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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)


December 31th, 2021
Evership in WUSB 90.1 Radio Album Picks for 2021! (Long Island)
DJ and Editor's of WUSB Radio 90.1 in Long Island announce Evership's 'The Uncrowned King - Act 1' in Albums Picks for 2021! "...an incredible listen—I can’t wait for Act 2." - DJ "Captain" Phil Merkel

December 31th, 2021
Evership in Top 25 Epics on EpicsForAllTime Radio!
Prog Radio Station Epics For All Time places Evership's 25-minute song 'Isle of the Broken Tree' in the top #25 epics - Listener voted! (Post: Dec 31-3:21 AM CST)

December 26th, 2021
Evership Placed in Best Prog Albums of the Year 2021 on ProgCharts!
Progcharts.com places Evership's 'The Uncrowned King - Act 1' at #11 best Prog Album of the year!

December 24th, 2021
Evership Placed in Best of 2021 by 2 Independent Reviewers on YourLastRites.com!
Lone Watie of YourLastRites.com places Evership's 'The Uncrowned King - Act 1' at #11 for the Best of 2021: "Pure, unabashed prog rock pomposity worthy of the giants...". Thanks Lone! As does Spencer Hotz here. "The Uncrowned King is some delightfully over-the-top capital P Prog!" Thanks Spencer!

December 8th, 2021
Binghampton Review Calls Evership 3rd release amongst the best of 2021!
Reviewer Dillon O'Toole of The Binghamton Review calls out Evership's 'The Uncrowned King - Act 1' amongst the best music in 2021! "For those of you who yearn for the return of progressive rock in the style of the 1970s, the band Evership is perfect for you". Thanks Dillon!

November 24th, 2021
New Music Video Release - The Tower!
Evership releases their third official music video. 'The Tower' is a 10-minute short film in the style of vintage animation and asian shadow puppetry. Produced by Micah Atkinson, this art/prog music video installment encapsulates the hopes and dreams of the future for the twin princes in Harold Bell Wright's 'The Uncrowned King', as set to music by Evership's rock-opera.

November 8th, 2021
New Evership Debut Review on ProgArchives!
Evership continues to onboard new listeners. Here is a new and fresh review of the first Album by Jaime Silva of Portugal. Check it out here!

Aug 24, 2021
Evership Review in the Video Blog from Notes!
Video blog "Notes" takes the opportunity to review 'The Uncrowned Kin - Act 1'. While not a fan of the album cover, check out the review. Very insightful. Thank you, Notes! Check it out here!

August 7th, 2021
A 9.1 / 10 Album 3 Review by Strutterzine! (Holland)
Alas, we can't link to the print magazine articles in other countries, but if you where are in the Netherlands you may have read the very favorable review by Gabor Kleinbloesem for Strutterzine on Evership's third album. Concluding with "...this band is an absolute must for you to check out and their new album should be in the hands of every dedicated prog/pomprock fan out there!" Can we agree? yes. Thank you Gabor!

August 8th, 2021
Album 3 Review by Progarchy!
A very enjoyable and unique review by Bryan Morey from Progarchy.com. "All in all, The Uncrowned King: Act 1 is a wonderful album...". Thanks Bryan! Check it out here

August 3rd, 2021
Album 3 Review in Highland Magazine! (French)
The french print magazine Highland Issue #108 sights Evership as "..establishing themselves firmly in the American Progressive landscape" and of The Uncrowned King - Act 1 "a top album of the year"! Kind and colorful review by Ditier Gonzolas!

July 21st, 2021
Album 3 Review on ProgRadar.org! (UK)
Deep-dive from UK reviewer John Wentlock-Smith of ProgRadar. John has always taken the time to digest our lyrics and search for the soul of the music! Thank you John again for an insightful review, and for this: "Evership are...the new face of American Prog"! Check it out here!

June 22nd, 2021
Album 3 Review on Progwereld! (Dutch)
Wonderful review by Maarten Goossensen of Progwereld.org! We so appreciate the European reviewers for taking the time to listen and reflect. Maarten seems to have enjoyed the album. "Lang leve koning Evership!!" Dank, Maarten! Check it out here!

June 18th, 2021
Album 3 Review on ProgCritique! (French)
Evership is reviewed for first time on French ezine ProgCritique.com. Great review, Merci Pierre! Check it out here!

June 10th, 2021
Album 3 Review on SonicPerspectives!
Evership's 3rd Album gets an 8/10 from SonicPerspectives, pretty good by their standards! "This journey is well worth the taking." Thanks for the review Scott! Check it out here!

June 9th, 2021
Album 3 Review on ProgProfil Radio! (Canada/French)
Evership album 3 is given a great review by Québec's Profil Radio sister blog, progprofil.com. Thank you Alain Massard! Check it out here! (Google Translate available)

June 6th, 2021
Album 3 Review on SpiritOfCecilia!
Nashville's own Thaddeus Wert has been a gentleman to follow the release of Evership's 3rd release and provides us a warm and consise review on the wonderful music/books/poetry/film review site spiritofcecilia.com! "The Uncrowned King Act 1 Rules!" Thanks Thad! Check it out here!

June 3rd, 2021
Album 3 Review on Progarchives!
Evership Album 3 gets a well-thought and insightful 5/5 from alainPP of ProgArchives. First comparison to Royal Hunt! Check it out here!

June 2nd, 2021
Album 3 Review by Esther's Rock Blog! (Netherlands)
We love Esther! She was an early adopter of Evership and has always given honest and insightful reviews. We're glad she likes our third offering 'The Uncrowned King - Act 1'. "The balance between complexity and accessibility is fine." Thank you Esther for the review! Check out the translation here. (Deutsch as well)

June 1th, 2021
Album 3 Review on ProgArchives!
Album 3 gets a 5/5 from ProgArchive's Dream Nebula. "I would not be surprised if this album ends up being the top album of 2021 since it is just that good"! Check out review here!

