Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Suzanne Jarvie, Dan Medakovic & Hovey Otis

From Toronto, Canada comes the debut album from singer/songwriter Suzanne Jarvie entitled "Spiral Road." It was produced by Hugh Christopher Brown (Ani DiFranco, Barenaked Ladies) and was released on November 11th. Her sound on this new release is sunk deep into the country/Americana music as felt in the steady opener "Before And After" and the gentle touch of "2458." The song "Never Gonna Stop" is very personable to Suzanne as she sings about her son waking up from his coma despite what doctors have told her. She picks up the tempo on the smooth country rocker "Enola Gay" and sings with a renewed inspiration on "Love Is Now." Suzanne finishes the album with a return to the opening song with "Before And After Redux" which has a more bluegrass feel without the full harmonies that are in the opener. To find out more about Suzanne Jarvie and her new album "Spiral Road, please visit suzannejarvie.com.

Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Medakovic recently released his latest studio album "Jolley Cut" on November 7th. After venturing out with the alternative-country group, Fry Truck, Medakovic returned to the studio to create an album of folk/rock gems that sound timeless.  The new twelve song release begins with the acoustic, slow jaunt of "Big Yellow Moon" that just plain feels right as you can't help but sing along to the chorus. The album's first single, "The Hardest Part" has a laid-back feel as Medakovic's vocals are right at home amongst the folk heroes of the seventies. The title song, "Jolley Cut" has a classic country feel, while "Gringo In Paradise" sound like an outtake from Cat Stevens' "Tea For The Tillerman" album. Medakovic's music is very addictive as you feel comfort in his lyrics to "Chrome Hearts (Slow Drive Home)" and he adds a little island-flavor to the Jimmy Buffet like "Taco Star." The album finishes with the acoustic, war-fueled lyrics of "Stripes And Stars." To find out more about Dan Medakovic and his latest album, "Jolley Cut," please visit jolleycut.com.

From Burlington, VT comes the debut EP from Hovey Otis, led by singer/songwriter Tim Davis. The new release entitled "Standing Alone" was produced by Rob Stroup at 8 Ball Studio in Portland, OR and features five songs that deal with love and loss. The album begins with the warm folk sounds of "Standing Alone" then tells the story of love a first sight in "Girl With No Name." Hovey Otis picks up the tempo on the folk/rock of "New Mexico," before closing with "Your Story" as lead singer Tim Davis's vocals draws up similarities to John Mayer on this smooth ballad. To find out more about Hovey Otis, please visit hoveyotis.com.

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