Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Blue Martinez

Blue Martinez a Hip-Hop artist from Brooklyn, NY. His flow, delivery, and cadence is everything the games been missing. Every song from introspective is thought provoking and heartfelt tracks like "RNS Pt.1". He has several projects in development so keep on the lookout for him this fall. He believes in keeping everything in house. He has built is own team called The Champagne Room, which consist of 2 producers, a new cinematographer, an audio engineer, and 2 in house social media marketers. He is keeping his finger on the pulse with everything that's moving in Hip-Hop, while continuing to stay true to his own sound. He is, and will be the one to bring back the lost sound and feel of New York's Hip-Hop scene.

Check out the lead single "RNS Pt 1"


Monday, September 18, 2017

Broken2th And Crystal Sun Release "Castaliah"

The electronic indie pop album "Castaliah," a collaboration between Broken2th and Crystal Sun, released digitally on July 17th. Mixed and mastered by Broken2th (Brian Frederick) at Hybrid Studios in Orange County, the record already has over three thousand plays on Spotify in its first two weeks. In addition to Broken2th and Crystal Sun, the album features artists like Donald Clay (The Pharcide) on keys, John Patrick Seedborg (Ronnie King) on trombone, and Vanessa Acosta (Bootleg Orchestra) on trumpet.

"I've been known primarily as an engineer for a long time, and with this project I wanted to step out of that shadow and into the role of composer / producer. Its important for an album to have continuity, to have a producer and an artist locked in sync to create a combined effort, and to create a work of art that represents what both want to say," said Frederick, "This album took a few years to create, and we went through a lot of ups and downs. I think you can really hear that in the music."

"Castaliah" has been in the works since 2012, with songs tracked around the country at various studios and locations along the way and finalized at Hybrid Studios. Crystal Sun and Broken2th are planning to release at least two more songs before the end of 2017 and have many more currently in the writing process. Frederick also plans on releasing a full-length album this year from Subtle Smiles, a collaboration with Marley Rae from Long Beach electronic soul band Bootleg Orchestra.

You can hear "Castaliah" now on iTunes at

About Hybrid Studios
Hybrid Studios is a fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.

For more information on Hybrid Studios, please visit



Friday, September 15, 2017

Suburban Symphony Release Debut Single "Stepping Stones" On Hilltown Records

Suburban Symphony have teamed up with startup indie label Hilltown Records to release their debut single "Stepping Stones" via all major digital retailers and streaming outlets on 1st August 2017.

Stepping Stones provides a great introduction to what the band is all about as it features massive vocal hooks, a stadium-worthy chorus and tasteful guitar work all combined seamlessly with lyrics that ruminate on working class aspiration and dreams of bigger things to come.

Since they formed in Barnoldswick in 2014, Suburban Symphony have undertaken a busy schedule of songwriting, recording, gigging (with the likes of Bruce Foxton, The Feeling and Big Country) and have even inspired the establishment of a record label to promote their music.

Hilltown Records was formed in early 2017 by Mat Arnold and Keiron Melling, after they had finished recording and mixing Suburban Symphony's debut album at Hilltown Studios. Mat and Keiron (who collectively have worked with such artists as The Fall, Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, Jay-Z, The Noisettes, Aziz Ibrahim and Tom Jones) were so happy with the finished album that they decided to form Hilltown Records and release the material themselves. Suburban Symphony's debut album will be available on CD from http// and via all major digital retailers on 4th September 2017. 



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hybrid Studios Joins Earthquaker Devices Studio Program

Orange County multimedia production facility Hybrid Studios is honored to have been recently included in Earthquaker Devices studio endorsement program. The world famous pedal company from Ohio has provided the studio with a fantastic line-up of pedals, available for use immediately in Hybrid's Studio A.

"We're thrilled to add this incredible line of Earthquaker Devices pedals to our collection in Studio A," said Studio Manager Mike Miller, "Huge thanks to Sterling Musk of King Salamander for introducing Hybrid to EQD. We've always been a huge fan of their brand and I know our production clients are going to love the unique qualities these pedals provide in studio."

