Sunday, July 21, 2019

Lionel Richie Brings All Of His Hits To The Mohegan Sun Arena

Legendary music icon Lionel Richie is taking his hits on the road this summer, as he performed Saturday night to a packed arena at Mohegan Sun. The stop is part of his "Hello Hits Tour" and this tour follows a residency that Richie performed out in Law Vegas, which will also supply a new live album later this year.

Many of the fans in attendance grew up on Lionel Richie's music, as his music touched people in different ways. Richie explained that he would see people in the audience crying during a "happy" song and see other people laughing during a "sad" song. One thing was for sure, that everyone in that arena knew every word to his songs.

Immediately following the night's opening song, "Running With The Night," Lionel Richie received a loud standing ovation, the first of many that evening. Richie was very personable with the crowd, telling stories and making jokes, while being genuinely amazed at the response he received that evening.

The audience sang along to his many hits, including "You Are" and "Stuck On You," before leaving their seats to the excitement of one of Richie's biggest hits "Dancing On The Ceiling." He would also pay respect to his seventies career when Richie was a member of the funk/soul group, The Commodores, performing melody of classics like "Fancy Dancer," "Sweet Love" and "Lady (You Bring Me Up)." 

One of the sweetest moments of the night was when Lionel Richie stopped in the middle of one of his stories to point out a little girl in the audience who was fully enjoying the show. The ninety-plus minute performance capped off with the dance club favorite "Brick House," the undeniable "Hello," the outstanding "Say You Say Me" and a sing-along to "We Are The World."

Nobody exited the arena, knowing that there was one more song that needed to be played by the legendary artist. After a quick change to a white sequence jacket, Lionel Richie brought the house down with his number one hit single "All Night Long (All Night)."

With career that has lasted over five decades, Lionel Richie continues to entertain his loyal fans that have grown up on his music. Whether young or old, Lionel Richie's music has been a part of everyone's soundtrack to life.

Setlist: Running With The Night, Easy/My Love, Penny Lover, Truly, You Are, Stuck On You, Dancing On The Ceiling, Three Times A Lady, Sail On, Fancy Dancer/Sweet Love/Lady (You Bring Me Up), Just To Be Close To You, Endless Love, Brick House/Fire, Hello, Say You Say Me, We Are The World
Encore: All Night Long (All Night) 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

New Highly Anticipated August Releases From Beth Bombara, Eilen Jewell and Rob Laufer

Arriving August 9th, is the latest release from Americana music artist Beth Bombara. Her new album "Evergreen" was inspired by the works of Tom Petty and Aimee Mann, while spending time in a cabin in the Rocky Mountains. She starts off her new album with rich melodic rock tones of "I Only Cry When I'm Alone" and the more upbeat country rock vibe of "Upside Down." One of the highlights of Beth's new album is the wonderful roots-filled sweetness of "Tenderhearted," as her vocals and lyrics perfectly match the music. She slows down for the gentle, inspirational ballad "Growing Wings" and the blues of "Good News," before wrapping up her new album with the heartfelt emotions of "All Good Things." To find out more about Beth Bombara and her latest release "Evergreen," please visit bethbombara.com.

Another highly anticipated August release features the first collection of original new music in four years from singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell. Her new album "Gypsy" will arrive on August 16th and features a dozen new compositions that will have you fall in love with her music all over again. She kicks things off with the country rocker "Crawl," as she starts off strong with this memorable number. Eilen continues with the more laid-back country swagger of "Miles To Go" and the nostalgic vibe of "You Cared Enough To Lie." Eilen showcases her beautiful vocals on the ballad "Gypsy," before the classic honky-tonk sound of "These Blues." She finishes her album with the quiet softness of "Who Else But You" and the acoustic folk ballad "Fear." Eilen Jewell is currently on tour in the U.S. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about her new album "Gypsy," please visit eilenjewell.com

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Rob Laufer is preparing to release his first new album of music in almost a decade. The album titled "The Floating World" will be released on August 23rd and was inspired by the music of Bon Iver and the untimely passing of Tom Petty. He starts off his new release with the poetic lyrics of "Avalanche," while Laufer and pedal steel guitarist, Dave Pearlman lay down the perfect melody. The album continues with the traveling tune of "Highway Machine" and the more up-tempo acoustic shuffle of "Bolt Of Blue." He keeps the energy flowing with the steady rock rhythm of "Space + Time," before slowing down for the quiet acoustic folk ballad "Fence." Rob Laufer finishes his new album with the upbeat energy of "As Long As You Belong" and the swinging acoustic rhythm of "Hippie Love." To find out more about Rob Laufer and his latest release "The Floating World," please visit roblaufermusic.com

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Paul McCartney Archives Latest Releases Delivers A Treasure Of Live Vinyl Albums

Back on July 12th, MPL, Capitol Records and UMe joined forces to release a decade spanning set of new vinyl LPs from Paul McCartney. It features newly remastered versions of "Wings Over America" (1976), "CHOBA B CCCP" (1988), "Paul Is Live" (1993)" and for the first time in its entirety, the full "Amoeba Gig" performance. All four releases come in a number of different configurations, which includes colored vinyl, black 180-gram vinyl and also on CD.

