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Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes
Bear's Den - Seneca Niagara Casino
Niagara Falls, NY- October 16th, 2015

Concert Review - By Bob Silvestri

Southside JohnnyThe Bear's Den in the Seneca-Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY hosted a sold out show by legendary New Jersey band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on October 16, 2015. The longtime road warriors are currently out supporting their new album Soultime!. The new material an exuberant mix of rock soul and blues finds Southside back on his "A" game with some fine songwriting with Jukes keyboardist Jeff Kazee and others. The ninety minute show had the Jukes playing a plethora of their classic hits along with a healthy dose of the new album, some covers, crowd requests and Southside's hilarious quips, comments and crowd interaction. They kicked off the show with a snippet of Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel" before ripping into "Shake 'Em Down" followed by "Spinning" off the new album. A crowd request for "Love On The Wrong Side of Town" was accommodated before a killer version of "Strange, Strange Feeling" from the album Pills and Ammo. "Looking For a Good Time" also from the new album was warmly received by the crowd as was a raucous run through Keith Richard's and the Rolling Stones "Happy". A slew of Jukes hits followed "I Played the Fool", "Hearts of Stone", "I've Been Working Too Hard", "Talk to Me", "The Fever" and "I Don't Want To Go Home" had the crowd on their feet and cheering as the band left the stage. They returned for a swinging and swaying version of "Having A Party", "All I Can Do" another excellent track off the new album, before calling it an evening with "This Time It's For Real". After the show a long line of fans waited to meet the band at the merch table and have their LP's and CD's autographed and have photos with the band.

For more about Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes go to for more upcoming shows at the Seneca Casino's visit

Meghan Linsey
Hideaway's - Hamburg, NY
September 25, 2015

Concert Review - By Bob Silvestri

Meghan LinseyRunner up on Season 8 of NBC's The Voice, Meghan Linsey stopped in town for a show at Hideaway's in Hamburg, NY on September 25th, 2015. Currently out on the road in support of her new release Believer her ninety minute set for a sizable and appreciative audience, many decked out in Linsey clothing apparel and singing along to her songs, featured tracks from her two releases and a mix of covers and shout out requests from the crowd. She also took time to explain and introduce her songs, talk about her time on The Voice and to interact with the crowd. Linsey is a country music veteran having opened for Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton in her teens and was a member of the country duo Steel Magnolia who were just making a name for themselves when conflict broke up the band.

Performing as a duo with songwriter, guitarist and producer Tyler Cain on acoustic guitar and harmony vocals the two proved to be a perfect foil for each other's talents. Linsey has a soulful smoky voice but never over sings the song and moves from a whisper to a sexy growl without ever seeming cliché.

Highlights from the evening included the opener off the new disc "Counterfeit", "Love Never Sleeps", "Sunshine in my Soul" that featured an opening snippet of Bob Marley's "One Love", the sassy one two punch of "Mess" and "Try Harder Than That" and the title cut from the new album "Believer". A slew of choice covers included George Jones' "Tennessee Whiskey", Lucinda Williams "Can't Let Go", James Taylor's "Steamroller Blues" and Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" that Linsey nailed. Requests from the crowd included Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" and Patsy Cline's "After Midnight". To finish the show Linsey offered up "Cocaine and Jesus" and a spine tingling acapella version of "Amazing Grace". After the show Linsey hung out at the merch table greeting fans, posing for pictures and signing autographs. For more information about Meghan Linsey go to for more upcoming shows from Back to Back Entertainment check out

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Goo Goo DollsGoo Goo Dolls
- A Boy Named Goo - 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition -

It's hard to believe that twenty years have passed since the release of the Goo Goo Dolls landmark breakthrough album A Boy Named Goo. This would also mark the final album with original drummer George Tutuska who left the Goo's shortly after the release of the disc. Now Warner Brothers Records has released A Boy Named Goo-20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition featuring the original album along with previously unreleased live material. Most of the songs on A Boy Named Goo have become beloved concert staples of the band including "Long Way Down", "Naked", "Slave Girl", "Flat Top" and the smash hit "Name". Even after twenty plus years the album and the Goo's music in general has remained fresh and relevant. Bonus material included here are seven previously unreleased tracks recorded live at The Academy in NYC on November 21, 1995. On these tracks you can hear a band that sounds so young and full of energy and ready to conquer the world. Highlights on the live tracks include "Impersonality", "Don't Change" and their cover of The Plimsouls "A Million Miles Away" a regular part of the show back in those days. To find out more information about the Goo Goo Dolls including how to purchase A Boy Named Goo-20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition go to

