Songs of Love and the Ocean is the second full CD by Key West, Florida based artist Dani Hoy released in August 2013. This album features a versatile mix of songs from funky pop and rock to country and torch songs and even a little island sound such as I Like It Hot, Summer Songs, Better Late Than Never, Gone Native and much more. This release was well written, recorded and performed and is available on CDs and digital downloads from Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets. This is my second review for this artist and will be reviewing another CD of hers in the near future. You can learn more about this artist by going to her website https://danihoy.com
Game Of Faith is the Summer 2019 album by UK band Auburn who has been captivating audiences around the world with their unique blend of Americana, blues and roots music. This band is fronted by female vocalist Liz Lenten, along with Thomm Jutz on guitars, Mark Fain on bass, Lynn Williams on drums and Britt Savage on harmony vocals. This fourteen track album features such songs as the title track Game Of Faith, I Don’t’ Love Him, Happy Nowhere, Spoke In The Wheel and much more. I was impressed with Liz’s vocal style, the harmonies, and great instrumental backup. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. To learn more about this band, go to their website http://www.auburn.org.uk
Live At The Woodshed is the January 25, 2019 album by The Chase Walker Band. This is also my third review for this blues, rock and soul band based in Nashville, Tennessee featuring Chase Walker on guitar & vocals, Yates McKendree on keyboard, Gregg Garner on bass, and Peter Kastaris on drums on the tracks recorded August 3, 2017 and Chase Walker on guitar & vocals, Victor Franklin on bass and Edward Cleveland on drums for the tracks recorded July 20, 2018. This five track EP features the tracks Honey Jar, Red House, Blues Deluxe, I Warned You, and Woodshed Jam. This live album is a compilation of two separate shows at Kulak’s Woodshed in Hollywood California and was well recorded and performed. I am looking forward to both hearing more from this band in the future and also maybe one day catch this band live if they ever perform in my area. You can pick up your own copy of this EP from Amazon, CD Baby, and many other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this band, find out where they are performing, buy their CD’s and merchandise and more at their website https://chasewalkerband.com/
Scarecrow is the January 23, 2109 EP by country recording artist Lacy J. Dalton on the Songdog Records label. She is joined on this Ep by bassist John Avila and drummer David Raven. This four-song EP features songs in the style of Country, Blues, Folk, and Bluegrass with the tracks Takes An Earthquake Sometimes, the title track Scarecrow, Can’t Tell Your Heart Who To Beat For and Life’s About Now. Her voice is just a strong as it was back in 1979 when she had such hits as Takin’ It Easy, Black Coffee and so many other hits. This EP was well written, recorded, produced and performed. You can grab your own copy from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Not Quite Legal is the April 22, 2016 release by The Chase Walker Band, a blues, rock and soul band based in Nashville, Tennessee. Chase Walker plays guitar and sings lead vocal on most tunes with Randon Davitt on bass and Matt Fyke on drums. All three add backing vocals, along with Jade Bennet Mateo and April Stephenson; Drake Munkihaid Shining adds keyboards to the four tracks produced by Gino Matteo (Sugaray Rayford’s guitar player), Chase producing the remaining tracks himself. Chase features his great guitar work and vocals on such tracks as Done Loving You, I Warned You, It’ll Pass, Don’t F It Up and much more as well as an amazing cover of Jimi Hendrix’s hit Red House. This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This is my second review for this great artist and I am excited to hear so much more from Chase in the future. This is a band I would love to see live if he ever comes to our area. You can get your own copy of this amazing album from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Hearts In Blues is the upcoming release by Bear & Robert (Cindy Bear and Franc Robert), a singer-songwriter duo from Jacksonville, Florida. This album is a great mix of Folk, Americana and Blues which reminds me of some the great sound of Leon Redbone and other artists of that genre with catchy melodies, toe-tapping rhythms, and soulful lyrics on such tracks as Half Moon Over Memphis, Preacher’s Wife Blues, Lights Of Jacksonville, Life & Death Blues and so much more. I was quite impressed with their songwriting and vocal style as well as how this album was performed and recorded. This album will be available to the world on April 2, 2019, and will be available for purchase from CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
At The End Of A Long Road is the 2016 EP by Key West, Florida based artist Dani Hoy. On this five track EP, Dani employed to help her out on the recording, including former Johnny Cash bass player Dave Roe, Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell drummer Jerry Roe, Marty Stuart’s guitarist Kenny Vaughn, Rob Thorworth on acoustic guitar and producer/keyboardist and percussionist, Kevin Johnston. This album is a nice mixture of country and blues with such great tracks as Escape, Coffee Drinking Girl, Back Country Pontoon Party and two others. There style and performance is something you would hear on major country radio. This EP was well recorded, performed, produced and written. This is definitely an EP you need to check out and I will be reviewing their other two EP’s in the near future. This album is available from CD Baby, Itunes, Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this artist go to their website https://danihoy.com/music/
Unleashed is the September 20, 2014 release by The Chase Walker Band, a blues, rock and soul band based in Nashville, Tennessee. This thirteen track album was released on the Revved Up Records label and the band consists of Chase Walker On guitar, Randon Davitt on bass and Matt Fyke on drums. As I listened to this whole album, I was impressed with his great blues riffs and how he makes the guitar a part of him and with the rhythmic bass lines and driving drum beats, they make this a great album with such tracks as Coming Clean, Good Days For The Blues, Blues Deluxe, Into The Darkness, Who Will and so much more. This release was well written, recorded and performed. I have become a big fan of this band and looking forward to hearing and reviewing more releases by this great band. This amazing album is available from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can find more about this band, their tour schedule, and their other releases on their website https://www.chasewalkerband.com/
Rise Above This is the March 5, 2013 album by New Jersey based female fronted band New Day Dawn consisting of Dawn Botti on guitar and vocals, Gary Szczecina (Botti’s husband) on drums and vocals, Stone on lead guitar, Elo Hernandez on bass and Metal Matt on guitar and vocals. With Dawn’s powerhouse vocals and great instrumental back up, I enjoyed this album as much as I did with their last album Shine. This five track EP with hard, guitar-driven rock with a bit of a bluesy sound mixed in is shown with such great tracks as You Are My Everything, Lay Your Head, Whatever It Takes and much more. This is another great success for this band and I was impressed with how well this release was written, recorded, performed and produced (by Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) and John Moyer (Disturbed). This is definitely an album you will want to add to your music library and you can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
In The Shadow Of The Sun is my fifth review for Joey Stuckey, an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer and sound engineer from Macon, Georgia. On this great album, he is credited as The Joey Stuckey Trio joined by Nestor Jaenz and Charles Arnold along with on keyboard by longtime friend and band member Tom Rule and renowned Georgia music legend Randall Bramblett on B-3 organ. Yet when the veteran blues rocker booked his progressive Americana trio into the legendary Sun Studio (famous for recording legends Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and others) for a three-hour session on an off day from their tour, he had no specific plan except to record a few originals and covers. This eighteen track album consists of all nine tracks in both stereo and mono format which you don’t see very often. This historic recording session produced such tracks as You’re So Wrong, Domino (originally recorded by Van Morrison), Truth is a Misty Mountain (a tune Stuckey wrote in the 90s but never recorded before till now), Whipping Post (originally recorded by The Allman Brothers), Ain’t It Good to be in Love and much more. I was quite impressed with how this album was written, recorded, mixed, and performed. I just found out that this album is also available on vinyl, which is the first for him (which I want to get my own copy) as well on CD and digital download on the Senate Records label. I highly recommend this album and you can purchase this great album on March 29, 2019, from Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets.