With myself being a major blues fan, I am proud to present to you The World Moves On, a May 14, 2016 release by New York based Hitman Blues Band which features such luminaries as Kevin Bents (Spin Doctors, Boz Scaggs, Phoebe Snow), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, B.B. King, Joe Cocker), Bobby Forrester (Ruth Brown, Lena Horne), Ray Alexander (George Shearing, Stan Getz, Mel Torme), and Richard Crooks (Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen) . This great album contains seven new original songs, one cover (done in the Hitman Blues Band style) Hoochie Coochie Man and five reworked original songs. I was very impressed with the heavy blues guitar riffs and powerful vocals on such tracks as Bad Bad Man, That’s What It’s Like To Be A Man, Two Minute Warning, Hammer Down, Catch-22 Blues and so much more. This great album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. I am looking forward to hearing more from this band and hope to collect their complete library. If you are a blues fan like I am, you will definitely want to have this album in your library. This release is available from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold. And don’t forget signup for their mailing list will get you a free five-song sampler:
For my 813th music review, I am proud to present the self-titled album by the Colorado-based Cass Clayton Band. This album is a mixture of crossover music with blues, funk, soul, and rock, along with Cass’s smoky 3-octave vocal range and big, bluesy voice, as well as her slide guitar playing, this is an album I have enjoyed from start to finish with such great tracks as Let’s Not Be Friends, That’s What They Say, Least A Brother Can Do, Last Thoughts and much more. I was very impressed with her vocals and her songwriting style along with Taylor Scott, as well as how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to hearing more from this great artist. It is presently available for purchase from her website https://cassclayton.com/ and as more outlets are available I will pass it on to you.
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.
Superstars of Love is the latest album by Roy Bob & The Country Carrousers , a Nashville based band that has done three previous albums. This great band features along with Roy Bob Carrousers he is joined by Dave Steffen (an original Carrouser) and Bobby Evans, as well as guitarist John “Hambone” Frings of Oshkosh, and French fusion guitarist Andre Cailliet of the late Latin dance band MadiSalsa plus Johnny Hiland on guitars and vocals, and Michael “T-Bone” Tebrinke (also from Wisconsin, Roy Bob points out) on bass and vocals, Greg Thiel on drums and Tim McDonald plays piano and organ. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and among the favorites on this album are the songs Mail Order Bride, Lucky 13, the title track Superstars Of Love, Pudding You’re A Wild Girl, Yin Yang Sun and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, and performed. I found out that this band is looking for a record label. If you wish to sign this band, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Twin Barrels Burning is the 12th studio album by British rock band Wishbone Ash released 1982 on the AVM Records label and was re-released as a two cd set by Cherry Red Records in 2017 with a second disc of American remixes of nine tracks from this album. It is the only Wishbone Ash album to feature Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder, who was a member of the band for three years (1981–83). This amazing album has great vocals and harmonies as well as killer guitar riffs as seen in such tracks as Engine Overheat, Genevieve, Streets Of Shame, Wind Up and so much more. This classic rock album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This album will bring back great memories of this awesome band and can be purchased from Cherry Red Records, Amazon, and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Inter-fusion is a 2018 fusion rock project from guitar legend, Shuggie Otis which features commanding drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Beck Bogert & Appice) and stellar bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm/Roy Harper) and was released on April 20, 2018, on the Cleopatra Records label. Shuggie Otis is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist. This album is a mixture of Rock, Blues, and Jazz as heard in such tracks as Aphelion, Ice Cold Daydream, Woman, and much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. You can purchase this great album from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Cleopatra Records and everywhere else that CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.
For my 739th review, I am proud to present the album You Should Have Been There, an amazing live recording by the blues rock band Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds the Welsh guitarist and is the leader and founder member of this great band. I have been a fan of Savoy Brown for many years and I am thrilled to listen to this album and write this review. This six-track album features such great tracks as Hellbound Train, Street Corner Talking, Blues Like Midnight and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. You definitely want to add this album to your Savoy Brown collection. You can purchase this amazing album from Amazon, Itunes, Discogs and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Shawn Phillips, one of music’s most daring, influential and enigmatic figures has released his 26th solo album Continuance released January 31, 2018, through Tunecore Distribution sees Shawn as the genre-bending singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist and his commitment to making ambitious, introspective yet socially conscious music. Just as he did on the psychedelic staple “Season of the Witch,” which he co-authored with Donovan in 1966. This album is a mixture of hard rock, blues, jazz, funk and new age as seen in such great tracks as Life, Man With A Gun, Furious Desperation, Bach To The Fusion, In Grace We Intend and so much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. Please take a listen to this impressive album on Spotify and then purchase it from Itunes and his official website.
Here It Is is the latest EP by Danny Kean, an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and actor from Farmingdale, New York and has been blind since birth. This amazing project finds him diving deeper into his musicality than ever before, including overtures into smooth R&B, early Motown, classic soul, funk rock, and Neo-soul. I enjoyed listening to this EP from start to finish, not a bad song on the whole album. If I had to choose my favorites from this six-track EP, I would have to choose I Can Wait, Soul Provider and Deal With It. I was also impressed with Danny’s take on a Neil Young classic Heart Of Gold. This album was well performed and recorded and is available for purchase from CD Baby, Amazon, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.