Thursday, February 28, 2019

Bobby Long To Release "Sultans" Just In Time For His Latest Tour

Music artist, Bobby Long is preparing to release his fourth studio album "Sultans" on March 1st through Compass Records. On this new release, Long pays homage to The Beatles as he bookends the album with the title song, a la The Beatles' "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band." The album carries a very nostalgic vibe with its wah-wah sound in "Nautical," as Bobby Long reaches back to his British roots as displayed in folk/rock appeal of "Mazarati." His vocals in "Goodbye" will grab hold of you, as you find yourself falling in love with his music. He dives back to the sixties rock sound once again with "Serpentine," before slowing down for the acoustic ballad "Love." Bobby finishes up his new album with the wonderful, gentle flow of "Venice" and the bluesy feel of "Sisters."

Bobby Long will also begin his two-month tour on March 1st at the City Winery Loft in New York City, before making his way to Wold Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA and Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about his new album "Sultans," please visit musicbobbylong.com.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New Music From Rockers The Everyday Losers, Experimental Artists Black Bombaim & Cosmic Folk Musician Prana Crafter

Kicking things off is the latest independent release from the Indiana-based hard rock band, The Everyday Losers. Their new album titled "Mono No Aware" features nine tracks of attention grabbing, energetic rock anthems, beginning with "The Calm And Collected." They quickly continue with the hard-hitting assault of "Melancholia" and the grinding rhythm of "Birds Of Prey." The Everyday Losers let up on their hard rock tempo for only a moment for the emotions of "Break My Heart" and the mainstream melody of "Burn Away," before closing out their new album with the raw blast of "Know It All" and the steady climb of "Die For You." The Everyday Losers will be part of the 2019 Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival in July, along with headliners Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch. To find out more about their new album "Mono No Aware," please visit theeverydaylosers.com.

Next up is the new album titled "Zones Of Resident Bodies" from experimental artists, Black Bombaim. Their new six-song release begins with a twenty-three minute journey into sound, as the band look to break down the barriers of the studio by recording in old empty auditoriums and postal offices. The pounding of the opener "Zones Of Resonant Bodies" goes on for the first six minutes before more instruments begin to take their place in this musical number. The album continues with the spaced-out, avant garde rock of "Three Axes," before reaching the hard rock attack of "20180224." Black Bombaim wrap up their new album with the raw, grunge-like appeal of "20171216" and the swirling, rhythm-fueled experimental piece "20180415." To find out more about Black Bombaim and their latest release "Zones Of Resident Bodies," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/blackbombaim.

Last, but certainly not least is the new album titled "MindStreamBlessing" from the cosmic folk/rock artist, Prana Crafter. The purpose of this new eight-song release is to "relax and crack open your mind a little while." The album begin with the gentle acoustic strumming of "At Agartha's Gate," which develops and evolves as the song moves along. Prana Crafter continues with the more electrifying six-minute soundscape of "As The Weather Commands," before slowing back down for the relaxing tones of "FingersFlowThroughOldSkolRiver." He deliver a nostalgic-sounding vibe on the quieter "MindStreamBlessing," before closing out the album with the floating musical notes of "Luminous Clouds" and the guitar-led bluesy sound of "Bardo Nectar." To find out more about Prana Crafter and his latest release "MindStreamBlessing," please visit facebook.com/pranacrafter.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Expand You Musical Palette With New Releases From Gary Wilson and O Branco e o Indio

Music artist, Gary Wilson (the self monarch of "weirdo music") recently released his latest album titled "The King Of Endicott." This new 15-song set brings Wilson back to where it all began, in the small city of Endicott , NY as he sings about the place that started his passion of music, art and film. He begins with the short one-minute "The King Of Endicott (Intro)," as he lays down the groundwork for the adventures his past. The album continues with the simple, pop-swing of "The Town Of A Thousand Lights," before adding a more spaced-out vibe to "The Lonely Park." He returns to "The King Of Endicott" with the song's addictive melody and lyrical praise of his hometown. Gary Wilson keeps things going with the steady pace of "I Dream Of My Secret Girl" and "A Perfect Day In Endicott." He wraps up his new album with the R&B vibe of "Mary Walked Away" and the final self-praise of "Hail To The King." To find out more about Gary Wilson and his latest release "The King Of Endicott," please visit cleorecs.com.


