Thursday, May 25, 2017

CD Review: New Music Arriving From Calico The Band, Tomten, Project Grand Slam And AV Club

California country founders and leaders Manda Mosher and Kristen Proffit are preparing to release their sophomore effort under the name Calico the band. Their new album titled "Under Blue Skies" will be released on July 21st on the duo's own label, California Country Records LLC. The band has won numerous awards for their debut release as they look to recapture that success with this latest release. Their new 12-song album begins with the steady, country strumming of "Fine Line" as the harmonies will surely capture your attention. They deliver a classic country/bluegrass sound with "Cold Cold Love" and the soulful, inspiration of "The 405." The duo pay homage to their musical influences with a beautiful, country/pop version of the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'." They deliver the sweet, country blues lullaby of "Under Blue Skies," before picking the tempo back up with the country swing of "Fly Me Away." Calico the band finish up their new album with the sweet serenade of "Love Gets In The Way" and the dark, storied lyrics of "Into The Unknown." Calico are currently on the road, along the west coast with dates sprinkled through out May and July. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Under Blue Skies," please visit
Seattle folk/rock trio Tomten are preparing to release their new full-length studio album, "Cremation Songs" on July 7th. The new 13-song album follows the trio as they've grown and developed since the release of their debut album 5 years ago. Their new release begins with the mellow, piano-led, slow pop of "Grand Guignol" and the light, soft rock of "Cloud Man Calling." Tomten's beautiful songwriting is felt in the wonderful presentation of "Laurent's Tomb" and the lush, grand sound of "For The Worse." They experiment with their sound on sixties-inspired "King Of Viridia," before finishing their new album with the quiet, "dream pop" of "Leaving Joyous Gard" and the steady, soft rock tones of "Still Life With Sylvie." To find out more about Tomten and their latest release "Cremation Songs," please visit their Facebook page at
American bassist/composer Robert Miller is the brainchild behind Project Grand Slam and the band is preparing to release their 5th album titled "The PGS Experience." The album is a combination of new studio tracks and live performances. The new 9-song release begins with the jazz fusion feel of "Metro Shuffle," which features guest saxophonist Mindi Abair. The album continues with the first of four cover songs, a sweet reworking of Phish's "Free," lead by singer Ziarra Washington. Mindi Abair returns for the smooth, island feel of "Fishin," before taking on Cream's "I'm So Glad." Project Grand Slam kick off the live section of the new release with a Miller original, the steady rock of "Gorilla." They also perform a funky cover of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" and a slinky, swinging version of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire." Project Gram Slam have some shows coming up in June, including an appearance at the International Jazz Festival in Kingston, Jamaica. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about Robert Miller and the new release from Project Grand Slam, please visit
From Chicago comes the self-titled, debut album from jazz/funk band AV Club. Their new 8-song album was released back in March and they are led by bassist/composer Andrew Vogt. They begins with the six-plus minute groove of "Stevland," in which everyone gets a chance to shine with their own solo. They quicken the pace for the swinging rhythm of "Grill Sergeant," then lock on to an R&B vibe with "Peachofjax." The AV Club uses elements of "Duck Hunt" to give their sound an electronic sound as the band find their way through the chaos of "Shack Dog." They finish their new release with the spirited delivery of "Yam Of Lotus" and the up-beat, jazz-fusion of "Godfather, Pt. II." To find out more about the AV Club and their debut album, please visit their Facebook page at

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