The gem of this new treasure is the official release of Paul McCartney's performance at Amoeba Records on June 27, 2007. This once-in-a-lifetime performance took place in front of one of McCartney's most intimate crowds of only a few hundred fans, as he performed songs from his most recent release "Memory Almost Full" and of course classics from The Beatles and his own solo career. The sound on this new vinyl release of the "Amoeba Gig" is exceptional. You can feel the deep bass groove of "Drive My Car, before warming up to the wonderful acoustic strumming of "Dance Tonight," "Calico Skies" and "Blackbird." McCartney gets a little emotional when he performs "Here Today," which he dedicates to his former songwriting partner, John Lennon. Even though this was recorded in a record store, the raw power of "Back In The USSR," "I Got A Feeling" and "Get Back" are noticeably striking and will certainly shake your speakers. Plus, to add even more excitement to this new release is a vinyl-only soundcheck recording of "Coming Up."

The other Paul McCartney live solo release in this set is "Paul Is Live," which was remastered at Abby Road Studios for this new vinyl version. It definitely sounds noticeable better than its original 2 CD release from the mid-nineties. The acoustic performances that take up the entire second side of this vinyl set, just lays out beautifully as a perfect unplugged set. The horns on "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Penny Lane" are sharp, but not piercing as the loudness is certainly in check on this new version. The energy of "Lady Madonna" and "Live And Let Die" is also felt, as you crank up the volume. The soundcheck on side four of this double LP set, has never sounded better and is a much welcome addition to the vinyl.

This set of new releases is rounded out by the former Russian only vinyl release of Paul McCartney's "CHOBA B CCCP" album. It features Paul performing covers of some rock and roll standards like "Twenty Flight Rock" and "That's All Right Mama." This new remastered vinyl version sounds stellar and the artwork keeps all the original Russian notes on the back cover. The original Capitol label on the vinyl is also a nice touch, as you can hear Paul's love for performing these classics during a jam session with some British musicians in East Sussex.

The "Wings Over America" triple vinyl release follows its 2013 box set release as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection series. It was originally only reissued on CD and now a new triple, colored-LP set takes its proper place as one of Paul McCartney's greatest live albums. This release also includes a copy of the original souvenir poster that came with the original vinyl issue of this album. To find out more about these new releases from the Paul McCartney Archives, please visit paulmccartney.com

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Dickey Betts Band Keeps The Spirit Of The Allman Brothers Band Alive With "Ramblin' Man"

Guitarist, singer, songwriter Dickey Betts (original member of The Allman Brothers Band) returned from an extended hiatus to begin performing live once again with The Dickey Betts Band. Members of the band include his son Duane Betts, Frankie Lombardi, Mike Kach, Pedro Arevalo, Damon Fowler and Steve Camilleri. On July 26th, The Dickey Betts Band will release their first live album in over a decade and it features their historic 2018 performance at the St. George Theatre in New York. It will be released on CD and on vinyl, as well as capturing the entire performance on Blu-ray.

The 90-minute set features a load of The Allman Brothers Band classics, beginning with the blazing back-to-back instrumentals "Hot 'Lanta" and "Blue Sky." The show also includes a guest performance from Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman) on The Allman Brothers Band original "Midnight Rider." The highlight of the night is certainly the 21-minute jam of "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed," as the band sound in perfect unison. Dickey Betts and Mike Kach take the lead vocals on "Whipping Post" and "Ramblin' Man," before closing out the evening with a jazzy rendition of "Jessica." To find out more about The Dickey Betts Band's new live album "Ramblin' Man: Live At The St. George Theatre," please visit facebook.com/dickeybetts.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New Music From Indie-Rock Bands Custard Flux, Towner, The Prime and Radio Free Honduras

From Detroit, MI comes the sophomore effort titled "Echo" from the psychedelic rock band Custard Flux. Custard Flux is led by multi-instrumentalist Curvey, who also leads the progressive, psych-rock band, The Luck Of Eden Hall for over 30 years. The new eight-track album begins with the up-lifting, rock/pop melody of "Supernatural," which would have fit in perfectly during the sixties "summer of love." Custard Flux continue with the more experimental instrumentation of the title song "Echo" and the nostalgic British pop/rock vibe of "America." Custard Flux wrap up their new album with the acoustic build-up of "Gold" and the six-minute, final trip of "Suns And Daughters," which showcases the wonderful songwriting talents of Curvey on this latest release. To find out more about Custard Flux and their latest release "Echo," please visit custardflux.bandcamp.com.


