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Sully Erna Announces ‘Hometown Tour’ In Support of Upcoming Album

Sully Erna Announces ‘Hometown Tour’ In Support of Upcoming Album

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SULLY ERNA, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has announced he’ll launch the ‘Hometown Tour’ in celebration of the release of his new solo album HOMETOWN LIFE, due out Friday, September 30 via BMG. Only this time, ERNA plans on stripping it down for an intimate acoustic evening with guitar-player and band member Tim Theriault. The ‘Hometown Tour’ will launch October 26 in Atlanta, GA (see itinerary below). Tickets and limited amount of VIP experiences will go on sale starting Friday, September 9 (here).

Composed by SULLY on piano and acoustic guitar and produced in his New England-based studio, the 10 songs on HOMETOWN LIFE are a powerful mix of blues, country and adult contemporary, all layered with orchestral overtones offering another stylistic left-hand turn fromhis first solo album Avalon as well as the music he creates as front man for the multi-platinum rock band Godsmack. Case in point, thepowerful and emotionalfirst single “Different Kind Of Tears” written with songwriter/producer Zac Maloy (Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood). Listen to and share the new song “Different Kind of Tears” (here).

A personal, confessional, raw work, HOMETOWN LIFEoffers a wide-ranging glimpse of SULLY’s eclectic musical tastes–from singer-songwriter Billy Joel/Bruce Springsteen, to the bossa nova touch of “Take All of Me,” to the breezy island feel of “Your Own Drum,” the finger-snapping Motown bass lines of the bluesy “Turn It Up,” the country flavors of “Different Kind of Tears” and the wide-screen canvas of mini-symphonies such as “Blue Skies” and “Forever My Infinity.” All of them are tied together with SULLY’s unflinching view of the emotional roller-coaster of his life, drawing us into a very intimate space.

HOMETOWN LIFE explores ERNA’s diverse musical touchstones from James Bay, to new country favorite Chris Stapleton to soul legends Ray Charles, Etta James and Amy Winehouse, all mixed together with the lyrical vulnerability of artists like Adele.

Sully Erna Fall 2016 Tour Dates

10/26 — Atlanta, Ga. — Center Stage
10/27 — Clearwater, Fla. — Capitol Theatre
10/28 — Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Parker Playhouse
10/29 — Orlando, Fla. — Plaza Live
11/1 — Westbury, N.Y. — The Space at Westbury
11/2 — New York, N.Y. — Gramercy Theatre
11/4 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theater
11/6 — Ridgefield, Ct. – Ridgefield Playhouse
11/10 — Bangor, Maine — Gracie Hall
11/12 — Hampton Beach, N.H. — Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
11/13 — Verona, N.Y. — Turning Stone Resort Casino
11/15 — Harrisburg, Pa. — Whitaker Center
11/16 — North Tonawanda, N.Y. — Riviera Theatre
11/18 — Chicago, Ill. — Park West
11/19 — Detroit, Mich. — Majestic Theatre
11/20 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Jergels Rythem Grill
11/22 — Albany, N.Y. — The Egg – Hart Theatre
11/23 — Boston, Mass. — Wilbur Theatre

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Sully Erna To Release New Solo Album ‘Hometown Life’ On September 30th

Sully Erna To Release New Solo Album ‘Hometown Life’ On September 30th

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SULLY ERNA–founder, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the multi-platinum rock band Godsmack–will release a new solo album HOMETOWN LIFE Friday, September 30 via BMG. Composed by SULLY on piano and acoustic guitar and produced in his New Hampshire studio, HOMETOWN LIFE offers a departure from the tribal, world music feel and experimentation on 2010’s Avalon; the new album’s 10 songs are more accessible, sonically and musically precise.

Listen to the new song and title track “Hometown Life” exclusively on FUSE now (here) and watch behind-the-scenes footage of the making of SULLY’s new album, today (here).

“When I do a solo album, I write for myself,” says SULLY. “It’s not for critics, radio or even fans. I like to explore different kinds of music that work together. A good song is a good song. I stopped categorizing a long time ago.”

A personal, confessional, raw work which takes yet another stylistic left-hand turn from the music he has created as front man for the multi-platinum rock band Godsmack, HOMETOWN LIFE offers a wide-ranging glimpse of Erna’s eclectic musical tastes–from the singer-songwriter Billy Joel/Bruce Springsteen narratives of the title track and the bossa nova touch of “Take All of Me,” to the breezy island feel of “Your Own Drum,” the finger-snapping Motown bass lines of the bluesy “Turn It Up,” the country flavors of “Different Kind of Tears” and the wide-screen canvas of mini-symphonies “Blue Skies” and “Forever My Infinity.” All of them are tied together with Sully’s unflinching view of the emotional roller-coaster of his life, drawing us into an intimate space. HOMETOWN LIFE explores Sully’s diverse musical touchstones from James Bay, new country favorites like Chris Stapleton and Brantley Gilbert to soul legends Ray Charles, Etta James and Amy Winehouse.

For HOMETOWN LIFE, SULLY worked with thesame musicians from Avalon with the exception of percussionist Niall Gregory. On two of the songs–“Different Kind of Tears” and “Your Own Drum”–SULLY collaborated with Nashville-based tunesmith Zac Malloy, who has also written for Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Skillet and Daughtry. “It was cool to see the same exact players sound completely different on this album,” SULLY says. “It just goes to show their musicianship and versatility. They can really pull off anything I ask of them.”

With SULLY on piano, acoustic guitar and the stray bongo, HOMETOWN LIFE was also a family affair, with his 71-year-old father Salvatore–who helped nurture his son’s own musical interest early on–playing trumpet on “Turn It Up.” It’s a song Erna describes as a tribute to the power of music, a blueprint for how a song “makes you get off your seat, tap your feet, feel the energy and let it pass through you.”

“It was a proud moment,” says SULLY, who also channeled his great-uncle, a famed composer from Sicily, in several of the songs which feature symphonic strings, like “Blue Skies,” “Forever My Infinity,” “Father of Time” and “Falling to Black.”

HOMETOWN LIFE allows an inside glimpse at Sully’s vulnerability on a personal level, and he attributes much of his honesty and inspiration for this album to the love of his life, Sarah. “We’ve definitely gone through some complicated times and fought for what we have. And I’m really grateful to have her in my life. We have a very special and unique kind of relationship that most people can only dream of having. And I wouldn’t put that second to anything! These songs are about exposing my inner thoughts, laying myself bare, being honest and expressing genuine emotions… about dark times and positive ones.” Some songs offer fatherly advice, like the percussion-heavy “Your Own Drum,” an admonition to his teenage daughter to follow her own muse and not be afraid to be different, or trying to deal with life’s hurried pace, as in the rhythmic tick-tock of “Father of Time.” On the soaring “Blue Skies,” SULLY reaches out to his loved ones and asks them to acknowledge the man and father he has become from the immature boy he once was.

As for how his solo career fits in with his “other band,” Sully is circumspect. “Godsmack is a very energetic, aggressive, powerhouse rock band. It’s for those moments when you want to scream and stomp your feet. My solo stuff is a lot more vulnerable, the grown-up version of who I am and how I process. It’s about finding acceptance for the things that don’t go right in your life, being appreciative for all the memories, good or bad. Sometimes these experiences can be very painful, but I do get some beautiful songs out of it. I’m just happy to be blessed with a gift that enables me to channel this stuff and vent it through my music.”

HOMETOWN LIFE does just that, revealing sides of SULLY ERNA only hinted at in Godsmack, “That’s the whole point,” he explains. “The people who have followed me and can appreciate it, I encourage them to explore. All my albums–including the ones with Godsmack–are like musical journals, diaries of what I’ve gone through in my life at the time. I’d love to reach a whole new audience with this. Music has helped me get through some tough times. That’s when I write, when something affects me emotionally, happy or sad.”

“For all those things we’ve ever done/Give us our chance to prove our love,” sings SULLY on the album’s closing track “Falling to Black.” He describes it as “a beautifully sad song,” which offers a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel. The same could be said of HOMETOWN LIFE. As SULLY himself puts it in “Your Own Drum”: “There’s no shadows/If you don’t have light.”

Track listing for HOMETOWN LIFE:

1 “Hometown Life”
2 “Your Own Drum”
3 “Different Kind Of Tears”
4 “Take All Of Me”
5 “Don’t Comfort Me”
6 “Turn It Up!”
7 “Blue Skies”
8 “Forever My Infinity”
9 “Father Of Time”
10 “Falling To Black”

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Godsmack Frontman Sully Erna Prepares Solo Album Release

Godsmack Frontman Sully Erna Prepares Solo Album Release

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Sully Erna, best known as singer and main songwriter of acclaimed rock band Godsmack, is branching out from his rock roots this year with his debut solo album, Avalon, which is set for release via Universal Records on September 14th, 2010.

