Tick Tock Tick by Will Porter

One of the most critically-acclaimed – but limited released – albums of the past decade, Tick Tock Tick, the soul-drenched roots disc from San Francisco-based singer Will Porter originally released October 14, 2015, will be reissued April 16, 2021 on the Gramophono Sound Records label to audiences throughout North America.  Joining Will on this album are the legendary Dr. John and Bettye LaVette, as well as New Orleans guitar icon Leo Nocentelli of The Meters, Yellow Jackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, The Womack Brothers (Curtis & Friendly) and the Louisiana Philharmonic Strings.  This eleven track album features such amazing tracks as the title track Tick Tock Tick, Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love, Ike Turner’s I’m Blue, I Can Do Bad By Myself, Tear It Up, Everything’s Gonna Be Alright and so much more.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album with amazing vocals and great instrumentation as well impressive songwriting talents and a superb recording.  This classic album will be available on CD and digital download from everywhere music is sold.

Wedding Day by Bobby & Teddi Cyrus

Good Morning, my music friends and followers.  This morning’s offering is the album Wedding Day, the new album by the bluegrass husband and wife duo Bobby and Teddi Cyrus to be released April 9, 2021 on the Pinecastle Records label.  Joining Bobby on acoustic guitar and Teddi on vocals this album are Justin Moses on dobro, fiddle and banjo, Don Rigsby on mandolin, Mark Fain on bass, Kenny Smith on acoustic guitar, Eamon McLaughlin on fiddle, cello, and viola, and Scott Vestal on banjo.  This twelve track bluegrass album features such great songs as the title track Wedding Day, Mama’s Song, Roll That Back, The Love Song and so much more.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with this great performance, excellent songwriting (several songs written by Bobby Cyrus and one song co written by his cousin, Country legend Billy Ray Cyrus) and a superb recording.  If you love bluegrass like I do, you will want to check out this album which will be available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music and all other music retailers.

Generation Doom by OTEP

My review for this morning is the album Generation Doom by Otep,  an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California released February 18, 2016 on the Napalm Records Label.  This amazing band features vocalist and lyricist Otep Shamaya, Ari “Aristotle” Mihalopoulos (guitar), Justin Kier (drums), as well as Corey Wolford (bass).  This twelve track album showcases Otep Shamaya’s amazing vocals, as well as heavy guitar riffs, thumping bass lines and driving drum beats on such tracks as Feeding Frenzy, In Cold Blood, God Is A The Gun, the title track Generation Doom and so much more.   This awesome band presents a magnificent performance, amazing songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is album you need to take a listen to.  This is their seventh album and hope to get the opportunity to hear their earlier and latest material to see their growth as a band and as songwriters.  This release is available on vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, Napalm Records and many other music retailers.

Dies Irae by Skold

Dies Irae is the fifth album by former Marilyn Manson and Shotgun Messiah member Tim Skold which takes his heralded industrial project Skold in a bold new direction released March 5, 2021.  This album leans heavy in the metal direction showcasing Skold’s aggressive guitar playing prowess with complex and catchy hooks backed by sonically elaborate keyboard which such amazing tracks as Dirty Horizon, The End Is Near, Love Is A Disease, This Is The Way, Goodbye and so much more.  I was quite moved by the performance on this album, as well as the great songwriting and a superb recording.  I highly recommend you add this album to your library which is available on CD, clear Vinyl, and digital download from Bandcamp, Amazon and all other music retailers.

Shadow Man by John McLean And Charles Barkatz

John McLean and Charles Barkatz released Shadow Man, their new CD on December 4, 2020 on the TreeTops Records label. which teams them up with producer Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff and a host of Austin all-star musicians for a sound that treads nicely in blues, jazz and roots music territories with an international flair.  This ten track album features John McLean on vocals, Charles Barkatz on vocals and guitar, Derek O’Brien on guitar, Nick Connolly on keyboards B-3 organ, Chris Maresh on electric and upright bass and John Chapman on drums and percussion on such tracks as Leaky Shoes Blues, the title track Shadow Man, Sister Of Mine, Bathtub Blues,  Silver Lake, Black Train and so much more.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an album I can listen to over and over again.  This album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon and all other music retailers.  In closing, I want to give Mark Pucci from Mark Pucci Media for turning me to this awesome album.

