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Contact Information

Address: PO Box 231173
Montgomery, AL 36123-1173

Phone: 334.221.6453

Fax: 334.260.9947

Email: info@sunsofmarch.com


Berry Matthews - Drums

Eddie Wohlford - Organ and Piano, Vocals

Kurt Butler - Slide and Lead Guitars, Mandolin, Harmonica, Fiddle, Vocals

Michael Wright - Lead Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitars

Ryan Aldridge - Bass, Vocals

Suns of March” possess undeniable talent. The founding member of the band is Michael Wright. Michael’s musical contributions are lead vocals and lead and rhythm guitars. Michael, along with the rest of the group are from Montgomery, AL, where the band is based. Kurt Butler adds a different dimension to the band's sound on slide and lead guitars, as well as mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica. The rhythm section consists of Ryan Aldridge on bass guitar and Berry Matthews on drums.

“Suns of March” skillfully blend the lead vocals of Michael with the voices of Eddie, and Kurt. The groups stage presence guarantees that everyone will take notice and listen. What else would you expect from a group that has shared the stage with such greats as Blues Traveler, Brad Cotter, Damon Johnson (Brother Cane, Slave To The System, Whiskey Falls), David Allan Coe, Diamond Rio, Edwin Mccain, Jason Isbell (Drive By Truckers), Joan Jett, Josh Todd (Buckcherry), Josh Turner, The Kicks, Lance Miller, Loverboy, Matt Lindahl, McQueen Street, Pat Green, Rhett Akins, and Sister Hazel?

There is no substitute for seeing “Suns of March” perform live. However, if you are unable to catch a performance, you can check out the band’s new album, Bulletproof Heart. The album contains eleven songs. Like chapters form novels, these songs combine to form more than just 3-minute statements but rather a story, an idea, and philosophy; thus, the band did not simply write songs, but an album. "Suns of March" produced the CD themselves. Jeff Tomei (Matchbox 20, Smashing Pumpkins, Jerry Cantrell) mixed Bulletproof Heart while Rodney Mills (Pearl Jam, REM, Journey) mastered it. Another element arose from the making of the disc; Eddie Wohlford joined the band on piano and organ. Eddie has played with such stars as Beth Neilson Chapman and “Styx” guitarist Tommy Shaw.

Bulletproof Heart starts off with an up-tempo number: "I Need Love." The song is one of the closest numbers to mainstream the band has to offer; the track could easily fit into almost any popular music genre with its' memorable hooks.One of the elements that makes "Suns of March" so unique is the use of the fiddle. Come on, how many rock bands use a fiddle? Or still use three part harmonies? Plain and simply they are doing it their way. No selling out. Just pure, soul felt music.

The third song on the album, San Jose, was the groups first single which gained exposure for the group in over 25 countries. The fourth track on Bulletproof Heart is an upbeat number called "Hanna." “Hanna” starts out with a country/southern rock feel, then, in the middle, there is a killer New Orleans / Dixieland jazz style take that comes out of nowhere. The only melancholy song on the album is entitled "Sentimental Moonlight." A very nice use of the violin in a classical sense is exhibited in this song. The latter part of the album contains a hard rock attitude. The song "I Learned It from You" is what everyone wants to say to that ex that just ripped his or her heart to shreds and the title track “Bulletproof Heart” solidified the groups fan base in over 40 countries. This entire album exhibits elements of Southern pride and hard rock edginess. Music on their terms.

REVIEWS

"Bulletproof Heart mixes rock, country, pop and alternative to create a record full of great songs that are fun to listen to. It sounds like a band having fun making a record." - Jeff Tomei / Rockit Productions / Atlanta, GA

"Suns of March is always a pleasure to work with...from the load in to enjoying a high energy fun show. They definitely know how to work the crowd and their fans are some of our best clientele. Every time I work with them I know it is going to be a success." - Lenore Kinder / Blue Cat’s / Knoxville,TN

"Professional sound. Professional band. Innovative and an OTW favorite!"- Kyle Roundtree / Off The Wagon / Montgomery, AL

