Friday, September 24, 2021

Loveland Duran Give You More Than "Any Such Thing" With New Album

Singer/songwriters Vicki Loveland and Van Duran have teamed up once again for a new album titled "Any Such Thing." This is the duos third studio album and their first in the last five years. Inspiration for this album came from traveling the world for promotion of the indie-film "Waiting: The Van Duran Story," by writing and recording in many amazing studios along the way. The new album will be released on October 1st through Edgewood Recordings and features ten tracks that were created over the course of the last couple years.

The album begins with the contemporary rock touch of "Tumbledown Hearts," as their voices harmonize beautifully on the chorus of this opening track. Next, they incorporate some blues into the raw rocker "A Place Of No Place," as Vicki takes the lead on vocals, belting out the lyrics with a purpose. The energy continues with the pop melody of "Ain't It Pretty To Think So," while "Skywriting (Tasmania)" is a lovely ballad that showcases the duos wonderful songwriting ability. The folk rock appeal of "Where Are We Going" carries a nostalgic tone, as Van's vocals have that timeless appeal. Loveland Duran finish their new album with the up-tempo country rock tones of "Bridges I Had To Burn" and the quiet, gentle ballad "Ending Again," featuring some more great, undeniable harmonies. To find out more about Loveland Duran and their latest release "Any Such Thing," please visit lovelandduren.com.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Omnivore Recordings Delivers A "Mighty Fine Tribute" To Country Icon Walter Hyatt

In the late seventies/early eighties, Uncle Walt's Band was one of the most popular country/folk bands in America. Their music influenced many artists including Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, before the members went their separate ways in 1983. Lyle Lovett took a special interest in band member Walter Hyatt, producing his debut album and bringing him on tour, giving Hyatt a renewed interest in the music industry. He became an icon around the Austin, Texas music scene, before his career would be cut short in a plane crash in 1996. A year later, the Austin City Limits show paid tribute to Walter Hyatt with a special concert featuring many of his friends and fellow influenced artists. Now, nearly 25 years later, Omnivore Recordings is releasing the music from that Austin City Limits concert, along with six songs that were performed, but not shown during the television special. An extra bonus on this new release is four previously unissued recordings from Walter Hyatt making their debut on CD on "Mighty Fine, An Austin City Limits Tribute To Walter Hyatt" coming out  October 1st.

The show starts off with Willis Alan Ramsey performing a short, concise rendition of one of Hyatt's most well-known songs, "As The Crow Flies." Jimmie Dale Gilmore adds his special touch to the beautiful ballad "Georgia Rose," before the energy picks up with the country blues of "Are We There Yet Momma," performed perfectly with the big vocals of Marcia Bell. You can really appreciate the wonderful songwriting of Walter Hyatt during the stellar performances of "Tell Me Baby" by Allison Moorer and the lovely, touching duet between Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin during "Babes In The Woods." The show closes with Lyle returning for a solo rendition of "I'll Come Knockin'" and the whole ensemble joining in for the sing-along of "Aloha."

The six bonus tracks from the show consist of performances by Hyatt's fellow bandmates Champ Hood and David Ball, along with Lyle Lovett on the acoustic tracks "Rollin' My Blues," "Going To New Orleans" and "I'm Calling." Fans of Walter Hyatt will truly appreciate the four bonus tracks that showcase more of Hyatt's amazing talents as a singer/songwriter. His words paint the perfect picture "In A Christmas Dream" and his vocals are soft and pure during the country ballad "Early Days," before closing out this tribute with the rocking sounds of "Shouldn't Have Told Me That." To find out more about "Mighty Fine, An Austin City Limits Tribute To Walter Hyatt," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Singer/Songwriter Misha Seeff Takes You To "Dreamhaven" On Debut Release

Back on September 17th, teenage singer-songwriter Misha Seeff released his debut album titled "Dreamhaven." His new 15-song release begins with the undeniable pop tones of "Now," as Misha's youthful vocals and bright outlook become very addicting. He digs down deep with the emotional delivery of "April Haze" and rolls out the poetic lyrics of "You And I," which showcase his songwriting skills way beyond his years. Misha brings the energy back with the funky brakes of "Tonight" and "Lamplight," which both have the perfect recipe for mainstream success. This artist is a diamond in the rough just waiting for his moment to shine on the big stage.

The title track "Dreamhaven" is a beautiful ballad, where the lyrics and melody mesh together perfectly. Misha sings straight from the heart in "Boardwalk," as he adds that extra emotional connection to the words, making you feel his experiences. The album finishes with the upbeat, light-hearted fun tones of "Sun Is Shining," along with the dance/pop groove of "Dream" and the gentle closer "Look Around." To find out more about Misha Seeff and his latest release "Dreamhaven," please visit mseeff.com.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Jazz Artist David Finck Shows Us His "BASSic Instinct"

Acclaimed jazz bassist David Finck returns with a new set of songs titled "BASSic Instinct." This new album quickly follows on the heels of his 2019 release "BASSically Jazz" and features a mix of originals and jazz standards, beginning with the up-tempo, modern jazz vibe of the title track "Bassic Instinct." David wastes no time showcasing his skills on the bass during his cover of Irving Berlin's "The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me)," which also features some great piano work by Tedd Firth. The energy continues to flow through the band's rendition of "Dearly Beloved," before delivering the samba rhythm of "Bateu, Levou/Who's Wrong Or Right?," featuring vocals from Teka Penterichie and Trist Curless.

David takes a step back for the ballad "Seascape," which includes just himself on bass and Meg Ruby on piano to delivery this lovely melody. Finck then brings his entire 9-piece band together for the R&B touch of "So What," before finishing his new album with the upbeat, swinging sounds of "Tico Tico No Fuba" and the elegant original ballad "I Remember," featuring Melissa Errico on vocals and Tedd Firth once again on piano. To find out more about David Finck and his latest release "BASSic Instinct," please visit davidfinck.net.

Monday, September 20, 2021

New Jazz Releases From Steve Million, Susan Krebs, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Ray Obiedo and Roseanna Vitro

Just last month, jazz pianist Steve Million released his latest album titled "Jazz Words." It features eight contemporary jazz pieces, featuring vocals by Sarah Marie Young, beginning with the swinging rhythm of the lively opener "Heavens To Monkitroid," Million's tribute to the great Thelonious Monk. The energy continues to flow through "Missing Page," which is highlighted by Young's stellar vocal range. Steve Million adds a sort of bebop feel to "Nika's Changes," before finishing with a great sax solo on "Loss" by Jim Gailloreto and the mellow, graceful touch of "The Way Home." To find out more about Steve Million and his latest release "Jazz Words," please visit stevemillion.com.

At the beginning of September, vocalist Susan Krebs released her 8th studio album, "Daybreak." Although Susan is used to a smaller band ensemble, the pandemic forced her to record this album remotely with each member of the 7-piece band working from their own home studio. The process was slow, but the result is this new seven-song set, which starts off with Susan singing acapella, before the rest of the band join in on "Can't Get Out Of This Mood," a relaxed, mellow opener. She keeps things on the quieter side with the beautiful ballad "Inside A Silent Tear," before closing out her new album with the soaring vocals of "Who Knows Where The Time Goes?" and a reimagined version of the jazz standard "Stardust," in which Susan makes it all her own. To find out more about Susan Krebs and her latest release "Daybreak," please visit susankrebsmusic.com.

Fellow vocalist Cathy Segal-Garcia recently released her 14th studio album titled "Social Anthems Vol. 1." It features only six tracks (5 cover songs and 1 original), as Cathy lends her vocal talents to a set of songs that have a special message to people in today's crazy world. She starts off taking Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" and add her own special jazz spin to the melody, making the words and message stand out front to take notice. She adds a sweet, soulful melody to the original plea of "What Are We Gonna Do" and lets her voice soar sweetly on the Billy Joel classic "On So It Goes," along with special guest harmonica/vocalist, Paul Jost. Cathy Segal-Garcia closes out her new album with a pair of epic pieces, the combination medley of The Youngbloods' "Get Together" and Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home," along with the bluesy finish of Marvin Gaye's "Save The Children," featuring vocal contributions from Mon David. To find out more about Cathy Segal-Garcia and her latest release "Social Anthems Vol. 1," please visit cathysegalgarcia.com.

Jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo returns September 24th with volume two of his "Latin Jazz Project," which began in 2016 with volume one. This new set of songs includes seven originals written by Obiedo and one from the classic Latin rock group, El Chicano. The album begins with the up-and-down melody of "Still Life" and the high-energy salsa-swagger of "Criss Cross," featuring the great Sheila E. on congas. Next, Ray brings to down to the islands with the beach-vibe of "Santa Lucia," before paying tribute to one of his influences with smooth, soulful deliver of "Belafonte." Ray wraps up his new album with the steady pace of "Viva Tirado" and the laid-back, relaxed feel of "Big World." To find out more about Ray Obiedo and his latest release "Latin Jazz Project, Vol. 2," please visit rayobiedo.com.

We finish with jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro teaming up with Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough and Marion Cowings on their tribute to the late, great Charlie Parker with "Sing A Song A Bird." This new twelve-song release begins with the wonderful, swinging vibe of "People Chase" and the nostalgic tone of "The Scatter." Marion Cowings big voice takes over "Parker's Mood" and Bob Dorough sings along to the blues tempo of "Audubon's New Bluebird," to showcase the different styles. Shelia Jordan takes a step back for the mellow run of "Quasimodo," before Roseanna Vitro finishes the album off with a wonderful cover of Charlie Parker's "Yardbird Suite" and the elegant closer "These Foolish Things." To find out more about Roseanna Vitro and her latest release "Sing A Song A Bird," please visit roseannavitrojazz.squarespace.com.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

New Music From Legendary Jazz Artist Chick Corea and Musical Greats David Garfield and Hiromi