Next, from Brazil comes the latest release from the experimental art-rock band, O Branco e o Indio. Their new album titled "Plantas Renovaveis" features a dozen tracks, beginning with the steady bass/drum beats of "Golden Gol." While you may or may not understand the lyrics, their music will take you on a sonic journey with the spaced-out, psychedelic rock of "Transferencia de Plantas Renovaveis" and "Orelha Negra." They mix together some fun with the pop melodies of "Super 8 81" and "Nonato." O Branco e o Indio wrap up their new album with the experimental rock assault of "Espaco Escasso," the up-tempo ska-like strumming of "Aumentado" and nearly six-minute exciting album closer "Sol em Estereo." To find out more about O Branco e o Indio and their latest release "Plantas Renovaveis," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/obrancoeoindio.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Re-Discover The Music Of Robin Lane & The Chartbusters With New "Many Years Ago" Collection

Arriving March 1st via the Blixa Sounds music label is the complete album retrospective of the eighties rock band, Robin Lane & The Chartbusters. Robin Lane began her solo career as a member of the California folk scene in the late '60s and early seventies. Her early claim to fame was her collaboration with Neil Young on his album "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." After moving to the east coast, Lane helped form her new band The Chartbusters and became a concert staple around New England. The band released their first studio album ("Robin Lane & The Chartbusters") in 1980, which featured the band's biggest hit single "When Things Go Wrong." Their sound was a combination of Patti Smith vocals with a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers rock groove.

The new release titled "Many Years Ago: The Complete Robin Lane & The Chartbusters Collection" features three discs filled with the band's four official releases (two full albums & two EPs). Also included are loads of demos, outtakes and session work, including and entire discs of live performances. The first disc is a duplicate the band's first two albums, "Robin Lane & The Chartbusters" and "Imitation Life." Their sound is consistent throughout both albums with the up-tempo songs "Don't Cry," "Many Years Ago," "No Control" and "Solid Rock."

Disc two is where we begin to dive into the treasure of unreleased music with 11 of the discs 19 tracks having never been previously issued on any other compilation. We begin this disc with the 1984 EP "Heart Connection," which was the last release by the band before Lane parted ways to work on a family and her solo career. As the original release included only four songs, another seven tracks were recorded during the sessions for that album, but were never released. As you listen to these other songs from the sessions, you can only wonder why they were not released, with great songs like "Look The Other Way" and "Take Back The Night." Robin Lane & The Chartbusters certainly had their sound geared toward the pulse of rock/pop music in the eighties. The second disc wraps up with a trio of early singles from 1979 and some even earlier demos that showcase Robin searching for a direction for her music.

Disc three is where all of the unreleased live music lies. The first five songs were featured on the band's "Live EP," originally released in 1980, following the success of their debut album. The rest of the disc is made up of previously unreleased live performances. This includes some in-studio radio shows and club shows as the quality is perfect. They mix in a few covers with the band's original work, as their live sound mirrored that of their studio albums. To find out more about this new compilation "Many Years Ago: The Complete Robin Lane & The Chartbusters Collection," please visit blixa.com.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

New Jazz Releases From Clifford Lamb and the Doug MacDonald Quartet

Pianist/composer Clifford Lamb recently released his latest album titled "Blues & Hues." It features eight tracks that are "mashups" of his original pieces of music with classic numbers by George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Nat "Cannonball" Adderley. The album kicks off with the up-tempo swinging rhythm of the title-song "Blues & Hues," as Lamb brings together his own original tune, "Ramping On Up" and combines it with Adderley's "Jive Samba" in order to create a new musical piece of art. The "Peace Requiem" mashes together the gospel like "Peace Prayer" with the spoke-word rap of "Anguish," backed by the steady pace of "Roll Jordon Roll" and "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit." The blues come shining through on the clash of George Gershwin's "I Love You Porgy" and Lamb's own "You're My Everything." The only complete original piece on this new album is Lamb's tribute to the improvisation of Miles Davis with "Smiles For Miles." Clifford Lamb wraps up his new album with an emotional solo piano "mashup" of the great Antonia Carlos Jobim's "Amparo" and Lamb's "Viva La Passionata." To find out more about "Blues & Hues," the latest album from Clifford Lamb, please visit cliffordlamb.com.

Another recent jazz release arrives from the Doug MacDonald Quartet. The new album titled "Organisms" features ten tracks, beginning with the swinging tempo of Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's "It's You Or No One." Next up, are a pair of MacDonald originals "Jazz For All Occasions" and "L&T," which are highlighted by the great tenor sax of Bob Sheppard and the smooth jazz guitar work of Doug MacDonald. Doug continues to deliver his stellar guitar sounds on "Sometime Ago" and "Poor Butterfly," before wrapping up his latest album with the slower, bluesy feel of "Too Late Now" and the more up-tempo rhythm of "On The Alamo," featuring the wonderful B3 organ work of Cary Frank. To find out more about the Doug MacDonald Quartet and their latest release "Organisms," please visit dougmacdonald.net.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings Roll Out The First Wave Of Purple Prince Vinyls


Back on February 8th, Prince fans rejoiced with the release of three of his albums appearing on purple vinyl for the very first time. The albums "Musicology," "3121" and "Planet Earth" brought Prince back into the pop spotlight, after his ugly battle with his former record company, then journeying into jazz fusion and experimenting with club beats. Sony Legacy Recordings, in association with The Prince Estate, released this first wave of re-issues from the Prince catalog to showcase the companies new partnership.