Dirty SmileDirty Smile
- Love Songs for the Damned - (Volume 1) -

One of the nicest success stories to come from the Buffalo music scene has been the rise of Dirty Smile. The band (Megan Brown-Vocals, Erik Eimiller-Drums, Jesse Raderman-Guitar, Mike Suda-Bass and Gus Walters-Guitar) was formed a few years back with a bright future but in need of direction it seemed. Since heeding the advice of industry professionals and having legendary Canadian singer songwriter Ron Hawkins as a fan and mentor their stock has risen and they are now a well respected musical outfit opening for national touring acts, selling out their own club shows, numerous awards including Hard Rock Rising and regular slots on waterfront festivals. They have now released their album Love Songs for the Damned-(Volume 1) which they recorded locally at GCR Audio with Justin Rose and was mixed and produced by Ron Hawkins. The six song album blends alternative pop with classic rock and soul and showcases the mesmerizing Megan Brown's vocals. The band ain't shabby either keeping a solid tight groove throughout the album. The album kicks off with "Don't Lie to Me" a tale of betrayal featuring a soaring chorus and stinging guitars. A couple of rockers "Insanely Ever After", "Sirens" and "Mona Lisa" let the band shine while the more laid backed numbers "The Vow" and "My Own" feature Brown's sweet vocals. For more information about Dirty Smile including concert dates and how to purchase their album Love Songs for the Damned -Volume 1 go to

Jessie GalanteJessie Galante
- The Show Must Go On -

Buffalo's own First Lady of Rock Jessie Galante has released a new album titled The Show Must Go On. The album has a bittersweet under story. While recording the album, Galante's husband musician, music impresario and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member Larry Swist died unexpectedly. Understandably Galante shelved the recording to deal with her tragedy. Realizing after some time that she was ready to move forward and as Swist had titled the album Galante knew the show must go on and returned to finishing the album. The disc was recorded all over the world at various studios in NYC, L.A., Italy, Germany and Western New York with a bevy of musicians too long to list here. The eleven track disc features Galante's signature anthemic rock style with a few change ups for good measure. Highlights include "Diamond in the Sky", "Drown" and "Mamma Said" all rockers at heart while the ballad "Mamma (I Get A Little Crazy)" and a duet with Alessandro Del Vecchio on "More Like Love Divine" add balance. A cover of Elton John's "Border Song" and the title track "The Show Must Go On" a reworked Queen cover that appears in both English and Italian sung versions are stand outs as well. The most poignant moment is Galante's heartfelt tribute to her husband on "Beautiful Man" where her love and devotion for him shines in her touching performance. Check out for more information including upcoming performances and how to purchase The Show Must Go On and more.

David Michael MillerDavid Michael Miller
- Same Soil -
Since the demise of his beloved former outfit Dive House Union, David Michael Miller has wasted no time on his solo career with the release of his second album titled Same Soil. Mining the same mix of blues, soul, funk and folk as his first solo album Miller knows his way around good songwriting and about getting an impeccable recording in the studio. The twelve cuts on Same Soil feature Miller on guitar and vocals along with Shannon Street, Mike Brown, Carlton Campbell and Josh Miller on drums, Robert "Freightrain" Parker, Tom Vayo, Richii Valentino and John Kibler on bass, Jason Moynihan and Barry Arborgast on saxophone and Jeremy Keyes on harmonica. My vote for unsung hero on the sessions is keyboardist Jim Ehinger who always seems to play the right part. Highlights on Same Soil include the opening track "All The Blues To You", the recorded live rave up "Got Them Blues", the slow burning blues number "Friend of Mine" with great sax blowing from Moynihan and "Needle to the Wheel" dedicated to the "Last Real DJ" Anita West. Other keepers include "Born to Lose", "Too Early in the Morning" and "Doing Me In, Doing Me Wrong". For more information about David Michael Miller and his latest release Same Soil go to

For fans of Ry Cooder, Allman Brothers, Little Feat.

