Thursday, October 31, 2019

New Unearthed "Big Band Voodoo" Music From The Late, Great Dr. John with The WDR Big Band

On November 1st comes the first posthumous release from the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and New Orleans music icon Dr. John. The new album titled "Big Band Voodoo" was recorded in Germany back in 1995 and features Dr. John leading the big band on this new sixteen track release. The album was discovered by Dr. John manager and long-time friend Stanley Chaisson, who was able to give us more great music from this truly one-of-a-kind artist.

The album kicks off with the high energy "Indian Red" and the bluesy swagger of "I'm Just Lucky," as Dr. John seems to sound right at home among Germany's WDR Big Band. He brings out the soulful jazz of "Blue Skies" and then showcases his skills on the keys with the upbeat, playful "Stagger Lee." His voice perfectly matches the music on "New York City Blues," while "Mess Around" showcases the love and energy that Dr. John has for performing with a band of top musicians. The album closes with the quietness of "So Long," as you can picture Dr. John singing this song in a smokey lounge, along with his love for his home city with "Going Back To New Orleans." To find out more about this new Dr, John  release "Big Band Voodoo," please visit orangemusicrecords.com.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

New Independent Releases from Scott Walker, Scratch Buffalo, Warren Scott Band & The Supertones

American country/roots artist Scott Walker recently released his latest studio effort titled "The Rock House Project." The new ten song release has Walker touching upon other musical genres, like the blues of the album opener "Fourteen Days" and the Latin flair of "Deja Vu." He returns back to more familiar ground with the nostalgic country flow of "I-35" and the burning southern rock of "Glide Dyna Glide." Scott's voice is pure gold during the acoustic strumming of "I Tell Myself," before closing his new album with the playful, country folk picking of "Brother Tumbleweed." To find out more about Scott Walker and his latest release "The Rock House Project," please visit scottwalkermusic.com


Arriving in November is the sophomore effort from the Canadian alternative rock/punk band Scratch Buffalo. Their new album titled "Strawberry Soda" will be self-released on November 29th and features eight high-energy tracks, beginning with the quick pace of "Where's Your Action." They let their instruments take center stage as with the guitar frenzy rock of "Sugar, Shake A Freak" and the steady drumming of "Nothing Inside." Scratch Buffalo will definitely hook you in with classic punk attack of "Freak Out," before wrapping up their new album with the acoustic blues of "Life Somewheres Else." To find out more about Scratch Buffalo and their latest release "Strawberry Soda," please visit scratchbuffalo.com


From Brooklyn, NY comes the full-length debut release from the Warren Scott Band, which have been together, performing music for over 15 years. Their new album titled "The New Deal" is filled to the brim with power pop rock, beginning with the title song, which instantly draws similarities to the Barenaked Ladies. They quicken the pace for the energetic blast of "One Hit Wonder," while "Something 2 Listen 2" is very addictive and has a nostalgic feel to it. They continue with the upbeat sixties style of "Saturday Survivor" and "Miss Moneypenny," before finishing their new album with the alternative pop swagger of "Nancy Lee." To find out more about the Warren Scott Band and their latest release "The New Deal," please visit warrenscottbandmusic.com

Surf-instrumentalists, The Supertones return with a brand new studio album "Unknown And Other Hits From Outer Space." The new fifteen track release comes out cooking with the energetic rhythm of "Unknown," highlighted by the steady guitar work of band leader Tim Sullivan. Next, The Supertones slow the tempo down for the nostalgic sound of "Antaris" and "Balazar," before delivering an addictive cover of David Bowie's "Starman." Then things really begin to heat up with the swift pace of "Torque Wrench" and "Speed Trap." We arrive at the second Bowie cover of the album, the gentle sway of "Space Oddity," which almost matches the original perfectly. The Supertones wrap up their new album with a quick-running trip "Down The Rabbit Hole" and the light flowing sound of "Queso Grande." To find out more about The Supertones and their latest release "Unknown And Other Hits From Outer Space," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/theSupertonesSurf. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Mavericks "Play The Hits" For 30 Years & The Zack Walther Band Star In "The Westerners"

The American country music band, The Mavericks are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a brand new studio album "Play The Hits," which gives tribute to music that have inspired the band over the years. The Mavericks also have some shows left on their 2019 tour, which ends with a three-show run at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, TX.

Their new eleven track release finds the band returning to the songs that they used to cover in their early days, beginning with "Swingin'," which perfectly captures The Mavericks' swagger, "Tex-Mex" sound. They continue swinging along to the Waylon Jennings' tune "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," (which probably refers to Hank Williams), The Mavericks showcase their love for another Hank (Hank Cochran) with a couple of classic tunes, "Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)" and "Why Can't She Be You." They deliver a passionate version of Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart," as The Mavericks fully express the song's lyrics. The wonderfully talented singer Martina McBride performs a duet with Raul Malo on the loving sixties vibe of "Once Upon A Time," before Malo goes solo on the emotional delivery of "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." The Mavericks will be continuing their 30th anniversary touring at the beginning of 2020, so look for new dates to be announced. To find out more about their new release "Play The Hits," please visit themavericksband.com