The "Musicology" and "3121" albums are featured as double-vinyl sets, packed to the brim with music. Prince was never one to shy away from a musical genre, as he would tackle guitar driven rock with the same care as a beautiful R&B ballad. The "Planet Earth" album was originally released as a free giveaway with "The Mail On Sunday" UK national newspaper and includes Prince's final Grammy winning single "Future Baby Mama." All three albums reached the top 5 on the Billboard album charts and displayed a new life for Prince's music.

As you listen to these new vinyl releases, you will certainly appreciate all of the work that Prince put into his music, as perfection was definitely achieved. He handled most of the instrumentation on these albums, as well as delivering his reliable stellar vocals. Whether Prince was sweeping you off your feet with the delicate love of "Te Amo Corazon" or flexing his rock muscles with the blast of "Guitar," Prince knew how to bring all his sounds together and keep you drawn into his musical genius. These new vinyl versions of his albums offer a stellar clarity to these songs, as you will be able to dissect each instrument and vocal upon listening.

These vinyl versions are the new blueprint that all future Prince releases should follow. It is also the little things that will make Prince fans happy, like the flap-style artwork of "Musicology" (that mirrors the original CD release) or the holographic cover of "Planet Earth," which shows that these are not just simple re-issues, but deluxe new releases of this trio of classic Prince albums. To find out more about these three new outstanding purple vinyl albums from the Prince catalog, please visit princeestate.com.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Celebrating Ten Years Of U2's "No Line On The Horizon" With New Vinyl Release

Arriving today, February 22nd is the new remastered double-vinyl release of U2's 2009 album, "No Line On The Horizon." The album produced three hit singles, "Get On Your Boots," "Magnificent" and "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight." To celebrate the album's 10th anniversary, Universal Music Enterprises in association with Island Records and Interscope decided to remaster the album for vinyl and release it on either clear or black 180-gram double vinyl. The original tracks spread across three sides, with the forth side dedicated to a remix of "Magnificent" done by Pete Tong and Paul Rogers, along with the Redanka "Kick The Darkness" vocal version of "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight."

As soon as the needle touches the groove of the title song, "No Line On The Horizon," the music comes blasting through your speakers, but with a clarity that can't be beat. Each instrument resides in it own space, as the steady bass line of "Moment Of Surrender" plays a bigger part in the song's overall sound. The Edge's buzzing guitars gives "Get On Your Boots" a grittier tone, while "Stand Up Comedy" feels like a flashback to the band's earlier punk days.

The steady drums of "Fez-Being Born" cuts a clear line through the song, while the gentle touch of guitar is the perfect backdrop to Bono's vocals. The remastering done on this new vinyl release, has become the new peak of performance for all other U2 reissues. The two bonus tracks don't add too much to the album with it's electronic dance beats, but fills out the fourth side nicely.

Included with this set is a 16-page album sized booklet that enlarges many of the fabulous black and white photos by Anton Corbijn that where included with the CD. To find out more about this new remastered double vinyl reissue of U2's "No Line On The Horizon," please visit u2.com.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Final Word From Leo "Bud" Welch Is Left To "The Angels In Heaven"

Blues artist Leo "Bud" Welch released his first album, "Sabougla Voices" in 2014 at the rip age of 82. He quickly followed that up in 2015 with "I Don't Prefer No Blues," as the world took notice of this 80-year old artist singing about the blues. These albums brought Welch on a world tour, which was chronicled in the award-winning documentary "Late Blossom Blues." Welch passed away in December 2017, at the age of 85, but still had one album already recorded to be released posthumously.

On March 8th, the final word on Leo "Bud" Welch's musical career will be released via Easy Eye Sound. Black Keys front man, Dan Auerbach took on the challenge of producing this new 10-song release titled "The Angels In Heaven Have Done Signed My Name." Auerbach said that "working with Bud was a true blessing," as his singing and guitar playing was as "steady as a rock." Dan also lends a hand to the recording wherever it was needed, whether it was playing drums or rhythm guitar, but Welch's vocals and lead guitar become the true star of the show.

Beginning with "I Know That I Been Changed," you can hear the plea in Welch's voice, as if it was his last rites before leaving this world behind. The tempo picks up with the gospel swing of "Jesus Is On The Mainline" and "I Come To Praise His Name," as you will surely become a follow of the word of Leo "Bud" Welch. The slow, dirty blues of "Walk With Me" and "I Want To Be At The Meeting" are the perfect setting for Welch's aged and experienced voice. The album wraps up with the classic stomp blues glory of "Let It Shine" and the short, simply and emotional "Sweet Home." To find out more about the legacy of Leo "Bud" Welch and his latest release "The Angels In Heaven Have Done Signed My Name," please visit facebook.com/leobud.welch.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Pacific Mean Time Have "An Ocean To Swallow" While The Silver Snails Deliver "The 7 Melodies"

From Portland, Oregon comes the latest release from the electronic/pop band Pacific Mean Time. Their new album "An Ocean To Swallow" features ten tracks, beginning with club beats and addictive melody of "Sentimental Strangers." They continue with that formula with the more experimental tone of "Reveler," before slowing the pace down for the atmospheric ballad "Weighing Feathers." Pacific Mean Time find the perfect balance of electronic beats and sweeping sound with "Water Sign," as you continue to be drawn into their unique sound. The breakthrough pop gem on this new release may be the up-tempo, fun energy of "I Can't Wait," before slowing down for the moody tones of "Phantom" and the acoustic-pop flair of "Scissor Race." To find out more about Pacific Mean Time and their latest release "An Ocean To Swallow," please visit pacificmeantime.com.