Hybrid Studios' line of available EQD pedals includes the Afterneath (otherworldly ambient reverb), Palisades (mega ultimate overdrive), Rainbow Machine (polyphonic pitch shifting modulator), Arpanoid (polyphonic arpeggiator), Hoof Reaper (dual fuzz octave), Avalanche Run (stereo reverb and delay), Organizer (polyphonic organ emulator), Sea Machine (chorus), Dispatch Master (hi-fi digital delay and reverb), and Disaster Transport SR (advanced mod. delay and reverb).

For more information on Earthquaker Devices, visit

About Hybrid Studios
Hybrid Studios is a fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.

For more information on Hybrid Studios, please visit


Monday, September 11, 2017

Missing Link Music Signs Jazz Icon Najee

Missing Link Music has recently signed a worldwide administration deal with jazz hero Najee. A two-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with Prince, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, and compositional prowess have made him one of the most sought after musicians of his generation.

"My first love was the tenor saxophone and flute," confides Najee. "It was my brother Fareed who got me to play soprano saxophone." As an industrious and hungry young musician, Najee had the good fortune of coming through Dr. Billy Taylor’s now legendary Jazzmobile program. While a student at the New England Conservatory he studied saxophone with Joe Allard, while performing with the George Russell and Jaki Byard Big Bands. After his studies at the conservatory, Najee returned to New York in the early 80s and was lucky to land a gig with Chaka Khan, along with his brother and guitarist Fareed (who is now his manager).

The late '90s were marked by extraordinary international experiences, from performing at Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebration in South Africa to playing as a special guest of President Clinton at the White House for an event honoring President Jerry Rawlings of the Republic of Ghana.

Coming full circle in 2017 with the release of "You, Me, and Forever", Najee concludes, "Making music at this point in my career is still exciting and I am always evolving. As a musician, the love of performing for people whether in studio or live is still a gratifying experience. The best feeling to me is presenting something new to the world!"

The Missing Link team is honored to work with such a great talent and extremely excited to see what new music Najee will bestow to us in the future.

About Missing Link Music:

Missing Link Music is one of the leading independent music publishing companies in the U.S., offering fast, efficient and transparent licensing, along with international royalty collection for songwriters and rightsholders. Missing Link Music’s roster boasts hundreds of multi-platinum songwriters and recording artists, while its song catalog contains multiple global hits and evergreens.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Missing Link started with the vision of offering the songwriter a modern music publishing and rights management platform. Through proactive negotiation of favorable rightsholder terms in its agreements and licenses, Missing Link places the songwriter’s needs first—whether through royalty collection, international administration or creative support. 



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Chicago Based Rock Band Introduce Us To "The Lost Art OF Empathy"

Chicago Illinois very own "Voice Of Addiction" look to introduce Chicago and the world to "The Lost Art Of Empathy." The politically charged and socially conscious Rock and Punk band recently released their sixth album "The Lost Art Of Empathy on July 16th, 2017. The album is distributed by Wrecking Ball Production and is available for purchase on the band's website and is available for streaming on all major platforms.

The song "Rustbelt" is the album's first single and it was also released on July 16th, 2017. Promotional efforts combined with touring is planned to promote the single. A direct link below is provided to listen to the single pre-hand. A private link can be provided for media and radio to download for review and rotation by request via email at:

Physical copies are also available per request to the above email.

Single Link:

A South-East tour is in place to support and promote the album. The next Chicago based show will be "Punk Rock Weekend Kick Off Party" at Liar's Club with The Hex Bombs & Squared Off on August 14th.

VOA's full tour dates can be viewed at:

Voice Of Addiction was founded in Chicago in 2004 and currently consist of members, preferring only their nicknames used, Ian Johnny X (Vox, Bass Guitar) Make-Up Jake (Guitar, Vocals) LOOKING (Drums). The band has been around over a decade doing over 1,200 shows across the U.S. & Canada. They have had 5 prior official releases & independently has sold 6,500 physical copies. Realizing the importance of live shows to their career, the band never fails to deliver a highly dynamic and energetic performance in which all are encouraged to participate. A feature length documentary is due to be released in 2018.



