Listen As 80’s Hair Metal Band, CINDERELLA Front-Man Turned Solo Star, TOM KEIFER Discusses His Breakout Debut Album, Favorite Touring Memories, His Vintage Instrument Collection and Much More!
Posted On 27 Apr 2016
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Best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of Cinderella, TOM KEIFER has solidified his mark on the music world as a solo artist with the 2013 release of his long-awaited, highly anticipated and critically acclaimed solo album, THE WAY LIFE GOES.
KEIFER and his bandmates (#keiferband: Tony Higbee/guitars and vocals, Billy Mercer/bass and vocals, Paul Simmons, drums and vocals, Paul Taylor/keyboards and vocals, Savannah Keifer/vocals, percussion and piano, Kendra Chantelle/vocals and percussion) have been touring in support of the album ever since its release and they’re still not showing any signs of stopping.
THE WAY LIFE GOES is a collection of 14 new songs that range from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for Cinderella. It’s a raw, introspective look at the roller coaster ride that has been KEIFER’s life for the past 15 years. From being told that he would never sing again as a result of a partially paralyzed left vocal cord, to the emotional and personal battles that followed, his solo debut is a story of perseverance, a testament to the power of passion and will, when combined with a true love of music.
Now, as a “thank you” to his fans who have supported him and the long-awaited solo project for the past few years by attending one packed show after another, KEIFER and his bandmates will being entering a Nashville studio later this month to record with four-time Grammy® Award-winning producer/engineer Vance Powell (Elle King, Chris Stapleton, Jack White).
The new tracks will be featured as bonus material on an expanded, deluxe edition of KEIFER’s critically acclaimed 2013 solo debut album, THE WAY LIFE GOES. Set for release later this year, the package will also include the original album that’s currently being remastered by Richard Dodd (Kings of Leon, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum), a bonus DVD with video extras, a documentary about the creation of the bonus tracks, and exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions.
The as-yet-untitled deluxe set will be wrapped in an all new expanded art package designed by artist David Calcano (creator of the Fantoons comic strip series) with one-of-a-kind unique illustrations depicting each song. KEIFER credits a framed collage designed by Calcano of images depicting life, members of his band and songs from THE WAY LIFE GOES that was given to him by his tour manager, Gene Aldridge, as the inspiration to release the deluxe edition.
That one gift,” said KEIFER, “instantly made us think about all the incredible people, adventures and inspiration that had come into our lives over the last few years. The new deluxe edition is our way of celebrating the way life’s gone since the initial release. It’s been an amazing journey!”
Rolling Stone praised THE WAY LIFE GOES as, “A collection of 14 blues howlers, Stones-y rock and, yes, big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.” While Vintage Guitar raved: “…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure KEIFER guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ Exile On Main Street while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.”
For further info, please check out www.TomKeifer.com or www.facebook.com/TomKeiferOfficial.
You can find the videos for “The Flower Song” and “Solid Ground” on his official YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/tomkeifermusic.
Listen to the following All Access interview with Tom on Soundcloud: