A 40-Year Musical Passion Leads to Collaboration with Grammy Winning Producer

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The result of this reunion is a superb collection of songs written in the Country Blues Boogie genre.

Grammy Award Winning Producer, Billy Williams, and singer songwriter Alan Harkrader, have come together after nearly 35 years to record and release a CD of delightfully written songs Harkrader had been compiling over the course of his long musical career.

Known for his country music and guitar work, Williams has been Lyle Lovett's record producer throughout Lovett's career.

Harkrader first worked with Williams as a teenager in the mid 1960s while playing in a Phoenix band called Cornerstone. The group was managed by Williams and with his leadership, helped direct the group to a record deal that yielded two local and one national release. Subsequent releases by that band never achieved attention, and by 1970 the group disbanded.

Harkrader joined another Phoenix band called The Gringos, and eventually recorded an album with Snuff Garriet for United Artists Records, however as the album was about to be released, the label was sold and the record was never distributed. With this band going separate ways in 1980, Harkrader set out as a solo artist; returned to his native Phoenix, Arizona, and settled into performing in various restaurant/lounges and night clubs. All the while, Harkrader never stopped writing music.

In 2002 Harkrader and another colleague decided to take a community college course in studio engineering. Harkrader thought this would give him the boost he was looking for, to help produce quality demos that eventually could be used to market his songs to various artists. It was then that he decided to call upon his old friend, Billy Williams for some assistance and guidance with this project. However once Williams began looking over Harkrader's catalog of material, his enthusiasm and imagination for this project went wild. Williams invited Harkrader to his studio and the two proceeded to select and record some of the songs. Harkrader figured at the very least, he would end up with a great demo that could be used to sell and promote his music.

What resulted instead was beautifully recorded CD executed with outstanding musicianship where each song is filled with passion and emotion. This powerful collection of music features such catchy songs as Dancin' With Jack, I'm Home Alone and I'm In Bad Company and Slow Boogie. The CD also includes a loving Holiday Greeting, written to his wife, Betty, some 30 years ago while Harkrader traveled around North America, titled Holiday Away.

This CD is being released independently and is available exclusively through CDBaby.com and a dozen internet download sites including iTunes and Napster.

Alan Harkrader lives in the Phoenix, Arizona area is available for interviews and personal appearances by contacting Aurora Public Relations.

Lynn Brooke
Public Relations Director
Aurora Public Relations
4741 Hazeltine Avenue
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
818-943-5729

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