REVIEW: The Drunken Hearts “Wheels of the City” is all Golden

This was produced with a nice bottom-heavy production from the word go. Lead singer Andrew McConathy is not an imitation, he does emulate expressively a pure Eddie Vedder alt-country vocal halfway to deep-voiced Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies vocalist). But the Hearts’ music has musicality: it’s all golden. The arrangement approach cherry picks Pearl Jam […]

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Review: Jake La Botz’s “They’re Coming For Me” is Bristling, Sympathetic Sounds with Unusual Twists

  This sophomore effort by Chicago’s Jake La Botz (with producer/bass & guitarist Jimmy Sutton) drops Oct 18th.It’s a 12-track Hi-Style Records’ LP. Resplendent storytelling, street tales, juke joint humid air & a pinch of unusual twists. After a period of drug addiction, Jake emerges to cook bristling, sympathetic sounds with renewed vigor, creativity from […]

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REVIEW: Linda McRae’s “Going to the Well” Peels Back the Skin of Truth

Through years of reviews, I heard many artists who went nowhere though they were indeed talented. But they didn’t have enough passion or weren’t committed. Proficient musicians with no songs, or, had songs but no voice, musicians that could play — but could only imitate. Then there are artists who are engaging, challenging, satisfying & consistently […]

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REVIEW: Dori Freeman’s “Every Single Star” is Smooth, Classic Style

With a wispy, relaxed vocal tone reminiscent of 60’s singers as Sandy Posey (“Single Girl”), Robin Ward (“Wonderful Summer”) & Judith Durham (The Seekers) – Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountain native Dori Freeman offers a beautiful LP (Sept. 27) of positive-oriented songs about single-motherhood, small-town living, & authentic Americana palatable to the most discriminating ears. Every […]

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REVIEW: Don Cherel’s “Handmade Content” is Faith, Insight, and Humor

Don Cherel — award-winning designer/producer of TV commercials drops his first solo 11-song LP Sept 27th: Handmade Content. (Label Logic). The collection focuses on songs of faith, insight & humor. Produced by George Massenburg (Billy Joel, Linda Ronstadt, & Randy Newman) & showcases guitarist Pat Bergeson (Chet Atkins, & Emmylou Harris). I always hesitate with […]

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REVIEW: – 5 CD Box collection — Art Pepper Promise Kept: The Complete Artist House Recordings.

“…but it’s always a battle…” In 1979 in a moment of clarity alto sax legend Art Pepper said those words about performing jazz. On Sept 23, Omnivore’s 32 remastered John Snyder-produced classics in a 5-CD box arrives. Promise Kept: The Complete Artist House Recordings with Laurie Pepper’s recollections + 19 unreleased performances. The promise kept: […]

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