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.