Title - L.A. Is Mine
Artist - Richrath Project 3:13
For those not in the know, guitarist GARY RICHRATH was an integral part of classic rockers REO SPEEDWAGON – as his soaring guitar lines helped propel such classics as Take It on the Run, Golden Country, and Ridin’ the Storm Out.
While Gary is sadly no longer with us (having passed away in 2015) his music continues to live on as part of RICHRATH PROJECT 3:13, and a brand new album, L.A. IS MINE.
The album - which was released worldwide August 6th, 2021 via Dark Star/Sony/Orchard/UMG - features tracks with and without Gary Richrath (they are some of the only remaining, never before heard tracks, written and performed by Gary).
It also includes 5 new originals, 3 new Gary Richrath songs with him on guitar, and re-recorded versions of Ridin’ the Storm Out and Son of A Poor Man as bonus tracks.
1. Never Give Up (Jahnz)
2. Help Me Save Me from Myself (Richrath/ Jahnz)
3. Heard It on the Radio (Pockets/ Jahnz)
4. L.A. Is Mine (Richrath/ Jahnz)
5. Shoot One for Free (Jahnz)
6. Son of a Poor Man (Richrath)
7. Let Me Love Again (Jahnz)
8. These Nights (Richrath/ Jahnz)
9. Tears of My Pain (Jahnz)
10. Ridin’ the Storm Out (Richrath)
This reflectively poignant, genuine rocker of album opens on the AOR of Never Give Up and the beautiful, REO-esque acoustic rock jam Help Me Save Me from Myself, and backs those up seamlessly with the brilliant mid-tempo rocker Heard It on the Radio, the acoustically spectacular title track L.A. Is Mine and then we get the rambunctious Shoot One for Free.
Up next is one of my own personal favorites, their re-recorded version of Son of a Poor Man and the lusciously orchestrated guitar rock balladry of Let Me Love Again, a great REO-imbibed These Nights, the album rounding out on the rhythmically melodic Tears of My Pain, closing on their re-recorded, soaringly powerful rendition of Ridin’ the Storm Out.
Gary was a principal songwriter on the majority of REO’s classic records, and was well known for his unforgettable stage presence. Simply put, Richrath Project 3:13 is a version of REO Speedwagon in their early years – when they rocked harder and weren’t so “ballad-based.”
The band’s singer/songwriter Michael Jahnz explains: “Gary’s soul came through his guitar playing. He didn’t try to sound like anything in particular, just himself, no special effects, just him playing through his coily cord into a Marshall amp.”
“The thing he most wanted to get across to me is to sing with my heart and soul, with true feeling, like he did with his guitar. In my opinion, I think part of his soul was lost when he left REO, but his genuine kindness was always there, shining through his amazing guitar playing.”
Michael and Richrath Project 3:13 continue to honor the memory of the late Gary Richrath at every live show. “We are anxious for our fans to hear the original tunes I have written,” Michael further explains.
“Just like Gary had taught me all those years ago, I tried to write songs about things that mean something to me, and I believe that comes through in all the lyrics of the new songs.”
“We feel they turned out just dynamite. We’re looking forward to seeing the reaction to our first music video as well. As far as the future, we already have songs for the second Richrath Project 3:13 album, plan on touring the country like crazy and entertaining our fans for many years to come!”
Richrath Project 3:13 - Help Me Save Me from Myself [Official Music Video]
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