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"A MAN WHO LETS HIS THOUGHTS ROAM"

Blake Xolton is, to tell it straight, an undisputed under-ground legend in his native lotus land of L.A. On this the west coast pundits and soothsayers all agree. Once a jealously guarded mantra among the intelligentsia and art crowd, Xolton's name now shrieks from the fevered lips of the swinging creepers who storm the boulevards and haunt the back alleys of Hollywood when the moon is full and the sprits are high.

In fact, it was from the depths of the tumultuous pioneering Punk-Rock milieu that Blake Xolton emerged. Eventually working with the likes of the Go-Go's, Blondie and the Ramones. Although his first performances at the Whisky A Go-Go attracted a fanatical following, other less liberated patrons exited grimacing, with their hands over their ears! Taking solace in the less than favorable reactions composer Igor Stravinsky's earliest public performances evoked, Xolton continued to believe he was an artist with something valid to offer. Soon the eventual rioting at his sold-out club appearances served to legitimize his growing convictions in himself and his music.

Fans describe Xolton's on-stage demeanor as "Other-Wordily" “Menacing” or “Like a Man Possessed”... but then again, he can provoke a most unsettling response, just when you least expect it...for example when he cracks a cute little grin. One wonders if he is laughing at his audience; at life; or at himself. Whatever the case, it is a private moment between Blake and himself. His fans are just happy to be there, basking in the cacophony of his myriad emotions. While on stage, Xolton has been known to go into a trance-like state. Upon witnessing a Xolton performance for the first time, many are dumbfounded and stand transfixed as Blake delves into his psyche.... Deeper than most people ever dare to go. Sometimes Xolton uses his guitar like a machine gun or flamethrower... other times he caresses the instrument with an almost religious pathos.

As a celebrated young figure on the scene, Xolton's magic was soon very much in demand at "Be-Ins" and other exotic "Happenings". Blake's new reputation and growing legendary status garnered him a performing slot on In-Crowd recording sessions under the direction of legendary producers Kim Fowley and Phil Spector.

Through intensive medical and psychiatric therapy, the following cause-effect scenario became evident: Tragically, at the peak of his earliest success, Xolton suffered a devastating emotional blow when his beloved younger brother died in a most horrific and violent circumstance. Seeking escape from his paralyzing grief, Blake entered a period of dangerously extreme sexual behavior fueled by an ever increasing reliance on alcohol combined with illicit pharmaceuticals and hallucinogens of the most extensive and potent variety. Eventually, his Byzantine experiments and chemically induced excursions into the psycho-sexual realm grew far too excessive, even by his esoteric standards.

Up on his feet, he's back on the street. Much tougher and wiser for the wear, his cutting edge ever intact. His album "COOL ON MY SKIN" is proof of that. As his legend continues to grow, Blake Xolton, a man of many moods; will remain the unchained love child of the groovers, freakers and ravers who mambo into the night.

Dan Kessel / Hollywood

"Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you."
~Aldous Huxley~
- Dan Kessel


Discography

My discography includes over 50 EP, LP, 45s and CDs.
As the artist, or involved in the recording of other artists.
Some examples being:
Blake Xolton
Cool on my Skin.
"Merry Christmas"
(Backing vocals Charlotte Caffey)
Produced by Dan Kessel and David Kessel

Phil Spector 74-79
Rare Masters
(Kim Fowley)
"Give it to me"
Bass

Martians
"Baby Hold On"
Backing vocals

Ramones
Rocket To Russia
All the stuff and more vol II
Weird Tales Of The Ramones
"Slug"
Backing vocals

Blondie
"Little GTO"
Percussion

Rodney Bingerheimer
& Lita Ford
"Let's Make The Scene"
Percussion

Frankie Avalon
& Annette Funicello
"Together we can make a Merry Christmas"
Production Co-ordinator

My work has been released on many labels including:
PHIL SPECTOR INTERNATIONAL
STARS IN THE SKY RECORDS
MARTIAN RECORDS
RAZOR RECORDS
LONDON
DECCA
NEW ROSE
LAST CALL
SIRE RECORDS
RHINO RECORDS
BOMP/LINE RECORDS
PACIFIC STAR RECORDS
TRIDX RECORDS
PLANET RECORDS
HYPED TO DEATH
FICTION RECORDS
FREEWAY RECORDS/DEEP SLEEP

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Though you may not be familiar with the name, Blake Xolton has worked as a vocalist, musician and in production, with a who's who of the music business, including artists as diverse as the Ramones, Blondie, the Go-Go’s, the Ventures, Annette Funicello, Leonard Cohen and legendary producer, Phil Spector. As production coordinator for Kessel Bros. International, (producers, Dan Kessel and David Kessel), Blake has been involved with the recording or production of over 50 albums. Whether as a solo performer or band leader, Xolton’s performances as vocalist and guitarist, are mesmerizing.

Brynna Dean can belt a bluesy number right out of the park, akin to her idol, Janis Joplin. But, the lass is equally effective at carrying a smoldering torch like the jazzy, Diana Krall. Brynna began her musical journey at the tender age of 14 when she began appearing with a number of local bands. Performing whenever and wherever she could for the last 6 years, Brynna's motivation was, and is, simple and straitforward; her love of music. In December of 2005 Blake heard Brynna sing and, recognizing her extraordinary talent, immediately took her on as his protégé. Together, they have been performing locally to enthusiastic audiences for 2 years. Their immediate plans include recording a new CD after the New Year.

We play the blues. That’s what we do.
Compelled by the current political climate to speak out there is an element of protest in our music.
Blake Xolton and Brynna Dean.