Monday, July 20, 2015

Blues Engine debut album release "The Quick and The Dirty" is right on track

Marty's review: Blues Engine's debut album "The Quick and The Dirty" is right on track with an electric blues formula dashed with a taste of funk and soul that will please any blues fan. It's a polished effort with a raw edge and grittiness that combines several elements of blues roots and comes at you like an inter-city express. 

Alex Cooray's guitar work is slick and raunchy and is backed up by the tight rhythm section of Alex Liutai on bass and Ovais Hai on drums. Top this off with the sultry and smooth vocals by Katya Chernyakova, who also adds her piano licks to the mix, and you have a combination that rolls along at full steam (there's that train thing again!).

With titles like "Runaway Blues", "The Devil is Dancing on the Roof", "Tumbledown" and "Hush Your Mouth", this album wouldn't be anything BUT the blues! It was tough to pick a favourite track but I would say the (slightly) epic "Long Gone" and the upbeat "This Little Heart". An impressive effort that you need to catch and stay on board for the ride!


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Keene Summer BBQ at Keene, Ontario July 18th 2015, featuring The Micronite Filters

It's an annual mouth-watering event, one of The Micronite Filters' favorites of the year. With tons of great food, including an amateur BBQ contest, local craft beers, and live raunchy blues and country all day long. 

If you're anywhere near the Peterborough area, or otherwise (it's well worth the drive, believe us!) we hope to see y'all there. ...And if not, more food for us!)

Also check out The Micronite Filters live June show at the Moustache Club in Oshawa, filmed by CanadaRocks.TV 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

FrazierBand's Progressive Bluegrass Single & Forthcoming New Album


May, 2015, Los Angeles, CA:  John Frazier, the multi-instrumentalist Nashville-based founder of FrazierBand—a freewheeling quartet putting their distinctive spin on progressive bluegrass--is putting the finishing touches on their new album, FrazierBand: Some People Change, the follow up to their eponymous 2012 debut.  Consisting of Frazier on vocals, mandolin, guitar and fiddle, banjo players Matt Menefee and Kyle Tuttle and drummer Jim Kittleman, FrazierBand have evolved into a more cohesive band having honed their chemistry through an exhaustive touring schedule—over 125 dates from 2013-2014 (an energy captured on their explosive 2014 recording Live at the Five Spot).  The band recorded their new album in East Nashville with producer Daniel Rice (Cadillac Sky) who helped take their progressive bluegrass/rock hybrid sound to a new level.  The first single from the album “The Rod and The Cane,” (listen to it HERE) will be released to radio later this month. 

FrazierBand : Some People Change will be released in September.

Long a fixture on the progressive bluegrass, or Newgrass, scenes, Frazier has been a much sought after string collaborator and is considered one of Music City’s elite acoustic performers.  From his beginnings in the acclaimed Colorado string band Hit & Run Bluegrass, Frazier has toured and performed with everyone from Del McCoury, Bela Fleck, JD Crowe and Grammy winning Jim Lauderdale Bluegrass Band to John Prine, Dierks Bentley and Steve Martin.  

Says Frazier: ““When I did the first album, I thought it might be about me as individual artist with a solo project and a great team of musicians helping me present my songs. But I quickly realized I wanted a more unified ensemble sound…so going into the studio this time, we now have a true band identity. We’ve all evolved together and the songs, production and presentation are much more concise.” 

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“Frazier’s compositions, which account for most of the album’s material, are nicely executed blends of jazz, string band music and more, and both the picking and the singing are top-shelf.”
-The Nashville Scene

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