Monday, August 31, 2015

CD Review: American Roots Rock Comes Shining Through New Releases From The Loose Hinges And Andy Hawk

From Nashville, TN comes the latest release from one of the best roots/rock duos, The Loose Hinges. Their new album, "Nothing's Permanent" was released on August 21st and features the exceptional songwriting of Eliot Houser and Kris McCarthy. The new twelve song release begins with the jazzy feel of "Don't Give Up On Me" as McCarthy's vocals instantly find their way into your heart. They add a little country twang to "The Girl Who Loved To Fall In Love," and continue with the Americana feel of "Lay It On Me." The pinnacle of the album is the experimental sound of "Why Waste It" as they give off a refreshing sounding vibe to expand your mind to. They return to with the country twang of "Trailer Trash," before McCarthy delivers her Sheryl Crow-like vocals of "Nothing's Permanent." The album closes with the laid-back, acoustic folk/rock of "All Of This & Nothing More." To find out more about The Loose Hinges and their latest release "Nothing's Permanent," pleas visit theloosehinges.com.

Virginian singer/songwriter Andy Hawk recently released his latest album "American Vertigo" through his website, andyhawk.com. It features his wonderful backing band, The Train Wreck Endings and was recorded by one-time Loggins & Messina drummer, Merel Bregante in Austin, TX. The sound of the title-song, "American Vertigo" has a bluesy feel, while the full Americana experience flows through "Walking Around." The feel-good tone of "My Old Hometown" shows a maturity within Hawk's songwriting as he delivers from the heart. Their is a dixieland jazz flair within "Real Gone Girl," that gives the song that extra boost of energy, while the beauty of "Maybe Someday" will make you an instant fan. To find out more about Andy Hawk & The Train Wreck Endings and their latest release "American Vertigo," please visit andyhawk.com.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Re-Issues Three Albums From Peter Frampton

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Peter Frampton has been in the music industry for over 45 years. First as a member of the English rock band Humble Pie, then as a solo artist. His big break-through commercial success came in the form of his live album "Frampton Comes Alive," which has sold over 11 million copies worldwide. The seventies was a fluent time for Frampton with gold and platinum album sales, but repeating that feat in the eighties became a difficult task.

After the disappointment of his 1982 album, "The Art Of Control," Frampton took four years off before returning with one of his best albums of the eighties "Premonition." It features the hit singles "Lying" and "All Eyes On You" along with help from future Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers drummer Steve Ferrone and King Crimson bassist Tony Levin. The album still feels slightly dated with the overuse of keyboards, but showcases some of Frampton's best guitar work as in the title-song and "Moving A Mountain," which has a harder rock appeal. Omnivore Recordings is re-issuing the album along with his 1989 album "When All The Pieces Fit" on August 28th. These two releases have been out of print for over a decade and will now be available once again. The new release of "Premonition" tacks on two bonus tracks to the original album, the pop feel of "So Far Away" and the eighties rock of "Nothing At All."

Frampton followed his successful "Premonition" album with the 1989 release of "When All The Pieces Fit." It would be his last studio album for over five years. Frampton would use his experience of being on David Bowie's "Glass Spiders Tour" in 1987 as inspiration for this album. While it did not produce any hit singles, the vibe of the album changed to a lighter rock sound. The "made for eighties radio" song "Hold On To You" and grand-scale, Queen-like rocker "People All Over The World," showcase some of Frampton's best songwriting of the eighties.


Peter Frampton would not return with a new studio album for five years, before releasing the first independent label release of his career with 2003's "Now." On September 4th, Omnivore Recordings will re-release the album as part two of their Peter Frampton re-issue campaign. With a renewed sense of creating music, Frampton would return stronger than ever with a true guitar album. "Now" showed that Frampton would not go quietly into the night as he comes bursting out with the guitar driven "Verge Of A Thing." He also incorporated the blues back into his songwriting with "Flying Without Wings" and put his heart one the line with the touching delivery of "Not Forgotten." The highlight of the album is his tribute to his recently departed friend George Harrison with a classy, bluesy rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." To find out more about these new Peter Frampton re-issues from Omnivore Recordings, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concert Review: Adler Brings A New Appetite For Hard Rock To Mohegan Sun

Former Guns N Roses drummer, Steven Adler has been on a rollercoaster of extreme highs and death-defying lows. Having played on one of the biggest selling rock albums of all-time, Adler was given the world on a silver platter, but his addictions to drugs got the better of him.

After being fired from the band in 1990, he took a hiatus from music, suffering a drug-induced stroke in 1996. He once again made a presence in the music industry, but did not become a household name again until his appearance on the reality TV shows "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House." As Steven Adler continues to fight his addictions, he has also put together his latest, and most successful solo band entitled simply, Adler. Consisting of leading singer Jacob Bunton, guitarist Lonny Paul and bassist Johnny Martin, Adler brought some classic hard rock from the Sunset Strip to the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun on Friday night.

With the crowd in front of the stage beginning to swell, Steven Adler and the rest of the band took up their positions, to which all except singer Jacob Bunton would remain in for the next hour. Four hits of the cymbal from Adler signaled the start of the show with the well-known Guns N Roses song "Nighttrain." Lead singer Jacob Bunton distributed great energy that flowed throughout the rest of the band as they dove into some originals from their debut album "Back From The Dead." Bunton was very talkative with the small, club-like audience, while Steven Adler smiled throughout the performance, especially during the GNR classics "Mr. Brownstone" and "Rocket Queen."

Not until the electrifying guitar solo at the close of "Blown Away" did you realize the full talents of Bunton, as he covered the stage, showing off his guitar skills. After the quick, punk-like feel of "Habit," a very well-known, behind the head guitar intro signaled everyone to get on their feet, let loose and sing along to the GNR hit "Sweet Child O' Mine."

After a very quick break, another well-known guitar intro raised the energy in the Wolf Den with an spirited performance of "Welcome To The Jungle." Bunton made sure to involve everyone as he ventured out into the audience to get everyone singing along to the chorus. As eighty-minutes quickly passed, Steven Adler and his band stood on stage, excited by what the future holds as he thanked everyone for giving his dream another chance.

A new Adler album is to be released early next year and with recent rumors surrounding the reuniting of the original line-up of Guns N Roses, Steven Adler is now in the drivers seat. The grin that dons his face now has meaning behind it as he may still be writing the best chapter of his musical career.

Setlist: Nighttrain, Own Worse Enemy, Back From The Dead, Mr. Brownstone, The One That You Hated, Good To Be Bad, Waterfall, Rocket Queen, Dead Wrong, Blown Away, Habit, Sweet Child O' Mine
Encore: Welcome To The Jungle

Friday, August 28, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Act Of Defiance, The Black Dahlia Murder And Blood Divisions

From California comes the debut album from heavy metal band Act Of Defiance entitled "Birth And The Burial." It is the latest project from former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick, who invited along fellow Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Banchand to join him. The lead vocals on the album were provided by former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek, who was chosen out of 30 or so heavy metal vocalist to complete this heavy metal supergroup. The new ten-song release begins with the appropriately titled song "Throwback," as their sound certain gives you a feeling of the early thrash metal days as the band's shear force will blow you away. They mix-up the tempo with the dark tones of "Legion Of Lies," but they never let up with the fast-paced attack of "Thy Lord Belial" and "Dead Stare." Act Of Defiance does lets up on the speed momentarily to feature the amazing musicianship of "Poison Dream," led by Broderick's amazing fretboard work. The album finishes with the title song "Birth And The Burial," which actually sounds the most like Broderick and Drover's former band. To find out more about Act Of Defiance and their latest release "Birth And The Burial," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/actofdefiancemusic.

One of the top death metal bands in the world, The Black Dahlia Murder, return with their latest release on Metal Blade Records entitled "Abysmal." The band's popularity has grown with each new album and this one is sure not to disappoint. Beginning with the thunderous, machine-gun rhythm of "Receipt," the music gets thrown into overdrive right from the start. They blast their way through "Vlad, Son Of The Dragon," while the title-song "Abysmal" delivers the perfect death metal anthem. They get the adrenaline pumping with the quick-pace of "Threat Level No. 3," then bring on the slow-paced "Stygiophobic" in order to showcase their diversity. The album closes with the grand death metal delivery of "That Cannot Die Which Eternally Is Dead." The Black Dahlia Murder will be heading up to Canada in October before hitting some dates in the U.S. To find out more about their new album "Abysmal," please visit tbdmofficial.com.
 
