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ROBERT THOMAS KUHLMANN TO RELEASE NEW EP, ‘ECHO LIKE EMPTY ROOMS’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

PRESS RELEASE – DECEMBER 12, 2015

ROBERT THOMAS KUHLMANN TO RELEASE NEW EP, ‘ECHO LIKE EMPTY ROOMS’

Southern California – This coming Tuesday, December 15, singer songwriter Robert Thomas Kuhlmann will be releasing his five track EP, ‘Echo Like Empty Rooms.’ Produced by the multi-platinum selling songwriter, Kevin Fisher, the effort marks Kuhlmann’s junior studio endeavor and will be available in both physical and digital formats.

Robert Thomas Kuhlmann is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer with an unaffected charm that comes across in the sweet honesty of his words and the simple imagery of his songs. Over the years, he has won over audiences through his live performances, which are characterized by raw, yet tender vocals and lilting guitars. Although his style can range from acoustic ballads to ringing stratocasters, the music is always heartfelt and emotional. He has proven that he is as much at home performing solo on a SXSW stage as he is backed by a full band.

Kuhlmann is very much a musical veteran; he was an active participant in the formative years of the St. Louis punk and new wave scene in the late 1970s and he later went on to help form two of the area’s more influential groups of the early 80s: the power-pop trio, Dear John, and the edgier, alternative-pop outfit, Page Three. In the mid 90s, however, Kuhlmann debuted his first solo acoustic record, ‘Confidential Reasons.’

As a songwriter, Kuhlmann has been lauded time and time again for his talent. In 2007, he and his co-writer, Doug Sparks, were named Runner Up by the ‘Song of the Year’ songwriting contest for their tune, ‘One Wish.’ Beyond that, Kuhlmann was selected as a regional finalist by Farm Aid 6 organizers to compete for a slot in the 1993 Farm Aid benefit concert.

Grab a physical album after Dec. 15 and alert your local record shop if you’d like to see the album there, too!

Nowadays, Kuhlmann can be found regularly appearing throughout Southern California as a solo acoustic artist. He’s recently reunited with a former bandmate as well, collaborating with guitarist Peter Sheppard. Sheppard is a member of Jackknifed Big Rig, the band backing Kuhlmann on ‘Echo Like Empty Rooms.’ On two tracks, ‘Forever Friends’ and ‘Labor Day,’ Sheppard harnesses his prowess for some of most emotional instrumental solos on the album.

‘Echo Like Empty Rooms’ is the latest chapter in Kuhlmann’s incredibly extensive and rewarding career in the industry. Tracks like ‘Labor Day’ exhibit a hauntingly beautiful sense of introspection and emotion. At its heart, the album is the perfect manifestation of a singer songwriter penning songs that toy with rock and roll musings as well. ‘Forever Friends’ may be the finest example of this, elegantly melding Kuhlmann’s inspirations and genre-bending style into one track.

‘Echo Like Empty Rooms’ acts as Volume One of a larger project for Kuhlmann. Volume Two is already in the works. In the next several weeks, the album will be available on major digital platforms: iTunes and the like. After December 15, fans can pick up a physical copy via CD Baby or Amazon. Even better yet, it is also available via Kuhlmann’s website and PayPal. He’ll even sign it. Connect with Robert Thomas Kuhlmann through his main website and social networking, all of which can be found below along with relevant contact information.

 

 

Forever Friends

Forever Friends is one of the songs from our upcoming Echo Like Empty Rooms EP.

Listen to it here 

More details coming soon!

#echolikeemptyrooms

New 5 Song EP coming soon!!

RTK in the Studio:

You may know that I’ve been in the studio recording a batch of new (and not-so-new) songs with Kevin Fisher since last May. The original plan was to release a 10-12 song CD before Christmas 2014. Now, I haven’t been documenting the activity very regularly here (or even on my Facebook page) but  December came and went and we still had a lot of work to do.

Last night we moved 5 songs into the “let’s get these finished!” stage. So, instead of waiting 10 more months for a full CD, I’m going to release a 5-song EP!

I don’t have an exact date yet, but I think we can make this happen around May.  So, stay tuned!

RTK Live:

Also coming up in May, I’ve been invited to perform at this year’s Matsuri of Faith at Faith United Methodist Church in Torrance. It will be short set in the afternoon, and we will be performing songs from the recent sessions. And who knows, we might even have a horn section!

Keep checking our Facebook page for more information…

Top 3 Reasons Why It’s Time For a New RTK Record

3. I’ve got a batch of songs that need to be recorded…

2. It’s time because I’m on a 10 year recording cycle (The R & D Project in 2004, Confidential Reasons in 1994)

1. I get to work with Kevin Fisher!

Kevin and I met today and began planning our approach to the recording sessions, which will start in a few weeks. We’ll keep you updated with postings here, on our Facebook page and via Twitter.

tumblr and twitter and wordpress, oh my

Back in my youth, I would simply walk down the street three houses to knock on the door to see if my friend was home.  On rainy days, I might have called ahead. 

Nowadays, we have so many communication tools, and I (and probably others) have so little patience!

So, I am attempting to simplify things:

A blog for my personal ramblings, musings, news, etc. (umm, this blog right here), a website specifically focused on my musical efforts (songwriting/performing) here, and a few limited amount of social networks for my musical and professional efforts: LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook. 

A friend of mine introduced me to Naymz a few weeks ago, and within one click all my LinkedIn friends received invites. I instantly came to the realization that, although it seemed inocuous enough, this was one networking opportunity too many. While some of my contacts readily jumped into the Naymz fray, I got several responses indicating a less than enthusiastic stand on Naymz.

Next, via Third Day’s Mark Lee  and Twitter friends like Anthony I discovered Tumblr – wow, one place to rule them all.

Except that tumblr can’t find a way to take my RSS feed from Blogger (where this blog originated).  And WordPress, where I set up a mirror rtkmusic blog to feed Tumblr, can’t accept updates from Twitter.  So much for simplification. 

So, for the time being, tumblr will become my aggregator (via rtkmusic.com) from wordpress and twitter.  Got it?  I think I do…

And then there is FriendFeed, which might be valuable in promoting my music but I need to suss that out.  And Pownce or Jaiku, which compete with Twitter but might have better uptime than Twitter recently. 

Ah, choices…