Billy Livesay, best known for his work with E Street Band legend Clarence Clemons as his Guitarist & Vocalist, is releasing a new album with his group The Livesays called The Rhythm Of Love And Dysfunction on Sept 20th, 2020. This amazing album was recorded in 2018 and was set to be released early in 2019. Tragically, on November 2nd, 2018, the band experienced unimaginable sorrow when their drummer, Eddie Zyne, passed away from a heart attack. With the replacement drummer Howard Goldberg, they were able to finish the album. This thirteen track album features Billy Livesay on guitar and lead vocals, Jorge Laplume on bass and vocals, Victor “Cuqui” Berrios on organ and vocals, Tim Murphy on piano and vocals and Howard Goldberg on drums on such tracks as When I Dream which has a Bruce Springsteen sound, a great cover of Crosby Stills Nash and Young classic Woodstock, an amazing cover of Don Henley’s hit Heart Of The Matter, Book Of Rules, Rhythm Of Love and so much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great vocals and amazing rhythm and blues sound as well as brilliant songwriting and a superb recording. I hope I will get the opportunity to hear this band’s earlier work in order to see the growth of them as performers and as songwriters. To learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule when this pandemic is over, go to their official website https://www.thelivesaysmusic.com/
Remainder of None is the debut album by Los Angeles, California based artist Keelah Tay and produced by my friend and an amazing recording artist Fernando Perdomo. This six-track EP showcases an amazing voice with a rock and bluesy sound and superb songwriting skills on the tracks History (which there is a clean and unclean version), I Against Me, Lift Up, Paper Weight and the title track Remainder Of None. In addition to a great performance, this album features an awesome recording and production. This is an artist, I would love to hear more from in the future. This album will be available on July 1, 2020, on all major download platforms.
For my third review this morning, I am bringing you the October 11, 2019 album by Gallagher-Ford-Thompson called A Simple Plan. This trio features Brian Gallagher on vocals, bass, and acoustic guitars, Keith Ford on electric guitars, keyboards and vocals, and Nick Thompson on Drums and percussion. This eleven-track album is a tasty recipe of folk, rock, blues, and country soul all served up with a uniquely provocative and definitively proud Canadian sound. Listening to this album, I was quite moved by the performance on this album with amazing vocals and great instrumental backup on such tracks as the title track A Simple Plan, I Wish You Well, Paper Church, In The City, Her and much more. In addition to the great performance I mentioned earlier, I was quite impressed with their songwriting talent and a superb recording. This is an album that I would highly recommend you take a listen to. This album is available from Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer, Google Music, and many other music retailers. I am looking forward to hearing more from this great band. To learn more about this band, go to their official Bandcamp page https://gallagherofficial.bandcamp.com/
Soulful blues phenom and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker is joined by a host of talented friends and peers on his superb new studio album, Blues Comin’ On, set to be released on June 5, 2020, on the Cleopatra Blues Records label. The album features guest performances by fellow blues icons Keb’ Mo’, Eric Gales, and Albert Lee, plus Detroit soul singer Mitch Ryder, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen, punk rock vocalist Charlie Harper, legendary session player Waddy Wachtel, and so many more! When I started listening to this twelve track album I was hooked with the first song Feed The Poor, continuing with such tracks as the title track Blues Comin’ On, Someday Someway which has that classic R&B sound that I totally love, moving on to other tracks such as The Thang, Old Time Used To Be, Awake Me Shake Me, Seven More Steps and so much more. I was quite moved by this performance with its amazing vocals and superb guitar work, as well as the songwriting talent and a superb recording. This is an album I would love to own on vinyl. This album will be available on June 5th on Vinyl. CD, and digital download from Cleopatra Records and many other music outlets. To learn more about this amazing artist, his music and more, go to his official website https://www.joelouiswalker.com/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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