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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Booker T. Jones Releases New Album Entitled “Note By Note”

Musician and songwriter Booker T. Jones has had a long and legendary musical career. So much so, that he and his band Booker T. and the MG’s have been a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1992 as one of the very first bands to get enshrined into the museum.

During his career, which began while he was still in high school, Booker T. Jones recorded thirteen studio albums with the MG’s and was part of numerous other albums, as well. Along with their own music, the band ended up playing on hundreds of recordings by artists including Wilson PickettOtis ReddingBill WithersSam & DaveCarla ThomasRufus ThomasJohnnie Taylor and Albert King

As far as Booker T. himself is concerned, his last album was released back in 2011 under the title of The Road from Memphis. That album found Jones recording an album with some of today’s most talented artists helping to form the songs with him. Yim Yames (Jim James of My Morning Jacket), Sharon Jones and even Biz Markie added to the magic of that release.

Just recently, Booker T. Jones entered the studio to create yet another album. The new album from Booker T. Jones is Note By Note.

The album of Note By Note from Booker T. Jones is a collection of eleven tracks. These tracks are just a sampling of all of the songs that Jones has recorded over the many phases of his career, including two tracks written by Booker and his son Teddy Jones which bring the album to a close. And much like the previous release from Jones entitled The Road from MemphisNote By Note finds Jones entering the recording studio and recording with some of today’s artists. The album was created by Booker T. Jones with Jones being behind the organ and joined by Matt Berninger (The National), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), longtime Tom Petty drummer Steve Ferrone as well as Jones’ son Teddy Jones on lead guitar.

The album of Note By Note from Booker T. Jones begins with the very first big hit for Stax Records: “Cause I Love You”. On this track, Jones is joined by two artists that found their way to stardom through winning talent contests on some well-known television shows: Joshua Ledet comes from his time on the 2012 season of American Idol, whereas Evvie McKinney won her season of The Four. McKinney was also a student of Jones’ at Stax Music Academy. Together, Jones, Ledet and McKinney create a brand new take on the duet originally recorded by Carla & Rufus Thomas with Booker T. and the MG’s playing the music. The updated version of the track still contains the same feel as the original, keeping the memory of the track alive.

The next track on the Note By Note album from Booker T. Jones is the classic track from Albert King called “Born under a Bad Sign”. While Albert King’s version of the track featured the vocals of King, this version of the song does not come with a vocalist. Instead, the new recording features a style much like the instrumental songs from Booker T. and the MG’s such as “Green Onions”. In fact, given the time period when the tracks was originally released, and given the sound of the new track recalls the style of that band, “Born under a Bad Sign” on Note By Note feels as if it could have been recorded by Booker T. and the MG’s as an instrumental instead of a track with vocals.

Booker T. Jones’ new album also features the song “I Want You,” a track that brings out the Soul influence of Jones in a very dominant way. The strong Soul track features the vocals from DeAndre Brackensick. The track comes from the solo release from Jones of the same name from back in 1981. Unlike with the previous tracks, this song seems to have found Jones wanting to simply recreate the tune. As the listener puts the song on, the track feels very reminiscent of the version from ’81. Singer DeAndre Brackensick handles the vocals of the song with plenty of feeling. The new version of the track brings back the memory of the song, making it fresh on the minds of the music-buying public.

The feeling of the album changes for several reasons with the next track entitled “Precious Lord”. First, the tracks adds a certain amount of spiritual feeling to the album. Second, the track slows things down because of that spiritual approach to the music. And third, the addition of singer Sharlotte Gibson adds a lot of emotion to the track. The track is split nearly in half as the first part of the song features only Gibson on vocals and Jones on organ. The second half of the song features the instrumentation of bass and drums to add to the feeling of the song. What results is a track that feels very much like something from inside a Sunday gathering.

With the track “These Arms of Mine,” Jones and band brings back the classic track from Otis Redding. Just like with the earlier song of “Born under a Bad Sign,” the resulting song brings back the feel of the music of Booker T. and the MG’s with horns thrown in to fill out the sound of the track. It is vocalist Ty Taylor who adds his voice to the track to bring the song to life. Together, Jones and Taylor do a good job of revisiting the classic track, sending the listener back to the sixties when the song was popular.

Obviously, one of the tracks on the new album from Booker T. Jones that stands out would be the title track of the album. “Time is Tight” is a track that was a big part of the history of Booker T. and the MG’s as the band would record the song twice during their career: One version would be recorded as the single, and the other featured several changes in the pace and feel of the music and was longer. It is the latter version of the track that is drawn from for the new album. But with this version of the song, Booker T. Jones and band turn the song into an extended jam, pushing the song over the nine-minute mark. For those who enjoy this track, the extended feel of the song is just what you’re looking for.

Booker T. Jones brings his newest album of Note By Note to a close with the tracks “Maybe I Need Saving” and “Paralyzed”. As was explained earlier, these final two tracks feature father and son as Booker T. is joined by vocalist Teddy Jones for two original tracks. While both tracks are fantastic, it is the track of “Paralyzed” that caught my attention. The track features music that combines some Soul flavor, some Blues, and a hefty amount of Jazz influence together. The result is a track that would easily fit on today’s Smooth Jazz radio format. And with the rather commercial feel of the track, it could easily end up making its way up the Jazz Singles Charts. The song is the perfect track to bring the latest release from Booker T. Jones to a close.

Today, Booker T. Jones can be found reflecting on his time in the music industry. And by doing so, Jones has just written a new book that focuses on his life and his time in the industry. That new book from Jones is entitled Time Is Tight: My Life, Note By Note. It was this new book and the creation of it that led to new creative juices flowing from Booker T Jones. Those creative juices resulted not only in the book, but also the new album to coincide with the release of the book, which has just been reviewed above. 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the behind the scenes video for the making of this release here:

 

Here is the newest song from Booker T Jones called “Paralyzed“: 

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(Photo of Booker T. Jones used in this article copyrighted by Piper Ferguson)

 

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CD Review: Maura Rogers and the Bellows “Always”

For Maura Rogers and Meredith Pangrace, it was a match made in heaven. Or maybe destiny. Whatever it was, the two women got to know each other. And then, because of a medical emergency when Rogers needed a second chance in life, Pangrace was there for her. Once that situation was handled, a relationship that was blooming became stronger and so did a songwriting partnership. Along with their relationship, Maura Rogers and Meredith Pangrace create music as part of a band known as Maura Rogers and the Bellows. Until just recently, the band had released three albums: 2012’s A Good Heart Will Break, 2015’s In Light and 2016’s Live at the Beachland Ballroom.

Today, Maura Rogers and Meredith Pangrace are still creating music under the Maura Rogers and the Bellows moniker, a name that came about because of the inclusion of the accordion played by Pangrace. With Maura Rogers on guitar and vocals and Meredith Pengrace on keys and accordion, the duo is joined by the rest of the band which consists of: Al Moses on lead guitar, Quinn Hyland on bass, and Jeff Babinkski on drums. Together, this band is currently creating music that could fall into the Americana genre as it draws from several different musical styles and seems to have been inspired by the music of several different eras of music as well. It is with this version of the band that has created the fourth and newest release under the Maura Rogers and the Bellows moniker called Always.

The Always release was actually a form of therapy in and of itself for Maura Rogers. The reason for that is because the music for the album was recorded during the time when Rogers was in kidney failure. The band went into the studio to get the album recorded before things got worse for Rogers. Luckily, things worked out, Rogers has a working kidney and the band’s newest album was released. The drive to finish the project may actually have helped Rogers survive the day-to-day wait until she had the operation that saved her life.

Always from Maura Rogers and the Bellows begins with the track “Moses and the Tide”. The track begins with the sound of the bass and drums to create a strong beat. That beat is soon joined by the accordion from Meredith Pangrace. The combination of music feels very gypsy-like in nature. Add the rest of the instrumentation in and what results is a track that brings to mind Sixties-era Jefferson Airplane. You can almost imagine “Moses and the Tide” being played alongside a track from Jefferson Airplane such as “Go Ask Alice”.

The band continues a slight retro feel to their music on the second track called “Let Go”. While this track doesn’t have the same Sixties vibe as the previous song, this song still feels rather retro in nature as the song contains a light Rock and Roll approach. The Lite Rock of the track is mixed with Maura Rogers’ vocals that had a somewhat familiar vibe to them as her vocal delivery recalls that of singer Linda Ronstadt. Together, the track feels like it would have been right at home at AM radio back in the seventies.

For the first few seconds of the track “Anything At All,” Maura Rogers and the Bellows create a passage that feels like an acoustic version of “Sweet Child o’ Mine” from Guns ‘N Roses. Soon after that, however, the track takes on a musical direction with a strong Folk-Rock sound to it. The track contains an easy pace to the music which lends itself well to the sadness in the lyrics about one person reflecting on a relationship that has been played out. Lyrics such as “Do You Feel What I Feel? Do You Feel Anything At All?” give the song its sad feel.

Before Always from Maura Rogers and the Bellows was released, the track entitled “92 Days” was used as the first single off the release in order to promote the still-upcoming album. The title of the track refers to the amount of time that Maura Rogers was laid-up recovering from her kidney transplant back in 2012. The lyrics of the track reflect some of the things Rogers thought about when recovering, especially how love can truly affect the outcome of certain things. The song contains a Folk-Rock musical approach, but the electric guitar on the track pushes the song closer to the Rock and Roll side of things. “92 Days” ends up being a rather emotional track but also one of the strongest moments on the album.

The track called “Tequila” is one of the more unusual songs on the Always album. Having a lyrical content about losing one’s inhibitions after a few drinks, the track finds the band creating a track with a Folk-Rock/Zydeco blend. While the musical blend sets the track apart from the rest of the release, another thing that is different is the atmosphere around the song as the track feels more like a group effort than the rest of the release. The reason for that is the inclusion of more than just Maura Rogers’ vocals as both female and male vocalists take turns singing parts of the song. And when many and/or all of the musicians creating the track join in on the background vocals, it helps give the song a completely different feel than what came before.

One of the more emotional tracks comes late in the album. The song “There’s a Fire” slows things down on the Always release as Maura Rogers sings of the passion in her relationship. The slow-paced track features a Folk-Rock feel to the music with a slight touch of Blues to give the music that emotional edge. The slow pace and tempo of the song match up well with the emotional feeling to the lyrics and helps to create a track that just begs the listener to grab their lover and start a slow dance.

The new release from Maura Rogers and the Bellows comes to a close with the title track of the album. For the track called “Always,” Rogers creates a song that feels more like poetry set to music than just a regular song. Inside of that poetic lyrical approach, Rogers writes of inviting the one she loves in to create a couple; a family, as she says in the lyrics. As far as the music of the track is concerned, Rogers and the rest of the band combine to create a slow-paced, expansive song that takes on the feel of a jam-band like track in the style of bands like the Grateful Dead and/or Phish as several solos are taken within the song. The extended nature of the music and the emotional feel of the lyrics to the song “Always” create a song that feels just right as the final track on the release.

Maura Rogers and the Bellows released their current album of Always earlier this year. Since that time, Rogers and the band have continued to create music. In fact, the band just recently released their latest song entitled “Lullabye”. As you might imagine, “Lullabye” is a slow-paced track that deals with the love between mother and child. This song was originally released by Maura Rogers almost a decade ago as she had placed it on her Get Up Girl album when she was still a solo performer. But since the lives of Maura Rogers changed not that long ago with the arrival of two twins, one boy and one girl. That event made it the perfect time to revisit the track and that is exactly what has happened. 

 Always from Maura Rogers and the Bellows is a strong release that makes good use of the various musical influences found in the band’s songs. Those various influences of Jazz, Blues, Country, Folk and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The combination of those styles help shape the album and create a release that is firmly situated within the music genre of Americana.

As a way of promoting the Always release from Maura Rogers and the Bellows before the album was released, the band put out the song “92 Days” as a promo track. Here is the video to that track. 

Maura Rogers and the Bellows is currently promoting their newly recorded version of the track “Lullabye”. The track is available only through the band. You can reach them through their Facebook profile.  Here is the live version of the track recorded in concert at the Music Box Supper Club the night of the track’s release.

This past Saturday we released our newly recorded single, Lullabye, to a divinely warm audience. Thank you all so much for coming out to the Music Box Supper Club and supporting our musical journey!If you are interested in getting the single featuring Quinn Nicole Hyland and Meredith Pangrace on backing vocals, PLUS the accompanying art print by Jessica Pinsky, please PM us and we will get it to you! Until you order it ? here is a video of Maura, Quinn, and Meredith performing Lullabye this past Saturday. ?

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CD Review: Matt Zaddy “Be”

Singer-songwriter Matt Zaddy is a Canadian-born artist that comes from the town of Missisaugua, where he is part of the Missisaugua Art Council. Having spent time in the Canadian band called Starring Janet Leigh, Zaddy is now creating a much different sound with his own music that is created by blending together Blues, Soul, and some light Rock & Roll. Matt Zaddy also includes just a touch of Jazz in the music. With that musical blend, he also calls upon several of today’s hottest artists for inspiration. Artists like John Mayer, Neil Young, Jason Mraz, Passenger, Ed Sheeran, and plenty of others help shape the music of Zaddy. With these and other influences, Matt Zaddy’s music is just as fresh and inviting as anything currently found on the radio.

Within the last few years, Matt Zaddy has been focusing on refining his style and sound. But during that time, he has released a single here or there as well as the 2015 five-track EP called Perfect Moments. Since the time of that release, Zaddy has been writing new music and will shortly be releasing his first album.  And to bring the new album to life, Zaddy called upon a group of talented musicians to help flesh out his songs. Along with Matt Zaddy on vocals and guitar, the rest of the band consists of: Thomas Francis on keys; Heather Christine on backing vocals; Stacey Shopsowitz on bass; Adam Cannon on drums; as well as Joash Paul on drums; Ian MacKay on drums; Jeremy Tozero on backing vocals, bass; and Ross Citrullo who adds some slide guitar to the mix. 

Matt Zaddy’s first album entitled Be begins with the lead-off single of the album, “Busy”. On this track, the band takes Zaddy’s various musical influences, blends them together and creates a track that draws largely upon the Blues style of Johnny Lang while also adding some influence of someone like the afore-mentioned John Mayer. The single of “Busy” features a strong, powerful guitar base perfect for the Blues while also containing some light Rock and Roll flavor. It’s a perfect Mayer/Lang mashup. Zaddy’s guitar on the track is, of course, the focal point of the music. However, the keys from Thomas Francis add a definite Soul influence to the song and maybe a little Jazz feel, as well. Altogether, the Soul, Blues, Jazz and Rock and Roll influences combine to create a track that could be the ultimate crossover hit. The music for the single feels as if it could be included on any of several radio formats such as Smooth Jazz, Hot A/C and/or Top 40.

For the second track of the new release from Matt Zaddy, the music takes on a rather familiar feel to the music. It is on the song of “A Dear Friend” that the light feel to the Alt-Rock track brings to mind the musical stylings of the band Vertical Horizon. One of the main reasons for that musical reference is the light and easy blend of the music from the guitar from Zaddy and keyboards on the track from Thomas Francis. Together with the drums from Ian MacKay and bass from Stacey Shopsowitz, the song takes on a rather laidback, almost Smooth Jazz-like feel to the music. Because of that, the listener can almost imagine this song being included on the later albums from Vertical Horizon when Matt Scannell took complete control of the writing of the songs. “A Dear Friend” has a very commercial feel to it and would fit right in on any Adult Contemporary radio station.

The Be album continues with the track “The Truth”. On this song, Matt Zaddy creates a track that once again features an easy approach to the music. While containing a slight Jack Johnson vibe to the track, there is also a stronger influence in both music and lyrical content that brings to mind the music of Rob Thomas. In fact, the listener may be able to hear some reference to Thomas’ “Streetcorner Symphony” in the music of the track. The combination of those two contemporary influences in the music gives “The Truth” an unmistakably modern feel to the song that should guarantee that the song would feel right at home within any Adult Contemporary radio format.

Matt Zaddy’s new release of Be continues with the song “A Tiny Spark”. Much like the previous tracks, the song contains a light musical delivery right at the beginning. The lonesome sound of one guitar and vocals from Matt Zaddy create a quiet passage in the music before the track picks up the bass from Jeremy Tozer and drums from Joash Paul. Add in some organ from Thomas Francis in the background to complete the feel of the track. The light and easy feel of the music is mixed together with vocals from Zaddy that bring to mind the vocal delivery from Rob Hotchkiss. Together, the track features a sound and delivery very reminiscent of the band Train.

On the track “Brighter Days,” Matt Zaddy blends together some Rock and Roll influence with some Blues to create a track that keeps the release in a modern-day musical state of mind. In fact, the Rock/Blues blend with a light Latin musical delivery creates a track that feels like something that may have come off the 1999 Supernatural release from Santana. And with Zaddy having that slight Rob Thomas feel in his voice that returns for this song, the Santana reference is rather obvious on this track.

Matt Zaddy brings his new release called Be to a close with the final track called “Greater Things”. With this track, Zaddy creates a song with yet another Blues/Rock/Soul music blend. With the strong electric guitar on this track, the energy level is raised a little. The electric guitar and the organ from Thomas Francis on the track help to give the song one of the most energetic deliveries on the release. And with that energetic feeling, Matt Zaddy brings his new release to a close on a solid note.

The Soul, Blues, Jazz and Rock & Roll influences in Matt Zaddy’s music are well defined. And the various musicians he draws influence from are too. Together, those various influences help to give Zaddy’s music character and depth. While Be from Matt Zaddy is only seven tracks long, those tracks included in the mix combine to create a release with a very commercial feel to it that should appeal to a large audience. 


The newly-released album called Be from Matt Zaddy is currently being promoted with the single called “Busy”.

To check out Be from Matt Zaddy, you can find the release of spotify. Click on the album cover below to check it out.  

 

 

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CD Review: David Gelman “Last Surviving Son”

David Gelman is a New York City-based singer-songwriter who has spent much of his life playing with the same group of people. And as a matter-of-fact, that group of people, known collectively as White Collar Crime, will shortly be celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band. During that time, the band has created several albums of original material, with the band’s latest release of Floor Aisle Room having been released back in 2016.

While being part of White Collar Crime, David Gelman has also spent time creating his own music. To date, David Gelman has created three albums of music. The latest album from Gelman is called Last Surviving Son.

To bring the music on Last Surviving Son to life, David Gelman is joined by a rather talented group of musicians which included: electric guitarist, slide guitarist and banjo player Ann Klein, drummer/percussionist Jerry Marotta, violinist Lorenza Ponce and bassist Sara Lee. Each of the musicians on this album have spent time playing with people like Ani DiFranco, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and many others. Those various musical influences help to give plenty of depth and variety to the music of David Gelman.

Last Surviving Son from David Gelman begins with the track “Far Away”. The track features a Folk base to the music as the violin and banjo help set the track in motion. As the track continues, some Rock and Roll influence joins in. The resulting Folk-Rock blend to the music comes with a strong driving pace. Banjo player Ann Klein and violinist Lorenza Ponce are as much a part of the track as Gelman’s voice and together, they and the rest of the band create a song with a beautiful musical approach while the lyrics about getting tired of lifetime on the run makes the listener stop and think. “Far Away” is the perfect modern-day Folk tune with a powerful meaning to the lyrics. 

The album continues with the track “Set It Free”. Much like the previous track, this song features a Folk/Rock blend. But while the song “Far Away” contains much more of a Folk base to the song, it is the Rock side of the music that comes through here. In fact, the track has a musical style that feels as if it would fit perfectly well right next to music from either The Byrds or The Lovin’ Spoonful. The song features a slow, gentle feel to the music. And much like the aforementioned bands of The Byrds and The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Set it Free” feels like it would have been right at home in the sixties.

While the first two tracks of Last Surviving Son from David Gelman feature some Folk inspiration, Gelman and the rest of the musicians on the release take the music of the album in a much stronger Country-flavored direction with the next track. The song “Feel Alright” contains a strong Country influence to the music while Gelman’s vocals now come with a strong twang to them. The addition to the twang in Gelman’s voice is accompanied by a stronger Country vibe to the music. The track features a straight-out Country vibe to it and that vibe gives the song a rather timeless feel. You can imagine this song alongside some of today’s best Country artists as much as Country artists of the past like Charlie Pride, George Jones, Willie Nelson and others. If you are a fan of Country music, “Feel Alright” is a track that will fit well in your music collection.

Things on the new release from David Gelman slow down with the title track. The track of “Last Surviving Son” begins with a march-style drumbeat that soon becomes a track with a rather somber message of living with the guilt of outliving the rest of your siblings. The easiness of the Folk-flavored music creates a sad feel to the track. That sadness is courtesy of the violin from Lorenza Ponce. The track comes across as rather relatable as many people know this kind of feeling. “Last Surviving Son” ends up creating one of the quieter moments of the release.

The feeling of the music regains some energy with the next track. The song “Lonely Tonight” is a song that blends together Folk, Country, Blues and a little Rock and Roll influence. The Blues flavor comes in the form of the slide guitar on the track. What ends up being created is the perfect Americana track as the song has so much going on musically all at the same time. “Lonely Tonight” is one of the strongest tracks on the Last Surviving Son release.

With the next track, the music once again slows down. “The Roads We Didn’t Take” contains lyrics with a rather strong poetic feel to them as if they were written by poet Robert Frost. The reason for this is that Gelman is found thinking about choices in life and what could happen, in much the same way Frost’s narrator in the poem “The Road Less Traveled” had.  The Lite Rock music on the track from David Gelman takes the listener back to the days of the seventies when music began going in a much softer direction. That Lite Rock approach seems very appropriate for the lyrics of the track. 

The pace of the music stays in a slow groove with the next track called “Let It All Go”. The light touch of the acoustic guitar on the track creates a style that will transport the listener back in time to the days of AM radio in the seventies. In fact, the track feels as if it could have been created by someone like Mac Davis, the American songwriter who was popular back at that time. You could imagine “Let It All Go” from David Gelman playing alongside “I Believe in Music” from Mac Davis. 

David Gelman stays in a retro mood on the track “Soft Surrender”. The track contains the same seventies-inspired Rock and Roll as the previous track. And much like with “Let It All Go,” “Because You Love Me” would have felt right at home on AM radio formats back at that time. The track contains a gentle pace to the music and feels almost Folk-like in its sound. With the inclusion of the strings in the background of the track, the track adds a bit of beauty to the Last Surviving Son release.

With the final track of the album, David Gelman changes the feel of the music. The rest of the album that came before featured a guitar-driven approach. But with “The Presence of the Lord,” the guitar is replaced with the sound of the piano. With the piano (and organ) on the track, “The Presence of the Lord” feels like as if it had been inspired by the likes of Billy Joel. With the title of the track being what it is, one might assume that the track is rather religious in nature. And while there is some of that, it’s more spiritual than anything as Gelman sings of looking inward for answers. Like much of the album, “Presence of the Lord” contains a laid-back feel to the music, which goes along with the lyrical content of the track. As the song is much different from the other songs on the release because of the lyrical direction, it makes sense that the song would bring the Last Surviving Son release to a close.    

Last Surviving Son from David Gelman finds the singer-songwriter staying within a certain time-frame on his latest release. Whether using Folk, County or Lite Rock influences, each song on the album seems to stay contained within a seventies mindset. What results is a solid album with a laid-back feel to it. If you are a fan of lighter musical fare, this album is just what you’re looking for.  

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CD Review: The Lost Millions “Novellas Dantes”

While there are plenty of bands out there that follow the current trends in Rock/Alternative music, there are still those bands that draw inspiration from older musical genres. Austin, Texas is home to one of the bands that are creating new music that is inspired by Classic Rock as well as other older styles. The band in question is The Lost Millions.

The Lost Millions is a band that consists of: Matt Westfield on Vocals/Guitar, David Lines on Guitar, Scott Bettersworth on Drums, as well as Heath McBurnett on Bass. Together, this quartet of musicians combines elements of Classic Rock, Stoner Rock, Alternative Rock and other sounds to help shape the music that can be found on their two releases: 2017’s 101, along with the band’s recently recorded EP called Novellas Dantes.

Novellas Dantes from The Lost Millions begins with the track called “See the Light”. The track starts off with a strong bassline from Heath McBunett before the drums and guitars join in to create a track with a Classic Rock sound from the seventies. The track also seems to blend in some Stoner Rock influence into the music. The heavy nature of the track brings out that Stoner Rock influence. As the track begins, the band creates a minute-long jam that combines the Classic Rock and Stoner Rock approaches together. For those who like their Rock and Roll heavy, this is the perfect example of that. And while the track is heavy, it is also melodic as guitarists Matt Westfield and David Lines create a harmonic feel to the music. With the various musical elements that are contained within the track, “See the Light” kicks off the new release from The Lost Millions with lots of energy.

After the energetic feel of the song “See the Light,” The Lost Millions lightens things up with a track that features a slower, less intense feel with the track “My Street”. On this track, the band brings out a stronger Classic Rock approach to the music. The Classic Rock feel on the song brings to mind The Rolling Stones.  As a matter of fact, the song “My Street” could easily remind the listener of The Rolling Stones during the same time in which they produced the song “Miss You”. While the track “See the Light” from The Lost Millions is not a carbon copy of the track from The Rolling Stones, you can hear the inspiration from the legendary band’s influence in the music of The Lost Millions. The track features a playtime of over five minutes, giving the band the chance to jam out a bit. This gives the listener a good chance to hear the talent of the musicians who make up the group.

“Wisdom of the Mad Priest,” the third track off of the Novellas Dantes EP from The Lost Millions, starts with a strong guitar riff that could remind some of the playing of legendary guitar player Duane Eddy as it brings to mind the feel of Classic Rock/Oldies music. The Classic Rock riff is soon joined with a rather Bluesy feel to the music. The Classic Rock/Blues blend creates a base to the track that soon segues into a straight-out Rock and Roll track that feels as if it could have been created during the 1980s. While “Wisdom of the Mad Priest” does feel as if it came right out of the eighties, it is still one of the strongest and most listener-friendly songs of the five that make up the EP.

The Novellas Dantes EP continues with the track “Mad at the Sun”. With the song, The Lost Millions create a track that contains a sound that falls somewhere between the late eighties Rock and Roll and early Alternative Rock. There is elements of both of those styles of music in the song. The track starts off slow and light with an easy pace to the music as only the guitars create the moment. The harmonic playing of the guitars creates one of the prettier passages on the release before the rest of the band joins in to create that Rock and Roll/Alternative Rock blend. After the easy beginning to the track, the music builds and what results is a track that would fall into the Modern Rock genre. “Mad at the Sun” is one of the strongest tracks on the release.  

The Lost Millions slow things down on the final track of the EP entitled “Complicated”. And just like with the first song “See the Light,” the band starts things off with an instrumental passage that lasts for around one minute before the vocals from singer/guitarist Matt Westfield join the song. This track features a slight psychedelic feel to the music as well as a jam band like quality to it that comes from the easy, slow pace of the music. “Complicated” brings the EP to a close on an easy note.

Novellas Dantes from The Lost Millions is a five-track release that makes the listener wish for more. The five tracks show off the band’s different musical influences while creating a very entertaining release that goes by too quickly.

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For a taste of the Novellas Dantes release from The Lost Millions check out the band’s single “See the Light”. 

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CD Review: The Sandboys “Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks”

If you take the sound of the ukulele and add it to the sound of the cello, you’d end up with a style that could be called cellele music. And in reality, that is just what the music of British duo The Sandboys (a pairing consisting of Mark Miller and Ben Harrison) calls their sound- cellele music. The combination of the two instruments created a style that could be interpreted as being influenced by Topical Island sounds, or as having a very retro quality to it. Add in instruments used for making more Pop-Rock-like music and you have a rather unique blend. That unique sound can be found on the new 6-song EP entitled Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks.

Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks from The Sandboys begins with the album’s first track. “Wish for the Best” begins with a simple trumpet and ukulele as the band creates a track that feels rather retro in nature. And while it is very retro, the simplistic feel of the first part of the track allows for the base instruments to shine through. With the inclusion of the cello, piano and light percussion a bit later, the fuller sound of the music still has a throwback approach but now feels as fresh as Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

The release continues with the track “Drive You On”. While “Wish for the Best” could have been a track from the era of Vaudeville, “Drive You On” also contains a rather retro feel to it. But in this case, the resulting track would easily fit into the Skiffle category (a rather old style made famous by the likes of British musician Lonnie Donegan and others like him) as the song incorporates Jazz, Blues and a little Folk music influence. The fast-paced, bouncy feel on “Drive You On” makes for a track that would be perfect for fans of the Americana genre. Ultimately, the track would be perfect for fans of a band such as Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. 

Going in a much different direction from the previous two tracks, the song “Count Me In” finds the duo creating track that features a strong Two-Tone feel. The Ska-influenced track takes the listener back a few decades when the British Two-Tone style was big over in Great Britain. The resulting track of “Count Me In” actually brings to mind the sound and feel of an earlier song from that era in the sixties; a song that had become a standard of sorts within the Ska genre during that time , “Rudy (A Message To You)”. This Ska track of “Count Me In” lives up to the style of Two-Tone and is just the thing for fans of the style.

For the track “Like I Used to Be,” The Sandboys create a track that contains probably the most current sound on the release. The track features a sound that could either be described as Indie Rock or Folk Rock. The gentle pace to the track adds to the Folk influence. The strong harmony to the vocals on the track brings to mind songs from the late fifties, early sixties as they are reminiscent of vocal groups from the era. Together, the vocal delivery and the Indie Rock feel to the music create a track that has plenty of depth to it. While The Sandboys hail from Of all the tracks on the newest EP from The Sandboys, “Like I Used to Be” would probably the most welcome on commercial radio formats. 

The track “Path Of Least Resistance” continues the band’s unique blending of styles. The track begins with a style features a strong Pop feel. The track’s music begins with a gentle feel to the electric guitar while an accordion is added to give the track a bit of exotic flavor. The Pop feel mixed with the accordion creates a style that is reminiscent of Dean Martin’s music. The gentle feel of the song continues for half the track before finally picking up a little energy. The song and its musical blend ends up being one of the more unusual moments on the Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks release from The Sandboys.

The Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks release from The Sandboys comes to an end with the track “More Than Enough”. The track begins simply enough with just vocals the ukulele. As it goes along, the track builds and builds until the song contains ukulele, cello, finger snaps and organ. The musical combination creates a track that contains a bouncy feel to the beat, just like with “Drive You On” earlier in the EP. That bouncy feel along with the rest of the elements creates one of the more memorable moments on the EP and brings the release to a close on a strong note.

For only six tracks, Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks from The Sandboys contains a lot of different elements all working together to make an EP that draws from many different genres and eras of music. Blended together, those various elements make for a release that seems to have something for almost everyone.  

The Glitches, Imperfections and Glorious Quirks release from The Sandboys is still rather new. Because of that, the only YouTube video featuring new music from this release is “Wish For the Best“. However, this is a “ukulele only” version. You can find the entire EP on the band’s Soundcloud profile. 

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CD Review: Bill Toms & Hard Rain “Good for My Soul”

Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Bill Toms is an artist that has been writing and performing his own music that draws from several different musical influences. Toms has been described as a combination of a singer, poet, Soul-shouter and guitar slinger. Taking direction from styles such as Rock and Roll, Blues, Soul and even a little Jazz and Folk, Toms creates a style in his music that is rather well-rounded.

During his time on stage, Bill Toms has made quite a name for himself. He has even performed on stage with Bruce Springsteen.