Next, from Ann Arbor, MI comes the debut release from the four-piece alternative rock band, Towner. The new four-song EP was recorded live (mostly) and showcases the addictive quality of their raw, garage-rock sound. They begin with the uptempo, pop-rock anthem of "Freaks In Common," as their minimalist approach draws you into their sound. The short, thirteen-minute EP keeps the energy flowing with "Calm Down," before closing with the nostalgic, new wave appeal of "Moving Target." To find out more about Towner and their new self-titled EP, please visit towner.bandcamp.com


Moving on to Chicago comes the latest release "Eternal Sky" from the alternative rock band, The Prime. The new five song release signals the 2.0 version of the band, which re-grouped back in 2018. The band's original beginning dates back almost a decade ago, but this latest release features a strong showing of commitment. They kick things off with "Paradox," a rock number that slowly draws you into the band's sound, as you get hooked by its chorus. They pick the energy up with "Live On" and display a heavier rock sound on "Simple Town," before closing their new short release with the power pop melody of the title song "Eternal Sky." To find out more about The Prime and their latest release "Eternal Sky," please visit theprimechicago.com.


Finally we arrive at the Chicago-based Latin band Radio Free Honduras, who recently released their new album titled "Mis Suenos." It features only six tracks performed by a diverse collection of musicians from the Chicago area, lead by Dan Abu-Absi (guitarist for JT and The Clouds). The album also includes contributions from Charlie Baran, who was an original member of the Honduran musical group Banda Blanca. The songs on this new release are all sung in Spanish, except for their cover of Badfinger's "No Matter What." The music on this album contains a Santana-inspired Latin rock flair, as displayed in the opening track "Suavecito." Radio Free Honduras perform a Spanish cover of Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again," giving the song that mariachi band vibe. They finish up their new album with the Latin flair of "La Negra Tomasa (Bilongo)" and the emotional acoustic delivery of "Dulce Y Delicada." To find out more about Radio Free Honduras and their latest release "Mis Suenos," please visit radiofreehonduras.com.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Alan Simon Tackles The French Revolution With "Chouans" & Magma Revisits Their Past With "Zess"

Composer Alan Simon, creator of the legendary "Excalibur" rock opera series, returns with his musical interpretation of the French Revolution. The two-disc set titled "Chouans" was released back in May to coincide with the 230th anniversary of the beginning of the revolution. Simon uses his knowledge of the "Excalibur" rock opera to bring together the worlds of classical music and rock to make an outstanding statement.

The complete 23-song set start out with the strong, exciting energy of the beginning "Overture" and the striking "L'Incorruptible." Simon also points out the hardships of the French Revolution with the ballads "Ma France, Mon Esperance" and "L'Amazone." The way they are sung (in French), with such beauty and grace, allows the listener to feel what is being sung in each song. The straight up rock of "L'Infernale Dase" and "God Save The King" will place Alan Simon among some of the best songwriters in progressive rock music.

He closes out his new musical with the passion of "Un Nouveau Monde" and the inspirational build-up of "Le Vent De La Memoire." To find out more about Alan Simon's latest work "Chouans," please visit cherryred.co.uk

The French progressive rock band Magma return with their new studio album "Zess." The release features a seven track suite that's origins date back to 1977. The "Zess" suite debuted at a concert in 1979 and became part of the band's concert repertoire until 1983, when it was retired for good, until this new release. Now, for the first time in it's 38-minute entirety is "Zess," performed by Magma, in association with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. While the words may be a mystery, unless you speak French, the music and the harmonies are amazing and finally have their proper place among the rest of the extensive Magma catalog. To find out more about their new release "Zess," please visit seventhrecords.com.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Classic Albums By Bob Marley And John Lee Hooker Get New Anniversary Vinyl Releases

Back on June 14th, The Marley Family, Island Records and UMe celebrated the 35th anniversary of the best-selling reggae album of all time, Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Legend" with a new double vinyl release. Just five years earlier, to mark the 30th Anniversary of "Legend" album, a new remastered double, color vinyl set was released with the addition of of the U.K. only bonus tracks "Easy Skanking" and Punky Reggae Party."

So how do you make it even better for the 35th anniversary? First off, for this new re-issue of "Legend," the record company took the original "BMW1" versions of the songs (not the remixes) and remastered them for this new double, black vinyl release. Every care went into the new 180-gram pressing of this timeless album on vinyl. You can certainly hear the separation of the vocals and instruments, as the harmonies of I-Threes (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths) come shining through on the tracks "Easy Skanking" and "Satisfy My Soul." The clarity, along with the quietness makes this the new benchmark and the must own version of this album on vinyl. To find out more about the new 35th anniversary release of Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Legend," please visit smarturl.it/legend35.

Another classic album getting reissued is "The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker." Back in 1959, three different labels gathered the recordings of John Lee Hooker for his different debut albums. The Chess label released "House Of Blues," the Vee-Jay label released "I'm John Lee Hooker" and the Riverside label released "The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker." This last release has become one of the pinnacles of Hooker's career, as it gathered thirteen acoustic blues numbers that showcased the sound of John Lee Hooker at its most basic. The songs only featured Hooker with an acoustic guitar performing traditional songs like "How Long Blues" and "Good Mornin', Lil' School Girl." The legendary John Lee Hooker is know for his storied lyrics, as displayed in the songs "She's Long, She's Tall, She Weeps Like A Willow Tree" and "I Rowed A Little Boat." Even as he was only entering his early 40's, John Lee Hooker played the blues well beyond his years.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this landmark blues album, Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio remastered the recordings from the original master tapes. The Craft Recordings label will release this new remastered version of "The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker" on 180-gram vinyl on August 2nd. To find out more about this new vinyl edition, please visit johnleehooker.limitedrun.com.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Steve Goodman's Final Two Albums Get Re-Issued By Omnivore Recordings

On July 19th. Omnivore Recordings will be releasing new expanded editions of the final two albums from American singer/songwriter Steve Goodman. While Goodman's own singing career found moderate success in the early seventies, his songs would take on a life of their own for other artists like Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, John Denver and Judy Collins. Steve Goodman passed away in 1984 at the young age of only 36 from his battle with leukemia, but his legacy continues to live on to this day. He wrote a song "Go Cubs Go" for his beloved Chicago Cubs that still gets played at Wrigley Field after every home win.

The two albums that are being reissued, is the live album "Artistic Hair" and his final studio album during his lifetime, "Affordable Art." The "Artistic Hair" album gets nearly doubled in length, adding an additional ten bonus tracks that also feature some of Goodman's best live tracks that were originally featured on the Steve Goodman "Anthology" box set. This new release is a much welcomed addition to the Steve Goodman catalog, as it shows the artist in his true live setting. The original release showcases Goodman wonderful live nature as he creates lyrics for "Winter Wonderland" and showcases some of his greatest original hits like "Old Fashioned" and "City Of New Orleans." He also presents his love for the classics like "The Water Is Wide" and "Red Red Robin." The bonus tracks include more of Goodman's own wonderful compositions like "Lincoln Park Pirates" and "Men Who Love Women Who Love Men," in great quality. The best part is Goodman's humor is definitely appreciated on these songs.

Steve Goodman's final studio album "Affordable Art" also gets expanded with the addition of eight previously unreleased acoustic tracks. The album is a mix of studio and live recordings and features his amazing songwriting, like "Talk Backwards" and "When My Rowboat Comes In." His love for baseball is heard in the acoustic strumming version of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," "A Dying Fan's Last Request" and in the first bonus track, a radio station recorded version of "Go Cubs Go." The bonus tracks are rounded out with acoustic versions of the album tracks "Vegematic," and "Old Smoothies," along with stark, acoustic versions of "Friday Night," "Fire Escape" and "It Took Me So Long." Both new releases also feature a full-color 12-page booklet with new essays and previously un-issued photos. To find out more about these two new releases from the Steve Goodman catalog, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

We Banjo 3 Prepare To Release New "Roots To Rise Live" Release On July 19th

Grassroots band, We Banjo 3 have been on a constant rise in popularity since the release of their debut album "Roots Of The Banjo Tree" back in 2012. Originally from Galway, Ireland, the band has become a staple at bluegrass and folk festivals around the world. We Banjo 3's last studio album "Haven" even topped the Bluegrass Album Charts for three straight weeks just last year and they return once again with only their second full-length live album titled "Roots To Rise Live." It was recorded in February 2019 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The new release contains fourteen tracks, beginning with the previously unreleased "Shine On," which is an uptempo, swinging gem that is pure Americana gold. They continue with the amazing instrumental "Puncheon Floor," which showcases the band's talents for performing in a live setting. They slow the tempo down for the beautiful melody of "Haven" and "Marry Me Monday." We Banjo 3 will have you singing along to "Little Liza Jane," just like audience, before the song is done. Then, they display the wonderful bluegrass sounds of "Annabelle's Canyon." Another previously unreleased song that the band perform is their version of "John Brown's," which get the crowd into a roar. We Banjo 3 finish up their new live album with covers of the traditional songs "Prettiest Little Girl" and "Good Time Old Time."