Finally, we get the new two-song EP from the heavy metal supergroup Blood Divisions, lead by vocalist Chris Jericho. The album features members from bands like Nasty Savage, Testament, Obituary, Six Feet Under and others. Both songs on this release are covers, the first being the Nasty Savage track "The Morgue." Nasty Savage guitarist Dave Austin asked Jericho to lay down the vocals for this nine-minute goth-metal epic number. The other song is an almost spot-on rendition of The Scorpions' classic "Top Of The Bill" from their 1976 album "In Trance." Proceeds from the sale of this EP will benefit the Rock & Rescue charity. To find out more about Blood Divisions, check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/Blooddivisions.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CD Review: Randall Bramblett Conjures Up "Devil Music" With New Release

American born singer/songwriter/musician Randall Bramblett will be releasing his new studio album "Devil Music" on September 18th through New West Records. The album features special appearances from guitarists Mark Knopfler and Derek Trucks as well as pianist Chuck Leavell. Bramblett explains that the album was inspired by Howlin' Wolf's biography "Moanin' At Midnight" and how Wolf used to play "Devil Music."
 
The new eleven song release begins with the album's first single "Dead In The Water," which features Mark Knopfler on guitar. The song's dark chugging blues rhythm is highlighted by Knopfler pealing off guitar riffs whenever there is an opening in the song. Bramblett sounds like the veteran blues man in the title-song, "Devil Music," while "Bottom Of The Ocean" has a bigger, gospel-like quality to its delivery. Slide-guitarist extraordinaire Derek Trucks accentuates Bramblett's falsetto vocals in "Angel Child," while former Allman Brothers Band pianist Chuck Leavell adds some southern dixieland jazzy soul to "Reptile Pilot." Randall Bramblett returns to his rock roots with "Strong Love," before finishing with the slow blues of "Ride" and the R&B flavor of "Missing Link."
 
Following the release of the album, Randall Bramblett with be heading out on the road for a couple months. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new album "Devil Music," please visit his website at randallbramblett.com.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Vinyl Review: Nirvana's Greatest Hits Gets New Release On Vinyl And On Blu-ray Audio

Seattle grunge band Nirvana have sold millions of records and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. All these amazing feats were completed following the death of frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994. With a new documentary based on the private life of Cobain, "Montage Of Heck," and a new soundtrack stirring up controversy about featuring unreleased Cobain recordings, Nirvana is once again a major subject in today's music news. To add to this new rise in popularity, Universal Music Enterprise (UMe) with be re-releasing the band's 2002, platinum-selling, self-titled "greatest hits" album on vinyl for the first time on August 28th.
 
The new release will be available as a 200-gram, heavyweight, 45rpm double LP vinyl set, a 150-gram, standard, 33rpm single vinyl edition and as a Blu-ray Pure Audio, high resolution release. The original fourteen song album covers the band's entire career, with "About A Girl" from their debut album "Bleach," right up until their cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World" from their appearance on MTV unplugged. The buzz surrounding this album was the inclusion of the previously unreleased song "You Know You're Right," which was recorded at one of Cobain's final sessions with the band.
 
This latest release has Nirvana's most well-known songs sounding as good as ever and is definitely worth checking out as you will notice pieces within the songs that have been buried in early releases of this music. To find out more about this release, please visit nirvana.com.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CD Review: Auburn Continues To Grow With "Mixed Feelings" Album

From the U.K. comes the latest release from the acoustic, Americana, roots band Auburn entitled "Mixed Feelings." They are looking to build upon the success of their last album "Nashville" (Review: jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com) which debuted at #1 on the U.K. Americana music chart.

Their new twelve song release begins with the slow jaunt of the title-song, "Mixed Feelings" as lead singer Liz Lenten works her jazzy vocals into the song. The country-blues of "New Years Day" and the gentle touch of "Friends" is an awakening to the amazing songwriting within the band. They look to pick up the pace with "Hell Hath No Fury" as Liz' sweet vocals does not match the intensity of the song's quick, country tempo. It all comes together for the sweet country twang of "Out There" and "Wood For The Trees," before closing with the folk gem "Feel The Sun." Auburn are following the release of the their new album with some live shows beginning September 11th. To find out more about their latest release "Mixed Feelings, please visit their website at auburn.org.uk.

Friday, August 14, 2015

CD Review: Universal Music Celebrates The Debut Album From Wolfmother With Deluxe Re-Issue

Australian hard rock trio Wolfmother blasted onto the music scene in 2005 with their self-titled debut release. It won numerous awards including a Grammy in 2006 for "Best Hard Rock Performance." It reached #3 on the album charts in their home country (#22 in the U.S.) and has been certified gold by the RIAA. The original 13-song, North American release begins with the starling screams of lead singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale in the opener "Dimension." The album garnished six singles worldwide, including the massive rock radio hit "Woman" and the high-powered popularity of "Joker & The Thief." They incorporated many different rock genres into their sound including punk ("Apple Tree"), grunge ("Pyramid") and doom metal ("Colossal").
 
