Capsule Reviews by Mark E. Waterbury

Cashew & Cleary – Fathers Vol. 2: Like A Rich Man
Wiener Records
This eclectic L.A. duo are unafraid to weave the most diverse influences possible into cognizant, enjoyable songs. You can feel tendrils of 50’s malt shop, early Seattle garage rock, twisted Americana ala Southern Culture on the Skids, a sensibility of good old rock and roll, and maybe even listing to a few Ennio Morricone soundtracks. But as I said previously, this music is cognizant, by my definition –  the myriad of influences is weaved wonderfully into songs that are a pure balance of catchy and edgy. If these five songs are any indication, watch out for these guys! – MW
Cashew&Cleary
Corte – Seasoned Soul
The CD title is an understatement, but the contents of it are a poignant statement of prodigious talent. Veteran vocalist Al Corte lets loose with his phenomenal pipes on songs from the likes of Otis Redding, Albert King, Delbert McClinton and many others. Ranging from intensely powerful ballads to rollicking blues shuffles and bawdy barrelhouse soul, Al infuses his vocal stamp taking classic songs to another level…a stratospheric level! A must for any lover of the creme-de-la-creme of soul/blues/R&B vocalists.  – MW
Corte
JC Crossfire – AWOL Blues
With his 4th CD, south Florida’s Joe Cannizzo AKA JC showcases that he is a blues force to be reckoned with. He has all the tools you need; a robust voice that can twist with different emotions, a penchant for fat cords and searing solos, and a knack for creating songs that can get you grooving no matter the tempo. And that musical tool bag is enough when you use the tools as well as JC does. Extra intrigue is added with the searing vocals of Marybeth DeSarle on “Sweet Thing” and on the final track “Sunflower Mississippi,” co-written and recorded with the legendary Matt “Guitar” Murphy. – MW http://www.jccrossfire.com
JCCrossfire
Love Love – Love Love
The debut EP from this Boston-based band fronted by singer-songwriters Chris Toppin and Jefferson Davis Riordan smacks of songwriting intelligence. Ear-catching rock with just the right touches of edginess and a folk-retro feels blends perfectly with the thoughtful, occasionally dark lyrics. Both Chris and Jefferson are talented vocalists as well, with the juxtaposition of their style variances adding further intrigue to the musical landscape. – MW
LoveLove
Love Love – Love Love
The debut EP from this Boston based band fronted by singer-songwriters Chris Toppin and Jefferson Davis Riordan smacks of songwriting intelligence. Ear catching rock with just the right touches of edginess and a folk-retro feels blends perfectly with the thoughtful, occasionally dark lyrics. Both Chris and Jefferson are talented vocalists as well, with the juxtaposition of their style variances adding further intrigue to the musical landscape.
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