We Banjo 3 will be hitting the road on July 19th for an extensive U.S. tour, which also includes a handful of festivals. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their latest release "Roots To Rise Live," please visit webanjo3.com.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Joe Louis Walker Shows Off His Performance Skills In "Viva Las Vegas Live"

Legendary blues artist and Grammy-Award winner Joe Louis Walker recently released a new live CD/DVD through Cleopatra Entertainment. The new film titled "Viva Las Vegas Live" was recorded during Walker's 2018 summer tour and features an outstanding 85-minute, ten song set that will certainly showcase why he is one of the best living blues men performing today.

Joe Louis Walker's career has spanned close to six decades, which allowed him to perform with some of the all-time best, like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and even Jimi Hendrix. Walker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013 and performed at the Presidential Inauguration for George H. Bush. 

He latest release features a load of Walker originals like "I'm Not Messin' Around," "Do You Love Me?" and "Too Drunk To Drive Drunk." The film perfectly matches Walker's demeanor on stage, as they keep the focus on his amazing guitar playing and his equally amazing backing band. Some of the highlights include the slow boogie of "Sugar Mama" and the upbeat, addictive melody of "In The Morning." Walker blazes a trail with is electrifying slide guitar solo during "Soldier For Jesus," which can only be matched by the night's closing jam "Like This Way." To find out more about the newly released Joe Louis Walker "Viva Las Vegas Live," please visit cleorecs.com.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New Heavy Metal Releases From xForgiveness Deniedx, The Take and Colibrium

Massachusetts straight-edge metal band xForgiveness Deniedx recently released their new album titled "Mandatory Militance." It features eight tracks, beginning with the chugging guitars and commanding vocals of the title song "Mandatory Militance." They pick up the energy with the more aggressive rhythm of "By Your Side," which feels like a call to arms to join the hardcore metal brotherhood. xForgiveness Deniedx keep the adrenaline pumping on the intense rhythm of "Burnt Bridges" and the thrash metal appeal of "One Thousand Lashes," before finishing their new album with the classic hardcore metal appeal of "From The Heart." To find out more about xForgiveness Deniedx and their latest release "Mandatory Militance," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/xforgivenessdeniedx.

New York hardcore metal trio The Take recently released their self-titled debut album on July 5th. The band consists of heavy metal veterans Scott Roberts (Biohazard), Will Shepler (Agnostic Frost) and Carlos Congote (Royal Hounds). Their new album includes eleven tracks, beginning with the high-powered attack of "The Skins Are Out Tonight." The band delivers that classic, early hardcore metal sound on "Class War" and "No Tolerance," which showcases the band's elite talents performing this music. They bring together a punk energy and political message with "Revolution Now," while "Tits On A Bull" is pure, hard-edged rock and roll. The Take wrap up their new album with the swift pace of "Dead To Me" and the final pounding rhythm of "Pray For A Miracle." To find out more about The Take and their new self-titled album, please visit thetakenyc.com.

Australian metal band Colibrium recently released their new EP titled "Carried," their first release of new music since their 2016 debut album "In Balance." The new five song EP begins with the energetic blast of the song "Carried" that will certainly grab your attention and make you take notice of this rising band. The edginess of "Rain" and the classic metal appeal of "I Don't Need You" showcase the band's diversity, as they deliver an addictive sound. Colibrium finish up their new EP with the seven-minute progressive metal build-up of "Carried By The Word." To find out more about Colibrium and their latest release "Carried," please visit colibrium.com.au

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Re-Discover Electric Frankenstein's "Monster" and the Hardcore Punk of Cro-Mags "Don't Give In"

The underground New Jersey hard rock band Electric Frankenstein released their Victory Records debut album "How To Make A Monster" back in 1999. For its 20th anniversary, Victory Records is re-mastering and re-releasing the album on limited edition vinyl and on digital formats, followed by a European tour. The album featured thirteen tracks, beginning with the spoken word introduction, before the band explode with "Cut From The Inside" and "Speed Girl." Even after twenty years, their sound is still very addictive with the energy of  "Feel The Burn (Chronic)," "Up From The Streets" and "Something For The Pain." Electric Frankenstein showcase their punk side on "I'm Not Your (Nothing)," before they close out the album with the arena-built rocker "Phatty Boom Batty." For a complete list of shows and to find out more about the new re-release of their album "How To Make A Monster," please visit electricfrankenstein.squarespace.com


