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"Evership II" continues the epic journey begun with the celebrated debut!
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The debut album from Nashville-based Melodic Prog Rock band "Evership" delivers powerful and approachable Prog Rock. Musically sublime from epic to elegant, lyrically poetic.


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Evership II is here!
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News


Febuary 5th, 2019
Evership II Charts #5 in iO Pages Magazine (Netherlands)
The Evership II album charts at #5 on the Netherlands print magazine 'iO Pages' January/Feb issue! We're up there with Steve Hacket and The Neal Morse Band! Quite an honor!

January 31st, 2019
Evership Interview on 103.3 Asheville FM!
Evership's Shane Atkinson was interviewed by DJ JD's 'Closer to the Edge' radio show on Asheville North Carolina's 103.3 FM. If you missed it, check it out on Mixcloud here: Closer to the Edge 1-31-2019!

January 18th, 2019
Evership II makes another Top 10 in 2018!
Evership II makes the top 10 list of 2018 on Sonic Perspectives! Check out their top 10 picks!

January 3rd, 2019
Evership II on Spotify's "ProgRock Explorer" Playlist
Evership has been making some Spotify playlists last year. This is the newest one from curator Jan Yano Włodarski called "ProgRock Explorer". Check it out!.

January 2nd, 2019
Evership II in Top 4 Prog Albums of 2018 on Progarchy.com
Progarchy columnist EricBFG singles out the Top 4 Prog Albums of 2018 with Evership II as his personal favorite! He says "The majesty and epic experience that is Evership is astonishing." Thanks for the accolades and support, Eric! Glad you like it! Check out the full album list and review here.

January 1st, 2019
Evership II Review on ProgVisions
The Netherland's ProgVisions.nl posts a review of Evership II, by Douwe Fledderus, concluding "A wonderful album...without weak points...it is time to invite this band to Europe". We couldn't agree more! Read the full Review. Thank you, Douwe!

2018

December 31st, 2018
Evership Topping the Charts in 2018!
The Progressive Charts.com, a public voting site for progressive rock, has Evership II in at number 6 (Year 16, no 220, December 1st 2018)! Thank you everyone who voted! We are honored to be amongst the great bands on that list! Along with top recommendations from Sonicperspectives.com, Jan Bracke's Epics for all Time listed us at number 6 and we are in PowerOfProg.com's 20 Essential albums for 2018!

December 30th, 2018
Evership II 5-Star Review in Highlands Magazine (French)
Fantastic 5-star review of Evership II by Didier Gonzalez in France's Highlands Magazine (Issue 95). Didier concludes "The melodic quality of the album...ranks it [among] the best albums of the year, if not the album of the year". Awesome Dedier. Thank you!

December 30th, 2018
Evership II Review on Rockmuzine.nl (Netherlands)
Esther Kessel-Tamerus does a wonderful play-by-play review of Evership II on RockMuzine.nl, concluding "The structure is more complicated and fascinating. Moreover, the sound is better distributed over the headphones. Evership has experienced a clear growth." Thank you Esther for a thoughtful and enjoyable review! Check out the full review here!

December 28th, 2018
Evership II Makes DPRPs Top 13 You May Have Missed!
DPRP Magazine mentions Evership II in their End-of-Year "13 Amazing Progressive Rock Albums you may have missed in 2018!" Editor Andy Read says "This [is a] superb sophomore album...with some compelling musicianship. A winning collection of long-format songs that demand repeat listens." Thank you, Andy! Check out the full list here.

December 27th, 2018
Evership II Makes ProgRocks.gr Best Albums of 2018!
ProgRocks magazine's writer Alexandros Mantas list's Evership II in his Top albums of 2018! Thanks Alexandros! Check ou the full list here.

December 14th, 2018
Evership in Fireworks Magazine! (UK - Print)
The UK's Fireworks magazine mentions Evership twice the latest issue! Once in the "Breaking Bands" section and another with an Evership II album review! Thanks Fireworks!

December 13th, 2018
Evership II Album review on MusicWaves! (French)
Great review of Evership II on French webzine MusicWaves! So insteresting to hear what influences others experience in Evership music! Check it out Here at musicwaves.fr! Google-translate worthy!

December 13th, 2018
Evership II Album review on Progwereld! (Dutch)
Colorful Evership II review on Dutch webzine Progwereld! Worth the google translate! Check it out Here at progwereld.org!

December 8th, 2018
Evership II Album review on Profil! (French-Canadian)
Wonderful Evership II review by Phillipe Andre' from French-Canadian webzine Profil! Built-in language translator! Check it out Here at profilprog.com! ...and it was truely our pleasure, Phillipe, and thank you!

