New Album - Home (2022)
Home (2022)Bill Rotella
I was getting ready to share 9 new songs on a new album titled "XV", it being my 15th album. Then a drawing by my young granddaughter caught my attention. It led to song #10 and a new album title, “Home”. This album may catch a few listeners by surprise with its horns, Hawaiian guitars and touch of salsa along side my usual picking and strumming. Hope you enjoy the new album!
Do Me Good - The 1st single from the new album 'home'
Do Me Good (2022)Bill Rotella
Hey Friends, summer is on the doorstep! I remember being in the backyard hanging by the cement pond hearing my dad blow his horns from the studio attached to the garage. Especially that baritone sax. Those were good days. So, I went back again to write this song. Come on and "hop in the seat, roll down the window and turn up the radio". Hope this helps open the door to your great summer.
Forever Seventeen - The 2nd single from the new album 'Home'
Forever Seventeen (2022)Bill Rotella
Dedicated to all the great high school girlfriends we guys were fortunate to have had. It seems we never forget the firsts. Our first ball game, the first album we bought, first girlfriend, first love, and… the first one that got away. Some things, and some people, we never forget. "They’re tucked inside our memories. There were no guarantees but you and I will be forever seventeen."
Listen - The 3rd single from the new album 'Home'
Listen (2022)Bill Rotella
My great and groovy engineer Kevin Fisher and I had a good time cooking up this new song that started on my ukulele then somehow ended up in a Latin blender.
Smoke & The Earthtones (2021)
Smoke & The Earthtones (2021)Bill Rotella
"Smoke & The Earthtones" is Bill Rotella's 14th studio album. Written and recorded during quarantine 2020, this album contains 11 new songs and a bonus track written by Bill's father and recorded by Slim Whitman in 1960. Grounded from cancelled tours, The Earthtones recorded in the round and really captured the feel and sound of the '70's. Also available on vinyl.
"Bill Rotella combines lyrical prowess with slick guitars and solid grooves on Smoke & The Earthtones. A good retro listen."
"Smoke & The Earthtones delivers the vintage sound of cool California Rock."
Pam Baumgardner - VenturaRocks.com
"'The Other Side' single is blistering. This is socio-political fisticuffswith the soulful power of Jackson Browne and Bruce Cockburn"
Harry Watters - Wavelength LA
"Americana fans will appreciate this artist."
Bill Rotella - Wishing Well (Official Video)
My friend Shawn Bouyer drew 5 beautiful illustrations while listening to ‘Wishing Well’ from the Smoke & The Earthtones album. I’m honored to share them in this video. Her illustrations put to my music represent the story perfectly. I hope you enjoy this intergenerational and interracial message. Combining art and music can certainly tell a story. More of her art can be viewed on IG @shawnbouyer.