Year Of The Phoenix by Marilyn Kirby

The other day a friend of mine sent me a great album to listen to called Year Of The Phoenix by Marilyn Kirby released May 12, 2020.  Marilyn has been in the music scene since the 1960s and this shows that this artist is still strong after all these years.  On this ten-track album, the lineup is Marilyn Kirby on guitar and vocals, John Putnam on guitars, Eric Parker on drums, and James Keanelly on bass, as well as various other musicians on certain tracks.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great guitar work and amazing vocals on such tracks as All Over This World, Waitin’ On You, Dirty Little Town, Little Black Suitcase, the title track Year Of The Phoenix and so much more.  I was also impressed with her rendition of the classic Jefferson Airplane hit White Rabbit in which she gave Grace Slicks haunting vocals great justice.   I was quite moved with the performance on this album, as well as great songwriting and a superb recording.  This is an album you will want to add to your music library which you can obtain on CD and digital download from Amazon, Bandcamp, and many other music retailers.  To learn more about this amazing artist, please go to her official website https://marilyn-kirby-music.com/ and I want to thank Mike DeUrso for turning me on this great artist.

Panic by From Ashes To New

Panic is the third studio album by American rock band From Ashes to New. It was released August 28, 2020 on the Better Noise Records label. The lineup is the same as their last album The Future with Danny Case on vocals, Matt Brandyberry on vocals, rap vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar and bass, Lance Dowdle on lead guitar and bass, and Matt Madiro on drums.  I had the privilege to see this band twice and they gave an excellent show.  When I heard that this album was being made, I was looking forward to hearing the tracks.  Prior to the release of this album they released three singles, the title track Panic (originally written as a song just generally about dealing with anxiety and depression, but retroactively was interpreted do being about dealing with COVID-19 pandemic due to the timing of its release), What I Get, and Scars That I’m Hiding.  Other notable tracks are Brick, Blind, Bulletproof, Death Of Me and so much more.   I was quite moved by the performance on this album in addition to great songwriting and a superb recording.  I was glad to add this album on vinyl to my record library.  This is a band that has never disappointed me and I hope to see them live again in the future.  You can own your own copy of this album on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon and many other music retailers as well as their official website https://www.fromashestonew.com/ where you can hear more about the band and their music as well as where they will be performing live in the future.

Darwin2: A Frozen War by Darwin

Following the release of critically acclaimed debut album “Origin Of Species” in early 2019, DarWin is set to release the follow up album Darwin 2: A Frozen War on November 6, 2020. Once more DarWin has assembled a stunning ensemble of musicians. DarWin II: A Frozen War continues the core collaboration with Simon Phillips (drums, Toto/The Who/Jeff Beck), Matt Bissonette (Elton John, David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr) and DarWin. Joining them are powerhouse players Billy Sheehan (bass, Mr Big/ Steve Vai/Winery Dogs), Guthrie Govan (guitar, Aristocrats/Asia/Hans Zimmer/Steven Wilson), Greg Howe (guitar, Michael Jackson/Justin Timberlake), Derek Sherinian (keyboards, Dream Theater/Alice Cooper/Black Country Communion) and more.  This five track album features the songs Nightmare Of My Dreams, Future History, Eternal Life, The title track A Frozen War and Another Year.  This album showcases a magnificent performance, great songwriting and superb recording.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish and looking forward to its release on November 6, 2020 on Vinyl (with additional tracks) CD and digital download from Amazon and many other retailers.

Pioneers Of Space by Hawkestrel

Pioneers of Space is the October 10, 2020 by Hawkestrel, a far-out release by former Hawkwind bass player Alan Davey, comes this brand-new album from the quintessential Hawkwind supergroup featuring  Ginger Baker, Robert Calvert, Nik Turner, Huw Lloyd-Langton, Simon House, Michael Moorcock, Paul Rudolph, Mick Slattery and Bridget Wishart.  The album also features special guest appearances by Todd Rundgren, Mick Taylor, L. Shankar, David Cross, Arthur Brown, Wayne Kramer, Carmine Appice, Larry Wallis, Joel Vandroogenbroeck, Gilli Smith and Adam Hamilton.  This nine track album features originals and covers such as Post Malone’s megahit Circles featuring some stellar guitar work from Hall Of Fame nominee Todd Rundgren, Day Of The Quake, No Doubt, the title track Pioneers Of Space and so much more.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as great songwriting work and superb recording.  This is an album I highly recommend you adding to your music library.  This album will be available on October 10th on vinyl ( my biggest love), CD and digital download from Amazon, Bandcamp, Purple Pyramid Records and many other music outlets.

The Blues by William Shatner

Yesterday I received an item in the mail that I thought was rather strange and that is the album called The Blues by Captain Kirk of Star Trek himself William Shatner scheduled for release on October 2, 2020, from the Cleopatra Records label.  This fourteen track album of blues covers features such artists as country superstar Brad Paisley, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist Pat Travers, Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Blues Brothers guitarist Steve Cropper and so much more on such tracks as the Blues Brothers classic Sweet Home Chicago, Cream’s hit Sunshine Of Your Love, BB King’s classic The Thrill Is Gone, Robert Johnson’s Crossroads, Route 66 and so much more.  This is a different take on these classics with song parts spoken and some parts sung but was an interesting performance with a superb recording.  For you, blues fans out there, please check this album out which will be available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Cleopatra Records, Discogs, and many other music retailers.

