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November 1st, 2022
Norwegien Print Magazine IOPages reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2 (Dutch)
Patrick Heemskerk writes a stunning review for Norwegian print maagzine IOPage of The Uncrowned King - Act 2 in the new November issue (nr 181). "...van ferm naar kalm. Evership weet opnieuw te overtuigen!"

October 30th, 2022
ProfilProg reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2 (French Canadian w/Google Translate)
Quebec's progressive rock radio ProfilProg releases a fresh review of The Uncrowned King - Act 2! "...complex and melancholic sound, sound that makes you cry with joy"! So glad you enjoyed, Alain! Check it out here!

October 30th, 2022
MusikReview reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2 (German)
German prog e-mag MusikReview.de has reviews the The Uncrowned King - Act 2! "progressive ingenuity..."! Danka Thoralf! Check it out here!

October 30th, 2022
MyProgMusic reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2 (French)
French blogger Jaques Becker reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2! "...Beautiful epic! Check it out here!

October 25th, 2022
ProgRadar releases review of The Uncrowned King - Act 2 (UK)
ProdRadar's John Wenlock-Smith provides an insightful review of The Uncrowned King - Act 2! "...surged along with lots of powerful flourishes and energy as the kingdom is righted". Thanks for the review John and digging into the story! Check it out here!

October 23th, 2022
Special 2-hour Evership Special on The Prog and Roll Show (Greece/UK)
Evership was honored to be the focus of the Friday night Prog and Roll radio show last week. Shane discussed the 'The Uncrowned King' epic and much of the two albums where presented as well as some older material. Thank you UK listeners and George and Nihal for the focus and interview!" Check it out here on MixCloud!

October 17th, 2022
Background Magazine Reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2 (Netherlands)
Erik Neuteboom for Backgroud Magazine rounds out his Evership review of The Uncrowned King! "If you are up to an exciting blend of Heavy Prog, AOR and Art-rock this is an album to discover!" Echoed by TRVO Progressive Rock Show! Check it out here!

October 17th, 2022
The Progressive Aspect Reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2
David Edwards does a wonderful play-by-play review of The Uncrowned King - Act 2 for 'The Progressive Aspect'! "Musically and lyrically diverse, it’s an entertaining listen with symphonic prog and melodic instrumentation seamlessly combining with quality vocals, articulate words and a captivating and intriguing story to boot!". Check it out here!

October 15th, 2022
Progressive Rock Fanatics Reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2
Stephen Contad of 'Progressive Rock Fanatics' reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2. Great review with some researched extras! "lush, grand, well-conceived, affecting, and captivating" Thanks Stephen! Check it out here!

October 15th, 2022
Terra Incognita Evership Special Broadcast (Canada)
The home for Prog in Canada, Terra Incognita, did a spacial 60-minute Evership podcast covering all albums, presented by Michel Bilodeau and Marc Chaunet. Music and Interview! Evership starts at 30-minute mark. Interview is in French and English. Check it out here and here (archives)!

October 12th, 2022
Metal Addicts Reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2 (Bosnia/Herzegovina)
Ivison Poleto from Bosnian Metal magazine 'Metal Addicts' reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2. Sound like they like it! Thanks Ivison! Check it out here!

October 11th, 2022
The Prog Corner Video-Reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2
Shortly after our interview with Scott Lade The Prog Corner released a video review of the album. Quite insightful and entertaining. Watch it here!

October 10th, 2022
Evership Video Interview on The Prog Corner
Scott Lade from The Prog Corner does a video interview with Evership! The focus on the new album The Uncrowned King - Act 2, delving into the story and process. Check it out here! Thanks Scott!

October 9th, 2022
Evership's Beau West and Shane Atkinson Perform at ProgStock 2022
Shane and Beau took a trip to New Jersey to make an appearance at ProgStock 2022. Before the Sunday headliner, they stepped out on stage with some new and old material giving an intimate piano/vocal performance along with violinist extraordinaire Joe Deninzon. Then Michael Sadler (Saga) and Rachel Flowers joined them onstage with the supergroup Pattern Seeking Animals (Spock's Beard/Enchant) for a performance of 'The Voice of the New Day'. It was a brief but thrilling experience.

October 5th, 2022
Evership Welcomes Canadian Distributor Terra Incognita
Atkinson Productions/Evership is pleased to announce a new distribution relationship with Terra Incognita in Canada! Terra Incognita is the hub of Prog in Canada. Check them out here!