December 7th, 2018
Evership II Album review on Progarchives!
Evership II is reviewed on the staple of progressive rock sites, progarchives. Voicing a classic concern for a band's sophomore efforts, we're please to see that Jeff reports "...it does not suffer from the 2nd album curse in the least. I absolutely love this album. " Thank you for the review, Jeff! Check it out here at progarchives.com!

November 24th, 2018
Evership II Album featured on JustInCaseRadio! (Greece)
Featured again on a second Prog show in Greece on JustInCaseRadio.com! Internationally attended, with great insight and comradery by many other attending musicians. Thank you Nihal and George!

November 19th, 2018
Evership II review by The Progressive Rock Files
Rock journalist Jerry Luckey gives Evership II CD a fine review, saying "Brilliant, yet again! It's on my 2018 favorite's list."! Check it out on Jerry Lucky.com

November 17th, 2018
Evership interviewed on NewEars Radio WEMF!
Beau and Shane were interviewed by New England's own NewEARS Prog Show! They played music from both the Evership Debut and the new Evership II release. Drawing references from Boston to Yes. Great interview by Yvette Ciancio and the gang! Check out the web site and their stream. Progressive Rock is alive and well in New England!

November 12th, 2018
Evership II CD available in UK!
Evership II album is now available in the UK via CD Services! Check out the review as well. Wonderful!

November 9th, 2018
Evership II Album featured on JustInCaseRadio!
Greece's JustInCaseRadio.com featured the Evership II release and had us in the chat room talking about the new album! This is a great radio station for prog, with a wonderful chat community. Check it out when you get a chance! One of the easiest chat interfaces we've seen!

October 29th, 2018
Evership II album 5-star review on progboard.com! (Czech)
A 5-star review of the Evership II release on progboard.com! jirka 7200 describes the album with beauty and power. If you are non-Czech, its worth the google translation! Check it out here!

October 29th, 2018
Evership II album review on Seaoftranquility.com!
Another great and insightful review of the Evership II ablbum on seaoftranquility.com! Its always encouraging to hear from reviewers who take the time to understand what we're trying to accomplish, very encouraging! Thank you Steven! (Great comment on the bottom as well!) Check it out here!

October 29th, 2018
Evership II album review on Progarchy!
Fantastic review of the Evership II ablbum on progarchy.com! Very cool to hear reviewers favorites and why. Thank you Eric! Check it out here!

October 26th, 2018
Evership II was 'Album of the Week' on UK's progrock radio!
Evership was featured on progrock radio with Peter Prog! We had a great time in the chat room with our UK listeners! Check it out here!

October 25th, 2018
Evership Radio Interview on Captain Phil's Planet!
Evership was featured with Captain Phil's Planet on WUSB Radio in New York! Great fun and a good listen. Check it out here!

October 21th, 2018
Evership II Review by progressiverockfanatics.com!
Great in-depth review on progressiverockfanatics.com of the new Evership II release by Stephen Conrad! Check it out here!

October 19th, 2018
First Evership II Radio Interview on House of Prog!
Evership was excited to be interviewed by the Prog Doctor and Rob Rutz on 'The Waiting Room' on House of Prog radio! The band talked about the new album and there was some reminiscing of Evership's ProgStock 2018 show! Great interview. If you missed it, check it out here!

October 19th, 2018
Evership II Released!
The long awaited sophomore album from Evership entitled "Evership II" released today on CD, download and streaming outlets everywhere! Order CD here!


BIO


Bio
Nashville-based Melodic Progressive Rock band Evership is the conceptualization of composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer/engineer Shane Atkinson. Shane played in Nashville bands and as a backup musician for CCM artists in the late 80's and 90's. As a composer he wrote on Music Row and always having a studio running somewhere in the Nashville area, was a prolific composer with musical work spanning from commercials and film to orchestral and theater. He made two records with the 90's Alternative Rock band Curious Fools, but with the birth of his first child, he decided to leave the music business for the budding software industry.

Shane says he never really stopped writing. "The music just kept coming, almost haunting me. I'd constantly wake up in the night to record song ideas. Over those years I amassed at least a hundred hours of material. But my success in software made it nearly impossible to get out. Something like Evership was bound to happen, it had to happen, I was profoundly depressed."

Finally, in 2005, in response to a dream, he sold their big house in the suburbs, downsized, built a recording studio, and opened a commercial and film music production company to finance the album effort. It would take about ten years to make the first record; not just for the actual recording, but for raising a family with his wife (and PR person) Michelle, building a studio, holding down the production company and remaining business interests, and sifting through the mountain of song material.

