Rock duo Monsanto/Nickoloff releases debut single ‘Without You’

The two-man team of rock music known as Monsanto/Nickoloff has released their debut single, “Without You.” The track has been proudly published as an independent record release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Grooving, rolling, and featuring the skills and talents of two true American veterans of rock, “Without You” is a track which will put Monsanto/Nickoloff on the map across the USA and beyond.

Monsanto/Nickoloff are Reg Monsanto and John Nickoloff. They cite as main artistic influences Kiss, Journey, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Eagles, Def Leppard, “and many more.” The strength of the ’80s rock sound which continues to distinguish groups like Jovi, Halen, Leppard, etc. is equally strong on Monsanto/Nickoloff’s “Without You” debut single, and fans of these will enjoy it immensely.

Asked to describe the themes of the song, Monsanto/Nickoloff write, “Positivity and Hope. We believe that everything happens for a reason, and that something good always follows something bad.

We want for the listener to find the positive in the negative. It’s there.”

Reg Monsanto and John Nickoloff are from New York and Indiana, respectively. They met in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1994 and formed a popular rock group at that time called RainLord. RainLord went on to release several records and receive national radio circulation. When the band went on extended hiatus, the two continued their collaboration.

“Without You” was co-written in 2016 and represents the first official fruit of their ongoing creative efforts.

“John and Reg are excited,” their current bio states, “about the prospect that this could lead to more of what they both love to do.”

“Without You” by Monsanto/Nickoloff is available online worldwide from over 700 quality digital music retailers now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Chris Michael Taylor releases rock single ‘Dead Man Walkin”

The singer and songwriter of rock music known as Chris Michael Taylor has released his capital new single track, “Dead Man Walkin’.” The track is the first official single to be debuted from his upcoming freshman LP album. Impeccably, sonorously sung and featuring evocative songwriting and razor-sharp guitar work, “Dead Man Walkin’” by Chris Michael Taylor is a return to everything that was good about rock music in the early ’80s that bears none of what was bad.

Taylor’s upcoming album, the release date and title of which have yet to be announced, has been rumored to be a collection of rock songs largely written by Taylor and performed by him on acoustic guitar. This represents a rare style of rock music played acoustically which has characterized the artist’s sound since he appeared on the national radar in 2013.

Chris Michael Taylor cites as main music influences Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Lynch (Dokken) and Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne). Of these, the first two share the most similarities with Taylor’s writing and singing styles, whereas his guitar chops are sharper and edgier in the tradition of guitarists with heavier styles such as Lynch’s and Lee’s.

However, Taylor’s “Dead Man Walkin’” isn’t just a rock song. If it were, choosing a strictly acoustic sound for the track might seem dubious. Enough elements of pop shine through his rock overtones to carry the song above traditional rock music into a new realm of rock-based pop, though, and these pop attributes make Taylor’s singer-songwriter method work wonderfully. The pop fringe with which Taylor has gilt his latest single (and presumably his upcoming record) is informed by his penchant for musicians like Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.

North Carolina’s Chris Michael Taylor developed an obsession with music at the age of five by discovering an album by Eddie Van Halen. Now seeing his solo career truly begin to boom at the start of 2015, Taylor is also the lead guitarist in the up-and-coming country/rock band Early Ray, lead guitarist with Vinnie and Carmine Appice in Drum Wars, and lead guitarist in the classic-rock tribute band, Sunset Strip. Taylor has performed live at venues across America and has shared the stage with such legends as Elliot Rubinson, Rudy Sarzo, Kip Winger, Michael Sweet and Tommy DeCarlo, among others.

“Dead Man Walkin’” by Chris Michael Taylor is available online worldwide. Rock fans shouldn’t miss it.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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