Mixing country music with the hard-hitting stomp of rock & roll, Cory Marks makes his debut on Better Noise Music with his debut album, WHO I AM, out now.
Guests on WHO I AM were inspired to work with Marks by his amazing spirit, in addition to his talent. Lzzy Hale, frontwoman of the band HALESTORM, who features on stand out duet track, Out In The Rain, offered her thoughts on Marks. “What inspired me to be featured on “Out In The Rain” was really Cory’s heart, you could really hear that he was speaking from his truth and you could just feel the pain and the purgatory of whatever was happening to him at the time that inspired him to write that song,” says Hale. “And my favourite part of the whole song is this conversation that Cory and I are having. It’s such a realistic look at love and a couple’s journey together. My favourite part is that you can’t really tell no matter how many times you listen to it. Are they breaking up? Are they getting back together? Are they just weathering the storm? I think you should decide.”
The album was produced by award winning Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Shania Twain, Ozzy Osbourne) and his son, Juno Award-winning producer, songwriter and engineer Kane Churko (Papa Roach, Skillet). All together the album consists of 13 songs, including smash hit, Outlaws & Outsiders and other fan-friendly tracks like Blame It On The Double, Devil’s Grin, Better Off, and the latest single Drive – telling stories of heartbreak, hell-raising, and everything in between.
“I’m really excited to finally have this record out! WHO I AM tells stories of the last 5 years of my life,” says Marks. “The good, the bad and the ugly. The highs and lows of life and I think everyone is going to relate to at least one song on this album. It’s a mix of rock, country and a bit of metal. I like to think of it as if Ozzy Osborne, Merle Haggard and Eric Church created an album it would sound like this. There’s nothing out there both in country or rock like this and I’m really proud of that. I hope to steer country music in a whole new direction with this project, turn it up and enjoy!”
CORY MARKS INTERVIEW w/ Scott Smith
The global hit Outlaws & Outsiders, is the song that Billboard Magazine called “the 2019 hit that couldn’t be confined” and Country and Rock fans agree. It hit the top 10 at Rock radio in US, top 12 in Canada, and is currently #5 at Rock radio in Germany, trending globally on the Shazam discovery charts ranking among the greatest songs of all genres – including songs by Black Eyed Peas, Billy Joe Armstrong and G-Easy – illustrating the appeal of Country Rock music that transcends beyond genre lines. It has over 12 million streams and over 20 million video views, globally, and was also included in the SNO BABIES movie soundtrack, a powerful film that deals with the topic of substance use disorder in the places you would least expect – middle class suburbia. Cory’s song Blame It On The Double, will appear on the soundtrack of another Better Noise Films release, horror spectacular – THE RETALIATORS.
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All Good Things join forces with Hollywood Undead to release ‘For The Glory’!
Next-generation rock group All Good Things just dropped a monstrous new version of their anthemic hit “For The Glory,” now featuring Johnny 3 Tears and Charlie Scene of Hollywood Undead.
The track, an unapologetic victory song for the underdog, with lyrics like “We celebrate with the city tonight/ Hear the hometown cheer/ It’s the ultimate high,” has already resonated with millions of listeners around the world with its original version reaching over 100M streams across digital platforms to date. This new, amplified rendition comes ahead of the band’s first full-length studio album since signing with Better Noise Music, due later this year.
“For The Glory (featuring Hollywood Undead)” is now available to stream or download now
To accompany the release of the new version of the single, the band also premiered a music video today, directed by Wombat Fire. Featuring footage from the upcoming horror-thriller feature film The Retaliators (in which the song appears, coming later this year from Better Noise Films), the new video very much embodies the band’s origins. The LA-based group began by creating monster rock songs that could be used across media like games, TV and films. They created and expanded this cinematic rock sonic profile in reaction to their growing fan base, who could hear their music featured in countless TV shows, games, films and ads worldwide – including the popular game Mortal Kombat, the NFL Super Bowl 52 broadcast, episodes of “Shark Tank,” “Criminal Minds,” “Vampire Diaries” and ads for Sony PlayStation.
Of this new version the band said, “‘For the Glory’ is a swagger anthem about celebrating a hard earned victory against all odds, with all the people around you that helped get you there. We’re so touched by how many people have connected with this song since we first released it. We love collaborating and are so grateful to our friends Johnny 3 Tears and Charlie Scene from Hollywood Undead for hopping on this and taking it to the next level.”
Johnny 3 Tears of Hollywood Undead added, “It was an honor for us to work with one of the best rock bands making music today. ‘For The Glory’ is already an amazing song, happy we could add our own style to it”
Since signing to Better Noise Music in 2020, All Good Things have seen their music more than double in monthly streams across digital platforms, averaging over 2.8M streams per month for each of their songs. Their first single release with BNM, the high-energy track “Kingdom,” was met with praise from fans and critics alike. Riding the momentum of their ever-growing fanbase worldwide, the band is hard at work on their next studio album due later this year.
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BILLY F GIBBONS (ZZ Top) Releases ‘West Coast Junkie’, The First Track From Forthcoming HARDWARE Album
Hardware, the third solo album from ZZ Top front man Billy Gibbons, has wrapped recording and post-production and is set for release June 4th by Concord Records. The album was recorded at Escape Studio in California’s high desert, near Palm Springs, and was produced by Gibbons along with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino with engineer Chad Shlosser providing additional production. The album’s release is preceded by the release of the single ‘West Coast Junkie’ which is out now. The video for the track was filmed near Joshua Tree, a stone’s throw from the studio and can be viewed through this link:
Sorum, veteran of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and the Cult also serves as Hardware’s drummer and was joined in the album’s core band by guitarist Austin Hanks. The same Gibbons-Sorum-Hanks aggregation recorded The Big Bad Blues, Gibbon’s earlier solo effort for Concord and winner of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award.
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While a truly broad spectrum of approaches is notable on the album’s hard driving tracks there is, to be sure, no mistaking the remarkable tone and growling vocals that are hallmarks of Billy Gibbons’ artistry. Elements of traditional hard rock, neo-metal, country rock, new wave, blues and even surf music make Hardware difficult to categorize and it would be a fool’s game to do so. In fact, “Desert High,” the album’s last track, is a spoken word piece accompanied by a sinewy guitar that evokes the legend Gram Parsons whose death 48 years ago took place very close to where Hardware was recorded.
Billy sums up the album’s ecumenical construct, “We holed up in the desert for a few weeks in the heat of the summer and that in itself was pretty intense. To let off steam we just ‘let it rock’ and that’s what Hardware is really all about. For the most part, it’s a raging rocker but always mindful of the desert’s implicit mystery.”
Hardware track listing – all songs written by Billy F Gibbons-Matt Sorum-Mike Fiorentino-Chad Shlosser, except “Hey Baby Que Paso,” written by Augie Meyers and Bill Sheffield
My Lucky Card
She’s On Fire
Shuffle, Step & Slide
West Coast Junkie
Stackin’ Bones (featuring Larkin Poe)
I Was A Highway
Hey Baby, Que Paso