Another new release is the debut album from the Italian-based band, The Silver Snails. Their new album "The 7 Melodies" features eight tracks that are filled with pure emotion, as the band draw inspiration from their early English influences. The Silver Snails begins with the beautiful, acoustic-based pop of "Dancing With The Stars," as you begin to draw similarities to the likes of Coldplay and One Republic. The album continues with the sonic adventure of "Temple Princess," which brings together elements of pop, rock, country and electronica in order to deliver a unique, but very addictive sound. The Silver Snails also display their more theatrical side with the native sounds of "Ave Maria A Zio Virgilio" and "Danza Dei Foulard," before closing their new album with the fun, island-vibe of "Coco Loco." To find out more about The Silver Snails and their latest release "The 7 Melodies," please visit thesilversnails.com.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

New Double Release From Demon Hunter Along With New Music From Waxpanel and Parting Gift

Christian heavy metal band, Demon Hunter are preparing to release not one but two brand new albums on March 1st. The titles "War" and "Peace" are hints as to the music that each album contains. The new release "War" contains ten hard-hitting tracks that looks to blast your eardrums with aggressive tracks like "Cut To Fit" and "Close Enough." Demon Hunter just keep the adrenaline flowing with the pounding rhythm of "Unbound" and "The Negative," as they show that they can hang with any hardcore metal band. The "War" album closes with the nearly six-minute progressive metal appeal of "Leave Me Alone" and the dark, moody tones of "Lesser Gods."



Demon Hunter's other release, "Peace" still keeps the energy flowing, but with a more mainstream metal appeal as demonstrated in the opening track, "More Than Bones." This album focuses more on the melody as in "I Don't Believe You" and "When The Devil Comes." They still flex their heavy metal muscle on the aggressive feel of "Two Ways," before closing the "Peace" album with the addictive guitar riffs of "Bet My Life" and the piano ballad "Fear Is Not My Guide."

These two albums appear only two years after their breakthrough independent release "Outlive," which topped a number of music charts around the world and reached #25 on the Billboard album charts. I applaud Demon Hunter for releasing both albums at the same time, instead of shelving one for a future release, because you never know what the future may bring, as far as inspiration. To find out more about Demon Hunter and their latest releases "War" and "Peace," please visit demonhunter.net.

Arriving February 22nd is the full-length debut album from the Christian modern hard rock band, Waxpanel. Their new release titled "For Those Left Standing" has been two years in the making, as this trio are excited to finally get their music out to the masses. The album kicks off with the high-energy rocker "The Struggle," as their music flows between hard rock and grunge with its raw sound. Waxpanel showcase a more mainstream, alternative-pop sound with "Beginnings," before quickly returning to the aggressive tones of "Absolution" and "Believe." They also showcase their softer, side with the acoustic strumming of "Bleeding Misery," which allows you to relax and take a breath before finishing the album with the quick-hitting "You Don't Say" and rock/pop melody of "Wait." To find out more about Waxpanel and their latest release "For Those Left Standing," please visit waxpanel.com.

Arriving a month later on March 22nd, from Fearless Records is the new five-song EP from the band, Parting Gift. The new album titled "Ensom" begins with high octane of "Pale," as they establish their sonic wall of sound. They continue with the more mainstream metal appeal of "Without Sin" and "Cold," as Parting Gift produce an atmospheric soundscape that makes you feel the music's message. They wrap up their new EP with energetic passion of the titled song "Ensom." This release is a nice bridge to the next full-length release from Parting Gifts. To find out more about the band and their new album "Ensom," please visit fearlessrecords.com.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Heading Into March Comes New Releases From Ashley Wilson, Abigail Lapell and Melissa Ruth

First from San Francisco comes the latest release from soulful jazz singer, Ashley Wilson. Her new album titled "Paint The Sky" will be released on March 1st and features eleven tracks, beginning with the sultry, swanky rhythm of "Once In A While." The album continues with the title-song "Paint The Sky," which showcases the stellar vocals of Ashley Wilson amongst the song's R&B backdrop. She even adds a little country sway to her album with the slow-moving ballad "Fool," before picking the tempo up for the funky shuffle of "Sweet Temptation." The big bass strumming of "Now Or Never" gives her sound a nostalgic feel, while "I Can't Love" delivers a more pop melody. Ashley finishes her new album with the gentle sway of "Fairy Tale" and the smooth groove of "If I Knew." To find out more about Ashley Wilson and her latest release "Paint The Sky," please visit ashleywilsonmusic.com.