"It may sound like an attempt to start a revolution and the band has no problem with that, but the purpose in the music is awareness that maybe the wheels need to be dismantled, not reinvented" -Local Vertical

"The DIY trio blends rock, ska, and metal into an explosion of sound, touching on modern subjects with a view that is simultaneously radical and relatable" -Lumino Magazine

"... A punk band out of Chicago who have made it their mission to spread the word of injustice worldwide through playing socially conscious music." -Target Audience Magazine

Album Links:

Spotify Album Link
Band Camp Link
YouTube Album Link
Purchase Album Link
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Band Camp


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Village People's Iconic Cowboy Randy Jones Sets Summer On Fire With A Cascade Of Remixes For Single 'Hard Times'

If it takes a "Village," then Randy Jones is ready to rope in the masses for the summer of 2017. The renowned vocalist, film star, philanthropist, all-round nice guy - oh, and the beloved cowboy from American Music Award-winning The Village People - follows the release of his successful single "Hard Times" with no less than eight club remixes from Mark Saunders, Erik Kupper, Drew G, Tim Cox and more.

Randy Jones' 2017 single "Hard Times" from Young Pals Music offers an empowering message that tough times may come and go, but with the will to win, you can always land "on the right line."

Jones not only remains a fixture among New York City's entertainment illuminati, but he is a gifted solo artist. Collaborating with songwriter/producers Ayhan Sahin and Bernadette O'Reilly, Jones brings his vocal machismo to the joyous uptempo fanfare, driven by the track's flourish of acoustic guitars, pounding percussion and a chorus of angelic voices.

As a reminder, amid a four-decade career, Jones helped sell 100 million singles/albums and fostered a quarter billion views on YouTube, thanks to "Macho Man," "In the Navy," "Go West" and "YMCA." Add to that the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, alongside a co-starring role in the 1980 musical comedy film "Can't Stop the Music," directed by Nancy Walker- and also starring (then) Bruce Jenner.

"It's so good to be back in the game... oh, no wait, I never stopped playing the game," Jones jokes. "Seriously, keeping my voice out there and persistently being able to perform is not only great fun, but it is a testament to those fans who have stayed strong with a cause that is so much greater than anything I could ever do. I'm proud to still be doing what I love to do... every damn week!"

Adds producer and co-songwriter Sahin, "Having Randy Jones coming full force for ‘Hard Times' has been crazy fun. Then, adding these incredibly talented remixers to the project raises the bar all the more. I can't wait to hear Randy across clubs all summer."

Indeed, "Hard Times" arrives at the ideal time. The Village People are celebrating their 40th anniversary since "Macho Man" became the group's first U.S. top 40 hit. That, of course, was followed by the beloved "Y.M.C.A.," "In the Navy" and countless dance hits. Add to that the 40th anniversary of "Saturday Night Fever," whose soundtrack ultimately sold 15 million copies. Disco resurgence, anyone?



Monday, September 4, 2017

Evamore To Host Music Event On BMI Rooftop Nashville

Nashville music tech company EVAmore (Events, Venues, Artists & more) whose award-winning online platform automates booking live entertainment announced they are hosting their own event – a rooftop party which will showcase their top booked live entertainment this month. "EVA's Social" will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00PM on the BMI Rooftop on Music Row in Nashville.

"EVAmore is hosting this event to keep our event planners in the know with a showcase of live entertainment that is currently receiving the highest number of bookings this month on our automated online platform," says Channing Moreland, CEO / Co-Founder EVAmore. "Please RSVP and join us on top of Music Row for an exciting evening of live music, drinks, food and fun at EVA's Social!"


