Wooden Indian is the third studio album by New York based rock band The Handful released in March 2011. I previously reviewed a 2015 release by this band and it is interesting to see how they sounded in the earlier days. This band with lead vocals by Mark Duda caught my attention again with this album. There were great vocals and heavy guitar riffs on this one. Notable songs on this fourteen track album are Walk Into The Light, Tucked Away, Let Me Bleed, Ashes, Ain’t No Way and others. I am looking forward to listening and reviewing their first two albums Palmistry and Second Hand Smoke, I recommend this album to anyone’s rock collection. You can purchase this album on Amazon, Itunes, and CD Universe.
WildHorse is the debut studio album of American country artist RaeLynn, a former contestant on The Voice (season two) and was released March 20, 2017 on the Warner Brothers label. Out of the twelve tracks on this album she co wrote eleven of them. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Country Albums Chart and the lead single Love Triangle has reached the top thirty on the Billboard country airplay chart. Other singles of notice are Your Heart, Lonely Call, Diamonds, Praying for Rain and others. This album also has a sound that could easily be a crossover to the Billboard Pop Charts. This release was well performed, recorded, and produced. Whether you are a fan of country or pop, you will want to add this album to your music library.
25 is the latest compilation by country superstar Aaron Tippin on the Nippit Records label. This two CD collection contains his major hits over the past 25 years on disc one and new songs on disc two. I have been a fan of his music since his first big hit You’ve Got To Stand For Something. Among some of the big tracks on disc one are My Blue Angel, Working Man’s Ph.D, Honky Tonk Superman and much more. Disc Two of the compilation contains new hits and covers of some great classics. Among some of the cuts on disc two are Real People, Working Girl, I’m A Mechanic, and such classic covers as The Way You Look Tonight (originally recorded by Frank Sinatra), Keep Your Hands To Yourself (originally recorded by The Georgia Satellites) and Let’s Stay Together (originally recorded by Al Green). Aaron’s voice is still as strong as it was twenty five years ago. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. This is one album I wish I had on vinyl as I recommend this album to anyone that is either a country music fan or a fan of Aaron Tippin.
Honky Tonk Revival is the sophomore album by James Robert Webb to be released May 19th 2017 on the Bison Creek Records label. After hearing this album, I got to get my hands on his first two albums. There are so many great tracks on this album such as Hard Workin Women, Honky Tonk Revival, Slow One, Call Me Anytime and much more. James also covered two great songs He Stopped Loving Her Today (originally recorded by the great George Jones) and Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her (originally recorded by George Strait). His vocals are smooth and clear and instrumentation is remarkable. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to anyone’s country music library.
Love is Calling is a debut album by Hollywood, California band Aerial School released on April 1. 2017 on their own label. With their powerful vocals and amazing guitar riffs, it caught my attention right away. This seven track album has such great cuts as Darker Side of Gray, Go For A Ride, Singing a Song and much more. This album was well written, recorded and performed. You need to check out this album, I believe you will like it. It is available for purchase at Amazon, Itunes, and cduniverse.
Roots Rock N Universal Love is the debut album by New York Soul Rocker Kwame Binea Shakedown to be released May 30, 2017 on the 7D Media Records label. This album is a mix of R&B and rock. I was very impressed with this album with his vocal styling and great instrumental backup. This ten track album has great cuts such as Ain’t Your Woman, Back To You, World On Fire, Mona Lisa and much more. This album was well written, performed and recorded. I recommend this album and it will be available on Amazon, Bandcamp and other locations.
Beginning Of Things is the second album by Country artist Charlie Worsham released April 21, 2017 on the Warner Brothers Records label. This is Charlie’s first album since his 2103 release Rubberband. This 13 track album has such great songs as Please People Please, Call You Up, Old Time’s Sake, Cut Your Groove, the title track Beginning Of Things and so much more. Charlie has a great vocal style and this album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to anyone’s country library.
Devil’s Domain is the April 20, 2017 original motion picture soundtrack of the same name released on the Cleopatra Records label. Among the great tracks on this two CD collection are I’ve Been Mistreated (A bluesy number by Big Jay McNeeley), Puttin On The Ritz (one of my favorite songs by Taco) Covert Operation (by Missing Persons) Small Secrets (by Geri X), Carved Soul (Interlude), Take Me Away (by Burman featuring Jessica Jean) and much more. This soundtrack was well written, performed and recorded. This album is available on Amazon, bandcamp, itunes, and other places where CD’s are available.
Morning Sun and Memories is the latest release by UK recording artist Billy Hammond. In this recording he brings back the sound of old country and some swing. Even the vocal sound was those of earlier country performers. Among the major covers are Don’t Close Your Eyes (recorded by Keith Whitley), Folsom Prison Blues (recorded by Johnny Cash), The Girl From Yesterday (Recorded by The Eagles) and more. There were other tracks that impressed me such as Dreamers and Believers, Morning Sun and Memories, She’s Not Crying Anymore, Who Were You Thinking Of and more. This album was well performed and recorded. If you wish to purchase this cd you can get this from billy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Machine and My Dilemma it the debut album by 19 year old recording artist Eli Raybon. This album was released March 17, 2016 on his own label. This album is a mixture of rock, blues, and country. This twelve track album has such great songs as Academy Road, Wish You Well, Cogs, The Machine, Until Next Time and much more. This album has great vocals was well written, performed, and recorded. Looking forward to hearing future releases. You can purchase this album on Amazon, CD Baby, Bandcamp and itunes.