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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: Royal Holland “Volume Two: Flamingo”

Cincinnati, Ohio singer-songwriter Royal Holland is relatively new to the scene having only started writing and playing his own songs. Even with that being said, there is plenty of good things to be said about Holland and his songs. Holland is currently in the middle of creating a 3-CD collection of music one CD at a time that will later be compiled into one collection to be released on record. Having already released the first of the CDs called Volume One- The Maze, Holland is currently getting ready to release the second collection called Volume Two- Flamingo.



Not even the most periphery R And R Report reader should need any explanation whatsoever at this point regarding how two young Kentucky-bred brothers placed a stamp upon the Sounds of the Sixties equaled only by Buddy Holly and his Crickets:  One listen to most every Lennon and McCartney vocal duet from “Love Me Do” onwards – not to mention those most blatant protégés by the name of Simon and Garfunkel – more than prove that particular sonic point.

Then there are albums such as Songs Our Daddy Taught Us (1959) and the ever-amazing Roots (from ’68) which created the undeniable, if criminally under-acknowledged template for the Folk- and/or Country-rock of any Dylan, Byrds, or even Rank and File track you’d care to name-check. “We owe those guys everything,” the man I like to call Bob is on record as admitting. “They started it all.”


Genius or Madman? Gary Reynolds Plans to Release 52 Songs and 12 Albums in 2010 – Really

Seattle-based singer/songwriter Gary Reynolds and his band, The Brides of Obscurity, have extraordinary plans for 2010: they plan to release a song a week and a full-length album a month throughout all of 2010. Yes, you read that correctly. The band will release fifty-two songs and twelve full-length albums this year and to keep things fresh the tracks will range in style from psychedelic indie-rock to power-pop to folk-inspired numbers.  So genius or madman? Read the interview, hear the tunes and make up your own mind!

Q: Wow! Tell us about the inspiration behind choosing to release 12 albums this year.

A: I came up with this concept of releasing a song a week. Basically, I’ve been playing music for a long time and officially, what happens is, in the past I would record an album. I have three “Chronicles” – Cretin Chronicles volumes 1, 2 and 3 – those were what I did in my college days and they’re Brit-poppy psychedelic garage rock. Remember the “Pebbles” series that came out?