Upcoming Releases (all dates subject to change):

Notes:

Linkin Park’s “One More Light Live” shines on 12/15!

Dashboard Confessional sees “Crooked Shadows” on 2/9!

Juicy J’s “Rubba Band” bounces on 12/29!

Perry’s “Sweetzerland Manifesto” rock & rolls out on 1/19!

Pitbull’s “Greatest Hits” drops 12/1!

Brown’s “Sir Rosevelt” alter-ego debuts on 12/15!

Black Veil Brides raise the “Vale” on 1/12!

Fleetwood Mac’s Self-Titled 1975 album Remastered & Expanded on 1/19!

No date yet, but Eminem’s “Revival” imminent!

Date:

Title-Artist(s):

NOW

ON

SALE::

OBLIVION-T-Pain

Blue Lips-Tove Lo

Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band-Green Day

Psychosis-Cavalera Conspiracy

Low In High School-Morrissey

I Knew You When-Bob Seger

Fake Nudes-Barenaked Ladies

I Fall In Love Too Easily-Katherine McPhee

Soul Of A Women-Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

If All I Was Was Black-Mavis Staples

Bassically-Fieldy (korn bass player)

Everyday Is Christmas-Sia (holiday album)

Diamond Diana-Diana Ross (hits collection)

The Rest Of Our Life-Tim McGraw/ Faith Hill

A Collection Of Great Dance Songs-Pink Floyd (vinyl reissue)

Delicate Sound Of Thunder-Pink Floyd (vinyl reissue)

Strange Days-The Doors (50th Anniversary edition of bands 2nd album!)

News Of The World-Queen (40th Anniversary 3CD/ 1DVD/ 1LP Edition)

Blue Moon Swamp-John Fogerty (20th Anniversary reissue 1CD/ 1LP black vinyl/ 1LPblue vinyl/ digital)

McCartney- Paul McCartney (CD digipak/ 180 gram black vinyl LP/ digital)

McCartney II-Paul McCartney (CD digipak/ 180 gram black vinyl LP/ digital)

Tug Of War-Paul McCartney (CD digipak/ 180 gram black vinyl LP/ digital)

Pipes Of Peace-Paul McCartney (CD digipak/ 180 gram black vinyl LP/ digital)

Ram-Paul & Linda McCartney (CD digipak/ 180 gram black vinyl LP/ digital)

Band On The Run-Paul McCartney & Wings (CD digipak/ 180 gram black vinyl LP/ digital)

Venus And Mars-Paul McCartney & Wings (CD digipak/ 180 gram black vinyl LP/ digital)

Wings At The Speed Of Sound-Paul McCartney & Wings (CD digipak/ 180 gram black vinyl LP/ digital)

Wembley Or Bust-Jeff Lynne (documentary from ELO lead singer/guitarist also available on 2CD-blu-ray/ 2CD-DVD/ 2CD/3LP)

112417:

Hotel California-The Eagles (40th Anniversary Edition)

Who Built The Moon?-Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Utopia-Bjork

The Purple Tour-Whitesnake (live deep purple covers album)

Topographic Drama-Live Across America-Yes (2CD/4LP/digital)

Born To Touch Your Feelings: Best Of The Rock Ballads-Scorpions (hits collections on 1CD/2LP/digital)

Blues And Beyond-Gary Moore (studio/ live collection on 2CD/ 4LP/4CD box)

Squeeze Box: The Collected Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic-“Weird Al” Yankovic (15-disc boxed set)

Rocket To Russia-The Ramones (expanded 40th anniversary edition)

Life In 12 Bars”, Eric Clapton documentary in theatres today!

112417(RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY RELEASES):

Wonderful Christmas Time-Paul McCartney (new version with The Roots on red or green vinyl single)

Grateful Dead Records Collection (Wake Of The Flood/ Blues For Allah/ From The Mars Hotel/ Steal Your Face)-Grateful Dead (5LP boxed set)

Harvest Moon-Neil Young (vinyl LP)

Humanz-Gorillaz (vinyl picture disc)

We Will Rock You/ We Are The Champions-Queen (12 inch vinyl single)

Delights Vol. 1 & 2-J. Dilla

Poncier-Poncier (Chris Cornell demos for five “Singles” movie songs on 12” vinyl EP)

Prisoner-Ryan Adams (cassette)

Native Invader (Russia EP)-Tori Amos (12 inch orange vinyl EP)

Carry On Wayward Son-Anthrax (12-inch limited edition, vinyl picture disc)