Back in February, the music world lost an iconic jazz musician when Chick Corea passed away from a rare form of cancer. His legacy is one of the most well-rounded, having played with fellow jazz greats Miles Davis and Stan Getz to Bela Fleck and one of his favorite trios, The Akoiustic Band with John Patitucci and Dave Weckl. One of the first posthumous releases from Chick Corea features a live performance from The Akoustic Band, recorded in January 2018 at the SPC Music Hall in St. Petersburg, Florida. This new thirteen-song album will be released on September 24th through the Concord Jazz label as a 2CD set. It begins with a lively, spirted performance of the early-era, Chick Corea classic "Morning Spirte," as everyone gets their moment to shine. The album continues with the graceful touch of a "Japanese Waltz," before delivering their special touch on a couple jazz standards, "That Old Feeling" and "In A Sentimental Mood." Corea lets his fingers fly up and down the piano on this fourteen-minute, high-energy jam of "Rumba Flamenco." There are two versions of his song "Humpty Dumpty" on this release, in which the band simply soars with delight and energy. The Akoustic Band also do an amazing job on the Miles Davis original "On Green Dolphin Street" and the Thelonoius Monk classic "Monk's Mood." The set finishes with Chick Corea being joined by his wife, Gayle Moran Corea, on the elegant, light-hearted jazz number "You're Everything." To find out more about the Chick Corea Akoustic Band and their latest release "Live," please visit chickcorea.com.

Fellow jazz pianist/keyboardist David Garfield is also preparing for the release of his new album titled "Stretchin' Outside The Box." It features 24-tracks, spread across two discs, as David dedicates these songs to many of his favorite artists and people, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Tom Petty, his parents and his brother Stan. This new set begins with performances of "Waiting For Your Love," which is dedicated to the great American keyboardist George Duke and a spot on cover of the great Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," dedicated to the iconic artist. David Garfield brings on the blues with "Shufflin', dedicated to his brother Stan, before delivering the smooth, graceful keyboards of "Rainbow Seeker," featuring Chuck Loeb and Steve Jordan. Garfield gets a little funky with "Hunting Heads," his tribute to the legendary Herbie Hancock and keeps the energy flowing with his "Tune For Tony Williams," which features guest appearances from Vinnie Colaiuta and Gregg Bissonette. Vinnie shows up once again in "Cousin Vinnie," before David closes out his new album with his tribute to Cuban drummer Carlo Vega with "Remembering Carlos Vega." To find out more about "Stretchin' Outside The Box," the latest release from David Garfield, please visit facebook.com/DavidGarfieldMusic.

Last but not least, we have a new album on the way from virtuoso pianist and composer Hiromi titled "Silver Lining Suite," which was inspired by the pandemic. This new composition was created for a piano and string quartet, spread across nine-tracks, beginning with the classical/jazz combination of "Isolation," as the music gives identity to what many were feeling during these crazy, unknown times. The music gets more intense during "The Unknown," before becoming more graceful and flowing during the lush strings of "Drifters." The "Silver Lining Suite" finishes with the dark, marching rhythm of "Fortitude," which then lightens up to display Hiromi's exceptional skills on the piano. The album continues with the beautiful soft touch of "Uncertainty" and the energetic, classical strings of "Jumpstart" to get your heart racing. The album closes with the grand, ten-minute piano-led number "11:49 PM" and the quick-moving melody of "Ribera Del Duero." To find out more about Hiromi and her latest release "Silver Lining Suite," please visit hiromiuehara.com.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Omnivore Recordings Dig Deep Into The Vault For "The Original Demos" From The Bootheels

On September 24th, Omnivore Recordings will release the only known recordings of this fairly unknown band, The Bootheels. This California band came together for a brief period in 1988, without receiving much success outside of their little friendship circle, but each band member would go on to receive huge accolades on their own. The members of The Bootheels are Luther Russell (Those Pretty Wrongs), Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers), Tobi Miller (The Wallflowers) and Aaron A. Brooks (Lana Del Rey, Moby) and for one moment in the late eighties, it was their first glimpse into the world of rock and roll.

Now for the first time, The Bootheels will release their "1988: The Original Demos" disc, which features a totally different sound than what you might have expected from this foursome. Kicking things off is "See It In Your Eyes," which sounds like it came straight from the blueprint of British punk music in the late-seventies, in which melody and singing were replaced by energy, speed and power. Their raw, unpolished, pre-grunge sound recalls the music of The Clash with "Thing Called Love," before slowing the tempo down for the underground alternative style of "The Deal." The Bootheels' California punk style was spread all over their songs, as displayed in the energetic romp of "Wasted Dime" and "Got Me On My Knees." They tried to show a bit more structure to their music with the addictive melody of "Halfway There," but instead find more pleasure in the punk furry of "Queen Of Hearts." This new release closes with a few of The Bootheels rough, unpolished recordings of their new wave sounding "Images Of You" and "Think Of The Time." To find out more about The Bootheels' "1988: The Original Demos" release, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Red Spot Rhythm Section Pay Tribute To The Great Tom Petty & Julian Daniell Delivers "Only Words"

Back on August 6th, the Chicago-based ensemble Red Spot Rhythm Section released a tribute to the immortal Tom Petty with a new set of cover songs titled "A Roots Tribute To Tom Petty: Won't Back Down." The new twelve-track release begins with a sped-up version of the title track "I Won't Back Down," which features a spicy reggae backdrop led by the smooth vocals of Livingston. The Red Spot Rhythm Section stays in that reggae groove with Angela Peel delivering a full-on island vibe to "You Got Lucky." They stick pretty close to original on "You Don't Know How It Feels," while "Refugee" has an upbeat ska sound that is very addictive, along with the energetic, punky run through of "American Girl." The Red Spot Rhythm Section totally redoes "Runnin Down A Dream" into a psychedelic, funk/reggae piece to show how Tom Petty's words can work in many different genres. They wrap up their new album with Angela Peel returning to lead the band through the bluesy sway of "Two Gunslingers," along with a simplified rendition of the Petty classic "Wildflowers." To find out more about the Red Spot Rhythm Section and their latest release "A Roots Tribute To Tom Petty: Won't Back Down," please visit redspotrhythmsection.com.

