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CD Review by Rootstime Belgium

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Apparently our music hits a chord in Europe! Earlier this year we were contacted by a Greek publication wanting to interview us, and then recently a Belgian publication called ROOTSTIME.BE wanted to do a review of our latest CD “Look Out!” If you can read in Dutch – check out the review HERE, if not – below is a translated version of the review. Enjoy! And remember that you can get “Look Out!” on iTunes, Amazon, many online music retailers, or order the hard copy version of the CD (cover art, disc, and all) through our website.

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"Look Out" Album Cover

“Look Out” Album Cover

Lookin’ for Trouble is a quartet in California, culled by guitarist Greg(ory) Conte, due to his great love for the guitar and his outstanding composing and arranging skills. He enlisted three additional professional musicians, April Snow -aka April Kass – (vocals), Don Romine (drums) & David May (bass). The objective of LFT is traditional blues music with new, fresh contemporary arrangements. The blues songs they choose, go back to the 20s through the present day. By combining blues, rockabilly, swing and a little Rock & Roll, they make their own type of music. LFT is not just a blues cover band, they write their own songs too!

On the album “Look Out!” are seven tracks, five of which were written by Conte, along with covers of Buddy Guy and Elmore James. The opener is a rocker “Baby Get Ready” (G. Conte), in which April Snow already demonstrates her vocal capabilities. The rhythm is tight, and the guitar brings a great rock & roll sound quality and tone. “Lookin ‘For Trouble” (G. Conte, A. Kass), another blues rocker, is the first of the three compositions by Conte & Kass. Conte opens immediately a long solo and April Snow follows sultry, but measured. The second composition of the duo “Look Out” (G. Conte, A. Kass) is a slow blues tune with Snow in the spotlight. Snow can also be very soulful out of the blue. “Thunderbird” (G. Conte, A. Kass) is the third composition of the duo. The song rocks and Snow and her companions again show their chops. “Blue Shadow” (G. Conte), is the second composition of Conte. Brace yourself, because the momentum is there in this beautiful, uptempo instrumental! There are still seven minutes, forty-three seconds of blues to go, with two covers.

The Buddy Guy song “I Smell Trouble” (Buddy Guy) is a slow blues number. The LFT cover is mainly driven by April’s vocal timbre, and compared with the original, is tighter and with more emphasis on the instrumental. The song lacks some spice, and misses at times the feeling that Buddy Guy delivers in his version. What do you want, Mr. Guy is not a ‘little boy.’ This brings us to the second cover, and the last track to review from this album, “It Hurts Me Too” (Elmore James.) Who doesn’t know this classic? Hailing from the Richland community in Mississippi, Elmore James (1918-1963, also known as Elmore Brooks) sang the blues, and played on a homemade guitar. He played with folks like Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson I. He debuted in 1951 with recordings on ‘Lillian McMurry’s Trumpet Records. He recorded more than 100 songs and soon became known as ‘King of the Slide Guitar’. With his raw ripping music, he laid the foundation for what eventually became Rock & Roll. If you listen to Elmore, you hear every note and feel the whole song (and especially his slides) in your body. April Snow opens up wrenching, gets raw, and throws open the doors for others. In the cover song there is less contrast, but a lot of spirit, and it definitely tells a story.

Whether the debut album “Look Out!” by Lookin ‘For Trouble is the beginning of more, time will tell. I was pretty impressed with this first introduction!

- Eric Schuurmans (Rootstime.BE)

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Infusion Lounge Interview & Video

imageCheck out interview and video of Lookin’ for Trouble LIVE at Infusion Lounge in Universal City Walk.

Videography and editing by Jonathan Lopez, Live tracks recorded by Infusion Lounge, Sound mixing and editing by Greg Conte, Interview Host Meline Tovmasian.

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Interview with Blues Greece

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Lookin’ for Trouble was contacted by a Blues publication in Greece that wanted to interview the band, and reporter Michalis Limnios threw some tough questions at the band! Check out the full interview HERE at the Blues.Gr website

The two pieces of great advice I’ve ever heard was one from Albert King who said; “If you have your own style, there is no competition”, and a one from Stevie Ray Vaughn who said; “Play from your heart!”. Both are simple & elegant. – Greg Conte

http://blues.gr/profiles/blogs/interview-with-lookin-for-trouble-uniquely-done-classic-blues

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Getting to know the band: David May

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Michael Kloda Photography

All you ever wanted to know about Lookin’ for Trouble’s talented bass player (and more.)

David May began playing guitar and bass at the age of seven after watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.  Nine-year-old David joined his first professional band and toured, playing private parties at universities in Southern California. By the time he entered high school, he was already grooved into the life of a musician. He played in cover bands, singing and playing bass, and began writing original songs. After high school David studied Music at the College of Idaho and Boise State University, and attended Sound masters School of audio Engineering. While in college he also toured the North West United States, playing in two t-40 bands.

After college David played with the Terry Gregory Band on Columbia/Sony/Handshake Records on 3 US tours, toured Europe with Sony International Records artist Mosha Noy, and played bass with Buckeye on Polydor Records. David has also performed or recorded with Allan Clark, Berlin, Belinda Carlisle, the Everly Brothers, Jan and Dean, Plimsouls, Rick Nelson, Steve Allen (20/20), and has had his original songs placed on television shows such as Cold CaseSaving GraceBrothers and SistersCMT/Billy Ray CyrusBeyond the BreakMTV/CuesFelicity, and The Vineyard.

