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The Ridgerunners Band Keep-Ur-Runnin’ With New Release

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Boise, ID--October 2, 2006-- Jimmy Trip and David Miller (AKA Buttons Magoo) crossed paths one day and found that they were kindred spirits meant to create music together. Having similar backgrounds and tastes was the start for the duo then when they ventured into the studio, one thing led to another, and now they have a new recording ready for release titled Keep-Ur-Runnin’. If it sounds down home and country…well, if the shoe fits wear it. These gents have their walkin’ shoes on and are ready to take their show on the road.

The duo offers simple folk based traditional country for those that enjoy kicking back and can appreciate some good picking and down to earth vocals with heart and soul.

The Ridgerunners provide eclectic music for their listeners. Everything from country, rock, bluegrass, folk, and beyond gets coverage in their compositions. This wide range of genres allows them to touch many fans and cross over into territories other musicians cannot. Their li…

Bob Seger-Face The Promise

Artist: Bob Seger
Title: Face The Promise
Genre: Rock
Format: CD/DVD
Label:Capitol
Website

Eleven years is very long time between albums but some people can get away with it and pick up where they left off, like Bob Seger.

Face The Promise is a fantastic new album from Seger. This is the deluxe set with a DVD. What I learned about Bob in the DVD, besides watching some choice archive videos and concert footage from his storied career, is that there was a reason why he took an eleven year lay off. He decided to start a family at the tender age of 47. He stayed home to bring up his children with his wife, and continue to write songs. I am so glad he kept writing because if he had not continued we would not be enjoying this new album.

Here we are some 50 million album sales later and this one is sure to bump that number up by millions. There are 12 tracks on this recording, everyone a potential single. The Silver Bullet Band still has it going on, they are cookin’, and Seger’s voice is just as go…

Kansas-Works In Progress

Artist: Kansas
Title: Works In Progress
Genre: Progressive Rock-Metal
Format: DVD/CD
Label: Intersound Records
Website

Not too long, after the release of this Kansas set, long time violinist and vocalist Robbie Steinhardt left the band again and David Ragsdale replaced him, again. The release of Works In Progress is ironic in that it documents a configuration of the band with Ragsdale on violin. The reason that the band decided to release this archival material is that the live performances contained herein were tight as the band ever was. According to the band, it was one of the best Kansas lineups to set foot on stage. After listening and watching I have to agree, they were hitting on all of their cylinders and sounded red-hot.

Music from the underrated album Freaks Of Nature and the incredibly ambitious Device Voice Drum DVD, which in my opinion is one of their greatest achievements, and Live At The Whiskey with a special guest appearance of Kerry Livgren on select tracks are included on…

Louise Setara-Still Waters

Artist: Louise Setara
Title: Still Waters
Genre: Pop
Label: Coast Records
Website
Amazon Link

Louise Setara is a very mature looking 18-year-old female. When I discovered this after reading about it on her website, I was stunned. The first picture I saw of her was very different, her hair was down, and actually, she looks like a different person. This picture was on a special three-song sampler I received prior to this full-length release. It is amazing how much different a woman looks when they put their hair up and pull it back tight. Those were my initial observations. So what does this have to do with the music? There are some parallels here.

Now on to the music…Her vocals are incredibly good, once again, far beyond her years and experience. She sounds like a polished veteran not a young lady recently out of high school. Louise definitely has a head start on her contemporaries and the future looks bright.

Still Waters do indeed run deep and this maiden voyage into the world of music is qu…

Ed Maly-Walking Shoes Blues

Artist: Ed Maly
Title: Walking Shoes Blues
Genre: Blues-Rock
Label: Hot Texas Tunes
Website
CD Baby Link

Texas is a breeding ground for the blues and Ed Maly is an integral part of that community. Walking Shoes Blues, his fifth album, is a tribute to his talent for playing the blues and at the same time, he pays tribute to one of the legends Jimi Hendrix on the tracks ‘While His Guitar” and “Guitar Burn.” It never is a surprise for an artist to give the nod to Jimi. Many artists have been paying tribute to the late great one recently. This music lover welcomes these tributes. Where would rock-blues music be without the contributions Hendrix made?

You get plenty of Maly and his band on the 17 tracks offered on this CD. I heard some smokin’ guitars and a tightly knit rhythm section pounding and thumping away behind all of those stinging guitar lines from Ed and Keith Cannon. The opening title track is a great way to kick off this recording. It is the perfect blues-rock song, it chugs along wit…

The Monkees Reissues

Artist: The Monkees
Title: The Monkees, More Of The Monkees
Genre: Pop-Rock
Label:Rhino
Website

Hey, hey it’s the Monkees! How many of you remember that tagline? Thanks to my older sister, I was introduced to the pop kings at very young age. I was only 8 years old back then and it was a very impressionable age for me, growing into the prepubescent stage searching for idols to look up to. I remember my sister getting all of her rave magazines like 16 Magazine and Tiger Beat and pulling out the pictures of the band, spraying them with perfume and hanging them on her wall, man I thought she was so weird. A few years later, I would be doing the same thing with sports idols, minus the perfume of course, and then eventually I would gravitate towards rock stars in my early teens.

Hearing all of this music now is an absolute joy because not only is it good music, it brings my childhood right back to me. Those feelings are becoming more sweet and precious with every year that passes. Rhino digs down…

Matthew Fogg & Nicole Hajj-Live At The Azure Cafe

Artist: Matthew Fogg & Nicole Hajj
Title: Live At The Azure Cafe
Genre: Jazz
Label: Independent
Website
CD Baby Link

Matthew Fogg & Nicole Hajj had a history before this album came together. They met and found a mutual admiration and respect for one thing, the art form of jazz.

It is unusual to release a debut album as a live recording, but the duo decided this was the best way to present their music at the time. Live At The Azure Café was released in 2005 and received with open arms from the jazz community.

The mixture of jazz standards and originals is as compelling as it is enriching for the casual listener or connoisseur. Music like this has a particular audience, one that can appreciate good music and the changes it can go through in a live setting. It is quite simple actually, if you have a love for good music, this CD will find a way into your heart.

Besides the beautiful tones and elegant vocal style produced by Nicole, Matthew provides fresh arrangements via his exemplary pi…

Soupy Sales DVD In Living Black & White Released On Morada Vision

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Ventura, CA--September 25, 2006-- The Soupy Sales 3 DVD Box Set Collection was such a great success that Morada Vision was overwhelmed with emails and phone calls for the early black & white Soupy Sales shows. They had to dig into the archives and unearth the early Soupy shows to produce the Collector’s Edition Two-Soupy Sales In Living Black & White to meet the demand for the great comedy of yesteryear and satisfy baby boomers and collectors everywhere.

There are over 2 1/2 hours of Soupy and all his zany friends at their very best in the black and white episodes that made him a household name. This is the first time that this footage has been available on VHS or DVD. Highlights of the film include Soupy doing the Mouse, Pookie sings the blues, and Fang retrieves an arm.

For fans of comedy this is good news, having two names you know and trust before you commit your hard-earned dollars to acquiring this classic DVD, makes it a lot easier to a make decisio…

Wabi Sabi Productions Brings Multimedia Theater To Broadway With Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water

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New York, NY--Sept 25, 2006-- Wabi Sabi Productions, a non-profit organization that produces shows, videos, events, and performances dealing with social, health and political community issues, have focused on the ongoing tragedies of hurricane Katrina.

Producer, writer, and director, Emmitt Thrower and Hip Hop Artist/Activist "Shakka" have teamed up to undertake the psychological and emotional issues around Katrina with a multimedia production on Broadway called Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water.

Emmitt Thrower is a former NYC Police officer who utilizes art and theater for social expression and change with his company Wabi Sabi Production Inc. Thrower has produced over 11 plays on and off Broadway during the past 16 months. His plays address social, health, and political issues. The other half of the team is Shakka, a Harlem resident whose family is from Baton Rouge. He also uses art for social change, namely the Shakka child abuse project. The partnership mad…

Honest Touch-Memories From A Dream

Artist: Honest Touch
Title: Memories From A Dream
Genre: Instrumental-Classical-New Age
Label: Independent
Website
CD Baby Link

Honest Touch is from across the pond in Athens Greece. The duo of Samy Elgazzar (composer, keyboards) and Fofi Maniadaki (acoustic piano) combine their talents to record Memories From A Dream. Some fine talent backs them as well on the recording. A five-piece band and the Amadeus Orchestra add their special touch to give the duo a solid base to build upon.