For the 10th anniversary of this outstanding release, Interscope/Universal Music Enterprises is releasing a two-CD, two-LP vinyl vinyl of the album. It will include B-sides, unreleased demos, remixes and live tracks, some having never been released before in the U.S. The double-vinyl will feature the complete album along with four bonus songs pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.
 
The bonus tracks included with the original album on the first disc and with the vinyl are the B-sides which includes remixes of the singles "Woman," "Joker & The Thief" and "Love Train." The real nice additions is the studio track "The Earth's Rotation Around The Sun" and an acoustic version of "Vegabond." Now the second CD features almost entirely unreleased demos and live versions of many of the songs from the original album. The stand-out tracks are the eight-minute construction of "White Unicorn," the early raw jam of "Pyramid" and the quick, intense live delivery of "Tales From The Forest Of Gnomes." Look for this new deluxe edition of Wolfmother's debut album on September 25th. To find out more about it, please visit universalmusicenterprises.com/wolfmother.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

CD Review: Drummer Extraodinaire Anton Fig Pulls Together "Figments" For First Solo Album

South African born musician Anton Fig has drummed for practically every rock artist from Kiss to Bob Dylan and was also the house drummer for David Letterman's late-night show from 1986 until his retirement. Having been in the music industry for almost 40 years, Fig though it was about time to release his first solo album and he invited a bunch of friends along to help him out.

The new thirteen-song release will be available on August 14th through Planula Records and was produced by Fig himself. He opens the album with the progressive rock feel of "Home" which features Blondie Chaplin (Beach Boys) on lead vocals. Chaplin appears on three of the album's songs including "Hand On My Shoulder," which features backing vocals from fellow Beach Boy, Brian Wilson. The late-Richie Havens sings lead on "More Than Friends," which has a bit of a Latin-flair, while the hard rock of "Know Where You Go" is the perfect setting for Fig to show off his chops alongside Ace Frehley and Sebastian Bach. He visits his home country of Africa with the international feel of "3:4 Folk," before bringing in the funk for the fun-filled "Jan/Feb/March." Singer/songwriter Chip Taylor lends his vocals to the wonderfully meaningful delivery of "When The Good Die Young" and Al Kooper along with the late-Donald "Duck" Dunn give their all to the country/rock of "Anyway That You Want Me." The album closes with the space-rock instrumental "KWYG II" performed by the trio of Anton Fig on drums, Chris Palmero on organ and Oz Noy on guitar. To find out more about Anton Fig and his latest release "Figments," please visit his website at antonfig.com.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CD Review: The Fratellis New Album Keeps Your Eyes Wide Open And Your Tounge Tied

Scottish rock band The Fratellis return with their fourth release "Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied" through the independent label Cooking Vinyl. They are looking to rebound from their dismal 2013 release "We Need Medicine" by bringing back Tony Hoffer to produce this latest album.
 
The new eleven-song release begins with the highly contagious rhythm of the album's lead single "Me And The Devil" as you can sense a band on the verge of recapturing their former glory. The country/rock strumming of "Imposters (Little By Little)" has a great sing-along chorus that easily draws you in, before returning to rock you with the album's second single "Baby Don't You Lie To Me!" The quick pace of "Thief," mixes together an alternative rock sound with a dance/pop rhythm and lyrics to make this a strong possibility for a single release. They follow the perfect formula as laid out before them by Coldplay and Matchbox 20 for pop ballad gold with "Slow." The album finishes with the funky rhythm of "Getting Surreal" and gentle jazziness of "Moonshine." The Fratellis will be heading out on tour beginning August 15th, then heading to the U.S. in mid-September. To find out more about their latest release "Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied, please visit thefratellis.com.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

CD Review: New Debut Albums Arriving From Singer/Songwriters Brent Best, Melanie Crew And Mieke

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Brent Best, former member of the Texas alt-country band Slobberbone, recently released his debut solo album "Your Dog, Champ" on Last Chance Records. While these songs may be many years old, Best looked at these tunes with a book author's eye for detail and story. The new eleven-song release begins with the up-tempo country romp of "Daddy Was A Liar," which has a John Mellencamp quality to it. He slows the rhythm down for "Good Man Now" as you can feel the hardships and experience in his vocals. He pours all his feelings into his delivery of "Aunt Ramona" and then warms your soul with the feel-good instrumental "Travel, Again." The album finishes up with Best digging deep with the gentle acoustics of "Clotine" and the slow sway of "It Is You." To find out more about Brent Best and his latest release "Your Dog, Champ," please visit brentbest.com.

