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Guitarist/singer/songwriter has just released the video for “My Rock” from his 21st solo album, SALTING EARTH, which dropped last Friday, April 14 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc.

The majority of SALTING EARTH is the result of KOTZEN’s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to “Make It Easy,” a tasty, sing-along groove stew. “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it,” KOTZEN admits. “It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-’80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to figure out how to do it alone.”

KOTZEN’s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching CANNIBALS, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and SALTING EARTH cuts like the aforementioned “End of Earth,” “Thunder,” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a KOTZEN solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy.”

will launch his “Salting Earth Tour” this Friday, April 21 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. He and his band are planning to tour extensively throughout the U.S. and continue their journey into Mexico, South America, and Europe. A complete list of international tour dates will be posted on KOTZEN’s official website and social media pages. Here are the U.S. tour dates:

DATE               CITY                                         VENUE

Fri 4/21             Agoura Hills, CA                        Canyon Club

Sat 4/22            Pasadena, CA                           The Rose

Sun 4/23           San Juan Capistrano, CA           Coach House

Wed 4/26          San Diego, CA                          Brick By Brick

Fri 4/28             Las Vegas, NV                          Vamp’d

Sat 4/29            Scottsdale, AZ                          BLK Live

Mon 5/1            Denver, CO                               Oriental Theatre

Wed 5/3            Moline, IA                                 Rascal’s Live

Thu 5/4             St. Charles, IL                           Arcada Theatre

Fri 5/5               Westland, MI                             The Token Lounge

Sun 5/7             Whitesburg, KY                         Appalshop Theater

Tue 5/9             Pittsburgh, PA                          Altar Bar

Wed 5/10          Lancaster, PA                           Tellus360

Thu 5/11            New York, NY                           B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Sat 5/13            Annapolis, MD                          Rams Head On Stage

Sun 5/14           New Hope, PA                          Havana New Hope

Wed 5/17          Bethlehem, PA                          Musikfest Café

Thu 5/18            Hopewell, VA                            Beacon Theater

Sun 5/21           Atlanta, GA                               City Winery

Mon 5/22          Nashville, TN                             City Winery

Wed 5/24          Dallas, TX                                 Gas Monkey

Thu 5/25            Houston, TX                              Dosey Doe



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