Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CD Review: Hullabaloo Collects The Best Of Their Most Recent Albums For "Volume Two"

The kid-folk duo of Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer, better known as Hullabaloo, are celebrating the number 13. They have been performing together for 13 years and have 13 albums. On February 24th, they will release the "Best of Hullabaloo: Volume Two," just before the duo perform their 3,000th show on February 26th in Solana Beach, CA.

The new 16-track release will not be a surprise to their fans, but it will collect three of their favorite songs from their last five albums. The album begins with the up-tempo, fun, bluegrass feel of "Sleep Well Tonight" and continues to keep the energy flowing with the swinging rhythm of "It's All Gonna Be OK" and the bluesy howls of "Dog Song." The country two-step of "I'm Hungry" will have you singing along and clapping your hand to this quick pace, while "Favorite Day" moseys along with the help of Molly Ledford on vocals. Hullabaloo brings together the fun, gospel-style "365 Days On Earth" with the emotional touch of "Best Friends Forever," before finishing their new release with the accapella and acoustic delivery of "You Are Loved."

Hullabaloo have quite a few shows lined-up for the next five months. For a complete list of live shows and to find out more about their new release "Best Of Hullabaloo: Volume Two," please visit hullabalooband.com.

Monday, February 20, 2017

CD Review: Legendary Artists Robby Krieger And Neville Staple Release New Solo Albums

Guitarist/songwriter Robby Krieger is one of the founding members of the iconic sixties rock band The Doors. He wrote the band's hit single "Light My Fire" and has become an influence on many of today's rock/blues guitarists. Since the end of The Doors in 1973, Krieger has kept busy lending a hand as a session guitarist, before forming Doors Of The 21st Century with fellow Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek. After Manzarek's passing in 2013, Krieger along with drummer John Densmore are the only two surviving member's of The Doors. Krieger also recently released his brand new studio album titled "In Session." It features ten cover songs and one bonus live track of Robby Krieger and his band performing the blues standard "Back Door Man."

Robby Krieger invited some friends along to help him flesh out these well-known tunes as Jackson Browne and a children's choir provide the vocals for The Beatles classic "Across The Universe." Nik Turner lends a hand on the instrumental "Hypernova" as Krieger unleashes his guitar skills. Krieger showcases his fondness for Pink Floyd as he covers "Empty Spaces" (with Billy Sherwood), "Don't Leave Me Now" (with Tommy Shaw) and "Brain Damage" (with Geoff Downes). Krieger expands his sound on "Deep Down" as William Shatner recites poetry among the backdrop of Kreiger's modernized guitar sound. The album closes with the late-John Wetton singing beautifully on The Beatles "All You Need Is Love." Robby Krieger will be hitting the road in April. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about his new album "In Session," please visit robbykrieger.com.

Jamaican-born singer Neville Staple is best known as a founding member of Fun Boy Three and the two-tone ska band The Specials. He has been called the "Original Rude Boy" and has continued a solo career that has lasted almost two decades. His latest solo release titled "Return Of Judge Roughneck" features re-workings of classic Jamaican songs, along with some brand new originals. The album features 12 tracks, plus 9 dub specials, beginning with the title-song that keeps a steady, up-beat rhythm with Staple delivering a political charge through his music. He brings a reggae-based groove to "Bangarang," then unleashes the horns for the ska mix of "Down My Street." Staple reworks the Fun Boy Three hit single "Lunatics" into a jazzier piece of music and revives the Peter Tosh classic "Maga Dog" with its thick bass groove and reggae tone. The regular album finishes with the mostly instrumental, island flair of "Run," a slowed-down version of the Jimmy Soul hit "Be Happy" and the sing-along chorus of "Enjoy Yourself," which includes Jessy Greene.

This new release also includes 9 Dub versions of some of the new songs on "Return Of Judge Roughneck" album. Beginning with "Maga Dub," this new remix features a thicker bass line which gives the song a dance-able quality. The vocals in "Crime Dub" get mixed around with the rhythm to give the song a different feel. The nearly six-minute "Dub Street" is almost unrecognizable compared to the original as this remix adds some electronics to the song's quick-paced rhythm. The album finishes with the dub-step, reggae groove remix of Peter Tosh's "Legalize It." The new album was released on February 17th through Cleopatra Records. Neville Staple his hitting the road in the U.K. during March and April. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new album, "Return Of Judge Roughneck," please visit originalrudeboy.co.uk.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Movie Review: Go Behind The Scenes Of Burlesque With The "Glitter Tribe"

The presentation of Burlesque dancing is a lost art and there is a new film titled "Burlesque: Heart Of The Glitter Tribe," which gives you a modern look at this classic type of performance. Burlesque dancing was a booming industry at the turn of the 20th century as jazz clubs and cabarets would feature such acts as a striptease along with bawdy comedy to keep male patrons interested. As the art of Burlesque has continued over the years, it has become a way of free expression for these performers and to let themselves be who they want to be.

