For my 816th music review, I am proud to present High Sierra , a folk-rock reflection on time in the wild on a through-hike of America’s premier hiking trail, the John Muir Trail brought you by Terrain, a folk rock band consisting of Michael Martin on guitars, keyboards and vocals, Jeff Gebhardt on bass and vocals, Frank Endert on drums and Jon Sterngold on lead guitar. The sound on this album reminds me of such bands as The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, America and other great bands. I was very impressed with the vocals and harmonies as well as great acoustic guitar work on such tracks as Sunrise, Cathedral, In The Wilderness, Reverence and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, and produced. I recommend this album to your music library which can be purchased as of April 4, 2018, from Amazon, CD Baby, Bandcamp, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
If you take some progressive rock, add some jazz, some Americana, a bit of blues and a tad of country you get the album Inward by Montreal, Canada-based artist Ghostly Beard A.K.A. Patrick Talbot a virtuoso singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who recently came out of a 15-year musical retirement. When listening to his music, one can hear his inspiration from such legendary artists and bands as Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Michael Franks, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Genesis, XTC, and Weather Report. This May 4, 2018, ten track album which consists of songs written, and all instruments and vocals by Talbot is the third official CD release which defines the Ghostly Beard sound which is a blend of many influences and genres including such tracks as How Does It Feel, Autumn Blues, Let It Rain, Going Away and so much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded and performed. This album is available from Amazon, Bandcamp and other outlets and proceeds from album sales will be given to MusiCounts, a Canadian charity organization that promotes music education through a wide variety of programs, including scholarships and providing musical instruments and equipment to after-school music programs and other community non-profit organizations.
For my 808th review I present As Is, a 2014 live album by Mississippi Recording artist Les Kerr and this is my fifth review by this artist. This album was recorded at the WDVX Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, Tennessee. This twenty-four track album contains such tracks as The Sun Also Rises, New Orleans In The Spring, The Memorial, Hillbilly Blues Caribbean, Get To The Grill, Yea You Right and so much more. For a live album at a small venue, the recording was done well. This album was well written and performed. This album can be purchased at http://www.louisianamusicfactory.com.
The Children of Rain was a contemporary folk group, originally a trio with Pam Meacham and her brother Denis, along with Alan Ross. Children of Rain is to assemble a collection from the group’s library of existing work that has survived more than 50 years, including, technologically, the analog-to-digital transition with the nine-song album Revisited. The group released the second-ever 45 rpm single of the famed 1960s’ anthem Get Together later a classic by The Youngbloods on Dot in April 1966. The acetate was purchased in March 2017 by British music journalist Robert Cochrane, renowned for unearthing “quality obscura.” The writer/poet was drawn to the record by the group’s poetically melancholic name. Enough so that he shelled out $200 for it which was a great find. This classic folk album also features such tracks as Election Mill Junction Road Blues, Morning Of Rain, I Walked Downtown and so much more. This lost treasure was well written, performed and recorded. This treasure is now available worldwide through CD Baby.com for digital downloading and streaming on iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and other outlets.
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.
Bay Station finds California-based songwriter/musicians Kwame Copeland and Deborah Crooks combining their talents and enlisting the help of several musical compadres to create a diverse form of Americana and rock music in the forthcoming album Other Desert Cities, inspired by the strange, poetic and distinctly American stories of desert denizens with a great country sound as heard in such great tracks as Sleeping Hard Waking Slow, Everybody’s Business, Clean Up (which reminds me so much of the Johnny Cash style), Trickster Moon and much more. This amazing album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This release will be available on April 27, 2017, from Amazon, and places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold
Scottish Influence is my second review for singer/songwriter Alan Ross released 1 January 2003 on the Core Records label. This seven-track album of Celtic Folk songs features Alan’s rich voice and includes such works as Raise The Clans!, White Rose, Seven Men of Glenmoriston, Bell Rock Light and much more. All songs were written by Alan Ross and were well performed, recorded and produced. If you are a fan of Celtic Folk music, you will definitely wish to add this album to your music library. You can buy this album from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Contributor is a February 1, 2015 release and my fourth review for Les Kerr, a songwriter, recording artist, and performer who brings blues, New Orleans music, Zydeco, rock, and bluegrass together to create his “Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll.” A Nashville resident since 1987, Kerr was born in Louisiana and raised in Mississippi. Contributor was released on the O.N.U. label and shows a different style for this amazing artist as shown with such tracks as the title track Contributor which was inspired by Nashville’s street newspaper, The Blue And White, The Gail, Ready For A Train, St. Louis Blues and so much more. This great album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is available for purchase from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Alan Ross celebrates his 49th year in the music business on July 18, 2014, with the release of a sixth album called Fogs Of August, his second Celtic CD and his first in ten years. This album shows a mixture of Celtic, Country and Folk styles as shown in such tracks as Verily, Lament For J.C., Highlander Girl and much more as well as a New Years Eve favorite Auld Lang Syne. I first heard Alan’s amazing voice on Studio23Nashville hosted by my good friend Bryan Cumming and was amazed by his amazing voice and his songwriting talents. I also learned that Ross began his studio-singing career in New York in 1967, with a national TV spot for Binaca breath freshener, as well as a session singer he did commercials for such companies as Captain D’s Seafood Restaurants, Tennessee Pride Country Sausage, Burger King, Toyota, Pizza Hut and much more. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. This great album is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.