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All new solo album "In My Dreams I Can Fly" (2012)
Now on sale: CD Baby - Amazon - iTunes - purchase direct (preferred).
"this harks back to 60ís and 70ís in so much that we get accessible musical themes, melodies - make that oodles of melodies - and a feel good vibe throughout. Nothing pretentious, nothing to make your brain hurt trying to figure it out (although some licks will still leave your jaw on the floor), just 12 tracks that will give you as much fun listening to them as you suspect Berends had recording them. Overall this is a very enjoyable album that rewards on first listen and reveals new textures on each subsequent spin. Itís not reinventing the wheel but its well written, well played and well produced and as such is a very enjoyable release and comes as recommended listening for any classic rock fan." - virtuosityone.com"a really nice job" - Mike Varney "splendid" - loudguitars.com
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October 21, 2013 [ home ]
The Berends Brothers Band is playing a cool theater show at The Rotunda at U. of Penn in Philadelphia, this Thursday, Oct. 24th, 2013. Check out the event listing, download the press release PDF, and visit the schedule page for map links and more info. All ages, FREE admission, 8pm-10pm. It's been a while since we've played on a bigger stage, so I am looking forward to it... should be a great show!
Also, for the prog rock fans, visit the Mastermind blog and check out the new Nimbit Webstore. The Angels of the Apocalypse album is now up on youtube - in its entirety - for everyone's enjoyment. It was a good album when it came out, it's still a good album, so go check it out if you haven't already, or listen anywhere, anytime on youtube. This album hasn't been officially available online for some time now, so if you enjoy it, now you can purchase a digital copy if you like. That would be way cool. Thanks!
Now the weather is getting colder it's time to get back in the studio cave and record some new music. Summer was far too short to suit me! But this most likely means fewer lives shows - one or two more before the end of the year (unless something else comes along which is possible, we'll see) - so come on out now before it's freezing cold and have some fun, say hello. I hope to see you there!
September 11, 2013 [ home ]
9/11/01... I will never forget. I recently uploaded a few tracks off the Mastermind 'Insomnia' album to the Mastermind youtube channel (courtesy of Lion Music) for everyone to enjoy and share. While I was thinking about it I wrote an entry for the Mastermind blog relating how the events of that fateful day twelve years ago influenced the music. Some things Mastermind fans may not be aware of, shedding some light on the darker moments on the album and the artwork. It hardly seems like twelve years have gone by [ more ]...
Aug 18, 2013 [ home ]
Upcoming gigs [ click here for info ]
June 16, 2013 [ home ]
A new guitarist oriented interview with yours truly in the QRD ezine issue #63. Check it out here.
June 5, 2013 [ home ]
Music video for the title track off In My Dreams I Can Fly. Just goofing around for the camera on my part, but some good video footage of drummer Jason Gianni playing live in the studio. Please share using this link: http://youtu.be/GtVok4JG4CY
This is the actual drum track on the album as it was being recorded and me goffing around with the Firebird V that I played on this track (and several others). Please visit youtube to comment and give us some thumbs up action :) Thanks!
April 22, 2013 [ home ]
In My Dreams I Can Fly charted in the April issue of JAZZWISE magazine's radio charts (UK). Sweet!
(I love that Miles Davis is on the cover. Me & Miles... how cool is that? Very!! ;))
April 2nd, 2013 [ home ]
Another nice album review at the aptly named loudguitars.com web site! "splendid" Rating: 4/5
March 18, 2013 [ home ]
New blog entry. I hope to be a bit more diligent about it in the future! Also, Dr. Music's review of the week has been archived.
March 12th, 2013 [ home ]
R.I.P. Alvin Lee, December 12, 1944 - March 06, 2013
Fellow Sagittarius and one of my favorite guitarists of all time. Thank you for all the great music and inspiration.
March 6th, 2013 [ home ]
In My Dreams I Can Fly is the featured review of the week on Dr. Music's Weekly Checkup (Chicago, USA)... check it out!
"Anyone that has ever heard Berends play guitar doesnít need to hear me rave on and on about how talented this guy is. Letís just say it once right now, this guy is as good as they get." -- Dr. Music
Check out some other great reviews on Dangerdog Music and Virtuosity One. Get your copy today from CD Baby
Feb. 22, 2013 [ home ]
I've put up a page on the Play Crossroads guitar festival contest with a track from my new CD In My Dreams I Can Fly and a previously unreleased Mastermind track from the Lion Music Tsunami benefit. Go check it out. It's basically just a popularity contest, but I figure it's some exposure for the new album. Thanks! (Update: the contest is over but you can still play the exclusive content. Listen here.)
Feb. 3rd, 2013 [ home ]
How cool is this? Very nice!
Progressive X Grooves radio, Amsterdam. Press Release:
Bill Berends - In My Dreams I Can Fly - is **album of the month February 2013** at Prog-X-Radio!
Listen / webcam every sunday from 2PM-4PM (NY time) @ Progressive X Grooves radio: here
Chatroom every Sunday 2PM-4PM (NY time) @ Progressive X Grooves radio: here
The radio show is in Amsterdam (Europe) and in Dutch language: THE MUSIC RULES!
Get your copy of In My Dreams I Can Fly here
Jan. 2nd, 2013 [ home ]
Happy New Year!! I have a new album out and gigs coming... 2013 looks good so far!! Best wishes to you all!
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