After 23 hours of driving, I arrived last night at my brother’s home in Lawton, Oklahoma, where I will be helping him provide hospice care for our father. I don’t know how long I will be here, but don’t have any current plans. I do, however, have a lot of albums to review, so here are another four for your consideration.
Artist Name: Sarah Rogo
Album Name: Live at Lestat’s West
Label: Funzalo Records
Track Listing: 1. Born to be Blue; 2. It’s Gonna be Alright; 3. Oh my God 4. Misbehave; 5. These are the Blues; 6. Loving her Tonight; 7. Going Where the Weather Suits my Soul
Publicist: Independent Music Media
Review: It is rare for an indie artist to release a live album. It is even rarer that the genre be blues, and original blues at that. At a time when so many blues artists continue to record the same old classics over and over again, it is refreshing to hear a complete album of original blues, and from such a young artist as Sarah Rogo, who is all of 25 years old. Having recently been at a live show at San Diego’s Lestat’s West, we can honestly say it is one of the best small venues in the country, with by far one of the best sound engineers, Louis Brazier. Rogo has such an amazing voice that soars above her guitar accompaniment, bringing life to her well-crafted lyrics. The only thing that could be better than this live album would be to hear it with a full band.
Recommendation: This lady is gonna be huge. Jump on board this train now cause it is about to leave the station. Get her live album now.
Artist Name: Blues Goose
Album Name: Questions
Track Listing: 1. Flat Tire Blues; 2. You’re Fine You’re Mine; 3. Questions; 4. I’m a Woman; 5. Let it Out (Blues for Veterans); 6. Stay Away; 7. Sweet Love; 8. Got a Broken Heart; 9. Wooden Shoes (Pub Blues)
Publicist: ABIK Promotions
Review: There’s nothing like female-fronted blues, and Blues Goose has a definite winner in Ingrid. Her powerful and soulful voice is the perfect complement to the intense tracks laid down by the band, especially Frank’s mean keys. The songs are well-crafted, witty and fun, and can be played on repeat without ever getting sick of them. Our favorite tracks include “You’re Fine You’re Mine,” the title track, the fantastic cover of the Peggy Lee classic hit “I’m a Woman,” “Let it Out,” and “Sweet Love.”
Recommendation: If you love the blues, then you simply must add Blues Goose to your musical library. Get this one today.
Artist Name: Ray Goren
Album Name: Me
Label: Palmetto Records
Genre: Blue-eyed Soul
Track Listing: 1. Ain’t Here; 2. Feeling; 3. Have a Nice Day; 4. Yes No Maybe So; 5. Manners; 6. I Do 7. When I’m Gone; 8. Outta Sight, Outta Mind; 9. Don’t Worry; 10. Cash and Gold; 11. Fallen Angel
Review: “When you ain’t here with me, I ain’t who I wanna be.” So says the chorus of the first track of the latest from teen phenom Ray Goren. Goren has switched his style from blues to indie rock tinged blue-eyed soul, and the difference is amazing. This talented young man has a tremendous future ahead of him, and based on both of his works to date, he has the chops to do it all. He combines the vocals of John Legend and Justin Timberlake with the guitar chops of Keith Urban and Brad Paisley to create music that is compelling in its intensity and craft. He adds to that the keyboard skills of Phil Vassar and Dave Yaden that take his music to an even higher level, especially on “Yes No Maybe So.” His song “Manners” would be perfect for the Fox hit show “Empire.” Overall, this is definitely one of the finest albums of 2017, and a true contender for an LA Music Critic Award.
Recommendation: This is today’s no brainer. Run, don’t walk, and Get this one now!
Artist Name: Amy Clarke
Album Name: A New Way
Label: ScorpFaery Productions
Track Listing: 1. Rain Come Round; 2. Once; 3. Belmont Blues; 4. May; 5. Goddess; 6. We are the Web 7. Between the Ice and the Ocean 8. Love is the Way; 9. From Here; 10. Ella Mira; 11. Give it Back 12. A New Way; 13. Shine
Review: Amy Clarke has always been one of the best indie keyboard players. Her songwriting is always well-crafted and compelling, with deep lyrics imposed upon complex instrumentation, creating songs that don’t just sound great but bring awareness to issues affecting the world at large. She pours her passion into her tune, and passes that passion on to her listeners. You cannot listen to a song like her first track, “Rain Come Round,” without feeling a charge in your soul, which in turn increases your hunger for justice, and your quest to help others find and achieve it. Best cuts include “Belmont Blues,” “Mary,” “We are the Web,” “Love is the Way,” “From Here,” “Give it Back” and the title track.
Recommendation: Accept her challenge – be the change you want to see. Support this amazing artist and Get her latest CD.