A House Safe For TigersA House Safe For Tigers
- self titled -
A House Safe For Tigers is the musical collaboration between the seemingly polar opposite musical forces of Mark Costantino and Brandon Delmont. Costantino's last band was the raw hardcore outfit The Exit Strategy while Delmont has cut his teeth with beloved power pop group Girlpope and the symphonic synth rock of Odiorne. Somehow their styles mesh for an alternative pop meets baroque chamber music sound that is at times atmospheric, serene and mystical. Costantino and Delmont perform all of the music with help from Zak Ward and James Burgess on a couple of tracks. The disc opens with the fittingly titled instrumental "Entrance" followed by "Ann Marie" and the first single from the album "Evaporate". Other highlights include "Search Lights" the funky "Hiding Places", "Crickets" and "The Pines". The album closes with a cover of Luna's hit "I Want Everything" and a solo version of "Ann Marie" and a great way to end the album. If you were wondering where the guys came up with the band name it is a reference to a movie soundtrack of the same name made by legendary producer/singer songwriter Lee Hazelwood. Now you know. Check out A House Safe For Tigers and their new album at or at

For fans of High Llamas, Luna, Spiritualized

Vin DeRosa MusicVin DeRosa Music
- Hesitate E.P. -

Vinnie DeRosa has released a five song EP titled Hesitate a funky soulful affair from start to finish. DeRosa recorded the album at GCR Audio with Justin Rose at the controls along with Matthew James Castronova. A slew of stellar studio aces and members of DeRosa's other band Vitamin D played on the disc. Among them are drummers Steven Carlos Padin, Anthony Prude Jr. and Deshawn Jackson, bassists Matthew James Castronova, Brad Lee Robbins and Alex Aponte and on keyboards Rocco Dellaneve, AJ Scibetta and Danny Pizarro. Richie English handled string arrangements and Carlos Day and Ken Whitman played horns. Standout tracks include the funky neo soul tile track "Hesitate", "Courage" that moves along to an easy skanking Reggae groove and "You Already Know" that features Geraldo Castillo. For more information check out and

For fans of Michael Franti and Spearhead, Daryl Hall and John Oates

Willie MayWillie May
- Blues Mona -

Legendary bluesman Willie May has released a new album tilted Blues Mona a ten song collection of some on May's finest material yet. As usual May surrounds himself with only the finest musicians to play on his albums and this time his guests range from the old guard to the new regime. Dwane Hall, Jim Whitford, Robert Parker, Harvey Murello, Ray Hangen and Randy Corsi along with teen guitar sensation Haydon Fogle are just a few of the artists lending their talents on Blues Mona. Highlights include a sweet duet between May and the incomparable Sharon Bailey on "Lock it Up", "Stop Hurtin' Me" featuring Mark Panfil on banjo, "Mona's Watching Eye" and the classic surf rock vibe of "Surf Mona Blues". "Big Legged Woman" an ode to the obvious and "You Don't Know Me" with a touch of breezy Bayou accordion are some of May's best songwriting to date. For more information and how to purchase Blues Mona go to

For fans of Taj Mahal, Robert Lucas and Lowell George

Nikki's WivesNikki's Wives
- For E-V-E-R -

London, Ontario based outfit Nikki's Wives have released their debut album titled For E-V-E-R. The band, Nikki Whitehead (vocals/keyboards), Dylan Lauzon (guitar) and Nate Baylor (drums), recorded the album at GCR Audio in Buffalo with Justin Rose and Brad Lauchert behind the board along with Alastair Sims and Alex Krotz and features a bevy of Western New York talent. The string section consists of Mary Ramsey and Kate Weissman while the horns include Phil Sims, Tim Clarke and Eric Wozniak. Richie English did the string and horn arrangements and compositions. The six song disc has a dreamy dramatic flair and highlights Whitehead's vocals. Tracks of note include the haunting title cut "For E-V-E-R", "Fight Song", the up tempo "Another Lie" and the bouncy "Lonely Being Cool". The feature track is without a doubt "Ghost" a slow brooding number featuring Whitehead's earthy smoky vocals. Outstanding! For more information about Nikki's Wives and their debut album For E-V-E-R go to or