Good Sound Comes Back Around Vol. #1-Dan Auerbach/ Sonny Smith/ Robert Finley (7-inch vinyl EP)

The London Chuck Berry Sessions-Chuck Berry (vinyl LP)

You Movin’/ Boston-The Byrds (7” vinyl single)

Come Together-Gary Clark Jr. (12” vinyl)

Pitchfork & Lost Needles-Clutch (limited edition 12” picture disc)

Los Feliz Blvd-Cold War Kids (10-inch vinyl)

Papa John Creech-Papa John Creech (vinyl LP)

Chase Me-Danger Mouse (12” vinyl single)

Freeze Me/ Keep It Real Dumb-Death From Above 1979 (7” vinyl single)

Back From The Dead-Run DMC (12” vinyl LP)

El Corazon-Steve Earle (vinyl LP)

The Spirit Of Memphis-Isaac Hayes (2LP vinyl album)

Greatest Hits-Janis Joplin (vinyl LP)

I Believe In Father Christmas-Greg Lake (10-inch vinyl single)

Spirit-Willie Nelson (vinyl LP)

Yesterdays Wine-Willie Nelson (vinyl LP)

Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space-Leonard Nimoy (12-inch vinyl LP)

Live 1973 ft. Emmylou Harris-Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels (vinyl LP)

New Values-Iggy Pop (vinyl LP)

Baby It’s Cold Outside-Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (7-inch vinyl single)

Sonny Rollins On Impulse!-Sonny Rollins (vinyl LP)

Portrait Of A Genius-Ravi Shankar (vinyl LP)

Southside Johnny: Detour Ahead-The Music Of Billie Holiday-Southside Johnny (Limited edition LP)

The Laughing Apple-Yusef/ Cat Stevens (vinyl LP picture disc)

Static & Silence-The Sundays (LP)

Electronic Meditation-Tangerine Dream (limited edition vinyl LP)

Lower The Bar-Steel Panther (bitchin’ picture disc vinyl LP)

Hold The Line/ Alone-Toto (10” picture disc)

A Different P.O.V.-Utopia (12” vinyl LP)

Big Star’s Third Live Stroke It Noel: Big Star’s Third Live In Concert-Big Star (2LP)

The Best Of Muddy Waters-Muddy Waters (limited edition vinyl LP)

Contemplating The Engine Room-Mike Watt (2LP)

Guitar Blues/ Brown Eyes A Cryin’ In The Rain-Chet Atkins (7” vinyl single)

Room Of Nightmares-Black Label Society (limited edition 7” vinyl single)

Rarities Vol. #1 (1969-1976)-Blue Oyster Cult (2LP)

Energy-Tommy Bolin (LP)

Four From The Top Five-Petula Clark (10” vinyl)

Dig This Boogie/ Lightnin’ Struck The Poor House-Wynonie Harris (ft. Sun Ra) (7” limited edition vinyl)

Black Rooster-The Kills (10” vinyl)

Alter Egos-Ingrid Michaelson (12” vinyl picture disc)

The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words: w/ Vin Scelsa-Lou Reed And Kris Kristofferson (limited edition picture disc)

Exotica-Sun Ra (3LP vinyl album)

Chpt 2: World Domination-Three 6 Mafia (limited edition 2LP vinyl)

Turtles ’66-The Turtles (LP)

The Silent Type-Umphrey’s McGee (12” picture disc)

Dog Years, Live In Santiago-The Winery Dogs (3LP)

Complete Chris Bell-Chris Bell (6LP boxed set)

25 Live!-The Brian Setzer Orchestra (limited edition live 7” vinyl)

Christmas Christmas-Cheap Trick (vinyl LP)

The Hitz-Dimebag Darrell (12” vinyl EP)

Absolutely Live-The Doors (2LP blue vinyl)

The Electric Lady Sessions-Fleet Foxes (10” vinyl)

Respect/ Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)-Aretha Franklin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (7” vinyl single)

Blank Generation-Richard Hell & the Voidoids (2CD/2LP 40th Anniversary Edition)

Black Night Is Falling-John Lee Hooker (limited edition vinyl LP)

The Great Milenko-Insane Clown Posse (20th Anniversary Edition 2LP)

Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’-Kid Cudi (2LP)

New Stuff-Waylon Jennings (LP)

Kings Of Crunk –Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz (2LP)

Love Is My Religion-Ziggy Marley (LP)

