Ted Russell Kamp – Walkin’ Shoes
Poetry Of The Moment Records – TRK-001
After taking a break from original writing to tribute the Beatles, stoic L.A. singer/songwriter/musician Ted Russell Kamp is back with another wonderful collection of originals. The journey blends country with rock, blues, jazz, and other styles with Ted’s wise, soulful and sometimes sharply witty lyrics. Ted’s vocal work shines brightly as always from the the haunting bare-bones of “Highway Whisper” to the barrelhouse growl of “We Don’t Have To Be Alone,” backed by excellent musicianship throughout. Ted has proven to be a master of weaving diverse styles with intelligent songwriting and a down-home feeling, far better than a lot of what is emanating from Nashville or, for that matter, other cities these days. – MW
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!
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.
Emily Maguire – Bird Inside a Cage
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.
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.