In the 1970’s David worked at Pasha studios becoming a tracking and mix engineer. He began freelancing at Pasha and other studios in 1979 between touring and studio work. David’s love for music and music production led him to start producing live concerts and MTV promo videos in 1987, full-time in the Warner Records/Rhino Ent. A&R & Video Department, and he has continued his work in this field for the remainder of his career. His current projects include: Led Zeppelin Celebration DAY Blu Ray & DVD, Eagles Farewell Melbourne Blu Ray, Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams Film/ Blu Ray DVD, Crossroads 2013 Blu Ray DVD, Eric Clapton Unplugged DVD Reissue, Fleetwood Mac Rumors Reissue Bonus audio tracks and DVD, Emeli Sande’ Blu ray and Green Day Cuatro DVD.

In 2011, while serving time for an unfortunate streaking incident (up for appeal he still claims his innocence) he had time to think. He realized he missed being in a band. He wanted to work with musicians focused on being a great band, whether they were playing covers or originals. It had to be a  band that had a love for the Blues and Rock & Roll, people who appreciated the Beatles, Motown and the Cowsil’s . Soon thereafter he began searching for such a band, auditioned for Lookin’ for Trouble, and was asked to join the band. It’s worked out far better than he ever expected, and pending sentencing (it’s a joke mom) he plans to make a lot more music with his band “family.”

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Gettin’ All Kinds of Play! (Radio Play)

"Look Out" Album Cover

“Look Out” Album Cover

We have been getting all kinds of radio play lately! Check it out:

Here is April Snow‘s interview on The Buzz Radio. She talks with host Ace Micheals about co-writing music with Greg Conte, the relationship she has with Greg, Don, and Dave (and their families), how her husband feels about her posing for pinup shoots, and the proverbial “double-edged sword.” That of being a woman in the music industry. Have a listen here and be sure to wait until the end to hear them spin our tune “Look Out!” April Snow on The Buzz!

The same single, “Look Out!” was also just featured on the “Blues Deluxe” Radio Airplay playlist for the week of February 10th – February 16th. The playlist is nationally syndicated and plays on over 100 radio stations to a listenership of over 2 million people. We were so excited to be included in this playlist along with some of our idols and favorite blues artists such as Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Robben Ford, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Python Lee Jackson & Rod Stewart!

Another single from our recent CD that is getting a lot of attention is our fun, tongue-in-cheek tune “Thunderbird.” Not only did Thunderbird win us the #1 spot on the first round of voting for the Hard Rock Rising contest (with approximately 300 unique local votes and 400 song downloads!) but it was also featured on The Dana Brenklin Show on KCLA FM amongst some amazing tunes by Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, and other such powerhouses! Here is the cloud cast of that show. Thunderbird is the second song played and starts right around the 5 minute mark. The Dana Brenklin Show on KCLA FM

That’s the news on the blues for now kids. Stay tuned for our next blog!

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Lookin’ For Your Support! Help us play at Hard Rock Hollywood!

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Check it out guys! We entered a contest to play at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood called “Hard Rock Rising.” We didn’t give it a lot of thought at the time and we missed out on the first few days of voting simply because we didn’t realize the contest had begun. But with the help of some of the greatest fans and friends ever we managed to sneak up from dead last place into SECOND PLACE! Seriously, we are number 2 out of over 550 bands competing to play at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood. Not only will we get to play at the Hard Rock Cafe but we will also be getting some REALLY cool opportunities:

  • We’ll be battling it out with 11 other local bands at the Hard Rock for $500 in cash and prizes AND if we win we’ll move onto the National Round of the Hard Rock Rising contest.
  • If we make it to the National Round we will battle it out with appx 100 bands in another voting round and the top 25 bands will move onto the Global round.
  • The Top 25 bands will be reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the Grand Prize and 2 runner-up winning bands.
  • The Grand Prize winner will play Hard Rock Calling in London as part of a World Tour, make an album and video with Hard Rock Records, and win new gear. (The runner-up bands will receive new band gear – to the equivalent of $10,000)!

As you can see there are some really cool prizes/opportunities to be had. We’re taking baby steps of course. First of all we want to be sure to play at the Hard Rock Hollywood. Just that in itself will be fantastic exposure and experience for the band and we can’t wait to play at that iconic venue! And of course we would LOVE to be the ones to win that round.

We need your help to get there and win! Here is a link to vote for us. You MUST live within 100 miles of Hard Rock on Hollywood Blvd. for your vote to count, you MUST “like” this facebook page, and then you have to download our song “Thunderbird” in order for your vote to count. It’s totally free! You get a free music download and it seriously takes less than a minute to do.

That’s it. Let’s rock HARD at the Hard Rock!

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Look Out! Album Release

"Look Out" Album Cover

“Look Out” Album Cover

Howdy all you troublemakers out there! April Snow here to tell you all about our newest album. We had an amazing CD Release Party at the end of last year at Arcadia Blues Club and the album was officially released on iTunes on November 19th! It it now available all over the internet (iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, ReverbNation, and of course through our website at http://www.LookinForTrouble.com)

Since we’ve released the album it’s been selling all over the place and playing on  various radio shows. Ace Micheals interviewed myself on his show “The Buzz” and played the title track “Look Out” on the show, The Dana Brenklin Show on KCLA FM played our original song “Thunderbird”, “Look Out” hit #11 on the California Roots Radio Airplay Music Chart, and coming up on February 10th – 16th “Look Out” will also be featured on a nationally syndicated radio show broadcast on over 100 stations nationwide!

Needless to say, the response has been overwhelmingly positive and we are tremendously proud of the album and grateful for all of the amazing exposure that’s been happening since it’s release. Here’s a link to the tracks on our ReverbNation site. Have a listen. Grab your copy of the album on iTunes, Amazon, etc. and feel free to share! http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/1433117

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