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"Bad Love Pain" By RW (Ray William) Roldan Is Selected for BWH Music Group's 'Keepin' It Country'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Topanga, California)

BWH Music Group Is Proud To Announce That RW (Ray William) Roldan's Song “Bad Love Pain” Has Been Selected for Keepin' It Country, Vol. One, by Various Artists, A Country Compilation Album Comprised Of An Eclectic Mix of 17 Songs By Today's Best Independent Country Artists and Songwriters.

About "Bad Love Pain" is a song about the crazy roller coaster ride of emotions and dramatic experiences of young love. The song's viewpoint is from an outside observer (it could be a parent seeing they're kid go through it). The heart can override the head when it comes to common sense. "Bad Love Pain" was written and performed by Ray William Roldan and recorded at The Out Post Recording Studio in Topanga, Ca by Max Allyn.

"This song is Killer. It is very cool, really interesting, and I just love that kind of vibe and that electric guitar"! - Dan Hodges Music (after screening Bad Love Pain for for West Coast Songwriters).

About RW Roldan

Sometimes true love, or in RW Roldan’s case, reconnecting with a beloved childhood sweetheart, is all it takes to bring out the best in an artist. It's never too late to find your true love or your "boldest and most honest" musical expression.

More energized and creative than ever, RW Roldan is on fire with a new album , Can You Feel This. The true core of the album is heard in “Lauryn’s Song,” a reflection on his reunion with the woman who is now his wife. He sings, “I’ve known you since I was a young man/But hell! We never really had ourselves a good plan/Then the winds of change blew us away/But brought us back another day.” In the romantic chorus, he declares, “Lauren, you’re the best of me. . .To love you is my destiny.”

Previously, RW had been recording under various band monikers since emerging with his debut album In California Country in 2006. After years of leading the popular ensembles Swing Samurai and Broke Fence (and recording under those names), Roldan, flush with a fresh burst of intense inspiration,released Can You Feel This. Teaming with engineer/producer Max Allyn of The Outpost, the13 soulful tracks invite longtime fans and welcome newcomers into the deeply emotional experience.

Throughout his career, Roldan has written about what he knows and has lived. It all started with a rough childhood, growing up (sometimes on the streets) in North Hollywood after his mom moved him and his siblings out west from New Jersey, where the singer’s father was killed when he was only five. Roldan grew up listening to Elvis, Hank Williams, Rick Nelson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and George Jones and has fond memories of his grandfather, a drummer, telling him stories and playing Jim Croce and James Taylor for him. Reflecting his old school way of composing and recording, and the joys he felt growing up in a time when record stores were the norm, the singer is also releasing Can You Feel This on vinyl.

“There are a couple of reasons vinyl exists in this universe,” he says. “You can hold, touch and smell it, and it’s packaged with incredible cover art, which was one of the ways I was introduced to new artists coming up. It’s hard to feel that kind of connection with a CD, downloading or streaming.”

Determined to overcome his hardscrabble roots and provide for his own family, Roldan set music aside for years as he successfully pursued other more mainstream careers. When he finally set his mind to making music, Roldan quickly made up for lost time, recording with famed musicians like Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams), John J.T. Thomas (Bruce Hornsby), Rick Shea (Dave Alvin, Rosie Perez), Bruce Watson (Rod Stewart), Chuck Kavoorus, and Brad Cobb (Tori Amos), David Chamberlain (Roy Buchanan, Manhattan Transfer). Ray's band also includes Mark Hayes (lead guitar) and Luke Hayes (drums). His two Swing Samurai albums received extensive airplay throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia, and songs from those were featured on compilations with greats like Tim McGraw, Billy Yates and The Bellamy Brothers. In addition, Roldan’s tunes have been top finalists in numerous Song of the Year competitions and in 2007, he won “Top 25 songs CD” for IndieMusiccom. The following year, he scored eleven finalist nominations for “Man of Steel” through the FameGame Effigy Awards.

“On those earlier projects, I was grateful to work with so many incredible musicians and producers, but Can You Feel This takes my songwriting and overall artistry to a whole new level,” says Roldan. “I love the vibe that is behind the work Max and I have done, just as I am so appreciative of the fact that I have found someone like Lauryn who can help me tell these stories. I feel like people these days need this kind of authenticity in their music. I really believe that the true spirituality of this world flows through art, whether music, painting or sculpture, and there are a lot of things that need to be said. So many people in life are closed off to so much and don’t even realize it. For me, music is the most powerful way to pull back those curtains that sometimes make us feel we are alone in the universe.”

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About BWH Music Group

BWH Music Group works with today's finest emerging independent artists to achieve common goals in sound and artist promotion offering Recording Services, Compilation Releases, Music Public Relations, and National Indie Radio. "BWH Music Group has become synonymous with hosting some of the biggest and brightest young stars on their roster." (GasHouse Radio). #RWRayWilliamRoldan #BadLovePain #KeepinItCountry #CountryMusicNews #BestIndependentCountryArtists #BestIndependentCountryMusicSongwriters #CountryCompilationAlbums #CountryMix #BWHMusicGroup


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