Canadian folk singer/songwriter Abigail Lapell is preparing to release her new studio album titled "Getaway." It features eleven tracks, beginning with the stellar Americana sounds of "Gonna Be Leaving," as her voice draws close similarities to former 10,000 Maniacs singer, Natalie Merchant. She gets even quieter on the acoustic folk strumming of "Ask Me No Questions" and "Sparrow For A Heart." Her voice is so warm and inviting that you follow her every word on the country-based "Halfway To Mexico" and the beautiful harmonies of "Down By The Water." Abigail finishes her new album with the full band Americana sounds of "Little Noise" and the sweeping melody of "Shape Of A Mountain." To find out more about Abigail Lapell and her latest release "Getaway," please visit abigaillapell.com.

Also arriving March 1st, is the latest release from blues/rock artist, Melissa Ruth. Her new album titled "Meteor" features eleven tracks, beginning with the guitar shuffle of "West," as you are introduced to Ruth's sultry blues style. She picks the tempo up with the steady pace of "Long Haul," before digger her heels deep into the blues with the slow burn of the title-song "Meteor" and "Sugar Pill." The whisper-like vocals gives the country-twang more attention on the simmering sounds of "Hey Mr. Bartender," before Melissa closes out her new album with the country bar blues of "The Knot" and "You Are Not Alone." To find out more about Melissa Ruth and her latest release "Meteor," please visit melissaruthmusic.com.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Omnivore Recordings Prepares To Reissue Debut Album From Uncle Walt's Band

Austin Music Hall Of Fame nominee Uncle Walt's Band are having their debut album re-issued on March 29th, through Omnivore Recordings. The trio of Walter Hyatt, David Ball and Deschamps Hood began as a country trio in South Carolina, before quickly moving to Austin, TX at the request of singer/songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey. While Uncle Walt's Band may not have found success on the charts in the late-seventies, but they did inspire many artists including Lyle Lovett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Lucinda Williams.

After the success of last year's anthology release, Omnivore Recordings decided to remaster the band's debut album and add an additional eleven previously unreleased bonus tracks. The original album featured a mix of traditional favorites like "Little Sadie" and "Four 'Til Late" with a handful of originals. The first seven bonus tracks feature demos of some original songs that did not end up on the final album. Even in demo form, you can hear the wonderful harmonies of "After You've Gone" and their step into folk rock with "Rollin' My Blues." This new set finishes up with live versions of the original tracks "Since You've Been Gone," "Early Riser," "Trap For Two" and "Betty." To find out more about this new re-issue arriving from Uncle Walt's Band, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

New Live Album From Dennis Coffey To Be Released In March Through Omnivore Recordings

Kicking off the month of March is a new live album from R&B/jazz guitarist Dennis Coffey. The new release titled "Live At Baker's" arrives March 1st through Omnivore Recordings, and features Coffey's performance a Baker's jazz club in 2006. The nine-song set begins with Coffey showcasing his skills on a nearly eleven-minute version of Freddie Hubbard's song, "Little Sunflower." One of the highlights of the night features the Dennis Coffey original hit, "Scorpio" as he continues to work up to the song's funky breaks. Another favorite from this set is a song that Coffey originally performed, The Temptations' "Just My Imagination," in which Coffey masterfully stretches the song to the ten minute mark. He finishes up with a couple of blues numbers, the first is his rendition of Miles Davis' "All Blues," which Coffey turns in to a lighter approach. The album closer is a short, up-tempo swinging version of Jack McDuff's "Dink's Blues," which became one of Coffey's favorite songs to cover live. To find out more about Dennis Coffey's new live release "Live At Baker's," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Craft Recordings Reissues Jewel's "Pieces Of You" As A New Double-Vinyl Release

Out today on double-vinyl is the newly reissued debut album "Pieces Of You" from Award-winning, singer/songwriter Jewel. In celebration of the album's 24th anniversary, Craft Recordings has remastered the album in order to receive the highest quality possible. This new double-vinyl release also includes five bonus tracks that were originally featured as B-sides and if you are looking for a little more, Barnes & Noble has an exclusive blue vinyl version of this new release.

This album projected Jewel into the spotlight with here angelic vocals, as she is mostly backed only by an acoustic guitar or piano. It reached #4 on the Billboard album chart and produced three top ten singles, but that is not where the album really shines. Her truthful lyrics are fill with emotion, as Jewel dealt with prejudice ("Pieces Of You"), relationships ("Foolish Games") and abuse ("Daddy"). The album begins with the jazzy-pop aspects of "Who Will Save Your Soul," then peaks with the gentle, seven-minute story of "Adrian," before closing with the final plea of "Amen."

This new double-vinyl release features newly cut lacquers supplied by Chris Bellman from Bernie Grundman Mastering. The sound on these new LPs is simply beautiful. Jewel's vocals leap out of your speakers, as her voice becomes even more of the focus of these songs. The strings in "Painters" and the harmonies of "Angel Standing By" are much more clear and bright on this new release, but the real treasure is the addition of the five bonus tracks.