The music befits the title as it creates many images while listening. It is all at once cinematic, breathtaking, and a slice of heaven. The orchestral segments set the tone, whether it is fast paced and dramatic or sad and reflective. The keyboards come delivered upon a layer of sweeping orchestration in each track.

The couple is interested in provoking thoughts from its audience, and there are many subjects covered even though there are not words attached to the music. Their music is so powerful that words are no…

Pete Teo-Television

Artist: Pete Teo
Title:
Genre: Alertnative-Folk
Label: Redbag
CD Baby Link
Website

Pete Teo plants a seed then it steadily germinates with the warmth of his music, just like the sun and the rain help a flower to grow. This is the best way to explain how this music made me feel. I loved Rustic Living For Urbanites, Teo’s previous release that came out in 2004, and the new release Television, is an exceptional follow up album.

His voice is a soft vibrato that gradually pulls you into his reflective, deep, and sometimes pensive storytelling. I think the best way to put this music into a specific genre would be to say that it is an entertaining form of alternative-folk. This is an art form expressed from an individual’s soul; I could feel that in this music. As I mentioned in my first review, the man is a poet, a true artisan developing his craft in every composition.

The packaging for the CD is impressive, it comes in a glossy cardboard slipcase with another cardboard sleeve that holds the CD, a…

Kellylee Evans-Fight or Flight?

Artist: Kellylee Evans
Title: Fight or Flight?
Genre: Jazz
Label: Enliven! Media
CD Baby Link
Website

Kellylee Evans decides to take flight rather than fight on her new recording Fight or Flight? The title of the CD will have different interpretations by each individual listener no doubt. I see it as an artist deciding to do what comes natural-sing her heart out and record one fine album filled with jazz and emotion. Evans has a lovely warm delivery expressed through the twelve tracks on this CD.

Ms. Evans surrounds herself with a cache of excellent musicians and it becomes apparent rather promptly when “What About Me” begins, that this is the foundation of her ultimate success. Although the most important instrument on the album is her voice…what would any great set of pipes be without a backing band that can get the job done? Evans’ voice sounds like it was designed for jazz and there is no question about it once you hear the entire album. Kellylee sounds like she has the jazz vibe and g…

Additional Moog-Lost Engines

Artist: Additional Moog
Title: Lost Engines
Genre: Alternative-Rock-Pop-Country
Label:Lost Cat Records
Website

Lost Engines gives you a grand tour of the Additional Moog sound. This band sounds like many bands you have heard before yet they put their own particular twist on everything.

16 tracks is a lot of music to take in, but it’s all very enjoyable and that’s a good thing. I thought about the Velvet Underground more than once while I was listening to it. The band likes to call itself lo-fi alt country, in some cases I can agree with that, particularly on one of my favourite tunes, “Soul Star.” A lot of the time I heard some good basic rock-pop comparative to Big Star and the like, partly because vocalist James Williams reminded me of Alex Chilton.

If you want to rock, this is not your CD. If you like nice melodies, sweet vocal harmonies, and jangling guitars this will be exactly what the doctor ordered. I found it very pleasant and unusually relaxing for music with so much rhythm and su…

Uplift Releases Rock-Metal Standout Nothing Left Behind

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Boston, MA--September 18, 2006-- After a successful gig at Locobazooka, Uplift is poised to take their new music to the masses. Nothing Left Behind is quickly receiving recognition by a growing fan base and when 2006 is over the album looks as if it will fall snugly into the top of the indie rock-metal charts.

Uplift has shared the stage with Alice in Chains, Social Burn, Days of The New, Ra, Wicked Wisdom, PM5K, Buckcherry, Black Stone Cherry, and Bipolar. There is no doubt that soon they will be right up there amongst the headliners with the strong momentum that will carry them right into the New Year.

Uplift is part of the new wave of bands that know how to utilize the tools available to reach music fans. They have secured performance dates through the fall of this year and continually update their website, while building profiles on community based sites like My Space. This proactive approach is making things move at the speed of light for the band and everyone …

Natalia Nazarova Releases Independent Dance-Electronica CD Fashion

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Silver Spring, Maryland--September 18, 2006-- The dance-electronica scene is ready to embrace another rising star. Singer/actress Natalia Nazarova has a new album set for release October 2, 2006 titled Fashion that is poised to take its place on the international dance charts. Natalia’s voice is simply spellbinding throughout the recording.

