Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Gerry Spehar, Mike Younger And Tim Bennett

American singer/songwriter Gerry Spehar never went anywhere without his guitar in order to capture the moment in a song. His new release is a compilation of songs that he wrote and recorded with his wife Susan as they traveled cross-country. Gerry took the past year producing and finishing the album as he cared for his wife, who passes away from cancer last September. The new 10-song compilation is a journey of love, living and loss, beginning with the striking country rock of "Dirt" and the up-tempo folk appeal of "Muleshoe Mules" as Susan harmonizes beautifully with Gerry during the song's chorus. He pours his heart into the emotional lyrics of "I Hold Gravity," before the honky-tonk feel of "Be Nemanic." Gerry gets bluesy on the slinky rhythm of "Mr. & Mrs. Jones," before finishing his new album with acoustic country of "God Lubbock" and the duet of "Into The Mystic." To find out more about Gerry Spehar and his latest release "I Hold Gravity," please visit gerryspehar.bandcamp.com.

American singer/songwriter Mike Younger is preparing to release his 4th studio album "Little Folks Like You And Me" on July 21st. The album is a return to Mike's roots with the country, Americana sound of the opening track "If I Was A Wheel." He picks the tempo up with the guitar-led, country rock of "Never Was A Dancer," before slowing down for the quiet, acoustic folk delivery of "Poisoned Rivers." The energy is felt in the country two-step swing of "Rodeo Queen" and "With Every Heartbeat" as Mike will surely get you on the dance floor. He finishes his new 10-song release with the dark lyrics of "Walk In The Mud" and the upbeat, payoff of "The Living Daylights" as Mike Younger pays tribute to the working class heroes of today. To find out more about Mike Younger and his latest release "Little Folks Like You And Me," please visit mikeyounger.com.

On August 11th, singer/songwriter Tim Bennett is preparing to release his second solo album titled "The View From Here." The new 11-song release begins with the up-beat, country rock of "As Long As You're Buying" and the steady, soulful delivery of "Forgive & Forget." Tim pours his emotions into the gentle sway of "There Was Nothing I Could Do," before picking the tempo back up with the guitar-boogie shuffle of "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda." He brings out the country blues of "Hot Town," before delivering a spot-on cover of Bob Dylan's "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You." The album closes with the acoustic, cowboy tale "Awakened By My Breaking Heart" and the steady flow of the classic country sound of "The End Of The Line." To find out more about Tim Bennett and his latest release "The View From Here," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/tbennettmusic.

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