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CD Review: Randy Forte “Chas Randall”

Randy Forte is a singer-songwriter from Phoenix who grew up in Alabama. While there, many different styles of music would end up influencing him in many different ways. One way the music would influence him was in his own songwriting. Because of being exposed to many genres at once, Forte’s own music ends up drawing from different genres, creating songs that have different sounds, styles and feels. Because of this, Forte’s music does not fit into any particular genre, which results in his music being grouped in the catch-all category known as Americana.

Currently, Randy Forte is promoting a new album of music entitled Chas Randall. Drawing from the likes of Country, Rock and Roll and other genres, Randy Forte decided to release this particular album under the alias of Chas Randall, a name that uses a shortened version of his real first name and his middle name- Charles Randall. To help bring this album to life, Randy Forte worked with some of the best known musicians down in Nashville. What resulted was an album that ended up being very strong musically while also being very eclectic in nature because of the ever-changing feel of the music.

Chas Randall, the debut release from Randy Forte (or Charles Randall Forte as he’s also known), begins with the track “Six Beers Away (From Crying Over You)”. The track contains a gentle pace to the Easy Listening style of music that is mostly made up of a Country/Folk approach, which makes sense given the subject matter that would stereotypically be released within Country music. “Six Beers Away (From Crying Over You)” is a track that would have been right at home on AM radio back in the seventies.

With the next track called “Living in Yesterday’s Tomorrow,” Randy Forte takes the music in a more Rock and Roll direction. The track features strong electric guitars that help to give the song its driving feel. The feel of the music sets the song firmly somewhere between the music found in the eighties and the music of today. And with the lyrics dealing with love and loss, the track ends up containing a rather timeless feel that is truly universal.

The next track of “You Can’t Keep Hiding” takes the listener back a few decades to the late sixties/early seventies as the song contains a Country/Rock blend that is rather reminiscent of songs that were written by the group known as The Band. The gentle feel to the drums on the track, mixed with the piano/guitar mixture truly creates a sound that would make The Band proud. And with the lyrics about not being able to avoid love, the song has a musical approach that feels very listener-friendly. “You Can’t Keep Hiding” is yet another track on the Chas Randall release from Randy Forte that would have felt right at home on AM radio of the seventies.

For the next track, the music on “Rollin’” contains a style that brings to mind the feel of what is now referred to as Roots Rock. The early Country-flavored Rock and Roll of the Everly Brothers or Elvis Presley could easily have been influences on this track. And while there is a definite throwback feel to the music of the song, there is also a fresh quality to “Rollin’” from Randy Forte that makes the song seem more suited to today’s Folk-Rock scene than earlier time periods.

Take the feel of Rock and Roll from the eighties but give it a bit of a twang and you have the basic idea of what the track “You Don’t Love Me, Like I Love You” sounds like. The result of that musical blend on the song brings to mind the sound of a band like The Blasters, a group that is known for making songs with this musical approach. “You Don’t Love Me, Like I Love You” is one track on the album that will easily satisfy any Rock and Roll fan’s desire for a good, hard-rockin’ song.

The feel of the music changes yet again on the next track. While the previous tracks contained the sound of an entire band, the song “Best Friends” contains only the sound of guitars. Electric and acoustic guitars blend together to create a somewhat laidback feel to the music of the song. That laidback approach to the music comes courtesy of the Folk style to the musical side of the song. The lyrics of the track find Randy Forte singing about all of the good things that come with having someone to call on in a friendship.

With the song “My Love Away,” the energy returns to the Chas Randall release. With this track, Randy Forte creates a track that features a Country Rock sound that would fit on any modern-day Country radio format. The song contains no fiddles, but instead contains strong guitars with plenty of twang to them to help create the sound that any lover of the modern-day take on Country music would enjoy.

The Chas Randall release from Randy Forte contains nearly a dozen tracks. And each one of the songs on the release comes with its own unique flavor. The ever-changing feel to the music helps to create a strong Americana album that listeners of the style will be happy with.

 

To hear some of the music from The Chas Randall release from Randy Forte, check out the song “Living In Yesterday’s Tomorrow“. 

For more information, check out Randy Forte’s PR firm of Whiplash PR & Management by clicking on the logo for the company.

 

 

 

 

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CD Review: Black Vincent “Teardrop Deluxe”

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.

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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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PIGSHIT: Elvis Presley dies for your sins

August 16, 1977.

August 16, 2011.

It’s that day again.

But why should ANYBODY, ANYWHERE care anymore?

Well, in a word or 1030 I believe, here’s Why!

Ready?

First of all, if it hadn’t been for Elvis, we simply wouldn’t be sitting here reading this right now. Really! Think about it: If you like and/or make rock and roll music, Elvis – indirectly or not – is the reason why.

