Whether on his own or as part of the many different bands he is a part of, Cleveland, Ohio’s Brent Kirby is constantly performing on stage in many of the music venues in town. He is also constantly writing new material to freshen up his musical performances. Currently, Kirby is promoting his newest release which was recorded under the name of Brent Kirby and His Luck and features a band that also includes Keyboard Player Chris Hanna, Electric Guitarist Ben Nieves, Bassist Kevin Johnson and Drummer JJ Juliano. With this group, Kirby finds himself creating tracks that make use of musical references such as 1970s era Rock and Roll as well as specific artists such as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and others. The new release from the group is entitled Patience Worth.
Through its history, Rock And Roll has had a long and wild path that has made its way into many different cultures. While England and America are the most widely accepted locations for where new music comes from, countries such as Germany and Canada have also added their share of history to the music genre. And with more and more people becoming familiar with the sound of the music, Rock and Roll has found its way into almost every country on the planet, including down in Argentina. It’s in Argentina where you find the band The Kavanaghs, a band of four musicians (Tiago Galíndez on Vocals/Bass/Piano, Seba Cairo on Vocals/Guitars, Diego Vázquez on Guitars/Backing Vocals, Franco Barbieri on Drums) who have been making their own brand of Rock and Roll music for years.
Over the years, The Kavanaghs have created their own music that has been largely influenced by the sound of the British Invasion and then the American response that followed it. For their influences, The Kavanaghs have mentioned bands like The Beatles, Badfinger and The Raspberries (among others) as those bands that have inspired them the most. And when listening to the music of The Kavanaghs, you can most definitely hear each of these influences coming through.
Burnside & Hooker is a band that epitomizes the term “Americana”. First, take a large amount of the style of the Squirrel Nut Zippers for a strong beginning reference. Then, add a generous amount of Folk Rock, some Blues, some Rhythm & Blues and a little Country and Jazz and you have a good idea of the sound of the band Burnside & Hooker. The band is comprised of Rachel Bonacquisti – lead vocals & ukulele; Diana Mayne – viola, piano, & backing vocals; Ted Graham – cello; Michael Vogus – guitar & backing vocals; Ken Fuller – upright bass & backing vocals and Vuck – drums, percussion, & backing vocals. The six members of the band bring many different influences to the music of the group and that makes for a very interesting sound. That sound can be found on the band’s new release entitled All The Way to the Devil.
What happens when an artist spends a lot of time doing one thing day after day and soon finds out they want more? That person starts looking for a new direction for that artform. That is the best way to describe the situation for the singer-songwriter named Dick Prall. After years of performing music on his own, Prall wanted something new and found that new direction with a musician who was just coming up in the music industry. That musician, violinist Kristina Priceman, made for the perfect partner as the two created a new partnership and a new musical outfit named Dickie.
With the new duo, Dick Prall and Kristina Priceman create an outfit that combines elements of pop music with orchestral influences. The album contains ten songs that seem readymade for the radio. That commercial combination can be heard on Dickie’s self-titled release.
To many people, the year 1979 feels like an entire other lifetime. That year was the year that the Boston-based rock band New England released their self-titled release. New England was a quartet made up of guitarist/vocalist John Fannon, drummer/vocalist Hirsh Gardner, keyboardist/vocalist Jimmy Waldo and bassist Gary Shea. New England would end up being discovered at that time by Paul Stanley, member of the band KISS. Along with Mike Stone, Stanley would go on to produce that self-titled album for the band that would ultimately contain the singles “Never Wanna Lose Ya” and “Hello, Hello, Hello” that the band would be remembered for. While New England would release a total of three studio releases, the band’s self-titled album would be the biggest release from the band as it peaked at number 50 on the Billboard Top 200.
Baltimore, Maryland band Walking With Giants is a project of multi-instrumentalist Gary Noon. Together with guitarist Clint Lowery (from Sevendust), bassist Scott “Flip” Phillips (from Creed, AlterBridge) and drummer Brian Marshall, Noon creates a sound that combines modern-day Rock and Roll with an Alternative Rock influence. Having already released several other EPs of music, Gary Noon is currently touring under the moniker of Walking with Giants and is promoting the latest release from the band called One By One.
There was a time in the music industry when a person would walk into a recording studio with nothing more than a few lyrics to songs he had written and that was all he had. It was after he walked into the studio that he would meet the men who would help put together all of the musical parts to the songs that would become an album. This situation hardly happens today so when it does, the resulting album is something unique. This unique situation surrounds the new release from singer-songwriter Coley Kennedy, a man who recently created a release under the moniker of Black Vincent.
Don Puglisi is a multi-talented artist who has spent time as an actor, writer, director and composer. Having already spent time as musician, Puglisi is currently exploring the singer-songwriter side of his personality. That musician side of Puglisi’s personality can be found on several albums of music. The latest of Puglisi’s releases is entitled Ricochet Girl.
The music business is like a party and there is nothing better than the thrill of being at a party that you weren’t invited to, the knowledge that you could get found out anytime soon. That must be how Heartless Bastards feel about their place in the scheme of things, waiting to get found out and making the most of the situation in the meantime. From the point of view of the other partygoers they are the strange bunch in the corner who seem to be having more fun than anyone else and who, if truth be told, have actually livened things up to the chagrin of the more straight-laced hosts.
Since being signed a decade ago thanks to a chance meeting with Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney, Heartless Bastards have sought to refresh the sound of rock and roll, take the same building blocks available to everyone else, blues, indie and a sort of underground college rock vibe, but use them to build interesting new shapes, shapes that are both pleasing and surprisingly unique, shapes that have other bands wondering why they didn’t see those same possibilities in their own blueprints.
Rebel House Radio is a Los Angeles-based duo made up of multi-instrumentalists Mike Mangan and Mike Blumberg who play all of the music themselves. The band combines several genres of music together to create a style that feels very inclusive. From one track to the next, Rebel House Radio sounds like a completely different band. That form of variety comes alive on the band’s new release entitled One More Day.