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Master of classic Guitar-pop, Richard X. Heyman is releasing 67,000 Miles An Album, a collection of brand-new songs mixed with some from a few years back produced by Heyman. The earlier compositions were written for The Doughboys, in which Richard played the drums and sang. The new album is being released on CD, digital download and via streaming services Turn-Up Records October 21.
Heyman retools garage-rock-ish stompers like “Travelin’ Salesman”, “Crave” and “Second Street”, into lush, swirling cascades of ringing guitarist and rich vocal harmonizing. Two other songs, “Plans” and “You Can Tell Me”, were written when Richard was a wee lad of seventeen! All in all, it all adds up to an adventurous time traveling trip through the pop landscape with Heyman on vocals, a dizzying assortment of exotic, vintage guitars, drums, sundry percussion and keyboards abetted by Nancy Leigh on bass and backing vocals. Special guests including Probyn Gregory on brass, cellist Julia Kent and Chris Jenkins on viola.
Says RXH: “As I write this in the stillness of a summer day in New York City, I am reminded that we are all speeding through space at 67,000 miles per hour. If that wasn’t enough, we’re also spinning around on our axis at over 1,000 miles per hour. It kind of reminds me of the Tilt-a-Whirl I used to ride at the Fun House in Asbury Park. My new album deals with this frenetic issue along with a variety of other topics. It’s called, no surprise, 67,000 Miles An Album. That’s the approximate distance you will travel as you listen to these songs…have a nice flight!”
Heyman hails from Plainfield, New Jersey where he helped form The Doughboys, who released of singles on Bell Records while he was a teenager in the 1960’s. He went on to record forh Cypress/A&M, then Sire/Warner Brothers, who released his first two albums. Along with his wife, Nancy, RXH has recorded an impressive dozen albums on his own label, Turn-Up Records.
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