Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New Independent Releases From HeavyDrunk, Moody Little Sister, Jon Samson and Burton Guibord

On October 4th, we will see the arrival of the latest effort from the 9-piece, soul/blues band HeavyDrunk. Their new album titled "Holywater" is the band's third release overall, but the first on their new label, 4142 Records. The new 13-track release begins by showcasing the full force of the band on the opening track "If I Loved You Hard Enough." It gives us a glimpse into what this band has to offer, with Rob Robinson's iconic sounding vocals surrounded by the wonderful gospel-like back-up singers, mixed with a tremendous horn section and guitar boogie held together by the band's steady rhythm section. They slow everything down for the emotions of "HeavyDrunk Holywater," which sounds like a plea for an unheard prayer filled with pure emotion. HeavyDrunk quickly picks the energy back up with the addictive rhythm of "One Dancing Fool" and the powerful blues-rock vibe of "Keeping Up With The Kid." The southern soulful vibe of "Memphis" will make you a true believer of HeavyDrunk, before they close out their new album with a rocking, dirty rendition of The Rolling Stones' "Slave," a wonderful, spot-on tribute to the Tedeschi Trucks Band with a version of "Midnight In Harlem" and the tender, fragile emotions of "Shine On." To find out more about HeavyDrunk and their latest release "Holywater," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/heavydrunkband


On August 30th arrived the sophomore release from the country duo, Moody Little Sister. Their new album titled "Great Big Mama Sunshine" features thirteen brand new tracks, beginning with the up-tempo acoustic strumming of the title-song, which becomes one big sing-along before its close. The album's first single "711 Lucky Street" has a bluesy vibe, while "Evelina" is a sweet, sun soaked, laid back number that has a classic country charm. The harmonies during the gentle touch of "Nothing But No Good" are simply amazing and powerful, before Moody Little Sister slowly bring the tempo back up with the dark country tone of "Bonemaker" and the more light-hearted, swinging tempo of "Rooster." Moody Little Sister finish up their new album with the burning, shuffle rhythm of "Child Of The Wild" and the rising energy of "Northern Highway." To find out more about Moody Little Sister and their latest release "Great Big Mama Sunshine," please visit moodylittlesister.com


Also squeezing in at the end of August was the latest project from singer/songwriter Jon Samson. His new album titled "Ageless: Songs For The Child Archetype" may be geared toward children, but is also rooted in such addictive pop melodies that adults will also appreciate the songs. He begins his new twelve song release with the gentle folk balladry of "Predicament" and the up-beat remedy for "Anxiety." The dance beats flow through "Video Game" and "Focus On What You Want," before giving us a fun way to learn about handling stress in the playful "Am I Awake." Jon Samson closes out his new album with the fun lyrics of "Bubble Earth" and the positive message of "Only Love." To find out more about Jon Samson and his new release "Ageless: Songs For The Child Archetype," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/cocreativemusic


Native American folk artist Burton Guibord recently re-released his 1996 cassette-only release "Are We Free?" on CD and digitally. The album has been submitted for the 2019 Native American Music Awards. The eleven track release does not hold back the struggle of the Native Americans, as Burton sings about their past getting wiped out in "Madeline Island" and their continue fight for "Freedom." The story of "Bluecoats" paints a horrible picture of a heart-wrenching massacre and "Hey Buddy" tells an all too familiar story of homeless families that exist in this country. Even though this album was recorded over two decades ago, the messages that Burton Guibord sings about are still relevant in today's world. To find out more about this eye-opening release from Burton Guibord, please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/Burton-Guibord

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Check Out New Albums By Bruce Cockburn, Paul Gabriel, Tad Robinson and Al Basile

Award-winning folk artist Bruce Cockburn returns September 20th with a new instrumental album titled "Crowing Ignites." Cockburn will also support his new album with a 40-date tour, which kicks off on the day of the release of his new album. This latest effort features eleven brand new tracks that showcase Bruce's skills on the acoustic guitar. He will simply sweep you away one moment with the loving strings of "Easter," then turn around and play some dirty blues ("Blind Willie") the next. Bruce Cockburn experiments with the guitar on the avant-garde sounding "Seven Daggers," before playing some honky-tonk, country guitar during "Sweetness And Light." Bruce then finishes up his new album with a return to the blues groove of "The Groan" and the seven-plus minute progressive strumming of "Bells Of Gethsemane." Bruce Cockburn will be hitting the road this fall, beginning with a show at the Nashville City Winery. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new album "Crowing Ignites," please visit brucecockburn.com