"One of the best live groups…Suns of March puts on a show you need to go see." - Darryn Simmons / The Montgomery Advertiser / Montgomery, AL "A band based out of Montgomery will prepare the crowd at Auburn University for legendary country superstars Diamond Rio. / Diamond Rio has had 25 top ten country hits and a string of number ones including two from their latest album “Completely.” The group has put out eight albums and over 10 million in sales. Their new single “Redneck Love” from their forth-coming album will be coming out sometime this month. / Suns of March electric stage show shall surely pump up the crowd for the former C0untry Music Association Vocal Group of the Year on Friday, Oct. 8, at Auburn University. / When I say, band based out of Montgomery, don’t be fooled. This is not a group of high school kids pretending to be Aerosmith in their parent’s garage. This is the real deal. / Suns of March has already opened for such acts as Josh Turner, Josh Todd, brad Cotter, Edwin McCain, and Joan Jett. Their mix engineer, Jeff Tomei, has worked with Matchbox 20 and Smashing Pumpkins. They have even performed on the AUM campus at the 2003 Welcome Week. / Their album, “Bulletproof Heart” has sold thousands of copies throughout the United States and Europe. Yes, Suns of March has developed a following in Europe. I told you this was not like your average “local band.” / The group has been told to prepare for a crowd upwards of 10, 000. Upon hearing this number, lead singer Michael Wright said, “It’s a privilege to open for Diamond Rio. We feel we have a chance to reach a vast "Suns of March music is an awesome blend of alternative and southern rock that you just don’t hear every day. It’s kind of like hearing some of today’s radio rock with some of yesterday’s 70’s rock.” - Kenny Strickland / Trotline / www.trotline.net

"Suns of March have melded together a unique blend of vocals and instruments with an overall vision that makes this CD rare and special. I was impressed by how quickly I was singing along and feeling the passion behind the music - eventually not wanting the CD to end. As the word gets out on this project and Suns of March, their fan base will skyrocket." - Jason Watson / Montgomery’s Journey Magazine / Montgomery, AL

"The band combines rock, southern rock, and blues to create its own original sound. Suns of March also uses the fiddle for a unique twist to its music." - Rebecca Thews / The Daily Beacon / Knoxville, TN

"Honestly, one of the best bands I have seen in college. Amazing sound, amazing songs and definitely brought in some amazing girls!" - Stephen Powell / Farmhouse / Auburn University "Suns of March's new CD truly embodies their high-energy performance and musical integrity. If you're not familiar with this band yet, purchasing this CD will give you a wonderful taste of exactly who Suns of March is. The songs have a polished, southern-rock feel that stand out in a music industry that continues to thrive on imitation. Once you buy this disc, make an effort to see the band live as well. Both the music and the live show are two experiences you are not going to want to miss!" - Nicole Klein / Director of Major Entertainment / Auburn University

"Suns of March has a unique sound that has set them apart, truly carving out a niche for them in the international music scene. We love them and are always blown away by their music and persona." - Angela Sauls / Chestnut Station / Gadsden, AL

"I love this band! No matter what your favorite style of music is, Suns of March draws you in and makes you love what they are doing. They truly are a band that has something for everyone." - Tommy Styles / The Brew Pub / Montgomery, AL

"Suns of March has a musical style that is a mesh of hard rock with a long-running vein of well-mined Western. “San Jose,” a Suns of March song on the band’s CD, “Bulletproof Heart,” is a grinding mesh of Old West rock, like galloping through a desert with an electric guitar and a posse hot on the trail. Or think “Gunsmoke’s” Matt Dillon carrying a Stratocaster instead of a six-shooter: That’s the gritty nature of this band’s beast. / Michael Wright, rhythm and lead guitar; founded the Montgomery, Ala.-based band… Wright is joined in Suns of March by Clay Lord, bass guitar; Zebulon Bowles, fiddle; Charles Smith, lead guitar; Steve Stewart, drums. / Yes, this is an all-out rock band with a fiddle, which is only one element that gives Suns of March that heady mix of rock, country and a desperado flair: While the demo recording features studio productions of solid raw guitar licks and power-chord vocals, Ashley Wright, editor of Amnibus, describes Suns of March’s live shows as a tremendously gratifying experience." - Dean Poling / The Valdosta Daily Times

