For my 593rd review, I am proud to announce the debut self-titled album Markley & Balmer released July 26, 2008, on the Soona Songs Record label that is in my hometown of Jonesborough, Tennessee. This duo consists of Lisa Markley on vocals, banjo and guitar and Bruce Balmer on guitar. This Dallas based duo who blend jazz, folk, pop, bop impressed me with their style and great vocals as seen on such great tracks as Cottontails, Landing On The Moon, She Knows, Against the Grain and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. You can purchase this album from Amazon and at Soonasongs.com.
Knute Pa Sjelen is the latest single by Norwegian recording artist Kent Wilgraff. This alternative rock single was released June 9, 2017, on the ChromeBreedMusic Records label. This song was well written, performed and recorded. It will be interesting to see what is next for this artist. Take a listen to this song on Spotify and then it is available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
In the Now is the second solo album by British singer-songwriter Barry Gibb, released on 7 October 2016 by Columbia Records. This is the first of all-new material since the Bee Gees’ final studio album released in 2001. All songs on this album were written by Barry Gibb and his sons Stephen and Ashley. Among the great songs on this album is the title track In The Now, Star Crossed Lovers, Meaning Of The World, The Long Goodbye and so much more. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. Whether you are a BeeGees fan or a fan of Barry Gibb, I would recommend this album to your record library.
Songs from the West Coast is the twenty-sixth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John, released worldwide 1 October 2001 on the Rocket/Mercury label. Many critics have said that this album brought him back to his piano-based musical roots. This album spawned three singles, I Want Love, This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore, Original Sin and also of note Dark Diamond. None of the songs from this album hit the Billboard Hot 100, which froze John’s record of 31 years with at least one song on that chart. All songs were written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and this album is well performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album for anyone’s Elton John collection.
One Night Only is the two DVD and two CD collection by American recording artist Donny Osmond released on October 27, 2017, and is distributed by Gonzo Distribution. This concert was part of the final performance in Birmingham, England showcasing his work through the past fifty-four years in show business. This collection contains such great performances as Puppy Love, Crazy Horses, When I Fall In Love and such covers as Let’s Stay Together (originally recorded by Al Green), Peg (originally recorded by Steeley Dan), Long And Winding Road (originally recorded by The Beatles) and so much more. This album also shows how strong his voice is after all these years. This collection was well performed, recorded and produced.
Wake To Dream is the October 19, 2017, debut EP by singer-songwriter Lindsay Bellows. This album is a mixture of light-hearted folk/pop with fierce R&B vocals. This album contains five tracks Slow Steady, Wake Up, Part Life, Wild and Free and Simple Gifts, all great songs. Lindsay has a soothing voice and does justice to this album. This release was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This album is available on Amazon, CD Baby, and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Patterns of Blue is the June 10, 2016, album by singer-songwriter Kevin Elliott released on the Soona Songs Records label. This album reminds me of the styles of James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel and so much more. This is my second review for this fine artist and this album is five years after the album It’s A Circus Here Delores. Among my favorite tracks on this album are the title track Patterns Of Blue, Ain’t The King Of Diamonds, Turnpike and much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. Take a listen to this album on Spotify and you will then want to purchase this album on Amazon, Itunes, soonasongs.com and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits is a live double album released by Elton John 13 November 2000 on the Universal/Rocket Record label. The album was recorded on 20 and 21 October 2000 at Madison Square Garden. The title is “one night only” because the recording equipment failed to tape most of the audio from the first night, leaving only the second night to be recorded as an album. There is not a bad song on this collection with such tracks as Philadelphia Freedom, Bennie And The Jets, Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting), Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and much more. If I was going to compile this album I would have added as opening number Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding which appeared on the DVD of the same name. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. You will want to add this great album to your Elton John record library.
Night Life is the recent release by Jeff McCall a the former lead singer of 80’s synth-pop duo Malicieux Garde. It’s electronica sound and beats took me back to some of the clubs in the 80’s when I used to DJ. Among the great tracks on this album are Night Life, New Horizons, Am I Dreaming, Life Drama and much more. I am very impressed with how he is literally a ‘one-man electro-pop band’ writing, recording and producing all his own work. His music to sample and to buy is available at http://jeffmccallmusic.com.
One of the most talented and underrated singer/songwriters in Country Music is Kelly Lang is releasing a new album on October 20, 2017, called Obsession. Kelly has a renowned history as a great songwriter writing songs for such greats as TG Sheppard, Lorrie Morgan, Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge Boys and so much more. This album showcases her great songwriting and voice that makes this album so great to listen to. On this twelve track album, which all was written by Kelly, includes such great songs as My New Obsession, What Do You Do When You Don’t, Mr. Right, One Day Too Late, Wonder Woman and so much more. This release was well performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to any country music fan. This album will be available for purchase at https://www.kellylang.net/music, Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.