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John Mayer-Continuum

Artist: John Mayer
Title: Continuum
Genre: Rock-Blues-Pop
Label:Columbia
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John Mayer has a deep abiding respect for the blues, and never has it been more apparent than on his superb album Continuum. When Mayer made the switch to the blues, some folks seemed caught off guard and confused, nevertheless his true fans knew better. Personally, I have heard a lot about this artist but never sat down and listened to any of his work. Now I am sorry that I missed so much. I was glad to hear that he shook all the comparisons to Dave Matthews and developed his own identity and unique sound.

Continuum is easily in my top ten albums for 2006. After listening several times it has continued to grow on me with each listen. Make no mistake about it; Mayer is a very talented and real individual with nothing but a great future ahead. He knew exactly what he was doing when he hooked up with some blues legends and played his six-string right alongside them (check out his tear-out-your-heart version of th…

American Idol Contestant Patrick Hall Releases New Single October 31st

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Los Angeles, CA--October 30, 2006-- The public’s fascination with “American Idol” is evident by the success that not only the winners, but finalists enjoy after their season’s competition is over. But what about those who lose in the earlier rounds – what does the experience do to their dreams? For Patrick Hall, being eliminated the very first week after getting to the top 24 on last season’s “American Idol” turned out to be the inspiration for him to take his music career to the next level and go for it.

“What a lot of people may not realize is that before the season even hits the TV screen, the competition has been going on for months. You keep getting to the next rung and you start believing you have a chance to be the next American Idol,” Hall explains. “When the actual televised competition began, I told myself that the initial goal was to get to the Top 12. When I got eliminated so early in the televised competition, I had a lot of pent up sadness and anger. …

Lance Reegan-Diehl Official Guitar Player For JamMate JM400 USB Guitar

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Seoul, Korea--October 30, 2006-- Lance Reegan Diehl released Internal Construction in June of 2006 to critical acclaim and widespread popularity, including placement of the single, New Sworn Enemy, at #58 on Neil Young’s Top 400 list. This album has also generated many other engagements including a new exclusive endorsement of the JamMate JM400 USB Guitar and Amplitube software. Lance is presently working on an instructional DVD for the innovative guitar, which plugs into any laptop or desktop computer. Within minutes of taking the guitar out of it’s box, you are up and playing on a virtual guitar amp with the lowest latency available, through the included Amplitube Live and LE versions from IK Multimedia.

In addition to the JamMate project, Lance is finishing his new album: Chasing My Reflection. This exciting project is an original album of instrumental pieces on Guitar Nine Records. Chasing is a showcase of guitar virtuosity in a variety of styles that will …

Angela Ortiz-All About You

Artist: Angela Ortiz
Title: All About You
Genre: Pop
Label: Independent
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Angela Ortiz has an album titled All About You and it serves as a very descriptive lead in to what is inside the CD sleeve. This recording seems to be a biographical and storytelling adventure. I suppose its all in the perception of the listener as it would be with any album. It is hard to distinguish what may be fact or fiction not knowing the artist personally but if you listen to this CD enough you get a good idea from where she is coming from.

After absorbing the thoughtful lyrics and using the music as a background, then switching the order of procession-three spins later it all finally hit home with me. What I found entrancing about Angela is her voice and the way she uses it with the lyrics. She is obviously an individual that has spent many years at her craft, carefully developing her delivery to make every musical note and inflection count for something. I really felt like it all came togeth…

Laurel Zucker & Mark Delpriora- Romanza Andaluza for Flute & Guitar

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Mark Delpriora
Title: Romanza Andaluza for Flute & Guitar
Genre: Classical
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The flute and acoustic guitar are very compatible. In the realm of classical music, it can be a beautiful marriage between two delicate instruments. Laurel Zucker (flute) and Mark Delpriora (guitar) meld their musical minds for a beautiful recording of classical compositions. The musicians take a page out the books of many influential composers such as Joaquin Rodrigo and Enrique Granados. Because the heritage of the composers is Spanish, the recording carries with it a very strong flavoring of classical Spanish influence throughout.

Romanza Andaluza for Flute & Guitar is supports the Spanish composer's work very well. Each composer is different and the succinct Spanish atmosphere and culture comes through nicely through the two musicians own interpretations. Each present their vision clearly, Delpriora’s through his excellent guitar playing and Zucke…

Where Multimedia And Tragedy Meet In A Theatrical Event

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New York, NY--October 23, 2006--The spirit and drive of producer/actor Emmitt Thrower allowed him to start his production company Wabi Sabi Productions.

