Who, you might be asking? OK, so Americans may regard Southern California’s revivalists of powerful melodic punk *Face To Face *as something of a punk rock institution but over on this side of the pond their tumultuous ten-year career is more viewed as a punk rock travesty. For despite touring incessantly throughout the states and putting out consistently well written and well-received albums throughout the nineties, headlining venues up to 3000 capacity the band still had not released anything in Europe.
This is the lone solo album by sideman Roger "Jellyroll" Troy, a consummate session player who was best known for his collaborations with blues bandleader Michael Bloomfield, including as part of a reunited mid-'70s version of Electric Flag. Troy's bona fides go back even further than that: while still a teen, he was the bassist in the novelty rock band, the Hollywood Argyles, and went on to gigs with James Brown and Freddie King. In 1969 he cut an album as the leader of the band Jellyroll (which was his nickname) and he had considerable success as a songwriter in the early '70s. This album is pretty much pure white soul, with a heavy Muscle Shoals feel: four songs were written by Troy, though tellingly he also covers Dan Penn, whose emotive vocals style is echoed in Troy's own phrasing. Among the many musicians backing him are jazz saxophonist Ernie Watts and pianist/producer Mike Lipskin… Fans of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Joe Cocker and any number of eclectic Memphis roots/soul bands might want to check this one out.
Very good CCM AOR, very relaxing album indeed. Troy Werner is a well-respected Producer/ songwriter/ musician, reminds me of Joseph Williams(Toto fame)and Michael W. Smith(CCM artist also)… musically very alike to Smith too… this album is mainly comprised of ballads and softies but also has some dosages of Hi-Tech AOR. The catchy opening tune of “Different” among with the touchy ballad “Ready Or Not” and the rocking “Live For Today” that is a totally catchy song are the best moments on this record…. A bit hard to find it in nowdays but worth the try….
With a series of large-scale stunts, unexpected pranks and surprise demonstrations, magician Troy reveals in this one-off show just what can go wrong on social media and online. From viruses to selfies to secure passwords, Troy pulls out all the stops to make over-sharers, social media addicts and careless data users realise that security really does matter - with hilarious and eye-opening results. In London's Piccadilly Circus, Troy makes some supposedly internet savvy individuals gape as he goes password busting. An innocent temp gets more than she bargained for when she unwittingly downloads a virus. Serial selfie fanatics become the face of an unappealing product. And look out jobseekers - see what happens when a potential employer trawls your social media. Finally, an over-sharer's most personal photographs and information provoke Troy's most audacious stunt of them all.
Troy Stetina rose to prominence in the 80s and has become a massive inspiration for guitarists from all walks of life, all around the globe. Troy found his calling in educating, with hundreds of instructional teachings ranging from musical recordings to DVDs to live clinics. He quickly became acknowledged for his ability to take very concepts ranging from the obscure and advanced, to the most basic and fundamental; and turn them into something that was both accessible and understandable to musicians everywhere. Music educators, rock stars, and students all agree, that Troy has been able to teach and inspire a countless number of guitar players around the world with both his music and teachings.
On this dynamic DVD, Troy Dexter plays examples in the style of such rockabilly greats as Scotty Moore, Carl Perkins, Brian Setzer, Eddie Cochran and Duane Eddy. He demonstrates effects devices (tremolo, echo, reverb and distortion) and how they were used by each player. Troy also shows chord voicings and application, and the scales inherent in rockabilly. He gives examples of thirds and fifths, intervals, whole-tone licks, chromatic lead-ins, horn stab riffs, chord raking, vibrato bar techniques, bends, slides, shuffle rhythms and more. The accompanying booklet comes complete with easy-to-follow notation and diagrams that correspond exactly to the DVD.
Season 1 of Cracking the Code is a rocking documentary that recounts the story of virtuoso guitar amid the unprecedented flowering of technique in the ’80s. Across 8 episodes, and nearly 1.5 hours of analysis, it sets out the core technical challenges of the instrument — challenges which we’ll soon surmount in Seasons 2 and 3.