Music Millennium, Help Is On the Way!

As always, there are a million reasons to shop at Music Millennium. Now there’s one more, and it may be the most important reason of all. The details are not mine to tell, but confirmed word is out that MM got pinched for a substantial amount of money- apparently enough to nearly close the store…

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Holiday wishes from Jennifer Batten

Tis the season where being rude has the most impact. Enjoy my lunch! 🙂
Love Jennifer, Bambi, Elvis, Mitch and Kelsey

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to celebrate a great day for America.

November 6, 2012 President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term as President of the United States of America. I believe this is a good thing for our entertainment industry.

Ultimate DANKO JONES DVD Collection to be Released in US July 3, 2012

The Ultimate DANKO JONES DVD Collection
to be Released in the United States on July 3, 2012

Double Disc DVD includes Short Film
featuring ELIJAH WOOD, SELMA BLAIR, LEMMY (Motörhead) and More! 

New Documentary: Bring On The Mountain WORLD PREMIERE at NXNE 2012 on June 12, 2012

NEW ALBUM Coming Fall 2012!

Canadian rock phenomenon DANKO JONES is gearing up to release the first ever official DANKO JONES DVD, entitled Bring On The Mountain on July 3, 2012 in the United States. The two-disc DVD features a comprehensive 90 minute documentary spanning the band’s incredible career, including a slew of exclusive live clips from some of their most memorable performances from around the world. In order to give their fans the best viewing experience possible, the band has blended the greatest clips and moments captured on video throughout their career—forming the outstanding DVD that rabid DANKO JONES fans have been clamoring for. Shot by the Diamond Bros., the documentary offers a unique insight into the ups and downs of one of the hardest working bands around today.

An extra special treat for fans comes in the format of a short film titled The Ballad of Danko Jones. Based on Danko Jones’ most recent video trilogy, the film features actors Elijah Wood, Selma Blair, Ralph Macchio, Jena Malone, musicians Lemmy (Motorhead), Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE), and many other familiar faces. All 19 music videos the band has ever made, including videos that have not been available in over 10 years, are also included.

The world premiere of Bring On The Mountain will take place at the National Film Board during the NXNE Film Festival in Toronto, ON on June 12, 2012 (encore performance on June 15), followed by The Ballad of Danko Jones on June 13. Although DANKO JONES will be busy touring in Europe, directors Josh and Jason Diamond will be on hand for the premiere.

DANKO JONES recently wrapped up recording a new album at Noble Street Studios in their hometown of Toronto, ON with producer Matt DeMatteo, and is currently in Vancouver working on the final mixes with engineer Mike Fraser. The currently untitled album is expected to be released early fall 2012.

DANKO JONES’ most recent full-length release, Below the Belt, is the band’s most successful album in many years and includes their biggest commercial radio single to date, entitled ‘Full of Regret’. The single was one of the most played rock songs on Canadian radio in 2010 and charted within the Top 30 on the US Active Rock charts. The album also charted in seven European countries + Canada, including a top 10 position in Sweden. The band’s music has been featured on television on HBO’s True Blood and CSI: NY, on video games like Need for Speed Nitro and NHL 2011, and on the Saw VI and VII soundtracks—just to name a few. DANKO JONES has performed with the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Motorhead, The Rolling Stones, and more and have sold-out numerous headline tours of Europe and Canada.

DANKO JONES will be taking part in a special European festival run kicking off on June 7, 2012 in Sweden at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg. Fall dates in both the U.S. and Canada will be announced shortly along with more European dates. See below for all currently confirmed international tour dates.