audience and show them the unique Suns of March experience.” / What is this “Suns of March experience” you might ask yourself? Well, it is kind of like love: hard to put into words, but possibly one of the best things you will ever encounter. / The band consists of five guys: Michael Wright (lead vocals, guitars), Steve Stewart (drums), Tom Shrout (bass), Charles Smith (slide and lead guitars), and Zebulon Bowles (electric fiddle and mandolin). Clay Lord recently left the band because of “love” in D.C. / Yep, you heard me. Suns of March has a fiddle player. Now, you are thinking a band opening up for a country legend like Diamond Rio has a fiddle player, what’s the big deal? Well, Suns of March is not a country band but more a new type of rock band, and alternative southern rock band to be exact. / A rock band with an electric fiddle and a mandolin! Blasphemy in the music world one might think; however, just listen to the group’s vocal and instrumental combinations and you will have the “Suns of March experience.” / The band will be performing some of the songs from their new CD “Bulletproof Heart.” Look forward to hearing such future classics as “San Jose,” “I Need Love,” and the ultimate get back at your ex song “I Learned It From You." - Ashley Wright / The Aumnibus / Montgomery, AL

"If you have not already heard this band then you are definitely missing out! Not only are their live shows one of the best shows we have every year, but their CD is amazing as well. Between the vocals, bass, drums, etc. there is not one weak area for this band. Also, they are easy to work with and willing to adapt to your needs. I guarantee that you cannot miss hearing this band!" - Lance Thomas / Sigma Chi / Vanderbilt University

"You guys were awesome and everyone had a great time. Your CD is now a current fixture in my car and most of the guys in the house want a copy." - Marc Felice / Sigma Phi Epsilon / Georgia Tech

"Today for the first time I saw you guys perform live at Brad Cotter's Lake Martin Party in Alabama what a day. You guys did a jam up job and performed a variety of music. Thanks for doing such a good job, we all enjoyed it very much." - Gayle Berry

"We have had Suns of March play for us many times now, and they are never a disappointment. In fact, their songs always bring out a huge crowd, which, in turn, always makes for a great show." - Drew Cook / Sigma Phi Epsilon / University of Alabama

"Yet again, Suns of March put on another great show. I have personally seen them at least 8 times at our fraternity house in Knoxville, Tennessee and a couple of times at other schools. Each time that Suns Of March plays they outdo themselves from the previous time they played. They are well worth the money that they charge for the show that they put on." - David Whitson / Alpha Tau Omega / University of Tennessee

"Judging by this album's sampler Alabama's Suns of March are outlaw rockers in the style of Guns n Roses. And for this very reason they're the sort of band who, given the right exposure, could make it very big indeed. 'Bulletproof Heart' is a light grunge ballad, 'San Jose' mutates from its 'I Love Rock n Roll' beginning to an epic Gunners style ballad, and 'Sentimental Moonlight' sways with the best of them. Close your eyes and you see a million lighters filling up the night's air in some huge stadium." - Russell Barker / Russell's Reviews / United Kingdom

"I purchased this CD a few months ago and have yet to stop humming the melodies! The music is kickin' and the lyrics are even better! Besides having an unbeievable drummer, bassist, and lead singer, these guys have a fiddle player-IN A ROCK BAND!!! Check them and the CD out ASAP!!!" - Charlie W. S., Jr.

"If you have not listened to each and every track on this cd, you have GOT to listen! This is awesome southern rock blended with new alternative sounds. I've listened to Michael Wright and the boys since I first saw them as the coconut cowboys. From that first night of seeing them in a club, I have followed their music ever since! Truly a music revelation! Rock on Suns of March!" - Kimberly Wilkes in Alabama.

"When you combine the amazing stage presence of Suns of March with their guitars, vocals, and oh yes, an electric fiddle, you have the makings for an unforgettable evening. These guys rock my face off with their songs, ranging from southern and classic rock style, to a little bit for the hippie in all of us. They are a wonderful band and are sure to put on a show." - Lee Bryson / Auburn University

