The Kenny Hill Group
Advance tickets $25 and $35 at the door.
18+ w/proper ID
Doors open at 7pm
Richie Kotzen has never been an artist known for playing by the rules. And for this ever-adventurous triple-threat songwriter/guitarist/vocalist, that meant putting on the brakes after a nonstop flurry of band-related activity in order to refuel the creative process for the ten heartfelt and hard-hitting songs that comprise his vibrant new solo album, Salting Earth, out April 14 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc. In other words, Kotzen tossed convention on its ear by actually taking one step back in order to move two steps forward. Its something I really needed to do in order to reset myself, Kotzen explains.Kotzens charge to recharge was officially put into play following the mega-success of the 201516 tour behind his band The Winery Dogs sophomore effort, the oh-so-appropriately named Hot Streak. And the mans reset manifesto wound up hitting all the right buttons too. The proof is on display deep within the grooves of Salting Earth, which veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track End of Earth to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of Thunder to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of This Is Life to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the albums final song, Grammy.Once Kotzen caught his creative breath, the ideas for Salting Earth just kept on a-coming. I have a theory about writers block, he offers. Basically, I dont believe in it. In my experience, when I dont feel inspired or I dont have any ideas, it equates to not having any output. In order to have output, you need input.So it really comes down to the balance between your artistic side and your life side.You need balance between the two, and thats why its so important for me to take long breaks from music.Kotzens reaffirming commitment to that life/work balance soon begat vibrant, new music. Its in that time when Im away from it where ideas begin to take shape, he continues. Then, when I find myself coming back to music, I end up in a situation with a wealth of ideas and creative energy. When Im in that zone, the music literally writes itself. Lyrics, music, production, performance it all happens simultaneously on its own.The majority of Salting Earth is the result of Kotzens one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to Make It Easy, a tasty, sing-along groove stew. Its really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly Im the only performer on it, Kotzen admits. It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, Id have to figure out how to do it alone.