The Blues by William Shatner

Yesterday I received an item in the mail that I thought was rather strange and that is the album called The Blues by Captain Kirk of Star Trek himself William Shatner scheduled for release on October 2, 2020, from the Cleopatra Records label.  This fourteen track album of blues covers features such artists as country superstar Brad Paisley, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist Pat Travers, Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Blues Brothers guitarist Steve Cropper and so much more on such tracks as the Blues Brothers classic Sweet Home Chicago, Cream’s hit Sunshine Of Your Love, BB King’s classic The Thrill Is Gone, Robert Johnson’s Crossroads, Route 66 and so much more.  This is a different take on these classics with song parts spoken and some parts sung but was an interesting performance with a superb recording.  For you, blues fans out there, please check this album out which will be available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Cleopatra Records, Discogs, and many other music retailers.

The Stories We Are Told by Heathcote Hill

This morning I am proud to present the album The Stories We Are Told by Mamaroneck, New York-based band Heathcote Hill released July 24, 2020, on the 311 Music label.  This eleven-track album features Megan Porcaro Herspring on vocals, Tom Nelson on guitar, Tory Ridder on drums,  Akil Kadin James on bass, Mike Bishop on keyboards, and Vanessa Senn Ridder on supporting vocals.  This release features a mixture of mainstream rock inspired by folk and country on such tracks as All I Remember is You, You And Sunday Afternoon, Elegy For Mary Ellen, Don’t Let Go, the title track The Stories We Are Told, and much more.  I was quite moved by the performance on this album with amazing vocals, as well as great songwriting talent and superb recording and production.  This is an album you will want to take a listen to and get your copy on CD or digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, Bandcamp, and many other music retailers.

Mistaken Identity by Johnny Nicholas

Mistaken Identity is the eighth album by former Asleep At The Wheel frontman, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Johnny Nicholas released on Valcour Records, which was available digitally August 28,2020, with physical formats following on October 2, 2020.  This album features nine new tracks, plus the much-missed Stephen Bruton’s River Runs Deep have been recorded live is produced and mixed by Cajun fiddle-supremo Joel Savoy and features a great lineup of artists such as ‘Scrappy’ Jud Newcomb on guitar, Chris Maresh on bass, John Chipman on drums plus a host of top-flight backing players. Among the great tracks on this superb album are She Stole My Mojo, The Mule And The Devil, Spark To A Flame, Tight Pants, and so much more showcases a mix of blues, western swing, cajun, folk and even a little Jazz.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as the songwriting talent and great recording.  This is definitely an album you want to add to your music library which is presently available on digital download now from Amazon and other music retailers and on CD and vinyl (which I hope to own a copy) in October from http://www.valcourrecords.com/

Hypnoboogie by The Barrett Anderson Band

For my 1732nd review, I am proud to present the upcoming release by Boston based The Barrett Anderson Band called HypnoBoogie which is scheduled for release September 25, 2020 on the Whitaker Blues Records label.  This live album which was captured during a live show at The Fallout Shelter in Norwood , Massachusetts on February 1, 2020 features Barrett Anderson on vocals and guitar, Charlie Mallet on guitar and vocals, Doug MacLeod on drums and Jamie “Black Cat Bone” Hatch on bass and vocals.  This eleven track album features original songs as well as four covers in their blues/roots style such as Bo Diddley’s classic Mona, Not Your Baby, Blind Faith, Broken Down, a cover of The J Geils Band song (Ain’t Nothin’ But A) House Party and so much more. This release features an amazing performance as well as great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This album is a perfect addition to your blues music library. To learn more about this band and their music, go to their official website https://barrettandersonband.com/

Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum by Seether

Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (latin for If You Want Peace, Prepare For War) is the eight studio album and first new album in three years by South African rock band Seether released on August 28, 2020 on the Fantasy Records label.  This album which is the followup to their 2017 critically acclaimed record Poison The Parish features Shawn Morgan on guitar and lead vocals, Dale Stewart on bass and backing vocals, John Humphrey on drums and new member Corey Lowery on lead guitar and backing vocals and was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in December 2019 through January 2020.  Prior to release of this amazing album they released three singles Dangerous, Brusied and Bloodied, and Beg.  Other notable songs on this thirteen track album are Dead and Done, Buried In The Sand, Failure, and much more.  This album features a heavier sound that their previous album and some songs is not suitable for children with the explicit language.  This album showcases an amazing performance as well as excellent songwriting my Shawn Morgan and a superb recording which I enjoyed from start to finish.  I pre-ordered this album several months ago and got the signed copy of the album as well as a turntable mat and a cloth patch.  I highly recommend this album to any Seether or heavy rock fan.  You can get your copy on Vinyl, CD or digital download from Amazon and many other music retailers.  Please go to their official website https://www.seether.com/ to learn more about this band and their music

