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Abandoned EP

by Turkestan Road

This is an electric,eclectic offering of progressive rock,neo-grunge,& heavy/mellow mania,with a bit of Celtic & Middle Eastern musical influences thrown in for good measure.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angela's Choice
3:02 album only
2. Rest in Peace
3:13 album only
3. Turkestan Caravan
4:19 album only
4. Waiting On the Line
5:40 album only
5. Gray Matters
3:54 album only
6. Untitled Instrumental ( Bonus Track )
6:31 album only


Album Notes
Late in 1999, out of the Sonoran Desert, the folk-rock band, Turkestan Road, was formed.

Not only did they survive the Y2K (didn't we all?), they went on to play clubs, coffee houses, and book stores all over the Phoenix area.

The two main players, Mike Lofton and Carlos Gonzalez are both very experienced musicians and have certainly paid their dues! Here is the rest of the story...

Mike Lofton has been playing the guitar for over 20 years.

While growing up in Georgia, he utilized his innate musical abilities and taught himself how to play guitar.

Mike's musical style is influenced by everything from classical, jazz, and blues to rock, country, and gospel (his father was, and still is, in a gospel quartet).

By listening to and learning from great guitarists like Jimmy Page, Al DiMeola, Carlos Santana, and Phil Keaggy, Mike has mastered the guitar.

After many years of playing the electric guitar at various clubs and performing with dance bands, Mike took an extended hiatus from public appearances to focus on other important aspects of his life such as military service, marriage, and starting a family.

In recent years, he has returned to the stage as an impressive acoustic guitarist who also writes his own material and sings.

Mike has been performing his music at coffee houses and music festivals around the Phoenix area.

His original music runs the gamut from alternative rock to folk and middle-eastern influenced styles.

Carlos Gonzalez, a drummer/percussionist from Chicago, has also spent many years perfecting his musical talents.

A veteran of numerous bands, including Samson's Flatop, a Phoenix hard rock band, he has performed off and on with Lofton on different occasions over the past several years.

This includes drum/percussion, credits on Mike's "solo" CD, Pictures, Perils, and Providence.

By day Carlos is a graphic artist and did the cover art for the previously mentioned CD.

He also did the design and artwork for the new Turkestan Road EP, Abandoned.

Augmented by five-string bass player, Mark Alway, Turkestan Road is an energetic, eclectic, electric and acoustic musical experience.

For adventurous music fans who bore easily, these guys are worthy of your attention.

As their name suggests, Turkestan Road is a connection to a wide variety of exotic and familiar sounds.

Make it your connection!

". A lot of people show up at open mikes with a guitar, but few can play like Mike Lofton... His runs are well placed , appropriate, and often very fast... [His] instrumental pieces are reminiscent of John Fahey in style and texture."
- Rusty Hynges of THE ACOUSTIC SCENE.

"One thing that can be said for guitarist/vocalist, Mike Lofton -- his musical influences certainly are eclectic. Lofton is an accomplished guitar player; and he holds his own piece of the rock... reminiscent of Bob Mould."
Liz Montalbano, GET OUT,THE TRIBUNE, December 4, 1997.

Musical Influences: Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, A Perfect Circle, as well as traditional Middle Eastern and Celtic influences.



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Sergio Reyes

A breath of fresh air.
I had the opportunity to see these guys at a place in Tempe, Arizona called Jitters. What an experience. Out of the ordinary. This band definately has one of the wider ranges of styles I have seen. Great musicians. Check them out in the Phoenix area if you have a chance. Well worth it!

Jeff Wisely

A rather interesting collection of well written songs
First saw this band earlier this year at one of the premier live venues in Phoenix. I was immediately impressed by the musicianship and the variety of styles covered during their performance. Purchased the cd immediately and have been turning my friends on to them ever since! The cd is excellent and the live shows even better. Look forward to hearing the latest in the upcoming year!

Julie Rosarita

Unique sound combined with Words of Experience (heart felt altogether)
I recently heard the extraordinary (not ordinary with lots of extras) music of Turkestan Road while socializing at Joe's Grotto. The music made me want to dance and yet I
was frozen to my seat trying to hear every meaningful word
of "Waiting on The Line". As you can see, that song stuck with me! I definitely recommend going to see Turkestan Road LIVE! Order a CD like me and you will have NEW sounds and words to share with your friends!! LOVE THAT CRAZY SOUND