Tommy Botz’ Story of Loss and Redemption Helps Others Heal Through Music

Tommy Botz’ Story of Loss and Redemption Helps Others Heal Through Music

Fighting the Demon of Substance Abuse, Songwriter Inspires Change Through the Power of Words and Melody

 

 

May, 2020 (Cleveland, OH) — From a decades long battle with alcoholism,  which led him down the dark path of incarceration and homelessness, to finding sobriety and accomplishing his lifelong dream to professionally record his music, Songwriter Tommy Botz’s story is both a cautionary tale and an uplifting journey of redemption.

 

With much of today’s modern country music often glamorizing cold beers and heartache in an ever-continuous chain as a way to deal with pain, Tommy Botz is instead bringing his true-to-life struggle and its consequences to life through his music. 

 

Though prominent in many of the songs off his latest release “Family & Friends”, a powerful light is shined on his struggle with the bottle and the lives it can impact in his single “Maggie”.

 

LISTEN TO “MAGGIE” HERE:

MAGGIE 

 

Botz has also penned a heartbreaking yet beautiful ballad in “Teddy Bear”, a song written for a fellow inmate while locked up in an Ohio penitentiary. “He knew that I wrote songs and came to my cell in tears one night because he just found out that his little girl had passed away” Says Botz, “His wife was losing her mind questioning her faith and he asked if i could write something for his daughter’s memory.

 

LISTEN TO “TEDDY BEAR” HERE:

TEDDY BEAR 

 

Additionally, Singer Rose Marie, Tommy’s fiancé who has stood by his side for 30 years, sings on the powerful gospel song “He’s Coming Back”.

 

LISTEN TO “HE’S COMING BACK” HERE:

HE’S COMIN BACK 

 

Now sober for over 16 years, you can see Tommy has truly come a long way. Since finishing his incarceration, he’s been off the streets for good – living quietly at The Ed Keating Center, a halfway house in Ohio, after having “crawled through the doors” on May 3rd, 2004 as a “homeless drunk with nowhere to go”. 

 

There he met a kind old man named Jack Mulhall who told him that if he followed some direction he would never have to live like that again. “I wasn’t always a homeless drunk. I had dreams and goals like every young man has. I always loved country and gospel music.” says Botz, whose early interest led him to become the lead singer in two bands – The Chevells and The Caesars 5 early in his music career, winning a Battle of the Bands and winding up with an RCA recording contract. But after the loss of their guitar player and their contract being pulled, Botz’s drinking got worse and soon penitentiaries became a way of life.

 

From broken marriages to lost jobs, no car, and no license – living to drink and drinking to live became his routine. Finally, with several years of sobriety and working under his belt  – he made the decision to go for his dream and finally record some of the over 200+ songs he had written over the years.

 

“One night while I was praying I heard in my heart – go for your dream and I will put someone in your life who believes in your music”, and after contacting Ante Up Studios owner Michael Seifert, the two began a collaboration that would ultimately become his 6-song EP “Family and Friends”. Hear the full record at www.adrunksdreamcomestrue.com 

 

For More on Tommy Botz, VISIT:

MusikandFilm.com/Artists/Tommy-Botz

Reverbnation.com/TommyBotz

Tommy Botz Music Facebook Page

 

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Jesse Eplan Ready to Enter the Arena and Take His Shot with “PLAYER” EP

Jesse Eplan Ready to Enter the Arena and Take His Shot with “PLAYER” EP

Hip Hop Upstart Spins Fresh Beats and Delivers Strong Spits on Eight Dope New Tracks

It was announced today that emerging Hip Hop Performer/Producer (and Basketball aficionado) Jesse Eplan has released his latest collection of tracks; entitled “Player”, available now on Spotify and all the major services. 

 

Check out Jesse Eplan’s “Player” on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/4GOxKjFepIqtJSe1t7QH2j 

 

After blazing into high gear last fall with “Bakwoods”, it’s safe to say that the five tool trap/hip-hop/R&B Singer-Songwriter-Performer-Producer-Beatmaker has proven he is ready to take the court and ball with the starting five on “Player”.

