Grooves and Cuts

GROOVES & CUTS – ENOUGH WITH THE PANDEMIC SONGS – John Apice

GROOVES & CUTS – ENOUGH WITH THE PANDEMIC SONGS – JUNE 2021 John Apice Slim pickings this month of miscellaneous releases. Why? Many sound the same, with recycled song formulas, lame singing, poor choice of song subjects, rehashed progressions, no ingenuity, creativity, originality, or arrangement. Lots of coasting. PR boasts how it was all recorded […]

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Grooves and Cuts

Grooves & Cuts: March 2021

GROOVES & CUTS – John Apice When it comes to Americana-Roots-Alt/Country music one of the elements I find in disfavor is the introduction of unnecessary electronics, synthesizers & techno embellishments. Also, many submissions received — are not Americana, roots, folk, soul, blues, jazz, bluegrass, or alt-country. I sadly have to pass on many viable artists in […]

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Grooves & Cuts: JANUARY 2021 – Dion DiMucci Blues & Chubby Checker’s Country / Modern Day Surprises 

GROOVES & CUTS – John Apice There are a few grandfathers of rock & roll that require revisiting. Late as it is these miraculous artists still record fresh material, still perform as if the years have no effect, or rather more appropriately, don’t matter. First is 81-year-old Dion DiMucci. This legendary singer recreated himself a few times as […]

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John Mayall (part one) – The First Generation 1965-1974 – 35 CD Career Retrospective – Studio Albums

John Mayall – The First Generation 1956-1974 — 35 CD Career Retrospective – Studio Albums Where to begin? A prolific career such as John Mayall’s is a task. 87-year-old Mayall’s role in British blues is pivotal in the careers of many famous musicians. Whether Mayall actually influenced many personally remains open. However, Mayall without a doubt has […]

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