ROCK GROUP BJ STRICKER AND THE KINGS PREP FOR EP RELEASE THIS DECEMBER

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ROCK GROUP BJ STRICKER AND THE KINGS PREP FOR EP RELEASE THIS DECEMBER

Wisconsin-bred singer-songwriter BJ Stricker collaborates with producer Salim Nourallah on “Roam” out Dec. 8

(DALLAS, October 2017; source: CultureHype) – Wisconsin-bred lumberjack-turned-songwriter BJ Stricker and his band The Kings are set to release the group’s debut EP this fall. Featuring six songs inspired by his time in Wisconsin, alt-rock Americana artist BJ Stricker of BJ Stricker & The Kings channels his small town roots, “Roam” comes out Friday, Dec. 8. The band will celebrate the release of their EP that evening at the newly opened mixed-use creative space Deep Ellum Art Co. With special performances by Ryan Berg and Hand Drawn Records signee Silas Nello, doors will open for the showcase at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here in advance for $10 or $15 at the door. Deep Ellum Art Co. is located at 3200 Commerce St., Dallas, Texas 75226. 

“The song is definitely not about actually going back home,” Stricker said. “It's about setting your soul free by leaving.” 

Stricker incorporated elements from his hometown — and his need to move away from it — in the new singles. “Stone” out on Friday, Nov. 3 focuses on dreams and overcoming difficulties to realize them, finally concluding with a refusal to take no for an answer. “Roam”, a song out on Friday, Nov. 24 about experiencing life and taking risks, fulfills the longing expressed in “Stone” through the liberating tone woven throughout the lyrics. 

“When it turns into something beautiful to where other people may feel inspired by it the same way other musicians and songwriters do for me...it's something I along with the rest of the band take great pride in,” he said. 

The album was produced and recorded locally by songwriter/producer Salim Nourallah at Pleasantry Lane Studio. “BJ Stricker writes and sings songs with a tremendous amount of heart and soul,” said Nourallah. “He’s also assembled a crack band that features some of the most talented players I’ve ever worked with.” 

The place Stricker did end up leaving provided a major influence for the band’s music. The rural area where he grew up relied on lumber mills and farms — his father’s family’s logging business being one of them. As a kid, the young artist would accompany his father and four uncles in the woods during the summer months, and even worked as a lumberjack himself for two years after high school. 

But the woods weren’t where he ultimately wanted to be. Some of his fondest childhood memories came from going to his grandfather’s house and listening to old records from the likes of Queen, KISS and Prince to Pink Floyd, The Doors and many more. His father introduced him to the sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s, including Buddy Holly, Ray Charles and Sam Cook, while his older brother introduced him to the Metallica, Alice in Chains and Nirvana. Currently, the band’s musical influences best reflect the styles of Dave Matthews, Thom Yorke, Neil Young, Jerry Cantrell and Jeff Lynne.

Inspired by his own family’s involvement in local bands, Stricker began playing bass guitar at age 12, formed a band in his late teens and started writing his own songs as a creative release in college. In 2015, BJ Stricker & The Kings formed, and developed its own music through the lens of Stricker’s creative songwriting process. This usually starts with him playing around with a chord progression or a riff late at night that brings out some kind of emotion. The real magic happens after he develops the song and brings it to the band. 

“At that point is when everyone brings their own flavor to the song to try to bring out the songs full potential,” Stricker said. “It turns into a free flow of creativity and it's such a groovy thing when it happens and on the other side comes out a great song.” 

“Roam” will be available for purchase on iTunes and streaming on Spotify on Friday, Dec. 8. For more information about BJ Stricker and The Kings, visit www.bjstricker.com. 

What people are saying about BJ Stricker and The Kings: 

“A classic example of what happens when good songwriting is coupled with excellent arrangements. Overall, a satisfying listening experience from beginning to end.” - Matthew Agoglia of The Ranch Mastering

 "If Dave Matthews Band and Counting Crows had a baby it would be BJ Stricker and The Kings.” - music reporter Jim Land of Irish Film Critic

Track Listing: 

1. “Roam” (3:27) 

2. “Gone” (4:45) 3. “In The Way” (3:59) 

4. “I Want You” (4:04) 

5. “Stone” (4:20) 

6. “Stage of Masquerade” (4:11) 

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