Sunday, April 3, 2016

CD Review: Charlie Faye & The Fayettes Debut In June, While The Grahams Are "Glory Bound" Again

Coming this June is the self-titled debut release from sixties-style girl-group Charlie Faye & The Fayettes. It is the beginning of a retro-revival as their new eleven-song release displays a brand of soul-pop that was last heard over five decades ago. Beginning with "Green Light," you are treated to a sweet, up-tempo swing as Charlie's voice becomes very addictive. They add a spaghetti-western tone to "Loving Names," while the harmonies on "Sweet Little Messages" are delivered at a perfect tone. The simplicity of "Heart" will have you falingl in love with Charlie's retro sound. She brings back the funk of the seventies on the smooth groove of "Eastside," while "Coming Round The Bend" has that familiarity to it that will have you remembering a simpler time in the music industry. The album finishes with the quick, attractive rhythm of "Delayed Reaction" and pop gold of "It's All Happening." To find out more about Charlie Faye & The Fayettes and their latest release, please visit

The country/roots duo, Alyssa and Doug Graham revisit their 2015 album "Glory Bound" with a new deluxe edition of the album. The album was originally released in May of 2015 (review: and became a turning point in The Grahams career, debuting in the top 40 on the Americana music charts. Their idea for this album was to play with as many musicians as they could and this new deluxe edition adds five more songs to the album's original twelve. First up for the new songs is a new recording of the album's title track, "Glory Bound," featuring The Watkins Family. Next, The Grahams perform the country ballad "Broken Bottle," originally written by Mexican singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovendo. The build-up of "Mama," featuring David Garza and Suzanna Choffel, is fun and light-hearted, while the gentle touch of "The Lonely Ones"  touches the heart as The Grahams are joined by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids. To find out more about The Grahams and their new deluxe edition of "Glory Road," please visit their Facebook page at

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