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Kenny Dubman: Conflicted

Kenny Dubman Conflicted (Kenny Dubman) A heavy rocker featuring Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr on lead guitar rumbles under Kenny Dubman’s vocal on “Old Dogs,” the opener on his latest album Conflicted. “Modern Day Jesus” is a slightly slower anthemic organ/guitar mixer, reminding me of Bob Seger, with some excellent backing vocals More...

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By Ralph Greco On Friday, July 22nd, 2022
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Chris Forte: Backyard Astronomy

Chris Forte Backyard Astronomy (CD Baby) From the sweet clear lead and big open guitar strums of “Searching” to the 70’s white soul groove of the cover “The Thrill Is Gone,” with LaShera Moore’s solid More...

By Ralph Greco On Friday, July 8th, 2022
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Arnab Sengupta: Leap of Faith

Arnab Sengupta Leap of Faith (3614030 Records DK) A sly solid groove is created by snapping snare and bass on “Face in the Crowd,” a great poppy start to Arnab Sengupta’s Leap of Faith. As Andrija Gavrilovic’s More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, June 15th, 2022
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Dylan Tauber: He Loves Carmen

Dylan Tauber He Loves Carmen (Dylan Tauber) A heavy bed of keys, then a pulsating tight beat starts “Don’t Tell Me,” the kick-off track to Dylan Tauber’s album He Loves Carmen. We get unintelligible More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, June 13th, 2022
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Ad Vanderveen: Candle to You 

Ad Vanderveen Candle to You (Ad Vanderveen) Ad Vanderveen’s Candle to You is contemporary folk at its best. Opening with the simple proclamation of the mid-tempo ballad “Do What You Love,” and then channeling More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, May 30th, 2022
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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 More...

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...