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CONCERT REVIEWS

The Smithereens
Bear's Den - Seneca Niagara Casino
May 14, 2016

Concert Review - by Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

The SmithereensThe third greatest thing to ever come out of New Jersey, The Smithereens, played a show at the Bear's Den inside the Seneca-Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY on May 14, 2016. The power pop provocateurs played to a not quite sold out show and featured songs from throughout their thirty plus year career and a couple of classic Who and Beatles covers over the ninety minute set. Front man and vocalist Pat DiNizio, recovering from recent arm surgery and was unable to play guitar, who posses one of the finest rock voices ever was in fine form. The charismatic DiNizio told bad jokes, bad puns and great yarns between songs much to the delight of The Smithereens faithful.

The SmithereensThey hit the boards promptly near the 8PM scheduled start time and opened with "Behind a Wall of Sleep" followed by "Top of the Pops". They continued to blister the paint in the Bear's Den with scorching versions of "Sorry", "House We Used to Live In", "Only a Memory", "Especially For You", "Time and Time Again" and "Blue Period"
They also tore through "Acid Queen", "I'm Free" and snippets of "Overture" from The Who's Tommy and did a superb run through of the Beatles "Please Please Me". They closed the show with "Blood and Roses" before returning for an encore and playing "Girl Like You". The band hung out at the merch table after the show signing autographs, posing for photos and having fun with their fans. Oh and in case you were wondering what those two other great things to come out of New Jersey were. That would be Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. For more about The Smithereens go to www.officialsmithereens.com for more great upcoming shows at Seneca Casinos visit www.senecacasinos.com

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Center for the Arts - SUNY @ Buffalo-Amherst
May 7th 2016

Concert Review - by Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Tedeschi Trucks BandDerek Trucks and wife Susan Tedeschi have always had a soft spot for WNY when touring either as solo artists or as Tedeschi Trucks Band. They always seem to make a tour stop in the area but this went one better and scheduled a two night stand at Center for the Arts on UB's North Campus. To say that TTB is one of the strongest and best outfits on the road would be an understatement. Once you see this powerful juggernaut in concert it dispels any doubt about their stature as a premier band.

Out in support of their latest album Let Me Get By the twelve piece band wove a tapestry of blues, rock, soul, country and even a few jazz riffs behind Trucks' slide guitar playing and Tedeschi's soulful croon over their two hour set. The groove driven arrangements spread out time and space for the artists to solo but in a more sophisticated manner than just a jam band.

Tedeschi Trucks BandThe show contained a mix of selections from the new album, a few standout covers and a couple of tunes from their previous albums. Highlights from the new album included the show opener "Laugh About It", "Anyhow", "Cryin' Over You", "I Want More" and "Don't Know What It Means". They turned in one of the night's strongest performance with a cover of Derek and The Dominoes "Keep on Growing" and also tackled Leonard Cohan's "Bird on A Wire". They closed the set with one of the most beautiful and transcendental songs ever "Midnight in Harlem" followed by the title track from their latest album "Let Me Get By". They returned for an encore with a version of the ZZ Top chestnut "Goin' Down To Mexico" before wrapping up the evening with "Bound For Glory" from their Revelator album.
For more show coming to the Center for the arts check out www.ubcfa.org and for Tedeschi Trucks Band go to www.tedeschitrucksband.com