Wednesday, September 13
BMI Rooftop
10 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203

*RSVP REQUIRED (Free Event) via Eventbrite

About EVAmore
EVAmore (Events, Venues, Artists & more) provides an online platform at that automates the process turnkey for booking live entertainment for events. The easy to use website allows event planners to browse multiple genres and offers top vetted professional and reliable artists guaranteed to have a strong digital presence and recorded music material. Users set the event time, date and budget and request to book. They handle confirmation and the rest – it's that simple. EVAmore makes it easy and turnkey offering: Reliable Bookings; Simple Contracts and Secure Payment. The unique platform draws comparisons in the music and entertainment industry to the innovations presented by early platforms created for the travel industry in booking.

EVAmore was part of the inaugural class of the Project Music international accelerator program. In November 2015, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce awarded EVAmore as the 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wanna Dig Into Surf Music. Bongo Boy Records Gnarly Wave Volume Two By Various Artist

Hej America! The other day my friends at Bongo Boy asked me to give a listen to and share my thoughts about their new surf music compilation album Gnarly Wave Volume Two. Even in Sweden it is summer and who doesn't like the beach?? So with visions of Half Moon Bay, California in my head I cued up their latest release.

Bongo Boy Records Gnarly Wave Volume Two by Various Artists
Release Date: 7.14.17

1. Los Surfer Compadres - Eyes On The Market 3:05 - The song starts out with what sounds like the audio from a Spanish language movie. This is followed by the band laughing and then some classic surf guitar kicks in. There is no question the man can play the guitar! The drums and bass are locked in while both guitars go back and fourth. The organ fills the edges nicely and even steps up for a solo while the Spanish movie plays in the background. All in all, this is a really good effort!

2. Dylan McGuire - Hang 11 2:28 - I like the drum into. As an old drummer I kind of have a thing for big rolls. Dylan can definitely make so noise, but what really grabs my attention are the cool fills their drummer does while the guitar alternates with some muted chords before ripping into a shedding solo. This is a very good track. Well done guys.

3. Susan SurfTone - Subduction 2:20 - Ahh Susan SufrTone! I remember her from other Bongo Boy albums and I can say that I am a fan. I dig the bass line that hold this song together as the drummer alternates between a simple, yet rock solid beat and massive wipeout rolls. Then there is that smoking guitar. I find myself smiling and really grooving in time to the music. This is the kind of song that should be listened to in a red convertible driving down the Pacific Coast Highway.

4. The SpyTones - Somewhere in Siberia 3:52- I like the into. It is different from many other Surf songs. This song actually starts at a very slow tempo and reminds me of a 60s James Bond soundtrack. I really dig it. The Spy Tones are good players and it is nice to hear something a bit different from the standard Surf vibe. Well done guys and an A+ for creativity.

5. Les Fradkin , - Kick Sand 2:30 - My man, Les Fradkin - this is the guy who taught me that "New Age" music can be really good. Les, for that reason alone, you rank in the list of my favorite musicians. This song is anything, but New Age! I really like the sound his drummer is getting from the toms - thunderous, but not noise. Les, the guitar rocks, but it is your drummer I am listening to. The drums absolutely dominate. Make no mistake, the rest of the band is cranking out some fantastic sounds, but those drums simply OWN the track.

6. TarantinosNYC - Shindig 2:03 - Get ready for some old-school Surf. The guitar is cool and the organ just adds to the vibe. Just when I settle in to the groove I realize how outrageously fast yet clean the guitar is. His notes are crisp, it is only at the end of a phrase I hear a little whammy bar. These guys can rock.

7. 9th Wave -Surfin' with Poseidon 2:47 - Nice intro. I like the play between the guitars and the snare drum. I think their drummer has a little Punk in him. This is a very hypnotic song and my head is bouncing in time. I really like the descending chords that end with the drummer adding a short roll. Excellent song guys, very well done.

8. Agent Octopus - The Sun Chasers 2:42 - These guys get an award for a cool name! They should also get an award for musical ability. The guitar dominates, but it does so melodically. Granted, the bass is solid and as we hear during a short solo and with various fills, their drum-mer is no slouch, but I am really drawn to the very interesting guitar. I need to listen to this track again. It really grabbed my interest.

