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The Willing "Unfinished Business" - March 5, 2010

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March 5, 2010
By DENISE M. BARAN-UNLAND For Sun-Times Media

When Rich Wigstone's copy of "Unfinished Business" arrived in the mail, he held the CD in his hand with a mixture of awe and elation. He waited decades for this moment.

"I felt like a 12-year-old kid," Wigstone, guitarist, of Plano said. "Thirty-five years ago, we tried to become rock stars with all our hearts. But those days were different. You had to have a major record company backing you -- and nothing happened."

Members of The Willing in 1974: (from left) David Angel, Chris Gough, Rich Wigstone, Kent Cooper, John Krahenbuhl and Dan Smith.



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• On the Web: Band's official site www.thewilling.com
Two years ago, the six former members of Ultima Thule, now all between the ages of 55 and 60, reunited as The Willing to write and produce the 13-track recording they always desired to make. The CD features the heavy rhythm song, "Mary Ann's on Fire," about Viet Nam. A companion video is in the creation stage.

The listener will hear a variety of sounds and influences, as five of the six members contributed to the songwriting and alternated lead vocals. Musically, the songs capture the essence of classic rock, 1960s British pop, modern day Indie pop and 1970s Arena rock.

"We decided to do it just for fun, but strangely enough, with the new technology and trend to independency, we are seeing some early results," Wigstone said. "We are on i-tunes and on Jango airplay internet radio—7 millions listeners. It's pretty exciting for a bunch of old guys."

Other members of The Willing are Dan Smith of Aurora on piano, David Angel of Aurora on bass, Chris Gough of DeKalb on bass, Kent Cooper of South Elgin, on drums and John Krahenbuhl of St. Charles on organ.

In the 1970s, driven by the success of The Beatles and similar bands, Ultima Thule played clubs around the Midwest, longing to play more of their original music and less of the popular cover songs the club owners expected. When the band disassembled, each man lamented not seeing the band's recording goal reach its hoped-for end.

Today, although many of the barricades to manufacturing and distributing music are gone, the road to success and notoriety is not necessarily any easier. The market is flooded with many artists yearning for the same opportunity. "Everybody who has an independent CD can get the word out," Wigstone said.

Still, buoyed by responses to their Facebook page, overseas orders, and some positive reviews, members of The Willing nurture strong hopes many people will enjoy "Unfinished Business," They have even discussed making a second CD, but, for now, are declining performance offers.

"We did that rock and roll touring thing," Wigstone said. "This is strictly a studio band, a good opportunity to get together with friends and to make something that will outlast us," Wigstone said.

Copies of "Unfinished Business" are available at www.amazon.com and at www.thewillingband.com.

Lorenzi Brothers complete CD - April 2, 2008

"The Lorenzi Brothers" CD titled "A Moment in Time" has just come back from West West Side Music in New York were Kim Rosen has done a wonderful Mastering job on our latest CD.
RSR in-house Art Department "New Celebrity" is putting the finishing touches on the CD art work & packaging. Look forward to a release date in May/June 2008. Stay tuned...this CD sounds wonderful!
Bruce & Brian picked out some of their favorite songs to cover & they nailed em!

Ultima Thule 30 + yr reunion - January 27, 2008

After over 30 years from their split, the St. Charles IL Band "Ultima Thule" joined forces for a privet meeting @ Rave Song Records January 2008. All six members were present, Dave Angel, Kent Cooper, Chris Gough, John Krahenbuhl, Dan Smith, & Rich Wigstone, plus life long friend & tech support, Dennis Froling. The meeting was to solidify their interest in recording a CD. Impromptu songs were played (acoustic guitars were "everywhere") & over 20 songs for inclusion on the CD were reviewed! At this time 9 songs were selected for inclusion on the long overdue CD with more to come. A Pre-Production schedule to follow!

Limited Lost Boyzz CD now Available!! - May 18, 2007

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A mastered refined version will follow.

FYEO Back in the Studio! - May 14, 2007

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The band has changed drummers & refocused their energy which produced an amazing refinement to their already stellar sound!

The Raleigh Tuckers Recording - May 1, 2007

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Look for a Fall release of ALL original acoustic based rock songs blending the Tuckers' influences ranging from "Pink Floyd/Moody Blues", CSN&Y to The Beatles & 80's rock!

Tafoya Airplay on the LOOP! - November 6, 2006

A Big day for Tafoya's Lost Boyzz!

Monday 11/06/06 the song "Life" was played during the Noon hour programing on the Chicago radio station "The Loop"!

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For Your Eyes Only Acoustic Song! - October 31, 2006

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We hope to have the song to West West Side in NY for mastering by 11/02/06.
Watch for the single to be released in November!

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