For the last few years, Bill Toms has been writing performing his own music with his band called Hard Rain. Together, the resulting band contains a Blues/Soul feel to their music. And when you add The Soulville Horns into the mix, you end up with a band that would give The Blues Brothers a run for their money. And with the two bands having such similar sounds and styles, it’s rather easy to make the comparison between the two.

Having been around the Pittsburgh music scene for over two decades, Bill Toms has a rather impressive musical library to draw from. When you combine the musical releases of Bill Toms & Hard Rain with the solo material from Toms himself, you end up with a rather large collection of original music. And to add to that rather impressive discography, Bill Toms & Hard Rain just recently recorded yet another album of music. The newest album of music from Bill Toms & Hard Rain is entitled Good For My Soul.

Good For My Soul from Bill Toms & Hard Rain is an eleven-track album of music. To help Toms bring the album to life, he turned to Will Kimbrough and Oscar-winning producer Rick Witkowski. The two men helped Toms bring other albums to life earlier on in his career. Together, the three men created a release that lives up to much of Toms’ other releases.

The Good for My Soul album begins with the track “I’d Be a Rich Man Today”. The track contains a relatively easy pace to the music with a strong, soulful sound. The inclusion of the horns on the track brings the full feel of the band to life. With this track, the singer-songwriter and his band show that they have not lost a step as their style seems just as strong as it was on the band’s last release entitled Deep in the Shadows.

Back to Memphis” is a track that continues a storyline that began on the earlier album simply entitled Memphis. On that release, Bill Toms sang the title track entitled “I Won’t Go to Memphis No More”. The track “Back to Memphis” finds the band creating a song that has enough Soul influence to bring to mind Soul legends like Sam & Dave. In fact, “Back to Memphis” contains a sound that brings to mind the song “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” even if just a little bit. But that small influence in the song is enough to make the track “Back to Memphis” feel right at home among other Soul tracks. And with the continuation of the story contained within the track’s lyrics that find Toms making the trip back to the town he once claimed he never return to, “Back to Memphis” feels just as personal as his original track “I Won’t Go to Memphis No More”.

With the track “Nothing Like My Baby,” the full influence of Sam & Dave comes shining through. The song’s Soul influence takes the track back in time as it sounds as if it would have fit right in on AM radio back in the sixties. And with the duet-like vocals on the track to go along with the sixties influence, you can easily imagine Sam Moore and Dave Prater creating the track for Atlantic Records. “Nothing Like My Baby” is easily one of the standout tracks on the newest release from Bill Toms & Hard Rain.

Drawing upon his other influences, the track “Devil’s Train” finds Bill Toms and the band creating a track with a strong Rhythm & Blues feel with a healthy dose of Gospel music thrown into the mix. The track’s lyrics as well as Toms’ gravelly vocals brings to mind the writing style of Tom Waits. During the track, the band creates an extended track that allows for the entire band to jam. The result is a track that has a strong groove to it that will have the listener getting into the music while also doing a little soul searching of their own. “Devil’s Train” is another song that stands out on the Good For My Soul release.

The pace of the album slows down on the track “Hard to Say Goodbye”. The track contains lyrics about reaching the end of life. The lyrics about dying are sung by Toms with a great deal of sadness, creating one of the more emotional moments on the release. On this track, some of Bill Toms’ deeper influences shine through. The track contains, not only some Soul influence, but also a good deal of Folk music influence, as well. That Folk influence appears in the song in the form of a mandolin that helps add a certain layer of sadness to the music.

Good For My Soul from Bill Toms & Hard Rain continues with the “title track” of the release. “Your Love is Good for the Soul” is a piano-based track with a definite Soul influence to it. In fact, the band creates a slightly slow-paced track that brings to mind the full-blown sound of The Blues Brothers Band. Combining Motown and Soul feelings in the music, “Your Love is Good for the Soul” feels like a track that would fit alongside “Shake a Tail Feather” from Ray Charles; especially the version of that song that appeared in The Blues Brothers movie.

The Gospel feel of the track “Devil’s Train” makes a return on the track “I’m Going Home”. In a lyrical style that seems to suggest something more in the words than might actually be there, Bill Toms sings of coming to terms with things that have weighed heavily on him. The track could be interpreted as either religious or not, depending on how you hear the song. “I’m Going Home” is yet another track that will have the listener paying attention to the music on the album.

Bill Toms’ newest album of Good For My Soul continues the musician’s string of powerful albums. Like the last albums of Deep in the Shadows and Memphis, Good For My Soul contains tracks that make use of Bill Toms’ many different musical influences. That multi-layered feel in the music gives each of the aforementioned albums, and especially Good For My Soul, plenty of moments that the listener will enjoy.

For more information, check out the song “Your Love is Good For My Soul“.

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CD Review: Robbing Johnny “Cold March”

Robbing Johnny is a New York-based Rock band whose music falls into the Americana category. The band mixes Rock and Roll, Folk, some Hip Hop tendencies and other elements together to create their sound; a style they have termed Bodega Folk Rock.

The band of Robbing Johnny consists of: Pat D Robinson- Vocals, Lyrics; John Murrell- Piano, Guitar, Vocals; Evan Harris- Guitar; John MaHoney- Bass; and Jordan Brooks- Drums, Percussion, Piano. This quintet had previously released a few singles and EPs but recently, the band had released their first official album. That album is entitled Cold March.

Cold March from Robbing Johnny was created as more of a Rock Opera than a straight-forward album. The nine tracks that are featured on the release follow the main character as he discovers that he must find a new place to live and thus, moves to the big city of New York. And to help bring this story to life, the album comes complete with a series of Prose chapters along with pictures. The complete storyline can be found on the band’s Tumblr profile.

The album of Cold March from Robbing Johnny begins with the track “Sylvia” and follows the man known as Johnny as he finds a place to call his own. It is there that he meets up with a man known as Robin. The track begins with a gentle pace played on the acoustic guitar with some violin in the background. The beginning of the track falls more into the Folk category than anything else. Soon, however, the rest of the band joins in and the track picks up steam and becomes a full-blown Rock and Roll track with a large Folk influence at the center of it with a much quicker pace. The “Sylvia” track could easily stand on its own and become the first single on the album.

Cold March from Robbing Johnny continues with the title track of the release. “Cold March” refers to the time of year as Johnny begins to experience what it’s like to live in New York. Like the previous track, “Cold March” begins with a slow, gentle pace to the track along with a slight Blues influence before the band adds a lot more energy to the Acoustic Rock. The track combines Blues, Rock and Hip Hop together to create a track that has a very strong groove the music. Ultimately, the song sounds a lot like something that could have been produced by the band Rusted Root with a lot more of a Hip Hop vibe to it.