Side four of this double-vinyl is where these extra tracks reside, beginning with the warm, acoustic folk strumming of "Emily," which was originally featured in "The Crossing Guard" movie. All of the bonus tracks did not appear on the original CD of the album, so that is a major plus to have them all together in one set. These songs also showcase some of Jewel's more light-hearted side with the fun, quicker paces of "Rocker Girl" and "Cold Song," before closing with the ballad "Angel Needs A Ride." To find out more about this newly released double-vinyl version of Jewel's debut album "Pieces Of Me," please visit craftrecordings.com.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Eagle Vision Presents "The Real Story Behind" Amy Winehouse's Grammy-Winning Album "Back To Black"

With the Grammys less than a week old, it was the ideal time to look back at one of the biggest winners of the 2008 Grammys, Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" album. In November, Eagle Vision released a brand new documentary on the making of this monumental album. This film will give more insight to her fans, since this was also the last album she created with her amazing talents. This new film features new interviews with producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, as they guide you through the creative process of nearly every song on the album.

What many of you may not know is how great of a songwriter Amy Winehouse was. She had the lyrics and melody to most of the songs on the album already prepared, as the documentary shows footage of her with an acoustic guitar running through many of the song's main structures. As you watch the film, Ronson and Remi give you some treasured information into what may have turned a good song into a great song. The addition of The Dap-Kings melody on songs like "Back To Black" and "Rehab" gave Amy that sixties, girl-group, jazzy-vibe that she was looking for. It even grabbed the attention of Ronnie Spector, who gave praise to Winehouse for carrying the touch of that style of music. The highlight of this documentary, is of course the unseen footage of Amy Winehouse in the studio, as she creates one of the finest albums of the past 20 years.

A stellar bonus on this DVD is a previously unreleased intimate live performance by Amy Winehouse. It was filmed on the same night as the 2008 Grammy awards. Since Amy was not allowed entrance into the U.S. because of her drug addiction, she instead held a performance in London, for only a small group of family and friends. The eight-song set was professionally recorded and showcases Amy at the top of her game, as she leads the band through gems like "Tears Dry On Their Own" and "Hey Little Rich Girl." The highlight of her performance has to be the unrehearsed run through the classic "A Message To You Rudy," as the band is following her every lead. So do yourself a favor and make sure to check out the new documentary "Amy Winehouse - Back To Black: The Real Story Behind The Modern Classic." For more information on this new release, please visit eagle-rock.com.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New Music On The Horizon From Rossi + Rickard, Willie Farmer and Bill Kraker

The duo of Francis Rossi (founder of Status Quo) and Hannah Rickard are preparing to release their debut collaboration titled "We Talk Too Much." Rossi + Rickard met while Hannah was working with Rossi on the successful Status Quo project, "Aquostic." The two discussed their love for country music and the result is this new album, which is being released on March 15th, through the earMUSIC label. The new 13-song set begins with the classic up-tempo, swinging country rhythm of "I'll Take You Home" and the more pop-oriented "I've Tried Letting Go," as their voices harmonize wonderfully. They keep the energy flowing with "But I Just Said Goodbye" and "I'm Only Happy," before taking it up another notch with the swift pace of "Heartbreaker." Rossi + Rickard close out their new album with the quieter country waltz of "Good Times Bad Times" and the wildly energetic rocker "Maybe Tomorrow." To find out more about the new collaboration of Rossi + Rickard, please visit ear-music.net.


Arriving March 1st, is the new album from Big Legal Mess artist, Willie Farmer. His new album titled "The Man From The Hill" features ten tracks that draws influences from the Chicago blues heyday. Willie begins with the guitar strut of of the title-song "The Man From The Hill," as he lets his guitar do most of the talking. Next, he gets your hips moving with the swinging rhythm of "Shake It," before slowing the pace for the low-down dirty blues of "Daddy Was Right." The music continues to burn with the emotion fueled romp of "Break Bad," before Willie picks the tempo back up with the funky breakdown of "Millionaire." He finishes up his new album with the classic, guitar-driven boogie shuffle of "I Am The Lightning" and the steady plea of "Feel So Bad." To find out more about Willie Farmer and his latest release "The Man From The Hill," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/Little-Willie-Farmer.


