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CD Review: Highland Kites “I’m Not Weak”

Los Angeles-based trio Highland Kites came to be as the three musicians met each other over the course of several years. Singer/guitarist/keyboard player Marissa Lamar developed her style as a singer-songwriter after getting over a bad bout of lyme disease. She would then meet drummer Neil Briggs who would add the backbeat to her music. The duo existed as the band Highland Kites for a while until lead guitarist Alex Edwards was added to the mix to help the duo finish the sound they were looking for.

The band of Highland Kites creates a sound that they describe as Anti-Folk music. Taking a large amount of Rock and Roll with a rather soft quality to it, the band adds a lot of other musical elements that go together to form an Indie Rock-like style. But the addition of harder Rock and Roll elements that kick the energy level of their music up a notch every so often is what truly makes their style something to experience. Having already released several EPs, Highland Kites is currently celebrating the release of their newest collection of music. The new EP from the band is entitled I’m Not Weak.

I’m Not Weak from Highland Kites begins with the track “Nothing to Say”. The lead-off track finds Marissa Lamar sitting behind the keyboards for this track as the band creates a track that contains a certain amount of quietness to the music while still containing a New Wave feel to the music, as well. The song of “Nothing to Say” kicks the new EP from Highland Kites off with on a rather low-key note as the lyrics of the song suggest that Lamar seems to just be warming up.

While the first track of the I’m Not Weak EP has a slightly laid-back quality to it, the band really shows off their Anti-Folk style on the song “Monster”. The trio kicks the song off with a quiet guitar that seems to be back in the distance before the rest of the instrumentation are added to the mix to create a song with an Indie Rock quality to it. The first half of the track follows that laidback feel before the band takes things to the next level. The song finds the band building the track by adding a more prominent keyboard sound and a much harder quality to the music. By the later part of the song, Highland Kites sounds as though they are about to launch into a straight-out jam. And just like that, the song ends.

The new EP from Highland Kites continues with the track “Temporary Life”. The track begins with the instruments from the band and the vocals from Marissa Lamar combining to create the main melody for the song. The resulting melody will remind some of something that could have been influenced by the likes of the Cocteau Twins. The easy pace of the music and the light, airy feel of Lamar’s vocals create a track that seems as much like Folk music as it feels like New Wave. As the track progresses, the production on the drums from Neil Briggs makes them feel like they would fit nicely into a New Wave track from the eighties. The New Wave/Folk quality of the track continues as the energy level picks up during the latter half of the track. The band adds a lot of energy to their musical approach and they rock their way out of the song.

With the track “You’ll Never Know,” the trio creates yet another song that builds as they play. The song begins with a simply guitar part and Marissa Lamar’s vocals before more guitar and the drums are added. The reverb on the one guitar adds a lot of texture to the track. The drums from Neil Briggs add a strong beat to the music. The band adds more and more texture to the song as more drums and more guitar are added to the track. The song builds and builds and just like with the track “Monster,” the song comes to an end just as it reaches the climax.

Highland Kites bring their new EP to an end with the release’s title track. During the four song that lead up to the final track on the release, Marissa Lamar, Neil Briggs and Alex Edwards alternate between softer and harder approaches to their music. With “I’m Not Weak,” the band unleashes their Rock and Roll side completely and creates a track with a very strong Indie Rock quality to it. The track gives the listener the chance to hear what the band can do when they release their inner rock stars. As the title implies, “I’m Not Weak” proves that the band is definitely not powerless even though they spend a lot of time in a more laidback state of mind.

Whether it’s the laidback quality of “Nothing to Say” or the Rock and Roll feel of the titled track, the trio of Marissa Lamar, Neil Briggs and Alex Edwards show off their abilities as musicians to adapt to the intensity of the music. The five songs that make up I’m Not Weak from Highland Kites show the talent of the members of the group.

To hear the music from Highland Kites, check out their current single, “I’m Not Weak“.

For more information, check out Highland Kites’ PR firm The RMG Media Group.

