Good Time Music For Hard Times by Maria Muldaur & Her Garden Of Joy

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

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Mama Let Him Play by Doucette

Mama Let Him Play is the 1977 debut album by Jerry Victor Doucette, a Canadian guitarist, and singer-songwriter known just as Doucette rereleased several times, the latest being September 24, 2013, on the Mushroom Records label.  In addition to Jerry Doucette on guitars and vocals, he is joined by Duris Maxwell on drums, Don Cummings on bass, Robbie King on keyboards, Brent Shindel on guitars and Dale Jacobs on string synthesizer.  This eleven-track album is slightly reminiscent of the sound of Steve Miller and the Doobie Brothers with such tracks as Down The Road, Back Off, the title track Mama Let Him Play, Cat Walk (which is a bonus track) and much more.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with excellent guitar work and amazing vocals and harmonies plus I was quite impressed with the writing and recording of this album.  This released is still available on Vinyl, CD, Cassette and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, and other outlets.  To learn more about this amazing artist, his music and more go to his official website http://www.jerrydoucette.ca

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Let’s Go by The Guess Who

Let’s Go is a compilation of performances by The Guess Who in 1967 when they were the house band on CBC television program Let’s Go, a music show oriented toward teenagers (and hosted, for a time, by their former bandmate Chad Allan). This compilation consists 18 songs of original and covers the band recorded in their early years for the Canadian Broadcast Company, previously thought to be lost tracks which features Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (later to be a major hit for Bob Seger), These Eyes, Hey Jude (The Beatles classic) Along Comes Mary (a hit by The Association), You Keep Me Hanging On (a major hit for Vanilla Fudge) White Room (a major hit for Cream) and so much more.  The line up during these sessions was Burton Cummings on vocals and keyboards, Randy Bachman on guitars, Jim Kale on bass, and Gary Peterson on drums. Later there would be more lineup changes to become The Guess Who that everyone would know.  Even though this album was well performed, the recording was not as good as it was in their later albums after they went to RCA Victor on their recording contract.  This album is available as a CD and digital download from Itunes, Amazon, Discogs and many other music outlets.

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POWERPOP BLASTS! 3 : Warped Forever – Forever Warped! by Various Artists

POWERPOP BLASTS! 3 : Warped Forever – Forever Warped! Is 20 Hot New POP PUNK / ALTERNATIVE ROCK Anthems! In Tribute to the WARPED TOUR’s 25 Year Legacy! The Hottest Bands & Songs from Across the Country & Around the World! Volume 3 in the killer series of Best New Rock/Pop Punk Bands & Songs in the World. Better than the ‘Punk Goes Pop’ series & all else out there! Featuring tracks ATLANTIC AVEThis I Know, HIBERNATORGhosts, MAINSAILThe Silence, STARS OF THE PARTYDeath of Jericho and much more. This compilation was well written, recorded and performed and is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music-iTunes downloads, & website: http://www.PowerPopBlasts.com

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I’m In Love With You and No Trace Of You by Danielle Morgan

London-based singer/songwriter Danielle Morgan is making a big impact in the UK and internationally with the tracks I’m In Love With You and No Trace Of You released on the RL Recordings (Detroit).  She has a voice that works great with Rock, Blues and Pop.  Listening to these two songs you can definitely tell she is going places and it won’t be long till you see her on Billboards Top 40 charts.  I was quite moved by her performance and how these songs were written and recorded, plus I am looking forward to hearing more from this artist.  I am also looking forward to hearing about her earlier work.  You can learn more about this artist, her music and tour schedule by going to her official website https://www.daniellemorganmusic.com

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Breaking Shadows by Sariyah Idan

