Monday, January 22, 2018

Saxon Deliver A "Thunderbolt" & Dizzy Reed Explains With "Rock 'n Roll Ain't Easy"

British heavy metal band Saxon will be releasing their 22nd studio album titled "Thunderbolt" on February 2nd through Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music label). The album will be released in a number of different formats, including CD, 180-gram colored vinyl, cassette, digital and a special edition box set. Following the album's release, Saxon will be heading out on a headlining tour of Europe, before joining fellow heavy metal giants Judas Priest for their U.S. tour this spring.

The new 11-song release begins with the 93-second instrumental "Olympus Rising" as the build-up of music invites you in to the band's new album. After 40 years, Saxon can still rock with the best of them, as displayed in the high-powered energy of "Thunderbolt" and "The Secret Of Flight" as singer Bill Byford sounds as good as ever. Their classic metal sound is felt in their tribute to "Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)" and in the dark tones of "Predator," while "Sons Of Odin" is an epic sounding piece that deserves to live in the musical history of Saxon. The band finish up their new album with the high-energy attack of "Sniper" and the classic rock feel of "Roadie's Song." For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about Saxon and their latest studio release "Thunderbolt," please visit saxon747.com.

Long-time Guns 'N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed is preparing to release his debut solo album "Rock 'n Roll Ain't Easy" on February 16th. Reed takes the lead on vocals for this album, with a backing band that includes members of W.A.S.P., Quiet Riot, Thin Lizzy, No Doubt and many more, including fellow "Gunner" Richard Fortus. The album starts off with the lead-single, "This Don't Look Like Vegas" as Reed's vocals carry that classic, seventies hard rock vibe as the music just pulsates with energy. The music gets a little grittier on "Mother Theresa," before Reed showcases his skills on the keys for the steady climb of "Fragile Water."  The music of "Mystery In Exile" has that classic post-punk vibe, while "Understanding" carries an iconic G'N'R shuffle rhythm. Dizzy Reed wraps up his solo debut album with the dirty blues of "Forgotten Cases" and the soulful emotions of "Rock 'n Roll Ain't Easy."

Dizzy Reed has some dates left on his U.S. tour and has an album launch planned for February 18th in Sydney, Australia. To find out more about Dizzy Reed and his new solo LP "Rock 'n Roll Ain't Easy," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/DizzyFnReed.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

New Luther Russell Anthology Delivers "Selective Memories" Of His Music

American musician Luther Russell has been making music since the early nineties, first as a member of The Bootheels, then as part of the band The Freewheelers, before going on his own, releasing five full-length studio albums. The songs date back to Russell's earliest days with a couple of unreleased demo tracks from The Bootheels, which included future founding member of The Wallflowers, Jakob Dylan. In fact only four of the nineteen songs that appear on the first disc have ever been released, as most of the songs appear in raw, demo form as you can really appreciate Russell's songwriting. His sound can easily be compared to the music of Ryan Adams, Jeff Tweedy or Elliot Smith as Russell songs are well-crafted, even as they appear in their demo form.

The second disc begins with the song "Smoke Signals," which also appears here in demo form, but with a full band that makes the song sound nearly complete. Russell's work with former Black Crowes bassist, Marc Ford helped give the songs of Luther Russell an alternative-country sound, similar to Wilco and Big Star. Throughout his solo career, Russell would experiment more with styles, as displayed in the instrumentals "Fried Bananas" and "Keohen's Theme." Many of the songs on this second disc feature Russell on his own, such as performing the piano ballad "Empty Taxis" or the acoustic folk strumming of "Somehow Or Another." The 22-track second disc wraps up a few tracks he's composed in the last five years, including the lush instrumental "The Sunnyland" and the steady acoustic rock appeal of "The Sound Of Rock & Roll."

Also included in this 2-CD anthology is a 24-page booklet with descriptions of every song that appears in this set. To find out more about the newly released "Luther Russell / Selective Memories: An Anthology," please visit hankypankyrecords.bigcartel.com.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Classic Album Re-Issue From Anthony Phillips And Discover The Early Days Of Duran Duran

British born musician Anthony Phillips has been in the music industry for well-over 50 years. First, he was a founding member of the band Genesis and then his own solo career, which has lasted over 40 years.  Phillips is re-visiting his 1983 album "Invisible Men" by re-releasing the album as a two-CD expanded edition. The new release features a new remastered version of the original 12-song album on the first disc, with an additional three bonus tracks. The second disc is what fans will enjoy as it contains sixteen tracks, which includes demos, outtakes and alternative versions of songs featured on the original album. The early versions showcase the development of songs like "Golden Bodies" and "Falling For Love," while the song "Finale" is another recording Phillips made at Atomosphere Studios during this time period. The 2CD set was originally released late, last year through Cherry Red Records. To find out more about this new expanded version of "Invisible Men," please visit cherryred.co.uk.

Cleopatra Records recently released a rare 4-song EP from pop superstars Duran Duran. Now don't get too excited, it is not new music from the band, but instead it is the band's demo from 1979. The new release titled "Girls On Film 1979 Demo" features that classic song, but with original singer Andy Wickett. Wickett, along with Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor recorded these four songs to shop to different record labels to land a recording contract. You can hear that eighties pop vibe in the songs "See Me Repeat Me" and "Working The Steel," while "Girls On Film" has a quicker, new wave/punk vibe that shows the rawness in developing their early recordings. To find out more about the newly released 4-song EP from Duran Duran, please visit cleorecs.com.