September 23rd, 2022
Evership Welcomes French Distributor Cosmos Music
Atkinson Productions/Evership is pleased to announce a new distribution relationship with Cosmos Music in France! Check them out here! Vive la France!

September 14th, 2022
Evership Publishes New Music Video for 'The Law of Ages'!
Today Evership published the Official Music Video for their single ’The Law of Ages’ from the upcoming 4th album "The Uncrowned King - Act 2". The new album, the final act of a Rock Opera, will release this Oct 14th! Check it out here!

August 26th, 2022
Evership Publishes Third Single "The Law of Ages" from The Uncrowned King - Act 2!
Evership today releases the third, and final, single "The Law of Ages" from their upcoming album "The Uncrowned King - Act 2" on streaming services everywhere. Album release is October 14th 2022!

August 21th, 2022
PERMAFROST Reviews The Uncrowned King - Act 2 Singles! (Norway)
Norwegian magazine, PERMAFROST, calls Evership a "Powerful slab of retro-progressive symphonic rock”! Check out the review here!

August 9th, 2022
Evership's Beau and Shane at ProgStock 2022!
Evership announced that Beau and Shane will be making a special appearance at ProgStock 2022 for an early listening event of 'The Uncrowned King - Act 2'. They will also be performing with special guests Michael Sadler, Joe Deninzon and Rachel Flowers!

July 15th, 2022
Evership Releases Second Single "The Voice of the New Day" feat. Michael Sadler!
Evership today releases the second single "The Voice of the New Day" from the upcoming album "The Uncrowned King - Act 2" on streaming services everywhere. This song features the character voice of Michael Sadler of SAGA and ProgJect!

June 22th, 2022
Evership Releases Single "Coronation" and Announces Pre-Orders!
Evership today releases the first single "Coronation" from the upcoming album "The Uncrowned King - Act 2" on streaming services everywhere. Pre-orders for the CD and special bundles are also now available for a limited time at www.evership.com.

June 17th, 2022
Evership TUK2 Teaser Interview on House of Prog!
Evership was interviewed on House of Prog by Marty Dorfman (The Prog Doctor) where the first single "Coronation" was debuted along with in-depth conversation about the song, album and future plans. Also, there was a special appearance from Tom Palmieri concerning Progstock 2022! If you missed the interview, check it out here!

June 7th, 2022
Evership Publishes Act 2 Video Overture!
Evership published the Official Video teaser for their upcoming 4th album, "The Uncrowned King - Act 2". The new album, the final act of a Rock Opera, will release this Fall 2022 and features Michael Sadler of Saga! Check it out here!

January 12th, 2022
Evership In Top Favorites of 2021 on Sonic Perspectives!
Sonic Perspectives calls out Evership's The Uncrowned King - Act 1 as a "tour de force" and places them amongst their favorites on 2021! Check it out here!

January 10th, 2022
Evership 2021 Best of Prog on PowerOfProg!
PowerOfProg rates Evership's The Uncrowned King - Act 1 in their best of for 2021 in this "Picture and Words" post! Check it out the others here!

January 9th, 2022
Evership Listener-Voted Top in 2021 at Progzilla Radio!
Listeners voted Evership's The Uncrowned King - Act 1 at #11 on Progzilla radio! Check it out here!

January 2nd, 2022
Evership Wins Two Awards on MusicInWidescreen/ProgNation (Episode #944)!
Evership wins two distinctions on the 2021 MusicInWideScreen Awards Show: #1: Best song to play D&D to (The Tower) and Most Epic Track (Yettocome/Itmightbe)! Check out the full show with lots of other great prog!

January 2nd, 2022
Evership in Best Albums of 2021 on SpritOfCecilia!
Thaddeus Wert of SpritOfCecilia.com proclaims 'The Uncrowned King - Act 1' amongst the top 20 albums of 2021!

January 1st, 2022
Evership in ProgRockNation Top 20 Albums for 2021! (New Mexico)
Prog radio station KTAL-LP 101.5 places 'The Uncrowned King - Act 1' at #11 in their top 20 albums of 2021! (Post 01/01/2022 10:23PM CST)


Progressive Rock act Evership is the conceptualization of composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer/engineer Shane Atkinson. Shane played in Nashville bands and as a backup musician for label 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."

Finally, in 2005, in response to a dream, he sold his 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, 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 literature 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, but nothing materialized for the effort. With no prospects on the horizon Beau shelved music 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 designed the music for 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 records, along with Nicelle, Mike's wife, on strings). 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 sinceI 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." This set course for a three year journey of finishing the recording and hence was birthed 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 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."