Press Releases (2007)

 
Instrumental Guitarist Randy Ellefson Releases New Album

JULY 31, 2007 (GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND) – It’s been over a decade since the art of lead guitar went the way of the dinosaurs with the arrival of grunge music, sending 80s style guitarists to the [gui]tar pits. But now it seems that everywhere you look, the guitar solo is making a comeback, whether it’s newer metal bands like Dragonforce, perennial stalwarts like Ozzy Osbourne, or even the descendants of that same grunge movement. For some genres, like instrumental guitar, the art never disappeared at all.

Randy Ellefson 2007Such is the case for instrumental hard rock guitarist Randy Ellefson, whose second album, aptly titled Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid, will be released July 31, 2007. Featuring ten intense, soaring songs with crunchy riffs, big melodies, and over the top solos, the album is shameless in its devotion to all things guitar. Maybe it’s not surprising coming from a guy who assembles his own guitars, holds a Bachelors of Music in classical guitar, and who once lost his playing to tendinitis and struggled for five years to regain it.

“I love playing and composing for the guitar,” says Ellefson. “It’s an awesome instrument.” Peavey, Morley Pedals, and Alvarez Guitars have all picked up on this devotion and awarded him endorsements since the 2004 release of the debut album, The Firebard.

This time around, drummer Jeff Moos (ex-Mercury Rising) and session bassist Dave DeMarco have added to the melodic overdose, with Ellefson handling all the guitars, which were recorded at his home. “These days it’s easy to make good recordings yourself if you know your limits and when to finish up in a professional studio.”

This cost-saving move is common among independent artists and is yet another way in which modern technology allows them to compete with major labels. Online mp3 distribution has allowed Ellefson to reach fans as far away as New Zealand, and sites like YouTube.com let artists perform in front of people who’d otherwise never see them.

“It’s a great time to be an indie artist,” concludes Ellefson.

Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid is available online July 31 via randyellefson.com, CDBaby.com and Guitar9.com. The first single, “Blue Sky” can be downloaded at this location.

Visit http://www.randyellefson.com for free mp3s, videos, guitar tablature, articles, and the latest news on Randy Ellefson.

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Randy Ellefson To Issue New Album July 31, MP3s and New Website Available

JUNE 26, 2007 (GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND) – Hard rock instrumental guitarist Randy Ellefson will release his second album, Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid, on July 31, 2007.

Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid (2007)“This album sounds much better than the first and is more straightforward rock and metal,” said Ellefson, who also produced and co-engineered the effort. Drummer Jeff Moos, formerly of Mercury Rising, and session bassist Dave DeMarco have contributed to the album, producing a tight performance that would do early Metallica proud on tracks like “Pitter Patter” and “Mantra Dreamscape”.

“Even my hard driving songs tend to pump people up,” remarks Ellefson, “and I often write major key, upbeat stuff. I just like fun music and that’s what I write.”

The track listing of ten songs includes: “Better Things To Do”, “A Trill A Minute”, “Blue Sky”, “The Waltz”, “Everlast”, “Just Passing Through”, “The Key”, “Pitter Patter”, “Mantra Dreamscape”, and “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid”.

In addition to the new single, Ellefson has revamped his official site, www.randyellefson.com, adding among other things a flash media player where more songs from the new album can be heard in their entirety. Visitors who join the free Demo Club can also download another song from the album, “The Key”, plus a demo version of a song from the next album, “Crunch Time”, with more features to be added regularly. Demo Club members can also access more music from the first album, videos, guitar lessons, and tablature of songs.

Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid will be available online July 31 from randyellefson.com, CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, and Guitar9.com.

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Instrumental Guitarist Randy Ellefson Releases Video

NOVEMBER 6, 2007 (GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND) – In support of his second album, Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid, guitarist Randy Ellefson has released a music video for the song “Better Things To Do”. Unlike most videos, which feature only pre-recorded music and bands pretending to play the song, this has a live lead guitar performance caught on film over the album’s backing track. As a result, this version of the song is slightly different, more like what’s heard in concert. The video is available at YouTube.

Visit http://www.randyellefson.com for free mp3s, videos, guitar tablature, articles, and the latest news on Randy Ellefson.

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Guitarist Randy Ellefson Releases New Single

DECEMBER 17, 2007 (GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND) – Guitarist Randy Ellefson has released a new hard rock song, “The Key” from his second instrumental guitar album, Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid. The Key is available as a free download.

“The Key” was previously available only to fans that joined Ellefson’s free Demo Club at his official site, www.randyellefson.com. To continue giving them something extra, the song “Pitter Patter” has also been uploaded into the Demo Club as a free download for club members.

Since the release of his debut album, The Firebard, Ellefson has earned endorsements with Alvarez Guitars, Peavey, and Morley Pedals, and been heard on XM Radio Unsigned 52 and stations in Canada, Australia, and the U.S.

Visit http://www.randyellefson.com for free mp3s, videos, guitar tablature, articles, and the latest news on Randy Ellefson.

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