9. Tsunami Of Sound - Blue Fonda 3:17 - How can you not dig a band called the Tsunami of Sound?? Naturally, I immediately think of Phil Spector and the Wall of Sound. What I hear on this track is indeed a huge wave of sound that completely engulfs my brain. If Black Sabbath did Surf music it might sound something like this. This is just so cool!

10.Avante Gar - Apache 3:24 - Now this is cool! This is surf music for 2017. Is that drum
machine I hear or is he playing electronic drums? For some reason I am reminded of the early "alternative" bands such as Joy Division or even Bauhaus. The thing about this song is that, it is just so different from everything else. Yeah, I guess it is Surf, but to me it doesn't really fit the Surf mold. I had a similar feeling when I first heard Peter Murphy sing with Bauhaus, or when I first heard the Flock of Seagulls. Although these examples are musically quite differ-ent, the thing that they have in common with Avante Gar is that they were doing something no one else was doing at the time. Very cool guys, very cool.

11.The SpyTones - Rocketball 3:30 - The Spy Tones are back with another track and I like it. I dig the Sandy Nelson feel at the beginning. This song does have what I consider Surf overtones, but to me it is more of a rocking Swing song. There is no doubt these guys call all play and the whole Let There Be Drums groove makes my day.

12.The Derangers - Revenge of Chupacabra (!La Venganza!) 3:08 - Man, I love well used feedback. I am not sure, but I swear these guys are channeling the ghost of Jimi Hendrix. Granted, it is Surf and not Purple Haze, but the noise this band can make is just killer. I am impressed.

13.Susan SurfTone - Mint471 2:49 - Ms. SurfTone is back and I am glad she is. This band is just so talented, I can't get over it. I can just see their drummer with a big goofy grin as he wails and the guitar not only keeps up, but shreds. If you are a caveman who thinks women can't rock, get ready for the Enlightenment as Susan blows the roof off. Susan, I *really* want to see your live show!

14.The SpyTones - The 57 2:59 - The Spy Tones have contributed a third track to this dynamic album. I really like the groove laid down by the bass and drums at the beginning. How did they get that sound out of the drums? This track really sounds like a modified version of Wipeout with an added organ jam and more complex changes. All in all, I am really enjoying this song.

15.Los Surfer Compadres - Nairobi 4:37 - This time around the song starts with a news report in English of an alleged Holy Man appearing in Kenya. Then the blast hits and all thoughts of Buddahism or Maitreya vanish from my mind and I am captivated by the incredibly tight and fast music being played. The thing is there is a section of this song that I know I have heard before, but for the life of me I cannot remember where. Give it a listen and see if you can iden-tity that bit of the song. I don't understand the ending of the song in which it sounds like astro-nauts counting "1 2 3 4 5, 5 4 3 2 1 into death". In any case, whatever the purpose of the ending is, the music is very good.

So folks, the bottom line is if you dig Surf music this album is a must. If you want to stick your toe in the surf, then this is a good way to get started. This really is a good album. - The Grouch | Sweden

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bongo Boy Records Gospel Blues Volume One By Various Artists A Must Have

Review by – The Grouch | Sweden
July 18, 2017
Record Label: Bongo Boy Records
Territory: Worldwide

Godmorgon från Sweden America!
As it is currently morning here in Sweden I thought there would be no better time than now to give a listen and share my thoughts about Bongo Boy’s first Gospel Blues album. As anyone who has read my reviews knows, I really like the blues and growing up in Detroit I was heavily influenced by Motown. Given that the vast majority of the Motown greats learned to sing in church, it stands to reason that I would dig Gospel Blues. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to review the first album Bongo Boy has released that is comprised of exclusively Gospel Blues tracks.

