Westward’s Album ‘The Empire of Deception’ Reminiscent of Best Prog Rock

By JOHN DALY Westward has released the album, The Empire of Deception which features the single “The Last Stand,” and some other prog rock beauties. Westward’s big, synthesizer-driven sound blends rock with ultra modern tones. The guys, Andrew Marshall on guitar and vocals, Karl Grimm on bass and back up vocals and Matt Morrison on drums, say their style is “Cowboy Space Rock.” But there … Continue reading Westward’s Album ‘The Empire of Deception’ Reminiscent of Best Prog Rock

‘Eleven Nine,’ an Album That Smacks The President and The Public into Reality

Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing. And in the United States you can build yourself up from pauper to profits and from real estate mogul to … President!  And apparently qualifications don’t matter too much, according to songwriter Eric Anders. His new album, Eleven Nine, is a harsh criticism of Donald Trump and the title of the album represents the day Trump was elected.  … Continue reading ‘Eleven Nine,’ an Album That Smacks The President and The Public into Reality

WB Jones and Jim Taylor create a dynamic country rock sound - Photo courtesy of WB Jones

‘Remember The Alamo’ Album a Country Rock Winner

The Texas-based country bluegrass band Free Willy has produced a new album entitled Remember the Alamo and it’s definitely unforgettable. Released through Buddha Belly Records, Remember the Alamo is a fun collection of inspiring country-alternative tunes created by a bunch of veteran musicians.  If you like the Allman Brothers Band, Pure Prairie League and New Riders, you’ll like Free Willy. Remember The Alamo The band … Continue reading ‘Remember The Alamo’ Album a Country Rock Winner

Demetrius N Vince Bring The Blues and Americana Into the New Era

By JOHN DALY Chicago-based Demetrius N Vince perform a modern update of funk, blues, and Americana music with their new album, Americana Soul. They’ve released the title track and it sounds like a combination of every midwestern Americana song there is, only with a new flare. Demetrius N Vince met at an open mic night in Chicago, an indicator that these are marketing-savvy, hard-working musicians. … Continue reading Demetrius N Vince Bring The Blues and Americana Into the New Era

Lochness Monster is Very Much Alive with New Album ‘Fables’

By JOHN DALY Lochness Monster is no fable, the alternative style music from this rock and roll band is very real. Lochness Monster was formed in 2014 by Justin Shaner on guitar (formerly of Giving Chase) and includes Michael Morello on vocals, Rene Rivera on drums (formerly of Josie McQueen), and Camilo Zea on bass (formerly of Punto Ge).     ‘Fables’ Shaner and Morello … Continue reading Lochness Monster is Very Much Alive with New Album ‘Fables’

Chrystyna Marie Puts a Gritty Touch on the Blues with New Album, ‘Life’

By DOTTIE PARIS Chrystyna Marie knows that things are not all they appear to be. Her new album, Life, makes it clear that she has been around the block once or twice. The lively songstress writes about topics that everyone knows — love, desire, sadness and passion — and she does it in gritty blues style. Chrystyna puts an edgy touch to the blues, with … Continue reading Chrystyna Marie Puts a Gritty Touch on the Blues with New Album, ‘Life’

Alex Siegel Creates A Beautiful Record with New Album, ‘Röykkä’

By DOTTIE PARIS Alex Siegel keeps a low profile but this is one musician who could break out big if he so chooses.  The songs on his new album, Röykkä are catchy, sensitive and beautifully produced. It’s too bad this musician doesn’t have a rich uncle seemingly like the rest of the music world these days.  After all there are countless young “musicians” with big … Continue reading Alex Siegel Creates A Beautiful Record with New Album, ‘Röykkä’

Shawna Virago Takes A New Turn on Album, ‘Heaven Sent Delinquent’

By JOHN DALY Transgender musician and solo acoustic performer Shawna Virago plucks at the heartstrings on her new barrier-breaking studio album, Heaven Sent Delinquent (Tranimal Records). Maybe that’s because her heart is in every song she writes and performs. And she has amassed a great collection of alt-folk, punk songs. Heaven Sent Delinquent is available on vinyl, CD, download (CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon) and streaming (SoundCloud). … Continue reading Shawna Virago Takes A New Turn on Album, ‘Heaven Sent Delinquent’

Gumshen Puts Together a Life-Assuring Work with Single ‘Fallacy’

By DOTTIE PARIS Normally we wouldn’t listen too much to people who who claim to be a “fallacy,” but in the case of the band Gumshen, we’ll gladly make an exception. The truth is this Seattle-based band is far from being a fallacy.  Gumshen is real and the video that goes with this song depicts how interesting this band truly is. It’s kind-of a dark … Continue reading Gumshen Puts Together a Life-Assuring Work with Single ‘Fallacy’

CK Flach Puts a Fire in Protest Songs Reminiscent of The 1960s

By JOHN DALY What a stylish collection of thoughts C.K. Flach has put to music. Empty Mansions is one of those rare pieces that is likely to influence other musicians over years to come. Empty Mansions is different enough that people will remember the brutally honest protest songs powered by raging lyrics with simple piano and guitar enhancements. There are cliffhangers and hooks, and while … Continue reading CK Flach Puts a Fire in Protest Songs Reminiscent of The 1960s