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The band is fronted by keyboardist and composer Lisa LaRue who is thrilled to announce this unique new release after spending the last two years successfully battling to regain her health. LaRue said, “2KX is excited about being able to make music again, after taking a break due to health reasons. The track has a classic 2KX sound, and goes through four movements, the last illustrating sussuration which is the sound of wind through the trees”.

The release involves an unusual feature in that one movement of the song will be available as a special 7”, hand-shaped lathe cut record. The record is cut real time on a vintage 1940 record lathe. This movement is the ballad section of the song and the only part with vocals. The CD/EP will contain the full-length version of “Sussuration” as well as a previously released singles from 2KX: “Lemniscate,” a radio edit of “Sussuration,” and a bonus of “Song For a Name – 2KX” by Johnny Unicorn

It will be available as a CD and an mp3 album in addition to the radio edit “Sussuration” ballad which will be produced in a very limited quantity as the hand-shaped lathe cut 7” record. The CD cover art is by Keith Birdsong, famous for his Star Trek book covers and other outstanding work.  Digital downloads will be available September 1, with the CD, special edition record, videos and more available soon after.

2KX members are Lisa LaRue on keyboards, Steve Adams on guitar, Mike Alvarez on cello, John Baker for vocals, Merrill Hale for drums and percussion, and Don Schiff on bass and NS Stick. Baker, previously lead vocalist/guitarist for Mars Hollow as well as playing for Christian Love (The Beach Boys) and The Little Girls, joins as a band member on this release, as lead vocalist.  Special guests are Michael Wheeler playing Dilruba and violinist Brenda K of the Panache Orchestra. The album was produced and mixed by LaRue and mastered by multi-Grammy mastering engineer Adam Ayan of Bob Ludwig’s Gateway Mastering.  Ayan is known for his mastering of bands such as The Rolling Stones, Nine Inch Nails, Rush, Linkin Park and numerous others.

Prior to their two-year break period, 2KX was nominated as Best Instrumental Band at the 21st Annual Los Angeles Music Awards. Earlier career highlights for Lisa LaRue include  being the first female artist signed to the Sound of America Records (SOAR) Natural Visions sub label, the 2008 Oklahoma Music Awards “Native American Artist of the Year”  and a 2008 nominee for the Hollywood Music Awards Instrumental category.

For more information about Lisa LaRue and the 2KX September 2014 release of “Sussuration” go to www.lisalaruemusic.com or contact First People Media atinfo@lisalaruemusic.com.    For social networking, the Facebook fanpage is at http://www.facebook.com/lisalarue2kx .

2KX_logo-400More about 2KX

Lisa LaRue

Lisa LaRue

“2KX” is the permanent band formed from the 2009 international prog endeavor, “Lisa LaRue Project 2K9.” The band consists of keyboardist Lisa LaRue, who has released four solo albums previous to the LLP2K9 “World Class,” is recipient of the (Payne County Line) Oklahoma Music Awards’ “Native American Artist of the Year.” She has also been nominated for several Native American Music Awards in addition to a Hollywood Music Award and as a member of 2KX, a Los Angeles Music Award.

Steve Adams

Steve Adams

Steve Adams, of the prog duo “ARZ” adds guitars to the mix. Having studied classical and jazz guitar, Adams has released four albums under the ARZ name.

Michael Alvarez

Michael Alvarez

Mike Alvarez, celloist, is a sought-after performer onstage and in the studio. Notable collaborations have been with Erik Norlander & Lana Lane, Don Schiff, Bridget Brigitte, Nima & Merge, Michele Shipp, Rustik Ballyd and Deal By Dusk. He is also a member of the occasional ensemble, Men Of Rock.

John Baker

John Baker

John Baker, lead vocalist, also adds some guitar. Baker was the lead vocalist and guitarist of progressive rock band “Mars Hollow.” Prior to that, he was a member of Christian Love (of the Beach Boys) band, as well as The Little Girls and Harvey Sid Fisher.

Merrill Hale

Merrill Hale

Merrill Hale, the other half of ARZ, joins the lineup on drums.

Don Schiff

Don Schiff

Don Schiff, NS/stick, who has worked with many wonderful artists from Sammy Davis, Jr. to Rocket Scientists adds thunder and melody.

For more information about Lisa LaRue and the 2KX September 2014 release of “Sussuration” go to www.lisalaruemusic.com or contact First People Media atinfo@lisalaruemusic.com.    For social networking, the Facebook fanpage is at http://www.facebook.com/lisalarue2kx .

 

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