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
Added by Rick J Bowen on July 16, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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
For those of you who are serious rockabilly and roots rock fans, if you aren't already familiar with the band, let me introduce you to the Augsburg, Germany sextet Steve Train and His Bad Habits. This is the sort of band that recalls the good old days of rockabilly and rock and roll, when Sun Records, Meteor…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on July 1, 2014 at 2:00pm — 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
Added by Rick J Bowen on July 1, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
I usually don’t review extended play formats (EP) -- 3 to 6 songs -- because I feel I can’t be fair judging an artist from such a lean sample. However, I listened to this new three-song set a few times, did a little research and my curiosity made me listen back to Ten Ton Man’s 2012 self-titled full album. This collection contained ten songs that helped me understand the direction they were coming from.
So, while I'm not reviewing that first album here, I may reference their…Continue
Added by John Apice on June 20, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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
Added by Rick J Bowen on June 16, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Lyal Strickland hails from Missouri -- the Heartland of America. I was intrigued when I read his ultra-condense biography which describes him as a singer, songwriter, and farmer who balances his art with raising grass-fed beef. That kind of bio is not something you see every day. I’m always seeking out new music and knew that Lyal had a story to tell. It turns out that he’s got a lot to say about life on the farm and how it intermingles with the craft of songwriting, and the heavy…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on June 11, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
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
Canadian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Matt Anderson grew up in the village of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. Life in that blue collar small town on the banks of the Saint John River is fused into his music. In 2010, Andersen won the top prize for a solo/duo at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, beating artists from 11 other countries and five continents -- the first Canadian to prevail over the event's 26 year history. His prize included festival gigs in…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on June 2, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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
Louise Mosrie’s transformation into a musician with a keen sense of Southern culture is intriguing since, as she says below, she resisted being part of that very same culture for many years. She has stories to tell and songs to sing. Louise’s songs are thoughtful. They stay with you long after you’ve heard them. They meander around your brain and nestle down, deep inside your heart. These are songs that need to be sung and need to be heard. Spread the word
After swimming through a myriad of albums in recent weeks - many of them excellent - I came across an artist that sounds like he’s been already around for decades. It was the confidence in his voice, the maturity and polish. He was compelling and seasoned. I came to the music with the belief that this was Roger Street Friedman’s “new” album and it is. I was surprised to learn his discography doesn't have several previous albums. It only has this one.
How does someone run…Continue
Added by John Apice on May 2, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments
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
Added by Rick J Bowen on April 30, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
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
Interesting and expansive music from Lands End, a young five piece, the members of which represent five instruments, three countries, and an interesting mix of musical traditions.
The band revolve around the fulcrum of Sore Fingers, where they met and first performed. The annual workshop-cum-festival has seen the development of many a group within the…Continue
Added by Gideon Thomas on April 25, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Once again music lovers descended on the Hill Country for a weekend of fantastic music and wonderful weather. This year’s Old Settler’s Festival showcased a wide range of artists spanning an even wider range of genres. What brought everyone together was the enjoyment of this long-running festival that refuses to sell its soul to marketers in order to guarantee that each year’s experience is just…Continue
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
Added by Rick J Bowen on April 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
My first introduction to Spuyten Duyvil was when they were selected as one of a couple dozen emerging artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, NY in 2010. My friends,Pesky J. Nixon, put on a pre-festival showcase of their own, lovingly called The Lounge Stage, and invited the band along to play. The minute they stepped over…Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on March 31, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments