REVIEW: Siobhán O’Brien’s “You Can’t Run Out of Love” Is Melody and Lyrical Magic

Recorded in Austin, TX this is the 3rd solo LP for the 4th generation, Irish musician Siobhán O’Brien You Can’t Run Out of Love, (Independent – drops Jan. 17th). It features 10 tracks – 42-minutes of pivotal moments since she left her Irish homeland in 2016. While inspired by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, […]

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Review: Fruition’s Two LPS “Wild As The Night” and “Broken At The Break of Day” are Distinguished

Scheduled for release Jan. 17th Portland, Oregon’s Fruition provides a distinctive showcase of 2 LPs with 7 tracks each. Wild Is The Night, & Broken At the Break of Day, (Independent). What caught my ear: the varied solid sound these proficient musicians display with a masterful touch such as Little Feat (when Shawn Murphy sang […]

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REVIEW: Seamus Egan’s “Early Bright” is Delightful Irish Tradition Sweetened with Musical Skill

Though never a big fan of instrumentals, through the years I’ve appreciated many wonderful vocal-less tunes. As a child I adored Bert Kaemphert’s “Afrikaan Beat,” Mason Williams’ “Classical Gas,” & David Seville’s jazzy “Almost Good,” (flip of “The Chipmunk Song”). I’ve enjoyed instrumentals by Van Morrison, Horslips & Jon Mark but didn’t think Solas’ (on […]

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REVIEW: The Adobe Collective “All The Space That There Is” Flows Like a Crystal Clear Stream

Scheduled for Jan. 10th drop this California-based band’s 3rd release All the Space That There Is is a self-produced LP that continues in their tradition of the “high desert sound.” Unlike many releases, it’s not riveting with thunderous drums, slash & burn guitars. What it has is good songs, warm singing with melodies played proficiently […]

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REVIEW: Nicholas David’s “Yesterday’s Gone,” Produced By Samantha Fish, is Vocally Gritty

The voice is good, but some vocal lessons are still needed to smooth wrinkles in St. Paul, Minnesota’s Nicholas David’s performance. Be not deterred. The 11-track LP Yesterday’s Gone (drops Nov 29 – Wildheart Records) was recorded in New Orleans & cool originals flourish. David’s obvious Dr. John-inflected vocal moments are worthy. His voice has […]

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REVIEW: Mark Oblinger’s “High Water Line” Has Depth, Character and Sincerity

For people who enjoy vocals similar to David Fogelberg, Steve Goodman, Jonathan Edwards, Emitt Rhodes or Jackson Browne this LP by 5-time Emmy winner Mark Oblinger will be quite intriguing. Fortunately, despite a light touch, Mark doesn’t project like a wimpy-folk singer. His voice has depth, character, and sincerity. “Judgment Road,” (should’ve been called “Playing […]

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REVIEW: Joe Henry’s “The Gospel According To Water” is Solid as a Brick

When a relatively major artist/producer decides to record a raw stripped-down LP ala Springsteen’s “Nebraska,” it’s probably a labor of love rather than a straight-ahead commercial endeavor. But, Joe Henry, diagnosed with prostate cancer (in remission) obviously wanted to say something with special ingredients. Here, the 4-time Grammy winner’s 15th LP uses a few friends […]

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