Album Reviews

Eric Bibb Migration Blues

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Submitted by Iain Patience

There are some musicians who seem to achieve the near impossible by imprinting themselves in a memory with a flash of sheer individuality, a signature sound or something similar that makes them instantly recognisable. We can think of Dylan, The Beatles, The Stones – all musicians that have captured that remarkable essence over the years. I’m not trying to say that New York-born bluesman Eric Bibb is the new Lennon, McCartney or Dylan but he does have that extraordinary quality of a voice and musical style that renders him immediately recognisable, a rare familiarity bound up in his very being.

By my reckoning this is about his third release in the past twelve months, following hot on the heels of The Happiest Man In The World and Lead Belly’s Gold. Migration Blues takes as its theme the seldom more relevant subject of often necessary movement of the underprivileged and disadvantaged and the struggle for survival in a harsh world. Bibb has the evident ability to write songs with depth and meaning that also retain memorable melodic hooks and soulful purpose.

Anyone who has caught Bibb at his sound-check before a live gig will know just how much effort he puts into the search for aural perfection, a trait that he carries into the studio; he recently told me he loved touring but was comfortable and relaxed in the studio where he can hear what’s going down in an optimum setting.

Linda Carone – Black Moonlight

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

An early passion for jazz and blues developed upon first hearing the raw and emotive melancholy of Billie Holiday. This inspiration laid the foundation for growth as a vocalist and as an artist. Linda’s musical journey was further influenced by jazz and blues vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Mildred Bailey, Helen Humes, Valaida Snow and Lil Armstrong.

Linda’s eclectic repertoire includes rare and sometimes risque vintage songs of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, classic jazz and swing standards, cocktail lounge and torch ballads, to boogie woogie & roots blues.

Most recently, Linda has been found thrilling audiences at venues such as 70Down in Yorkville, Relish Bar & Grill, SpiritHouse/Foundry GastroPub, RasaBar, 120 Diner, Salutè Piano Bar, Gate 403, White Elephant Restaurant & Bar and Rasputin Vodka Lounge, and as well as various other venues and private functions.

Linda Carone’s debut recording, “Black Moonlight” is a must for any vintage blues/jazz lover and a worthy purchase for anyone’s music library.

‘Guilty’ sets the stage for the sultry, romantic vocal offerings of this talented singer, with the standard torch song about love and lost. A classic horn solo rounds out with just the right sound, soft percussions and mellow piano – a perfect combo.

‘Big Bad Handsome Man’ is reminiscent of Keely Smith, lovin’ her man, ready to sing and tell the world about him.

Singer/Songwriter Ian Janes Releases New Album ‘Yes Man’

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

On February 24th, 2017, Ian Janes released his latest solo album, Yes Man, to critical praise and acclaim from some of Canada’s most prestigious press.

A confident and soulful record, Yes Man creatively mixes Ian’s deepest influences and experiences. It is a combination of singularly written songs, as well as collaborations with other great writers from across North America. The album includes co-writes with Andy Stochansky (Goo Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, Shannon Noll), Jamie Hartman (Joss Stone, James Bay, Christina Aguilera) Lee Ann and Daryl Burgess (Irma Thomas, Colin James, Patty Loveless) and iconic Canadian songwriter, Joel Plaskett.

Earlier in February the first single from the album, “Broken Record”, was released and has been receiving regular play from CBC, Clic Franco, Sirius XM, and Stingray radio, and has kept Ian busy with interviews and in-studio performances.

Check out the lyric video for “Broken Record” here: http://bit.ly/2luXYbj

Last week, Janes’ song, “Can’t Remember Never Loving You”, co-written with Byron Hill (George Strait, Ray Charles, Alabama), was prominently featured in the groundbreaking music-based TV drama, Nashville. The song was performed as a posthumous duet by lead characters Deacon (Charles Esten) and Rayna (Connie Britton) as a dramatic conclusion of the show’s mid-season finale.

Michael Kaeshammer – No Filter

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Submitted by Gary Richardson
Biography by Sarah French Publicity

No Filter is the eleventh album from MICHAEL KAESHAMMER. This is the sound of an artist following his muse completely unhindered by thoughts of commercial imperatives or genre constraints.

The prolific Vancouver Island-based singer/songwriter/pianist/producer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer.

On No Filter, Michael mixes his well-crafted and melodic original songs with a couple of evocative piano instrumentals, and the result is a delightfully varied collection.

Kaeshammer has completely come to terms with his eclectic taste in music, something showcased on the record.“The songs here are just things I wanted to write,” he explains. “If they sound as if they have been influenced by a lot of different things, then that is just the way it is. To me, it just sounds like my music.”

On No Filter, Michael takes the listener on a highly entertaining journey through refreshingly diverse musical terrain.

The opening track “Letter From the Road” is reminiscent of early Manhattan Transfer mixed with a Broadway influence, taking you back and forth from boogie woogie to classic show tune styles.

“Nothing Seems to Reach You” shows this artist’s funky side, with classic organ licks and R&B horn effects.

Windsor Rockers The Silence Factory Release Video For New Single High

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Windsor rockers The Silence Factory are excited to announce the release of the video for their latest single'High'with an Exclusive Premiere today onLive in Limbo. The Silence Factory will also be touring in support of their new music, and have selecttour dates in February and March with a full Cross-Canada Tour throughout April and May, to be announced soon.See below for the latest tour listings.

The Silence Factory’s new track‘High’was produced by Juno award winning and Grammy nominated producerGavin Brown(3 Days Grace, Billy Talent) and is the second single from a new EP that will be released later this year. The song is currently going for adds at Canadian Rock Radio and is already getting spins97.7 Hits FM,FM 96,The Fox 105.3,Rock 106.7,The Wolf 104.9and more! The first single from their upcoming EP release, a cover of Harvey Danger’s‘Flagpole Sitta’,gained considerable spins at radio last year, charting at #51 on the Canadian active rock charts.

The video for‘High’was directed by Jendo Shabo from Moonjump Productions and in keeping with the lyrics of the song, the video has a dark, moody vibe.

Al Muirhead Northern Adventures - The Canada Sessions Vol. 1

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Submitted by Gary Richardson

2016 JUNO-Nominated trumpeter Al Muirhead’s most ambitious project to date, Northern Adventures - The Canada Sessions Vol. 1 is a collection of standards pairing him with many of Canadas jazz greats!

A western Canadian jazz icon, Al recently came to wider prominence in North America with the release of his debut album Its About Time. Now at the age of 81 years old, Al is making up for lost time with his third release in just two years.

Featuring five different small ensembles of both old friends and new, Al harkens back to his youth, calling standards from the great American songbook live in the studio. Northern Adventures features jazz performed with spontaneity and joy, and with a command of the music that only players of the caliber of Al and his guests can.

“Love Me Or Leave Me” became the title of a 1955 film “Makin' Whoopee” a jazz standard and a huge hit for Billie Holiday. Guido Basso on flugelhorn is reminiscent of Kay Winding and J.J. Johnson trombone styles while guitar solos are played effortlessly in synch with smooth piano.

“They Can’t Take That Away From Me”, the George and Ira Gershwin song, was made famous by Fred Astaire in the 1937 film Shall We Dance, and recorded by Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart and many others. Proof that a good song is a good song and can withstand the test of time. Muirhead’s offering is a classic 60’s style of trumpet, a trait well known in that era of jazz standards.

Johann Löwenberg Echoes of the Road

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Submitted by Don Graham

Apryll Aileen Offers “River” for Christmas

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

When Apryll Aileen first heard “River”, she had never experienced the California sun. A week after last Christmas, Aileen got in her car and drove 7000 km’s from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Los Angeles California, stopping to play in cities such as New York, Savannah, Georgia & New Orleans.

Although leaving behind a budding new romance, Aileen stuck to her goals of making music & pursuing her dream in California. After spending several months in Los Angeles, Aileen was truly able to relate to Joni Mitchell’s song “River” - this was the first time she hadn’t spent the winter months at home on the East Coast of Canada, where she could easily have a river to skate away on.

“We artists can be a complicated mess,” Aileen states. “I heard “River” again with a new perspective because this time it was about me. I connected with her story in a new way, having gone through the same experience. It has become my favorite Christmas song.”

New Brunswick Singer Songwriter Apryll Aileen combines smooth, sultry vocals with her classically trained piano background captivating her audience with beautiful melody, soulful passion & enchanting and engaging lyrics. Compared to the likes of Regina Spektor, Tori Amos & Norah Jones, Aileen dabbles between soulful pop, jazz & blues while sharing stories about her free spirited serendipitous road trips.

Dean Brody Releases Newest Video for Hit Song “TIME”

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Following a successful sixth album launch, country star Dean Brody is revealing the music video behind his emotive, critically acclaimed single, “Time”. The song was officially released to radio on November 18th, just in time to make listeners stop and think about the importance of spending time with family and loved ones over the holidays. Less than a week after release, it was already the #1 Most-Added track, across all formats.

VIEW THE NEW VIDEO HERE NOW.

2-time JUNO Award Winner, 13-time CCMA winner and BC native recently released his latest album, Beautiful Freakshow. Audiences first learned about the song “Time”, when Brody performed it during the CCMA Award broadcast in September. After only a week of being released digitally, the song was already the #1 Canadian Country Single, and #5 overall on iTunes.

The filming of the music video took Brody back to his native province of BC, where he worked with a local team under esteemed director, Stephano Barberis. “With ‘Time’, I didn’t want to simply act out the storyline in each verse. When people listen to the song, they automatically relate to it in their own individual way, and I wanted the music video to reflect that,” said director Stephano Barberis.

Orit Shimoni Soft Like Snow

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Submitted by Don Graham

Orit Shimoni, the artist formerly known as Little Birdie, has a brand new album and it’s a dandy. The ten song set, ‘Soft Like Snow’, shows a whole other side to Orit than previous works. She has been dubbed “one of the nation’s most alluring vocalists,” by The Calgary Herald and “one of the most lyrically impactful vocalists” by Beatroute Magazine, and “a songwriters songwriter” by Cashbox Magazine Canada.

Orit (pronounced Oreet) became a full bore “hit the road “ touring musician after releasing two, highly acclaimed albums in Montreal.  She relocated to Berlin, Germany,   to write and record her third album. From that point on she has officially been living out of a suitcase. This is what makes her the songwriter she is. Songwriters often go on “songwriting trips” just to soak up a different climate, different customs and people. For Orit that is her life, always moving, always learning and experiencing by osmosis, life at its best and worst. She gets to write her songs on the road and perform them for a variety of crowds.

We have been fortunate to have followed Orit’s journey, first reviewing her ‘Bitter Is The New Sweet’ album in 2014, and watching her grow and mature as an artist, songwriter and a person has been exciting to watch.

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