Friday, July 2, 2010

Red Velvet Car Puts Heart in Drive

Nice new article! =)

Put on your seat belts. Red Velvet Car marks Heart’s first studio album in six years. It will be released on August 31st through Legacy Recordings and the first single, “WTF,” is already getting radio airplay. Heart will be on tour throughout the end of September. Included in their exhaustive itinerary are four dates on Lilith Fair: Mountain View, California; Bonner Springs, Kansas; Tinley Park, Illinois and Shakopee, Minnesota.

Rock icons since they first burst on to the scene in 1976 with their debut album, Dreamboat Annie, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have never stopped making music. They had hit after hit in the late ‘70s including “Barracuda,” ‘Magic Man,” “Dog and Butterfly,” and “Crazy On You.” After a brief dry spell, the group made a come-back in the ‘80s with “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “Never,” and “What About Love.” They put out an acoustic based album, Whirlgig, in 1997 with their side project, The Lovemongers, which featured the Wilson sisters’ long-time friends and collaborators, Sue Ennis and Frank Cox.

During the past decade, Heart toured relentlessly. While Nancy composed film soundtracks, they each released solo albums, were honored by ASCAP and the Recording Academy and named influences by countless musicians. They appeared on the “Hope for Haiti” video and performed Dreamboat Annie live for a PBS show with members of former Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s band. Heart had even been the subject of an epic episode of VH1: Behind The Music. But for the past two decades, radio airplay has evaded the legendary sister act.

Red Velvet Car should change all that, and put Heart squarely back on the Billboard charts they once owned. Produced by kd lang’s longtime producer, Ben Mink, the album closes with “Sand,” a favorite Lovemonger track.

“It feels so right for the times,” says Nancy Wilson. “We can’t wait to share it with the world.” Ann Wilson calls it, “A fresh sound with all the original Heart magic.”

Be sure to see Heart this summer and check out the rockin’ first single, “WTF,” and the list of upcoming tour dates on their MySpace page –