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CROP ABR_main promo photo has announced the first dates on a planned extensive itinerary that will bring the band across the U.S. and Europe to support the band’s self-titled debut released this past Friday by Provogue / Mascot Label Group.  Alongside headline appearances, the quartet will perform at Rock Allegiance in Chester, PA on 9/17 and at Rock Carnival on 10/02 at First Energy Park in Lakewood, NJ.  A gratis download of “Whiskey In My Coffee” is available for all fans here: http://www.unlock.fm/7wy 

is a hybrid.  From their inception, the quartet organically became an amalgamation of wide musical styles that morphed in to one band that is both classic and modern.  Co-founded by Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin and guitarist Tony Rombola, and featuring vocalist Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone and bassist Brian Carpenter, the quartet honors Blues traditions while etching their collective stamp on the genre.

Drummer Larkin offers, “When I think of the public perception of The ABR, I’d like to think that perhaps because Tony and I are members of a successful rock band (and therefore may have musical influence on our fans), we can turn some younger people on to the Blues.  Our approach is driven by pure feeling, and how to portray said feelings through the voice and the instruments in balanced harmony with one another. There is no formula here like there is in rock (and in pop and country, for that matter). It isn’t the tempo that makes you feel the Blues, nor is it technical prowess, it is something within the artist.  It must come from the heart, and you had to have lived it to write it, and especially to emote it. I hope that people can perceive that we feel every note, and this isn’t just a ‘side project’ to us.” Guitarist Rombola adds, “It’s back to basics.  I wanted to be able to go to a gig with no production—just an amp, a pedal board, and a guitar—and play.”

The Apocalypse Blues Revue - albumDrummer Larkin shares, “This comes from within us, and we know we have to let it out on stage. We know where our roots come from, and we aren’t trying to mix genres or on the other hand, be traditional. We are what we are, and we love this band. Furthermore, this is not a one-off. We will be doing this for the rest of our lives, even if it’s playing the clubs locally with no record deal or touring (which incidentally was the original idea). To me, the Blues is an underground music that has the potential to touch people of all ages, races, sexes, or creeds. We have found something that transcended our limitations, and made our fears irrelevant when it comes to public perception. People need to understand how important chemistry is between band members. It is not something that can be bought, or stolen. It is elemental, and only comes along once in a great while. It has to do with numbers and signs, letters and higher powers. It has to do with belief and will. There can be no doubt, and only conviction and dedication to something that is far more to us than a simple melody or lyric, career or lifestyle. Our first record is just now coming out, and the next set is already written. It is constant dreams in motion, and becoming reality. Becoming something greater than the four of us. Call it what you will, but we call it , and we mean business.”

Confirmed appearances include:

9/16     Hampton Beach, NH                                                  Wally’s Pub

9/17     Chester, PA                                                                 Rock Allegiance Festival – PPL

9/24     Poughkeepsie, NY                                                      The Loft @ The Chance

9/25     New York, NY                                                            Highline Ballroom

9/30     Winchester, VA                                                          Blue Fox Billiards

10/01   Waynesboro, PA                                                         Dawg House

10/02   Lakewood, NJ                                                             Rock Carnival @ First Energy Park

11/04   Jim Thorpe, PA                                                           Penn’s Peak

Additional dates will be announced shortly.

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