Oblivious by Babyflow

Independent label Wildflow Records and Anthony Rogers announces the release of the wild debut album from Babyflow entitled Oblivious on January 1, 2021 and marks the first time Rogers has released an album under another name, evidently, like everything else these days, a side effect of the Covid experience. Marketed as “an indie solution for the Covid/Trump hangover,Oblivious is the fourth full length release by Appalachian indie artist Anthony W Rogers. In addition to Rogers, Babyflow features the usual contributions from Rogers’ children Blake (Audrey) and Joe Rogers as well as heavy contributions from brothers Aaron and Sean Liller, and musical contributions from local musicians/friends Pierce Miller and Bryson Bush. To complete the family circle, the iconic full on unforgettable sun cover art was painted by artist Lisa Rayden-Rogers, wife of Anthony/mother of Blake and Joe.  This thirteen track release comprises of seven songs/six commercials weaving in and out of the album Daddy Got Played, Wrong, Wish Away, Raincloud and much more.  This album was well written, performed and recorded and I am looking forward to hearing his earlier releases. This great album is available on limited edition vinyl and is available currently for digital download worldwide and streaming services from the Wildflow label and from Amazon.

Dark Horizons by Illuminae

Good Morning my friends, for my 1775th review I am proud to present an amazing album Illuminae called Dark Horizons released February 12, 2021 on the Immrama and Gonzo Multimedia Records label.  Illuminae features the amazing duo of Ian Jones the founder member and composer with British symphonic rock band Karnataka who have released 5 critically acclaimed albums including award winning albums, Delicate Flame of Desire, The Gathering Light and Secrets of Angels on bass, keyboards, acoustic guitar and string arrangements, and Agnieszka Świta providing the amazing vocals. To make this amazing sound complete they acquired the exciting contributors which include Steve Hackett (Genesis) on lead guitar, John Helliwell (Supertramp) on saxophone and clarinet, Troy Donockley (Nightwish) on uilleann pipes and low whistles, Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett band) on drums, Luke Machin (Machine and The Tangent) on lead and rhythm guitars and Gonzalo Carrera on piano.  I fell in love with this ten track album from start to finish with such great tracks as The Lighthouse, Edge Of Darkness, Heretics & Prophecy, Black Angel, Sign Of Infinity, the title track Dark Horizons and so much more.  This amazing release features a brilliant performance with exciting vocals and memorable instrumentation as well as great songwriting and a superb recording.  This is an album that I would love to one day own on vinyl which is in the process of pressing.  I highly recommend that you get a copy of this album and fall in love with it like I did.  At present time this album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music and many other music retailers as well on their official website https://www.illuminae.net/ where you can learn more about this band, their music and when the world goes back to normal, you will find out where to see this band live.  In closing, I want to thank my new friend Ian Jones for providing me with this CD and the awesome opportunity to hear this great piece of work and write this review.

Halcyon Hymns by Downes Braide Association

Downes Braide Association, the unlikely duo formed by Yes/Asia/Buggles keyboard icon Geoff Downes and pop hit-maker Chris Braide, have proven to be a worthy team over the last few years. The pair now return with their 4th studio album titled Halcyon Hymns, released February 5, 2021 on the DBA Records label.  This twelve track album relies largely on guitars and organic instrumentation, where their earlier released relied on electronic music with keyboards which such great tracks as Love Among The Ruins, Your Heart Will Find A Way, Holding The Heavens, Beachcombers, Today and so much more.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as the superb songwriting, amazing recording and impressive artwork on this album with reminds me the days of covers of Yes albums.  This is a release I would love to own on vinyl.  You can get your copy of this impressive album on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Cherry Red Records, and all other music retailers.

Tightrope by Cactus

’70s classic rock legends CACTUS will release their new album, “Tightrope”, on April 2, 2021 via the Cleopatra Records label. This band is led by iconic drummer Carmine Appice alongside longtime members Jimmy Kunes on vocals and Randy Pratt on harmonica plus are joined by new lead guitarist/vocalist Paul Warren (ex-Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker) and James Caputo on bass.  If that is not enough this album includes special guest appearances from original CACTUS guitarist Jim McCarty and singer Phil Naro.  This twelve track album features such great songs as a cover of the Temptations classic Papa Was A Rolling Stone as well as the title track Tightrope, All Shook Up, Third Time Gone, Shake That Thing, Preaching Woman Man Blues and so much more.  This amazing release showcases a memorable performance, brilliant songwriting and a amazing job at recording. This album will be made available on digipak CD, a deluxe 2LP set with a gatefold jacket and colored vinyl, and, of course, digital platforms everywhere on April 2, 2021 from Cleopatra Records, FYE, and all other music retailers.

Loom by Kali Trio

Loom is the four track jazz album and their second release by the Swiss post-genre band Kali Trio scheduled for release March 18, 2021 on the Ronin Rhythm Records label featuring Raphael Loher on piano, Urs Müller on guitar, and Nicolas Stocker on drums performing Shipol, Transitoriness, Dry Soul, and Folding Space.  This album tracking at about 45 minutes showcases an amazing performance, excellent song writing and a superb recording.  For you jazz fans out there you will want to check this one out on CD, digital download and vinyl from Bandcamp and other music retailers.