Thursday, July 9, 2020

Tawny Ellis Wants You To "Love Life" & The Furious Seasons Deliver New Acoustic Songs With "La Fonda"

Arriving July 24th is the latest release from singer/songwriter Tawny Ellis. Her new album titled "Love Life" features ten tracks, along with help from some very special guests like Ted Russell Kamp, Jesse Sienbenburg (Lukas Nelson) and Gio Loria (Jack Johnson). Tawny starts off her new album with the addictive pop melody of the title song "Love Life," which reintroduces you to her soulful vocal style. She slows down for the country backdrop of "Moonshine" and the emotional ballad "Pretend Love," as her singing simply shine among the stark backdrop of music. You can feel the passion in Tawny's vocals during the gentle touch of "Spark Of Love," before picking the energy back up with the guitar-driven, country rocker "I Believe." Tawny Ellis wraps up her new album with the heartfelt lyrics of "Daddy," sung so passionately by Ellis, along with a slowed-down, countrified version of Steely Dan's "Dirty Work." To find out more about Tawny Ellis and her latest release "Love Life," please visit tawnyellis.com.

Then, two weeks later, on August 7th comes the new album titled "La Fonda" from the acoustic-pop trio The Furious Seasons. Their new ten track release was inspired by love and heartbreak, as they use minimal acoustic instrumentation to deliver their heartfelt messages, beginning with the poetic lyrics of "As A Matter Of Fact." Next, they hook you in with the melody of "Figure It Out," before showcase their amazing harmonizing vocals during the storied tale of "Burn Clean." The Furious Seasons pick the tempo up for the strumming, country sounds of "I Was An Actor," before the emotions of "Pitch Black" bring the energy back down, in order to concentrate on the lyrics of this powerful song. The trio finish up their new album with the country-pop melody of "Vast Divide" and the gentle ballad "I Want To Be Sure." To find out more about The Furious Seasons and their latest release "La Fonda," please visit thefuriousseasons.com.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Mark Lofgren Sings From The "Black Moon Book," While Hurricane Ruth Celebrates The "Good Life"

From Chicago comes the second solo album from singer/songwriter Mark Lofgren (The Luck Of Eden Hall, Thin Cherries). His new release titled "Black Moon Book" features ten tracks that ride the same vein as his psychedelic-pop/rock band The Luck Of Eden." Mark begins the album with the gentle strumming of "Binary Memories," which carries an acoustic, alt-country vibe, before delivering a more pop oriented sound with "Passengers." He keeps showing us the quiet, vulnerable side to his songwriting with the flowing melody of "Fall Underneath The Scene," along with the ambient backdrop of "Maypole." The energy finally picks up with the alternative-pop sounds of "Origami Letterbomb," before Mark closes his new album with the up-tempo rhythm of "Waiting For The Past Now" and the poetic lyrics of "Afterthoughts." To find out more about Mark Lofgren and his latest release "Black Moon Book," please visit markalanlofgren.com/music.

Next, arriving on July 10th, is the new studio effort from singer/songwriter Hurricane Ruth titled "Good Life." It features ten exciting new tracks, beginning with the blazing energy of "Like Wildfire," which will get your adrenaline pumping right from the opening guitar chords. Hurricane Ruth continues her new album with the raw, electrifying guitar work and powerful vocals of "Dirty Blues," along with the rockabilly swing of "What You Never Had." She slows down for the storied lyrics of the bluesy title song "Good Life," then travels down down for the southern swagger of "She's Golden." Hurricane Ruth comes roaring back with the intense rocker "Black Sheep," before finishing her new album with the country-boogie style romp of "Late Night Red Wine" and the emotional ballad "I've Got Your Back." To find out more about Hurricane Ruth and her latest release "Good Life," please visit hurricaneruth.com.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Guitarist Anthony Phillips Revisits "The Living Room Concert" Along With New Music Staring Into Nothing

Arriving July 24th from Genesis guitar legend Anthony Phillips is a remastered and an expanded edition of his release "The Living Room Concert." After being released in May 1995, it quickly disappeared and has become unavailable for many years. The concert was originally recorded on March 21st, 1993 for the "Living Room Concert Series" and features Phillips performing his solo pieces on acoustic guitar ("Reaper" and "Field Of Eternity") and on piano ("Last Goodbyes" and "Collections"). The highlight of the set was his 1976 composition "Conversation Piece," which has never been recorded, but was originally written for his Guitar Quintet for the "Private Parts & Pieces" album. The three bonus tracks consist of the short 78-second acoustic instrumental piece "Jaunty Roads," the wonderful classical piano piece "Let Us Now Make Love" and the folk ballad "Lucy: An Illusion." To find out more about Anthony Phillips and his latest release, the new remastered, expanded version of his album "The Living Room Concert," please visit 
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The Southern California based progressive rock ensemble Staring Into Nothing recently released their second full-length album titled simply "Love." It features a dozen tracks and some special guests like King Crimson's Trey Gunn, Gregg Bissonette from Ringo Starr's All Star Band and also Mike Keneally (Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani). The new album kicks off with the enlightening melody of "Winter," before picking up the tempo with the rocking season of "Spring." Staring Into Nothing also gives their all with the nostalgic sounding pop/rock feel of "Summer," while "Autumn" is an all-out prog-rock assault with energy and passion. The band finally expand upon their sound with the lush piano chords and soaring guitar solos of "Beautiful Delusion," before finishing up their new album with the addictive, energetic rocker "Find Our Way Back," the seven-plus minute musical epic "Ashes" and the emotional ballad "Amazing Grace." To find out more about Staring Into Nothing and their latest release "Love," please visit staringintonothing.com

