Today's Links September 15, 2016
- America Needs CPR
When my wife and I travel across the country, we like to avoid interstates whenever possible. As long as time allows it, we take the back roads that wind along rivers, follow county lines and cross the open farm lands. We love to see the heartbeat of the country: the mom and pop stores, small-town diners, local businesses and more.
Today's Links June 27, 2016
- NewTown – Harlan Road
One of the best Bluegrass releases of the year so far is the new Harlan Road by the Lexington, Kentucky-based band NewTown. Solid vocal and instrumental work, combined with the songs of some great Southern writers, exemplify what this genre is all about on a collection of 11 wisely-chosen tunes.
- Genre-Spanning Titles That Rock
Live albums, reissues, an impressive debut and an inspired return from Garbage are among the field of highly-recommended titles that will satisfy music lovers from across the spectrum. Artist: Neil Young + Promise of the Real. Title: Earth (Reprise).You might like if you enjoy: Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Tell me more: Neil Young is truly rock's most enduring explorer, challenging himself...
- Prasanna – All-Terrain Guitar
There are plenty of guitar gods that go by a single name moniker. Jimi, Eric and Eddie to name a few. But if you expand your search to the eastern hemisphere, an unfamiliar name will qualify. If you don't know about Prasanna, prepare to be terrified," says guitar icon Guthrie Govan of the visionary guitarist who "plays like nobody on the planet" (All About Jazz) The Indian Renaissance man is a pioneer of Indian Carnatic music. The style consists of 72 melodic cycles called ragas and seven rhythmic cycles (talas) Sound complicated?
- Owen Stevenson – Right Here and Now
Chicago based singer-songwriter Owen Stevenson has had exuberant experiences, as far as musical careers go for many aspiring artists. Fulfilling the performer role more than the artist one in recent years, he has a number of well-known venues in Chicago already under his belt, not to mention a few stints in some other states and out on sea across the world (as a cruise ship performer).
- Joe Jackson Entertains Riverside, CA
In a career that spans nearly 40 years, Joe Jackson has taken several stylistic detours, encompassing everything from classical, jazz and reggae to new wave, jump blues and beyond. The excellent “Fast Forward,” which came out last October, is the British singer/pianist’s first album to contain all-original material since 2012’s “The Duke” (a tribute to jazz master Ellington).
- Leslie Cours Mather – We Are America
As we celebrate America’s 240th birthday, there are some people out there who don’t understand the meaning of, or the reason for, American patriotism. Leslie Cours Mather wants to make sure everybody knows this is still the greatest country on earth, and she gets the message across in a big way with her new single, “We Are America.”
Today's Links June 20, 2016
- SoundPress.net Presents – Sights and Sounds of Note for June 2016
We've reached the halfway point of another year. But, we received so much product to preview this month that we haven't been able get through even half of the stack. Here's the best of the batch! Many rock bands have a back story where the famous product is really only the final evolution in a series of incarnations. Such is the case with Tom Petty and the...
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- Jackson Browne in Concert
Surprise! Jackson Browne is 67 years old. Unsurprisingly, he looks and sounds much the same as when he was a pivotal figure in the 1970s California soft rock movement. His instantly recognizable tenor is both gentle and authoritative at once while the musicianship remains overly capable. The Pittsburgh show marked the return of the full band. Lead guitar ace Val McCallum played ...
- Cassadee Pope – Summer EP
Cassadee Pope’s new release is officially called “Summer EP.” But upon a full listen, one wonders if the working title was “taking the road more Often Traveled” To say that the third season ”The Voice” winner played it safe is a bit of an understatement. She penned three of the songs, including the obvious title track and the autobiographical “Alien.” Elsewhere, the songs are about a summer...
- Sixties Sounds Celebrated in the 21st Century
A slew of the Sixties' most enduring and celebrated rock artists are highlighted via outstanding recent releases, while singer-actress Doris Day's wonderful 1967 collection "Love Album" has been reissued as a deluxe edition with bonus tracks. Artist: The Monkees. Title: Good Times! (Rhino)
You might like if you enjoy: The Monkees, Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, XTC. Tell me more: The magic that...
