Tuesday, May 31, 2016

EP Spotlight: Lauren Jenkins: The Nashville Sessions

The first thing I noticed about Lauren Jenkins was that unique smokey voice. I could listen to her sing songs I don't like.

Her first EP, The Nashville Sessions, is a six song collection that has four songs that she co-wrote and two cover songs. One of the covers is the song she did for for the Motley Crue tribute album. Her version of "Looks That Kill" was my first introduction to her voice and I've been waiting for more from her ever since.

The other cover is of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love", with, of course, her own spin. Personally, I could have done without either cover, replacing them with more originals, though I do think "Looks That Kill" is very interesting.

Here is one of the originals that I really like, "All Good Things". Enjoy.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Album Spotlight: Bonnie Bishop: Ain't Who I Was

It's takes some time to figure out who you are. Most of the time it ain't who you were. That is the sentiment in not only the title track, but also real life for Bonnie Bishop on her latest album Ain't Who I Was.

Bonnie Bishop did the Texas Country scene and didn't fit in. She tried the contemporary country songwriter gig in Nashville. She almost walked away from music. Then this album happened. And all lovers of good music are better off because of it. You can read her own words on this at Saving Country Music, and it's worth your time.

Ain't Who I Was was produced by Dave Cobb. Anything produced by Dave Cobb gets my attention. Not only because he brings out the best in the artists he produces, but he only seems to produce the best artists. Look it up.

Ain't Who I Was ain't country, blues, jazz, soul, pop or rock. It's all of those, only not. It's just a 10 song collection of greatness.

Here is a live version of "Too Late" from the album:

Monday, May 23, 2016

Album Spotlight: Diana Rein: The Long Road

Diana Rein, the self-proclaimed Six String Siren, has a new album, The Long Road. As Rein was responsible for all of the songs and all of the instrumentation on the record, this 18 month long "labor of love" is unashamedly and unabashedly all Diana Rein all the time.

And that's a good thing.

It's blues. It's rock. It's sultry. It's sweaty. It's good music.

While honing her craft by watching videos of her favorite artists, Rein, through many hours of practice, has carved out her own sound.

If you're a blues purist, this won't be for you, but if you're like me and like a little rock and pop and country in your blues, your can't go wrong with this album.

Check out "Rebel With A Cause" from the album.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Ace and Paul Together Again

Get the old band back together. Well not really, but founding members of KISS Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley did record a song together, "Fire and Water" for Ace's latest album Origins Vol. 1. Happy to say that Paul sounds really good and Ace is Ace. Have a listen.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Single: Diana Rein: Down Down Down

Diana Rein, Los Angeles-based blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter has released a single in advance of her forthcoming album Long Road, due out May 18.

The single, "Down Down Down" can be heard below. Enjoy.

Also check out her YouTube page.

You'll be reading more about this talented woman in this space in the future.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Useless Ranking Featuring Cartoon Theme Songs

Here are the best covers of cartoon theme songs, according to me.

5. Josie and the Pussycats - Juliana Hatfield and Tanya Donelly
Sure they made a movie or something out of this cartoon. But the theme song from that is not available. But this is. Great song.

4. Scooby Doo, Where Are You? - Matthew Sweet
I honestly thought this would end up higher, but there are too many good candidates.

3. Sugar Sugar (The Archies) - Mary Lou Lord w/ Semisonic
Had to find a cover of this to include it. The original was great. This might be better.

2. Hong Kong Phooey - Sublime
This was actually a really cool original with Scatman Crothers as the original Henry. Sublime took it to another level.

1. The Tra La La Song (Banana Splits) - Liz Phair
This may be the best cartoon theme song of all time. Liz Phair just made it cooler.
Although, this one may not be fair since the Banana Splits wasn't totally a cartoon. But it's my list.