The opening scene of the film shows how important the performers are to one another as they gather in a prayer circle before each night's performance. Not only are the visuals in this movie stunning, but the music is as important as the performance as it helps deliver the story. Dancer Zora Von Pavonine explains her love for fashion as her self-made outfits are extremely elegant and fully expressive as to where her passions lie. Each artist tells his or her story of who they are as a performer and what their show and styles represents.

The film is also a reminder of how each performance tells a story as you get a glimpse behind the scenes as to all the work and practice that is involved with being a Burlesque dancer. Even the male performers explain what brought them into the world of Burlesque performance. Dancer Isaiah Esquire gives us some background into why he chose this profession and what it means to him when he performs on stage and how it helped him overcome his shyness.

Director Jon Manning does an amazing job giving heart and emotion to the lives of these dancers as you begin to look beyond the nudity and into what each performer has to offer. The costumes and presentations are stunning as you feel the commitment each performer puts into their show. The movie also shows how involved dancers have gotten in Burlesque over the years as way of expressing themselves with fashion and dance. The film also shows the audiences involvement with each performance as they become even bigger fans of world of Burlesque. To find out more about the newly released "Burlesque: Heart Of The Glitter Tribe," please visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/glittertribethemovie.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

CD Review: Reverend Peyton Invites Us To "The Front Porch Sessions" & Cindy Lee Berryhill Becomes "The Adventurist"

From Indiana comes "The Front Porch Sessions," from singer/songwriter/guitarist Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band. The iconic thing is his Big Damn Band includes only two members, his wife Breezy and good friend Maxwell Senteney. The music this trio create has a timeless quality that brings up memories of blues artists of the past like Charlie Patton and Blind Willie Johnson.

The new 11-song release begins with the blues slide guitar of "We Deserve A Happy Ending" as the chorus gets repeated over and over again. Reverend Peyton opens up his vocals on the wonderful blues cover of "When My Baby Left Me," originally recorded by Walter Furry Lewis. The acoustic swing of "What You Did To The Boy Ain't Right" and the stomp/clap rhythm of "It's All Night Long" picks up the energy as Reverend Peyton shows off his skills on the guitar. The beautiful  storied lyrics of the folk/blues "One More Thing" fully displays the emotion of their performance. The album finishes with the up-beat instrumental "Flying Squirrels" and the swift-pace of "Cornbread And Butterbeans." Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band are heading out on tour at the end of February. Look for their new album "The Front Porch Sessions" to be released on March 10th. To find out more, please visit bigdamnband.com.

Californian singer/songwriter Cindy Lee Berryhill is preparing to release her first new album in almost a decade on March 10th. The new release titled "The Adventurist" is dedicated to her late-husband, music journalist Paul Williams and was recorded over the course of the last five years. The album was funded by a Kickstater campaign and features members of Brian Wilson's band. The new 14-song album begins with the climbing rhythm of "American Cinematography," which carries a very nostalgic folk/rock sound. Cindy opens up about her emotions in "Somebody's Angel" and allows the music to flow through the storied lyrics of "The Adventurist." She harmonizes beautifully among the subtle strings of "Thanks Again," before mixing tempos during "The Heavy." She finishes with the timeless sound of "Gravity Falls," the gentle, acoustics of "An Affair Of The Heart" and the instrumental "Deep Sea Dishing" as Cindy plays alongside the rhythm of a dishwasher. To find out more about Cindy Lee Berryhill and her latest release "The Adventurist," please visit cindyleeberryhill.com.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CD Review: Rag'n'Bone Man Becomes "Human" On Columbia Records Debut

British singer/songwriter Rory Graham has entered the music world as the Rag'n'Bone Man. After a trio of EPs, Rag'n'Bone Man recently released his Columbia Records debut album "Human." Early on, he formed the group Rum Committee and supported hip-hop acts like KRS-One and Pharoahe Monch, before being encouraged to sing the blues. His latest effort combines his love of hip-hop beats with his soulful talent of singing the blues.
His new album begins with his number one selling hit single "Human," which has a stomp/clap rhythm as Graham belts out the emotional, gospel-style lyrics. He gets his R&B groove on with the smooth tones of "Innocent Man" and then gathers all to sing-along to the addictive chorus of "Skin." The beats are flowing through the up-tempo rhythm of "Be The Man," before slowing down for the soulful ballad "Love You Any Less." His new 12-song release finishes up with the modern jazz/hip-hop mash up of "Ego" and the bluesy, accapella tones of "Die Easy." 
Rag'n'Bone Man has a show lined-up in New York on March 9th, before beginning his European tour on March 23rd. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about his latest album "Human," please visit ragnbonemanmusic.com.