From London comes the debut release from singer/songwriter Melanie Crew entitled "Until The End." On this six-song EP, Melanie found inspiration in her influences like Elliott Smith and Neko Case as she slowly draws you in with the gentle, acoustic touch of "Hiding Away." She finds comfort in the melodic delivery of "Finding A Place," while "Do You Know?" has a bit of a soft, jazzy backdrop as her voice is so sweet and pure. The album closes with the innocence of "Waiting For Someone" as her music is hard to resist. To find out more about newcomer Melanie Crew and her latest release "Until The End," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/melaniecrewmusic.

We also get the self-titled debut release from Canadian singer/songwriter Mieke. As a traveling artist, her album was written and recorded practically all over the world. The EP will be released on August 28th and carries a wonderful, refreshing pop sound as displayed in the song "Move On." Her lead single, "Sleeping Alone" showcases the full attraction of Mieke's talents. The song treads gently into the folk/pop genre as her singing becomes the main focus of this soft, meaningful tune. To find out more about Mieke and her latest  release, please visit her website at miekemusic.com.

Monday, August 10, 2015

CD Review: Holly Golightly Makes A Return To "Slowtown" With New Release

British singer/songwriter Holly Golightly has had a solo career that has spanned two decades. With over twenty albums in her catalog, Holly has certainly kept busy. She touched upon mainstream success a couple times, winning the Independent Music Award for best Americana album in 2010 with her band The Brokeoffs and also recording a song with Jack and Meg White for the White Stripes album "Elephant." Her music is best discovered and appreciated when you involve yourself in her entire catalog of music.

Her latest release "Slowtown Now!," is her first full-band solo album in over a decade. The new twelve-song release begins with the slinky, playful rhythm of "Seven Wonders" as her voice continues to maintain that timeless quality. She swings with the classic rock groove of "Fool, Fool, Fool," before touching upon the sultry jazz ballad  of "Frozen In Time." She brings in some of that British blues influence on the country rocker "As You Go Down" and with the sixties guitar driven "Stopped My Heart." Listening to "Catch Your Fall," it seems like Holly had a missed opportunity of performing a duet with the late-Amy Winehouse. The album finishes with the slow, country sway of "Forevermore" and the sweet harmonizing layers of "When I Wake." The new album will be released on September 11th through the English record label Damaged Goods. To find out more about Holly Golightly, please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/hollygolightlymusic.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

CD Review: The Muffs Debut Release Gets A Second Chance With New Re-Issue

California in the nineties was a booming scene for many different types of music, but only a handful of music acts found their way to superstardom with radio-friendly hits. One band on the brink of breaking through was the female-fronted punk band The Muffs. They became college-radio staples with the minor hits "Lucky Guy" and "Everywhere I Go." On August 14th, Omnivore Recordings is re-releasing the debut album from The Muffs along with ten bonus tracks.

The original sixteen-song release begins with the quick, energetic "Lucky Guy," which seems to follow in the footsteps of early Blondie and lay the groundwork for future bands like Green Day and NOFX. The post-punk mainstream appeal is where many discovered The Muffs from the Fruitopia commercials. Inspiration from bands like The Runaways and Sonic Youth is heard in songs like "From Your Girl" and "Every Single Thing." Their pop sensibilities were present in songs like "Don't Waste Another Day" and "All For Nothing," but their passion for raw, garage rock took over as in "Another Day" and "I Need You." The bonus tracks issued with this release features the radio versions of this two well-known songs "Lucky Guy" and "Everywhere I Go," as well as eight tracks from their 4-track demos. To find out more about the new re-release of The Muffs' debut album, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

CD Review: Leroy Powell And The Messengers Bring You On A Trip To Visit "The Overlords Of The Cosmic Revelation"

Singer/songwriter/musician/actor Leroy Powell returns with The Messengers for the space rock adventure of "The Overlords Of The Cosmic Revelation." It features twelve barn-storming rock numbers that is sure to fill your needs. Powell himself claims that this "is the greatest record ever recorded by anyone and of all time," but he may be a little bias on that claim.

