“Brando Quin – Crossings”

Glaxicon Music in conjunction with RavenPheat Recording Studios and LuLu Publishing Company releases the 11 song American-Life Rock/Pop/Bluegrass CD, "Brando Quin - Crossings" Music and Production by RavenPheat and Friends - Starring Brando Quin Lead Singer, Song Lyrics Writer and Melodies Composer, Producer John Mahoney Music, Arrangement and Production also featured on Rhythm Guitars, MIDI Sounds, Percussion and Native Flutes, Tim Sadow Lead Violin, Todd Larsen Lead Guitar, Michele Sarrett Backup Vocalist, Dan King Saxophonist, Ted Hale Trombonist, Sule Greg Wilson Lead Banjo, and Daphne Adato backup vocalist.

Brando Quin opens up once again and draws us into his rich Irish/English American heritage giving us yet another award winning album of unique, original, expressive and harmonic American-life Rock/Pop/Bluegrass/and Jazz music.

The Award Winning CD contains ten original songs written and composed by Brando including, "She Left Yesterday", "A PhotoGenic Woman" and "The Peruvian Queen" as an additional bonus feature Brando sings, "Wonderful Tonight" written by Eric Clapton from his award winning 2001 album Unplugged/Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton. Eric Clapton nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. He is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries, garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Yardbirds, Cream, and Solo). He is one of Brando's longtime admired influences as a fellow Musician/Singer/Songwriter, licensing provided by HFA. (Clapton, Wikipedia, 2008)

"Brando Quin - Crossings" opens another chapter in Brando's life that captures the fallen dreams, lost hopes and yearning truths of American life experienced during Brando Quin's years of travels throughout America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Quin's music is acknowledged by fans and musicians as original, unique and powerfully expressive. His vivid portrayal of an American working/struggling class life conveys the dashed hopes, loss, and heartbreak implicit in living the American Dream.

"[Brando Quin's] music is F*ckin' Wicked...[Livin a Hard Life from his album The Journey] was soooo damn cool and loping, draggin like a New Orleans Funeral march. YES IT SHO'NUFF DO. All of the instrumentation and the vocal delivery were just about as good as they come in this genre, or any other for that matter. I really dug the violin and the over all timing, rhythm and syncopation of the piece. I'll end by saying Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, John Lurie!! And how about a Jim Jarmush soundtrack. If that means anything to these musicians then I think I got it. Sorry for the profanity but these guys are f*ckin' awesome!!!"-UrbanRootsman Los Angeles, California February 23rd, 2008 (Garageband review, 2008)

"Brando Quin- Crossings" marks the return of Brando's classic form; desperation, honesty, humor, arousing integrity and sensitivity. The album is a continuation from Brando's award winning CD, "Brando Quin The Journey" released by Glaxicon Music in 2007 which was nominated for and won multiple awards at Garageband run by CEO Ali Partovi. Ali established himself as an entrepreneur by co-founding LinkExchange, which was acquired by Microsoft for $265 million in 1998. In 2002 Ali led the effort to save from being shut down and has been with the company ever since.

"Livin A Hard Life" the #6 song of the album a bluegrass down on your luck song was nominated for and won, Track of the Day on 24Aug2007 in Blues Rock Best Male Vocals in Blues Rock, week of 8Oct2007 Best Lyrics in Blues Rock, week of 8Oct2007 Best Lyrics in Blues Rock, week of 26Nov2007 Best Melody in Blues Rock, week of 8Oct2007 Best Mood overall, week of 1Oct2007 Best Mood in Blues Rock, week of 1Oct2007 Most Original overall, week of 8Oct2007 Most Original overall, week of 26Nov2007 Most Original in Blues Rock, week of 20Aug2007 Most Original in Blues Rock, week of 3Sep2007 Most Original in Blues Rock, week of 17Sep2007 Most Original in Blues Rock, week of 1Oct2007 Most Original in Blues Rock, week of 8Oct2007 Most Original in Blues Rock, week of 26Nov2007 and Potential Soundtrack in Blues Rock, week of 26Nov2007.

Brando's songs exemplify his own personal Irish/English American ethics, philosophy and determination which says, "If you get knocked down ten times, you get up eleven."—This album places Brando Quin and RavenPheat on the prized list of up and coming bands who have completed one album per year since the release of their initial debut album.

"Nice Piece of Folk-Rock...Immediately liked the inclusion of harmonica. Gives the song the promise of nice flavor. The vocals are very solid, the lyrics Dylan-esque. Although [Brando Quin's] voice quality is better than Bob Dylan. I liked the varied percussion choices. The rhythm guitar felt really simple for the most part, to my usual taste, but it was appropriate within the context of the song-style. The exception here was in the bridge/duet, that was a great piece of harmony and added great flavor. In fact the lead guitar coloring was nice throughout. Extra Credit: Male Vocals, Guitars, Mood."-KClick Rocklin, California, December 16th, 2007 (Garageband Review, 2007)

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