Monday, July 31, 2017

Atlanta Folk/Rock trio Collins Drive release debut album..repeated listens guaranteed!

Inspired by artists such as The Band, Whiskeytown, The Allman Brothers Band, CSN, and Kevn Kinney to name a few, Atlanta folk/rock trio Collins Drive has earned themselves a steadily growing fan base because of their dynamic live performances and roots laden storytelling folk/rock.  After three years of performing live shows all over the Atlanta area, Collins Drive have recently released their much anticipated self-titled debut album on May 20th.

Recorded at Electron Garden Studios and produced by the band and Tim Delaney, the songs on Collins Drive's debut album tell stories and paint pictures of Southern living.  Life through the eyes of a washed up blues man that never got his time (Drunk on Sunday), a Chapel Hill woman waiting in the rain for her bus home (Cemetery Angel), and returning to the town where you grew up (Ghost Town) are just a few examples of this. There’s nothing complex and there are no deep, hidden meanings to these songs. They are just little slices of life put into songs that are easy to grasp on to and easy to connect with. Just give them a listen and maybe you’ll find yourself in some of these scenes and stories.

Collins Drive are:
Don de Leaumont – Guitars/Harmonica/Lead Vocals
Mike Satterlee – Drums

Allison Shockley – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals

Marty's review: Folk/Rock fans, you will just soak this one up! This trio from Atlanta has a sound firmly entrenched in folk roots and know how to tell a good story. 9 original tracks with a crisp, fresh and uncluttered production, vocals that bring out each lyric with ease and an overall sound that is simple, raw, a little black in parts but totally enjoyable from start to finish. Repeated listens are guaranteed.

Stream and download the album on iTunes HERE

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dynamic blues singer-songwriter Gina Sicilia new release "Tug of War"

Dynamic blues singer-songwriter Gina Sicilia creates a deeply soulful new album – the emotionally honest, smartly arranged Tug of War.

"Tug of War" celebrates Gina Sicilia’s status as one of the reigning voices in modern blues and marks a potent evolution in her songwriting. The 11-song set is Sicilia’s seventh release since her emergence as a doyenne of the genre a decade ago. Today, Sicilia’s experience and the fully realized powers of her warm, flexible, emotionally nuanced singing resonate like never before. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt and Grammy nominated producer Dave Darling.

Tug of War’s title alludes to the complexities of life, which ring throughout this album’s original tracks, mostly written by Sicilia. And it speaks of her own experiences. “I’ve been through a lot in the past three years,” she relates. “I suffered through a painful and dramatic event in my life and needed to start over, so I moved to Nashville—where I didn’t know anybody, and went into a period of really challenging myself as a songwriter.” Although Sicilia had planned a career in journalism, her natural gifts made music a stronger draw. While she was still in college, her 2007 debut, Allow Me to Confess, was released. After that, things happened fast. She was signed by one of the nation’s premier roots music booking agencies just one week later and began to tour the globe, play major festivals and rise up the blues charts. The album garnered her first Blues Music Award nomination, for Best Debut Artist.

Since then Sicilia has remained in the upper echelon of female blues vocalists, regularly releasing albums that earn accolades and ride the charts, and playing 150 dates each year. Asked about her passion for making music and her tireless pace, Sicilia replies: “Working— writing songs, touring, recording—motivates me. That keeps me inspired and focused. I’ve learned that hard work and experience are what it takes to grow and become a better artist. And I see myself as always evolving, reaching for a kind of perfection within the music I love to make. I’m not sure I’ll ever find it, but I’ll never stop searching.”

Album is out now on Blue Elan Records

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Marty's review: Gina Sicilia's many talents all come through on this latest release. With a powerful, soulful vocal style, songwriting skills that are honest and from deep within and a slick production that all come together to make this an outstanding release. 11 amazing tracks, 8 self-penned, plus covers of "He Called Me Baby' (Harlan Howard), "Tell Him" (Bert Berns) and the Lennon-McCartney classic "All My Loving".

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Americana/Alt-Country band Some Hollow new EP release "Green"

Burlington,Vermont trio Some Hollow have released their debut EP, Green. The band is about a year old and have recently transitioned from a duo to a trio. While the album reflects the band as a duo, there are 2 tracks (Via Champlain and Don't Call Me Baby) that feature the pedal steel work from their 3rd member, Aidan Lenihan.

Some Hollow is: 
Jason Lee - vocals, guitar, harmonica 
Aidan Lenihan - pedal steel guitar 
Josh Morse - drums, vocals

The bands sound is roots based Americana/Alt-Country utilising harmonica, guitar, pedal steel and drums. The EP sounds fresh and unique with outstanding vocal work and songwriting skills that certainly highlight the fine talents of these artists.

Stream and download the EP on Bandcamp HERE

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Kentucky blues artist Bryan Himes new release "Nobody's Fault But Mine"

Take a trip to the delta and experience Bryan Himes sitting roadside by a full moon playing the blues like only he can. A soulful songwriter who records most of his material live, relying on vibe and musicianship, Bryan Himes is a breath of fresh air with his diverse selection of songs.He has shared the stage with Everlast, Chip Taylor, Tommy Womack, Carrie Rodriguez, Paul 'Wine" Jones, to name a few. His music has been played all over the world along side greats like Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker. 

