Sunday, January 20, 2019

Be Prepared To Put On Your "Travelin' Shoes" With The New Album From Marley's Ghost

Veteran bluegrass band, Marley's Ghost are preparing to release their 13th studio album, titled "Travelin' Shoes." It features a dozen gospel tracks that Marley's Ghost have added their special touch too, beginning with the traditional title-song "Travelin' Shoes." Next, they put a bit more pep into their step with the swinging rhythm of "Hear Jerusalem Moan," along with the wonderful harmonies of "You Can't Stand Up Alone." Producer Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan) lends one of his original songs to the album, as Marley's Ghost put their spin on the gospel sounds of "Someday." Marley's Ghost add a sweet rhythm to "Shadrack," before picking the tempo up once again, with the swift-strumming of "Judgement Day." Marley's Ghost finish up their new album with the country twang of "Standining By The Bedside Of A Neighbor" and the beautiful, soothing sounds of the lullabye "Sweet Hour Of Prayer." To find out more about Marley's Ghost and their latest release "Travelin' Shoes," please visit marleysghost.com.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

New Music On The Arrival From Singer/Songwriters Peter Rogan, Ted Russell Kamp and RJ Chesney

Arriving March 1st, is the debut release from singer/songwriter Peter Rogan. Rogan is a steelworker, who was a former winner of the Great American Song Contest, so he decided to throw his hat into the ring with this album titled "Still Tryin' To Believe." The new twelve track release begins with the sweet, southern rock groove of the title-song, "Still Tryin' To Believe," as Peter collaborates with established artists, Phil Madeira (Alison Krauss) and Wil Kimbrough. The album continues with the bluesy shuffle of "Kickin' The Can" and "River Man," before picking the tempo up for the country rocker "The Rolling Mills Blues." The oldest song on this release, dates back five years as Peter shows us his more delicate side on the ballad "Beautiful Honey." He finishes his new album with the slow jazz instrumental "Song For Keith' (which was a Top 5 winner in the 2017 Great American Song Contest), and a short 80-second "Reprise" to end the album on a high note. To find out more about Peter Rogan and his latest release "Still Tryin' To Believe," please visit peterrogan.com.

Singer/songwriter Ted Russell Kamp is preparing to release his 11th studio album titled "Walkin' Shoes." It features thirteen tracks that revolve around love, travel and chaos. Kamp has had a steady flow of albums on the Americana charts, and this one should continue that achievement. The album begins with the swift pace of "Home Away From Home," as the tempo and lyrics fit the album's subject matter of travel perfectly. He continues with the country flavor of "Paid By The Mile," before slowing down for the bluesy ballad "This Old Guitar" that centers on recollection of the "good old times." Country artist Jaime Wyatt lends a hand on the sweet sounds of "Hearts Under Pressure" and "Freeway Mona Lisa," while fellow artist Brian Whelan works with Kamp on the uptempo swinging rhythm of "Get Off The Grid." Ted Russell Kamp wraps up his new album with a nod to The Band with the roots-rock feel of "Less Thinkin' More Drinkin'" and the all-out country rocker "Roll On Through The Night." To find out more about Ted Russell Kamp and his latest release "Walkin' Shoes," please visit tedrussellkamp.com.


Singer/songwriter RJ Chesney is preparing to release his new album "Amateur Revolution" in April. This album has been almost four years in the making, that began with a simple phone call about a proposition to film Chesney as a local artist performing in Los Angeles. This lead to the meeting of Chesney with Norwegian producer HP Gundersen, and the result is this new album. It features a dozen tracks that carry a classic country vibe as displayed in the two opening songs, "Splendors Of The Earth" and "Pull Down The Moon." You will fully appreciate RJ's songwriting on the gentle ballads "A Place Just For Me" and "Do You Remember Me?," while "Proud Of You Child" carries a very nostalgic vibe. He finishes his new album with the dark emotion-fueled "Death, An Old Widows Peak" and the more inspirational, light-hearted "Rise Up And Sing." To find out more about RJ Chesney and his latest release "Amateur Revolution," please visit rjchesney.com.

Friday, January 18, 2019

earMUSIC Remasters Heart "Live In Atlantic City" For CD & Vinyl Release

Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers, Heart are preparing to release a remastered version of "Live In Atlantic City," through earMUSIC on January 25. The show was filmed back in 2006 for the VH1 show "Decades Rock Live" and will finally be released for the first time on LP, CD, DVD and Blu-ray. The show featured a load of special guests, performing the music of Heart and some of their classic rock favorites.

The first guest to join the Wilson sisters on stage is guitarist Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers) to perform energetic versions of "Straight On" and "Crazy On You." The band quiets down for the acoustic-fueled ballad "Lost Angel," as Ann's vocals lead the way. Country rocker Gretchen Wilson joins in on the classic Heart number "Even It Up" and an amazing cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll." Rufus Wainwright helps out on the quiet tone of "Dog & Butterfly" and Carrie Underwood steps in to duet on the ballad, "Alone." Sandwiched in-between those gentle songs is a short tribute to fellow Seattle rockers Alice In Chains, with stellar performances of "Would?" and "Roster," featuring Alice In Chains and Duff McKagan (Guns n' Roses).

Dave Navarro returns to support Heart for their second Led Zeppelin cover of the evening with the steady pounding rhythm of "Misty Mountain Hop." This new thirteen track live release closes with Heart performing a couple of their most well-known tales, "Dreamboat Annie" and "Barracuda," which includes all of the special guests joining in. The DVD and Blu-ray also contain the bonus segment "Heart Confidentialia." To find out more about about this new live release from Heart, please visit heart-music.com.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Robert Berry Works With Keith Emerson One Last Time On "The Rules Have Changed"

American guitarist, singer and composer, Robert Berry recently released his latest collaboration titled "Rules Have Changed." It features contributions from the late keyboard wizard Keith Emerson, prior to his passing in 2016. Berry may be best known for working with Emerson and Carl Palmer in the band, 3; as well as lending his talents to the bands Ambrosia and Alliance.

His new eight track album begins with the exciting progressive rock appeal of "One By One," which is highlighted by the classic keyboard and piano work of Keith Emerson. This is followed by the more aggressive "Powerful Son," as once again Emerson's solo steals the spotlight. Berry slows the tempo down to highlight his vocals on the power ballad "Our Bond," before returning once again to the keyboard-heavy, progressive nature of "What You're Dreaming Now." Robert Berry finishes the new 3.2 album with the wonderful acoustics of "This Letter," which includes a playful melody, and the heavy rhythm and swift pace of the closer "Your Mark On The World," which Keith Emerson has surely left along with help from bandmate Robert Berry. To find out more about Robert Berry and his latest release "Rules Have Changed," please visit robertberry.com.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Singer Angela Verbrugge Swings On Her Debut Album & Rua das Pretas Make Sweet "Wine" Together

Jazz vocalist Angela Verbrugge will be releasing her debut album next month. It features a mix of originals and covers, beginning with the fun, swift pace of "I'm Running Late." Angela lets her stunning vocals soar on the title-song ballad "The Night We Couldn't Say Goodnight," before delivering a perfect rendition of Gershwin's "Love Walked In." Next, she takes on Duke Ellington's "All Too Soon" with flying colors as her voice is the perfect match for these classic jazz numbers. One of a few original songs written by Angela, is the playful rhythm of "You're Almost Perfect," while she breathes new life into the quick swing of "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big." Angela Verbrugge finishes her new album with the Latin melody of "Si Tu Pudierus Quereme (You And The Night And The Music)" and one of the other originals "How Did I Know This Was The End." To find out more about Angela Verbrugge and her latest release "The Night We Couldn't Say Goodbye," please visit angelasjazz.com.

The band, Rua das Pretas is made up of Portuguse-based traveling musicians, who came together in the studio to create "The Wine Album." The band has been compared to the likes of The Rolling Thunder Revue or a sort-of Portuguese Buena Vista Social Club as many different musicians and singers create this amazing, worldly sound captured on this new recording. The album features eleven tracks, beginning with the Latin-flair, acoustic folk ballad "Fado Silencio" and the steady pace of "Fado A Boire," lead by the beautiful vocals of Gabrielle Hartmann. The album is a mix of English and Portuguese, as songs like "Home Before Dark" and "White Or Red" are easier to follow, but the songs sung in their native language are even more attractive to listen to. Rua das Pretas close out their new album with the elegant acoustics of "Vinho Velho" and the folk/pop tones of "Natural As Love." To find out more about Rua das Pretas and their latest release "The Wine Album," please visit ruadaspretas.com.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Heavy Metal Releases Arriving From 10:13, Cold Colours, Traveler, Gatekeeper and Booze Control

One of the first waves of heavy metal music to hit your speakers this year comes from the underground bands, 10:13, Cold Colours, Traveler, Gatekeeper and Booze Control. First up is the self-released debut album titled "Result Of An Iron Age" from 10:13. This one-man instrumental heavy metal act begins with "Oathblade," by combining fast-paced rhythms, spoken word dialogue, chugging guitars and swirling keyboards to create this complex piece of music. Next, he attacks your senses with the quiet acoustics that get overpowered by the aggressive juggernaut of drums on "The Worst In Me." His music takes on an industrial metal sound in "Misanthropic Delirium," before returning to a more classic black metal feel with "In The Black Book Of Death." 10:13 wraps up his new album with the guitar buzz of "Son Of Monotony," the grand eight-minute progressive metal piece "Nashiteric" and the keyboard driven "Conduit Closing." To find out more about 10:13 and his latest release "Result Of An Iron Age," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/1013neilcarter.

