CAPSULE REVIEWS by Mark E. Waterbury

Megan Wilde – Wildfire EP

Rowdy, sultry and soulful all in one, this Chicago born songstress now living in Seattle lights a serious bluesy rock fire under this debut. A very powerful voice with excellent emotive control is a perfect foil for retro yet edgy songs that also have comforting hooks.

Ray Goren – Save My Soul

A youthful and fresh perspective on the blues from a talented Chicago based singer-songwriter-guitarist. Mixing deep roots with more modern wafts of pop-alt rock, hip-hop and other stylings creates refreshing music that is unafraid to bust loose from typified blues rock stereotypes to produce something special. -

Jon Spear Band – Old Soul

This central Virginia band has a definite old soul when it comes to their heartfelt nod to blues and soul, running a gamut of delectable styles. Some very intelligent songwriting, excellent musicianship and lyrics that delve into deep recesses one second and speak plainly the next flavor this debut with vibrant life and listenability.

Chris Daniels & the Kings – Funky to the Bone

This is feel good music at its finest that truly is what the CD title suggests. The highly talented core of Colorado’s Chris Daniels and Freddi Gowdy deliver soulful vocals and direct an absolute powerhouse of a band. Laden with comforting funk, blues and soul hooks but with enough unique songwriting flavor to make the tunes stand out.

Easy Roscoe – Keep The Dancin’ Dancin’

This fivesome loves to have fun with their music and they transfer that fun attitude to the listener. Whipping up a wild stew of funk, jam, ska and post-punk alt rock, this music tightrope walks the fence between hooky and edgy to perfection. The songs all have that feel-good, infectious quality that can brighten up any day and get you…well, you see the CD title!

Etherlit – Etherlit 1

Although this seems like the kind of music you would hear in college dorm hallways in the early 90’s, it seems quite refreshing what this band has done with it. Pulsing, hooky, edgy, its as if Brian Ferry found the fountain of youth, hung out in said dorm rooms nowadays and started cranking out the songs. Very retro but also very well done and a lot of fun.

Patrick Ballantyne – Days of Rain

A veteran songwriter from suburban Toronto area, Patrick Ballantyne has started crafting his own songs lately and his finely honed talents shine. Highly versed in various modern pop styles, he really showcases rounded talents in songwriting, vocalwork and instrumentation through a variety of styles ranging from bare bones folk to gritty rock. Music that is both catchy and ear-opening.

John & Judy Rodman – Here We Are

Nashville veteran husband and wife team have not let the corporate miasma of Nashville cloud their songwriting judgement. Their songs are dripping with country roots and when they do go pop it has more life then the homogenous country so prevalent these days. They are smiling in the CD cover, you can tell they are smiling when creating their music, and if you enjoy good ol’ country, you will smile, too.

One comment on “CAPSULE REVIEWS by Mark E. Waterbury

  1. We much appreciate this honest, truly independent review of our music… found it just by G-alert! Your reviews are insightful, and help good music get found by its audience. Thanks again!

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