Friday, December 29, 2017

Guitarist Alastair Greene releases "Dream Train" on Rip Cat Records..blues rock that's right on track

Alastair Greene’s musical journey has been anything but traditional. His combination of blues, Southern rock, and jam band sensibilities have been thrilling audiences for nearly two decades. With recent appearances at the Chicago Blues Festival and the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, as well as guest appearances with such luminaries as Eric Burdon, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Savoy Brown, John Nemeth, and Debbie Davies, it’s crystal clear: His star is on the rise. 

Alastair recently plunged headfirst into a full-time solo career, stepping down after 7 years touring the world as the guitarist for rock legend Alan Parsons. Alastair is philosophical about his time playing with Parsons, saying, “I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity Alan gave me to handle guitar and vocal duties in his band. It was an honor to play the music created by the Alan Parsons Project to Alan’s fans around the world. After 7 years, the time has come for me to truly pursue my own musical dream.” 

The culmination of his musical experiences, influences, and passion is manifested as his new record, "Dream Train." The album was produced and mixed by David Z, whose production credits include Buddy Guy, Gov’t Mule, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang. "Dream Train" features 13 new songs, 12 of which are Greene originals. The sole cover is a previously unreleased song written by none other than Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top called "Nome Zayne," which was recorded with Billy’s blessing. 

The songs on "Dream Train" range from the hard driving blues rock of the title track, to the sensitive Curtis Mayfield tinged instrumental Iowa. "Big Bad Wolf" finds the band in familiar boogie blues rock territory while "Daredevil" takes listeners on more traditional blues shuffle ride. 

"Dream Train" also features an impressive array of special guests including: Walter Trout, Debbie Davies, Mike Zito, Mike Finnigan, and Dennis Gruenling. Alastair is supported on "Dream Train" by his touring band consisting of Jim Rankin on bass, and Austin Beede on drums.

Marty's review: right from the first notes you know this album is going to grab you by the throat and not let go. Alastair's licks are first class, and the driving rhythm behind him gives a punch that will more than knock you out. From the blues-rock of the title track to the boogie of "Big Bad Wolf" and "Noma Zayne", the smooth blues instrumental "Iowa" and the one acoustic number "Song for Rufus", the 13 tracks on this release will please fans of the likes of ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Rory Gallagher and Robin Trower.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

McKee Brothers 2nd album release "Moon Over Montgomery"...high energy and soulful

Moon Over Montgomery,” the second release by The McKee Brothers, once again features inspired performances by a talented roster of players from Los Angeles and Michigan, including soulful vocalists Bob Schultz (original keyboardist with Bob Seger), Jeff Robinson, Reggie Gonzales, Maxayn Lewis, Laith Al-Saadi (vocal and guitar – 2016 finalist on “The Voice”), Larry McCray (vocal and guitar), guitarist Ari Teitel, keyboardists Bobby West and Jim Alfredson (formerly with Janiva Magness and in Organissimo), horn players Lee Thornburg (formerly of Tower of Power, now touring with Joe Bonamassa) and Doug Webb (Posi-Tone Records recording artist), bassists Bobby Watson (Rufus), Al Threats, and J.V. Collier (Bruce Hornsby) - as well as the brothers themselves: Denis McKee on guitar, keyboards, bass, and vocals, and Ralph McKee on bass, lap steel guitar, and vocals.

The music is high-energy and soulful, in several styles, from gospel (the inspirational title track paying tribute to the 1965 civil rights march), gritty funk ("Go 2 Work!," "Bayou Man," "I Feel Like Dynamite," "Blues of the Month Club"), soul ("Where You Gettin’ It?," "Runaway Love," and the Latin-flavored "Late at Night"), jazz-blues ("Kicks"), to the funky country of "Confidential" and the rock of "Remember When." Check out Laith Al-Saadi’s vocal and Larry McCray’s guitar on "Worried About Tomorrow," the incendiary blues vocal by Jeff Robinson on "You Know How I Lie," with smokin’ guitar by Al-Saadi, the rhythm section’s irresistible New Orleans grooves on "Flat, Black, & Circular" and "Pigfeet," the great Lee Thornburg horn arrangement on the gospel ballad "Celebrate Me Home," and some impressive guitar work throughout by Denis McKee.