For fans of Lights, Marina and The Diamonds and Lordes

- The Resurrection Of Rock And Roll -

A few years back Forewarned founder and creative force behind the band was diagnosed with a life threating medical condition. Both during his treatment and recovery he sought solace in his music the result being Forewarned's ambitious double album The Resurrection Of Rock And Rock. The band delves into a 70's classic rock sound that not many bands are making today with lots of synths, big guitars, big choruses and songs of epic length. The band, Steve Supparits - Vocals/Guitars, Lynn Carol Schriver (she of music royalty Ramblin' Lou Family)- Keyboards/Vocals, Shawn Kilbourn - Lead Guitars, Aaron Anson - Lead Guitars, K. William George - Drums and Percussion, Dement Ormond - Bass Guitars and Marilyn Hudson - Background Vocals, get some help in the studio from Kenny Hawkins, George Puelo, Jerry Livingston, Jim Wynne and a host of others.
The album, a mix of soaring rockers and metal style ballads, starts with a spoken word disclaimer stating that no Auto tune, samples, beats, loops, arpeggiators etc. were used on the album and that all parts were played live.Highlights among the twenty two tracks include the rock orientated "K.M.A.", "On The Road Alone", the instrumental "Demonic Rise" and the lengthy opus "Hero" and its nearly as long counter parts "No Tomorrow" and "March 1st". Standouts among the ballads include "Unsure", "Angel" and "How Will I Know". In a nod to their classic rocks roots they also tackle Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell" with success.
For more information about Forewarned and to purchase The Resurrection Of Rock And Roll visit

For fans of Rush, Kansas, Boston and Styx

Savannah KingSavannah and The Kings
- Bold & Unsteady -

When Savannah King started playing music she set out as an independent solo alternative folk artist with a guitar, great voice and plenty of well written songs. Along the way she picked up three amazing band mates (Mark Bamann -lead guitar, Loren Metzger -drums and Scott Gergelis -bass) andmorphed into a front person for her band Savannah and The Kings.
Their new release Bold & Unsteadyis filled with memorable melodies and King's lilting voice all framed by the band's no frills approach. Touches of jazz (courtesy of Gergelis' outstanding upright bass playing), pop, folk and indie rock meld together for a cohesive sound. No self-indulgent doodling, no gimmicks, no unnecessary window dressings among the arrangements. Highlights among the twelve tracks include the album opener "Sour Milk", "Rabbit Run", "Are You Salt?", "Let Me Go" and "Houdini". The tracks "It's Just Water" and "Fruit Tree" are standouts as well. King and her band keep a busy live calendar playing everywhere from intimate clubs to large summer venues. To see where Savannah and The Kings are performing or to purchase their new album Bold & Unsteady visit

For fans of Haim, Natalie Merchant and Sarah McLachlan

The Canal Street String BandThe Canal Street String Band
- Wah Hoo! -

The Canal Street String Band plays true American music in its purest form. The band (Phil Banaszak-fiddle/guitar/mandolin/vocals, Dave Ruch-mandolin/guitar/banjo/vocals and Jim Whitford-string bass/guitar/vocals) embrace a mix of folk, bluegrass,Western Swing, Appalachian, Adirondack Mountain, sea shanty and songs from the heydays of Buffalo's early maritime and canal days and brings life and joy to this sometime forgotten genre of music that truly spans generations of music fans.
Fresh off some extensive touring the band has released their sophomore effort Wah Hoo! a fourteen song mix of originals, covers, traditional and songs from the public domain. Lots of good stuff here including the opening track "Le Gadeliderot", the title cut "Wah Hoo!", the playful boast of "Gay Paris (The Boaster)", "Bully in the Alley" and "Canal Street Slide". Other keepers include Whitford's vocal turn on the ode to short women "Short and Sweet", the tender "I Had Someone Else Before I Had You", "Phil's Waltz"and the twin fiddle romp "Beaver Cap" featuring Gretchen Banaszak on fiddle and vocals. They also nail the Bob Wills classic "Take Me Back to Tulsa" featuring some great guitar and fiddle interplay.
To find out more about The Canal Street String Band and their latest release Wah Hoo! visit their website at

