For my 755th review, I am proud to announce the debut release Under The Mountain, a March 17, 2018 release by Dewey and Leslie Brown and the Carolina Gentlemen on the Liberty Showcase Records label. This amazing duo from Burlington, North Carolina features Dewey on Fiddle who has recorded on Grammy-nominated albums with artists such as Josh Turner, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack and many more. He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry many times, played for The Queen of England, Dave Letterman Show, Carnegie Hall and many more prestigious venues and events but is as humble as they come. and his wife Leslie on Bass who brings her upbringing in the Appalachian Mountains plays a major role in her songwriting with both sharing in the vocals and harmonies along with Tim Spence on guitar, Brandon Henson on banjo and Kendall Gales on mandolin. This debut bluegrass album features such great tracks as No Mountain Girl, Dry Fork Holler, White River Junction, Darlin Man Of Mine, Pickin Grinin and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This is a great addition to your bluegrass library. You can find this album on Amazon, Itunes and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
True Grass is the new single by Pinecastle recording artists Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. The song will be featured on the band’s upcoming album dropping later this year and is a mixture of country and bluegrass. The song also features well-known bluegrass favorites like Junior Sisk and Danny Paisley. Affectionately known as the “Lady of Tradition” in bluegrass, Lorraine has fronted Carolina Road for over 15 years. The band’s distinct sound and old-time flair can be attributed to the bluegrass-rich area of North Carolina from which they hail and borrow their name. As the founding member and bandleader for Carolina Road, Lorraine Jordan’s showmanship and chemistry with the audience make the group one of the most popular bands among bluegrass fans today. I expect to see this song hit the top ten on the country charts. This song was well written, performed, recorded and produced.
For my 753rd review, I am proud to present Open Your Heart the debut EP by Bulgarian/Nigerian artist Emily Johnson to be released May 11, 2018 on the Tarpan Records label with some heavy hitters helping out on this great release being produced by Narada Michael Walden and featuring four original songs, the title track Open My Heart, The Light, I’m Blessed and Baby Forever. One thing I am very impressed with is that on backing vocals on two of the tracks is an amazing talent that I have had the privilege to review in the past Cornell “CC” Carter. I am very much in awe of her great voice and the fact that she was discovered by the great John McLaughlin, the guitarist, and leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This debut release was well performed, recorded, written and produced. You will definitely want to hear this album and purchase it from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Independent music apostle and community builder Jon Magnusson is back with a new EP Always A Rebel which was released on 9 March 2018. Jon blended acoustic, electric and jazz guitar with classical analog synths on this five-track EP with such songs as Rely On Me, I’m Not The Only One, Set Me On Fire and two versions of Always A Rebel. This EP was well written, recorded, performed and produced. To get your digital copy of “Always a rebel EP” or any other inquiries, get in touch directly with Jon Magnusson. Not only is he an artist and multi-instrumentalist, but also manage his own promotion and press contacts. He can be contacted via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
Songs Of The Mountains Songs Of The Plains is a great album by The Roe Family Singers, a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly band from the tiny community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN which features husband-wife team Kim and Quillan Roe which will be released May 4, 2018 on the Pinecastle Records label featuring banjo, Autoharp, guitar, and Appalachian clogging, the band and family of fans have shared the stage with Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Mike Seeger, Del McCoury, the Grascals, and Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great vocals, harmonies and instrumentation with such tracks as Pretty Fair Maid In The Garden, John The Messenger, Ol’ Rattler, The Road Is Rocky, Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine (written by Bill Monroe and made famous by The Kentucky Headhunters) and so much more. Five of the tracks on this album are originals and was well performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to anyone that is a fan of bluegrass and you will be able to purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Next New Heartbreak is the debut album by North Carolina singer and multi-instrumentalist Brad Hudson released November 3, 2017, on the Pinecastle Records label. Brad Hudson has spent years working for the Parton family at Dollywood and has also done a stint at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN. I was impressed with his voice and his songwriting ability as shown with such tracks as Ramblers Song, the title track Next New Heartbreak, Truckers Blues, Smokey Mountain Strong, and much more as well as Appalachian Memories, a duet with Dolly Parton which she also co-wrote with Brad. This album is well written (all tracks were written or co-written by Brad Hudson), performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your bluegrass library and can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes, Pinecastle Records and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 749th review, I am listening to a collection of songs by Gil Kaneda, a singer-songwriter-keyboardist-guitarist, and model from Atlanta, Georgia. Gil has a great voice and is a great guitar player. The disc he sent me has such great tracks as No Ending, There Is No Other, Night Place, Melting Ice, Land of Dreams and much more. This disc was well written, recorded and performed. You can hear his music on youtube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, Reverbnation and other locations.
Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin and Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin are two tribute albums to English performer Elton John and his frequent songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Both released on 6 April 2018, Revamp was described as John’s project and features covers of the duo’s back catalogue by pop, rock and R&B artists with such tracks as Bennie And The Jets with Elton John and Pink, Candle In The Wind by Ed Sheeran, Daniel by Sam Smith, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Miley Cyrus and much more whereas Restoration was seen as Taupin’s project and features covers by country music artists with such tracks as Rocket Man by Little Big Town, Border Song by Willie Nelson, Sacrifice by Don Henley and Vince Gill, I Want Love by Chris Stapleton and much more. Revamp was released via Island Records and Restoration by Universal Music Group Nashville both to coincide with Elton John’s 2018–2021 Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. Both releases were well performed, recorded and produced. Both of these releases are great additions to your Elton John collection and can be purchased at Amazon, Walmart, Target and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
One is the debut album by Colin Carter, best known as the lead vocalist for Prog icons Flash featuring guitar legend Peter Banks, an English guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. He was best known as the original guitarist in the rock bands the Syn, Yes, Flash, and Empire. This album is a diverse collection of light and dark electric rock with a little funk, a little swing, and a few other surprises. This amazing album contains strong vocals and great instrumental backup in such tracks as Wings, Star Crossed, Underground, Obsession and much more. In addition to all songs composed and produced by Colin Carter, this album was well performed and recorded. This album is available February 22, 2018, for purchase from CD Baby, Cleopatra Records, Amazon and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Guitar Masters Collection is a CD collection from Grammy award-winning producer Brian Tarquin featuring the cream of the crop guitarists such as Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke, Zakk Wylde and much more. This album which mixes Rock with Jazz and Funk was released on March 23, 2018, on the Cleopatra Records label. Among the great tracks on this ten track album are Tocar Modera featuring Larry Coryell & Brian Tarquin, Funk Me Tender featuring Steve Vai & Randy Coven, an awesome remake of the Stevie Wonder classic I Wish featuring Zakk Wylde & Randy Coven, Hair featuring Joe Satriani and Stanley Clarke, Mother Load featuring Leslie West from Mountain & Randy Coven plus so much more. This great compilation was well written, performed, recorded and produced. If you are a big fan of great guitar works, you will want to own this album which can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes, Cleopatra Records and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.