Thursday, June 20, 2019

America Celebrates Their Hits With A New Deluxe Version Of "Live At The Palladium"

For 50 years, the British-American rock band, America have been entertaining audiences with such classic hits as "Tin Man," "Sister Goldenhair" and "Horse With No Name." In 2018, they recorded their concert at The Palladium in Worcester, MA for their latest release titled simply "Live At The Palladium." It showcases the band celebrating their anniversary by performing over twenty of the their most well-known songs like "You Can Do Magic" and "Daisy Jane."

The set is released as a double CD and DVD with a replica tour pass, 24-page full color booklet along with a numbered and signed certificate. America still sound amazing as they harmonize during the beautiful ballad "I Need You" and the California soft rock sound of "Ventura Highway." They can also still rock with the best of them, as displayed in "Cornwall Hollywood" and "Green House." America's strength still lies in the emotional harmonies of songs like "Only In Your Heart" and "Lonely People."

America has a bunch of live shows lined-up all throughout the summer. For a complete list of concert dates and to find out more about their latest release "Live At The Palladium," please visit venturahighway.com

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Mindi Abair Performs "No Good Deed" & Chuck Mead Brings Us "Close To Home"

Newcomer Mindi Abair is preparing to release her new studio album titled "No Good Deed" on June 28th through Abair's own Pretty Good For A Girl record label. The album was produced by Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith), who returned to control desk after also producing Mindi's debut album. The new ten track release is a mix of originals and re-worked covers, as Mindi makes the music all her own, along with her amazing backing band, The Boneshakers.

She starts off with the blazing guitar shuffle of "Seven Day Fool," as Mindi Abair gets the energy flowing early. The album continues with the arena-built rockers "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" and her re-imaged cover of the Young Rascals' "You Better Run," before reaching for the blues of "Sweetest Lies." After the swampy swagger of "Bad News," Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers pick the energy up once again with the in-your-face rocker "Movin' On." The album closes with a duet of Abair and drummer Third Richardson on their explosive cover of Ike and Tina Turner's "Baby Get It On." Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers have shows lined-up in June and August all over the U.S. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about their new album "No Good Deed," please visit mindiabair.com.

Nashville-artist Chuck Mead is preparing the release of this new studio album "Close To Home," arriving June 28th through Plowboy Records. It features eleven tracks, recorded at Sam Phillips' historic recording studio in Memphis, TN. Mead delivers the music on this album with a new sense of inspiration and energy. The set begins with the classic rockabilly swing of "Big Bear" and the nostalgic sixties country vibe of "I'm Not The Man For The Job." As you listen to this new album, you'd think that it was from another era, as the songs "Better Thank I Was" and "Close To Home" have that old-fashion vibe that is certainly hard to capture in today technical world. Chuck Mead can still get you up to dance with the energetic blast of "The Man Who Shook The World" and the swagger of "Shake." Chuck Mead will be hitting the road this summer. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new album "Close To Home," please visit chuckmead.com.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Collective Soul Draw "Blood" With New Release Before The Jacks Showcase Their Debut EP

Nineties rock band, Collective Soul have returned with their first new album in four years titled "Blood." Collective Soul have topped the U.S. Mainstream music charts all throughout the nineties and may be best know for their top ten single "Shine." They have consistently delivered great music and this new album may be their hardest rocker in the last decade or so.

The new ten-song release begins with "Now's The Time," which features the well-known vocals of E Roland and a chugging guitar melody that will simply get lodged in your memory. They take the energy up another notch with the raw rocker "Over Me" and the Tom Petty-esque melody of "Right As Rain." They still know how to grab on to your emotions with the power ballads "Them Blues" and "Changed," before closing up their new album with the uplifting, beautiful harmonies of the relaxed "Porch Swing." 

Collective Soul are heading out on the road this summer with fellow nineties rockers the Gin Blossoms for the "Now's The Time Tour." For a complete list of shows and to find out more about Collective Soul's new album "Blood," please visit collectivesoul.com.

Arriving the following week, on June 28th through Edgeout Records/UMe is the self-titled debut release from The Jacks. This four-piece band combine their love of southern rock with their influences of '60s and '70s rock to make some amazingly addictive songs. The new five-song release begins with the big guitar riffs of "Who Are You" and the album's lead single "Walk Away" (video: youtube.com). The band have developed their raw, classic hard rock sound performing gigs for the last three years up and down the Sunset Strip. They showcase a more melodic pop tone with "Hello My Friend," before closing out their new album with the steady hard rock pace of "Understand." To find out more about The Jacks and their latest release, please visit thejacksbandla.com

Monday, June 17, 2019

Manifesto Records Showcases The Allan Holdsworth Trio During Their "Summer Jazz Days"

The Manifesto Records label has done an exceptional job keeping the music of legendary British guitarist, Allan Holdsworth alive and vibrant. Back in December of 2018, the label kicked off the Allan Holdsworth "Live Archive Series" with a show from 1984 that was filmed in Japan (review:  http://www.jpsmusicblog.com/2018/12/manifesto-records-begins-allan.html). Now, six months later we get the second release in the series, the "Warsaw Summer Jazz Days '98" CD and DVD release.

The show was professionally filmed for Polish television and is included on the DVD, along with bonus footage from the show that was also performed, but not shown during the original broadcast. The show features the Allan Holdsworth Trio running through an eight-song set in front of a small audience. The film does a great job capturing the band as they work together and it also allows each member to get their turn showcasing their talents. You will simply be in awe watching Holdsworth take on a guitar solo with strength and power, and then just let the music float on into the next track.

The CD features the entire hour long show in its original order, while the broadcast was eventually edited down to only 45 minutes. The bonus footage on the DVD contains the songs that were not shown on Polish television. The video quality of the bonus footage is not as sharp as the parts of the show that were featured during the broadcast, but having all of the footage is a great plus for this new release. To find out more about the newly released Allan Holdsworth Trio "Warsaw Summer Jazz Days '98," please visit manifesto.com/allan-holdsworth.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Chris Stamey Creates "New Songs For The 20th Century" Featuring Exceptional Singers & Musicians

American songwriter, musician and producer Chris Stamey is preparing to release his new album titled "New Songs For The 20th Century." This album has been three years in the making as Stamey was inspired by the classic songs of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Henry Mancini, Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers to create these new modern standards. Chris Stamey wanted the songs to be recorded by some of the top musicians in the business and sung by some of his favorite vocalists.

This two-volume, two-disc set features twenty-six tracks, beginning with the velvet voice of Django Haskins singing the swinging sound of "Manhattan Melody (That's My New York)" and the sweeping ballad "It's Been A While." Chris Stamey does an amazing job matching the songs to the singers, like the innocent vocals of Kristen Lambert performing the lush ballads "What Is This Music That I Hear?" and "On An Evening Such As This."

Vocalist Millie McGuire is one of Stamey's favorite singers, as she appears five different times on this new release. Her stellar vocals grace the jazzy ballad "I Fall In Love So Easily" and the gentle flow of "Pretty Butterfly." Chris Stamey also brings together Marshall Crenshaw, Don Dixon and Django Haskins for the upbeat, gospel-like New Orleans-style jazz of "Beneath The Underdog," before Django Haskins goes solo once again on the showtune feel of "In-tox-i-cho-cli-fi-ca-tion." Millie McGuire duets with Prestce Baez on the beautiful waltz of "Unpredictiable," then Baez closes out the album with the bluesy tone of "Occasional Shivers (reprise)." To find out more about Chris Stamey and his latest release "New Songs For The 20th Century," please visit chrisstamey.com.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Alarm Continue Their Triumphant Return With "Sigma"

The Welsh alternative rock band, The Alarm want to make 2019 their biggest year ever. Earlier this year, they reissued their 1985 album "Strength" as a deluxe 2-CD edition. The album gets remastered from the original master tapes and includes the rare B-sides "Majority" and "Caroline Isenberg." It also includes the 7" single versions of their hits "Strength" and "Spirit of '76," along with an acoustic version of "Absolute Reality." An additional 25-track disc of bonus material is included and is filled with studio sessions and outtakes recorded during the making of the "Strength" album. Highlights include covers of "Communication Breakdown," "Maggie May" and "Maggie's Farm" along with an improvisational jam session.

Also happening this year is the release of The Alarm's brand new studio album titled "Sigma." It features a dozen tracks and will be available on June 28th through Concord Bicycle Music on CD and on vinyl. The album kicks off with the sonic blast of "Blood Red Viral Black," which features a contribution from The Cult's Billy Duffy, giving the song that edgier guitar sound. The energy continues with flow with the classic Alarm sound of "Can You Feel Me?" and "Love And Understanding." Sandwiched in-between is the more melodic pop tone of "Time" and the politically charged build-up of "Equals," featuring The Alarm's original guitarist, Dave Sharp.

The album closes with the new wave-type rocker "The White Count," which is only included on the CD edition and the nostalgic eighties sounding "Armageddon In The Morning." The Alarm will be spending the summer on the road with fellow alternative rockers Modern English and Gene Loves Jezebel. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Sigma," please visit thealarm.com.

Friday, June 14, 2019

New Craft Recordings Vinyl Reissues From R.E.M., Much The Same and James Taylor

Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers, R.E.M. called it quits almost a decade ago, but it feels like their music is as timeless as ever. Back in 2003, Warner Bros. Records released the platinum selling greatest hits set "In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003." It featured 18-tracks (two previously unreleased) that established the band as one of the biggest musical acts in the world.

Now, for the first time since its initial release, this greatest hits set will be released on vinyl on June 14th through Craft Recordings. It includes the exact same line-up as the original release and will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl in audiophile quality. A special translucent blue vinyl edition will be available exclusively through Barnes & Noble.

The music sounds stellar on this new pressing of the album, as songs like the all-out rock assault of "What The Frequency Kenneth?" and "Orange Crush" will make your speakers shake when the volume is cranked. Plus, you can also appreciate the delicately of "Daysleeper" and "Nightswimming," as the instruments sound so pure. To find out more about the new double-vinyl release of "In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003," please visit store.remhq.com

Chicago punk-rock band, Much The Same climbed their way up the alternative rock ladder, beginning as an opening act on the Vans Warped Tour, but constant line-up changes would eventually derail the band. They would release of their biggest album to date, "Survive"  in 2006, before disbanding for eight years. Then, in 2015, Much The Same regrouped and is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year with a new studio release this summer and for the first time ever, a vinyl reissue of their album "Survive." 

The band's sound on this album was as strong as ever and still feels relevant almost fifteen years later. Much The Same deliver pure energy on the tracks "The Greatest Betrayal" and "What I Know," while also showing that they are more that just speed and energy on the well crafted hymns "Gut Shot" and "For Those Left Behind." To find out more about this new vinyl release of Much Of Same's album "Survive," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/muchthesame.

Iconic singer/songwriter James Taylor has had an illustrious career that has lasted over 50 years. He may be best known for the songs "Carolina In My Mind," "You've Got A Friend" and "Fire And Rain," just to name a few. He only released a handful of live albums throughout his career, with "One Man Band" being his most intimate. The show was recorded at the historic Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA in 2007, and was released later that year on CD/DVD under the title "One Man Band."

Now for the first time, on June 7th, the show will be released on vinyl, as a double-LP set. It features Taylor with an acoustic guitar and only accompanied by Larry Goldings on piano and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus on occasion. The setlist touched upon Taylor's entire career up to that point, opening with "Something In The Way She Moves" from his 1968 self-titled debut album. The stark, acoustic nature of the performances allows you to focus on Taylor's timeless vocals and meaningful lyrics. He gets jazzy with "Mean Old Man,"  bluesy with "Slap Leather," and then brings in a gospel sound with the backing choir of "My Traveling Star." He uses the rhythm from the audience for "Chili Dog," before quieting down for the lullaby ballad "Sweet Baby James." He closes his show with the timeless sounds of "Fire And Rain" and "Copperline." To find out more about the new vinyl release of James Taylor's "One Man Band," please visit craftrecordings.com.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Eagle Vision Uncovers Classic Live Set From Carole King "Live At Montreux 1973"

American recording artist Carole King has had an illustrious musical career that has latest over six decades. She released her first single in 1958 and topped the U.S. album charts three times with the records "Tapestry" (1971), "Music" (1971) and "Wrap Around Joy" (1974). On June 14th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will add another notch to this amazing catalog with the newly discovered concert "Live At Montreux" from 1973.

It features Carole King at the height of her popularity as she performs an hour long, eighteen-song set that begins with the number one single "I Feel The Earth Move." She is only accompanied by a piano as she graces the audience with the lovely "Home Again" and "Beautiful." She is then joined onstage by a horn section for her original composition of "Up On The Roof." Her full band finally comes out (in St. Louis Blues shirts), as they perform songs from their new album at the time, "Fantasy."