1. Big Chris & D'Bare Bones Band - When Your Time Comes 2:48 - I like this song. I have head Big Chris on other Bongo Boy albums and know that he has a great voice for this type of music. There is something ominous, yet very cool about the guitar. This song actually strikes me as clos-er to the Crossroads than the Church, but there is no denying that this band has soul. I am groov-ing to the stings as Chris’ thundering voice tells me that I had better get everything worked out with Jesus before it is too late. This song is a great way to start the album.

2. Barb Maxey - Day by Day 4:14 - Oh yeah! I love that funky walkdown that starts the song. This song is a very standard blues progression and I love it. The thing about Barb is that while there is no doubt her band can smoke, the thing that blows my mind is her voice. I have heard Barb before and can say I am still amazed. When Barb is not singing she lets her band just groove. The guy playing keys really makes me smile! Then the guitar comes in with a huge bolt of lightning and I think it simply cannot get any better, but it does. A second guitar comes in for a duel that ends in a draw when Barb takes the song into the ending with her fantastic voice.

3. Bob Birthisel - Walkin' (To The Beat Of The Lord) 3:46 - The intro is killer! The thump of the bass drum sets the groove while Bob comes in with some fantastically soul filled vocals. Then the band hits its stride and all funk breaks loose. The background singers just add to the utter coolness of this track. All I can say is if Reverend Bob is preaching, I am there every Sunday morning! The Grouchette and I are going to a place about an hour away this afternoon, she doesn’t know it yet, but we will be driving to the beat of the Lord.

4. Mandy Brooks - God Don't Ever Change 3:18 - Man, Oh man I am such a sucker for slide guitar. This song is pure gold. This is a blend of Country and Blues filled with a huge dose of lyrics which are sung in an utterly stunning twang. I have not been this moved by, what I would call old-school Country music since Hank III showed me the light. Well done, Mandy, well done!

5. Terry Fellers - Lay Your Hands Upon The Rock 3:13 - Oh WOW! This reminds me of the old Messiah Prophet Band. Simply put, this is blues based metal that rocks for Jesus. What would Jesus do? He’d rip it up on a Stratocaster with a Marshall stack. I dig this song! Terry sounds like Bon Scott would have, if he had found religion.

6. Terry Fellers - He's Alive He's Alive 2:25 - Terry is back and this time the track starts out with a bit more mellowness, but no less intensity. I am digging the string work as Terry tells the story of the Resurrection. He manages to throw in a little slide and the song just explodes with soul-filled emotion. Terry, you are a very good player! I am truly impressed.

7. Wily Bo Walker - Long Way To Heaven ft. The Brown Sisters of Chicago 4:12 - This track starts out with some beautiful piano and then some angelic voices come in. This is followed by a slow grind of horns, the rhythm section and the prototypical blues voice of Wily Bo Walker.
The only way to describe this song is spellbinding. I am not even moving in time with the drum-mer. All I can do is sit her totally stunned and amazed. If you want to hear soul music the way it should be done - LISTEN to this track.

8. The Rev Jimmie Bratcher - Pray For Me 3:56 - I dig the keys and the organ that start out while the drummer keeps a mellow beat with his brushes. I grew up Lutheran and I always wish our church had music like this. The Reverend has managed to pack an entire sermon inside some very moving, and wickedly played, blues based music.

9. Bill Irwin - Jonah 4:45 - We are back to the funky grind as we swing to the story of Jonah. I just dig this song. The guitar is one bolt of lightning after another as the band moves through a simple blues progression. The blues is not complex, but that does not mean it is easy. Bill has managed to take a story almost everyone in the Western world has heard a thousand times and spiced it up with some really cool licks! Put another way, had the stories in church been presented this way, I might have paid attention.

10. Blind Dawg Ben Miller - I Need To Pray 5:18 - I first heard the Dawg on another Bongo Boy release and I really liked what I heard. I feel the same way about this track. I really like the harp. As an amateur harp player myself, all I can say is this guy is wicked! Then there is the gui-tar which is simply sublime while the bass and drums lock in - combine this with the Dawg’s absolutely killer voice and you wind up with a track that really should go gold. I defy anyone to listen to this song and not be blown away. When they hit that break and the vocals go into the repetition of “I need to pray” at a gradually increasing tempo, all I can think is YES! I’ve got that goofy grin I get when I totally dig what I am hearing. Fantastic work!