In August 2001, Thrower had a brain stem stroke that left him unable to speak, eat, walk, stand up, or even sit up due to his affected balance. He was unable to see the world clearly any longer due to double vision. His life as a performer and involvement in the Arts seemed over. After his release from hospital in 2002, another setback hampered his efforts to regain his freedom, the loss of his vision in the left eye in addition to the restrictions of a wheelchair. From 2002 to the present, his endless hard work allowed him to eventually get up out of the wheelchair and stand up. By June 2006 he was finally be able to walk without aid. To say Emmit Thrower knows about adversity and fighting back is an understatement.

Life experiences such as this can change a man forever and it gave the visionary producer an idea …

Nickels & Dimes-Blues Rock From Norway

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Oslo, Norway--October 23, 2006-- Steffen Nicolaisen (guitar &vocals), Arild Steinsrud (bass), and Nils H. Maehlum (drums) are Nickels & Dimes. The band formed in 1987 and in 2003, the original lineup reformed as Nickels & Dimes, then wrote and recorded their most recent and fourth album Midnight Overdrive.

This trio is a devout Hendrix worshipper and their music is a direct reflection of the love and respect they have for the late great guitar hero.

Right at the outset of the opening track “ 3 2 Get Ready” you hear a scream and instantly know you will be in for a ride. Nickels & Dimes will rock your soul with rousing tracks and “Trampoline” is one of their best. It is a personal tribute to the masters of the past. The track fires up three minutes and twenty-seven seconds of pure rockin’ blues-rock energy. This band has a good sense of humor too-“Rubber Man,” has a crazy acoustic slide backed with a locomotive rhythm section that never misses a step…

Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro-The Dark Side of the Flute

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro
Title: The Dark Side of the Flute
Genre: Classical
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Even in the world of classical, where the music and listeners are well educated and refined, you can find some humor in a serious world. Laurel Zucker (flute) and Marc Shapiro have united once again to record compositions that look at the darker side of music on The Dark Side of the Flute (a play on words with the Pink Floyd classic Dark Side of The Moon). As Laurel talks about in the liner notes, the flute is normally uplifting and bubbly; however looking at the darker places of the mind and the time and space that it inhabits is an entirely different way to use the instrument.

Zucker and Shapiro travel down the road of composers dating back to the 1700’s such as Christophe von Gluck. There are 13 tracks with two suites, tracks 3-7 and 9-11. The suites are the most impressive work as they take you through a story without words. Zucker’s flute carries with it emotion and the…

Rusty Wright Blues- Ain’t No Good Life

Artist: Rusty Wright Blues
Title: Ain’t No Good Life
Genre: Blues-Rock
Label: Sadson Music
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Yeah baby! This is mighty fine rockin’ blues music, yes sir! It may be that this CD portrays the other side of the fence of the unfortunate and it Ain’t No Good Life but the Rusty Wright Blues band cooks along as if they are playing their last gig and life is not so bad after all. Don’t let the pretty flowers fool ya, they are all nice but look at the old buildings behind the colorful plant, looks like an old broken down distillery to me. Umm, makes you wonder. Pictures can say many things but living in an old run down shack does not make for a good life although when you have good music surrounding you there can be some color in your life (i.e. the flowers in an otherwise grey gloomy world). So look at this cover and you decide what it means to you.

Well it’s the blues so the title has to fit right? The lyrics and music do too as the husband and wife team of Rusty Wright and Lauri…

Home Grown Label Hot Texas Tunes Releases Ed Maly CD Walking Shoes Blues

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Sugar Land, Texas--October 11, 2006-- Ed Maly is a Texas original. He was born and raised in the Longhorn state and began playing guitar at the age of five. After paying dues in many bands during his high school days and at local clubs, Maly started releasing recorded music in 1995. Six albums full of blues-rock have come out over the years and most recently, Walking Shoes Blues is beginning to find its way into people’s hearts.

The opener and title track is a crackling blues-rocker that rolls on down the line like a well-oiled locomotive. Ed and his band chugs along with a lot of swagger, cooking up a Texas flavored blues-rock stew with plenty of heat and emotion that burns with sarcasm and wit. The sound and lyrics are what the blues are renowned for and Maly and his band pay the legacy and tradition of the genre its just due on the lively rockin’ recording.

Ed Maly and his band will be taking the music of Walking Shoes Blues to the people at live events and the C…

Morada Vision Presents Hef’s Halloween Spooktacular On DVD

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Ventura, CA--October 11, 2005--- Most people know Hugh Hefner for his renowned publication Playboy. The famous publisher has more than one love in his life in addition to his spicy magazine. Hef’s other passion, horror films, is celebrated this and every year at Halloween. This year we can all put on our makeup and costumes and enjoy the colorful and ghoulish DVD from Morada Vision, titled Playboy Presents Hef’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Every year Hefner throws one of the biggest parties in the world at his mansion and people from all lifestyles show up for the event. The party has reached legendary proportions over the years. The haunted house show gets special treatment from designers that work in Hollywood’s special effects areas.

