Singer, songwriter and guitarist PHILIP SAYCE to release new album 'Steamroller' on 27th Feb 2012

Photo by Masaki Koike
** New album release from acclaimed singer / guitarist / songwriter **
** Steamroller is the British born Musician’s 4th Studio album **
** Album release date: 27th February 2012 **

Guitar and vocal powerhouse Philip Sayce calls his new album Steamroller, and that’s absolutely perfect. The new album will be released through Provogue Records on 27th February 2012.

From the moment the title cut’s colossal riff kick-starts the disc until the wall of feedback that finishes the soaring instrumental “Aberystwyth” concludes the set list, Sayce’s fourth release for Provogue Records is a rock ‘n’ blues joyride — a heavyweight sonic and emotional juggernaut fueled by Sayce’s unstoppable talent.

One of the best live guitarists on the planet, the Welsh-born, Toronto-raised and currently residing in LA, musician has started to carve himself out a loyal fanbase in the UK. Following stints playing guitar with Melissa Etheridge and Uncle Kracker, Sayce is now widely regarded as one of the best in the business when it comes to blues, rock, funk crossover.

For four years Sayce toured internationally with the legendary Jeff Healey, playing on the albums Get Me Some and Live At Montreux, and planting the seeds for his own strong European following. Sayce then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his own musical goals.

His next stop was Uncle Kracker’s band while the former Kid Rock DJ was riding high on a top 10 hit with the Dobie Gray classic “Drift Away” and the album No Stranger to Shame, which features Sayce’s blasting guitar. Then came an apprenticeship with Melissa Etheridge that included four albums and several concert DVD’s. In Sayce’s unbridled delivery, the rock icon found a match for her own indomitable intensity. And in Etheridge, he found a second mentor.  “She taught me about having absolute confidence on stage and rocking out with everything you’ve got every time you play,” Sayce says. “That really resonated with me.”

But inevitably this truly exceptional singer and six-stringer had to follow his own muse. His debut album Peace Machine was recorded with Etheridge bandmates Kenny Aronoff on drums and Mark Browne on bass and released by Provogue in 2009. Next came 2010’s Innerevolution, where Sayce focused on bringing his songwriting to maturity. And in early 2011 he delivered Ruby Electric. Half was recorded in the studio with Cobb and half was cut live in Europe while opening for the legendary Deep Purple. Fitting for that disc’s charging, spirited performances, the concert tracks were mixed by Jimi Hendrix’s personal engineer Eddie Kramer.

“Those albums chronicled my growth as a songwriter and performer,” Sayce explains, “and now Steamroller channels all of that into trying to be as immediate and direct as possible. Much of Steamroller sounds like its just about rocking, because of the high energy level, but it’s way deeper than that. It’s about being real and getting in touch with your own self-power, and celebrating life. “Hopefully,” he relates, “those ideas will resonate with other people through the music the way they did with me — and maybe even inspire them, too.”

Already being mooted as ‘The One to watch in 2012’, Philip Sayce will be touring the UK to promote Steamroller. Dates to be announced soon.

So, if you haven’t already heard of him, be prepared to be flattened by the power of Philip Sayce’s Steamroller.

Catch Philip below playing at this years Grammys: