Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Austin, Texas Americana artist Danny Golden album release Old Love...honesty and integrity

Danny Golden is a singer/songwriter, a rock and roller and a lifelong searcher for truth and people to share it with. He says the artist’s job is to investigate the depths of our world and bring some meaning back to the surface. His music is an antidote to the status quo; the trendy internet fads we inhale like a fruity pebble flavored vape pen until the flavor runs out and we need a new fix. In a world of artists selling you their projected images of hip, Golden’s music invites you to real connection on a human level.

His latest album, Old Love, is his exploration of relationships, of the situations we all find ourselves in when we let somebody into our life. It’s an investigation of the ancient binding force that has both inspired and confused us since the world began. It’s about clear cut signs and gray areas. It’s about facing the daunting power of love and taking it head on. It’s about the potential to be overwhelmed by that same love and walk away. It’s about figuring out your path and interacting with the temptations and distractions that get more fun and better looking every day.

His amazing backing band are Spencer Garland (Black Pumas, Matthew Logan Vasquez, PR Newman), Jeff Olson (White Denim, Balmorhea) and Brendan Bond (Glorietta, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Golden Dawn Arkestra). Insert lifelong best friend and collaborator Ben Brown on lead guitar. Add producer John Michael Landon and help from a few friends including Mary Bryce (SMiiLE) and Evan Kaspar (Mother Falcon) and you have the full roster for the album.

Danny Golden’s music is an invitation to look at life through the artist’s eyes, to see more, and to see more clearly.

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Marty's review: Danny Golden's approach to his music is delivered with an honesty and integrity that is often rare in many contemporary artists. His lyrics are introspective, heartfelt and offer the listener a window into his views and experiences of his life. The instrumentation is tight and masterful without being over-produced which makes the album essential listening and a feel-good experience.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Mick Kolassa and the Taylor Made Blues Band "149 Delta Avenue" ... free range blues

After releasing two critically acclaimed albums of other people’s music, Mick Kolassa is back to what he loves most: recording and releasing what he calls his own “free range blues.” His new album, "149 Delta Avenue," covers a multitude of blues styles and sub-genres. Mick has assembled a collection of fine new original songs and three of his favorites written by others. To bring this body of work to life, he has brought together a stellar group of musicians that include the Taylor Made Blues Band and some great guests.

For this album Mick teamed with Grammy® Award and BMA winning producer Michael Freeman. The Taylor Made Blues Band for this album consists of David Dunavent on guitar and backing vocals, Leo Goff on bass, Lee Williams on drums and Chris Stephenson on keyboards, with Susan Marshall and Daunielle “Pie” Hill on backing vocals. Stepping up to add their magic are special guests Jeff Jensen, Eric Hughes, J.D. Taylor, Toronzo Cannon, Marc Franklin, Kirk Smothers, Alice Hasen, Suavo Jones, and Marty Sammon, with engineer Mike Wilson offering his whistling skills. Taking full advantage of his tastes and experience and the talents of the amazing musicians who helped him put this together, Mick has once again delivered a real treat for his listeners.

The album opens with Mick’s song “I Can’t Slow Down," which is his confessional about how he lives, followed by “US 12 to Highway 49," which traces his lifelong blues odyssey. “Alternative Man” is a sexy blues tune in the classic “macho” sense, treated two different ways on this album. “Cotton Road” is a powerhouse song that Mick wrote after a conversation with the curator of Memphis’ Cotton Museum and driving on the road on which he lives (Cotton Road). “I Don’t Need No Doctor," a song introduced by Ray Charles but also delivered by Humble Pie and others, has a special place in Mick’s heart, as does Larry Garner’s great composition “Miss Boss," which has been a mainstay in his live shows for years. Then there’s “The Viper," which is just a fun song.

Taken as a whole, this album represents Mick’s love of all styles of blues, as well as his continuing drive to improve as an artist and as a songwriter.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Americana Singer-Songwriter Amilia K Spicer releases "Harlan" music emotional journey

Amilia K Spicer’s latest album is the triumph Wow and Flutter, which is Spicer’s third release.It has enjoyed acclaim for its captivating, personal lyricism, haunting melodies, and powerful rustic tone. American Songwriter Magazine described the album as “a timeless, brand-new Americana classic.” Now, Spicer is releasing the LP's third single, “Harlan,” which sees Spicer make the emotional journey to the birthplace of her father.

The album landed on many year-end best-of lists for 2017. Despite the acclaim, Spicer retains an underground mystique to her, perhaps due to her “don’t fence me in” attitude (also the name of her record label).  In addition to performing, Spicer spends time traveling (recently to Tibet and Bhutan), showcasing her photography, and directing/producing indie films. Throughout 2018, Spicer performed frequently in the Americana festival circuit. She wowed fans with a full band set at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, as well as the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Oklahoma. Furthermore, she’s performed more intimately at venues across the US, including 30A Songwriters Festival in January.

With the single, Spicer proudly debuts the self-directed music video for “Harlan.” As ever, the video is an excellent example of what makes Amilia K Spicer such a captivating performer – after all, she’s a frequent face on the Americana music festival circuit!

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