Guitarist Stephen Lantz releases new single ‘Rockin’ at the Cabin’

The guitarist and songwriter known as Stephen Lantz has released his latest instrumental single, “Rockin’ at the Cabin.” The track is the third single release from Lantz in 2015, preceded by his “High Sonority” and “Chasin’ the Sunbeams” tracks which appeared on digital music shelves around the world in April. Like his previous releases, “Rockin’ at the Cabin” has been proudly published as an independent single without the influence of the corporate music industry. With a groove that rolls like the ocean and power that builds like a tide, “Rockin’ at the Cabin” showcases Stephen Lantz as one of the indie music scene’s most expert guitarists and intuitive songwriters.

Music by Stephen Lantz tends toward the true classic-rock sound, though “Rockin’ at the Cabin” has elements of alt- rock songwriting as well, making it somewhat akin to the early acoustic songs of Pearl Jam. Rooted in the active, vibrant acoustic guitar playing which has made Lantz’s single tracks stand out in a scene populated by synthetic instrumentation, Lantz’s songs have that unmistakably American tone which recalls the influence of country, folk and bluegrass on the classic rock of the ’60s and ’70s.

Lantz has variously cited as artistic inspirations Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger, Cream, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Eagles, Front Range, Hot Rize, Lester Flatt, Merle Haggard and Jerry Jeff Walker. These influences can be heard in every aspect of his music. “Rockin’ at the Cabin” has the same warmth and natural feel of the Eagles, the casual aggression of the Rolling Stones, and the unpretentious beauty of Peter, Paul and Mary.

“Rockin’ at the Cabin” is a highly narrative piece of instrumental rock. Listening to it is an easygoing, yet upbeat jog through a sonic landscape that is almost palpable. Strident guitar notes dance like eddies of wind in trees. The music fan almost smells pine. Were the song’s title not suggestive of the forest, its exceptionally American character would still evoke images of grass in sunshine, wildlife at a full run, and other earthy, Midwestern vignettes.

Speaking of the themes of his new single, Lantz writes: “My long and very close friends own a cabin in the Colorado mountains. In our younger, post-college days we were in a band together and had a blast playing all kinds of gigs. My wife and I were visiting our friends at the cabin recently and we were jammin’ when the rhythm guitar part for this new song just popped into my head. When I got home, I recorded it.”

A humble music artist though one of the highest caliber, Lantz insists that his songs aren’t attempts at fortune and glory.

“As always,” he writes, “my goal in recording and releasing music is simply to offer musical enjoyment to the world.”

“Rockin’ at the Cabin” by Stephen Lantz is available online worldwide. Get your share of musical enjoyment now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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‘Chasin’ the Sunbeams’ single from Stephen Lantz released

The composer and performer of music known as Stephen Lantz has released his second official single for 2015, “Chasin’ the Sunbeams.” The single comes on the heels of his popular, upbeat rock track, “High Sonority,” which introduced audiophiles around the world to this masterful virtuoso of instrumental music. Warm, invigorating, and easily accessible to listeners of all ages and genres, “Chasin’ the Sunbeams” is a jubilant instrumental track that makes daylight seem all the brighter.

Stephen Lantz is known for writing songs which showcase the rich, clarion tones of particularly beautiful musical instruments. He plays these instruments in such a way as to blend them seamlessly into the composition, so seamlessly that the listener hears only the song itself, rather than its various parts.

“Chasin’ the Sunbeams” is a piece fronted by a lively mandolin, one of a host of instruments at which Lantz is clearly adept. The single differs from Lantz’s “High Sonority” by straying from classic-rock foundations in favor of the American bluegrass tradition. His straightforward, unpretentious mandolin playing combines with the intuitive natural flow which characterizes his songwriting to pull both performer and listener alike headfirst into the sound. Aficionados will agree that the overall experience of “Chasin’ the Sunbeams” is reminiscent of Irish and British folk music in its tasteful, minimalist composition.

Stephen Lantz’s artistic inspirations come from every point on the compass rose. He has cited the folk music of Peter, Paul and Mary and Pete Seeger, the classic rock of Cream and the Rolling Stones, the “light” rock of the Beatles, Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles, the bluegrass music of Front Range, Hot Rize and Lester Flatt, and the true country-music sounds of Merle Haggard and Jerry Jeff Walker. That his own sound demonstrates his familiarity with all of these so palpably is undeniable.

Speaking of his long history in music, Lantz writes, “My dad could sing western songs really well and could also play his own guitar accompaniment with skill. My mom was also a good singer and pianist. With such musical parents, I was hooked on music!”

It wasn’t country which finally snared the artist, however. Lantz cut his teeth playing live rock music onstage for more than a decade.

“In my college and post-college years,” he writes, “I played in a great band with my good friends for about twelve years. We were a variety band and could do hard rock, rock, ballads, show tunes, country and western, blues and even bluegrass when my late brother played with us. Our vocals were truly superior and we could hold our own on the instruments, too.”

Like most musicians, however, he’s had to leave the stage to make room for the rest of life, dedicating his talents to the music studio, instead.

“Then came job responsibilities, children, etc. and my music got relegated to the back burner for the most part. Now I’ve got more space and want to share my music with listeners to provide them with uplifting enjoyment.”

“Chasin’ the Sunbeams” by Stephen Lantz is available online worldwide beginning 9 April 2015. Get in early, music fans. Be sure not to miss his previous official single, “High Sonority,” online for listening and download everywhere.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Stephen Lantz releases instrumental ‘High Sonority’

The songwriter and performer of music known as Stephen Lantz has released his latest instrumental single, “High Sonority.” The track has been proudly published independent of the mainstream, corporate music industry and distributed to more than 750 online music stores worldwide. A masterpiece of acoustic guitar work backed by vibrant bass lines and arranged with expert composition, “High Sonority” is an upbeat instrumental that sets a top-shelf standard of high sonority, indeed.

Stephen Lantz cites as main musical influences some of the best pop and rock artists of the 1960s and ’70s, such as Peter, Paul and Mary, the Eagles, the Beatles, Willie Nelson, John Denver, and the Grateful Dead. Fans of these will appreciate the precision with which Lantz plays, a rare quality to find in new rock and pop music in recent years. His ear for planning chord progressions which sound natural yet unpredictable at the same time is also of note, marking him as an independent songwriter to watch closely. The artist responsible for “High Sonority” can clearly make music of this caliber at will.

Asked to comment on the inspiration for his latest release, Lantz writes, “My goal in recording songs is to provide listeners with an uplifting and enjoyable experience. My music is melodic, but sometimes a little off the beaten path. I want to produce unpretentious instrumental music for down-to-earth people. My musical message is that I want music to brighten the day for my listeners!”

That “High Sonority” succeeds in this should not come as a surprise when one considers Lantz’s pedigree, as well as his veteran status as a longtime live player.

“My father played guitar and sang cowboy songs really well,” writes Lantz, “and my mom was a good pianist and singer — that hooked me on music. I started by loving Peter, Paul and Mary way back in high school.”

Before long, Lantz wasn’t just listening. He dove in and became part of the music. “I played in a band for many years in college and after,” he writes. “We did light rock, rock and roll, Beatles, some blues, some country and even a little bluegrass.”

Now, years later, Lantz is airing his talents to the world at large and the scene is that much better for him. He writes, “I’m not doing gigs anymore so I wanted to stay in music by recording acoustic pieces.”

Here’s hoping he stays in a long, long time.

“High Sonority” by Stephen Lantz is available online worldwide beginning 2 April 2015.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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