Spring Fling Rock AF 2016
First Niagara Center - Buffalo NY
March 28th 2016

Concert Review - by Dylan Kallay
Buff State Journalism Major
dkallay79@gmail.com

Concert Review - by Dylan KallaySpring Fling Rock AF 2016 has been going on since March 11th when it started in Fresno, C.A. Since then, the tour has traveled coast to coast bringing along some of the best indie rock talent that the world has to offer. The tour turned its head to the First Niagara Center on Monday, March 28th.
xxxThe show was headlined by Cage the Elephant, who has gained mainstream success and popularity after four albums. The Kentucky based group boosted the crowd with a massive amount of energy mainly due to frontman Matt Shultz. Shultz had the swagger of a madman running from each end of the stage with an in your face attitude that boosted the crowd.
Schultz larger than life stage presence did not overshadow the rest of the band. Whether it was the angst filled attitude of rhythm guitarist Brad Shultz, or the short raunchy solo's of lead guitarist Nick Bockrath, each member of the band contributed to an excellent set.
xxxThere was stage diving and crowd surfing. Matt Shultz was all but required to do so after stage diving at Canalside during the 2014 Kerfuffle. He did it again as his final magic trick before the concert officially ended. The audience took a part in some of the antics. I saw a woman crowd surfing only to be eventually toppled by gravity and a lack of helping hands.
xxxBear Hands had the shortest set and was also the opening act. The Group from Brooklyn is very experimental in their sound. The synth-pop group also uses treble heavy guitar riffs and echoed vocals from vocalist/guitarist Dylan Rau. Showcasing songs for their next release shows that they are refining and expanding their sound.
xxxFoals came on next. The Band out of Oxford, England was a more fitting opener for Silversun Pickups and Cage the Elephant. While Bear Hands showed their experimental touch, Foals brought that initial spark of energy, a foundation the remaining musical acts would build on.
xxxFoals can be just as entropic as they are melodic. "Olympic Airways" from their 2008 album Antidotes shows that they can be calculated and math rocky. "Providence" is a buildup song that's starts off as a snowball that's turns into an avalanche.
The second half of the song is a fast paced jam session that's attributed to the urgent drumming of Jack Bevan, the heavy chord progression of rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith and a nice tremolo guitar rift from frontman Yannis Philippakis. This song is the highlight of the set and just as energetic as anything Cage the Elephant did later that night.
xxxSilversun Pickups had a great set, but between the powerful performances of Foals and Cage the Elephant, they were not as memorable. They sounded great, poppy synth was a nice background to the heavily distorted guitar of frontman Brian Aubert. The Smashing pumpkins influences in their sound are evident; the soft trembling vocals of Aubert contrasting the heavy sound of the band are a clear resemblance. Listening to them live it was hard to tell a difference from their studio albums, they have really fine tuned there live performances. Unfortunately, they couldn't provide the same energy that Foals and Cage the Elephant did.
xxxSilversun Pickups ended their set with the ballad "Lazy eye" the song that first got them to critical acclaim. It's a beautiful song, but also changes the pace from fast paced gems like "Panic Switch". Giving an audience a cool down period before Cage the Elephant tore up the place.


ALBUM REVIEWS
by Bob Silvestri

Carina & the Six String PreacherCarina & the Six String Preacher
- Why You So Wild Crocodile? -

Purveyors of jazz noir Carina &The Six Sting Preacher have released a new album titled Why You So Wild Crocodile that harks back to the heady days of 50's and 60's jazz. Reminiscent of the work of Les Paul and Mary Ford or the spectacular sessions of Stan Getz/Antonio Carlos-Jobim with singer Astrud Gilberto the music is both haunting and romantic mysterious and sensual. With Carina Mastrantonio on vocals and Vincent Mastrantonio on guitar along with John Brady on drums they weave musical magic with a simplistic approach. Clean, fluid and inventive guitar lines dance between Carina's sultry purr and seduces your ears and mind alike. But like all good seductresses she always leaves you wanting more.
Highlights from the album include "Forget About Me", "Cheap Perfume", "Cabin Fever" and the Latin tinged "A Man I Could Love". For more information about Carina & The Six String Preacher visit www.carinaandthesixstringpreacher.com or www.facebook.com/CarinaandTheSixStringPreacher


Willie NileWillie Nile
- World War Willie -

Like a fine wine Willie Nile seems to get better with each subsequent album release. His latest World War Willie was recorded mostly live with minimal overdubs with his incredible touring band (Matt Hogan-guitars, Johnny Pisano-bass and Alex Alexander -drums) and has a raw garage band sound that captures the power of their live shows. "Forever Wild" could be a long lost Springsteen classic, "Let's All Come Together" shouts with unbridled optimism and "Grandpa Rocks" proves the geezers still got it. Nile and the band get bluesy, greasy and dirty on "Citibank Nile", "Hell Yeah" and "Bad Boy" all standout tracks. Other tracks of note include "When Levon Sings" a joyous ode to the late great Levon Helm, the title track "World War Willie", "Trouble Down In Diamond Town" and a killer cover of the Lou Reed classic "Sweet Jane". To find out what's happening with Buffalo's own Willie Nile go to www.willienile.com or www.facebook.com/willie.nile


Jefferson GrizzardJefferson Grizzard
- Daydream of Hope -

Singer songwriter Jefferson Grizzard has released a new album titled Daydream of Hope. You may recognize Grizzard's name as he has played numerous shows in town over the last few years and has toured with Willie Nile. On this his third and quite possibly best album to date Grizzard has tightened and honed his songwriting both lyrically and musically with a sharper focus of ideas. Helping out on the disc which was recorded in Nashville are Mike Brignardello (drums), Will Denton (bass), Steve Brewster (drums), Dennis Wage (keyboards), Aubrey Hayne (violin/mandolin), Eric Darken (percussion), Dan Dugmore (pedal steel), Kim Keyes (backing vocals) and Ben McRee (guitars/backing vocals) who also produced the album. Highlights include "We're Just Kids Babe" on which Grizzard gets on his best Tom Petty croon, "Adelaide", the jangly guitar rocker "All That We Can Do Is Try" and two ballads "Lonely Senorita" and "Honey, You Can Treat Me Wrong". The two best cuts are "Sinner's Like Me (Can't Be Saved)" with its South of the Border flair and "Fallout Frenzy" with a guitar riff straight out of the Led Zeppelin playbook. For more information on Jefferson Grizzard, his new album Daydream of Hope or sign up for his mailing list go to www.jeffersongrizzard.com


