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.