Live At Luther College-Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds (4LP)

Hypnotize-The Notorious B.I.G. (12” vinyl)

The One & Only One-Procol Harum (10” vinyl)

H.N.I.C.-Prodigy (limited edition 2LP)

Pop Art Live-The Raspberries (3LP)

Live In Europe-Otis Redding (50th Anniversary Edition vinyl LP)

Closer To The Heart/ Madrigal-Rush (7” vinyl single)

Neva Left-Snoop Dogg (2LP)

Straightaways-Son Volt (LP)

Ballymena-Son Volt (10” vinyl EP)

40 oz. to Freedom-Sublime (2LP picture disc)

Journey’s End-Roger Taylor (10” colored vinyl)

A Twisted Christmas-Twisted Sister (vinyl LP)

The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty-Tyga (limited edition vinyl LP)

Christmas On Death Row-Christmas On Death Row (limited edition vinyl LP)

Guardians Inferno/ Dad-Guardians Of The Galaxy II (12” Baby Groot picture disc single)

Y Kant Tori Read-Y Kant Tori Read (LP/CD of Tori Amos first album for Atlantic Records that has been out of print for decades)

Lumpy Gravy/ Primordial-Frank Zappa (12” vinyl single)

112717:

“Radiohead Complete”, the 400-page Radiohead songbook is released today.

112917:

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live At The Apollo” tonight on CBS!

120117:

On Air-Rolling Stones (remixed BBC performances from early 60’s)

The Visitor-Neil Young & Promise Of The Real (also Neil Young archive site open for streaming on the same date…Free for a limited time.)

Songs Of Experience-U2

From A Room, Vol. #2-Chris Stapleton

War & Leisure-Miguel

The Good Parts-Andy Grammmer

Greatest Hits-Pitbull (features new song, “Jungle.”)

Versatile-Van Morrison (collection of jazz standards)

The Further Adventures Of…-The Down N Outz (live album for joe elliot of def leppard side-project on 2CD/DVD, blu-ray, vinyl and digital.)

Star Wars: A New Hope-Soundtrack (40th Anniversary 3LP Edition ft. Death Star hologram.)

A Farewell To Kings-Rush (40th Anniversary Expanded Reissue on 3CD & 5.1 audio blu-ray/ 4LP Super Deluxe)

120817:

Collective Soul Live-Collective Soul (includes bonus studio track “Right As Rain.”)

Tribute To 2-Jim James

121317:

Bright: The Album-Soundtrack (ft. Bastille/ Rag N’ Bone Man/ X Ambassadors/ Meek Mill/ Snoop Dogg/ Logic/ A$AP Rocky/ Tom Morello/ alt-J/ Neil Young)

121517:

The Beautiful And Damned-G-Eazy (double album)

One More Light Live-Linkin Park (ft. the late Chester Bennington)

Asking Alexandria-Asking Alexandria

Sir Rosevelt-Sir Rosevelt (pop alter-ego for Zac Brown Band)

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band-The Beatles (hi-res audio edition of 50th Anniversary Edition on two vinyl discs, which came out earlier this year in other formats.)

The Beatles: The Christmas Records-The Beatles (vinyl boxed set with seven vinyl discs )

The Definitive Studio Album Collection-Otis Redding (7LP album box)

122917:

Rubba Band Business: The Album-Juicy J

011218:

What Happens Next-Joe Satriani

Wrong Creatures-Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Vale-Black Veil Brides

Dr. Demento: Covered In Punk-Dr. Demento (2CD/3LP set of demented punk)

Rule The World-Tears For Fears (vinyl version only…CD was released on 11/10!)

011918:

MANIA-Fall Out Boy (originally due 9/15/17)

Collateral-Phillip Phillips (american idol season 11 winner)

Sweetzerland Manifesto-Joe Perry (of aerosmith ft’s guests Terry Reid, Robin Zander and David Johansen)

Primal Heart-Kimbra

Ruins-First Aid Kit

Fleetwood Mac-Fleetwood Mac (remastered with bonus music on 3CD/ 2CD/ 1CD/ DVD/1LP/digital)

020218:

Here Come The Runts-AWOLNATION

020918:

Crooked Shadows-Dashboard Confessional (chris carraba)

Sleepwalkers-Brian Fallon (gaslight anthem singer)

Always Ascending-Franz Ferdinand

021618:

How To Solve Our Human Problems-Belle & Sebastian

022318:

All At Once-Screaming Females

February 2018:

Nation Of Two-Vance Joy

030218:

untitled-Andrew W.K.

 

History Of Local Releases from Binghamton Area Artists:

Date:

Title-Artist(s):

2014:

Honest Company-Zarni de Wet

My Story-Marv Williams

Vertigo-Mobday

The Age Of Entitlement-Lo-Fi Resistance

RevelationNow-RevelationNow

Ashley Lux-Ashley Lux (EP)

The Art Of Feeling-Jilly May

Castrofate-Castrofate

Do Bad Things-Peaches And Crime

Looking Back: Our American Irish Souls-The Burns Sisters

Binghamton Music, Vol. #1-Various Artists

2013:

No More Dream-Chad J. Dean

Are We Rollin’-Esquela

Obscuriosity-Stephen Lawrenson

10 Metaphors For Love-Brenna Swanger

Nowhere But Down-Woodshed Prophets

Milkweed EP-Milkweed

Driftwood-Driftwood

Light Up The World-Lila Ignite

2012:

Chalk Lines-Lo-Fi Resistance

Zarni (ep)-Zarni de Wet

Erratica-Anubis Spire

The Hills Of Ithaca-The Burns Sisters

Inside (ep)-Red Spring (randy mcstine & michael wu side project)

Live At Black Bear Winery-Randy McStine (Vol. #1 of the official Randy McStine bootleg series)

2011:

The Woodshed Prophets-The Woodshed Prophets

Go Dutch-The Benjamin Raubinsons

Feel The Beat-Gary Wilson

Forgotten Lovers-Gary Wilson (vinyl only version of 2003 CD)

Live At The Belmar-Yolk (live DVD from reunion show)

Systematic Suicide-Castrofate

2010:

Intelligent Design-Monkeys Typing

A Deeper Breathe-Lo-Fi Resistance

Friday Night Lights-Zarni de Wet

The Beginning, Pt. II-Mobday

Diagonal-Lukus Wells

Meridian Voice-Meridian Voice (feat. Randy McStine)

Electric Endicott-Gary Wilson

2009:

Somewhere Else-Stephen Lawrenson (formerly of “Beard of Bees”)

Graveyard Shift (ep)-try.fail.repeat

Mirror-Dena

The Owl Has Landed-Esquela (not sure of exact release date)?

2008:

Beyond The Gray-Jared Campbell

Lisa Wants To Talk To You-Gary Wilson

Enough (ep) -Adri Young

Lost Discoveries 1998-2008-Anubis Spire

2007:

Got A Good Thing Goin’-The Blue J’s

2006:

The Way You Look At Me (ep)-Dena

Children Of A Foreign Faith-Anubis Spire

2005:

Hoboin’-Pinecone Fletcher

Anderson And I-Jared Campbell (live)

Guitarizm-Randy McStine

2004:

Rest Out-Jared Campbell

Mary Had Brown Hair-Gary Wilson

Back To Abydos-Anubis Spire

2003:

Direction-Audrey’s Stone

Where It All Begins-Jared Campbell

Forgotten Lovers-Gary Wilson

Direction-Audrey’s Stone

2002:

You Think You Really Know Me-Gary Wilson (reissue)

Second Shot-Randy McStine

2001:

Free Little Bird-Marie Burns

Somewhere Near Itaska-Dirt Farm

2000:

OLD LIONS (in the world of snarling sheep)-Anubis Spire (debut)

1999:

Shredding Skin-Randy McStine (?-not sure of correct year)

1998:

Baby To Baby-Jimmyjohn McCabe (yolk)

1997:

Just What The Doctor Ordered-Frostbit Blue

Individually Twisted-Yolk

In This World-The Burns Sisters

1996:

Tradition: Holiday Songs Old And New-The Burns Sisters

1995:

Caution: Social Prescription May Cause Side Effects-Yolk

Ice Breaker-Frostbit Blue

Close To Home-The Burns Sisters

1993:

Yolk-Yolk

Songs From The Heart-The Burns Sisters

1989:

Endangered Species-The Burns Sisters

1986:

The Burns Sisters-The Burns Sisters

1977:

You Think You Really Know Me-Gary Wilson

…got an album by a Binghamton area artist to add?  Please send your submission to: Info@Radio2Point0.com. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Nowhere But Down-Woodshed Prophets

---If The Woodshed Prophets self-titled debut was their shot at proving themselves to be a viable recording entity, and not just a cover band, then “Nowhere But Down,” sees the band getting more comfortable with the place they’ve carved out. 

----They refer to their style as “Power Twang,” so with that in mind this album is a little more twang and a little less power, while their first disc was a little more power.  That’s not such a bad thing.  The songs are still strong, but while they rock a bit less, they are still celebratory.  This is closer to a good time party album.  It gets a bit mellow at the end, but what party doesn’t? 

---“Nowhere But Down” opens with the raucous, party anthem “Moonshiners Ball,” but from that high, descends into an almost happy, but not quite “let’s get drunk to forget our broken hearts” ballad, that would make Jimmy Buffett proud.  Also, this song has something that you would think more of the “Prophets” songs would have had…steel guitar.

---“Dancing In The Kitchen” is sentimental, but not sappy, with a hook that radio and DJ’s in particular should love.  It’s an Alabama style ballad, with a little boogie at the end. Too bad it’s corporate managers that make the decisions these days.  This has a chance to be a legitimate hit.

---“Can’t Take It” gives a bouyant voice to bubbling-under frustration.  This mid-to-uptempo melody, driving harmonica and vocal harmonies almost make frustration seem like a good thing, but the desperate vocals betray the songs good time feel, and echo it’s true intent.

---“Jesus Saves” gives voice to beer-goggles mentality by putting us in a car with a stoned, cigarette smoking and drunk driver, more worried about being busted by the cops than dying in a car crash on the highway, because he knows he’ll go to heaven in the crash.  The song doesn’t mock this mindset, or attempt to judge it, but it is scary because most people know someone just like this guy.

---Musically “Sandy” brings together The Eagles and Bruce Springsteen-esque riffs that make for an excellent piece of working man’s rock.  The opening alone melds an “Already Gone” style riff, with the E-Street Band’s signature chugging rhythm section’s style, while paying tribute to a barmaid who stays cool. 

---“Bottle Of Whiskey” finds the band breaking out the steel guitar again, in a jamming piece of country rock during verses, that morphs into rockin’ country during the chorus, it not only works, but it has one of the best sing-along choruses of the whole disc. 

---“Ladybug” isn’t about a bug at all, but a woman who needs to “fly on home,” ‘cause her husbands out drinkin,’ messing around and her kids are alone, sung from the perspective of friend that maybe wants to be something more.  It’s a bit sad, but lovely, too.

---“My Front Door,” is an ode to those who can’t stop their mind from racing, featuring Eagles-like harmonies.  It’s a great hangover recovery song.

---“Two Steps Closer” is a rousing anthem for trailer trash in a bad relationship.

---“Lorraine” is little bit of Texas boogie and blues that sounds like it was written for Z.Z. Top.

---I suppose that a band that plays as many country bars as The Woodshed Prophets, had to record a song like the album’s finale, “Land Of The Fourth Of July.”  It is a smoldering, minimalistic piece…just keyboards, piano and two part harmony.  No percussion whatsoever, but doesn’t the opening piano part remind you of “Strange Magic,” by ELO? 

---“Nowhere But Down” shows the “Prophets” a little more mature, a little more comfortable, but still a lot of fun.  It’s a great ride for country rockers of any age!

---Dr. Dave 10/12/13

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ten Metaphors For Love-Brenna Swanger:

---At age 15, most teenagers are trying to keep up with their homework, school sports or the latest trends on YouTube.  Not Brenna Swanger.  At age 15 she’s  made an album, and surprise, it’s a credible album.  Now let’s put this in perspective…this is an album that features songs from the point-of-view of a teenage girl, by a teenage girl for teenage girls.  There are songs about love, losing at love, victimized by love, love fantasies, etc.  That being said, this is a well crafted pop album.  Swanger didn’t overstep her abilities…she kept things simple.  Most songs feature her vocals (overdubs for harmony and/ or effect here and there.) either a keyboard or guitar, or both, and electronic drums, but she wrote all the lyrics, contributed on the music and of course sang on everything.  Some songs feature some violins and there are a few guest appearances, for example a smokin’ guitar solo, by her guitar teacher and Rooster & the Roadhouse Horns guitarist, Paul Knapik on “It’s You,” and even a somewhat out of place verse of rap over the bridge of “A Million Lies,” by Joey C.  Mary Falvo also plays lead guitar on “Victim Of Your Love.” 