The energy really picks up with the funky sounds of "You've Been Around Too Long" and the jazzy groove of "Haywood," as you can appreciate King conducting the full band through these new numbers. It seems like Carole King really enjoys herself during this performance as she always has a smile on her face as she performs "Believe In Humanity" and "You've Got A Friend." This new live set titled "Live At Montreux 1973" will be released as a CD & DVD set, along with just a stand-alone CD and on vinyl. To find out more about this great new release, please visit eagle-rock.com/carole-king-us.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Shinyribs Develop Their Sound With "Fog & Bling" and Singer/Songwriter Pete Muller Gives Us "Dissolve"

Returning from Austin, TX is the award-winning band, Shinyribs with their new album titled "Fog & Bling." This "supergroup" brings together music genres, like R&B, rock, funk and folk music to create a unique sound which is especially heard on the album's opening track "Sing It Right." They settle down for the more laid-back, seventies folk vibe of "Highway Of Diamonds," before playing around with the jazzy, swamp-rock rhythm of "What A Man." The nostalgic tone of "I'm Clean" is undeniably addictive and "Crazy Lonely" feels like it came from the pages of the Al Green's songbook. Shinyribs wrap up their new album with the swagger of "Good Times And Bad" and the mellow R&B groove of "Doin' It (With Ya)," which will have you hitting repeat on this album. To find out more about Shinyribs and their latest release "Fog & Bling," please visit shinyribs.org.

American singer/songwriter Pete Muller recently released his latest album "Dissolve" back in May. It was produced by Emmy Award winner Rob Mathes (Sting, Rod Stewart) and features some of Muller's most emotional songs to date. The new 14-song release showcases Muller's rise to one of the top financial minds in the country, before following his dream of performing music. The song "Like A Dream" centers around his journey, as his stellar vocals find support from the song's gentle, melodic tone. Muller delivers an upbeat country/pop tone with "Back To Nothing," before slowing down for the folk-style ballad "This Ain't Me." The album continues with the jazzy, swinging rhythm of "Scraps Of Your Love" and the fun, Americana feel of "Another World," as Pete Muller seems most comfortable in this setting. He wraps up his new album with the grand, orchestral rock of the title-song "Dissolve" and the fun, upbeat delivery of "San Diego (When You Coming Home)." To find out more about Pete Muller and his latest release "Dissolve," please visit petemuller.com.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

"Rise" Up For New Albums From Hollywood Vampires And Poland's Premier Metal Band Batuska

Hard rock supergroup the Hollywood Vampires return with their second full-length album titled simply, "Rise." It will be released on June 21st through earMusic and the band continues with the explosive trio of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp. Unlike the band's 2015 debut album, this new release features the band's first set of original material, with a few covers thrown in for good measure.

The new set begins with the seven-minute energetic blast of "I Want My Now," which finds the perfect blend of Cooper's vocals and the dual guitar attack supplied by Perry and Depp. The band gets down and dirty on the gritty rock tone of "Who's Laughing Now" and show a little tribute to the classic British blues sound of "Welcome To Bushwackers," which features support from Jeff Back and John Waters.

The first of three cover songs that appear on this album is Johnny Thunder's "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory," sung by Joe Perry. The song's raw "grungy" tone fits Perry's deep vocals perfectly. Next, Johnny Deep takes on David Bowie's "Heroes" with a flawless execution, as it sounds almost identical to the original. The Hollywood Vampires close out their new album with the pounding rhythm of "New Threat" and the album's final cover song, "People Who Died," which feel like a modern punk anthem. To find out more about the Hollywood Vampires and their latest release "Rise," please visit hollywoodvampires.com.

Arriving later on July 12th, through Metal Blade Records, is the latest release from Poland's premier metal band, Batushka. Their new album titled "Hospodi" features ten tracks, all sung in their native language. While you may not understand any of the lyrics, the music's intense rhythm during "Wieczernia" and the extreme heavy metal attack of "Polunosznica" is enough to appreciate the passion Batushka have for their music. The thrash-like metal attack continues with the chugging guitars of "Utrenia," before finishing with epic, progressive metal assault of "Tretij Czas" and the slow-moving sonic blast of "Liturgiya." To find out more about Batushka and their latest release "Hospodi," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/Batushkaband

Monday, June 10, 2019

Get Ready To Rock With New Music From Baker's Dozen, Fire Follows, Despyre, Blacklist Regulars and The Aristocrats

First up is the May 31st release from the Las Vegas hard rock band, Baker's Dozen. Their debut album titled "Cake And Chaos" contains ten tracks, beginning with raw, energetic blast of "Love Slave," as you can hear the band's influences immediately. The album continues with the Sunset Strip-style swagger of "24 Hours In El Salvador" and the addictive chorus of "Gone With The Breeze." They pick the tempo up another notch with the intense rhythm of "Hang Time" and "Idiot," before they finish up their new album with the punk-like feel of "No Shame." To find out more about Baker's Dozen and their latest release "Cake And Chaos," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/BakersDozenLV.

Also released on May 31st is the new five song EP "If It's War You Want" from Fire Follows. Artist Chris Watt created Fire Follows after experiencing almost total loss of his voice due to paralyzed vocal chords. His voice has come back strong, as displayed on the opening track "If It's War You Want," while "Loaded Gun" is more aggressive and in-your-face. He slows down for the power ballad "Carry This Dagger," as you can fully appreciate his comeback, before closing his new album with the mainstream rock appeal of "No Ashes Remain." To find out more about Fire Follows and the latest release "If It's War You Want," please visit facebook.com/firefollowsmusic.

Arriving the first week of June is the latest release "Rise Up" from the Long Island heavy metal band, Despyre. It features nine tracks, beginning with the aggressive, hard-hitting blast "Liberate" and the heavy pounding of "Regret." Despyre deliver a more mainstream metal sound with "Evil Inside," before returning to the hardcore attack of "Complicated." They finish up their new album with the classic metal chugging guitar riffs of "Hell Freezes Over" and the quiet acoustic of "Blu Sky (Reborn)." To find out more about Despyre and their latest release "Rise Up," please visit despyre.com.

The following week features the arrival of the debut album "Through The Blast," from the hard rock band, Blacklist Regulars. Their new eleven-song release kicks off with the strong, raw and aggressive nature of "Blind" and "Falling From The Sun." Their music carries a modern edge that should get them recognition on the radio with the addictive flow of songs like "Denial" and "Don't Give Up." The chugging guitar riffs of "Break The Chain" and the swift pace of "Beyond" combine the elements of early Seattle-grunge rock with a classic heavy metal vibe that makes Blacklist Regulars one of the most exciting bands to arrive on the hard rock scene. To find out more about their new album "Through The Blast," please visit blacklistregulars.com.

On June 21st, arrives the new album from modern metal/rock pioneers (Hed) P.E. The band's eleventh studio release titled "Stampede" looks to continue the popularity of their 2016 album "Forever." They have been known to combine heavy metal, punk, hip-hop, reggae and whatever else they can throw together in order to make a sound that they are proud of. The album kicks off with "NoApologies," a pop/hip-hop rhythm that gets overtaken by big guitar riffs. (Hed) P.E. bring together a hardcore metal sound, while spilling lyrics like a reggae/rap act on "CanIRock." They work in more electronics on "BossUp," before speeding things up with the intense punk fury of "WhyNotMe." The hip-hop mold continues with "Rise" and "Untouchable," before closing with the accessible "TimeOfMyLife." To find out more about (Hed) P.E. and their latest release "Stampede," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/hedpe.

Finally we arrive at the instrumental rock-fusion trio, The Aristocrats with their fourth full-length studio album "You Know What...?," which will be released on June 28th. The new album features nine amazing musical numbers, beginning with the hard rock assault of "D Grade F@ck Movie Jam" and the more melodic, jazzy tone of "Spanish Eddie." The Aristocrats return to rock out with the energetic blast of "When We All Come Together," before showcasing their more experimental side with the King Crimson-like vibe of "Spiritus Cactus." They finish up their new album with the slow build-up to the aggressive attack of "Burial At Sea" and the more atmospheric, solo-driven of "Last Orders." To find out more about The Aristocrats and their latest release "You Know What...?," please visit the-aristocrats-band.com

Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Become "Servants Of The Sun" On Their New Studio Album

For the past eight years, since forming in 2011, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood have steadily created new music and on June 14th, their latest studio output is titled "Servants Of The Sun." Each album finds the band more comfortable performing along side each other, excelling at their specific role within the group. Lead singer, Chris Robinson stated that the origin of this album was the idea of "what's the best set we could play?" This new ten song release is their most bare bones, straight-up rock record since their debut "Big Moon Ritual."