Next up, is the new self-release from Minnesota death metal band Cold Colours. Their new album titled "Northernmost" features a dozen tracks, as the band are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2019. After a short acoustic instrumental ("Northernmost I"), their aggressive sound takes over on the hard-hitting "Nightmare" and "A Life Forlorn." The acoustic interludes return throughout the album, almost like chapters, while the full onslaught of heavy metal music gets your adrenaline pumping once again. The growls of "Spirit" and the amazing musicianship displayed in "Heathen" makes Cold Colours one of the premier independent metal bands in America. To find out more about their new album "Northermost," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/coldcoloursmetal.

On February 22nd, we have a trio of new releases arriving on the Gates Of Hell Records label from Traveler, Gatekeeper and Booze Control. These artists have their finger on the pulse of modern metal music, while also keeping a foot in the past, as you can hear with their influences. Traveler's new self-titled album simply explodes with its amazing guitar solos, soaring vocals and steady, but swift drum work. Songs like "Starbreaker," "Behind The Iron" and "Mindless Maze" showcase the great talents of this band. To find out more about Traveler and their latest release, please visit facebook.com/travelerheavymetal.

Vocalist Jean-Pierre Abboud performs double-duty as the vocalist of Traveler and Gatekeeper, who broke onto the music scene with their 2018 debut album "East Of Sun." Now, Gatekeeper continues with a short, four-song EP titled "Grey Maiden." The amazing guitar work of the title-song and the epic feel of "Tale Of Twins" showcases a band on the rise as their songwriting continues to grow with each new release. To find out more about Gatekeeper and their latest release "Grey Maiden," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/GatekeeperBand.

We finish up with the classic metal sounds of Booze Control as they prepare to release their Gates Of Hell Records debut. The new album titled "Forgotten Lands" features ten tracks that carry a NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) sound, beginning with the high energy output of the title-song "Forgotten Lands" and also in "The Nameless." If you didn't know any better, you'd swear this music was created almost four decades earlier as "Spellbound" and "Playing With Fire" capture that nostalgic sound that has eluded heavy metal music. To find out more about Booze Control and their latest release "Forgotten Lands," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/boozecontrol.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Metal Blade Records Unleashes King Diamond "Live" And New Studio Album From Downfall Of Gaia

Metal Blade Records is preparing to start the year off with a massive new live release from the legendary metal artist, King Diamond. On January 25th, a new live DVD/Blu-ray titled "Songs For The Dead Live" will become available for fans. It features two full-shows of King Diamond performing at Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting in 2016 and Philadelphia's Fillmore in 2015. Both shows contain nearly identical set lists, but performed in front of a different audience, from separate countries. The result is two totally different reactions to the music of King Diamond.

Each set contains the band performing King Diamond's 1987 "Abigail" album in its entirety, but before we get to that, the show at Graspop kicks off with the intense delivery of "Welcome Home" and "Sleepless Nights." King Diamond also touches upon his days with Mercyful Fate with the amazing prog-metal delivery of "Melissa" and the heavy-hitting juggernaut "Come To The Sabbath." The second half of the show kicks off with the spoken word introduction of "Funeral," before the grand epic feel of "Arrival" and "The 7th Day Of July 1777" continue the tale of "Abigail." After the nearly 8-minute metal masterpiece "Black Horsemen," King Diamond closes the show with the quiet acoustics of "Insanity."

The recording of the second show was taken from a smaller venue, as the audience seems to play a bigger role in delivering the energy for King Diamond to strive on. The only switch is with the two songs "Eye Of The Witch" and "Halloween," as King Diamond and his band masterfully control the power of the audience's reaction to the songs. The short instrumental "Them" leads to the work of "Abigail," as "A Mansion In Darkness" works the crowd into a frenzy. The thunderous delivery of "Omens" and the swift work of "The Possession" is exactly the perfect remedy to exert all of energy it can from this explosive American audience. To find out more about King Diamond and his new live release "Songs For The Dead Live," please visit kingdiamondcoven.com.

