Monday, February 18, 2019

Heading Into March Comes New Releases From Ashley Wilson, Abigail Lapell and Melissa Ruth

First from San Francisco comes the latest release from soulful jazz singer, Ashley Wilson. Her new album titled "Paint The Sky" will be released on March 1st and features eleven tracks, beginning with the sultry, swanky rhythm of "Once In A While." The album continues with the title-song "Paint The Sky," which showcases the stellar vocals of Ashley Wilson amongst the song's R&B backdrop. She even adds a little country sway to her album with the slow-moving ballad "Fool," before picking the tempo up for the funky shuffle of "Sweet Temptation." The big bass strumming of "Now Or Never" gives her sound a nostalgic feel, while "I Can't Love" delivers a more pop melody. Ashley finishes her new album with the gentle sway of "Fairy Tale" and the smooth groove of "If I Knew." To find out more about Ashley Wilson and her latest release "Paint The Sky," please visit ashleywilsonmusic.com.

Canadian folk singer/songwriter Abigail Lapell is preparing to release her new studio album titled "Getaway." It features eleven tracks, beginning with the stellar Americana sounds of "Gonna Be Leaving," as her voice draws close similarities to former 10,000 Maniacs singer, Natalie Merchant. She gets even quieter on the acoustic folk strumming of "Ask Me No Questions" and "Sparrow For A Heart." Her voice is so warm and inviting that you follow her every word on the country-based "Halfway To Mexico" and the beautiful harmonies of "Down By The Water." Abigail finishes her new album with the full band Americana sounds of "Little Noise" and the sweeping melody of "Shape Of A Mountain." To find out more about Abigail Lapell and her latest release "Getaway," please visit abigaillapell.com.

Also arriving March 1st, is the latest release from blues/rock artist, Melissa Ruth. Her new album titled "Meteor" features eleven tracks, beginning with the guitar shuffle of "West," as you are introduced to Ruth's sultry blues style. She picks the tempo up with the steady pace of "Long Haul," before digger her heels deep into the blues with the slow burn of the title-song "Meteor" and "Sugar Pill." The whisper-like vocals gives the country-twang more attention on the simmering sounds of "Hey Mr. Bartender," before Melissa closes out her new album with the country bar blues of "The Knot" and "You Are Not Alone." To find out more about Melissa Ruth and her latest release "Meteor," please visit melissaruthmusic.com.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Omnivore Recordings Prepares To Reissue Debut Album From Uncle Walt's Band

Austin Music Hall Of Fame nominee Uncle Walt's Band are having their debut album re-issued on March 29th, through Omnivore Recordings. The trio of Walter Hyatt, David Ball and Deschamps Hood began as a country trio in South Carolina, before quickly moving to Austin, TX at the request of singer/songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey. While Uncle Walt's Band may not have found success on the charts in the late-seventies, but they did inspire many artists including Lyle Lovett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Lucinda Williams.

After the success of last year's anthology release, Omnivore Recordings decided to remaster the band's debut album and add an additional eleven previously unreleased bonus tracks. The original album featured a mix of traditional favorites like "Little Sadie" and "Four 'Til Late" with a handful of originals. The first seven bonus tracks feature demos of some original songs that did not end up on the final album. Even in demo form, you can hear the wonderful harmonies of "After You've Gone" and their step into folk rock with "Rollin' My Blues." This new set finishes up with live versions of the original tracks "Since You've Been Gone," "Early Riser," "Trap For Two" and "Betty." To find out more about this new re-issue arriving from Uncle Walt's Band, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

New Live Album From Dennis Coffey To Be Released In March Through Omnivore Recordings

Kicking off the month of March is a new live album from R&B/jazz guitarist Dennis Coffey. The new release titled "Live At Baker's" arrives March 1st through Omnivore Recordings, and features Coffey's performance a Baker's jazz club in 2006. The nine-song set begins with Coffey showcasing his skills on a nearly eleven-minute version of Freddie Hubbard's song, "Little Sunflower." One of the highlights of the night features the Dennis Coffey original hit, "Scorpio" as he continues to work up to the song's funky breaks. Another favorite from this set is a song that Coffey originally performed, The Temptations' "Just My Imagination," in which Coffey masterfully stretches the song to the ten minute mark. He finishes up with a couple of blues numbers, the first is his rendition of Miles Davis' "All Blues," which Coffey turns in to a lighter approach. The album closer is a short, up-tempo swinging version of Jack McDuff's "Dink's Blues," which became one of Coffey's favorite songs to cover live. To find out more about Dennis Coffey's new live release "Live At Baker's," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Craft Recordings Reissues Jewel's "Pieces Of You" As A New Double-Vinyl Release

