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DENVER, CO–(Marketwired – May 13, 2013) – Arthur Lee Land asks a single provocative question: “How come my heart feels cracked open?”
The Colorado based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and innovator of the “Art of Live- Looping” brings his unique Electro-Americana aesthetic to the aptly titled collection Cracked Open, set for release by his indie label Perfect Groove Records May 14.
With some of the eclectic full length recording’s 10 tracks already receiving airplay on AAA and Americana Stations, Arthur — renowned for his “high tech meets grassroots” live performances – – is gearing up for a highly anticipated West Coast Summer tour. He will also be performing at the Triple A (AAA) Conference in Boulder Colorado in August.
Arthur’s autobiographical song and music video “Good Enough” is a key part of an internet based charity widget that will raise money for AbleChild.Org: Parents for Label and Drug Free Education — a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the rights of parents, caregivers and “ADD/ADHD labeled” children. “As a ‘hyperactive’ guinea pig for Ritalin, I wish my parents had this kind of support back in the day. I wouldn’t have had to wait 30 years to re-frame this ‘disorder’ as the truly dynamic gift that it is,” says Arthur.
AbleChild.Org Co-Founder Patricia Weathers says, “AbleChild.Org is thrilled to see such a talented musician recognize that children possess an innate, creative spirit that needs to be nurtured and channeled rather than subdued by psychiatric labels and drugs. Mr. Lee Land focuses on the giftedness of the whole child and does not view creativity and non-conformity as necessarily ‘negative’ or as a ‘deficit’ as today’s educational system is set up to do.” Charity widget proceeds go directly to AbleChild.Org.
Working with co-producer/engineer Aaron Shier, Arthur — who is endorsed and sponsored by these premium manufacturers: Elixir Strings, Ernie Ball, Sennheiser, Deering Banjos, Ableton, Apogee, Akai, Fishman, Korg and Lakland Basses — infuses Cracked Open with musical and sonic elements from distinctive parts of Arthur’s career: his longtime wheelhouse as a touring musician playing country, blues and folk-rock; his creation of AfroGrass (world beat/bluegrass hybrid), inspired by a tour of West Africa in 2001; and electronica, via the pioneering of his Art of Live-Looping techniques which have defined his solo live experience since the early-2000s.
Arthur’s “Electro-Americana” style is an eclectic fusion of folk-rock, AfroGrass and electronica. Among other unique approaches to his array of stringed instruments, he incorporates a unique hybrid flatpicking/clawhammer technique on the DADGAD 6-String banjo.
Arthur’s ongoing intuitive collaboration with his non-performing lyricist/wife Carol Lee is an integral part of the expansive artistic landscape of www.ArthurLeeLand.com.