This winter season also brings us the new studio album from hardcore metal giants, Downfall of Gaia. Their new album titled "Ethic Of Radical Finitude" features only six tracks, beginning with the atmospheric introduction of "Seduced By." This quickly gives way to the intense pace of "The Grotesque Illusion Of Being," as you begin to notice a more melodic feel the band's aggressive sound. The middle of this new release peaks with back to back epic numbers, as "We Pursue The Serpent Time" and "Guided Through A Starless Night" deliver new highs for this heavy metal band. Downfall of Gaia finish up their new album with the increasing tempo "Of Withering Violent Leaves," which showcases the band's full musical talents. To find out more about Downfall of Gaia and their latest release "Ethic Of Radical Finitude," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/DownfallofGaia.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Omnivore Recordings Re-Issues Big Star "Live" On CD & For The First Time On Vinyl

New from Omnivore Recordings is the latest from the Memphis rock band, Big Star. Omnivore Recordings has done a tremendous job bringing Big Star back into the mainstream consciousness, and their latest release "Live On WLIR" showcases the band and their rawest.

Following the release of their second album, "Radio City," Big Star performed live at Ultrasonic Studios in New York and it was broadcast on the city premier rock radio station, WLIR-FM. The set was first issued back in 1992, simply titled "Live," but has since gone out of print. Now on January 25, it is being re-issued on CD and for the first time on vinyl.

The band's fifteen-song set covers all the basis of their first two albums, along with a short three-minute interview segment. The band's sound is especially raw during the recording of songs like "Mod Lang" and "In The Street." Big Star also perform a short acoustic set, which is highlighted by their cover of Loudon Wainwright III's "Motel Blues." This new amazing set only adds to the legacy of the band as Omnivore Recordings continues to revise their catalog of recordings. To find out more about Big Star and their new live release "Live On WLIR," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bar/None Records Introduces You To The Other Side Of Alex Chilton With Two New Releases

On February 8th, Bar/None Records will release a couple of albums from Alex Chilton from his overlooked, more laid-back period of his career. Chilton may be best known as the lead singer of the successful bands, The Box Tops and Big Star. Unfortunately, Alex Chilton left us way too soon, suffering a fatal heart attack in 2010 at the age of 59.

From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Alex Chilton was hitting the height of his fame as a solo alternative rock artist, but he never forgot about the swinging music of the 50's and 6o's that he fell in love with as a youngster. The new release "Songs From Robin Hood Lane" collects a dozen unreleased tracks that Alex Chilton made over the course of his career that showcases that love for jazz from the 50s. Beginning with "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" and as you continue with "There Will Never Be Another You," you will discover how well Chilton could croon. You will fall in love with his acoustic versions of "Let's Get Lost" and "All Of You," as his voice had that perfect tone to just lead you down to lovers lane. The disc closes with a beautiful lounge version of "Time After Time" and a quiet solo performance of "What Was."

The other new release titled "From Memphis To New Orleans" centers around 15-tracks that Alex Chilton recorded about his love for the southern music club circuit. Right from the the beginning, the style of "B-A-B-Y" and "Thank You John," give you a sense that Chilton could of had a second career as an R&B artist with his passion for swinging rhythms and pulsating of horns. This set also shows glimpses of his love for the blues with "No Sex" and "Take It Off." He displayed his talent for combining the two genres with "Make A Little Love" and "Guantanamerika," before closing with a wonderful cover of "Lonely Weekends." To find out more about these two new compilation from Alex Chilton, please visit bar-none.com.

Friday, January 11, 2019

New Releases This February From Singer/Songwriters Amy McCarley and Reed Foehl

Arriving February 8th, is the third studio album from singer/songwriter Amy McCarley. The new release titled "MECO" features ten tracks that carry a country vibe, centered around Amy's amazing, warming vocals. The album begins with the steady pace of "A Clue," as she delivers only what is necessary. George Bradfute highlights "Clarksdale Blues" with some nice slide guitar, before special guest Marty Stuart adds mandolin to the classic, front porch strumming of "Never Can Tell." Amy once again showcases her beautiful singing and songwriting on the ballad of "How You Do." She wraps up her new album with the honky-tonk vibe of "Ain't Life Funny," featuring Kenny Lovelace (Jerry Lee Lewis) on fiddle, and the nostalgic country flow of "Farewell Paradise." To find out more about Amy McCarley and her latest release "MECO," please visit amymccarley.com.


Another new release arriving in February, comes from singer/songwriter Reed Foehl. His new album titled "Lucky Enough" features ten brand new tracks specially crafted by Reed and backed by the well-known Austin, TX musicians, Band Of Heathens. He starts out with the gentle strumming "Stealing Starlight" and the quiet acoustics of "American Miles," which just excels into the beautiful landscape that Reed paints with his words. He begins to pick the tempo up with the steady rhythm of "If It Rains" and "He's On An Island," but sandwiched in-between is the piano ballad "Carousel Horses." Reed Foehl finishes up his new album with the pop/folk tone of "Wish I Knew" and wonderfully, emotion-filled "Color Me In." To find out more about Reed Foehl and his latest release "Lucky Enough," please visit reedfoehlmusic.com.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Singer/Songwriter Melody Guy Delivers "Dry The Rivers" & Dylan Rodrigue Plays A "Cat's Game"

From Nashville comes the tenth solo album from singer/songwriter Melody Guy. Her new album titled "Dry The Rivers" features a dozen tracks that blurs the lines between country, folk, pop, soul and rock music. She begins with the built-up excitement of "Tangible Love," as Melody wastes no time showing off her strong vocals. The wonderful melody of "Tell Me I'm Not The Only One" carries a nostalgic vibe, while "Mercy" is a beautiful country ballad that showcases the tender side to her songwriting. The Americana sound of the title song, "Dry The Rivers" displays Melody's maturity and knack for capturing that special emotion. She wraps up her new album with the country roots of "Carve Another Notch," the bluesy feel of "Better Left Unsaid" and the recollection of "Shadow." To find out more about Melody Guy and her latest release "Dry The Rivers," please visit melodyguy.com.

Also arriving this month is the new album from Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Dylan Rodrigue. His new release titled "Cat's Game" features nine tracks, beginning with the alternative, folk rock of the album's lead single, "White Moon." His music was inspired by the experimental rock of Neil Young, the edginess of The Stooges, along with a dash of Elliott Smith. The album continues with the stripped-down, stark acoustics of "Self-Love" and "Some Kind Of Heaven," before plugging in for the raw, punk-like fury of "The Money Game." Dylan Rodrigue wraps up his new album with the gentle strumming of "If You're Not My Lover" and the poetic words of "Living In Color." To find out more about Dylan Rodrigue and his latest release "Cat's Game," please visit dylanrodrigue.com.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New Releases From Guitarist Extraordinaire Dewa Budjana and Stephan Thelen

World-renowned guitarist Dewa Budjana recently released his 11th solo album titled "Mahandini." The new seven-song release also includes some special guests, like guitarist/singer John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Indonesian comedian/singer Soimah Pancawati. The album begins with progressive rock build-up of "Crowded," as Frusciante handles the vocals and helps out with the guitar-fill on this classic rock sounding piece. Dewa adds some jazz fusion to his repertoire during "Queen Kanya," before the native sounds of Soimah Pancawati gives "Hyang Girl" a worldly sound. Guitarist Mike Stern (Blood Sweat & Tears) helps turn "ILW" into a high-energy rocker, before Dewa Budjana closes out his new album with melodic tones of "Zone." To find out more about Dewa Budjana and his latest release "Mahandini," please visit dewabudjana.com.


Guitarist/composer Stephan Thelen is preparing to release his Moonjune Records debut titled "Fractal Guitar." It features five amazing instrumentals that not only showcases Thelen's wonderful skills on the guitar, but also takes you on a sonic journey, beginning with the nearly twenty minute "Briefing For A Descent Into Hell." Thelen leads a band of guitarist through the song's melody as you are prepared for this progressive rock escape. Thelen continues to add a bit more groove to the mysterious thirteen-minute adventure of "Road Movie," then experiments with effects on the title-song "Fractal Guitar." He wraps up his new album by taking his time on the subtle build-up of "Urban Nightscape." To find out more about Stephan Thelen and his latest release "Fractal Guitar," please visit stephanthelen-moonjune.bandcamp.com.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Girl Group Charlie Faye & The Fayettes Deliver "The Whole Shebang" While Amelia White Finds The "Rhythm Of The Rain"

Arriving February 8th is the sophomore album from the nostalgic girl group, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes. The new release titled "The Whole Shebang," strongly follows their self-titled debut album, as a dozen new original tracks will find you falling in love with Charlie Faye & The Fayettes all over again. The new album begins with the soulful, swinging rhythm of "1-2-3-4" and also the wonderful harmonies of the album's lead single, "I Don't Need No Baby." They continue with the seductive blues of "The Cream Rises To The Top" and the California surf sounds of "Stone Cold Fox." Charlie Faye & The Fayettes take a step out of their '60's girl group comfort zone, for the '70's R&B vibe of "Night People" and "Riding High," before closing their new album with the addictive dance beats of "You Gotta Give It Up (Party Song)." To find out more about Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, please visit charliefayeandthefayettes.com.