For fans of Pete Seeger, Ricky Scaggs, Bill Monroe

Toney Rhodes - The Buffalo Spell Toney Rhodes
- The Buffalo Spell -
Buffalo musician Toney Rhodes established his musical reputation at the age of fourteen as the organist and leader of the choir at his father's Pentecostal church. As he got older he branched out to a few local R&B, funk, blues and Reggae bands and from there Rhodes and his keyboards went on to forge as career as a go to session guy and stints with saxophonist Najee, classic rock superstar Steve Miller and Joe Wooten of the Wooten Brothers to name a few. In between he was putting together musical ideas and tracks that have finally seen daylight as his new release The Buffalo Spell. The fifteen track disc is a sweet offering of jazz, funk, soul and R&B and features a solid cast of musicians helping out Rhodes among them are Carl "Flute" Johnson, Jerry Livingston, Kenny Hawkins, Mike DiSanto and RiShon O'Dell. Rhodes who wrote twelve of the fifteen tracks on the disc never hogs the spotlight giving all the musicians ample room to show their talents as well.
Highlights include the title track "The Buffalo Spell" with its Latin vibe, "710", "Sidebar", "Therapy" that trips along on a jaunty bass line and "First Cause" featuring some nice saxophone from Dominic Missana. Other tracks of interest include "Osaka Bay Sunshine", "I Love Your Spirit" and "I Want You" that has the feeling of watching an ocean sunset.
For more information about Toney Rhodes and his new release The Buffalo Spell visit his website at

For fans of Spyro Gyra, YellowJackets and Bobby Jones

The TraditionalThe Traditional
- How To Live Without Blood -

In sports we often talk about how important the traits of confidence, determination and discipline are to achieving success. That sports axiom can be applied to Buffalo's own The Traditional. The band (Anthony Musior - bass/vocals, Michael Bienias -guitar, Ryan Bennett -guitar and Jon Coric -drums) has attained national notice with an unrelenting touring schedule and recently signed to Los Angeles, CA. label Anchor Eighty-Four Records ( ) and have released the most righteously awesome album How To Live Without Blood. The album was recorded at GCR Audio under the watchful ears of studio guru Jay Zurbricky who also produced the record. The heavy alternative sound features great production with clean clear vocals and crisp guitars and is just a great sounding record. Loaded with great songs all written by the band the group took their time working on the material until it had a finished sheen. They kick things off with "Skeletons" before segueing into the title cut "How To Live Without Blood". The majestic tub thumper "Disaster" is a keeper as are "Marilyn", ""Constant Battle (Let It Go)" and the angst and betrayal riddled "Haunt You". Other tracks of note include "Run" which starts with simple guitar and vocals before exploding into a full sonic assault and the late night kiss off "I'm Not Going Home With You" featuring vocals from Bianca Dryland. The band is currently out on a US tour to support How To Live Without Blood before heading home for a bit and then back out for more dates as they add summer and fall festival dates. Confidence, determination and discipline traits that The Traditional are loaded with. For more information about The Traditional check out or at

For fans of Nirvana, Brand New and Green Day

Randle and the Late Night ScandalsRandle and the Late Night Scandals
- Cheap. Boozey. Dangerous -

