Someone​/​Anyone? A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Todd Rundgren’s Something​/​Anything? by Various Artists

My good friend Fernando Perdomo presently holds the record on Oasis Entertainment Blog with fourteen reviews.  Now he is back with the fifteenth review with the amazing album Someone​/​Anyone? A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Todd Rundgren’s Something​/​Anything? which he performs with many superb artists.  All 32 tracks are presented here in the same order with loving re-invented covers of the songs by a diverse group of artists who love Todd. The album will be released February 2, 2022, on the actual 50th Anniversary of the original release by a diverse group of artists who love Todd, which include Marshall Crenshaw, Kasim Sulton (Utopia), Stan Lynch, founding member of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), Louise Goffin, members of Brian Wilson’s touring band and many more covering such great songs as I Saw The Light, Hello It’s Me, It Wouldn’t Make Any Difference, Couldn’t I Just Tell You, Torch Song, Dust In The Wind, and so much more.  The album is the brainchild of Echo In The Canyon renowned producer/multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo who shows a brilliant performance and superb recording and production.  In fact, this album made me pull the original Todd Rundgren album which I have on vinyl to listen to again, and I hope they decide in the future to release this new album on vinyl as well.  At the time being this amazing album will be available as a digital release on Bandcamp and other music retailers. All net profits from sales will go to Todd Rundgren’s “Spirit Of Harmony” charity, which advocates music in schools. The album has received the blessing of Todd Rundgren.

Not In Kansas Anymore by Robby Steinhardt

Robby Steinhardt will forever be associated with Kansas. He sang lead with keyboardist Steve Walsh, commanded the stage as MC and frontman during his tenure in the band from 1973 to 1982 (and again from 1997 to 2006), and decorated many of the band’s greatest compositions with his dexterous violin playing.  Even with his untimely passing on July 17, 2021, he was able to grace us with one last batch of songs before his passing. The 11 tracks on ‘Not In Kansas Anymore,’ recorded throughout 2020 and into early 2021, offer us a glimpse of what Steinhardt might have accomplished as a solo artist had he been given more time on this planet: progressive music with zero pretensions, largely independent of Kansas’s legacy.  The album released October 25, 2021, on the Solar Records label was produced by Michael Thomas Franklin, who produced Jon Anderson’s 1000 Hands a few years ago, for which Steinhardt played violin on one song. Franklin pulled together a cast of literal rock stars for this record, including Ian Anderson (flute on Pizzacotto), Steve Morse of Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/Kansas/Flying Colors, Billy Cobham of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Bobby Kimball of Toto, Chuck Leavell of The Rolling Stones, Liberty Devitto (Drummer on Billy Joel’s hits), Jim Gentry, Pat Travers, Billy Ashbaugh (Moody Blues/Pat Benatar), Lisa Fischer (longtime vocalist for The Rolling Stones), and more.   This eleven-track progressive opera features the tracks Truth to Power (Only Truth Can Change the World), Rise of the Phoenix (Climb to Grace), the Kansas classic Dust In The Wind, Pizzacotto – (A Slice for Baby Boy Flynn), the title track Not In Kansas Anymore and much more.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with a performance that reminded me so much of the glory days of Kansas with powerful vocals, harmonies, and musicianship, as well as brilliant songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an album I can listen to over and over again bringing back the memories of listening to Kansas.  This album is available on Vinyl, CD, and digital download from Solar Music, Discogs, and many other music retailers.

