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Showing posts with label Paul Reed Smith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paul Reed Smith. Show all posts

Friday, November 10, 2023

Steele Records artist Paul Reed Smith - Eightlock - Lions Roaring in Quicksand - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Lions Roaring in Quicksand, by Paul Reed Smith - Eightlock, and it's rich in funk, rock, and soul. Opening with Sarah, PRS with Bill Nelson and Mike Ault set a rocking progressive pace, fronted by Mia Samone on lead vocal and backed by Gregory Grainger on bass, and Dennis Chambers on drums. Al Green's Love and Happiness really gets in the groove giving Samone a real nice opportunity to lead one of the best R&B tracks of all time. Punched up Benji Perecki on keys and great backing vocals by Grainger and Nelson make this one of my favorites on the release. Bluesy, Drivin' At Night, has a real nice bass line by Grainger and Samone really works the lead vocal. A tasty guitar break doubles the pace on the track giving it a Steely Dan feel, then back to solid soul. Very nice. Echoes has a solid melody giving it a strong radio appeal. Samone's vocals float on a deep bottom and complimentary guitar riffs give it texture. Wrapping the release is snappy, 99, with funky, reggae flavored, snare drum work and a rumbling bass line. Soaring guitar lead is the standout on this track making it a solid closer. 

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Queen of Blues/Rock Guitar Joanna Connor Performing At The Dallas Guitar Show

Queen of Blues/Rock Guitar Joanna Connor
Performing At The Dallas Guitar Show

New Album Coming This Summer & Lots of Festival Dates 
Northport NY - M.C. Records is proud to announce that the Queen of Blues/Rock Guitar, Joanna Connor will be performing at The Dallas International Guitar Festival this Friday. Other legendary guitarists performing at the weekend long event include Sonny Landreth, Paul Reed Smith, Larry Mitchell, Eric Gales and many more. Click the photo of Joanna to get the complete schedule for all three days.
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Joanna Connor might be the best—or most original—blues-based slide guitar player you're likely to come across today. Or tomorrow.  Guitar World  - 
If you’re seeking amazing guitar talent, you need to check out the string-bending, mind-blowing Joanna Connor.  Elmore Magazine                                                 
Joanna Connor is currently working in the studio working on her follow up to 2016's "Six String Stories." The new, untitled release will be coming out later in the summer and will be available on vinyl on M.C. Records. Joanna has had several videos that have been viewed millions of time on You Tube. You can find out more about Joanna here,
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Joanna Connor on Tour  - Contact: Crystal Crawford Talent- 615.206.4428 

Selected tour dates - Her complete list of dates can be found here, including all her shows in Chicago.
FRI. 7 JUNE - Chicago Blues Festival 2019 - Chicago IL 
FRI. 21 JUNE - Northwoods Blues Festival - Chippewa Falls, WI

SAT. 22 JUNE - Winnetka Music Festival - Winnetka, IL

MON. 8 JULY– TUE. 9 JULY - Tremblant International Blues Festival - Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada

SAT.  13 JULY - Lighthouse Blues Festival - Kincardine, ON, Canada

THUR. Aug. 1 - City Winery - Chicago IL - Opening for John Mayall

FRI. 9 AUGUST– SAT. 10 AUGUST - Knuckleheads Kansas City, MO

FRI. 16 AUGUST - Chenango Blues Festival  - Norwich, NY

SAT. 17 AUGUST - White Mountain Boogie n' Blues Festival - Thornton, NH

SUN. 18 AUGUST - McHenry Rotary Blues, Brews & BBQ - Mchenry, IL 

SAT. 24 AUGUST - Kenlake Hot August Blues - Murray, KY,

SAT. 31 AUGUST - Lefty's Live MusicDes Moines, IA
SUN.  8 SEPTEMBER - Big Blues Bender @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
SUN. 15 SEPTEMBER - Joanna Connor @ Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - Telluride, CO