Thursday, June 22, 2017

Donna Lynn Caskey "The Love Still Shows" Review

When I first opened the envelope to check out this release I was surprised and thankful to receive a awesome banjo pen. Thanks! "The Love Still Shows" is a rootsy bluegrass album by Donna Lynn Caskey. The music on this album is beautiful. The recording and production of this album is spectacular. As a musician myself it is hard to find a studio engineer that can dial in a good acoustic  balance. Ed Tree at The Treehouse studio in San Gabriel , CA did a great job. Donna's lyrics are original and unique. They fit with her banjo playing like puzzle pieces, just right. I really enjoyed "The Book" and "I am Willing/Down By the River Side." This is a awesome banjo album. I def recommend everyone check this out. Get your copy here

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Slow Down" Alex Lopez Review

This album is straight up funky grovin that will get your feet moving right from song one, with a steady bass line, shredding lead guitar, elegant keys, tight drums and great vocals. Some of the songs have a 50's bop vibe, love it. Alex Lopez and band delivers well written and delivered songs on this album. "Slow Down" is super funky and rockin. Get your copy here.

Monday, June 5, 2017

"I Hold Gravity" by Gerry Spehar Review

This album is very upbeat and positive. I love the male/female vocals on this album. This album screams roots and folk! If you like the lap steel, dobro and slide guitar as much as I do you will love this album. I love the art on the cover and back. Looks like hand paintings of the artists on the record. This album has a definite groovin, chill mellow vibe. My favorite songs on the album are Muleshoe Mules, I Hold Gravity, Be Nemanic and Mr. & Mrs. Jones. Gerry Spehar is Releasing 'I Hold Gravity' after 30 year hiatus with guests I See Hawks in LA and Gabe Witcher. This album releases on July 28th, but you can purchase it in advance from Gerry's website: 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mike Younger "Little Folks Like You And Me" Album Review

Right from the get go Mike's music sounds like a carnival pulling into town.Your excited and want to check it out. Mike's music is uplifting and has a rock/country vibe to it. I like it! I really like "If I Was A Wheel" and "Never Was A Dancer." I like how Mike incorporates environmental activism in "Poisoned Rivers." I respect the message. Love the harmonica in the song as well. Love the bass in "Drifter's Lament." I also respect the humanitarian message in Mike's song "What Kind Of World." You can check it out here.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Crossing Kind "Something Greater" CD Review

Very uplifting, I love the male and female vocals. Reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel even tho they are not male and female lol. This is a great Christian folk rock album. This CD appeals to both Christian and non-Christian listeners. I think thats the goal. To get the message out there which I can say they are definateley accomplishing with this one. I give the recording and production a A+. The acoustic guitar will have you stomping your foot from the get go. Super Positive vibes on this one! Love the clapping in "Love Will Lead You Home" and "Sing Over Me." I love the cover, they are standing in front of huge mountains. Kind of like two small humans facing the Great Creator or great creations of God. Love the banjo in "Where I wanna Be." This is all around a great folk rock album. Please check it out here.

John Haesemeyer "Maybe If I Try" Review

This album has a super chill laid back vibe. Great vocals, music and lyrics. John's vocals kind of remind me of Frank Sinatra. The lyrics are very deep and sentimental, almost a melancholy feel. John expresses deep love in this album. I give the recording and production a A+. If you like mellow folk tunes, this album is for you. Check it out here.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dan McNay "On the Street" Album Review

Dan's banjo sounds like a bubbly cold brook coming down a mountain on a hot summer day. Very refreshing. Love his music. Dan's vocals are crisp, clear and soothing to the ear. Picture a lone cowboy about to bed down for the night, sitting by his campfire singing his reminicent songs to his pony. I give this album a A+ in recording, production, sound and entertainment. Some of the songs I love on this album are "Little Sister," "Making Bubbles," and "Where are You Going." Love the female vocals in "Making Bubbles." I could see some of Dan's songs ending up in a Western movie. Great album Dan! You can purchase or listen to this album here.