Rob Hotchkiss is a champion songwriter and recording artist with a knack for consistently writing and performing songs with a timeless quality.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's he was in a great young rock band known as The Apostles. After a long run of hard knocks and an eventual recording contract and release with JVC Records, the group was phased out without any hits under it's belt. Three members of The Apostles, which included Rob Hotchkiss, became founding members of Train, which became the Grammy Award winning rock act when songs by Hotchkiss became certified platinum hits. It was a long hard winding road to the top.
After there was "enough" so called success for Hotchkiss, there came a point when he decided to drop out of Train's fast lane drama-laden pace. He had musical and personal differences with other members of the group. That must have been a tragic loss for the group, which was so deeply rooted in a sound that Hotchkiss had been crafting since his teens, long before Train came to fruition.
Now, after a long hiatus from the music business, Hotchkiss is back out performing and recently performed an outstanding intimate shows at Genghis Cohen in West Hollywood. It was instantly apparent by the quality of his new original songs that Hotchkiss still has that "it" thing with his innate ability to cast a spell very well intact.
I first saw Rob Hotchkiss perform at several lunch time concerts when we attended the same high school and he was more solid and professional than most others who were leading bands. He had a special charisma that was very understated.
Years later, we met and I got the privilege of booking and promoting shows for the band at venues such as China Club and The Roxy in Hollywood which led to a short stint as the band's manager. I learned then about what Hotchkiss still exudes now. He knows what he wants and that is success. It's not about hype or bling or living like a rock star. It's about happiness, being around nice stable ego-free people, a smooth work flow, with the strength and ability to walk away when things aren't living up to that. A big part of success to Rob Hotchkiss is staying down to earth and keeping it humble and gravitating toward and attracting the same kind of people. Rob Hotchkiss represents a thing that is lacking in much of today's music. He and his music have an organic uncontrived soul. And for all those reasons, this network wishes him much more well deserved future success. GC
Please enjoy the 15 song playlist below. All of the songs are excellent! Especially love Give It Time and Blind Faith.
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Rosa Pullman - Daydreaming
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Learned about Short Sleeve Heart while listening to opening acts for Train co-founder Rob Hotchkiss who played at The Mint back on Friday January 29 2016. Liked this particular song titled Lone Lee. Hope you do to! GC
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Here is a fiercely independent act that deserves support. It's front man is a hard working artist who has been honing his craft and keeping his dues current for a long time. His name is Roxy Prince. He calls his act Roxy5000. Roxy has a diverse and stellar repertoire that we've been aware of for several years now. We especially like when he taps into his own original soulfulness that is sort of in the vein of old school Boy George/Culture Club. Hope you enjoy these handpicked tracks of Roxy that Mariana and I have picked! GC
Just below is a recent late 2015 recording titled Touch The Sky.
Roxy5000 - Touch The Sky
Just below is a recent 2015 recording titled Sun In My Heart
Roxy5000 - Sun In My Heart
Just below is a recent mid 2015 recording titled I'm No Better
Roxy5000 - I'm No Better
Just below is a mid 2015 recording of an original song written and immediately recorded in one take titled Love Me
Roxy Prince - Love Me
Just below is a love song from August 2012 titled Bringing Me Down
Just below is a 2011 Roxy5000 release titled Never Going Back featuring Terri Walker & Friends
Roxy5000 featuring Terri Waker & Friends - Never Going Back
Just below is Roxy5000 music video video from 2009 that deserves attention. From the page of the artist: "This is "FUNKY PEOPLE" by ROXY5000. ROXY5000'S anti-bullying/racism song! Sometimes we have to stand up and shout out loud and TELL THE HATERS "WE DON'T GIVE A S... WHAT THEY THINK "Let's stand TOGETHER and Fight for the cause and share with your friends. We are all "FUNKY PEOPLE" Positivity needs YOUR SUPPORT! SHARE IT. Big Love ROXY5000 THE BAND.X"
Roxy5000 - Funky People
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Below are the two most recently released Darwin Deez music videos from his new record titled Double Down. The first song below is titled The Mess She Made
The next song below is titled Kill Your Attitude
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Featured below is a retro funk/soul mix by former Detroit based digital-artist/remixer known as Recloose. He once moved to live life in the New Zealand music scene, but recently moved to NYC for yet, another change. Recloose's real name is Matt Chicoine. This song below is titled Danger Zone.
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Today, she is with Anti- Records, a division of the indie label, Epitaph Records. Epitaph is not a place for dead artists like it's name might imply, by the way. Bettye is independent like their Anti- label portends. And in that independent spirit, Bettye LaVette's music has probably never been more excellent in recent years. No matter what stage she is on, grandiose theaters to humble small venues, she always delivers it the same. She digs so deep into her soul, you feel it and you believe it because it's real.
Below are some handpicked favorite performances and videos from this truly inspired authentic uncontrived soul/funk artist deserving of the highest honors for her longevity and adherence to keeping it real and never selling out. She is a gem who is way to far under the radar. She is refreshing to hear, at this time when bad art seems to be a trend of a society in free fall. And perhaps this is the best kind of success for real artists like Bettye, coming from the longer road less traveled. She gained and has maintained "street credibility" with musician's musicians. She is as tight and relevant today, musically and soulfully speaking, as she ever was. Her sense of the funk has not been diminished and has only increased, which is not the case for many of her peers, who for one reason or another, have been unable to maintain their chops and their stage hustle. Turn it up and enjoy! GC
This live performance featured below below is of a song she recorded for her most recent 2015 album titled Worthy, which is excellent in every way. Visit BettyeLaVette.Com to hear more and buy that directly from the source.
Bettye LaVette - Wait
Whilst, we would love to feature Bettye's new material here, we instead, hope fans will go straight to Bettye for that. Instead, we are going to flash back on some of Bettye's earlier material that is also worthy of a listen, again.
The next two songs below are lyric videos to songs from her 2012 album titled Thankful N' Thoughtful.
Bettye LaVette - I'm Not The One
Bettye LaVette - Everything is Broken
And here is a terrific live performance of a Pink Floyd cover. It was filmed by a solo camera operator.
Bettye LaVette - Wish You Were Here, Highline Ballroom, NYC
Here is a song that is one of my favorites. It was written in 1965 by Dee Dee Ford under her birth name, Wrecia Holloway. Bettye's 1965 recording of the song was very successful for her. This version below was recorded and filmed in 1990. She sings her heart out and has a slightly different edge to it than the original.
Bettye Lavette - Let Me Down Easy
Next, is a great Bettye LaVette performance at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors in honor of The Who, where she delivers her own interpretation of The Who classic written by Pete Townshend titled Love Reign O'er Me with her trademark style.
Bettye LaVette - Love Reign O'er Me (Kennedy Center Honors in honor of The Who)
Last, but not least, is is a fantastic full concert that was filmed for Canal+ TV in France ad featured five six excellent songs: Joy, How I am Different, Little Sparrow, Freedom, Sleep to Dream, and I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got.
Bettye LaVette - (In Concert on Canal+ France)
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