The Stories We Are Told by Heathcote Hill

This morning I am proud to present the album The Stories We Are Told by Mamaroneck, New York-based band Heathcote Hill released July 24, 2020, on the 311 Music label.  This eleven-track album features Megan Porcaro Herspring on vocals, Tom Nelson on guitar, Tory Ridder on drums,  Akil Kadin James on bass, Mike Bishop on keyboards, and Vanessa Senn Ridder on supporting vocals.  This release features a mixture of mainstream rock inspired by folk and country on such tracks as All I Remember is You, You And Sunday Afternoon, Elegy For Mary Ellen, Don’t Let Go, the title track The Stories We Are Told, and much more.  I was quite moved by the performance on this album with amazing vocals, as well as great songwriting talent and superb recording and production.  This is an album you will want to take a listen to and get your copy on CD or digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, Bandcamp, and many other music retailers.

Mistaken Identity by Johnny Nicholas

Mistaken Identity is the eighth album by former Asleep At The Wheel frontman, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Johnny Nicholas released on Valcour Records, which was available digitally August 28,2020, with physical formats following on October 2, 2020.  This album features nine new tracks, plus the much-missed Stephen Bruton’s River Runs Deep have been recorded live is produced and mixed by Cajun fiddle-supremo Joel Savoy and features a great lineup of artists such as ‘Scrappy’ Jud Newcomb on guitar, Chris Maresh on bass, John Chipman on drums plus a host of top-flight backing players. Among the great tracks on this superb album are She Stole My Mojo, The Mule And The Devil, Spark To A Flame, Tight Pants, and so much more showcases a mix of blues, western swing, cajun, folk and even a little Jazz.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as the songwriting talent and great recording.  This is definitely an album you want to add to your music library which is presently available on digital download now from Amazon and other music retailers and on CD and vinyl (which I hope to own a copy) in October from http://www.valcourrecords.com/

Hypnoboogie by The Barrett Anderson Band

For my 1732nd review, I am proud to present the upcoming release by Boston based The Barrett Anderson Band called HypnoBoogie which is scheduled for release September 25, 2020 on the Whitaker Blues Records label.  This live album which was captured during a live show at The Fallout Shelter in Norwood , Massachusetts on February 1, 2020 features Barrett Anderson on vocals and guitar, Charlie Mallet on guitar and vocals, Doug MacLeod on drums and Jamie “Black Cat Bone” Hatch on bass and vocals.  This eleven track album features original songs as well as four covers in their blues/roots style such as Bo Diddley’s classic Mona, Not Your Baby, Blind Faith, Broken Down, a cover of The J Geils Band song (Ain’t Nothin’ But A) House Party and so much more. This release features an amazing performance as well as great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This album is a perfect addition to your blues music library. To learn more about this band and their music, go to their official website https://barrettandersonband.com/

Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum by Seether

Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (latin for If You Want Peace, Prepare For War) is the eight studio album and first new album in three years by South African rock band Seether released on August 28, 2020 on the Fantasy Records label.  This album which is the followup to their 2017 critically acclaimed record Poison The Parish features Shawn Morgan on guitar and lead vocals, Dale Stewart on bass and backing vocals, John Humphrey on drums and new member Corey Lowery on lead guitar and backing vocals and was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in December 2019 through January 2020.  Prior to release of this amazing album they released three singles Dangerous, Brusied and Bloodied, and Beg.  Other notable songs on this thirteen track album are Dead and Done, Buried In The Sand, Failure, and much more.  This album features a heavier sound that their previous album and some songs is not suitable for children with the explicit language.  This album showcases an amazing performance as well as excellent songwriting my Shawn Morgan and a superb recording which I enjoyed from start to finish.  I pre-ordered this album several months ago and got the signed copy of the album as well as a turntable mat and a cloth patch.  I highly recommend this album to any Seether or heavy rock fan.  You can get your copy on Vinyl, CD or digital download from Amazon and many other music retailers.  Please go to their official website https://www.seether.com/ to learn more about this band and their music

The Red Planet by Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Emsemble

The Red Planet is a studio album by English keyboardist and former member of Yes, Rick Wakeman, released on 19 June 2020 on the R&D Media and Madfish Music Records label and featuring an alternative line-up of his backing band, The English Rock Ensemble which features Dave Colquhoun on guitars, Lee Pomeroy on bass and Ash Soan on drums. Wakeman revealed that it will take form as an instrumental progressive rock album that is “keyboard-heavy” in a similar style to his 1973 debut, The Six Wives of Henry VIII.   This eight-song album with connections to space features such tracks as Ascraeus Mons, Arsia Mons, Olympus Mons, Pavonis Mons. This great release features an amazing performance, excellent songwriting talent, and a superb recording.  I have been a big fan of Rick Wakeman since his days this yes and his earlier solo work.  If you are a big Rick Wakeman fan like I am, you will definitely want to add this album to your music library.  This awesome release is available on Vinyl, CD, and digital download from Amazon and many other music retailers.

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