Randle and the Late Night Scandals have finally released their debut album titled Cheap. Boozey. Dangerous. a twelve song collection of blues, rock, soul and funk. The band has been building a steady buzz over the last three years with some truly memorable live performances throughout the region so anticipation for an album was building. The band (Amanda Markovich-vocals, Luke Bennett-guitar, Marty Peters-guitar, Kimberly Mason-Alto Sax, Rob Schmarder-bass and Naminga-percussion) recorded the disc at One Flight Up Studio in Lancaster and were assisted by Reggie Evans on drums for the session. Other guests include Dan Harper on harmonica and Joe Rozler on keyboards. Markovich and Bennett wrote all twelve tracks as well. Highlights include "Whiskey Pillow", "Catwalk Blues", "Edwords' and "The Itch" along with the track "All Gonna Die" that features some awesome piano from Rozler. For more information about Randle and the Late Night Scandals their debut album and live performances go to

For fans of Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Lou Ann Barton, Amy Winehouse

Nick DiStefanoNick DiStefano
- Life Lessons -

Nick DiStefano made a name for himself with the pioneering local rock band The Road. They went on to some success signing with the Kama Sutra label, a couple of hits and a live touring schedule. Eventually when The Road disbanded, DiStefano headed to Nashville and began touring with artist such as Billy Joe Royal, T. G. Sheppard, Kathy Mattea and Marie Osmond to name a few. He also was an active house writer penning hits for Joe Cocker and Johnny Van Zant among others. All this while he was writing his own songs and music hunkered down in his home studio. After some Nashville musician friends called him out on it he showed them the trove of music he had assembled. They quickly got him into the studio again and put together his new album Life Lessons.
The twelve song collection, all written by DiStefano, has an adult classic rock vibe and features a host of Nashville veterans including Spady Brannon, Joe Hesse, Bruce Dees, John Dees, David LaBruyere, Larry Chaney, and Lisa Silver and Vickie Carrico. Highlights include "Feels Like Forever", "Whatever Moves Your Heart (for the troops)", "Right With The World", "Sometimes The Sun Breaks Thru (for Roddy Pahl)" and "As Long As There's Love". On the web check out for purchasing info and more.

For fans of Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Steve Winwood

Willie NileWillie Nile
- If I Was A River -

For some time now Willie Nile has longed to make a "piano" album. Of the many performances that Nile has played locally over the years a show at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery that was a solo piano show still stands out as one of his most memorable. If I Was A River, Nile's latest offering, is that piano album. The album was recorded on the fabled grand piano from the Record Plant Studio in NYC heard on albums by John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie to name a few. This is the very piano that Nile was playing on December 8, 1980 while recording his second album at the studio while John Lennon and Yoko worked on their own album in the next studio right before Lennon took his fateful ride back to the Dakota. The record and the material are very meaningful to Nile and features some of his most introspective and literary verse over the ten tracks.
The tracks "Lost", "Let Me Be The River" and the title cut "If I Was A River" all stand out for their sense of loss, love and life's longings. "Gloryland" dreams of a world "where all chains are banned forever" while "I Can't Do Crazy (Anymore)" reminisces about youthful days. Nile injects some humor along the way with "Lullaby Loon" his rant on various music genres he dislikes from the blues, pop, folk and rock. "Rock and Roll is a crock of s***" he declares. Other highlights include ""Song of a Soldier" and "The One You Used To Love".
For more information about Willie Nile and his latest release If I Was A River go to

For fans of Bruce Springsteen, John Hiatt, Randy Newman

Gurf MorlixGurf Morlix
- Eatin' At Me -

In his own word Gurf Morlix has stated that his latest album Eatin' At Me is his Buffalo album and the LP has the dark grey pall of a winter day in the Queen City and I mean that in the most enduring way. Morlix left Buffalo for Austin in 1975 and still returns yearly and has a fondness for his hometown. The album kicks off with "Dirty Old Buffalo" a haunting ode to the city with a lyrically visual road map that has Morlix reminiscing about a bygone era. Family car trips over the Skyway from his Lackawanna home, Bethlehem Steel, Hertel Avenue, Father Baker's and the Allman Brothers at Alioto's all are mentioned as is the shiny new sheen and money lavished on his once gritty hometown. "50 Years" is a sweet tune sung with a wistful longing about looking back on his growing up days in Western New York while "Born in Lackawanna" another song about growing up here names checks Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lake Erie, the steel plant and the hardy souls who lived and worked in the city. Other stand out tracks include "The Dog I Am" with its swiney groove and none too flattering lyrics, "Blue Smoke", "Elephant's Graveyard" and "Orphan Tears". Helping Morlix on the album are Rick Richards, Ray Bonneville, Gene Elders and Patterson Barrett. Morlix proves the old adage that even if you move away from Buffalo you never really leave. For more information on Gurf Morlix's latest album Eatin' at Me go to

