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Showing posts with label Chuck Leavell. Show all posts
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IDLA/Linus Entertainment artist: Michael Kaeshammer - Something New - New release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Something New, from Michael Kaeshammer, and recorded at historic Esplanade Studios in the heart of New Orleans' Treme district, it has a definite NO flair. Opening with Scenic Route, Kaeshammer blends a rockin pop melody with great New Orleans style and hot piano riffs for a super opener with twists and turns. Backed by George Porter Jr. on bass, and the hard work of Johnny Vidacovich on drums, this track is a super opener. Pushing the horn section (William Sperandei on trumpet, Chris Gale on sax, William Carn on trombone) forward on Do You Believe, featuring Curtis Salgado on vocal and Matt Perrine really belting out the sousaphone lines with authority over a really snappy drum rhythm. Very cool. I particularly like the vocal and piano exchange on She's Gone over Vidacovish's spot on drum work and guest Whurlitzer work by Chuck Leavell. A soulful track with great drums... very nice. Who Are You is another solid entry with a great mix of R&B and New Orleans jazz. Randy Bachman and Colin James guest with guitar on this track and his playing works nicely with Kaeshammer's mix of R&B, and jazz piano work. Very nice. Cyril Neville has the lead vocals on soulful ballad, Heaven and Earth and some of the richest vocals on the release, backed by sparkling piano by Kaeshammer. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Weimar, a solid instrumental piano ballad with flavors of multiple influences. Kaeshammer's key work is flawless and clean presenting a nice closer for a cool release. 

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Macon Blind Guitar Legend Joey Stuckey Working On New Blues Album Feat. Chuck Leavelle, Jimmy Hall and Renowned Producer Ross Hogarth

Macon Blind Guitar Legend Joey Stuckey Working On New Blues Album Feat. Chuck Leavelle, Jimmy Hall and Renowned Producer Ross Hogarth

Macon, GA - Joey Stuckey is a blind guitarist, producer, educator, recording artist and media personality.

Born in Green Cove Springs FL, a city that has honored him with the key to the city and now residing in Macon GA, for whom he is the official music ambassador, Joey Stuckey is a power house of music talent. He has worked with icons from Alan Parsons to Ted Nugent and Joe Solo, producer of Macy Gray to Sammy Nestico, arranger of the Count Basie orchestra.

Last year saw him take on the UK where he toured and released his latest single “Blind Man Drivin'”.
The song and it's accompanying video was a runaway hit and became the official theme song for the Visually Impaired Musicians Lives Conference, held at the University College of London where Stuckey was also a keynote speaker and performer.

While in the UK, Joey also became friends with research teams from Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmith's University and has worked with them extensively to improve music technology for the blind. As a blind person, a studio owner, producer and professor of music technology at Mercer University, this was a roll Stuckey took on with ease.

2016 is already shaping up to be a land mark year as Joey prepares to release the full length album “Blind Man Drivin'” in early summer.

Says Stuckey, “Music is the thing that makes me know I am a live. It is my spiritual bread and butter and the best way I know to encourage and provide comfort and inspiration to others, while at the same time entertaining and sharing stories about who I am. When I first started making my own music it was a combination of southern rock sensibilities mixed with bands like The Smiths and The Cure, I used to think of myself as the Morrissey of Macon. I have played a lot of jazz and my jazz album 'Mixture' was number 9 on the top 40 CMJ jazz charts for 5 weeks back in 2013, but, the thing that really seems to enthrall my audiences is blues and that is now what I am focused upon.”

And no wonder that blues is what Stuckey fans want to hear! With his versatile voice that can whisper or shout with equal alacrity and his guitar playing that can make one note cry or explode like a super nova with seemingly a thousand notes a second, blues is Stuckey's true calling.

To make this debut blues project truly memorable, Stuckey is working hard to gather old and new friends alike to add some truly one-of-a-kind performances.

These artists include:
Ross Hogarth – Producer (John Melloncamp, Van Hailen R.E.M...)
Chuck Leavelle – Keyboards (Rolling Stones, Alman Brothers, Black Crows...)
Jimmy Hall – Sax and harmonica (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams JR...)
Shannon Forest – Drums (Toto, Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts...)
Additional drums by Brandon Khoo, Maypex endorsed artist.
Charley Hoskyns – Bass guitar (Shayne McGowan, The Popes and Pete Maher...)

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hittin' The Note artist: Tommy Talton - Let's Get Outta Here - New Release Review

I have been listening to the new Tommy Talton release, Let's Get Outta Here and it's likely to make a big splash. I first became familiar with Talton when I was tracking down every recording that Duane Allman played on a lot of years ago. Well, the band isn't Cowboy and the tracks don't sound like Please Be With Me. It's a new day. The release opens with the title track and it sounds more like Wet Willie or Steely Dan than Cowboy. This is a light breezy pop oriented track with horns and a catchy melody. You Can't Argue With Love is a rock ballad featuring Talton on vocal and slide guitar. He has a very distinct slide tone reminiscent of a few of the better slide players. Dream Last Night is a more quiet ballad further reinforcing his talent as a songwriter. Make It Through The Rain finds Talton singing harmony with his old pal Scott Boyer. A primarily acoustic rock track, this could easily make heavy airplay. Slacabamornico has a funky new Orleans beat with cool horns and strong piano work from (ex Allman Bros/Sea Level) Chuck Leavell. The horn section made up of Chad Fisher (trombone), Shane Porter (trumpet), Brad Guin (sax)really give it a workout on this party track. I don't want to miss out on mentioning Brandon Peeples on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Where Is The World really has strong chord changes and a light jazzy sound that makes me think of Steely Dan with Talton on vocal and guitar instead of Fegan and Diaz (or Carlton/Baxter). Recent Rain has the construction sensibilities of Bob Dylan and the basic sound of Joe Walsh. It's an interesting combination. Sunk Down In Mississippi starts off with a gritty slide solo and definitely has it's roots in the blues. This is a fairly straight forward track keeping it simple and very enjoyable. You want to hear Talton play the it is! I liked this track before I heard it! How could you mot like a track called If Your Attitude Is Funky (Nobody Wants Your Monkey)! This is another breezy jazz rock track but with a really great theme. Like my artist friends say... you only need to come up with one of these... it's great! And Tommy...I couldn't agree with you more! Half of What She Is (Is All I Can Hope To Be) is another well written ballad in this case with David Pinkston added giving it a little country flavor. It really could be an Eagles track (but a good one). The last track on the recording is Tribute To Levon Helm Give A Little Bit. This track gets a lot of it's interest from the underlying bass runs by Peeples and the funky Little Feat like back beat. Tony Giordano adds some nice keys and Talton belts out some of the best open guitar work on the recording. So is this the same Tommy Talton that I heard with Duane Allman as a youth? Must be! He's still putting out fresh sounding tracks, surrounding himself with great musicians and not falling into the clutches of rehash hell. Nice job!
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