Finally we arrive at the latest release from country-based singer/songwriter Bill Kraker. His new album titled "Russellville" features a dozen tracks, beginning with the guitar twang of "Cheap Thrills and Dynamite" as Bill will draw you in with his strong vocals. He continues with a more classic, throwback country sound on the story of "You'll Never Believe" and the southern blues/rock of "That's My Baby." He slows down the pace for the country waltz of "Cold Shoulder," before quickly returning to rock, on the guitar driven "Shopping 5 Days In Dallas." Bill Kraker wraps up his new album with the wonderfully descriptive acoustic strumming of "Green Grass Of Home" and emotional slow pace of "Believe In Love." To find out more about Bill Kraker and his latest release "Russellville," please visit facebook.com/krakerbrothers.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Cardinal Fuzz Label Rolls Out New Releases From Old Mexico, Stephen Bailey and Tengger

Just last month, we received the latest release from the musical trio Old Mexico. Their new self-titled album features six tracks, beginning with the fourteen-minute epic jazz fusion of "Past The Western Wall," as you notice the musicians each finding their own way through this number. They continue with the light, acoustic folk strumming of "Stellar Jay" and the slow-moving, psych-rock of "Black Matador." Old Mexico jam on the bluesy feel of "The Old Ones," before closing their new album with sound collage of "Madeline Kahn." To find out more about Old Mexico and their latest self-titled release, please visit jasonsimon.bandcamp.com.


Next, arriving February 22nd is the sophomore effort from singer/songwriter/musician Stephen Bailey. His new solo album titled "9" features ten tracks, beginning with a short one minute, atmospheric instrumental, which leads you into the alternative-pop melody of "Number 9." He delivers a more psychedelic tone to "Hyde," while also keeping the song's addictive pop beats. Stephen experiments a little more with the electronic instrumental "Run," before continuing with mellow pace of "Mirage." He closes out his new album with the wonderfully, upbeat, addictive sound of "Fairytale" and the steady, dreamlike delivery of "Quiet House." To find out more about Stephen Bailey and his latest release "9," please visit stephenbailey.bandcamp.com.


From Seoul, South Korea, we get the latest release from the duo itta and Marqido, who go by the name Tengger. Their latest release titled "Segye" began back in 2016, as politically unrest played an important part of the development of this album. It was originally only released on cassette, but is now being newly remastered for a vinyl release. The eight songs that make up this album are exploratory soundscapes, provided by the synthesizer talents of Marqido. Itta's voice highlights the repetitive melody of  the opening track "Donggrami," as your thoughts begin to drift, the further you get into the album. The swirling sounds of "Ollim" and "Neoulneoul" will relax your mind, before the sonic build-up of "Geuglag Wansaeng" takes you on one last ride through sound. To find out more about Tengger and their latest release "Segye," please visit tenggerggb.bandcamp.com.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Check Out These New Debut Album Releases From Alex Scheuerer and Lailien

First from London comes the debut solo album from jazz guitar virtuoso Alex Scheuerer. His new release titled "Between Heaven And Earth" features ten tracks that also includes the beautiful vocals of Najwa Ezzaher, as in the opening number "Write A Song." Alex adds only what is necessary to the song, without going overboard. He gets funky with the the beats and guitar tone of "London Flavour," before slowing the tempo down for the more delicate touch of the title-song, "Between Heaven & Earth." Alex works solo on the beginning of "Interlude," before the rest of the band join in on this uplifting track. The song "First Steps" deliver a classic jazz sound, while the French song "La Vie en Rose" closes the album with another stellar appearance by Najwa Ezzaher on vocals. To find out more about Alex Scheuerer and his latest release "Between Heaven And Earth," please visit alex-scheuerer.co.uk.

Next from Toronto comes the debut album from the "psychedelia" artist, Lailien. His new release titled "Ensoular" is a cornucopia of sounds that will keep you coming back for more, as you try to figure out his musical landscape. He starts out his new album with the swirling sounds and simple lyrics of "Blue Love." He quickly follows that with the new wave, post-punk rock of "Elf Hat" and the dancehall prepared beats of "Vishnu." The wave of sound which is "Lucifer" hits your ears as you try to decipher what is happening within the song, while "Where Did It Go" has a softer pop appeal. Lailien closes out his new album with the dark, moody tone of "The Alphabet Queen" and the fun, pop melody of the title-song "Ensoular." To find out more about Lailien and his latest release "Ensoular," please visit officiallailien.com.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Rising Prog-Rock Bands Kinetic Element, Shumaun and HOIA Prepare To Release New Albums

From Richmond, Virginia comes the new album from the progressive rock band, Kinetic Element. Their new album titled "The Face Of Life" is the band's third studio album and it will be released on March 1st. It features only four songs that fit perfectly on vinyl, as every one is an epic masterpiece. The album begins with the powerful, attention grabbing opener "Epistle." The band just excite your senses from from the start, before diving into the sixteen-minute epic "All Open Eyes." The tempo changes within the song will certainly keep you glued to the band's wonderful musicianship. Kinetic Element follow that up with the nearly twenty minute "The Face Of Life," which draws from the band's early prog-rock influences. The album closes with the quiet ballad "Last Words" as Kinetic Element deliver a complete piece of musical expression worthy of repeat listens. To find out more about Kinetic Element and their latest release "The Face Of Life," please visit kineticelement.com.


