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"A.J. Rosales has really come into his own, with a seemingly effortless display of emotive, melancholic lyricism and gleaming guitar work. Indeed, it is still something special when you hear someone who simply has that indefinable "it" factor, and is able to express that so cleanly and clearly.....Simplicity speaks volumes, and Resistor is a wonderfully warm, vulnerable and accessible album. Rosales is a rare and as yet undiscovered talent whose future contributions, I've no doubt, will continue to impress."
-Heidi Drockelman (indie-music.com)
"...what really knocked me out was the way it (the disk) was sequenced... and right smack dab in the middle of the compact disk called 'resistor' you find the title track, and it is an instrumental - and the guitar playing is quite good... "
-Richard Milne (WXRT radio Chicago)
"10 out of 10...one of the best guitar players I have been fortunate to hear while working for MWB.... a MUST HAVE for your collection if you enjoy hearing a guitar at all..."
- Jen Lush (midwestbands.com)
"Chicago guitar whiz A.J. Rosales clearly knows his way around his instrument and he's no slouch in the vocals department either..." "...gifted and innovative guitar technique."
- Robin Cracknell (americana-uk.com)
"...worth listening to just for the acoustic experience..."
- Steve Allat (musesmuse.com)
"Resistor is an album that caught my ear right from the start and the music forced me to listen a few times before processing everything offered... When music gets your attention like that, it is something special."
- Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck (muzikreviews.com)
"If you are a guitarist, or any artist looking to make a solid independent album, Resistor gives you a pretty good idea of how it's done."
- Gary Schwind (AntiMUSIC.com)
"Rosales is a talented multi-instrumentalist crafting diverse and dynamic music!"
- Laura Turner Lynch (kweevak.com)
"a very strong album of acoustic guitar-driven tunes that highlight excellent musicianship with an array of guitar styles that never fail to engage the listener."
- Roland Goity (OnlineRock.com)
"a sonically diverse album bucking the trend of a lone singer and his guitar."
- Sean Lewis (minor7th.com)
"There is no doubt that Rosales is a talented musician. He plays across the board from folk sounds, through blues influences with a hint of classical appeal... The result is an uplifting and captivating album."
- Chelsea Cochran (leftoffthedial.com)
AJ was a national finalist in 2006 in the "Emergenza Acoustic Hero" Competition. Final was held in Chicago on July 6th.
Commercial FM Radio Campaign with the song "Wade (Radio Edit) in 2006 culminating in 180+ weekly spins on stations around the country.
300+ College Radio Stations playing this record in 2005!!! Topping the Charts at #6 (KKCR Hanalei, HI) and #7 (KOUG Vancouver, WA) for several weeks!
AJ Was a featured performer at the 2005 and 2006 Midwest Music Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana (midwestmusicsummit.com) and also gave a performance during SXSW 2006 in Austin, TX.
Featured on the upcoming Buzzlighter #13 compilation disc from Shut Eye Records - for more information visit shuteyerecords.com
Three songs in the top 10 on garageband.com!
voted: #3 Best Guitars of ALL TIME in ALL GENRES by garageband.com reviewers (for the song Resistor)
voted: #1 Best Guitars of ALL TIME by garageband.com reviewers in folk/rock (for the song Union)
voted: #1 Best Bass of ALL TIME by garageband.com reviewers in Acoustic genre (for the song Down to the Wire - arranged by AJ)
Included on the Songsalive! 7 compilation disk at Songalive.org
Featured on the Travel Channel Show 'Amazing Vacation Homes' (for the song Union)
With the eleven song CD 'resistor', A.J. Rosales has released a 'solo' acoustic CD that showcases the many diverse facets of his playing style, from pop to rock, to folk, and even to more accomplished elements of jazz and classical.
After releasing the Earth and Shoal EP, and after garnering acclaim from that disk, A.J. felt the need to come back to a more natural production sound to express his musical ideas. This CD almost sounds like a live performance, capturing the essence of the music in a basic way with sparse but effective production. You won't hear another singer/songwriter/guitarist on CD Baby quite like AJ. Guaranteed - Take a listen!
Previous accomplishments include:
-Being played in Abercrombie and Fitch Stores
-Being included in a CMJ 'certain damage' compliation
-Beating the Smashing Pumpkins for the #1 slot on an Ohio College Radio Station (yes really)
-Being featured on WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio)
-opening up for bands such as Vertical Horizon and Modern English (remember them?)