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German Review: THE WALK-A-BOUT “THINGS ARE LOOKING UP”

5 Jul

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The Walk-A-Bout / Things Are Looking Up – CD review

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With an official drum intro “Things Are Looking Up” starts and without delay Kevin begins his acoustic play, which immediately shows what it’s all about: Straightforward rock with a slightly jazzy flair. Also Darren sets without much instrumental Vorbrimborium his voice and we are in the middle in a very pleasant and great music.

Seldom is acoustic guitar playing so full and dynamic, so virtuoso and groovy rocking, as it flows from Kevin Anderson’shands. Kevin was a guitar player for a long time, until he met the Australian singer / songwriter, harmonica and (well, Australia) didgeridoo Darren ‘Sully’ Sullivan . At the end of 2015, they started working together. Darren wrote the lyrics to Kevin’smusic, and drummer and producer Drew Bertrand becameaware of this collaboration . He recognized the potential of the two and worked with them, honing harmonies and sound sequences, and contacting his friend and partner, Michael Perrotta, a multi-instrumentalist as well as a studio partner. Michael adjusted the arrangements and teased the bass.

Their first album was released in 2017 and local radio stations played their music, which was absolutely well received. By Airplay was Drew’s friend, the guitarist and singer Dave Christian , the Walk-A-Boutsattentive, was enthusiastic and made representations. And that was a good thing, because now the band from Long Island, New York had found the final sound. The involvement of Christian , who now Kevin is an acoustic guitar, the electric counterpart to the site and also enhances the song, gave the troops a further Fanzuwachs and that the fan base will continue to grow, is for me beyond question, because the sound is perfect.

Relaxt cool, with slightly jazzy cadenzas, maybe with a hint Steely Dan or Fagen solo presents the new album, which is unfortunately only a 25-minute EP, at first and rough view. But the water-drenched musicians – the vicious circle of those with whom they’ve worked together, names such as Santana , Grateful Dead , David Murray or   Bob Marley – offer a lot more under that tunic of harmony. As the Harp shows musical images of the Blues Travelers , Phish and moe become rhythmically and technically .Nevertheless, the Walk-A-Bouts are clearly recognizable, as on the one hand the forced acoustic guitar playing and the pleasantly distinctive voice of Sully in connection with the precise songwriting are a striking fragrance brand. This is particularly audible in the last two tracks of the disc, because in contrast to the four other pieces are not new, but come from the debut and thus there is missing the electric guitar.

The fact that Dave Christian is on board with the first four numbers on “Things Are Looking Up” is the second reason why the Walk-A-Bouts are identifiable at any time. Because the combination of the unreinforced and amplified guitars is an extremely enthralling. Even though Kevin has a decent punch on the strings, Dave’s electric strings are more than just the icing on the cake. His playing nestles into the compositions and gives the band sound that certain something that turns very good music into brilliant music. Nice to hear on “Be My Side”, where he lays a – unfortunately only short – solo to kneel down. Also, the backings, which he gives to the best, make this piece for me the hit of the disc.

Although the EP only consists of six pieces, two of which are without electrical, it is a big tip. The silverling will accompany me through the summer. It fits on Saturday mornings while cooling drinks and building a grill. He fits later when grilling and cooling the drinks and he also fits the after-grill barbecue. Strong disc and, as already mentioned, far too short.


Line-up The Walk-A-Bout:

Kevin Anderson (acoustic guitar)
Darren ‘Sully’ Sullivan (lead vocals, harp)
Drew ‘Drumz’ Bertrand (drums)
Michael Perrotta (bass)
Dave Christian (electric guitar, backing vocals)

Tracklist “Things Are Looking Up”:

  1. Things Are Looking Up
  2. That’s Just The Way It Goes
  3. By My Side
  4. Consequences
  5. Oasis
  6. Drifting Tide

Total playing time: 25:22, year of publication: 2018

 

 

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Germany Review: GEORGE ST. CLAIR “BALLADS OF CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM”

26 Apr

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George St. Clair / Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom – CD Review

Artist: George | St. Clair Label: Homegrown Music Style: Americana , Roots

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The American singer, musician and composer George St. Clair has been living in England for several years, but grew up in Texas. His family worked on the local oil fields, so the young George has already received a proper dose of so-called hard life with hard work and poor pay. At some point he moved to Austin, Texas, where he got his real baptism of fire as a live artist. He has been working as an archaeologist and anthropologist for over twenty years, leading him through several southern US states and Mexico, before moving to Europe. However, the music never left him like his homeland, so he moved back to the USA for the recordings of “Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom”, more specifically to Richmond, California.