The Red Planet by Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Emsemble

The Red Planet is a studio album by English keyboardist and former member of Yes, Rick Wakeman, released on 19 June 2020 on the R&D Media and Madfish Music Records label and featuring an alternative line-up of his backing band, The English Rock Ensemble which features Dave Colquhoun on guitars, Lee Pomeroy on bass and Ash Soan on drums. Wakeman revealed that it will take form as an instrumental progressive rock album that is “keyboard-heavy” in a similar style to his 1973 debut, The Six Wives of Henry VIII.   This eight-song album with connections to space features such tracks as Ascraeus Mons, Arsia Mons, Olympus Mons, Pavonis Mons. This great release features an amazing performance, excellent songwriting talent, and a superb recording.  I have been a big fan of Rick Wakeman since his days this yes and his earlier solo work.  If you are a big Rick Wakeman fan like I am, you will definitely want to add this album to your music library.  This awesome release is available on Vinyl, CD, and digital download from Amazon and many other music retailers.

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The Rhythm Of Love And Dysfunction by The Livesays

Billy Livesay, best known for his work with E Street Band legend Clarence Clemons as his Guitarist & Vocalist, is releasing a new album with his group The Livesays called The Rhythm Of Love And Dysfunction on Sept 20th, 2020.  This amazing album was recorded in 2018 and was set to be released early in 2019. Tragically, on November 2nd, 2018, the band experienced unimaginable sorrow when their drummer, Eddie Zyne, passed away from a heart attack.  With the replacement drummer Howard Goldberg, they were able to finish the album.  This thirteen track album features Billy Livesay on guitar and lead vocals, Jorge Laplume on bass and vocals, Victor “Cuqui” Berrios on organ and vocals, Tim Murphy on piano and vocals and Howard Goldberg on drums on such tracks as When I Dream which has a Bruce Springsteen sound, a great cover of Crosby Stills Nash and Young classic Woodstock, an amazing cover of Don Henley’s hit Heart Of The Matter, Book Of Rules, Rhythm Of Love and so much more.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great vocals and amazing rhythm and blues sound as well as brilliant songwriting and a superb recording.  I hope I will get the opportunity to hear this band’s earlier work in order to see the growth of them as performers and as songwriters.  To learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule when this pandemic is over, go to their official website https://www.thelivesaysmusic.com/

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As He Now Appears by Elliot

As He Now Appears is the instrumental debut album by Elliot Nelson, a British born instrumental solo artist, composer, and producer from the north of England released on August 7, 2020.  Elliot is the son of Be-box Deluxe frontman Bill Nelson and on this album, he brings to this album a mixture of various music genres from electronic, jazz, ambient classical, and experimental rock.  This eleven-song album features such great tracks as the title track As He Now Appears, The Ethereal Balloon, God’s Pythons, From The Blonde To The Beast and so much more.  I was impressed with the performance on this album as well as the brilliant songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an artist I am looking forward to hearing more from in the future.  This amazing release is available on digital download from Bandcamp and other music outlets.

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Volume One by The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers

The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers originated back in January 2008 when musician brothers Luther & Cody Dickinson sat down for a guitar jam with ex-Squirrel Nut Zippers leader Jimbo Mathus along with Blues Greats Charlie Musselwhite, Alvin Youngblood Hart and the late Memphis pianist, producer and all-around musical stylist Jim Dickinson (who passed away in the summer of 2009) gathered for a self-described ”hardcore blues” recording under the group name of the New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers.  This compilation is volume one of a two-volume collection with the first 10 tracks will be available finally on September 4, 2020, on Stony Plain Records, with the next 11 songs coming in spring 2021 on Volume 2. Volume One features such great tracks as Blues, Why You Worry Me, Night Time, K.C. Moan, Shake It And Break It, Stop And Listen and so much more.  I was quite moved by the performance on this album as well as the great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an exceptional addition to your blues music library which will be available from Amazon, Walmart, Spotify, and all other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold.  In closing, I want to thank Mark Pucci of Mark Pucci Media for turning me on to this fine album.

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Rise Up by Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

Rise Up is the upcoming release by Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters set for release on September 11, 2020, on Stony Plain Records.  Ronnie Earl, a four-time Blues Music Award winner as “Guitar Player of the Year,” is joined by Dave Limina on keys, Diane Blue on vocals, Paul Kochanski on bass and Forrest Padgett on drums on this 15 track album which is his 13th album on Stony Plain Records and the 27th album of his career.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such great tracks as Higher Love, Albert’s Stomp, In The Dark, Navaho Blues, and much more.  Also on this album, he felt the need to respond urgently to coronavirus and racial strife, therefore in response, Ronnie christened one instrumental Blues for George Floyd and named a unique talking blues Black Lives Matter. The band covered Bob Dylan’s Lord Protect My Child, sung brilliantly by Diane Blue.  This release was brilliantly performed as well as showcasing great songwriting and a superb recording.  This album will be available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Walmart, and many other outlets.  To find out more about his artist, his previous work and much more, go to his official website http://www.ronnieearl.com/

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