The DVD features clips from the actual party, behind the scenes production work with the producer of the event, and the lovely queen of the night Elvira hosting the show.

Horror movie buffs will find this an extremely interesting advent…

The Lava Province-Strangeway

Artist: The Lava Province
Title: Strangeway
Genre: Rock-Pop
Label: Independent
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Laurens Vernot is a multi-talented musician that has dubbed himself as The Lava Province and his recent release Strangeway explores his affinity for crafty melodious rhythmic pop-rock with lyrics that are easily assimilated. Does this sound like your cup of tea? It certainly sets me right. This music reminds me of favorite 70s bands like 10cc and T-Rex, and other pop-rock kings that dominated the charts during the classic rock era.

Every track has a underlying principle and connotation behind it, backed with synchronized rhythm sections, guitar lines that punctuate the lyrics, and Vernot’s agreeable vocal style. The title song suggests schizophrenia and then “The Sign” goes in an entirely different direction, the subject being the anticipation of being ready for whatever transpires. The tracks that really caught my ear the most were “California Dream,” which is about sexual tourism-gee, big su…

Emmitt Thrower And Wabi Sabi Productions Offers Alternative Stage Play Around Social Issues

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New York, NY--October 9, 2006-- Producer/Writer/Director/Actor Emmitt Thrower and his non-profit organization Wabi Sabi Productions are bringing social issues to the stage in New York City with Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water. The play is an effective combination of stage acting and music to bring awareness to the public through the means of entertainment.

Born in Dallas, Arkansas, Thrower came to the Big Apple when he was six years old and grew up in Brooklyn. Currently he is a resident of the Bronx. After 15 years of working in one of the toughest cities in the U.S. as a police officer, there is not too much Thrower has not seen. One thing he does know about is social issues.

The impact of hurricane Katrina cannot be underestimated and in many ways, the social upheaval directly mirrors the destruction the storm wrought on the area. The people affected directly and indirectly need our attention to help that area heal. People pay more attention to a mode of entertainm…

Louise Setara Releases Impressive Debut Album Still Waters

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Los Angeles--CA--October 09, 2006--Still Waters do indeed run deep on Louise Setara’s maiden voyage into the world of recorded music. Louise has been singing since the tender age of three, and fifteen years later-a culmination of an entire lifetime jells into one impressive debut album.
Still Waters was released September 12, 2006 and it features the first single "Wrong Again," co-written by Setara. “Can’t Stop The River,” a track written by Seal, Springsteen’s “If I Should Fall,” and Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” highlight the album. The depth and emotive nucleus of “I Can Hurt” and the striking opener “Love Me Still,” all make this an album filled with quality tracks from start to finish.

Louise, who was born in Reading, England, says, "I've lived with this passion for so long I can't wait to share it." This passion and commitment to her music is the driving force behind her creativity. The excitement Louise feels for her craft comes…

Electric Light Orchestra-Reissues

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
Title: No Answer (1972), ELO II (1973), On The Third Day (1973), Face The Music (1975), A New World Record (1976)
Genre: Rock-Progressive-Pop
Label:Epic/Legacy
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Clearly, ELO was a progressive band, although most people never looked upon them as that because of their long run on the pop charts. They had it all going for them-a unique brand of rock music with parts of an orchestra mixed in and a singer/songwriter/guitar player on level with the best in the world. And to put the proverbial icing on the cake, they made a universal mixture of music that anyone could relate to and it still stands up very well today. Even though ELO had all of this and more, they were underrated. I feel their contributions to recorded music were peerless. Perhaps looking back now, we can all realize just how far ahead of their time they really were. And with advent of these marvelous reissues, we can hear it all better than ever and reconfirm why ELO was one of the greatest…

Natalia Nazarova- Fashion

Artist: Natalia Nazarova
Title: Fashion
Genre: Pop-Dance-Electronica
Label: Ghost Note
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I have been following this young lady’s career for a few years now and every time I have the opportunity review one of her new projects, whether its music or film, I enjoy it immensely. The one important factor that is putting this woman in the public eye more every time out is that she continues to develop her craft and become stronger and more effective.

This is a step away from Natalia’s previous jazz style; actually, it is the polar opposite. That is not an easy thing to do, its risqué and it can jeopardize the career of an artist. Fortunately, Natalia is so early in her career that experimenting is all part of the growth and stretching out that people would expect. It works out very well.

Fashion is a pop-dance-electronica masterpiece from a diva that will be international star soon. In fact, I would venture to say that this recording should carve a path for her success now and in …