For my 819th music review, I am proud to announce the upcoming album by Roanoke, Virginia native Adam Rutledge called Runaway to be released June 22. This talented artist has also shared the stage with Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, LOCASH, Eli Young Band, Lauren Alaina, Chris Janson, Tyler Farr and many more. I was impressed with the quality of his voice and his songwriting ability. If I had to choose four songs that I liked the best, it would have to be July, Live The Song, Love Kickin’ In and Rub A Little Dirt On It. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your country library. Look for it on June 22 from Amazon, Itunes, Google Play and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Once again I will be taking you through a journey of a band from its birth to present time. Circuline is a progressive rock band born in 2014 have been making a name for themselves supporting a host of big names including Glass Hammer. This great band has the sounds of Kansas, Yes, Styx, Pink Floyd and many others. Its debut album Return released in 2015 features Andrew Colyer on keyboards, Darin Brannon on drums, Bill Shannon on guitars, Paul Ranieri on bass and Billy Spillane & Nataline Brown on vocals as well as guest artists Matt Dorsey on bass, Randy McStine on vocals and Joe Denizon on electric violin. This eight-song album features such great tracks as the title track Return with its cascading guitar riffs, One Wish with its spectacular multiple melody lines and piano-guitar interplay, Silence Revealed and so much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, produced and performed. I am looking forward to taking you through the rest of the journey with their other two albums over the next couple weeks as well as a solo album by Andrew Colyer. Please check out this album and you can purchase this album from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
With myself being a major blues fan, I am proud to present to you The World Moves On, a May 14, 2016 release by New York based Hitman Blues Band which features such luminaries as Kevin Bents (Spin Doctors, Boz Scaggs, Phoebe Snow), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, B.B. King, Joe Cocker), Bobby Forrester (Ruth Brown, Lena Horne), Ray Alexander (George Shearing, Stan Getz, Mel Torme), and Richard Crooks (Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen) . This great album contains seven new original songs, one cover (done in the Hitman Blues Band style) Hoochie Coochie Man and five reworked original songs. I was very impressed with the heavy blues guitar riffs and powerful vocals on such tracks as Bad Bad Man, That’s What It’s Like To Be A Man, Two Minute Warning, Hammer Down, Catch-22 Blues and so much more. This great album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. I am looking forward to hearing more from this band and hope to collect their complete library. If you are a blues fan like I am, you will definitely want to have this album in your library. This release is available from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold. And don’t forget signup for their mailing list will get you a free five-song sampler:
For my 816th music review, I am proud to present High Sierra , a folk-rock reflection on time in the wild on a through-hike of America’s premier hiking trail, the John Muir Trail brought you by Terrain, a folk rock band consisting of Michael Martin on guitars, keyboards and vocals, Jeff Gebhardt on bass and vocals, Frank Endert on drums and Jon Sterngold on lead guitar. The sound on this album reminds me of such bands as The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, America and other great bands. I was very impressed with the vocals and harmonies as well as great acoustic guitar work on such tracks as Sunrise, Cathedral, In The Wilderness, Reverence and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, and produced. I recommend this album to your music library which can be purchased as of April 4, 2018, from Amazon, CD Baby, Bandcamp, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
40 Trips Around the Sun is a greatest hits album by American rock band Toto, released on February 9, 2018, on the Columbia/Legacy Records label. The album was released in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Toto’s self-titled debut album and contains 14 tracks from 1978 to 1993, and three previously unreleased recordings which were Alone, Spanish Sea, and Struck By Lightning. The rest of the album are tracks who made Toto a household name such as Africa, Rosanna, 99, I Won’t Hold You Back, Georgy Porgy, Hold The Line and so much more. Listening to this classic compilation bring back some great memories. I was impressed with how well this album was written, compiled, performed, recorded and produced. If you want to add one album by Toto to your music library, this will be the one you will want to add. This compilation is available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere music is sold.
For my 814th review I proud to present John Ferrara, bassist for the globetrotting psych-fusion stalwarts Consider The Source, brings his powerful solo compositions to life with the aid of the virtuoso percussionist Seth Moutal in their debut album Frail Things In Sharp Places to be released on June 13, 2018. On that, they play everything you hear on the album, and they try not to record it if they can’t do it live. I loved this album to start to finish with great guitar and bass riffs and fantastic percussion work. Among the tracks on this eleven song album is Grandma Jeannie which has an Indian sound, One Small I which had a relaxing sort of sound, Song For Ramida, Mouth Say Tounge, and so much more. The album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. This album is available for purchase from Bandcamp, Itunes, Amazon and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 813th music review, I am proud to present the self-titled album by the Colorado-based Cass Clayton Band. This album is a mixture of crossover music with blues, funk, soul, and rock, along with Cass’s smoky 3-octave vocal range and big, bluesy voice, as well as her slide guitar playing, this is an album I have enjoyed from start to finish with such great tracks as Let’s Not Be Friends, That’s What They Say, Least A Brother Can Do, Last Thoughts and much more. I was very impressed with her vocals and her songwriting style along with Taylor Scott, as well as how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to hearing more from this great artist. It is presently available for purchase from her website https://cassclayton.com/ and as more outlets are available I will pass it on to you.
From the Fires is the second album by Greta Van Fleet, an American rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan containing the four songs from Black Smoke Rising and four new songs, was released on November 10, 2017, by Republic Records label, alongside a second single, Safari Song. The band’s heavy rock sound is influenced by the work of Led Zeppelin and many other rock and blues acts, with lead vocalist Josh Kiszka having a voice that has been compared to Robert Plant’s “husky howl. Other noteworthy tracks on his album are Highway Tune, a cover of the Sam Cooke classic A Change is Gonna Come, and Meet On The Ledge and well as several others. I was impressed with how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I saw they were in our local area last year and I hope to catch them in concert in the near future. This is a great album and looking forward to hearing more from this fantastic band.
Greatest Hits Volume One: The Singles is a greatest hits album by American rock band Goo Goo Dolls. It contains a newly recorded track, Before It’s Too Late, from the Transformers motion picture. The album also contains a newly recorded version of their first hit single, Name. The album was released on November 13, 2007, on the Warner Brothers Records label. The album marks a milestone for the band. It is their first greatest hits album, and at the time of its release, the band’s two remaining founders John Rzeznik and Robby Takac had been together for 21 years and features such great number one hits as Iris, Slide, and Give A Little Bit. This compilation also features Lazy Eye from the Batman And Robin soundtrack. This compilation was well written, recorded, performed and produced. If you were to add one Goo Dolls album to your music library, I highly recommend this one.
For my 810th review, I present the album Memories from the South Carolina alternative power pop rock band After Alice released on December 15, 2017. This band consisting of Jason Crowden and Seven Fennell features outstanding lead vocals, solid guitar work, addictive melodies, lyrical storytelling, layered background vocals and dynamic song structure. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such great tracks as Chump, Breathe, Who I Am, Perfect Crime and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is an album you need to check out and enjoy.