Friday, May 24, 2019

"American Idol" Winner Caleb Johnson Takes Another Step Toward Stardom With New Album

It has been five years since "American Idol" season 13 winner Caleb Johnson released his debut solo album. Now he returns with ten new songs which will be released on his sophomore album "Born From Southern Ground" on June 14. The songs were recorded at Zac Brown's Southern Ground Studio, hence the album's title. Caleb Johnson also has a new backing band on this release, The Ramblin Saints, with Josh Sawyer on guitar and Brennan Dugen on bass.

The album begins with the slow simmer of "Holding On," which simply explodes during the chorus with a gospel choir supporting Caleb's strong vocals. He rocks hard on the raw energy of "Solid Gold" and the pounding rhythm of "Sugar," before slowing down for the burning emotional power ballad "Better Off Alone" and the inspirational feel of "Blind." The album features two versions of his song "Hanging With The Band," one is with the full band, the other is an acoustic version, which has a more laid-back, southern rock groove. To find out more about Caleb Johnson and his latest release "Born From Southern Ground," please visit calebjohnsonofficial.com.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tav Falco's Panther Burns Make Their Way Around The U.S. For 40th Anniversary Tour

Back in 1979, established singer/performer Tav Falco created the psychedelic rock band, Tav Falco's Panther Burns. The band is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a U.S. that runs from now until June 6th. Tav Falco is also promoting his latest album "Cabaret Of Daggers," which was released late last year.

Falco's new solo album features a dozen tracks that have a jazz, rockabilly, soulful pop vibe as in the songs "Sally Go 'Round The Roses" and "New World Order Blues." Falco also dabbles in country music with "Old Fashion Morphine" and then continues with the piano lounge ballad "Strange Fruit." He steps back in time for a cover of the fifties instrumental "Sleep Walk," before waking up to deliver the dirty sounds of "Sugar Mama Blues" and the album's second instrumental track "Master Of Chaos Theme." For a complete list of tour dates for Tav Falco's Panther Burns, please visit tavfalco.com.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A New Wave Of Album Releases From These Up & Coming Independent Artists

As we make our way to warming weather, the independent release schedule is also heating up with a number of new releases, beginning with the new album from rock songstress Alejandra O'Leary. Her new release titled "Everest" is due June 7th and includes eleven tracks that show that Alejandra has a passion to rock, as displayed in the opening track "Wires." She finds a more melodic pop tone with "Easy Fool," before delivering the bluesy guitar sound of "Don't You." She picks the tempo up with the alternative pop addiction of "Never Always Never," before closing with soaring vocals of "Damage." To find out more about Alejandra O'Leary and her latest release "Everest," please visit alejandrasongs.com.

Next up, is the debut album from Norfolk singer/songwriter Michael Paul Lawson. His new release titled "Some Fights You'll Never Win" arrives on July 12th and features seven tracks, beginning with the heartfelt vocals and steady pace of title-song "Some Fights You'll Never Win." The album's lead single "Wolf" is an Americana gem that centers around the song's amazing lyrics, as you get lost in Lawson's storied words. He wraps up his new album with the emotion filled ballad "Best That We Can" and the slow, country vibe of "Valleys." To find out more about Michael Paul Lawson and his latest release "Some Fights You'll Never Win," please visit michaelpaullawson.co.

Arriving July 12th is the new release titled "Supertoys" from electro-pop artist, Eli Raybon. His new ten song album begins with the uptempo, dance-pop beats of "Id Of The Android" and the fun, addictive sound of "Battery Brain." He delivers a new wave, 80's pop sound with "Empathy Test" and "Primitive Man," which feels like a flashback to neon clothes, rolled jeans and big hairstyles. Eli wraps up his new release with the album's lead single "Saturday Night In Space," which feels like you should be breakdancing to its beats. To find out more about Eli Raybon and his latest album "Supertoys," please visit eliraybon.com.

Canadian singer/songwriter James Parm recently released his debut album titled "Oh My Darling." Parm seems to draw his inspiration from acts like Radiohead, Elliot Smith and Sufjan Stevens. His new release begins with the moody, atmospheric tone of "Dark Meat," before picking the tempo up with the steady sonic build-up of "I Know I Know I Know." James Parm experiments with layering his sounds on "Something About True Luv," while "Ur Dark" is a grasp at mainstream alternative rock success. He finishes up his new album with the electronic melody of the title-song "Oh My Darling" and the seven-minute sound collage of "Re Arrange." To find out more about James Parm and his latest release "Oh My Darling," please visit jamesparm.com.

Fellow singer/songwriter Paul Doffing takes a more basic approach to his music on his new album "Running In The Dark." The new nine track release begins with the swift acoustic strumming of "The Fragile Modern Day," before slowing down for the more atmospheric vibe of "Easy As You Come." Paul quiets down for the gentle folk ballads "Renegade Heart" and "Shake You," before finishing off his new album with the emotional acoustics of "In Your Eyes." To find out more about Paul Doffing and his latest release "Running In The Dark," please visit pauldoffing.com.

On May 24th arrives the new album "Dance, Cartoon, Skeleton" from the Brooklyn-based band, Psychic Lines. It features ten tracks, beginning with the quiet, Americana feel of "Contingency" and the steady strumming of "Color The Picture." Psychic Lines paint the perfect pictures with their words, as in the songs "See You In Hell" and "Out Of The Blue." They wrap up their new album with the steady, addictive folk melody of "Snowball's Chance" and the storied lyrics of "NiteLite." To find out more about Psychic Lines and their latest release "Dance, Cartoon, Skeleton," please visit hellopsychiclines.com.

