Upcoming Releases (all dates subject to change):


Drake’s “Scorpion” stings in June!

Matthew Sweet delivers “Tomorrow’s Daughter” on 5/18!

Bad Wolves “Disobey” on 5/11!

Matt & Kim’s “Almost Everyday” definitely arrives on 5/4!

Matt Kearney’s “CRAZYTALK” speaks on 5/4!

English Beat’s “Here We Go Love” bounces on 6/15!

Kravitz “Greatest Hits” finally get vinyl release on 5/18!

Clapton’s “Life In 12 Bars,” due 6/8 on DVD/ 2CD/ digital…but 7/20 on 4LP!

ZZ Top’s “Cinco No. 2” good to go on 6/1!

“Quintessential” Yes 50th Anniversary Collection due in August!






Live At The Fillmore East 1968-The Who (2CD/ 3LP/ digital)

KOD-J. Cole

The Future-From Ashes To New

Return To The East Live 2016-Dokken (CD/DVD/blu-ray)

Eat The Elephant-A Perfect Circle

Family Tree-Black Stone Cherry

Church Of Scars-Bishop Briggs

Primal Heart-Kimbra (originally due 1/19)

Volunteer-Old Crow Medicine Show

Pinkus Abortion Technician-Melvins

44/876-Sting & Shaggy

God Damn Evil-Stryper


Summer: The Original Hits-Donna Summer (new hits collection)

Who Came First-Pete Townshend (45th Anniversary two-disc edition)

Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990-The Flaming Lips (6CD boxed set of their 80’s & 90’s work)


Record Store Day 2018




Back In Black-AC/DC (limited edition cassette)

Live In Vienna-AWOLNATION (limited edition 7-inch vinyl single)

Back& Forth-Aaliyah (12-inch vinyl single)

Where The Two Rivers Meet-The Alarm (limited edition LP)

Live At The Atlanta Pop Festival, July 3 & 5, 1970-Allman Brothers Band (limited edition 4LP vinyl)

EP-Arcade Fire (limited edition vinyl)

Rock N’ Rockets, Live-The B-52’s (2LP limited edition)

City Looks Pretty/ Sunday Roast-Courtney Barnett (limited edition 12” vinyl)

The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Pea’s-Courtney Barnett (limited edition LP picture disc)

Colors-Beck (yellow vinyl or CD)

Truth-Jeff Beck (limited edition LP)

Greatest Hits-Chuck Berry (limited edition vinyl LP)

Dickey Betts Band: Live At The Lone Star Roadhouse-Dickey Betts (limited edition 2LP vinyl)

On The Road Live ’92-Big Audio Dynamite II (limited edition 12-inch vinyl)

MTV Unplugged-Bleachers (limited edition LP)

Rarities Vol. #2-Blue Oyster Cult (limited edition 2LP set)

David Bowie-David Bowie (limited edition 2LP)

Welcome To The Blackout (Live In London ’78)-David Bowie (3LP set)

Let’s Dance (full length demo)/ Let’s Dance (live)-David Bowie

Bowie Now-David Bowie (tracks from Heroes & Low on White Vinyl)

Let There Be Rock/ Gene & Eddie-Brian Setzer Orchestra

Live At Sin-e-Jeff Buckley ( limited edition 4LP legacy edition)

I Can’t See You-Tim Buckley (limited edition 12-inch vinyl)

Live At The Troubadour-Tim Buckley (2LP)

Nights In San Franciso-Eric Burdon & The Animals (limited edition LP)

Purple Haze-Cam’Ron (limited edition 2LP)

Folsom Prison Blues-Johnny Cash (5LP set includes entire bill from both shows)

I Love You Because/ You’re The Nearest Thing To Heaven-Johnny Cash (7-inch vinyl single)

Up In Smoke (40th Anniversary)-Cheech & Chong (limited edition 7” single)

Gig-Circle Jerks (limited edition vinyl LP)

Rush Original Motion Picture Soundtrack-Eric Clapton (limited edition LP)

Complete Clapton-Eric Clapton (4LP set)

Back Street Mirror-Gene Clark (limited edition LP)