Friday, January 19, 2018

New Music Arriving From Pianist Gleb Kolyadin, Drummer Bob Holz And The 6-Piece Band Tautologic

Russian pianist Gleb Kolyadin will be releasing his self-titled, debut solo album on February 23rd. After two highly-regarded albums with the band Iamthemorning, Kolyadin decided to try his hand at a solo career with the help of some guest performers. The new 13-track album begins with the classical/rock fusion of "Insight" before arriving at the powerful piano ballad "Astral Architecture," featuring Mick Moss on vocals. Kolyadin showcases his beautiful piano skills as a performer and composer in the songs "Kaleidoscope" and "The Room." Singer Steve Hogarth (Marillion) steps in to lend a hand on the ten-minute progressive rock piece "Confluence" and also on the album's lead single "The Best Of Days." The power of Gleb's performances is felt in the two-minute instrumental "Echo Sigh Strand" and the exciting "Penrose Stairs." To find out more about Gleb Kolyadin and his new debut release, please visit facebook.com/iamthemorningpage.

Legendary jazz drummer Bob Holz is ready to release his latest album "Visions: Coast To Coast Connections" in February. It features the work of iconic jazz bassist Stanley Clarke, along with Mahavishnu Orchestra bassist Ralphe Armstrong, who also joined Holz and his band on this latest work of art. The new album features 10-tracks, beginning the exciting, up-tempo opening of "Split Decision," which allows members of his band their time in the spotlight. They slow the tempo down for the bluesier feel of "Espresso Decision" as lead singer Dave Porter is introduced. Holz and his band infuse a reggae groove to the modern jazz piece "Jammin Man," before you're taken on the seven-minute jazz fusion adventure of "Pink Fur." The album wraps up with the quieter touch of "Light & Day" and the up-beat, steady pace of the nine-minute closer "Flat Out" as Holz shines behind the drum kit. To find out more about Bob Holz and his latest release "Visions: Coast To Coast Connections," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/drummerbobholz.

Arriving this January is the latest release from alternative-pop band Tautologic titled "Re: Psychle." It features an impressive line-up of Grammy-nominated musicians, producers and mastering; as this new 10-song release covers many different genres of music. The album begins with addictive, up-tempo pop chorus of "Loud Shoes," as Tautologic draw you in with the lush strings of "The Admiral." They stretch out their sound with the six-minute experimental soundtrack piece "The Professor," then Tautologic pick the tempo up with the polka/ska rhythm of "On Your Left." This 6-piece band finish up their latest release with the upbeat, alt-pop of "Coltrane Supermarket" and the quiet, acoustic folk appeal of "Osaka Garden." To find out more about Tautologic and their latest release "Re: Psychle," please visit tautologic.com.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Debut Albums From The Naked Sun, The Surabhi Ensemble And Whiskey Wolves Of The West

Americana/folk-rock band The Naked Sun are starting the new year off with their full-length debut album "War With Shadows." After releasing only two EPs in the last five years, now was the perfect time to re-introduce The Naked Sun to the world of roots music. Their new 10-song release begins with the six-minute addictive, radio-friendly build-up of "Do You Wanna Dance?" as you will easily find yourself lost in their sound. The album's first single "Holdin' Back The Heart" is a more up-beat, rocking tune, and it is the first song the band ever wrote together back in 2010. The Naked Sun draw upon their inspirations for the wonderful melody of "Rose Gold" and the acoustic strumming, story of "War With Shadows." They finish up their new album with the alternative rock sounds of "Purple Sunset" and the beautiful, lush Americana sounds of "Clouds." To find out more about The Naked Sun and their latest release "War With Shadows," please visit wearethenakedsun.com.

From Chicago comes the sophisticated musical smoothie of Surabhi Ensemble and their latest self-titled release. The Indian-based music, meshes together a Latin flair with rock and blues to give the Middle-Eastern sound a more mainstream appeal. Their new 7-song release begins with the up-tempo spirited swinging of "Swan Song" and psychedelic rock of "Raga Blues." The album continues with the gentle, acoustic sway of "Hanoi Pho" and the rhythm-fueled "Kalbelia/Tera Tali," before finishing with the enlightenment of "In Search Of Serenity." To find out more about Surabhi Ensemble and their latest release, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/SurabhiEnsemble.

From Nashville comes the debut album from the Americana/country duo Whiskey Wolves Of The West. It is due to be released on March 2nd through Rock Ridge Music and features 7-tracks oozing with down-home, feel-good music that will only have you wanting more from this band. Their album begins with the classic, country-rock feel of "Sounds Of The South" as the duo of Tim Jones and Leroy Powell just highlight each others strengths. They pick the energy up with the country-roots shuffle of "Lay That Needle Down" and "Rainy Day Lovers" as you'd think this band has been around for years, producing hit singles on country radio. Whisky Wolves Of The West finish up their new album with the nostalgic twang of "Country Roots" and the acoustic, island flavor of "No. 1 (The Ballad Of Dallas Davidson.)" To find out more about this duo and their debut album, please visit whiskeywolvesofthewest.com.