Already a proven commodity as the front man of one of today’s most successful and powerful rock bands, Erna is also a successful producer, multi-instrumentalist and soundtrack creator.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, MA., Erna has been a musician since the tender age of 3 and a half years old, where he began his journey as a drummer.  With Godsmack, Erna has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. He was awarded “Rock Artist of the Year” at the Billboard Music Awards, and has received four Grammy nominations.   Godsmack’s self-titled 1998 debut went quadruple-platinum, while five of the band’s albums and EPs have achieved gold or platinum status in the U.S. and Canada.  Godsmack’s latest single, “Cryin’ Like a Bitch,” recently positioned itself at #1 for 9 weeks straight, and is the group’s sixth #1 track to land on Active Rock radio charts, as well as the band’s 18th Top 10 single overall — more than any other band in Active Rock history.

Sully Erna’s latest masterpiece, Avalon, features an array of eclectic compositions unlike anything he has ever written in the past, an epic body of work that has taken him over 2 years to compose, record and finally release, utilizing the hypnotic sounds of tribal rhythms, melodic pianos and cellos, and haunting vocals.  Avalon also features the accompanying vocals of Lisa Guyer, as well as the hand percussion of Niall Gregory from renowned band Dead Can Dance.  The first single off the record, “Sinner’s Prayer,” showcase’s his evolution in music and firmly defines his unique, new sound.

For more information on Sully and his solo debut, make sure to visit his offical page, www.sullyerna.com, or find him on MySpace andFacebook.

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Godsmack Set To Play Jimmy Kimmel Live! On May 5th!

Godsmack Set To Play Jimmy Kimmel Live! On May 5th!

Godsmack will be taking the stage and performing a mini outdoor concert LIVE on Jimmy Kimmel 5/5 in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets will be available to the general public free of charge at http://www.1iota.com/events,4797,Jimmy-Kimmel-Live-GODSMACK-Outdoor-mini-concert.html. Check your local listings for airtimes and make sure to tune in on ABC to watch Godsmack give an explosive late night performance!

Godsmack has released another track for download on iTunes titled “Sants & Sinners“. The band is offering fans the chance to check out a number upcoming tracks off of the forthcoming album including “What If,” “Love Hate Sex Pain,” and the lead single “Cryin’ Like A Bitch.” The Oracle is the first Godsmack album to be produced by Dave Fortman. His resume includes production for Evanescence, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Simple Plan, Otep, Superjoint Ritual, and more.

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Godsmack Release “What If” In Anticipation Of ‘The Oracle’

Godsmack Release “What If” In Anticipation Of ‘The Oracle’

Godsmack is continuing to countdown the days until the release of their fifth studio album The Oracle by teaming up with iTunes and offering fans a chance to download an upcoming track “What If.

The rock group released “Love Hate Sex Pain” last week to give fans a preview of what is to come from their new album, and will release a third and final track next week.

Preview “What If” now on iTunes and prepare for the band’s May 4th release of The Oracle.

Head over to the Godsmack Shop at BravadoUSA.com to pre-order The Oracle Box Set which includes The Oracle Deluxe CD/DVD, Godsmack bandana, patch, belt buckle, dogtags and black artwork t-shirt. The box set is on sale right now and is a must have for any fan!

For more information visit Godsmack’s Official Website and stay tuned for Webisode #7 from “The Making Of The Oracle” Series.

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Godsmack Countdown To ‘The Oracle’ Kicks Off On iTunes With “Love Hate Sex Pain”

Godsmack Countdown To ‘The Oracle’ Kicks Off On iTunes With “Love Hate Sex Pain”

Godsmack is kicking off the Countdown to The Oracle today on iTunes and is offering fans a full stream from their fifth studio album The Oracle. The rock group will be releasing three tracks from their upcoming release, starting with “Love Hate Sex Pain,” to give fans a preview of what is to come when The Oracle hits store shelves on May 4.

To listen to the entire track for “Love Hate Sex Pain” visit http://godsmackonline.com/twitter/ and simply click on “Connect to Twitter” to reveal!

Godsmack has also premiered webisode number six from “The Making Of The Oracle” series on The Gauntlet. The latest episode goes behind the scenes as the band tracks a new song titled “Devil’s Swing” and speaks with each band member about the recording of their specific instruments.

For more information visit www.Godsmack.com and pick up the band’s lead single, “Cryin’ Like A Bitch,” available now on iTunes!

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