Nashville-based singer/songwriter Amelia White returns on January 25th with her seventh studio album titled "Rhythm Of The Rain." Her new 12-song release features a dozen short stories as you will surely hang on to her every word. The wonderful Americana sound of the title-song "Rhythm Of The Rain" and "Said It Like A King," allow you to follow Amelia's warming vocals. She gets a little darker on the folk-blues of "Sugar Baby," before delivering the beautiful, gentle ballads "Mother Of Mine" and "Yuma." Amelia White finishes up her new album with the country rocker "Sinking Sun" and the twang of "Pink Cloud," featuring a duet with Will Kimbrough." To find out more about Amelia White and her new release "Rhythm Of The Rain," please visit ameliawhite.com.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Omnivore Recordings Re-Issues Soul Asylum's "While You Were Out" & "Clap Dip & Other Delights"

On January 18th, Omnivore Recordings will release the final two indie-releases from the Minneapolis rock band, Soul Asylum. Just prior to singing with A&M records in 1988, Soul Asylum released "While You Were Out" in late 1986 followed by the EP "Clam Dip & Other Delights." Both of these releases have been remastered for this brand new release on CD, which includes both original releases and seven bonus tracks on one disc.

You begin to notice a change in Soul Asylum's sound to a more modern, alternative rock approach, which would turn them into mega stars in 1992. Their "While You Were Out" album included the addictive, high energy feel of "No Man's Land," "Crashing Down" and "The Judge." The "Clam Dip & Other Delights" compilation still contains elements of the band's early days, like the reckless two-minute musical collage "Take It To The Root," along with their covers of Janis Joplin's "Move Over" and Foreigner's "Juke Box Hero." To find out more about the new release of Soul Asylum's final independent releases, "While You Were Out" and "Clam Dip & Other Delights," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Re-Discover The History Of Folk Music From Around The World With New "Social Power Of Music" Release

On February 22nd, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release a new four disc box set titled "The Social Power Of Music." It features different aspects of folk music, from the fights for civil rights to the religious inspirations to the global effect of folk music. The set begins with many traditional hymns that you may already know, like "We Shall Overcome," "This Land Is Your Land" and "If I Had A Hammer." It includes the original recordings from artists like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bobbie McGee and Sammy Walker, who sang about equal rights for all mankind.

The second disc in this set centers around spiritual sing-alongs, like "Amazing Grace" and "Circle Will Be Unbroken." The best quality of these recordings are presented in this set, as you will simply melt into the soulful sounds of "Peace In The Valley" performed by The Paramount Singers. This disc also includes the religious aspects of the Native American culture, as you will hear recordings by The Pembina Chippewa Singers and also Middle Eastern religious hymns.

The mood lightens on the third disc, beginning with the uptempo, swinging rhythm of "Party Down At The Blue Angel Club" from Clifton Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band. The set continues with the blues romp of "Shake Your Moneymaker" and the light-hearted fun of the "Beer-Drinking Polka" and "In Heaven There Is No Beer." The disc gets funky with the dance beats "SAM (Get Down)," before delivering the Native American chant of "Pow Wow Song" and the clap along rhythm of "Mary Mack."

The fourth disc features an even more global presence, as Pete Seeger makes his second appearance on the set with "Viva la Quince Brigada (Long Live The 15th Brigade)." Many of the songs on this disc may not be recognizable and the language unknown, but have the same tone in these songs are the same as many of the early traditional folk gems that have been the backbone to American history. To find out more about this new set from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, please visit folkways.si.edu.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Remembering The Good Old Boys Featuring Jerry Garcia With New Live Release

Back in 1975, the bluegrass supergroup known as the Good Old Boys performed live at a small club in Santa Cruz, CA. The band featured Jerry Garcia, fresh from a break with the Grateful Dead, along with David Nelson from New Riders Of The Purple Sage and mandolin expert, Frank Wakefield. Rounding out the group was Brantley Kerns and Pat Campbell, as the band performed for two nights in February 1975 for a possible live album that has never seen the light of day, until now. On December 18th, MVD Entertainment released a two-disc set simply titled "Live: Drink Up & Go Home" featuring the wonderful bluegrass swing of the Good Old Boys.

