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“Blues is the roots, everything else is the fruits” is a quote attributed to Willie Dixon, who was called the poet laureate of the blues.
An avid reader, as a youngster I was intrigued by the musicians who influenced artists such as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Cream and the like. Over time, my music collection began to reflect this: Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Josh White, Louis... Read More
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Review of At the End of the River
Album Info: At the End of the River
The Revelers Album: At the End of the River Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Cajun
Posted By: Duane Verh
Nov 10, 2019
As certifiably bontemps as they come, The Revelers stir a solid strain of extraordinarily tuneful instincts and arrangement smarts into their Cajun brew; the sort of savvy that should catch the ears of listeners not yet attuned to the genre. In addition, alongside agile accordion and fiddle work, the Grammy-nominated Louisiana sextet brings further freshness with particularly warm-blooded sax sounds and some decidedly bluesy guitar moments. The spunky leadoff track, “At The End of the River” is a standout as are “Who Who, Yea You” and “While I’m Far From You”.
Nothin’ Fancy is a contemporary bluegrass from Virginia that formed in 1994. Since 2001, they’ve hosted an annual bluegrass festival in Buena Vista, Virginia. The band’s original material, clear vision, and solid musicianship helped them win SPBGMA’s “Entertaining Band of the Year” award a number of times. Between 2002-2009, they released four albums on the Pinecastle label. Now on the Mountain Fever label, “Undeniable” is their 16th album overall and emphasizes their proven signature sound. Mandolinist Mike Andes wrote seven songs, guitarist Caleb Cox penned four, and fiddler Chris Sexton contributed the Celtic-infused instrumental “Road to Dublin.” The rest of the band is banjo-player Jacob Flick who bends his strings on the bouncy traditional-flavored “Kentucky Bound,” and bassist James Cox who lays down solid
Review of If I Catch My Dream: Songs of Hope for a Better World
Album Info: If I Catch My Dream: Songs of Hope for a Better World
Bett Padgett Album: If I Catch My Dream: Songs of Hope for a Better World Label: Ceilidhe's Music Genre(s): Contemporary Folk
Posted By: Joe Ross
Nov 6, 2019
Folksinger and multi-instrumentalist Bett Padgett’s ninth album is compelling as her original material touches the soul and stimulates the mind. The topical songwriter may not be widely known outside of her native North Carolina, but her material deserves a listen. Her title track shows that she clearly has the ambition and a focus to follow her muse. Many of her songs deal with social, political and environmental problems facing current and future generations. “Be Kind” emphasizes respect, “The Old Front Porch” is nostalgic, and “Too Much Trouble” has us questioning social media. Padgett encourages and calls us to action in “We Need a Miracle Now,” “Pale Blue Dot” and “Tell Us When.” Her presentation is graceful, personal and relaxed. Intelligent perspectives and insights are filled with lovely irony and
GospelbeacH Album: Let It Burn Label: Alive Naturalsound Genre(s): Pop Rock
Posted By: Duane Verh
Nov 4, 2019
The melding of through-the-mill emotion and pretty pop melodies served up by this veteran foursome recalls some of Alex Chilton’s best work; the posture of the lead vocals particularly in sync with the afrorementioned rock outlier. Dosed with a good measure of L.A. panache and high quality instrumental play, this is a most satisfying set. Standouts include “Bad Habits”, “Fighter” and “Baby (It’s All Your Fault”.
Jazz vocal music rarely gets better than singer Jennifer Saran. The Hong Kong based singer songwriter turned heads around with her 2017 album Wake Up and she returns in 2019 with a short but sweet five-track CD EP called Smoky Nights. Smoky Nights features the production of Narada Michael Walden, who also co-wrote the music here while also adding his drumming and keyboard skills. Like her previous albums, the sound is on Smoky Nights is on timeless jazz-pop and the results are quite arresting. Inspired by legendary jazz vocalists like Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, the music and album sound here is greatly enhanced by Narada’s sumptuous production as well as key contributions from a range of musicians. Some music fans may consider Jennifer Saran an easy listening artist, yet for those in the know, Smoky Nights is a first class jazz-pop vocal experience all the