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CD Review: Fanny Walks the Earth

It was back in the seventies that four young women came together to form a band that would help to create a style of Rock and Roll now known by the phrase Chick Rock. The band in question was known as Fanny. The band consisted of Jean Millington (today known as Jean Millington Adamian) – bass / vocals, June Millington – guitar / vocals, Alice de Buhr: drums, vocals (later to be replaced by Brie Darling – drums/vocals), and Nickey Barclay on keyboards. What resulted was a band unlike anything ever conceived by anyone before- a band where every note was written and performed by women. A band that would go on to influence plenty of bands like Bananarama, The Go-Gos, The Bangles and others.

As a group, Fanny would leave their mark on the music industry by initially releasing five albums including: Fanny (1970)Charity Ball (1971)[43]Fanny Hill (1972)[45] (No. 135)[44,] Mother’s Pride (1973)[6] and Rock and Roll Survivors (1974)[46]. Several decades later, the band would release a few albums that would include a live release as well as a box set of their music.

Fanny, now a trio consisting of Jean Millington Adamian) – bass / vocals, June Millington – guitar / vocals, Brie Darling – drums/vocals), has recently returned with a brand new album of music. With the smaller lineup, however, comes a new moniker. The band now calls itself Fanny Walks the Earth. And it is under this moniker that band has released their latest album. The band put out their self-titled album in mid-2018.

The self-titled album from Fanny Walks the Earth begins with the leadoff single of the album, “Lured Away”. The track features a strong Classic Rock vibe that, of course, comes from being in the industry long enough to see the style of the band move from the Modern Rock genre to Classic Rock simply because of the passage of time. To give the listener some point of reference, the music for “Lured Away” seems to feel influenced by the likes of seventies-era Aerosmith with some modern influence as well. The vocals on the track bring to mind the style of Kim Carnes. “Lured Away” is the type of track that would feel as much at home on Modern Rock radio as it would on Classic Rock stations.

Fanny Walks the Earth’s new album continues with the song “When We Need Her”. The track sings of women who answer the call when things need to be done in order to keep the momentum going in the fight for equality. “When We Need Her” is an anthem of sorts that brings to mind the early days of Fanny’s existence when the band was grouped in with the feminist movement mainly because of the fact that the band was strictly female. While the first track of the album feels rather retro in its Classic Rock musical delivery, this track feels more like something from the nineties as the track recalls artists like Sheryl Crow and/or Michelle Branch. In fact, “When We Need Her” sort of recalls Carlos Santana’s “Game of Love” with Branch.

With the next track on the release, the band of Fanny Walks the Earth creates a theme song of sorts. The lyrics to “Walk the Earth” seem to suggest the various accomplishments of the band and the women in it. Truth be told, maybe the song is simply about the feminist movement. Either way, the lyrics of the track tell of what has been done as women have walked the Earth, making waves as they went. The music of the track recall the style of band such as Redbone (of “Come and Get Your Love” fame) as the song has a slight Native influence to the music. The track also seems to recall “Witchy Woman” from The Eagles.

Staying in the same sort of vein as the previous track, “Girls on the Road” is yet another track that deals with the history and past of the band that had been known as Fanny. This track finds the ladies reminiscing about the early days of the band and how the band had come to be. The lyrics also recall everything that was going on around them in the era of the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement.

As the original band of Fanny had its origins within the sixties, it should come as no surprise that the current version of Fanny Walks the Earth would keep with many of the same ideals that the original version of the band had. With the track “One,” the band creates a track that features lyrics about unity for all. The track brings the spirit of the sixties into modern times. One of the most interesting parts of the track is the “One Heart, One Mind, One Love, One is the Number” chant that happens in the song.

One of the more unusual moments of the self-titled release from Fanny Walks the Earth is the track “Not My Monkey”. Taken from the Polish proverb “Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys,” the band comments on the sad state of human nature today as there are a lot of people who don’t seem to know what they’re doing. While the band creates a stinging statement with this track, it also creates one of the more entertaining moments on the release.

Things change directions on the very next track. The song “Cool Girl” features a Soft Rock approach to the music that would have been right at home on AM radio back in the seventies. The vocals on the track bring to mind vocalists such as Helen Reddy or Carly Simon. For those who miss the easy sounds of the seventies, “Cool Girl” is just what you’re looking for.

Fanny Walks the Earth’s self-titled album contains eleven tracks that ultimately feel like a throwback to yesterday. While some of the songs on the release have a more modern feel to them, most of the songs contain a strong retro vibe to them. But that retro vibe is not necessarily a bad thing as the vibe the music contains comes from an era where the music had creativity to it. Having been around since the late sixties, the ladies in Fanny Walks the Earth prove they still have it on this new release.  

 

For more information, check out the band’s record label, Blue Elan Records.

