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Local artists Satellite13 and Kevin Danzig release new albums

Kevin Danzig opens for America at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday, August 19. Danzig released their new album, “Holland Cafe”, that evening.
Chris Kendig/Vilar Performing Arts Center

Kevin Danzig loves a good story. The former Summit County resident who now lives in Avon has been a troubadour for decades, creating lyrical works that touch on all sorts of subjects. For example, his 10e The album released in 2020 featured songs about the Rocky Mountains and Albert Einstein.

For his 11e album, “Holland Cafe”, the collection focuses on a fictional painter named Sara. “She’s An Artist”, the opening song, tells the story of a barista in London with the creative outlet. Danzig’s girlfriend made the album cover in a childish style, and she shows pictures made by Sara that hang in the cafe.

The High Country musician decided to have every song on the album represented in Sara’s art. There’s a roulette wheel for “Life Is A Gamble” and an astronaut for “The First Tourist In Outer Space.” Although not found in a painting, there is even a goldfish on the cafe scene to symbolize the song “Fishbowl”.

“Like the way Joni Mitchell said she paints pictures with her songs, I’ve always been a huge fan of hers and always strived to do that myself,” Danzig said.

Dantzig began with five singles in May 2021, using some leftover material from their previous album. He was going to finish the rest with his band Buzz Drivers, but then opted to make it more of a singer-songwriter job than just a string of singles for the rock band.

“Holland Cafe” was released Friday, August 19, the same day Danzig opened for classic rock band America at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.

A returning collaborator is Danzig’s longtime friend and bassist Ken E. Keller. Also featured on this album are percussionist Jimmy Brotherton and slide guitarist Doug Rees. Danzig finished recording in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in May 2022. The riverside town is where Danzig met Keller and recorded his self-titled album in 2004.

Wanting a sound reminiscent of his 2004 record, that’s why Dantzig chose this location instead of the Leadville studio where he made “10”.

“This time I moved to another location so I could completely immerse myself in the recording without distractions,” Danzig said. “It tends to work better for me. If I have an idea in the middle of the night for the piano, I can just come down and the studio is there, and I can write it spontaneously.

The cover of Kevin Danzig’s “Holland Cafe” is illustrated. The album was recorded in Missouri.
Kevin Danzig/Courtesy Image

Inspiration for the tracks comes from everywhere. “Mysteries of Faith” is from Danzig’s time in Fairplay, and “Fallen Angel” is his first instrumental song to wrap up an album, similar to how an orchestra plays during the stage actors’ final arc.

“Fishbowl” was written with his late wife on a duo tour years ago, and it’s about Danzig learning that he was no longer a big fish in a small pond.

“I went from this confidence of ‘everyone loves me,’ to ‘no one gives me like—'” Danzig said. “But it builds character because you go out and make your own music.”

The fourth track, “In Your Hands”, was inspired by The Who and Pete Townshend’s guitar breaking habit. He wrote it from the perspective of the guitar and used it as an analogy for relationships gone wrong.

“You can be so in love and feel good when you’re with one person, and then it turns sour and you feel like your heart has been broken in two,” Danzig said.

Danzig doesn’t have a local solo show scheduled, but Summit County may hear about fellow Danzig bands, Gandy Dancers, this week. Playing on the term for railroad workers, the band features it with banjo player Casey Boyd performing bluegrass and folk music. The band will play at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 26 at Bluebird Market, 325 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne.

“Holland Cafe” can be streamed online at sites such as Spotify or purchased at KevinDanzig.com. Physical copies are available from Affordable Music, 104 Village Place, Dillon.

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For Satellite13, the gap between the release of the group’s five-song EP in 2019 and its full album in 2021 was unintentional. Like many, the coronavirus pandemic has derailed plans for a timely release from work and related in-person celebrations.

John Truscelli, singer and guitarist for the rock band Summit County, said it would have been better for the members if the band had initially started recording during lockdown in 2020 instead of launching the effort in 2019. Of this way, they wouldn’t have needed to start and stop.

“We were a year too early, but that was cool,” Truscelli said. “Nothing faded because of the extra time we took. A lot of people take a year or two to make a record.

The cover of “Satellite13”, the group’s first full album, is illustrated. The album was released on August 13.
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The 10-track self-titled album was released on Saturday August 13. Like the EP, the record features Tyler Easton on bass, Leo Lopez on drums and Jess Rose Moidel on violin, and it was produced by Tom Fletcher.

Instead of recording in the Silverthorne studio they previously used, the five new tracks were recorded in Las Vegas from October 2019 to January 2020. The mastering of the full album, using the talents of Robert Vosgien of Capital Records , began in October 2021.

“It was like a dream come true to be in that studio,” Truscelli said.

Now Truscelli is focusing on licensing music rather than touring. Like Danzig, Truscelli is happy to play original works instead of covers, and he sees “Satellite13” as uplifting, emotional songs he can imagine in movie or TV scenes. Two leads, yet to be determined, have been cleared for an upcoming 2022 film titled “Dead Wrong.”

Although not a concept album like The Who’s “Tommy,” Truscelli said the album had a unifying theme about love. It opens with “Wake Up,” which tells the universal message to love your fellow man, then moves on to tell an alien love story in “Galactic.” “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” tells the story of a suitor who attempts love. The album ends with the ghost tale “invierno” – Spanish for winter – which tells how the lovers will eventually be reunited.

“It’s all very similarly themed, although it might not be the exact sequel to a concept album with like Pink Floyd,” Truscelli said.

The next gig on Satellite13’s schedule is Throwdown Showdown. Competition begins at 6 p.m., September 17, at Infinity Park, 950 S. Birch St., Glendale.

“Satellite13” can be streamed online on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. Physical copies are available on Affordable Music as well as live shows. Truscelli said a vinyl pressing is in the works and should be out around Christmas.

Local rock band Satellite13 recorded their EP in Silverthorne, while their 10-track album was partly made in Las Vegas.
Shane Morris/Silverthorne Photography