 

These eight fire tracks show a real maturity in songwriting. Take Jesse’s unique approach and attention to the smallest details, couple that with a new-found creativity in the beat creation process, and you’ll agree that “Player” is career progress that’s palpable to any listener. 

 

With major influences ranging from artists like Future to Lil Uzi Vert, Chris Brown, Smokepurpp, MadeinTYO and Travis Scott – Eplan has taken their flow, hooks, beat selection, and more into account when creating his own music.

 

A New York native, Jesse broke major ground with the release of his first two major LP’s recorded while at the University of Tampa – 2017’s “Trap Harmony” and 2018’s “Purple Wave“, and the Trap and Hip-Hop world took MAJOR notice of the rising young star through his collaborations with like minded artists like Famous Dex (A$AP Rocky, Lil Pump) and Kontraversy (Grafh, LouGotCash).

 

Jesse made the move from Tampa to Los Angeles in 2018 where he is in the midst of taking his rightful spot at the top of the charts. While in LA, Eplan has continued adding to his ever growing musical palette, with strong songs and new fire beats coming seemingly every week. It seems we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg that is Jesse Eplan! 

 

For More on Jesse Eplan and His Music, VISIT:

www.JesseEplan.com

 

OR 

 

Facebook.com/JesseEplanMusic

Twitter: @JesseEplan

Instagram: @Jesseeplan

 

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT] RickEberleagency.com

 

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Time to Check into the Roach Motel with New Comedy Album from TV’s Chris Roach

Time to Check into the Roach Motel with New Comedy Album from TV’s Chris Roach

The Long Island Comic, Actor, and Podcast-Host Who Played The Recurring Role of Fellow Retired Cop “Mott” on James’ CBS Sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” Releases First Laugh Out Loud Collection

Just off a National Tour with Kevin James and coming from his stint opposite James on CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait”, Long Island’s own Chris Roach just released his first comedy record “Roach Motel” on iTunes, Pandora and all the major services. 

GET ROACH MOTEL ON SPOTIFY HERE:

https://open.spotify.com/album/1MDYqw4aljFuKhG49mevHq 

Chris will be performing to support the album with several upcoming East Coast dates and more national shows planned:

  • 12/17 at Gotham Comedy Club, NYC
  • 12/31 at Comedy Works, Bristol PA
  • 2/1 thru 2/6 Borgata Hotel and Casino In Atlantic City, NJ
  • 2/14 McGuires Comedy Club in Bohemia, NY
  • 2/15 Governors Comedy Club in Levittown, NY

Also, don’t forget to listen to Chris host the “Long Island Explained” podcast with co-host Steve Belanger with a new episode every Tuesday. Every week they discuss one Long Island-specific topic ranging from pop culture, the supernatural, history and true crime. They also chat with celebrity guests, including comedian Jim Breuer, boxer Gerry Cooney, actor Steve Guttenberg, musician CJ Ramone and many more.

Listen and Subscribe here: http://www.longislandexplained.com/about.html

A Ronkonkoma, NY native, Christopher Brian Roach has also appeared in film and television from Comedy Central, Limitless, The Onion Sports Network, CBS Instinct and others. He regularly performs stand-up at some of the biggest and best known stages in the tri-state area such as The Borgata in Atlantic City, Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, Governor’s Comedy Clubs on Long Island, and many more. Following “Kevin Can Wait” he skyrocketed to fame, appearing on United Stations Radio, SiriusXM with Jim Breuer and his fellow castmates, The Anthony Cumia Show discussing his former NYPD career, and interviews with famed comedy scenester Jeffrey Gurian, and The Laugh Button among many others. His music video “Ronkokomo” (A Long Island-centric parody of The Beach Boys hit) went viral, racking up over a million views on social media.

WATCH: Chris Roach “RONKOKOMO” (Beach Boys Parody) via YouTube

Roach has been on a roll bringing side-splitting comedy to the masses, and now with the release of Roach Motel, more show dates and the Long Island Explained podcast, fans have plenty more reason to laugh!