CONFIRMED DANKO JONES TOUR DATES:

  • 06.07 – Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
  • 06.09 – Millencolin 20 year festival, Örebro, Sweden
  • 06.15 – Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, Spain
  • 06.28 – Open Air St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland
  • 07.13 – Optimus Live, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 07.19 – Hegyalja Festival, Tokaj, Hungary
  • 07.20 – Devilside, Oberhausen, Germany
  • 08.01 – Wacken Festival, Germany (Spoken Word)
  • 08.02 – Wacken Festival, Germany (Spoken Word)
  • 08.17 – Rockstad, Falun, Sweden
  • 10.16 – Circus, Helsinki, Finland
  • 10.21 – Docks, Hamburg, Germany
  • 10.24 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 10.25 – AB, Brussels, Belgium
  • 10.26 – Le Trabendo, Paris, France
  • 10.29 – Arena, Wien, Austria
  • 10.30 – Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 10.31 – Theater Fabrik, Münich, Germany
  • 11.01 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
  • 11.02 – FZW, Dortmund, Germany
  • 11.03 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany

DANKO JONES is:

  • Danko Jones (vocals/guitar)
  • John ‘JC’ Calabrese (bass guitar)
  • Atom Willard (drums)

Metalocalypse’s DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD Announce North American Tour

Special Guest GOJIRA Joins for 34-Show North American Tour Beginning August 1

This summer, two of the biggest names in metal, LAMB OF GOD and DETHKLOK, will join forces for a 34-show North American tour kicking off on August 1 in Seattle, Wash. The three-time Grammy® Award-nominated band from Richmond, VA and the world’s most brutal animated death band from Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse animated series will shred their way through cities throughout in the U.S. and Canada ending September 15 in San Francisco, CA.

The upcoming DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD with GOJIRA summer tour marks the return of LAMB OF GOD to North American stages where they will support their latest albumResolution, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart when it was released earlier this year. As in tours past, Brendon Small, the co-creator and composer behindDETHKLOK, will bring the animated band to life on stage each night alongside an all-star band including the legendary Gene Hoglan, Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally. Building on the success of Dethklok: The Dethalbum and Dethklok: The Dethalbum II from Williams Street Records, Small is currently in the studio working on the band’s third album release scheduled for later this year. Additionally, new episodes from the fourth season of Metalocalypse currently air on Adult Swim Sundays at 12:15 a.m. (ET/PT).

Joining the co-headliners at each stop along the tour will be special guest GOJIRA, the French metal band that will perform songs from its upcoming album release, L’Enfant Sauvage, which will be released in the U.S. on June 26 with Roadrunner Records. Pitchfork describes the new album as “breathless and awesome.”

Tickets to the DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD with GOJIRA tour will go on sale beginning Friday, May 18 and will include the following stops:

Date Venue City/State
8/1/12 WaMu Theater Seattle, WA
8/2/12 Queen Elizabeth Theater Vancouver, BC
8/4/12 Big 4 Calgary, AB
8/5/12 Shaw Conference Centre Edmonton, AB
8/7/12 Convention Centre Winnipeg, MB
8/9/12 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
8/10/12 LC Pavilion Columbus, OH
8/11/12 Heavy TO Toronto, ON
8/12/12 Heavy MTL Montreal, QC
8/14/12 Delta Plex Grand Rapids, MI
8/15/12 Family Arena St. Louis, MO
8/19/12 Midland Theater Kansas City, MO
8/21/12 Congress Ballroom Chicago, IL
8/22/12 Compuware Arena Detroit, MI
8/23/12 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA
8/24/12 Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater Charlotte, NC
8/25/12 Constant Convocation Center Norfolk, VA
8/26/12 Pier 6 Pavilion Baltimore, MD
8/29/12 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
8/30/12 Tsongas Arena Lowell, MA
8/31/12 Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater Wallingford, CT
9/1/12 Outside at the Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
9/2/12 Asbury Park Convention Hall Asbury Park, NJ
9/4/12 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
9/5/12 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
9/7/12 Bayou Music Center Houston, TX
9/8/12 Sunken Garden San Antonio, TX
9/9/12 Verizon Wireless Theater Dallas, TX
9/11/12 The Fillmore Denver, CO
9/13/12 Comerica Theater Phoenix, AZ
9/14/12 Gibson Amphitheater Los Angeles, CA
9/15/12 Bill Graham Civic San Francisco, CA

*Schedule is subject to change.

For more information about the tour including ticket info and how to order, please visit www.adultswimpresents.com or www.lamb-of-god.com.

WEST OF HELL Releases New Music Video Trailer for ‘Water of Sorcery’

New Music Video Trailer for ‘Water of Sorcery’ with GuitarWorld.com Today — New Album ‘Spiral Empire’ Out Now!

On Tour in Canada Now!

Vancouver, BC natives WEST OF HELL and GuitarWorld.com are teaming up to unveil the brand newmusic video trailer for the band’s track, ‘Water of Sorcery’, cut from their new album, Spiral Empire.

Spiral Empire was released on May 8, 2012 and is available for purchase now at iTunesAmazon, and other digital retailers, or with a free digital download if purchased at www.reversedrecords.com/estore.html. Head over to GuitarWorld.com to check out the trailer for ‘Water of Sorcery’ now and get a visual taste of the new album!

 Spiral Empire was recorded at The Factory Studios in Vancouver and is produced by Juno Award winning engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young LadGWARZimmers HoleFear Factory).

WEST OF HELL is currently on the road in Canada! See below for all currently confirmed dates.

WEST OF HELL TOUR DATES:

  • 5/16 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
  • 5/18 – Edmonton, AB @ New City (Family event with Cocaine Moustache)
  • 5/24 – Canmore, AB @ Canmore Hotel (Family event with Cocaine Moustache)
  • 5/25 – Kelowna, BC @ Level Nite Club (Family event with Cocaine Moustache)
  • 5/26 –Victoria, BC@ Church of 13 Flames Privet Bash (Family event with Cocaine Moustache)

WEST OF HELL is:

  • Vocals – Chris “The Heathen” Valagao
  • Bass – Jordan Kemp
  • Guitars – Sean Parkinson & Jordan Knute
  • Drums – Andrew Hulme

For more information about WEST OF HELL, please visit these websites:

BANDHAPPY Announces the Official “BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent” at the 2012 VANS WARPED TOUR!

BANDHAPPY, the first LIVE online and in-person music education service, is pleased to announce their sponsorship with the Vans Warped Tour this summer! As a sponsor, BANDHAPPYis very proud to offer a unique service for fans and bands alike on each date of this tour. BANDHAPPY is providing an official “BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent” where fans/attendees will be able to take lessons from their favorite bands/musicians on the Vans Warped Tour! Since launch, BANDHAPPY has serviced thousands of students in over 100 countries learning daily on the site by either live video chat or in-person while artists are on tour.

At the Vans Warped Tour, BANDHAPPY lessons can include anything from instrument and vocal lessons, to lessons about songwriting, marketing, image, management, gear walk-throughs, or anything else relating to the music industry. Take a trip over to www.bandhappy.com/warpedtour and check out all of the new details, as well as to vote for which artists YOU would like lessons from (and on what instrument) in each city!

All BANDHAPPY lessons will take place in the official BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent and can be pre-purchased at the link above, or via cash or credit card on day-of-show. Initially,BANDHAPPY will be offering pre-sale lessons for fans via www.bandhappy.com/warpedtour from members of BaysideBorn of OsirisThe Streetlight ManifestoAfter the Burial,VannaiwrestledabearonceImpending DoomChelsea Grin, and many more!

BANDHAPPY representatives will be on-site outside the festival speaking with fans waiting in line and taking orders for lessons. During lessons, students will be provided with practice instruments by SJC Drums, Ernie Ball, Orange Amps, Evans Drumheads, Planet Waves, Pro-Mark Drum sticks, Mapex hardware and pedals. Also taking place in the BANDHAPPY Lesson Tent will be master class meet and greets, contests, recording of lesson footage, and more! Additionally, official Vans Warped Tour ‘Pit Reporter’ Amy Willard will be taking weekly lessons at the tent and will issue updates.

BANDS!

Not only a great tool for fans attending the festival, this is a great opportunity for bands to become teachers on the tour as well. Lessons can be taught in a band’s down time every day, and while this is definitely a way for them to make additional money, it’s so much more than that! Both BANDHAPPY and Vans Warped Tour will be heavily promoting BANDHAPPY and its teachers.  There will be a vast amount of articles, interviews, blogs, posts, etc. about this service, and the bands who take part in it.  You’re already getting your name out there from being on the Vans Warped Tour, why not MAXIMIZE that?

