Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Folk Rock Songwriter Blake Ian and Pop Artist Peter Tunney Elevate Vinyl Records to Fine Art

For Immediate Release
Folk Rock Songwriter Blake Ian and Pop Artist Peter Tunney Elevate Vinyl Records to Fine Art
(New York, NY) ---October 24, 2012
Art and vinyl collectors will meet up tonight at Peter Tunney's 73 Franklin Street gallery in Tribeca to celebrate the 7” vinyl reissue of Blake Ian's single “Play The King.” It is a limited edition pressing of 270 copies featuring original artwork numbered and autographed by Tunney. Ian will perform a few songs while Tunney autographs copies starting at 7:00 PM EST.
“This is one of my most simple and focused recordings,” comments Ian. “It represents the kind of song I have been trying to write for years,” he continues.
Think Violent Femmes jamming with Johnny Cash on a one-take Sun Studios session. Ian wrote both “Play The King” and b-side “Somewhere” in just a few hours and recorded both live in one take in his home studio. Ian produced and mixed “Play the King.” Sterling Sound mastered lacquer.
“It was just me on guitar and my long-time drummer Lee Diamond on snare drum with just a few mics," says Ian.
“Play The King” is also a new type of release for 27 Productions; the record label that Ian owns and operates. The NYC-based singer-songwriter outpost intentionally only releases digital singles.
For those unable to attend the gallery showing and official launch of “Play The King,” copies with digital download cards are also currently available for purchase online at
“I love the words and I love old records,” comments Tunney. “I love to play with words in my art. This was a lot of fun for me,” he continues.
Tunney used old lyric sheets of Blake's work along with collages of old newspapers and burned books to create the cover art. Life-size representations can be seen below.
Blake Ian has been visible in the NYC folk rock scene for the some time now. He’s released three full-length albums: The Blake Ian Theory (2000), The Basement Waves (2003) and Alchemist (2005). He has toured the country and opened for Donovan, Kenny Loggins, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Leon Russell, Duncan Sheik, Jeffrey Gaines and Christopher Cross. He is a producer as well. He has a hand in virtually every aspect of all of the songwriters’ works that he releases through his own label 27 Productions.
Peter Tunney has become THE name in NYC pop art in recent years from his Franklin Street factory downtown to his Miami gallery in the center of Graffiti Park which has been a centerpiece at Art Basel. His work is up for auction at the elite Phillips de Pury & Company along side the works of Warhol, Basquiat and other kings of modern art. Three of his pieces now stand as massive billboards along the highways in and out of Manhattan. Tunney collectors include Jay-Z, Olivia Wilde and Kid Rock.

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