As one band celebrates their 30th anniversary, another one is looking to climb their way up the country music charts with their latest release. Fellow Texans, the Zack Walther Band recently released their latest album titled "The Westerner," back on October 25th, as Zack and the band pour their influences into this latest release. The new ten-song set begins with deep country rock groove of "DFW," as Zack and the boys get the energy flowing right away. Next, they sink into the delta blues of "What Kind Of Man," before slowly building the tempo back up with the soulful swagger of "I'm Going Out Of Your Mind." The Zack Walther Band showcase their passion on the steady pace of "Casualty," before closing out their new album with the playful country sing-along chorus of "Meet In The Middle" and the swinging southern rock melody of "Bailey's Light." To find out more about the Zack Walther Band and their latest release "The Westerner," please visit zackwaltherband.com

Monday, October 28, 2019

New Music From Internationally Known Artists Francesco Guerri and Lorenzo Feliciati

Italian cellist Francesco Guerri recently released his new solo recording "Su Mimmi non si spara!" It features eleven tracks that blurs the line between contemporary classical music and improvisation. This new eleven-song album begins with the solo piece "Lucy (Overture)," as you can feel the passion in Francesco's performance. He lets the music flow through him during "Minosse," while "Your Beginning" is slightly more up-tempo, as if Francesco means to tell a story through the music. He gets more innovative and expressive during the rhythm fueled track "Paper," before the lines of classical music get obliterated during the work of "Medusa" and "Mimmi Resisti." Francesco Guerri finishes is latest album with the deep, dark, grand delivery of "My (Ha)nd." To find out more about Francesco Guerri and his latest release "Su Mimmi non si spara!," please visit francescoguerri.com.   

Also recently released is the seventh studio release from multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Feliciati, as he teams up with drummer Michele Rabbia on "Antikythera."  The opening track "Irregular Orbit" lays the groundwork for what is to be expected from Feliciati on this new album, as he just lets the music take shape, without forcing its movement. Lorenzo allows Rabbia's rhythm track to display more form on "223 Teeth," while the eight-minute journey of "Prochronistic" is a free-from jam that sways between classical and ambient jazz music. He allows you to explore his music even further during "Perigree," as Feliciati allows the instruments to work within their own space.  The album finishes with the slow-moving, subtle jazz flow of "Parapegma," as Lorenzo keeps the music enlightening. To find out more about this latest release from Lorenzo Feliciati, please visit lorenzofeliciati.com

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Celebrate Halloween With The New Frank Zappa "Halloween 73" 4-Disc/Costume Box Set

Just in time for Halloween, UMe in association with Zappa Records released two complete shows from Frank Zappa, which were recorded on October 31, 1973. Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and every year he performed a live show (or two). This specific year, he performed two shows at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago with a fairly new band of musicians, which are introduced to the audience at the beginning of each show. For the first time, both shows where released on October 25th in their entirety as a four-disc set, that also included a full Frank Zappa costume with a Zappa Frankenstein mask and gloves. 

As you begin to listen to these shows, you will instantly notice how great they sound, even after being recorded over 45 years ago. Frank's voice is so clear and up-front, even though the shows are more about the music, than the in-between banter with the audience. Some of the songs overlap into both shows ("Pygmy Twylyte," "Cheepnis" and "Penguin In Bondage"), but each show feels like its own special experience, as no two songs are performed exactly the same way.

If you need an introduction to the live musical world of Frank Zappa, then this release should be first on your list. Zappa's band (although fairly new) sounds loose, but very in-sync together during the jams of "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?" and "Montana." The highlight of the first show, has to be the nearly twenty-minute performance of "Dupree's Paradise," which at times sounds liked controlled chaos and then very jazzy at other times.

The second show begins with the requested track "Cosmik Debris," as Frank tries to give the audience a different experience than the first show, but their knowledge of songs is limited. Both shows feature the song "Dickie's Such An Asshole," which may be the only time that Zappa and his band get political on this fun night. The second show closes with an incredible ten-plus minute blast jam of energy during "Inca Nights" and the classic medley of "Mr. Green Jeans/King Kong/Chunga's Revenge," which puts a perfect close to Halloween night.

This new release also includes (for the first time) an entire disc of rehearsals performed on October 20 and 21, 1973. The songs on this disc showcase the wonderful musicianship of the band during these rehearsals. As you compare them to the live versions, the extra energy that the band receives from the audience allows for a more exciting and looser flow to the songs. It's a great addition hearing the band discuss and work through the songs "Inca Roads," "Father O'blivion" and "Cosmic Debris," as they flow through the music so cleanly performing them live on stage.

With this being only the second Halloween release ("Halloween '77" was released in 2017) and Frank Zappa introducing a fairly new line-up during these shows, this has to be one of the top live releases in the Frank Zappa catalog. With an endless vault of material, I hope that UMe and Zappa Records continue to release these exceptional quality releases. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming 50th anniversary box set of one of Zappa's most popular albums "Hot Rats" to arrive in December. To find out more about Frank Zappa's new "Halloween 73" box set, please visit zappa.com.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Kinky Friedman Find "Resurrection" On His New Album

On the eve of turning 75 years old, Kinky Friedman shows no signs of slowing down. He will release a new album titled "Resurrection" on October 25th and then is heading out on a month-long tour beginning November 1st in New Haven, CT. Friedman's new album continues to show this renewed energy in his songwriting, as producer Larry Campbell brings out the best from Friedman on this new eleven-song set.

The new release begins with up-tempo, Americana swing of "Mandela's Blues," as Kinky's weathered vocals are the perfect setting for the song's storied lyrics. He receives a lending hand from friend and fellow artist Willie Nelson on the title track "Resurrection," while "Greater Cincinnati" is pure classic country, highlighted by some sweet steel guitar. The wonderful acoustics of "The Bridge That Wouldn't Burn" is the perfect setting for Kinky's vocals, as he sings his heart out. The album finishes with the wonderful country waltz of "Carryin' The Torch" and the Latin flair of "Ai! Mariachi!," before closing with the swift, lifting melody of "Spirit Dad." For a complete list of shows and to find out more about Kinky Friedman's new album "Resurrection," please visit kinkyfriedman.com.

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Purple Wave Of Prince Releases Finds "Chaos And Disorder," "Emancipation" & "The Versace Experience"

Just last month, Sony Legacy (in association with the Prince Estate) have released the latest batch of purple vinyl reissues, centered around his 1995/1996 musical output. That was a transitional period in Prince's musical career, as he was ending his time with Warner Bros. with a some-what rushed final album and beginning his own label with an explosion of new material. The three albums released in this latest set features the rock and roll album "Chaos And Disorder," the 36-song mega release "Emancipation" and the previously unreleased on vinyl, CD or digitally compilation "The Versace Experience," which was only given away on cassette during the 1995 Paris Fashion Week.

In 1996, Warner Bros. was holding Prince to his contract of delivering one more studio album, as Prince was ready to expand his reach by allowing fans into his vault to experience Prince's musical world. So, Prince's anger was expressed on his final album for Warner Bros., "Chaos And Disorder." This album was Prince's most rocked out album in at least a decade and he made sure "Chaos And Disorder" was the end of this chapter in his life. The album has been out of print for quite a while, so this new purple vinyl reissue and CD reissue was a much needed release for fans. Songs like "Zannalee" would showcase Prince's exceptional guitar skills, while "Dinner With Delores" and "Into The Light" still showed that he could write a pop song at the drop of a hat. The new vinyl release really rocks your speakers, with the deep bass groove of "I Rock Therefore I Am" and "Dig U Better Dead," as this album has never sounded better.

Once Prince was free from Warner Bros. to release any of his music that he pleased, just four months after the release of "Chaos And Disorder," came the explosion of "Emancipation." This set featured a "smorgasbord" of all of Prince's styles and influences. The new vinyl release is broken down into six purple vinyl LPs, each with six songs (three on each side), to try and match the original release of three CDs, each with twelve songs that equal exactly sixty minutes. This set of songs showcases every type of music that Prince loved to dabble in, from rock ("We Gets Up" and "Damned If Eye Do") to funk ("Jam Of The Year" and "Slave") to hip-hop ("Mr. Happy" and "Joint To Join") to pop ("Somebody's Somebody" and "Sex In The Summer") to even jazz ("Courtin' Time"). Prince also throws in some special cover songs ("Betcha By Golly Wow!," "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "La, La, La Means I Love You") which is rare for a Prince record. The new six LP box set features each vinyl in its own printed sleeve that delivers this timeless set of music as a true treasured box set.

But, the true treasure of this new set of vinyl is the first appearance of "The Versace Experience" in almost any format. This set of songs was to highlight Prince's upcoming album "The Gold Experience," which was originally released in September 1995. The fifteen-song "Versace Experience" gives you a taste of the talents of Prince, as he was writing lots of songs for his own use, as well as for his bands, like The New Power Generation and Madhouse. Many of the songs that would later appear on "The Gold Experience" are only presented on this release as an "X-cerpt," but still sounds great like the bluesy guitar solo featured in "Shhh" and the R&B flow of "Eye Hate U." The sweet jazz of "Rootie Kazootie" was made for vinyl consumption, as well as the wonderful pop beats of "Gold." To find out more about these three new releases of the Prince catalog on purple vinyl, please visit prince.com.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

New Music From Rocker Dan McCafferty, Newcomer Crystal Beth and Collaborators SeaSide Fragments

Vocalist Dan McCafferty, who has been the lead singer of the band Nazareth for almost fifty years, recently released his first solo album back on October 18th. After retiring from touring because of health issues, Dan found time to enter the studio and let his voice be heard on his new solo album "Last Testament." It features 15 tracks that may not be what you expected from the man that lead one of the most well-known rock bands for the last five decades. He begins with the plea of "You And Me," as he looks back at his life with his weathered vocals only adding emotion to the songs thoughtful lyrics. The music is supplied by Czech composer Karel Marik, as he finds the perfect support for epic numbers like "Why" and "Tell Me." Dan brings out the passion in his performance of "I Can't Find The One" and can still rock out as displayed in "My Baby." He closes his new album with the beauty of "Sunshine" and the one final hard rock send off of "Bring It On Back." To find out more about Dan McCafferty's latest release "Last Testament," please visit ear-music.net/artists/dan-mccafferty


Experimental artist Crystal Beth recently released her debut album "Push Thru" back on October 18th through Trey Gunn's 7D Media label. Beth mixes her love for classical music with her skills as a beat-box artist and electronics to make this unique piece of modern artistic music. Her new eight song release begins with the musical frenzy of the title-song "Push Thru," as you are instantly thrown into Crystal's world of sound. As a classically trained artist, she showcases her talents on the clarinet during the flowing melody of "Our Piece," before laying down the layers of beats to create an original sound for "Shrill." She returns once again to the classical sounds of "Dolphy," before wrapping up her new album with the playful sounds of her voice swirling around "Invocation" and the nearly nine-minute avante garde soundscape of "So Much Hurts." To find out more about Crystal Beth and her latest release "Push Thru," please visit bfdirectline.wordpress.com


Producer Kim Reilly is working on a project of taking some of her favorite songs from the seventies and re-working them with artists that she has worked with over the years. All songs will be recorded in only one or two takes with the entire band in the studio together performing live. Reilly says she has about six songs recorded at the moment, with the first song being released at the end of the month. It is a cover of the Ace classic "How Long." It features Jimmy Williamson on vocals with a load of special guests from the bands Ambrosia, Foghat and Marshall Tucker Band. This group of musicians that are coming together to record these tracks are called the SeaSide Fragments and you can view their first video here, youtube.com. Look for new songs to be arriving soon.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Ataris Deliver "The Acoustic Sessions" and the Cold Weather Company Give Us "Light"

The power punk band, The Ataris have taken a different approach on their new album by performing some of their classic hits acoustically. This new seventeen track release showcases another side to this band, as they let the lyrics speak for themselves, with everything else is stripped away. This new album titled "Hang Your Head In Hope - The Acoustic Sessions" is the band's first full-length bare bones album.

The rawness of The Ataris music is still felt even in the stripped down version of songs like "Can't Hardly Wait" and "The Graveyard Of The Atlantic." Songs like "Your Boyfriend Sucks" and "Broken Promise Ring" display even more emotion than in the original versions, as lead singer Kristopher Roe has a certain honesty in his tone. The passion of his performance in "All Soul's Day" and "San Dimas" will blow you away and make you look at their music in a different light. To find out more about The Ataris and their latest release "Hang Your Head In Hope - The Acoustic Sessions," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/theataris.

The alternative folk band, Cold Weather Company recently released their new studio effort just last week titled "Find Light." It features a full sixteen tracks, beginning with the sweet, subtle build-up, combining the acoustics and strings of "Hazel," followed by the more Americana/pop oriented feel of "Clover." The band finally get going full force on the wonderfully addictive melody of "Brothers," before showcasing their softer side once again on the sweet acoustics of "Birds On A String." They turn the volume up with the rock approach of "Do No Harm" and "Pocket," which has Cold Weather Company crossing genres with the addictive sound. Cold Weather Company return to the emotional folk ballad "Reclamation," which grows with intensity, before wrapping up their new album with strumming of "Atlas" and the grand closure of the "Do No Harm (reprise)." To find out more about Cold Weather Company and their latest release "Find Light," please visit coldweathercompany.com

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

New Hard Rock Releases From Last Temptation, Laura Cox, Deepfall, Redline and The Way

Back in September, guitarist Peter Scheithauer (Killing Machine) and vocalist Butcho Vukovic (Showtime) teamed up for the debut release of the new band, Last Temptation. Their self-titled debut album revolves around the classic metal sound of the 80's, and to help them achieve that goal they worked with some special guests like Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath) and Don Airey (Deep Purple).

The new eleven track release begins the electrifying guitars solos and pounding drums of "I Win I Lose," as Last Temptation assert themselves as a force to reckon with. Their sound gets even more heavier on "Bring Your Light Out," while the album's lead single "Blow A Fuse" displays the influences of Motorhead and Black Sabbath during this heavy hitting number. They continue their hard attacking assault with guitars a'blazing on "Nobody Is Free," before closing out their new album with the crunching heavy metal rhythm of "Hell Is Walking In My Shoes" and the final energetic blast of "The Exit." To find out more about Last Temptation and their new self-titled release, please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/LastTemptationOfficial.

Arriving November 8th through earMUSIC is the sophomore effort titled "Burning Bright" from female rocker Laura Cox. Her sound can certainly be compared to fellow female guitar greats like Joan Jett, Nancy Wilson and Nina Strauss and her voice matches her guitar style perfectly. Laura kicks off her new ten song release with the thunderous delivery of "Fire Fire," which seems to be designed for hard rock radio to just grab hold of. Next, Laura Cox and her band lock into the bluesy, heavy rock strut of "Last Breakdown," before showcasing her stellar guitar skills on "Looking Upside Down" and then slowing the tempo down for a moment for the southern rock ballad "Just Another Game." She returns with the sonic blast of "Here's To War" and "Freaking Out Loud," then wraps up her new release with the burning blues rock of "Letters To The Otherside." To find out more about Laura Cox and her latest release "Burning Bright," please visit lauracoxband.com

Hard rock newcomers, Deepfall recently released their new album "Broken" on Pavement Entertainment. While it features only seven tracks, it continues Deepfall's growth into a hard rock powerhouse. They kick off their new album with the sonic blast of guitars, drums and screaming vocals of "Wasted," in order to assert themselves as one of the premier new hard rock bands in the genre. They mix-in different tempos for the more atmospheric tone of "Ghost," while "Monster" is a mainstream, modern rocker, build for the radio. Deepfall close out their new album with "Out Of Line," a mix of chugging guitars and keyboards to express the emotions of the song's lyrics. To find out more about Deepfall and their latest release "Broken," please visit deepfallband.com

