It’s been a long and varied ride to say the least for music veteran Buzz Cason. His career, which has spanned parts of six decades, has seen Cason sing backup for the likes of Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson and sing lead for Buddy Holly’s old band, the Crickets. He has penned songs that have been covered by U2 and The Beatles, sat in the producer’s chair and has found himself enshrined as a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He’s also a performer in his own right and his new release, Record Machine, is a mix of familiar sounds, yet somehow sounds fresh.Six decades on and Buzz Cason still has something to say musically. With an exciting new album, Record Machine, and a tour to follow, 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for this veteran.
Bubbles Brown is a two-piece early blues outfit from Chicago, IL. Bubbles (Guitar, Vocals) and Washboard Ben (Percussion, Vocals) cut their teeth on the blues deep in the subways of Chicago, busking for change and the occasional dollar. Using only a guitar, washboard, sock cymbal, assorted percussion and a suitcase bass drum -the duo and their lean, archaic setup evoke the home-spun, kitchen-sink aesthetic of rural, pre-war blues and country, while blending into it an aggressive and modern electricity to create a sound at-once both nostalgic and distinctly progressive. The Bubbles Brown sound defies expectations, and their rich and reverent brand of the blues, country and jazz of the 20s and 30s greatly exceeds the sum of its parts, transforming stages of any size into roadside juke joints and skeptics into believers.
The Oakland-based vintage garage-punk trio has gifted the world with their new album entitled, Gone By The Dawn. The studio album is set to release in September 2015. Out of three different journeys in the American west merged the anachronistic influence and a unique musical complex of lyrical companionship. The band consists of singer and guitarist, Cody Blanchard (Oregon), singer and bassists, Shannon Shaw (Northern California) and drummer and keys, Nate Mayhem (California’s central coast). These three talented comrades started their venture playing house parties and hole-in-the-wall clubs. This album is critically-acclaimed to be some of their best production by far.
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After a successful stint touring Australia and the US in 2012 as members of The Paul Collins Beat, local vocalist and guitarist Glenn Morris and his drummer brother Brian were encouraged to record their own album of Glenn’s original songs. Both members of local outfit The Zeros, Glenn is perhaps better known as a member of Kings of the Sun and later The Screaming Tribesmen. Produced and engineered by legendary Australian guitarist Dennis Wilson of Khavas Jute fame, “It’s The On And Ons Calling” consists of 11 songs that are pure rock/power pop in essence. Just what you might hope for; great tunes based on exceptional harmonies and classic instrumentation.
Angry Johnny & The Killbillies’ follow-up to Hankenstein finds them exploring new musical terrain while still maintaining the sick, disturbing lyrical tone that earmarked their debut. The rougher production of their opening gun is replaced by a smoother, more mainstream sound, with producer Mark Alan Miller bringing in everything from Eric Ambel’s lead guitar and B-3 organ to balalaikas, clarinets, tubas and accordions to spice things up. Highlights are plentiful, but special attention must be paid to “All American Girl,” “Kill Again,” “Jezebel,” “A Love More True” and “Won’t Get Me Out of Your Mind.”
Thought provoking stories set to music. Scottish Americana described as music from another realm, bringing to mind writers like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits.
Stolen Jars is an indie music project of Cody Fitzgerald and Molly Grund. The two have used inspiration from acts Sufjan Stevens, Elvis Costello, and Dirty Projectors.
Rayland Baxter‘s music sounds as easily and unaffectedly Southern as a glass of sweet iced tea enjoyed on the back porch on a warm and slightly humid day. There’s not a lot of twang in Baxter’s music (or his voice), but his melodies and arrangements are evocative in the manner of a good novel, painting a vivid portrait of time and place, and there’s a laid-back but emotionally powerful vibe to his lyrics and vocals that’s smart but unpretentious, and generates a sense of drama that feels low key on the surface, but inside is as potent as vintage Tennessee Williams.