Back Above The Clouds is the highly anticipated debut double CD album from The UK Progressive Rock band Warmrain released June 21, 2109, on the Rain Recording label. I was referred to this amazing band by Greg Ross of the band Epic Tantrum. When this band emailed me asking for a review, I heard their cover of the Eurythmics class Here Comes The Rain Again and then I knew I had to hear more from this amazing band which features Leon J Russell on vocals and acoustic guitars, Simon Bradshaw on bass and keyboards, Steve Beatty on drums and Matt Lerwill on electric guitar, classical guitar, sitar, ukulele, and mandolin. The other day I received this great CD which is a mixture of progressive, folk and alternative rock and features along with the Eurythmics cover I heard earlier, it showcases great guitar work and vocals on this fifteen track album such as Fading Star, Running Out Of Time, Metamorphosis, A Hundred Miles High, Free Now, Equilibrium and much more. I was quite moved by the performance on this album as well as the songwriting talent and a superb recording. I am looking forward to hearing a lot more from this band in the future and I feel this is a band that you will want to take a listen to and add to your music library which is available on CD and digital download format from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music retail outlets. To learn more about this band, their music and more, go to their official website http://www.warmrainband.com
Folk/pop fusion Little Suns are a musical collective that simply can t be placed in any sort of genre; with influences both near and far, it s virtually impossible to compare them to their contemporaries. I am proud to present their October 8, 2013 album Normal Human Feelings on the True North Records label. This band features John Aaron Cockburn, Robin Meyer-MacLeod, Daniel Grewal and Liam Smith. This album of nine pop/folk originals showcases a great performance with such tracks as Sunboat, Black Elephant, Antichrist, Child Of The Night and much more. I was impressed with the songwriting talent and how it was recorded. This is an album you will want to check out which is available from Amazon, Discogs and many other music outlets on Vinyl, CD and digital download. To learn more about this band, their music and their tour schedule go to their official website https://littlesuns.ca/
I just had to opportunity to listen to what became my 1637th music review, the album by Memphis Tennessee based folk and blues band The Jason Lee McKinney Band called Pieces released February 21, 2020, on the Bonfire Music Group label. This superb album is the eighth studio album by this band featuring Jason Lee McKinney on guitar and lead vocals, Barry Strauser on keyboards, guitar and vocals, Billy Wright on bass and vocals, Sam Berce on lead guitar and Logan Todd on drums plus some additional backup vocals by Susan Marshall, Reba Russell and Vinny Rose. This ten-track album features such great songs as Normal Is Just An Exit, the title track Pieces, So Long, Groove is Getting Old and so much more. I was impressed with the songwriting on this album as well as the performance and how this release was recorded. This is a band that I would love to see perform live and do a concert review. You can get your copy of this album on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Apple Music, Amazon, and other music outlets. To learn more about this band, their music and their tour schedule please go to their official website https://www.jasonleemckinneyband.com. In closing, I want to give a big thanks to Pinecastle Records and Kyle Watson at Roar Publicity for sending me this CD to listen and review
Olivia Frances, a pop/folk artist from Cincinnati, Ohio living in Worcester, Massachusetts released her third album Orchid on May 24th, 2019. This 11-track LP will be recorded and produced in Nashville, TN at Riverfront Recording Studios by Pat Lassiter. This album features great vocals and instrumentation on such tracks as the title track Orchid, Moon To My Sun, Lettin’ Summer Shine, It Just Takes One, Do You Know and so much more. I was quite moved by the performance on this album as well as the songwriting talent and superb recording. I would love to hear her earlier work to see how the growth came to this amazing album. This release is available from Apple Music, CD Baby and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold as well as from her official website http://www.oliviafrancesmusic.com where you can learn more about this artist and her upcoming tour schedule.
The Pathfinder: Buried Treasures: The Mid 70’s Recordings is a two-disc set that captures the period when Indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte Marie both cemented her reputation as an arresting performer of utterly unique style as well as a protest singer of exceptional power. This thirty-three track compilation which was released November 8, 2013, on the True North Records label features such great tracks as Generation, Look At The Facts, Sweet Fast Hooker Blues, Starwalker, The Way You Fall In Love, Can’t Believe The Feeling, Nobody Will Ever Know It’s Real But You, I Don’t Need No City Life and so much more. This compilation showcases Buffy’s talent as a performer and as a songwriter plus the musicianship is top-notch, featuring the best American players of the day (David Briggs, Larry Carlton, Charlie McCoy, etc.). This album was also well recorded and produced and is an album that one would want to add to their music library with it being available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs and all other music outlets plus on her official website http://buffysainte-marie.com where you can learn more about this artist, her current tour schedule and a lot more.
