Saturday, December 31, 2022

Dirk Da Davo




Since the early eighties, TB Frank and Dirk Da Davo have been the creative forces that have made The Neon Judgement a household name in circles where musical narrow-mindedness is not considered a bonus.

Emerging vibrant and violent from the small town Leuven near Brussels, in the early eighties, they started to build up their own sound.

Their early work combined low-fi technology and emotional sincerity to create a sound both warm and alienating. Going from strength to strength, they released a string of haunting albums that displayed an adventurous variety of songs, where downright industrial drones stood side by side with twisted love songs and campfire ditties from hell.

Dirk Da Davo now introduces his latest solo single "King of Fools".

http://www.dancedelicd.com/releases/

Friday, December 30, 2022

New releases - JAM 66 Radio.

Listen to only the new blues, bluesrock, rock, country, folk, jazz on  http://jamradio.mex.tl. Open 24 hours a day.


From This week, BLUE MONDAY, BROWN DOG BAND, JOHN SEIBEL, ELFY AND FRIENDS, MICHAELS CARPENTER, FARRELL JACKSON, JONSSON, BILLY JONES AND THE DELTA BLUES OUTLAWS and many others every week.


Tune in and keep listening to the newest. Listen on the radio site or with the apps or your favorite player.

Cherry Pill

 


Cherry Pill is a female/ male vocal-led duo combining rich harmonies accompanied by warm strings with rock guitar.

The duo writes, records and produces their own music and as songwriters they have reached international acclaim.

They were recently selected as finalists for the Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (2020, 2021) in the category of Best group duo and have had two of their original songs voted as South African finalists for the Afrimusic Song Competition in 2019 and 2020.

Cherrypillband.com

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Kate Rena

 


Who doesn't know it: lying awake at night and brooding over decisions made long ago?
Kate Rena opens her new single "Million Ways" with this image. The song is a break-up-song in the broadest sense, but it is anything but a ballad. Even more it's a powerful scene about the millions of different ways to individual happiness, which sometimes include partings.

'When a pair of shoes no longer fits or is worn out, it has to go. To put it simply, this is also the case with relationships between people. Old things have to go in order to make room for new things. It's just that we have a much harder time with people than with shoes.'
- Kate Rena Fleming

https://www.kate-rena-music.de/

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Egil Vollan


Egil Vollan is a musician from the Olympic city of Lillehammer in Norway. His main instruments are drums and vocals, but he also plays piano, guitar and other instruments. Egil has played with many talented artists in Norway but is now looking forward to continuing with his own music as a songwriter and artist.

"In Heaven There's a Star" is about a good friend and talented musician colleague who passed away at 57.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6MsVSxeTXYuXxaRisJFThz?si=r1KF5Cf0R0ihxsk6NMhLMA



 

Monday, December 26, 2022

Secret Service

 


A brand new song from the new album of legendary pop/new wave Swedish band!
Tim Norell: 'When you can't stop loving someone even when she's turned her back on you. I woke up one night and went to the piano to write this song. Sharon Vaughn wrote lyrics and John sings with so much emotion.'

Secretservicemusic.com

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Merry Christmas from JAM 66 Radio!!!

 


Merry Christmas to all the fans of This blog! Remember you can enjoy great blues, bluesrock, rock, country, folk, jazz and the newest 24/7 on http://jamradio.mex.tl

The Static Dive




A smooth and soulful acoustic pop/jazz torch song featuring The Static Dive's signature blues-infused lead guitar. It is the story of a crush on a friend, an unrequited love.


https://staticdive.com/category/my-music/

Friday, December 23, 2022

Stephanie Chaiken

 


This is a sweet duet featuring Stephanie Chaiken and Alex Smith, about spending time home with the family at Christmas and wanting to sneak away for some romantic time alone tog yoether.

stephaniechaiken.com

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Paul Novotny/Robi Botos




Summertime in Leith features legendary Canadian jazz musicians, bassist Paul Novotny and pianist, Oscar Peterson protégé Robi Botos in a visceral auditory experience that transports you to a picturesque Ontario hamlet, on a balmy, midsummer evening, in the middle of a jewel-like sanctuary of an historic Canadian church, surrounded by local folks engrossed in the moment.


