I had the opportunity this morning to listen to a great album called Take Me Higher by Robert Jon And The Wreck, a rock/blues band out of Orange County, California released on May 11, 2019, on their own label. This great band features Robert Jon Burrison on guitar and lead vocals, Andrew Espantman on drums, Steve Maggiora on keyboards, Henry James on lead guitar and Walter Murrel on bass. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great guitar work, excellent keyboard playing and bluesy vocals on such tracks as the title track Take Me Higher, Going Down, Goodbye Baby, Coming Home, Red White And Blood and more. This release was well performed, written and recorded. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and you will want your own copy either on Vinyl, CD or digital download format from their website, Amazon, Bandcamp, Itunes and other outlets where great music is sold. You can learn more about this band, find out where they are playing near you and even pick up their music by going to their website http://www.robertjonandthewreck.com/
Hell Freezes Over is the second live album by The Eagles, released November 8, 1994, on the Geffen Records label and is a remastered release in 2019 as a stand-alone vinyl (previously only available as an import) and CD format. The album is the first to be released after the Eagles had reformed following a fourteen-year-long breakup. The current lineup on this album is Don Felder on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, and vocals, Glenn Frey on electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, piano and vocals, Don Henley on drums, acoustic guitar, percussion and vocals, Timothy B. Schmit on bass and vocals and Joe Walsh on electric, acoustic and slide guitar, organ and vocals. This album spawned five singles Get Over It, Love Will Keep Us Alive, The Girl From Yesterday, Learn To Be Still, and a live acoustic version of Hotel California. In addition to these new tracks the album features some of the hits that we have learned to love such as Desperado, Take It Easy, Life In The Fast Lane, I Can’t Tell You Live and much more. Also on this album are New York Minute from Don Henley’s album The End of the Innocence and In The City, recorded by Joe Walsh and released on the soundtrack for the 1979 film The Warriors and later released on The Long Run Album. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This is a must add to your record library and you can buy your copy on Vinyl, CD, and digital download format from Amazon, Walmart, Itunes and other outlets where music is sold. To keep up with their tour schedule and other info on the band, go to their website https://eagles.com
LLC is the November 16, 2018 album by Deal Casino an American alternative rock band from New Jersey. The band consists of members Joe Parella on lead vocals, guitar, Jozii Cowell on guitar, Jon Rodney on bass, and Christopher Donofrio on drums. I had the opportunity to see this band performed live this past week at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee and enjoyed the live version of the tracks on this album. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great vocals and guitar riffs on such great tracks as French Blonde, Happy People, Marley, Terraforming and much more. I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as how it was written, recorded and produced. I am hoping I get the opportunity to hear the debut full self-titled album that was released in 2017 as well as their earlier EP’s. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and I feel you will want to grab your own copy on Vinyl, CD and digital download format from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and other outlets. You can learn more about this great band by going to their website https://www.dealcasinomusic.com
Crawling Chaos is the November 24, 2017 album by Ohio metal band Axemaster on Pure Steel Records. This great band consists of the lineup of Joe Sims and Damin Bennett on lead guitars, Jim Curtis on bass, Geoff McGraw on vocals and rhythm guitars and Denny Archer on drums. This great album with heavy guitar riffs, thumping bass lines and amazing vocals is featured on such tracks as 10,000 Hammer, Aldar Rof, Shallow Grave, Bravado, the title track Crawling Chaos and much more. I am looking forward to hearing their earlier releases. This great release was well written, recorded, performed and produced and is available from Amazon, Pure Steel Records and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this band by going to their website https://www.axemasterofficial.com
Solide is the latest album by French bassist Shob released May 3, 2019. In additon, rocky and funky guitars are amazingly played by the two newcomers, Johary Rakotondramasy and Jean Lou Siaut . This album, a mixture of rock, funk, jazz, and fusion shows his growth on this third release with such tracks as Hostile, Primal Fear, Totem, the title track Solide and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and a great performance, along with superb songwriting and recording. This great album is available from Bandcamp, Itunes and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold.
