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California Transit Authority Releases 'full Circle' Debut Album August 14

California Transit Authority (CTA)--Danny Seraphine (drums), Marc Bonilla (guitar), Peter Fish (keyboards), Mick Mahan (bass), Larry Braggs (lead vocals) and Edward Harris Roth (keyboards)—will release their long-awaited debut album, FULL CIRCLE (Street Sense Records), on August 14 via Amazon and other online outlets worldwide.

While a U.S. tour is currently in the works, CTA will be performing a free concert at the Long's Park Amphitheatre in Lancaster, PA on Sunday, June 10.

When it initially arrived on the scene, Chicago was known as Chicago Transit Authority or CTA. As such, California Transit Authority is drummer Danny Seraphine's trip back to the future, effectively tipping his hat to his past with his feet firmly planted in the here and now.

Aptly titled FULL CIRCLE, CTA's debut album brings Seraphine back to his roots. Yet the journey wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for a series of unfortunate events that led the drummer to pack away his kit for 17 years as he battled his personal demons until he rediscovered his muse.

While CTA revisits early Chicago classics "I'm A Man" (featuring Sheila E. on timbales, Alex Acuna--who's performed with Paul McCartney, U2, Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald--on congas and Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer on the organ), "Make Me Smile" and "Colour My World" on FULL CIRCLE, CTA isn't just a nostalgia trip. "I wouldn't have been involved in it if it was a revival thing or tribute band," guitarist Marc Bonilla says. "That's why we wanted to take those songs, the early ones and rework them, rearrange them, and bring them up to date."

For example, "Make Me Smile" has been transformed into an instrumental, with Bonilla recreating the vocal lines on guitar. In addition, the guitarist has also re-imagined many of Chicago's classic horn parts on his guitar.

Another twist is vocalist Braggs, the voice of Tower of Power since 2000. "Terry's singing had a lot of soul, blue-eyed soul, but it's great to have Larry come in and do a new take on the songs with a different kind of soul," Bonilla says.

Aside from the re-workings of the Chicago tracks, FULL CIRCLE revisits Bonilla's "Antonio's Love Jungle," which is given new life as Seraphine's human touch replaces the original's drum-machine rhythms, as well as "Something Different," the Cannonball Adderley track composed by a young Chuck Mangione. A new original track, "Several Thousand," features guest vocalist Wes Quave.

California Transit Authority in-store appearance at Borders Chicago

WHO: CALIFORNIA TRANSIT AUTHORITY (Danny Seraphine – drums, Marc Bonilla – guitar, Peter Fish – keyboards, Mick Mahan – bass, Larry Braggs – lead vocals, Edward Harris Roth – keyboards)

WHAT: Ex-Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine makes his triumphant return to the music world with his new project, California Transit Authority. The band will be performing songs from their forthcoming album, FULL CIRCLE and signing autographs for fans at an in-store appearance celebrating the album’s release on August 14 (Street Sense Records).

This will be the only retail outlet for fans in Chicago to purchase the new album, either at the in-store or after the release date.

Aptly titled FULL CIRCLE, CTA’s debut album brings Seraphine back to his roots after being unceremoniously ousted 17 years ago from Chicago, a band he helped found and define for 23 years.

Connections magazine raved: “Once in a great while, an album will be so irresistibly brilliant that you’ll long to hear it repeatedly. FULL CIRCLE is such an album…CTA has created a delicious blend of fusion-infused, jazzed-up funk with a powerful edge that oozes a passion for deeply intricate arrangements…All around perfection!”


WHERE: Borders Chicago 830 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 573-0564