Four new CDs, in four different genres, are proving that alt.rock, soul, blues and country are still vital and being made with the kind of attention-to-detail and respect for tradition that empowers the sound. Shawn James, Kat Riggins, Mark Chesnutt and The Pineapple Thief may not be household names but they all bring the goods.
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Jeff Buckley may be dead but his record collection lives on in a new site brought to you by Legacy Records and the artist’s mother. Plus, three new artists have something to say and three new compilations are brilliant examples of the might and majesty of Alligator (USA), Stony Plain (Canada) and Ace (England) Records.
The stories fly fast and furious. The characters are some of the most famous people in the world including Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, Rod Stewart and so many others. The book, “Stick It,” by drummer Carmine Appice is thrilling, titillating, entertaining and so much fun, you won’t want it to ever end. Carmine talks to Goldmine about it.
When Wrenn steps on a stage, you should know what you’re in for. She’s like a hot Minor League baseball player just waiting for her time in the big leagues. Then there’s Javier Colon and Steve Dawson, who couldn’t be more diametrically opposed yet both have made career albums. Finally, Beatle fans be forewarned of Daria!
Four new CDs are among state-of-the-art jazz, rock, classical and pop: add a string quartet to the Danny Green Trio and you’ve got some impressive European classical despite the band being from San Diego. Then there’s Kendra Lou’s personal pain, Jim Rotondi’s manifestation of being blue and Jim McKinley’s penchant to just rock out.
Come May in Memphis and it’s my educated guess that 64-year old singer/guitarist Johnny Rawls will be picking up yet another blues award from The Blues Foundation. The Mississippi native has just had his “Tiger In A Cage” released by Catfood Records out of El Paso, Texas, and it’s a damn fine barn-burner of old-school soulman-styled rhythm’n’blues.