"Maybe it was growing up with a country music loving mother, but there are few genres that touch my heart as much as my beloved Southern rock. Up here in the frozen wastelands of Scotland that made me a) a bit weird and b) made it bloody difficult (and expensive) to track down new bands. So, when a sampler like this lands on the doormat, it makes me a very happy man indeed. / Now Suns Of March call themselves alternative southern rock, but I’m sure that’s just to stop the fools who confuse southern rock bands with rednecks. Hell, it was southern rock bands who were the first mainstream acts to be integrated back in the early seventies. Just look at the Allman Brothers for proof. No, Suns Of March as are as southern as they come and all the better for it. / Granted, there are enough 21st century references to keep modern rock fans happy, with 'Bulletproof Heart' having a twist of grunge thrown in for good measure and 'San Jose' having some Ju Ju Hounds - Col Parker balladry thrown in. But with a fiddle pushed to the front of the mix, they’re never too far away from their roots. This sampler has 4 tracks from their latest 12-track release, 'Bulletproof Heart', and it does the job perfectly, whetting the appetite for more. Expertly produced by the band, they made the sensible move of wheeling in Jeff Tomei (Matchbox 20, Smashing Pumpkins) to mix and the legendary Rodney Mills to master it, making it sound as fully rounded as any multi million dollar production. >>> (back) Another reason to regret the accident of birth that keeps me thousands of miles away from music this good." - Stuart A. Hamilton / MetalUK.com

"Gritty rock and roll with blues and heartland flavorings and killer harmonic vocals ala Jason Ringenberg are the norm from this Montgomery, Alabama act. 'Bulletproof Heart' kick starts the disc with a Circle of Power type guitar driven bite, followed by the anthemic Southern rocker 'San Jose.' 'I Learned It From You' has a gutsy country vibe, while 'Sentimental Moonlight' is a smoky ballad. They show several distinct personalities, but also a healthy amount of talent." - Music Morsels / Serge Entertainment / serge.org

"After 6 months of working relentlessly to promote their 1st single, San Jose, Suns of March took a well-deserved holiday. This was a period for the band to work on material for a new album and reflect on 2004's course of events. Now the band is primed and ready to call upon the international music scene again in 2005 with the release of their 2nd single and title cut, Bulletproof Heart.After 6 months of working relentlessly to promote their 1st single, San Jose, Suns of March took a well-deserved holiday. This was a period for the band to work on material for a new album and reflect on 2004's course of events. Now the band is primed and ready to call upon the international music scene again in 2005 with the release of their 2nd single and title cut, Bulletproof Heart.----The last half of 2004 was monumental indeed for Suns of March. The group was completely tireless in their efforts to get the word out about the Suns of March sound. This non-typical rock band from the southeast United States is rapidly introducing the rest of the world to the sincerity of their style of music, and sincerity is truly what guides Suns of March when they create music. Having been classified as everything from country to grunge, the group is unwilling to stray from their roots and heritage to fit into any specific genre, infiltrating over 35 countries through sales. When asked how he felt about would-be music consumers sharing the bands music on-line without buying it first, lead-singer Michael Wright said, "sure we lose potential sales through music sharing, but you know, if someone really likes us and believes in what we are doing and the type of music we are creating, I believe they will buy our CD and the next and the next. That's the type of people we want buying our music. If someone hears about Suns of March through downloading one of our songs for free and doesn't buy the CD, then I say to them, thanks for giving us a listen and I hope you like the next single enough to buy our disc." But then, why should Wright and the rest of the band be worried about a little free music slipping through the cracks here and there when figures show their coverage on the international scene has increased buy over 650% in the last 6 months. "People think its cool when they find out we are a rock band with a violin player. We're even getting offers from countries on the other side of the world to play festivals. That's a big deal to us. We're hoping to put together some different tours soon in areas where we haven't performed yet,” says Wright." - ModernRock.com

"Suns of March will be performing with well-known national recording artists McQueen Street and Damon Johnson and The Welfare (formerly of Brother Cane) at a benefit for singer/songwriter/guitarist Lance Lisenby on Friday, March 4.----After losing his left arm in a most unfortunate car/train collision early New Year’s Day of this year, Lance Lisenby has resolved to continue his career as a musician. He has made a living most of his life as a full-time musician, performing through out the United States in his Colorado based group, Leaving The Trees, as well as, other projects such as The Rat Race. Though many might consider leaving the music industry in a situation such as his, Lance has decided to press on and continue to pursue his dreams and talents as a musician. In order to help him do this, “The Lance Lisenby Lend a Hand Fund” was established. Hopefully, enough proceeds will be raised through this fund to enable Lance to purchase a special prosthetic arm which he can use to continue to play guitar, though he is having to re-learn the instrument as a left handed player. “I have already started working with my right hand for fretting so I can start playing guitar again once I can get the right prosthetic,” said Lisenby. Known for his unique style and savvy improvisational skills, it will come as no surprise to those who have heard him to find out, one day, he has surpassed his already superb abilities, with only one arm. First, he must get past the financial hurdle of getting a prosthetic.----More information is available at LanceLisenby.com or by calling 334.657.5696 for those interested in contributing to the “Lance Lisenby Lend a Hand Fund.” Proceeds from the fund will also be used to pay hospital bills, which have been incurred as a result of the accident." - Press Release

