We were in Spokane last night for the Beth Hart concert at the Bing Crosby Theatre. LA Music Critic Award winner Marina V opened the show. Watch for our review shortly. We’re back in Missoula today and ready for another edition of Get it or Forget it. Here are five more artists for you to check out.
Artist Name: Robbert Fossen Band
Album Name: Get Off on It
Track Listing: 1. Don’t Ever let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down; 2. All Those Evil Words; 3. Katrina; 4. Woman Across the River; 5. Did Somebody Make a Fool Outta You; 6. All that Bluesmen; 7. I Feel so Bad; 8. Make it Rain; 9. Still Called the Blues; 10. I Believe to my Soul; 11. Can’t no Grave Hold my Body Down; 12. Get off on It; 13. Midlife; 14. Thirty Years
Review: This album screams traditional blues. Its authenticity and quality place it among the best that blues has ever offered, and makes the Robbert Fossen Band peers with the likes of Skip James, Muddy Waters, BB King and Ledbelly. The guitar playing on “Katrina” would have made BB King proud. We love this traditional blues sound. We also love the horns and keys on “Woman Across the River.” All in all, this one is a keeper and a true necessity for all blues lovers.
Recommendation: We highly recommend that you Get this one.
Artist Name: Caught With Candy
Album Name: A Breath Away
Track Listing: 1. A Breath Away; 2. Up to my Sky; 3. Still Here; 4. Only With You; 5. One Last Dance; 6. You Ain’t got me Fooled; 7. Run for the Sun; 8. Looking Glass; 9. Back to You; 10. This is Where it Starts; 11. Hold Me; 12. Ruby; 13. Hide & Seek; 14. You Ain’t Comin’ Round no More; 15. Forget Her; 16. Swallow my Pride
Review: This entire album was recorded by individuals on different continents via Skype Jams, and pieced together by the producer to create the album. Matt Brabender is an Australian musician who played all the instruments and put the album together, while the vocals came from Sela Hafoka-Houser from Switzerland. The result is an amazing album that seamlessly flows together. The chemistry between these two is very noticeable, as if they were standing in the studio together. Every song has serious potential for radio airplay and placement in film, television and commercials. Our favorites are “A Breath Away,” “Only With You,” “One Last Dance,” “Run for the Sun,” “Back to You,” “Ruby,” “Hide & Seek,” “You Ain’t Comin’ Round no More,” and “Swallow my Pride.”
Recommendation: This band is more than a novelty act. They have shown what can be done when indie artists work together. We highly recommend you add this one to your collection.
Artist Name: The Bush League
Album Name: James Rivah
Track Listing: 1. River’s Edge; 2. Kokomo me Baby; 3. Say Yes; 4. Show you Off; 5. Catfish Blues; 6. Kick up yo Heels; 7. Long Gone; 8. Hearse; 9. Tuxedo Blues; 10. Moonshine; 11. Cold Shower; 12. What’s Wrong With you
Publicist: Blind Raccoon
Review: While the Robbert Fossen Band was the epitome of the perfect traditional blues band, The Bush League takes it in a more progressive manner, in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan and other modern blues bands. Recorded in Memphis, these college friends from Virginia are out to make a name for themselves in the music business, and this album will definitely get them started in the right direction. Their sound combines elements of funk, soul, gospel and rock to form their own variety of progressive blues. They just know how to make it sound so good, especially that blues guitar, and the keys, especially on “Show You Off.” Their loving treatment of Fred McDowell’s standard “Kokomo me Baby” and Muddy Waters’ classic “Catfish Blues,” as well as their 10 originals created quite a special blues album for all ages to enjoy.
Recommendation: This one is a definite keeper. Get it ASAP.
Artist Name: Peter Kaukonen
Album Name: Crazy Quilt
Label: Floating Records
Genre: Folk Rock
Track Listing: 1. (Drifting) Cozumel; 2. The Ballad of Sarah Palin; 3. The Ballad of Sadam Hussein; 4. Maria Full of Grace; 5. Ghost Music; 6. Lullabye; 7. Sleep Deprived; 8. What Goes Around (Comes Around); 9. Paqui; 10. Twilight Revisited; 11. Bobby Gets Old; 12. The Nature of the Beast; 13. That’s a Good Question
Publicist: Doug Deutsch Publicity Services
Review: Peter Kaukonen has made quite a name for himself as guitarist for Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship, Johnny Winter and Link Wray, as well as in his own band, Black Kangaroo. He learned to play in the Bay Area folk music scene in northern California that gave birth to so many bands, including Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Grateful Dead. He kicks off with the amazing instrumental, “(Drifting) Cozumel” that makes you want to grab a Corona and sit on the beach. His tongue-in-check protest songs about Sarah Palin (tune of “Davey Crockett”) `and Sadam Hussein are oldies but goodies, not safe for work but very humorous attacks on these two individuals. Kaukonen is not afraid to add cursing to his flavorful language, so if that offends you, you may not like this album. For the rest of us, the overall creativeness far outweighs the occasional bad language.
Recommendation: If you like creative protest songs, incredible musicianship, and a performer who is not afraid to tell it like he believes it is, then Get this album.
Artist Name: Sara Morgan
Album Name: Average Jane
Label: River Delta Records
Track Listing: 1. The Boots; 2. Boy Don’t Get the Girl; 3. More Than one Horse; 4. That Kind of Man; 5. Instead of Drinkin’; 6. Never Been to Nashville; 7. Thrown; 8. Sick of Sayin’ Goodbye; 9. Have to Have it All; 10. Proud; 11. Average Jane
Review: Sara Morgan is a no-nonsense, country-music singing, southern belle who brings a freshness to country music that hasn’t been there since the debut of Reba, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood. Her songs will have you laughing out loud as you tap your cowboy boots and boot scoot around the dance floor. We love the twang in her voice and the sass in her words. We see a very long career ahead for Ms. Morgan and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. Our favorites include her first single, “The Boots,” “More Than One Horse,” “Instead of Drinkin’,” “Never Been to Nashville,” “Have to Have it All,” “Proud” and the title track.
Recommendation: If you like sass and attitude in your country music, then we highly recommend you check out Sara Morgan and Get this one now.