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Have Purpose Live Long – Josie Bello, from a radio station managers point of view

Not a review as such because our Station Manager is not a reviewer, the following words are his thoughts on Josie’s sophomore album.

 

“Eight tracks so not too much to listen to, some of those 14 track albums take some listening to.

Having waited for months to hear Josie’s new work on “Have Purpose Live Long”  I  was excited and nervous when I put the CD on.

The debut album “Can’t Go Home” was a very good album showing off Josie’s enormous talent as a song writer, yes I was nervous.

First up was the title track and as it started I thought Josie was doing a duet with Mary Gauthier as lead but no it was just Josie showing that she can sing too.

As a songwriter she has shown she has great talent and should be selling songs left, right and center. On “Have Purpose Live Long” not just great lyrics but the music performed by Josie, Mike Nugent and Jonathan Mele is first class. Don’t forget Kelly & Kat’s vocal backing, short and sweet.

So after four & a half minutes I was no longer nervous, I settled down to enjoy the other seven songs.

35 minutes later I knew I did not have to tell little white lies to Josie when she asks “WELL?”

All the lyrics are as good as any written by the “majors” and the music goes perfectly with them.

It was fun to imagine who could do a cover of each song and my list of names was impressive. There is nothing wrong with Josie’s performance but the songs are that good they need that little bit extra artists like Bonny Raitt, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris or Tom Waits.

The album is perfect for airplay, songs not to short and not to long, the lyrics make you “listen” and the music is mixed with the voice by Kevin Kelly just right. Crisp and clear singing not overpowering the music and Vice versa.

Now to the highlight of the album for me Track two – “Magic Of The Music”. Blues, Josie wrote a Blues song for me! she knows I love the Blues. I joking said “you wrote a Blues song for me”

btw: I actually did write Magic of the Music for you. I can’t believe you said that” Josie replied.

Listen to Magic of the Music below.

10 out of 10 to Mike Nugent for his work on the album as producer and Guitars, Bass, Banjo & Uke, he also recorded it. In fact 10 out of ten to all involved. (Josie’s voice gets a 10 for effort).

If  the album “Have Purpose Live Long” was performed by a Lear Jet owner it would top the Billboard charts and be in line for a Grammy, performed by Josie Bello it is a perfect showcase of her songwriting talent and will get plenty of airplay and hopefullt spins on Spotify, Deezer etc.”

Have Purpose, Live Long will be available for streaming and download through most popular music sites like Spotify, Soundcloud and Amazon on August 1st. Physical CDs will be available for purchase at Bandcamp and CD Baby.  The album was produced and recorded by Mike Nugent and mixed by Kevin Kelly at the Workshoppe East in Huntington, NY. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aoife O’Donovan – Bull Frogs Croon (and other songs). A Music Emporium Review by Jon Hutchinson.

Great singer songwriters work within the spaces of music, making the most of a self-imposed rationing of their talent, creating subtlety where others chase chaos and noise. Aoife O’Donovan has captured the art of seemingly effortless creativity, weaving fine threads of poetry around the light frameworks of her music. There is such depth in her voice, which is at times mesmerizing, layer upon layer of tone and expression, it’s complex and so effortless.

O’Donovan hails from Massachusetts, but spent childhood summers in Ireland, and the influence of melodic and often haunting Irish folk, and the often irreverent and adventurous nature of American folk is inherent throughout her compositions. Alison Krauss recognized this when she recorded Aoife’s “Lay my burden down”.  I guess most musicians will become the driver of their music or the follower of someone else’s, in O’Donovan’s case she seems driven to explore, to invent, to innovate. Having helped to create ‘Crooked Still’, she went on to co-create ‘Sometymes Why’, two ventures that produced so much in a short time. In 2015, a collaboration with Sarah Watkins and Sarah Jarosz at a bluegrass festival ended with a tour and an album for ‘I’m with her’. All this was happening whilst a much-vaunted solo career was in the making.

The wonderful thing about this new work is that it is an album with a theme, or should I say a part theme ‘Bull Frogs Croon (and other songs)’ is as good a description as you’ll see anywhere, offering variations on the main motif interspersed with two traditional folk songs, O’Donovan works with a string quartet to produce an original and introspective work.

Opening with ‘Bull Frogs Croon – Night Fishing, the central theme is set for the Bull Frog tracks that follow. The use of a string quartet and the variations on that central theme which O’Donovan explores are reminiscent of the classical style. Sometimes delicate and fragile, they build through ‘Bull Frogs Croon – The Darkness’, in haunting staccato layers, before returning to peace in the third track ‘Bull Dogs Croon – Valentine’ a reprise of the main theme but with added depth and charm, just as a classical work puts forward a central refrain, then explores the limits of it, before returning to its core.

The album then takes a detour, and it’s a song that O’Donovan has sung many times. ‘The Lakes of Pontchartrain’ is a traditional American folk song with a fascinating, if uncertain, history. It appears at the beginning of the 19th Century and is a tale of a man given shelter by a Creole woman. Man falls in love with the woman who has saved him and in the twist that gives the song all its poignant beauty, she declares that she is betrothed to another and her promise and loyalty to him is final. It’s not a tale of unrequited love, but rather two people who in another world could be together. There is such warmth and depth in this track, it might be a variation from the main emphasis of the album, but it is wonderful, it is warm, sensitive, a bittersweet song that leaves a strange kind of comfort in its wake.

‘Pretty Bird’ follows the same path, treading ground untouched by the Bull Frogs and adding to the charm of the whole work. A song penned by Hazel Dickens. This pure and simple version is testament to Aoife O’Donovan’s ability to wrest every last emotion from a song, every last drop of meaning and inflection.

Returning to Bull Frogs Croon (Reprise) for the final act in this work, there is a more upbeat feel to the arrangement, the work with the quartet has come full circle, it is time to take stock of what we have heard and what we have experienced. As the strings take their leave and we can look back and take in what Aoife O’Donovan has achieved with this album.

Bull Frogs Croon (and other songs) is a work that furthers O’Donovan’s standing as an artist with immense talent, there was little doubt about that in all honesty, but this venture suggests that she is prepared to explore, and that is why this this album is so welcome. We have a songwriter with a soulful voice, forged in Irish and American folk music, who seems tied only to her own boundaries.

©Jon Hutchinson

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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.

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.

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

 

 

 

 

Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes – Cypress Grove. This weeks TME.fm Radio Review from Jon Hutchinson

No self respecting guitarist would ever admit they can’t play the blues, the chords are pretty simple, all you have to do is play a 1, 4, 5 progression, when you get to the end, put a little ‘turnaround’ piece in there and hey, you’re playing the blues. You’re not, you’re not playing the blues. You never will. You’re not Rembrandt, you’ve got the same paint, it’s the same canvas, the brush is in your hand… yet you still can’t paint a simple flower that makes you stop and stare in wonder.

Blues music was never popular, let’s not kid ourselves. It’s music born of Mid-Western barns and cheap wooden bars in desperate need of repair. All we have left are fading black and white images and crackling records. It was music made by the poor, mostly lives of solitary wandering to find a gig, or if they were lucky, they got themselves a residency for bed, beer, food and some tips. Some did find a little fame, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie Johnson, Robert Johnson were among the few.

Of course, we have Seasick Steve, making blues mainstream, but let’s not kid ourselves that he isn’t a circus act, he’s popular, funny and engaging, there’s a lot to like about the guy and his music, but he plays in the big top. All this talk about a blues revival misses the point, it never went away, it’s always there in the background like a grandfather watching over all of popular music.
There’s a lot of polished, shiny stuff out there, all its minor faults ironed out by people using technology that would shame a space program. At 3:28 on track 2 Joe, there’s a snare beat that’s 3 milliseconds out, so Joe fixes it, after all, they wouldn’t want to offend anyone. Sometimes it seems there is more debate about mixing a track than there is in politics these days.

There are some of us left who like to hear strings buzzing, slightly mistimed finger strokes – to us it’s like a favourite jacket, it certainly isn’t designed by some high flyer, it wasn’t expensive, a lot of people think it looks aged, wrinkled, uncool, but we love it and wearing it makes us feel good.

Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes is a blues player, at 72 years of age he’s got a lot of history behind him. What is it about musicians that they never retire? Whilst we yearn for the day we finally walk away from the day job and seek a little peace and escape from everything we worked at for 50 years, these guys never give up, there’s always songs to write, another album they want to record, it must be a glorious yet frustrating life to live. Holmes is no exception, the Blue Front cafe, which his sharecropper mother and father opened in 1948, is run now by him. He opens the club every day and most weekends he’ll be there playing his music, often accompanied by friends. 

