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CD Review: The Cerny Brothers “Looking For the Good Land”

It was back in 1976/1977 that Steve Popovich launched Cleveland International Records. Perhaps the most notable album to come from the label was Bat out of Hell from Meat Loaf. It was also the album that would lead to the label shutting down for over a decade as Popovich and later his son Steve Popovich Jr would fight for the rights to that album. But now the label is back and releasing albums from its back catalog as well as new albums. One such new release coming from the label is the latest album from the band The Cerny Brothers, a band that had its origins in Illinois before they moved to Nashville in order to make a name for themselves in the music industry.

When growing up, The Cerny Brothers (whose first names are Scott and Bob Cerny) found themselves with little musical influence. Part of the reason for that was growing up in rural Illinois, and another reason was that their parents had very little music around the house. In fact, it was only after the two brothers went off to college that they finally ended up discovering what they had been missing out on for so long. In came musical influence from the bands Radiohead, The Avett Brothers, even Bob Dylan became a necessary influence to the brothers like so many musicians that had come before.

As far as The Cerny Brothers and music are concerned, the duo has already released three albums of music. The previous albums include from the outfit include:  2011’s Dream, 2013’s Self-Titled album, as well as 2015’s Sleeping Giant. Having just signed with Cleveland International Records, the record company has just released the duo’s latest album. The 2019 album from The Cerny Brothers is entitled Looking For the Good Land.

For their latest release, The Cerny Brothers created the album mainly on their own as singer-songwriter Bob plays guitar and sings most of the songs while his brother Scott plays the keys and adds vocals to the track “Ghost” and takes his turn as lead vocalist on the track “Denver”. To fill out the rest of the music, the brothers are joined by drummer Houston Mathews and bassist Matt Anderson. They also had some help from Billy Nobel who adds some organ to the mix. What results is a sound that draws upon Rock and Roll, Country and a few other influences. And like The Avett Brothers, the duo’s musical direction falls somewhere within the Rock and Roll section genre of Americana. In fact, the duo’s music brings to mind the music of artists like Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, even John Mellencamp.

Looking For the Good Land from The Cerny Brothers begins with the track “I Wanna Love You”. It is the guitar from Bob Cerny that put the track into motion. Because of Bob’s guitar, the track features a strong Rock and Roll feel that falls directly into the eighties. With the guitar and the vocals from Bob Cerny that add to the lyrical content about wanting to fall in love, the song would have felt right at home on Top 40 stations back then. The song has enough of a modern feel that you could easily imagine the song getting played on today’s radio dial, too.

The latest release from The Cerny Brothers continues with the song “Days of Thunder”. While the previous track featured the guitar from Bob Cerny, this song features Bob on vocals and keyboards. It is the sound of the keyboards that begin the track as the song takes on a Rock and Roll approach that features music that easily brings to mind the sound of the Tom Petty track “Learning to Fly”. That track also has a strong Pop-rock feel to that music which seems to give the track an additional influence that suggests influence from Coldplay. The Coldplay/Tom Petty feel to the track gives the song a definite commercial feel.

On the track “Ghost,” the brothers change places as Scott Cerny takes a turn on lead vocalist while he plays the piano. The piano creates the majority of the music with the rest of the instrumentation adding flavor to the track which once again brings to mind some of the music from the band Coldplay. The inclusion of the banjo in the background of the track and some strings gives the track a strong commercial sound that would be perfect on today’s FM radio.

The Looking For the Good Land release from The Cerny Brothers continues with the track “American Whore”. This track finds the duo once again taking their music back to the days of the Rock and Roll music that could be found on the radio back in the eighties. The track’s music easily brings to mind the style of John Mellencamp at that time. The lyrical style even brings to mind the way Mellencamp would write his lyrics as the words feature a strong patriotic feel to them. So much so, that that is what the lyrics are about- being so patriotic that you would refer to the singer as being an “American Whore”. While the subject matter leaves you to decide how you look at things, this track is one of the strongest moments on the album.

On the next track, The Cerny Brothers return their music to a more current feel and approach. The music of “Where I’m Going” has a definite Pop-Rock feel. The brothers seem to have taken some musical influence from Sugar Ray, added some influence from Jack Johnson, added some more Pop-Rock feel to the music and created a track that would be perfect for today’s Top 40 or Adult Contemporary radio formats. In fact, this track feels as if it could easily garner the duo a strong hit single.

The newest release from The Cerny Brothers contains an entire release full of tracks that lead from one track to the next to create one strong release. And after three or four songs after “Where I’m Going,” the duo creates the track “Moon Above the Desert”. The track is one of the tracks on the release that stands out because of several things. One reason the song stands out is the length of the track. At nearly six minutes, the song is easily the longest track on the release. Another reason it stands out is because the duo creates the song by drawing upon Indie Rock influences. The track stands out from the rest of the music because of that musical direction. “Moon Above the Desert” is one song on the release that the listener will find themselves seemingly falling into as the song progresses.

Looking For the Good Land is strong release from The Cerny Brothers. The album contains twelve tracks that all have a rather commercial feel to them. And while the brotherly duo does use a lot of influence from the eighties to create the songs on this album that hardly gives the album a dated feel. In fact, the album feels rather fresh from beginning to end. And with this being the first new album to come from the relaunched version of Cleveland International Records, label and band seem ready-made for each other.

 

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For a taste of the Looking For the Good Land release from The Cerny Brothers, check out the song “I Wanna Love You“. 

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CD Review: The Borstal Boys S/T

It is said that many local music scenes, no matter where you live, are made up of about twenty-five musicians or so who make up about seventy-five percent of the music scene. Meaning, if you go out to see a cover band, you are most likely going to run into one of these omnipresent musicians. Even some of the Original Music bands contained within a scene will contain some of these musicians. This is very much the case for the band called The Borstal Boys.

The Borstal Boys is an Original Rock and Roll band that has roots within the Pittsburgh area. Each of the musicians that help to make up the group has a long history within the Pittsburgh music scene. Consisting of: Rocky Lamonde (Bass), Patrick Norman (Electric and Acoustic Guitar), Joe Pelesky (Organ and Vocal), Darryl Thumm (Guitar), Scott Wilson (Drums), Vinny Q (Guitar) and Mark Ponsonby (Lead Vocal), The Borstal Boys have stood on stages with the likes of Bill Toms and Hard Rain, Rusted Root and many other bands. Together, the musicians take the years of experience to create a new band that draws from that long history.

Taking all of their various musical influences such as The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The Faces and more The Borstal Boys created their first album. The band’s self-titled album was released in 2018.

The first track on the self-titled release from The Borstal Boys is the track “My Everything”. With this track, the band breaks into some good, old-fashioned Rock and Roll. In fact, what the sound will most likely remind the listener of is something from Bruce Springsteen. Moreover, the song has more than a little bit of influence from The Boss’ music from around the time of the Born to Run era. “My Everything” from The Borstal Boys has more than just a little influence from Springsteen’s song called “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out”.  The track also has some Bob Seger influence to it, as well.

For the next track, the band seems to add some newer influences to the mixture. The track “Marlene Jane” features Rock and Roll that feels as if it came from the eighties. While there is still a good amount of Classic Rock influence to the track, the song also features a little New Wave and/or Alternative influence to the track. The majority of the track seems to contain some influence from John Mellencamp as the guitar-driven track is reminiscent of Mellencamp’s stuff from the eighties. The keyboards in the background of the song, however, seem to contain a much more modern influence to them. Because of the combination of the two directions at one time, “Marlene Jane” is a track that would easily fit well next to songs from the like of the Goo Goo Dolls or Gin Blossoms. The track would be right at home on any Modern Rock or Hot A/C radio format.

With the track “Head Full of Ghosts,” The Borstal Boys take their music back in time once again. The track is firmly placed in the middle of Classic Rock. As you listen to the track, you can easily imagine Power Trios like Cream adding some influence to the music of the band. But there also feels as if there is some Frank Zappa and the Mother of Invention influence present in the music, especially in the guitar playing on the track. For fans of straight-out Rock and Roll looking for that style today, you can’t do better than “Head Full of Ghosts” from The Borstal Boys.