From the sacred ground of heavy metal arrives the latest release from the Birmingham, England band, Redline. Their new album "Gods And Monsters" features eleven tracks which capture that influential classic metal sound and brings in a modern element that gives their music a mass appeal. The album kicks off with the title-song "Gods And Monsters," as you instantly feel the influences that Redline draw upon for their music. Their sound gets even heavier with the riff-fueled "Empires" and the Led Zeppelin-like pounding rhythm of "Prayer For The Dying." Redline keep the energy and intensity flowing through the dynamic chorus of "Killer" and the guitar frenzy of "Take It To The Grave," before closing out their new release with the arena built sing-along of "Hell Mary" and the steady chugging rhythm of "332." To find out more about Redline and their latest album "Gods And Monsters," please visit redlinerock.com

Hard rock band, The Way features a line-up of musicians that have sold hundreds of thousands of records worldwide. The group includes on its roster members of Prophet, Angel, the Corey Glover band, Vanilla Fudge, Genesis and Deep Purple and the band's new fifteen track release is a huge wall of energy, just ready to rock your world. Beginning with the aggressive drumming and guitar ripping of "What Do You Want From A Man" and "Alright People," The Way will instantly become a permanent stays on your hard rock playlist. They display a more radio-friendly sound with the mainstream melody of "Soul, Earth, Sky" and the power ballad "Just The Thought Of You," before "Mona Lisa Smiles" brings back the band's heavy rhythm attack. The addictive sounds of "Changes" and "I Don't Want You" close out the album with the band's most accessible songs, before the nostalgic rock vibe of "Light In Your Eyes" finishes the album on a high note. To find out more about The Way and their latest release "Frequency Of Spirit," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/The-Way-Band

Monday, October 21, 2019

Big Star's Final Album "In Space" Gets Expanded By Omnivore Recordings

On October 25th, Omnivore Recordings will reissue the final studio album from Big Star on CD (with bonus tracks) and on translucent blue vinyl. The album "In Space" was originally released in 2005, it was their first studio recording in thirty years, after reforming in the mid-nineties. It features twelve tracks (ten originals and two covers) that display a very power pop rock sound, which critics did not care for at the time of its release, but feels more nostalgic and addictive this second time around.

Songs like "Best Chance" and "February's Quiet" captures Big Star's classic sound, in a more polished setting, while their cover of The Olympics' "Mine Exclusively" is where the pulse of the album lies. Alex Chilton and Big Star try to bring that energy into "A Whole New Thing" and "Do You Wanna Make It," but the band's early raw rock sound was gone, as the band displayed a more mature sound on this final album.

The six bonus tracks that appear on the new CD release of "In Space" features the rare, out-of-print "Hot Thing," along with demos and early mixes of the songs "Dony" and "February's Quiet." The set closes with a sweet Acapella version of "Turn Back The Sun," which sounds like a modern version of The Beach Boys. Also included in this set a 16-page booklet filled with new essays from surviving band members, as well as from co-producer/engineer Jeff Powell. To find out more about this new reissue of Big Star's "In Space" album, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fifty Years Later, Frank Sinatra Still Has It Going On "My Way"

One of the most popular songs in the Frank Sinatra catalog is his signature tune, "My Way," which reached number 2 on the Easy Listening charts in the U.S. and stayed on the U.K. singles chart for a record 75 weeks. The song begins side two of Sinatra's 1969 album "My Way," which reached the #2 position on the U.K. album charts. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of that timeless album, Universal Music Enterprises/Captiol Records, in association with Frank Sinatra Enterprises has reissued the album on a limited edition translucent green color vinyl and also on CD with four bonus tracks.

The "My Way" album features Frank Sinatra performing his own versions of pop classics, including songs by The Beatles ("Yesterday"), Simon & Garfunkel ("Mrs. Robinson") and Ray Charles ("Hallelujah I Love Her So"). He certainly did things his way on this album, as Sinatra (with the help of composer Don Costa) took these well known lyrics and put a different spin on the melody to add his own signature style to the songs. These songs still sound timeless (especially on vinyl) even after fifty years. Sinatra's voice is so warming on the ballads "Didn't We" and "If You Go Away," that you can feel his passion for these performances.

The four bonus tracks included on the new CD release featured two new versions of the song "My Way." One version is sung as a duet with Willie Nelson (which fits each other's musical style perfectly) and the other version is sung with Luciano Pavarotti, which doesn't have quite the same matching appeal. There are also two live version of the song "My Way" performed at two different eras of Frank Sinatra's career. While the original song "My Way" was only recorded in one take, I wish that some of the sessions of the other songs may have been included in this set as bonus songs to make this a more monumental release.

Also available for the first time is a new Frank Sinatra compilation titled "Sinatra Sings Alan & Marilyn Bergman." It features songs written by the famous songwriting duo and sung by Frank Sinatra at different points in his career. The new release also features two songs (as bonus tracks) that have never been previously released, "Leave It All To Me" and "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?." To find out more about these two new great anniversary releases, please visit sinatra.com

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Helps Jimmy "Duck" Holmes Bring Out The Blues

The 72-year old classic blues artist Jimmy "Duck" Holmes recently released his new studio album "Cypress Groove," which was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. The album features Auerbach, as well as some other special guests like Marcus King, Eric Deaton and Sam Bacco on Duck's new eleven track release.

