The Captain & The Outlaw by Dakota

I usually don’t get any vinyl to review, so when the vinyl copy of The Captain & The Outlaw by the country group Dakota came in the mail, I knew I need to put this on my turntable and check it out.  This great band featuring Hank Cramer who I have reviewed some of his solo releases, Bill Paschall (pedal steel, mandolin) and Robert Thran (lead guitar, bass, vocals). was released on the Front Range Records label in 1982.  This hard to find vinyl release features such great tracks as the title track The Captain & The Outlaw, Josie, Greenback Dollar, Louisiana Saturday Night, Melissa Blue and so much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  If you can find a copy of this album somewhere, you will be glad to own it.

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Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom by George St. Clair

Ballads of Captivity And Freedom is the debut album by country singer/songwriter George St. Clair due for release on March 2, 2018, on his own record label.  This 12 track album has a great country/country rock sound that is heard in such songs as Tularosa, The Places Where They Prayed, Up To Fail, Lie To Them, Pedro Paramo and much more. George drew his influences from the western country tradition, Mexican folk, and 70’s Texas balladry.  This album was well written, performed and recorded.  On the March 2nd release date, this album will be available for purchase from  Amazon. Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Non Duo 1 by Non Duo

For my 674th review, I am proud to present Non Duo 1, an October 3, 2016 debut album from the singer/songwriter duo Non Duo.  This duo consists of the stylings of Paul McCarty from New Orleans and Marina Gutman from Moldova in Europe. Listening to this album I am impressed with the mixture of bluegrass, gypsy and folk sound as found in such tracks as This One Is For Me, Dark, High On The Water, and my favorite track Not Two.  This album was well written, performed with great harmonies and acoustic guitar stylings, and recorded.  I am looking forward to hearing more from this duo.  Please check out this album on Spotify and this release is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Enjoy The Ride by Chere’ Pepper

Enjoy The Ride is a 2003 release by Chere’ Pepper, a great country/Christian artist.  This album is labeled Contemporary Christian but features a lot of different styles such as Country, Blues, Island and more as found in such tracks as the title track Enjoy The Ride, Somebody, Smile, Carry Me, Dear World and so much more.  This album was well written, recorded and performed.  You can listen to this great artist on Facebook Live and purchase this album on her website https://store.cherepepper.com.

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More Than Just Getting By by Tammy Vice

For my 660th review, I am proud to announce More Than Just Getting By, a February 19, 2010, album by Tammy Vice on GodsChild Records.  This twelve track album features such great tracks as Just Getting By, A Real Hard Place To Fall, Take My Heart, Small Things, I’ve Found A Place and so much more.  I was impressed with her voice, the harmonies, and how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  I am looking forward to hearing more from this great artist.  I recommend you take a listen to this album Spotify and purchase this album from Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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We Do What We Do by Raspin

For My 649th review, I am proud to present We Do What We Do is a quirky, intelligent Adult Contemporary record that touches on folk, blues, gospel and even a sprinkling of pop stylings by Raspin on March 9, 1999, and re-released in 2017 on the Payola Records label.  This album spawned such great tracks such as Rumblin and Tumblin in which he used a raspy Louis Armstrong voice, Dream, Hold On, Smoke The Hookah (which he included some rolling papers) and so much more.  This great album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  You can find this album from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and many other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Bay Street by Les Kerr

Bay Street is my second review for Les Kerr, a Gulf Coast native, now an established player in Nashville’s music scene.  I have been a fan of his since listening to his Christmas album recently. I am impressed with his style of music he calls Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock and Roll which is heard in such songs as Pool People, Ink By The Barrel, Running Buddies, Magnolia Springs and so much more.   This album features great vocals and instrumentation and was well written and recorded. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and you can purchase this album from CD Baby, Amazon and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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The Sky Is Blue And Sometimes Cries by Lisa Markley

The Sky Is Blue And Sometimes Cries is the third review I have done for vocalist Lisa Markley.  This album of jazz ballads and Latin-tinged folk tunes was released February 14, 2007, on the Soona Songs Records label and contains such great tracks as Elements, The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines, Someone To Watch Over Me, the title track The Sky Is Blue and Sometimes Cries and much more.  This album has impressive vocals and was well written, performed, recorded and produced and can be purchased from Amazon, Soona Songs Records, and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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V.I by Heliopause

V.I is the debut album by Heliopause consisting of guitarists Graham Duncan, Kevin Matz and Brian Pinke.  This album was released in August 2006 by the Soona Songs Records label.   This relaxing album contains such great tracks as Orbital, Light Tower, 7 (quasars colliding), red shift and so much more.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. I recommend you give this album a listen and if you like it as much as I did, you can purchase this album from Amazon, Soona Songs website, Itunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Markley And Balmer Self Titled Album

For my 593rd review, I am proud to announce the debut self-titled album Markley & Balmer released July 26, 2008, on the Soona Songs Record label that is in my hometown of Jonesborough, Tennessee.  This duo consists of Lisa Markley on vocals, banjo and guitar and Bruce Balmer on guitar.   This Dallas based duo who blend jazz, folk, pop, bop impressed me with their style and great vocals as seen on such great tracks as Cottontails, Landing On The Moon, She Knows, Against the Grain and much more.  This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  You can purchase this album from Amazon and at Soonasongs.com.

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