Monday, May 8, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Russ Tolman, Ben Bostick & Jackie Lee

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Russ Tolman has had an exceptional 35 year career in music, which began back in 1981 as a founding member of the west coast, psychedelic rock band True West. After four years, he left True West to begin his solo career, which yielded seven albums. To celebrate his 30th anniversary as a solo artist, Russ Tolman is releasing an anthology of his work titled "Compass & Map." It features 20-tracks from throughout his solo career and will be released on May 26th on Lost Records.

The new release begins with a couple of up-tempo, rock gems ("Marla Jane" & "Hollywood Holiday") from his 1990 album "Goodbye Joe." He dives back to the beginning with the new wave/punk-like energy of "Looking For An Angel," before displaying his Lou Reed-like folk poetry in "Palm Tree." As grunge took over the airwaves in the early nineties, Tolman kept things simple with the acoustic folk/rock of "Something About A Rowboat" and "Sleepin' All Alone." His beautiful songwriting shines on the mellow tones of "The Best Is Yet To Come" and the seventies-style west coast rock of "Stuck Like Glue." His music hits the perfect groove with the "jamming" feel of "Monterey" and "I'm Alive" as his music and lyrics are undeniable. The album finishes with the country/folk tempo of "Quadraphonic Highway" and the digital-only single "Los Angeles," which was recorded in 2013 and features the last recording of his partner Dave Drewry, who passed away last year. To find out more about Russ Tolman and his latest release "Compass & Map," please visit his Facebook page at
From California comes the debut album from singer/songwriter Ben Bostick. His new self-titled release captures the classic essence of country artists as he allows the storied lyrics to control the song. His new 10-song release begins with the Americana build-up of "Independence Day Eve" and the mellow country swing of "Cost Of Mexico." Ben quickens the pace with the two-step shuffle of "Paid My Dues," before slowing things down for the poetic lyrics of "Paper Football." He delivers a nostalgic feel with "The Juggler" and quiets the mood with the gentle, acoustic, country folk of "Sweet Thursday." He finishes his new album with the slow, country blues of "I Should Have Been Her Man" and the deep, dark tones of "Erin Is Blue." To find out more about Ben Bostick and his new self-titled release, please visit
Gonzo Multimedia recently released a new compilation for 1960's Irish pop singer Jackie Lee. The new 18-song released is named after her most famous single "White Horses" and features an unreleased song, "The Busker" from the album "Calendar," which was also never released. The new compilation begins with the classic sounds of "White Horses" as Jackie had an innocence to her vocals. The gracefulness of her voice is heard on the gentle flow of "I Can Sing A Rainbow" and "I Think I Like You." She delivers her version of "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?" and lets her vocals soar during "I Cry Alone," before the compilation closes with the addictive pop of "The Locomotion" and the well-known country/pop gem "The End Of The World," which fits Lee's vocal range perfectly. She cut her career short when she retired from music in 1972, citing vocal complications and throat trouble. To find out more about Jackie Lee's new compilation "White Horses," please visit

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