Double Down On A Bad Thing by The Twangtown Paramours

Double Down On A Bad Thing is the forthcoming third album set for release on February 4, 2022, on Inside Edge Records by the Nashville Tennesse based band The Twangtown Paramours featuring MaryBeth Zamer on vocals, Mike T. Lewis on guitars, bass, keys, and vocals, Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band, Shawn Colvin, Rosanne Cash) on drums and percussion, Steve Conn, pianist for Sonny Landreth, New York session piano player and organist, Ed Alstrom, Dave Keyes, who is a two-time Blues Music Awards Pinetop Perkins pianist nominee; Rave Tesar, music director of the band Renaissance, Dan Nigro on baritone and tenor sax and Vinnie Cutro on trumpet.  This twelve-track album features the singles Talk About Peace, the title track Double Down On A Bad Thing, and My Gingerbread Man, a special Christmas single.  This album also features such tracks as Anyone But You, Love Is A Stranger, Alright Again, and much more.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album, as well as brilliant songwriting and a superb recording.  I am looking forward to one day hearing their first two releases and seeing them live if they are ever in my area.  This release will be available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music retailers as well as their official website where you can learn more about the band, their music, and their touring schedule.

We Can Win by Royce

We Can Win is the upcoming release by the Wellington, New Zealand singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Royce scheduled for release on February 18, 2022, by the U.S record label Spectra Music Group.  Royce wrote all of the songs on his new album We Can Win as well as played most of the instruments (Drums, lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, bass, and keyboards).  This eleven-track album features such great tracks as Keep Going On, The Crossroads, How Long, Seize The Moment, the title track We Can Win and so much more.  The song Mrs. Vain has been featured in the Hollywood movie Amateur Night & the song Life Worth Living has been featured in the U.S Netflix movie Beats.  I was quite moved by how one person can create such brilliant work and amazing performance with awesome songwriting skills and superb recording and production.  I am looking to hear more from this great artist and this release is available on digital download from Bandcamp, Amazon Music, and many other music retailers.  You can learn more about this artist by going to his website

Dark Fables by Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman

Clive Nolan & Oliver Wakeman’s “Dark Fables” was released on November 5, 2021, on the Cherry Red Records label. This standalone release was originally the third CD from Clive Nolan and Oliver Wakeman’s “Tales By Gaslight” box set released earlier this year which contains over 30 minutes of music conceived for the abandoned “Frankenstein” album which would have joined the duo’s “Jabberwocky” and “Hound Of The Baskervilles” collaborations. As with the previous albums, “Dark Fables” features the duo’s virtuosic keyboard playing with sublime performances from Gordon Giltrap, Paul Manzi (The Sweet, Arena, Oliver Wakeman Band). Andy Sears (Twelfth Night), Karl Groom (Threshold), David Mark Pearce (Oliver Wakeman Band, Munroe’s Thunder), and Charlotte Dickerson.  This twelve-track album features the tracks The Overture, Why Do You Hate Me, Time Passes, 221B, The Jabberwocky and so much more. I was moved by the performance on this release, as well as amazing songwriting talent and a superb recording and production.  If you are a progressive rock fan like I am, you will totally enjoy this album which is available on CD and digital download from Cherry Red Records, Spotify, Apple Music, and many other music outlets.  You can find out more about Oliver Wakeman and his work by going to his official website and Clive Nolan by going to his website

Deeper Than My Roots by The Davey Johnstone Band

When you are the lead guitarist and musical director for one of the biggest names in music and the covid pandemic hit, what do you do?  Deeper Than My Roots is the brand new solo album from long-term Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone to be released February 4, 2022, on the Spirit of Unicorn Records label which was recorded during the pandemic hiatus that postponed Elton John’s Farewell Tour.  The project was a true family affair, as Johnstone’s youngest son, Elliott, sings lead vocals on most of the album, his son Charlie recorded many of the basic tracks at his home in California and contributed keyboard and backing vocals, and his son Jesse played drums on some of the songs and Davey’s longtime Elton John bandmate Nigel Olsson on drums on another plus former Paul McCartney and Wings drummer Denny Seiwell also lent his talents to three songs. This twelve track album features such great work as Go Easy On My Heart, Walt Disney, Melting Snow, You Lied To Me, a cover of The Beatles classic Here There And Everywhere, and much more.  This release showcases a brilliant performance, excellent songwriting, and a superb job of recording.  This is a great addition to one’s music library which will be available on CD and digital download from Cherry Red Records, Amazon, FYE, and many other music retailers.

Always Be There by Vast Conduit

For my 3882nd review, I had the opportunity to listen to the upcoming debut album released by Vast Conduit called Always Be There scheduled for release on February 16, 2022, featuring Bill Jenkins on keyboards, Will Jenkins on drums, Michael Harris on guitar, Jeff Plant on bass, Friel on vocals, and Jim Hurley on violin.  This eleven-song album showcases this band’s amazing musicianship and powerful vocals on such tracks as Soul Tuck, the title track Always Be There, Odessa, 500 Miles, Early Eclipse, and much more.  This release sounds more like a fifth of the sixth album than a debut album with the growth of sound that this band demonstrates which reminds me of such bands as King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, and many other major bands with its stellar performance, accomplished songwriting talents, and superb recording.  This is an album that would sound totally amazing on vinyl, which I hope they do in the future.  This is a band I hope to see perform live one day.  At the time being this album will be available soon as a digital download on Bandcamp, Itunes, and many other music retailers and as a CD down the line.  To learn more about this band, go to their official website

Music Is Our Friend (Live in Washington and Albany, 2021 by King Crimson

It is rare that a CD comes in the mail and you can’t wait till you get home to listen to it, so you immediately put it in the CD player in the car to listen to it.  That is the case of a new live album titled Music Is Our Friend (Live in Washington and Albany, 2021), through DGM on November 19, 2021, by the legendary band King Crimson.  This album features Robert Fripp on guitar and keyboards, Jakko Lakszyk on guitar and vocals, Tony Levin on bass, Mel Collins on saxophone and flute, Pat Mastelotto on drums, Jeremy Stacey on Drums and Keyboards, and Gavin Harrison on drums.   This two CD set features such great performances as Larks Tongues in Aspic, The Court Of The Crimson King, Red, Epitaph, 21st Century Schizoid Man, Level Five and so much more.   I enjoyed this album from start to finish with a brilliant performance, superb musicianship, and a great recording, especially for a live album.  This is a CD that I will keep in the car for when I am out running around.  This amazing release is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Spotify and, many other retailers. To learn more and find out tour dates and more, go their official website

Paint The Town Red by Emily Lockett

This week I was turned on to an amazing Ep by Emily Lockett, a UK based independent music artist, writing and performing in the modern country/pop titled Paint The Town Red released November 2021.  This is Emily’s third EP and my first review for this artist.  The five track EP has a country sound that would be successful on American country radio which the tracks An Unwilling Heart, Do You Wanna Go Out, Front Porch, If I Live To 100, and That Girl.  I was quite moved by the performance on this album, as well as her amazing voice, creative songwriting skills, excellent musicianship and a superb recording.  I am quite excited to hear her earlier work and work in the future to see the growth of this artist over the years.  You can get your own copy of this great EP by going to Apple Music, Spotify, and many other music retail outlets.  To learn more about this artist, her music and her tour schedule, go to her office website .  In closing, I want to thank my friend Kim Carney with Virtuosity Magazine for turning me on to this artist.

The Birth Of Cactus 1970 by Cactus

The Birth Of Cactus 1970 is the debut album by the quartet dubbed The American Led Zeppelin called Cactus featuring vocalist Rusty Day, guitarist Jim McCarty, bassist Tim Bogert, and drummer Carmine Appice scheduled for release on January 21, 2022, on Cleopatra Records label.  Cactus made their auspicious debut in their very first public performance that night in 1970 that also featured the likes of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Grateful Dead, and Steve Miller Band. Fortunately, this stunning and historic show was captured on tape and has now been unearthed from the archives and released in all formats.  This six-track album features such great songs as Parchman Farm, Feel So Good and No Need To Worry as well as the tracks One Way…Or Another, Sweet Sixteen, and the Medley: Let Me Swim / Big Mama Boogie / Oleo.  This release showcases a brilliant performance and a solid recording which will be available on digital download, digipak CD, and on PURPLE vinyl from Cleopatra Records and many other music retailers.