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A monster instrumentalist who can do everything, Richie Kotzen plays tough, swaggering hard rock without apology. His incredible technical abilities are beyond most mortals, and he finds plenty of openings to slot in his dexterous guitarwork. “Help Me” has a guitar solo that climbs up one side of a mountain before rappelling down the other. “OMG (What’s Your Name?)” jams out a vicious funk. Kotzen’s days with Poison and Mr. Big inform his songwriting. He can write catchy when he needs to. His days with Stanley Clarke inform his playing, and his solo work is a showcase for his immense instrumental talents. Fans of guitar work have plenty to chew on here. Kotzen writes some difficult chapters with the slash and burn of “24 Hours” and the bluesy southern rock of “Love Is Blind,” which also features Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell. Kotzen now plays without a guitar pick, giving him an unusual freedom. He’s even a bit of a soul singer; the sensual “Tell Me That It’s Easy” evokes memories of Rod Stewart.

Customer Reviews

Richie just keeps getting better..

24 Hours is another solid release by Richie..Richie plays all instruments on this release, well on most of his release's, but he has Jerry Cantrell singing background vocals on "Love Is Blind" and he even has his daughter(August) singing background vocals on a couple of tunes...Another great job Richie..

Great Album

As usual ,.. Kotzen has produced another absolute must have album . This artist is trully gifted . If any of you have the chance to see Kotzen live... it's amazing...The master has struck again .. He slows it down a bit here and is rockin' the funk , and soul grooves . The only suggestion I would make is,... down the road on the next album, get Carmine Appice for the drum work . That would be a killer combination .

Good soul, good groove, great album!!!

For those of you who are not familiar with Richie Kotzen's work, this is a great album to get acquainted with him. Known as a great guitar player, he lives up to his name here, but he also has a wonderful, very soulful voice. The album is mostly a mix of bluesy rock, with a little bit of soul and funk in the mix. Track number 6 “Stop Me” is my all time favorite on the album, but the title track “24 Hours”, “Help Me”, and “OMG” are also very strong. If I’m going to criticize anything at all, it would be the length, with only ten songs. Also on “24 Hours” his singing starts out purposely distorted, but I think this takes away from the song. There is also a buzzing sound during the chorus of “Help Me” that’s probably keyboard, but sounds like a bunch of locusts.
That said, it is still a great album. If you are looking for something a little heavier than check out his album “Into the Black”, but for a good solid groove, this will do.


Born: February 3, 1970 in Reading, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Guitar virtuoso Richie Kotzen burst onto the heavy metal scene as a teenager with a lightning-fast guitar technique. After recording three albums for the Shrapnel label -- including his 1989 self-titled debut, the following year's Fever Dream, and 1991's Electric Joy -- he was recruited into the party-metal group Poison to replace C.C. DeVille, who was forced out of the band due to his substance abuse problems. Kotzen recorded 1993's Native Tongue with the group, and the album showcased his shredding...
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