Welcome to 2021 and the first Friday New Releases of the New Year! Oh how I have missed this post…I know it has only been three weeks since the final one of 2020, but I like these posts. For the first one of the year, there aren’t a ton of releases and there are only a couple I want to listen to so not a great start, but it is right after Christmas and this is usually a slow week anyway. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear or of there is a release I missed that you think the world should know (or at least the couple 100 people that might see this post). Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Sammy Hagar & the Circle – Lockdown 2020 – (Mailboat Records): During 2020’s Lockdown, Sammy Hagar & the Circle did a lot of covers and posted them, well now they are releasing them as a complete album and I am excited. Sammy Hager & The Circle was the one concert I had scheduled last year that got cancelled thanks to Covid. That bill also had Whitesnake and Night Ranger so I was really looking forward to it. Maybe they will come around some time soon.
Passenger – Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted – (Nettwerk Music Group): Passenger isn’t really a band name, it is the stage name for Michael David Rosenberg. I like his brand of folk and indie music. He has a pleasant voice and he’s a great songwriter. Give him a listen.
It’s a pretty slow start to the year, nothing for me last week and only one for me this week (highlighted in Blue). However, that is normally the case for the first couple weeks of January. It will pick up soon, I promise. Hopefully there will be something for you in this list and if not, there will be something soon enough, I promise. The good news is it frees my up to keep chugging along on the Gene Simmon’s The Vault 15 part review and the David Coverdale Series…check them both out. How’s that for a shameless plug?
Sons of Apollo – MMXX – (InsideOutMusic): I am so happy to see Sons of Apollo bringing us their second studio album, but third album overall. I thought this might be a one and done kind of thing, but thankfully nope. The band has one of my favorite singers, Jeff Scott Soto as well as some guys you might have heard of by the names of Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian and some no name guitarist that goes by Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. Just a little band full of nobodies…huh, yeah right. It don’t get much better than this lineup!! A super group for dang sure. Check them out.
G. Love & Special Sauce – The Juice – (Philadelphonic Records / Thirty Tigers)
British Lion – The Burning – (Explorer1 Music)
Magnum – The Serpent Rings – (Steamhammer)
Little Big Town – Nightfall – (Craft Recordings)
Dustin Lynch – Tullahoma – (Broken Bow Records)
Halsey – Manic – (Capitol Records)
Of Montreal – UR Fun – (Polyvinyl Records)
John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain – Is That So? – (Abstract Logix)
Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong – (Mmm…Records)
Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision – (Spinefarm Records)
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – X: The Godless Void and Other Stories – (Dine Alone Music)
Another Friday, another set of new releases. There isn’t a whole lot, but some I am really interested in getting a hold of and those are highlighted in Blue. As the year gets ramped up it will keep getting better and better each week (hopefully). Let me know what interests you this week. Have a wonderful weekend listening to the new music.
Whitesnake – The Purple Tour (Live) – (Rhino Records): Whitesnake did The Purple Album to celebrate all things Deep Purple and then they toured it. Here is the end result of that tour. A CD and DVD of the tour is something worth getting a hold of for sure. Whitesnake have been releasing a lot of live albums lately and I love they are doing that. It is nice getting things from each era of the band. Check out the video for Burn and then grab hold of the album.