Thursday, April 30, 2015

CD Review: New Independent Releases From The Damngivers And From Lonnie In The Garden

California roots rock band Damngivers return with their full-length debut album "Everything's Jake," which was released independently on April 22nd. The album features Neal Casal (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Chris Robinson Brotherhood) on guitar and Marc Ford (Black Crowes, Ben Harper) producing six of the albums twelve tracks. The new release begins with the steady, southern rock rhythm of "Daddy Knows" as singer Gerry Gomez has that experienced country soul tone to his vocals. Their song "12-Pack Beauty Queen" runs along the same vein as Jim Croce's "Roller Derby Queen," while the smooth soulful blues of "This Day Forward" showcases the awesome music that this band creates. The Damngivers have fun with the up-tempo romp of "Drinking For Two," then return to the southern blues of "Working Class Stiff." The album finishes up with the heartfelt ballad of "Old Friend Joe" and the sing-along tone of "Waiting For The Waterfall." To find out more about The Damngivers and their new album "Everything's Jake," please visit damngivers.com.

From Canada comes the new EP from psychedelic rockers Lonnie In The Garden. The new album entitled "Black" is part one of this planned double release, with part two to follow later in the year. This new six song release begins and ends with short instrumentals, but in-between is where we discover what this band is made of, lead by singer/songwriter Lynne Craven. Beginning with "Black & Blue," you get a sense of their combination of combining classic sixties rock with jazzy/pop vocals to keep you wondering where their music will take you. The album's lead single, "Song 3" has a gentle folk-style flow that allows Lynne's vocals to soar, while "Natasha" has the band running on all cylinders on this raw rocker. To find out more about Lonnie In The Garden and their new release "Black," please visit lonnieinthegarden.com

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