Next, we have the new anticipated second album from the progressive rock ensemble, Shumaun. Their new album titled "One Day Closer To Yesterday" features ten tracks and will be released on February 22nd. They begin their new release with a short, atmospheric piece ("Sensus Divinitatis"), before picking up the energy with the swift pace of "The Writing's On The Wall." Shumaun deliver an even heavier sound on "Fear Is," while "Central Station" displays their quieter acoustic side, showcasing the band's diversity. The album's lead single "Go" is an all-out hard rock assault that is perfectly crafted for modern rock radio. Shumaun finish their latest album with the chugging guitars and intense rhythm of "Remember Me And I Will Remember You" and the fifteen-minute epic closer "One Day Closer To Yesterday." To find out more about Shumaun and their latest release "One Day Closer To Yesterday," please visit shumaun.com.


Finally we arrive at the debut album from the avant-garde progressive rock band, HOIA, featuring the work of Indian guitar virtuoso Prateek Rajagopal. Their new album titled "Scavenger" will not be released until April, but is already gaining the attention of the prog-rock community. The new five-song release begins with the electronics of "Write Across," which gives way to the atmospheric adventure of the "Escape Orb," highlighted by the amazing guitar work of Rajagopal. The album's lead single "Electric Wizard" delivers a jazzy drum break that gets swept over by pulsating keyboards and dark, moody vocals. HOIA close out their new album with the intense tempo changes of the title-song, "Scavenger." To find out more about HOIA and their new, upcoming debut release "Scavenger," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/hoiatv.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

New Music From Independent Artists Grayshot, Zan Zone and Cloutier

From Minneapolis, MN comes the latest release from the rising pop duo, Grayshot. Their new album titled "Surface" is the band's third and will be released on March 1st and to co-inside with a release show set at The Hook & Ladder Theater in Minneapolis. The new album begins with the uptempo pop beats of "Aerial," as brothers Christian and Aaron Ankrum have their finger on the pulse of modern music. Their music is crafted perfectly for the dance clubs, as displayed in the songs "Shine" and "Mountains." Sandwiched between the big beats, is the album's lead single "Ordinary Love," which should find the boys some airplay on the radio. Grayshot wrap up their new album with sweeping melody of "The Garden" and the synth-pop closer "The Glory Of Everything." To find out more about Grayshot and their latest release "Surface," please visit grayshot.net.

Next we travel to Brooklyn, NY for the latest release from the modern rock band, Zan Zone. The new album titled "It's Only Natural" is the band's fourth in almost 25 years and features eleven tracks, beginning with the instrumental "For The Rising Sun." They continue by spreading the vibes of positive love with the alternative-pop tones of the title-song, "It's Only Natural." The band puts their skills on display during the electrifying solos of "Where's There's Smoke," before cutting back for the slow-burning ballad "He's Coming Home." Zan Zone expand upon their sound with the sonic blues of "Mystery" and "Dem Blues Is Bad," before closing up their new album with the uptempo, guitar-driven rocker "Let It Go" and the jazzy sway of "Champagne Enthusiasm." To find out more about Zan Zone and their latest release "It's Only Natural," please visit zanzone.com.

And finally we arrive at the brother duo of Mark and Myke Cloutier. This Syracuse-based pair recently released their debut album "Thunder N Lightning," as their bluesy influences are heard all throughout this release. The rawness of the opener "Flipping And Flapping" sets the stage for a blast of high-energy that continues with the blues romp of "Whispering Howling Wind." This song delivers on your imagination, if Howlin' Wolf and Stevie Ray Vaughan were to perform a song together. They slow the tempo down for the burning emotions of "I Call Home," before blazing a trail of aggressive rock with "Hard Luck Man" and "Down." Cloutier close out their new album with southern blues/rock of "Green Eyed Foolish Man" and the guitar-boogie shuffle of the title song "Thunder And Lighting." To find out more about the Cloutier brothers and their latest release "Thunder N Lightning," please visit cloutiermusic.com.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Rediscover The Wonder Of Ray Charles With New "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music"

Back in 1962, Ray Charles topped the album charts with his album "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music." The album featured a dozen traditional country anthems, which Ray Charles turned into exceptional jazz numbers. Charles quickly followed the success of this album with a second volume of "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music." It reached number 2 on the album chart and included another dozen tracks that Charles added his own flair to. Now on February 22nd, Concord Records is preparing to re-issue these two albums on CD and vinyl for the first time since 2012. 

Highlights from "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Vol. 1" include the swinging opening track "Bye Bye Love" and the thumping rhythm of "Just A Little Lovin'." His heartfelt versions of "Born To Lose" and "Worried Mind" showcases the vulnerability that Ray Charles portrayed in his music, while "I Can't Stop Loving You" has become one of the key staples in Charles extensive catalog.

Ray Charles version of "You Are My Sunshine" is delivered with a sultry funk groove that is unmatched by any other cover of this song. Volume 2 of this set of country and western classics may not feature as many well-known songs, but highlights include the gospel-like rendition of "Take These Chains From My Heart" and the emotion-filled "Making Believe." To find out more about this new re-issue of these two classic Ray Charles albums, please visit concord.com.