Thursday, December 29, 2016

CD Review: New Music Joey Stuckey, Alzara & Brother Spellbinder, Scott Smith, Coral Creek and KP Wolfe

Blind guitarist Joey Stuckey recently released his new album "Six String Soldier" which brings together elements of rock, blues and Americana music. His new seven-song release begins with the big vocals of "Blind Man Drivin'," as his exciting guitar solo steals the show. He continues with the more pop oriented tones of "10,000 Miles" as Joey Stuckey delivers another timeless classic. The blues come pouring through on the newly remastered version of "Runnin'," before Stuckey finishes his new album with the driving rhythm of "Lover's Ride" and the emotional, power ballad "Mr. Mooney." To find out more about Joey Stuckey and his latest new release "Six String Soldier," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/joeystuckey.

The cabaret folk group Alzara & Brother Spellbinder recently released their sophomore effort titled "When The Earth Was Still Flat." It features the wonderful vocals of Alzara Getz on the album's opening track "Speed Of Sound" as the Brother Spellbinder band introduce you to their unique sound. Her voice soars amongst the subtle backdrop of "Follow Me" and the wonderful Americana/folk strumming of "Babel." The song gives off a brighter feel with its ukulele-driven melody that lightens the album's overall dark tone. The short seven-song release finishes with the aggressive, tempo-changing "Madame" that gives their sound the cabaret feel, before closing with the wonderful light-hearted delivery of "Josephine." To find out more about Alzara & Brother Spellbinder and their latest release "When The Earth Was Still Flat," please visit brotherspellbinder.com.

Singer/songwriter Scott Smith returns with his new album titled "Down To Memphis." It features five tracks that help solidify Scott's status as one of country music's fasting rising stars. His new album begins with the title-song "Down To Memphis" as he delivers a steady classic rhythm that allows his lyrics and guitar to deliver the message. He gets a bluesier, country rock groove flowing for "Just Another Saturday" as his music becomes addictive. Legendary mandolinist David Grisman lends a hand on the Americana tone of "Skeleton And Roses," which sounds like an outtake of the Grateful Dead's seventies heyday. The album closes with the nostalgic, California rock sound of "Top Of The World" as Scott Smith continues his climb into the country limelight. To find out more about Scott Smith and his latest release "Down To Memphis," please visit scottsmithband.com.

From Colorado comes the new self-titled album from Americana/Jamband Coral Creek. Their new ten-song release begins with the laid-back, Jimmy Buffet sound of "Way Back" and the guitar-driven, country rocker "Mountain High." They follow the Grateful Dead recipe for the blues-rock of "Cryin' Bout My Baby" and "Cage Without A Key," before slowing down for the exploratory ballad "Rosster & Dawg." The album closes with a more up-tempo, bluegrass cover of Neil Young's "Comes A Time." To find out more about Coral Creek and their latest new release, please visit coralcreek.net.

Theatrical performer KP Wolfe recently released her debut album titled "Exodus." After landing major roles in the NOFX punk rock musical "Home Street Home," her music follows along the same lines of rebellion as she leads off with the rock/pop energy of "Exodus." She adds a dance beat to her punk-like vocals in "Icarus" and in "Louder" as she demands your full attention. She places more emotion into her delivery of "Take Back The Ring," before closing her new seven-song release with up-roar of the pop beats of "Until You Wake Up." To find out more about KP Wolfe and her latest release "Exodus," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/KPWolfemusic.

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