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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REVIEW: Mike Osborn’s “Unbroken” is Original and Deliciously Distinctive

With this, Illinois-born Mike Osborn’s 3rd LP Unbroken, (Oct. 25th release Je Gagne Records), continues a journey of self-realization & inner peace. Produced by Randy Ray Mitchell the LP features John Griparic (bass), Tom Fillman (drums) & Mike (lead guitar, vocals) Mike doesn’t explore anything that hasn’t been done by other artists, i.e. — learning from […]

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REVIEW: Kathleen Healy’s “Embracing the Journey” is Expertly Played Music

Cape Cod singer Kathleen Healy takes a road less traveled by many who are preoccupied with a more popular approach to their music. Commerciality. Years ago, many female-specific singers braved headier subjects. Norma Tanega, Ruthann Friedman, Melanie Safka, Judee Sill, & others. There are singers today that do try equally to sing of family, misplaced […]

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REVIEW: Lynne Taylor’s “Shades of Blue” is Hopeful and Uplifting

Set for Nov. 1st release vocalist/pianist Lynne Taylor’s Shades of Blue, (Independent) is a musical canvass with songs that are hopeful & uplifting, with social & personal awareness. Taylor, like some, writes with intelligence. She doesn’t need the showboat. There are vintage Americana, hymn-like moments, & qualities similar to past contemporary singers. The difference? Her […]

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REVIEW: Coco Love Alcorn’s “Rebirth” is Soul Delicacies

With a 9th solo LP Rebirth (Independent – Drops Oct 30), this remarkable Canadian singer-songwriter Coco Love Alcorn explores gratification, vulnerability, forgiveness, short-term obsessions, self-doubt, spirituality, & rebirth itself in her soulful deeply expressive songs. This woman has a pied piper voice – it attracts listeners. It caresses like Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, Mary Wells, […]

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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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