Guitarist Steve Schenkel and singer Ashley Mason will issue their latest duo CD, Hold On To Love, on Sunday, February 14.
An official release date on Valentine's Day makes perfect sense thematically, since "this is an album of songs about all aspects of love - romantic love, love for family, and love for friends," said Schenkel. Blending jazz, rock and pop influences, Hold On To Love (pictured) features 15 tracks penned by an eclectic selection of songwriters ranging from Jerome Kern and Bob Dorough to Bruce Springsteen, Karla Bonoff, Sting and U2.
Schenkel and Mason's first CD, the holiday-themed A Midnight Clear, was released in 2008. For their latest effort, Schenkel, who has been Professor of Music at Webster University since 1980, once again plays guitar, bass and keyboards, while Mason, a 2005 grad of Webster U., handles the vocals.
Hold On To Love will be on sale here in St. Louis at Webster Records, and available online via CDBaby, which also will oversee distribution through iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and other Internet vendors. You can hear samples from the CD on Schenkel's website.