Right On Cue by Al Wood & The Woodsmen

For my 1665th review, I am proud to present the album Right On Cue the March 30, 2012 album and my third review for Al Wood And The Woodsmen featuring Al Wood on harmonica and vocals, Lindsay Pugh on electric and acoustic guitars, Bass and Dobro, Simon Meilleur on drums and Marty Sobb on electric guitar and organ.  It is not very often that I find an album that I could not find a favorite track since I loved the whole album with such great tracks as the title song Right On Cue, Homebound Blues Again, Vicious Cycle Blues, Bitter Pill and much more.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as Al Wood & Lindsay Pugh’s songwriting talent, plus a superb recording and producing.  This album shows the growth of this artist, his performances and his songwriting since his October 3, 2008 album Mood Swingin’ Blues.  This is definitely an album you will want to add to your blues library.  You can pick up your copy of this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music outlets as well as from their official website https://www.alwoodblues.com/ where you can learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule once this coronavirus situation is over.  In closing, I want to thank Al Wood for sending me his CDs and giving me the honor of the opportunity to listen to him and looking forward to his future releases.

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Eyes Wide Open by David Sancious

Eyes Wide Open is the tenth album by world-renowned performing and recording artist David Sancious, who was an original keyboardist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band released March 10, 2020, on the Not By Sight Records Inc. This release features eight energetic compositions feature dynamic performances by legendary names such as premier drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Living Colour’s Will Calhoun (drums), and Prince alumni Michael Bland (drums).  This album showcases a balanced mix of four vocal and four instrumental compositions such as the title track Eyes Wide Open, In The Middle Of The Night, The Treehouse, War In Heaven and much more.   This eight-track album was well written, as well as performed and recorded and is available from Amazon, Apple Music, and all other music retailers.

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One Million Words by Chuck Eaton

During Lois High’s show on https://virtuosityworldwideradio.com, I had heard an amazing artist from Brazil Chuck Eaton.  I was so moved by his voice on the song Compensate Me With Love that I wanted to hear more.  The artist sends me some digital files of some of his music so now over the next few weeks I will review the history of his music.  This one is his debut album One Million Words that was released on August 25, 2006.  This album showcases his great voice and relaxing soulful sound on such tracks as Another Day Is Coming, Just One Time, the title track One Million Words, Our Love Is Precious, Save Me From Ruin and much more.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish so it was hard to choose a favorite track.  I was moved with how this album was written, recorded and performed.  This release is still available on CD and digital download from Amazon, CD Baby, and many other music outlets.  In closing, I want to thank Lois High for turning me on to this artist.

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Voices by The Empty Pockets

Back in August of 2017, we saw an ad for a CD free for the cost of postage, so I ordered the CD Ten Cent Tour by the band The Empty Pockets.  I was impressed with the sound of it that I decided to write a review on the album.  Moving forward over two and a half years later, I received package in the mail today with two CDs, a nice t-shirt and the signed vinyl copy of the album Voices with a nice note that said “Thanks for such a nice review of our album Ten Cent Tour, It means a lot to us” signed The Empty Pockets.  I also received a message from Josh Solomon thanking me for the 2017 review and that he and Erika Brett first saw the review a few days ago.  I am glad they finally got the chance to read and like the review.  Voices is the September 1, 2017 album by the Empty Pockets which features Josh Solomon, Erika Brett, Nate Bellon, and Danny Rosenthal on the MT Pockets Records label which features vocals of energetic pop-leaning country Americana, with careful and bright vocal harmonies on such songs on this ten-track album such as Voices In My Head, I Am Strong, The Bubble, Need To Know and so much more.  I was quite moved by their performance, their songwriting skills, and how this album was recorded.  If you have not had the chance to hear this amazing band yet, please give them a listen, you will not regret it.  This great album is available as a digital download from Amazon, Itunes, and all other music retailers.  It is also available on autographed Vinyl from https://the-empty-pockets.myshopify.com  plus you will be able to learn more about this amazing band, their other music releases and their current tour schedule by going to their official website http://theemptypockets.com.