Bands can use BANDHAPPY to book and provide online lessons to their students with our built in video chat setup, or book private, in person lessons at home or on tour!  BANDHAPPYmakes this effortless and it takes the hassle out of lessons. Bands can set their own rates and schedules with the assistance of BANDHAPPY, and everything is self-contained including scheduling, payment, etc., so your info stays private and your schedule stays organized. It has never been easier to establish a dedicated network of students worldwide.

For more information on BANDHAPPY’s involvement with the Vans Warped Tour, please visit these websites:

 

About BANDHAPPY:

 

BANDHAPPY – a new music marketplace for a new music world. BANDHAPPY connects teachers and students in a one-of-a-kind music community, offering both in-person lessons or online lessons anywhere on the planet via our custom-built, in-house video chat system. For all things BANDHAPPY please visit www.bandhappy.comwww.facebook.com/bandhappy andhttp://youtu.be/XE7-AUbpEik.

My Life with Ronnie Montrose

by Brent Angelo

I woke up early and my wife was on the computer. As I was getting the coffee going my wife was like “Oh my God, Ronnie Montrose passed away yesterday.” My heart just sank. This was no ordinary musician to me and to have him gone seemed like a bad dream. I just couldn’t believe it and still don’t.

When I was growing up, my parents were very influential on me especially with music. They took me to a lot of concerts when I was growing up and in our house there was a lot of (now) classic rock for one. My music appreciation was growing from what I had been listening to at home and I started to find likes of my own.

One band that hit me hard was Montrose. I loved Sammy especially with Van Halen, but Montrose a rock legend. My interests in instruments started about this time so Montrose became in a way like a guitar music teacher to me. I am no expert, mainly a hobby player, but what a feeling cranking an amp and playing along to that first Montrose cd. I would sit there and really listen to those songs, hearing every single note, heard some things I never noticed before and then I would try to figure them out.Then when I became old enough to hit the bars/clubs to see him play in person, that really gave me an even bigger appreciation for the man.

When I grew up in Sacramento, I would see him all the time. Ronnie was a San Francisco Bay Area guy so that played in my favor. I would see all over the area when he played…Sacramento, Tahoe, and I even went to a NAMM show and saw him play there. After the Montrose “band” period, he went on to a solo instrumental career so I saw and heard a lot of that music especially. There was this one magical night at a club called Big Shots in Roseville California that he was doing some solo work when a local musician, who I was unfamiliar with got Ronnie in the jamming mood. He offered his rock vocals and they started blasting through the “classic” Montrose tunes. It was amazing and the people went nuts. You can tell Ronnie was having a blast with a grin from ear to ear. It has to be hard for an artist when they create something massive in scale where so many people love it and are so dedicated to it.

Ronnie was an artist and not some greatest hits kind of guy. He challenged himself as an artist even writing music for video games. He had his solo work, acoustic work, other band projects, but his fans missed “Montrose”. He listened to his audience and began to play those beloved songs again. It was around the same time, Sammy Hagar and Van Halen had gone their separate ways. Sammy had begun writing for his solo album, Marching to Mars and in the process got all the original members back together for the song Leaving the Warmth of the Womb. It was like time stood still….that huge sound was BACK. The reunion of the band gave for speculation of a possible full scale reunion, but that never happened. Montrose did do some shows with Sammy on his solo tour making for some amazing encores.

Soon after Ronnie’s health sidelined him from music and he stepped out of the spotlight.He began to battle Prostate Cancer. He was missed in the rock world and then out of the blue, he was back. Ronnie seemed healthy, happy and ready to retake his rock throne. Now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, Portland is now my rock ‘n’ roll home. When I saw Ronnie was to play Portland’s Aladdin Theater, I “jumped on it” getting tickets as soon as they went on sale. As a local music photographer and new to Buko.net, I thought I would try some new ground on this show too. I got a photo pass, and was also offered a chance to interview him as well. What do you ask your guitar hero?