Fellow Chicago-based singer/songwriter Julian Daniell also recently released a new set of song titled "Only Words." This new five song EP begins with "Memories," a blend of country and sixties soul music to create this unique, addictive melody. He switches gears for the quieter folk approach of "The Other Side," before bringing the tempo back up with the swinging melody of "Sweet Serene." Julian finishes his new short release with a return to the country/Americana roots of "Only Lonely" and the nostalgic soul stylings of "I Want It All." To find out more about Julian Daniell and his latest release "Only Words," please visit facebook.com/juliandaniellmusic.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Get Into The Blues With Al Basile & Discover The Folk-Stylings Of RanchWriters

Eight-time Blues Music Awards nominee Al Basile will return September 17th with a brand new album titled "B's Testimony." It will be released through Sweetspot Records and features thirteen tracks, beginning with the nostalgic tone of "Lucky Man," which finds Al bringing back his bigger band sound compared to the stripped-down trio of his last album. The album continues with the sweet, slow blues licks of "Don't Kid Yourself Baby," as Al's experienced vocals fit the song's motif perfectly. The energy picks up with the blazing guitar riffs of "If All It Took Was Wishing" and the stellar horn solo of "Up Close And Personal Best." Singer, Shy Perry lends her vocal talents to the meaningful, swaying rhythm of the R&B flavored "One Day At A Time," before bringing on the classic blues-style of "I Ought To Be Your Monkey." Al wraps up his new album with the funk-infused blues romp of "Through Thick And Thin" and the iconic sounds of "He Said, She Said," as the band fires on all cylinders. To find out more about Al Basile and his latest release "B's Testimony," please visit facebook.com/albasile66.

Switching gears, we head north for the latest release from Canadian multi-platinum selling artists Barney Bentall and Geoffrey Kelly, who are preparing the unveiling of their latest collaboration, RanchWriters on September 17th, through True North Records. This new twelve track release takes you back to a simpler sound when all you needed was a couple acoustic guitars and a magical melody that simply floats on by. The album begins with the wonderful picking of the strings on "Chilcoutin" and the beautiful, graceful touch of "Marble Canyon Rag." The album continues with the soft acoustics of "Danrow Flats," before adding a few more strings into the mix with the worldly sounds of "Big Turk" and the folk/blues melody of "Upstairs Downstairs (For Penny)." The wonderfully peaceful flow of "Black Tusk" will certainly wash away your worries, while "Earl's Taxi" closes out the album with a nostalgic stomp rhythm and purposeful strumming of the strings. To find out more about the RanchWriters self-titled debut album, please visit truenorth.labelstore.ca.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

John McCutcheon Fills Up His "Bucket List" With Eighteen New Songs

Singer, songwriter John McCutcheon has been non-stop for nearly fifty years, until the pandemic put an immediate halt on the music industry. With no venues to perform in, John dedicated his time to songwriting, creating nearly a hundred new tracks. Last year, he released "Cabin Fever, Songs From The Quarantine," which just featured just John and an acoustic guitar on the most intimate release of his career.

Now, John McCutcheon returns with a brand new album titled "Bucket List," which will be released on September 17th and includes some of his longtime partners, like Jon Carroll, JT Brown and Stuart Duncan. This new 18-track release begins with the title-track "Bucket List," which delivers that warming, comforting tone, as John sings about his many perfect adventures. The mellow tone of "Be Still" allows you to get lost in John's poetic lyrics, while "Farmer" tell about the struggles of the occupation, while not knowing anything better or more important. The mood lightens with the beautiful folk strumming of "Art," before hitting home with the pandemic themed "Ghost Town," which happened all over the world during the lockdown of the virus. The nostalgic tone of "Moonshiner" is story that must be heard, as John delivers the melody perfectly, letting his decades of experience led the way. The album finishes with the politically-charged words of "Medicine Game," the emotional ballad "Sins Of The Father" and the wonderfully descriptive tale of "Zilphia's Piano." To find out more about John McCutcheon and his latest release "Bucket List," please visit folkmusic.com.

Monday, September 13, 2021

New Jazz Music From Trombonists Jared Dubin, Peter Tijerina and Altin Sencalar

Jazz trombonist/composer Jared Dubin is ready to release his new album "Excuses, Excuses" on September 24th, through NextLevel, an imprint of the Outside In Music record label. The album was recorded nearly a decade ago, as Jared and his band were still get comfortable with one another. The new nine-song release begins with the instant energy of "The Breaks," as you are introduced to Jared's leadership and musical skills. The music continues to swing with the odd time signatures of "Ain't No Thang," while "Time Apart" just floats on by as you relax and relish in the band's wonderful jazz sounds. Jared Dubin incorporates some smooth blues work into the flowing melody of "Worry Go Round," before finishing with energetic runs of the title track "Excuses, Excuses" and the bright, uptempo runs of "Martial Law." To find out more about Jared Dubin and his latest release "Excuses, Excuses," please visit outsideinmusic.com/artistsandreleases/jared-dubin.

