Sunday, August 3, 2014

CD Review: August Is Heating Up With New Music From Paul Thorn And Ruthie Foster

Mississippi raised singer/songwriter Paul Thorn will be releasing his seventh studio album on August 19th entitled "Too Blessed To Be Stressed." Thorn was a founding member of the country band Shenandoah and has toured solo with such artists as Sting, Huey Lewis & The News, Jeff Beck, Bonnie Raitt and others. His last two solo album releases debuted in the top 100 on the Billboard album chart and he is looking to continue upon that success with this new set of southern rock anthems.

The album begins with the sing-along blues rocker, "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" and by the time you finishing listen to it ,all your troubles are gone as you find yourself singing the chorus. He heads to the church to preach about being "Too Blessed To Be Stressed" as he adds a little gospel soul into the song's groove. His positive outlook keeps the energy high with "Everybody Needs Somebody" and brings up some of his country roots with " I Backslide On Friday." His writing relates to today's culture in the lyrics of "Mediocrity Is King," before Paul Thorn returns to the gospel appeal of "Get You A Healin'" with its clamp-stomp rhythm. The album closes with the stress-free recollection of "No Place I'd Rather Be."

Paul Thorn is currently on tour across the U.S. which runs into 2015. For a complete list of shows and for more information on his new album "Too Blessed To Be Stressed," please visit paulthorn.com.

Also coming out on August 19th is the new album from Texas blues/folk/rock artist Ruthie Foster titled "Promise Of A Brand New Day." Ruthie Foster has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award for "Best Blues Album" and her new album looks to capture her first Grammy, with help from Meshell Ndegeocello, Doyle Bramhall II and Toshi Reagon.

Her vocals are full of soul on the opener "Singing The Blues," before heading into the guitar blues of "Let Me Know" featuring Bramhall who has worked closely with Eric Clapton for the past fifteen years. Ruthie's voice is so warm and inviting with her strong gospel roots as she displays this vocal talent on "My Kinda Lover" and especially in the slow-blues of "The Ghetto." Her folk roots come shining through on her cover of Willie King's "Second Coming," before finding her R&B groove with "It Might Not Be Right." The album finishes up with the gentle acoustics of "New," featuring fellow blues/folk artist Toshi Reagon as the two combine their wonderful voices.

Ruthie Foster has a couple festivals lined up before heading back to Texas for her CD release show in August. To find out more about the new album, please visit ruthiefoster.com.

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