Marty's review: with a cast of thousands (well, a couple of dozen) and a generous 16 tracks, this 2nd release from the McKee Brothers has the works. From brassy soul-blues to roots based licks and gospel ballads, this well produced album has enough fuel and ammunition to get you to the moon and back. All you would except from a class act and more. If there is a blues equivalent to the wall of sound, then this might be it.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Trainman Blues..modern blues-roots with a 50's style rawness and simplicity

Trainman Blues is a 4 piece modern blues/roots band, soaking the rawness and simplicity of 50's style blues with modern production techniques. With three singles released and a debut album set for release in February/March, this band is picking up steam. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark,  the band is comprised of Irish singer/guitarist Richard Farrell ( https://www.richardfarrellandt, Ronni Boysen on guitar (Kokomo king and Mud Morgenfield), Laust Nielsen (Blues Producer and Mojo's in-house Bass player) and drummer Thomas Crawfurd ( Fried Okra Band).

Trainman blues is the brainchild of Richard Farrell and Laust Nielsen.They have recently written, produced and  recorded songs together over the last 8 months and they’re looking forward to releasing an album in the start of 2018. Their sound takes inspiration from the raw and roots style blues before it developed into rock ' n ' roll. Fast forward 50 years, with modern production techniques, and now you have the Trainman Blues sound... 

Richard is an Irish man who has found his spiritual home in blues music, he breathes, sleeps and sings the blues, it is second nature to him. From the chugging sounds of the train to the warbling voices of the gospel singers, Richard and his band encompass a wide sound. He sings with guts and all heart, playing a a hollow body guitar in a finger style manner. On the bass guitar is Laust Nielsen, planting delicate and warm bass lines with ease and precision. Laust has been sculpting and producing the songs with Richard for the upcoming album. The up coming album and new single display a new take on blues production, combining a taste of the old and new, with a laid back and downplayed feel, the songs wash over the listener with soothing charm and intriguing ambience. 

Featured on the upcoming album and also playing in a live setting are blues aficionados Ronni Boysen on guitar and Thomas Crawfurd on drums. Ronni commands and weaves powerful riffs and solos on the guitar, playing with the likes of Mud Morgenfield ( Muddy Water’s son) and Kokomo Kings, his tastefulness and vigour for blues reaches beyond the shores of Denmark. Thomas is a melodic and thoughtful drummer, who has finely tuned ear for creating beautifully layered, simple textures. Thomas plays also with Fried Okra band. 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Joel DaSilva new album "Everywhere From Here"

Joel DaSilva is an American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter hailing from Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Fort Lauderdale,Florida. He has recently released his brand new album, "Everywhere From Here". The album was produced by  Grammy winner Eddie Perez at TruNoyz Studios in Fort Lauderdale. Joel, who has been performing as a lead guitarist and vocalist since the age of 18, was the front man for the renowned South Florida blues band The Hep Cat Boo Daddies for 13 years before breaking out on his own as a solo artist. Besides acting in several independent films, Joel's resume includes performances with dozens of blues, rock, and roots notables, including B.B. King, Ray Charles, Leon Russell, Johnny Winter, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, among others.

Delving back deeply into his Chicago Blues and Americana roots, DaSilva has emerged with some truly visceral new material, the culmination of months of soul searching, hard living and late night driving. The first single from the album is titled "Shake," and is a simmering, swampy slow-burner of a song that builds to a fiery guitar solo and really shows off Joel's power and passion. 


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Award-winning guitarist Gwyn Ashton’s new album Solo Elektro, one-man lo-fi garage stoner distorto blues-rock

Solo Elektro is award-winning guitarist Gwyn Ashton’s new one-man lo-fi garage stoner distorto blues-rock album. Full of chord-crunching fuzz guitar, dirty octave dividers and slamming kick drum, it’s a 100% explosive live-in-the-studio recording, sounding retro, with a modern evolution, as heard on the riff-pumped 'She Won't Tell Me'. If you like Sgt Pepper, Jack White and The Black Keys, you'll LOVE Solo Elektro!  The album is heavily inspired and a homage to mid 60's Beatles albums.