It starts out with the cosmic take-off of "Weightlessness," before heading into the straight up, blues/rock stomp of "Time Flies." Guitars come out a-blazing for the chugging, intense hard rock groove of "King Kong" and the space adventure continues with the title-song "The Overlords Of The Cosmic Revelation," which highlights Powell's exceptional songwriting. The pounding rhythm of "Lost In The Future" has a classic seventies FM radio rock vibe, while guitars buzz through the raw feel of "Liz." Powell and The Messengers let up for a moment to deliver the gentle touch of "Star," before closing with the southern rock sing-along chorus of "Checking Out." To find out more about the latest release from Leroy Powell And The Messengers, please visit leroypowell.com.

Friday, August 7, 2015

CD/DVD Review: Bluesman Gregg Allman Goes "Back To Macon, GA" With New Live Solo Album

As the Allman Brothers Band were laying down the terms for their final performances together, bandleader Gregg Allman was beginning to stretch his legs again with the freedom of his solo band. He took every opportunity to perform on his own again over the course of the last few years, revisiting some of his earlier solo work which has stayed locked up in the closest while performing the hits of the Allman Brothers Band. There would finally be a time to let some of his lesser known songs the freedom of being performed live as Rounder Records/Blackbird Music Group will be releasing "Gregg Allman Live: Back To Macon, GA" on August 7th.
 
It features the 67 year old Allman performing alongside an exceptional backing band which consists of former Allman Brothers bandmate Marc Quinones on percussion, Bens Stivers on keyboards and Scott Sharrad on guitar, filling that legendary position wonderfully. The new double-CD/DVD release captures the entire show in stunning high definition as Allman mixes together his solo work with Allman Brothers live staples. Beginning with "Statesboro Blues," things are off to a great, somewhat familiar start, but that's where the similarities end. He wastes no time bringing out his solo hits with "I'm No Angel" and "Queen of Hearts," but once he leaves his keyboards and straps on his guitar, classic Allman Brothers tunes like "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" and "Hot Lanta" get a facelift with the addition of a horn section. You cannot compare Gregg Allman's latest band with the Allman Brother Band because it would not be fair, plus a fresh representation of this songs give them a new energy.
 
The show on the DVD gets broken up with the occasional Gregg Allman interview segment (which are given separate chapters on the DVD, but not included as a whole in the bonus features). It does not distract too much, but with technology now a days, it would be a great option to just have the entire concert play through and keep the live music flowing.
 
The second half of the show begins with the band showcases their skills on the jamming introduction to the Allman Brothers' classic "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'." Allman's song "Melissa" sound right a home in this setting, while "Midnight Rider" gets slowed down to give it a more country feel. The show closes with the familiar one-two punch of "Whipping Post" and "One Way Out" as Allman takes center stage on his guitar, which he wasn't able to do that often in the Allman Brothers Band, as he joined by his son Devon Allman.
 
Along with interviews of members of Gregg Allman's solo band, the DVD contains two bonus tracks that are not included on the CD. They are the very bluesy T-Bone Walker original "Stormy Monday" and "Floating Bridge" from his most recent solo album. This new release shows a new inspiration flowing through the veins of Gregg Allman as he continues to surround himself with an amazing band that deserves to be heard. To find out more about this new live album "Back To Macon, GA," please visit greggallman.com.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CD Review: eOne Music Heats Up The Summer With New Releases From Pop Evil, Dark Sermon And Burn Halo

Hard rock band Pop Evil have continued to grow since their major label debut seven years ago. They have toured with everyone, from Tesla to Drowning Pool to 3 Doors Down and continue to build their fanbase with great live shows and irresistible hard rock riffs. Their latest release "Up" will be available on August 21st through eOne Music and features producer Adam Kasper (Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters) behind the knobs. The new thirteen-song album begins with the stomping rhythm of "Footsteps" as their music takes a turn for the mainstream with the highly addictive chorus. They return to their edgy sound in "Core" and lay down some great guitar solos in "In Disarray" and "Lux." They continue to invade the pop-rock side of their sound with "If Only For Now," then come roaring back with the heavy hitting of "Vendetta." The album closes with slow-building, epic feel of "Til Kingdom Come." Pop Evil are currently on tour, which will run into October. To find out more about their new album "Up," please visit preorder.popevil.com.
 
Next, from Tampa, FL comes the return of the death metal band Dark Sermon with their latest release "The Oracle." It will also be released on August 21st through eOne Music/Good Fight Music. Their music may be dark, but their energy is on full blast. The new ten-song release begins with the electrifying guitars and howling vocals of the adrenaline fueled "Ode To The Black Widow" and "The Myth Of Sanity." They strike a deep metal groove with "Rat King," before hitting a heavy progressive metal attack of "Starve." The new album finishes up with more progressive metal of the six-minute adventure of "The Wraith" and the slow-moving death metal appeal of "Gargantua." To find out more about Dark Sermon and their latest release "The Oracle," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/darksermon.
 
Finally, it has been over four years since we last heard from the California hard rock band Burn Halo, but on September 4th, they will release their third full-length album "Wolves Of War" through eOne Music. They have experienced a number of line-up changes over that span as lead singer James Hart and lead guitarist Joey Roxx are excited to bring new music to their fans. The new eleven-song release begins with the intense rhythmic drive of the title song, which should get the adrenaline pumping. Burn Halo continue to generate high-energy music that is tailor-made for the masses of fans as displayed in "Don't Think You Know" and "Dying Without You." Their speed and aggressiveness is not lost as shown in "Home," before slowing down for the passionate delivery of "Will To Live." The album closes with the nearly eight-minute progressive metal adventure of "You Are The Damned." Burn Halo will be venturing on a 29-date headlining tour at the beginning of September. To find out more about their new album "Wolves Of War," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/burnhalo.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Jeff Przech And Random Hubiak

Connecticut native Jeff Przech released his debut solo album back in March and is currently touring the East Coast this summer, performing all throughout Connecticut, including the Podunk Bluegrass Festival on August 6th. His new album "Sounds Like Fresh" has been receiving rave reviews and has a great warm tone to his songwriting. The eleven-track album begins the soft acoustic strummings of "Eden and "Wasting Time," which will both win your heart over right from the start. His country/folk/rock prowess takes over with the gentle flow of the songs "Tell Me Something" and "Back Again."  Jeff's vocals in "Make A Wrong Thing Right" are strong, as this country gem is just waiting to be uncovered. He closes the album with a great cover of Ryan Adams' "English Girls Approximately," as he does his best to stay true to the original. For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about Jeff Przech, please visit his website at jeffprzech.com.
 
Singer/songwriter Random Hubiak will be releasing his latest EP "Hotel By The River" at the end of the month. The new six-song release finds Hubiak returning to his Americana roots, beginning with the piano led title song, as he duets wonderfully with Barb Gurskey. He brings back the early days of Billy Joel within the sound of "The Bed That Froze," while "I'm Told You Never Sleep" has touches of the past on this exceptional nostalgic trip. The album finishes with the quiet ballad "Ars Poetica," which showcases Hubiak's great songwriting talents. To find out more about Random Hubiak and his latest release "Hotel By The River," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/TheRandomHubiak.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CD Review: New Releases Feature The End Of Pearl And The Beard And The Beginning Of Coffee Pot Drive

The New York alternative/folk/pop trio Pearl And The Beard are calling it quits after the release of their third and final album "Beast." The band seemed to have brought their music as far as it would go and have seemed to have reached an "impasse" on their future together. The new twelve song release begins with the highly addictive, highly energetic feel of "You" as this definitely does not sound like a band with no future together. The rhythmic delivery of "Animal Again" has "hit single" written all over it as the sing-along chorus is the perfect attention grabber. They slow down for the Americana/folk sounds of "Good Death" and the touching delivery of "Yet." Their sound picks up with the swampy gospel blues of "Devil's Head Down," before closing with the slow swaying appeal of "Landmine." Pearl And The Beard have one final farewell show on November 19th at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City. To find out more about their new album "Beast," please visit their website at pearlandthebeard.com.
Finally, London's answer to the Alabama Shakes has arrived in the form of Coffee Pot Drive. Their new album "Edge Of Town" is a guitar infused funk/rock/blues piece of musical magic that does not happen too often with a band's debut release. They have already toured with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, REO Speedwagon, Uriah Heep and Status Quo and not before long will be headlining their own tour in no time. The new twelve song release begins with "Fallback" featuring the noticeably powerful vocals of Lady Oracle on this funk-fused rock number. They pull in some influence from the southern rock of the U.S. on "Deep Freeze," then delivery the "jammy" rock of "The Forest." Their lead single "Hey Suzy!" is a rhythmic fantasy that showcases the many different cultural backgrounds involved in Coffee Pot Drive. The sweet soul of "I Love You" and guitar-driven rocker "Don't Know Love" certainly boost this band's attractiveness as they are a musical force on the rise and one to watch as they begin to invade the U.S. airwaves. To find out more about Coffee Pot Drive and their new release "Edge OF Town," please visit their website at coffeepotdrive.com.