- Trashcan Sinatras In Concert in San Juan Capistrano
Whenever Trashcan Sinatras unveil a new album and tour America, it’s a special treat. Formed in the late ‘80s, the Scottish band made its initial mark Stateside with the jangly guitar pop of magnificent 1990 debut CD Cake (a Desert Island Disc for this writer), which spawned modern rock hits (“Obscurity Knocks,” “Only Tongue Can Tell”) and was a mainstay at such influential Los Angeles FM...
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- Artists Release New Music DVD’s
Shot last October at the ornate Teatro Sociale in Como, Italy, the 90-minute concert pairs Mika with a chorale and orchestra conducted by Simon Leclerc. Considering the European singer’s theatrical brand of pop, it ends up being a perfect match. During a 10-minute interview included in the DVD’s bonus features section, he says it took eight months...
- Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk
In 1977, John Doe co-founded the seminal Los Angeles punk rock band X. The bassist/singer’s new book Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk is more anthology that your average autobiography. It chronicles the early years of the frequently bleak and gritty scene through various contributors who were front and center. A brisk read, the 24 unflinchingly real chapters...
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- Anni Piper – More Guitars Than Friends
Throughout her career Anni Piper has shown musical versatility that has included forays into jazz, country, and rockabilly yet she has never strayed far afield from her signature blues style. While she hasn’t abandoned Stevie Ray Vaughan’s legacy altogether, she has chosen to dive deeper into other genres resulting in a quirky, interesting record called More Guitars Than Friends. Piper's...
- Preshias Harris’ June Music Column
VERSE OF THE MONTH: Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. - Psalm 98:4. ARTIST NEWS: Members of Old Dominion recently reflected on what winning Breakthrough Group/Duo of the Year on the ACC Awards meant to them. “When we started this band, winning awards never crossed our minds,” said front man Matthew Ramsey who...
Today's Links June 13, 2016
- Four Ways to Get Better at Pitching Songs for Film and TV
Having had the good fortune of song placements in both films and television shows, I can safely say there is no magic bullet when it comes to making this happen. However, there are certainly things that you, as a songwriter, can do to improve your odds when you’re pitching songs for film and TV. I’ve listed a few of these below.
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- Five of Our Favorite Unplugged Jams
When feedback is reduced to but a simmer and everything goes quiet, vocality becomes transparent, thoughts laid on the line and perceptive alterations take their course. This is what may occur when artists put their swords away, step back from all you’ve known and throw you, with all intention; in the direction they see fit. Unplug. Now unwind with these stunning editions...
- Various Artists – Nashville Season Four Soundtrack
After four seasons, ABC pulled the plug on its hit series, “Nashville.” The reaction from fans was swift and intense. It almost felt like their favorite band broke up and that is true in many ways. The triple Exes, The Avery Barkley Band and Maddie Conrad felt as real as actual country stars to millions of fans. That’s probably because the cast has legitimate talent and some have street...
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- Big Gerry Rules on the Hammered Dulcimer
Is this a great country or what? There’s room for every type of music in America, from steampunk and Motown to bluegrass and avant-garde. And there’s even room for a guy like Legendary Big Gerry. Legendary Big Gerry is an artist who performs Irish, Celtic, Americana and Christmas music, and American classics like “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Dixie,” with an occasional...
- Bob Dylan – Fallen Angels
Jeff Slate of Esquire magazine recently pronounced Bob Dylan The Greatest American Singer Of All Time. A subjective opinion, obviously, like asking who was the real Allman Brothers natural virtuoso, Duane or Dickey (Dickey of course). But no matter what you think of Dylan’s voice, it’s back again on his second album of Sinatra covers in as many years, Fallen Angels. And it’s wonderful.
- Nicholas Allbrook – Pure Gardiya
Pure Gardiya is the latest solo release from one of Australia’s greatest weirdos and psychedelia incarnate – Nicholas Allbrook. He is garnering quite a reputation – personally and professionally the trippy rocker has been turning heads all over the world for years now. Most well known as the bizarre front man of Aussie face-melters Pond, Allbrook was also part of Tame Impala...
- Halcyon Drive – Untethered
Halcyon Drive are back with their second EP Untethered and the Melbourne former duo – now trio – have taken their distinctive brand of alternative pop to a whole other level. The five tracks burst with echoing vocals and looping experimentations that form catchy melodies in a perfect pop mould. Taking the pop up a notch, Halcyon Drive deliver a bouncy, rhythmic, yet intensely...
