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Pop, Rock, and Country ~ Blurred lines…

Pop, Rock, and Country ~ Blurred lines…Pop music all sounds so similar to me today… and I suppose it’s for the same reason my parents used to tell me Rock Music all sounded the same to THEM!  It’s the root of the genre that does have a similar beat and timber to it.  While there ARE several songs in the Pop music genre I really like bypeople like Katie Perry and Taylor Swift, most of it is a little too clos

e to EDM (Electronic Dance Music) for my taste. I’ll probably be barred from performing at any of the Casinos of Las Vegas for saying this… but EDM has taken over the world in the clubs
across America because it’s DIRT CHEAP to put on.. a DJ is a one man show… but really, it’s the ‘Walmart’ of music… and I don’t know who really LIKEs the stuff… but even I can dance to it if I’m in the right mood.   As a collective, us musicians NEED to be out there informing the world and our fans that THAT is what EDM is all about for the club owners.   It has it’s legitimate fans and there IS a craft to it… but it’s lacking in real soul.   It’s the CHEAP-OUT version of real music…. and nobody wants to be cheap.   I am told that I’m a Country artist by today’s definition.  I NEVER ever would have been told that 20 years ago.  I’m all Rock N Roll !!… surely!… but Country has lost a lot of it’s Twang and appeals to a much wider demographic these days.    It’s grown up some.   Parts of that genre is what those of us who were Classic Rock fans now listen to… because Classic Rock is just that… I’m told it’s part of ‘History’… and we can’t RECORD new

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Classic Rock songs.  I beg to differ.  A rose by any other name still smells the same.   Keith Urban of today is as Classic Rock as the Jackson Browne of yesteryear.  The genre’s have changed so much because the Country fans don’t want to admit they like Classic Rock and old Rock fans don’t wanna give the New Contemporary Country a chance.   There’s so much more that crosses over these days.  I agree that there’s still a huge bunch of people subscribing to what I know as “Bro-Country” …and my new Album is aimed pretty much DIRECTLY at that. I’m no fan of the schlock being thrown at us on Country stations from that angle.  I’m as ‘girly’ a girl you’ll ever meet but the endless prattle of songs about getting the girl to go for a ride in your pickup truck and drinking some beer and having your way with her is nauseating.   It’s gonna come to an end though… mark my word.   Women DO want to be girls and everything that goes with it…. but few want to be painted as ‘easy’ and portrayed as brain dead.   I, for one, want to be STRONG.   I want to embrace my physical side AND the artistic me.   I want to be an inspiration to women everywhere that ‘You CAN live your dream’… and ‘You CAN be someone people love to be around’.   Be all you can be… be strong… be fearless!  Rock On, my music lover friends… and give some of the ‘New Country or Country/Rock a chance.  You might find a few nuggets in there you can identify with.  Hope you all like me new Album…  Rock On ~ Fearless Journey .   You tell ME what Genre it belongs to.. …Available Feb 24th 2015… Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby.
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DREAMS – A Rock Fantasy

A new show almost ready to hit the road! EXCITING!!

Roy H Williams writes, “A person capable of creating is happiest when they are creating.   Artists create visual and auditory artifacts that affect our thoughts, moods and attitudes.  Riddle-solvers perform feats of engineering and invention.  Teachers create new understanding in the minds of their students.  Entrepreneurs create businesses that offer us new and different experiences.  Communicators create stories and speeches and ads.  Made in the image of God, humans are creators by nature.   All humans.  Yes, that includes you.   What do you create? What do you change? What effect do you have on the world around you?”

I too am at my happiest during the creative process.  Some love to cook, some build homes, and I like to work at creating such “visual and auditory artifacts” that affect mood and entertain.  There are frustrations when the vision seems impossible or too expensive to complete… but overcoming obstacles is intrinsically part of the creative process that ultimately makes it more enjoyable and satisfying on recall.
My new show “Dreams – A Rock Fantasy” is on it’s way to becoming a reality.  Still working on a few details but we are almost ready to begin rehearsal.  A new concept, a new set, new video accompaniment, and a theatrical approach to presentation make rehearsal a necessity.   It’s been a major investment in time and money… so we have a lot riding on it’s acceptance.  I’m brimming with confidence as I’m counting on people loving it.  This is going to be so much fun!!
Here’s a sneak peek.  The DREAMS show is “Steampunk” Themed.  We’ve spent a few hundred thousand dollars building a new stage set, instruments, and costumes to help transport the audience to this period.  Steampunk is a sub-genre of Science Fiction, an alternative history, and describes an “Alternate Reality” as might be imagined by someone of the late 1800’s on what the future might look like.  Someone of that period has just witnessed the introduction of the Steam powered locomotive and was certain the power of Steam would change the world.  Someday anything would be possible.  Will Smith’s movie Wild Wild West was a Steampunk movie.  It depicted aliens landing in the untamed west and meeting the gun-toteing men of the 19th century.  A quick entry of “Steampunk Images” on Google will give you a clue.   This theme lends it self to wonderful images that we can build on and change over time.  It’s going to be so very much fun.  What I am NOT going to divulge right now is how this relates to the topic of Dreams and what, in our storyline, takes you there.  This is the tricky part and needs all the rehearsal to get it to work out just right.  September 6th and 7th, my new home town friends will be first to see it start to finish.  Home town audiences are always the harshest critics and I am so hoping for their support.  If I get it, I know I am onto a good thing and ready to market it across the country.