Sunday, January 31, 2016

CD Review: Wagons Frontman Releases Debut Solo Album And Forgotten Gems Gets Rediscovered

From Australia comes the debut album from Wagons band frontman Henry Wagons titled "After What I Did Last Night..." It will be released on February 16th through Goldview/MGM and features twelve tracks seeped in classic country. Henry Wagons has been named one of Melbourne's most influential people and his music has been described at "Dr. Seuss meets Conway Twitty." The new album begins with "Cold Burger, Cold Fries," and this would be what Neil Diamond would sound like if he went country as Wagons pulls no punches on this new alt-country gem. The music gets down and dirty with the rawness of "King Hit" as Wagons demands you attention on this country-rocker. Wagons evokes the spirit of Johnny Cash on the classic country swing of "Head Of Heart," then plugs in for the aggressive, southern hard rock of "Tomboy." The album finishes with the gentle, loving delivery of "Only Child" and the acoustic, cowboy tribute to his home city of "Melbourne." To find out more about Henry Wagons and his new album "After What I Did Las Night...," please visit

Then, on March 18, the Numero Group record label is releasing a 19-song compilation titled "Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music." It features some of the best American roots music that you may have never heart before. Inspired by bands like The Eagles and artists like Gram Parsons and Linda Ronstadt, these musicians created some outstanding pieces of music that deserve your attention. The compilation opens with the classic, country swing of Jimmy Carter And Dallas County Green on "Travelin'," as their harmonies highlight the song. That inspired classic California soft rock sound of the seventies is heart in Plain Jane's "You Can't Make It Alone" and in Angel Oak's "I See Her Cry." The up-tempo rhythm of Arrogance's song "To See Her Smile" brings you back to the AM radio days, while The Black Canyon Gang followed the Eagles blueprint to a "t" with their song "Lonesome City" with no success. The eight-minute story of "Buffalo Skinners" is delivered perfectly by Bill Madison and the laid back gallop of White Cloud's "All Cried Out" has southern rock success written all over it, if it only had the chance, like many of this songs. To find out more about the new, soon to be released compilation "Wayfaring Strangers," please visit

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