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LA-based artist Rocco DeLuca will celebrate the release of his 429 Records debut “DRUGS ‘N HYMNS” with special performances at the Hotel Cafe on March 8th and an in-store performance at Fingerprints in Long Beach on March 9th. The album is available everywhere on March 6th. He’ll then embark on a series of dates with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in March and with Van Hunt in April.
The show begins at 10:30pm on Thursday, March 8 @ the Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd, and tickets are available to the public for $10. DeLuca appears at Fingerprints the following day @ 7pm for a special in-store performance. Fingerprints is located at 420 E. 4th St in Long Beach and RSVP is required (phone 562-433-4996).
The new album finds the blues-steeped musician forging a solo path armed with his National guitar, distinctively emotive voice and 10 reflective, vivid song-stories. The hypnotically spare compositions conjure a world of characters seeking a certain solace and salvation while continually mired in the disturbed darkness.
The album was “anti-produced” by Rocco DeLuca and features guests such as the Echo Park Jubilee Tambo Flower Unsung Heroes Choir. “DRUGS ‘N HYMNS” is a fascinating recording in its quiet intensity, conveying a wide swathe of emotions from quietude mixed with underlying dread to hopeful exhilaration.
Rocco DeLuca was born in Southern California surrounded by a vibrant arts community that inspired him to follow his muses at an early age. By seven he was learning to play, listening to Billy Holiday, Nina Simone and the Delta Blues heroes of the 1920s. He soon crossed paths and performed with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash and June Carter and Daniel Lanois - an amazing musical association key in the evolution of DeLuca’s unique sound whether fronting a band or playing solo.
Says Daniel Lanois: “I fully believe in DeLuca. I think that he’s got the power to be a contemporary troubadour, as I see it, and I hope I can be his friend for a long time, whether I am operating in the same limelight, ahead of him, behind him, in his shadow, whatever it takes, I’ll be there. The one thing that I love about Rocco DeLuca is he is driven by his own heart.”
Confirmed dates with Edward Sharpe:
|March 15||Tucson, AZ||Rialto Theatre|
|March 18||Tulsa, OK||Cain’s Ballroom|
|March 20||Boulder, CO||Boulder Theater|
|March 21||Denver, CO||Ogden Theatre|
|March 22||Aspen, CO||Belly Up Aspen|
|March 23||Salt Lake City||Kingsbury Hall|
|March 25||San Francisco||Slim’s|
Confirmed dates with Van Hunt:
|April 5||Charlotte, NC||Double Door|
|April 6||Atlanta, GA||The Earl|
|April 7||Nashville, TN||Jazz & Jokes|
|April 9||Columbus, OH||The Basement|
|April 11||Dayton, OH||Canal Street Tavern|
|April 12||Bloomington, IL||The Castle Theatre|
|April 14||Minneapolis, MN||Fine Line Music Cafe|
429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
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