A little while back I did a review on an album called Jury of My Peers by Cedar Rapids, Iowa guitarist Dave Paris. His style reminded me of the great guitarists Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and many other great guitarists I have enjoyed in the past. After communicating with him about the review he told me about a release he did back on October 9, 2010, called Words and Music and by The Dave Paris Group which also features bassist/vocalist Barbe Paris and drummer Robert Yoder along with Dave on guitars. Listening to this album it has a hard rock/metal sound with such tracks as Shoes, On My Worst Day, Hyper/Space, Greater Than Angels and a couple more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with heavy guitar riffs and powerful vocals. This album was well written, produced, performed and recorded. You can find this album from Itunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets and find out more about this artist at http://www.daveparis.com
The King Of Endicott is the February 8, 2019 album by the legend of weirdo bedroom rock Gary Wilson on the Cleopatra Records label. This experimental musician/performance artist goes back to his roots on his latest release which is named after the town that he grew up Endicott, New York. This is Gary’s twelfth studio album and has a totally different sound than what I have heard before from any artist. I describe this album to be a mixture of jazzy, electro-funk sound being true to his wacky self, pressing the boundaries of indie music and influencing artists in all genres with such tracks as The Town Of A Thousand Lights, Walking In The Rain Tonight, the title track The King Of Endicott, I Don’t Want To Be Alone, May Walked Away and much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed and is available for purchase on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp, Cleopatra Records, and other outlets. You can learn more about this artist at https://garywilsonmusic.bandcamp.com
Moments is the latest album by Massachusetts singer/songwriter/arranger/performer Linda Marks released on September 1, 2018, on her own label. I was impressed with her voice, her keyboard style and that jazzy feel on such great tracks as the title track Moments, The Lion, Living On The Dark Side Of The Moon, Mornin’ and much more as well as great covers as Up On The Roof (originally recorded by The Drifters), Change The World (originally recorded by Eric Clapton),and Long Long Time (a big hit for Linda Ronstadt). This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This album is available for purchase from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold and you can find out more about this amazing artist at https://www.lindamarksmusic.com
My 1109th review is a continuing story of a fourth-grade teacher who became a lawyer who became a great musician from Colorado Balancing Act EP2: Your Honor is the follow album to Balancing Act EP1: Bar Crawling by Zak Sloan released on February 16, 2019, on the Sloan Song Records label. This great singer/songwriter/produced created a 6 track album of amazing songs with great vocals and guitar work with such songs as Me And My Chemicals, Reckless and Ready, Looking For, Beat Of Your Heart and more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded and performed and is my third review for this amazing artist. You can purchase your copy of this album from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets where digital downloads are sold. You can find out more about this amazing artist at his website https://zaksloan.com
Last night I heard the debut of the album The Gemini Construct by multi-instrumentalist Richard J. Baysinger on the W.T.A.U. Pea Ridge Nation Live radio show where it was played in its entirety. After listening to this great album I decided to go to Bandcamp and listen to this February 21, 2019 album at my leisure. This is my second review for this amazing artist as a solo artist and reviewed two of his albums with his band Viggenblot so when it was time to review this album I was familiar with his great songwriting and awesome guitar work on such tracks as The Bone Orchard, The Cry Of The T-Bird, A Few Seconds To Spare, Midnight Coffee, Crazy For That One Moment and so much more. He is also joined by Jim Constantopoulos on bass on several tracks. I also enjoyed the bonus tracks The Ballad Of Mr. Gray and Moon Over Painted Rock that was played on the radio show. I was quite impressed with this performance from start to finish as well as how well this album was recorded. I highly recommend that you take a listen to this album on Spotify and after you hear this superb album, you will want to go to https://richardjbaysinger.bandcamp.com, Itunes, and other outlets to get your own digital copy.
