Belgium Review: BAYONICS “RESILIENCE”

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For two decades, the ‘Bayonics’ formation has been bringing a musical mix of Hip Hop, Reggae, R&B, funk and ‘Latin music’ during their many performances in the Bay of San Francisco where the roots of most musicians that are part of this group are. . The central figure is Jairo Vargas, the blind singer of “Bayonics” who has turned his sometimes difficult life experiences into positive songs for the band’s first fully-fledged album entitled “Resilience”.

The first single from this twelve-track album is the song “Exile” that can be heard on the video, which is about the forced search for a new home after you were evicted from your previous home. The desperate search for a better life is viewed here from two different perspectives and in this song it is made clear that “Bayonics” also wants to convey a message in their music.

The influences of other formations from San Francisco Bay such as “Santana” and “Sly & The Family Stone” are clearly present in the music that “Baytonics” brings to “Resilience”. We hear that in songs such as “El Bajo”, “Soldier Dance”, the rhythmic “Olvidaste” and the highly danceable reggae song “Around The Way” in which the inspiring spirit of Bob Marley haunts.

Issues such as immigration, poverty and urbanization that cause entire neighborhoods to undergo an unprecedented transformation are not excluded in the “Bayonics” issues. But also more personal themes such as love and heartache are discussed in the songs on “Resilience” which in English means “resilience” and points to the flexibility that people need to survive in this hectic world.

In songs like “Runaway”, “We Gon Show” Em “,” Batalla En Babylon “and the acoustic” Not The One “,” Bayonics “wants to make the listener aware that this necessary resilience can be found everywhere as long as you are positive and optimistic keeps thinking. In this way the world will gradually become better and more livable for everyone. “Resilience” is therefore an album filled with songs that contain a message of love and forbearance and that is, in our opinion, a very noble objective of these “Bayonics”.

 

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Dutch Review: CORNELL “CC” CARTER “ONE LOVE”

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“Our guide to a better world! … “

Soul artist Cornell “CC” Carter has been making a name for himself as a singer in the San Fransisco music scene for years. A mix of jazz, blues, funk, soul and gospel is the basis for his inspiration and creativity. In 2016 he composed his album ‘In the Moment’ together with co-producer “KC” Crumpler, who also measured for his new release (the successor of ‘Vindicated Soul’ [2017]) ‘One Love’. With thirteen original tracks he plays the audience again with a mix of R & B, funk and soul.

In addition to his solo work, CC is also part of Narada Michael Walden’s all-star band and he is a much sought-after session musician in the SF Bay Area. CC can be heard on two tracks of Santana’s ‘Santana IV’ [2016] album.

For ‘One Love’ CC in the studio could count on the help of drummers Morgan Howell (Soulpersona, UK) & Brian Braziel, guitarists David Council & Dave Shul and bassists Kirk Crumpler & David Agent.

Cornell says: “ONE LOVE is a message of Oneness with the planet and each other and …”

The songs with which CC wants to impress us this time include the soulful “Relax”, the funky “Badeyah” and the song “One Love”, in which CC preaches his message for love and togetherness. With “That’s My Baby” and “That Feelin” (performance Soulpersona) it becomes very soulful again and, for “Something Like” you can safely take your dancing shoes out of the closet. On “Life” Niece Robinson sings the backing vocals, after which the album ends with a bonus number. “Somethin ‘Like” the “Soul Mix” offers the listener on top of everything extra “feel good”.

Cornell “CC” Carter’s ‘One Love’ is the album of the month for all R & B, Soul and Funk fans. Those who are looking for some extra “feel good” moments should not doubt now!

“Cornell” CC “Carter’s ‘One Love’ is for all R & B, Soul and Funk fans the” album of the month “. Those who are looking for some extra “feel good” moments may not doubt now! … “- www.rootstime.be

Eric Schuurmans

 

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

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George St. Clair is an American folk singer and songwriter from Austin, Texas who has been living in the United Kingdom for several years to practice his daily profession of archaeologist and anthropologist. In his songs, the life of the past and of today is sung in simple and understandable terms.
The scene in which all these stories take place can be effortlessly devised by the listener himself, whether it is somewhere in the high mountains of West Texas or in the soothing surroundings of the vast meadow landscapes or the dry desert areas of his homeland. On his latest album “Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom” he brings twelve folk and country songs in which his new world in London seems to be covered in a few songs.
Opening song “Tularosa” (see acoustic live version on the video) sets the tone for what we are all offered afterwards on this great CD. George St.Clair has received instrumental assistance from album producer and bassist Ben Bernstein, keyboardist Kirby Hammel, guitarist and pedal steel player Dan Lebowitz and drummer Mike Stevens, while backing vocals were provided by Maya Abramson and Mark Estall. Together they created a broad orchestrated record that sounds very smoothly.
Other songs on “Ballads Of Captivity And Freedom” that have charmed us are “The Places Where They Prayed”, “Autumn 1889”, the cheerful up-tempo and “handclapsed” “Corridors” and country rock tune “Lie To Them”. Furthermore, it is also enjoying the songs “Cimarrones”, “New Mexico”, “Pedro Paramo” and album-closing “Talkin Mesquite”, inspired by the native country of his mother Mexico.
His Texan musical examples Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark certainly have their influences in the music of this troubadour George St.Clair and that will remain very nice references until further notice. Whether he will be able to follow in the footsteps of these legendary artists with this record, the future should prove.
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Belgium Review: Jennifer Saran “Soulful Christmas”

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Yes, the Christmas tree has been taken out of the box and the lights, balls and garlands shine like never before, because that atmospheric period of the year has already surfaced: ‘It’s Christmas time’. And so it is time for records with Christmas songs, something that many artists in their musical career at least once venture. With the well-known Narada Michael Walden as producer and arranger in the recording studio, the American singer and songwriter Jennifer Saran, who lives in Hong Kong, has also gone to sing and record Christmas songs.

 

For her, however, this was not the first time, because in 2015 her record “Merry Christmas, You Are Loved” already appeared on the market and the success of that album has now led to the release of the latest album “Soulful Christmas”. For this album Jennifer Saran has composed eleven new songs, of which we will remember “Long Road Home For Christmas”, album title track “Soulful Christmas” and the ballads “Where Are You Christmas” and “One More Christmas Together”.

 

“Christmas Lover” (see lyrics video), the opener of this album, is also such a self-written soul song by Jennifer Saran and Narada Michael Walden. It starts with a so-called ‘ghost intro’ of Dr. Otis Williams, after which Jennifer brings the song together with his famous ‘Motown’ soul group ‘The Temptations’. In addition, three striking disco songs can be found on this album with “Merry Christmas To You”, the “Christmas Delight” and “You Are My Christmas Star” sung together with Cornell ‘CC’ Carter.

 

All of these own songs were supplemented here with six other Christmas songs and some not so well-known covers of traditionals such as “Sleigh Ride” and the rhythmic “Soul Cake (Dedicated To Sting)” that was once performed live by this singer of ‘The Police’. brought. In between we also get two short instrumental intermezzos with the “Coventry Carol” from the 16th century and the “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” composed in 1739.

 

Finally, we also want to say that we have been able to review this mother of three children here a few times, including last year through her participation in the project with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Narada Michael Walden and Carlos Santana that led to the single ” Wake Up “and the last studio album of the same name in the middle of 2017. The year before we were also able to talk with a lot of praise about her previous studio album” Walk With Me “. With this Christmas album, Jennifer Saran seems to want to create a gift for all her fans and as far as we are concerned this may be done as a thank you at this time of the year.

 

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Belgium Review: Lindsay Bellows “Wake To Dream”

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Five self-composed songs that were recorded in a recording studio in Nevada City, California together with a number of local top instrumentalists. That is briefly summarized in what you can expect from the epic “Wake To Dream” by Californian singer-songwriter Lindsay Bellows from Grass Valley.

This young lady has soul music flowing through her veins, especially through the influence that her parents’ records have had on her youth and her musical development. They played all those beautiful R & B and soul songs by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Smokey Robinson, in short songs from those artists who also still regularly ring through the living room with the undersigned.

It is her first roll on record, but it will certainly not be her last, because she will undoubtedly very quickly come up with a full-fledged studio album, we are firmly convinced after listening to “Wake To Dream”. Her sense of melody, vocal harmony and emotions in the songs is special and genuine.

We can already see that when we hear the groovy song “Slow Steady”, the first song on this cd and also to listen to via the video added here. Lindsay Bellows often makes use of her voice and a ‘loop pedal’ that takes care of the repetitive sounds. This is also the case with the songs “Wake Up” and “Wild And Free”. As a result, these songs are often sober and minimal instrumental, which makes them even more attractive. Hardly more orchestrated are the two songs “Part Life” and the cheerful sounding poppy closing “Simple Gifts”.

Lindsay Bellows had an ‘8 to 5’ office job as a management consultant for many years, but if she can sit down with her for a bit, she will spend her time on some stage just outside those ‘8 to 5’ hours in the following years. songs are allowed to sing. We may not need to clarify that an unlikely dream would come true for this young woman.

 

 

Belgium Review: Michael Tracy “Still Got Soul”

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Charlotte is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the home of rock singer Michael Tracy who started his musical adventure as a soloist at the beginning of 2011 after completing his military service at the Navy. He married and became the father of two children who inspired him to compose own songs for his first album “Enough Small Talk” that appeared on the market at the end of 2011.

In the following years, he founded his own group and began to take care of all kinds of performances in North Carolina and neighboring states. He was in the forefront of George Thorogood and the rock groups ‘Styx’, ‘Foreigner’, ‘Jefferson Starship’ and ‘Bon Jovi’. The logical consequence was therefore a second album “Gonna Smile” released in early 2015.

With artists like Bob Seger, Bryan Adams and Tom Petty as his main source of inspiration and musical example, he steadily developed his solo career, and in early 2016 his third album was released under the title “Love And Worries”. Already almost one and a half years later, album number four is a fact and we can take a closer look at the new album “Still Got Soul”.

The ten songs on this album were composed by Michael Tracy and producer Sahaj Ticotin. It’s mostly rock’n’roll tracks that are fast-to-be-racked, and sometimes in the opening song “Laughter”, “Sweet Smile” and “Shake It”. In order to make everything sound easier, Michael Tracy has always integrated a catchy melody into the songs, such as “My Lisa”, “Savannah Nights” and “Hopeful” or in the rock ballads “Still Got Soul”, “Call Me Wild “,” No More Waiting “and the beautiful” Raven “we add to the live video added in a live performance.

By the end of 2016, especially rocky rock “Poinsettia Red” composed for the final year celebrations, we also get an excellent bonus track gift at the end of this new album by Michael Tracy. The melodious performance and the handsome arrangements that Sahaj Ticotin has added to the songs make for a nice finish and makes this album very enjoyable.

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Belgium Review: Acting Natural “Acting Natural”

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Lead singer, guitarist and keyboardist Eric Carnevale, bassist James David Maney and drummer Jesse Leonard are the three band members of the formation ‘Acting Natural’. Originated in Tampa, Florida, they began to play music together as teenagers of almost 13 years old. Under the group name, they have now released a first mini-album with six self-composed songs.

On the cover of this ep and also in the accompanying video clip of the opening song “The One”, they look like their sixty-part hairpiece and their neat black costumes with tie a sixties version of ‘The Beatles’ or three of the ‘Fab Four’. The Liverpool band is therefore the main source of inspiration for the music that has created this recently moved American trio to New York City for their first album.

Acting Natural wants to revive the golden age of the rock’n’roll music anno 2017 with their “straight-to-the-rack” melodic pop songs that are broadcast three times. “The One” is the first example of this, but also the first single “Pairadice” and “Missed The Train” closure belong to this category. That typical sixty sound is also heard in the quieter ballads “Nicole” and “Bloom”, trying to show that they are targeting a wider audience than just the Beatles fans.

The song “Early Morning” is a piano ballad that could also have been on a Beatles record of the early 1960s, and even the voice and vocal style of Eric Carnevale could be attributed to the young Paul McCartney listeners. The future will have to show whether there is still enough interest in this sound that made such a furore half a century ago. But the benefit of the doubt deserves these gentlemen of Acting Natural.

 

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Rootstime.be Review: Birdseed “Not Out Of Time” (translated)

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“There is something special about this band from San Francisco. The group was formed in 2012 by parents who met each other at their children’s music school. Guitarist Mason Morfit, drummer Scott Bell and bassist George Belton were the first three band members to search for the endless list of coverable rock songs. Without thinking too much about it, they signed up for the “Battle of the Dad Bands” in the Bimbo’s 365 Club, and it was only when the date for that match came close, that the trio realized that they were nowhere without a singer. In a mood of mild panic they came to Kerry Landreth, whose voice proved to be a true discovery, and in that way, the band was able to flourish.

George Belton left the band after some time and was replaced by Lane Murchison, the founder of the Bird Music School, where the parents met. A little later, multi-instrumentalist Jamie Goodyear joined. The band got even more glory when saxophonist Peter Landreth joined the ranks. In 2015, when singer Kerry Landreth learned she had breast cancer, everything suddenly became urgent: the first two songs, “Next Trip Around The Sun” and “More Than I Needed The Truth” were recorded and were a sort of testament to her journey.  In the first song Landreth writes about mortality and fear, in the second, she summarizes that in a good relationship you should prefer happiness rather than being right. Sounds a bit swollen, maybe, but if you know that the singer was very ill, from the hospital room straight to the studio, even having to lay down on the ground at times, then you would listen to those songs differently. In early 2016, “We Can Do It” and “Not Out Of Time” were recorded in about the same painful circumstances, with the additional speciality of lyrics written by Kerry’s daughter Bebe in the song “We Can Do It.”

Beginning in 2017, there was “I Want You To Know,” a love letter from a parent to a child, where the parent knows well enough that the child will be able to catch the message only years later. The five songs have now been gathered on a 10 “vinyl record as a preview of their tour, which will be at the end of 2017.

The music itself is rock, with country accents, with pop influences. More than once you think of Fleetwood Mac, but just as well you hear the early Carole King pass by. This is a very nice recording of a band, whose members were no longer teens when they decided to start the group. Of course, that they can all play their instruments very well, but it is especially the powerful message behind the songs that suits the attention of listeners.”

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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

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Rootstime.be Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up” (translated)

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“The roots of singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran are in North America, but she has been living in Hong Kong for over 25 years since her marriage. Two years ago, she debuted in the music world with a Christmas album and in the middle of last year we could welcome her first official studio album “Walk With Me”. These albums are mainly socially engaged and engage in a variety of charities that they also support financially. As a result, she comes into contact with a few big names from the world of music, art and politics. She sees social commitment as a kind of mission to help her to a better world.

The American top producer Narada Michael Walden took care of Jennifer Saran’s musical activities and compiled songs for her album “Walk With Me” and also took on the role of producer. Also for her new “Wake Up” CD, the close collaboration with him continued, and the recording of the 15 tracks took place in the Tarpan Studios of Narada Michael Walden in San Rafael, California.

For the recording of the album title track “Wake Up”, Jennifer Saran could count on the musical support of guitar legend Carlos Santana and the South African formation ‘Ladysmith Black Mambazo’. The proceeds from the sale of this single go in full to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, an organization around the South African archbishop and Nobel laureate winner of human rights and combating the suppression of all the weak in the world.

Most of the songs on this album belong to the smoothly heard alternative pop genre. Nine of these songs were composed by Jennifer Saran and Narada Michael Walden, and next to a version of the traditional “Aad Guray”, this singer also brings five covers of songs that are close to her for some reason.

While George Micheal died last year on Christmas day, Saran creates a tribute and brings her own version of his hit “Jesus To A Child”. Also soul-classic “Me And Mrs. Jones “of the singer Billy Paul, who died in April 2016, receives a personalized dress and the ‘Mrs. Jones ‘was appropriately amended to’ Mr. Jones’. Patti Page was an American singer of traditional pop songs who sold more than 100 million albums in her long career. Jennifer Saran selected her song “Old Cape Cod” from 1957 for a tasteful cover version on this album.

In addition, there is also a musical tribute to two artists who Jennifer Saran admires for their successful career and who wants to put them on the record by releasing one of their biggest hits. From American soul and R & B singer Bill Withers, she selected “Lean On Me”, one of his best-known songs, and the present-day 95-year-old singer and actress Doris Day is blown with a cover of her song “My Love And Devotion “, a song she sang in 1952 for her movie” Lullaby Of Broadway “.

Jennifer ‘Hill’ Saran is a single mother of three children after her husband Kuldeep Saran’s death, but she also wants to be a mother for all disadvantaged children in the world. She is committed to creating a better world and doing so with enormous dynamism and positivism; Features that are also found in her music and in her songs. Such a lady deserves our full support in achieving her noble goals and the promotion of her latest, very beautiful record can be seen as a small contribution of ‘Rootstime’.”

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WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.
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Rootstime.be Review: Indubious “From Zero” (translated)

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“A music genre that is not often discussed here at ‘Rootstime’ is reggae music, but luckily there are sporadic exceptions to that rule. Like now, with the latest “From Zero” CD of the American Dubrock, Roots Rock and Reggae Formation ‘Indubious’ from Ashland, Oregon.

The four core members of this band are singer, guitarist and bassist Spencer Burton (‘Skipwicked’), singer and keyboardist Evan Burton (‘Evton B’), guitarist Teddy Presber and drummer Corey Foster. The Burton brothers are responsible for the creation of “Indubious” and also for all production of the fourteen tracks on “From Zero,” the fourth album of this quartet and the successor to their previous success album “Wake The Lion”.

The debut of “Indubious” dates back to 2008 with the album “Fresh Leaves” and was complemented with a second CD “Cosmic Seed” in the following year. Of course, reggae icon Bob Marley is one of the heroes to influence this band, but the addition of dubstep to the genre also makes for their own emphasis on their songs.

For three songs on “From Zero” guest vocalists were invited: “Golden Ones” features Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla Kalonji, “Do not Lose Sleep” carries Vaughn Benjamin from “Midnite” for the lead vocals and Canadian soul- And reggae singer Zahira sing along with Spencer Burton on the song “Root Down”.

The honesty means that we can say that we can not find anything bane-breaking on this album, but in the reggae genre it’s an album that will hit many fans. Therefore, we prefer the final judgment on “From Zero” of “Indubious” to the connoisseurs of the genre. We have played the entire CD without any slipping of any track, and we could really enjoy what we were told. In particular, the songs “See Sharp”, “If You Follow”, the catchy “Perfect” and the “We Got Vibes” look like something like Jimmy Cliff will surely follow us.”

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