Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Female Songwriters Whitney Rose, Eilen Jewell And Karen Atkins

Rising country artist Whitney Rose is preparing to release her third full-length studio album titled "Rule 62" on October 6 through Six Shooter Records/Thirty Tigers. The new release features 11-tracks of classic country that will open your eyes and ears to this brand of music. She starts out with the gentle country swing of "I Don't Want Half (I Just Want Out)," which will have you instantly fall in love with Whitney's voice. The tempo picks up with the nostalgic feel of "Arizona" and then brings back the sound of the sixties girl groups with "Better To My Baby." Her vocals are so warm and inviting on the ballad "You Never Cross My Mind" and her stellar band provides the perfect basis for Whitney to shine in the spotlight of "You Don't Scare Me" and "Tied To The Wheel." She finishes her new album with the country blues of "Wake Me In Wyoming" and the electrifying rocker "Time To Cry." Whitney Rose has a line-up of shows around Texas, before heading up to New England in late-October. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about her new album "Rule 62," please visit whitneyrosemusic.com.

American singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell takes a break from songwriting to deliver a blues album for the ages with "Down Hearted Blues." It features a dozen blues treasures from artists like Otis Rush, Howlin' Wolf and Memphis Minnie that Jewell re-creates in her own brand of country/folk blues. She begins her new release with the steady pace of "It's Your Voodoo Working" and the slower, classic blues of "Another Night To Cry" as Eilen's voice fits this genre of music perfectly. She picks the tempo back up with the Willie Dixon jewel "You'll Be Mine" and Betty James' "I'm A Little Mixed Up." Eilen made it a point to feature songs from the women of blues like Memphis Minnie ("Nothing In Rambling") and "Big" Maybelle Smith ("Don't Leave Poor Me") as she reminds us of these buried treasures. She finishes her new album with the jazz tones of "Crazy Mixed Up World" and the acoustic blues of "The Poor Girl's Story." Eilen Jewell is currently touring around New England, before heading over to Europe in November. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about her new album "Down Hearted Blues," please visit eilenjewell.com.

From the San Fransisco Bay area comes the latest release titled "In My Room" from singer/songwriter Karen Atkins. After her rising fame from her health aspects, Karen was constantly asked about her early years as a musician, so she decided to surround herself with some of the finest session musicians and create this new inspirational album. Her new 10-song release begins with the up-tempo, contemporary rock groove of "Love Is Love" and the quieter folk presentation of "Draw The Line." She tells us the story of "Julian," before getting a little funky with the bass groove of "Can't Get." Her new release finishes with the gentle touch of "In My Room" and a beautiful rendition of Paul Simon's "Slip Slidin' Away." To find out more about the musical side of Karen Atkins and her new album, "In My Room," please visit karenatkinsmusic.com.

3 comments:

Unknown said...

love that you featured all female songwriters! I listened to each...fantastic...especially love Karen Atkins vibe. I feel so chilled out after listening. Some magic potion in those harmonies!

Unknown said...

Karen Atkins album In My Room is medicine for the soul. It has swiftly become my go to when the chaos of everyday becomes too much to comprehend. A reset button if you will...

NYC Vibes said...

Bravo Karen! Slip Slidin Away is so magical! My friend introduced Karen's music to me and I'm hooked. I'm the stereotypical tight wound type A personality and seriously Karen's music really calms me.