Truly Grateful is the March 14, 2017 release by Bazz & The Shiretones featuring Bazz Hutchinson, a distinctive singer song writer, has been covertly influential in the Ayrshire music scene for nearly 40 years. Listening to this CD, I hear a mixture of Country, Rock and Blues in such tracks as Goodbye Mr. Heartache, Arizona, Reasons, Lisa and much more. I was impressed with Bazz’s vocal style and songwriting ability (all songs on this album were written by Bazz Hutchinson). I was also well performed and recorded. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and if you like it as well as I did, you can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Adventure is the October 28, 2018 album by Eliot Lewis, an American rock, R&B and soul singer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known for his work with Average White Band (1989-2002) and Hall & Oates (2003-present). This eleven track album showcases his great vocals and instrumental work on such tracks as We’re In It Together, Soundtrack, Evolution, Crusade and so much more. Several tracks off this album were on his 2014 EP called Crusade. I was impressed with how well this release was written, recorded, performed and produced. I highly recommend this album for your music library and can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
International Orange is the year 2000 release by James Blonde and re-released in 2006 which was recorded in Lodi California at Sky Studios in 22 studio hours between the dates of June 16 and July 2, 2000. This great band consisting of Eric Westphal on lead vocals and bass, Peter Hackett on drums and Rob Warren on guitars and vocals demonstrates great vocals and instrumental backup on such great tracks as Never Complain, Every Boy Wants To Be With My Girl, Night Life, Isabel and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written (all songs were written or co-written by Eric Westphal), recorded, produced (by Rob Warren & James Blonde) and performed. I am looking forward to hearing more from this band and glad to be able to call Eric Westphal my friend. This great album is available from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and all other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 975th review, I am proud to present the album Alice Street Sessions by Eric Westphal. His music has already been well established by his work with the group James Blond, and Alice Street Sessions is a welcomed re-release and allows us to revisit Eric’s debut solo offering originally released in 2001, re-mastered and re-released June 2018 on the IAC Records label. This twelve song album features such great tracks as Harmony, Another Time Another Place, Follow My Heart, Janine, Footsteps and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and is an album I will listen to over and over again. This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This re-issue is also available on 180-gram vinyl in addition to CD and digital downloads from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes, IAC Records, and many other outlets.
For my 963rd review, I present the album Live At The Palms, the upcoming album by The Dirk Hamilton Band which is scheduled to be released November 2, 2018, on the IAC Records label. This live album by this singer/songwriter was recorded live at the Palms in Winters, California on October 23, 2009, with Dirk Hamilton on Acoustic Guitar, Harmonia and Vocals, Don Evans on electric guitar and vocals, Tim Seifert on drums and Eric Westphal on bass and vocals. This thirteen track album contains such songs as Hardball In The Holy Land, New Earth Suit, Coming To Light, Alias I, Lonely Videos and more. This album was well written, recorded and performed. I would be interested in hearing his earlier material. You can find this album on November 2nd from Amazon, CD Baby, IAC Records and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
My 941st review takes me back to the sound of Asleep With The Wheel and Leon Redbone with this great self-titled album by The Philcos consisting of Mike Cronic on acoustic guitar and lead vocal, my buddy from the WannaBeatles Bryan Cumming on clarinet, melodica and harmony vocal and Sam Frazee on upright bass and harmony vocal. I enjoyed their arrangement of such songs as Pistol Packin’ Mama, the Tennessee Ford song Sixteen Tons, Ain’t Misbehavin’ which I am a fan of Leon Redbones version, Stranger On The Shore and so much more. They took these songs and made it their own. It was well recorded and performed. I recommend this album that loves the old country sound. This album is available from CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 940th review, I am proud to announce the album Rednexicans by rock/blues band 53 Across from New Mexico consisting of Garrett Hobson, Eduardo Barraza, and Darrell Hall. This is their fourth CD and my third review for this great band released September 1, 2018. This great album has a sound which is a mixture of Rock, Blues, and Country with such tracks as Bad Bad Billy, Geronimo, Rollin’ Hot, Whiskey Run and much more. I enjoyed this album as much as I did with their earlier releases and I was impressed with the songwriting on this one as well as how well it was recorded and performed. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and if you enjoy it as much as I did, you can pick up this great album from CD Baby, Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where digital downloads are sold.
If you take Soaring vocals, pulsating guitars, progressive arrangements and chunky, bluesy riffs power their new wave and punk-inspired melodic rock which reminds me of a mixture of classical sound with rock riffs you will get the album #World On Fire by Curious Grace & Black Rabbit released June 29, 2018. Curious Grace & Black Rabbit features Tom Erangey on bass and vocals, Mary Erangey on electric cello and vocals, Mike Conley on guitar, Bojan Kolevski on keyboards, Heidi O’Toole on vocals and Scott Way on drums. This is what I call an interesting album with a different sound which is shown with such tracks as Scars And Children, Make It Rain, Fat Cats, World On Fire Part Two, Duffy’s March, and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. You can find this album on Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 914th review, I am proud to present the debut album by New York City-based racehorse-trainer-turned-musician Peter Kleinhans called Something’s Not Right released February 23, 2018, on his own label which features himself on vocals and guitar. Listening to this album I hear a mixture of Country, Jazz, Blues and Pop with such tracks as 3,000,000 years, To Hell And Back, the title track Something’s Not Right, Sky Blue, ‘Til the Music Stops and much more. I was impressed with his voice and his guitar work as well as how the album was written, recorded, and performed. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and if you like it, you can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
I am starting off my morning and my 902nd review with an amazing album by Leslie Satcher and the Electric Honey Badgers called 2 Days In Muscle Shoals released March 9, 2018. Along with Leslie Satcher and her powerful vocals, this band also features James LeBlanc on guitars and vocals, Jim “Moose” Brown on Hammond B3 & Wurlitzer piano, David Hood on bass, Heidi Newfield on harmonica, and Tommy Hardin & Jon Davis on drums. I enjoyed this mixture of blues, spiritual and a bit of a country sound on such tracks as Run It Down South (with Trisha Yearwood), This Won’t Take Long (with Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow), Waitin’ On The Sun To Shine, Deep Water Woman and so much more. I was impressed with Leslie’s songwriting abilities since she wrote or co-wrote every song on this album, also how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to hearing more from this band. I highly recommend that you take a listen to this album on Spotify, then purchase this album from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.