Game-changing third studio album from overlooked Michigan rock’n’rollers – Classic Rock Magazine

Game-changing third studio album from overlooked Michigan rock’n’rollers.
It’s a happy feeling when an unofficial, anonymous-looking envelope turns out to contain one of your favourite new albums of the month. Things go from a suspicious “Hmm, what’s this?” to bounding across the office declaring, “I love this!”
Seemingly finding their way to Classic Rock Towers without a peep of publicity, The Rockit King have spent the last 14 years perfecting their chops in their native Michigan – embarking on stateside support slots with David Lee Roth and Sebastian Bach in the process.
Like so many gigging bands, they’re good but haven’t moved beyond a largely localised, DIY ethic and fanbase. So where do a bunch of seasoned dreamers go from here?
Obviously you assume (or at least hope) that every record, from every band, is intended to be the best thing they’ve ever done. But somehow Truth Will Set You Free is especially earnest in its sense of a group who’ve decided: “Right, no bullshitting, this is going to be the best rock’n’roll record we can make.”
And that, basically, is exactly what they’ve done. Corners aren’t cut, winning hooks aren’t milked endlessly, different moods are all pursued with gusto… It’s a complete, tasty meal of an album – rooted in blues, steeped in classic rock and prettied up with personality.
Opener All’s You Got sets the agenda, gradually introducing layer upon increasingly gratifying layer of lean, mean rock’n’roll machinery. Dirty verse riffs and twin-lead touches seem to form the song’s zenith, until the soulfully harmonised chorus slides in – and is even better. One of those splendidly assured, characterful starters that suggests you’re in safe hands from here on in. Assuming you can stop yourself immediately pressing ‘replay’. You really shouldn’t, though, when the sassy likes of Wha Chu Say are lurking round the corner, tantalisingly layering on the groove.
At the softer end of their spectrum, the tender balladry and stirring pop harmonies of Who R U are irresistibly lovelorn yet packed with colour – as is the pensive, syncopated Ours To Know, complete with splashes of swashbuckling, wah-filled guitar strutting. After one listen, you’ll like it. Give it two or three, however, and you’ll really be onto something.
If everyone got their just deserts, Truth Will Set You Free would make The Rockit King fabulously successful. At the very least, it should earn them a few more fans – they more than deserve them. If you take a punt on one new record this month, why not make it this one?

Special Olympics Michigan Celebrity Basketball Game………

A few months ago I was asked by a friend, if I’d be interested in being a celerity guest for the Special Olympics Michigan Celebrity Basketball Game at Rockford High School (Rockford, MI)? Of course I said YES, assuming I’d perform a song or something typical for a guest musician. I later found out that my musical skills weren’t needed, and I’d be playing on the celebrity basketball team with few news anchors from WZZM, playing against Area 11 KEC Blazers. Yes, playing basketball (haven’t played basketball since I was a kid in gym class)!?. Oh well, I’m up for the challenge, and it’s a great event. I hit the court tonight at 7pm (hmmm, I hope that statement is just figurative and not literal). Now, where did my old HS gym shorts go ;)

 

 

New music video debut! Overboard – The Verve Pipe…….

Hey Verve Pipe fans, we’re finally ready to debut our new music video “Overboard”. Hope you all enjoy it……

The Verve Pipe – Overboard

Rockin’ a set at Mickey’s Pub (St. Joe, MI) w/The Rockit King – tonight ….

Geared up and ready to rock a set at Mickey’s Pub (St. Joe, MI) w/The Rockit King – tonight (midnight)!!! Also, hoping to get a chance to stop down and check out the Jon Ster memorial in Benton Harbor……. Have a feeling it’s going to be a late night, not to mention the time change :/ Oh well, that’s why I have my tech Wheeler on board to keep an eye on the clock, cause that 7am call time tomorrow @ Daybreak will come pretty quick ;)

Tonight, free praise and worship concert at Daybreak Church…..

Tonight, playing a free praise and worship concert at Daybreak Church (Hudsonville, MI), with a few of the best musicians in West MI; Steve Anzivino​, Jim Shaneberger​, Craig Avery​, Jonathan Rink​, Peggy Pip Keuning​, Kelly Vonk​, Heather Dobrowolski Kuiper​, Erika Thatcher​). Show starts at 7pm…..

Daybreak Church

TBT song from my old band “The Light Inbetween”…..

Here’s a TBT song from 1998, called “Release Me” from my old band “The Light Inbetween”. Fun fact; in the mid 90’s, Mike Dollar, John Williamson, Mike Oostermeyer and I formed the band (originally called Forte’), in Rockford, IL. In 1997, we all decided to relocate to Grand Rapids, MI. where the music/art scene was hip and cool. We felt we had nothing to lose, or at least a couple of us did without families and/or good jobs ;) Though, the band didn’t stand the test of time, we had a good run for a few years and released a great record. Another fun fact; we tracked drums and mixed our record on good ol’ analog reel-to-reel tape at Smart Studios (Madison, WI), known for producing many great records including Nirvana’s- Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins- Gish…….

 

Release Me

Hope you all have a safe and joyful Christmas and New Year……

As all the holiday celebrations and gatherings come and go, I’d like to give a sincere thanks to my family and friends (new and old). I am truly grateful to have you all in my life. I also would like to reflect and give thanks to the life I’m so fortunate to lead. That being said, my thoughts and prayers go out to all who are missing loved ones, lonely, hurt, sick, and anyone having to deal with the many issues that surround us all around the world. May the Lord give you the comfort you seek……. Cause I’m in the holiday spirit, here’s a couple instrumental Christmas tunes that I recorded many years ago (one day I hope to add more to the holiday catalog). Hope you all have a safe and joyful Christmas and New Year……

Noel & Bethlehem by Lou Musa

WYCE Jammies nomination list!

Wow, two records I’m involved with made it on this years WYCE Jammies nomination list! Though I cringe at these kinda things, it’s cool ;)


Album of the Year;

Rockit King, The – Truth Will Set You Free

Verve Pipe, The – Overboard

Song of the Year;

Rockit King, The – All’s You Got

Verve Pipe, The – Carry On

Best Alternative Album;

Rockit King, The – Truth Will Set You Free

Best Rock/Pop Album;

Verve Pipe, The – Overboard

Best Production/Engineering;

Lou J Musa – The Rockit King – Truth Will Set You Free

Brian Vander Ark and John Holbrook - The Verve Pipe – Overboard

Looking forward to rockin’ Schubas (Chicago, IL) Sat. night……

Looking forward to rockin’ Schubas (Chicago, IL) Sat. night w/ The Verve Pipe! Looks like the show is close to sold out, with just a few tickets left. Get em if you can!!! Going to be an awesome show for sure, though I’ll probably be pulling an all-nighter to play at Daybreak Sun. morning. Those early morning call times can sneak up on you pretty quick coming from a late night gig, not to mention the 3hr drive home, plus lose an hour with the time difference :/ Hmmm? Oh well, not my first rodeo ;)

Schubas Tavern

big rock show, Sat night w/The Verve Pipe @ Magic Bag…..

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends! Now time to get all geared up for the big rock show, Sat night w/The Verve Pipe @ Magic Bag (Ferndale, MI) – 8:30…. I’ll also be playing @ Daybreak Church Sunday morning! Hmmm, I see a “veg on the couch till Monday” kinda day for me in the foreseeable future ;)