Saturday, July 1, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Korby Lenker, Allen Hinds & Andrea Stray

Singer/songwriter Korby Lenker has traveled this beautiful country to be inspired for his latest album "Thousand Springs," which will be released on July 14th. Lenker left his Nashville studio to write and sing about his journey from Boston to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. He also invites some of today's best independent folk talent to help out on his new album. He begins with the gentle acoustic strumming of "Northern Lights" as you follow every word. Singer Molly Tuttle helps out writing and singing on the addictive chorus of "Friend And A Friend." He continues with the bluegrass feel of "Nothing Really Matters" and the country rock of "Last Man Standing." Korby Lenker sounds like Jack Johnson on the quiet tone of "Uh Oh," before picking the tempo up with the island vibe of "Father To The Man." Lenker closes his new album with the beautiful lyrics of "Mermaids" and the solo prayer of "Wherever You Are." Korby Lenker is currently on tour supporting his new album. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about "Thousand Springs," please visit korbylenker.com.

Guitarist/composer Allen Hinds returns with two new releases for 2017. First we have his new solo CD, "Fly South," which showcases the talents of Hinds as a rock-driven guitarist. The new 10-song release begins with the freeing sounds of "Springs Eternal" as Hinds keeps the music fresh and exciting, while drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting) keeps the energy moving. Keyboardist Matt Rohde trades solos with Hinds on "Buckley," before moving on to the bluesy sound of "Joni." The energy picks back up with "Little White Lies" as Hinds' guitar work takes you on a sonic journey and you'll begin to feel elevated by the sound. The album finishes with the acoustic, country setting of "Old Mill Pond" and the six-minute "Blues For O.K. Tarpley."

Allen Hinds second release features his full-time band, Wonderland Park with their new album "Just Get In." This jazz-fusion trio create some exciting music that will allow you to really lose yourself in. They begin their new 7-song release with the nearly seven-minute guitar driven rock jam "All Due Respect." They get more funky and expand their sound on the eight-minute sonic adventure of "Just Get In." The band continues to funk out with their groove on "Barron's Crossing," before finishing with the electrifying jazz fusion of "Spittin' Image" and the slower, ambient feel of "A Far Cry." To find out more about Allen Hinds and his new releases, please visit allenhinds.com.

Finally, we finish up with the latest release from singer/songwriter Andrea Stray and her new EP "Into Blue." The new album begins with the country blues of the title song as her vocals carry a nostalgic, classic country sound. She delivers more attitude on the slow-moving rocker "Don't Cry" and lets her voice lead the way on "Little Word," before finishing her short new release with the acoustic country strumming of "You're The Kind." To find out more about Andrea Stray and her latest release "Into Blue," please visit andreastray.com.

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