I'm Not WeakHighland Kites will be releasing their newest EP, I’m Not Weak, on July 29, 2017. Check out the band’s Facebook page to stay updated.

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CD Review: Star Anna “Light in the Window”

Washington State-based singer-songwriter Star Anna has been creating her Americana music for several years at this point. During her career, not only has her style changed with each song that she has created, she has also taken her music in different directions over the years. Having already done the solo artist, singer-songwriter type of album on the release of Crooked Path, creating a duo with Mike McCready for the “Keep On” single and gone the full band direction with her backing band of the Laughing Dogs on Alone in This Together, Star Anna has once again changed artistic directions on her most recent release.

With the release of 2016’s Light in the Window, Star Anna has stripped her sound down to a straight acoustic approach. With only her guitar and guitarist Jeff Fielder to help flesh out each track on her new eight-song release, Star Anna’s Light in the Window feels like an acoustic album. And while it is an album that features acoustic music, the album contains all new songs and not songs that were redone in an acoustic style.

The new release of Light in the Window from Star Anna begins with the album’s title track. “Light in the Window” is a track that combines a strong folk music approach to the music with a little Blues influence to add a little “down and dirty” feel to the music. That bluesy feel is brought to life by the playing of Jeff Fielder whose guitar playing add a lot to the helplessness found in the lyrics to the track. Star Anna and Jeff Fielder work well together to bring the track to life.

The album continues with the track “Leaving Song”. Although the title track of the album is pretty strong by itself, it is the second track on the release that feels like the first single on the album. “Leaving Song” is a song that contains a strong melody with a very catchy refrain. And although the track contains only Star Anna and Jeff Fielder, you can almost imagine the track coming to life with the help of an entire band backing the two musicians up. It’s almost as if this track just missed out on being included on the album Alone in This Together when Star Anna was backed up by the Laughing Dogs.

Star Anna and Jeff Fielder slow things down with the next track. The two musicians take the music of the track “Big Bad Wolf” into a definite Folk direction. With guitar and mandolin, the song’s musical approach is rather gentle while the song’s lyrics about the singer wanting to do a little role playing with her as Little Red Riding Hood and her lover as the Big Bad Wolf add both a little fantasy and a little danger to the track. “Big Bad Wolf” turns out to be one of the more creative tracks on the new release from Star Anna.

Perhaps the prettiest moment on Light in the Window belongs to the song “3×3” Containing only a single guitar and Star Anna’s vocals, the track finds her singing a song to her true love. And when Jeff Fielder adds his voice to the lyrics, a definite duet feel to the song comes through.

The Light in the Window release from Star Anna continues with yet another song that seems to jump out at the listener. Like “Leaving Song” earlier in the release, the track “Man that I Am” all but begs to be heard. The folk-rock approach to the song brings to mind something that could have been written back in the 1960s. In fact, “Man that I Am” would have easily fit alongside songs from the like of Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, even the Byrds. The song contains the same feel to the lyrics that would have come from artists like those. The song ends up being one of the standout tracks on the release.

After tracks that feature some Folk or Blues influence, Star Anna and Jeff Fielder close out Star Anna’s newest album of Light in the Window with the hardest rocking track on the release. The Acoustic Rock track of “Down to the Bottom” finds the duo letting it all out as they hit the acoustic song hard and fast. The two guitars and percussion on the track create a strong Rock and Roll vibe that leaves the listener wanting more.

When creating her albums, Star Anna always seems to incorporate several different musical directions in her songs. And even on her newest release of Light in the Window that features only Star Anna and Jeff Fielder as the only musical contributors, that variety still comes through. While the duo setting is quite a bit different from her previous releases, Star Anna’s newest album of Light in the Window still shines brightly.

To hear the music of Star Anna, check out her song “Leaving Song“.  

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CD Review: Robbing Mary “Electric”

Back in the early 2000s, a band called Robbing Mary came into being. The various members had just come out of other bands that had called it a day. Once the Alt-rock band established themselves as a unit, they started making a name for themselves within the Greater Cleveland area.