To purchase a copy of Fanny Walks the Earth’s self-titled album, click on the album cover below:

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Released in 2018, the self-titled album Fanny Walks the Earth has already been making a lot of noise in the music industry. Since it’s release, the band has released two singles. The first single from the release was “Lured Away”. The band’s current single is “When We Need Her”.  

 

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CD Review: Jackopierce “Feel This Good”

Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce came together to form a musical ensemble back in 1988. Together, they formed a duo called Jackopierce. That concept gave the toe musicians a decade-long music career that featured the release of six albums before they celebrated a decade with the release of the album entitled Decade. After celebrating ten years together, the duo went their separate ways…supposedly over the need to play the song “Three of Us In a Boat,” the song that ended up being their musical signature. After an extended break, O’Neill and Pierce would reconvene the duo and would once again start recording, adding an additional five albums to the Jackopierce discography.

The last album of Everywhere I Go from Jackopierce was released back in 2012. But now the duo of Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce has once again come back together. This time, they have a new album to promote. The latest album from the band is 2018’s Feel This Good.   

Feel This Good from Jackopierce begins with the album’s title track. “Feel This Good” begins with the sound of lightly clicking percussion that transitions into an easy going Acoustic Rock track. The song has a light, gentle feel as the music on the track contains a Pop-Rock feel. The addition of the banjo on the track adds texture to the music.  When the mandolin starts, the track is equal parts Pop-Rock and Folk.

When the second track of the album called “Without You” begins, the song instantly takes on the feel of the songs that were featured on the Everywhere I Go release. “Without You” contains so much of the same vibe as anything from that album that it’s as if O’Neill and Pierce had one more song left in them from the creation of the previous album and didn’t have any place to put it so they included it on Feel This Good.

The band changes its direction on the track “So Good”. The track has a slight Country feel to the music as it seems as if it would fit right in with any of the songs currently being played on any Country radio format. However, the song also contains a musical approach that also brings to mind the music of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The main reason for the Petty influence comes from the guitar playing on the track that contains the same type of twang that was always present in Petty’s music. The musical blend invites two different types of music lover to enjoy this track.

Jackopierce slows things down with the next track that is ironically called “Speed”. Like the previous track of “So Good,” the music on this track contains an easy feel and an almost Folk-like approach. The track’s lyrics deal with a relationship that apparently may be coming to an end.  The easy feel to the music brings to mind the Soft Rock music of the late seventies/early eighties. In fact, you can hear a little bit of influence from the band America in both the music and the lyrical content in the track. While there is a definite flavor to the song that will remind listeners of something from the seventies, you can still imagine “Speed” being played on any of today’s Adult Contemporary radio formats.

For the first few bars of the track “Miracle,” you can imagine the band Jackopierce having the same type of musical approach as the band Vertical Horizon. In fact, as you listen to the guitar on the beginning of “Miracle,” the song’s first few bars brings to mind “I’m Still Here” From VH. After the first few seconds, however, the song takes on a much different feel as the song’s approach takes on more of a Christian Rock approach. That musical approach is helped along with the inclusion of strings that give the song added beauty. The Christian feel not only comes from the musical aspect of the track but also from the lyrical content. While not overly religious, the track of “Miracle” could easily find its way onto Top 40 radio as well as the most obvious of Christian Rock formats, The Fish. The Crossover effect on the song almost guarantees that the song could get plays on many radio stations if given the chance.

With the track “Still House Hollow,” the feel of the band changes drastically. The track contains a straight-out Rock and Roll feel that brings to mind something from the eighties or early nineties. This track stands out because it has a different feel than anything else that appears on the latest release from Jackopierce.  In fact, the closest thing that the track reminds me of is something from the Scottish band Big Country or maybe even the Irish band Energy Orchard. While the track feels slightly unusual when compared to the rest of the album, “Still House Hollow” still has enough commercial appeal that it would still feel right at home on Top 40 Radio.

The band Jackopierce had once been signed to major label A&M back in the nineties. But the band’s more recent material has plenty of modern appeal to it. Songs like “Miracle” and the title track of “Feel This Good” would fit right in with today’s Top 40 music. And while the band’s previous album of Everywhere I Go had been released over six years ago, the time between albums seems to have been well worth it as Feel This Good is a very good release that is just as solid as the band’s last album.

(For more information, click HERE to check out the review for the last album of Everywhere I Go from Jackopierce.) 

Click HERE to check out the Feel This Good album from Jackopierce on Spotify. 

To check out some of the music from Jackopierce, lick HERE for the title track of “Feel This Good”. 

 

To purchase a copy of Feel This Good album from Jackopierce, click on the album cover below:

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CD Review: Morrison Kincannon “Beneath the Redwoods”

Sometimes, it’s fun to come across an album of music from a different time period; especially if that album contains music that had never been available before. This happens to describe the situation surrounding the new album from a musical duo known as Morrison Kincannon.