And if that was just good for finding musicians with the right feel for St. Clair’s songs and style, then that step was well worth it. The American puts on the twelve tracks presented here wonderful, melodic Americana and Roots Rock songs that are far from being smoothed or set up. With the usual organic instruments recorded, it is in addition to the high-quality performances of the session musicians above all again and again the vocal melodies that go very well in the ear and stay there mostly for a long time. In addition to piano, bass and drums, the acoustic guitar is the dominant instrument. The icing on the cake comes mostly from the pedal steel guitar, which rounds off the pieces again and again.

Lyrically, George St. Clair is about interpersonal issues, but another big point is the relationship between the original American inhabitants and the so-called ‘white’ population. The above style designations suggest it already: Here are of course many country influences in the game, but also folk and singer / songwriter bonds are represented. The very successful mixture of these genres then makes the disc the one it has become. The pedal steel guitarist Dan Lebowitzbut also brings an electric into the game, which of course does not hurt. For example, “Cynthia”, which is otherwise only supported by the acoustic, the bass and some percussion, has a vocal line to die for, and a ton of feeling. And before I forget it: A good pinch of Westcoast is also in there.

“Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom” has not become a lurid album, but also not overly thoughtful or melancholy. The lyrics raise a lot of unanswered questions about which it would be essential (especially for Americans) to think about it. However, the disc does not pull the listener into an emotional basement at any time, because the songs themselves are much too good for that. The opener “Tularosa” is (like “Up To Fail”) a very strong country rock-number, with “New Mexico” it’s back to Westcoast and with “Talkin ‘Mesquite” one automatically thinks of the Talking Blues- Pieces of a Townes Van Zandt ,

George St. Clair does not (yet?) Have a big or well-known name, but you should definitely check “Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom”, if you are on very good Americana and Roots music.


Line-up George St. Clair:

George St Clair (acoustic guitar, bongos, lead & background vocals)
Mike Stevens (drums & percussion)
Dan Lebowitz (pedal steel guitar, electric guitar)
Ben Bernstein (bass, lead acoustic guitar – # 3)
Kirby Hammel (piano, organ )
Mark Estall (background vocals)
Maya Abramson (background vocals)

With:
David Cuetter (pedal steel guitar – # 1,2)
Amy Sher (fiddle – # 1)

Tracklist “Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom”:

  1. Tularosa
  2. The Places Where They Prayed
  3. Autumn 1889
  4. Corridors
  5. Good Times
  6. Cynthia
  7. Up To Fail
  8. Lie To Them
  9. Cimarrones
  10. New Mexico
  11. Pedro Paramo
  12. Talkin ‘Mesquite

Total playing time: 56:36, release year: 2018

 

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Germany Review: Birdseed “Not Out Of Time”

14 Mar

Birdseed / Not Out Of Time – EP Review

Artist: Birdseed Label: Bird Records Music style: Pop Rock

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Funnily enough, the band Birdseed from San Francisco, California was formed by middle-aged hobby musicians, who had met at school events of their descendants. After finding out that each other’s favorite hobby is the music, a band was started. The combo released from the end of 2015 a few digital singles, which were now summarized on the EP present to me.

The essence of the five tracks in total can be compared to the Fleetwood Mac sound in the early to mid-seventies. Cool Pop / Rock, so to say, who benefits from a clever groove and a strong lead vocalist. The title song “Not Out Of Time” starts the journey pleasantly rocking and the voice of Kerry Reed Landreth has that certain something that is so eminently important for every front man / woman. The track is very harmonious, variably arranged and loosely flaked over, which makes him a first winner. “Next Trip Around The Sun” starts off with an e-piano sound before the notable vocals take over the scepter. The ingredients mentioned above are also added here and make this number a listener.

With inviting guitar sound and piano, “I Want You To Know” starts the second act. Musically maybe not the best track on the disc, which is the strong text (the mother’s declaration of love to her child, probably not many years later can really understand) will be made up for. Background is probably that Kerry Landrethdiagnosed with incurable breast cancer a few years ago, she wanted to leave a statement here, so to speak. The shortest song of almost three minutes is called “We Can Do It” and builds again on a really cool groove. This works and harmonizes wonderfully with the vocals and the very positive or optimistic lyrics. The unfortunately last title “More Than I Needed The Truth” keeps the quality quite relaxed and invites you to enjoy the complete work “Not Out Of Time” right from the beginning.

Both the band Birdseed and (especially) the frontlady Kerry Reed Landreth can only wish to spend a lot of time to music and new recordings, because the present (on vinyl quantitatively limited) “Not Out Of Time” makes a great mood and goes splendidly into the ear. Relaxed music with profound lyrics, which at no time lead the listener to the uncomfortably sad feeling trail, but rather powerfully forward looking to convey an uplifting feeling.


Line-up Birdseed:

Brian Hetherington (keyboards)
Peter Landreth (saxophone)
Jamie Goodyear (guitars)
Scott Bell (drums)
Lane Murchison (bass)
Mason Morfit (guitars)
Kerry Reed Landreth (vocals)

Tracklist “Not Out Of Time”:

Side 1:

  1. Not Out Of Time (3:48)
  2. Next Trip Around The Sun (4:09)
Side 2:

  1. I Want You To Know (4:53)
  2. We Can Do It (2:56)
  3. More Than I Needed The Truth (3:54)

Total Time: 7:59 (Side 1), 11:47 (Side 2), Release Date: 2017

 

 

 

Germany Review: Michael Tracy “Still Got Soul”

17 Jan

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Michael Tracy / Still Got Soul – CD Review

Artist: Michael | Tracy Label: Self-Produced Music Style: AOR , Melodic Rock , Stadium Rock

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In 2011, Michael Tracy started his musical career as a singer / songwriter. That was on the occasion of a live performance in Charlotte, North Carolina. Already in the same year appeared the first album, “Enough Small Talk”. Four more records followed and now there is the new, “Still Got Soul”.

Tracy presents wonderful melodic old school rock full of harmonies and predominantly beautiful sound in widescreen format. A rich sound reminiscent of musicians like John Mellencamp , Bob Seger , Tom Petty,and occasionally coupled with the kind of music presented by Boston or Asia . This has resulted in a combination of typical eighties rock with an occasional touch of Westcoast Rock. Here you can listen well and relaxed and feel good.

Over the course of the season you will be confronted with different moods. From typical mainstream rock, melodic rock, it goes to varieties of arena rock, mostly on the bottom of the classic rock. Basically, it is mainly Adult Orientated Rock (AOR), which is sometimes fuller and stronger, sometimes gentler and more melodic, but always with the certain hooklines, pleasantly flowing in the solar plexus. With an expressive, if not necessarily powerful voice, which is often accompanied by background vocals, the singer Tracy creates a harmonic mood and more than once the eighties seem to be quoted, as the title song says:

»I still remember in ’81
I saw that Lucy in the sky and I was done
So now I dust off my old 45s
Here I am like I was 10 playing records thru the night«

“It’s been a long time since I rock n ‘roll
Got no faith but I still got soul
Might of been lost along the way
But I’m not afraid of yesterday.”

Anyway, you can feel how much Tracy is standing behind the songs with his soul and heart, always eager to convince a pleasant sound that quickly grabs and takes you as a listener. So the pleasing compositions have succeeded, albeit no masterpieces, but with a guarantee for a beautiful listening experience.


Line-up Michael Tracy:

Michael Tracy (vocals, all instruments)
Brock Whitfield (drums, except – # 11)

Tracklist “Still Got Soul”:

  1. Laughter (3:11)
  2. My Lisa (4:11)
  3. Still Got Soul (3:29)
  4. Call Me Wild (3:47)
  5. No More Waiting (3:57)
  6. Sweet Smile (3:20)
  7. Savannah Night (3:48)
  8. Shake It (3:11)
  9. Hopeful (3:26)
  10. Raven (4:32)
  11. Poinsettia Red (Bonus Track) (2:26)

(All songs written by Michael Tracy and Sahaj Ticotin )

Total playing time: 39:27, release year: 2017

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RockTimes Review: Indubious “From Zero” (Translated)

24 Jul

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“Two brothers, Skip and Evton of Indubious, are now presenting their fourth album “From Zero.” This album is not to be taken for granted, because both were born with cystic fibrosis and had received rather gloomy predictions from their doctors on their longevity since early childhood. People affected by this disease have to be connected to oxygen during the day, in the car and at night, but through brave resilience, it is all the more pleasing that the two musicians are able to sing.

If the band Indubious , which originated in Portland, Oregon, simply defines their music as Reggae, it would certainly not be wrong. The special underlying rhythm is anchored in Jamaican musical style. However, I would like to describe the style of Indubious as a modern one. Modern in the way that the otherwise purist interpretation is used in conjunction with other musical elements that come into play.