The album kicks off with "Some Earthly Delights," which begins with an amazing keyboard riff by Adam MacDougall (who recently announced that he was leaving the band), before the familiar sounds of Robinson's vocals and Neal Casal's guitar take the song to the next level. The steady pace of "Venus In Chrome" will leave a lot of spontaneity for the band in a live setting, while "Comin' Round The Mountain" goes right down the root of rock 'n' roll music, which CRB have perfected this last decade together.

The album finishes with a couple of great relaxed, mind expanding pieces, like the gentle flow of "Dice Game" and the swirling melody of "The Chauffeur's Daughter." The Chris Robinson Brotherhood will be taking this new album out on the road with shows lined up from June 27th to July 28th. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their new album "Servants Of The Sun," please visit chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.com

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Santana Travels With The New Album "Africa Speaks" & Kenny Wayne Shepherd Becomes "The Traveler"

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana loves the rhythm and grooves of Africa that he brought that inspiration to his latest album "Africa Speaks." Santana has explained that the music of Africa is "not a stranger to me, it's in my DNA." Carlos was so inspired that he and his band recorded 49 songs in only 10 days, this time with the help of award-winning producer Rick Rubin.

The new 11-song release kicks off with the title-song, "Africa Speaks," as Carlos Santana weaves his guitar solos around the amazing African rhythms and local native chants. Next, Santana brings us the swift pace of "Batonga," which has a very nostalgic feel, as the song was improvised during a free form jam session. This album also introduces us to Spanish singer, Buika, who steals the show on the deep funk groove of "Oye Este Me Canto." The centerpiece of the album has to be the nine minute guitar build-up of "Blue Skies," which leads the way to the seventies-type rock vibe of "Breaking Down The Door." Santana finish up their new album with addictive pop/rock melody of "Los Invisibles" and the energetic blast of "Candombe Cumbele."

Santana will be hitting the road this summer, beginning June 20th in California, before making their way across the country. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about the new album "Africa Speaks," please visit santana.com

Fellow guitarist extraordinaire Kenny Wayne Shepherd recently released his new album titled "The Traveler."  The album was recorded between breaks for touring, as the band where ready to hit the studio with the songs already in place. The new ten song release includes eight brand new originals with a couple of covers, as the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band try their hand at Buffalo Springfield's "Mr. Soul" and Joe Walsh's "Turn To Stone."

Kenny Wayne Shepherd kicks down the door on the undeniable blues groove of the opening track "Woman Like You." He keeps the fire burning, ripping strong guitar riffs during "Long Time Running" and the nostalgic stomp blues of "I Want You." Shepherd get more melodic on the slow moving "Gravity" and the country-like ballad "Take It On Home," before the energetic, all-out rock attack of "Mr. Soul." The album closes with the mainstream pop tones of "Better With Time" and the big blues/rock guitar sound of "Turn To Stone."

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is currently on the road throughout the summer. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about the new album "The Traveler," please visit kennywayneshepherd.net.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Remembering The Rolling Thunder Revue With A New Documentary And Extensive Box Set From Bob Dylan


Back in 2001, iconic movie director Martin Scorsese was approached about conducting a documentary about Bob Dylan's rise to super-stardom in the sixties music scene. The film "No Direction Home" went on to win numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for the filmmaker. Now, Scorsese has taken on the task to once again tell the story of Bob Dylan's 1975 traveling roadshow, The Rolling Thunder Revue. The new documentary will premiere on Netflix on June 12th, but even more exciting than the movie, is the accompanying soundtrack "The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings."

This newly released box set includes 14 CDs of music recorded during the 1975 tour, including rehearsals and rare one-time bonus performances. Along with the 14-discs, is a 58-page booklet that contains rare, never-before-released photos from The Rolling Thunder Revue shows and a new essay from novelist/musician Wesley Stace. 