Robbing Mary would continue as a unit all the while tweaking their sound and style of music. While the band continued evolving, it wasn’t until 2011 that they released their first EP. A few more years later, they released their first album, the 2013 release entitled El Otro Lado. With that release, the band took a big step forward, providing their fans with a release that represented their sound well.

A few more years has gone by at this point and the Cleveland outfit has created yet another album. On the band’s new release, the group consists of Rom Cullers: Guitars, Bass, Vocals; David Drotos: Keyboards, Vocals; Stephen Keefe: Bass, Guitars, Banjo; Dan Mills: Vocals, Rhythm and Jen Vilimonovic: Violin, Vocals and Wil Jones on drums. Since the recording of this album Jones has since been replaced by Scott Mehalko;  Together, the band continues to create Americana music that leans more towards the Rock side of things. The 2015 release from Robbing Mary is entitled Electric.

Electric from Robbing Mary begins with the track “Where Would I Be?” The track has a strong electric/acoustic Rock and Roll sound with just a hint of Country. That Country feel comes from the twang of the guitars on the track and the violin from Jen Vilimonovic. The track even has a slight Country feel to the lyrics of the song. The Alt-Rock track could be perfect for either Top 40 radio as a crossover single or even more perfect for today’s Country music radio formats.

While the previous track contains some Country music influence, the song “Last One” finds Robbing Mary going in a more Folk-Rock direction. The track takes the feel of “Where Would I Be?” and softens the edge of the music. The band also adds some accordion sounds to the mix. Because of that accordion sound, the track comes off as a multi-layered song that could fit Alt-Rock, Country, even Top 40 formats.

With the next track, Robbing Mary takes a lot more Rock and Roll influence and adds it to their sound. The resulting track of “Shadowland” has a very strong, driving feel to the music and even contains some strong guitar solos. The commercial feel of the song comes across as a definite single for the album.

On “What’s In Your Heart,” Robbing Mary creates a duet-like track that features both singer, guitarist Dan Mills and Jen Vilimonovic on vocals and violin. On the song, the two vocalists sing of love between two people. The duet from Mills and Vilimonovic helps to create one of the most beautiful moments on the band’s newest release.

The song “Take Me for a Ride” features a jam-like feel to the music while still containing lightness to the music. The song feels as if it would have been perfect for AM radio back in the seventies. You can easily imagine the song alongside things from someone like Steely Dan or maybe even Poco.

While the previous tracks all featured the vocals of Dan Mills with help from Jen Vilimonovic, the band changes things up on “I Will Stand”. On “I Will Stand,” Vilimonovic takes the lead as vocalist. With this song, the band has created a track that would easily fit alongside any modern-day single on today’s Top 40 radio formats. “I Will Stand” is one of the standout tracks on Robbing Mary’s Electric.

When listening to the organ sound mixed with the guitar at the beginning of “Dressing Down,” Robbing Mary once again changes directions with heir sound. On this track, the band produces a musical feeling that sounds very reminiscent of something from the British band Dire Straits. In fact, the guitar solo at the beginning feels as if Mark Knopfler is the one behind the guitar. While some of the previous tracks have more of an Alt-Country feel to them, “Dressing Down” is one track that is unmistakably Rock and Roll at its core.

Every so often you will find someone who takes a liking to NASCAR and creates a song around the love for the sport. Joining the likes of Cake’s song “The Distance” and Blessid Union of Souls’ song “Rev it Up,” Cleveland’s Robbing Mary creates yet another song dedicated to the sport of NASCAR racing.

NASCAR Driver” from Robbing Mary is another track that contains a strong Rock and Roll. That Rock and Roll feel is mixed with a strong appearance from Jen Vilimonovic on violin. The lyrics of the song tell the story of a man who regrets his previous choices. Not getting behind the wheel of one of the cars on the track now seems to haunt him. This is one song that many can relate to. We all have had other directions that our lives could have headed in.

