personal preview of songs from THE WAY LIFE GOES along with some Cinderella classics.  Dates beyond February 28 are currently in the works.
Check out TOM KEIFER at any of the following stops:
Sat 2/9 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
Mon 2/11 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Wed 2/13 – Philadelphia, PA – JC Dobbs
Fri 2/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Sat 2/16 – Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean
Sun 2/17 – Portland, ME – Asylum
Tue 2/19 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Wed 2/20 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
Fri 2/22 – Chicago, IL – Viper Alley
Sat 2/23 – Lexington, KY – Buster’s
Sun 2/24 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag
Tue 2/26 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Wed 2/27 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century
Thu 2/28 – White Marsh, MD – House of Rock

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Tom Keifer To Embark On First-Ever Solo Tour In Support Of “The Way Life Goes”

Tom Keifer To Embark On First-Ever Solo Tour In Support Of “The Way Life Goes”

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Tom Keifer

Best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based Blues-Rock band Cinderella, TOM KEIFER is making his debut as a solo artist with the release of his long-awaited and highly anticipated solo album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, April 30 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group).

The collection of 14 new songs ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for Cinderella. Rolling Stone praised KEIFER as “a gritty, bluesy (rocker) with enough genuine swagger to draw comparisons to Mick Jagger.”

“The Flower Song,” the album’s first single, will be serviced to AAA radio stations nationwide on February 4, while “Solid Ground” will be serviced to all Rock formats on March 11.

THE WAY LIFE GOES is a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been KEIFER’s life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.

In touring news, KEIFER will launch his first-ever solo tour on February 9 in Winston-Salem, NC at Ziggy’s. The 14-city trek of small, intimate rooms is an up-close and personal preview of songs from THE WAY LIFE GOES along with some Cinderella classics. Dates beyond February 28 are currently in the works.

TOM KEIFER recently spoke with HuffingtonPost.com about THE WAY LIFE GOES. “The idea for a solo record started in the nineties when the band parted ways and we left Universal,” he said. “There was just a changing of the guard in the industry at that time and I started thinking about a solo record. I wrote for it for many years and the songs just kept going on the pile and I never got around to actually making a record…We started cutting tracks for this record in 2003 and I went to the pile of songs that had been building up and picked some that I liked and I’ve just been working on it ever since. It was produced independently of a label, because the idea from the beginning was to just work and record until I was happy with it. I wrote with a lot of different people–my wife, Savannah, who’s a great writer, co-wrote a lot of the songs on the record and also co-produced the record with me, and a good friend of ours, Chuck Turner who’s a great engineer and producer. So from the beginning, the attitude was, ‘Let’s have fun and just make a great record and it’ll be done when it’s done.’ Little did we know it’d be nine years later…it’s done and we went through some crazy stuff and mixed and remixed and reworked things over and over and probably made a lot of mistakes along the way, but finally got it where we were all happy with it, so here it is.”

Here’s the complete track listing for THE WAY LIFE GOES:

1. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It’s Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick And Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fools Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain’t That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
14. Babylon

Check out TOM KEIFER at any of the following stops:

Sat 2/9 – Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
Mon 2/11 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Wed 2/13 – Philadelphia, PA JC Dobbs
Fri 2/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Sat 2/16 – Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean
Sun 2/17 – Portland, ME – Asylum
Tue 2/19 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Fri 2/22 – Chicago, IL – Viper Alley
Sat 2/23 – Lexington, KY – Buster’s
Sun 2/24 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag
Tue 2/26 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
Wed 2/27 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century
Thu 2/28 – White Marsh, MD – House of Rock

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