Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Darrin James "Bombs Away/Covert Mission Anthem" new single release from Brooklyn musical adventurer

Brooklyn musical adventurer Darrin James' new offering "Bombs Away" is a Fela Kuti Afrobeat inspired call-and-response groove that calls out our government for projecting power through violence around the world.

The B Side, "Covert Mission Anthem", is an instrumental soundtrack to an airstrike.  It’s “Top Gun” theme meets Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.  Bombs Away is just the first release in a new series of music James plans to release on his label, Ravine Records.

Listen to "Covert Mission Anthem" here:

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Darrin James was born in Kentucky, raised in Metro-Detroit, and spent a formative decade in New York City, honing his skills as a producer, guitarist and singer-songwriter, before returning to Michigan in 2010.  His musical style is as varied as his background as it draws on his love of the blues and folk music of the south, the Motown soul and classic rock n’ roll rawness of Detroit, and the eclecticism and immediacy of Brooklyn, where he developed his stage and song repertoire as a member of the burgeoning indie singer-songwriter scene from 2000 to 2010.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pat Roberts & the Heymakers New album "Devil" NOW AVAILABLE!

IT'S OUT! Pat Roberts and The Heymakers release their new album including powerful songs "a la" Roy Orbison for its velvet tones and bittersweet gravity. Faithful to classic country and rockabilly,  the band dares beautiful incursions in jazz and Latin music.

The album is a mature roots record with lush and elegant production, featuring Roberts’ weatherproof crooning talent.  Devilishly beautiful!

You Honk, They'll Tonk. They Croon, You'll Swoon.

Pat Roberts and the Heymakers play authentic rockabilly/honky tonk music influenced by musicians such as Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, and Faron Young. The band released its 1st album in September 2011 called "Lonesome and Blue". A stunning record mixing great traditional influences with Pat Roberts warm and passionate vocals, and creative songs that make it an elegant and authentic roots music masterpiece! 

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

UK Alt Rock/Blues trio STARK release new live video covering Son House's blues classic 'Death Letter'.

Stark have released a new live video covering Son House's blues classic 'Death Letter'. Having re-worked it to give it a more rock, modern blues edge, Stark has resurrected this old classic.

Youtube link -

They have also made the track a free download available here - 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tomás Doncker Band "Big Apple Blues" ft Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa October release

"Big Apple Blues" is a collaborative effort from legendary poet Yusef Komunyakaa and musical renaissance man Tomás Doncker, due out October 21st via True Groove Records. The pair will officially introduce Big Apple Blues during the Dodge Poetry Festival (October 23-26), sponsored by NPR. This is a follow up to “Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project” album, which received acclaim from sources such as Popmatters, All About Jazz, and Howlin' Wolf's own official website.

Tomás Doncker's "global soul" and blues music has earned him acclaim from CNN and Guitar World as well as a critically acclaimed run at NYC Summerstage 2013. From his humble beginnings as the son of a carpenter, Yusef Komunyakaa has travelled far and wide to become a scholar, professor, and Pulitzer prize-winning poet.

As a prime mover on New York's downtown "No Wave" scene in the early 1980's, Tomás Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with such genre-busting groups as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz and many more. Eventually he went international, touring and recording in Japan with jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, and producing studio and songwriting sessions with Boosty Collins, Yoko Ono, Grammy nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, and Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles Alexander, to name just a few. Since then, Doncker has continued to work with an A-list of iconic artists including Ivan Neville (on his solo album “Thanks”), Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello,  Living Colour  lead singer Corey Glover,  former P-Funk keyboardist Amp Fiddler, 2013 Grammy award nominee Shamekia Copeland, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

In 2010, Doncker performed for the first time in China as a headlining act at the Shanghai Folk Festival, and in front of an audience of over 100,000 as part of the Shanghai World Expo. His latest work as a singer/songwriter and producer embraces a broader musical vision that he likes to call Global-Soul, drawing influences from numerous sources, including East and West Africa and the Caribbean. He also frequently collaborates with legendary Grammy Award winning Producer/Bassist Bill Laswell, and his ongoing "Power Of The Trinity" project was featured on CNN on November 27, 2012 (Jimi Hendrix' birthday).

Artist: Tomás Doncker Band
Album: Big Apple Blues
Release date: Oct 21, 2014

Songs by Yusef Komunyakaa & Tomás Doncker

Tomás Doncker-Lead Vocals,Guitars
David Barnes-Harmonica,vocals
Nick Rolfe-Keyboards,Vocals
Josh David-Bass,vocals
James Dellatacoma-Guitar
Mike Faulkner-Drums
Mac Gollehon-Horns
Alan Grubner-Strings
The album is streaming in full in advance of it's release at Soundcloud:

Recommended tracks are "The New Day" ( and "Big Apple Blues" (
Websites: Official: Twitter: @tomasdoncker @truegroove1 FB:
Information kindly supplied by Matt Bacon,
Intern, Independent Music Promotions
Author of "Your Band Is A Virus"