- NewTown – Harlan Road
They’ve been around for the past seven years or so, but Bluegrass band NewTown, with some new members and a new producer (Union Station’s Barry Bales), is sounding tighter and better than ever on their new single, “Harlan Road.” NewTown features two principal singers, Kati Penn (also an award-winning fiddle player) and her banjo-wielding husband...
- Mary Edwards and Murder on Music Row
One of the hardest-working, rising stars in the Nashville television, film and even literary world, is Mary Edwards. As of this writing, the Nashville-based entertainment impresario has no fewer than a half-dozen TV, film, and book projects in the works, with more new projects being added at a rapid clip. The project Mary is most proud of: “Murder On Music Row,” a fledgling TV...
Today's Links June 6, 2016
- MoeDeLL – Local
In an era where a professionally made song, which needed an experience engineer to produce fully, can be concocted in the ones and zeroes of computerised programs like GarageBand or ProTools, it is easy to get swayed by such convenient tools and forget about organic analog instruments that built the roots of modern music.
- Introducing NewTown
NewTown is one of the hottest Bluegrass acts going these days, and their new album, Harlan Road, finds the band sounding better than ever. With three new members, the group’s lineup now includes founders Kati Penn (vocals and fiddle) and her husband, Jr. Williams (vocals and banjo), with Hayes Griffin on guitar and vocals, Travis Anderson on bass and vocals, and Mitchell Cannon on mandolin.
- Sydney’s Bin Juice Have Some Serious Explaining To Do
Alternative Sydney 5-piece, Bin Juice are consistent purveyors of dirty, hard hitting grooves. They sat down with Happy over some beers to get to the bottom of that irresistible sound and to help us decipher some of the finer details of what makes them tick. Strap in for something a little weird. Hey fellas, thanks for taking some time out, what have you guys been...
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- Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Radiohead fall into the pseudo-deified class of bands hailed as musical geniuses. Famous for their eclectic, ground-breaking musical arrangements and stunning vocal talent, the beacons for the misunderstood headed by Thom Yorke have decades of success, industry respect and strangeness associated with their image. Unfortunately for bands with such stellar credentials, the curse of astronomical expectation hangs heavy. Two weeks ago the band flew off the grid, erasing their social media presence online and...
- Introducing Southern Halo
Seldom does a performer or group actually have the ability to fulfill the promise of the hype surrounding them. Country vocal trio Southern Halo is one of those rare acts, though, that not only has the goods, but delivers them, and has the Nashville music industry paying serious attention. Comprised of teenage sisters Natalia (just turned 19), Christina (17), and Hannah Morris (16), Southern ...
- Elements of a Great Artist Website
As a performer it’s imperative that you set up and maintain a great website. It should be the hub of all of your marketing efforts. It can be anywhere from 5 to 15 pages but there are things that it definitely needs to have or to accomplish. We’ll talk about them in this blog article. The first decision is whether to have a professional do your website or whether you will be designing...
- Blogging for Singers and Songwriters
In this fast-changing digital world, the art of blogging has become a fun and educational pastime for many. Over the years, I’ve found that readership picks up when you provide information people can use. Following are a few tips for creating a successful blog. Choose a topic/activity you love or have experience with. Most bloggers write about things they’ve learned and applied in real...
- Jamie Suttle –
The American country music scene never ceases to produce top-end music deeply rooted in the country’s roots and the artists always have the challenge presented to them to bring new life to the genre that always sounds the same, but still sounds like home for Americans. Kentucky-based artist Jamie Suttle doesn’t try to be above it all and step out of her comfort zone as I have observed ...
- Japam – How’s my EP
What is it about chaos and sonic violence that keeps us coming back for more? Perhaps the cathartic release of ten-tonne riffs and hailstorm drums are sending us down a path of emotional freedom; even some scientific studies agree. Regardless of the why, Japam have the how down pat in their new EP How’s My EP?
Today's Links May 23, 2016
- Southern Halo – Self-Titled
“Little White Dress,” the opening track of the self-titled debut album by Southern Halo, begins with 16 seconds of a cappella singing, establishing right off the bat what this group is all about – great vocals. This trio of teenage sisters – lead singer Natalia Morris and her harmonizing younger sisters, Christina and Hannah – conjures instant comparisons to SHeDAISY or the Dixie Chicks. Add in...