Bryan hails from Lexington, Kentucky and has been featured on this blog previously (see post here). I'm more than pleased to announce his most recent release the traditional blues classic "Nobody's Fault But Mine", an acoustic blues number that Bryan delivers in his unique "front porch" style of Delta and country blues with slide guitar and vocals that cry out for your attention.

Stream and download this and 5 other tracks, including his version of "In My Time of Dyin'" HERE.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Laura Tate new album release "Let's Just Be Real"...tough and tender from a smooth Texas lady

Laura Tate’s fourth CD, “Let’s Just Be Real,” takes this Texas singer and her talented musicians to a rich, new level of sound and message. On these twelve tracks – a mix of old, new and originals released for the first time – Laura gets real and stays there. With her smooth and sultry voice, she invites us on a jazzy journey that combines rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues. It’s a journey through the cycle of love that carries us through new love, passion, breakup, and back again with heart and humor. Even though poets have written about romantic love for thousands of years, the dozen songwriters featured here will make you see love with new eyes. These songs are surprising and sexy, tough and tender – and Laura’s vocals make each one a pleasure to hear again and again.

Stream and download album HERE

In the studio she ignites a kind of chemistry that bonds her voice with an amazing big horn section and hard-driving piano. Add in extraordinary work on guitar and percussion and this album vibrates with energy and soul. Dallas-born and raised, this charismatic singer and actress brings a vibe to everything. Her years in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York show through in this 
fun fusion of blues, rock and jazz. When you're ready for an album that gets real and rings true, enjoy discovering Laura Tate on

"Lets Be Real". - Cindy Graff Cohen, Music Writer

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Jim Roberts and the Resonants "Beneath The Blood Moon"...southern rock with blues roots

Jim Roberts and The Resonants have arrived on the scene. Formerly known as The Jack Roberts Harvey Band, they now bring their familiar Southern Rock sound back to listeners with "Beneath the Blood Moon."

Roberts has been playing guitar, singing and writing music since the 1970's. He put his musical career on hold in the early '90's to concentrate on being a father, and later spent 16 years working as a police officer. But even though his life's journey took him in different directions, Roberts never forgot his calling. In 2012, Roberts retired from his day job and returned to the music that was his first love. He has opened for Ricky Nelson, Della Reese, Danny O’Keefe, Danny Deardorff and Seals and Crofts, and has co – written with Jimmy Seals of Seals and Crofts.

The album's songs are firmly rooted in the Deep South and the Midwest, where Americana, roots rock, and blues define the landscape. The strong Southern themes tell a story, while Roberts' slide guitar work adds fire and finesse to the mix. Roberts also writes and performs on three-string cigar box guitar, lending a primitive, driving, haunting sound last heard on The Jack Roberts Harvey Band's 2014 release "Devil on a Dirt Road." With down-to-earth songwriting, vocals and slide work laid over a solid rhythm section, Jim Roberts and The Resonants take listeners on a new adventure further down that blues/roots highway.

"Guitarist/chief songwriter Jim Roberts channels numerous forbearers while sounding strictly like himself. He has one of the most lyrical slide guitar deliveries of recent times and his vocals are straightforward. … He’s a promising songwriter with very few, if any, real bugs left to work out." - Las Vegas Blues Society 

"Superlatives simply prevail here: stunning, great blues with strong Americana and gutsy down-and-dirty rock tinges … slippery slide sauce." - Iain Patience of Cashbox, Canada; Blues in the South, Great Britain; and Blues Magazine, The Netherlands

Download and stream album here:

FREE information sheet available HERE

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jarkka Rissanen and Sons of The Desert new release "Hybrid Soul"...R'n'B, prog-rock and ethnic vibes

Jarkka Rissanen and his band Sons of The Desert have recently released their new album Hybrid Soul. After last year's highly acclaimed traditional blues and gospel record, The 20th Century Box, Jarkka Rissanen returns with a full-lengther of original, self-composed material, crammed with rhythm'n'blues, prog rock and ethnic vibes.

The band is formed around Jarkka Rissanen (guitar), Markus Väisänen (guitar), Tatu Back (bass guitar) and Esa Kärki (drums).

Slide guitar master Jarkka Rissanen just celebrated his 60th year birthday in 2016 and after some forty-odd years of constant playing and touring he truly has become a legend in the Finnish roots music circuits. During the years he has played with many famous Finnish artists and bands like Finnforrest, Rauli Badding, Remu Aaltonen, Eero Raittinen, Pepe Ahlqvist etc. Hybrid Soul will be Rissanen's fifth solo record.

Marty's review: Hybrid Soul is an all instrumental affair featuring the master guitar talents of Jarkka Rissanen backed by his sterling of band of seasoned musicians. The 10 all original tracks are a progressive style blues rock with world music elements including reggae and R'n'B. The production is superb and has an all round sound that encompasses the many talents of this outfit. 

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