The first two discs of the set are raw rehearsal takes for many of the songs that would be performed on the tour, as well as some that would never make it out of the rehearsal room. The quality of these "fly on the wall" recordings is not great, as you hear Bob Dylan running through nearly two dozen songs, with many of them incomplete versions. These songs are stripped down to just the basics as he performs multiple takes to songs like "Isis" and "One More Cup Of Coffee."

The third disc includes some more polished rehearsal takes performed at the Seacrest Motel in Falmouth, MA, the day before kicking off The Rolling Thunder Revue tour in Plymouth, MA. Highlights of this session includes the rarely performed songs "Slow And Easy" and "Ballad Of A Thin Man." The set also includes five full shows of Dylan's on stage performances, either solo or with the Rolling Thunder Revue Band. These shows take up discs 4-13 and all have a similar setlist, with a few changes, including swapping out songs like "Simple Twist Of Fate," "Tangled Up In Blue" and "Mr Tambourine Man." All of the shows sound exceptional, compared to what have only been offered by bootleggers for so many years.

The final disc in the set includes a dozen tracks of rare performances, including an acoustic duet with Joan Baez on "One Too Many Mornings" and a rare cover of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles' "Tracks Of My Tears." The set closes with a performance of "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" at the "Night Of The Hurricane" concert at Madison Square Garden with The Band's Robbie Robertson lending a hand on guitar.

In conjunction with this new 14-disc box set, is the re-issue of volume 5 from the Bob Dylan "Bootleg Series," which has been out of print for over a decade and highlights The Rolling Thunder Revue on three vinyl LPs. To find out more about the new Bob Dylan box set "The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings," please visit bobdylan.com.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Celebrate The Music Of Woody Guthrie With The Newly Released All-Star Tribute Concert

Woody Guthrie was an American folk artist, who sang about the revolution of the common man during the depression and onward. His catalog of songs have become the standards of folk music and his musical career lasted for four decades, before passing away at the age of 55 from Huntington's disease. To raise money for the California Chapter of The Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease, they held and all-star tribute concert in 1970 at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Some of the biggest names in folk music performed at this event, which was filmed, but never released on home video, until now.

On June 7th, MVDvisual will release the "Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970" on DVD, along with some bonus material. The show features an amazing cast of musicians from Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie to Odetta, Richie Havens and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. Each artist takes their place in the spotlight, performing one of Woody Guthrie's most well-known anthems for the working American.

In between the songs, actor Peter Fonda and Will Geer dictate the words of Woody Guthrie, while old black and white film footage help to explain what he was feeling when he wrote some of these songs. The real excitement is when whole group of artists gather around the microphones to sing some of Guthrie's most meaningful songs like "I've Got To Know," "This Land Is Your Land" and "This Train Is Bound For Glory."

The bonus material features new interviews with Arlo Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott about the significance of the concert. Also included are three performances not shown during the original broadcast of the show. To find out more about the newly released "Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970," please visit mvdshop.com.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Discover New Music From Jack Spann, Jukka Iisakkila and Kepa Harkonen

Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Jack Spann will be releasing his latest album titled "Propaganda Man" at the end of the month. Spann has worked along side a number of artists, including the late, great David Bowie on what would be his last studio album, "Blackstar." Spann's new release features a dozen tracks, beginning with opening, jaunty rhythm of the title song, "Propaganda Man" and the contemporary rock approach of "Rage In The Garden." His music takes on a nostalgic, sixties British-type vibe on "Her Majesty," then taps the Steely Dan vein on the seventies pop/rock feel of "She's My Love Line." Jack Spann delivers the epic tale of "Marry The Flag With The Cross," before closing his new album with the energetic rocker "Dead Man's Clothes" and the quietly peaceful "Goodnight Lullabye." To find out more about Jack Spann and his latest release "Propaganda Man," please visit jackspann.com


Multi-instrumentalist Jukka Iisakkila recently released his new studio effort titled "Clocks And Clouds." Jukka is one of Finland's most renowned symphony conductors, but on his new release he ventures into the progressive jazz-rock fusion genre. He begins with the intense seven minutes of "Freefall" as Jukka proudly displays his skills on the guitar with some electrifying solos. He continues to rock with the swift pace of "Inner Universe Fever," before slowing down and taking a break from the guitar for the two-minute piano experiment "Interludes." Jukka Iisakkila finish up his new album with the stellar, bluesy guitar work of "Clocks And Clouds" and the most jazz infused number "Shakin' It On." To find out more about Jukka Iisakkila and his latest release "Clocks And Clouds," please visit jukkaiisakkila.com.