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Rhone-ing on Empty

Marty Rhone – Born To Rock
Self Released

During the genesis of rock and roll, it would be safe to say there were few classically trained singers among the early pantheon of great rockers. Sure, they could all carry a tune for the most part or they wouldn’t have become famous, but most either had an overwhelming personality or were overflowing with charisma which covered for their lack of vocal prowess and allowed the pure energy and anarchy which fueled the primitive power of the music to shine through without being saddled with the added nuisance of having to be a flawless singer. Of course, rock and roll was always considered to be musically rudimentary trash by those who loved “real” music such as classical or jazz. We know today these sentiments are untrue and a lot of classical and jazz musicians doubled in the studio as rock session musicians whenever the need (the musician’s need for money, mostly) struck but for years the opinion stood. And rock and roll artists and promoters didn’t mind. They were only too happy for rock and roll to be seen as the music of youth and rebellion (as long as the parents gave the kids money to buy the records) and to be known as a trained musician or vocalist was to betray rock and roll’s proletarian ethics. But, that all changed to a large degree when Elvis Presley hit the charts, as he became the standard for singers in the rock world for many years. While not classically trained, Presley’s voice was unique and he had a natural way with melody, possessing a pure tone which enthralled listeners. By the time the ’70’s rolled around and rock began to evolve into a more progressive music and led to bands such as Journey, Yes and the like, being a trained singer was seen as a benefit, since rock had now become part of the establishment and had embraced classical (Moody Blues) and jazz (Weather Report, Mahavishnu). While accepted at the time, the notion of claissically trained rock singers became a slippery slope. For every Freddie Mercury there was a David Hasselhoff. Not a good sign! While classically trained vocalists are still to be found in rock and roll, most wind up on Broadway or in Vegas where they rightfully belong.

Which brings us to Marty Rhone and his new release Born To Rock.

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Where Tom Petty’s Concerned, There’s No Backing Down!

Tom Petty – Live Anthology
Reprise Records

tom-petty-live-anthologyTo me, Tom Petty will always be the quintessential every-day guy who ended up making it big. But not because of his possession of exemplary songwriting talent but because of his irrepressible spirit and pure rock and roll heart, the true power of which may never be known but which will always be felt, which has always guided him throughout his career. Whether it was involving members of his old band Mudcrutch in his original record deal instead of simply going solo, riding out a record company buyout and the personal bankruptcy it caused to rally his band and create Damn The Torpedoes (ie – one of the best rock and roll albums ever), fighting his new record company to lower the list price on his album Hard Promises, punching a wall and breaking his hand just because he hated the producer’s mix of his album Southern Accents and on and on, Petty has consistently done whatever it took and made the right choices, not just for personal economic/monetary reasons but personally and for his fans. This is a man who lives and breathes rock and roll, but seems to love his fans even more and is a genuinely nice guy to boot. A life lived in the spotlight with very few scandals to speak of and nothing but admiration from your peers is a very rare thing indeed in the rock and roll business. If he didn’t bring the rock like a sonofabitch he would be this generation’s answer to Pat Boone for chrissakes. But he does, and people know it. Like AC/DC, Petty’s albums are not going to lead to the next big thing or make waves with any musical innovations but people who love true rock and roll know he is the real deal and bands looking to capture the spirit of what makes rock and roll great will no doubt be listening to and studying his albums until the end of time…at least.

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Imitation May Be The sincerest Form of Flattery, But To My Ears It’s Assault and Battery!

erickearnsEric Kearns – Voices of Legends: Love Songs
Self released

While listening to Eric Kearns’ new album, I was sort of reminded of Las Vegas, the city of glitz and glamour, and the places where fortunes are made and lost on an hourly basis. If you’ve ever been in a casino there, you know about those lounges off to the sides of the main gambling rooms where you can take a breather to count what’s left of your money or cry about the money you’ve lost. Every casino has one, and there’s always an entertainer there, singing the songs of yesteryear and trying to make people forget about how much money they’ve just lost. I was lucky enough to go to Vegas a few years ago when the Vegas power-brokers were just starting to abandon their ideas about Vegas being this great family destination. In fact, it was just about the time that “What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas” started to take hold as a catchphrase to commemorate the fact that sin was back in and family values had been told to go back to wherever they came from as they were no longer welcome in Vegas. Not sure why they wanted to become some sort of Disneyland anyway. Vegas is inherently designed for adults. The city’s casinos are open all night long, the entertainment can be okay for kids but is primarily focused on adults and Kearns is the perfect example. More an impersonator than an artist, Kearns’ act is to sing the songs of legendary singers while impersonating their voices and singing styles. Think Rich Little singing Frank Sinatra and you get the idea of what Kearns is doing. I mean, let’s face it, there ain’t gonna be any White Stripes or My Morning Jacket songs on this CD, okay?