Fellow trombonist Peter Tijerina is also preparing the release of his debut studio album "Just Yesterday" on Outside In Music. It features ten tracks, beginning with the cool, swinging, energetic sounds of "It Could Happen To You" and the fun, light-hearted melody of "Lovely." The mood shifts with the slow pace of "In 'N Out Blues," as Peter stands tall during his solo pieces. The tempo picks back up with the wonderful, full band involvement of "It One Or The Other," before wrapping up the album with the beautiful melody of "Stardust" and the high-powered closer "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big," which just carries that timeless charm. To find out more about Peter Tijerina and his latest release "Just Yesterday," please visit petertijerina.com.

One final release comes from jazz trombonist Altin Sencalar titled "Reconnected." It was released back in August and finds the Mexican- born musician weaving together different traditions to create a unique sound that represents his multifaceted background. Altin starts out his new eight-song album with the solo piece "Chance," as his performance sets the stage with his melodic trombone notes. The energy picks up with the loose, jam session feel of "Links," before the rest of the band have their spotlight to shine on "A Modern Memory." The tempo slows down for the emotional flow of "Tenderly," as Altin makes each note a step toward relaxation and calmness. The album finishes with the full band delivering the swinging jam session numbers "Reaching Out For More" and "Reconnected." To find out more about Altin Sencalar and his latest release "Reconnected," please visit altinsencalarmusic.com.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

New Heavy Metal Music From Lvcifyre, Tentation and the Witnesses

U.K. death metal band, Lvcifyre recently released their new studio album "The Broken Seal" on September 10th, through Dark Decent Records. It features nine electrifying songs, beginning with the growling, high-powered attack of "God Awaits Us," which starts the album off in a heavy metal frenzy. The onslaught continues with thunderous drumming of "Tribe Of Khem" and the lightning speed of "Headless Rite," which makes Lvcifyre one of the must hear bands in the death metal genre. They deviate from the sonic metal blast to deliver the dark, more melodic tone of "Wolves Of The Great Dark," before finishing off their new album with the aggressive nature of "The First Archon" and the seven-plus minute evilness of the "Black Mass." To find out more about Lvcifyre and their latest release "The Broken Seal," please visit facebook.com/Lvcifyre.

French heavy metal band, Tentation are preparing to release their Gates Of Hell Records debut "Le Berceau Des Dieux," on September 25th. The album features ten tracks, beginning with the guitar frenzy of "L'Exode," which carries a nostalgic, early NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) sound. Tentation delivers some thrash metal riffs with "Le Couvent," along with the solid pounding attack of "Lachute des titans, which highlights the band's early influences. The band's sound comes together on "Taureau D'Airin," sound like a French version of an early Metallica track. Tentation switch gears for the slower, more melodic touch of "Baldr," before closing with the hardcore, sonic blast of "Heavy Metal," featuring guest vocalist from the bands Titan, Iron Slaught and Hexecutor. To find out more about Tentation and their latest release "Le Berceau Des Dieux," please visit facebook.com/tentationfrance.

Doom-metal giants Witnesses are ready to return with their latest epic piece "The Collapse" on October 31st. Even though it only features six tracks, the music takes you on a journey, beginning with the eerie sounds of "Entrance," which led you down the path of the slow-burn of the title-track "The Collapse." The band's extends their sound with the eight-minute "Repose," which keeps the listener involved throughout the entire musical journey. After a short, melodic "Interlude," Witnesses wrap up their new album with the mellow, eleven-minute prog-metal piece "They Giveth And Taketh Away" and the doom metal buzz of "It Will Come For You, It Comes For Everyone." To find out more about Witnesses and their latest release "The Collapse," please visit witnesses-nyc.bandcamp.com.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Candlebox Is Ready To Release The "Wolves"

The Seattle-based hard rock band, Candlebox return with their first set of new music in nearly five years with the September 17th release of "Wolves." This new eleven-song album rocks right from the the first notes of the raw sounding "All Down Hill From Here Now," as lead singer, Kevin Martin's vocals sound as good now as they did on the band's multi-platinum self-titled debut album. Candlebox lock into a "grunge" style blues riff with "Let Me Down Easy," which was co-written by Peter Cornell (Chris Cornell's older brother). The band still feel that they have a chip on their shoulder to prove that they are one of the top bands to emerge from the Northwestern corner of the country. They display a gentler, more melodic side with "Riptide," while "Sunshine" has a spaghetti-western vibe that would fit in perfectly in a Robert Rodriguez film.