“Red Bird in the City” finds the band changing styles as the track takes on a Jazz-like musical delivery mixed into their Acoustic Rock before the track enters a stronger Rock and Roll feel. The lyrical delivery alternates between singing and rapping as the track describes Johnny finding omens everywhere he looked, which included a red bird. The switching of musical styles within the track makes “Red Bird in the City” one of the more unique moments on the album.

Speaking of Jazz, the track “Grandfather’s Jacket” finds Robbing Johnny once again creating a track featuring a Jazz-infused track. The track’s lyrics deal with Johnny finding a piece of clothing that had belonged to his dead grandfather and remembering the times they used to have together. The track begins with the piano from Jordan Brooks as the focal point. Before long, the track’s music becomes a lot fuller with the addition of the rest of the band which includes the use of horns. The track ultimately feels like something that may have been created by the band Chicago.

With the track “Highbridge Park,” Robbing Johnny creates one of the more straight-out Rock and Roll songs on their new Cold March release. The track begins and revolves around the piano but also contains a strong electric guitar presence to give the track a fuller sound. With that mix, the track sounds like a mix between something from Blues Traveler (minus John Popper’s harmonica) and Steve Winwood. “Highbridge Park” is easily one of the most commercial tracks on the album.

With the track of “Summer Sux,” Robbing Johnny creates one of the most unique tracks on the album. The storyline finds Johnny walking through the park and finding the red bird he had spotted earlier now slowly dying. Johnny makes a grave for the bird and places it inside. The music for “Summer Sux” is piano-based and would easily fall into the musical category of “Pop Standards” alongside music from such artists as Tony Bennett or Harry Connick, Jr. In fact, while “Summer Sux” contains lyrics that may not be all that upbeat, the song as a whole would easily fit into Connick’s style.

One of the more unusual tracks on the Cold March release from Robbing Johnny is the song “Worms in the Soil”. Story-wise, the track brings Johnny’s story to a close as he and his new friend Robin bury the bird and leaves the park. Musically, the track is the most diverse of any of the tracks that make up the Cold March release. The track begins with music that brings to mind an Old-Timey feel to the music because of the mandolin and the vocals style of the band. Then, it effortlessly switches to a Folk-Rock feel with the addition of guitar. Before long, that Folk-Rock feel is left far behind as the entire group creates a Mungo Jerry-inspired sound that mixes a Blues and Jug Band sound with Robbing Johnny’s Folk-Rock sound to create one of the strongest musical moments on the entire release.

After eight album tracks that blend Johnny’s story together with an ever-changing musical background, the band brings the entire to a close with “Cold March Reprise”. Like every other track that came before, “Cold March Reprise” contains its own sound and feel. Yes, it does recall the “Cold March” track in lyrical content, but that’s it as the song is sung a’capella by the members of the band in a style that brings to mind something from Calypso great Harry Belafonte. The unusual approach on this track helps to bring the entire release to a close on a rather unique note.

Cold March from Robbing Johnny is a strong release that changes musical directions throughout the nine tracks that make up the album. The ever-changing styles show off the talent of each and every member of the band. That change in style also helps to keep the pace of the album moving while keeping the listener entertained throughout the entire length of the release. The strong musical tracks plus the inclusion of the storyline and artwork that goes along with it makes the Cold March release from Robbing Johnny a lot more than just a musical experience; the project as a whole is an adventure for many of your senses.

For a taste of the music from Robbing Johnny, check out their song “Sylvia“.

The complete storyline for the Cold March release can be found on the band’s Tumblr profile. 

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CD Review: Ale Torriggino “Blue Light”

The city of Rosario, Argentina is home to singer-songwriter Ale Torriggino. Within the town of Rosario, Torriggino and other musicians seem to be very influenced by music that would be considered oldies here in the United States. Because of that, the original music created by Ale has a definite retro feel to it. The feel of Ale Torriggino has been influenced by the likes of B.B. King, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, along with more modern artists such as John Mayer. Together, these influences shine through in the music produced by Torriggino as his music features Rock, Blues and Jazz influences.

Ale Torriggino has already released one album of music. The 2016 album from Torriggino called Sureste features songs written and performed in Spanish. The musician has just recently followed that album up with another album of music. This time, however, Torriggino has created a release performed in English. The 2017 release from Ale Torriggino is entitled Blue Light. To help bring the release to life, Torriggino’s drums and guitar were joined by bass from Marcos Benítez and keyboard from Natalia Nardiello. The album was helped along by Gonzalo Esteybar who contributed production, arrangements, additional guitar.

Blue Light from Ale Torriggino begins with the track “The Healer”. As the song begins, the listener experiences the guitar playing of Torriggino that adds a definite Blues element to the song. Along with that Blues influence, the track also features a strong acoustic approach. The acoustic/electric combination on the track gives the track a timeless musical approach. The track ultimately feels as if it had been influenced by the playing of Eric Clapton. The guitar solo on the track is proof of that.

Ale Torriggino turns up the energy level on the next track called “When the Tide begins to Turn”. The song still contains a strong Blues influence to both the music and the lyrics, but the music is a lot stronger as Torriggino chooses to incorporate the electric guitar to the music. The song’s lyrical content sounds very much like something from B.B. King while the electrified nature of the music makes the song feel more like something from Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The release continues with the song “Grey Sky Blues”. With this song, Ale Torriggino slows things down. The softer musical approach that is contained within the music of the track seems to contain a Folk flavor to it. Plus, the organ that comes courtesy of Natalia Nardiello adds a certain amount of Soul feeling to the track. The lyrics of the song contain a slightly sad feel to them adding to the concept of the grey sky.

After one track with a slower pace, Ale Torriggino picks the pace back up with the song “Catherine”. The music of the track contains elements from musicians such as Elvis Presley or Roy Orbison when they were first starting out, helping to shape the history of Rock and Roll music. The older Rock and Roll influences on the track give the song a definite Rockabilly flavor. That Rockabilly influence does a lot to set “Catherine” apart from the rest of the album.

One of the strongest tracks on the Blue Light release from Ale Torriggino is the song “Waiting for the War to Come”. The track features a strong, driving feel to the music that comes for the inclusion of an electric guitar. The track brings the listener back to the days of the late sixties as the music has a slight Neil Young feel to it. The track would have easily fit in with other anti-war tracks that existed back during the Vietnam War era.

