Category Archives: album review

Reimagining The Band’s Stage Fright at 50!

I know I am dating myself when I say that The Band was one of the bands I followed closely when I was in my teens. While Stage Fright may not be the album that many people choose as their favorite, it was (as the press release below states) a trendsetting album that contains many songs fans think of as quintessentially The Band.

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Some More New Music For Your Listening Pleasure

Another artist with whom I was not previously familiar is Ed Romanoff, but I am glad I now know him.

Ed Romanoff (photo by Shervin Lainez)

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New Music From Canadian Artist David Myles

One of the things I love most about owning this website (although I honestly love EVERYTHING about owning it) is that I am introduced to artists I might never come across.  Canadian David Myles is one of those artists.

David Myles (photo by Mat Dunlap)

I do not always receive music that I thoroughly enjoy as much as I enjoy Myles’ album.

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We All Need To Know Eric Erdman

Some friends are big supporters of Alabama-based singer-songwriter Eric Erdman; since we have similar taste in music (we met at AmericanaFest), they suggested I would enjoy his recent release, It’s Not Like You Don’t Know Me. They were right!!!

Eric Erdman

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This New Blues Album Is Worth Your Time – And Money!

I have had the privilege to see Dan Whitener, the terrific banjo player with hip-hop bluegrass band Gangstagrass as well as with the newgrass band Man About a Horse, a number of times (only with Gangstagrass) and thoroughly enjoy his style and versatility. I am thrilled to review his new solo album, Crossover.

Crossover Album Cover

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The Midnight Songster Strikes Gold

I was recently introduced to musician Jake LaBotz, whose new album, Sunnyside, was released on May 12; it was produced by Jimmy Sutton who also produces JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge.

Jake La Botz Sunnyside album cover

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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.

Check her out by clicking on the song title!

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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