This variant of the reggae seems to be successful and it is fitting for the band who describes themself as the ambassador of “West Coast Reggae.” The laziness, which is attached to the Reggae, is transported beautifully by Indubious and as I listen, in my head I picture the band more on the beach in California than in Jamaica. But the sound is just not on a California beach, because Indubious tours throughout the world. When you see what festivals they are already on the billing for, it might serve as a reference to see their true skill and talent: Wakarusa, Gathering Of The Vibes, Reggae On The River , Sulafest in India, Sierra Nevada Word Music Festival, Earthdance, Gaia Festival, Beloved, Britt festivals, just to mention a few.

Dancehall and Raggamuffin is beside the Roots Reggae main genre of the music of Indubious on “From Zero”. The guest musicians, Sizzla and Vaughn Benjamin, whose authenticity absolutely lies in their voices, are an important part of this album. Sizzla is justified in the title “Dancehall Icon” and Vaughn Benjamin is certainly heard in Midnite and Akae Beka. Gloriously, Sizzla’s vocal outbreaks are showcased on “Golden Ones.” Also, the appearance of Zahira Soul in “Root Down” brings a special feel to the music.

Many tracks also have a kind of psychedelica. By virtuosic synths, Indubious creates something like psychedelic dancehall. Reduced tempos, cellar-bass-bangles and singing down to voice-ling give the works a special flair. In addition, there are very harmonious tracks, Such as “Rocketship.” There are also pieces à la “See Sharp” in which the offbeat phrasing is lifted and the flirting keyboard sequences are intercepted. All this makes the music special.

You can feel that the album is performed with heart and skill. The fact that Evton and Skip are Americans cannot be felt at any moment. Another professional component is to be seen in the producer’s name of their previous album, because Daniele Gaudi is “legendary” in this genre. The messages of the band are in a positive context. Evan confirmed this positive attitude in 2011 after a complete recovery from a double lung transplant.

The ability of the band may also be recognized by whom they shared the stages over the years. In addition to Western artists such as Matisyahu, Michael Franti, Rebelution and Blondie , Black Uhuru , Stephen Marley , Junior Reid and Paton Banton are also members of reggae’s country of origin.

For the next few months, another album is planned, which can now be looked forward to, Indubious should remain faithful to this style.”

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To purchase or previous “From Zero,” please visit: http://smarturl.it/fromzero

For more information about FROM ZERO or upcoming tour dates, please visit the INDUBIOUS website and social media pages via http://www.indubiousmusic.com/

For Booking inquiries please email booking@indubiousmusic.com

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR:  (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com 

For Reggae Marketing or Radio please contact King I-Vier at Independent Distribution Collective: kingivier@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective: jerome@independentdistro.com

Rock Times Review: Birdseed “Not Out Of Time”

20 Jul

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“A band from San Francisco, Birdseed, has announced their first release, the EP “Not Out Of Time”. The band was formed in 2012 and consisted of members who had more or less joined the music group through connections related to Bird School of Music in SF. The band consisted only of male members, and did not have a lead singer yet, when Kerry Landreth was invited to a contest, a ‘Battle of the Bands.’ After that, she became Front-lady Kerry Landreth. A decision that was soon to turn out to be golden.

While before Birdseed was a cover band, Kerry began composing her own material in 2015 and released the two singles “Next Trip Around The Sun” and “More Than I Needed The Truth”. At the beginning of 2017 another single, the ballad “I Want You To Know” was released. The first EP “Not Out Of Time” will be available from August 4, 2017 on all well-known online providers.”

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Pre-Order NOT OUT OF TIME on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/notoutoftime

BIRDSEED will be touring in the Fall of 2017 in support of their NOT OUT OF TIME 10” Vinyl EP, which is available worldwide online and in stores August 4, 2017.

For more information about BIRDSEED and the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, or upcoming tour dates, please visit the band’s website and social media pages via www.birdseedband.com

For more information about Bird School of Music please visit http://bird-sf.com/

To pre-order the NOT OUT OF TIME EP, please visit the Bird Records Bandcamp page at https://birdrecordingfoundation.bandcamp.com/

For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR at (828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

For Digital Marketing, please contact Jerome Forney at Independent Distribution Collective at jerome@independentdistro.com

RockTimes Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up” (translated)

10 Jul

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“Recently, we brought the news , in which the new album “Wake Up” by the singer / songwriter Jennifer Saran was announced and now the disc is on the table.