The other day I spent some time listening the 8 January 2016 and final album by David Bowie called Blackstar and today I found out after I listened to the album Beautiful Man From Mars by Jack Spann which was released June 16, 2017, on the Big Boo Music label, that Jack had worked with David Bowie on that great album. Even though he never had the opportunity to tour with Bowie, but he pays homage to the man on this his second solo CD on which he plays keys, piano, guitar, and bass along with Milwaukee-based producer Gary Tanin (Daryl Stuermer, Roger Powell) contributes keyboards on most songs. This great album features such great tracks as Time, Snooty Acres, the title track Beautiful Man From Mars, She Makes Pornography On The Weekend, Songman and so much more. I was amazed by the performance on this album as well as how it was written, recorded and produced. This is an album that you will want to add to your music library. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and then you will definitely want to own your own copy on Vinyl, CD or digital download format from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other outlets where music is sold. You can learn more about this great artist by going to his website http://www.jackspann.com
Fossil Poets is the 2006 album and first solo record in a quarter century by former Utopia keyboardist Roger Powell on the Inner Knot / Discipline Global Mobile Records label. Roger plays guitars, mandolin, flugelhorn and other instruments on this multi-layered collaboration and is joined by guitarist/bassist Greg Koch (with producer Gary Tanin adding some extra synth parts, as well), Fossil Poets is an entirely instrumental affair, featuring such great tracks as Lone Gunmen, Osmosis, Test Drive, Fallout Shelter, Too Much Rain and so much more. I was very impressed with the performance on this album as well as how it was written, recorded and produced. If you are a fan of synth-heavy progressive rock, this is an album you will want to add to your record library. This album is available in Vinyl (released in 2007), CD, and digital download format from Amazon, CD Baby, and other outlets. You can learn more about this amazing artist by going to his website http://www.rogerpowell.com
For my 1202nd review, I am proud to present the album Reckless And Divided by Arizona based metal/alternative, progressive rock band Mechanics Of The Mind released March 31, 2019, on the Arranging Circle Records label. This great band comprises of Jesse Flint on vocals, Dave Porter on rhythm guitar, Terry Scott on bass, Forest White on drums and Tony Linhares on lead guitar. This great album with heavy guitar riffs, pounding bass lines, driving drum beats and heavy vocals is heard on such tracks as Tear (Under The Skin), Distorted Eyes, Clouds Of Dust, Gamble With The Devil and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. This is an album I definitely recommend that you add to your music library and is available from Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this great band by going to their website https://www.mechanicsofthemind.net
A couple nights ago on May 7, 2019, I enjoyed an evening of great music and meeting new friends as I attended a great concert at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee with the line up of Badflower, Deal Casino and Fencer. Two of the bands I have had contact with prior to this performance and had the opportunity to hear some of their music. The evening started with the performance by Los Angeles, California rock band Fencer comprising of Field Cate, Cameron Sauve, and Scott Sauve. This three piece band gave a great performance of songs that will be on their upcoming album which at this time does not have a release date. Next up on the stage is Deal Casino is an American alternative rock band formed in Sparta, New Jersey consisting of Joe Parella on lead vocals, guitar, Jozii Cowell on guitar, Jon Rodney on bass, and Christopher Donofrio on drums. This four-piece band gave an amazing performance with great vocals and driving instrumental backup with tracks from their debut album Deal Casino and their current album LLC and numerous Ep’s they have recorded. After these two great bands did an amazing job warming up the crowd, the headliner Badflower, an American rock band founded in Los Angeles, California took the stage. The band is composed of singer/guitarist Josh Katz, lead guitarist Joey Morrow, bass guitarist Alex Espiritu, and drummer Anthony Sonetti. I had previously reviewed their debut studio album OK, I’m Sick and wanted to hear the tracks from this album live and I totally enjoyed it. All three of these bands I will love to see again. I will be seeing Badflower again when they will be performing at the Sonic Temple Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio in two weeks. I wish to thank Rian Rettino and Ashley Lanaux for arranging me to obtain an autographed vinyl copy of the OK, I’m Sick album and a great t-shirt from Badflower, and Deal Casino and their management for the signed copy of LLC and a t-shirt. I enjoyed meeting all the bands and talking to them for a bit between performances. Finally, I want to thank Tommy and the staff at Capone’s for an enjoyable evening. To find out more about these bands and where they will be touring near you, go to their websites. For Badflower go to https://www.badflowermusic.com, for Deal Casino go to https://www.dealcasinomusic.com, and for Fencer go to http://fencerband.com
Joe Black’s Blackenstein is the January 5, 2017 solo album by Joe Black released on the Carvedinstonemedia records label. In addition to Joe Black on bass, he is joined by Aart Kynff and Johnny Press on guitars, Simon Adamsson on drums and Jeffrey Baker on vocals. There are various influences on this album and each track is different sounding than the next as heard on such tracks as the title track Blackenstein, Monster, Uncle Elijah, Shake A Leg, I Care About You and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish as well as how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced. This album has such an infectious sound that it will just keep you wanting more. You can pick up your copy from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold.