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Album of the Month for February 2020 is WHAT THEY SAY – CW AYON

”What They Say ” is already showing in the RMR Charts and well deserved too.

”What They Say” ranked #3 on the official Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts for International Blues Airplay for the month of December 2019 (Chart #55) www.abarac.com.au. He’ll be touring Australia in mid-May, and has East Coast USA and UK tours in the works.

CW Ayon may call the Southwestern  deserts of New Mexico home, but his  soul is deeply rooted in the Blues and  grooves of the Mississippi Hill Country. 

With a rather simple kick/snare and  tambourine set-up, he lays down solid  beats while picking out some catchy  hooks on anything from acoustic to  resonator guitars, sometimes dropping  in a bit of harmonica for good measure. 

All the while building a sound and  playing style that is deceptively larger  than it seems.

CW Ayon’s influences are  Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, John  Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Robert  Belfour, just to name a few. 

 

Release date:​ Nov. 1, 2019 

Record label:​ Independent 

Artist/composer: ​CW Ayon 

UPC:​ 888295954495 

Guitar, vocals, percussion:​ CW Ayon 

Upright bass: ​Felipe Toltecatl 

Recording engineer: ​Gary Laney 

Recording studio:​ Nautilus  Studio location:​ San Angelo, TX 

Contact: ​[email protected] 

Website:​ CWAyon.com 

Facebook:​ CW Ayon Duo

New Single “Reckless Daydreams” by Trevor Alguire

 

Reckless Daydreams – the new single, marks the first taste of Trevor Alguire’s 7th album, bringing with it a maturity in songwriting seldom seen and rarely reached, captured by only a select few of this country’s most prolific well-travelled veteran songwriters. Alguire draws from over a decade of touring across North America and Europe.

Trevor had just hit the studio to start recording Reckless Daydreams when he received the news that his mom had cancer, six weeks later she was gone. Trevor boarded a plane one week later for a two-week tour of Europe unsure if he would even continue the album upon his return. “My mom was my anchor, keeping me grounded every day, and to suddenly have her taken away I can’t even start to describe that kind of heartache. Forcing myself back into the studio as a way to grieve was my way of coping, and each song started to take on its own meaning and direction.” Thus forming an album unlike any other Trevor has written to date, an album of reflection, loss, heartache and hope.

 

Rebecca Noelle (backing vocals) and Jeff Asselin (drums) of The Commotions accompany Trevor on the new single Reckless Daydreams, along with Fred Guignion on guitar and Alex Mastronardi on bass and keys. Reckless Daydreams comes on the heels of his last album Perish in The Light’s very successful run in the top 5 for over 32 weeks on the Roots Music Report Chart and calls from many to the awards committees (The Juno Awards & The Polaris Prize) to take note.  With over 70 songs recorded in only a decade Alguire travels through this world passionately sharing these stories with everyone he meets. All the while gathering and documenting these special moments and conversations while continuing his heart felt journey assured to leave in his wake a lifetime of precious stories told.

A great year for Josie Bello and her album “Can’t Go Home”

One of our Spotlight albums, “Can’t Go Home” has continued to rise on the weekly RMR Rock and Roots Rock Charts during the last few months and now the yearly charts are out and Josie seems to be everywhere.

http://tmefm.com/?s=josie+bello

 

 

Well done Josie and well deserved. Now to wait for the next album!

 

Number 29 on the New York State yearly chart.

 

Number 36 on the yearly Roots Rock chart.

 

Number 68 on the main Rock Chart.

 

The song charts are littered with Josie’s songs, go to https://www.rootsmusicreport.com and check them out.

TMEfm Radio Top albums of 2019

Somewhere on the left-hand side is the list, click crowdrank and choose “curate” to see the ranking

News From Blind Raccoon & Their Artists

“All My Dues Are Paid” by Frank Bey available worldwide on January 17, 2020

The Southern Gentleman of the Blues releases his eagerly-anticipated sophomore album on Nola Blue Records.

In the follow up to his award-winning 2018 album, Back In Business, Frank Bey powerfully asserts his career status with All My Dues Are Paid.  Co-written with Nola Blue Records label mate Kathy Murray, album producer Kid Andersen and co-producer Rick Estrin, the uptempo title track for his sixth album is a celebration of the unstoppable journey of soul bluesman, Frank Bey.

Recorded at Keeping the Blues Alive Award-winning Greaseland Studios in San Jose, California, Bey is accompanied by an elite group of musicians including multi-Grammy winners Jim Pugh (keyboards) and Jerry Jemmott (bass); multi-Blues Music Award nominee Nancy Wright (saxophone); drummer Derrick D’Mar Martin (Little Richard) and percussionist Vicki Randle (Tonight Show band).  Andersen’s reverence and keen exploitation of Bey’s vocal prowess is evident throughout the 13 selections on the album.  Northwest Music Scene reviewer Rick Bowen observes, “The full breadth of Bey’s artistic and emotional power is brought to bear in the dynamic, showstopping arrangement of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ that builds to a glorious grand finale.”

Born in Millen, Georgia and starting his musical career in gospel at the tender age of four, Frank Bey is a six-time Blues Music Award nominee.  Currently residing in Philadelphia, PA, Bey is a beloved international performer and recording artist.  “Frank Bey – You’re Going To Miss Me,” A feature documentary film about the life and musical journey of Frank Bey, is currently in post-production.  For more information about Frank, his music and the film, visit www.frankbeymusic.com and www.frankbeyfilm.com.

Frank Bey Recording Session At Greaseland

TOMISLAV GOLUBAN – MEMPHIS LIGHT
Label: Spona
Release date: January 10, 2020

Harp musician Tomislav Goluban presents his latest studio album entitled ”Memphis Light” with an expected January, 10, 2020 release date. His 11th studio album, a sequel of sorts to his previous album ”Chicago Rambler,” which made significant impact outside Croatia and reached top positions on various radio charts in the USA, Australia, France and the UK.

Nine of the ten tracks are written by Tomislav and the tenth is the classic ”House of the Rising Sun.” As suggested by the album title, Goluban took a trip to the Home of the Blues to record at Ardent studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Tomislav Goluban (vocals, harp) and his band ”Little Pigeon” are Jeff Jensen (guitar), David Green (drums), Rick Steff (keyboard), Bill Ruffino (bass). Mark Johnson (slide guitar), Vince Johnson (guitar), Franher Joseph, Reba Russell and Daunielle Hill (backing vocals) guested on various cuts.

Album Trailer ~ Recording In Memphis
Andrew Kastner, guitarist with Jack Mack, talking about how the band got involved with Clint Eastwood’s film, “Richard Jewell.”
Jack Mack and the Heart Attack ~  Live From Centennial Park Atlanta, 1996
Street Date ~ December 6, 2019
In May of 2019, Andrew Kastner, the founding member and guitarist for Jack Mack and the Heart Attack received a call from someone named Tim Moore. “I’m looking for someone from Jack Mack and the Heart Attack” Moore asked. “You wouldn’t happen to have any footage of you guys playing at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996?”  Kastner asked why and Moore replied that he was a producer on a new movie directed by Clint Eastwood and they were looking for footage of the band to put in the film.  It so happens that approximately three years ago a friend of Kastner’s told him about a film that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill were trying to make about the falsely accused guard from the bombing in Centennial Park, Richard Jewell. Kastner called Leonardo’s company on more than one occasion telling them that he was with the band playing on stage the night of the bombing and if they needed any information to call him.  He never did get a call back.

Kastner told Moore that it’s possible that he may still have some footage, but, would need to find it as It had been 23 years since he laid eyes on it. Ironically, a few months before this call, Kastner, who had saved many boxes of tapes and videos from the band’s 40 years, decided they were taking up too much space and probably deteriorating so he threw many of them away. Kastner said he’d call him back and immediately went out to his shed to started digging through the boxes of old tapes and other assorted junk. After 45 minutes of sifting through the dust and spider webs, there they were, four beautiful gray plastic boxes of Sony Beta Cam tapes with “Centennial Park, Atlanta 1996 July 22,24,25 and 26 written on them.” He called Moore back immediately and within 12 hours he and Kastner’s partner in the band, sax player Bill Bergman, and he were sitting with Clint Eastwood, Tim and their team at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank showing them the footage.

Clint and the team were ecstatic. Apparently, they only had a vague idea of what the stage looked like, what the band looked and sounded like, and what the audience looked like and they were going to start shooting in 20 days. One of Clint’s team told Kastner it was like a miracle that you guys walked in with 3 hours of tape and gave him a huge hug.  Kastner and Bergman basically handed them an entire scene and look for the film.

It so happens Kastner also dug up 4-5 digital tapes of the bands performances on those hot July nights in Atlanta and licensed two songs and the footage for the film.  One of the songs is a cover of the Staples Singers hit, “I’ll Take You There” and the other, a Jack Mack original, “I Walked Alone.” The latter was the song they were playing a few seconds before the bomb went off.  When you listen to the end of, “I Walked Alone,” lead singer TC Moses begins to introduce the next song and is cut off by a white noise as the recording abruptly ends.  That white noise is the bomb going off severing the wires to the sound tower and the tape machine.

Holiday Greetings From Michele D’Amour & The Love Dealers
Reminder About Holiday Music on the Digital Platform
Counting Down The Days ~ The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood
Recorded live at Outono Códax Festival, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
November 9, 2019 during their recent sold-out Spanish tour

Dudley Taft Live 2019 Satyr Blues Festival – Edge of Insane

December is here With Miss Bix as Album of the Month and Big news for Blues lovers.

New Album of the Month “Miss Bix & The Blues Fix – We Don’t Own The Blues” Hits the Really Heavy Rotation.

 

Big News for Blues lovers.

 

Radio BluesFlac the new Flagship Flac Blues Station has entered Beta Testing and you can all listen when ever you want. We have waited years to be able to stream in FLAC and thanks to all the great Blues PR companies we have more than enough to fill the playlist 24/7/365.

Website is up and running to, slowly.

And we owe it all to Radio Mast for providing the chance to do it.

We are honored to be involved in a very small way with this new venture and looking forward to years of satisfaction with their service.

So how does it work? We play music and you listen. But behind the scenes there is much to do.

Albert of Radio Mast explains it better than I could.

“We’re pleased to announce Ogg FLAC stream hosting is now available from Radio Mast!

With an Ogg FLAC stream, you can finally deliver a perfect audio reproduction to your listeners with zero loss in quality, for the ultimate audiophile listening experience.

Ogg FLAC streams start at just $++/month for +++ listeners, and include all the perks of our standard streams, including global delivery through our CDN, listener statistics, HTTPS streaming, and more.

What is Ogg FLAC?
FLAC is a lossless audio codec that creates a bit-perfect reproduction of your original audio for your listeners, while still being more compact to store or transmit. FLAC is open source, mature, and widely used by music enthusiasts.

Ogg is a container format which packages up the compressed FLAC audio in a format that makes it possible to stream over the internet. Ogg is what makes FLAC streaming possible, so all “FLAC” streams are really “Ogg FLAC” streams.”

Irish Contemporary Singer-Songwriter Siobhán O’Brien Announces Third Full-Length Album “You Can’t Run Out of Love” Out Late January 2020

(New York, NY) November 2019: Conveying honesty and vulnerability, contemporary singer-songwriter Siobhán O’Brien is excited to announce her new album You Can’t Run Out of Love, out late January 2020. Recorded in Austin, Texas, at Cicada Moon Studios, O’Brien worked alongside John Bush (percussionist for Edie Brickell &  New Bohemians) and Matt Hubbard (keyboardist for Edie Brickell &  New Bohemians). Together they brought to life 10 original songs, each documenting important moments in her life since she left Ireland for the US in 2016.

Inspired by great American singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Brandi Carlile,  Sheryl Crow, and Joan Baez, O’Brien creates heartfelt tracks inspired by changes throughout her life. She shows her raw and vulnerable side through her tracks such as “Love Is The Holy Grail,” “Mother,” and “She Hides My Plecs.”

Reflecting on her upcoming album, O’Brien says, “I feel this record is about transitioning, it’s about acceptance, it’s about adventure, it’s about risk-taking. It’s a reminder to me to stay the course. To not give up. The theme is ‘women’ as I co-wrote the title track  ‘You Can’t Run Out Of Love” with Jude Johnstone which is about the modern-day stress and struggles that mothers have to endure and ‘I Stayed Too Long’ is a co-write with  Linda McRae. The last track ‘Mother’ is an apology to my own mother. “She Hides My Plecs” is about my sister. I want this record to bring joy and healing.”

Now, Siobhán O’Brien is excited to share her third studio album, You Can’t Run Out Of Love, with the world on late January 2020. The record will be introduced through her new single and title track “You Can’t Run out Of Love” releasing in November.

Be sure to follow Siobhan O’Brien on social media for exclusives and music updates.

 

 
You Can’t Run Out Of Love
Tracklist…

1. You Can’t Run Out Of Love
2. The King’s Fool
3. Love Is The Holy Grail
4. Give Me Back The Love
5. The Burger Song (2 – 2.15 am)
6. Hold Me In Your Arms (Maybe this too)
7. I Stayed Too Long
8. She Hides My Picks
9. Sanctuary
10. Mother

 

As a fourth-generation Irish musician, music has always been an important part of Siobhan O’Brien’s life. At the age of 16, she threw aside the piano and fiddle, dedicating herself to the guitar. Her musical ambitions grew as she released her original music to the world. Her debut album Mumbo Jumbo Bla Bla, released in 1996, went on to garner praise and national airplay throughout Ireland. In 2008, Siobhan released her album I Grew Up To, which featured famed Irish musician Paddy Moloney of The Chieftans and led to a performance at the Boston Symphony Hall with them the same year.

In 2016, Siobhan O’Brien made the move to America, deciding that was where she wanted to lay down her musical roots. She hit the ground running, opening for artists such as Nick Lowe at the acclaimed Birchmere Music Hall and had been awarded a coveted spot in the Folk-DJ Showcase at North East Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) by Mary Cliff.

Miss Bix & The Blues Fix has the Spotlight Album for December, “We Don’t Own The Blues”

 

I know it’s early in the month to announce Decembers album of the month but as you can see we need to do some work on the promotion material.

 

BIOGRAPHY

LESLIE BIXLER aka MISS BIX aka LESLIE LETVEN has been writing, recording and performing since her early twenties.  Her first international record “Make It Right” was released on Syndrome Records under her maiden name Leslie Letven and did very well in the smooth jazz category, reaching #12 on the charts, and still receiving radio play today. At that time, she was collaborating with her talented husband Bill Bixler of the Wild Blue Band and nightclub.

Moving back to LA, Leslie and Bill produced and self-released “Porcupine,” which she sold at gigs and on CD Baby. After the birth of her son, Leslie turned her attention to children’s music, spending several days a week doing music circles with preschool age children. It was there that she wrote and test-ran several children’s songs which attracted the attention of Dick Van Dyke and Chad Smith (drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), whose child was in her class. She produced two albums “Moon Food” with Dick Van Dyke and “Rhythm Train” with Van Dyke and Chad Smith. She toured with Dick and Chad promoting those albums and received notable press from many celebrities and publications and won a parent’s choice award.

Once her son grew up, Leslie’s yearning for a new musical start led her to Clarksdale Mississippi where she fell seriously in love with the blues, something she had always gravitated towards. Working with co producer collaborator Ralph Carter (former Musical Director with Eddie Money and co-writer of his hit tune ‘Shakin’’) Leslie began writing “We Don’t Own The Blues,” a group of blues-based songs that reflect a new and exciting musical direction: passionate, intense, and sultry.

“Finally Home [Apartment Sessions]” by Cole Ritter And The Night Owls

Enjoyed this video so I thought I would share it with you all.

 

November’s Album of the Month will be….. SEAN POLUK’S “NEVER GOING TO LOSE”

 

A decision taken after much difficulty. So many great albums have been sent to us lately the choice was hard almost cruel.

Why did “NEVER GOING TO LOSE” get it’s nose in front and win the race?

Songs being “Radio Friendly” helped.

Sean is a great guy but then so are the other artists.

You listen to a track from “NEVER GOING TO LOSE” and you think “that’s good”, listen to them all and they all sound good.

Listen to “NEVER GOING TO LOSE” again the songs sound different, you check to see if you are playing correct song, yes you are. There is so much going on during a song that it’s a different song the second,third… play.

Sean makes magic, magic music, that’s how he won the race.

 

Buy Album here