Acclaimed L.A.-based guitarist JEFF KOLLMAN (BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, COSMOSQUAD, ASIA feat. JOHN PAYNE, GLENN HUGHES) will be hitting the road and boat, respectively, with CTA (CALIFORNIA TRANSIT AUTHORITY) and MARK MIKEL‘s band, and has just wrapped production on a new EPK with blues rockers BLEEDING HARP.
Kollman has been tapped to fill in with CTA in place of regular guitarist Marc Bonilla (KEITH EMERSON, GLENN HUGHES) on several U.S. East Coast dates this month, including a 4-day residency at New York’s famed Iridium, before heading out on the Progressive Nation at Sea cruise with MARK MIKEL’s band.
States Jeff: “Funny how things come back around. I was actually supposed to hook up with CTA for some shows about a year ago, which didn’t happen in the end, so I’m looking forward to finally getting on stage with these guys. Even better, we’re doing a run of shows at the Iridium which I’ve played with the (Bombastic) Meatbats several times already. We also cut our upcoming live DVD there. Great place and always a good time to play the Big Apple.
“And I’m really excited about the prog cruise with Mark Mikel. I’ve been on cruises before but never one where I get to play and hang out with some of my favorite bands, like King’s X. Can’t beat that! And what can I say about Mark – I’ve had the opportunity to work with many talented singers, songwriters and producers in this business in the past 20+ years and I still believe that the genius and depth of his songwriting and production far exceeds anyone that I’ve had the pleasure of rubbing elbows with. Well, I have yet to work with Paul McCartney but…. Mark has been a dear friend of mine going back to the early Edwin Dare days in Toledo, Ohio. He actually co-wrote a couple of songs with us, “Come and Rule the Nighttime” and “Listen To Your Head”, and sang on the demos. We didn’t use “Nighttime” but “Listen” ended up on the “Can’t Break Me” CD. For those that are interested, the demos of both songs with Mark’s vocals are posted on his Bandcamp page at http://markmikel.bandcamp.com/. Talk about a blast from the past!”
Following Progression Nation at Sea, Kollman will be heading into Ireland’s 32 in Van Nuys, CA with BLEEDING HARP on February 27. The brainchild of UK-born lead vocalist and harmonica player Paul Vallis, the line-up features Kollman, co-guitarist Jeff Marshall, bassist Kevin Chown, keyboardist Lao Tizer, and drummer Drew Megna. The group’s brand new EPK and promotional videos for the songs “Breakin’ Me Down” and “Live to Ride” can be viewed on the Bleeding Harp website at http://www.bleedingharp.com/ .
The full Jeff Kollman live itinerary reads as follows:
Feb. 05 – Havana Restaurant & Nightlife, New Hope, PA w/ CTA
Feb. 06 through 09 – Iridium, New York, NY w/ CTA
Feb. 15 – Baked Potato, Studio City, CA w/ Jeff Kollman Band
Feb. 18 through 22 – Progressive Nation at Sea w/ Mark Mikel
Feb. 27 – Ireland’s 32, Van Nuys, CA w/ Bleeding Harp
Jeff Kollman’s most recent releases are a pair of digital-only singles, “Eve of Reflection” and “Old Kentucky Thunder”, which were released January 27 via iTunes and other outlets.