After nearly 23 hours of driving, I have arrived in Oklahoma where I will be visiting with my Dad and younger brother for the next week before heading to the Denver area for the Durango Songwriters Expo next weekend. My brother just returned from his third tour of Iraq, and it has been nice catching up with him. Family aside, we still have a few more CDs being released this month, so here are four more reviews for your consideration.
Artist Name: Stacy Jones
Album Name: Love is Everywhere
Track Listing: 1. Mojo Potion 61 49; 2. Wait for Heaven; 3. Can’t Find Love; 4. Stomp Jump Boogie; 5. Can’t you be Mine; 6. I Fell in Love; 7. Love is Everywhere; 8. One Stoplight; 9. Gotta get Over You; 10. Tough Girls Never Cry; 11. I’ll be on my Way
Review: Stacy Jones is another Seattle-based blues artist with a killer band. Her music has drawn critical acclaim, including awards from the International Music and Entertainment Association and the Washington Blues Society. Her latest offering not only features her award winning songs and band, but also a guest appearance from the one and only Lee Oskar on harmonica. Jones incorporates roots, country and Americana into her blues regimen, and the result is a sure-fire sound that is sure to please all types of music lovers. On this album she takes her listeners on a musical journey through the ups and downs of love, and what a journey it is. Our favorite tracks included “Can’t Find Love,” “Stomp Jump Boogie” (which features those prolific harmonica licks), “Can’t You be Mine,” “One Stoplight” (with its upbeat rhythm, legendary harmonica and sax, and enough sass for an entire album), and “Gotta Get Over You.”
Recommendation: If you love the blues, roots or Americana music, then you simply must Get this album. If you love music, then you must Get this album. In other words, Get it.
Artist Name: Space4Lease
Album Name: Drifting
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
Track Listing: 1. Must be Something; 2. Drifting; 3. Lately; 4. If it’s True; 5. I Tried Calling
Publicist: Behind the Curtains Media
Review: Oklahoma based quartet Space4Lease has an airy sound that entice their listeners to give them full attention. Their indie pop/rock sound with hints of psychedelica is a soothing respite from your crazy day, making their music a necessary part of your daily chill down. We only wish there were more than five songs on the release. We think you will enjoy it as much as we do. We especially like the title song and “If it’s True.” They are heading out on tour next month. It would be worth your time to get out and see them if you live near where they’re playing.
Recommendation: Give this one a try – we think you’ll enjoy it.
Artist Name: Amber Run
Album Name: Alaska
Label: Dine Alone Records
Track Listing: 1. No Answers; 2. Higher & Higher, 3. Fickle Game; 4. Alaska
Publicist: Auteur Research
Review: Amber Run has released an acoustic EP featuring two songs from their album “For a Moment, I was Lost, which was released in March, plus two cover songs – the classic Jackie Wilson song “Higher & Higher” (heard in the original Ghostbusters movie) and Maggie Rogers “Alaska.” The band known for their tight harmonies and thoughtful arrangements, truly leave their mark on these two covers, especially “Higher & Higher,” which has a sound like Snow Patrol meets Chris Isaak meets OneRepublic. The only drawback is that their covers kinda suck all the energy from the original versions, as their focus more on the songwriting than the vibe of the original songs. On the other hand, their acoustic versions of their own “No Answers” and “Fickle Game” have their own unique sound and make Amber Run a band to definitely add to your collective musical universe.
Recommendation: Although not our favorite acoustic EP, it is a worthy effort and worth the risk.
Artist Name: Pam Taylor
Album Name: Steal Your Heart
Track Listing: 1. House of Cards; 2. Squeeze Me; 3. It Ain’t Right; 4. Already Alright; 5. Mountain; 6. Ordinary; 7. The Rain Song; 8. Make you Mine; 9. Tangled Up; 10. Witches Ball; 11. Nirvana; 12. SnakeButt
Publicist: ABIK Promotions
Review: There is nothing like the sound of a female-fronted blues band, especially when she knows how to wail and has a rocking rhythm section to back her up. Pam Taylor is such an artist and her third release, Steal Your Heart, is one of the best blues records this year. From the roots rocking “House of Cards” to the dirty blues of “It Ain’t Right” and “Already Alright,” Taylor brings us amazing songs that belong in the musical library of all true music lovers. Other songs we love include “Squeeze Me,” “Ordinary,” “The Rain Song,” “Make you Mine,” and “Tangled Up.”
Recommendation: Add this one to get your music library to the “gifted” stage.