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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.

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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

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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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