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Steve Copeland and Raging Sun - Highway Bound CD

BREAKING NEWS: …. NEW "LIVE" CD COMING THIS SUMMER!read below how you can receive your "first day" release copy.

"HIGHWAY BOUND":REMEMBER THIS BAND….. RAGING SUN. You can hear them first before they reach the national major release of "Highway Bound". A blend of 14 original tracks make up their 3rd outing by these top LA session players. Reaching a rare blend and balance of songs and production, this disc works on all levels to give you a very pleasant listen of today's blues. All tracks by the band share a consistent quality of musical arrangements, solos and vocal energy that only comes from years of festival and concert gigging. Produced by the band and engineered by Glenn Nishida (Rod Piazza, William Clarke, Johnny Dyer, Rick Holmstrom etc) adding a professional sonic quality to the songs. Sample the tracks here and enjoy Raging Sun in your home or hit the road and go "Highway Bound" with a copy for your car. This is the third CD by Raging Sun which continues the mature growth of this top Los Angeles band.

Pick up their other CD's: "Blues On Fire" and "More Than Ready" …only available on CD Baby! SPECIAL REVIEW: Here is recent article by music columnist:- Robert Kinsler, O.C. Register.

If local blues fans buy only one CD this summer, they should consider making it "Highway Bound", the latest disc from Steve Copeland and Raging Sun. The remarkable quintet explores a wide range of styles on the 14-track disc, reflecting the individual players' diverse background and how they blend those sonic influences as a band."The reason why all the songs are different is because they are all not written by the same person. Rock, swing, jump - they are a little bit of Terry, River and me," said lead singer and rhythm guitarist Steve Copeland. The band also features River Blue (harmonica), Terry "the Count" Medeiros (lead guitar), John Palmer (drums), and Larry Nannenga (bass).

Although the members live in Orange and Los Angeles counties, they originally hail from such far-flung locales as St. Louis, Massachusetts and Chicago. Medieros, a native of Hawaii ranks with Walter Trout and Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney) as one of the top region's most talented and original electric guitar players. Copeland has a powerful voice and is equally at ease singing tender ballads and blistering blues rockers.
Indeed, songs such as the driving title track, the jumping "Blues, Blues, Blues" and the instrumental "Blues Riff" showcase the group's chops in spades."We're trying to get out there," River Blue said. "We are playing for approximately 80,000 people this summer" The band already has about 3,000 so-called "Sunseekers" (Raging Sun fans) on its mailing list and is gaining more at each appearance.

It is a combination of powerful performances, virtuoso musicianship and great songs that make Copeland and Raging Sun one of the region's top blues bands.

For more Raging Sun music, be sure to search and pick up your copy of our other two CD's here at CD BABY:"Blues on Fire" and "More Than Ready"..all original blues.

For more information or to add your comments to our website Guestbook entry, go to ragingsun . To receive a FREE Raging Sun "Sunseeker" Newsletter, give us your email at our website. Enjoy the Blues!
BREAKING NEWS ….. NEW "LIVE" CD this summer!Coming this summer 2004 is the new LIVE Recording by Raging Sun. This captures all the excitement and musical energy that the band is known for and for you to enjoy. We can notify you of it's "first day" release and pre-sale information, just email your name to: riverblue1@aol and request to be notified.

CD Universe: Steve Copeland and Raging Sun - Highway Bound CD

Orange County Register

Steve Copeland and Raging Sun are back.

After a well-publicized goodbye in 2005, when Copeland had to retire because of a blood clot in his neck and related medical problems, the 40-year-old singer-songwriter is returning to Southern California to play several shows this weekend, including an afternoon showcase at the 10th annual Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point. The Omega Events fest was one of the first major outdoor concerts to showcase Copeland & company, and hosted a farewell performance in May 2005.

"The Doheny Blues Fest is a celebration of not only the blues, but the California lifestyle - a kickoff of summer," said River Blue, the San Clemente-based harmonica player of Raging Sun. He said the band will be fired up and ready to please thousands of "Sunseekers" (as fans of Raging Sun have long called themselves) at area shows this weekend.

"It's like riding an old bike; everybody knows the songs," said Blue, noting that the group hasn't performed together since a casual gig at the Blue Café in Long Beach last year, when Copeland returned to Southern California to attend a wedding.

In addition to Copeland and Blue, Raging Sun's weekend lineup will include bassist Larry "The Iceman" Nannenga, keyboardist David "DJ" Jacques, drummer John Palmer and lead guitarist Jim Dolan. The band plans to play songs from all four of its albums this weekend.

"I'm bringing a cat from here who is in his 20s; Jim Dolan plays great slide," Copeland said in a phone interview from his home in Somerset, Mass., this week.

Blue said blues music is about bringing people together. "Steve is excited to come out; he has been on the mend and is easing into (playing music)," he said.

Since returning to New England two years ago, Copeland has been focusing on regaining his health and enjoying a growing family. His daughter, Olivia, will turn 3 the same day dad hits 41 (July 29), and his wife, Monica, gave birth to their son, Camden, in November. Copeland has been working out daily, changed his diet and has shed 35 pounds from his 5-foot-5 frame.

"I took some time to slow down and forget about music," said Copeland, who moved from Swansea, Mass., to San Clemente in 1991 and proceeded to lead Raging Sun on a tremendous schedule of 150 or so gigs every year until 2005.

"It is completely different," Copeland said of life in a small town near the Rhode Island-Massachusetts border. "I spend 90 percent of the time with my kids. It's good; I love my family, but the winter was brutal. Even though there wasn't much snow, 10 degrees is still 10 degrees."

Steve Copeland & Raging Sun will perform at the Renaissance Café in Dana Point from 8:30 to midnight tonight, at the Blue Café in Long Beach from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, and at the Doheny Blues Festival at noon Sunday.

Orange County Register: Orange Pop: Raging Sun set to shine again.

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