Overall, this album reminds me of Tiffany.  I know I’m dating myself, but this sounds like an album that Tiffany could have made back in the late ‘80’s.  Maybe Brenna should start singing in malls.  That Swanger accomplished this at her age and contributed as much as she did is amazing.  It speaks to her abilities not just as a singer, but a songwriter, too.  Most artists at this level are performing songs by other artists.  That she already has ten originals on an album is nothing short of incredible.  Let’s not sell her strong, clear vocals and decent vocal range short either.  

My favs on this album are the ballad, “Lullaby,” followed by “Be There,” “Invisible Love,” anyone of which could be a single, but “Lullaby” in particular, is the most mature and broadly appealing song in this package.

Can’t wait to hear how her abilities grow on her next album.

---Dr. Dave 9/28/13.

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CD REVIEW: Obscuriosity-Stephen Lawrenson

Lawrensons third album is another collection of smart, jangly alt-pop, that will remind you at times of ELO, or John Lennon’s post-Beatles solo work.  The opening track, “Your Karma,” is especially Jeff Lynne-esque with it’s heavy reverb and harmonies.  The title track is bouncy and you’ll find yourself amazed at how many words actually rhyme with “Obscuriosity.”  Edge Of The World” features a more laid back groove that owes a lot to The Beatles, as does “Words To Say,” and “Small White House.”  Lawrenson obviously wears his influences on his sleeve.

2nd Time Around” sees the production value and the reverb stripped back a bit revealing a sound closer to Toad The Wet Sprocket, than ELO and perhaps a lot closer to the real Stephen Lawrenson.  The songs remain irresistibly pop and extremely catchy.

On “Ordinary” the production value is upped a little on what is possibly the second best song on the album. 

Forever And A Day” is a straight forward love song, which features some nice mandolin and/or banjo work.  The drumming is minimized with emphasis on picking and lyrics with harmonies for accent.  This could be a hit pop song.

The production value comes roaring back on “Thank You,” and on the albums conclusion, “Pale Yellow,” which reminds me of the way that ELO ended their landmark album, “Out Of The Blue”…with a soft yet bombastic goodbye. 

The songs are extremely catchy and excessive listening could lead to whistling, or even singing along.  Lawrenson is clearly one guy who can write a hook. 

Originally published: 9/21/13

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Album Review:

Band: Esquela

Album name: Are We Rolling? 

Release Date: 6/14/13

Esquela is a band that plays country rock…which always strikes me odd, because with a name like Esquela, it seems like they should be a mariachi band, but forget the name for a moment, forget that it’s really just a nickname for the bands founder and get into their sound.  This is a country rock band, with a blistering female singer, who sounds like a cross between Dale Krantz Rossington and Linda Ronstadt, and musically the band is tight, with a sound that recalls some of Rolling Stones best country rockers, but the songs on “Are We Rolling?” seem written right out of a conservative right-wing playbook that would make Dick Cheney proud, denouncing welfare on “Free Bird,” (which was replaced over a decade ago by President Clinton’s workfare program), Union corruption (on “Too Far Left”—as if the left are the only ones capable of abusing power.), and the sin of laziness on “My Friend.”  There are some songs on the album that strike a more broad appeal, like “Free Beer,” which addresses religious intolerance…”Frozen Chosin” heralds Korean War vets…”Phone Home” gives a cheater the heave-ho…”Genesee Fever” references the Loomis Gang in the 1800’s and is one of only two songs on the album that don’t seem to have a political agenda…and the closing track (the other track that is not political) is the classic “Tossin’ And Turnin’” originally made popular in the 60’s by Bobby Lewis. 

This band was built to be a good time rockin’ blues band, and the songs are uptempo and jangly, but the lyrics just appeal to a narrow audience.  It’ll probably play well in small town conservative bars and pubs, but it may have a hard time finding a wider audience.  Too bad, because this band can play and given the right songs, they could break out nationally.  Singing about religion and politics usually doesn’t help, in fact that’s why the best songwriters try to write songs so that they’re open to interpretation, so that they’ll appeal to listeners across the country and around the world.  So, consider this album a lesson in writing lyrics.  I’m hoping that on the next album, the lyrics will live up to the band, because this band really can play…they just need songs that live up to the caliber of these fine musicians.  They need their own, “Honky Tonk Woman,” for example.  Not that they need to cover that particular song, they just need a song that will do for them, what that song did for The Stones.  They just need songs that reflect the attitude that this band evokes…a good rockin’ good drinkin’ good time, and when they find those kinds of songs, I hope they’ll let me review that album, too.  In fact, I’m looking forward to it. 

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