The Year Of Still Here by The Pammie Kakes Ensemble

The Year Of Still Here is the October 19, 2018 release by Macon, Georgia recording artist Pammie Kakes Ensemble on the Ragged Heart & Grace Records.  Also on this album playing bass, lead guitar and drums on practically all tracks are blues artist Joey Stuckey.  When I first saw the title of the band, I thought it was going to be a jazz CD and then found it is a great collection of country and blues with such great tracks as Hold On Baby, Smell The Rain, Joe And Marilyn, Second Best, Cougar and much more.  I was impressed with Pammie’s vocal style and with Joey Stuckey’s instrumental back up as well as how this album was written (practically all songs were written by Pammie), recorded, produced, and performed.  This album is available from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Love Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard by Deanie Richardson

Love Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard is the forthcoming album by fiddler Deanie Richardson on the Pinecastle Records label.  This artist can play anything from upbeat, fast-paced bluegrass tunes to lonesome, tear-jerking country melodies.  This great album which features Patty Loveless, Ronnie Bowman, and Dale Ann Bradley, not to mention 3 original songs written by Deanie herself, showcases her talent with such great tracks as Black And White Rag, Soppin’ The Gravy, Chickens In The House, Lost Indian and so much more. In addition to the great fiddle playing there was also great vocals on this album as well as being well written, recorded and produced.  The release date on this album will be January 18, 2019, and will be available from Amazon, Itunes, Pinecastle Records and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Shades Of Country by Billy Hammond

Shades Of Country is the 2016 release by UK recording artist Billy Hammond.  In this recording, he brings back the sound of old country.  Even the vocal sound was those of earlier country performers. This fourteen track album kicks off with the old Randy Travis hit 1982, and he goes on to cover Charley Pride’s Comfort Of Your Wings, Becky Hobbs’ Jones On The Jukebox, Alabama’s Old Flame, and Dr. Hook’s Sylvia’s Mother, amongst others.  There are a couple of Irish flavored tracks, Back In 68 and Belle Of Liverpool, which are possibly the strongest tracks on the album.  He still has that magic touch with a song and this album was well recorded and performed.  If you wish to purchase this CD you can get this from Billy at guitarman58@btinternet.com.  The cover art on the CD I got is different from this one.

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Bootleg (Batch 432) by Russ Still And The Moonshiners

For my 1034th review, I am proud to present the December 2, 2018 release called Bootleg (Batch 432) by Russ Still And The Moonshiners released on their record label.   This great band consisting of Russ Still on guitars and vocals, Ben Still on guitars and backing vocals, Cam Still on keyboards, Ed Usher on bass, Mitch Flanders on drums, Robert Phillips on guitar, David Leonard on guitar, keyboards and vocals, and Tommy Dodd on pedal steel.  This is my fourth review for this great band and they continue their great work with such tracks as No Stars, Monkey See, Money, House Is Burnin’ and much more.  With each new album, this band gets better and better and this album was well written (with all tracks written or co-written by Russ Still), recorded and performed.  I believe you will enjoy this album and can find it from Itunes, Amazon, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album by William Shatner

Shatner Claus – The Christmas Album is a very special gift of the holidays – the first ever Christmas album from the godfather of dramatic musical interpretations and a legend of stage and screen, Mr. William Shatner released October 26, 2018 on the Cleopatra Records label and features an incredible cast of supporting players such as Henry Rollins, Billy Gibbons, Judy Collins, Brad Paisley, Rick Wakeman, Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, Joe Louis Walker and many others.  This Christmas compilation features such tracks as Blue Christmas (with Brad Paisley), Winter Wonderland (with Todd Rundgren and Artimus Pyle, the former drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd)  O Come O Come Emanuel (with Rick Wakeman former keyboardist of Yes), Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer (with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top), White Christmas (with Judy Collins) and so much more.  This compilation is well arranged, recorded, performed and produced.  This will be an interesting addition to your Christmas music library.  It is available in Vinyl, CD and digital download format from Amazon, Target and many other outlets where music is sold.

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Brotherhood by The Jake Bartley Band

Brotherhood is the November 9, 2018 album by South Carolina based Jake Bartley Band released on the Pinecastle Records label.  This band that delivers a unique and progressive blend of rock, country, soul, Jazz, and blues which consists of band members Jake Bartley on vocals, guitars and bass, Tyler McCutcheon on drums and bass, Matt Miller on bass, guitar and drums, Andrew Crawford on lead guitar and Bill Christmas on saxophone and keyboards.  There are also many guest artists on this album including multi-platinum artist Vince Gill.  Among the tracks on this album are Slippin, The One’s For The Highway, Cannonball (which features Vince Gill on vocals), Due West, One Way Out and much more.  I was impressed with their songwriting style as well as their performance and how well it was recorded and produced. I am looking forward to hearing more from this great band.  This album is available for purchase from Amazon, Bandcamp and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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No Way Back by Jeff Gutman

For my fourth part of this artist’s journey, I present No Way Back, the December 26, 2006 album by San Francisco based singer/songwriter Jeff Gutman on the Mr Knees Records label. This album which was four years into the making, these complex songs combine elements from many different music genres with such tracks as Emerald Eyes, Not Too Late, Once Again, The Sky Is Falling, Masquerade and so much more.  I was impressed with the acoustic guitar work and great vocals as well as how the album was written, recorded and produced.  This album shows the growth of this artist career and his songwriting abilities.  This album is available from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Truly Grateful by The Shiretones

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.

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Songs In The Key Of E by The Beau Weevils

Songs in the Key of E is the October 26, 2018 album by legendary fiddle player and recording artist Charlie Daniels and his band Beau Weevils on the Blue Hat Records label.  This new ten-track album features lead vocals, guitar, and fiddle by Charlie DanielsJames Stroud on drums and percussion, Billy Crain on guitar, and Charlie Hayward on bass.  Among the ten tracks on this album are great songs such as Geechi Geechi Ya Ya Blues, Bad Blood, Oh Juanita, Smokey’s Got Your Number and much more.   This release was well written, recorded, produced and performed.  I have been a fan of Charlie Daniels for many years and still will be a nice addition to one’s music library.  This great album is available from Itunes, Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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WANNA PARTY! 4 The Holidays! by Various Artists

WANNA PARTY! 4 the Holidays! is the ultimate Pop holiday album, being the fourth volume in the ever-growing popular WANNA PARTY! Pop compilation series.  This Volume is twentieth  of the hottest new Holiday classics dedicated to celebrating the special times in the year, including Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Anniversaries & any times were giving thanks, with family & friends and even hotter than the NOW series, as it gives true music lovers a chance to be a leader, & hear tomorrow’s stars & hits today, being on the cutting edge of breaking talent with such  pop, soul and country tracks as It’s Christmas by Black Canvas, Everybody’s Happy To Be Home by Grainne Ni Mhaille,  Kissing Christmas by NAKD, Without You (It’s Not Christmas by Nassim, Tangled In The Christmas Lights by Cody Joe Hodges and so much more.  I was impressed with how well this album was compiled, written, recorded, produced and performed.  This holiday compilation is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets in CD and digital downloads.

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