I Think About You/Dreamin’ by Patsy Thompson

I Think About You/Dreamin’ is the two-song EP by Canadian born Singer-Songwriter Patsy Thompson which made her way to Texas and back from the album Fabulous Day that was released in October 2019.  This two-song EP is pure country with that old country sound with steel guitar and a bit of swing.  Both of these songs written by Patsy showcases her great voice, and great instrumental back up.  After hearing this album which was well written, performed and recorded, I know I want to hear the full album as well as her earlier work.  This EP is available from CD Baby, Itunes and other music outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this artist and her music, go to her official website https://www.patsythompsonmusic.com

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Bury’d Alive by Chantel McGregor

For my 1489th review, I am proud to present Bury’d Alive, the September 6, 2019, and third album by British blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Chantel McGregor on the ‘Tis Rock Music Limited Records label.  Joining Chantel McGregor on guitar and vocals is drummer Thom Gardner and bassist Collin Sutton.  This eleven-track album recorded live at The Apex in Bury St. Edmunds and features such tracks as Killing Time, Caught Out, Eternal Dream (clocking in at nine minutes long), April, Freefalling and much more.  I was quite impressed with Chantel’s vocals and her wide-ranging guitar technique on this album as well as how it was written, performed, and recorded.  I enjoyed this album so much that I need to get my hands on her first two albums.  I highly recommend this album to your music library and you can get your copy from Amazon, Discogs, and many other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold.  To learn more about this amazing artist, go to her official website https://www.chantelmcgregor.com

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In Terra Cognita by JJ Chardeau

French musician and composer, JJ Chardeau has launched his rock opera Magical Music Man on CD, Download and Streaming platforms with the album In Terra Cognita released November 22, 2109, on the L Records label and distributed by Cherry Red Records.  The album features special guests including Mark Andes (Canned Heat, Spirit), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Brian Auger (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Alex Ligertwood(Santana), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty), John McFee (Doobie Brothers), Danny Seraphine (Chicago), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Michael Sadler (Saga), Chris Pinnick (Chicago) and Hank Linderman (America, Chicago).  This fifteen track album features the tracks Evolution (Magical Music Man Overture), Dream In Moscow, Frisson Nippon, The Last Rockaway, Machu Picchu, Wall of Laments and much more.  This great album was well written, recorded, performed and produced.  If you are a fan of rock opera that is well performed and written, this is an album you will add to your music library which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Cherry Red Records, Target and other music outlets.

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Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, Bad Wolves and Fire From The Gods at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee

Last night was a great night of metal at the Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee with Fire From The Gods, Bad Wolves, Three Days Grace and Five Finger Death Punch.  One of these bands I have seen in the past and the other three I have been looking forward to seeing.  The first band to go on the stage to warm the audience up is Fire From The Gods, a metal band from Austin, Texas consisting of AJ Channer on vocals, Jameson Teat and Drew Walker on guitars, Bonner Baker on bass and Richard Wicander on Drums.  This high energy band performed songs from their most recent album American Sun and earlier albums.  I was quite impressed by their performance with AJ’s clean and unclean vocals and the band’s heavy guitar riffs and driving drum beats making this a band I would love to see again.  They were at Sonic Temple and I love his talks of equality and support of the troops.  Next up is a band that I have seen four times before and they are getting better every time, the Los Angeles, California based band Bad Wolves which consists of vocalist Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy, ex-Snot, ex-Westfield Massacre), drummer John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver), lead guitarist Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid), rhythm guitarist Chris Cain (ex-Bury Your Dead, ex-For the Fallen Dreams) and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment, ex-Scar the Martyr, Vimic).  They did an amazing performance with tracks from their latest album N.A.T.I.O.N. and their debut album Disobey.  They ended their set with their biggest hit, a song originally recorded by the Cranberries called Zombie.  We had the opportunity to meet them last year. His stage presence has changed a lot, from saying a few words to really getting the crowd going.  His talks of mental health are inspiring, him being a violence and suicide attempt survivor.  It’s important to let people know they are not alone and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.  The third band to hit the stage is the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace consisting of drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, bassist Brad Walst, lead guitarist  Barry Stock and vocalist Matt Walst, who is also bassist Brad Walst’s brother.  This great metal band performed tracks from their latest album Outsider and from their earlier albums.  After hearing I Hate Everything About You from their 2003 self-titled album and Pain from their 2006 album One X, I know I need to add these two albums to my library.  They gave a high energy performance that got the crowd ready for headlining act Five Finger Death Punch an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada consisting of Ivan Moody on lead vocals, Zoltan Bathory on rhythm and lead guitar, Jason Hook on lead guitar and backing vocals, Chris Kael on bass and backing vocals and Charlie Engen on drums.  They gave a kick-ass performance along with an amazing light show with laser, pyrotechnics and more as they played tracks from their latest album And Justice For None as well as tracks from previous albums 2015 Got Your Six, their 2013 two-volume set The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell and much moreI have been looking forward to seeing this band for a long time and I am glad I finally got the opportunity to see them. He also is very patriotic when it comes to the troops and presented a gift to the sign language interpreter, whose husband returned from Afghanistan.  He also gave a shout out to people in recovery, stating he was 22 months clean.  The rocks bands are the quickest to address all of the problems out there today and it’s so important.  The venue, Thompson Boling Arena was just okay in my book.  The area where we were sitting was a little scary to get to your seat, with no rails and the steps rather narrow with just a glass partition to prevent you from falling off to the lower level.  It made it even difficult for my wife to get down to her seat and back up after the concert with a broken foot.  There was also maybe a foot or less of legroom, making it very uncomfortable for taller patrons.   Thanks to another person who helped get her up the stairs or she would have been a permanent fixture.  We were unable to find where wheelchair seating was.  The bathrooms were not maintained and because the beer vendors were not watching who they were selling beer to, you had to go into a stall full of vomit to use the bathroom since in the men’s room were only two urinals and the rest toilets.  Also, I think that food and drinks were overpriced compared to what we paid for food and drinks at the major festivals we have gone to, $12 for a can of beer poured into a cup.  Getting out of the parking building took well over an hour.  The ramp that goes up to the building was not very wheelchair friendly as it was a pretty steep incline and you had to go down the incline to get in the very long line, then back up.

Punk Rock Christmas 2 by Various Artists

Put away the pumpkins, kids – it’s time to hang the fishnet stockings, trim the plastic, spittle-flecked tree and celebrate another Punk Rock Christmas with Volume Two! Following on the heels of the massively successful Punk Rock Christmas (released in 2015) comes another collection of holiday favorites performed by an even larger gathering of punk rock all-stars including Tsunami Bomb, The Rumjacks, The Members, The Vibrators, Reagan Youth, Down By Law, Naked Aggression, Johnny Thunders and more and is available on both CD in a stocking-sized digipak and on a beautiful red vinyl released November 1, 2019 on Cleopatra Records.  This twenty-six track album features originals and classics with such tunes as Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Tsunami Bomb, John Lennon’s classic Happy Christmas (War Is Over) by The Members, Santa Had To Go Into Rehab by The Vibrators, Who Put The Gum In Santa’s Whiskers by The Ship Thieves, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Walter Etc. and so much more.  This album was well compiled, written, performed and recorded plus is available from Amazon, Cleopatra Records, Bandcamp, and many other music outlets.

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I’m In Love With You and No Trace Of You by Danielle Morgan

London-based singer/songwriter Danielle Morgan is making a big impact in the UK and internationally with the tracks I’m In Love With You and No Trace Of You released on the RL Recordings (Detroit).  She has a voice that works great with Rock, Blues and Pop.  Listening to these two songs you can definitely tell she is going places and it won’t be long till you see her on Billboards Top 40 charts.  I was quite moved by her performance and how these songs were written and recorded, plus I am looking forward to hearing more from this artist.  I am also looking forward to hearing about her earlier work.  You can learn more about this artist, her music and tour schedule by going to her official website https://www.daniellemorganmusic.com

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Heavenly Bodies: Expanded Collection by Bill Buford’s Earthworks

