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US Review: IAC RECORDS ARTISTS SAMPLER 2018

26 Mar

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Various Artists: IAC Artists Sampler 2018
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2019-03-26 04:33:53
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IAC Records (Independent Artists Collective) is a newly formed record label with the focus on musicians in central and northern California. The label was formed in early 2018 by engineer/producer Don Setaro and musician/producer Eric Westphal.

On this sampler there are a total of seven artists all with new music in 2018. For an example of what you will find here the first couple of tracks are taken from Dirk Hamilton’s album Live at the Palms. Hamilton has been around since the early ‘70s but for some reason never really caught on and that is a shame as these two tracks, “Heart Of Soul” and “Alias I” are nice acoustic led numbers influenced by the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger and perhaps Bob Dylan. It’s quite folky with a bit of country and Hamilton’s voice has a pleasing earthy tone. On “Alias I” the supporting electric guitar is laid down with expert care. Next are two tracks taken from Eric Westphal’s Alice Street Sessions; “Footsteps” and “Stop And Smell The Roses”. The former is a catchy slice of Americana style rock with excellent guitar while the latter is a melodic mid-tempo number with hints of Steely Dan and includes sublime female backing vocals. On a different note, Nappa Valley Duo add a completely different flavour with just piano and cello. “Hotel” is a very slow moving and somber track followed by “See Me Feel Me/I Will Fight And Never Slack”, and yes, the first half is classic Who with the cello replacing the vocals quite effectively. The tempo shifts into higher gear with the jaunty “I Will Fight And Never Slack” before returning to the Who. Willie Hines is another artist that has that ‘California sound’ particularly with the catchy AOR track “Let’s Not Waste Time” followed by the equally melodic “On Fire”.

Although this is more mainstream than what I am used to I have to admit I had no problems listening to this easy flowing disc. For fans of radio friendly rock music in the singer/songwriter style.

 

Stay tuned in 2019 for even more great artists and releases from IAC RECORDS!

For more information about IAC RECORDS and Artists, please visit www.iacrecords.com

To order IAC RECORDS Releases on Bandcamp please visit: https://iacrecords.bandcamp.com

 

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Canada Review: WILLIE HINES “LETTERS TO MARIA”

16 Jan

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To order IAC RECORDS Releases on Bandcamp please visit: https://iacrecords.bandcamp.com

 

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US Review: IAC RECORDS SAMPLER 2018

9 Jan

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Stay tuned in 2019 for even more great artists and releases from IAC RECORDS!

For more information about IAC RECORDS and Artists, please visit www.iacrecords.com

To order IAC RECORDS Releases on Bandcamp please visit: https://iacrecords.bandcamp.com

 

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US Review: WILLIE HINES “LETTERS TO MARIA”

3 Dec

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Stay tuned in 2019 for even more great artists and releases from IAC RECORDS!

 

For more information about IAC RECORDS and Artists, please visit www.iacrecords.com

 

To order IAC RECORDS Releases on Bandcamp please visit: https://iacrecords.bandcamp.com

 

US Review: IAC Records 2018 Catalog Releases

26 Oct

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NAPA VALLEY DUO/Soft Message to You: Staples of wine country soirees, this cello/piano duo know their audience and region well. They can play anything and make it all just right for wine tasting times moving from chamber music to pop giving it all the right gravitas. This set relies heavily on their classical side but they do manage to tip the cap to another area stalwart, Denny Zeitlin, fittingly giving him his earned place among the classics. All played without any egghead moves, this is a solid move for light classics.
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NATHAN IGNACIO/Step Behind: A troubadour fitting in somewhere between Townes Van Zandt and John Prine, he tells the tales of ordinary life and what lurks beneath the surface. With a wry eye on the proceedings, he’s back porch music with bite.
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ANDREW DURR/Time Frame: A folkie that doesn’t write his own stuff, he’s constructed a vision of dust bowl migrant workers that is eerily similar to things going on today. Pulling from a range of period sources, he’s constructed an audio play in song underscored by songs to good to be forgotten—even if you wish the times would come again no more. Expressive and evocative, this is a hard hitting set in it’s own way that really makes you think but is constructed in such a way that it enlightens rather than depresses. Well done.
(IAC)

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JAMES BLONDE/Stockton Rhythm: IAC label owner shows his love for classic power pop by leading his trio with an assumed name and letting his almost Todd Rundgren flag fly. Pomo party music that just is loaded with the feeling of partying the night away with gals that look like the Go-Gos waving their hands in the air like they just don’t care. Fun stuff that brings fun times into the present.
(IAC)

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JAMES BLONDE/International Orange: With Liz Phair bringing some Guyville bands out of moth balls for her current tour, can other regions be far behind? The power pop is still in effect here with this trio’s second set showing some moves that come with maturity but keeping their core vibe in tact. These cats know how to provide a wild ride.
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DIRK HAMILTON BAND/Live at the Palms: It’s been a while since this cat had his ups in the show at Elektra and ABC and the decades away from the bigs have had him sharpening his focus out on the back 40 leaving him on these shores as more than an acquired taste. Mature singer/songwriter stuff, with some tracks here going back 40 years, Hamilton is now a first class, sitting down singer/songwriter that keeps you in your seat in rapt attention. Like the product of the wineries in the area where this was recorded, he’s gotten better with age.
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ERIC WESTPHAL/Alice Street Sessions: Stepping away from his group personae to focus on his adult songwriter side, Westphal wears his maturity well as this is the kind of thing that Al Stewart fans can get right off the bat. Textured and deep with lots of food for thought to chew on, Westphal crafts a unique experience here that should be welcomed by adult ears looking for that meaty thing existing out of the ordinary.
(IAC)

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WILLIE HINES/Letters to Maria: A former 80s hard rocker grows up and writes a song cycle of love songs to his wife. A hot AC take on domestic bliss, anyone missing the schmaltz rockers of yore should check out his Amazon page.
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NAPA VALLEY DUO/American in Paris: You knew this cello/piano duo wasn’t all about keeping it serious even if they seemed high minded on their first set. Here they make their intention s clear by making a Star Trek/I Love Lucy medley and plying more originals and non-classical inclusions. Still in touch with their place and audience, it’s delightful they way they widen the scope on this outing letting every at the party know they are here for a good time too.
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New California Music Label IAC RECORDS to Release Nine Titles in Late 2018 from some Incredible Artists across CD, Vinyl, and Digital Formats

24 Oct

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For Immediate Release – Modesto, CA – IAC RECORDS (aka Independent Artists Collective) was founded in early 2018 by engineer/producer DON SETARO and musician/producer ERIC WESTPHAL to bring national and international exposure to talented Northern and Central California musicians. IAC RECORDS is set to release or re-release nine titles in late 2018 across CD, Vinyl, and digital formats from the following extraordinary artists: DIRK HAMILTON; ERIC WESTPHAL; WILLIE HINES; NAPA VALLEY DUO; NATHAN IGNACIO; ANDREW DURR; and JAMES BLONDE.

IAC founder DON SETARO has been involved in remote recording, live sound, and audio installation for over 30 years. He owned and operated one of Modesto, CA’s first multitrack studios back in the mid-1970s, and was heavily involved in studio installations in the ’80s and ’90s, working with such artists as Neil Young, the Doobie Brothers, the Grateful Dead, and George Lucas. Don has installed and operated studios and sound systems in the Central Valley, the SF Bay Area, and as far away as Washington State and Canada. Don also operates TRG Studios.

Musician, producer, singer-songwriter, and IAC founder ERIC WESTPHAL has been writing music for over 30 years, performing in various groups and producing or playing on countless album projects. Born in Jackson Heights/Queens New York, Eric has carved a niche for himself with the creativity and expression of his music. To name just a few, Eric has worked on albums and co-written songs with Eric Martin, Gary Young, Jeff Watson, Mic Gillette, Dirk Hamilton, and James Blonde.

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DIRK HAMILTON is a singer-songwriter from Plano, TX, set to release his new album LIVE AT THE PALMS with IAC RECORDS on October 26, 2018. Dirk has toured Europe and the US annually playing solo and with bands, and has released over 14 albums since the ’70s.

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ERIC WESTPHAL re-appears on the music scene with a newly remastered re-release (plus bonus tracks) of his year 2000 album ALICE STREET SESSIONS, produced by Tesla’s Troy Luccketta and featuring a great collection of musicians and singers. ALICE STREET SESSIONS will be re-released on November 9, 2018 with IAC RECORDS on digital, CD, and Vinyl formats.

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Northern California singer/songwriter/guitarist WILLIE HINES is set to release the new album LETTERS TO MARIA with IAC RECORDS on October 26, 2018, his third solo album since his 2002 debut. A veteran of the road and the studio, WILLIE HINES has released five singles, seven EPs, and eight albums with various projects (including two with ’80s melodic hard rockers Jet Red). Other projects from WILLIE HINES have included music for the film Living By The Gun in 2011, and background vocals on the song “Hai Hai” by Roger Hodson (Supertramp) in 1989.

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Violoncellist Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson and pianist Terry Winn convened as performing musicians after they both retired from public school instruction, and discovered their mutual love for the music of Paris, 1880-1915. As the NAPA VALLEY DUO, they offer a fresh and unique musical pairing that has been heard on two albums to date, A SOFT MESSAGE TO YOU and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. These albums will be released on November 9, 2018. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will also be available for the first time in Vinyl LP format.

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NATHAN IGNACIO is a Singer/Songwriter who performs with an extensive line up of instruments including Guitar, Dulcimer, Mandolin, Harmonica, Piano, and Bass, often playing many simultaneously during his one man band shows. NATHAN IGNACIO is set to release his new album A STEP BEHIND with IAC RECORDS on November 9, 2018. Nathan has toured through the United States, and also took his first International tour this past year through The Netherlands to promote A STEP BEHIND. He has had the great pleasure of opening for the Legend BB King, as well as for the Mama Awards, Thompson Square, John Corbett, and many more.

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From punk clubs to country bars and weddings, ANDREW DURR has been playing music around Northern California for the last 20 years. He is set to release his album TIME FRAME with IAC RECORDS on November 9, 2018. A compilation of musical arrangements and performances by Andrew and produced by DON SETARO, these classic songs were part of the original stage play, MIGRANT MOTHER.

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In the early 2000s, ERIC WESTPHAL started the full-on original power pop group JAMES BLONDE. The JAMES BLONDE band recorded two top-notch albums featuring much of their early material with some additional new songs – STOCKTON RHYTHM and INTERNATIONAL ORANGE, both set for re-release with IAC RECORDS on November 9, 2018. Both albums capture that unique & original melodic power-pop sound the band was so acclaimed for.

 

Stay tuned in 2019 for even more great artists and releases from IAC RECORDS!

 

 

For more information about IAC RECORDS, please visit www.iacrecords.com

 

To order IAC RECORDS Releases on Bandcamp please visit: https://iacrecords.bandcamp.com

 

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