Next, we have the latest release from Connecticut blues artist Paul Gabriel and his new album "Man Of Many Blues." The new thirteen track release showcases Paul's vocal and guitar skills, with the help of some special guests like Duke Robillard, Christine Ohlman and Sugar Ray Norica. The new set begins with the classic blues stomp of "I Feel Good," featuring a sweet Hammond Organ solo by Bruce Bears. Gabriel takes a step back in time for the swinging blues of "Maybe We Can Talk Awhile" and the slow, back-porch blues of "It Be That Way Sometimes," which features the harp blowing skills of Sugar Ray Norcia. Paul Gabriel dedicates the instrumental song "Blues For Georgia" to the gospel/blues singer, Georgia Louis, who was the first African-American woman to host her own television show. He closes out his new album with the big band/jazz vibe of "Face Full Of Frown" and the electrifying guitar work of "Dear John Letter." To find out more about Paul Gabriel and his latest release "Man Of Many Blues," please visit paulgabriel.net


Indianapolis native Tad Robinson returns with a brand new album titled "Real Street." His new ten song release is filled with enough soul that you will fell uplifted by the band's stellar sounds. The album kicks off with the classic swinging melody of "Changes," that you'd think that it was an original song by Smokey Robinson or Robert Cray. He slows the pace down for the emotion-filled cover of George Jackson's "Search You Heart," before lifting the mood up for the preaching groove of "Wishing Well Blues." Tad Robinson also tries his hand at the Roy Orbison classic "You Got It," in which he slow the tempo down and stresses the vocals in order to give the sound a loving, soulful vibe. He closes out his new album with his own R&B rendition of the pop classic "Make It With You" and the funky rhythm of his own original "Long Way Home." Tad Robinson has a couple of shows in his home state of Indiana, before heading over to Europe for a fall tour this November. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new album "Real Street," please visit tadrobinson.com


Blues artists Al Basile is preparing to release is new album "B's Hot House" on September 20th through Sweetspot Records. The new fourteen song release showcases Basile's work on the cornet, along with guitarist Duke Robillard, who also produced the album. We begin with the Robillard's stellar guitar work on the opening track, "So-Called Storyteller," as Basile steps aside to let the blues licks flow. Al introduces a more R&B vibe with "Five Roads," then delivers a more classic blues vibe with "Razor Wire." Basile and his band pick the tempo and energy back up with the soulful, swinging rhythm of "Don't Fool With The Truth" and "Looking For A Cookie," before reaching the slow, sultry ballad "Can't Keep Me From Dreaming." Al Basile wraps up his new album with dirty, blues shuffle of "What Dogs Wanna Do" and the steady jazz flowing rhythm of "Time Has Made A Fool Of Me." To find out more about Al Basile and his latest release "B's Hot House," please visit albasile.com

Monday, September 16, 2019

Step Out Of The Realm Of Normalcy With New Music From Uncle Roy, Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier

At the beginning of the month, we received two debut albums from "cosmic" singer/songwriter Roy Herman, better known as Uncle Roy. One of the new releases features his Band From Another Planet and the other has you climbing aboard Uncle Roy's Spaceship.

Uncle Roy & The Band From Another Planet are here to "Save The Universe" with a new five-song EP that mixes together many musical genres, like hard rock, classical and pop music to keep you guessing on what path comes next. They start things off with the progressive, high-energy nature of "Cosmic Happiness" and your journey begins with this classic sounding space rock number. The Band From Another Planet showcase their more graceful side with the gentle ballad "A World Of Miracles," before closing out their short, new release with the raw, psychedelic rock of "Father Time" and the full band, sonic blast of "It Doesn't Really Matter."

On the flipside, we get the new five-song EP from Uncle Roy's Spaceship asking "How Do We Get To Earth?." Uncle Roy experiments even further into the realm of chaos, blending tempos and style to create a unique listening experience. The album begins with the guitar frenzy of "Space Noodlin'," before the hard rock space trip beyond "Moonbeams And Cosmic Bang" takes you on a journey that breaks down the walls of sound with this sci-fi adventure. This other short, new release wraps up your trip with the progressive rock appeal of "It's A Beautiful Day In The Milky Way" and the more aggressive nature of "Flight Of The Ancient Alien." As Uncle Roy continues to reach further out into the cosmos for new musical ideas, be sure to check out these new releases. To find out more about Uncle Roy and his musical adventures, please visit uncleroysalienmusic.com.

Singer Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) was never one to adhere to conventional music. Even when he was was the lead singer for Faith No More, he gave their music a theatrical sound with his vocal delivery. His latest adventure teams him up with French composer Jean-Claude Vannier for the soon to be released album, "Corpse Flower." The two met nearly a decade ago and have finally been able to work together on a musical project.

