Friday New Releases – August 18th

Welcome to another Friday of new releases.  There is not a whole lot I am interested in and might give one or two a listen (highlighted in Blue) but still undecided.  Next week will have more to offer.  Hopefully there is something here for you.  Since there isn’t many, I will leave some videos for a number of the artist so you can try them out.

  • 51IGBakil2L._AC_US218_  Nathan Angelo – A Matter of Time – (Nathan Angelo Music):  Nathan Angelo is a singer/songwriter and more on the pop side. I have liked some of his older offerings, so if I am in the mood, I will throw this on and give it a spin.

  • 51jN2sjEiQL._AC_US218_  Steven Wilson – To The Bone – (SW Records):  I am not familiar with Steven Wilson, but this song was good and has peaked my interest a little.  Maybe I will play this one as well.

Continue reading “Friday New Releases – August 18th”

Friday New Releases – August 11th

Happy Friday!  My busy season is just a couple weeks from being over and I can’t wait.  I need some new music to get me through it, but it is a very weak week.  Well, all except for one and it is highlighted in Blue.  I hope there is something for you.  Luckily I still have a few from last week to get through in more detail.

  • 51CDRf5FgHL._AC_US218_  Will Hoge – Anchors – (Bordello Records):  One of my favorite singer/songwriters is Will Hoge and I love it when he puts out new music so I am super excited about this one.  He is the man!!  I think he is one of the best songwriters out there today and you must check him out.  He is a little bit of rock, a little bit of country and a little bit of folk.  He is a little bit of everything.  I believe this is his 10th studio release if you count his two independent releases from early on in his career.  He also has a bunch of E.P.s and Live albums.

Continue reading “Friday New Releases – August 11th”

Glen Campbell – R.I.P. – Country Music Legend

I was catching up on news after a long day at work and noticed that Country music legend Glen Campbell has passed away.  He was 81 and had been battling with Alzheimer’s these last several years.  He had just released his farewell album ‘Adios’ back in June and it turns out it really was his farewell album.

According to Wikipedia…and it is a pretty impressive list…

Campbell released more than 70 albums. He sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. He placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, or Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts. Campbell’s hits include his recordings of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind”; Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, and “Galveston”; Larry Weiss’s “Rhinestone Cowboy”; and Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights”.

Glen Campbell holds a very special place in my heart.  When I was a kid, I absolutely loved the song “Rhinestone Cowboy”.  I loved it so much my parents made me sing it once in front of company.  This might explain my fear of speaking and being in front of crowds.  To lose Mr. Campbell is losing a part of my childhood.  I knew this day was coming for awhile now as his condition had been getting progressively worse, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

It makes me sad to think he has died, but glad he no longer suffers from such a horrible disease.  His music will live on forever and so will my memories.  Thank you Mr. Campbell for giving me that memory.  You will be missed!

In honor of Glen Campbell, here is a video of “Rhinestone Cowboy”.  Sorry I don’t have one of me as a kid performing the song as it would have been awesome!!

Picture By Lawrie M at English Wikipedia Later versions were uploaded by Timseid1 at en.wikipedia. (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Friday New Releases – July 28th

It is the last Friday of the month and it has been a slow month.  And it is another Friday where there isn’t a ton of releases, but there are at least a few I am interested in and those are highlighted in Blue.  If you like Rock, Pop, Metal, Country, Christian, Electronic and even old time rock & roll, there is a little for everyone.

  • 51ZBD6E9HnL._AC_US218_  Alice Cooper – Paranormal – (EarMusic):  The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Alice Cooper is back with his 27th or so album.  How many artists can say that??  I have seen and heard a lot of buzz about this one and I am actually excited to get this one.  I can’t wait to hear what is in store with this one.

  • 617WoFX2ojL._AC_US218_  Seventh Day Slumber – Found – (VSR):  The Christian rock band from Texas is here to bring us more of their post-grunge, hard rock.  I haven’t heard anything of this one yet (haven’t watched the video either) so waiting to be surprised when the full album is out.  I am generally not disappointed by anything they have released over the last 12 years.

Continue reading “Friday New Releases – July 28th”

Friday New Releases – July 21st

Happy Friday.  I am in a very busy season at work and I need some new music to listen to so I can make it through this time.  Sadly, not a whole lot I am interested in this week.  I hope there is something for you.  Mine are highlighted in Blue

  • 170x170bb-68  Mr. Big – Defying Gravity – (Frontiers Records Srl):  Can’t wait to play this one.  Mr. Big has been back in a “big” way since 2010.  Now they do take 3-4 years between records, but it is better than the 9 years prior to that.  Either way, it is just great to get new music from this very talented band of musicians.  When ever you can have Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheenan, Pat Torpey and Eric Martin together, you have to be excited.  The opening bass line of this song is unbelievable and has definitely got me excited about this one.

  •  61b+59Pq0CL._AC_US218_  Europe – The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show: Live at the Roundhouse – (Hell & Back Recordings):  Say it isn’t so…30 years…REALLY!!  Damn!  I am getting old.  If you don’t know, Europe has been doing their thing for all this time and I am happy to see a live album to celebrate The Final Countdown.  This will definitely get a few spins.  I didn’t see a video for this so might as well show “The Final Countdown”.

Continue reading “Friday New Releases – July 21st”

My Sunday Song – “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash

My Sunday Song #45 is the great Johnny Cash Song “A Boy Named Sue”.  The song was first recorded during the live concert ‘At San Quentin’ and is one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs.  It tells such an amazing story about a boy seeking revenge against his deadbeat dad who left him and his mom and who named him Sue.

The song was Johnny’s biggest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 where it reached #2.  It was also his only Top 10 song which is amazing.  Why didn’t he make it to #1, well a little known band named the Rolling Stones held that position with “Honky Tonk Woman”.

“A Boy Named Sue” is a song only Johnny Cash could sing and pull off.  I don’t think the song would have been as successful with any other singer…at least to me it wouldn’t have been.  The grittiness of Cash’s voice and the way he sort of spoke it instead of singing it was absolutely perfect.  It gave a life and a charm to the song all its own.

Continue reading “My Sunday Song – “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash”

Happy Father’s Day – “I Miss You A Little” by John Michael Montgomery

To remember our Father’s we have lost, here is John Michael Montgomery’s “I Miss You A Little”.  My brother-in-law, Jimmy, lost his father 21 years ago and I remember his dad.  He was a great man.  This song means a lot to him and still brings a tear to his eye every time he hears it.  He sent me this song as he thought this would be a great song to honor his dad and now my dad on Father’s Day.

I lost my dad back in April and so this is the first Father’s Day without him.  It is harder than I thought it would be.  It is made easier as I am a Father and my wife and girls always make me feel special.  Spending the day with them will help me get through it although it doesn’t make me miss my Dad any less.

To all the Fathers out there and all the Fathers we have lost, Happy Father’s Day!

Continue reading “Happy Father’s Day – “I Miss You A Little” by John Michael Montgomery”