Natalia’s many talents and diverse range of influences allows her to record in several genres. Previous releases featured her singing jazz tunes and clearly that strong background has helped her to transition over into the more upbeat energetic world of dance and electronica.

Fashion features the trademark alluring international vocal style that has forged a singular and distinctive path for the Natalia. Her sophisticated and sexy vocals permeate each track, making it a perfect fit for the music on the CD.

The haunting and powerful “No Excuse” opens the album up and each succeeding track offers various atmospheres with chill out g…

Kansas-Works In Progress

Artist: Kansas
Title: Works In Progress
Genre: Progressive Rock-Metal
Format: DVD/CD
Label: Intersound Records
Website

Not too long, after the release of this Kansas set, long time violinist and vocalist Robbie Steinhardt left the band again and David Ragsdale replaced him, again. The release of Works In Progress is ironic in that it documents a configuration of the band with Ragsdale on violin. The reason that the band decided to release this archival material is that the live performances contained herein were tight as the band ever was. According to the band, it was one of the best Kansas lineups to set foot on stage. After listening and watching I have to agree, they were hitting on all of their cylinders and sounded red-hot.

Music from the underrated album Freaks Of Nature and the incredibly ambitious Device Voice Drum DVD, which in my opinion is one of their greatest achievements, and Live At The Whiskey with a special guest appearance of Kerry Livgren on select tracks are included on…

Neil Carswell Releases Good Man’s Journey

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Nashville, Tennessee--September 10, 2006-- Southern rock icon Neil Carswell has put together some of his best work to date with a new album titled Good Man’s Journey. Carswell had previously headed up the enormously successful band Copperhead. Carswell did not have too look far to find his roots in blues and classic rock waiting for a resurgence of energy to bring it all back to life in the recording studio again. Like a breath of fresh air, it all came rushing back and an instant classic was born.

Good Man’s Journey is a down to earth, bluesy, richly colored southern flavored classic rock album that shares equal time with rockin’ and slower tracks. Neil Carswell is a man with many talents musically and his ability to sing a song that you will never forget is a gift that he uses on every track on the album.

Prominent musicians are part of the sessions such as Johnny Neel (keyboards, Allman Bros.), Barry Goudreau (guitar, Boston), Stu Kimball (guitar, Bob Dylan), …

Alice In Chains Joins Forces With Full Circle Licensing

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Los Angeles, CA--September 7, 2006-- Alice In Chains – Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez and Sean Kinney- have joined forces with music industry veteran Toni Profera of Full Circle to handle their publishing placement. While Sony BMG has control of the Alice In Chains masters, Profera and her team will be working to seek placement for the music.

Full Circle is committed to working with both Sony BMG and Alice In Chains to find choice projects for these songs”, Profera says. “We’re all working together with a pro-active approach. The Alice In Chains songs speak to an entire generation and there’s a vast untapped market out there. We will be seeking quality uses that build on the licenses Alice has approved in the past, including films and soundtracks for The Perfect Storm, Clerks, Black Hawk Down, Singles and Spider-man; on TV, Cold Case”; and in video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Guitar Hero II.”

Alice in Chains has a catalog that has sold well in excess of 1…

Bonnie Raitt And Friends-Decades Rock Live

Artist: Bonnie Raitt And Friends
Title: Decades Rock Live
Format: CD/DVD
Genre: Blues-Rock
Label:Capitol
Website

It was gratifying to hear what Bonnie Raitt’s peers had to say about her. I hold the deepest respect for her. What she has accomplished personally and musically is monumental by any standard. She is the grand old lady of the blues now, well, she is not that old, like the grizzled old bluesmen of yesteryear. Raitt is in a league all by herself, and obviously, she has made tremendous strides for woman getting the respect they deserve in the music industry. The odds were against her when she got started but being the smart cookie that she is Raitt decided to go on a blues soul-searching mission to learn and play with all the masters. She learned her lessons well. Since she first hit the scene, her recordings have been critically acclaimed and it certainly does not look like there is any end in sight.

Bonnie Raitt And Friends- Decades Rock Live is a double shot of vintage Riatt with a…