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Victor Wooten Is Now Part Of A Progressive Metal Band Called Octavision

first_imgRenowned bassist Victor Wooten has worked in a lot of musical settings, but nobody could have predicted this. Wooten is apparently the bassist for a new project called Octavision, which describes themselves as “progressive rock/metal.”The band, who recently shared a preview of their first track “Three Lives,” features Wooten as part of a five-piece ensemble with keyboardist Steve Weingart, keyboardist Ara Torosyan, drummer Roman Lomtadze and guitarist Hovak Alaverdyan. According to Hovak, the band will release their debut single soon, and follow that up later with a full album.Watch the preview for the band’s first track, “Three Lives,” streaming below.While joining a metal band is certainly unexpected for Wooten, it’s not a total surprise. In his 2006 book The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music, Wooten talks about how becoming more open-minded allowed him to accept a role playing in a bluegrass-influenced band. That group, of course, is Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, and their unique fusion of bluegrass and jazz proved to be one of Wooten’s most well-known roles.As for Octavision, we’re liking what we see from Wooten already. To learn more about the band, we fortunately have a recently-shared note from guitarist Hovak Alaverdyan, who goes in-depth on the band, their origins, and their future plans. Read it below:Hello Everyone,First off, thank you all SO much for the kind words about what you have seen thus far. It’s very exciting for me to see such a positive reaction to just the teaser! I’m humbled and thankful. Secondly, I’d like to briefly introduce myself and the band. My name is Hovak, I am the guitarist, founder and primary composer of Octavision. Octavision is a project bringing together many different influences, elements, and styles of music from around the world. I am also humbled and honored to be part of a band that has some of the best musicians in the world, each brining their own unique individual performance style and virtuosity to the table. With that, I am happy to announce that the music video for our first single, “Three Lives”, will officially be released tomorrow, September 13th, 2016, at 6:00 pm pacific time on YouTube. The song will also be available for purchase tomorrow on CdBaby.com first, and then across all digital distribution channels such as iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, for purchase and streaming next week. Stay tuned to this page for more news. And lastly, for those wondering if this is a one-off project or not, I’d like you to know that this is a real project and there are more songs and releases to follow. So thanks again for all the great feedback and kind words and stay tuned for the official release of our first single for now and more music in the future. – HovakWe can’t wait for more from Octavision! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the band’s debut single…last_img read more

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Tony Stewart among those added to NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee list

first_imgThe five nominees for the Landmark Award, listed alphabetically, are as follows…Edsel Ford II, Ford Motor CompanyAlvin Hawkins, NASCAR’s first flagman; established NASCAR racing at Bowman Gray Stadium with Bill France Sr.Mike Helton, the first non-France family member to be named NASCAR presidentDr. Joseph Mattioli, founder of Pocono RacewayRalph Seagraves, formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco CompanyHolly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. Stewart may join one of his former rivals and one of this year’s new inductees, four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, who was chosen for the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.MORE: 2019 Hall class unique in one distinct wayAlso newly added to the esteemed list released Wednesday are Bonnett, a popular member of the “Alabama Gang”; NASCAR Xfinity Series pioneer and two-time champion Sam Ard; early Daytona 500 winner Marvin Panch; short-track master Jim Paschal; and the sport’s first “master mechanic,” Red Vogt. A nominating committee representing NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners and the media selected the new slate of names.There are three new nominees for the prestigious Landmark Award as well, including Edsel Ford II, Mike Helton and Dr. Joe Mattioli, who join returning nominees Alvin Hawkins and Ralph Seagraves. This award honors competitors; “those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner”; or someone considered “a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role.”Here is the full list of nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (listed alphabetically):Sam Ard, NASCAR Xfinity Series pioneer and two-time championBuddy Baker, won 19 times in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500Neil Bonnett, won 18 times in the NASCAR Cup Series, including consecutive Coca-Cola 600 winsRed Farmer, three-time Late Model Sportsman champion; 1956 Modified championRay Fox, legendary engine builder, crew chief and car ownerHarry Gant, winner of 18 NASCAR Cup Series races, including two Southern 500 victoriesJoe Gibbs, combined for nine car owner championships in Cup and Xfinity seriesJohn Holman, won two NASCAR Cup Series championships as co-owner of Holman-Moody RacingHarry Hyde, 1970 NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chiefBobby Labonte, won a championship in both the Cup Series and Xfinity SeriesHershel McGriff, 1986 NASCAR west series championRalph Moody, won two NASCAR Cup Series championships as co-owner of Holman-Moody RacingMarvin Panch, won 17 times in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the 1961 Daytona 500Jim Paschal, 23 of his 25 NASCAR Cup Series wins came on short tracksLarry Phillips, only five-time NASCAR weekly series national championRicky Rudd, won 23 times in NASCAR Cup Series, including the 1997 Brickyard 400Mike Stefanik, winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championshipsTony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, two-time Brickyard 400 winnerRed Vogt, the first master mechanic of NASCAR, and a founding memberWaddell Wilson, won three NASCAR Cup Series championships as an engine builder DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart and the late Neil Bonnett are among the list of new nominees eligible for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.Five inductees from a list of 20 nominees will be chosen for the 2020 induction class on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 22 — the list of new honorees decided on by both the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel and a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.com.last_img read more