Euro Country Rock Stars Release First Nashville Album
Legendary tattoo artist Mario Barth leads “About Kings,” Europe’s hardest hitting Country Rock band which has just recorded its first all-English US album in Nashville, “Go Big or Go Home.” The new 14 song Album was produced by Grammy & Oscar nominated Music Producer & songwriter/musician Kent Wells (Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Carly Pearce, The Whites, Linda Davis), and recorded at Sound Stage Studios and Dark Horse Recording. “About Kings” band formed in 2017, and is fronted by Mario Barth’s powerful lead vocals and guitar, with fellow famed tattoo artist Bob Tyrrell on rhythm guitar. Croatia’s guitar god Alen Brentini sails on lead guitar / vocals, paired with gifted country rock musician Kevin Ogburn on bass, and Nashville native Shane Hoskins’ driving drums.
“About Kings” is originally from Austria, and they have played to crowds of over 80,000 in Europe, and toured with Austrian superstar singer Andreas Gabalier. Incredibly for a Southern Rock Country Band, their first album was primarily sung in German! The record was a hit in Europe. Songs from their album, “Guardian Angel” passed 1 million Plays on Spotify, and the music video for their song “Easy Rider” currently has over 2 million Views on YouTube. Their song “Weikhard Uhr” hit #13 on iTunes chart Austria.
The creative force in “About Kings” is driven from the core of the band members as true artists, and not just in music. In addition to being a top Euro Country Rock artist, Mario Barth is one of the greatest tattoo artists in the world… ever. He was just voted by the Tattoo Society “Artist of the Year” for 2021. Mario has created the art for and tattooed some of the world’s top musicians, actors, artist’s and celebrities, from Sylvester Stallone and Chris Angel to Tommy Lee, Lenny Kravitz and Usher. Barth is a true visionary in his craft and art. He is also entrepreneur and business force as Owner-Chief Tattoo Artist at Starlight Tattoo and Mario Barth Tattoo, with studios in New Jersey, Las Vegas and Austria. He is Owner-Founder of premiere tattoo ink manufacturer, INTENZE Products, Inc, that is the standard for excellence and safety in the industry worldwide, and Co-Founder-Owner of the Tattoo-Music themed bar “Drink’d” coming to the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas.
Mario is also the leader of the Coalition for Tattoo Safety, a non-profit global organization that is a leader in tattoo art educational instruction, skills training, artist and vendor network connection, the protection of tattoo artists’ health and safety, as well as being an industry watchdog and lobbying for fair legislation and separation between the cosmetics and tattoo industries. Also a leading member of the Coalition is Mario’s bandmate and killer guitarist, Bob Tyrrell, who is himself one of the world’s most talented tattoo artists, having appeared on TV series “Ink Master” as a judge, and famously tattooed Kid Rock’s back.
“About Kings” made their U.S. Debut on October 27, 2021 at the “Life In Ink Concert” at The Mosaic On The Strip in Las Vegas, performing with Country Music megastar hitmakers “Lonestar” (CMA & Academy of Country Music multi-Award winners with NINE #1 hits and 20 charted singles including: “Amazed”, “Come Cryin’ To Me” and “No News”, “Smile”, “What About Now”, “Tell Her”, “I’m Already There”, “Mr. Mom”, “My Front Porch Looking In”) and Tyler Rich, Gold Record Country artist with hits “The Difference” and new release “Better Than You’re Used Too.” At the packed concert, About Kings premiered the first single “Heaven On Down The Highway,” just released from their new album “Go Big or Go Home.”
About Kings: AboutKings.com
Mario Barth: MarioBarthTattoo.com