Summertime in Leith presents an exciting impromptu performance by bassist Paul Novotny and pianist Robi Botos, (Oscar Peterson protégé), two legendary Canadian jazz musicians who want nothing more than to share in the exhilaration of the moment. “Summertime in Leith is sonic electricity.”

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Different Moon

 



"Unstoppable" is a motivating, retro, synth-pop rock song about self-empowerment, overcoming adversity and pushing through obstacles.


The song recently ranked in the 97th percentile of all songs reviewed on Crowd Review – a nationwide unbiased listener feedback platform gauging market appeal.
Here are a couple of comments from listeners:
'Punchy synths, melody is catchy - sounds like a radio hit!'
'It gives me The Weeknd vibes and that's a good thing.'

The song is currently being considered a finalist in the UK International Songwriting Contest, and was also featured in popular music blogs TunedLoud! and PopMusik.

Differentmoon.com

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Mauricio Yrivarren


Madrid-based singer-songwriter Mauricio Yrivarren aka Binary Drift releases the uplifting pop/rock Christmas single "Smile". "Smile" is the third single of Binary Drift's second album "Mortido". According to Mauricio, 'Smile is a Rock/Pop song that captures the excitement of living life at its fullest, without any fears, as long as you have love in your heart. I went through a period where I hadn’t realized that happiness had always been there for the taking. Looking back, I think it was a side effect of the Covid pandemic and the lockdowns. Shortly after the confinement restrictions were lifted in Madrid, the line 'the joy of being alive / no one’s got the right to take it back' popped into my head. It felt as if the universe had sent it for me to use as the foundation for a song.'

Monday, December 19, 2022

Honeypot

 


Honeypot is the passion project of Frank Hartman, a guitar-slinging lawyer by day, and a rockstar by night. The band is based out of Charleston, South Carolina, but is casting its net upon the wider world with its new release of, On the B Side ReBorn. Here find the new, improved, for a limited time only, ascendant product of three years of blood, sweat, and tears.

We made On The B Side ReBorn in the fiery chasms of Mount Doom with the assistance of the aptly named Apocalypse Studios hailing from Guernsey, England. We took the battered bits of a previous offering and looked at it in a new light and remixed it with their assistance. Out of the darkness came light and the music took on a new shape. Something we dreamed of as boys. Something timeless. Then we made a bargain with Devil, making use of mastering provided by LANDR. Artificial Intelligence that will eventually replace us as makers of music smoothed the few rough edges left over from the master mixing.

We present On the B Side ReBorn to world on the 6th of May, 2022. There was a tickler release of "Over the Line" as a single on May the Fourth Be With You. There is more to come. 

 https://honeypotband.com/

Sunday, December 18, 2022

George Dooley

 


George Dooley is a singer songwriter who has been playing and performing for over twenty years. He had always been frustrated in trying to get his songs produced. About two years ago he discovered the virtual world of music production, and he has never looked back. In just under two years, he already has four songs under license with Alcon Sleeping Giant (“ASG”), the music licensing arm of Alcon Entertainment, and another with Figure & Groove, a publishing house out of NY. His reputation as a lyricist continues to grow and his songs are generally fun and include great stories and clever lyrics. His catalog continues to grow, and he hopes his songs bring some joy. He also would welcome the opportunity to connect with recording artists who want to further bring his songs to life.

 https://dukesongs.net/

 

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Claudia Campagnol

 


Claudia Campagnol's voice is extremely powerful, yet warm and soulful. She takes inspiration from jazz, pop, soul, and R&B, showcasing a stunning flair for improvisation and vocal arrangements.