Jennifer Saran aka Jennifer Hill , who was born in the USA, lives in Hong Kong and began her singing career there. In 1992, she joined a women’s choir and took the mezzosopran with her voice. Five years later, together with other members, she left this choir and founded The Hong Kong Women’s Choir , whose main goal is to make money for charity. Under the name Nova and supported by the A cappella group Gracenotes is a preferred charity for the disadvantaged.

In 2015, she made her debut with the Christmas album “Merry Christmas – You Are Loved”, and a year later, “Walk With Me”. Her career as a singer runs well, yes, more than well, because radio stations, video portals and social networks ensure enormous distribution. This is also a good thing, because a large part of their income goes to the needy of this world. Examples are the ‘Kuldeep’ Saran Memorial Trust ‘(a foundation established after the death of their husband Kuldeep Saran ), who takes care of the education and welfare of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong. Then there is still support for the Hong Kong Women’s Choir , Who is celebrating the 20th anniversary this year and Jennifer is the only remaining founding member. ‘Arts and Education for Women’ supports refugee women and asylum seekers in Hong Kong and the revenue of the single “Wake Up” goes to the ‘Desmond Tutu Foundation’ in South Africa.

The woman is doing well and did so now with this album also for herself, because beside own songs, there are also cover pieces of musicians, which are dear to your heart. This naturally results in a kind of hodgepodge, because there next to Bill Withers or George Michael z. For example, a Doris Day . Jennifer’s versions, or her vocal abilities, however, make this an easy one, because it sounds perfect. Yes, actually this voice is almost too perfect for me. There is no corner or edge place, but this is now critique at the highest level. However, if one likes singing and music from a rather rocky environment, one has to fight first with the beauty of the voice.

Also Santana’s guitar playing in the title track is rather subtly adapted to the well-arranged arrangements of the album. Like the South African Grammy winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo , Carlos is on board as a guest musician. The covers I know are very close to the original and especially the “Me And Mrs. Jones”, known by Billy Paul, underline the fact that Jennifer has also made a massive change to the song name. Because of the Mrs. became a Mr. and therefore also the lyrics had to be changed in the affected places.

Produced was the album by Narada Michael Walden , who not only drums on “Wake Up”, but also stands next to Jennifer at the Micro. Stylistically, the album moves in a melange of pop for adults, singer / songwriter, soul as well as R & B. Hard to grasp but actually on the common denominator, the great voice, there is nothing to shake.
In Rockhaushalt it will surely have “Wake Up” hard to get rotation. But if there is desire for adult contemporary music, what is fitting in the house.

Line-up Jennifer Saran:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (vocals)
Carlos Santana (guitar)
Narada Michael Walden (drums, keys, brushes, synth, vocals)
Matt Heulitt (guitar)
Troy ‘Booda’ Lampkin (bass)
Tai Morris (guitar)
Kevin Wong (keys)
Cornell Carter (Backing vocals)
Sandy Griffith (backing vocals)
Liane Berube (violin)
Stephanie Bibbo (violin)
Natasha Makhijani (violin)
Heather Powell violin
Marcel Gemperli
Jory Fancuchen
Michelle Kwon
Jennifer Hunt (flute)
Gary Brown (bass)
Jamil Wallace (vocals)
Tammy Hall (keys,Piano)
Nate Soulsangar (backing vocals)
Ray Clement (saxophone)
Rich Amstrong (trumpet)
Frank Martin (synth)
James Henry (talking drums)
Jim Reitzel (guitar)
Jennifer Saran (vocals)
Gaayatri Kaundinya

Tracklist “Wake Up”:

  1. Wake Up ( Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Narada Michael Walden )
  2. Jesus To A Child (Tribute to George Michael )
  3. Really ( Jamil Wallis )
  4. Me and Mr. Jones (Tribute to Billy Paul )
  5. You Are My Star (feat Ladysmith Black Mambazo )
  6. Too Young To Know
  7. Better Than Me – “To Anjali”
  8. Look At Me Fly (feat. Narada Michael Walden )
  9. Old Cape Cod (Tribute to Patti Page )
  10. Try To Forgive [But I Can not Forget]
  11. Lean On Me (feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Tribute to Bill Withers )
  12. Grace Is the Champion
  13. I Will Always Be Your Home
  14. My Love and Devotion
  15. Aad Guray

Total playing time: 63:38, year of publication: 2017″

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WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
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