The new 24-track release features a mix of originals, with some well known traditional classics like "Deep Elem Blues" and "Wildwood Flower." Garcia, probably the most well-known member, only features his vocals on two tracks, the country-fiddle vibe of "All The Good Times" and the title-song "Drink Up & Go Home." The swift pace of "White House Blues" and "New Camptown Races" showcases five guys, experts of their crafts, playing music that the audience really enjoys, as heard on this new release. To find out more about the new "Live: Drink Up & Go Home" release from the Good Old Boys, please visit mvdshop.com.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Discover New Music From Indie-Artists Louis Michot, Globelamp and Michal Towber

We begin with the new live album from fiddler/vocalist Louis Michot titled "The Stoned: L.E.S. Douze Volume 1." It is the first release from a dozen recordings that were made during his residency at The Stone located at New York City's Lower East Side. His new 45-minute set begins with the slow-build up of a marching beat, highlighted by swirling experimental instruments, trying to find their home along this sonic adventure. About halfway through, you are finding a pattern to this experiment, before finishing with a full-on prog-rock assault. To find out more about this latest release from Louis Michot titled "The Stoned," please visit nouveauelectric.com.

Next we have the latest release from singer/songwriter Elizabeth Le Fey, who goes by the title Globelamp. Her new album titled "Romantic Cancer" contains 13 tracks, beginning with the quiet acoustics of "Sha La Love," which will easily draw you into her musical world. Her sweet vocals shine on the gentle strumming of "Everything's A Spiral" and "Sorceress Of Your Soul." Her songs are like angelic folk hymns that float around your head, as you find yourself falling in love with her music. Globelamp hits your musical heart with the lyrics of "Lowest Low" and the wonderful, relaxed tone of the album closer "Look Out Mountain." To find out more about Globelamp and her latest release "Romantic Cancer," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/globelamp.


Finally we arrive at the latest release from singer/songwriter Michal Towber titled "No Resolution." She collaborates with guitarist/saxophonist AR on this new 14-song set of emotional anthems. The album begins with "The Crash," which highlights Mical's vocals on this slow-building ballad. The energy picks up with "Rockstar" and "Cut Me," as Michel lets loose on these dark numbers. She adds more electronics to her sound for the pop tones of "Bondage" and "Devil You Love," before slowing down for the piano ballad "Tragedy." She finishes her new album with the emotions of "Before Tonight" and the short strumming of "Secret Song." To find out more about Michal Towber and her latest release "No Resolution," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/michaltowber.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Music From Indie-Artists The Differents, The Can-Do Attitude, Madisons, Jared Dymbort & Pete Berwick

From Chicago comes the fourth studio album "It's All Too Beautiful" from rockers, The Differents. Their new ten song release begins with steady opener "Dresser Drawers" as you can feel the band's strong foundation, which dates back 25 years. They add a bit more excitement to the punk-like energy of "You Can't Stop Running From The Weight Of Your Gun" and the bass driven alternative rock of "Small," which also showcases the band's stellar songwriting. Guitars come out a blazing for the rawness of "What You Got," before showing off their nostalgic side with "Sun In My Eyes." The Differents finish their new album with the shuffle rhythm of "It Rains Hello." To find out more about The Differents and their latest release "It's All Too Beautiful," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thedifferentschicago.

Next from Charlottesville, Virginia comes the sophomore release from the punk band, The Can-Do Attitude. Their new album titled "If There Is A God, I Hope She Kept The Receipt" features eight, energetic rockabilly/punk anthems, beginning with their new single "Big Fuckin' Cowboy." Their new 30-minute release flies by in a blur of adrenaline as you get hooked on "100 Fallow Acres (Augusta National)" and "Draggin Our Toes." In between, you get the slow, sonic build-up of country blues, in the form of "The People On The Show," before closing out their new album with the out of place piano instrumental "Stagecoach Takes Flight." To find out more about The Can-Do Attitude and their latest release "If There Is A God, I Hope She Kept The Receipt," please visit thecan-doattitude.com.


On January 4th, the Madisons will release their new EP titled "Country Music Sunday." It features five songs of classic country twang, beginning with the knee-slapping rhythm of "The Willie Song." They continue with the country blues of "Vidalia," before picking the tempo back up with the sing-along chorus of "Sometimes I Get Drunk All Day." The Madisons slow down once again for the storied folk ballad of "Johnny And Jamie," before closing their new album with the fun, swinging times of "Makin It On My Own." To find out more about the Madisons and their latest release "Country Music Sunday," please visit 
madisonsatx.com.