 

From the opening guitar run of ‘Hard Times’, all the feel, the imperfection, the century or so of history and culture is brought out into the bright sunshine. Holmes’ latest album ‘Cypress Grove’ doesn’t change anything, it’s not a revolution, but who needs one of those when we can sit in our chair and listen to front porch blues?
The title track is just over two minutes long, but packs in echoes of struggle and the desire for release. Played with such feel and ease, there’s a lifetime distilled down to 128 seconds right here. Holmes then ups the tempo for ‘Catfish Blues’ and ‘Going Away Baby’. Shuffling beat backing electric guitar breaks that overflow with distorted punctuation.

The album was produced by The Black Keys Dan Auerbach in Nashville, and his love of the genre and admiration for the work of Holmes is something that is evident throughout. Auerbach has done great work with this.

Little Red Rooster, that blues standard, receives the full band treatment and it is as laid back as it gets. It’s indulgent, of course it is, and so it should be, played in waves of instruments that wash and ebb over hypnotic beat. ‘Gonna Get Old Someday’ returns to punchy guitar with all the beating blues and sorrowful vocals, it’s full of energy but sung with contradictory world weariness. It’s a great example to anyone of Holmes’ work.

‘Train Train’ predictably uses a shuffle pattern to echo the engine on tracks of steel, and there is nothing wrong with that, the link between trains and the blues is almost as old as the genre itself. The train is running down the track, will it bring his baby back? Who knows… all I know is that I enjoyed the ride through this album, and if you get the chance, buy a ticket for yourself.

© Jon Hutchinson 2019

Sound Arts Recording Studio Incorporates New Music Delivery Mechanism For Artists

Americana Folk artist Courtney Hale-Revia among the first to adopt technology

If CDs are going away what will you sell at your live shows? 

Today’s Artists Read the Tea Leaves

CDs are going away and where does that leave merchandise sales at live performances?  Performances are one of the few places where artists can continue to earn a nice living.  Therefore on site music sales are important and making some profit would be nice too.  Brian Baker, President, Sound Arts Recording Studio has a reputation for embracing technologies of the past and getting cozy with new technologies.  He realized that the industry was making a major shift and his insatiable appetite for all things technology kept his eyes on new developments within the music delivery systems market.  Courtney Hale-Revia is an upcoming forward thinking Americana Folk artist that knew going into the Sound Arts Recording Studio that she wanted to present her music in multi-format options such as vinyl for example.  Her train of thought was and remains let audiences decide on what format they wish to take home.  While Brian’s focus was on the technology Courtney’s was on audience appeal.

Shown: Three choices for show sales: Vinyl, Compact Disc, Credit Card USB
However, a third factor comes into play from a business point of view, profitability. With all of this in mind the two of them began to review options together. One option was this rather new device which is a credit card size delivery mechanism that was priced right and would not only hold audio files but Courtney’s video files and PDFs as well.  This would mean that Courtney could add her new video onto the device along with her bio and audio files.  You could actually have two different credit card size options if you wanted to – one with just the audio files on it and a second with both audio and video files on it. Therefore presenting two consumer price points. The bottom line is that a trusting partnership between the studio and the artist allows for crystal clear examinations of a non-stop evolving industry, the music industry.  In this case it worked beautifully.  If you are an independent artist and your CD sales have declined it’s probably not your music just that less and less people are using CD platforms these days.  Auto manufacturers are not even putting CD players in new cars anymore unless you special order one.  Because you need to protect one of the last bastions of profit, income from your live shows, you definitely need delivery options.  Courtney Hale-Revia is an insightful songwriter and she is quite the entrepreneur.  She comes by it honestly as her father has been a
A Unique Delivery Platform

Courtney Hale-Revia is both a forward thinking artist and venue owner.  To the left you can see how she addressed the reverse side of her new credit card size delivery mechanism.

These storage devices can even be blister packed and include custom made messaging on the perimeter of the container including your logo.

life long folk songwriter and artist for as long as she can remember.  As he has shared the beauty of creation and the enjoyment of sharing with his daughter over the years Courtney could not help but fall in love with the process herself.  However, Courtney has taken her foray into music a step further.  She opened a remote listening room back off the beaten path of interstate 10 just south of Beaumont Texas.  Artists and music lovers alike love it.  Her listening room embraces the intimate experience of being up close and personal.  Sort of like when your Dad or Mom or one of your Uncles or Aunts might have performed at home so many years ago.  There’s just something about these settings that sets the soul free.
Brian Baker of Sound Arts Recording Studio Houston Texas