FRANK ROSZAK      

For many years now, Frank Roszak has been deeply involved in the music industry whether producing, engineering, promoting, or handling various other important responsibilities that serve musicians well.

Frank recently completed a productive six year association with Delta Groove Records and its ancillary label Eclecto Groove Records as their Director of Radio Promotion & Marketing (Press). In that position, Frank succeeded in connecting the labels’ recording artists with radio and satellite stations throughout North America and Europe. Some of these blues, soul, or R&B musicians are Elvin Bishop, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm, Bob Corritore, Candye Kane, Mitch Kashmar, The Mannish Boys, Rod Piazza, Ana Popovic, Phillip Walker, and Mike Zitto. Frank’s efforts have been rewarded with extensive airplay of these musicians’ albums, as evidenced by their placements on the Billboard, Living Blues, and Roots Music Report charts, etc.

Of late, Frank has been giving boosts to the careers of Pete Anderson, Big Shanty, Kaye Bohler, The 44s, Marion James, Barry Levenson, J. P. Soars, Tweed Funk, Brad Vickers, Seth Walker, and other talented roots and blues artists.

Looking back, Frank’s production and engineering credits are extensive. Among his many clients were The Baha Men, Stanley Clarke, Bill Medley, Pet Shop Boys, and The Temptations. He has won a number of gold, platinum and multi-platinum records.


KEN BAYS  

Ken Bays was an editor and writer at the industry-leading Blues Revue magazine for 12 years. His stories on then-emerging artists such as Shemekia Copeland, North Mississippi Allstars, Janiva Magness, and Susan Tedeschi helped introduce them to the world at large, and his cover stories on legendary acts such as Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, and Stevie Ray Vaughan's famed rhythm section, Double Trouble, were highlights of his career. Ken has also written for All Music Guide, About.com, American Songwriter, Dirty Linen, Performing Songwriter, and many other print and online outlets. In 2008, he assembled and produced the compilation album "Rich Man's War," released on Ruf Records and nominated by the Blues Foundation for a Blues Music Award. More recently, Ken served as publications manager for a major international corporation, launching monthly magazines in six communities in Tennessee and his home state of West Virginia. He freelances writing liner notes, composing press releases, and copy editing documents on topics related to popular music.


FRANK-JOHN HADLEY  

Frank-John Hadley has been writing about blues, r&b, soul, gospel, jazz, and other musical styles in the international music press since the 1980s. He writes the monthly Blues column at DownBeat Magazine, where he has contributed many hundreds of feature articles, album, film, and book reviews, album-review columns, obituaries, and news stories. His DB cover stories on B. B. King and Buddy Guy and Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi helped him earn the Blues Foundation award for Journalism. Frank’s work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, the Miami New Times, the Houston Press, Jazziz, Living Blues, Experience Hendrix, Pulse! and other publications. He is a Grove Press author. Among the many musicians whom Frank has supplied with liner notes or publicity writing: Junior Wells, Mighty Sam McClain,  Nick Moss, Hot Tuna,  Jimmy McGriff, Hank Crawford, Blood Ulmer and Robert Jr. Lockwood.


 

     

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