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5 Years Of Modern Funk by Various Artists

5 Years of Modern Funk is a collection of some amazing artists that have performed since the 2014 launch of Austin Boogie Crew Records that is scheduled to be released on March 28, 2020.  This 21 track album is on a CD that looks like a 45 rpm record took me back to the days when I used to DJ in many clubs.  This is a CD that I enjoyed from start to finish with such tracks as Goodies by Diamond Ortiz, Reesis by Solar Shield, Finest Girl (Featuring Sally Green) by Rojai, Love Don’t Pay The Bills (Featuring E. Live) by Trailer Limon, Do It 4U by Starship Connection, Enjoyable Sunburn by XL Middleton, Feel Right 2Nite by Computa Games and a whole lot more.  I was quite moved by the performances on this album, so much I wish I had this one when I was working as a Disc Jockey in many clubs, and I know the audience would get excited with the material on this album. This release was well compiled and recorded.  I highly recommend this album that enjoys the old Disco, Funk, and R&B sound. You can get your copy from Bandcamp and other music outlets.  To find out more about their releases go to their Bandcamp page https://austinboogiecrewrecords.bandcamp.com

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Infinite Regress by Colin Edwin

Infinite Regress is a song based solo outing from a prolific collaborator, Porcupine Tree’s bassist and composer Colin Edwin scheduled for release on January 24, 2020.  Joining Colin who provides Fretted and Fretless Basses and Rhythm Programming, is Robert Peck on guitars and vocals and also Inna Kovtun and Eduard Prystupa on vocals.  This ten-track album features amazing vocals and harmonies, thumping bass lines and a great electronic sound on such tracks as Hell Within Your Hands, Demission, Almost Still, the title track Infinite Regress and much more.  This release also showcases great songwriting ability, performance, and superb recording.  I highly recommend that you check out this recording

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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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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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Absoulutely by Cornell “CC” Carter

For my 1421st review, I am proud and honored to do my fourth review for by San Francisco based R&B artist Cornell C.C. Carter.  This October 19, 2019 album called Absoulutely released on the Izipho Soul Records label features eight new tracks and two covers and shows his continued growth as an artist with some great uptempo numbers and some slow soul groove songs such as Say Yes, I See Love, Ever Since, Morning Touch and much more as well as two covers We’re A Winner (originally recorded by Curtis Mayfield) and Come Live With Me Angel (originally recorded by Marvin Gaye).  This is an album that I loved from the first track to the last and is an artist I hope to see one day live in concert.  I was impressed with Cornell’s songwriting talent as well as how this album was performed, recorded and produced.  I am glad to hear that this album is being released on Vinyl and hoping to get my copy signed by Cornell in the future.  You can get your copy of this amazing album from Discogs, Juno Records, https://www.iziphosoul.com and all other music outlets.  To learn more about this amazing artist and his music please go to his Bandcamp website https://cc2000music.bandcamp.com

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The Westerner by The Zack Walther Band

New Braunfels, Texas-based Zack Walther Band announces an October 25, 2019 release date for their new album of Americana and roots music, titled The Westerner.  This band consists of Zack Walther on lead Vocals and guitars, Matthew Briggs on drums, keyboard, bass and vocals, and Mike Atkins, on piano, organ, bass, and keys plus well-known Austin-area guitarist David Grissom (Joe Ely, John Mellencamp) also played on four tracks.  Of the ten songs on The Westerner, seven are new tracks and the remaining three had been previously released on an EP.  I enjoyed this ten-track album of rock, blues and soul from start to finish with such tracks as DFW, I’m Going Out Of Your Mind, When The Show Comes To Town, Baileys Light, their cover of the Sam and Dave song Hold On I’m Coming and much more.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album with great vocals and instrumentation as well as how this album was written and recorded.  I am looking forward to hearing their earlier work and see their growth from the beginning to now.  This release will be available on October 25th from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold.  You can find out more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule by going to their website https://www.zackwaltherband.com

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