Monday, July 6, 2020

Guitarist Extraordinaire Trevor Rabin Dives Into His Archives For New 10-Disc "Changes" Box Set

Guitar legend Trevor Rabin took a look back at his nearly 50 year career for his latest release, a ten-disc box set titled "Changes." It features songs from his four solo albums ("Beginnings," "Face To Face," "Wolf" and "Can't Look Away"), as well as his work with Yes, which he was a part of from 1983-1994. Fans of Trevor Rabin's music will be especially interested in the bonus tracks associated with his 1989 album "Can't Look Away." They include a demo version of his hit single "Something To Hold On To," as well as live versions of the Yes classic "Changes" and a nearly ten minute version of Rabin's instrumental piece "Etoile Noir."

Also included in this set are Trevor's demos that would end up being used to create Yes' best selling album "90125." Trevor's compilation "90124" includes unpolished, sometime acoustic run troughs of Yes classics, "Hold On," "Changes" and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." This new box set also expands upon Trevor Rabin's only live solo album "Live In L.A.," (originally released in 2003) with a second part "Live In Boston," which was also recorded live in 1989. It features more amazing guitar work from Trevor Rabin in songs like "Cover Up" and "Carry On-Promises," along with a powerful drum solo during "Sludge." While the sound may not be a professional recording of the show, it is a great partner to the "Live In LA" album and showcases the fire and passion that Rabin was performing with during the late-eighties.

Rounding out this new box set are two discs that contain "lost soundtrack" songs, since Trevor Rabin scored over 40 soundtracks during his career. One disc is the complete "Jack Frost Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" for the movie starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston. The only song that was featured from Rabin's on the "Jack Frost" soundtrack was the uplifting instrumental "Frostbite." The other nine songs that Trevor Rabin created for the movie was never released before on CD. The final disc in this set contains nine "lost" soundtrack instrumentals for some amazing movies like "Remember The Titans," "A Beautiful Mind" and "Gettysburg."

Each box set is signed with a numbered certificate, along with two photo books, posters and promotional photo cards. To find out more about this latest release from Trevor Rabin's archives, please visit musicglue.com.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Guitarist/Singer Bill Kirchen Collects His Most Recent Albums For The New Release "The Proper Years"

The king of the Telecaster guitar, Bill Kirchen's career has surpassed five decades, dating back to the birth of the Americana genre with his first band, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. Kirchen has been nicknamed "The Titan of The Telecaster" and performed along side some of the coolest artist in music like Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello and Gene Vincent just to name a few. His latest release titled "The Proper Years" collects the music from his three recent solo albums ("Hammer Of The Honky-Tonk Gods," "Word To The Wise," "Seeds And Stems"), with a few bonus tracks to round out this new 38-track, double-disc set.

Bill Kirchen starts things off with the eleven tracks that made up his "Hammer Of The Honky-Tonk Gods" album, featuring Nick Lowe on bass and backing vocals. He mixes the energy of the title song with the emotional ballad of "Skid Row In My Mind," to give us a glimpse to his country influences. All the fun comes pouring out of the rockabilly sound of "Working Man" and the doo-wop flow of his cover of "Devil With The Blue Dress," before heading out to the country backroads for "Hear Of Gold."

Kirchen's follow-up album "Word To The Wise" features his old bandmate, Commander Cody on piano, while Nike Lowe and Paul Carrack join him on the nostalgic harmonies of "Shelly's Winter Love." Then, Bill Kirchen comes roaring back with the pounding rock rhythm of "Man In The Bottom Of The Well," which finds Elvis Costello taking on the lead vocals. The first disc wraps up with the classic country ballad of "Husbands And Wives" featuring Chris O'Connell on vocals, along with the guitar twang of "Arkansas Diamond."

The second disc continues with the songs "Word To The Wise" with Dan Hicks on acoustic guitar and vocals, and "Ain't Got Time For The Blues" featuring the beautiful vocals of Ms. Maria Muldaur. Bill Kirchen's album "Seeds And Stems" includes a more concise band that is ready to rock, as on the up-tempo numbers "Too Much Fun" and "Semi-Truck." He brings back his classic Americana sound on the guitar boogie of "Rockabilly Funeral" and the jazzy vibe of "Swing Fever." Kirchen pays tribute to one of his idols with a heartfelt cover of Bob Dylan's "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry," before finishing the album with the Commander Cody and His Lost Airmen classic "Hot Rod Lincoln" and the fun, honky-tonk delivery of "Talkin' About Chicken."

The three bonus tracks that appear on this release are all covers, including Jimmy Donley's "Think It Over," Butch Hancock's "Oxblood" and once again, a sped up cover of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'." To find out more about Bill Kirchen and his latest release, the 2-CD set "The Proper Years," please visit billkirchen.com.