The Southern California duo of Nathan and Jessie recently released their new album titled "You're The Star." It features fourteen tracks, beginning with the jazz/folk blend of the title song "You're The Star," which features the duo's sweet, soulful harmonies. They add a bit of Cuban flair to "Chiguitita" and "Maria," while the addictive swinging rhythm of "A History On Lost Art" gets sandwiched between the two songs. Nathan and Jessie pay tribute to one of their favorite artists with "Petty Tom Blues," before delivering the nostalgic feel of "Sailer Song." The duo wrap up their new album with the playful chorus of "How Do You Do You" and the most pop oriented song in the set "No More Second Guessing." To find out more about Nathan and Jessie and their latest release "You're The Star," please visit nathanandjessie.com

Next, we travel back to the east coast for the latest release from NYC singer/songwriter Chapell. His new album, "Penultimate" drops June 15th and features a dozen tracks, beginning with the steady rocker "Ride" and the pop aspirations of "Sandinista." The album's lead single "I Am Zuck," revolves around Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerburg's 2018 testimony to congress regarding the use of personal data. Chapell goes back to the fun, energetic melodies of "Time To Be Kind" and "The Radio," before wrapping up his new album with the guitar driven rock of "Freedonia" and the addictive mainstream pop of "If You Like It." To find out more about Chapell and his latest release "Penultimate," please visit thisischapell.com.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Check Out Debut Albums From Am I Dead Yet?, She Rides Tigers and The Chicago Afrobeat Project

First from The U.K. comes the self-titled debut album from the electro-rock duo, Am I Dead Yet? Their new album features eleven tracks, beginning with the slow-building, moody rocker "Leaving Me Behind" and the blues-type stomp of "Loneliness." Am I Dead Yet? always keep you guessing, as they include an orchestral backdrop to "Ghosted" and a worldly, Indian rhythm to "Futuristic Paranoia." The duo wrap up their new album with the grand pop appeal of "Master Of Disguise" and the dark, goth-like rock of "Thanks For Sharing." To find out more about Am I Dead Yet? and their new self-titled release, please visit amideadyet.co.uk.

Next, from Chicago comes the debut release "Scars," from the rock trio, She Rides Tigers. The new eight-track release begins with the up-tempo, alt-pop feel of "Scars Of Allegory," followed be the fuzz guitar drive of "Perfect Crime." The trio inject a blues groove into the rawness of "Take A Bow," while "Out Of My Mind" is a steady rocker built for modern rock radio. She Rides Tigers wrap up their new album with pop-infused addictive nature of "Something To Believe In" and the alternative buzz of "Should've Known Better." To find out more about She Rides Tigers and their latest release "Scars," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/sheridestigers.

Back in April, the Future Rootz record label released a new remix album by the Chicago Afrobeat Project. This new release titled "What Goes Up" features seven tracks, beginning with the jazz/funk backdrop of "I No Know," as the music is build for the dance floor. The beats continue with the Latin-infused groove of "Cut The Infection" and the fun, island vibe of "Afro Party." The album finishes with seventies, disco-like swing of "White Rhino" and the R&B flavor of "Sunday Song." To find out more about this new release from the Chicago Afrobeat Project, please visit futurerootz.com.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Check Out These New Releases From The Lowdown Drifters, Rusty Tinder and Venice

The country, folk/rock band, The Lowdown Drifters recently released their new album titled "Last Call For Dreamers." It features thirteen tracks, beginning with the quiet country twang of "Red Rock" and the built-up chorus of "We Three Kings," which is perfectly constructed for country radio. The Lowdown Drifters pick up the energy with the southern fueled rocker "Won't Find Me Anymore," before taking their foot off the gas for the sweet acoustics of "Fire In Her Eyes" and "Between The Bottom And The Bottle." They finish up their new album with the guitar driven country rock of "Black Hat" and the swinging tempo of "Empty Bottles." To find out more about The Lowdown Drifters and their latest release "Last Call For Dreamers," please visit thelowdowndrifters.com.


Next, from California comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Rusty Tinder. His new album titled "Dear To You," dives into the root of country music, beginning with "From The Start," which carries a nostalgic country/folk appeal. The Americana vibe of "Passing You By" and the country blues of "You're Still Mine" showcases the diversity in Rusty's stellar songwriting. He picks the tempo with the swift pace of "Don't Grow Old In Hollywood," while "Dear To You" comes straight from the heart and will easily find its way to your soul. Rusty Tinder closes up his new album with the gentle, steady pace of "Everyday," which feels like it came from the Jackson Browne songbook, while "If I Believe In You" finds its strength in its lyrics and rocking rhythm. To find out more about Rusty Tinder and his latest release "Dear To You," please visit rustytinder.com.


Also from California comes the latest release from the band, Venice. Their new album titled "Jacaranda Street" features thirteen tracks, beginning with the title song "Jacaranda Street," that invites you in to the wonderful harmonies and soulful melodies that this band has produced for over three decades. The rock sound of the California in the seventies comes shining through on the songs "The Lavender Lighter" and "Stepping On That Bridge," while the amazing vocal harmonies of the Lennon cousins will have you falling in love with their music all over again. The band wrap up their new thirteen song release with the acoustic rock of "Just Under The Surface," the inspirational feel of "Lifeline" and the gentle, atmospheric flow of "Rowing." To find out more about Venice and their latest release "Jacaranda Street," please visit venicetheband.com