- The ‘Long Road’ Leads To New Album for “Six-String Siren” Diana Rein
Get ready to meet your fate when "The Six-String Siren,” guitarist Diana Rein, releases her highly-anticipated sophomore album Long Road (Street Date: Wednesday, May 18). Written, recorded and produced by Diana Rein, the disc features twelve original tracks on which Rein sings, plays lead, bass, and rhythm guitar. Long Road was mixed and mastered by Peter Duff at Grey Brick...
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- The Sinking Teeth Go Deep on the Roots of their Punk Sound and More
I met up with bassist Jules and guitarist/singer Nick at a café in Brunswick on Easter morning to chat about the band, the new single and forthcoming album. I’d love to claim credit for thematically picking the café that’s connected to aptly named The Studios In The City where The Sinking Teeth recorded their first EP and soon to be released album… but this was all just happy coincidence.
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- Major Leagues – Dream States
Since their debut EP Weird Season back in 2013, ripe Brisbane quartet Major Leagues from have been mashing up some indie slacker surf jams true to the Queensland mantra of leisurely living. After unwavering support from Australian local radio for Weird Season across 2013 and 2014, and a year of constant touring in 2015 with stints alongside the likes of San Cisco and ...
- Tanzer – Four Love Songs
Hayley Tanzer is a musical force, the type of artist who storms through her career with guns blazing – guns that shoot technicolour laser beams. She’s a commander, wielding a vocal style that demands attention – the type of singer who would be equally comfortable soundtracking a Baz...
- SoundPress.net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note May 2016
Spring is a season of eclectic and colorful variety as is the latest batch of CDs to arrive at the SoundPress.net offices. Starting off the musical mix this month is one unlikely reunion that we were happy to see take root. Santana's (www.santana.com) latest IV reunites the early 1970s lineup of Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon...
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- Keith Urban at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles plays host to musicians big and small via its excellent slate of programs inside the Clive Davis Theater. Yet when the superstars turn up, you can sense a special buzz throughout the facility. That’s what happened on May 10, when Keith Urban...
- Solidities – I Is, You Is, We Is
Solidities is the solo project of Sydney producer Harry Burgess – a moniker that he works under creating sophisticated and complex electronic arrangements. I Is, You Is, We Is, Solidities’ debut effort, is an absolutely flooring sensory experience that boarders on psychedelia, despite having few of the hallmarks of the genre scattered across it. The EP is more akin to a dream...
- Callie Twisselman – Party Lights
It’s summertime again, and California country-pop singer Callie Twisselman has a song ready-made for those barbecues and guitar pulls in the back yard. With “Party Lights,” the single from her EP of the same name, Twisselman has written a fun and flirty sing-along number about playing music and singing with her friends over a few cold ones that a...
Today's Links May 16, 2016
- Here Are 6 More Bands That Need To Reunite Now
Maybe they are not getting enough from the world, or the world doesn’t get enough of them, but for whatever reason, bands occasionally just straight up call it quits, and never seem to reunite. Sure, the process may get dragged out for a while, the enterprise may take over and give listeners that last fleeting glimpse of their favourite muse; a little treat before they bite the bullet.
- Half Deaf Clatch – Simple Songs for These Complicated Times
Half Deaf Clatch is an English blues player with a strong love of traditional, 1920s and 30s US southern music. This is his second release in under a year, following on from the success of the truly remarkable 'Life & Death of AJ Rail.' Again, Clatch turns back time, setting his sights firmly in the feel of the past, with downright old-style, loose and free banjo picking and resonator guitar work...
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- King Gizzard and Lizard Wizards – Nonagon Infinity
Melbourne’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard not only give us a mouthful of a name, but an earful of music. Channelling the weird and the wonderful as only the Gizzard and Wizard can, new album Nonagon Infinity is an ode to the gents who will do whatever they bloody want to do and do it with an untameable force that you’re bloody knocked for six and blissfully happy about it.
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- George A. Paul’s Stagecoach 2016 Review
Stagecoach pulled back into Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. for its 10th Anniversary on April 29-May 1 and did another great job at showcasing past and present country sounds. Among the top grossing music festivals in the world (cousin Coachella takes the top slot), it featured headliners Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan performing to a sellout crowd of 75,000 daily.
