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6 August Friday

Entrain

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Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic Martha's Vineyard-based six piece Entrain has been thrilling  critics and fans alike since its inception.

 

Formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993, Entrain lead singer/guitar  wiz Brian Alex. Joining them is bassist M'Talewa,  original saxophonist/percussionist Rob Loyot, tombonist Lennie Peterson and Conga's /saxophonist Hilary Noble. Veterans all, their collective resume includes stints with such diverse  players as Bo Diddley, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry,  Southside Johnny,  James Mongomery, Flor De Cana, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. 

 

Entrain has recorded eight albums, available on  Dolphin Safe Records, all of which have been praised for their ability  to shift effortlessly between musical styles - from rock, blues, calypso  and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk - often within the same song.

 

"The  whole Entrain concept is based around the drums and infectious rhythms. Once we've got that.... anything goes, everything goes," explains Major. 

 

As Tom Major  says, "The most important thing that we try to do with  our music is bring everybody together in the spirit of peace, love, fun  and a ton of drums!"

 

 

Entrain's latest record "Reason To Feel Good" has  enjoyed heavy rotation in such trendsetter markets as Philadelphia,  Pittsburgh, New England, Upstate New York, Aspen, Santa Fe, Houston,  Cincinnati, and Nashville, and is climbing important industry  trade charts like those in CMJ, Album Network, FMQB, and The Gavin  Report. 

 

                                       

The first single from "Reason To Feel Good",  titled "Lucky Just to Be Alive," having only been given to a few stations  late in November 2011, was number 2 in WMVY's top 25 songs for 2011.  Combining top notch musicians with great songs, and infused with some  passionate and conscious lyrics, this CD is undoubtedly  the best work  from the production team of Major/Alex. 

 

 Entrain's visibility had increased a few years  ago, as their song "Dancin' in The Light" had been featured in a  national TV and radio commercial for the Sylvania Light Company. Also,  several tracks from their fourth CD "All One" are featured in the  Artisan film "Cutaway," an action-thriller starring Stephen Baldwin, Tom  Berrenger and Dennis Rodman. "Cutaway" premiered in May 2001 to strong  reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. Producer Richard Glasser personally  chose to feature the album's shimmering title track prominently in the  film. The anthemic "Arm Yourself" and the ska tinged "Jolly  Green Giant" are included in the film.

 

Since its inception, Entrain has jammed with the  likes of singer/songwriter James Taylor, Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir and  rock legend Bo Diddley, and amateur saxophonist and  professional leader of the Free World Bill Clinton. Entrain continues to  perform as a hugely popular live act throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic, and in 1995 the band garnered a Boston Music Award for  Best Live Show. Before their appearance on the "Cutaway" soundtrack,  Entrain's music was used as the theme song for MTV's Real World Hawaii. Their t-shirts, bumper stickers and posters have been featured on  the popular WB series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer." Entrain has also  starred in and performed a memorable TV commercial for one of the  nations leading furniture retailers, which 

aired during the 1999 Super  Bowl. 

 

Entrain's goal is not just to be the biggest  and the best, says Major. "We want to create music that makes people feel  good. When we look out from the stage, all we see is smiling faces of  all ages and bodies moving. You can't beat that feeling. At the same  time if we can help to promote positive values and lifestyles... great!  There's enough negativity in the world, let's spread a little joy  around and watch how infectious itcan be." 

 

With that in mind, Entrain has been working on a multi-media show called  "Entrain's Drums For Peace," using projected video images behind the  band to help emphasize the band's message of peace, love, unity, and a greener earth.

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