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Heart’s Nancy Wilson Officially Announces Roadcase Royale

Heart‘s Nancy Wilson is taking some time off this year from the band, and she’s starting up a new project, Roadcase Royale.

The group finds Wilson and a trio of Heart vets — keyboardist Chris Joyner, bassist Dan Rothchild and drummer Ben Smith — working alongside former Prince vocalist Liv Warfield and lead guitarist Ryan Waters to produce what a press release promises is “muscular rock with some R&B/Blues and in depth ballads thrown in.”

Wilson has stressed that this band isn’t replacing Heart, but is excited to take this band as far as it can go.

“When I came up with the name Roadcase Royale, it was an interesting symbol to me,” said Wilson. “The big heavy-duty road cases that our amps, drums, and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road — strong and regal looking, yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”

Roadcase Royale’s debut single, “Get Loud,” leads off a promised EP’s worth of new material that’s set to arrive in conjunction with tour dates.

Heart’s Nancy Wilson Collaborating With Former New Power Generation Member

Founding Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson is launching a new side project with Liv Warfield, a former member of Prince’s backing group New Power Generation. The project will be called Roadcase.

Wilson’s posted on her Facebook page, three other Heart members — drummer Ben Smith, bassist Dan Rothchild and keyboardist Chris Joyner, will be part of the project.

Wilson and Warfield both posted a photo of them together, along with the note, “Brand new year. New friends. New music… #Roadcase.”

 

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