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Road to Jericho

by Stolen Ogre

Progressive American Trad Rock at it's finest. Driven by emotion, Road to Jericho combines disciplined, soul-crafted songs with the freedom and attitude of a great jam session. A valued addition to any music lovers collection.
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1. Lay Me Down
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2. Confusion
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3. Jericho
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4. Sister Moon
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5. Wheat
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6. Three
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7. A Dozen a Day
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8. Grind
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9. Love Me Alone
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10. Icing
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Album Notes
SCOTT ADAMS ~ Sax and Vocals ABRAHAM CALLEROS ~ Percussion MICHAEL MCMORROW ~ Hammond Organ, Piano, and Guitar DAVID SIMPSON ~ Guitar PAMELA TOBIASON ~ Vocals MARC WILLET ~ Bass and Vocals BRENDAN HILL ~ Drums ~ appears courtesy of Sanctuary Records MATTHEW BURGESS ~ Guest percussionist on tracks 1, 4, 9,10 and Steel Drums on track 3

"Stolen Ogre, a band of accomplished musicians with excellent vocals combined with a creative flare that is exercised with feel and emotion!! Well worth a listen!!" - Alan White - Yes

"I am a big fan of the band! I love hearing them live and on record." -Steve Bernstein ~ Publisher/President~ RELIX Magazine

"Richard Gehr/ The Village Voice "RECOMMENDED" - Stolen Ogre - The Lion's Den/NYC

"The swirling organ twists your mind." - Rami Jaffee ~ The Wallflowers

"Congratulations on a great honest record that a couple of generations of rock fans can relate to." - George Graham ~ WVIA 89.9 Scranton PA

In the spring of 2004, Stolen Ogre released ROAD TO JERICHO CD on the Seattle based Shadowhawk Records marking the bands first full length recording.

Two songs, "Jericho" and "Love Me Alone" went on to receive airplay nationwide from Maine to California. Pennsylvania's WVIA in had the ROAD TO JERICHO album on the charts for 8 weeks with the album peaking at #2 for 2 weeks. Enigma Magazine notes of the CD, "Bottom line it's rock, folk, jam and pop all mixed together into one big happy concoction."

"'Road to Jericho' is the perfect launching pad in the process of defining the Stolen Ogre vibe." explains Michael McMorrow, Stolen Ogre Keyboardist and founder. "We are not concerned about being "rock and roll" per se, but what we are about is creating noteworthy, distinctive music. Music that delivers. Music that actually has depth and artistry. It's not just about rock. It's about emotion and art."

Stolen Ogre played its debut New York City show at the famed Lion's Den with The Village Voice giving the show a "Recommended" note by writer Richard Gehr ("The Phish Book" Co-written by Richard Gehr and Phish.) The band continued on with shows at the legendary Asbury Park club The Saint and NYC s Acme Underground. The Northeast swing and ROAD TO JERICHO were highlighted in both Jambands.com and Jambase.com.

"Traveling to the NE was a great shot in the arm for the band. We forget that the boom in music and the Seattle Sound of the 90's was like a bomb that went off. It brought a lot of attention to Seattle". says Michael. "Unfortunately the attention was very focused on one type of music. What happened was that it pushed 95% of the other musicians off to the sidelines. Believe it or not though we have all moved on - club owners and the press are still waiting for Kurt to come back. We want to start the new chapter. Going to NYC was like crawling into the light. We were very well received"

In other highlights the band was one of the TOP 10 National Finalist bands for the Jeep Corporation's CampJeep California, Jeep's national owner appreciation event. It released its first Christmas single "The Little Drummer Boy" to Triple A/NPR Radio and celebrated the year's end when out of over 500 CD's, WVIA selects ROAD TO JERICHO as one of it's "Best of 2004" along with releases from artists such as Ben Harper, Gov't. Mule and Elvis Costello among others.

Stolen Ogre is lead singer/songwriter Pamela Tobiason, keyboardist/songwriter Michael McMorrow, guitarist David Simpson , sax/vocals the Reverend Scott "Junior" Adams , bass Marc Willett and drummer Rick Boice.

Michael McMorrow and Blues Traveler's Brendan Hill formed Stolen Ogre after they met on the HORDE tour. Hill's Traveler duties eventually led him to stop his regular appearances with the group, although he went on to record with the band on ROAD TO JERICHO and still remains a creative collaborator.

The band takes its name from a child's doll that Brendan Hill spotted on the roadside of the German Autobahn. Christened Ogre, and enthroned on Hill's drum kit, it became his good luck mascot through Blues Traveler's early years. After Ogre vanished on tour, McMorrow, Hill and company adopted the name, and the circumstances, in playful tribute.

Stolen Ogre continued the Blues Traveler relationship when front-man John Popper played with Stolen Ogre at the Music Aid Northwest and KZOK 102.5FM benefit, The Tsunami Relief Concert. Yes's Alan White's new project "White" and members of Heart play with The Geoffrey Castle Band were also on bill and the concert raised over $10,000 for CARE.

" It is a true pleasure to perform on stage with John Popper." says Pamela." He is such a talent and brings so much energy and uniqueness to each show that it really raises the bar for everyone's stage performance. Off stage he has an endless array of amusing stories and insights. Totally looking forward to our future performances with Mr. Popper."