Candlebox deliver the sequel to their hit single "You" with the new track "We," which burns with passion as Martin sings his heart out, before the band erupts during the closing solo. They keep your adrenaline pumping with the intense, quick-paced rocker "Nothing Left To Lose" and try to recapture that mainstream audience with the addictive melody of "Trip." Candlebox wrap up their new album with the simmering rock anthem of "Don't Count Me Out" and the classic appeal of "Criminals," which will please long-time fans with its nostalgic sound. Candlebox are currently touring around the U.S., for a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Wolves," please visit candleboxrocks.com.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Singer, Songwriter Wesley Stace Shows Off His "Late Style" With A New Album

English singer/songwriter Wesley Stace (formerly John Wesley Harding) has a new album titled "Late Style" arriving September 17th from Omnivore Recordings. Stace has released over twenty albums and received some minor chart success in the U.S. in the early nineties with the singles "The Devil In Me" and "The Person You Are."

This time around, Wesley decided to collaborate with musical director David Nagler on this new set of songs, beginning with the upbeat, jazzy vibe of "Where The Bands Are," which swings with positivity. Wesley Stace gets his samba-style going with the Brazilian touch of "Everything All The Time," before slowing the tempo down for the steady flowing ballad "Your Bright Future." He quickly returns to his natural pop aspects with the addictive, light-hearted delivery of "Hey Director" and "The California Fix," while still striving for the timeless jazz appeal with "All The Yous." Wesley Stace wraps up his new album with the poetic words of "The Impossible She," the classic R&B backdrop of "Do Nothing If You Can" and a return to his iconic folk sound with "How You All Work Me." To find out more about Wesley Stace and his latest release "Late Style," please visit wesleystace.com.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Ana Egge Puts Her New Music "Between Us" On Her Latest Release

Arriving September 17th is the 12th studio album titled "Between Us" from acclaimed singer, songwriter Ana Egge. Writing for her new album began during the shutdown, when she began collaborating with Irish-based singer, songwriter Mick Flannery, which resulted in nine of the album's eleven tracks. Ana starts off with the steady flow of "Wait A Minute," as you are re-introduced to her smooth vocal touch, along with highlights of horns and keyboards to give the song that extra flair. The music quiets-down for the mellow delivery of "The Machine" and the fragile touch of "You Hurt Me," as Ana's vocals portray the perfect emotions to match the melodies. The mood picks back up with the sweet, vibrant rhythm of "Heartbroken Kind," before reaching the slow blues of "We Let The Devil."

The upbeat, pop sound of "Be Your Drug" allows Ana's vocals to be the star as her angelic range fills the words of the song with grace and emotion. The mood turns dark once again with the apologetic lyrics of "Sorry," as the music slowly moves along the song's poetic words. Ana finishes her new album with the addictive, R&B-style of "Want Your Attention," featuring a duet with singer J. Hoard, along with the quiet closing lullaby of "We Lay Roses." Ana Egge will be hitting the road in mid-September, beginning in Portland, Oregon. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about Ana Egge and her latest release "Between Us," please visit anaegge.com.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Omnivore Recordings Reissues Gleaming Spires Albums On CD With Loads Of Bonus Tracks

 The 1980's pop group, Gleaming Spires were swept up in the current of New Wave music hitting the airwaves and released three albums before disbanding in 1985. Those albums have been long out of print, but are finally getting reissued by Omnivore Recordings on September 17th, as three separate releases, with loads of bonus tracks. The band was envisioned by the Bates Motel duo of Ron and Russell Mael, who were also performing as the cult duo Sparks, they enlisted Leslie Bohem, David Kendrick (Devo) as the key performers, along with fellow Sparks members Jim Goodwin and Bob Haag to complete the line-up of Gleaming Spires. Right from the start, the band found popularity along the California coast with their hit single "Are You Ready For The Sex Girls?," but then quickly fizzled out. The band tried to recapture that magic by entering the studio with famed producers Stephen Hauge (Pet Shop Boys) and Greg Penny (Elton John) to record two more albums in four years, before going their separate ways in 1985.

Their three albums will be issued on CD for the first time since their initial release with loads of bonus tracks, including rare, unissued Bates Motel tracks, demos from the Eleven Blue Men sessions and songs from the Roger Corman film "School Spirit." The debut album from Gleaming Spires titled "Songs Of The Spires" includes the hit single "Are You Ready For Sex Girls?," along with the post-punk tracks from Bates Motel as bonus material, which hard to image that they have never been released. Songs like "The Way Marlena Moves" and "Only The Young Die Young" have a great punk vibe that will have you looking back and rediscovering more songs by Bates Motel. The other four bonus tracks on this reissue of their first album are from Gleaming Spires "Life On The Lawn" EP, which definitely sounds like an extension of the band's early New Wave sound.

Their second album "Walk On Well Lighted Streets" still keeps that New Wave sound flowing through tracks like "You're Right" and "Happy Boy." The bonus tracks featured along side the original ten album songs come from the well-received "Party EP," which features some of Gleaming Spires more experimental tracks like "Funk For Children" and "Brain Button." This new release also includes the song "Kinda Like The Movies" from the film "Bad Manners," along with a full band version of Gleaming Spires' "Are You Ready For The Sex Girls?" and "All Night Party" from the classic comedy film "Revenge Of The Nerds."

