Tuesday, October 6, 2015

CD Review: New Music Arriving From Radio Free Honduras, Them Vibes, Cory Goodrich, Cold Country

From Chicago comes the self-titled debut release from Radio Free Honduras. They are one of the best new Spanish underground bands to follow the vein of Los Lobos and Buena Vista Social Club. Their new album begins with the Latin flair of the punk-like delivery of "Vengan, Vengan," before heading into the polka-like feel of Solo Sin Tu Amor." Radio Free Honduras bring out the fun with "Morena" as you can't deny the movement of the rhythm. The instrumental "Gaviota" is the must hear song on the album, while "Picale Picale" is guaranteed to put you in a good mood. The album finishes with the Rumba of "Carino Mio" and the smooth instrumental delivery of "Cancion De Amor." To find out more about Radio Free Honduras, please visit their website at radiofreehonduras.com.

From Nashville, TN comes the new EP from Them Vibes titled "TV." The band's alternative-country vibe comes shining through the album's opening track "Mamma's Gotta Secret." Them Vibes has a great raw sound that gives songs like "You Get Me" and "Hit 'n' Run" an authentic feel, instead of over polishing their music like a lot of today's band do. The short five-song release closes with their return to the bar room stomp of "Gone With The Wind." To find out more about Them Vibes and their latest release "TV," please visit themvibes.com.

Singer/songwriter/actress Cory Goodrich released her latest album "W.O.M.A.N." this past summer. She is currently performing as June Carter Cash in the stage performance of "Ring Of Fire" at the Mercury Theater in Chicago. Her new twelve-song release is proof that she has the voice to cover June's vocals. Cory begins with the classic country appeal of "I'm A Woman," then allows her voice to soar on the ballad "Higher Than The Moon." She lets her storytelling shine on the country/folk sounds of "Carolina Girl," before her spot on up-tempo cover of "I've Been Everywhere." She touches your heart with her soulful delivery of "Cold," then adds a little dixieland jazz to "It Ain't The Meat, It's The Motion." The album album closes with acoustic strumming gospel appeal of "Wherever There Are Children." To find out more about the very talented Cory Goodrich, please visit corygoodrich.com.

From Chicago comes the indie-folk band Cold Country with their latest release, a six-song EP entitled simply "Fall EP." The songs on this album are alternate takes and B-sides from their latest full-length album "Willow," which was released back in April. The new release begins with the gentle touch of "Scratching The Surface Of A Diamond" as Cold Country do not look to force their music upon you, but slowly invite you into their hearts. The tempo picks up slightly with the Americana feel of "Letter To My Daughter," before experimenting with their sound in the atmospheric "Song Of Return." They finish up the album with the folk/pop delivery of "When We Were Young" and the slow burning alternative rock of "Siamese." To find out more about Cold Country and their latest release "Fall EP," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/coldcountryband.

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