Stolen Ogre is currently writing sessions for the follow up to ROAD TO JERICHO and are in planning for the next tour and festival dates.


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The Nashville Sun - Rick Strader

There is something about the raspy vocal style and nice instrumental arrangement
This Pacific Northwest jam band compiles a pleasant blend of horn and string arrangements. The band is made up of Pamela Tobiason (lead vocals), Michael McMorrow (piano, organ, guitar), David Simpson (guitar), Marc Willett (bass), and a lending hand from Blues Traveler drummer, Brendan Hill.
The CD is a tight compilation of well-arranged and mastered tunes. I enjoyed their title single “Road to Jericho.” Tobiason somehow manages to successfully pull off a Janis Joplin vocal style that works. I would dump the talking on track 4. It only takes away from what would otherwise be a nice track.
There is something about the raspy vocal style and nice instrumental arrangement that gives this band a great shot at success. I would really like to see this band live and see how well they perform.

MJ Moss

Love this band, love this album!
Been a long time since I've heard such good "classic" rock. Fresh as the jam scene that gave it birth, it rocks and mellow moves me. Thanks SO.

Valorie Kichline

Rocks, sooths,moves!
I have watched Stolen Ogre from the beginning and their music has grown and evolved into a unique and encompassing sound. Pam's voice is always strong and dynamic and the band brings awesome, individual solos that move and rock you to your soul!

Tina Sarasin

WOW.............this CD is amazing!!!!
This CD is amazing from start to finish. Pam has such a unique, intriguing voice, unlike any I have heard before. The lyrics and music are so beautifully written, it's hard to choose one favorite. A Dozen A Day, Grind, and Love Me Alone are at the top of my list. Buy this CD, you won't be disappointed.

Bill Schiltz

Bottom line I would say it's rock, folk, jam, and pop, all mixed together into o
Next on the agenda is a band coming from the Pacific Northwest calling themselves Stolen Ogre. The band has been making some waves in the scene out there and now is their time to try to break out nationally. Let us see what they have in store for us.

Comprised of a founding member of Blues Traveler (Brendan Hill, drums) and a former member of Taj Mahal (Michael McMorrow, keyboards), I was ready for an interesting CD indeed that included all original tracks. After the first couple of tracks, I think I have this band figured out. It definitely has some jam band tendencies, but it has a little more rock than anything else.

The vocalist, Pamela Tobiason, belts out each song with a sweetness and an attitude reminiscent of the late great Janis Joplin. Probably the most impressive aspect of the disc is the musicianship of all the artists involved. Scott Adams has a wonderful sax solo on the track "Wheat" which was none less than impressive. However, my favorite thing on the disc was the organ. There is nothing cooler than listening to Michael McMorrow jam out on the boards like that. It is really hard trying to put these people in a specific genre because they take so much from so many different areas. Bottom line I would say it's rock, folk, jam, and pop, all mixed together into one big happy concoction.


Overall, I thought Stolen Ogre was right down the middle of my musical preferences. The disc has some pretty good aspects about it like the music, but it started sounding a little redundant after a while. Check it out, though. It is worth it.

D.M.

Wow...
I recieved an advanced copy of this disc and all I can say is wow.. I have had it in my car player for a week and love every song on it. The band sounds so great and every song is a jewel. "Three" stands out to me as the highlight of the CD but it is hard to pick just one. Pamela and Michael's songwriting is stellar and the band has crafted a juicy, powerful and refreshing sound...

Gail

Road to Jericho is a potent and perfect collection of songs. Every track on this
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy about two weeks ago.
Road to Jericho is a potent and perfect collection of songs. Every track on this CD is beautifully crafted and delivered by the best guitar, tenor sax and voice talent I’ve heard in years. The rhythm section totally kicks ass. Any one of the musicians on this record should have huge bands of their own, yet we’re lucky enough to have them together in Stolen Ogre.
Pamela Tobiason's voice is smokey, sweet and unabashed all at the same time. It’s led me to obsessively look for more of her recordings. She has Joplin-esque chops, but a sensuality and style all her own.
The guitar work is intricate, electric and brilliant, reminiscent of the rock greats Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Peter Townshend and Hendrix.
My favorite tracks thus far are "Three", "Lay Me Down" and "Wheat", although this will likely fluctuate in the next thousand spins in my player.
I’ve not heard Stolen Ogre perform live, but will be at the first show they play in the Pacific Northwest.

Get out and buy this record. I personally guarantee you’ll be glad you did.

Matt Koch

WOW!!! gotta listen....
I'm very impressed with the CD, all the songs are smooth...
And the album blends...."Jericho" could be a radio hit, Can't wait to see them tour and can't wait for their upcoming album..."Confusion" is one of my favorites along with blues-jazzy, "Sister Moon." You won't be disappointed.

Jill Havens

A fantastic blend of sultry vocals, jam, rock, blues & folk
From the strong, sultry vocals to the hot jams, Road to Jericho is an artful blend of jam and rock with a bluesy/folk influenced sound. The sax is a definite treat and I can't wait for the next opportunity to see this band live! A fantatic disk beginning to end, every tune is as strong as the last, with thoughtful lyrics and an undeniable energy--looking forward to seeing where the band heads next!