The third and final studio album from Gleaming Spires titled "Welcoming A New Ice Age" finds the band aiming toward a more pop-oriented sound with addictive ballads like "Tearaway" and "Your Secret Room," while also trying to recapture their early days with the sound of "What's Coming Next." The bonus tracks featured on this new CD reissue of the album come from the 1985 movie "School Spirit," which was the first film issued on Roger Corman's distribution company, Concorde Pictures. Plus, issued here for the first time, are a couple tracks from the Eleven Blue Men sessions, which was a failed attempt to keep the music flowing. A couple highlights from these bonus tracks include punk-style covers of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and Bob Dylan's "It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding." To find out more about these three new Gleaming Spires reissues, please visit omnivorerecordings.com/gleaming-spires.

Monday, September 6, 2021

New Releases From Punk Icons Anti-Flag & Legendary Post-Punk Band Chrome

American punk icons, Anti-Flag are ready to revisit the past with their latest release "17 Song Demo," which was only previously available on cassette and scored the band a deal with the Bay Area punk label New Red Archives. This new release will be available for the first time on CD and vinyl and features early rough versions of some of the band's most well-known early tracks like "Red, White And Brainwashed" and "Drink Drank Punk." This demo was recorded back in 1992 (four years before their debut album "Die For The Government" and features 18 songs (10 of which have never appeared on any Anti-Flag album). The band early, raw energy is instantly present in songs like "They Don't Protect You" and "Davey Destroyed The Punk Scene," while the addictive nature of their songs will instantly get lodged into your brain. Shouts of "kill, kill, kill" have become a political anthem for "Kill The Rich," as Anti-Flag were against the government's choices even back in the early nineties. You can't help but get wrapped up in the sonic blast of "Daddy's Wearing Mommy's Clothing" and "You'd Do The Same," which also carries that classic British punk vibe. The new release closes with the rough chaos of "5 Minutes" and stellar cover of Mission To Burma's "That's When I Reach For My Revolver." Anti-Flag also have a new documentary out titled "Beyond Barricades: The Story Of Anti-Flag," along with a U.S. tour starting September 14th. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new "17 Song Demo" release, please visit anti-flag.com.

The post-punk band, Chrome have returned with a brand new studio album titled "Scaropy," which was released back in August on Cleopatra Records. The new twelve song release begins with the grinding guitars of the title track "Scaropy," as you are locked-in for one hell of a sonic ride. The energy picks up with the frenzy of "H Of Spades," with muffled vocals and shrieking guitars," while "Terminate" has a more electronic feel, as you are taken further down the rabbit hole of Chrome's experimental mind. The rawness of "Hello Sunshine" will have you peeling back the layers of sound, along with the intense, hard rock attack of "Night Nurse." The band post-punk sound is extremely present in the power of "An Open Letter," before Chrome finish up their new album with the modernized New Wave vibe of "They're Coming To Get You" and the classic, straight-up punk attack of "The Opposition." To find out more about Chrome and their latest release "Scaropy," please visit facebook.com/chromechronicles.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Metal Blade Records Unleashes New Music From Portrait, Tuesday The Sky and Criminal

Swedish metal band, Portrait recently released their new studio album "At One With None" through Metal Blade Records. It the band's first release of new music in four years and features some epic tracks, like the eight-minute lead-off of "At One With None," which carries a modern day metal vibe that draws influence from some of the best aspects of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Portrait keep the nostalgia flowing through the classic metal appeal of "Phantom Fathomer," which keeps a stead pace without biting off more than necessary. The band's solid musicianship his present on the nine-minute, chugging pace of "Ashen," before quickening up the tempo with the high-powered assault of "A Murder Of Crows." Portrait finish their new album with the bashing rhythm of "Shadowless" and the soft-build up of their most progressive metal anthem "The Gallow's Crossing." To find out more about Portrait and their latest release "At One With None," please visit facebook.com/portraitsweden.

Also recently released from Metal Blade Records is the latest offshoot from Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos titled "The Blue Horizon" from his band, Tuesday The Sky. The new 11-track release begins with the soft strumming of "Half Remembered" and the emotional fueled instrumental "Near Light." Matheos lightens up the mood with the floating melody of "Where The Enemy Sleeps," before picking up the tempo with the experimental time signatures of "Hypneurotic." Tuesday The Sky take you on a sonic journey with the subtle instrumental shifts of "Later, Then Now," as you sit back, relax and float down stream. The album finishes with the blossoming sound of "The Blurred Horizon" and the Pink Floydian-style closer "Everything Is Free." To find out more about Tuesday The Sky and their latest release "The Blue Horizon," please visit tuesdaythesky.com.

Chilean metal band, Criminal are ready to explode with their ninth studio effort titled "Sacrificio," which arrives on September 17 from Metal Blade Records. It features twelve head-bashing anthems, beginning with the speed and aggression of "Live On Your Knees" and "Caged." The chugging riffs of "The Whale" will certainly have you stand up and take notice of this band's large and loud sound. They continue to flex their metal muscle with the thunderous attack of "After Me, The Flood" and "Theocrazy," before wrapping up their new album with the screaming guitars of "Hunter And The Prey" and the hectic chaos of "Ego Killer," which delivers the final blast of adrenaline. To find out more about Criminal and their latest release "Sacrificio," please visit facebook.com/Criminal.Band.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Omnivore Recordings Release The Rare Audition Tape Of Laura Nyro

On September 10th, Omnivore Recordings will unveil the audition tape from legendary songstress Laura Nyro in a new release titled "Go Find The Moon: The Audition Tape." It features eight tracks, including one of Laura Nyro's most famous songs "And When I Die," which Blood, Sweat And Tears turned into a top 5 hit single in 1969. That song starts off this new release, as Laura' vocals will simply blow you away with strength and purity. The set continues with a false start to "Lazy Susan," which will be performed later on during this recording.

