Former ROUGH CUTT/QUIET RIOT vocalist Paul Shortino will perform in concert with the blues-fueled rock band HEAVEN & EARTH as part of the 3rd Annual July Fourth Extravaganza at the Valley Cultural Center in Woodland Hills, CA. Shortino and HEAVEN & EARTH are expected to take the stage around 7:30 p.m., with fireworks following their set.
Shortino, with J. T. Garrett, wrote "Freedom" during sessions for his last album, "Paul Shortino's The CUTT: Sacred Place", released in 2002. He ultimately felt the track, a blues- and country-influenced rocker, wasn't right for that hard rock tour de force, which Shortino describes as "PLANT & PAGE meet SOUNDGARDEN meet AEROSMITH." "Freedom" will instead make its album debut on Paul's next solo CD, currently in progress, and the single — featuring a guitar-driven version plus a take with an added violin track — is available now through PaulShortino.com.
Although there are no direct lyrical references, "Freedom" was originally inspired by the events of September 11, 2001. The heartfelt song is a tribute to the fallen and the heroes from that day, our troops serving around the globe, and the freedom our nation celebrates on Independence Day. Shortino felt that a musical salute to freedom on the 4th of July is the perfect way to honor the American spirit.
In addition to recording his own material, Shortino is busy with the production company MusicWorks Entertainment and affiliated label Rock Quarry Records that he recently launched with keyboardist, entrepreneur and longtime friend J.T. Garrett. Rock Quarry's first-ever release, "Simplexity", the Shortino-produced debut album from alt-rockers LEVEL, is available now.