After almost twenty years, the New York City hardcore punk band Cro-Mags recently released their first set of new music. While it may only be three songs, the new EP "Don't Give In," gives fans hope for what the future may hold, as far as new music. The title song "Don't Give In," still has that raw, edgy blast of energy that has made Cro-Mags an underground sensation. The other two tracks "Drag You Under" and "No One's Victim" together equal the time of the first track, as Cro-Mags wastes no time getting their message across on these hard-hitting tracks. Cro-Mags are currently on tour, opening up for Clutch and Killswitch Engage. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new EP release "Don't Give In," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Cro-Mags

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

New Music Arriving This Summer From Rosalie Cunningham and Scott Henderson

British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rosalie Cunningham will be releasing her new self-titled solo album on July 26th, through Esoteric Antenna. It feature eight tracks, beginning with the classic British blues sounding "Ride On My Bike," as you are re-introduced to Rosalie's stellar vocals. Her songwriting shines on the unique, rock opera like delivery of "Dethroning Of The Party Queen," before the raw, straight-up rock and roll of "Riddles And Games." Rosalie Cunningham closes out her new album with the thirteen-minute epic progressive rock tale of "A Yarn From The Wheel," as she mixes together different tempos and musical styles to create the definite stand-out song of the album. To find out more about Rosalie Cunningham and her latest self-titled release, please visit rosaliecunningham.com.

Guitar virtuoso Scott Henderson recently released his new instrumental album titled "People Mover." It combines Scott's love for jazz, rock, blues and funk and showcases that his music is still evolving, even after 35 years as a bandleader. The new ten song release begins with the gliding guitar tones of "Transatlantic," as Scott slowly brings you back into his musical world. He gets funkier with the tone and rhythm of "Primary Location," with a solo that will grab your attention. The jazzy vibe of "Satellite" displays Scott's diversity with his songwriting and performance, while the eight-minute "Blue Heron Boulevard" gracefully builds on this blues number. He finishes up his new album with the jazz fusion of "Happy Fun-Sing" and the more experimental solo piece "Fawn." To find out more about Scott Henderson and his latest release "People Mover," please visit scotthenderson.net.

Monday, July 8, 2019

New Solo Family Albums From Howie D (Backstreet Boys) and Josh Lovelace (NEEDTOBREATHE)

Backstreet Boy, Howie D is taking a step back from the boy band pop spotlight to release his debut solo family album "Which One Am I?" The new release features twelve tracks that reflect on Howie's childhood and how he overcame his insecurities. The album's lead off track "Which One Am I?" centers around Howie D being the least noticeable Backstreet Boy, or for that fact which boy band he is actually in. Howie gets the pop beats flowing with "Back In The Day," as he sings about his youth and what he enjoyed doing, before his singing career took over. He rocks out with "Monsters In My Head," before the showing his love for doo-wop with the fifties vibe of "Shy."

Next, Howie D takes you to the islands with the reggae groove of "Worry," while singing about overcoming his fears of going to the doctors or being bullied on the playground. He has fun with lyrics of the "School Bell Tango," before reaching the album's lead single, the Latin flair of "No Hablo Espanol," about not being able to speak Spanish. Howie wraps up his new family album with a soulful cover of Bill Withers "Lean On Me." To find out more about Howie D and his latest release "Which One Am I?," please visit howied.net

Musical artist Josh Lovelace has decided to take a break from his Grammy nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, for the release of his new solo family en devour "Growing Up." It features a dozen tracks performed Americana style, beginning with the wholesome, positive message of "You've Got Me And I've Got You." Lovelace performs these songs, as if he was singing to his own children. He has fun with the island flair of "Calypso" and "This Is A New Song," which is the story of inspiration to write his own music. Josh Lovelace delivers the soundtrack to the family trip with "Let's Go Drive," while "Butterfly" is about letting go of children to explore and become their own person. He has fun with the pop tones of "Upside Down," before finishing his new album with the emotions of "Goodbyes Are The Hardest Thing To Do" and the memorable ballad of "You Are Loved." To find out more about Josh Lovelace and his latest release "Growing Up," please visit joshlovelacemusic.com

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Hollywood Stars Relive Their Glory Days In "Sound City"

Back in 1973, hard rock was taking over the airwaves, with bands like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Deep Purple creating timeless anthems. Producers and record label executives were looking for the next big act to sign and record a hit album, with many of them falling by the wayside. One such producer, Ken Fowley, who had a string of hits in the sixties, assembled a rock band named The Hollywood Stars. They were signed to Columbia records, recorded their debut album and hit the road, performing alongside acts like The Kinks, Iggy Pop and The Ramones. As the management changed at Columbia Records at this time, The Hollywood Stars debut album was eventually shelved.