Claudia Campagnol has a deep-rooted affection for jazz fusion, and she has achieved great success on the jazz scene in Denmark as well as abroad. Her debut album "I'm Strong" (2019) was nominated for Danish Music Awards Jazz in two categories: 'Best Vocal Album' and 'Best New Act', and received excellent reviews worldwide.

But for a while, Claudia has considered trying her hand at other genres.

With her single "Dance With Me" (2020) – inspired by names like Chaka Khan and Sade – Claudia stepped into a funky pop/R&B world that suits her amazingly.

In February 2021, Claudia released the beautiful love ballad Abracadabra, with which she participated in 'Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021' (the Danish pre-selection for ‘Eurovision Song Contest’).

In March 2021, the super catchy "Do You Love Me (Dance Edit)" was released – and with an ongoing desire to challenge herself, she continues down the Pop/R&B/Soul path with "Everything's OK" (June 2021), "Confused" (May 2022) and the latest release "Love You All The Way".

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Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Campagnol is a truly unique musical talent and one of Denmark's rising stars – with a broad crossover appeal and a huge international potential.

She was born in Budapest, Hungary (1987), raised in Malmoe, Sweden, where she graduated from Malmö Academy of Music. For several years now, she has been living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 https://www.claudiacampagnol.com/

Friday, December 16, 2022

Judith Owen

 


 

Welsh singer and performer Judith Owen is releasing her new album, "Come On & Get It", via Twanky Records, together with a charming, burlesque-infused new video for "Tess's Torch Song". The video was filmed at the Toulouse Theatre in New Orleans, featuring the bow-tie "Loving Big Band". 

 

Delicious, delightful, bodacious, brave, insightful, seductive and fun - just some of the many adjectives one might use to describe Judith Owen's fascinating and alluring new album.

 

Owen, a now New Orleans native who originally hails from Wales, conceived of the project as a result of her childhood fascination with the jazz music of some of the ballsiest women of the Jazz and Blues world, including unsung trailblazers Nellie Lutcher and Julia Lee whom she discovered hidden on the shelves of her father's record collection alongside the likes of Oscar Peterson and Jelly Roll Morton. Captivated and enchanted by these "unapologetic" chanteuses of the 40's/50's (Pearl Bailey, Dinah Washington, Blossom Dearie, Peggy Lee, Julie London), who were singing about sex - and enjoying it at a time when women were meant to sing about romance - Owen made it her mission to dig deep and find out more from both a musical and historical perspective. The result is "Come On & Get It," the most joyful, uplifting, and empowering project to emerge out of Covid; a throw-back with a fresh feel complete with a look and style that speaks of all those delectable, hugely entertaining women who broke the glass ceiling with their shoe heels and were ever so proud of it!

 

Recorded at Esplanade Studios in New Orleans, "Come On & Get It" features a stellar cast of musicians, including Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Charlie Gabriel, Nicholas Payton, David Torkanowsky, Kevin Louis...

 

 https://judithowen.net/

 

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Armored Dawn

 


The Brazilian band Armored Dawn resumes activities with the newest single "S.O.S.".

Written by Carolina Angeli and the group’s ex-drummer, Rodrigo Oliveira, the song portrays the feelings of a person with depression, who wants to be alone and reclusive with their pains and thoughts, believing that no one will ever understand his/her feelings or what is happening to his/her.

Mixed by Chris Lord Alge (Muse, Green Day, Nickelback) and mastered by Ted Jensen (Bring Me The Horizon, Evanescence, Metallica), the single shows a great evolution in the band’s sound.

“S.O.S.” is available on digital platforms in partnership with Outono Music, a label specializing in rock and metal, distributed by Universal Music.

 www.armoreddawn.com

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Syd Carter West

 


Beyond the anthemic blues rock progressions and in-your-face lyrics, Syd Carter West has been navigating her way through finding the potential in her imperfections rather than striving for perfection. "'Motorbike Man' is my muse - the wild, carefree, gritty, and badass man I desire and the person I want to be. Through this song, I find inspiration in letting loose and tearing myself away from the idea of perfection and normal," West confesses. "Motorbike Man" presents West's truth as a heavier, rock-forward artist. 

 https://music.trendpr.com/sydcarterwest





Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Leah Belle Faser

 


Up-tempo, driving beats, and modern sparkling synths set to the empowered, sassy lyrics and free-spirited vocals of Leah Belle Faser come together in "Trash Talk;" a country-pop feast of a song parked at the intersection of sweet love language that turns to savage back-stabbing by an ex.

Leah Belle was named the 2021 Teen Artist of the Year by Georgia Country, and this past spring brought her the coveted Golden Ticket to Hollywood on the 20th Season of ABC’s American Idol where she placed in the Top 60. She tours regularly with her band including recent opening spots in front of Boz Scaggs (who gave her a shout-out!), Jimmie Allen, Christopher Cross, Maggie Rose, and on November 19, she’ll be opening for Jake Owen! “Trash Talk” was written by Leah Belle who is a senior in high school and recently celebrated her 18th birthday.

Leah appears on Ozarks Fox AM morning show:

https://www.facebook.com/OzarksFOXAM/videos/784931389460434/

Monday, December 12, 2022

Alex Siegers

 


Alex Siegers is a Netherlands based 63 old singer who has been making music all his life.
In his 40 years of musicianship he has had the honour of working amongst others Allen Toussaint and the Golden Earring.

The music that he plays now is a blend of jazz, funk , soul and pop.

His latest release is a cd in which all these influences are heard. This release is a celebration of 40 years of musicianship.

 https://www.alex-siegers.nl/

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Kenneth Cole


 

Kenneth Cole is a country artist, singer - songwriter, who has worked with some of Nashville's finest. He has recorded 3 albums and appeared at the Nashville Palace in Nashville, TN., as well as at the TSAI awards show and several TV shows. He has been nominated for various awards by the Tennessee Songwriters Association International and Millennium Music. All of his radio releases have gone high on the Cash Box, Cross Country, and Power Source Music Nashville charts. 

 https://www.kennethcolemusic.net/

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Anthony Krizan

 


Anthony Krizan’s rock roots run deep. He was lead guitarist of the Spin Doctors, opening 15 dates for the Rolling Stones with audiences of 70,000, and for the Allman Brothers. He played guitar with Jimi Hendrix’s legendary bassist, Noel Redding. Anthony is known for rocking the big stages and getting an audience on their feet. He’s an original member of Amphibian, with Phish lyricist Tom Marshall.

Anthony has also penned rock/soul staples such as Stand By My Woman with Lenny Kravitz, 5 songs on the Spin Doctors Greatest Hits, the theme of the Spin City TV series and The Howard Stern “Miss America” theme. Recently, Krizan co-wrote the title track to British rock singer John Waite’s new EP, When You Were Mine, and produced 3 tracks on the release. He also produced Waite’s 2022 release, Anything.

 https://anthonykrizan.com/

Friday, December 9, 2022

Tiffany Huntley

 


The world of music is the literature of the heart. It commences where speech ends. It washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life and takes you on an adventure.

My unforgettable adventures include:
2018 - Grand De Talent finals Menton, France
2019 - The Voice Kids Callbacks France
2022 - New release Crois En Toi album.
2022 - La Voie Des Talents Finales, France
2022 - Live Interview CHBN Radio / Thanks Jason for the support on my EP, special thanks to my U.K fans.