Bringing their music back to a more modern sound, The Borstal Boys create the track “Green Light”. The slower-paced track features a strong guitar feel to the music. The music on the track brings to mind the feel of the music that came from The Black Crowes back in the nineties. This track by The Borstal Boys would feel right at home being played right after a track like “She Talks to Angels”. And with a playtime that exceeds the four-minute mark, “Green Light” ends up being one of the longer tracks on the album, although you really wouldn’t notice as the track flows rather smoothly during that playtime.

And speaking of angels, the very next track on the seven-song release is actually called “Fallen Angel”. And just like with “Green Light,” “Fallen Angel” has a slower pace to the music. While the previous tracks on the self-titled release from The Borstal Boys do not contain any religious meanings, the song “Fallen Angel” is full of heavenly imagery in the lyrics. Plus, the inclusion of the organ on the track also adds a bit of flavor to the track as well.

The Borstal Boys bring their 2018 self-titled release to a close with the track “G-Spot Blues”. The final track on the release finds the band creating an all-instrumental track. And with the fact that the song contains the title it does and the music is quite Progressive in its style of Rock and Roll, the Frank Zappa references are sort of difficult to miss. The completely instrumental feel to the music on this track gives the listener a clear glimpse at the talent of each of the members of the band.

Where many bands and recording artists pay attention to only the newest rends in music, it is great to find those bands that still incorporate real Rock and Roll feeling into their sound. The Borstal Boys have created a strong seven-song release that stays fresh throughout as they create songs that make use of that Classic Rock style.  

 

For more information, check out the band’s record label The Vault Records

To hear the music of The Borstal Boys, check out their song “Head Full of Ghosts” 

To hear the entire self-titled album from The Borstal Boys, find the band on Spotify

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CD Review: Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth “100 Miles to Macon”

Bucky Hayes is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. However, Hayes was originally from Nashville and then spent time in both Georgia and Florida. Because of that upbringing, you can definitely notice the Southern quality to Hayes’ vocals. That southern childhood also influences the music that Hayes creates with his band called the Commonwealth. Along with Bucky Hayes on vocals and guitar, the rest of the band consists of bassist Bobby McCullough, drummer Sonny Ratcliff, keyboardist Bryan Trenis and guitarist Patrick Hay. Together, the band has recently created the album entitled 100 Miles to Macon.

The 100 Miles to Macon album from Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth begins with the track “I’ll Leave the Light on”. This particular track sounds like something that would have been on radio in the 80s. In particular, the track reminds the listener of someone like Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp would have written. “I’ll Leave the Light On” contains the type of Rock and Roll from back in that period of music. While the band does approach the track with plenty of energy, the track features a straight-out Rock and Roll approach with a certain amount of gentleness to the music. It is the gentleness to the Rock and Roll that places the band into the Americana genre.

100 Miles to Macon continues with the song “Sweet June”. On this track, Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth slow down the pace of the music. However, they also add a bit of the blues to the music to add some energy to the song. The slower pace helps to create a track that would remind some of songs from the likes of Tom Petty. The majority of the track contains a somewhat laidback quality. However, the electric guitar from Patrick Hay gives plenty to the music of energy near the end of the song.

Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth continue with a slower pace to their music on the track “Go Brother Go”. The slower pace, the lighter feel of the music and the easy delivery to the lyrics gives the track a musical approach reminiscent of Jack Johnson. The acoustic feel to the music allows for the band to show off their skills as musicians without having to overpower the song itself. The track’s easier pace helps to separate it from many of the other songs on the release.

The track “Loretta Rae” finds the band picking up the energy of the music. The track features a strong guitar part from guitarist Patrick Hay as well as a strong keyboard presence from keyboardist Bryan Trenis. The track begins with a strong guitar solo from Hay. After that initial beginning, the entire band joins in to create a track with a quick pace to the music. The music and the vocals from Bucky Hayes bring to mind John Mellencamp. The track contains a solo break with both Trenis’ keyboards and Hay’s electric guitar creating a strong instrumental break. “Loretta Rae” ends up being one of the strongest tracks with a very catchy musical feel to it. The song ultimately sounds like it could be used as a single for the album.

100 Miles to Macon is not only the album title for Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth’s new release, but it’s also a very strong track on its own. The track “100 Miles to Macon” begins with a quiet musical quality. That quiet beginning features only the keyboards from Bryan Trenis and a light beat from drummer Sonny Ratcliff. The track quickly evolves into a full-band track that feels like something from a band from the nineties. The track about a rather long road trip has a style that may remind some of something from Counting Crows, like “A Long December” with a bit of twang to both the music and the vocals from Bucky Hayes.

The pace of the music slows way down on the next track. “The Times You Chose to Be in My Arms” finds the band trading a modern-day approach to their music for something from back in the 1960s. With the track, Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth took the song and also added a lot more Country twang to it. The track feels as if someone like Waylon Jennings would have performed the track. There seems to be a rather timeless quality to the track. That timeless feeling helps to add to the all-around Americana classification of the music from the band.

Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth bring their new album of 100 Miles to Macon to an end with the track “We Gonna Get Stronger Somehow”. The track contains a strong Rock and Roll beat while containing a slight twang to the music. The Alt-Country track shows off the talents of each and every member of the band. The strength of the music and the upbeat nature of the lyrics contained within the song make the song a great choice to be used as the closing track for the album. And with the loose feel to the playing of the band throughout the track, it also contains a fun nature to it.

The 100 Miles to Macon album from Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth begins strong and continues to be strong throughout the ten tracks that make up the release. While the band does incorporate some other influences to their music, the strong Rock and Roll sound of the band shines through from the beginning note until the last one. If you like a group that knows how to have fun, Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth is someone you need to check out.

Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth will be celebrating the release of 100 Miles to Macon on September 9, 2016. Until then, for music of Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth, check out the video to “I’ll Leave the Light On“.

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

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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: Brent Kirby and His Luck “Patience Worth”

Whether on his own or as part of the many different bands he is a part of, Cleveland, Ohio’s Brent Kirby is constantly performing on stage in many of the music venues in town. He is also constantly writing new material to freshen up his musical performances. Currently, Kirby is promoting his newest release which was recorded under the name of Brent Kirby and His Luck and features a band that also includes Keyboard Player Chris Hanna, Electric Guitarist Ben Nieves, Bassist Kevin Johnson and Drummer JJ Juliano. With this group, Kirby finds himself creating tracks that make use of musical references such as 1970s era Rock and Roll as well as specific artists such as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and others. The new release from the group is entitled Patience Worth.

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CD Review: Valley Lodge “Use Your Weapons”

Dave Hill, a man who has made a name for himself as a comedian and writer, has returned to his rock and roll roots that he cultivated in Cleveland as part of several bands including Sons of Elvis and Uptown Sinclair, among others. Lately, Hill has been creating music with a New York-based rock outfit by the name of Valley Lodge. Along with Dave Hill on vocals and guitar, the rest of Valley Lodge consists of John Kimbrough on guitar, Phil Costello on bass and Rob Pfeiffer on drums.

One of the things that you will notice when listening to the music of Valley Lodge is that the band has a wide amount of influences that help shape the sound of their music. Because of that, the music of Valley Lodge moves from current rock to a more retro feel to the music. Valley Lodge has recently created a new album entitled Use Your Weapons.

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CD Review: Kris Heaton Band “Law of the Jungle”

For those who say that there is no good rock and roll being produced anymore, you just don’t know where to look. One specific artist outthere right now that has the talent needed to create strong music is Kris Heaton. Joined by Ace Foster, the two men make up the base for the Kris Heaton Band. This band has been waiting for just the right time to set the music industry on fire. They may have just found that opportunity, as they just released a new album entitled Law of the Jungle.

On Law of the Jungle, Kris Heaton took creative control and put together an album that features his playing on guitar, bass, keys and drums, with Ace Foster adding percussion, harmonica and background vocals to songs that alternate between rock-based and blues-based approaches. This blues/rock combination that exists throughout the songs helps to create a certain vibe on the album that will literally grab your attention and refuse to let go for over an hour’s worth of music.

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CD Review – John Mellencamp “Life, Death, Live And Freedom”

JMAbout a year ago, we wrote a rather tepid review covering the latest from pop folk rocker John Mellencamp, entitled “Life Death Love and Freedom” (click here to refresh your memory). Mellencamp is back already with a new release, but not new material. As the name obviously implies, “Life, Death, LIVE And Freedom” simply features live versions of eight of the tunes we’ve experienced on “Life Death Love and Freedom”. The big question that comes to mind of course is WHY?