Sun King Rising Offers Special Pre-Order Packages for New Album Signs & Wonder

Signs & Wonder is a collection of Sun King Rising’s southern noir stories set to music, with a cast of colorful characters, intrigue, tales of sin and redemption, murder without justice, and love without limits. Had William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams been lyricists, they might have written deeply nuanced musical stories like Sun King Rising.

Blangero’s music draws from his southern family roots, the literary genius of William Faulkner, the bluesy compositional brilliance of George Gershwin, the blue-eyed soul of Elton John, and the funky rhythms and horns of the 60s-70s Muscle Shoals. Soaring electric guitars add spice to this gumbo. It is a unique fusion of innate design with heartfelt musical expression— “the Genetics of Soul.”

“With this album, Sun King Rising has made a quantum leap,” says Katona. “Musically and lyrically, Signs & Wonders rocks hard while engaging the imagination. It is thematically coherent, complex, and sophisticated.”

Blangero attributes this to the vastly improved circumstances under which Acker was able to produce it. “We started recording the first album in January 2020. Two months later, the COVID-19 pandemic locked the whole world down,” he says.

Coping with resulting restrictions on travel and meetings forced Blangero and Acker to complete the production remotely, with thirty-two different players and singers recording in multiple studios across the country. Says Blangero, “It was a logistical challenge, to say the least.”

With Signs & Wonders, the production team had no such hurdles. Recording again at Pittsburgh’s Maplewood Studio with engineer David Granati at the helm, Acker put together a full 5-piece band, a horn section, and a background chorus with the city’s most acclaimed talents. “Most of the cuts on the album we recorded live at Maplewood, with the same band,” Acker explained, “resulting in a far more consistent sound. The logistics were a breeze.”

PeacockSunrise Records, CD Catalog No. PSR-1-008


1. Bitter Waters Sweetened 04:20
2. No. 6 Magnolia Avenue 04:11
3. Lanterns On The Levee 03:58
4. Buried In The Blues Again 03:56
5. Jubal Takes A Wife 04:29
6. She Was A Blonde 04:56
7. One More Story To Tell 03:24
8. Low Wine And Cruel Ruin 04:39
9. Anchorless 05:48
10. Alabama Nocturne 03:01 

Signs & Wonders Sessions

John Blangero – Piano, Keys, Lead Vocals, Orchestral Arrangements 
George Perilli – Drums on all tracks except 4 and 10 
Roger Humphreys – Drums 4 
George Elliott – Bass Guitar on all tracks 
Willie Ross – Guitar 1 2,3 4.5,8 
Steve Schuffert – Guitar 6,7 8 9 
Ace Acker – Acoustic Guitar 3 
Fred Delu – Electric Piano 4 
Background Vocal Arrangements by 
Stevee Wellons and Ace Acker 
Background Singers: 
Stevee Wellons – All tracks but 10 
Joy Brown – 1,3,4,5,7,8, 
Bernice Wilkerson – 1,3,4,5,7,8 
Pete Hewlett – 6,9 
Ace – 2,6,9 
Raloh Guzzi – Horn Arrangements 
Ralph Guzzi, Eric Defade, Kevin McManus – Horn Section 
Kennv Blake – Saxophone 4

Engineered by David Granati 
Recorded at Maplewood Studio, Ambridge, PA 
Mixed and Mastered by Brian Foraker 
Produced by Ace Acker 
Album Art by Clint English

Pre-orders for the long-awaited 2nd album Signs & Wonders pre-order options.

Digital Pre-order Special – $ 10
CD Pre-order Special No. 1 – Signs & Wonders for $12
CD Pre-order Special No. 2 – Signs & Wonders plus Delta Tales for $20

Pre-order only offer… purchase the new album Signs and Wonder and get the first single “No. 6 Magnolia Avenue” now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app, and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

Digital album releases September 30, 2022
CD ship out on or around September 15, 2022


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