First from Indianapolis comes the latest self-titled release from singer/songwriter Jason Andrew Brown. After fronting a number of bands for the last two decades and performing alongside such artists as Neil Young, Counting Crows, Bush and Widespread Panic; Brown thought that it was time to re-invent himself as a songwriter. His latest five-song EP digs deep into his soul to deliver the most truthful album of his career. Beginning with "Shine Sun Shine," Brown definitely has a knack for writing an addictive chorus and music riffs to get the energy flowing on this fun, care-free opener. He gets more serious with the wonderful classic rock tones of "Stranger" and the emotional acoustic strumming of "Emptiness Is Forever." His maturity and experiences in the business have definitely shown through on this latest release, which closes with the folk-style, storied words of "Icarus." To find out more about Jason Andrew Brown and his latest self-titled EP, please visit jasonandrewbrown.com.
Next from Nashville comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Daphne
Willis titled "Freaks Like Me." It follows quickly on the heels of her
Beatles tribute "Come Together" and features songs that she has held on
to for quite a while. The opening track, "Freaks Like Me," was
originally written for use in Tim Burton's "Alice In Wonderland" movie
back in 2010. The song carries a bluesy feel that fits in perfectly with
the world of Tim Burton as Willis' vocals are sweet and seductive. She
rolls out the lyrics of "Dopamine" like a Jason Mraz prodigy, as the
song moves along its modern pop rhythms. She continues with the up-tempo,
addictive dance beats of "Out Of The Black" and the island-clap swing of
"Keep On Keepin' On." Her new 9-song release finishes with the funky
backdrop of "Just A Little Bit" and the smooth R&B groove of "The
Letter." To find out more about Daphne Willis and her latest release
"Freaks Like Me," please visit daphnewillis.com.
From Colorado comes the alternative indie-rock band Race To Neptune with
their debut album "Oh Contraire." Their sound derives from the early days
of grunge as the music become more truthful and raw. Their new nine-song
release begins with the guitar buzz of "Wanderlilly" as heart, emotion
and desire drip from the music's youthful, energetic delivery. They keep
the pace flowing with the steady rhythm of "Cigars And Celebrations" as
the rage of guitars take the song to another level. The energy
continues with the alternative mainstream radio sound of "Bulletful Of
Piss" as Race To Neptune control their music with such maturity. Their
new release finishes with the dark tones of "Constant Collapse," the
fast, punk-like guitar fury of "Bayou Brew" and the steady, alternative
rock of "Waterspout." To find out more about Race To Neptune and their
latest release "Oh Contraire," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/RaceToNeptune.
From the California bay area comes the debut album "Glimpses Of The Sun"
from the pop/rock band Natalise + The Sunset Run. Singer/songwriter
Natalise has performed live all over the world, performing at over 150
different venues and has had some original songs featured on MTV, VH1 and
the CW. Their new album begins with the wonderfully addictive,
radio-friendly sound of "Abandon" as Natalise's voice is easy to get
used to as she showcases her vocals on the gentle piano-based "See Me."
Natalise + The Sunset Run
are a hidden treasure for pop radio just waiting for their big break with the pop swing of "Headphones."
Their new 5-song EP closes with the emotional, piano ballad "The Lucky
Ones." To find out more about Natalise + The Sunset Run and their latest
release "Glimpses Of The Sun," please visit natalisemusic.com.
Also from the California bay area comes the sophomore release from
singer/songwriter Howard Simon. His new album titled "Visitors" features
14-tracks, beginning with the gentle, acoustic folk storytelling of
"Three Horses." The tempo picks up with the swift paced rhythm of "The
Librarian's Garden" and the jazzy swing of "Antonia." Simon uses his
influence of another Simon (Paul) for the poetic lyrics of "Sweet Words
And History" as he continues to draw comparisons to the folk leaders of
the seventies. His warming vocals highlight "Christmas Day," while the
title-song "Visitors" has a Celtic-feel attached to the song's melody.
The album finishes up with Simon's slowed-down, re-imagined version of
Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" and the up-tempo, lively strumming
of "Albion." To find out more about Howard Simon and his latest release
"Visitors," please visit howardsimonmusic.com.
Finally from the small town of Tahlequah, OK comes the latest album from Red
Dirt band, DocFell & Co titled "Dust Bowl Heart." Having formed only
five years ago, the band immediately entered the studio to create their
debut album "Scissor Tail." As the band's sound continued the grow,
they entered the studio once again to capture the country, bluegrass,
Americana, folk style of "Dust Bowl Heart." The new release features
10-tracks, beginning with the knee-slapping, quick-pace of
"Lonesomeville" as DocFell tells of the ghostly tales. They keep the
energy flowing with the country rock of "The Less I Know" and the classic
rockabilly flavor of "Love Sick." They dedicate a love song to their home
state with the ballad "Oklahoma Lady," before the big modern country
sound of "Dandelions" becomes the album's highlight. The album finishes
up with the honky-tonk of "Tumbling Dice" and the country-folk
storytelling of "This Machine." To find out more about DocFell & Co
and their latest release "Dust Bowl Heart," please visit docfellmusic.com.