Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Guns N’ Roses bassist releases solo album today

Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson releases his second solo album, “One Man Mutiny,” today.

The album was produced by Phillip Broussard, Jr. and recorded at Tommy's Bipolarbear studios in both Los Angeles and suburban Philadelphia. The exception would be the title track, which was recorded with GNR members Dizzy Reed and Richard Fortus in the restaurant of the Conrad Hotel in Brussels, Belgium on a day off from their 2010 European tour, which was documented on video on Tommy's web site.

You can preview the full disc now – it’s streaming in its entirety at AOL Music here.

A year after Stinson's online auction raised nearly $50,000 for children ravaged by last year's earthquake in Haiti, the AP reports the bassist is getting ready to help out again.

Tommy plans to donate half of the proceeds from the new project to Timkatec, a nonprofit that houses and educates homeless children in the Port-au-Prince area. “It could be a little, it could be a lot, depending on how the record does," he told The AP.

Timkatec was able to enlarge one of its main buildings and increase enrollment by around 200 children after last year's auction, Stinson said. He put some of his guitars and trademark custom-made plaid suits on the auction block last summer, along with concert passes and other items, after visiting Haiti to attend a graduation ceremony for 60 young men from Timkatec who earned trade degrees.

The school, founded in 1994 by a Roman Catholic priest, trains destitute boys to work as plumbers, electricians, tailors, shoemakers and construction workers; its sister school trains teenage girls as cooks, hairdressers, seamstresses and child care workers.

Haiti has been painfully slow to rebound, and its place in the international spotlight has dimmed, since the magnitude-7 quake pulverized the capital on Jan. 12, 2010. Rubble from thousands of collapsed buildings remains where they fell and The International Organization for Migration estimates about 630,000 Haitians are still without homes.

"I'm probably not going to get to do another auction this year because I don't have enough items for it," he said with a laugh. In the meantime, he is encouraging his friends in the music world to help the organization and hopes that the new record will create additional awareness of Timkatec and its mission, as well as more funding.

Stinson, who is also finishing up a new record with fellow Minneapolis natives Soul Asylum and hitting the road with GNR in October, hopes to find time in his crammed schedule to return to Haiti in the fall.

"There still might be a small window of opportunity for me to do that in September ... for the start of the new school season," he said, "to see the new building and especially to see the kids. The kids are what it's all about."

Tommy Stinson
"One Man Mutiny"
Release date: August 30, 2011

01. Don't Deserve You
02. It's A Drag
03. Meant To Be
04. All This Way For Nothing
05. Come To Hide
06. Seize The Moment
07. Zero To Stupid
08. Match Made In Hell
09. Destroy Me
10. One Man Mutiny

Tommy Stinson Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson – One Man Mutiny
Conrad Hotel - Brussels, Belgium – September 28, 2010

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