Category Archives: album review

Cory Branan Deserves Your Attention

I first heard Cory Branan at an AmericanaFest event last September. I had no idea who he was at the time, but thoroughly enjoyed his all-too-brief set. His style is not easy to categorize; rock, punk, even alt-country are some that come to mind, but Cory is first and foremost a songwriter.

Cory Branan Horizontal Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

Luckily for me – and for you should you so choose – Cory is appearing at Thunder Road in Somerville on Thursday night (an early show so those of you who have tickets for other shows can do a double-header as I plan to do). Tickets are available here. This is a CD release show; officially the new album ADIOS releases the following day.

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Watch For This Up-And-Coming Artist

I was introduced to Ayla Rose‘s new single, a cover of Tracy Chapman’s big hit, “Give Me One Reason“. What a powerful, soulful voice this 16-year-old woman possesses!

Ayla Rose - Fenway, Boston, MA

Ayla Rose – Fenway, Boston, MA

Ayla was joined by a great group of musicians, some of whom are friends of mine and others I know by reputation. She is based in the Boston area, and I look forward to seeing her perform.

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A Terrific New Traditional Album Enters The Scene by The Berger Sisters

Sometimes I come across (or rather something comes across me) a new album that impresses me with its quality and earnestness. Maybe So by The Berger Sisters is one of those albums.

Maybe So

Maybe So

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The Silks Are Bringing Their New Album To The Fallout Shelter

Rhode Island based The Silks are making their début at The Fallout Shelter at The Extended Play Sessions in support of their new album, Turn Me On.

The Silks

The Silks at Thunder Road March 4, 2016

I have had the privilege of seeing this band several times and enjoy them more each time.

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Kingsley Flood Will Rock You

I have been a fan of Kingsley Flood since I first saw them perform at the Lowell Summer Music Series at least six years ago, and the love continues.

Another Other

Another Other

They recently released a new album – Another Other – which is their most personal album to date, and it will be featured at their upcoming show at The Sinclair on Friday, November 18th. Tickets are still available here and you need to be at the show! Both openers – Leland Sundries and Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents – are killer and you should catch them too.

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Americana/Roots Rocker You Want To Know

I was lucky enough to see The Texas Gentlemen and Friends at Newport Folk Festival this year; they delivered one of my favorite sets of the Festival. The Gentlemen are a collaborative of Texas musicians, one of whom is guitarist Kirby Brown.

Kirby Brown (photo by Alex Justice)

Kirby Brown (photo by Alex Justice)

I spoke with Kirby later that day and then ran into him and several other Gentlemen at the Americana Music Association Festival and Conference a couple of months later. I am now the lucky recipient of his new EP Out of Exile 1 and I love it!

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Why Did I Not Think Of This???

Music and food is a perfect combination of sensual pleasures, and how better to honor that relationship but to create an album of songs related to food!

Music Maker Relief Foundation and chef Bill Smith have partnered together to compile the new compilation Biscuits For Your Outside Man to be released June 22 on the Music Maker label. It features one previously unreleased song out of 17 tracks.

Biscuits for Your Outside Man (Album Cover)

Biscuits for Your Outside Man (Album Cover)

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Blues Supergroup The Rides – New Release And Tour

The Rides is the project of two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills, five time Grammy nominated guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd and celebrated Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg.

The Rides: Barry Goldberg, Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Official Photo)

The Rides: Barry Goldberg, Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Official Photo)

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An Irish Blues Musician For You To Discover!

One of the most rewarding things about running this website is that I am introduced to musicians I would not be likely to meet (either in person or virtually). David King, an Irish blues and soul guitarist and singer, is one such musician.

David King (Official Photo)

David King (Official Photo)

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Heather Maloney Has A Bright Future

Each time I listen to indie folk artist Heather Maloney’s new album, Making Me Break, I decide on a new favorite song. As I write this, I believe the title song is my favorite but I know that will change.

'Making Me Break' by Heather Maloney

‘Making Me Break’ by Heather Maloney

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