This record, a collection of shoulda-been-standards from the high decades of American songwriting, comes closer to reproducing the power and heart-wrenching beauty of her voice than any thus far. The performances, the repertoire and the warm, intimate recording yield a record worthy of this remarkable talent.
The music world is buzzing with excitement about the forthcoming CD release by UK ’80s music legends Martin Stephenson & The Daintees titled ‘California Star’ on Gonzo MultiMedia. Much to the elation of his fans, in support of Martin’s new release a tour of the UK is scheduled for April 2012. Martin is an outstanding singer and songwriter, whose career in music now stretches back over thirty years of critical acclaim and relentless touring. Martin’s new CD incorporates an eclectic range of musical styles, from Zappa & Beefheart, through Rockabilly, old time string music to straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll. “This album was recorded in Stirling, Scotland and features original Daintee John Steel on guitar and keyboards,” says Martin. “It is loaded with spiritual intelligence, ‘love’ and some great songcraft and playing. It is a highly unique and original piece of work and represents The Daintees now.”
Blackberry Smoke have returned with their third full length album, ‘The Whippoorwill’. A diverse album consisting of thirteen songs ranging from straight-up boogie rockers, a heartfelt “ballad”, a southern fried AC/DC-esque rocker and all emotions in between. The production is top notch and the new label, Zac Brown’s Southern Ground has allowed their personalities to shine through whereas they seemed a bit handcuffed by the production and label on their last album, “Little Piece Of Dixie”.