MUSIC NEWS: RICHIE KOTZEN: ‘The Essential Richie Kotzen’ Out Today On Loud & Proud Records; U.S. Headlining Tour Starts November 1

Guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN released THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN today on Loud & Proud Records. To celebrate his newest project, he's hitting the U.S. concert trail starting November 1 in Annapolis, MD at Rams Head Tavern.  Before then, he'll be spending September and most of October on a headlining tour which will take him through Europe and Mexico.
THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent's entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs ("War Paint" and "Walk With Me").  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material.  A new official video for "War Paint" will premiere on later this week.  In the meantime, the video for "Walk With Me" (filmed entirely on KOTZEN's iPhone) can be found on his official YouTube page.
Fans can check out exclusive full album streams of each disc on VH1 Classic/ and
KOTZEN personally curated THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive, and concise introduction to his extensive body of work.  "I've really changed and grown as an artist and as a person," he says.  "I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist."
Rave reviews of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN have already started to surface:
"KOTZEN is an artist with a centered musical philosophy anchored by soulful music and a perfectionist's attention to craft... THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is an excellent career retrospective by an underrated songwriter."  (Oscar Jordan, Vintage Guitar)
"The extensive combo perfectly captures his dynamic musicianship, his jaw-dropping guitar solos, and his tangy blend of rock, blues, and soul, and will encourage listeners to discover more of his work..."  (Bear Frazer,
"RICHIE KOTZEN is one on the most ridiculous guitar players alive today...If you have only heard RICHIE in other bands (or have no clue who he is) then you really need to hook yourself up and give him his due. RICHIE has an incredibly soulful voice and did I mention his guitar solos are other worldly?  Get the book of his musical life and discover some magic."  (Jason Lally,

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