Posted by falconi5 on April 10, 2017
Little Bandit – Breakfast Alone
Little Bandit is the band name that singer songwriter Alex Caress uses to apply his trade as a deftly skilled artist that walks that fine line between old school Country, older school country, and rhinestone cowboy Country.
Not since Eddie Noack’s “Psycho” has has a tune so nonchalantly addressed murder and mayhem as Caress does here on “Platform Shoes,” and this is not even the darkest song on the record. With a voice that elevates somewhere between Roy Orbisson and Bobby Darin, this album will push all of your emotional buttons.
Andrew Combs – Canyons of My Mind
In Nashville, a city where you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a brilliant Americana singer songwriter, Andrew Combs stands out. His latest album, Canyons of my Mind is in the mode of Elliott Smith, Nick Drake, or Bon Iver, with a heavy whiff of early era Glen Campbell particular on “Rose Colored Blues,” a song that seems to share some DNA with “Gentle on My Mind.”
Coco Hames – Coco Hames
Attempting to apply any one genre to Coco Hames is not an easy endeavor. The gamut is run from Go Go’s style 80’s swagger on “I Don’t Wanna Go” to Bangles sounding “Long Time Comin” every song’s an eclectic winner. “I Do Love You” goes all the way back into 60’s girl group territory, and “Tiny Pieces” could have been a Replacements song which makes sense since it is a cover from Tom Stinson’s side piece Bash and Pop band and features vocal sharing with John McAuley of Deer Tick. Simply put, outstanding!
Danny Worsnop – The Long Road Home
If you are a fan of his British metal-core band Asking Alexandria, you probably should put your ears on cruise control right past this record. If, on the other hand, you are a fan of confessional, easy on the ears Country Rock give this one a try. Forgive him for going all Kenny Chesney on “Mexico” since all will be forgiven with cool mini-anthems like “Midnight Woman” and the Honky Tonk ready “Don’t Overdrink It.”
Sunny Sweeny – Trophy
When the album starts with the line “Bartender, don’t shake your head at me,” you get a pretty good idea as to what is going to be shortly in store for your ears. And it’s all cool. From tear in your beer ballads with “Pass the Pain,” to screw it, let’s have fun stompers on the Miranda Lambert inspired “Better Bad Idea,” and straight on vintage Country that she pulls out on “I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight,” all of the back to the barroom elements are checked off. Trophy might get some nods for best Country album of the year.
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Posted by falconi5 on April 2, 2017
If you have not had a chance, do your ears a solid and check out Small Time Heroes, a couple of years back record from Alynda Segarra and her New Orleans based collective known as Hurray For The Riff Raff. Pay particular ear-tention to the tunes “The Body Electric,” and “Levon’s Dream.”
Now, with the pump primed and expectations appropriately set high, fast forward to 2017 and her latest effort, The Navigator. Part auto biographical concept album, part get things off her chest/subtly political treatise, this one might be in contention for album of the year.
With a delivery that floats and soars somewhere between Jenny Lewis and Patti Smith, Segarra shares he hardscrabble life on the road story from the perspective of a 17 year year old runaway with a story to tell on the powerful “Living in the City,” as the daughter of proud Puerto Rican parents on “Rican Beach,” and delves into protest song territory with Pa’lante, a song that ebraces pride of heritage and expresses the notion that if you want to move forward, you have to know where you came from. This is a powerful record for powerful times.
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Posted by falconi5 on February 27, 2017
2017 has already been pretty much a banner year for album releases and it is only March. Ryan Adams has come up with another winner, John Mayer has gone a bit Alternative Country with his new e.p. The Search for Everything – Wave 2, and Rhiannon Gidden’s Freedom Highway will be a sure fire entry on most of end of year lists. On top of these fine selections, here are 5 cool new albums released in 2017 that should be on your radar.
The Orwells – Terrible Human Beings
Blending the best Garage Rock influence from The Standells to The Troggs and the Flaming Groovies, Terrible Human Beings could have been released in 1967 Detroit or 2017 and it would have sounded just as fresh. “They Put a Body in the Bayou” is a corker as is pretty much the entire record.
Wyldlife – Out on Your Block
A blast of fresh Rock and Roll air, Wyldlife has released what will probably will be the Rock album of the year. Mixing The Sweet, Slade, with a touch of Bay City Rollers mixed in just for fun, you can’t help but be in a good mood after listening to this record.
Thundercat – Drunk
With a stellar guest list that includes Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, and check this, Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald, this album can even make Yacht Rock sound cool.
Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling
If The Old 97’s with Rhett Miller didn’t invent Alternative Country, they certainly are in the conversation. There are plenty of prime cuts to enjoy on this one including “Irish Whiskey Pretty Girls,” “Good With God,” and “She Hates Everybody.”
Aaron Keylock – Cut Against the Grain
If you are looking for that next great guitar slinger that is going to carry the torch passed from Joe Bonamassa, Aaron Keylock is your dude. Cut very much in the 70’s Lynryrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Aerosmith mold, Cut against the Grain is a mature effort from a youthful guitar prodigy.
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