Category: Album reviews

Stacy Jones: Love Is Everywhere (EZ Money)

Stacy Jones Love Is Everywhere (EZ Money) When you think of the Pacific Northwest music scene, you obviously think of the “grunge” movement of Seattle or the indie rock coming out of Portland, but nestled quaintly in a corner of…

Ayron Jones: Audio Paint Job (Sunyata)

Ayron Jones Audio Paint Job (Sunyata) Seattle guitar whiz kid Ayron Jones has come of age with his second full length album ‘Audio Paint Job.’ Jones worked his way up in the music scene of Seattle playing guitar anywhere he…

The Dustbowl Revival: Self-titled (Signature Sounds)

The Dustbowl Revival Self-titled (Signature Sounds) Venice, California-based band the Dustbowl Revival roll deep; like Arcade Fire deep. All eight members clearly serve a vital role as the band has managed to turn in one of the most exciting records…

Fastball: Step Into Light (Fastball Partners)

Fastball Step Into Light (Fastball Partners) The backlash against Austin-based pop rock trio Fastball came pretty fast, even by modern pop culture standards. Their sophomore effort, 1998’s ‘All the Pain Money Can’t Buy,’ spun off three really big hits: “The…

BoDeans: Thirteen (Free & Alive)

BoDeans Thirteen (Free & Alive) It’s been nearly 35 years since Wisconsin roots-rockers the BoDeans first got together and they continue to churn out new music. But if the last few records are any indication, they may have run out…

Amber Sweeney: Believing In Love (Self-Released)

Amber Sweeney Believing In Love (Self-Released) For her fourth release, Amber Sweeney teamed up with producer Geoff Ott and took full advantage of his vaunted London Bridge Studios to bring a high level of sophisticated production to a stellar seven-song…

Jeff Hobbs: Upward (Self-Released)

Jeff Hobbs Upward (Self-Released) It’s cool to be an “outlaw” again, at least in country music. And no, we’re not talking about those guys who give a middle finger to the law or do jail time just to get firsthand…

The Cranberries: Something Else (BMG)

The Cranberries Something Else (BMG) You couldn’t turn on a radio or a video channel on your television in the early 1990s without hearing The Cranberries. Their first three albums — ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So, Why Can’t We?’…

Rusty Bryant: Fire Eater (Concord)

Rusty Bryant Fire Eater (Concord) Born Royal G. Bryant on November 25, 1929 in Huntington, West Virginia, Rusty Bryan cut his teeth on jazz music as a child in Columbus, Ohio. Earning his stripes backing Tiny Grimes and Stomp Gordon,…

Charles Kynard: Afro-Disiac (Concord)

Charles Kynard Afro-Disiac (Concord) Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1933, Charles Kynard was a jazz player who mixed in acid jazz and soul to his organ playing. His success was limited as he fronted a jazz ensemble in Kansas…