Supported by just a piano, Laura' voice will no doubt grab your attention on the lovely ballad "Enough Of You," before she jazzes up her audition up with the sultry delivery of "Go Find The Moon." Omnivore Recordings keep in some of the studio talk between Laura and A&R man Artie Mogull, who asks her to play some jazz standards. Mogull would eventually become her first manager of a career that would surpass three decades. The 18-minute tape finishes with Laura returning to complete her breath-taking performance of "Lazy Susan." To find out more about "Go Find The Moon: The Audition Tape" from Laura Nyro, please visit omnivorerecordings.com/laura-nyro.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

New Music Arriving From Tas Cru, Plus Al Ross & The Planets Release "Blue Crystal"

London-based band, Al Ross & The Planets are finally releasing their new album "Blue Crystal" on September 10th. The album was recorded back in January 2020 at Abbey Road Studios, but the pandemic put a holt on mixing, releasing and touring in support of the album. So finally, when they were able to finish the album this past May, the world had changed and the band had a difficult time getting into the studio with new safety protocols in place. Some session musicians were hired to help complete the music and is now presented in its complete form, beginning with nearly seven-minute epic opener "Crossroads," which includes a great, funky little jam to break-up the songs gospel-like chorus. Al Ross & The Planets bring the southern country sounds of the U.S. overseas to the U.K. with the swagger of "Something Changed My Mind," before the blues of "Blue Crystal" explodes with a powerful guitar and brass solo. The vocals and music perfectly blend on the addictive, inspirational tone of "In The Middle Of The Night," while "Checkin' Out The Vibe" is a positive jolt of nostalgic rock and roll. Al Ross & The Planets wrap up their new album with the bluesy ballad "Sweet Memories Of You." To find out more about Al Ross & The Planets and their latest release Blue Crystal," please visit alrossandtheplanets.com.

Singer, songwriter Tas Cru brings his Americana, blues style to his latest release titled "Broke Down And Busted Up." This new eleven-track release digs deep into the roots of nostalgic country music with the opener "Where Do We Go," highlighted by a smooth dance of guitar and fiddle during the solo. The rhythm of the title track "Broke Down And Busted Up" gets a little funky, before the band just jam with all the instruments meshing together perfectly. They keep the tempo flowing with the southern blues feel of "Be My Strength," before slowing down for the jazzed-up piano ballad "All Stays The Same," led by the smooth warming vocals of Mary Ann Casale. Tas Cru delivers a New Orleans-style blues with "So Damn Hard To Like," before finishing off the album with the quiet, emotion-fueled "Write Me My Own." To find out more about Tas Cru and his latest release "Broke Down And Busted Up," please visit tascru.com.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Jude Cole Returns With Two New Releases "Coup De Main" and "Coolerator"

Singer, songwriter, guitarist Jude Cole used his time away wisely by creating two new albums, which were recently released through Fresh Coffee Records. One is a set of all new original songs titled "Coup De Main." the other is a set of covers of some of Cole's favorite songs from the 1950s and 1960s titled "Coolerator." Not only has Cole come back to his first love of performing, but he has also been on the other side as a producer, music critic and interviewer to some of the biggest names in music like The Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper.

His new nine-song release "Coup De Main" begins with the laid-back, mid-tempo vibe of "Taking Away My Home," as you are re-introduced to Cole's warm, soft-toned vocals. The album continues with the contemporary pop nature of "I'll Miss You," which has a nostalgic vibe surrounding it. He pours his emotions into the ballad "I'm Only Far Away," before picking the energy back up with the swinging pop melody of "Starry Eyes." The highlight of the album is the six-minute song "The Dark," which certainly draw inspiration from some classic rock themes from Pink Floyd and Genesis. Jude Cole finishes his new studio album with the funky backdrop of "Wax Wings" and the quiet, soft touch of "Partners In Time."

Jude Cole's other release "Coolerator" is a new set of cover songs from the fifties and sixties that feel perfectly right at home in Cole's musical hands. The new ten-song release kicks off with the blues romp "It Hurts To Love Someone (When They Don't Love You)" from Guitar Slim, as Cole is able to showcase his chops on the guitar with a short little solo. Next, he delivers a stellar copy of The Flamingos "I Only Have Eyes For You," before taking on Chuck Berry's "Dear Dad" with focus and admiration for the rock and roll legend. Cole also dabbles in doo-wop with a memorable cover of The Charts' "Desiree," which Cole considers "one of the most beautiful doo-wop songs ever." He strips down The Beatles' "I Wanna Be Your Man" to a more rockabilly sound and adds a little jazz to his resume with his version of Ray Charles' "Just For A Thrill." Jude Cole closes out his new covers album with the classic blues of Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth." To find out more about Jude Cole and his latest releases "Coup De Main" and "Coolerator," please visit judecole.com.