live performances of 'Tide's In', 'Doliber's Cove', 'Kick It!', more...
April 2009: named a Finalist in the influential International Songwriting Competition ('The songwriting competition to take note of' says The New York Times) for 'Catch Me If You Can'. You can hear the tune at MySpace.com/BrianRolland it comes right on.
'The Tide's In' debuted at #3 on the NAR charts for April, 2008 and was later named among their Top 100 Albums of the Year at #32. 'Doliber's Cove' was the #1 Sirius Satellite New Age Single in July 2008 and still in the TOP10 as of mid October 2008.
"'The Tide's In' is a joyful, life-affirming collection of world-jazz songs and instrumentals....In a phrase, this is one great album!"
-Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano
In 2007, 'Dreams of Brazil' was up for nomination for 'Best Instrumental Album-Acoustic' for the 2006 New Age Reporter awards. After going to #12 during 4 months on those charts, the album also made their Top 100 Albums of the Year at #68 out of 2800 releases.
Serendipity: the experience of making unexpected, fortunate, happy,
providential discoveries accidentally.
It is a rare opportunity when one discovers something in sound and immediately knows to listen carefully. There is that magic in Brian Rolland's unique compositions and exceptional guitar style. His music is rooted in a lifetime of study and subsequent mastery of the classical instrument. This mastery flows innately through the lyrical masses we know as folk, country, rock,blues and with outstanding finesse travels though the progressional phases of Jazz.
'Brian Rolland is a musical revelation, one of the most eclectic guitarists I've heard.'
-Ron Della Chiesa WGBH Boston
'Touching, Soothing, Perfect. Awesome interpretation of the music of love'
KRTU, San Antonio, Texas
'... a truly wonderful gift for every music lover, Brian Rolland's music raises the spirit'
-Serge Kozlovsky Minsk Radio, Belarus
'...a highly acclaimed jazz-pop release featuring Rolland's beautiful acoustic guitar lines ...expertly played and defined by some of the finest craftsmanship found in the independent music community.'
-Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
"For sheer musical radiance and relaxation, it doesn't get any better than 'Dreams of Brazil'"