- Mossy – Self-Titled
Hype. Hype. Hype. Hype. Hype. Hype. Everything gets hyped these days, from a 16-year-old bedroom producer with two remix tracks on Soundcloud, to the latest superhero movie that’s just a carbon copy of it’s predecessor. That’s just the devilish mastery of publicity. Every so often though, something comes along that’s worth it. There has been a lot of hype for Mossy‘s self-titled...
- Spookyland – Beauty Already Beautiful
Spookyland is the band you bond over with a stranger who’s about to change your life while you’re queuing for the bar in the small hours… and if they’re not, then where have you been, and who else would you’ve been talking about? Since the magnetically pessimistic quartet first put out their debut single, The Silly Fucking Thing, back in May 2014, we’ve reveled in feeling like our...
- A Chat With Lepers and Crooks Gets Real Flirtatious, Real Fast
There aren’t many male performers out there that could don high heels, lippy and a velvet-red coat before shamelessly adopting the persona of a shaken prostitute running through a bewildering night-lit suburbia. Thankfully, Sam Baker from alt-rock 5-piece Lepers and Crooks isn’t just any performer. Lepers and Crooks are heading out on yet another huge tour, this time supporting their single...
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- Alex Watts Takes a Good Look at Himself and the Albums that Shaped His Music
After the release of his visually delicious video for Hopeful, we wondered just what makes Alex Watts tick and how he came to develop his unique groove. Here, Alex gives us an insight into 5 albums that shaped and influenced his music and his life, you may be a little surprised. Music is nothing without inspiration. These 5 records are elements of the blueprint...
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- Stagecoach Offers Wealth of Americana, Country and Rock Music in Indio, CA
If there was one thread that tied together many of performances that I caught at Stagecoach April 29 - May 1, 2016, it was the spirit of Merle Haggard. While a slew of the performances acknowledged Hag, who passed away April 6, 2016, there was ultimately an even deeper theme of honoring a range of musical heroes and acknowledging the large part that great music plays in the...
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Today's Links May 9, 2016
- Feelin’ Dirty? Brightly Writes About Sex, Death, Privilege and Ball Sports on Rugby
After spending most of the long weekend listening to Brightly, I just want to say that if he were a religion, I would like to pledge allegiance to it. Brightly’s music is filled with heavenly goodness, he has consistently soared to new heights with each of his releases. This time he has reached a new ultimate height with Rugby: audio climax. Brightly comes across as some sort of technological wizard...
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- 8 Demos That Ended Up in the Final Mix
Being King Shit ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes you just hit it lucky. Like Tom from Myspace, he had an idea that was really good for about five years, and then it wasn’t. Same goes for music. For all those times decisions were made which were bad then and are still bad now here are a few times interesting choices were made that turned out to be very good ones.
- The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come To Expect
Hold on – is this calendar accurate? How is this possible? How could eight years have crawled by so fast? Were it not for the rigours of modern timekeeping, I would refuse to believe it. The ceaseless torrent of fear, noise and grim tidings has made these last hard eight feel like an endless death march, a torrid struggle from second to second that would not, cannot, shall not yield to the sweetest pleas for...
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- Ocean Alley Talk Album Details, Touring the World and Fork Branding
The life of a touring band is a strange one. One day, you’re riding the ten-foot wave of ecstasy that is a great gig, the next you’re fending off drunken band mates and getting up to some strange antics at after parties. Having just finished up their new LP, Nic, Baden and tour manager Wolf from Ocean Alley sat down with us to give a rare insight into the most bizarre and exciting aspects...
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- Pretty City – Colorize
Since their arrival in 2012, Pretty City have gained a reputation for offering up an ever-shifting hybrid of rock – ranging between shoegaze, indie, psychedelia and classic rock. The first full length release from the Melbourne outfit remains true to form; Colorize throws up an array of styles and influences. Pretty City shake up a mean cocktail on Colorize. Stadium appeal, personality...
- Gabe Dixon – Turns to Gold
“You might a thought I've been runnin' but I've always been comin' back to you. .” Dixon sings on “These Wheels,” one of the standout tracks on his latest album. The deep human impulse to love and be loved is often at odds with our equally strong yearning to be free. And the songs on Turns To Gold try to find balance at this emotional nexus point. It's part of Dixon's considerable charm...
- George A. Paul’s Coachella Festival II 2016 Wrap Up
Before concertgoers from around the world descended upon the California desert near Palm Springs for Coachella II on April 22-24, they received shocking news: Prince had died. Back in 2008, the music superstar co-headlined the festival and set the internet abuzz with a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” during his late night set. Many Prince fans that attended Coachella II wore...