After the original line-up of The Hollywood Stars disbanded in 1974, a new line-up of the band went in to Sound City Recording Studio in 1976 to record an album of new material. That album was also never released, and the band would eventually disband a couple years later. Now, on August 23rd, Burger Records is preparing to release The Hollywood Stars' "lost album" for the very first time on CD and digitally. The ten track release includes songs that have appeared on compilations or as singles, but now have a home on the band's full-length debut release "Sound City." To celebrate the release of this album, a modern line-up of The Hollywood Stars will regroup for a show at The Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood, CA on July 18th.

The music on this album definitely has that seventies rock vibe, as you flashback to the classic sounds of "Sunrise On Sunset" and "I Can't Help It." The album also includes the song "Escape," originally written by Alice Cooper, Ken Fowley and Hollywood Stars singer/guitarist Mark Anthony, who also appeared on Alice Cooper's "Welcome To My Nightmare" album. You can't help but fall in love with songs like "All The Kids On The Street" and "Make It To The Party," as The Hollywood Stars had the perfect sound, butnwas just not in the right place at the right time. To find out more about the latest happenings of The Hollywood Stars, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thehollywoodstarsband.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Mrs. Henry Re-Images The Band's "The Last Waltz" For Latest Live Release

From San Diego, CA comes the straight-up classic rock sounds of Mrs. Henry and their latest adventure, a complete reworking of The Band's "The Last Waltz." The band decided to take on this adventure at The Belly Up in San Diego to pay homage to this timeless event in rock music. The band also decided to invite 30 of their friends along to help them out, just like The Band did back in 1976. 

After months or preparation, Mrs. Henry pulled off the amazing task with flying colors, with help from Stephen Kaye (Ziggy Marley) to mix it and Joe Bozzi (Neil Young, Joni Mitchell) to master it. The band tried to stay as true as possible to the original concert's set list, performing a trio of The Band's originals ("Up On Cripple Creek," "The Shape I'm In" and "It Makes No Difference"), before inviting the first of their friends along to perform a roaring version of "Who Do You Love." Listening to this new interpretation of song from "The Last Waltz," the similarities are uncanny, as you can hear the second coming of Dr. John's "Such A Night" and Muddy Waters' "Caldonia." The first disc closes with couple of The Band's favorites, "Rag Mama Rag" and "The Weight," with Emmylou Harris' "Evangeline" sandwiched in between them.

The second disc kicks off with cover of "Further On Up The Road," "Helpless" and "Coyote," before diving back into The Band's music. Mrs. Henry does an outstanding job matching the song to the singer, as if Neil Diamond returned to sing "Dry Your Eyes" and a younger version of Bob Dylan showing up to perform "Hazel." The show wraps up with the entire cast performing "I Shall Be Released" and "Don't Do It." Mrs Henry's version of "The Last Waltz" will be released on July 12th, as a three LP set, a two CD set and also digitally. To find out more, please visit mrshenry.com . 

Friday, July 5, 2019

Mike Jacoby Pays Tribute To Long Beach, While The Royal Hounds Sing "Songs For High Class People"

California roots rocker Mike Jacoby returns with the release of his third solo album "Long Beach Calling" on August 2nd. It's a homage to the town of Long Beach, CA in the same vein as The Clash's "London Calling." The new eleven song release begins with the title song, "Long Beach Calling," which gets the energy flowing right away with a rockabilly swagger. Mike adds a surf-style guitar to "Here And Now," while "Your Love Song" carries a nostalgic west coast country/pop vibe. Next, he dives into the blues of "Know Right Away," before picking the energy back up with the swinging rhythm of "Hangers (A Christmas Tale)." Mike Jacoby finishes up his new album with the straight up rock vibe of "Play Like Richards" (inspired by Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger") and the mellow sun setting groove of "Long Live The King." To find out more about Mike Jacoby and his latest release "Long Beach Calling," please visit mikejacobymusic.com.

Also arriving August 2nd is the latest release from Nashville roots rockers, The Royal Hounds. Their new album "Low Class Songs For High Class People" features ten tracks with a bonus cover of Stan Jones' "Ghost Riders In The Sky." The band gets things hopping right away with the addictive rockabilly swing of "The Walk" and the playful country-style lyrics of "Whackity Do." The Royal Hounds add the addictive surf guitar instrumental "Pororoca," before taking the energy up a notch with the punk-like energy of "Tweakers From Outer Space." They go all-out country on the honky-tonk vibe of "Road Scholar," before finishing their new album with the fun, classic country sound of "Chinese Buffet." To find out more about The Royal Hounds and their latest release "Low Class Songs For High Class People," please visit theroyalhounds.com.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Relive An American Tradition With The Newly Released Hank Williams "Complete Health & Happiness Shows"

Back on June 14th, the BMG music label released "The Complete Health & Happiness Shows" from legendary country artist Hank Williams. These recordings are released to celebrate the 70th anniversary of these shows and features 49-tracks spread across two CDs and for the first time as a triple vinyl set.

