Sunday, April 23, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Cait Brennan, David Childers & Amy Black

Indie-rock, singer/songwriter Cait Brennan is ready to release her new album "Third" on April 21 through Omnivore Recordings. Cait and her collaborator Fernando Perdomo reach new heights on this release, which quickly follows on the heels of her debut album "Debutante." The new 13-song release is broken up into two sides as if you were listening to it as a vinyl record. The album begins with the blues swing of "Bad At Apologies" as her vocals may come as a bit of a surprise, but the alternative rock sound is undeniable. The pace quickens with the punk-like energy of "Stack Overflow," while "He Knows To Much" comes off as pop gem from the early-nineties alternative rock revolution. Cait works in a Prince vibe on the cool tones of "Caitiebots Don't Cry." The second half of her new album begins with the Bowie-inspired glam sound of "Benedict Cumberbatch" as Cait Brennan channels her revenge on this rising movie star. The swift pace of "Shake Away" and the fun rock energy of "The Angels Lie" showcases Cait's knack for writing addictive songs filled with spirit. The album finishes with the Americana/folk ballad "Perish The Thought" and her return to the blues on "Goodbye Missamerica." To find out more about Cait Brennan and her latest release 'Third," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/planetcait.

From North Carolina comes the return of singer/songwriter David Childers with his latest album "Run Skeleton Run." The album will be released on May 5th through Ramseur Records and was produced by Don Dixon (R.E.M., The Smithereens). The album also features the help of Scott Avett (The Avett Brothers) as he begins the album off, reading a poem at the beginning of "Run Skeleton Run" as the train-like rhythm kicks things off. The new 12-song album continues with the gentle folk tale of "Radio Moscow" and the truthful Americana splendor of "Greasy Dollar," which includes the banjo work of Scott Avett. The quietness of "Ghostland" allows David's warm vocals to shine, before the tempo picks back up with the classic country sound of "Belmont Ford." The album finishes with Scott Avett returning for the stomp rhythm of "Thanks To All (Long Ago)" and the inspirational feel of "Goodbye To Growing Old." David Childers has about half-a-dozen shows lined-up at the moment. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new release "Run Skeleton Run," please visit davidchilders.com.

From Nashville, TN comes the new album from soul singer Amy Black. Instead of capturing the sound of her hometown of Nashville, Amy decided to head west and incorporate the sounds of "Memphis." Her new album features 10-tracks (7 original & 3 covers), beginning with the soulful blues of "It's Heard To Love An Angry Man," inspired by the work of Bobby Bland. On the album's first single, "The Blackest Cloud," Amy begins to open up and let her vocals lead the way down this southern rock groove. Amy brings in the help of backing vocalist Reba Russell and Daunielle Hill for the gospel-infused "If I Could Reach Out (And Help Somebody)," before slowing down for the powerful political anthem of "Let The Light In." The gentle acoustics of "Nineteen" allows Amy's vocals to be a shining light among the dark lyrics. The album closes with her bright, up-beat cover of "Further On Up The Road" and the slow blues of "I Need Your Love So Bad." Amy Black is hitting the road in June, following the release of her new album "Memphis." For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about her new album, please visit amyblack.com.

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