Sunday, October 22, 2017

CD Review: Peter Case Returns To The "FolkScene" & NRBQ Deliver Some "Happy Talk"

American singer/songwriter Peter Case has had a music career that has lasted over 40 years. First as a street performer in San Francisco, then forming the punk band, The Nerves in the late-seventies, before creating the new wave/pop band The Plimsouls in the early eighties. By the mid-eighties, Case went on his own to follow is dream of a solo career, which has lasted over 30 years. On October 27th, Omnivore Recordings will be releasing an album of 18 previously unreleased recordings by Peter Case in 1998 and 2000.

The new release titled "On The Way Downtown: Recorded Live On FolkScene" captures Case in his natural folk setting with an acoustic guitar. Tracks 1-9 were recorded live for the "Folkscene" radio show on March 1, 1998. The show features Peter Case in fine form as his surrounded by a handful of musicians to recreate songs from his album "Full Service, No Waiting" in this stark, stripped-down acoustic setting. The second half of this release features Case on a return visit to the "Folkscene" radio show on July 30, 2000. This time he focuses on his album "Flying Saucer Blues," with some surprises thrown in like his cover of Mississippi Jon Hurt's "Pay Day" and "Icewater" from his 1986 debut solo album. Case also debuts some new songs ("Beyond The Blues" and "Leaving Home"), which would be released the following year on his next solo album, "Thank You St. Jude." To find out more about this new release from Peter Case titled "On The Way Downtown: Recorded Live On FolkScene," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.


American roots/rock band NRBQ decided to follow-up their 2016 career retrospective box set "High Noon," with a handful of new recordings titled "Happy Talk." Their new 5-song EP begins with "Head On A Post," one of only two originals to appear on this release. They still know how to rock after 50 years on this opening track and it's country-feel follow-up "Yes, I Have A Banana." They quickly run through Roy Orbison's "Only The Lonely," before the six-minute "Blues, Blues Blues" is the perfect song to fit into their live set. Their new short album finishes with a cover of Rogers & Hammerstein's "Happy Talk," which has been years in the making and puts an exclamation point on the next chapter of this band. NRBQ will be closing out the year with a string of shows in Northern New England in November. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new album "Happy Talk," please visit nrbq.com.

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