'A post-psychedelic Phil Spector style wall of sound. If you’ve never heard Gwyn Ashton before listening to this album, you’d swear he’s part of an underground contemporary scene you might have missed. ‘Solo Elektro’  flies the flag for a psychedelic indie blues artist who is only truly happy when he finds new exciting outlets for his oeuvre. It’s an album shot through with raw, brash, kick-ass psychedelic tinged stoner rock with a blues heart and is worthy of your attention. ****’  Pete Feenstra, Get Ready To Rock

‘The journey is full of complexities, sonics that challenges your ear deftly combined with Gwyn Ashton’s sharp musical wit and timing. One thing for sure this marmite album from a one man band has a broad range of in your face rocking blues with complex sounds that never makes the mistake of falling into the pit of self-indulgence’. - Bluesdoodles

‘I produced hard rock for Alberts (Choirboys) and knew the AC/DC, Angels, Rose Tattoo guys quite well. Sounds like it would have fit in well with the Alberts stable of artists back then’. - Jim Manzie, Sydney / LA-based film music and record producer

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Aussie blues brothers "LamBros." release fiery new single "Do Something"

Up and coming Australian brotherly duo, LamBros., have just released their newest single, "Do Something". They've been playing around the country for the last few years at festivals including the Byron Bay Bluesfest.

The song is about the way of tackling the inner demons we face when deciding what to do with our lives. It seems like people are constantly making decisions between doing what they love, or what society tells them to do, and we think that life's too short to live like that. We want people to live without regrets, and live on their own terms. They wrote and produced the song themselves.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Americana artist Janie Barnett new album release “You See This River”..stories of ambiguity and passion

Americana artist Janie Barnett recently released her album “You See This River” which reached the top 20 on Americana radio in its first weeks of release, and is on the first-round Grammy ballot in the following categories: Best Folk Album, Best American Roots Song (“Crazy Good Thing”) and Best American Roots Vocal (“Crazy Good Thing”). 

“You See This River” is the result of Barnett’s long search for artistic authenticity. She has mined her experiences as parent, partner, artist, and social animal, presenting stories that are full of ambiguity and passion. 

Recording artist Kenny White says of her work: “Janie turns the bumps, bruises, and joys of life into evocative and relatable songs…and makes it sound easy…which ain’t easy.”

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A Virginia native, Janie Barnett cut her teeth on bluegrass festivals, church coffeehouses, and the American Folklife Festival.  When she met iconic Americana barnstormer and Newgrass pioneer John Hartford at Folklife, so began her love affair with the alternate roots movement. One can see the roots of this renegade impulse throughout Barnett’s growing up. She defected from the local high school for boarding school, where, ironically, she found her tribe of outside-the-box musicians.  She then defected from the Ivy League to play in a roots and reggae band in New Hampshire and Cambridge, and ultimately defected from the New England music scene to New York City. Barnett rose in the freelance world, making a name for herself as a smart, precise, and professional chameleon musician, singing on countless film, tv and commercial projects, as well as singing backup for iconic stars like Linda Ronstadt, Celine Dion, and Rickie Lee Jones. Appearances on SNL, The Today Show, membership in an elite session musician supergroup – these were the bookings of that time.

Barnett rose to become one of the top 20 session singer calls, while continuing her search for her own essential expression - the essential songs, the essential timbre, the core family of musicians. “I was also going through the long process of my marriage ending. My partner and I needed to set each other free in order to be ourselves. I recognized I had to own that process in the music.” Several collections of music were released through those years, but none Barnett felt had fully captured her authentic voice as a writer or musician.

“You See This River” is the culmination of Barnett’s years of searching and exploring, and living a life that many of us find ourselves living: “By trial and error we find ourselves, we retrieve ourselves from our own fires and folly. We poke and prod and with luck we find our authentic selves and stop looking over our shoulders. The renegade is part of my DNA in a good way, but it also played a role in running from myself. This record, these songs, reflect a period where I stopped running. So the stories reflect the process, and the sound reflects the result.”

​Janie currently splits her time between Brooklyn and Boston, where she has been an associate professor at Berklee College of Music for close to 15 years.


December 3, 2017
Janie Barnett’s Urban Americana Holiday Party
City Winery 
New York City, NY

December 16, 2017
Natick, MA
Opening for Paula Cole

December 17, 2017
Stoned Soul Picnic, featuring Diane Garisto and Friends 
City Winery 
New York City, NY
Guitar and Vocal

December 30, 2017
Black Squirrel Cafe 
Vienna, VA 

January 20, 2018 
Stoned Soul Picnic
Celtic Connections Festival 
Glasgow, Scotland 

February 10 and 11, 2018
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA  
Opening for Buskin and Batteau