I did my best as it was my first time, but what an experience. He and his awesome wife/manager were so good to me. These people are the real deal kind of folks. They were not the usual “music business” types. As a long time fan, I just really wanted to show my thanks somehow. I knew he had health issues and I was glad to have him back. In my own way, I wanted to help get the info out to help sell this show out. I personally wanted Ronnie to walk out on that stage to a full house of fans and know he had been really, truly missed. When he came to that show, he got just that and for the fans, they got Ronnie at his best. He was simply ON FIRE. He sounded better than ever. His playing was strong and the band as a whole put on an amazing show showcasing the great songs from his career in music. It was truly a special night of music and it was so good seeing my guitar hero play live again.

As part of the performance, he had set up a program to donate a guitar at each show that would benefit a local charity. With my help, I hooked him up with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, who I thought would be perfect for his guitar donation. When he heard about the music education program they were involved in, he told them the guitar was theirs. He was a giving type and cared about the people around him. He was not a musician to run into the bus after the show and made time for each and every fan, who wanted to see him. He had no ego, only heart. I never thought the Aladdin show would be my last show of his, but what a memorable night it was.

Ronnie Montrose had a long, amazing, storied career in music. He has played with so many people during that time. In his days with Edgar Winter for one, he helped create classics like Frankenstein and Free Ride. It was his own band Montrose with Sammy Hagar that really made him a rock legend in his own. The sound he and the band captured on that first record defined guitar and show what it was capable of. Songs like Rock Candy sounded huge – massive drums and sonic guitar riffs. So many musicians were inspired by Montrose’s work and still credit him. Some musicians that I have gotten to know over the years credit him for a lot of things they now know about the music business. He was a great musician, but also a smart businessman too. He took care of the people around him and treated his fans with respect. I am sad to see him gone and that he lost his battle with cancer. Ronnie did not leave this world on a low note, but a high one. His last tour was a celebration of an amazing musician and a great songwriting legacy. I am thankful of the times I had with him and will miss him greatly. You rocked my world my friend….you may be gone, but the music will live forever.

Ronnie Montrose fan (and friend)

Brent Angelo

More info on his career

For my Buko.net interview

Brent Angelo Photography gallery from the Aladdin

7th Annual Shakers’ Ball to take place March 30th at Aladdin Theater

With Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, Ian Moore & The Lossy Coils, and Rob Stroup & The Blame. Plus special guest performers from the Shakers’ Sessions CD.

