May 3, 2013 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: May 3, 2013

SHEJules Shear and Pal Shazar live in Woodstock, New York. Jules has written and recorded 13 solo albums plus had his songs recorded by many including Cyndi Lauper (All Through The Night) and The Bangles (If She Knew What She Wants). Pal has released 8 solo records. Never in all their years of writing and recording did they consider making a record together. Til now.This album is such a great surprise, a wonderful collaborative effort between Jules Shear and Pal Shazar. What immediately stood out to me is how well crafted the songwriting is. That’s not altogether surprising since both Jules and Pal have always been great wordsmiths and songwriters. But this album brings their writing and singing to a new level of craftsmanship through their collaboration. The lyrics, music and singing are constructed so well, and Jules and Pal execute them perfectly. I’ve been a huge fan since the first Jules & the Polar Bears album. There’s an understated quality here that brings out how strong these songs are, both lyrically and musically. Many of the songs address relationships, marriage and commitment from an adult perspective and you get the sense that Jules and Pal are really singing to each other,not just with each other. Musically the songs are filled with interesting changes and great arrangements.

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coverTracks:

1. Peter Ostroushko – Seattle (The Fantasy Reel)
2. Lucy Kaplansky – Scorpion
3. Greg Brown – Small Dark Movie
4. Hart-Rouge – Peine
5. Chuck Brodsky – The Ballad Of Eddie Klepp
6. Cliff Eberhardt – This Old World
7. Suzzy Roche – Holy Smokes
8. Guy Davis – Long Train
9. Archie Fisher – Gunsmoke & Whisky
10. Spider John Koerner – Danville Girl
11. Kate Mackenzie – Age Of Innocence
12. Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – If I Were A Carpenter
13. Ralph Mctell – Peppers And Tomatoes
14. John Gorka – Let Them In
15. Martin Simpson & Jessica Ruby Simpson – Lilies Of The Fieldm

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byTracks:

01. Mr. Tambourine Man 02:31
02. All I Really Want To Do 02:05
03. Chimes Of Freedom 03:52
04. I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better 02:33
05. Turn! Turn! Turn! 03:51
06. The Times They Are A-Changin 02:19
07. The World Turns All Around Her 02:15
08. It Won’t Be Wrong 01:59
09. He Was A Friend Of Mine 02:28
10. Eight Miles High 03:36
11. 5D (Fifth Dimension) 02:34
12. Mr. Spaceman 02:10
13. So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star 02:07
14. My Back Pages 03:10
15. Renaissance Fair 01:53
16. Goin’ Back 03:28
17. Wasn’t Born To Follow 02:03
18. Dolphin’s Smile 02:01
19. You Ain’t Going Nowhere 02:35
20. One Hundred Years From Now 02:41
21. You’re Still On My Mind 02:25
22. Hickory Wind 03:33
23. Ballad Of Easy Rider 02:04
24. Jesus Is Just Alright 02:11
25. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue 04:53
26. Lay Lady Lay 03:19
27. Chestnut Mare 05:07

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davCalifornia — principally from Bakersfield and south – has long bred roots rockers who favor a lean, but muscular approach. It’s a line that zig-zags from Richie Valens to Buck Owens to X to Dwight Yoakam. David Serby continues this fine tradition. In fact, his debut disc suggests what the Blasters might have liked if they favored country more than R&B. The toe-tapping twang-a-billy leadoff track Red Lipstick and French Perfume could easily fit in on a Blasters. Serby’s vocals very strongly recall Phil Alvin’s country croon, although his voice is a softer, gentler side. This quality increases the sense of vulnerability in his heartache-filled songs like the cheater’s tale I Learned My Lesson and the gambler’s saga Down To The Felt. His working man’s ode Dirt Beneath My Nails might not be as gritty as a Dave Alvin effort but it holds a nice nostalgic feel. Similarly, the quietly wistful Cannonball Trail takes a fond look back at childhood. What separates Serby from the typical honky tonking roots rocker is his sharp songwriting skills. He displays a real talent for turning a phrase without turning it into country clichés. On the title track, he sings: “the California King’s too big for one man all alone” to concisely yet vividly portray a man’s loneliness and, in another song, he comes with the memorable metaphor: “It’s time we cut this deck in two/’cause we’ve been playing Solitaire” to describe a crumbling marriage. His excellent lyric writing also is prominently showcased on the disc’s closer The Day That We Moved In where he compares a couple’s last day together in a house with the day that they moved in. Serby is well served here by producer/multi-instrumentalist Ed Tree and his veteran backing crew (including Skip Edwards and J.D. Maness but they mainly just stand back and let Serby shine brightly on his confident, impressive debut.

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randyWhen a band spends the bulk of its year on the road, its members are bound to have their share of trouble and strife. But only the truly talented are able to take those trying experiences and turn them into enduring art. The Randy Rogers Band is one of those few, and they ve transformed coal into diamonds yet again on their latest album for MCA Nashville, Trouble.
Teaming up for the first time with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant, The Wallflowers), the Texas five-piece vocalist/guitarist Randy Rogers, guitarist Geoffrey Hill, bassist Jon Richardson, fiddle player Brady Black, and drummer Les Lawless dove headfirst into songs of loss, love and, above all, truth.

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emReleased in December 1975, just a few months after PIECES OF THE SKY, Emmylou Harris’s ELITE HOTEL is already a first achievement in her career. Twelve songs, twelve little musical pearls. One would never repeat enough that half of the success of a singer depends on the members of the band playing in the recording. In ELITE HOTEL, the Angel Band hides such great names as Glen D. Hardin at the piano, James Burton at the electric guitar or Herb Pedersen at the banjo. Some of you certainly remember that Glen D. Hardin and James Burton used to play with another successful singer : Elvis Presley…

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toTom Ovans is a Nashville-based, Boston-raised street rocker and song poet who is comfortable playing folk, blues, and hard-driving rock. His vocal style is eerily similar to that of Bob Dylan, with the power of Joe Ely.

Tracks:

01. Sun City
02. Angelou
03. Wild Wind Blowing (live)
04. Dance With Me Girl (live)
05. Brakeman’s Blues (live)
06. Out Here On The Farm
07. Honey, Honey, Honey
08. Rita, Memphis & The Blues / James Dean Coming Over The Hill (live)
09. Reputation (live)
10. Little Child (live)
11. These Days
12. Back Road Blues
13. New York City
14. Killing Me (live)
15. River Girl

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brThe Brains continue to blur the lines between rockabilly, psycho, punk and rock n’ roll; kicking down genre barriers and demanding undying loyalty at every show they play. Incorporating elements from whatever the hell they feel like, The Brains concoct an irresistible brew of Motorhead-esque ferocity and sexed up Latin swagger while adding a pinch of new-wave and a whole lot of booze-fueled punk rock mayhem.

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