May 23rd, 2021
Album 3 Review on METAL ADDICTS! (Bosnia/Herzegovina)
Paleto was one of the first reviewers we had. So glad he continues to follow the band with his driven reporting and reviews. Always glad to be apart of the metal scene as appreciated! Check it out here!

May 22rd, 2021
First Album 3 Review on Prog Archives!
As the reviews start coming in, we're glad to see responses from prog archives so early. Thank you Cindy (omphaloskepsis) for your thorough and lyrical review! "One of my top five 2021 albums...so far". Check it out here!

May 21st, 2021
Evership Interviewed on HouseOfProg Radio!
HouseofProg Radio's Marty Dorfman interviews Evership and plays the entire new album 'The Uncrowned King - Act 1' on The Waiting Room prog show! Shane and Beau discuss the record, their process and what it was like to record during covid. 'The Waiting Room' plays every Friday night at 8:00 EST! Check it out here!

May 21st, 2021
Evership Releases 3rd Album!
Evership releases their third album 'The Uncrowned King - Act 1' today! The first act of an epic tale about the nature of Truth. Buy the CD Here!

May 14th, 2021
New Merchandise Available!
New merchandise is now available at the Evership Store. A great way to support the band and represent!

May 7th, 2021
First Album 3 Review from CD Services in UK!
UK Distributor delivers a fine review of the new Evership's album The Uncrowned King-Act 1. Check it out here!

May 7rd, 2021
Evership Releases New Music Video for The Uncrowned King-Act 1
Evership releases a new visual overture to their 3rd album The Uncrowned King-Act 1. Check it out here!

April 24rd, 2021
Proglodytes.com Video Interviews Evership About New Album
Proglodytes.com editor Thomas Hatton catches up with Shane and Beau in the studio to discuss in detail the concept behind their new project The Uncrowned King. Check it out here!

April 23rd, 2021
Evership Releases New Single "Allthetime"
Evership releases a new Single Allthetime from their upcoming release The Uncrowned King - Act 1. Available digitally wherever you listen to music!

April 23rd, 2021
Evership Announces Third Album
Evership announces their new album:The Uncrowned King- Act 1! This is the first release of a two part Rock Opera based on the book by Harold Bell Wright. Available May 21st! Pre-order now!

March 17th, 2021
New Evership Single "Allthetime" Featured in PROG Magazine
Evership single Allthetime will be featured on the CD Sampler of PROG Magazine, issue #119 hitting newsstands on April 23rd! This is an early mix of the song!

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."

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 at Welcome to 1979 Studios and was released a year later, again to exceptional reviews.

The Evership momentum continued in 2017 and the band was invited to perform in the second iteration of New Jersey's new Progressive Rock festival "ProgStock", in 2018. But after RosFest the Evership live band went through a change-up, as the members who joined Shane and Beau to support RosFest were largely part of the original album effort and moved on to other pursuits. Jaymi Millard went on to play with Mark Slaughter and was replaced by Ben Young. James moved back to Atlanta and was replaced by John Rose. Jesse Hardin, who was part of the live effort, went on to pursue his own project (Coatsworth Drive) and was replaced by Matt Harrell. Taking time to secure new members lasted into 2018.

Simultaneous to getting the new band up to speed, Shane embarked on creating a second Evership record to keep up the momentum. What took 10 years for the first record, took 10 months for the second. "I was over-extended but I was compelled to keep the continuity of Evership in front of our listeners and the media. And in a way, I had to clear my head of the first run of material. There is so much more to do!"

Evership II began in January of 2018 and was released on October 19th, 2018. The music received almost instantaneous international praise with a record number of reviews and sales in a short amount of time for the act. "Evership II is really the rest of what would otherwise have been on the Debut. The best way to listen to Evership II is to listen to the debut first and then go into the second. It will make more sense."

The sophomore record retains James Atkinson on most of the lead guitars, but otherwise the line-up includes most of the new live band; with Ben Young on Bass and Chapman Stick, and the classically-trained John Rose on rhythm electric, classical, acoustic and slide guitars. Beau West continues to shine on lead vocals and Shane fills out the remainder of the instrumentation, with the exception of the opening track which includes some live performance material from live drummer Joel Grumblatt and some guitar work from former bandmate Jesse Hardin. Shane also managed to incorporate a live orchestra and another session with the Charles Heimermann Chorale. The artist Philip Willis was re-engaged to create the new album artwork in the celebrated style of the first album. Portions of Evership II where performed at ProgStock 2018.

In 2019 Evership released their first official music video to the opening cut; "The Serious Room" to wide praise. The band's proliferation that year caught the notice of PROG magazine and Evership was featured in an interview in issue 97 (along with Yes and Alan Parsons)!

In the break after the Evership II support tour and during Codiv, Shane completed writing/curating their third and fourth albums; a two-act rock opera based on a literary work by Harold Bell Wright entitled 'The Uncrowned King'! The same Evership II band lineup performed the recording and the unique photography of Rory White graces the covers for an altogether different and catching effect. The single 'Allthetime' was released April 23nd to great fan and industry acclaim, appeared on PROG magazine's CD Sampler (Issue #119) and aired internationally on terrestrial and internet radio. The album 'The Uncrowned King - Act 1' was released on May 21st, 2021 and garnered many Best Album of 2021 from reviewers and fans! The epic music video to 'The Tower' aired on November 24th of that year. Act II is expected to release in Fall 2022, with the first single "Coronation" released June 22nd. Michael Sadler of Saga provides a guest appearance. Evership is in full-sail again and the journey continues strong!