The new 12-song release begins with the Leonard Cohen-sounding "Ballade C.3.3," as Patton talks his way through the storied lyrics, while the supreme-sounding band plays the perfect backdrop. The slinky-style of "Camion" and the graceful piano ballad "Chansons d'amour" showcase the diversity of ideas that Patton and Vannier bounced off each other in the studio. The country blues of "Browning" is so addictive that you follow every word and every note down the song's dark, dirty path. Patton's vocals match the classical appeal of "Insolubles" so perfectly that you wish that these two artists would create a Broadway musical. Jean-Cleude Vannier and Mike Patton close out their new album with the bluesy-style of "Yard Bull" and the lush strings and honest lyrics of "Pink And Bleue." To find out more about this new musical team-up and their new album "Corpse Flower," please visit Mike Patton's Facebook page at facebook.com/mikepatton

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Check Out The Array Of New Artists Featured On The "International Pop Overthrow, Vol. 22" Release

On September 27th, Omnivore Recordings is teaming up with the International Pop Overthrow music festival to release volume 22 of their up-and-coming artists compilation. This new three disc set features 69-tracks from artists from ten different countries throughout the world.

The first disc is stacked with a load of new energetic power pop anthems like "Christine You're Mean," "Bitter Pills" and "Dance With Me." There is also a nostalgic tone highlighted by the works of Pecker ("They Painted With Their Fingers"), The Amateurs ("Suite 100") and The Pozers ("The Time And Place"). One of my favorite tracks from the first disc is Blake Jones & The Trike Shop's cover of the classic James Bond movie theme "Goldfinger." 

The second disc features the addictive pop melody of the uptempo numbers "She," "Clarke Gable" and "There For Me." This disc also includes some solid ballads like the beautiful acoustics of The Vinylos' "Turns To Black" and the soulful, R&B vibe of Sue Hedges' "I Know Now." It's hard not to fall in love with the raw, alt-pop fun of "Joy Comes In The Morning," "There For Me" and "Life's Too Short (To Drink Cheap Love."

The third disc seems to have the more experimental pieces, like the psychedelic rock of "London Social Degree" and the new wave/funk infused "So She's The Murderer." It also contains some of the best alternative/punk rock songs in the set like "The Ruff Song," "Rick Moranis" and "Yesterday's Girl Tomorrow." Plus, Kimberley Rew and Lee Cave-Berry keep the energy flowing with the rockabilly number "Flat Cat," along with The Details' "For Anyone To Claim." To find out more about this exciting new three-disc set, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

New Film "Above Us Only Sky" Documents John & Yoko's Life During The Making Of "Imagine"

On September 13th, Eagle Vision released a brand new documentary titled "Above Us Only Sky." It tells the story of the creation of John Lennon's iconic solo album "Imagine." This new film, directed by Emmy Award Winner Michael Epstein, uses loads of unseen footage that was shot during the recording of the album, along with home video footage to give fans the ultimate insight into the life and creation of John Lennon's music.

The nearly two-hour tale features tons of rehearsal and studio recording footage that has never been seen before. In one moment, John is teaching the musicians to play the song, "How Do You Sleep?," as he has the entire melody already planned out in his head. Seeing George Harrison at these sessions certainly brings the excitement up to another level. New interviews with musicians Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Jim Keltner give personal insight into the recording sessions for the "Imagine" album.

Julian Lennon remembers that it was not very much fun for him in the studio, as a kid, that he would much prefer to run around the grounds of their London estate, Tittenhurst Park. Seeing footage of John, Julian and Yoko in a boat on the pond is a beautiful touch, giving us a glimpse into their family life. Let's not forget about the music, listening to John's vocals only on "Jealous Guy" reminds us of how pure and real his voice was, even in the most delicate situations. One of the highlights of the film is seeing the creation of the song "Imagine," where the assumption of "less is more" made this song into in an anthem for peace for all eternity.

The documentary also shows us footage of John and Yoko in New York City, where they would go to record overdubs and mix the album. They fell in love with the city so much, that they never went back to Tittenhurst Park. The way that director Michael Epstein uses historical events to show the reasons and meaning behind many of Lennon's songs on this album is definitely eye-opening. The relation between the Vietnam War and Civil Rights laid the ground work for songs like "I Don't Want To Be A Soldier" and "Gimmie Some Truth."

The new DVD and Blu-ray release also includes bonus rare, unreleased studio mixes of "How Do You Sleep?" and "Oh My Love," along with footage of John and Yoko in the Bahamas. I personally enjoy hearing John Lennon's idea for wanting to record a Christmas song that will get played every year forever and also the reason behind the "War Is Over" campaign. To find out more about this new stunning documentary "Above Us Only Sky," please visit johnlennon.com.