CD Reviews


Dave Widow & The Line Up - Waiting On The World To End

Ohio native Dave Widow has been one of the most-talked about talents out on the west coast for some time now. Having played at places such as The Lighthouse, The Langham, and the House of Blues, Widow and his band, the Line Up have been in the art of perfecting their craft for some time now. It all come to fruition on this, his latest album - which spotlights his talent front and center. This is, without a doubt, one of the finest blues discs I have heard all year. His vocals are prominent all over this...

Clinton Gregory - Too Much Ain't Enough

In recent years, Nashville has lost touch with its traditional country music base. If Merle Haggard, Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton or others were to make their first trip to Music City today, it would be highly unlikely they'd find stardom, let alone any kind of recognition whatsoever. By current "country music" standards, they just would have "it". Instead, we're deluged with "pop country" that simply doesn't fall into the genre defined as "two kinds of music - Country and Western." Clinton Gregory's new release Too Much Ain't Enough, is a breath of traditional ...

Tina Malia - The Lost Frontier

Singer / Songwriter / Multi-instrumentalist / Producer Tina Malia debuts today her highly anticipated pop/electronic album "The Lost Frontier." Malia delivers a rawness and authenticity through her extraordinary voice and musical compositions as well as in her lyrics and prose. Each song on "The Lost Frontier" is powerful on its own, kicking off with the sensuous second single "Serendipity" and the global electronic introspection of the title track to the building dance beat of "Undercover" and the inspirational groove of "Spark."

Walt Wilkins – Plenty

I’ve got to admit that Walt Wilkins has been an artist that while I am very much aware of, the fact that he has always received so much critical acclaim has made me just take his artistry for granted rather than explore it for myself. Well, the time has come for me to take that step, and you know what? Regardless of what any other critic says about him, Walt Wilkins is pretty dang good. No, wait a minute, make that great! Wikins had a hand in co-writing...

Adelee & Gentry – Nice To Meet You

Nashville didn’t earn the moniker “Music City, USA” by being a one trick pony. Besides Country Music, there are a lot of other styles of music made here. The city is the center of the Gospel music industry, and also has a deep alternative connection. The town can also produce some great Pop music, henceforth this fine collection from sisters Adelee and Gentry. Born and bred in Ohio, one thing that is apparent from listening to this duo is they know what...

Chad Sullins & Last Call Coalition – Incommunicado

How would you describe the musical stylings of Chad Sullins? Well, let me tell you – you don’t. This is one of the toughest albums to classify as I have ever seen. It’s Country. It’s Southern Rock. There are several different genres and sub-genres that you could put it in, but the important thing is that it is simply good. Sullins has lived a lot of life in his time, and it shows up clearly in his songs. He turns some of those memories to swagger in tracks like “Scratch” and...

Jimmie Van Zant – Feels Like Freedom

OK, it goes without saying that Jimmie Van Zant has an impressive pedigree when it comes to his last name. That’s a given. And, granted, there are several songs on this disc that have loud guitars and a high degree of swagger on them – a hallmark of Southern Rock – something the Van Zant family knows all too well. But, there’s quite a bit more to it than just stamping a label on Jimmie Van Zant and moving on down the line. Yes, that is a...

A Wide Range Of Classic Artists Impress With New Releases

Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran, and Bachman & Turner are highlighted on recent titles available on DVD and Blu-ray. Artist: Peter Gabriel; Album: Secret World Live (Eagle Rock Entertainment); You might be interested in buying this if you like: Elbow, the Fixx, Radiohead; ell me more: Few artists in the long history of rock have blended commercial success and artistic greatness like Peter Gabriel. A gifted singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gabriel’s “Secret World Live” is finally available on DVD, Blu-ray and...

Brett McCormick – Boom

Are you a party animal? Do you hang out on Friday nights with the friends, droppin’ a few Jaeger bombs and tryin’ your best to come up with new ways to impress the hot girl down the bar so you don’t get turned down again like you did last weekend… and the one before that, and so on? Then Brett McCormick’s new CD, Boom, is the album for you....

Starroy - Ocho For Willow

I'm going to preface everything by saying I am a BIG fan of Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead and Phish. That said, I have to say that Starroy is NOT Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead or Phish, although they do appear to strive to be something akin to those great bands. A good guitar jamming rock song is something we all like from time to time. Get the lyrics out of the way and let the music flow, along with a little smoke and drink...

Chief Greenbud - CGB 3

Marijuana should be legal! For the first time since polls were taken by Gallup starting in the 1960's, more Americans than not think the drug should be legalized for medical and recreational use. After all, alcohol, which is a more dangerous drug, has been legal since prohibition was reversed. Leading the musical charge for marijuana activism is Chief Greenbud, a Nashville-based singer/songwriter who, for the last several years, has been garnering a strong following amongst not only the...

Mike Magno – Magno

The first time I had an opportunity to hear Mike Magno was on July 4th on the bandstand at the Marietta, GA, city square. He was performing a set for the crowd of families gathered as they waited for the evening’s festivities. Little did we all know the fireworks would be going off earlier than planned when The Villian’s frontman took to the stage for his solo performance and rocked the warm, summer evening. Having released his self-titled album, Magno, the alt-pop indie rock artist takes a step outside the band box for ...

Veterans Display Musical Mastery on New Releases

Orange County Register writer and music critic Robert Kinsler shares three new albums: The A, B, C & D of Boogie Woogie's Live in Paris, Seth Walker's Time Can Change, and Blues Traveler's Suzie Cracks The Whip. Artist: The A, B, C & D of Boogie Woogie; Album: Live In Paris (Eagle Records); You might be interested in buying this if you like: early Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Ben Waters; Tell me more: Jazz and blues are celebrated in spades across the debut release from the A, B, C & D of Boogie Woogie. “Live In Paris,” recorded ...
Robert Kinsler & TJR

Music Worth Buying: Macy Gray & 20 Riverside MWB Episode 96

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week Robert looks at the latest release by Macy Gray entitled covered wherein the Neo Soul Singer covers Metallica, Radiohead, & The Eurythmics to name a few. Then TJ discusses the Hip Hop Jazz Blues fusion of 20 Riverside.

Tracey Whitney - I Am Singing...Songs I Love

On her stunning sophomore album, Tracey Whitney pays joyful homage to a diverse mix of musicians who have inspired her own singing and songwriting. Rounded out by three original tracks, "I Am Singing…Songs I Love" (a nod at her cover of the Stevie Wonder classic, "Ngiculela - Es Una Historia/I Am Singing") features the Los Angeles/Albuquerque-based singer's stirring renditions of classic yet lesser-covered songs by artists like Michael Franks, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. At turns breezy and beautifully moving, the follow-up to ...