Coming rather late in the playlist for newest release from Robbing Mary is “Cold Plain Sight”. “Cold Plain Sight” is one of the strongest and, perhaps, the most commercial song on the entire Electric album. The feel of the music brings to mind the commercial Rock style of a band like Counting Crows. The guitar-driven song’s easy pace allows the listener to just sit back, relax and take in the music. The lyrics tell of living through a disaster and then counting the holes left behind. Musically, the members of Robbing Mary feel very much like they are a true musical ensemble on this track. As a result, the song flows effortlessly from beginning to end. “Cold Plain Sight” is one track that really stands out on the album.

On the song of “Daydream,” Robbing Mary produces easily the hardest Rock approach of any song. The band picks up the pace, as well. The quicker pace and higher energy level of the music proves that Robbing Mary can truly rock when they want to.

On their new release, Cleveland’s Robbing Mary draws from many different influences. Because of that, the band’s music changes from one track to the next. Whether it’s the Country influences in “Where Would I Be,” the Folk-Rock flavor of “Last One,” or even the Dire Straits-inspired “Dressing Room,” the band’s album Electric is very eclectic. But that eclectic feeling simply makes the release that much more interesting. Within the album’s 52 minutes, you’ll find many moments that will impress and inspire you.

To hear the song of “Cold Plain Sight” from Robbing Mary, click on the link.

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CD Review: Soles of Passion “Escape from Jurisdiction B”

Steven Wolfe and Myla Snow combine talents to form the band Soles of Passion. The Los Angeles-based duo takes several different styles of music to bring their songs to life. Depending on the track, the band may focus on different style of music. Some tracks focus on the Rock side of the band’s personality. Sometimes it’s the Country side that is brought to life. But either way, the duo creates music that is very accessible. Together, Wolfe and Snow have created several releases under their moniker of Soles of Passion. The latest release to be put out by the duo is entitled Escape from Jurisdiction B.

The new release from Soles of Passion begins with the track “Say I Will”. The album’s lead-off track features a strong, driving Rock and Roll approach. The track contains a very strong keyboard base with a guitar part that seems to compliment the keyboards. The track’s slightly futuristic sound is due to the keyboards. Those keyboards bring together a slight New Wave approach. The track also comes with a musical flavor that brings to mind the style of Time-era Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).  “Say I Will” has enough of a modern-day sound to satisfy Modern Rock lovers while still being a little bit retro.

Escape from Jurisdiction B from Soles of Passion continues with the track “Wheezy Hissy Fit”. While the previous track of “Say I Will” makes use of the keyboard sound of the band’s personality, “Wheezy Hissy Fit” contains a different feel. The song stays in the past, musical speaking. The music of the track will remind music lovers of something that might have been played on the radio during the eighties. The track leans a little too close to a band like The Eurythmics. “Wheezy Hissy Fit” would once again fit perfectly in with music from the eighties.

With the song of “Tax Slave,” Soles of Passion change musical directions in a big way. The initial two tracks of the release lie somewhere within the Rock and Roll genre. But “Tax Slave” finds the duo creating a track that brings in a little country flavor to the music. The addition of the fiddle on the track adds that Country edge that separates this track from the first two tracks of the album. The addition of political leanings in the lyrics also helps to separate the track from those that came before.

With the track “A Place of My Own,” Soles of Passion change the direction of the music once again. While the track contains a Country direction like the previous track, there is more of a twang than on “Tax Slave” as the music moves along with a moderate but steady pace. The Progressive Country track features lyrics about looking for that perfect place to lay your head. Like “Tax Slave” before it, “A Place of My Own” seems to contain just a little bit of a political edge to the lyrics.

The new release of Escape from Jurisdiction B from Soles of Passion continues with the album’s “title track”. “Jurisdiction B” brings the duo’s political side out more to the forefront. On the track, the duo creates a track that speaks loud about the political scene currently in the United States. To bring the politically-charged lyrics to life, the duo creates music that combines some Rock elements with a lot of Folk influence. The mandolin that appears on the track helps bring that folk influence. It also gives the track a unique feel when compared to the rest of the release.

Soles of Passion bring back the energy of the music with the track “Two By Two”. The song finds the duo of Steven Wolfe and Myla Snow creating a track that once again takes the listener back to another era of music. The Rock and Roll found on this track would easily fit alongside several of the previous tracks on the release. The music would fit into any radio format from the late 80s/early 90s. And the lyrics to the song contain a gentle reminder of what real love could be.

