Guitarist Danny Petroni teamed up with Frank Lacy to create a modern blues, jazz and soul band that he bills as the “Sound of Asbury Park” the result is the self titled release The Blue Project.
The album is a collection of hymns to the common mans struggle and inner city view of modern life mixed with good old time horsing around fun. Vocalist and trombone man Frank…Continue
The only thing wrong with the six-song EP The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It, is that there are only six songs.
Like James Brown said, "let’s hit it, and quit," Amos gathered together what he calls a "Gutbucket power trio," of Chris Roberts (guitar),Don Medina (drums),and Ed Terrio (bass) then threw down the tracks old school -- live, with no overdubs -- in one day.
Amos grew up around the entertainment industry and is the CEO of the digital content studio…Continue
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Like ice cold lemonaid and watermelon on a summer afternoon, Sunshine -- the new album from twin cites revivalists Davina & the Vagabonds -- is good old-fashioned fun.
Released in May of 2014, the album is set up like an old LP with A and B sides, featuring nine new songs and three reinvented covers, which highlight the unique instrumentation of a rollicking quintet held together by Davina Sowers’ on piano, acoustic bass, drum kit, and a clever trumpet and…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on July 11, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
There’s nothing like staring death in the eye for inspiration and motivation. Walter Trout intended on celebrating his 25th year as a solo artist with a new album and tour, but instead began a fight for his life and the need of a liver transplant. He perilously went ahead with plans to make a new album, and the result is a collection of fire-breathing confessions and tortured reflection on a life of victories and defeats outlined in 12 kickin’ tracks,…Continue
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Hindsight is always 20/20 they say, so making the decision to release her new album The Sky Is Falling after the smoke cleared from a turbulent band breakup and subsequent self reinvention, for Star Anna, is a moment of artistic clarity. Recorded with some of her band the Laughing Dogs and her closest confidants, this is a 10-song collection of brooding melodramatic vocals and the reverb-soaked high lonesome sound that fans of Star Anna have come to love. It is easy to see…Continue
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Tribute albums are a popular vehicle for artists in a variety of genres and often feature suburban Caucasians reworking songs of icons from the inner city, Deep South or some other gritty locale. What makes Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin Wolf Project (released July 2014) so special is that it comes from the Brookly- based Tomás Doncker Band -- a group of bonafide inner city musicians who play what they call “Global Soul,” who have studied and been inspired by all the…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on June 17, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Northwest icon Duffy Bishop is back without missing a beat, with her first new album in over ten years, Find Your Way Home, which was released in April of 2014. Based in Portland, Ore., Duffy is in the Cascade Blues Association and Washington Blues Society Hall Of Fame. She has won the CBA's Female Vocalist Award so many years in a row that they renamed it the Duffy Bishop Female Vocalist Award. The opening track, "I Don’t Wanna Know about It” -- an edgy shuffle in the…Continue
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Vancouver native Colleen Rennison may not yet be a household name, even though she has been working professionally for nearly 20 years -- she started as a child actor at age seven -- but her solo debut, See The Sky About to Rain, may change all that. What began as a guest appearance on sessions lead by Black Hen Music director and mastermind Steve Dawson, blossomed into a full-blown album for Rennison, who also fronts her own retro rock band No Sinner. Dawson surrounded…Continue
What are we here for? Is it a story from the heart or one that takes you someplace else? Words put to music? A tune’s introduction, an instrumental bridge, or is it the final chord? For those that have been following along, I would say that we are here at ND for the songwriter.
It was January of 2013 when I was not only talking up Rachel Brown’s Just Look My Way, but that her album ended up on my year-end “Best Of” list sharing company with the likes of…Continue
Veteran actor Jim Byrnes is familiar with working in ensembles and painting pictures with a cast of characters. For his loving tribute to his home town St. Louis, Byrnes teamed up again with Steve Dawson, the musical director and production guru at Black Hen Music, who gathered some of the best roots musicians in Canada together to record the basic tracks for the April 2014 release St. Louis Times.
The twelve tracks are a mixture of songs that were recorded by St.…Continue
If Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart built a country band, it would be much like Seattle’ own kings’ of “Raunchy Tonk,” the Shivering Denizens.
The quartet spent ten days in Nashville with Andy Gibson at his home studio and the result s their new album Sex, Drugs & Outlaw Country. The ten-song collection is a sonic delight as Gibson (who plays for Hank Willians III) added his superb steel playing to the mix and brought in veteran session players Billy Contreras…Continue
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Blue-eyed soul, a not oft-discussed genre these days, is defined as rhythm and blues and soul music performed by white artists. Dallas-born and New Orleans-educated Charlie Oxford falls squarely into this category with pride on his self-titled debut album, offering proof of his pedigree. The collection of eleven songs of love and self discovery was produced by Adam Smith in Nashville, who artfully layered a taut rhythm section, slick horn lines, fat keys, dramatic strings and…Continue
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The Seattle-based quintet Vaudeville Etiquette is set to storm into the burgeoning neo-folk and alt-country scene with their full-length debut Debutantes & Dealers. What may set them apart from the sing-along while we bang on a drum crowd is the group’s country and bluegrass leanings and book-smart lyrics. The music is rightly so centered on the singing and songwriting team of Taylor Lynn and Bradley Laina, who are backed by the stalwart…Continue
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Singer-songwriter Riley Etheridge, Jr., whose intellectual lyrics and talk singing style is a combination of Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, added some soul to the mix for his fourth album The Straight and Narrow Way. Etheridge also wisely enlisted long-time Neville Brothers and Dr. John sideman, guitarist Shane Theriot, to be his producer and co-songwriter. The result is a much more freewheeling, up-tempo set of tunes from the NYC-based artist who has been carrying the smart…Continue
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New Brunswick born Matt Andersen has a voice that can fill up the whole of outdoors proclaiming victory or whisper gently in your ear pleading forgiveness. His eighth album, Weightless, is a cross-genre masterpiece that presents a dozen tracks in Andersen’s easy narrative songwriting style, supported by superbly arranged instrumentation that fills each one with hidden gems which reveal themselves upon multiple listens. Producer Steve Berlin…Continue
Red Heart Alarm - Hammer Anvil Stirrup
Seattle is increasingly becoming a bastion of alt country Americana bands vying to be the next big thing toting the Ballard Avenue sound. Red Heart Alarm have coined…Continue
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Thirteen tracks of refreshing boisterous piano centric joy, full of authenticity, reinvention and firepower. That’s is an easy way to describe Laying It Down from piano man and two time international blues challenge finalist Arthur Migliazza, but what is happening here is so much deeper as it is evident Migliazza has spent a life time of study to become a master Blues, Boogie Woogie, Ragtime, Stride and Trad Jazz Pianist.
The songs on his new album are presented in a…Continue
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The fourteen track collection kicks off with the slow burning swamp rocker title track featuring mean resonator slide guitar on a classic tale of returning to the mythical delta…Continue
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Bursting forth with a sound salvaged from the cutting room floor of a long lost session of the million dollar quartet at Sun Studios, ‘Parish Lines’ from Rod Melancon isn’t retro; it’s the real deal. Hailing from South Louisiana, as documented on the fiery honky-tonk track bearing that name, Melancon delivers vocal skills full of authenticity and back country pride. The ten strong songs cover the gamut of roots rock, country and hillbilly soul, and tell us tales of a small town…Continue
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