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and the dynamic “Divine Pow- er.” The tracks “My Rock” and “Grammy” reveal a more vulner- able side of Richie while “This Is Life” showcases a funky yet sensitive vibe. “Make It Easy” engages with its catchy refrain. The majority of Salting Earth is the result of Kotzen’s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to “Make It Easy,” a tasty, sing-along groove stew. “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it,” Kotzen admits. “It actually comes out of my process of writ- ing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-’80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to fig- ure out how to do it alone.” So single-handedly Richie serves up his 21st savory platter of music. Kotzen will be on tour in 2017 in Watch the video for “My Rock” by Richie Kotzen NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 56