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James Sudakow-Green

Artist: James Sudakow
Title: Green
Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Independent
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Electric violin player James Sudakow credits rock guitarists with giving him the inspiration to create his musical progressive rock expedition. The list is impressive, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), and Vernon Reid (Living Colour) are the top three six-string innovators that Sudakow points to as his mentors in sound.

Green is the title of Sudakow’s six-track CD. This instrumental assault of the senses focuses on six basic colors, all of course different in every way. The cover of the CD is very expressive with all the colors as well. Some folks may think right away because of the tie die image on the cover that this is something relating to jamband music, which would be way off base. Think of Jean-Luc Ponty on mescaline or David Ragsdale on speed, Sudakow is very different, in a good way.

“Black” is the opening track and it begins with some powerful and prolific drums that rea…

Mikey J Releases Indie CD Life’s Road

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Nashua, NH--February 26, 2007--Mikey J (Michael Johnson), is a folk rock performer hailing from New Hampshire. Mikey J is not unlike the rest of us, he is a product of his environment, and calling New England your home has its responsibilities as well as a few idiosyncrasies inherit of the region. Mikey J is a good fit for his surroundings and all of his music and lyrics paint a picture that is very descriptive to the listener.

The new release from Mikey J is Life’s Road and it takes you down his own personal path carved out by his own life and feelings. With a combination of acoustic and electric guitars, understated rhythm sections and just the right amount of keyboards for the additional layer that makes a tune have more depth while pushing along the lyrics, Mikey J and his band make each track a journey through time, past and future.

Good friend and longtime collaborator Duane Carleton is a very important part of the overall equation and outcome of Life’s Road…

Swampdawamp Releases Self-Titled Blues-Rock Burner On Red Eye Distribution

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Charlotte, North Carolina--February 26, 2007-- Charlotte, North Carolina--February 26, 2007--Don’t look now but the south is gonna do it again! Swampdawamp has released a self-titled debut that will put them on the rock map very quickly. The disc, produced by Joe Boyland (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Nazareth), has a definitive sound.

Swampdawamp lead singer Gig Michaels calls their sound a blend of classic, southern, and alternative rock. When it all comes together, it sounds like a roots-blues-rock blend that is infectious as it is unforgettable.

Swampdawamp sings about backyard barbeques, NASCAR, and everything that makes up a culture born and raised in the south. It’s a “Sunday Southern Tradition” charged by emotionally drenched vocals and peppered with red-hot guitar licks. This band stays with you for each song from start to finish, every song guarantees that there will be lyrics and music ringing in your ears long after the final note plays.

The entertainmen…

Retired NBA Superstar Trades Basketball for Billboard Charts

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San Francisco, CA--February 19, 2007-- Retired NBA Superstar, Terry Cummings has made a smooth transition from the NBA to the recording studio. The former NBA star formed the Cummings Entertainment Group several years ago to manage his record, film, internet, and multimedia ventures. Terry, a self-taught musician, has recently found a home for his signature style of smooth R&B fused with Gospel and Urban influences when the Cummings Entertainment Group signed an exclusive distribution agreement with RNLG Distribution, LLC. RNLG is a label group distributed by Koch Entertainment, the number one ranked independent distributor in North America several years running. Terry Cumming's first RNLG/Koch release, T.C. Finally, is slated for an April 10, 2007 release date. "Cummings is a gifted self-taught musician," says label president, Rob Nonies, "He possesses something that's long missing in today's pre-packaged music scene-passion.&q…

Shasta- No More Smoking!

Artist: Shasta
Title: No More Smoking!
Genre: Folk
Label: Mountain Thunder Music
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Shasta is poet, guitar player, songwriter, and comedian all wrapped into one remarkable package. No More Smoking! Consist of 14 tracks chock full of poetic justice, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, rollicking acoustic guitar parts, and at times some biting electric riffs provided by select guests, that make your ears perk up and take notice.

This artist will remind you of Dylan. The influence is obviously there, and he openly and proudly proclaims his allegiance to the former Robert Zimmerman. Personally, I never liked Dylan’s vocals and actually this artist has a more palatable vocal style for these ears and he is on the lighter side of those bloody tracks, which is always a welcome addition to my stereo. The best example of levity and some fun sexual innuendo is “It Won't Reach! (My Hose Won't Reach!).” The track is an absolute riot and the music is just dandy as well, in fact, Shasta does …

Mikey J-Life’s Road

Artist: Mikey J
Title: Life’s Road
Genre: Folk-Rock
Label: Independent
Website

Michael Johnson, aka Mikey J, is a folk rock performer from New Hampshire. His New England values and roots come through his music and lyrics in a warm and meaningful way. I guess you have to be from these parts to understand a statement like that. I am right below him in Massachusetts so that made it all that much easier for me to discern where he was coming from while listening to his music.

Life’s Road takes you right down Mikey J’s own personal path through 10 descriptive tracks. This is very reflective and relaxing acoustic folk music for the most part and I took a liking to it rather quickly. Some of the tracks are just Mikey featured with a nice strumming acoustic guitar; others have a nice piano tinkling in the background to give it a nice layer that accentuates everything else going on. This production is a well thought out and purposefully arranged.

I found it interesting how tracks 4 and 5 intersect. “F…

Brenda David Releases Indie Recording Better Part Of Me

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Jacksonville, FL--February 12, 2007-- Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Brenda David came out of an eight-year break from recording last year to release a new album titled Better Part Of Me. The multitalented Florida native jumped back into the music world with a much anticipated sophomore album on Cadillac Records and it has been gathering momentum since its initial release. Following the success of her debut album Scratch, this recording refuses to fit squarely into a box; it features a diverse mix of pop, rock, blues, and country for her devoted and patient fan base.

Better Part Of Me includes nine original songs, each with slightly different tastes and atmospheres, yet all with the unique Brenda David sound that sets her apart from all the rest. “Call Your Name” and “I'll Be the One” are country-pop tunes that you could imagine hearing on the radio and “Better Part of Me,’ the lead off track, has a distinct jazz-pop feel, highlighting the CD. David receives so…

Micah Wolf Releases Self-Titled CD

Artist: Micah Wolf
Title: Micah Wolf
Genre: Folk-Rock
Label: Blockplane Records
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Micah Wolf’s music is as tranquil and beautiful as his natural surroundings in Hawaii. After around the third spin of this CD this music and the lyrics finally started to soak into my over worked cranium. Wolf comes across with a gentle approach yet he still gets his point across in a song.

This is very mellow laid-back music punctuated by Wolf’s distinct vocal style and elegant acoustic guitar. Although dubbed as folk rock, I heard much more than that. I could hear Wolf reciting poems to music, and in some instances adding his own version of a rap with a rhythm and rhyme to everything (Counting Cracks) he was conveying within a song.

I like what it says on the back cover of the CD…From the ground up. From the construction of the instruments to building our own studio, this album was produced, engineered, and mixed from the ground up-Music is a way of life. Now that tells the story in a litera…