It was back in the seventies that Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon released a few single songs to be played on radio. And while they had a certain degree of success with one single back in 1978, which was basically the extent of the duo’s output. What was never released by the duo was a full length album of music, although the duo had created music that never saw an actual release.

But now, all of that changed when the record label Spacetalk got in contact with the duo to license the song “To See One Eagle Fly”. What happened was the unearthing of many unreleased songs that could have and truly should have been released during the decade of the seventies. With the unearthing of those all-but-unheard songs, the duo of Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon, with the help of Spacetalk Records, combined the song “To See One Eagle Fly” and other tracks to create one album of music. That new album from Morrison Kincannon is entitled Beneath the Redwoods.

The Beneath the Redwoods album from Morrison Kincannon begins with the track “Feely”. Right from this first track, the listener is transported back in time to a time period when Soft Rock ruled AM Radio. The track features a solid Acoustic Rock feel to the music as the song starts off with a gentle musical delivery and slow pace to the music. Soon enough, however, the duo picks up the pace to create a quick-tempo’d passage in the song before the song eventually slows back down. The track alternates between slow passages and quicker ones. The commercial feel of this track almost ensures that this song would have made its way onto the charts had it been given the opportunity it deserved.

While the first track of the album contains a Soft Rock approach, the duo and the musicians who joined them changed things up in a big way with the next track. The song “I’ll Be OK Tomorrow” contains a much stronger Rock and Roll feel with a Soul influence to the music. That Soulful influence gives the song a completely different feel. Not only is the track a lot heavier in musical feeling, it also contains a much quicker pace once the band launches into a Santana-inspired groove. Like the previous track, “I’ll Be OK Tomorrow” easily would have been popular on the radio airwaves had it been released back at the time the track had been recorded.

It is the track that inspired the release of this collection of music that is next up. “To See One Eagle Fly” begins with the sound of the synthesizer. That makes the track different from the previous tracks as they had guitar-based feels to the music. The synthesizer is then joined by the rest of the band to create a track with a slightly psychedelic feel to the track. The resulting track combines a Jazzy feel of the music to a stronger Rock and Roll feel that comes from the electric guitars on the song. The song is one of those tracks that invite the listener to put on headphones to allow the music take them over. With this track, it is easy to see why the Spacetalk label wanted to rerelease the music of Morrison Kincannon.

One track that helps to show off the talents of Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon is the song “Son Shine”. The track features only two guitars as the duo creates a track that would remind many of the style of Crosby, Still and Nash. And with only guitars and no drums or bass, the acoustic feel to the Folk-like track makes the listener nostalgic for the music of the seventies.  

Beneath the Redwoods from Morrison Kincannon is a time capsule of sorts as the music included in the album brings back the feel of the Soft Rock style of music as well as other styles from the seventies that would have helped to create entire radio formats that would become popular for years to come. For those who enjoy Easy Listening music, this is definitely one album that needs to be included in your current musical playlist. Fans of Christopher Cross, James Taylor, America and other Easy Listening artists from that era will absolutely enjoy this release. And for fans of extended jam-like songs, the album includes plenty of those tracks, as well.

While the world lost a good musical ensemble back in the seventies when both Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon decided to set their music careers aside for family and other reasons, it can now enjoy what could have been with the release of this fantastic collection of fifteen tracks from the duo. As you listen to the entire album of music that is included on Beneath the Redwoods, the music alternates between groove-based songs that bring to mind the more progressive feel of music from the seventies and the lighter tracks that would have been right at home on AM Radio at the time. With this release from Morrison Kincannon, the combination of the two mindsets forms an album that will bring the listener right back in time. It may be many years after Norman Morrison and Terry Kincannon had created their music, but now is the time to discover what you never knew you had missed. 

To experience the music of Morrison Kincannon, check out the very track that inspired this album, “To See One Eagle Fly”.  

For more information, check out the PR firm for Norman Morrison, Whiplash PR by clicking on the company’s logo below:

 

 

 

 

 

Also check out the record label for the album, Spacetalk.  

To check out the Beneath the Redwoods album from Morrison Kincannon, click on the album cover below: 

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CD Review: Matt Hutchinson “Three Minute Man”

Matt Hutchinson is a Baltimore, Maryland-based musician who grew up listening to everything from everything from early rock & roll to country & western. But on the newest release of Three Minute Man, Hutchinson focuses on the rock & roll influences he has massed over the years, with the title referring to the average length of his songs on this release.

To help bring his music to life, Matt Hutchinson had some help. With Hutchinson on guitar, he is joined by Bill Dixon on Keyboards, Accordian, and Bebot; David Lester on bass and his brother Tim Hutchinson on drums.