The unreleased second album by an original lady from the canyon. Recorded and recanted in 1969, Greasepaint Smile is more assured than its self-titled, Tetragrammaton-issued predecessor. Weinberg’s finger-picked acoustic is layered over distant drumming, while her gravel-pit voice evokes life, love, and mortality. Fellow Torontonian Neil Young sears “Houses” with his signature fuzz-tone, casting chaos over the beautiful ballad, while J.D. Souther, Kenny Edwards, and Nils Lofgren, pick up the slack. Masterfully produced by David Briggs, Greasepaint Smile has climbed out of the canyon and is bound for every turntable east of the 405.
GospelbeacH is a new band formed by Brent Rademaker of Beachwood Sparks and former Sparks drummer, Tom Sanford. The band includes Neal Casal (of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals) and Jason Soda on vocals and guitars, Kip Boardman (vocals, bass), with a guest appearance by Nelson Bragg (vocal harmonies).The band’s breezy tunes swim with swirling Hammond organ, soulful drumming, walking basslines and lightning guitar flashes, with the five musicians’ voices merging in rich, lived-in harmonies. The songs celebrate the spirit and history of California (“California Steamer”), the unique vibe of Rademaker’s original home state of Florida (“Sunshine Skyway”) and a wide range of friends, acquaintances and experiences (“Come Down,” “Mick Jones”).
Singer-songwriter Holly Golightly’s career has spanned 25 years and more than twenty albums. On September 11th, Golightly returns with her first full-band effort in over a decade, Slowtown Now!. The album reunites Holly with her longstanding band of guitarists Ed Deegan and Bradley Burgess, bassist Matt Radford and drummer Bruce Brand.Holly’s latest album is a great compilation of vintage 1960s ballads with modern hooks. There is a simple rhythm heard throughout the 12 tracks listed, and twangs of guitar that make you feel relaxed.