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by The Solo Project

Soulful Marshall-driven 'Dirt Rock' in the veins of AIC, Soundgarden or Audioslave w/ a young southern black vocalist.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Superstition
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6:31 $0.99
2. Why Can't I Be The One!
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3:33 $0.99
3. On Shakey Ground...
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5:53 $0.99
4. Willing
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7:14 $0.99
5. Long, Long Way From Home
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2:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
THE SOLO PROJECT EP is the result of a brief collaboration between founding guitarist / producer Jason Achilles Mezilis, and vocalist Oscar Varner, Jr. The music derives its sound from a variety of influence ranging from progressive dirt rock & funk, to old-time Georgia soul and gospel. The production of the record is intentionally bare-bones, in an effort to capture the live, honest approach with which the songs were crafted.

Track 1 - a swampy cover of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition", captures the only performance of that song by the duo, and Track 5 - "Long, Long Way From Home" is a work of complete improvisation from start to finish, musically and lyrically. The remaining 3 songs are more thouroughly 'composed', as is evident by the dynamic breakdowns and meter shifts. Throughout all the songs the focus is on melody, groove, and soul...in an attempt to capture the feel of a 'live performace' rather than suffer the commonly sterilizing notion of the 'perfect take'. The recording is completely analog, recorded & mixed on an 8-track reel to reel machine with absolutely no computers to be found, save for the mastering and (obviously) duplication process.

The history of The Solo Project is a brief one, and can be traced back 4 years previous when Jason first conceived of the notion of the band, and the sound he wished to capture. After relocating from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Jason took up a job running live sound in a local Los Angeles nightclub, where he was struck by the power and soul of Oscar's vocal late one night in Summer of 2003. A brief courtship ensued, with Jason finally persuading Oscar to come down to his recording studio and track vocals on an unfinished song from a year previous. The following two months led to irregular but highly productive writing and impromptu recording sessions, the results of which are evidenced on this EP. Mike and Ryan kindly offered their skills and assistance at next-to-nothing to help out with the project, and their contribution is greatly appreciated.

THIS RECORDING IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MIKE KENT - a great drummer, a keen wit, and a kind heart...and a good friend.

Featured artists:
Oscar Varner, Jr. - Lead & Backing Vocals, Drums
Jason Achilles Mezilis - Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals
Mike Kent - Drums on Track 3
Ryan Brown - Drums on Track 5




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Cynthia - SoundWaves Magazine

This is GREAT stuff!
Great things DO come in small packages! I'm normally not impressed with independent CD's, but THE SOLO PROJECT blew me away. Great raw, bluesy rock with soulful vocals and searing guitar leads. Standout tracks are the gospel-inspired "Willing" and the dark, grungy longing of "Why Can't I Be The One!". In short, take one part blues, mix in some Soundgarden, throw in a little Hendrix and voila! you have one kick ass band. I look forward to hearing more from Mezilis and Company in the future.


The Solo Project ROCKS!!
I Love it! I was completely amazed at what I heard! And I gotta say...you'll definately fall in love with "On Shakey Ground", it's awesome! This CD is a must have!

Gail Worley

For fans of soulful rock, from Hendrix to Living Color!
The Solo Project EP is an excellent introduction to the guitar prowess of Jason Mezelis. Jason has a distinctive blues/rock style to his playing that's a cut above most of the colorless guitar rock you'll hear these days. The vocals of Oscar Varner Jr. also sound very much like Corey Glover of Living Color. I love the slow funk of the lead track, a cover of Stevie Wonder's classic, "Superstition." Check out some of the song samples and you'll likely agree this EP is well worth owning for true melodic rock fans.


A "new classic" that will stand the test of time
The talent of all involved is immediately apparent at your very first listen. Here is a rich blend of powerful guitar sound, balanced perfectly with vocals that command the attention. If this production technique represents a "return to the basics," then the digital age has truly been a step in the wrong direction. In these songs you hear not only wonderful melodies (present!), stirring guitar sound (check!), and rich vocal harmonies (there they are), but also, and perhaps most importantly, a depth of emotion sadly absent from radio in the past several decades. While the songs are (delightfully!) not hook-driven, they are, nonetheless infectious. While the influence of Hendrix is evident, in my opinion, the idea is improved upon by a softening of the harshness of Hendrix without any loss of the depth or the passion. This is a CD I want to hear again, and one that I will not soon file away and forget.

guido wetzels

great album
the other album brass tacks is even better because much heavier, but also that one is great due to the awesome vocals!!!! great singer, love that stuff! brass tacks reminds me sometimes of king'x. greetings from germany

Greg Richards

Mrs Varner is Right..........Very Good CD
Blues' Blues' and more Blues'!
"I" need this CD so do "You"..................


The woeful guitar sounds of J.A.M. on "Willing" puts me in the mood to drink till I'm dangerously blind and furiously prone to violent and regrettable actions. You might want to put on a diaper before you get to the solo incase you **** yourself.




Music never sounded so good!
Never have I heard anything so brilliant, since the first time I heard Buddy Guy's CD, Sweet Tea!!! The best thing I have heard in a very long time!!!This is so down home, dirty, southern rockin blues, that even Stevie Ray Vaughn and Ronnie Van Zandt would be smiling from down on the heavens! I have faith in the music scene again, since I heard this cd!!!! If you like the blues, southern rock, funk, alt music, you will love this cd!!! A must have, and play it at a minimum volume of 10! Can't hardly wait for another cd from this brilliant and talented group of guys!! Awesome, fantastic, rockin, kicks ass!!!!!