Tiffany Huntley was born in Alsace, France, and at 17 years old, she is a coming artist in France who is trying to break into the pop-country culture and has had success. She released her first album in 2022, Crois En Toi, and has been recognized by several newspapers and a local tv station in Alsace. In addition, 2022 has opened doors to her career by opening for several bands while touring in the region for her new album. 

 https://www.tiffhuntley.com/

 

Thursday, December 8, 2022

New music on the radio

 ADAM ADAMANT and KEVIN VILLAGE on JAM 66 Radio from today. Enjoy the station on http://jamradio.mex.tl





Paradise Blue

 


 

In the back of my mind, I have carried reminders of evenings engaged with Keith Jarrett’s 1975 The Köln Concert recording of improvisations played on a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand. Solo piano is a precise arena for many a pianist. At once revealing, yet intimate and rewarding. Much to do with the broad range, possibilities, command, touch, and the instrument at hand. Jarrett achieved something few before had ever tested in front of a vast audience. Sit behind the piano and play. No script, no set list, no banter between entertainer and admiring crowds.

With Paradise Blue I explore the range of emotions, the many shades of the colour blue. Six of twelve tracks are improvised. The blues, a touch of classical and the accidental improvisational curves of jazz. And there is a backstory to my relationship with the piano.

In the ‘50s, Era King looked after the boys as dad worked the night shift at Colgate’s, and mom hemmed parachutes at the Quartermaster Depot. Era was my grandmother, old country in style, manners, and as stern as a woman could ever be. A weary upright piano stood near a soft lit window, the centrepiece of her daily life. Mid afternoons, the soap opera The Edge of Night and other Christian programming held her interest.

When playing, Era whispered along, invariably something sacred. I’d study her squinting eyes as they peered above wired-frame glasses while she leafed through a hymn book, hair rolled in a bun, and understood the wheezing soap opera organ in the background, the soundtrack of her daily life. The hymnals - a reprieve from separating agitated kids and averting the devil’s grip.

It was the most primordial sound. Melody and broken chords. No frills, just the occasional inverted triad, one that never disrupted a lyric or directive from the Lord. Slow-moving melodies, distinctive and meaningful. Folkish and rooted deep in civil soil.

I’ve long been intrigued with melody. The cry of a single note as it seeks a partner, suddenly a community member, and then a composition. It’s those moments when sound moderates the brain, and one tunes in. How and when a single note, a second, and third merge - stream down through the soundboard resting at the feet of the damper pedal.

Paradise Blue is the piano talking back at me. That light in the head momentarily eclipsed, hands in receipt of inspiration. Junctures of sweeping colour and others of blue intent. Fingers jabbing and prying at the space between black and white notes, the overtones, the undertones, wedged between the crevices. A solitary moment where melody and harmony linger beyond invitation.

In memory of those piano teachers that brought so much joy and clarity to my playing. Eva Smith, Don Murray – The Louisville Academy of Music, Jamey Aebersold, Oscar Peterson, Composition studies at Ursuline College and piano at the Louisville Conservatory of Music. That other worldly miracle of influence, pianist Martha Argerich.
Remembering Doug Tipple whose Yamaha C-3 resides in our kitchen, a gift from Laura Tipple and the love and care Doug shared with his beloved friend. Big hugs to my piano finder and friend – Helga Stephenson.

To Kristine for the lovely cover art, Jesse - cover design, Mike Haas the critical mastering – friends, Gary Slaight, Derrick Ross, Pat Silver, FYI MUSIC News, Saturday Night Jazz, Mark Ruffin, Martine Levy, Jane Harbury, Stephen Smith, Ilona Kauremszky, Jessica Bellamy, Ken Stowar, CIUT 89.5 FM, Gloria Martin, Mark Hebscher, Susan Perly, John Harris and my brilliant cousin, Linda Michelone Lang.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Michael Massaro

 


Michael Massaro is in motion once again with his 5th full Album Release with ‘I Remember You’ as a follow to his latest Single Release of New World being played over 200 +Stations spanning over 20 countries! This Album consists of 12 Original eclectic and easy-to-listen instrumentals that are accessible to the listener. In other words, it covers different grooves, styles, and genres to connect on some level with everyone.