The album begins with stark acoustic strumming of "Hard Times," as Holmes feels like shouting out the lyrics to get his point across. Dan Auerbach's influence is heard on the steady, southern groove of "Catfish Blues," which perfectly matches Holmes' weathered vocals. The pace picks up with the train-like rhythm of "Goin' Away Baby," before guitarist Marcus King lends some sweet slide-guitar work to "Rock Me." The album closes with Holmes returning to the acoustic guitar for the picking and tapping of "Devil Got My Woman," before the boogie, blues-shuffle of "Train Train" and keeping the steady backdrop for Holmes to finish with the story of "Two Women." To find out more about Jimmy "Duck" Holmes' latest release "Cypress Groove," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/jimmyduckholmes.

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Magpie Salute Hit The "High Water" Mark Once Again With Their Second Studio Release

After the demise of The Black Crowes in 2015, The Magpie Salute was born from its ashes, featuring Crowes' guitarists Rich Robinson and Marc Ford, along with Crowes' bassist Sven Pipien. Rounding out the group is lead singer John Hogg, drummer Joe Magistro and keyboardist Matt Slocum. On October 18th, The Magpie Salute will release their second studio album titled "High Water II," which follows the band's two-album project that began with last year's release of "High Water I." 

Their new twelve-song album kicks off with a pair of energetic rockers, "Sooner Or Later" and the thumping rhythm of "Gimme Something." The band embraces their southern rock roots on the sweet back roads country groove of "In Here" and also in the beautiful acoustic strumming of "Lost Boy," which features a guest appearance by legendary bluegrass/country singer Alison Krauss. The dual guitars comes out blazing during the intense rocker "Turn It Around," before The Magpie Salute close out their new album the guitar boogie shuffle of "Doesn't Really Matter" and the acoustic blues jam of "Where Is This Place." To find out more about The Magpie Salute and their latest release "High Water II," please visit their Facebook page facebook.com/TheMagpieSalute

Thursday, October 17, 2019

New Music From The Almost, American Grim, Fire From The Gods, Vatican, Varials & Raw Hex

On October 25th, The Almost make their Fearless Records debut with the album "Fear Caller." Frontman Aaron Gillespie (Underoath) states that he does his "best under pressure, when things are bad," so he went to the desert to write and record this new album. It features a dozen tracks that showcase another side of Aaron's creativity, away from his band, Underoath, as things kicks off with the mainstream rock of " I Want It Real" and the more pop oriented "Tame A Lion." Then, The Almost go all out rock and roll on the intensity of "Over And Underneath" and "I Think I Am," before reaching a spot on cover of U2's "In God's Country." The album closes with the quietly flowing ballad "I Won't Miss" and the dark, deep alternative rock approach of "Why Do You Bother Me." To find out more about The Almost and their latest release "Fear Caller," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thealmost

Arriving November 1st is the new album from the New Jersey trio, American Grim. Their new release titled "Ultra Black" features thirteen tracks that are smothered in the band's nu-metal, industrial rock influences, beginning with the the pounding rhythm of "Ghost" and buzz of "Nightmare." The band look to shock you with the dark tones and hard hitting chorus of "Living Terror," while "Ultra Black" sounds straight from the nu-metal wave of the nineties. American Grim pick the energy back up with the aggressive hard rock attack of "So Sick" and "Gods And Kings," before the electronics take over their sound once again with the beats of "White Walls." American Grim wrap up their new album with hardcore metal feel of "Follow Me" and the hip-hop vocals of "Alone (Hate Me)." To find out more about American Grim and their latest release "Ultra Black," please visit americangrimmusic.com.  


Also arriving November 1st on the Eleven Seven Label is the sophomore effort from the hard rock band, Fire From The Gods. Their new album titled "American Sun" features thirteen tracks that combines elements of hip-hop, reggae and pop in their hardcore, modern hard rock sound, which makes them stand out ahead of many other bands in the genre. They begin with the rolling vocals and big chorus of "Truth To The Weak (Not Built To Collapse)" and the island groove of the title song "American Sun," which keeps you guessing on the direction of their music. Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.) lends a hand on the hip-hop/rock collaboration of "They Don't Like It," while "Victory" is ready-made for modern hard rock radio to grab hold of. Fire From The Gods finish up their new album with the nu-metal blast of "All MY Heroes Are Dead" and the slow-building inspiration sounds of "Break The Cycle." To find out more about Fire From The Gods and their latest release "American Sun," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/firefromthegods


Hardcore death metal band Vatican will be releasing their new album "Sole Impulse" on November 15th through 1126 Records. It features eleven hard-hitting tracks, beginning with the intensity of the title song "Sole Impulse," quickly followed by the growling vocals and pounding drums of "Blades In Seria." The attack keeps on coming with the swiftness of "Thirty-One Staples" and "Color My Grave Mine," as both tracks hover around the two-minute mark. Vatican play around with tempo on "Cognition Rendered Dead" (the longest song on the album at almost five minutes), before closing out their new album with the hardcore metal groove of "Ex Nihilo" and the shrieking guitars of "Xero Line Crisis." To find out more about Vatican and their latest release "Sole Impulse," please visit vaticanvr.bandcamp.com


The hardcore metal band Varials recently released their latest full-length album titled "In Darkness." It features fifteen tracks that come blasting right out of the gate with the intensity of "Would" and the aggressive growls of "I Suffocate." The album only breaks away for the heavy metal pounding a few times for some spoken word interludes and instrumentals, before returning once again to the head-banging rhythms of "South Of One" and "I Against I." Varials finish up their new album with more melodic, mainstream hard rock appeal of "The Love Machine" and sonic attack of "Maze." To find out more about Varials and their latest release "In Darkness," please visit varialspa.net


Arriving November 15th is the new album from the hardcore metal band Raw Hex. Their latest release titled "Always High, Always Low" is a punch in the face, as their wall of sound knocks you down with its quick hitting tracks like "Dead Dealer" and "All Is Cold." Raw Hex save their two longest numbers for the end of the album, as "Shackled" is simply two minutes of shear force and speed, while "Mongrel" digs deep into the hardcore metal groove with it pounding rhythm. To find out more about Raw Hex and their latest release "Always High, Always Low," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/rawhexnc

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New Music From Frankiie, Blinker The Star, Laurent Bourque, Marchildon!, Wildlife & Pallas Athene

First from Canada comes the debut album from the modern rock female four-piece, Frankiie. Their new album "Forget Your Head" features eleven tracks with a nostalgic pop/rock vibe, which is highlighted in the songs "Funny Feelings" and "Easy Breezy." Frankiie keeps the energy flowing with "Glory Me" and "Alone Again," before closing with the gentle acoustics of "Stone Song." To find out more about Frankiie and their latest release "Forget Your Head," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/frankiietheband

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Jordan Zadorozny recently released his latest album under the name, Blinker The Star. Jordan has worked with along side such artists as Courtney Love, Lindsey Buckingham and Chris Cornell and started Blinker The Star as a band, but returned it to a solo project for this latest release, "Careful With Your Magic." The new nine-track release begins with the intense layers of sound on "Wild Something," before delivering the pop beats of "Sweet Nothing." Jordan keeps the energy flowing with alternative rock of "Phantom Tongue" and "I Won't Look Down." He closes his new Blinker The Star album with the addictive, flowing melody of "An Exit." To find out more about Blinker The Star and his latest release "Careful With Your Magic," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/blinkerthestar


Canadian singer/songwriter Laurent Bourque recently released his sophomore effort titled "Blue Hour." The new thirteen-track album begins with the pop beats of the title-song "Blue Hour," as you instantly become drawn in to his sound. He continues with the steady rock groove of "Thinking Of You" and the two soulful ballads "Wait & See" and "Lightning Mood." His sound is so addictive that you will definitely want more from this rising new artist. To find out more about Laurent Bourque and his latest release "Blue Hour," please visit laurentbourque.com


Fellow singer/songwriter Owen Marchildon recently released his new five-song EP titled "Fantasy Mirror." The album is a "character study on the absence of spontaneity and the pressure to entertain," as you are introduced to Marchildon! songwriting on the opening track "Tyler You Should Really Stop Using." He picks the energy up with the pop beats of "PBS Saturday Night" and the post punk rawness of "She Is A Soil," before closing with the light, atmospheric flow of "Currently Chihuahua." To find out more about Marchildon! and his latest release "Fantasy Mirror," please visit facebook.com/Purple-Hill-Records


Canadian rock band, Wildlife are quickly approaching their fifteenth anniversary with a brand new release titled "Take The Light With You." Their new ten song album begins with the upbeat energy of "Wasted" and the arena built rocker "Broken Magic." The radio-ready anthem "No Control" is pure pop/rock gold, while Wildlife wrap up their new album with the steady pace of "Dance Now" and the more experimental soundscape of "House Of The Shadows." To find out more about Wildlife and their latest release "Take The Light With You," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/wearewildlife


The alternative-pop project Pallas Athene was created by music artist Breanna Johnston. Her new self-titled EP was released on October 11th and features five tracks that Breanne calls "super dark" and "liberating." She starts out with the slow, piano ballad "Through Hell," as she layers music and sound in order to give her music depth and emotion. The monotone "Saturn's Return" is hard to grab hold of, but the album closer "In Silence" draws you in with the perfect mixture of beats and electronics. To find out more about Pallas Athene, please visit pallasathenemusic.com

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"Scratch" Perry Gets Second Chance, David Norland Releases Debut & Lost Bayou Ramblers Celebrate

On December 6th, arrives the full-length reworking of the Lee "Scratch" Perry album "Rainford," which was originally released back in June. This new album titled "Heavy Rain" takes the songs from the "Rainford" album and produces a new, bass heavy version of the album with the help of co-producer Adrian Sherwood. Kicking things off is a short jungle intro with words of wisdom from Perry, before the deep, sonic thunderous groove of "Here Comes The Warm Dreads," featuring a guest appearance from Brian Eno. Next, Vin Gordon shows up on the electrifying beats and horns of "Rattling Bones And Crowns," before arriving at the spaced-out dub version of "Mindworker" and the slow, swaying rhythm of "Crickets In Moonlight." The album finishes while climbing aboard Lee Perry's star-ship titled "Space Craft" and the reggae/folk vibe of "Heavy Rainford," featuring Vin Gordon once again. To find out more about the new release "Heavy Rainford," please visit Lee "Scratch" Perry's Facebook page at facebook.com/perryscratch