Many of the Evership songs were written long before the project started. Some were five to ten years old even then, and there is purportedly enough material for four or more albums. "I've got other material, but I wanted to do this first. Musically-speaking, Prog is where my heart is." He said while growing up, listening to bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Yes, Queen, Kansas and Jimmy Hotz, he had no idea it was progressive music. He just liked it. Amongst his other influences were classical composers, particularly Bach, Rachmaninov and Ravel. He has a sizable Opera collection and is a Puccini fan. Fusion music also played a role in the early years; Chick Corea, Al Di Miola, Mahavishnu Orchestra, anything that challenged him musically. "Even what I'm writing now is not intentionally Prog. It's just what comes out. These songs are life-stories, I can't tell them in three-and-a-half minutes. I was a music and lit major in school. So my lyrics tend to be classically driven as well, lending to a longer format."

After deciding on material for the debut album, demos were started in 2009, but life circumstances halted production until 2013 when Shane shut the music production company down to focus on the record.

Beau West, the lead vocalist, had moved to Nashville to do music in 2005 with his wife Melanie. He joined in a band with musician, acoustician and studio builder Mike Tharret and singer Mike Priebe. But nothing materialized for the effort. With no prospects on the horizon Beau put his guitar in a closet and there it stayed for three years. He says, "My wife asked me if I wanted to do music anymore. My answer was "'I don't want to write, I don't want any creative control, I just want to sing.'" Little did he know that around the corner of that third year he would get exactly that.

Originally, the singer Shane had keyed the music to was longtime friend and 90's band mate Jason Beddoe, who ended up needing to bow out of the project due to life circumstances. Shane says, "This was operatic, expressive music. These kinds of singers just don't exist anymore. I thought it was over." Beau was literally an answer to prayer.

Shane met Beau West, the lead vocalist, through session singer Mike Priebe (who sings BGVs on the record, along with Nicelle, Mike's wife, on violin). Shane and Beau had a conversation about music that lasted hours. The two had the same musical interests and the same vision for what they wanted to accomplish. After an initial meeting to review the material, Beau was invited to the studio to sing on the most challenging vocal track, Ultima Thule. Shane says, "Beau has that rare range and tone that sounds great anywhere on the scale. He could handle anything I threw at him, and had such a great attitude as well, which was critical because so much production had already been done." Beau says, "This music is everything I'd heard whirling around in my head since I was fourteen and couldn't get it out. Shane unlocked what was already inside and I can't wait to sing every note he writes." From there, Shane and Beau set course for a three year journey of finishing the recording and coming up with the brand that is now Evership.

On the debut album, Shane choose to play drums, keyboards, and an assortment of more obscure instruments like the Theremin and Chapman Stick, but to sub-out most of the guitar and bass work to like-minded musician friends and family.

The earliest recording, Flying Machine, was performed by Dan Smalley on classical guitar and Brandon Vestal on electric guitar. However, the classically trained Rob Higginbotham performed most of the rhythm electric, acoustic and classical guitars.

Shane's brother James moved into town later in the process and performed the lead guitars, which turned out to be essential to the Evership sound. "Having my brother here reminded me of when we were young. We used to do these 'concerts'. The neighbors would set up lawn chairs and watch." With James on guitar, the 'brother magic' (a term James coined to explain their telepathic ability to communicate musically) made the lead guitar production more organic.

The infamous Nashville bassist Jaymi "Pink Bassman" Millard (Innocent Monday, Kinetic Element, Mark Slaughter) rounded out the tracks.

Once the debut album was in full swing Shane engaged the know-how of recording engineer Mark Aartun of Innerspeaker Records who cut the beginning of Flying Machine-Part 1: Dreamcarriers on Plexiglas using a rare 1940 Presto K-8 portable record cutting machine. They then re-recorded it from a Newcomb schoolhouse tube record player. "This gave me the vintage Victorian feel I was after."

Finally, as a last minute production idea, Shane contacted his oldest Nashville friend and classical composer Charles Heimermann, who had been leading a professional choir made up of session singers and singers from both the Nashville Symphony Chorus and The Nashville Choir, to push the production over the top with live choir, recorded in a cathedral in Green Hills, Tennessee.

The panoramic artwork was illustrated by Nashville-area artist Philip Willis. Like the music, it is immersive.

The eponymous debut album Evership (CD and Digital) was released on July 1, 2016. Within a month Evership was invited to perform at the prestigious 2017 Rite of Spring progressive rock festival in Gettysburg, PA. By years-end was sited as a 2016 top-ten album of the year by scores of prominent international progressive and rock magazine outlets and radio! The vinyl was mastered by Grammy-award winning engineer Cameron Henry...