Happy Hump Day! It’s beautiful here in Montana, although a little cold, but that is not keeping the crowds away from the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. We are having a blast presenting these documentaries, and can hardly believe that the Festival is almost over. At least we have some more indie artists to review, so here we go with five more.
Artist Name: Kevin Fisher
Album Name: Beer Me
Label: 37 Records
Track Listing: 1. Beer; 2. Beer Me; 3. Dog Beers; 4. I Wish you Were Beer; 5. Better Beer; 6. To Beer or not to Beer; 7. I Like Beer; 8. Beer in the Fridge; 9. Beerly Beloved; 10. Beer Thirty; 11. Beer Blue Sky; 12. Last Call
Publicist: McJames Music
Review: Beer Me was released last October. Since then, Kevin Fisher has released a couple of singles. His current single, “Beer Thirty,” is currently sitting at #1 on the Hot Disk UK charts for the third week in a row. The album contains a 12-pack of songs about beer with titles that are tongue in cheek, and feature co-writes on seven of the tunes. Fisher has that perfect voice for country music, and the songs are truly radio ready gems for die-hard country fans that love their beer. Our favorite cuts are the title track, “Dog Beers,” “Better Beer,” “Beer in the Fridge,” “Beer Thirty,” and “Last Call.”
Recommendation: If you love country music, or beer in general, you will get a kick out of this CD. Get it before “Last Call.”
Artist Name: Johnny Tucker
Album Name: Seven Day Blues
Label: Highjohn Records
Track Listing: 1, Talkin’ About you Baby; 2. Tired of Doing Nothing; 3. Why do you let me Down so Hard; 4. Love and Appreciation (to Georgia); 5. Seven Day Blues; 6. Come on Home With Me; 7. Tell you All; 8. Something I Want to Tell You; 9. Gonna Give you one More Chance; 10. I Wanna do It; 11. Do Right Man; 12. One of These Days; 13. I Can’t Wait; 14. Listen Everybody; 15. You can Leave my House
Publicist: Blind Raccoon
Review: Johnny Tucker broke into the business back in 1964, hooking up with Phillip Walker and singing James Brown. He later became the drummer for Walker’s band and began touring the world for the next 34 years. This is his second album since returning to music in 2006, and he has not lost a step. This time around, he collaborates with such monumental blues players as Big Jon Atkinson, Bob Corritore and Kid Ramos in creating this perfect 15-song disc that celebrates the beauty of traditional blues. His voice brings back memories of some of his peers, like Muddy Waters, BB King and Fats Domino. This is an album to relish and savor. Just put it on, sit back, and reminisce about the return of the glory days of the blues.
Recommendation: If you are a music historian, or simply love the blues, you simply must Get this one. It is a national treasure.
Artist Name: Barren Womb
Album Name: Old Money / New Lows
Label: Spartan Records
Track Listing: 1. Crook Look; 2. Mystery Meat; 3. Theory of Anything; 4. Slumlord Millionaire; 5. Cave Dweller; 6. Drive-Thru Liquor Store; 7. Mad 187 Skills; 8. Russian Hankerchief
Publicist: Earshot Media
Review: Norwegian rockers Barren Womb have returned with a new album, nearly three years after the last project, and are planning an extensive tour of Europe and Scandinavia to promote their music. They call their music “Noise Rock,” and the description is apt. It is a cross between metal and Beastie Boys, with the lyrics more spoken than sung, and a heavy metal/rock musical score. This music is not for everyone, but true metal-heads will dig it, especially the current single, “Mystery Meat.”
Recommendation: If you are a lover of metal and/or hard rock, then you should definitely check out Barren Womb. If not, then you should probably forget it.
Artist Name: Viv and the Revival
Album Name: Perfect High
Track Listing: 1. Perfect High; 2. Stop my Heart; 3. Lost in the Fire; 4. Cannonball; 5. Nikki
Review: Viv and the Revival have a perfect radio sound that is missing from current programming. From the amazing title track through the final notes of “Nikki,” this band gives us incredible music, with an indie rock sound that is perfect for Top 40, as well as serious consideration by music supervisors looking for hot tunes to incorporate into television and film projects. We really love the rocking “Stop my Heart,” with its killer guitar riffs, but all five songs are hot. We can’t wait to hear what they come up with next.
Recommendation: This one is a keeper. Get it now.
Artist Name: Thrillchaser
Album Name: A Lot Like Love
Track Listing: 1. Emptiness; 2. Out of our Minds; 3. A Lot Like Love; 4. Like That; 5. Wildflower; 6. Hold on to the Night; 7. fivetwentyfive; 8. Invisible; 9. Still got a Hold on Me; 10. Juliet
Publicist: Right Angle PR
Review: Thrillchaser, formerly known as American Wolves, have returned to bring us incredible pop/rock tunes. As American Wolves, they had a hit single with “Part of Me,” which went viral on YouTube and Spotify, and their new tunes as Thrillchaser will surely exceed that high bar they set. Thrillchaser has released a lyric video for their first single, “Wildflower,” which has gained them 10.1K Facebook fans in only three weeks. Clearly this band is on to something, and radio programmers and music supervisors need to stand up and take notice of their music. This is pop music that appeals to all ages, and is just what our stale Top 40 stations need to perk up their listeners. “Hold on to the Night” is already being featured on idobi radio. Don’t be surprised to see this one on the list of Grammy nominees next year. If the Academy overlooks this band, they are doing everyone a disservice.
Recommendation: If you love music, then this band MUST be on your radar. Drop everything and Get it now.