STATION_MANAGER for Hambone's Blues Party
Long Grove, Illinois, United States
Scott "Hambone" Hammer, a Chicago-based attorney, went on-air with Hambone's Blues Party in November 1995, broadcasting from a small Arlington Heights radio station, WCBR 92.7FM. Thirteen years and 650 shows later, he currently can be found on listener-supported public radio, WDCB 90.9FM, simulcast on the web at www.wdcb.org, every Thursday, from 10 p.m. until midnight.
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Review of Remain
Album Info: Remain
Bywater Call Album: Remain Label: Gypsy Soul Genre(s): Contemporary Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Sep 24, 2022
With pipes built for power ballads, Meghan Parnell is right at home in the muscular, expansive sound generated by this Ontario-based seven-piece, rhythm-and-horns outfit. Her force and focus are a constant on an all-original set both stylish and soulful. In addition to the killer title track, “Falls Away”, “Lover Down Slow” and “Left Behind” stand out. Very nice work.
Cover albums are nothing novel and in fact artists paying tributes to their big influences are as normal as apple pie. Although it was a novel phenomenon in the late 1980s and early 1990’s, especially widespread, when in fact the CD first arrived, and the tributes keep coming 40 years on. Case in point is the 2022 release of Got It Covered by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eleanor Underhill. Featuring the pop penchants of the ace banjo player and vocalist, Got It Covered kicks off with her truly memorable cover of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”. Other artists getting the treatment here include The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Don Henley, Pink Floyd, Madonna and much more.
Eleanor spoke with Roots Music Report on some of the tracks; “Feeling Good is an amazing song and I was intrigued to find out that it was written for a British
Vocalist Crystal Shawanda predictably and reliably scorches and powers her way through a suitably tailored soul-and-blues set. Her sultry, drag-tempoed workup of Willie Dixon’s “Evil” should garner attention as should the self-penned title track and Kimberly Rew’s lyrically smart “That’s Just the Woman In Me’.
Päivi Hirvonen is a Helsinki-based composer and musician who uses violin, voice and Finnish bowed lyre (jouhikko) as her instruments. With one foot firmly planted in tradition, she also has another boldly going in the direction of new traditions. A 2011 Master of Music graduate from Sibelius Academy, Hirvonen is currently pursuing a doctoral degree with her research in solo performance and storytelling. While involved with the bands, Okra Playground and The LempiLempi Duo, she also released a solo album in 2018 called Alku – The Beginning that received great feedback for its artistry, sensitivity and strength.
On Kallio, Hirvonen arranges her original music with both traditional folk sensibilities and pop aesthetics. Besides her impressive ability to simultaneously play fiddle and sing, Kallio incorporates multi-tracked vocal harmonies and programming to deliver
The Webasto Album: Second Round Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Surf
Posted By: Robert Silverstein
Sep 15, 2022
Hailing from the Northern European country of Finland, The Webasto carries on the surf-rock instrumental sound in style on their 2022 comeback album simply titled Second Round and, overall the album is a welcome return to form for the band nearly 18 years after their 2004 album Cold And Hunger. The 13-track album features a heavy accent on the Finnish “Rautalanka” guitar style that blends a reverb-heavy Ventures / Shadows instro guitar style with even more refined European melodic edges.
There’s even a surf-rock arrangement of the theme song from the mid-1960s TV show The Munsters. With no heavy Finnish vocals in the way, that Rautalanka style of guitar instrumental music has stayed extremely popular throughout Finland and much of Scandinavia since the 1960s. Featuring a very clean electric guitar sound and haunting melodies to suit their sound, The Webasto breathes