Slice Of Life: Live Solo is the March 31, 2009 double CD by Bruce Cockburn, a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist released on the Rounder/UMGD Records label. Recorded in 2008 over a series of dates, this is Bruce’s Cockburn’s first live solo recording. It’s a double CD that showcases a cross-section of Cockburn’s finest songs and some of his most dazzling guitar work with such tracks as Last Night Of The World, Soul Of A Man, Tramps In The Street, If I Had A Rocket Launcher, Tie Me At The Crossroads, Wondering Where the Lions Are, Lovers in a Dangerous Time, and so much more. This album shows his great work as a songwriter as well as a great performance and how well this release was recorded and produced. I am definitely looking forward to listening to more by this great artist. This release is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs and other outlets where music is sold. You can find out Bruce’s tour schedule and other info on this artist by going to his website http://brucecockburn.com
Crossing Bridges is the January 18, 2018 album by the Cumming, Georgia band The Dewberries consisting of Paula Jones and John Ragin whose sound is primarily acoustic; a mix of country, bluegrass, folk, and rockabilly…in a word, it is Americana. I first heard their music on an online radio show hosted by Lois High, afterwords, I knew had to hear more from this act with John Ragin on guitars, bass, mandolin, dobro, drums and vocals, Paula Jones on vocals and percussion, Kurt Baumer on fiddle and Mark Van Allen on dobro. This twelve track album features amazing vocals and harmonies, as well as a great backup on such tracks as She, Was Gone Like The Wind, A Sparrow Has To Fly, The Nights Grow Colder, Pickin’ Strings, Restless Wind and so much more. I was quite moved by their songwriting talent, their performance and how this album was recorded. This amazing album is available on CD and digital download from CD Baby, Amazon, Reverbnation, and many other music outlets. I will be reviewing another one of their albums in the coming weeks.
The American Beauties are a folk-rock quartet from Somerville, Massachusetts who released their debut record Too Worn To Mend on October 16, 2012, with their own independent label. The magic of this group is in its lineup of Michael A. Gray on vocals guitar and harmonica, Jonas Kahn on guitar, Justin Kolack on bass and Jeff Allison on drums and backing vocals. This eleven-track album that is still getting a lot of radio airplay on independent radio stations and online radio shows features such tracks as On A String, Miles From Nowhere, Forever Like The Sea, Grace Under Fire, Gone Gone and so much more. Their sound, to me, sounds like bands I grew up with like America, Bread, CSN, The Byrds and many others with amazing vocals and harmonies, impressive guitar work as well as a great performance, songwriting, and recording. The only thing on this recording I noticed is that they could have increased the volume on the vocals, otherwise this album was recorded well. This album is available on from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and other music retailers where CDs and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule, go to their official website https://www.americanbeauties.org
Maria Muldaur revisits the music of her youth here with the help of John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful), progressive bluegrass pioneer David Grisman, creator of Dawg Music, Dan Hicks, Taj Mahal and a youthful jug band she recently discovered, The Crow Quill Night Owls, featuring Kit Stovepipe on National guitar, jug, and washboard. The end result is the album Good Times Music For Hard Times by Maria Muldaur And Her Garden Of Joy released October 7, 2009, on the Stony Plains Music Records label. This twelve track album features some 1930’s Jug Band tunes along with a couple of new tunes. Maria showcases her bluesy and sexy voice to such tracks as The Diplomat, Shout You Cats, The Ghost Of The St. Louis Blues, Bank Failure Blues, Garden Of Joy and much more. This release was well performed, written and recorded and is a different style of blues for your library. This album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, and other music outlets. You can learn more about this artist, her tour schedule, her music and much more by going to her official website http://www.mariamuldaur.com
The Black Irish is the January 20, 2011 album by The Mahones, a Canadian Irish punk band released on the Whiskey Devil Records label and distributed by True North Records. This band comprises of Finny McConnell on lead vocals, guitars, and mandolin, Dom “The Bomb” Whelan on drums and backing vocals, Katie “KaBoom” McConnell on accordion and backing vocals, Sean “Riot” Ryan on bass and vocals, Sean Winter on banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and backing vocals, and “The Legendary” Mark Gilligan on backing vocals. This twelve track album which won the Independent Music Award for Best Punk Album in 2012 features such tracks as A Great Night On The Lash, Ghost Of A Whiskey Devil, The Blood Is On Your Hands, Lord Of The Dirty Hordes, Whiskey Under The Bridge and so much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, and many other music outlets.