Ale Torriggino keeps the energy level of the music up with the song “Hostage”. The Blues-Rock track brings to mind someone like the band Cream while the song also contains a slight Prog-Rock influence to it. The powerful guitar part is matched up well with a bassline that combine to form a track that has a strong groove to it. “Hostage” is one of the strongest, and shortest, tracks on the Blue Light release from Ale Torriggino.

The track “Shelter” features music that seems to combine elements from both “Let it Ride” from Bachman-Turner Overdrive and “Waiting on the World to Change” from John Mayer; although, as the song progresses, the slow pace of the music would side more with Mayer’s song than with BTO’s track. Throughout the track, the John Mayer influence is evident in both the music and the style of the lyrics. “Shelter” finds Ale Torriggino writing a song about sharing the same roof with that special someone. “Shelter” is easily one of the more commercial tracks on the Blue Light album.

The Blue Light release from Ale Torriggino comes to an end with the song “The Color Life”. The track begins with a simple man-and-his-guitar approach as Torriggino creates a track that feels very much like something from James Taylor, in both music and lyrical content. As the track proceeds, the music continues to build. Eventually, the one lonely guitar is joined by an entire symphony of strings to add an orchestral feel to the track. “The Color Life” and its orchestral feel helps to bring the album to a close in a rather laidback manner.

Blue Light from Ale Torriggino is a strong musical release. The many different musical elements used by Torriggino to create his music ultimately combine to form an album that feels retro in some places and rather modern in others. The ten tracks of music make for an album that will appeal to a lot of music lovers at the same time.

 

To hear some of the music from Ale Torriggino, check out the song “Hostage“.

For more information, check out Ale Torriggino’s record label, River Flow Records.

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CD Review: Blue Ajay “Meatball Surgery”

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Blue Ajay has been creating music for well over a decade now. Having spent much of that time using the moniker Booze Monkey on his own and with his former partner of Joel Ludwig, Blue Ajay released several albums that found him combining several musical genres in order to create music that was different and unique. While mainly based in the Blues, much of his stuff ventured well outside of that genre to become something much more. The inclusion of Rock and Roll, Techno and even some ambient sounds helped to shape the music of Booze Monkey. At least, for the later portion of that project’s existence. The last release from Blue Ajay under the Booze Monkey moniker, The New Mythology E.P, was released in 2014.

 
Only a few years later, Blue Ajay has returned to creating music. This time, however, Blue Ajay created his first new release under his own name. The new album from Blue Ajay is entitled Meatball Surgery.

 
Meatball Surgery begins with the track “Smoodles,” a track about combining the concept of smooches with doodles to create “smoodles,” a new way of “signing off” when writing a letter to someone special. The first thing you will notice with the song is that it contains the signature sound that made Booze Monkey’s last couple of albums so unique. You can consider Blue Ajay’s a combination of straight-out Rock and Roll with plenty of Alternative Rock elements thrown in. That unique take on Rock and Roll comes from Blue Ajay creating his music on his own. And that style definitely inhibits the body of “Smoodles” as the listener will no doubt feel as they put the album on.
As the album of Meatball Surgery moves from one track to the next, the listener will notice that Blue Ajay never stays in one musical frame of mind for more than one song.

 

Each track has its own style and feel. Which would explain why the second track of “Junko Joe” sounds nothing like “Smoodles”. With “Junko Joe,” Blue Ajay combines Rock and Roll with a little Reggae vibe, but just a little. The track’s unique rhythms in the music make the song just as unique as the previous song of “Smoodles”. “Junko Joe” is the story about a man who finds himself moving through the criminal system because of personal choices. While the subject matter may not be very positive, the song’s rhythms make it fun to listen to.

 
With the track of “Sexy, Evil Genius,” Blue Ajay creates one of the more straight-forward Rock and Roll songs on the release. The track’s music features an equal amount of Rock and Roll and Punk elements to create a track that has a very timeless feel to the music. In fact, the track sort of sounds like early Rolling Stones with that aforementioned Punk influence thrown in.

 
As mentioned before, no two songs from Blue Ajay sound alike. On the song “Drunk in the Morning,” the musician creates a track that features an acoustic guitar as the focal point of the song. And although it is an acoustic guitar, don’t let that throw you: Blue Ajay still creates a track with plenty of energy. In fact, the song features a very driving pace to the music. Along with that driving pace, Blue Ajay sings the song as if his voice has become coarse because of shouting for hours at a time (perhaps like when someone is drunk). The result is a track in “Drunk in the Morning” that comes across as a whole lot of fun to listen to.

 
On the song “January Grave,” Blue Ajay returns to his roots…sort of. Early in his days of using the moniker of Booze Monkey with his partner Joel Ludwig, the two created their version of Blues music. On “January Grave,” this is the very direction Blue Ajay takes on the song. The track about a brokenhearted man who has to bury a loved one once again features an acoustic guitar as the focal point. The song’s lyrics are delivered with plenty of pain in the vocals. While the track is mainly acoustic, Blue Ajay does include an electric guitar to play the solo on the track. As the Blues were a big part of his life for a while, it’s nice to hear that Blue Ajay still includes them in his music from time to time as he does on “January Grave”.

 
Perhaps the strongest track on the entire Meatball Surgery album from Blue Ajay has to “Nickel”. The track finds Blue Ajay creating an Alternative Rock track that also seems to contain a good deal of Blues influence in the music. The main keyboards in the track add a lot of texture to the music as they seem to add a slight electric guitar vibe to the track. The song also includes a slight New Wave feel to the music. The New Wave elements come courtesy of other keyboards that add a definite eighties vibe to the sound for a few measures. One of the more interesting moments on the track is the ukulele solo that happens late in the song. The track of “Nickel” has one of the more commercial feels of the tracks that help make up the album.

 
The Meatball Surgery album comes to an end with the track “Holding up a Dollar”. While the rest of the tracks that make up the release contain lyrics, “Holding up a Dollar” features an instrumental feel to the music. Blue Ajay creates a fast moving song on this track that features the electric guitar. The track ends up feeling like one big guitar solo as Blue Ajay creates a riff that last from the first note until the track ends a short minute and seventeen seconds later.

 
Meatball Surgery from Blue Ajay is a strong album that features ten very different tracks through its playtime. But once the initial ten tracks come to an end, the listener gets to experience the entire release again; this time as a completely instrumental album. The inclusion of the instrumental version of the album helps to make Meatball Surgery from Blue Ajay one of the more unusual albums you’ll get to experience.

 

To check out the music of Blue Ajay, click HERE for the video to the song “Nickel“.

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