Next, we have another Finnish sensation, surf-rock guitarist/composer Kepa Harkonen and his latest album titled "Spicy Tales & Spacey Tones." His new twelve song release begins with the bluesy guitar swagger of "Havana Dream," before delivering the sixties-style boogie of "Funky Hi-Heels." Kepa slows the tempo down for the jazz feel of "Lime Green Blues," then tries his hand at a cover of the timeless song "Mr. Moto," originally by The Bel-Airs. The album continues with the spaghetti-western themed "Lapache," before closing with a cover of Freddie King's "Fish Fare" and the more laid-back vibe of "Blue Flames." To find out more about Kepa Harkonen and his latest release "Spicy Tales & Spacey Tones," please visit instagram.com/kepa_harkonen.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

More Heavy Metal Music Arriving In June From The Cruz Del Sure Music Label

As the first official day of summer approaches, we have a trio of new releases arriving June 21st through the Cruz Del Sur Music label. First up is the new full-length release from the Portuguese metal band, Ravensire. Their new album titled "A Stone Engraved In Red" features eight tracks, beginning with the hardcore attack of "Carnage Of Karnag," as the band's sound get bigger with each new album. Ravensire deliver a classic heavy metal sound with "Gabriel Lies Sleeping," as the guitar solo will simply blow you away. The rawness of their music is felt in pounding rhythm of "Dawn Of Darkness," before picking up the pace with the intense thrash metal appeal of "The Smiting God." Ravensire finish up their new album with the eight-minute prog-metal epic "The Game Of Titus." To find out more about Ravensire and their latest release "A Stone Engraved In Red," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Ravensire.

Next from Scandinavia comes the new full-length album from Lunar Shadow titled "The Smokeless Fires." It features seven tracks, beginning with the guitar frenzy of "Catch Fire" and the heavy metal tempo waves of "Conajohara No More." The band showcase their more mystical side with the ballad "Pretend," before launching back into the intense metal delivery of "Laurelindorenan." Lunar Shadow wrap up their new album with the grand, epic sounds of "Hawk Of The Hills." To find out more about Lunar Shadow and their latest release "The Smokeless Fires," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/lunarshadowband.

We also have the tenth studio album from The Lord Weird Slough Feg titled "New Organon." This album came about from a very creative time in the band's songwriting process, as they wanted to pick only the ten best songs for this new release. They begin the album with classic metal guitar riffs of "Headhunter" and "The Apology." Slough Feg pick up the tempo with the energetic romp of "Being And Nothingness" and the title-song "New Organan." They continue with the nostalgic metal sound of "Uncanny," before wrapping up their new album with the mainstream rock approach of "The Cynic." To find out more about The Lord Weird Slough Feg and their latest release "New Organon," please visit sloughfeg.com.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Check Out New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Vulture and Hate

The first half of June gives us a couple of new releases from Metal Blade Records artists, Vulture and Hate. The new Vulture album titled "Ghastly Waves And Battled Graves" features nine tracks, beginning with the high-powered speed of "Fed To Sharks." Fans will be impressed with the band's growth since their 2017 debut album, as Vulture look to establish themselves as a rising force in thrash metal. The band delivers a classic, aggressive metal sound in "The Garotte" and "Dewer's Hollow," while "Stainless Glass" will simply overtake you with its wave of metal riffs and prog-metal feel. Vulture finish up their new album with the sonic blast of "Murderous Militia," (which is the album's heaviest song) and the final thrash attack of "Killer On The Loose." The new release from Vulture will arrive on June 7th, for more info please visit vulturekills.com.

Arriving the following week, on June 14th is the new album from the established hardcore, black-metal band Hate. Their new album titled "Auric Gates Of Veles" features eight songs, beginning with the steady guitar riffs and growling vocals of "Seventh Manvantara," before picking up the tempo with the swift pace of "Thiskhelion." Hate continues to showcase their darker side with the evil tones of "Sovereign Sanctity," while "Generation Sulphur" showcases the band's growth as a metal act over the last two decades. To find out more about Hate and their latest release "Auric Gates Of Veles," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/HATEOFFICIAL.