New York City-based singer/songwriter/composer Jared Dymbort recently released his debut EP titled "My Old Victories." His new four song EP begins with the steady pace of "Neglect" as you are introduced to Jared's low octave vocal delivery. He continues on his nostalgic, 1980's pop trip with the New Wave tones of "Rearrange" and "Declare." Jared Dymbort finishes up his new short album with the simple pop feel of "Vanity." To find out more about Jared Dymbort and his latest release "My Old Victories," please visit jareddymbort.com.


Finally we arrive at the latest release from alt-country singer/songwriter Pete Berwick. His new album "Island" features a dozen tracks, beginning with the aggressive strumming of "I'm Getting Tired Of This Place" and the big country/rock delivery of "Anyway." His songwriting comes shining through on the power ballads "Just Make It You And Me Tonight" and "Island." He pours his emotions into the wonderful country waltz of "They Gave Love A Chance," before finishing up his new album with the raw, energetic rocker "I'm Really Not That Kind" and the reflection of "The Streets Of Pasadena." To find out more about Pete Berwick and his latest release "Island," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/peteberwickband.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Musical Artist Van Duren Featured On New Nezrok Album And On New Documentary Soundtrack

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Korzen recently released a new album from his latest adventure, Nezrok (which is Korzen backwards). The new self-titled album features special guests, including Dennis Diken from The Smithereens, Fernando Perdomo and Van Duren. Korzen's new ten track release begins the contemporary pop melody of "Middle Ground," before adding a more jazz flair to his sound during "ICU," which features Diane E. on vocals. The strumming of "Beach People" lightens the mood, as Memphis pop legend, Van Duren lends harmonies to the track. Dennis Diken shines on "Dream Away," while Van Duren returns, adding his original pop feel to "Andy, Please." The album closes with the beautiful ballad, "Wide Open Spaces," featuring Diane E and Shelby Rael, then the modern jazz instrumental "Ethereal Fluffernutter Too." To find out more about the new self-titled release from Nezrok, please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/nezrok1.

Speaking of musical artist Van Duren, on February 1st, Omnivore Recordings will be releasing the soundtrack to the documentary, "Waiting: The Van Duren Story." Back in the late 1970's Van Duren was on his way to be the next international music star. His debut album "Are You Serious?" was not the break through that he and his manager, Andrew Loog Oldham (Rolling Stones) thought it was, and his second album was shelved for almost twenty years. Now, two Australians (Wade Jackson and Greg Carey) found the story of Van Duren interesting enough to make a documentary of his musical career.

The soundtrack features a dozen songs from early on in Van Duren's career, beginning with a trio of tracks from his debut album, including the wonderful ballad, "Waiting." The set also includes the live tracks "Yellow Light" and "Torn In Half" from his album, "Chemical Fire - Live In Concert 1978." Both of Van Duren's solo albums were recorded at Trod Nossel Studios located in Wallingford, CT; famous for being one of the oldest operating studios in the U.S., which was also used by Fleetwood Mac in the mid-seventies. Highlights of the soundtrack are the previously unreleased tracks, "Andy Please," featuring the collaboration of Duren and Jody Stephens (Big Star) and a live, in-studio recording of "Just You Tell Me." To find out more about the new "Waiting: The Van Duren Story Original Documentary Soundtrack," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Neal Morse Band Are Ready To Take You On Another "Great Adventure"

Arriving on January 25th, is the new concept album from the Neal Morse Band, titled "The Great Adventure." This new double-disc is broken up into five chapters, spread across 22-songs and features over a 100 minutes of new music that takes you on a new sonic journey provided by the Neal Morse Band.

The new release starts out with the build up along the ten minutes of "Overture," which contains everything from heavy metal drumming, to stellar keyboards, to an electrifying guitar solo. Morse begins the story with gentle approach of "The Dream Isn't Over," before the high energy rocker, "Welcome To The World." The Neal Morse Band flex their hard rock muscle with the chugging rhythm of "I Got To Run" and the addictive melody of "The Great Adventure." They close out the first disc with the pop tone of "Hey Ho Let's Go" and the progressive piano ballad, "Beyond The Borders."

The second disc starts off with the magical sounds of "Overture 2," which leads into the quiet build up of "Long Ago." Midway through, we get a reprise of the heavy rocker "Welcome To The World 2," as the Neal Morse Band keep the energy flowing with the progressive rock pieces "The Element Of Fear" and "The Great Despair." They close out their new album with the intense rhythm of "Freedom Calling" and the eight-minute epic piecen"A Love That Never Dies." To find out more about The Neal Morse Band and their latest release "The Great Adventure," please visit nealmorse.com.