Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm going in a little different direction this week. There will still be music, but there's other stuff that needs to be addressed.

I love how Curt Schilling called out the twidiots (twitter idiots) after they started in on his daughter. I don't revel in anyone losing their job, but one of the most egregious offenders did. I can't say that he didn't deserve it. You can read Schilling's blog post here.

We all know how Ronda Rousey destroyed Cat Zingano in fourteen seconds in latest fight. This very well-written piece for ESPNw on Zingano was penned before the fight. Very compelling. Very heartbreaking. Very enlightening. If you like a good story and good writing, check it out.

I love that we do now live in a world of social media that calls people out on their ridiculous statements. Such was the case when Gary Overton, CEO of some big Nashville music label said the following. "If you're not on country radio, you don't exist." Imagine my disdain when I found out that most of the music I like and listen to does not exist. I felt duped. Google that phrase and Gary Overton and you will find many scathing comebacks. My favorite was from Texas/Red Dirt artist Aaron Watson who said in an interview with Saving Country Music, "My name is Aaron Watson. I'm not played on country radio. And I have the number one record in country music this week. I do exist."

Now on to some music.

The Black Star Riders are made up of some the original members of classic rock staples Thin Lizzy. They've been kicking around ever since the death of frontman and bassist Phil Lynott, playing shows of Thin Lizzy's classic music. When they decided to put out a record of new music, they didn't want to put it out under the Thin Lizzy moniker out of respect to the late Lynott. If you're a fan of Thin Lizzy, the Black Star Riders' latest release is great. Here's the title track, "The Killer Instinct".

The next song is a few years old, but it's worth sharing. This is Corey Smith with "Twenty One".

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Album Review: Kid Rock: First Kiss

Is the new Kid Rock record First Kiss great? Groundbreaking? Nope and nope. But you know what it is? Full of catchy tunes and a lot of fun.

It's full of nostalgia, It's reflective. It's cliche-laden. It's a little bit country, it's a little bit Southern Rock. It's a little bit classic rock. It's a little bit 80s pop. And it's better than anything being played on mainstream radio right now.

This comes out at the perfect time as we get out of the February doldrums and look forward to (hopefully) warmer weather. It's an easy listen. Sittin' on the deck or the porch drinking an adult beverage music. Cruising down the road with the windows open and/or top down music. Sing-along-chorus music. Don't want to/have to think kind of music.

There is no "Bawitaba" or "Cowboy" on this record. None of the rap/rock that Kid Rock did earlier in his career.

If you like the first single "First Kiss" below, there's more of the same throughout the album.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

February is almost over and I had to get out of my singer/songwriter melancholy funk. Not that I don't enjoy that, it just seemed to be encompassing my music. So I go back to when music was fun. A little Sunset Strip 80s rock. This comes from RATT's Dancing Undercover album, which I think is their best and by far most underrated record.

The next song was recommended to me specifically from one of my tweeps. (I love twitter). A band out of California called Walking Tall. Since hearing this song, I have delved into more of their music. Good stuff. County tinged Southern Rock with a hint of 80s pop. What's not to like.

I don't know where the new Kid Rock fits into today's musical landscape. I had the chance to listen to his latest record ,First Kiss, all the way through today. There is no "Bawitdaba" or "Cowboy" on it. It's very reflective and nostalgic. I wouldn't say it's great, but every tune is catchy. If this is what he decides to do, I'm all for it. Here's the title track from the album. It reminds me of a cross between Bryan Adams and .38 Special. Whatever, it's better than anything played on mainstream radio. My 14-year-old daughter, who used to love country, but got bored with all the sameness, digs this song.

I know a lot of people won't get this, but I'm in love with Lzzy Hale's voice. From their upcoming album, here is Halestorm with "Mayhem".

The last thing I'll leave you with is Chelle Rose. I can't believe I haven't heard of her before. Expressing that sentiment on twitter, she tweeted back that we find music at the right time in our lives. I can't argue with that. Swampy and sultry, she's good.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Music Tuesday - Wrinkle Neck Mules and Farce The Music

New music usually drops on Tuesdays in the United States. I've tried to be pretty consistent lately in featuring new stuff.

Today I can't thing of anything that can top Farce the Music's review of the Wrinkle Neck Mules latest release, so I won't even try.

Please, read the review, it's fantastic.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Metal Music Monday - British Invasion Edition

Nothing having to do with metal can go too long without including Iron Maiden. Since this is my second installment, it's about time. So here is "Wasted Years".

What I'm Loving Wednesday

You've seen some of this in previous posts, but here's all the music I've been loving the past week:

Stumbled upon this Seattle-based alt rock/Americana singer/songwriter on Bandcamp.

Here's Kate Lynne Logan with "Whiskey Sea" from her album Animal Dreams.

Maybe because it's February, it seems like what I've been loving lately has been on the more melancholy introspective side. But the new Butch Walker record Afraid of Ghosts is so good. I wrote more about it here. This is what may or may not be my favorite track, "21+".

I promise more diversity next time, but this really is what I'm loving right now. So here's another singer/songwriter. From her Blackbirds album, here is Gretchen Peters with "Black Ribbons".

Sometimes I don't even remember how I find stuff. This is the case with Salvation Jayne, a blues rock outfit hailing from Kent, England. This is "Black Eyes" from their three song digital record I'll Be Damned! Good stuff if you like your blues a little rocked out and dirty.

Lastly, this one comes from an album I've been looking forward to for months. The latest Blackberry Smoke record Holding All The Roses came out last week. I was not disappointed. These countrified Southern rockers delivered. Here's "Let Me Help You (Find The Door)". Warning: a couple of maybe NSFW words, depending on where you're at.

That's what I've been loving. Hope I at least expanded you musical horizons beyond what's played on the radio.

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Album Spotlight: Blackberry Smoke: Holding All The Roses

You know when you are looking forward to a new record release and then it comes out and you're so disappointed? Yeah, I do too. But with Blackberry Smoke's Holding All The Roses that didn't happen.

Charlie Starr and the boys bring their country fried southern rock tinged with country to a new level. I'm not sure if there is a bad song on the album.

The vocals are not stellar, no blazing guitar solos, just a fantastic band locking into what they do. And doing it well.

Blackberry Smoke, along with Whiskey Myers, are doing Southern Rock the right way. Are they Skynyrd? Nope. Are they Marshall Tucker? Nope. Are they the Allmans? Nope. What they are is Blackberry Smoke. And that's a good thing.

I could try to break it down song-by-song, but that would be futile. There are heavy doses of Southern Rock, there is honky tonk, there is country. And it's all good.

I know it's expected to post a vid of my favorite song. I don't know that I have a favorite yet, so I'll go with this one.

New Music Discovery: Salvation Jayne - Black Eyes

Salvation Jayne is a blues/rock band from Kent, England. And they are good.

Here's "Black Eyes" from their latest release I'll Be Damned. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Working Women's Wednesday: Lzzy Hale

I originally had this one pegged for Metal Monday, but then dropped the ball on getting it posted. But it works here. The new Halestorm song "Apocalyptic".

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Music Tuesday with Gretchen Peters

Singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters' new album Blackbirds came out today. It's good. Here's a sample.