Capsule Reviews by Mark E. Waterbury

Matthew Curry – Shine On
There is a buzz about this young guitar slinger/vocalist from central Illinois and one listen to this CD and you can tell why. Matthew spits out tube-amp-fueled rock like the Black Crowes and Deep Purple having a bar brawl, but he adds a fresh feel to the retro stylings as well. His soulful vocal wail perfectly compliments his wicked guitar work which flat out smokes throughout this EP. This guy can really rock even on the ballads and buzz may not be a strong enough word…he is this close to roaring!
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Dave Keller – Right Back Atcha
Tastee Tone – TT-3043
Massachusetts vocalist/guitarist Dave Keller is known as a modern blues master, but he proves once again there are more depths to his talents. He also has deep passions for funk and R&B, creating a full sound that still is not overbearing and has a very down home sound to it. His gritty voice and thought-provoking lyrics contribute to the uniqueness of his sound, blending wonderfully with the more comforting hooky vibe. 
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Emily Maguire – Bird Inside a Cage
Saktu Records
Veteran London born singer-songwriter Emily Maguire is a survivor and a storyteller unafraid to bare her soul, creating another feast of stunning music.The lead track “Beautiful” describes her voice perfectly, weaving her tales in various intoxicating fashion, from breathless piano kissed ballads to to edgy pop rock. She slips effortlessly in and out of the edges of various styles holding the listeners’ intrigue from start to finish. 
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Dave Vargo – Burning Through
New Jersey singer-songwriter showcases strong songwriting skills on this very listenable debut. While a bit folksy, it also has a solid rock and roll vibe that separates it from many singer-songwriters these days. Dave’s voice has a deft feel for letting loose the proper emotions to fuel his thoughtful words. There is a nice blend of catchy and edgy here, with subtle eccentricities and just the right potency. 
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Nathaniel Land – My Destination’s You

NYC’s singer-songwriter Nathaniel Land has produced another wonderful music gift – a further honing of his already excellent songcrafting capabilities. Nathaniel has always had a mesmerizing voice, feeling like the edgy croon of David Gray is blended with a touch of Gregg Allman bluesiness. You can really feel his thought-provoking words as he always has an emotive intensity whether on the barebones folk of “Emily” or the indie rock power ballad of “Lonely Life.” The songs also have often inspirational vibes, particularly noticeable on “California Blue” and “Take Your Chances,” the latter being a mellow acoustic track that remains uplifting and powerful. The title track ends the EP with overflowing emotions and a wonderfully subtly intricate musical backdrop. There are so many singer/songwriters out there these days that you really need something special to break away from the stereotypical sounds. Nathaniel Land has more than proven he has something special. It boils down to his passion fueling his words and music, and how he then creates songs where the listener can experience his feelings and tales. He continues to intrigue and shows that he deserves widespread acclaim. – MW
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