Saturday, August 27, 2016

CD Review: Kenny Neal Releases "Bloodline," Joey Stuckey Presents "Ladies Of The South" And On Dolphin Debuts In "Layers"

Coming straight off the release of his Christmas album, Kenny Neal dives right back into the blues with his latest release "Bloodline." This is a family affair as many members of Kenny Neal's family lend a hand on his new album. The new eleven-song release begins with the up-tempo "Ain't Gonna Let The Blues Die" with the nice addition of horns to give the song that extra swing. He gets down and dirty with the southern, backwater blues stroll of "Bloodline," and gracefully covers Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away." Neal lets his guitar do the talking on the funk-style of "Keep On Moving" and brings back the big blues romp of "Blues Mobile." The album closes with the laid-back acoustic blues of "I Can't Wait" and a tribute to his idol with "Thank You BB King." Kenny Neal is currently on the road, performing at the North River Blues Fest on August 28th before heading back to the west coast in September. To find out more about Kenny Neal and his latest release "Bloodline," please visit kennyneal.net.

Blind guitarist/producer, Joey Stuckey has gathered together a dozen special tracks for his latest compilation titled "Joey Stuckey Presents Ladies Of The South." It features an all-female line-up of singers that he has produced over the past 6 years. The new release begins with the Shadow Bandits featuring Sue Lu on the raw, intense rocker "What You See Ain't What You Get." Kim Meeks swings in with the jazzy feel of "Everybody's Pretty," while Vanessa Moses lays down a little Latin soul for the up-tempo "Danish Cookie Is My Name." These girls know how to rock as displayed within the punk-feel of "Lonely Boulevard" by Katherine Daniel and the album closer "Johnny 9" from TATB featuring Rachel Elkins. To find out more about this new compilation, please visit ladiesofthesouthmusic.com

The Bay Area, husband and wife duo of Melissa Lyn and Ryan Clark have come together under the name On Dolphin to release their debut album titled "Layers." After years of acoustic gigs in local coffee shops and cafes, Melissa had higher aspirations and Ryan was building his record business and the timing was perfect for them to collaborate on this new album. Beginning with "More Good Days," the album starts off with these wonderfully, gentle pop sounds, before diving into Melissa's exquisite song-writing with "Dance In The Kitchen" and "Worth The Drive."  Her warming vocals during "New York" will have you following her every word, before bringing out the country tones of "Together." The album finishes with the acoustic folk delivery of "Slowdown" and the lullaby feel of "Let A Little Light." To find out more about On Dolphin and their latest release "Layers," please visit ondolphin.com.

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