For More on Chris Roach, VISIT: www.ChrisRoachComedy.com

OR

Facebook.com/ChrisRoachComedy

Twitter: @RoachComic

Instagram.com/RoachComic

Chris Roach YouTube Channel

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@RickEberleAgency.com

 

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Jesse Eplan Blazes into High Gear with Latest Video for his Track “Bakwoods”

Jesse Eplan Blazes into High Gear with Latest Video for his Track “Bakwoods”

The Five Tool Trap/Hip-Hop/R&B Singer-Songwriter-Performer-Producer-Beatmaker Drops Dank New Video for his Homage Tune to Women and Blunts

 

Los Angeles, CA (Sept, 2019) — Fast rising hip hop star Jesse Eplan just dropped the smoking new video for his well received slow dance worthy anthem “Bakwoods”, which was released on all the major services earlier this year. The popping track details Jesse’s love and respect for one special woman, and for the recreational activities he enjoys doing only with her; regardless of the endless line of shortys looking to get with him and his green sticky leaf.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR BAKWOODS HERE: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnf3ipfWZFw 

 

After his move to Los Angeles in 2018, Eplan has continued adding to his ever growing musical palette, with strong songs and new fire beats coming seemingly every week. A New York native, Jesse broke major ground with the release of his first two major LP’s – 2017’s “Trap Harmony” and 2018’s “Purple Wave“, and the Trap and Hip-Hop world took MAJOR notice of the rising young star through his collaborations with like minded artists like Famous Dex (A$AP Rocky, Lil Pump) and Kontraversy (Grafh, LouGotCash), but it seems we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg that is Jesse Eplan.

 

LISTEN TO BAKWOODS ON SPOTIFY HERE:

https://open.spotify.com/track/7y7S0JDTvHygmaG5zKUc7W 

 

With his major influences ranging from artists like Future to Lil Uzi Vert, Chris Brown, Smokepurpp, MadeinTYO and Travis Scott – Eplan has taken their flow, hooks, beat selection, and more into account when creating his own music. Geography has also had a major impact – as a NY native, Eplan took what he learned from the ever growing R&B, Hip-Hop, and Trap scene throughout NYC and Long Island and relocated to Tampa, FL where he attended the University of Tampa. This added yet another dynamic to his creativity, says Jesse “Being in Tampa gave me new elements of a more tropical sound to add to my music. From its overall Summer vibes to the scenery, it really spoke to me along with being able to meet new artists, producers, videographers and entrepreneurs to learn from and collaborate with”. This is evident in “Purple Wave”, which he categorizes as very different from the rap music of today’s generation. With tracks like “Cannon” (Feat. Kontraversy) and “Lost Time” he goes from hardened undertones to giving himself a chance to do some soulful singing. “I listen to these tracks and its very magical” he says, “The more people I ask, the more feedback I get on how expansive the album is and how everyone seems to have their own favorite track”.

 

Purchase “Purple Wave” via iTunes HERE

Hear “Purple Wave” via Spotify HERE

 

LISTEN: Jesse Eplan’s “Trap Harmony” EP via Spotify

Purchase “Trap Harmony” via iTunes

 

For More on Jesse Eplan and His Music, VISIT:

www.JesseEplan.com

 

OR 

 

Facebook.com/JesseEplanMusic

Twitter: @JesseEplan

Instagram: @Jesseeplan

 

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT] RickEberleagency.com

 

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Mark Newman Releases Brand New LP “Empirical Truth”

Mark Newman  Releases Brand New LP “Empirical Truth”

July, 2019 (New York, NY) — It can certainly be said that a labor of love is not much of a labor at all, and with singer/songwriter and guitarist Mark Newman’s latest release “Empirical Truth” (via Danal Music) this is very much the case, as he’s proven once again his power of true musicianship.

 

Packed with Newman’s usual penchant for dynamic storytelling and political commentary throughout his lyrics, Empirical Truth certainly lives up to its name. With songs ranging in topic from the state of gun control in the U.S. to the Dakota Access Pipeline, an innocent man blamed for murder, love and loss and even a few covers from Little Feat, John Oates, and more – the album is brimming with a dynamic mix of Americana/Blues/Pop and slide-guitar work from start to finish. Newman is joined on the LP by Drummers Shawn Murray and John Michel, Keyboardists Kevin McKendree, James Dower and Mark Bonder, Bassist Craig Privett and Vocalists Naomi Margolin, Janet Montalbo, Maag Stanley, Steve Bluth, Jeff Lubin, Jacob Koch, and Norm Madnick.

