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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What Everyone is Saying about 'Into The Blue' (Press and Reviews)

Below you will find all reviews and press for my newest album, "Into The Blue". Keep checking this blog entry as more press and reviews will be added as they come.


‘Into the blue’ is a welcome departure that sees Adrian digging deep to deliver an album that pays tribute to the blues. With drummer Joey Heredia (Stevie Wonder) and bassist Paul Loranger (Eric Sardinas) on board as the rhythm section and with Kacee Clanton (Joe Cocker, Beth Hart) providing vocals on a number of tracks, 

Into the blue’ stands tall against any of the big blues releases we’ve seen this year (a list which includes Joe Bonamassa, The Rides and Eric Clapton) and further cements Adrian’s impressive reputation." - Sonic Abuse


October 2016 Guitar Player






Guitar Player Debuts the Single "Messin' With The Kid" May 2016

"A well-rounded exploration of every shade of the blues from L.A. based guitarist, Adrian Galysh can be experienced on his latest release, 'Into The Blue'.  A great album that displays his blues chops." - Dedicated Rocker Society



"Speedy finger work, a raucous riff and soulful vocals make Adrian Galysh’s “Barstool Monarchy” both bad-ass and masterful.

The first single off of Galysh’s upcoming album, Into the Blue, the track is chock full of vibrant guitar solos, driving beats and a "welcome to the party" vibe. It’s a perfect example of well-executed, straight-up blues rock." - Guitar World

Guitar World magazine debut's the single "Barstool Monarchy" May 2016

Adrian is featured in the Argentinian magazine "Todo Guitarra", discussing "Into The Blue" as well as life as an independent artist.

Cover status on Argentinian magazine.
Adrian Galysh feature interview

Adrian Galysh was a recent guest on LA Talk Radio's "All About Guitar" with host Jeff Floro. Download the MP3 of this in depth interview here.



Adrian Galysh talks tone with Seymour Duncan's Jay Hale in this interesting interview where they discuss writing and recording the new album, guitars, gear and tone!


"Adrian Galysh is seemingly one of the busiest guitarists in the Los Angeles area.  Followers of his social media streams get regular notifications of gigs at the legendary Baked Potato and guest spots at Hollywood’s Ultimate Jam Night, as well as for sets he plays at local wineries and aeronautic events and more. When last we spoke with Adrian he was releasing 2014’s Tone Poet, a soaring musical landscape of tones and textures. This year he’s back with Into The Blue, a more vocal blues-oriented record that features epic blues grooves, a great production, and the vocals of Kacee Colton (Joe Cocker, Luis Miguel) on many songs in addition to Adrian’s own vocals."  - Seymour Duncan Blog

Read the whole interview here.

Fireworks UK Octo-Dec 2016


Adrian was interviewed by Dirty D at Radio-Memphis.com, listen to this fun interview here:



Listen to Adrian discussing "Into The Blue", guitars, writing and recording with Bradda-EKG on Malibu's 97.5FM...






San Fernando Valley's own "Valley Scene Magazine" featured the release of "Into the Blue" in it's May issue:



"Into The Blue" debuts at #1 on the iTunes Blues Charts on May 25th, 2016.



"Now here’s an excellent album of blues from L.A. based guitarist, Adrian Galysh who along with drummer Joey Heredia (Stevie Wonder) and bassist Paul Loranger (Eric Sardinas) as well as guest vocals from Kacee Clanton (Joe Cocker, Beth Hart) on some tracks and they’ve turned in a really enjoyable set." - The-Rocker.co.uk

Read the whole review here.


An Interview from VISION Magazine, Issue #2

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The story of INTO THE BLUE, Writing and Recording Detailed Track by Track!

Here is the story of INTO THE BLUE, track by track!

1. “Let Your Hammer Ring” (Galysh) - This was originally supposed to be a vocal song, based on the chain gang work-song chant you hear sampled throughout the song, but it didn't make sense to have Kacee sing it as the original lyrics were from a male perspective - and I couldn't do it justice. Instead of scrapping the tune altogether, I decided to make it an instrumental. After it was finished and mixed, I decided to make it the album opener as it sets the tone for the album really well.


2. “Barstool Monarchy” (Galysh/Clanton) - This upbeat song started with the opening riff, which is revisited throughout the song. Very much inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple. This song features a great '69/'70 Fender Stratocaster I acquired at auction. The guitar was all original, sounded GREAT, and delivered the perfect Hendrix-era Strat tone for this tune!






3. “Unloveable Me” (Galysh/Clanton) - Inspired by the tone of that '69/'70 Stratocaster, I started writing this ballad with the descending rhythm guitar part that opens the song. The chord progression wrote itself in a day, and I was off and running, overdubbing more guitars, bass, organ, piano and strings, aiming to achieve a classic blues ballad sound. All of the solos are the original takes from the demo, and just came out so well, I refused to retake them. The whole song was there, solos and all. Then Kacee came up with lyrics and a hell of a melody. This song has my favorite guitar solo on the album.


4. “Messin’ With The Kid” (Mel London) - This is a very fun tune to play live, and a song I know I wanted to record as soon as I decided to make a blues album. This song goes over really well in concert and has a fun audience participation section that I included on this recording. I wanted to bring a modern approach to this classic song that I first heard the Blues Brothers do, and came up with a Robben Ford-esque arrangement, and invited guitarist Carl Verheyen lay down a guest guitar solo. 


5. “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out)” (Jimmy Cox) - This is a song I first heard from another guitar teacher, while teaching at the National Guitar Workshop about 9 years ago. I loved hearing it then, and sought out the the version he referenced from Derek and The Dominoes. While I like that version, I found the performance could have been more dynamic. So, I set out to make my version THE definitive version. I think it turned out very well, with a very powerful and dynamic performance, especially Kacee's vocals. She's such a great singer, and did may be two takes and that was it, perfect.


6. “The War” (Galysh/Clanton) - The main riff and chord progression was inspired by the Peter Green/John Mayall song "Another Kind Of Love", but totally sped up. I dug the sound I ended up with, but at that tempo it seemed to lose the blues shuffle feel. Thankfully vocalist Kacee Clanton wrote some great lyrics to this that really took it to a mother level. This song successfully brings together all my favorite 70s influences including Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Uli Jon Roth and Robin Trower.


7. “Who Am I To Say” (Galysh/Clanton) - I had the idea for the acoustic rhythm guitar parts for a long time, but I've never had the right opportunity to use this them until now! I borrowed the tuning from Jimmy Page, and naturally the song takes on a Led Zeppelin-like quality. The tuning is from low to high: D - A - D - A - A - F#. 

In the middle of the song, you hear some bluesy slide guitar solos, but I'm a horrible slide guitar player. I own a slide. Two in fact, but completely suck at using them! After some failed attempts at playing proper slide guitar for the solo sections, I ended up recording "faux" slide, using the Floyd Rose whammy bar on one of my Brian Moore guitars. So far, no one can tell!


8. “Further On Up The Road” (Veasley/Robey) - A classic blues song that I've been including in my live set for years. I changed up the usually rhythm guitar parts, wanting to get a more driving feel from the whole rhythm section. This song features myself on vocals, and special guest guitarist Johnny Hiland from Nashville. Johnny sent me six takes, five of which were pretty rockin' with tons of gain, but in the end I knew I wanted his signature chicken picking sound and went for that. He knocks it out of the park - a real fun track, for sure. 


9. “Why Am I Singing The Blues” (Galysh/Clanton) - This is one of the first songs written for INTO THE BLUE. A bluesy ballad, that started with me exploring a Jimi Hendrix style approach to rhythm guitar, similar to songs like "Little Wing", "Wind Cries Mary", and "Hey Joe", with that gospel style sound. That was the basis for the song, and the first part recorded. Just about everything was in place on the demos before the lyrics were written and recorded: Lead guitars, rhythm guitars, B3 organ, piano, strings, bass and drums. I had a rough draft of lyrics and the idea of the title, "Why Am I Singing the Blues", which Kacee refined and rewrote to give a clear story line to the song. My original idea of the vocal melody did't sit well with her vocal range, and at first we thought Id' have to rerecord the whole song in a different key, but after spending some time with it, she came up with a much better melody that did't require a key change - thank god! This is my favorite song on the album, and I think it successfully combines my guitar style and song writing style with a very organic, bluesy sound.



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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Guitarist Adrian Galysh To Release New Blues-Rock Album Into The Blue On May 25, 2016

LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2016) – Renowned guitarist Adrian Galysh will release his fifth solo album Into The Blue on May 25, 2016, featuring nine blues-rock tracks with guitar and vocals that take the West Coast guitarist into an entirely new musical direction. 

 Produced and recorded by Galysh in Los Angeles, Into The Blue draws heavily on the guitarist’s ‘70s-era influences. Galysh shares vocal duties with powerhouse vocalist Kacee Clanton, known for her soulful work with Joe Cocker, Luis Miguel, Beth Hart, and Janis Joplin’s band, Big Brother and The Holding Company.

   

And while Into The Blue is an all-vocal blues-rock affair, fans of Galysh’s guitar-centric style will enjoy this very guitar-driven record. The album also features special guest performances by studio session ace Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), who plays on Galysh’s energetic version of the Junior Wells classic “Messin’ With The Kid,” and chicken picker Johnny Hiland, who takes a string- and mind-bending guest solo on Bobby Blue Bland’s “Further On Up The Road.” 

 The album’s rhythm section is rounded out by the stellar and authentic blues talents of drummer Joey Heredia (Stevie Wonder, Tribal Tech), and bassist Paul Loranger (Eric Sardinas). 

“Playing blues guitar needs to be a concise statement, and requires simple, good tone,” said Galysh. “Into The Blue offers just that – blues-inspired songs that are straightforward in their arrangement, sound, and instrumentation. I didn’t want to waste a single phrase, and wanted to ensure that every solo reflects the song’s feel and intent.” 


Praised by artists like Jennifer Batten and outlets like Power Play Magazine, Galysh has a successful trajectory spanning four previous solo albums and numerous collaborations and performances with industry giants like Uli Jon Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robben Ford, Mike Keneally, George Lynch, Warren DeMartini, and many more. 

 Into The Blue will be available on May 25, 2016 via iTunes, Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and adriangalysh.com. Preview Into The Blue now at www.adriangalysh.com. 

 Track list
1. “Let Your Hammer Ring” (Galysh) 
2. “Barstool Monarchy” (Galysh/Clanton) 
3. “Unloveable Me” (Galysh/Clanton) 
4. “Messin’ With The Kid” (Mel London) 
5. “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out)” (Jimmy Cox) 
6. “The War” (Galysh/Clanton)
7. “Who Am I To Say” (Galysh/Clanton) 
8. “Further On Up The Road” (Veasley/Robey) 
9. “Why Am I Singing The Blues” (Galysh/Clanton)



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