Out today on double-vinyl is the newly reissued debut album "Pieces Of You" from Award-winning, singer/songwriter Jewel. In celebration of the album's 24th anniversary, Craft Recordings has remastered the album in order to receive the highest quality possible. This new double-vinyl release also includes five bonus tracks that were originally featured as B-sides and if you are looking for a little more, Barnes & Noble has an exclusive blue vinyl version of this new release.

This album projected Jewel into the spotlight with here angelic vocals, as she is mostly backed only by an acoustic guitar or piano. It reached #4 on the Billboard album chart and produced three top ten singles, but that is not where the album really shines. Her truthful lyrics are fill with emotion, as Jewel dealt with prejudice ("Pieces Of You"), relationships ("Foolish Games") and abuse ("Daddy"). The album begins with the jazzy-pop aspects of "Who Will Save Your Soul," then peaks with the gentle, seven-minute story of "Adrian," before closing with the final plea of "Amen."

This new double-vinyl release features newly cut lacquers supplied by Chris Bellman from Bernie Grundman Mastering. The sound on these new LPs is simply beautiful. Jewel's vocals leap out of your speakers, as her voice becomes even more of the focus of these songs. The strings in "Painters" and the harmonies of "Angel Standing By" are much more clear and bright on this new release, but the real treasure is the addition of the five bonus tracks.

Side four of this double-vinyl is where these extra tracks reside, beginning with the warm, acoustic folk strumming of "Emily," which was originally featured in "The Crossing Guard" movie. All of the bonus tracks did not appear on the original CD of the album, so that is a major plus to have them all together in one set. These songs also showcase some of Jewel's more light-hearted side with the fun, quicker paces of "Rocker Girl" and "Cold Song," before closing with the ballad "Angel Needs A Ride." To find out more about this newly released double-vinyl version of Jewel's debut album "Pieces Of Me," please visit craftrecordings.com.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Eagle Vision Presents "The Real Story Behind" Amy Winehouse's Grammy-Winning Album "Back To Black"

With the Grammys less than a week old, it was the ideal time to look back at one of the biggest winners of the 2008 Grammys, Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" album. In November, Eagle Vision released a brand new documentary on the making of this monumental album. This film will give more insight to her fans, since this was also the last album she created with her amazing talents. This new film features new interviews with producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, as they guide you through the creative process of nearly every song on the album.

What many of you may not know is how great of a songwriter Amy Winehouse was. She had the lyrics and melody to most of the songs on the album already prepared, as the documentary shows footage of her with an acoustic guitar running through many of the song's main structures. As you watch the film, Ronson and Remi give you some treasured information into what may have turned a good song into a great song. The addition of The Dap-Kings melody on songs like "Back To Black" and "Rehab" gave Amy that sixties, girl-group, jazzy-vibe that she was looking for. It even grabbed the attention of Ronnie Spector, who gave praise to Winehouse for carrying the touch of that style of music. The highlight of this documentary, is of course the unseen footage of Amy Winehouse in the studio, as she creates one of the finest albums of the past 20 years.

A stellar bonus on this DVD is a previously unreleased intimate live performance by Amy Winehouse. It was filmed on the same night as the 2008 Grammy awards. Since Amy was not allowed entrance into the U.S. because of her drug addiction, she instead held a performance in London, for only a small group of family and friends. The eight-song set was professionally recorded and showcases Amy at the top of her game, as she leads the band through gems like "Tears Dry On Their Own" and "Hey Little Rich Girl." The highlight of her performance has to be the unrehearsed run through the classic "A Message To You Rudy," as the band is following her every lead. So do yourself a favor and make sure to check out the new documentary "Amy Winehouse - Back To Black: The Real Story Behind The Modern Classic." For more information on this new release, please visit eagle-rock.com.