 

GET “EMPIRICAL TRUTH” ON SPOTIFY !

 

GET “EMPIRICAL TRUTH” ON APPLE MUSIC !

 

A New York native, Mark Newman’s musical prowess has taken him around the world several times over, playing with an eclectic mix of noted musical talents from Sting to Elvis Costello, and Travis Tritt as well as his own solo work. A multi stringsman, Mark has mastered electric/acoustic/lap steel guitar as well as the mandolin and dobro, and with a voice reminiscent of many rock and blues men before him- it has the familiarity of an old friend yet the power and soul of many of today’s rock, soul, folk and R&B icons. For over five years, Newman and fellow songwriter Naomi Margolin have run the “Music From the Hive”  Singer/Songwriter Series, and for the past three years- “The Original Music Series” for bands, in an attempt to keep original music alive on Long Island. 

 

Although Newman has played a ton of exciting solo and full-band showcases–notably Delbert McClinton at Highline Ballroom just last month and Les Dudek at My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, The Paramount in Huntington opening for The Doobie Brothers, The Space at Westbury opening for the one and only Don Felder and David Bromberg on separate occasions, The Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, and NYC’s Legendary Bitter End–he has also worked alongside so many soul, blues, and rock greats of our time including John Oates (Hall and Oates), Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds), Willy DeVille (Mink DeVille), Sam The Sham, Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos) and Sam Moore (Sam & Dave)!

 

Past releases include 2010’s “Walls of Jericho” filled with intricate guitar work and mixed with a plethora of sounds from hard rock to a lighter more Dylanesque folk tinge, and 2015’s  “Brussels” – a live acoustic-driven EP that packs a bluesy punch reminiscent of Clapton’s “Unplugged” album through both the guitar work and raw vocal power. His latest LP “Empirical Truth” is due later this year.

 

Empirical Truth Track Listing:

 

  1. Scapegoat 
  2. Life Without You
  3. Mississippi Mile
  4. When I Aim My Gun
  5. Seven Days
  6. One More Song About A Highway
  7. Sharin’ The Blues
  8. Pipeline
  9. Are You Lonely For Me
  10. Everything You Know
  11. Roll Um Easy
  12. Lycanthropy

 

For More on Mark Newman, VISIT:

www.MarkNewman.us

Facebook.com/MarkNewmanMusic

Twitter.com/MarkNewmanMusic

Instagram.com/MarkNewmanMusic

 

Purchase “Walls of Jericho” via iTunes HERE:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/walls-of-jericho/396805457

Or

Via CD Baby HERE:

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/marknewman2

 

Purchase “Brussels” via iTunes HERE:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brussells-ep/id978060700

or

via CD Baby HERE:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marknewman3

 

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick@RickEberleAgency.com

 

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Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle Releases New Single and Video “Collect & Change” with Show at 89 North

Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle Releases New Single and Video “Collect & Change” with Show at 89 North

The Don Chaffin Produced Track and Ethan Felizzari Directed Video will be Debuted on Stage With Special Guest Performances

 

July, 2019 (Patchogue, NY) – With Summer in full swing, Singer/Songwriter Robert Eberle is debuting the brand new single and video for “Collect & Change” – his first song recorded at DCity Studios with Producer Don Chaffin and first video directed by Ethan Felizzari, with a live performance at 89 North music venue (89 N Ocean Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772) on Sunday, July 21st at 2pm. Also playing will be Sammi Rae & Los Vegas, Kelly and Kat, Jackie Romeo and Versa.

 

JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT HERE!