Steven Wolfe and Myla Snow bring their Country influences out to the forefront once again on the track “Full Moon”. On the track, the duo creates the music with the help of Reeve Carney & Paris Carney. The track features slide guitar and fiddle to go along with the rest of the instrumentation, showing off the duo’s Country influences. With all of the various elements working together, the song contains plenty of Country flavor. “Full Moon” has plenty of energy and would easily fit onto today’s Country formats.

The new release from Soles of Passion comes to a close with the track “Lifetime/Father’s Eyes”. The track begins with the selection “Lifetime” that features a Folk/Rock sound to the music. The music contains a driving force to the pace while still containing a rather gentle feel in the background with the help of the fiddle and mandolin on the track. The resulting sound is somewhat reminiscent of gypsy music. The band then slows the pace of the music down for the second half of the track called “Father’s Eyes” For this part of the track, Soles of Passion create a song that brings to mind something from the band Heart mixed with a little influence from the band Dexy’s Midnight Runners thrown in. The two different musical approaches on the track create one of the most interesting moments on the Escape from Jurisdiction B release.

Escape from Jurisdiction B from Soles of Passion features a nice mix of influences. With each track, the duo of Steven Wolfe and Myla Snow challenges the listener, whether it’s with the constant changing of styles from one track to the next.

To check out just a little of the music from Soles of Passion, click the link for the song “Tax Slave“.

For more information, check out the band’s PR firm, RMG Artist Development.

To purchase a copy of Escape from Jurisdiction B from Soles of Passion, click on the link.

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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.

To check out the music of Dan Hubbard, click HERE for the track “More I Live, Less I Know”.

Check out Dan Hubbard’s PR firm, Fanatic Promotion.

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CD Review: The Westies “Six on the Out”

What happens when you have a rather interesting and checkered past? Well, you write songs based around it. That is precisely what singer-songwriter Michael McDermott has done with the help of his wife Heather Horton. Together, McDermott and Horton got together to create songs that have a rather dark side to them, as the songs deal with the not-so-pretty side of life; the side of life that McDermott knows all too well. Together, Michael McDermott and Heather Horton make up the core of the band The Westies.

With The Westies, Michael McDermott and Heather Horton have created songs that deal with the grimy underground that exists within society. Having already created one album in 2015 entitled West Side Stories, the musical outfit has returned after only one year from the release of that album with what amounts to being “part two” of the concept. That newly-released second album is called Six On the Out.

Six On the Out, the new album from The Westies, plays like a combination of little vignettes, with each song focusing on an entire storyline within the timeframe of only a few minutes. From one song to the next, you meet different characters and live their stories before moving on to the next character and storyline. And while each song is its own plot, they combine together to form an interweaving storyline that brings each character together into the same crime-filled universe.

The Westies’ new release begins with the track “If I Had a Gun”. With the band building their music around Folk music as well as many other musical influences, it is that Folk influence that shows up loud and strong within “If I Had a Gun”. The track begins with the sound of the acoustic guitar and the mandolin coming together to form a strong musical base that soon finds the band adding a lot of rock influence to the track. The song revolves around a character who finds himself freshly released from jail and looking for something to do, although he’s not sure which path to take- the legal job path or the more familiar path that led to his being incarcerated in the first place. The choice of which path to take seems to rest on whether or not the main character can get his hands on some sort of weapon. With the same sort of “what if” scenario running through the song “If I Had a Gun” brings to mind the older song of “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” from Bruce Cockburn as both songs ponder what would happen if things were different.

While “If I Had a Gun” deals with one man’s choice of whether to go straight or pick up where he left off, “Pauper’s Sky” is a track that picks up the pace of the music and adds a more upbeat feel to the lyrics…but only barely. The lyrics of the song deal more with city as a whole than the deal with one character, although the song is told from the viewpoint of a man living within that gritty city. The music of the track feels very familiar as the band creates a song that brings up the styles from the 1980s. Within the track, you can feel the influences of Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, even the not-so-real band of Eddie and the Cruisers. “Pauper’s Sky” is one of the strongest tracks on the new album from The Westies and one of the tracks on the album that proves that the band can truly rock when it wants to.

