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Ann Wilson: Fierce Bliss

Ann Wilson Fierce Bliss (Silver Lining Music) If you have been living under a rock for the past few decades, you might have missed that Ann Wilson is the lead singer/flautist/songwriter and one-half of the creative team of the American institution rock band Heart. Here she releases a solo album called Fierce Bliss. As much enlisting some famous More...

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By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
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Eric Harrison: Dear John

Eric Harrison Dear John (Eric Harrison) Kevin Salem’s in-the-pocket snare snap, a simple yet perfectly placed lead guitar, and Eric Harrison’s distinctive vocal pushes the wonderful opener “Till You Make More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
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Lochness Monster: Working for a Future

Lochness Monster Working for a Future (Venemusic LLC) Loud guitars and a stuttering drumbeat from Rene Rivera opens the fantastically desperate “Glass Jar,” the first tune from Miami’s Lochness Monster’s More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz: Variant Blues: Music In The Time Of Coronavirus: Songs 21-30

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz Variant Blues: Music In The Time Of Coronavirus: Songs 21-30 (Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz) The fourth release from Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz, Variant Blues: Music In The Time More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
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Ajay Mathur: Talking Loud

Ajay Mathur Talking Loud (Ajay Mathur) A simple yet effective high-sailing guitar line begins the upbeat first tune, “Sooner Or Later,” off Ajay Mathur’s 5th full-length album, Talking Loud. As I often More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, May 16th, 2022
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The Color of Cyan: Agape   

The Color of Cyan Agape (The Color of Cyan) The swirling, rising, spooky keys that turn quite mournful of “Inception” start us off on The Color of Cyan’s new release, Agape. I’m not sure all the layered More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, April 29th, 2022
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Swansgate: Becoming Someone

Swansgate Becoming Someone (Swansgate) Big swirling string strikes begin on “Lost in the Sun,” as we easily float into Michael McKinney’s MOR beat and Stu Draughn’s tight vocal delivery laden, with maybe More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, April 18th, 2022
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Aura Blaze: Open-Mindedness

Aura Blaze Open-Mindedness (Cleopatra Records) Open-Mindedness opens an EP of the same name from Rhode Rachel’s Aura Blaze. This trio of tunes, written (save for the last track, a cover of The Charlatans, “The More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, April 15th, 2022
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Spencer Elliot: SE3

Spencer Elliott SE3 (CandyRat Records) Spencer Elliott’s strummed and echoey acoustic breaks into the free-flying groove of “Torque,” the opener on his new album SE3. Along with drummer Chris Hudson and More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, April 13th, 2022
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Leadbetter Band: Howl

Leadbetter Band Howl (CD Baby) A heavy beat with Mark Johnson’s organ spikes and some chunky guitar runs inform the opener “Waterdogs” from Oregon-based rock trio Leadbetter Band’s new Howl. The second More...