The 7th Annual Shakers’ Ball will be held on Friday, March 30th at The Aladdin Theater, hosted by it’s founder, Rob Barteletti.  The event will honor and benefit two organizations that have served the local Parkinson’s community for years; Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO) and The Parkinson’s Center of Oregon at OHSU (PCO).
Tickets for the show are $15 and are available through Ticketmaster, or through The Aladdin Theater box office. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.   Doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:00pm.
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive, and incurable neurological movement disorder marked by tremors, rigidity, slow movements, and posture instability. It occurs when dopamine-producing cells in one of the movement-control centers of the brain begin to die for unknown reasons. Its symptoms can be managed with varying degrees of success by various therapies, most commonly through medication. So far, however, no cure is in sight.
“Though that can change, given all the trials and experiments in the pipeline,” says Barteletti. “But money is still the bottom line – both for continued research as well as support for those of us who may not be able to wait for a cure. That’s why I host this event each year: to do my small part to help in this battle.”
The show will feature Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, Ian Moore & The Lossy Coils, and Rob Stroup & The Blame.  Rob Stroup & The Blame will also be the backing band for guests vocalists, including Wilkinson Blades’ Steve Wilkinson, Nick Peets, Bart Ferguson, Rob Stroup, Casey Neill, and Ian Moore, who will all be performing the song they sing on the Barteletti-penned The Shakers’ Session.
Holly Chaimov, executive director of Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon says of Barteletti, “Rob has blended his energy and enthusiasm for music with his dedication to supporting the Parkinson’s cause. We appreciate his efforts to bring awareness as well as donations to help us help those with this disease.”
The Shakers’ Sessions was released by Burgerville Records and sold exclusively at Burgerville’s restaurants, raising over $56,000 for The Brian Grant Foundation, an organization founded in 2010 by former Trail Blazers’ power forward/center Brian Grant to support efforts to build awareness and education of Parkinson’s disease in order to increase earlier diagnosis, educate patients and their families, and to provide a viable forum for people affected by Parkinson’s.  Both Grant and Barteletti have Parkinson’s and have been helped and supported by the Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon and The Parkinson’s Center of Oregon at OHSU.
The album is a 12-track collection of roots-oriented, folk-pop-tinged Americana, with each guest vocalist adding their own interpretation to Barteletti’s rustic Americana songwriting style.
The track listing:
  • 1. Being Jesus Again – Rob Stroup
  • 2. Queen of Sheba – Fernando
  • 3. Mr. Heartache – Nick Peets
  • 4. Ask Me Why – Pete Droge
  • 5. The Box – Ian Moore
  • 6. Voices – Storm Large
  • 7. Fool that Is Me – Bart Ferguson
  • 8. Bird on the Wing – Steve Wilkinson
  • 9. Reckoning Day – Mike Coykendall
  • 10. Wild Woman Blues – Ken DeRouchie
  • 11. Under Icy Falls – Casey Neill
  • 12. Her Man, Her Lover, Her Friend – Rob Barteletti
The record was released November 15, 2011 at all Burgerville locations and was sold throughout January 2012, culminating in a presentation from Burgerville to Brian Grant and his foundation with a check for $56,000 at the Rose Garden during half-time of a Trail Blazers’ game versus Charlotte Bobcats (the game ended in a 112-68 victory over the Bobcats).
Every day, 195 people are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and it affects more than just the person who has it – it also affects the entire family dealing with Parkinson’s disease.  One such person is songwriter (and former high school teacher) Rob Barteletti, who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2002.
“At the time I was teaching a theology course that asked the question, ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ As I had learned from reading Harold Kushner’s book When Bad Things Happen to Good People, ‘Why?’ is the wrong question; the better question is ‘What are you going to do about it?  How are you going to make the most of the bad things that happen to you and your loved ones?'” Barteletti says without hesitation.  “Perfect,” I thought.  “My chance to put into practice what I have been teaching.”
He continued teaching for more than five years after his diagnosis, retiring in 2007 after 31 years.  After retiring, Barteletti, who realized the clock was ticking on his songwriting, his ability to play and write music on the guitar, dove into his music full-time, writing constantly.
Following a conversation with close friend, and recording engineer/producer Rob Stroup from 8 Ball Studios, the idea was born to do a benefit album for Parkinson’s patients, with local musicians coming in and signing songs Barteletti had penned.
“I had just written a series of swampy, tongue-in-cheek, sad, hopeful songs.  I brought rough demos to Rob Stroup for his opinion.  As we discussed this, we came up with the idea to invite the best singers in Portland and the Northwest to each record one of my songs.  The album would be sold as a benefit, with all profits earmarked for Parkinson’s support organizations,” recalls Barteletti .
Phone calls were made.  Emails were sent.  Soon, Barteletti found Northwest musicians more than willing to participate, including Storm Large, Pete Droge, Fernando Viciconte, Ian Moore, Mike Coykendall, Casey Neill, Bart Ferguson, Steve Wilkinson, Ken DeRouchie, Rob Stroup, and even the one-time student of Barteletti at Jesuit High School, Nick  Peets.
“There are three irrefutable cold, hard facts about Parkinson’s disease: it is chronic, it is progressive, and it is incurable.  Every Parkinson’s patient hears this somber mantra upon diagnosis,” informs Barteletti. “I now understand the reality of those words more than any time since I was diagnosed seven and half years ago.”
He continues, “Over the past few years, my musical skills have diminished, but it’s as if my songwriting has been set free by the disease.  This fills me with hope and inspiration.”
Honored that so many Northwest icons were willing to participate in the making of The Shakers’ Sessions, Barteletti hopes to inspire others with the disease, educate those unfamiliar with its impact on lives, and ultimately raise money to help those living with the incurable disease.
“The collaborative goal is to bring these songs not just public artistic recognition, but more importantly to share this music to bring awareness and funding to The Brian Grant Foundation, to further their cause, and help them provide assistant to those less fortunate than me, who are also living with Parkinson’s.  My dream is to see the day when a cure can be found for this insidious, relentless disease.
But, in the mean time, I hope The Shakers’ Sessions can inspire and offer hope to others like me.  Much like it has done for me,” Barteletti says.