Monday, August 3, 2015

CD Review: The Aaron Clift Experiment Examines Your "Inner Darkness" On Latest Release

From Austin, TX comes the sophomore follow-up album from The Aaron Clift Experiment entitled "Outer Light, Inner Darkness." Their sound brings together many of their early progressive rock influences like Genesis, Pink Floyd and Rush and combines it with their love of classical composition from Beethoven and Mozart.
 
The new eleven song release begins with the seven-minute progressive rock intricacy of "Kissed By The Sun" as their musical skills are put to the test. The slower delivery of "Locked" and moderate pace of "Fragments Of Sleep" are appealing pieces of music that anyone can find themselves hooked on. Progressive hard rock fans will appreciate their delivery of "Your Arms Hold Them To The Dark," before taking you on an twenty-minute adventure with the songs "The Last Oasis" and "Moonscape." These song fully incorporate their love for classical music while bringing it into today's ever-expanding rock genre. To find out more about The Aaron Clift Experiment and their latest album "Outer Light, Inner Darkness," please visit aaronclift.com.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

CD Review: New Sophomore Releases From Singer/Songwriters Whitney Rose And Bekah Barnett

Country-bred singer/songwriter Whitney Rose will be releasing her sophomore album "Heartbreaker Of The Year" on August 21st through Cameron House Records. It was produced by Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo and features the band on the album's ten songs. Beginning with "Little Piece Of You," Whitney's voice will instantly grab hold of your heart with her classic country sound. The gentle sway of the opener and the more uptempo feel of "My First Rodeo" showcases Whitney Rose as rising country star that should deserves your dedicated attention. She combines the swagger of Patsy Cline with the vocal delivery of Jewel on "Heartbreaker Of The Year," then duets with Raul Malo on a countrified version of the Ronettes' "Be My Baby." She draws inspiration from Shania Twain and Nancy Sinatra for the up-beat, country pop of "The Devil Borrowed My Boots," before closing with her loving cover of Hank Williams' "There's A Tear In My Beer." To find out more about Whitney Rose and her latest album "Heartbreaker Of The Year," please visit her website at whitneyrosemusic.com.

Operatically-trained singer/songwriter Bekah Barnett will be releasing her second album "Rise" on August 21st. Last year, she tried out for the NBC hit show "America's Got Talent" to disappointing results, but it only strengthened her skills displayed in this latest release. The new thirteen-song album begins with the gentle, jazzy-pop feel of "Grace" as you instantly match Bekah's vocals to Natalie Merchant. Bekah's voice is easily the center of attention in the gentle touch of "Rhyme or Reason" and "Fly," while her piano skills and harmonizing vocals take center stage in "Every Road." One of the album's highlights is the six-minute masterful piece of "Beautiful Girls" that slowly builds to a peak and then returns to its slow-blues delivery of the chorus. The album closes with the up-tempo pop rhythm of "Get Outta Park" and the conflicted story of "Jesus & Judas" as you easily get lost in Bekah's vocals. To find out more about Bekah Barnett and her latest release "Rise," please visit urbanminstrel.com.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CD Review: Progressive Rock Icon Greg Lake Releases Live Album From 1981

English musician Greg Lake was one of founding members of the iconic progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP). His last studio work was over two decades ago, but Lake has been keeping his live work on a steady release, with his latest live album "London 1981" coming out on August 7th through Purple Pyramid Records.

The new eleven-song release touches upon every aspect of Lake's past work up to his first solo album in 1981. Beginning with the ELP instrumental "Fanfare For The Common Man/Karn Evil 9," the Greg Lake Band gets things off to a rocking start before heading into the lead-off track "Nuclear Attack" from his just released solo album. After a couple more songs from his solo album ("The Lie" and "Retribution Drive"), Lake goes back to his early ELP days with the fan favorite "Lucky Man." He takes on the blues of "Parisienne Walkways" with Gary Moore on guitar, then delivers a quick-paced, rock n roll cover of The Miracles' "You Really Got A Hold Of Me." Lake then dives further into his catalog with a couple of songs from his days with King Crimson with the nine-minute "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "In The Court Of The Crimson King," before finishing the album with a bonus track, a version of ELP's "C'est La Vie" recorded in NYC in 1981. To find out more about the Greg Lake live album "London 1981," please visit cleorecs.com.