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CD Review: Dan Hubbard s/t

Singer-songwriter Dan Hubbard has been creating music for over a decade now. Since 2003, the Illinois-based musician has gone from being a solo act to being part of a band called the Humadors and then back to being just a solo act. As a matter of fact, it is as a solo act that Dan Hubbard has created his most recent release; an album simply entitled Dan Hubbard.

Dan Hubbard’s self-titled release find the artist taking his music to the next level. The 2015 release by Hubbard was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with the help of producer and 3-time Grammy nominee Ken Coomer, a producer who had previously worked with the likes of people such as Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. As both of these acts create a style to their music that incorporates many different genres into one sound, the partnership between Dan Hubbard and Coomer seemed to be a perfect fit as Hubbard’s music in very much in the same musical vein.

The new release from Dan Hubbard begins with the track “February”. The sound of the track takes on a relaxed pop/rock feeling that seems to feel like something that could have been created by someone like John Mellencamp. While the acoustic guitar from Hubbard is the driving force for the track, Adam Ollendorff’s electric guitar helps to add just a little energy to give the track some substance.

The energy level is raised slightly for the next track of “More I Live, Less I Know”. While the pace of the song remains basically the same as on “February,” the stronger electric guitar presence makes for a much stronger track. The song’s stronger Rock and Roll approach makes for a track that feels as if it would be right at home on Top 40 radio.

For the track “Johnny,” Dan Hubbard lets his inner storyteller out. In much the same way that Jim Croce would have written a track like “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “Johnny” from Dan Hubbard creates a song that feels like a story set to music. “Johnny” tells the story of a guy who is doing his best to make it as a musician. The story takes a bad turn as Johnny loses control when he doesn’t succeed as a musician. Like “More I Live, Less I Know,” “Johnny” has a very listener-friendly feel to it. It also turns out to be one of the strongest tracks, musically and energetically, on the newest release from Hubbard.

Another standout track on the album is “And the Music”. With this track, Hubbard seems to recall an earlier time in his life as he sings to a good friend who stood by his side through the good times and bad. The track finds Hubbard delving into a more folk-like approach to his music. The beauty of the music will hit you as you listen to the track. On the track, the gentle feel of the music allows the listener to focus on the playing abilities of Hubbard, guitarist/producer Ken Coomer and even bassist Dave Roe, who stands out on this track because of the sparse feel of the music. The beauty of the music and the slightly sad quality of the lyrics combine to create a rather powerful track.

With the track “All Night, Alright,” Dan Hubbard changes directions with the feel of the music. The track finds Hubbard picking up the energy level while turning back the clock as the song contains a strong Rockabilly flavor to it. And with the party-like approach to the lyrics and that Rockabilly approach to the music, you could say the song feels like a cross between something from Carl Perkins and either “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” from Slade or “Rock And Roll All Night” from Kiss. The two musical directions being forced together create a rather unique track.

Once again, Hubbard slows the pace of the music down on the track “Tired of Loving You”. The anti-love song finds Hubbard creating a duet of sorts with singer Annalise Emerick. Along with the slow pace of the music to life on the track brought to life by the talented musicians on the album, Emerick and Hubbard create a track that could easily rival anything that was created by country singers from the mid-sixties/early seventies. The timeless feel of the track only makes the track that much stronger.

The track “Come Tomorrow” is yet another track on the new release from Dan Hubbard that has a timeless feel to it. The music of the track would feel right at home with anything from the seventies, eighties or even today. The track feels like a cross between The Black Crowes and Counting Crows. “Come Tomorrow” joins “And the Music;” “More I Live, Less I Know” and “Johnny” as a standout track on the release.

While it took four years for Dan Hubbard to release a follow-up to his 2011 album of The Love Show, it was well worth the wait. Hubbard’s 2015 self-titled album starts off strong and keeps going throughout the album’s ten tracks.

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CD Review: The Bellfuries “Workingman’s Bellfuries”

We are six decades removed from the advent of Rock and Roll. And while that may be true, there are still plenty of people out there in the music industry that use the old style of rock and roll as inspiration for their music. There are even people out there today who create the same style of music that had been created at the beginning of the musical genre by some of the genres’ founding fathers. One band out there today making what can only be called good, old-fashioned Rock and Roll is The Bellfuries.

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CD Review: Consumer Republic “Manifesto”

While it was in 2012 that the last Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place in Cleveland, it was back in 2009 that the Rock Hall city was awarded its first Induction Ceremony since the initial Cleveland Induction Ceremony back in 1997. That year, the city of Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame went all out to make the event as special as possible for that year’s induction class and Induction Ceremony attendees alike.

The week leading up to the 2009 induction featured many fun events to take in within the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and around the city of Cleveland itself. One main event that took place was the free day of music that happened within the Rock Hall itself. It was on that day that Cleveland got to experience three bands which included The Consumer Republic, the winner of 2008 Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands. It was on that day of April 4th, 2009 that every person in attendance at the Rock Hall for the free day of music got to experience the power and talent of Fortune Magazine’s “Best Corporate Band in the World”.

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CD Review: Carly Jamison “Everything Happens for a Reason”

Carly Jamison hails from New York City where she started grabbing people’s attention a few years ago posting her songs on the Internet using the moniker A Girl and A Guitar. The first thing that grabs your attention is Carly’s deep alto voice. That deep register gives her voice a sultry, even sexy quality to it. When you take that alto voice and combine it with Jamison’s guitar playing, it’s hard to ignore her ability as a musician.

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PIGSHIT by Gary Pig Gold: I Heard It Standing There

On the occasion of Sir Paul McCartney’s 68th (!) birthday, let me take you back, as the song still goes…

It is the frigid winter of 1963/64. Extra cold, in fact, in the Toronto suburbs for an eight year old who has a long holiday, all set to spend: “With The Beatles.”

My best pal Paul Davis’ house is conveniently located just one block over. His mother is a piano teacher, and so music – yes, even rock ‘n’ roll music – is allowed, if sometimes in the case of “the louder stuff” only tolerated, on the family hi-fi system. So it was then that, until the following year when I was offered the choice of one 45-RPM record of my very own in lieu of fifty cents’ allowance each week, I had to visit the Davis place in order to fully avail myself of his older sister’s record collection.

And what a collection it was! Remarkably hip in retrospect especially because alongside all the usual ’63-vintage pin-up pop (as in Elvis on down), the elder Davis sister had a slew of beautifully battered seven-inch singles I was allowed to run hog – or should I say “Pig” wild with, whenever over there, ostensibly visiting Paul.

That is how, right after that initial Kennedy assassination, I came across my very first Beatle disc: an authentic orange-and-yellow-swirling Capitol Records of Canada pressing of “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

So, onto the Davis console stereo it immediately went.