Emmy-nominated film and television composer, David Norland is preparing to release his debut album titled "Glam Tear Stain" on November 1st. Norland is using his experiences for film scoring on his latest work, taking a minimalist approach to the thirteen songs that make up his new album. He begins with the gracefulness of the piano on "Agate Or Barrium," then works in a bit more atmosphere during the lush strings of "Dark Boots Chorale." David gets even more creative with the use of voices on "To Shasta Mill," before working in some more electronics during the youthfulness of "On The Needle And The Wound," while "Thursday Optimism" follows a beautiful piano melody. He finishes his new album with the acoustic, folk sounds of "Half-Eye Outlines" and the slow-moving tones of "Ash Motel." To find out more about David Norland and his latest release "Glam Tear Stain," please visit denovali.com/davidnorland


The Grammy-winning Cajun band, Lost Bayou Ramblers are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a new live album titled "Asteur." The new fifteen track album comes with an accompanying DVD that features a documentary of the band. The show kicks off with the full-on energy blast of "Steh" and the fun, upbeat swing of "Bosco Stomp." It's hard not to have a good time with the melody of songs like "Cote Clair" and "Granny Smith" along with the built-up intensity of "Rice Pump." You will certainly find yourself getting taken over by the rhythm of "Hwy 90," before Lost Bayou Ramblers finish up their show with thunderous pounding of "Kalenda." The last four tracks are studio songs that keep the energy and passion of the Lost Bayou Ramblers alive and kicking after twenty years. To find out more about their new release "Asteur," please visit lostbayouramblers.com

Monday, October 14, 2019

New Releases Of The Mike Duke Project, Natalie MacMaster and Myles Goodwyn

Acclaimed songwriter/musician Mike Duke has been a part of the music industry for over 45 years, but has never released his own music, until now. On October 11th, the Little Village Foundation label was able to release a collection of Mike Duke's recordings that he made between 1977-2019. The driving force behind this release is from former Huey Lewis & The New manager, Bob Brown, who first discovered Duke's talents in 1981, as a demo tape of Mike's work crossed his desk. As you listen to this new set, one of the songs that jump out at you is Mike Duke's version of "Doin' It All For My Baby," which became a top ten hit for Huey Lewis & The News in 1987. One of the four new songs that appear on this release is the bluesy "I Can't Let You Go," which features a guest appearance by guitarist Elvin Bishop. Mike's voice sounds so timeless, whether its on the simple song structure of "Torn & Scarred" or on the album's oldest track "Coming 'Round Again." The album closes with a short two-minute live piano instrumental "Nicasio," which displays the wonderful talents of Mike Duke. To find out more about The Mike Duke Project "...Took A While," please visit littlevillagefoundation.com


From Canada comes the new album from the "Queen Of The Fiddle," Natalie MacMaster. It is her first new release in over 8 years and it arrives on November 1st through Linus Entertainment. The new album titled "Sketches" features a dozen instrumental tracks, beginning with the song "Three Reels," which includes a medley of the tunes "Father John Angus Rankin," "The Golden Keyboard" and "Mary Shannon's Reel." Next, Natalie heads out to the country for the swinging flow of "The Golden Eagle" and does a Irish jig with her song "Patricia Kelso's." Natalie seems to go back in time for the nostalgic sounding "Barndances" and keeps the energy flowing through "Fill'er Up For A Set" and the waltz of "Judy's Dance." She finishes her new album with the graceful flow of "West Bay Road" and her version of the pop ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me." Natalie MacMaster will be heading out on the road at the end of November for "A Celtic Family Christmas Tour," which runs to to December 20th. To find out more about Natalie MacMaster and her new album "Sketches," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/nataliemacmaster


Singer, songwriter, guitarist Myles Goodwyn returns with his second volume of his album series "Friends Of The Blues." The first "Friends Of The Blues" was released just last year and earned Goodwyn a Juno nomination for Blues Recording Of The Year. His new album "Friends Of The Blues 2" follows the same path of inviting some of the best blues musicians in Canada to join him on this set of thirteen originals and one cover song.

Myles Goodwyn may be best known as the leader of seventies rock band April Wine, who found mega-success with their platinum selling album "The Nature Of The Beast." Myles brings that classic rock energy into the blues, as he opens his new album with the addictive blues/rock romp of "Hip Hip," before shifting gears to his more groove oriented cover of Bobby Womack's "All Over Now." Myles lets his guitar lead the way through "Fish Tank Blues," then speeds the tempo up for the swinging rhythm of "Daddy Needs New Shoes." Singer Angel Forrest takes the lead on the deep, dark sultry blues of "Being Good (Won't Do Us Any Good Tonight)," before Myles Goodwyn finishes his new album with the classic sixties sounding rock of "Help Me Baby" and the blazing blues of the closing track "I Saw Someone That Wasn't There (And It Was You)." To find out more about Myles Goodwyn and his latest release "Friends Of The Blues 2," please visit mylesgoodwyn.com.