Progressive rock band Lisa LaRue Project 2KX have a new release called
"Beautiful Life." It’s an EP with 3 different styles of genres, jazz, classical and a ballad. The first two tracks, “Beautiful Life” & “Days With You” are instrumentals and the third track, "Forever Is a Journey" which contains expressive vocals courtesy of John Baker of Mars Hollow. All of the songs are all under 5 minutes long which in my opinion will attract fans of other genres to enjoy almost as much as a progressive rock fan.
The “Beautiful Life EP” is a digital only release so that all of the proceeds go directly to benefit a progressive rock fan, whose spouse has cancer. As an insult to injury, they’re facing foreclosure on their home and unemployment. Lisa LaRue felt that the EP was the least she could do for her loyal fans who have supported her over the years.
The core of Lisa LaRue Project 2KX band, is Lisa LaRue (keyboards), Steve Adams of ARZ (guitars), Don Schiff of Rocket Scientists (NS/Stick), and Merrill Hale of ARZ (drums). Joining them are Dave Schiff formerly of the Frank Sinatra Jr. Orchestra (tenor saxophone and alto flute on "Beautiful Life"), the aforementioned John Baker of Mars Hollow. Amy V. Simmons provided the lyrics for "Forever Is a Journey", which is hands down my favorite track of the three. All of the musician should be commended because they’ve have taken time out of their busy lives to contribute to this benefit project.
The EP will be available exclusively through RockTunz on August 27th, 2011. I can’t think of a better way to show support within the progressive rock community, than to purchase this release. Hey, the very real situation of the progressive rock fan is facing, can happen to any one of us.
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on August 25th, 2011