For my 593rd review, I am proud to announce the debut self-titled album Markley & Balmer released July 26, 2008, on the Soona Songs Record label that is in my hometown of Jonesborough, Tennessee. This duo consists of Lisa Markley on vocals, banjo and guitar and Bruce Balmer on guitar. This Dallas based duo who blend jazz, folk, pop, bop impressed me with their style and great vocals as seen on such great tracks as Cottontails, Landing On The Moon, She Knows, Against the Grain and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. You can purchase this album from Amazon and at Soonasongs.com.
Old Friends And Lovers is the debut album by singer/songwriter Marilyn Duncan, a piece of work that is twenty years in the making was released November 11, 2000, on the Soona Songs Records label. This album consists of impressive vocals and acoustic guitar work as found in such tracks as Going Away (Or Housewive’s Lament), Valentine, the title track Old Friends and Lovers, Dirty Old Lady Blues, Family Tree and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. You can find this album on Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Knute Pa Sjelen is the latest single by Norwegian recording artist Kent Wilgraff. This alternative rock single was released June 9, 2017, on the ChromeBreedMusic Records label. This song was well written, performed and recorded. It will be interesting to see what is next for this artist. Take a listen to this song on Spotify and then it is available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Top Shelf is the third studio album by Dallas born singer/songwriter Craig Wayne Boyd released October 27, 2017, on the Copperline Music Group Records label. He is best known for winning Season 7 of NBC’s reality TV singing competition The Voice as a part of Blake Shelton’s team. Craig has a great voice as shown in such tracks as Stuck In My Head, She’s Killing Me, Everywhere You Go, Hold Me Up and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. After hearing this album, I can see nothing but a great future for Craig. I got to get my hands on his earlier albums. You will definitely want to add this album to your country library.
For my 591st review, I am very honored to present the latest album by The Scooter Brown Band called American Son released September 8, 2017 on the BFD Records label. This great band, led by Scott Brown, a Marine Corps veteran bring this third country/rock album to light, along with bandmates Nathan Lockhart, Steven Sutherland, and Matt Bledsoe featuring great vocals, harmonies, and instrumental backup. I enjoyed this album from start to finish but if I had to chose favorite cuts off this thirteen track album I would have to choose such songs as the title track American Song, Won’t Back Down, Broken Arrow, Guitars Guitars and Whiskey, Huntsville and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your country music library.
Misanthrope is August 15, 2016 album by Morosity and is their debut album. Morosity comprises of Jess Albrecht on vocals and guitar, David Rowan on guitar, Jason Wolfe on vocals and guitar, Shawn Bachinski on bass and Nick Johnson on drums. This eleven track album contains such great songs as Adam, Subconscious, Day of Reckoning, Malpractice and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I recommend you take a listen to this album and I know you will like it as much as I did. This album is available for purchase on Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other places where Cd’s and digital downloads are sold.
Open 28 Hours is the seventh studio album by Chicago rock band Fischer’s Flicker released October 28, 2017, on the Lavender Katydid Records label. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and was impressed with the great vocals and instrumental backup. On this ten track album, there are great songs such as The In-Betweener, You & Everybody, Sensi-Mental, Smoke Signals and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to listening to and reviewing his earlier albums. You can purchase this album on Amazon, Itunes, and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Betapsi 2017 is a collection of songs recorded by Italian singer/songwriter Barbara Benedetti and the Betapsi Project that appears on Spotify. I am impressed with her vocals and her style which is a mixture of alternative, electronic, and rock. On this burned disc she sent me of her music, I was impressed with such tracks as Pretty Sick, Up, Wave, Unique and much more. I like how the performance was done, but I still feel if this was recorded in a better studio the cd would have sounded better, but all in all, I was still impressed with the cd and looking forward to hearing more from this artist. You can hear this great artist on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/3MS9X86ULbFKiFXdiQko1w#_=_
In the Now is the second solo album by British singer-songwriter Barry Gibb, released on 7 October 2016 by Columbia Records. This is the first of all-new material since the Bee Gees’ final studio album released in 2001. All songs on this album were written by Barry Gibb and his sons Stephen and Ashley. Among the great songs on this album is the title track In The Now, Star Crossed Lovers, Meaning Of The World, The Long Goodbye and so much more. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. Whether you are a BeeGees fan or a fan of Barry Gibb, I would recommend this album to your record library.
Songs from the West Coast is the twenty-sixth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released worldwide 1 October 2001 on the Rocket/Mercury label. Many critics have said that this album brought him back to his piano-based musical roots. This album spawned three singles, I Want Love, This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore, Original Sin and also of note Dark Diamond. None of the songs from this album hit the Billboard Hot 100, which froze John’s record of 31 years with at least one song on that chart. All songs were written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and this album is well performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album for anyone’s Elton John collection.