Michael Massaro is no stranger to the Canadian airwaves as he is one of Canada’s premier musicians. His distinctive saxophone recordings have been heard internationally since the eighties with major instrumentals such as ‘Flying Easy’, ‘L.A. Days New York Nights’, and ‘Wings of Glory’. His talents were heard on a Redmond Broadcasting compilation recording with some of Canada’s foremost instrumental performers including David Foster, Liona Boyd, Moe Koffman, Andre Gagnon, and Frank Mills to name only a few. Michael Massaro was thrilled to be included with such a stellar lineup and was humbled when the album was titled after the Massaro hit, ‘Flying Easy’.

https://michaelmassaro.bandcamp.com/

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Robert Ocean

 


In a domain as saturated as the music industry, it is very rare for an up-and-coming singer and songwriter to not only discover their niche very early on, but also to make it their defining attribute. This is exactly what Robert Ocean has done – by blending an array of dynamic acoustic ranges and marrying them with the bold hook of alternative rock, Robert Ocean has created a brand of music only he can truly champion.

Ocean has always prided himself in writing music with a higher purpose in mind. He has always aspired to create music that has the potential to inspire, enlighten, and initiate growth and forgiveness. Championing the theme of togetherness at its core, his entire discography stands tall as a riveting example of how music has the transcendent ability to foster love and care. 

 https://www.robertocean.com/

Monday, December 5, 2022

JAM 66 Radio

Listen to blues, bluesrock, rock, country, folk, jazz and the newest on http://jamradio.mex.tl. Open 24 hours a day.





Crystal Shawanda

 


JUNO Award-winning powerhouse singer-songwriter Crystal Shawanda is back with a new studio album, Midnight Blues, set for release this September 30th on True North Records. The latest fiery bluesy Americana collection features the first single  “How Bad Do You Want It” — showcasing her full-throttle raspy voice, unmatched in today’s musical landscape, and an authenticity for the genre dating back to her youth.

 “Growing up, all of my favorite music had these breadcrumbs that led me to the blues,” Crystal says. “I often quote Willie Dixon: ‘Blues is the roots and everything else is the fruits.’ Even today's pop music, there's all this influence that derives from the blues. I was just always really attracted to the rawness and the realness of the blues.”

Produced and engineered in Nashville by her husband and long-time collaborator Dewayne Strobel, Midnight Blues — her eighth studio album, and fifth since switching from a chart-topping career as a country artist —  is a collection of original songs, such as the seductive-sounding rocker “Midnight Blues,” swampy dance-floor groove “Rumpshaker,” and gentler “Take A Little Walk With The Moon,” as well as covers of the Howlin’ Wolf classic “Evil” and her take on Celine Dion’s hit “That’s Just The Woman In Me.”

“This is absolutely my favorite album I've ever recorded because I feel like my husband put me in a picture frame,” says Crystal. “He really captured who I am as an artist. He let my vocal shine. He brought out the best in me and all the songs that we wrote really capture my live show and who I am.”

Crystal was introduced to the blues by her eldest brother and to old-time country by her parents. “I was also into other styles of music that led me to the blues,” she says, citing everything from Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog,” written by Big Mama Thornton, to R&B-pop star Monica’s “Misty Blue,” by Dorothy Moore.

“I was one of those kids who read the liner notes,” Crystal says.  “I wanted to know everything, who are the songwriters, the musicians, the producers, the engineers. I'm always wanting to know who are the originators, who are the mothers of invention, who inspired all of us?  I’m a purist at heart, so I was always diving back to learn from the masters, like Etta James, as far as vocalists; Muddy Waters, as far as feeling; and Buddy Guy, as far as stylists who have a lot of swagger.”

And yet Crystal’s first foray as a professional singer was in country music, not blues.  She was in her early 20s and had immediate success after signing a U.S. record deal with RCA Nashville. 2008’s Dawn of a New Day, featuring the single “You Can Let Go,” reached No. 1 on the Canadian Country Album chart and No. 16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums, the highest charting album by a full-blooded Canadian First Nations country artist (in the SoundScan-era). Her first single, You Can Let Go,”

The following year she left the label and created her own, New Sun Records. Her first release was the holiday album I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Her next country album was 2010’s Just Like You, which won a 2013 Juno Award for Best Aboriginal Album, before she made the change to the blues with 2014’s The Whole World’s Got The Blues.

“I love all styles of music, but there was just always something drawing me to the blues,” she explains.  “I had a country hit on the radio, and I would show up at country music festivals and I'd do a BB King cover or Buddy Guy or Etta James. Within country music, as much as I loved it, I had to restrain my voice a lot. It's very hard to hold back, and sometimes it was exhausting, whereas with the blues, I could just let it fly.”

While other artists have been embraced when they’ve made the switch to a different genre — Taylor Swift from country to pop; Dallas Smith from hard rock to country; and Darius Rucker from pop/rock to country — Crystal doesn’t mind talking about the difficulties she’s encountered.

“Country music is so excited when anybody from any genre comes to their world, hoping it'll make their world more popular. It'll up the cool factor but switching from country to blues is a lot more difficult because the blues scene is very protective because it's such an original genre. They want it to be respected and preserved.”

She would’ve had an easier time if she had created a blues-influenced sound, like the Black Crowes, Sass Jordan, or Alannah Myles, but Crystal can hold her own in any conversation about the blues pioneers. Still, she still likes to cover an iconic Canadian artist in her inimitable way. Last album, it was The Tragically Hip’s “New Orleans Is Sinking” and this time, Celine Dion.

“Because I had so much friction coming to the blues where people were like, ‘You don't know nothing about the blues,’ I'm trying to show them not to be so close-minded because a lot of people are more inspired by the blues than they may realize. Again, I'm trying to reiterate that quote by Willie Dixon that the blues is roots and everything else is the fruit.” 

 http://crystalshawanda.co/

Sunday, December 4, 2022

The Livesays

 


The Livesays are an accomplished five-piece Heartland/Americana band fronted by the band’s namesake critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Billy Livesay, who spent 12 years performing, recording and touring with E-Streeter Clarence Clemons' band "Temple of Soul." During his 12-year tenure with the beloved “Big Man,” Billy recorded and released "Live in Asbury Park" Volumes I & II at The Stone Pony, the second album which features Bruce Springsteen. Billy has shared the stage with so many industry giants, his resume reads like a "Who's Who of Rock n' Roll Hall of Famers."

Drummer Steve Rheingold, was formerly the beat keeper with the legendary Wayne Cochran.

The Livesays' lineup is rounded out with Jorge Laplume on bass, Victor "Cuqui" Berrios on Hammond B-3 organ, and Tim Murphy on piano, all of whom have impressive resumes of their own. Cuqui, who grew up in New York City, offers a touch of the Big Apple to the band with his Hammond B3 and impassioned vocals. Tim brings his ear for harmony and his unique Elton John style piano. Jorge hails from Havana, Cuba; with his Latin roots coupled with a steady diet of the rock groups The Who and Free, he delivers a bass sound that is both funky and thunderous.

The combination of these five seasoned pros, with their versatile backgrounds, incomparable harmonies, energy level, and undeniable chemistry, create real magic on stage together and put on one heck of a dynamic live performance.

The Livesays have created five full length albums that are both memorable and moving with stories ranging from adolescence to adulthood, from battling addiction to conquering depression, from finding love to losing love ... with lyrics that will surely touch your heart and quench your soul. 

 https://www.thelivesaysmusic.com/

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Womack III - Songs Of Downfall & Deliverance

 

Womack III - Songs Of Downfall & Deliverance is the latest offering from local heroes of small town called Forssa, in Finland.

Lovingly calling their hometown the deep south of gloomy north, this foursome embrace their smalltown boy roots and let their love of southern rock shine through their heavy metal influences.
 

