Country music icon, Charlie Daniels, has passed away at 83 years young from a stroke. Charlie Daniels was a member of the Charlie Daniels Band (obviously) as well as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Since I am from Georgia, I will tell you that Charlie Daniels was basically taught in school…not really, but everyone knew who he was. He was the man that made fiddle playing pretty damn cool with the song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. If country music can rock out, this is the song that does it.
I believe he had at least 32 studio albums and numerous compilations. He was one of the cool guys in country and has influenced so many artists over the years. He left us with a ton of music and he will be remembered for many more years to come. Rest in Peace Charlie!! Play that music up in Heaven since the Devil never got your soul!!
Will Hoge is now on at least a dozen albums and I was completely blown away by what I heard. “Tiny Little Movies” is just what it says. It is 11 songs that each one feels like its own tiny little movie. He brings a little Americana music mixed with his Country and Rock & Roll roots and if you thought John Mellencamp painted a true picture of Middle America and its problems, Will adds more color and texture to that painting and brings it in to the 21st Century. This isn’t Country though so don’t be concerned. Think more in terms of Springsteen and Petty and you will have an idea where I place him.
Will’s ability to tell a story that can be bleak at times and uplifting at others is a shot in the arm and shows the power that can be found in music. His lyrics are an honest interpretation of what is going in America and at times a giant slap in the face. His genius lies in the words as well as the music and it is that gritty voice that draws you in and makes you care about what he has to say.
The album can rock out with songs such as my personal favorite “The Overthrow” which doesn’t speak too fondly of today’s leaders and Will takes on the slimiest of people in “Con Man Blues” filled with some dirty, blues guitar. With “The Curse”, I’m taken back to his early days with albums like ‘Blackbird on a Lonely Wire’ with a little more catchy groove and chorus. I mentioned Petty earlier, I feel his influence all over “That’s How You Lose Her”, it is splendid. Continue reading “Will Hoge – ‘Tiny Little Movies’ – Album Review”
Happy July 4th Weekend. Man, this country needs to celebrate something because right now, there hasn’t been much worth celebrating. This country is more fractured than ever, hopefully the rise of protests will actually bring some much needed and long overdue change. We will see. Anyway, back to the music. There aren’t many releases this week because usually releasing around a holiday isn’t good for sales, but no one told these artists. There is only one I am actually interested in (in Blue) and hopefully there is something for you. Tell me what you want to hear and what I missed. Thanks and have a great weekend!!
- Trapt – Shadow Work – (Crash Collide): This California based rock band is back on their 8th album and I have followed them off and on through all their line-up changes and they still have the lead singer and bass player as original members which I am good with. It is solid, modern rock and something great to have on when I need something a little heavy. Looking foward to see what they bring to the table this time around after 4 years since the last one.
Continue reading “Friday New Releases – July 3, 2020”
- Willie Nelson – First Rose of Spring – (Sony Music): Willie is back!! That is enough for me. I might get around to this one when I have time as he as earned that.
I can’t believe June is now over. When the Covid-19 stay at home orders started, the days creeped on by and first and then when we got in to a routine, they started flying and now we are over 3 months later and time seems to be going faster. At least we aren’t on stay at home orders anymore. Enough babble, we have to get to the main point of this post…the new releases that are out. There are not a lot of choices today as Covid strikes again with several releases being moved til later (thank you Kansas and Neon Trees). I’m really only interested in one and curious in another. There are in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear or if I missed anything that should be noted. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!
- Will Hoge – Tiny Little Movies – (Edlo Records / Thirty Tigers): I discovered Will on his second album back in 2003 and was instantly blown away. He has certainly grown since then and is one hell of a story teller. His protest songs are amazing and the musicianship is outstanding as well. Basically, he can do no wrong. Any new music from him is welcomed with open ears!! If you like country flavors with a little rock and folk, then grab this one now. This ain’t your bro-country and thank God for that!!
Continue reading “Friday New Releases – June 26, 2020”
- Grey Daze – Amends – (Loma Vista / Concord Records): Chester Bennington is back from beyond. This was a project of Chester and I believe it was his first band. They were able to finish the album with Chester’s vocals and I have liked what I’ve heard so far. He is missed!!
Welcome back, you made it through another week and you should be proud as who knows what the world threw at us this week as each week it seems to be something worse than the last. But at least the world is giving us some new music and that makes it all better. There are a handful of new music I am looking forward to getting and those are marked in Blue. Let me know what you are interested in, if anything, and tell me what I missed. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!
- Whitesnake – The ROCK Album (2020 Remix) – (Saltburn / Rhino): In the first of 3 albums in a new series by Whitesnake, the Rock album is a bunch of remixes of old songs with one new one I believe. The other two will be out later in the year and in to next year are The Love Album and The Blues Album. I am glad the Rock starts it all off. This will finish up my David Coverdale Review series nicely until the other albums come out that is.
Continue reading “Friday New Releases – June 19th, 2020”
- Switchfoot – Covers E.P. – (Fantasy Records / Concord): Ah, I love me some Switchfoot and although not an album of new material, we get a small collection of cover songs. At least these aren’t your standard fare. You get a cover from Frank Ocean, The Chainsmokers, Vampire Weekend and more. Should be interesting.
FINALLY!! A Massive Week of new releases. I mean this is the biggest week since this whole Corona outbreak started and thank goodness. We need this!! There a lot on my list this week…a whole lot. They are highlighted in Blue as usual. What interests you, what did I miss, what what what??? Please let me know. I hope you have a great weekend and you know what I’ll be doing!!! Thanks for stopping by.
- Def Leppard – Hits Vegas (Live) – (Bludgeon Riffola Ltd): Def Leppard has two out this week…that is right…TWO!! You can also get it as one BluRay or DVD set that has both albums on CD and in Video format which I have the BluRay version coming to me. This is the disc I am more excited about, the Vegas Residency Show as they tend to play a lot of DEEP DEEP CUTS and that is what the collector in me wants.
Continue reading “Friday New Releases – May 29th”
- Def Leppard – Hysteria at the O2 (Live) – Bludgeon Riffola Ltd): Release #2 is for the London gig where they played the Hysteria album in its entirety which I already have from the Viva! Hysteria Vegas show years back, but the completist in me has to have this one too.
Another week has passed and another week impacted by Covid-19 as many releases scheduled for today originally are now later in the year. A few brave souls have stuck to their guns and are releasing their albums still to our enjoyment. As the U.S. is slowly opening back up and some stores are open again, we will see how things go. I won’t be venturing out as much at first, but I need to hit a record store soon as the shakes are starting to get bad. Withdrawal sucks!! Until then, my choice for this week is highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you like or anything I may have missed. Thanks and have a great week.
- Colton Dixon – Colton Dixon E.P. – (Atlantic Recording): Christian pop artist Colton Dixon is finally back after the stellar album from 2017, Identity. That is a high mark to beat so I will be happy if he is anywhere near the greatness of that one. Sadly, this is only an E.P….give us a full album soon Mr. Dixon!!! Please!!!
And that is it for me. The rest has some promising stuff and maybe the Jason Isbell will get listened to, we will wait and see…
Continue reading “Friday New Releases – May 15th”
- Asking Alexandria – Like a House On Fire – (Sumerian Records) – Digital Only – physical copy June 26th
We are now in May, I’m still working from home and we are still on the social distancing kick…which is all a good thing until this thing gets better. The really good news is there are a lot of releases this week…ok, not really. A month or so ago, that would’ve been true. There have been at least 10 that were on the list that are now moved until later in the year. That is too bad. As a result, I hope there is something here for you. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you are looking forward to hearing or what I missed. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. Stay Safe!!
- Mike Tramp – Second Time Around – (Deko / Target Records): Mike Tramp has been putting out the albums lately. That voice sounds aged and wiser and ever since White Lion and Freak of Nature, I have followed his career so why would I not throw this on for good measure.
Continue reading “Friday New Releases – May 1st”
- Jack Russell’s Great White – Once Bitten Acoustic Bytes – (Deadline Music / Cleopatra): I don’t know if I am interested in this because I think it is going to be good or that I think it is going to be really bad. Either way, I might try and sit through this. His last album was pretty good, but it still isn’t the same as it used to be. We will leave judgment until I hear it all.
Happy Friday! I hope this post finds everyone still functioning after being homebound for way too long! At least we have new releases to look forward to and there is a nice long list. It was longer, but a bunch got moved to later in the year. There is enough variety that hopefully you will find something. This is where I would normally say my choices are highlighted in Blue, but you won’t see any of those this week as there is nothing really that floats my boat. Hopefully that isn’t the same for you. Let me know what you find interesting and what I may have missed. Hang in there and hopefully this will all be over soon. Have a great weekend.
- The Used – Heartwork – (Big Noise Music Group)
Continue reading “Friday New Releases – April 24th”
- Brendan Benson – Dear Life – (Third Man Records)
The times are crazy and all we have to look forward to is either President Trumps daily Covid 19 updates or music new releases. For me, it is the music new releases otherwise I would be writing about Trump. This week though, there is nothing for me I am really interested in. There are a handful of releases as a lot of artist have been delaying their releases for some reason. I hope there is something in here for you. Stay Safe!! And have a great weekend.
- Soul Asylum – Hurry Up and Wait – (Blue Elan Records)
Continue reading “Friday New Releases – April 17th”
- Incubus – Trust Fall (Side B) E.P. – (Incubus)