Thursday, July 17, 2014

CD Review: New Independent Music From Artists Who Touch Upon Every Musical Genre

First, from Chicago comes the debut album, "Gathering Days" from the Americana/folk/country trio, Charming Axe. It was released back in June and mixes in some originals with some of the band's favorite songs that they like to cover when performing live. The fifteen-song release begins with the harmonizing of James Taylor's "Close Your Eyes" as Charming Axe eases you into their musical world. The first of four originals that appear on this album is a mellow country ballad entitled "Beyond The Blue," while "Supper Song" is an up-tempo, acoustic two-step that is sure to get you out of your seat to enjoy. They wear their hearts on their sleeves for the version of "All Through The Night," made popular by Cyndi Lauper. The original song "Come On Honey (Say I Do)" could be the band's breakthrough song with it's catchy chorus and warm melodies. The album finishes with the gentle cover of "We Walk The Same Line" and flowing vocals of "One Bright Star." The Charming Axe have a couple of shows lined-up in August. To find out more about their debut album "Gathering Days," please visit

Next, from New York comes the latest, rising pop diva that will certainly grab your attention with her music as well as her sense for fashion. Her name is Madison and she just released her new 4-song EP entitled "In The Bright Light." The single "Give Me Your Oh" is featured in the latest Victoria Secret's commercial and called the song "peppy music to make summer pop." The song features a very catchy "stomp-beat" and sultry vocals that are easy to get attracted to. The other song that is a sure-fire hit is "Start A Fire" with its club like atmosphere and arena shaking chorus. To find out more about Madison and her latest EP, please visit

Now, from Nashville, TN comes singer/songwriter Andrew Adkins, who goes by the stage name The Colored Parade. His debut album, "...And The Walls Of The City Will Shake" was released in May and mixes styles and textures to create some unique music. The new 13-song release begins with the foundation of a stomp-beat that gets layered with horns, guitars and keyboards to give the music a fuller sound. He gets into a more pop-oriented beat with "When The World's Against Me," then pulls out his folk-side with the acoustic, protest-sounding story of "A Tiny Spark (In This Great Machine)." The mellowness of "Bullets & Arrows" and the electronics of "Too Much Out Of Line," shows the diversity in The Colored Parade's musical repertoire. The album closes with the slow and slithery feel of "Out Of The Ether." To find out more about this unique brand of music from The Colored Parade, please visit

Lastly, independent folk singer/songwriter Brandon Reeves is releasing his latest album, a 5-song EP entitled "Secondhand." The album shows Reeves at his most vulnerable as it features just him and his acoustic guitar. He begins with the backwater blues of "Deep River Blues" and continues with the gentle, gospel-like ballad "Don't You Hear My Savior Calling." Reeves gets his boogie on with the attractive rhythm of "Nine Pound Hammer," before closing with a return to the blues with "Shake Em On Down." Brandon Reeves has shows scheduled every weekend in July along the southern east coast. To find out more about Brandon and his new album "Secondhand," please visit

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