As the album title suggests, this is the third full-lenght album from Womack, who, as a band have gone through a lot considering they were formed in 2010, and are quite young as an orchestra. After their first album "Prehab" they went through a line-up change as their original drummer chose to leave and Womack was left to reinvent themselves completely.
 

They did just that, and the result was a fully acoustic rock album "Strays" which was a whole new kind of challenge for the band, as they wandered far away from their comfort zone in search of new ways to express theirselves.
 

Out of that period they got behind the wheel of their distortion-driven side, backed with their new member, Jani Blomerus who has been instrumental in the development from an acoustic rock band to a heavier, groovier harder hitting riff machine.
 

The new album has been in the making for several years now: The groundwork was laid in the later days of 2016, and the album has been slowly cooking ever since. The band has truly given the process their all, and found a new level production-wise too, as the album was mixed and mastered by the legendary Hiili Hiilesmaa, who should need no introduction to anyone who has read their homework on finnish metal.

 

The band has released two singles, Back On The Hooch off the forthcoming record, and another track, Spittin´ Teeth a couple of weeks before the whole album will finally hit the virtual shelves of the streaming world.
 

The band is proud and satisfied with their magnum opus thus far, but are also keeping their collective sights aimed to the future: They kept themselves busy during the pandemic, writing new songs and rehearsing, so they would be among the first ones out the door when the world opens up again.
 

Womack is ready now. Let´s hope the world is ready for them.

 https://aivoimuri.wixsite.com/womack

Friday, December 2, 2022

Gulf Stream Riders


 

"The Mystic Burns Within" is an intimate conversation between two different sides of the same person. The vocal shifts back and forth between one side given to despair, and the other side that sees what's good in this existence. This alternating pattern connects with the melody to evoke honest feeling in this deep and ultimately hopeful tune. A beautiful, laid-back Folk-Country song with a nice build up towards the end.

Gulf Stream Riders, aka Chris and Nalle , are former members of a hard rock band that had a record deal with Warner Music in Scandinavia and toured the clubs in LA. After a breakup that lasted many years, with Chris studying back home in NY and Nalle writing and producing for artists around the world, they reunited to pursue the long time dream of making the kind of music closest to their hearts; Country/Country-Rock.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Kintsugi

 


 

Kintsugi (golden joinery) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Japanese aesthetics value the wear marks of the object caused by its use and the repairs are highlighted as an art rather than trying to mask them. As a philosophy, kintsugi is embracing the flaws or imperfections as part of the natural life cycle of the objects.


LILLI has been respecting the same philosophy when working on their second album. The songs are real life stories of broken lives joined from pieces to an album. The songs exude life with all its challenges and ups and downs. None of us survives life without physical or mental dents, but we have to learn to appreciate them in the sense of a person's spiritual growth.


The group’s debut album was released in 2020, so the band had time to work on the second album for almost two years. Careful maturation has not been in vain, as the end result is a tasteful, high-quality package. The album contains massive arrangements and captivating stories. The songs move musically on the borders of rock and metal music, which creates a pleasant surprise in the content of the album and carries the album brilliantly from the beginning intro to the last song. As a whole, the album's music is clearly more heavy in style than the band's debut album, but definitely in a good way.


"We are very satisfied with our new album and during the production process we had the opportunity to work with several highly talented keyboard players, such as Akseli Kaasalainen (Dreamtale), Mikko Kujanpää (Memoremains), Antti Simonen (...and Oceans) ja Marko Karttunen.  The visitors bring their own stylish fingerprint to the whole, which brought new drive and musical depth to the songs," says the band's bassist and studio chief Sami Halinen. "Some of the stories on the album are quite brutal human destinies, such as the long journey from Friday to Monday caused by loneliness, or the hard work of the nurses and doctors, especially during the last covid years", the band's singer Lily Black continues.

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