The Grafenberg Disciples
Okay okay, I just can’t keep good news to myself. I’m not really supposed to say anything so close to the release of the 41POINT9 material but what the heck, I’ve never been too good at keeping secrets. Here at The Highlander Company Records we’ve been working behind the scenes to make a real bucket list project come to fruition. But first a little backstory:
Back when I was a wee, pimply faced lad in high school, music was everything to me. There was always something playing in the background day and night. I used to listen to a lot of different stuff, from Hard Rock and Heavy Metal to Pop, Funk, Jazz-Fusion to New Wave.
I remember my senior year (and some years thereafter) cruising around with my friend Vince Fucci in his beige, Ford Pinto station wagon blasting the tunes. (yeah we were so cool!) On any given night you’d hear Journey, or Level42 or GoWest or Ultravox, but on many, many a’ night you’d hear either Planet P or Tony Cary’s solo albums blasting from the stereo Vince had so lovingly installed in the car. (it could barely stay running but man the stereo sounded good!)
Many years later I found myself on the same record label with Tony and was introduced to him via the label president. (yeah, total fan boy moment there I have to admit!) Over the past 7 years or so, with many false starts and twists and turns in both my life and Tony's, I am very happy to announce a joint venture between Tony and myself.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to announce my latest musical endeavor entitled, “The Grafenberg Disciples” In this project, I get to indulge in my love of classic rock and heavier sounds than would normally fit in with my other band 41POINT9 and it gives me an opportunity to work with musical heroes like Tony Carey and others.
The first release from this new project is an approximately 25 minute rock opera entitled “The Return Of The Stanislaus County Kid”, written by Kenny Steel and myself, that is based on characters originally created by Tony Carey in his first few classic solo albums. I wrote the lyrics and story line first, Kenny and I wrote the music soon after and Tony sang the hell out of the tunes and added some amazing layers of keyboards to finish the whole thing off nicely. We also enlisted the help of Gregg Bissonette on drums and Frank Rosato on engineering. I truly have been spoiled with this project to be able to work with some of the best in the business.
The album is set to be released digitally in early in 2019, Additionally, Chad Quist, Gregg Bisonnette and I have been working on some more material that will likely be added to the album as separate, stand alone songs not relating to the rock opera. Think of the B side of 2112 or something ya know? These songs will be with yet another famous singer but I’m gonna be a butthead and not let you know who he is just yet. Just know that you will be blown away with the new material. (again, I’m getting freaking spoiled with who I get to work with these days!)
Once all the songs are completed and mixed we will be looking at releasing a physical CD of this whole mess through The Highlander Company Records some time later 2019. Stay tuned….. much more to come!
Neener neener….I’m not gonna tell you any more…… you just have to wait till I decide to drop another bombshell on ya!
Love and tater tots!
Bob “Flippity Flappity” Madsen