Lake Street DiveLake Street Dive
- Side Pony -

Side Pony the latest album from Lake Street Dive is a joyful slice of music harking back to the halcyon days of AM radio gold. Led by the indomitable spirit and vocal prowess of lead singer Rachael Price along with band mates Mike Olson (guitar/keys), Bridget Kearney, (bass, background vocals) and Mike Calabrese (drums) the band have crafted a soulful funky rollicking good album. Any of the twelve tracks would stand alone as radio hits but they retain cohesiveness as an album as well. Standouts tracks include the funky title cut "Side Pony", "Hell Yeah", "Can't Stop", "Close to Me" and "Spectacular Failure". The three best tracks, which happen to all be penned by Bridget Kearney, "Call Off Your Dogs", "So Long" and "How Good It Feels" all offer lyrical candy for Price to wrap her gorgeous voice around. Check out Lake Street Dive and their new album Side Pony at www.lakestreetdive.com and www.nonesuch.com


Paul Mark & The Van DorensPaul Mark & The Van Dorens
- Stowaways -

Paul Mark's recording output has spanned many genres from roots to rock to country and R&B. But his tenth album titled Stowaways www.radiationrecords.com finds Mark exploring an alternative style of Cabaret and blues. Whether crooning with his sandpapery growl or giving a good old fashioned saloon singer rant Mark sometimes is the only sane person in the crazy world of his songs. He has seen it all with world weary eyes and is unabashed in conveying what he has seen and lived. "How Do The Blind Become So Famous?", "Reputation Tango", "Stow Away", "Interesting Times" and "Bridge To Nowhere" all shine as do "Once Upon a Weekend" a duet with Tess Primack, "Degraw Avenue" and an outstanding run through the Kurt Weill/Bertoit Brecht opus "Mack The Knife". Stowaways is an unflinching album from an uncompromising artist. For more information about Paul Mark go to www.paulmark.com


Five to OneFive to One
- LIVE at the SPORTSMENS TAVERN 09.18.15 -

The venerable Sprortsmen's Tavern has been the home to many incredible performances from a wide variety of artists over the years. Often as I watched shows at the venue I wished that the magic on stage was being captured for posterity. Homegrown talents Five to One have bottled some of that magic with the release of their new album LIVE at the SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN 09.18.15. Expertly recorded by Jay Hall with Bob James mixing and Geno McManus handling the mastering the recording has a polished sound that truly captures the essence of the musicians and the songs.
The band (Abby Unger-vocals/percussion, Bill Kita-guitars/vocals, Bill Nowak-bass/vocals, Bob James-guitars/vocals, Bill Solak-drums/vocals and Mario Nunez-percussion/vocals) offer their take on eleven classic rock songs among them The Stones "19th Nervous Breakdown", "Long May You Run" from the Stills-Young Band, Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" and The Zombies "She's Not There". The band really locks tight on a couple of outstanding cuts including a rollicking run through the Swinging Medallions classic "Double Shot of My Baby's Love", a beautiful take on one of Steve Earle's many gems "You're Still Standing There" and a bonus studio take of Richard and Linda Thompson's "Dimming of the Day" that is gorgeous. For more information on Five to One check out www.fivetoone.org or www.facebook.com/Five-To-One-1517581665152715

Forever GreenForever Green
- self titled -

Forever Green is a musical collaboration between musicians Dan Manzella and Joseph Militello AKA Joe Tell and the title of their new five song EP. Treading territory somewhere between Father John Misty and Hot Tuna the album is a stripped down affair with most tracks feature just guitar, bass and vocals with the occasional harmonica or percussion. "Fall Down Blues" and "When You're Near Me" are straight up acoustic blues numbers while "I'd Find My Way" is a slow ballad and "Joey's Song" an instrumental is almost in the realm of psychedelic mysticism with its experimental sounds. Rounding out the album is "Waves" a track that was recorded live at the Tudor Lounge. For more information about Forever Green visit them on the web at www.reverbnation.com/forevergreen2

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 www.warnerbrosrecords.com 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 www.googoodolls.com

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 www.dirtysmileband.com

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 www.jessiegalante.com 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 www.davemillermusic.com

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

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 www.nikkiswives.com or www.facebook.com/NikkisWives

For fans of Lights, Marina and The Diamonds and Lordes

ForewarnedForewarned
- 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 www.forewarned.net

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 www.savannahkingmusic.com

For fans of Haim, Natalie Merchant and Sarah McLachlan

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 www.ratlns.com

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 www.nickdistefanomusic.com for purchasing info and more.

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Willie May
- Shaken Tree Blues -

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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 www.williemaymusic.com

For fans of Taj Mahal, Clifton Chenier, John Hammond.

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