There is definitely a strong dark undertone to the songs on Six On the Out. Like the track “If I Had a Gun,” “Parolee” deals with someone who just got out of jail. Maybe the same someone? But unlike the character in the album’s first track, the character in “Parolee” finds himself trying to figure out just what to do after he paid his debt to society as no one seems to want him around. The music for “Parolee” finds the band of The Westies bringing the Folk flavor back into the Rock sound on the track. The listener can really feel the dark undertones to the lyrics of the song as the singer sings about the struggle inside of whether to stay and try to make it work or to get the hell out of the city to try and start anew where people won’t look at him strange.

Things change with the track “Like You Used To”. With the tracks that came before, there was a large amount of darkness that appeared within the songs. On “Like You Used To,” The feeling turned to sadness. While Michael McDermott has lent his voice to the previous tracks on the album, it is wife Heather Horton who takes her turn on lead vocals on this track. The track is a slow-paced heartbreaking song about a relationship that has seen better days as the singer laments that her lover no longer loves her the way he did once before. The track features a sound that seems perfect to be covered by a well-known Country music star. You can almost imagine someone like Suzy Bogguss singing the song. “Like You Used To” is one of the shining moments on the Six On the Out release.

With the next track of “Everything is All I Want For You,” Michael McDermott and Heather Horton create one of the most upbeat tracks on the release. The two singers create a Folk-Rock tracks with a very strong duet-like approach, although McDermott handles most of the vocals. While most of the lyrics deal with the bad that has happened, McDermott sings of better things to come.

The Six On the Out release from The Westies has many moments worth hearing. While there is a lot of darkness within the lyrics of the songs on the album, it is the musicianship of the players on the album and the writing of the songs themselves that add up to create a very strong album. Bottom line, this album is as good as anything available on a major label.

Check out the video to The Westies’ song “The Parolee“.

For more information, check out the band’s PR firm, Michael J. Media.

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CD Review: Dickie S/T

What happens when an artist spends a lot of time doing one thing day after day and soon finds out they want more? That person starts looking for a new direction for that artform. That is the best way to describe the situation for the singer-songwriter named Dick Prall. After years of performing music on his own, Prall wanted something new and found that new direction with a musician who was just coming up in the music industry. That musician, violinist Kristina Priceman, made for the perfect partner as the two created a new partnership and a new musical outfit named Dickie.

With the new duo, Dick Prall and Kristina Priceman create an outfit that combines elements of pop music with orchestral influences. The album contains ten songs that seem readymade for the radio. That commercial combination can be heard on Dickie’s self-titled release.

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CD Review: Don Puglisi “Bubbles of Light”

Don Puglisi is a multi-talented artist who has spent time as an actor, writer, director and composer. Having already spent time as musician, Puglisi is currently exploring the singer-songwriter side of his personality. That musician side of Puglisi’s personality can be found on several albums of music. The latest of Puglisi’s releases is entitled Ricochet Girl.

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CD Review: Rebel House Radio “One More Day”

Rebel House Radio is a Los Angeles-based duo made up of multi-instrumentalists Mike Mangan and Mike Blumberg who play all of the music themselves. The band combines several genres of music together to create a style that feels very inclusive. From one track to the next, Rebel House Radio sounds like a completely different band. That form of variety comes alive on the band’s new release entitled One More Day.

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CD Review: Skunky Rooster “Buskers’ Blusterade”

Singer/guitarist Scott Rath and drummer Seth Pappas are two musicians that have very similar histories as far as their time in the music industry is concerned. After years of playing behind some of the biggest names in the business, both musicians figured they should create their own music. After finding each other, the two created the band Skunky Rooster. With the help of several other musicians to help flesh out the band’s sound (especially on bass), an album was created. That album is entitled Buskers’ Blusterade.