Monday, June 12, 2017

CD Review: New Releases For A Good Cause, "Orlando In Heaven" & "Red Hot: A Celebration Of Sun Records"

To honor the victims and support the survivors of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy, which happened one year ago in Orlando, FL, award-winning guitarist Brian Tarquin assembled his friends for a new album titled, "Orlando In Heaven." Tarquin composed and produced each of the album's 11-tracks. The new release begins with the title song, a sweeping pop melody, which features Phil Naro (Talas) on vocals and Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) on guitar. The album features guitar icon Larry Coryell in his final recording before his passing with Naro on the storied lyrics of "Pulse 49." Former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland steps outside his comfort zone for the jazz fusion instrumental "Hustle & Hassle," while Grammy-winning jazz guitarist Mike Stern and Denny Jiosa work together to electrify the rhythm of "Kinda Sorta." Jazz keyboardist Bobby Baldwin leads the way on the smooth melody of "She Used To Be A Lady" and fretless bass master Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page) adds a boost of energy to the album with "Tropical Trail." Tarquin finishes this new release with two tracks featuring Hal Lindes on guitar for the dual instrumentals "Jacob's Ladder" and "Orlando In Heaven."

Partial proceeds from the sale of this album go toward the Catholic Charities of Central Florida, who provide support for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. To find out more about "Orlando In Heaven," please visit cleorecs.com.

Americana/Blues musicians from Memphis have come together to celebrate the Sun Records label which helped change the face of popular music. The new release titled "Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration Of Sun Records" collects 10-tracks, including the cast of the hit TV series "Sun Records," re-recording classic songs from the Sun Records library in the historic recording studios owned by Sam Phillips (founder of Sun Records). The new release begins with John Paul Keith delivering the nostalgic vocals on the swinging rhythm of "Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache." Singer Valerie June steps in for the classic country sound of Carl Perkins' "Sure To Fall (In Love With You)" and Americana singer Shawn Camp fills in perfectly on the vocals of "Lonely Weekends." The cast of the TV show "Sun Records" performs the Billy Emerson original "Red Hot" as the million dollar quartet, before Bobby Rush delivers the blues of his own song "Tough Titty." The album finishes with the southern born and bred singer Jimbo Mathus working "High School Confidential" as if he was the second coming of Jerry Lee Lewis and blues singer/guitarist Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) motoring through the 2 part, 13-minute blues of "Moanin' At Midnight."

The album will be released on June 16th, through Americana Music Society and all proceeds from the sale of this CD go to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To find out more about "Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration Of Sun Records," please visit redhotalbum.com.

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