VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland's (ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) has issued the following update on his record label, Softdrive Records:
"Since I last spoke to you all, we have signed a new artist, SOMETHING TO BURN. This will be a great musical partnership. The band is very independent; they have been filming and creating their own videos, creating an active buzz on the web, and making their own records before I even became hip to them. These are the kind of people we want to be involved with.
"THE ACTUAL's video for 'This is the Worst Day of My Life' is finished and it's amazing! I can't wait until it is unleashed to the masses, so that you all can see it. The concept is actually Max's [singer Max Bernstein, who is the son of famed Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein], which makes it even more compelling. 'In Stitches' drops May 29th. Help this record blow up!
"For you Nashville native fans, TOMMY JOE WILSON's record is finished and will most likely be released sometime this summer. The most difficult thing about this record is trying to pick a single, not because there isn't one, but because there are so many great songs.
"On my front, we are amassing to Chicago with a slim, yet brutal collection of rock 'n' roll cohorts. The mission is to record three songs at Steve Albini's studio, which has been a dream of mine for a number of years."
Softdrive Records last fall signed a deal with Sony/RED Distribution and New West Records. This deal marks the beginning of Weiland's longtime goal to create his own label that will provide a home for artists representing all genres of music. Softdrive's artists will have all the grassroots benefits of an indie label as well as accessibility to the larger major label system. Softdrive has also partnered up with New West Records which will provide additional domestic and international distribution, manufacturing, and marketing.
The Softdrive staff is headed up by Weiland's long-time manager and business partner Dana Dufine as General Manager along with his producer partner Doug Grean. General Manager Dana Dufine notes, "Throughout Scott's extensive travels he has been witness to a wealth of talent from around the world. Softdrive will provide an outlet for an eclectic group of artists to express themselves creatively, as well as achieve their personal and professional goals. My respect for Scott both musically and as a business partner make it an honor to be partnered up with him in launching Softdrive Records."
Along with providing a home for Weiland's anticipated second solo album, Softdrive's second release currently in production is Tommy Joe Wilson, one of Nashville's best and brightest up-and-coming country talents. With a combination of earthy good looks, charm and an old school country voice, Tommy is primed to be country music's "next big thing."
For more information, visit www.softdriverecords.com.