For fans of Ray Wiley Hubbard, Ray Bonneville, Slaid Cleaves

John and JacobJohn and Jacob
- self titled -

Words cannot describe how much I love the new self titled album from Pinson, Alabama outfit John and Jacob. After nearly stealing the show last month from Kacey Musgraves at Town Ballroom, actually they did steal the show and that is not a diss on Musgraves who was very good, it's just that these guys (John Davidson-vocals/guitars/harmonica, Jacob Bryant-vocals/guitar/trumpet/bass, Jake Thrasher-bass/guitar/bg vocals, Trevor Davis-drums and Austin Taylor Smith-guitar/keys/bg vocals) played with an incredible energy and passion for music that was hard to ignore. They work and tour hard to win over fans one at a time if necessary and have already surprised and wowed crowds at the 2014 Bonnaroo, CMA, SXSW and Hangout Festivals, have been welcomed by and toured the UK and have played the Grand Ole Opry. They have written hits for The Band Perry and have had their music played on the television show Nashville. Now before you stop reading because you think this is some Bro' Country band that is the farthest thing from the truth and they are nothing like anything on the country charts.
Using a live on the floor recording feel the band uses elements of early Beatles and Everly Brothers styled harmonies, a Buddy Holly knack for writing concise three minute songs about unrequited love and the country rock swing of Blue Rodeo or early Wilco. I know that's some heavy company but these guys pull it off and boy does it sound great. The songwriting, arrangements and the production are superlative.
Not a bad song among the eleven but a few really standout among them are "Think About You" and "I'd Go Back" both feature great guitar parts, harmonies and vocals and are possibly the best two tracks on the album. Other highlights include "Brand New" and their hit from the Nashville show "Be My Girl". I could get real nerdy here about production values, arrangements etc. and break down what makes "Be My Girl" such a great song but short story is it has a big guitar sound, instantly catchy melody and a yearning pleading vocal to his dream girl that wins you over. And one other thing, the mid song break catches you completely off guard when instead of the normal guitar solo you get a Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass style trumpet solo that at first sounds so wrong but then you realize it is so right. Other keepers include "Ride With Me", "Breaking The Law", "Goodbye' and "The Weekend". John and Jacob have truly made an album for the ages. Check them out at

For fans of The Beatles, Blue Rodeo, Steve Earle, good music in general.

by Bob Silvestri

Willie May
- Shaken Tree Blues -

CD Review - By Bob Silvestri

Willie MayWillie May is arguably one of the most prolific independent blues/roots artists around today and his 15th album titled Shaken Tree Blues is arguably one of his finest efforts. Once again May has surrounded himself in the studio with a cream of the crop group of musicians including Dwane Hall who also recorded many of the tracks on the album, Evan Laedke, Jim Bohm, Jim Whitford, Kenny Parker, Kevin Espinosa, Mark Panfil, Owen Eichensehr, Randy Bolam, Robert "Freight Train" Parker, Ted Lambert and Ray Hangen. Multi Grammy nominee Mark Hummel also adds his harmonica talent to the disc.

The album starts off with the exotic Latin tinged instrumental "Dos Teresa" followed by the rollicking blues "Talk is Cheap". May breaks out the ukulele on a couple of tracks including the title number "Shaken Tree Blues" and "I'm Goin' Home" and fires up the accordion for the Acadian Cajun romp "Greta". May takes on the persona of a lonely lover on "Everybody But Me", digs deep into his soul for "Heartbreak" a song about his finding a murdered woman near his rural property and beats the blues right out of the haunting dirge "She's Leavin'".

Shaken Tree Blues shows that even with 15 albums under his belt Willie May is still full of fresh musical ideas and adventures. For more information about Willie May and his latest release shaken Tree Blues visit

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