Facemelter is the twelfth studio album by American hard rock/heavy metal band Y&T, which was released on May 21, 2010, through the Frontiers Records label. It is their first album since the release of Endangered Species in 1997, the longest gap to date between two Y&T studio albums and is the final Y&T album to feature bassist Phil Kennemore, who died of cancer the following year and first album to feature guitarist John Nymann. The lineup on this album includes Dave Meniketti on lead vocals and lead guitar, John Nymann on guitar and backing vocals, Phil Kennemore on bass, and Mike Vaderhule on drums. This thirteen track album features powerful vocals, heavy guitar riffs and driving drum beats on such tracks as On With The Show, Wild Child, I’m Coming Home, Hot Shot, Blind Patriot and much more. I enjoyed the entire album from start to finish, am totally hooked on this band, and was very impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced. I want to thank John Nymann for turning me on to this album since I had already reviewed his solo work. I highly recommend that you add this amazing album to your rock library and purchase it from Amazon, Itunes, their website and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. To find out where they will be performing near you and how to get their music, merchandise etc go to https://www.yandtrocks.com
On Friday, March 29, 2019, Ape Shifter release their follow-up album to their debut with their sophomore release Ape Shifter II on the Brainstorm Records label. From rockin’ 70’s riffs played with punk rock ferocity to creeping metal grooves and all-out bashers, Ape Shifter give new meaning to intense simian instrumental rock from the nasty pits of the Hellabrunn Zoo. This German band features Jeff Aug on guitar, Florian Walter on bass and Kurty Münch on drums. This thirteen track album with hard guitar instrumentals features such tracks as Gravity, Haskett, American Eagle, Jiggy Jiggy Boom Boom, and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded and performed. This album will be available on March 29th from Bandcamp and other outlets where CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.
It’s All About The Love is the October 17, 2015 debut album by Florida singer/songwriter Robert Bidney. The line up on this album is Robert Bidney on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, and piano, Fernando Perdomo (who I have reviewed several of his albums) on drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and percussion, and Alex Schecter on horns. This nine track album of original songs written by Robert Bidney features such tracks as the title track It’s All About The Love, Love To Share, Love Me Now, Take Away Your Love, and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and am very impressed with his songwriting abilities, as well as this amazing performance and how well this album was recorded. You can find this album from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and other outlets where digital downloads are sold.
Demoed In Detroit 1997-98 is the January 29, 2019 album by Sponge, an American alternative rock band from Detroit, Michigan and released on the Cleopatra Records label. This band formed in 1991 went through several changes throughout the years. The lineup on this album consists of Vinnie Dombroski on vocals, Joey Mazzola and Mike Cross on guitars, Tim Cross on bass and Charlie Glover on drums. This collection is a never-before-released set of studio recordings taped in Detroit following the band’s blockbuster sophomore album Wax Ecstatic! For reasons known only to the band, these recordings were shelved and a new set of recordings were produced for Sponge’s 1999 album New Pop Sunday. But now those incredibly inspired studio sessions from 1997-1998 are available for the first time anywhere. This eighteen track album feature thirteen original songs and three blistering cover tunes as well as 2 exclusive acoustic versions of their hits Plowed and Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain). Among the other tracks on this album are original tracks How Much Do You Think Of Love, Great Big Flop, Get Down And Assumed The Position, Someone To Talk To and many others, as well as three covers, Break On Through ( a Doors classic), My Generation (a hit by The Who), and Born To Be Wild (a Steppenwolf gem). This great album was well written, recorded, produced and performed and is an essential album for fans of Sponge and classic ’90s alternative rock! This classic album is available from Amazon, Itunes, Cleopatra Records and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
The Ballad Of The Human Condition is the 1 February 2019 album by Denver Colorado base metal band Venom & Valor. This great band consists of Teylor on vocals, Talon on guitars, James on guitars, Sean on bass, and Nate on Drums. This six-track EP features clean and unclean vocals, driving drum beats, heavy guitar riffs, and pounding bass lines on such tracks as Emery, Power Of Ass Whooping, Walk The Talk and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced and this release is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where digital downloads are sold.