Breaking Shadows is the October 8, 2019, and her first full-length album by Sariyah Idan, an American songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist whose soul and jazz-influenced expressions have come to fruition in this release on the Urban Jewess Productions label.  This seventeen track album is a mixture of hip hop, jazz, soul and pop with amazing vocals and harmonies on such tracks as Shine, Darkness, Truth To Power, Claim Your Gods, Vibe, Passion and much more.  Listening to this album, I want to hear more from this artist as I was quite moved by her songwriting, her performance on this album as I enjoyed this from start to finish and how it was recorded and produced.  This amazing album is available from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and many other outlets where digital downloads are sold.  You can learn more about this great artist by going to her official website https://www.sariyahidan.com

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Classic Canadian Pop by Various Artists

Classic Canadian Pop features many of the most familiar rock and pop radio hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s by some of the biggest Canadian artists of the era released October 8, 2013, on the IDLA records label.  This compilation features artists that I have listened to and reviewed earlier plus some new artists that I am hearing for the very first time.  This ten-track album features such tracks as My Girl (Gone Gone Gone) by Chilliwack, Wondering Where The Lions Are by Bruce Cockburn, Gimme Some Kinda Sign by Sattalites, Sign Of The Times by Men’s Room, Flip Flop & Fly by Downchild and so much more.  I was quite impressed with how this album was compiled, performed and recorded and is a collection that is worth adding to your music library.  You can get your copy of this on CD and digital download from Amazon, True North Records, Walmart and everywhere music is sold.

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Christmas by Bruce Cockburn

Christmas is the eighteenth full-length album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn, released in  October 1993 by True North Records.  This fifteen track holiday album with is a mixture of folk and pop with all tracks arranged by Bruce Cockburn with great vocals on such tracks as O Little Town Of Bethlehem, I Saw Three Ships, Silent Night, Joy To The World, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear and so much more.  This album was well performed and recorded plus being a great album to add to your Christmas library.  You can pick up your copy of this great holiday album from Amazon, Discogs and many other music outlets on CD and digital download.

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Thank You, Mister Rogers – Music & Memories by Various Artists

Over the years I have had the opportunity to listen, enjoy and review the work of Dennis Scott, producer and member of one of my favorite Beatles tribute bands The WannaBeatles.  Now I got the opportunity to share with all of you his latest project Thank You, Mister Rogers – Music & Memories released October 25, 2019, on the Act IV Music label and is distributed by BFD Records via Sony/The Orchard Records. This album features the music Fred Rogers like you’ve never heard it before with songs that have been reimagined and newly recorded into a tapestry of popular musical styles.  Much of the unique aspect of this album is the away in which the musical arrangements have been arranged and how each of the artists has put their own personal stamp on it. This great album begins with the track Won’t You Be My Neighbor recorded by the 60’s group The Cowsills, and continues with such tracks as Perfectly Beautiful Day by Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Let’s Be Together Today by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. of the Fifth Dimension, When The Day Turns Into Night by Lee Greenwood and so much more.   The album features performances also by Rita Wilson (wife of Tom Hanks who plays Fred Rogers in the motion picture), country star Kellie Pickler, Jon Secada, Tom Bergeron (host of Dancing With The Stars which I didn’t know he could sing and I was quite impressed) plus many other artists.  This great album was well written (all songs by Fred Rogers), performed, recorded and produced.  I highly recommend this album to your music library and is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, and many other music outlets.  To learn more about this project please go to the website https://thankyoumisterrogers.com

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You’re So Fine and Think Of You by Open Sound

You’re So Fine and Think Of You are two new songs from a forthcoming EP to be released next year by Open Sound, a new collaborative partnership between two singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalists, Justin Paul Sanders and Fernando Perdomo.  I have reviewed several releases in the past from Fernando Perdomo and when I heard about these two songs, I knew I had to check them out.  Both of these songs had a sixties kind of sound with You’re So Fine being an uptempo number and Think of You as a ballad.  I enjoyed the vocals and instrumentation on both of these songs and is a great preview of what will be on the EP.  I felt that both songs were well written, recorded and performed.  These songs are available from  all digital retailers and opensoundmusic.bandcamp.com