11. Gar Francis - God's On My Side 3:30 - Sir Gar chimes in with a funky groove that makes me smile. Gar Francis is one of my favorite musicians and this track is a great example of why. Gar is playing no-holds barred old school rock and roll with a heavy nod to the blues. The slide work rocks and the guy on keys is just jamming! I love it when you can tell the band is playing for themselves. I really dig the drummer’s groove as he tries to take a bit of attention away from the slide guitar and the keys. Then boom the bass pops in and says check this out - all of this leads to the inevitable end. They could have kept going, but in the words of John Belushi “Noooooooooooo”.

12. The Rev Jimmie Bratcher - One Rock 3:34 - The Good Reverend is back with another track. This time he cranks up the volume a bit and lets his ax man blast out some truly divinely inspired licks. The background singers, in combination with Jimmie’s vocals and that wickedly smoking lead guitar make me thing they might just be able to actually move that mountain. Amen brother!

13. The Hallelujah Blues Band - Saved From Hell 3:11 = With a name like this, you know this band is going to rock! Rock they do! Can I get another two string lick for Jesus? Amen! All I can do is smile and think we all own a debt to Chuck. Man, I really want to see this band live. I have a feeling they may be akin of a religious Ram Jam.
14. Mandy Brooks - You Gotta Move 3:15 - Mandy is back with her slide guitar and stunning voice. This is pure and simple heartfelt Gospel Blues. Musically I am in love. The band can jam in a slow smoldering sort of way that really hits me hard. This combined with Mandy’s voice is nothing less than simply incredible! You really *must* listen to this track! All I can say is: WOW.

15. Bill Irwin - Standing On The Rock 4:04 - Bill is back and standing on The Rock. I know the Rock is meant to be Jesus, but it very well could be Jimmy Page. I hear a heavy Zeppelin vibe here. This really reminds me of when Zeppelin did heavy blues. I like Bill’s music; I like it a lot!
I would really like to see Bill’s live show.

16. K.L. Williams and Rebel Soul - If You Don't Have Jesus 4:40 - The old school electric blues is alive and well This is a blues band through and through. I could listen to this stuff all day long. Eric Clapton has nothing on the guitarist from Rebel Soul. The man is fantastic!! If you dig Clapton you will love this band.

So folks, what is the bottom line? The bottom line is this: Bongo Boy has outdone itself. This is, hands down, a fantastic album that is more than worth the purchase price. I am going to keep my promo copy for a very very long time! Thank you Bongo Boy!

Gospel Blues Volume One album by Various Artists release on Bongo Boy Records on 7.14.17 WORLDWIDE WEBSITE:
1. Big Chris & D'Bare Bones Band - When Your Time Comes 2:48
2. Barb Maxey - Day by Day 4:14
3. Bob Birthisel - Walkin' (To The Beat Of The Lord) 3:46
4. Mandy Brooks - God Don't Ever Change 3:18
5. Terry Fellers - Lay Your Hands Upon The Rock 3:13
6. Terry Fellers - He's Alive He's Alive 2:25
7. Wily Bo Walker - Long Way To Heaven ft. The Brown Sisters of Chicago 4:12
8. The Rev Jimmie Bratcher - Pray For Me 3:56
9. Bill Irwin - Jonah 4:45
10. Blind Dawg Ben Miller - I Need To Pray 5:18
11. Gar Francis - God's On My Side 3:30
12. The Rev Jimmie Bratcher - One Rock 3:34
13. The Hallelujah Blues Band - Saved From Hell 3:11
14. Mandy Brooks - You Gotta Move 3:15
15. Bill Irwin - Standing On The Rock 4:04
16. K.L. Williams and Rebel Soul - If You Don't Have Jesus 4:40