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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Eric O'
Bricks (self)

An emotionally contemplative concept disc so comfortably tuneful that uncommitted listeners might miss the narrative substance. So, pay heed while you sway to prepossessive lilts evocative of the Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam, and wood grain-Americana hefted proudly.

Recommended "Bricks," "Lucky Lucky Man," "It's Just the Way You Are," "Broken Jukebox," "She's Got You Fooled," "Hey Little Mama"

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The Owlz
Introducing the Owlz (self)

Woodwinds, doghouse, 88s, and canny confreres hit the cobblestone boulevard, turning up a tangy and sleek collection in which Gypsy Jazz, jump blues, Latin winking, and the splash of freshly-ridden wild surf combine in kicky union.

Recommended "Bossa Dorado," "That's What She Said [featuring Alex MacDonald]," "Honeysuckle Rose [featuring Robyn Adele Anderson]," "I'm Beginning To See the Light," "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "Heads Up"

Video "Bossa Dorado"

Gary Angel and the Angel Country Band
One More Time (Outlet Music)

This gentle country rhapsodizing has been heard before, and it never wears out its welcome. Without undue emphasis, it makes its good points, glides easily on stringed wings, and assumes plain folk-rank when so much else about exerts vainly.

Recommended "Stop the World and Let Me Off," "One More Time," "Rockin' Alive," "Teardrops Over You," "They'll Turn It Around," "You're Gonna Be Good"

Jon Langford
Four Lost Souls (Bloodshot)

Onetime Mekon Jon navigated the same punk-to-American-roots passage that had proved natural for Chip Hanna, and with the same affirmative eventuality. Limber, down-home backwoods muses always did offer expostulatory humanity of significance equal to that deafeningly remonstrated by angry youth, big-city yearning and tumult. And a pluck can match a buzzsaw thrash any weekday, and twice on Sundays.  

Recommended "Natchez Trace," "In Oxford, Mississippi," "Half Way Home," "What's My Name?," "Snake Behind Glass," "Waste"

Video "Natchez Trace"

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Li'l Mo & the Monicats
Country and Rockabilly Sampler 
(Passin Fancy Records)

It's a wondrous instrumental vehicle, Monica Passin's sweet voice.  It can evoke all the heart-wrought angst so familiar to those of passion, or rise in mule-kicking obstreperousness to rebel gloriously in free abandon. Back-country fiddle, guitars, and solid rhythms keep to welcome course.

Recommended "It Just Doesn't Add Up," "Sideburn Daddy," "Packin' Up and Movin' Out," "Put Up A Fight," "He's a Handful," "Still Cryin'," "Why Don't You Live With Me," "Oh Baby!"

Video "It Just Doesn't Add Up"

Let's Go Sparkin' With...the Sidewynders 
(Rhythm Bomb Records)

Like a strapping country cousin, down-to-earth rockin' elbows into dance floor-place and cuts loose with a glad-all-over joyfulness that is truly a sight to behold and a liberating sound to hear. Happiness bustin' wide.

Recommended "Heart In a Daze," "Lyin' Baby," "Fancy Free," "Knock On Wood," "Dry Run," "Every Girl's Heart"

Video "Heart In a Daze"

Rocket J
Rocket Baby 
(Rocket J / Squirrel-Tone)

That elegant belter Joanne Van Vranken is back is but part of the glad news. She's jam packed these four EP tracks with rock-ribbed rockabilly of the type certain to scatter all lassitudes hopelessly galley west. 

Let's have a party!

Recommended "Rocket Baby," "It's the Beat," "I Don't Mind Being Free"

Video "Rocket Baby"