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- Anni Piper – Does Australia’s First Lady of Blues Have More Guitars than Friends?
Award-winning Blues bassist-vocalist Anni Piper, recently released her long-awaited new album, More Guitars Than Friends. The ten-song disc is the first on Piper's own Sugar Daddy Records imprint, and is a lively potpourri of sounds. "All the original songs on the album were written since I moved to the US about a year ago", states the Australian expatriate now residing in Cocoa, Florida. More...
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- Pretty City Talk Us Through Their Debut LP Colorize
Colorize, the new record from Pretty City needs no introduction, but it may need some explanation. Luckily, Drew, the band’s drummer has taken the time to go deep into the making of every track. Colorize is an expansive journey into the mind of Pretty City and enters deep creative depths. To navigate our way through, we’ll need a little help. Melt is a big expansive psych rock jam. The lyrics always...
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Today's Links May 2, 2016
- Southern Halo – Rewind
One of the feel-good Country singles of 2016 is going to be “Rewind” by Southern Halo, the trio of teenage sisters whose remarkable harmonies put them in the company of Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. Written by Catt Gravitt (Jana Kramer), Gerald O’Brien (Martina McBride), and rising country artist Chancie Neal, “Rewind” is a perfectly-crafted Country-Pop song that rivals anything...
- 10 Records That Prove You Weren’t Born in the Wrong Generation
Our generation has been blessed with the ability for any artist now to incorporate everything from the past, fuse it together and produce fresh music that could never have been imagined into existence before. As a generation we have it all; there are musical innovations not to mention the records that lyrically speak so distinctly on our socio-political climate.
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- To Hellendale And Back with The New Blues Revolution
Southern California-based group New Blues Revolution is a blues-inspired journey through the form of Robert Johnson meets Quentin Tarantino via Pink Floyd. NBR’s latest CD, To Hellendale And Back, is the result of yet another stop on the road to create the music they want us all to hear. Each song/story tries to inspire a hypnotic state via strong grooves and a variety of emotion, from...
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- Interview with Roy Roberts
When Greensboro, North Carolina soul-bluesman Roy Roberts was just a kid he tried piano lessons for a while but just couldn't suffer the indignity of it all: 'I'd be sitting playing and it felt sort of '……a girls thing' to me, If you know what I mean. I'd be able to hear my buddies outside in the yard playing and hollering, having a great time. So I gave that up,' he explains.
- Jonathan Jackson Talks New EP, Grand Ole Opry and Enation
Jonathan Jackson chatted with Digital Journal about his forthcoming EP with his band Enation, as well as his upcoming show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Jackson and his band, Enation, have returned to the studio with Grammy-nominated producer Greg Archilla to record their new EP Blame-shifter, which will be released on May 13, on their own...
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- Mt. Mountain – Cosmos Terros
It’s long been lamented that for practical and commercial purposes the album format is dead or at least in irreversible decline. But Cosmos Terros is a reminder of what a great album can be. It’s not just a compartmentalised commercial package, but a single artistic statement and an immersive sonic organism. Like the sprawling expanse of Sleep’s Jerusalem, Mt. Mountain’s debut album...
- Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation
It is now hard to believe that as recently as five years ago, guitarist Joe Bonamassa was largely unknown. But with his albums hitting No. 1 with such regularity, the top chart position seems to be an afterthought now. Such is the case with his 17th release, “Blues Of Desperation.” The project is once again helmed by producer Kevin Shirley. While some tracks have a little sheen on them...
- Mark Harrison – On The Chicken Sandwich Train Live
Mark Harrison is an English acoustic guitarist with his heart and soul in the Deep South of Mississippi, The Delta and the blues in general. The title of this, his latest release, comes from the vittles many old black musicians and share-cropping migrants carried on the long rail journey North to the anticipated riches of Chicago and other northern cities where developing industry offered...
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- Ten Foolproof Ways to Do Your Own Song Critiques
Early on in my songwriting career, I considered it a minor miracle that I could write a song in the first place. However, once I got a little more used to performing that particular magic trick, it became necessary to start to refine my process a bit further. In other words, it was no longer enough just to have created a song. Now I had to go back and tweak, edit, fix and otherwise polish my...