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.
For my 896th review, I present Art And Popain, an upcoming album by John Humphrey Coconut, a singer/songwriter from Barcelona Spain. This album of new songs between rock, blues, and colorful pop is to be released on August 24, 2018, on the Giant Pulse Records label. Among the great tracks on this album are Every Night And Every Day, Spring of Freedom, The Fabulous Catandog and much more. This album was well written, recorded and performed and totally a different sound. Please take a listen to this album on youtube and then you will want to purchase it from Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 878th review, I am giving my take on the album Roots In The Blues, Crown Far Ahead by Italian band RoughMax And The Steamrollers. This band consists of Rough Max Peiri on bass and vocals, Luciano Lucky Pesce on piano, keyboards, and backing vocals, and Corrado D’Amato on drums and backing vocals. Among the tracks that were most tolerable was Junk, Guilty, The Second Bite and Betrayal. Listening to this album, I was a bit disappointed. The vocals on most of the songs are distorted and the mixing on the recording was horrible. There was no balance between vocals and instrumentation. The songs were well written but that was about it. I feel with a better producer and recording studio, this might be an album I would want to buy.
When you take the singing sustain of multiple razor edged electric guitars, the monster rock backbeat of Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry, and The Moonlight Sonata, you get the great album Amp L’Etude by Tone Masseve. This album is influenced by Tone’s love for rock, blues and classical music and wanted to play their classical pieces with a rock sound and attitude. The recording on this album started in 1995 and took more than 20 years to complete. The guitar parts alone took more than two years to record. In 1997, while still working on Amp L’étude, tragically, Tone got pneumonia and died. In 2016 a wonderful and talented group of musicians came together to finish his long lost album. The first was Doane Perry who was drummer for Jethro Tull for twenty seven years. Next was Garry Kvistad who is a Grammy award winning master percussionist. He is a member of the four man percussion group Nexus and to top it off with members of the vocal group Prana added their voices to several tracks. The end result is a very impressive album with such tracks as Aire On A G String (A Whiter Shade), The Moonlight Sonata (On The Hill Of The Skull), Seranade for Strings (For Her Majesty), Maria (She’s So) Ave, as so much more. This great album was well recorded, performed and produced and is a great final tribute to a awesome guitarist. This release will be available for purchase September 12, 2018 from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets.
For my 875th review, I present the debut self titled album by The Brutalists, an trans-Atlantic rock group led by industry veterans and former bandmates Ex L.A. Guns Mick Cripps on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Nigel Mogg on vocals, Kent Holmes on guitars and vocals, Robert Cripps on bass and Charlie Nice on drums. This twelve track album due for release on August 31st, 2018 on the Cleopatra Records label is a mix of their influences — the dirty, leering blues of pub rock and R&B, the urgency of street punk and the synthesized dance ennui of post-punk, seasoned with bits of mod with such tracks as Wishing I Was Far Away, Jungle Nasty, Look Whatcha Gone And Done, Nutter, Enough Of Me and much more. This album has great guitar riffs and vocals and I was impressed with how well it was written, recorded, produced and performed. This album will be available for purchase from Bandcamp, Cleopatra Records and other outlets on August 31st.
Today I received a preview of an upcoming album called So Happy by Rick Vines All-Stars to be officially released on about August 1, 2018. I was impressed with the various styles on this album such as Blues, Rock, Country and more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such great tracks as the title track So Happy, D’Lila, I Can’t Breathe, Woodstock, Making Our Way In The World and so much more. I am thrilled with the great voice, soothing piano, and more. I am also impressed with his songwriting style, the recording of this album and performance. You are able to listen to the title track now and more after the first of August.