Bill Bruford was the drummer with Yes and King Crimson before he moved to jazz with his band EarthworksHeavenly Bodies – The Expanded Collection which takes 23 tracks from the ‘Earthworks Complete’ Deluxe box set to present a tidy overview of the band’s 20-year history in a double CD released November 15, 2019, on the Summerfold UK Records label.  Back in August, I reviewed Bill Bruford’s ‘Earthworks Complete’ 20 CD / 4 DVD Deluxe Box Set Containing Earthworks’ Entire Catalogue Spanning 20 Years and was impressed with this compilation.  For those that cannot afford the higher price tag and wants to buy his works piecemeal, this is the way to go.  Heavenly Bodies, originally a Mark I collection released in 1997 on the Venture imprint, has been expanded to a two-CD set, collecting music from Earthworks’ various Mark II lineups from ’97 on with such tracks as My Heart Declares A HolidayDancing On Frith StreetA Part And Yet ApartBlues For Little Joe, and much more.  This album was well written, recorded and performed and is available from Amazon, Cherry Red Records, Discogs and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold.

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Captivity by Forth

Today I received another great package from Finland.  In this package, there were two CDs and t-shirts from the band ForthCaptivity is the sophomore album by Forth, a band that provides hard rock with a grunge flavor, built on fat harmonies and fancy melodies.  This great band consists of Brian Forth on vocals, rhythm guitar and keyboards, Tim Norrgrann on lead guitar and backing vocals, Mikael Soderback on bass and backing vocals and Eric Von Hertzen on drums.  This twelve track album released January 3, 2019, on the Secret Entertainment Records label brought the band back to their grunge-inspired roots and It was recorded with a rougher, more bluesy edge with great guitar riffs with such tracks as Master And Slave, Black Angel, Higher Ground, Can’t Bring Me Down, Bad Moon Rising and much more.  One track that really impressed me is they took an Elvis Presley classic Can’t Help Falling In Love and made it their own starting with just a vocal and an acoustic guitar and then went heavy with it with an uptempo beat and a great lead and rhythm guitar work and superb vocals.  This is an album I enjoyed from start to finish and hope they release on vinyl someday.  This album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, Itunes, and other music outlets.  To learn more about this great band, go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Forth.Official.  In closing, I want to thank my new friend Brian Forth for giving me the opportunity to review this band.

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Full Steam Ahead: 20th Anniversary Edition by The Hootenanny Freaks

It is not very often that I receive music in the mail from a foreign country but this is an exception.   Today I want to review the two-song vinyl LP named Full Steam Ahead 20th Anniversary Edition by The Hootenanny Freaks, a heavy rock band from Finland released March 26, 2019. The lineup for this amazing album is Marko Kuurne on drums, Pepe Tamminen on vocals, Esko Kemell on guitar, Aapo Häyrinen on guitar and keyboards, and Marko Leino on bass.  This vinyl EP contains the songs Full Stream Ahead and Storm Is Rising.  I enjoyed this vinyl album with great guitar work, amazing vocals, driving drum beats.  This is an album I can listen to over and over again with its great songwriting and performance as well as how it was recorded.  To learn more about this awesome band, their music, and maybe find a copy of the Vinyl EP and more go to their official website http://www.hootenannyfreaks.com

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The Roots Of Great White 1978-1982 by Dante Fox

The Roots Of Great White 1978-1982 is the October 25, 2019 compilation of songs by the band Dante Fox that later became the great rock band, Great White.   This band started by Jack Russell on vocals and Mark Kendall on guitar is joined by Don Costa on bass and Tommy Richards on drums.  This 17 track album are demos recorded by Dante Fox and later some songs ended up on Great White’s first album, a self-titled album released in 1984.  In Love and Money ended up on that album.  On this album there are many great tracks such as Last Time, Front Row Girl, Stay Away, On The Run and so much more.  It was very interesting to hear the songs the made this group go from Dante Fox to Great White after seeing Kendall stick his head out of a car window while driving by the Troubador and some kid in the crowd said: “there goes Great White”. Kendall got the nickname due to his naturally white-blonde hair, white Fender Telecaster guitar, white jumpsuit, and white Capezio shoes.  I was quite impressed with how these demos were written, performed and recorded.  This is a great album and I highly recommend this album for your rock library.  You can pick up a copy of this album on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Bandcamp, Discogs, and many other music outlets.

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