Will King | Come on in from the Cold

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Come on in from the Cold

by Will King

Folk, blues, alternative country and rock; Americana music. Special guests include Grammy nominated John Cohen [The New Lost City Ramblers, and recently featured in Martin Scorsese’s documentary on Bob Dylan, No Direction Home].
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Come on in from the Cold Will King
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2. I Won't Give Up Will King
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3. Johnny McPhee [The Legend of] Will King
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4. Venetian Blind Will King
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5. Lenny Will King
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6. I.O.U. Will King
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7. One Thousand Birds Will King
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8. 28 Days Will King and John Ventimiglia
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9. Seeing Just Fine Will King
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10. Kyoto Will King
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11. Flow Will King
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12. Polka Dot Dresses, Red Lipstick & White Wine Will King
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Announcing the release of Will King's debut solo album, Come on in from the Cold. Featuring twelve Americana-twinged tracks, special guests include Grammy nominated John Cohen [The New Lost City Ramblers, and recently featured in Martin Scorsese’s documentary on Bob Dylan, No Direction Home] on mandolin/vocals, John Ventimiglia [The Sopranos] on vocals/spoken word, drummer Doug Yowell [Suzanne Vega], bassist Saul Zonana [Ace Frehley] and Rita J. King.

After touring and recording throughout the mid-to-late 1990s with Melange and other acts, Will King began writing and performing as a solo artist. Throughout his career, he has played in clubs and theaters from coast to coast. His new album, Come on in from the Cold, underscores King's appreciation for various forms of music that funnel into a genre best described as Americana.

With comparisons to artists like Cat Stevens, Jorma, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, King's music is moody and thought provoking and is rife with interesting hooks, infectious melodies and poignant lyrics.

"Come on in from the Cold" is in many respects a concept album that takes the listener from death's doorstep [Come on in from the Cold] to a sense of sustained celebration [Polka Dot Dresses, Red Lipstick and White Wine]. The tracks in-between find characters dealing with abuse, discovery, death, defiance and enlightenment. And while certain characters fare better than others; King has created dimensions for the listener to visit [Johnny McPhee, Venetian Blind, and Lenny].

A triumph spirit emerges [Seeing Just Fine, Flow, 28 Days] that is watered down by habit and circumstance [I Won't Give Up]. In some respects true liberation is realized [One Thousand Birds] while environmental woes are pondered [Kyoto] and those abusing authority are condemned [I.O.U.].

King paints interesting scenarios with this collection of music but encourages the listener to employ their respective color palettes to make each song more personal which ultimately makes "Come on in from the Cold" a collective experience.

Will King is currently writing material for a forthcoming album. For more information, please visit www.willkingmusic.com.

* King recently entered the studio with drummer Aaron Comess [Spin Doctors] to record Edmund Pettus Bridge [How Long, Not Long]. The song tells the story of "Bloody Sunday" and the plight to the passage of the Voting Rights Bill of 1965. Visit www.willkingmusic.com and click Pathways to Freedom for a free listen.

King performed the song for the first time recently while opening for Richie Havens. The song will be used to raise funds and awareness. Please see website for details.


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Poughkeepsie Journal

New, Fresh and Different
The CD offers something new, fresh and different. There are no cliches and it is heavy on atmosphere. My analogy - Eddie Vedder sings Woody Guthrie.

- John W. Barry

The Aquarian Weekly

A complex mishmash of feelings comparable to that of life itself.
Most music you find on the radio nowadays is generic and boring, not only in the music and in structure
but also in its lyrical content. If you happen to have a folk or Americana station in your area, you’re in
luck. People like Will King will keep you from losing all hope. Come On In From The Cold wanders
through a diverse range of themes, traveling through many scenarios that we all encounter at one point
or another. He wanders everywhere from near death to rejoice, from abandonment to anger and betrayal to true happiness. It’s one thing to be able to put such themes into words. Putting them into music, however, is a totally different animal. King does both, and with the help of some guest appearances throughout the album, he puts together a complex mishmash of feelings comparable to that of life itself.

- Noah Ruede

Jerry Thomas

Every song seems different but nearly all of them stick my head!
I picked up this album after seeing Will King perform and have been pleased ever since. I guess Americana is a good way to describe this album although the guitar work is varied and has hints of middle-eastern influence like on One Thousand Birds.

His voice is interesting and the stories within these songs are full of dimension. I liked John Ventimiglia's spoken word piece on 28 Days. It reminded of On the Road.
John Cohen was a nice surprise [Uncle John, from the Grateful Dead tune, btw]. Come on in from the Cold is great - one of the best parts happens after the 2 minute mark which you can't hear on this site.

Overall, great mix of songwriting, guitar playing and special guests. Spread the word on this guy...gives me Greg Brown vibe...And the tune Johnny McPhee is down right spooky.

Sonny J

Interesting Songs and approach
Didn't know what to expect but I really like this guy's music/voice now. A couple of the tunes are following me around...can't shake them. The special guests interested me at first but then the songs got me. The description of the album above is pretty close to how I feel. Certainly worth the buy...

Sonny J

Interesting Songs and approach
Didn't know what to expect but I really like this guy's music/voice now. A couple of the tunes are following me around...can't shake them. The special guests interested me at first but then the songs got me. The description of the album above is pretty close to how I feel. Certainly worth the buy...