 

A Long Island native, Robert Eberle has been singing for most of his life. At only 13, he began writing his own original music, releasing “Alone” produced by Jesse Eplan in 2018. Earlier this year he recorded a cover of the Leonard Cohen classic “Hallelujah, and his new single “Collect & Change” will be released in July 2019. (Will be available on ITunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, and Apple Music). Earlier this year he appeared on 90.3 WHPC Rising Stars Radio. Robert Eberle is currently training in acting and voice and gearing up for more live performances and appearances. Stay tuned!!

 

Check out ALONE on Spotify HERE!

 

Check out HALLELUJAH on Spotify HERE!

 

For More Information on Robert Eberle, Go To:

www.RobertEberleMusic.com 

Facebook: @roberteberlemusic 

Twitter: @EberleMusic

YouTube Channel

 

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT] RickEberleAgency.com

 

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Sammi Rae Murciano & Los Vegas Performing LIVE at The Rail in Smithtown Saturday, June 15th

Sammi Rae Murciano & Los Vegas Performing LIVE at The Rail in Smithtown Saturday, June 15th

She’ll Take to The LI Stage with The Reggaetón Artist To Perform Their Latest Escápate” and MORE

Long Island, NY (June, 2019) — With her recent Reggaetón-infused hit Escápateadding a whole new dimension to her already dynamic sound, Singer-Songwriter Sammi Rae Murciano and Los Vegas are bringing more of their Summer heat to Long Island as they prepare to take the stage at The Rail (281 W Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787) on Saturday, June 15th from 8-11PM ($5 Adv, 21+)!

 

The magnetic collaboration brings to life the sentimental romance often featured in Reggaetón hits with an energetically pumping backbeat and laid-back flow that is sure to make it a club hit. Trading lyrics like “If I leave with you, I want to be there with you through the night // I want to feel your arms around me, hold me tight // Your body next to mine, you make me feel so high” with Los Vegas, and the refrain “Never mind what anybody says, I just want to dance the night away, I just want to know if we can escape”, Murciano shows off her vocal prowess in a new genre which she seems just as at home in as her past pop-driven tracks. On working with Vegas, Murciano says “It has been amazing to work together. To collaborate with someone who has the same passion and dedication for music as I do. We are very excited for what’s to come and have a lot of new music coming soon.

 

LISTEN: “Escápate” from Sammi Rae and Los Vegas via Spotify

 

Further Upcoming Performances:

 

Thursday, July 11th, 7:00PM @ Adventureland, Farmingdale, NY

 

Saturday July 27th, 8:00pm @ Bridgehampton Benefit, Southampton NY

 

Friday, August 2nd, 8:00PM @ Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell, Wantagh, NY

 

Friday, August 2nd, 6:00pm @Long Beach Intl Film Festival Music on the Beach, Long Beach, NY

 

Saturday, August 10th, 2:00PM @ Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, NY

 

A Long Island native, Sammi Rae Murciano has been singing for four years, and has been getting a ton of praise from audiences nationwide. Her strong and soulful voice shows an incredible amount of talent and dedication, yet knowing that you have to believe in yourself and have confidence to be successful has been her continued mantra. On her single “Unpredictable”, Murciano continues this mantra saying that the song “talks about not letting anyone stop you from following your dreams”. Rising above any criticisms, she continues “I’ve never let anything that anyone has said to me change me or bring me down, and I like to talk about that to inspire other people who may be going through the same things”.

 

Her single “Dream Bigger”, released earlier this year, follows a similar story of empowerment through knowing your worth in a relationship, which Murciano elaborated on saying “I have been broken and I have had my heart ripped into pieces. The hardest battle is what you know in your head and what you feel in your heart. Never settle for anything less than you deserve and choose what will make you happy.”

 

WATCH: Sammi Rae Murciano “Dream Bigger” Official Music Video

 

Now as Sammi Rae and Los Vegas prepare to bring “Escápate” along with some brand new music to The Rail in Smithtown LIVE on Saturday, June 15th – fans can get ready to dance the night away to their newly inspired tracks!

 

For More Information on Sammi Rae Murciano, VISIT:

www.SammiRaeMurciano.com

Facebook.com/Sammi.Murciano

Twitter: @Sammi_Murciano

Instagram: @Sammi_Murciano

YouTube Channel

 

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT] RickEberleagency.com

 

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