CD Reviews

Halo Stereo - Self-Titled

"...these guys make the visualizations in my media player make sense..." Halo Stereo's self-titled debut release begins with "Fractured Fantasy", a track that is strangely retro, yet refreshing for its avant-garde, new-wave-psychedelic feel, clearly the pick hit of this album. One could imagine listening to this in some altered state of consciousness, be it spiritually or chemically induced.....
 

The Gypsy Sons - Self-Titled

Style: Southern Rock/Country Soul Quote: "A hot-chicks-on-the-make, drinks-lined-up-on-the-bar, hell-raisin' rocker..." Forgive me if I borrow from this band's own description, but this CD is, without a doubt, "good stuff from the all-american bad boys of southern rock and country soul". I couldn't say it any better than that, unless I tell you that it feels like Led Zeppelin meets Merle Haggard....
 

Greg Garing - Live At The Radio Café

Hank lives. He’s recording under the name of Greg Garing. I was convinced of it after the first few bars of this CD. This is country music. Not pop-country. Not soft rock. Not crossover country. Just pure, heartbreaking, Appalachian-tinged, blue as bluegrass country. Greg has a splendiferous voice. It’s so great, I had to make up a word to describe it. It moans the blues. It wails like...
 

The Ginn Sisters - Blood Orange

There’s something intrinsically intuitive when siblings sing together. The simplest phrasing can be pure audio magic to an “outsider” listening. Such is the case with Brit and Tiffani Ginn, the two siblings on their new CD, Blood Orange. Although the majority of songs have Tiffani singing lead, sister Brit adds her own powerful lead vocal to a few of the tunes when she is not harmonizing. Tiffani ,the writer...
 

Gerald Lanier - G

One negative aspect of independently-produced albums is that sometimes (and I do stress, sometimes) the sound quality is just a little bit off. Those discs usually wind up in file 13, as it is sometimes called. However, there are times when you hear something that is worth taking a deeper listen to….and this is one of those cases. Nashville-based, Lanier has been performing since age 4......
 

Gary Bennett - Human Condition

A good song should transport you to another place or time. From the first line of “Human Condition,” I felt like I was at the local watering hole. It’s 7:00 pm on a Friday night and the regulars are trickling in, yelling hellos and trading good-natured insults. I’m telling my girlfriend Christy about my latest train-wreck of a relationship. The beer is cold and the house band is rockin’. I keep interrupting......
 

Freebo - Before The Separation

Reading legendary bass player Freebos resume is like tearing a page out of a Rolling Stone Magazine. Backing up all-star musical icons like Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, it’s hardly a stretch to say this guy is a highly respected sideman. Making the shift from sideman to front man is a whole other ballgame. Very few make the leap with any grace, but if they do the results.....
 

First Call - Rejoice

I’m a big fan of a cappella music. I love the sound of voices raised in song, being used as instruments. That’s what a voice is made to do.But as anyone who’s ever sang a cappella will tell you, it’s a terrifying prospect. It’s just you, no instruments to hide behind. But it can also be a powerful, moving, beautiful thing. It’s especially well suited to spiritual music. This CD kicks off with Doxology, and......
 

Fertitta & McClintock - After All This Time

John Denver had a hit a years back with a song titled “Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone).” The same could be said of CD’s. One never knows what you might find in the mail each day. Some days…it might be trash…..Then some days, it just might be a little bit of treasure. This album falls into the latter, for sure. I will preface this by saying that it probably is a little too pop.......
 

Eric King and The Thin Line, SHAKE THESE BLUES

Most of the songs on this CD were a little depressing. Wait a minute…it’s a blues album. It supposed to be that way! Although the title is “shake the blues,” it doesn’t. It’s a collection of nice blues songs. From “What’s Your Name,” which departs a little into more of a rockin’ blues song, to “Take It Slow,” which the beginning had a little “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”-type feel (to me anyway)........
 

Eric Dodge - Since I Let You Go

Eric Dodge, a very talented vocalist, has a solid gold Country CD of some great music with a variety of different tempos and themes. The CD titled "Since I Let You Go" a song written by Phil Theobald, is a great song for the CD title pick. Melodic and pretty, a reflective song about love lost, that Eric performs soulfully. He definitely sounds like a pro, pluckin' at your heartstrings. Eric's singing ability is.......
 

Eileen Carey - Hearts of Time

This ten-track album has out of this world production. The guitars solos really make you tap your feet and want to get up and dance. I highly respect the fact that portions of the proceeds are going to children charities. The entire compact disc has a family oriented quality; you could play safely for the entire family. All the lyrics are fun loving, day to day - "I’m all right" kind of lyrics. Don’t look......
 

The Dust Devils - Gathering Dust

The Dust Devils is a unique band to say the least. The lead vocalist Kevin Higgins sucks you in and does not allow you to leave his presence until the entire album is finished. When it is over your left mesmerized. Barbara Malteze is icing on this already sweet cake. Higgins is a Texas boy showing the world that everything is BIGGER in Texas. With a big voice, big words, big music twisting you......
 

Dr. Lomi Lomi - Hula Punk

Some ideas lose something in the translation from idea to reality. Parachute pants. No-fat chocolate chip cookies. Donald Trump’s hair. Now we can add “hula punk” to the list. First, a word to the boys in the band: you’re supposed to wear the grass skirt, not smoke it. According to their bio, a group of former punk rockers (Abwärts, Rubbermaids, Noise Annoys) decided to do cover songs......
 

Denny Russell Band - Come Full Circle

This is a six man band that consists of Denny Russell, Don Parish, Don Stamey, Tim Schermerhorn, Brian Foster and Gary Bowman. The CD sounds like these guys are just hanging in their garage and having some fun with this music thing. Good on ya! I think we all sometimes lose track of the whole idea that music should be fun.This project was well produced. It has tight production with precise instrumentation.....
 
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