ECEG Records releases Thomas Cunningham’s follow-up LP, 'Swell' (06/28/2005)

ECEG Records releases Thomas Cunningham’s follow-up LP, 'Swell' (06/28/2005)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – ECEG Records, a division of Emerald City Entertainment Group (, today announced the release of Thomas Cunningham's long-awaited follow-up LP titled “Swell” (UPC 634479114083). Cunningham’s 2004 debut “The Bottle of Wine EP” made an impressive and head-turning introduction for the 20-year-old singer/songwriter, receiving enthusiastic response from the top 200 CMJ reporting radio stations, and garnering significant online sales and fan registrations at Cunningham’s web site.

With his second release, simply titled “Swell”, Cunningham has teamed up with other local hot-shot musicians to form the “Locofocos”, generating a completely fresh look/listen to acoustic rock sounds with nods to Nick Drake, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper by fusing them with a lyrical pattern influenced by Digable Planets and The Roots. Cunningham adds to this by explaining, “I’m a really big fan of the way bands like Digable Planets have been able to weave cool hip hop influenced lyrics with an instrument based band, so the new songs are our own blend of acoustic rock with a lyrical twist!” The album also offers up small doses of soulful pop melody found in No You Can’t and for rattlesnake country guitar riffs check out Harvest.

Tower Records will feature “Swell” in the listening stations of all 88 US stores for the month of July, 2005. SPECTRE will administer a college/non-commercial and specialty radio campaign during June, July, and August, 2005. In support, Emerald City has produced a 7 week US tour covering 37 markets in July & August, 2005.

The album was produced by Emerald City's President, Daniel Duerr at Paradise Recording and in the company's wholly owned recording studio, both in Santa Cruz, California. The album was mastered by Rich Williams for Paradise Recording ( Photography was provided by Dina Scoppettone ( The packaging was designed by Ryin Kobza in San Francisco, California.

The album will be distributed to retail locations by Bayside Entertainment Distribution, and can be purchased by individuals at Emerald City's online store (, CD Baby (, Amazon (, and the Tower Records online store ( In addition, the album and its songs will be available from all the major music download services (including Apple iTunes, AOL MusicNet, MSN Music, Napster, Real, and Sony Connect).

About Emerald City

Based in Northern California, Emerald City Entertainment Group is a contemporary music production company providing end-to-end services including record production, radio promotion, music publishing, artist management, a recording studio, and a record label. Emerald City aims to deliver a higher quality musical product on a global basis by delivering its musical product the old fashioned way – sincere songwriting, soulful music from real musicians, and a belief that exceptional music will always warrant recognition.

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