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"TARTH SHOOKE" (released March 2002) now available from Metaphoric Music Productions!

To order, send $12 USD (North American Continent)
or $15 USD (Other Continents) per CD to:
Brian Preston
c/o Metaphoric Music Productions
P.O. Box 3042
Durham, NC 27715 USA
Your CD will be shipped immediately upon receipt of order with payment

Also available with a credit card from CDBaby!
Also at are sound samples and current reviews of Tarth Shooke and Sirius Matter

Audiophiles take note!
Tarth Shooke was mixed and mastered by Chris Stamey of Modern Recording
who's list of credits includes the Golden Palominos, Chris Cutler,
Grammy award nominees Squirrel Nut Zippers and many, many others.

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Don't miss PROGNIGHT 2002!
Friday August 30, 2002
Local 506, West Franklin St. Chapel Hill
This is a Pre-ProgDay 2002 Show!
$10 at the door - Early Show (8PM) - Standing Room Only
Please call us at Metaphoric Music if any questions: 919-382-2972
Go to for more info

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Samples of some CURRENT REVIEWs:
"Smokin' Granny's third release is a euphoric collection of instrumental progressive rock, fusion, and live- in- the -studio improvisations that will leave the listener in awe of the sheer synergy that these players have together. Recalling the eclectic nature of vintage Frank Zappa, and the furious interplay of King Crimson, Smokin' Granny have conjured up a strong successor to their last project, Sirius Matter."
Sea of Tranquility, Pete Pardo,

"Sounding like a big jam session between the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report on some King Crimson tunes, Tarth Shooke features blazing performances from guitarists Steve Hatch and David Oskardmay, bassist Brian Preston, drummer Jeffrey Damon Lindsey and wind player Todd Barbee, but the quintet never lets their flashy fingerings get the better of the actual tunes. For fans of: King Crimson, Happy the Man, High Tide"
High Bias, May 2002; Archives; Aural Fixations (4/14/02)

"North Carolina based instrumental powerhouse Smokin' Granny returns with the follow up to 1999's Sirius Matter. And it comes as no surprise to me that this is their hottest set to date. In many ways calmer, lower volume, and more ambient than their previous releases, Tarth Shooke also includes some of the most intricately structured compositions the Grannies has come up with yet. The band is all over the place shifting pace and thematic gears continually but seamlessly. This is the kind of stuff that will make fans of complex but inventive prog rock drool."
Aural Innovations,

"Exploratory improvisations weave tapestries of many interesting textures, from industrial noise, ambient washes, and angular melodies to pounding rhythms that coalesce into intriguing excursions. The powerful yet subtle percussion and buoyant bass anchor and propel the pieces forward, lending a strong backbone to the acoustic/electric guitar interplay and wind sounds. While content to ride and develop a groove, the band isn't afraid to let loose with some scorching riffs at any given moment. The shorter songs and interludes act as microscopic previews of directions and themes tackled at length in the longer pieces. A totally unique and wild blend of instrumental rock, "It smokes without Fire".
-Mike Prete [April 2002] ; Giant ProgWeed Music Reviews

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