In 1949, Hank Williams was at a pivotal point in his career and by performing on the "Health & Happiness Show," Williams music was placed in living rooms across the country. This made Hank Williams a household name and it produced a number of hit songs like "Lovesick Blues," "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm A Gonna Leave)," "I'm A Long Gone Daddy" and "Wedding Blues." The quality of these recordings is stunning as the Grammy-winning team of Cheryl Pawelski, Colin Escott and Michael Graves did an amazing job producing and mastering this material for this new release.

These shows led Hank Williams to country superstar status in 1950 and are a much welcome addition to the Williams catalog, that already includes an outstanding number of releases. If not only for the historic value, "The Complete Health & Happiness Shows" need to be in your country collection, since it features some of the best recordings of Hank Williams of his 15 year singing career. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

New Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Gems From Baroness, 3Teeth, Crown The Empire and Northlane

American hard rock band, Baroness have returned with their first new release in four years. The new album titled "Gold & Grey" was released back on June 14th and is loaded with seventeen tracks, that will surely make up for lost time. They begin with the aggressive sounds of "Front Toward Enemy," before settling down for the more melodic rock of "I'm Already Gone." The album also features six instrumental breaks that allow Baroness to experiment with their music, without interfering with the creation of their latest arena anthems like "Tourniquet" and "Throw Me An Anchor." The band showcase their softer side with the ballads "I'd Do Anything" and "Cold Blooded Angels," before flexing their hard rock muscles once again on the intense rhythm of "Broken Halo." They finish up their new album with the six minute, seventies rock vibe of "Borderlines" and the darker, moody tone of "Pale Sun." Baroness will be teaming up with Torche for a summer tour, which kicks off July 11th in Lancaster, PA. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their latest release "Gold & Grey," please visit yourbaroness.com.


Arriving July 5th, is the third full-length release from the industrial metal band, 3Teeth. The new album titled "Metawar" features thirteen tracks that have become their most aggressive/confrontational album to date. After a short one-minute sound collage, 3Teeth dive into the rage of "Affluenza" with their aggressive beats. Their power and energy continue with the pounding rhythm of "Exxxit," as 3Teeth have used the last couple years to perfect their heavy metal sound. The politically charged "President X" is a call to arms to take charge of your government, while "Time Slave" draws from the influence of early Marilyn Manson and Static X. 3Teeth continue their dark metal onslaught with the more electronic impulse of "Surrender," while "Sell Your Face 2.0" is an attack on your speakers with its chaotic screams. The album closes with the goth-like feel of "The Fall" and their version of the Foster The People's hit single "Pumped Up Kicks." To find out more about 3Teeth and their latest release "Metawar," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/3Teeth


Arriving just two weeks later on July 19th, through Rise Records, is the fourth full-length album from the metalcore band, Crown The Empire. The new release titled "Sudden Sky" features ten tracks, beginning with "(X)," an 80-second combination of speech and industrial beats that lead up to the explosive opener "20/20." The band showcase a more mainstream rock sound on "Blurry (Out Of Place)," before flexing their metalcore muscle with the intensity of "Red Pills." Crown The Empire finish up their latest album with addictive chorus of "Under The Skin" and the aggressive heavy metal attack of the title song, "Sudden Sky." Crown The Empire will be hitting the road following the release of their new album "Sudden Sky." For a complete list of shows and to find out more about the new album, please visit crowntheempire.net.


Then two weeks after that, on August 5th is the arrival of the fifth studio album from the Australian hardcore metal band, Northlane. Their new release titled "Alien" features eleven tracks, beginning with the sonic blast of "Details Matter." Once you realize what hit you, Northlane slow down for the more mainstream metal flow of "Bloodline." They pick up the intensity once again with the aggressive melody of "4D," while "Freefall" feels like the perfect balance for modern hard rock radio. The pounding rhythm of "Jinn" and the guitar frenzy of "Paradigm" showcase the youthful energy that Northlane pours into their music. They wrap up their new album with the quieter, electronics of "Sleepness," which displays another avenue of their sound. Northlane will be hitting the States with shows in August and September. To find out more about tour and their latest release "Alien," please visit northlaneband.com.