Sunday, May 20, 2018

Frank Hannon Flies Once Again "From One Place...To Another" & Thunderbird Return With New Album

Near the end of last year, Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon released his debut solo album "From One Place...To Another, Vol. 1." (review: jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com). It features some of his favorite songs to cover with a few of his friends tagging along. On May 18th, Hannon continues the idea with "From One Place...To Another, Vol. 2." It includes ten more cover songs, ranging from Aerosmith to Black Sabbath to Jimi Hendrix. Plus, he invites a few more friends along to help out, like Randy Hansen on the Deep Purple classic "Hush." Frank works best when along side fellow guitarists like Graham Whitford (son of Brad Whitford) on Aerosmith's "Lord Of The Thighs" and Duane Betts (son of Dickey Betts) on Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want." While these may seem like obvious choices for Frank Hannon to cover, he steps outside his hard rock comfort zone for a funky remake of Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good" and a gentle acoustic cover of Seal's "Kiss From A Rose." The album wraps up with a swinging cover of Billy Swan's "I Can Help" and a rocking, spot on remake of Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf," as Frank does his best Ozzy impression. Frank Hannon is currently on tour this summer with Tesla. To find out more about his new solo album "From One Place...To Another, Vol. 2," please visit frankhannon.com.

Canadian rock band, Thunderbird recently released their third full-length, self-titled album last month. The songs were written almost two years ago, shortly after completing their latest album "Heavyweight." This album also features the debut of rising guitarist Brice Tabish, who filled in for the band's former guitarist Rod 'Doc' Coogan, because of other commitments. The new album kicks off with the classic seventies hard rock sound of "Liar (Fool's Gold)" as the song features the only contribution from Coogan. The album continues with the grinding guitar work of "Little Jenny" and the addictive melody of "Star," which will remind you of when hard rock ruled the airwaves. Thunderbird keeps the tempo running on high with "Into The Sun" and the chugging blues of "Painted Lady," before finishing up their new album with the pounding rhythm and screaming vocals of "On The Brink," along with the nearly 8-minute progressive rock piece "Vampire." To find out more about Thunderbird and their new self-titled release, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thunderbirdtheband.

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