John Sotter - Acoustic Warrior | Alone

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by John Sotter - Acoustic Warrior

Acoustic Warrior Rock from a world traveler and adventurer
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fire Wind
3:36 $0.99
2. Everyday
2:17 $0.99
3. Alone
3:43 $0.99
4. Live to Ride
3:35 $0.99
5. Being Real
3:40 $0.99
6. Outdoor Love
2:11 $0.99
7. Get Down to It
2:18 $0.99
8. Summer
3:05 $0.99
9. Hell Ya
2:43 $0.99
10. I Miss You
3:53 $0.99
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Adventurer John Sotter's "Acoustic Warrior Rawk Music" has been enthralling audiences in twenty-four countries so far as he has wandered the world in search of songs and fun places to play them. With the release of his third studio album "Alone" in 2009, there seems to be no end in sight to his mystical musical journey.

"After being born and raised in southern California playing waterpolo, ocean lifeguarding and bodysurfing a bunch, I yearned to see what life was all about outside of my little bubble. So I wandered all over the world with a tent, a mask & snorkel, and an acoustic guitar after graduating from UC San Diego. I wanted to learn all the things they do not teach you of in college...and to teach myself to be a guitarist...and a singer/songwriter and a harmonica player...and I wanted to see life from a bunch of different angles."

"I hiked, sailed, and climbed for years to some of the most beautiful places on the planet both above and below the water...writing music and searching for those eternal answers, ya know? I hitch-hiked through South Africa and Zimbabwe, I sailed through Mexico and Indonesia, I climbed mountains in Thialand and Nepal, and I scuba dived off Australia, Fiji and Honduras. At that time, I was writing and performing my songs around bonfires on beaches, riverbanks, and mountain tops for travelers and locals all whoever would listen, really...I’d practice and write all day...and snorkel...and then perform around the fire at night.”

Sotter soon started playing music in tourist bars in Costa Rica, Fiji, and New Zealand for beer and dinner or a free room on the beach...which quickly turned into playing clubs and festivals for money. “It soon became clear that my music was the 'gold' I had been seeking in the twenty-four countries I’d wandered around...and perhaps I could continue my travels more indefinitely if I could earn some traveling funds by playing music in venues, bars and clubs wherever I went. I figured that maybe selling some CD's of my 'folky acoustic pop-rawk' songs would help me get even further on down that golden road of adventure. So I’m recording some music back in the States and wandering around with my acoustic guitar meeting fascinating people and experiencing magical places and playing my music for people who wanna hear it. Sounds like a good life, right!?"

John Sotter's (pronounced like ‘a fury otter') recorded music has been featured on late night television, numerous radio shows, in print and online, but playing live is what keeps the Acoustic Warrior happy. Lately, he has been sharing the stage with America, Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, Eddie Money, Mother Hips, Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band), Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon), The Samples, Subdudes, Rocco DeLuca, Blind Melon and tons of other international acts and rising stars....and headlining indoor and outdoor venues all over the planet.

"What’s an Acoustic Warrior? Well...I'm dauntlessly taking on the world armed only with an acoustic guitar..fighting against dull living, among other know...over-population, environmental destruction, the spreading of bad vibes...all that stuff SOMEone’s gotta fight against!"

John records, mixes, masters and plays all the instruments on his his Wookie Wook Sound recording studios in San Clemente, CA. "My live show," he explains,"is totally inspired by all those amazing places where my style of music was born and where I developed it...and it just gets me off in a good way when I can share my experiences through live music with great audiences...wherever I find's just what I love to do with my time. I'm almost always learning, laughing and loving it when I'm out on the road. To me, to NOT take advantage of a world where this kind of fun and world travel is possible (with a ton of desire, hard work and creativity) would be a sin against the limited time we have here."



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John Sotter - Alone
There is a wave (pun intended) of new "soft folk pop" artists who have surfing somewhere near their core. Though he resides in San Clemente, CA and has lived on a boat and lifeguarded for a living, John Sotter is not one of these surfing soft folk pop artists. His music has a strong flavor that resists comparison to other artists, but one might peg the production style of Alone to be Harvest- era Neil Young. It's all acoustic guitars, some occasional melodic electric bass, harmonica and unobtrusive drums. And it's all John Sotter. All the music, lyrics, instruments, the recording, production, mixing, mastering and even the artwork is all John Sotter.

This information is usually a good indication of a muddled at best project. Should Paul have played his own drums on this first solo record? Does the man that produces himself potentially have the same issues as the man who defends himself in court? Doesn't collaboration make for a stronger, more critically thorough end result?

Not this time. Sotter has a growly yet melodic voice, with a good range. His overdubbed vocal harmonies fit. His second acoustic guitar, where used, is not obtrusive, nor does he attempt to "Eric Clapton" his lead guitar work. Everything supports the song, supports the vocals.

The acoustic guitar tone is splendid. Clean, warm and indicative of the sound of a real, live wood and steel instrument. You feel like you are in the room, and yet no finger fudges or less than pristine notes are provided. You're listening to a tight little combo that knows when to lay back, and a warm, conversational vocalist intent on including you in his fun.

Ultimately, a solo project succeeds or fails primarily based on the strength of the material. Even the most adept musician can't make bad songs into good ones. Sotter has provided ten songs, and he succeeds in providing catchy, thought provoking lyrics coupled with equally catchy melodies, and performances that accentuate the material's strong points.

Fire Wind speaks to the Santa Ana winds that often bring fires, and at best, lead to a sort of uneasiness that only recedes with the winds themselves. Sotter builds the dynamics, which is his forte throughout this project. Alone is probably the catchiest pop tune, but the lyrics detail the struggle between loneliness and settling for a marginal relationship.

Sotter has a unique spin on some familiar sounds and themes, and his work is well worth a listen.