Album Review: Cry No More by Danielle Nicole

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Powerhouse singer, songwriter, bassist, Danielle Nicole, has a new album, Cry No More, set to release February 23rd via Concord Records.

And what an album it is.

With through-the-roof emotional vocals, Cry No More is no ordinary blues-roots album with an R&B twist. It’s rootsy with a musical edge and some of the best vocals I’ve heard in a very long time. Cry No More is a standout album with exquisite musicianship by Nicole, her band, and a cast of [Read More]

By | 2018-02-23T08:49:49+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|9 Comments

Album Review: Slings & Arrows by Michelle Malone

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By Tom O’Connor

Well-respected Americana singer/guitarist Michelle Malone emerges from the studio with Slings & Arrows, another winning collection of self-produced tracks, due out on her own SBS Records label on March 2nd.

The Atlanta native has turned in a serious “Georgia Record” here, with everything from the music to the art on the cover created by proud natives of The Peach State. Bassist Robbie Handley and drummer Christopher Burrows hold the rhythm section together, keeping things small when required but easily capable of dialing it up [Read More]

By | 2018-02-23T08:58:24+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments

Review: Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones

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By Tom O’Connor

Released on January 26th on her own Strawberry Moon Records label, the self-titled Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin’ Stones, featuring 20-year-old wunderkind Wicklund and produced by Sadler Vaden, leaves me with one strong impression: The kids are alright.

The South Carolina native, Hannah Wicklund,who has been playing in bands since childhood, thanks to a supportive, artistic family (her mom even did the album cover art here) really comes into her own on this, her third studio album, delivering on the promise heard in [Read More]

By | 2018-02-23T08:56:26+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|4 Comments

Album Review: Soul of a Man by the Billy Walton Band

By Martine Ehrenclou

Led by former lead guitarist of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Billy Walton and his band hail from New Jersey with their sixth album, Soul of a Man on Vizztone Label Group. With a soulful, crunchy voice and wicked guitar chops, Billy Walton returns with a 13-track album, perfect for getting the party started on a Saturday night.

Having been embraced by the UK Blues scene as a finalist in the “2016 Best Overseas Artist” by the British Blues Awards, these soul-blues rockers are [Read More]

By | 2018-02-23T08:53:18+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Album Review: Mind Lion by Arielle

By Tom O’Connor

Arielle brings her ethereal vocals and solid guitar work to Mind Lion, a new five-song EP released February 9th. Currently on tour as direct support for Eric Johnson, Arielle’s music offers a pure, powerful connection through authentic songwriting, reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s. Self-described as a “wander-lusting gypsy” and “classic folk rocker” the power, dynamics and nuanced control she has over her voice in this collection reveals those attributes and so much more; yearning ingénue, powerhouse vocalist and guitarist, even battle-scarred love-warrior. That’s a lot to cram in to [Read More]

By | 2018-02-15T15:41:25+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments