King Crimson’s release Offical Bootleg: Live In Chicago, June 28, 2017, a two-CD set from the band’s most recent US tour, was released on October 13, 2017, on the DGM label. I enjoyed listening to this release. There are a lot of great tracks in this collection such as Neurotica, Lizard Suite, Fallen Angels, Heroes, and 21st Century Schizoid Man. I was disappointed that my favorite King Crimson song In The Court Of The Crimson King was not in this collection. But still, it was well performed, recorded and produced. This album is available on Amazon and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Yesterday I received the CD You’re The Reason by singer/songwriter from Australia Ross Seddon released March 2017 on the Grantham Studios Records label. As soon as I put this CD in to listen to, I was very impressed with Ross’s voice and his songwriting ability. From the very first song, the title track You’re The Reason which has a top 40 country sound and continuing with such songs as What’s Wrong With That?, You Go Your Way, I Don’t Know Why and others, I discovered he also performs Rock and Blues also. I am impressed on how well this album was written (all songs written by Ross Seddon), recorded and produced. I am anxious to hear any other releases this artist has done. I recommend you take a listen to this album and purchase it on Amazon, Itunes and everywhere where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 545th review, I am proud to present the album In The Ground by the bluegrass group The Gibson Brothers released February 2017 on the Rounder Records label. I have been a fan of bluegrass for a long time. This album has great pickin, vocals, and harmonies in such tracks as Highway, Homemade Wine, I Can’t Breathe Deep Yet, Little Girl and so much more. I am so impressed with how well this album was recorded, produced, performed and written. This great album is available for purchase on Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Jamaican Reggae Band Native joins legendary producer Lee “Scratch” Perry on the album Black Ark Showcase 1977 released September 22, 2017, on the Cleopatra Records label. This album is a mixture of reggae and the sounds of the 60’s as found in such tracks as In A Strange Land, In The Land Of Make Believe, Rockstone, Meet Mr. Nobody Version and much more. I was impressed on how well this album was written, recorded and produced. This is a great addition to one’s reggae library. This release is available on CD, vinyl and digital download from Amazon, Bandcamp, Cleopatra Records and other locations where sold.
The Long Awaited Album is the second collaborative album by Comedian/Actor/Banjo Artist Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers a North Carolina bluegrass group released September 22. 2017 on the Rounder Records label. The first track Santa Fe got my foot to go stomping in overdrive. The rest of the tracks is a mixture of bluegrass and an Irish sound. Among the rest of the tracks, my favorite songs on this album are Office Supplies, Angeline The Barista, Girl From River Run and Promontory Point. This release was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I recommend this album to anyone’s bluegrass library.
Redemption is the third album by Halfway to Hazard, an American country music duo composed of singer-songwriters David Tolliver and Chad Warrix. Though Tolliver and Warrix grew up in different towns in southeastern Kentucky, their band’s origins are in Hazard, Kentucky, which was halfway between their hometowns. This great album was released June 9, 2017, on the Picnic Hill Records label. This ten track album contains such great tracks as American Outlaw, Story Of Me, Breakin Me, Thank God That You and much more. This duo has powerful harmonies and great back up. I am looking to hear more from this great duo and was impressed on how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. You need to give this album a listen and you can purchase this release on Amazon, Itunes and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
I Believe in You is the first children’s album by American country music singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. It was released digitally on September 29, 2017, and physically on October 13, 2017, by Dolly Records and RCA Nashville. Her voice is still as strong as ever and just as enjoyable. This thirteen track album spawned two singles, the title track I Believe In You and Makin’ Fun Ain’t Easy. Also on this album is such great songs as Together Forever, Brave Little Soldier, a re-release of her hit Coat of Many Colors and so much more. This album was well written (all tracks by Dolly Parton), performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your children’s music library.
One of the most talented and underrated singer/songwriters in Country Music is Kelly Lang is releasing a new album on October 20, 2017, called Obsession. Kelly has a renowned history as a great songwriter writing songs for such greats as TG Sheppard, Lorrie Morgan, Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge Boys and so much more. This album showcases her great songwriting and voice that makes this album so great to listen to. On this twelve track album, which all was written by Kelly, includes such great songs as My New Obsession, What Do You Do When You Don’t, Mr. Right, One Day Too Late, Wonder Woman and so much more. This release was well performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to any country music fan. This album will be available for purchase at https://www.kellylang.net/music, Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 540th review, I am proud to present Lay It On Down a new album by contemporary blues artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Released August 4, 2017, on the Concord Records label. This ten track album shows Kenny’s great guitar style with rock and blues feel in such songs as Baby Got Gone, Down For Love, Ride Of Your Life, the title track Lay It On Down and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This great album is available for purchase at Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.
Its time to put on your bellbottoms, flowers in your hair and feel groovy with the sounds of the album Rock St. Trop by Philippe Debarge With The Pretty Things released September 1, 2017, on the Madfish Records label. This project was recorded in 1969 but was not released commercially till 2009. It is now restored and reworked with rare photos and liner notes. This fifteen track album has such great tracks as You Might Even Say, Send You With Loving, New Day. I’m Checking Out and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This album is available where CD’s are sold.