"Desperados be aware there’s finally a good Southern soundtrack to accompany your crime sprees. That’s right this is knee-slapping country-fueled Southern rock perfect for the professional bank robber. So load up your six shooter and grab your ski mask, and find yourself a getaway driver. The Old West has plenty of cowboys that would love to groove to the fiddle and slide guitar that comprise the backbone of Suns of March. Smother.Net and Suns of March do not endorse stealing or crime of any nature (especially the crime of not having this album)." - Smother.net

"I am the first one to admit that I am pretty hard on unsigned bands and independent CD releases. I cannot overlook bad production and worse songwriting. It is with great pleasure, Blunterettes, that I am able to introduce the first independent band whose CD has made me jump for joy, since I have taken over reviewing CDs here at BluntReview.com! / At first I received a four-song sampler CD from Suns of March, who hail from Montgomery, Alabama. Be still my musical heart! The southern influenced hard rockers have that proverbial "it" that we in the music biz look for. With some trepidation--worrying that the other songs on their CD might not be as good, I requested a copy of the full CD, "Bulletproof Heart'. The whole collection, I am happy to report did not let me down. / Hard rocking enough for the boys, and a tender side for the girls, vocalist Michael Wright has a wonderfully expressive voice. The title track "Bulletproof Heart" has a straight-ahead rock sound with great harmonies. "I Need Love" is reminiscent of The Black Crowes during their heyday. "San Jose" showcases fiddler Zebulon Bowles, whose wonderful technique shows an ease of hand, just enough to color the song without running amok. "Hanna" has a bit more country twang, with some great New Orleans-style trumpeting in the background. / I keep 20 CDs in my car - the ones that I want to listen to when I go for long drives, ones that I want to learn the lyrics so I can sing along on the highway.This CD has made it to my car. I highly recommend that you too take a trip, this time on the information superhighway -- to www.sunsofmarch.com and pick up a copy of Sun of March's extraordinary 'Bulletproof Heart.' - BluntReviews.com

"Montgomery-based band Suns Of March is a new acquaintance for me. The founding member of the band, Michael Wright, and the four other guys has specialized their style round Southern Rock with some alternative influences like Folk rock and Hard rock. The band has sold very good of their album in the states and have played with a lot of known artists like Damon Johnson (Brother Cane), Diamond Rio, Edwin Mccain, Joan Jett, Josh Todd (Buckcherry), Josh Turner, The Kicks, Lance Miller, Loverboy, Matt Lindahl, and McQueen Street. Their first album contains twelve tracks and Suns Of March produced the CD themselves. Jeff Tomei (Matchbox 20, Smashing Pumpkins) mixed Bulletproof Heart while Rodney Mills (Pearl Jam, REM) mastered the album. Their promo CD, Bulletproof Heart, only contains four of the twelve songs from the album, but it`s easy to understand the guy’s recipe musically by listening to the four songs. I enjoy their cool style and this is songs that reach you easy with both a great rocking side and a more relaxing fine laid back attitude. With a combination of Southern Rock, Melodic rock, Folk Rock, Hard Rock and some alt/ country influences, this sounds absolutely brilliant! Vocalist Michael Wright has a fine melodic voice and I get a relaxing feel by listening to him. Songs like the title track Bulletproof Heart, San Jose and I Learned It From You are songs with both a touch of Southern Rock and Melodic rock, while with Sentimental Moonlight, the tempo slows down a bit, but what a fine written song. If I should compare this band with other bands, I thought they sounded like a mix of Beggars and Thieves, Brother Cane, Riverdogs and Enuff Z`nuff. I also like the instrumentation from the band and the fiddle, mandolin, slide guitar and harmonica make the songs sound a bit out of the ordinary. A great band with fine songs, so check them out now!" - MelodicHardRockToday.tk

"I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the boys in Suns of March. The whole band is solid musicians and you kept the people entertained throughout the whole show. The songs are amazing! So thanks again and I hope to see you guys soon." - Mark Bagnetto / Southport Hall / New Orleans, LA
 

 


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