Come Together-Gary Clark Jr. w/ Junkie XL (limited edition 12” picture disc LP)

My Favorite Things-John Coltrane (7” vinyl single)

Can I Borrow A Dollar?-Common (2LP)

Someone Else’s Heart-Elvis Costello (7” vinyl single)

All Mixed Up-The Cure (2LP)

Torn Down-The Cure (2LP)

Air Conditioning-Curved Air (limited edition vinyl picture disc)

Black Sunday Remixes-Cypress Hill (limited edition 12” vinyl)

Memories, Memoirs & Miles-Charlie Daniels (limited edition 2LP)

Rubberband-Miles Davis (12” limited edition vinyl)

Live At Abbey Road-Def Leppard (12” vinyl single)

16 All-Time Greatest Hits-Bo Diddley (limited edition LP)

California-Diplo (LP)

The Lost Children-Disturbed (2LP)

The Matrix Part II-The Doors (LP)

Dre Day-Dr. Dre (limited edition 12” vinyl)

Thanksgiving Live-Duran Duran (limited edition 2LP)

Duran Duran Budokan-Duran Duran (limited edition LP)

Dylan & The Dead-Grateful Dead & Bob Dylan (in red & blue tie-dye 12” vinyl)

Live From The Continental Club-Steve Earle & The Dukes (limited edition 2LP)

Walk The Earth-Europe (very limited edition 12” picture disc)

1984 (For The Love of Big Brother)-Eurythmics (limited edition LP)

Lost Whispers-Evanescence (limited edition LP)

You Are The Problem Here-First Aid Kit (limited edition 7” vinyl)

Ella At Zardi’s-Ella Fitzgerald (limited edition 2LP)

Grease-Flaming Groovies (extremely limited edition 2LP)

The Story Of Yum Yum And Dragon-The Flaming Lips (7” single)

Crack Up (choral version)/ In The Morning (live)-Fleet Foxes (limited edition 7” single)

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

Tango In The Night (alternative version)-Fleetwood Mac (limited edition LP)

Sky Full Of Song/ Useless Magic-Florence & The Machine (7 inch vinyl single)

Flume-Flume (limited edition LP picture disc)

Centerfield-John Fogerty (limited edition 12” picture disc)

Run For The Roses-Jerry Garcia (limited edition LP)

Sexual Healing: The Remixes-Marvin Gaye (limited edition 12” vinyl)

Let’s Get It On (45th Anniversary)-Marvin Gaye (limited edition LP)

I Will Survive (12” version)-Gloria Gaynor (limited edition 12” vinyl single)

Girl With No Self Esteem-Gov’t Mule (limited edition 12” vinyl)

Fillmore West San Francisco CA 2/27/69 (1969)-Grateful Dead (4LP)

RAMU-Mickey Hart (2LP)

Dark Matter-Hawkwind (limited 2LP)

Mannish Boy/ Trash Men-Jimi Hendrix (limited edition 7-inch vinyl single)

Impeach The President/ The Monkey That Became A President-The Honey Drippers/ Brotherhood (limited edition 7-inch vinyl single)

Mirrors EP-Niall Horan (limited edition 10” vinyl)

Live At The New Orleans House-Hot Tuna (limited edition 2LP set)

The Amazing Jeckel Brothers-Insane Clown Posse (limited edition 2LP set)

Zeroes + Ones (25th Anniversary)-Jesus Jones (limited edition 12-inch vinyl)

Moths-Jethro Tull (limited edition 10” vinyl single)

Soul Of A Woman-Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (12” vinyl album)

Phobia-The Kinks (limited edition 2LP)

Rock And Roll (Sunset Sound Mix)/ Friends (Olympic Studios Mix)-Led Zeppelin (limited edition seven-inch 45 rpm single)

Coming Through You-Arthur Lee and Love (extremely limited edition 2LP)

Luv Is Rage-Lil Uzi Vert (limited edition vinyl LP)

The Perfect Luv Tape-Lil Uzi Vert (limited edition vinyl LP)

One More Light Live-Linkin Park (limited edition vinyl 2LP)

Live At CBGB’s 12.19.89-Living Colour (limited edition vinyl 2LP)

Return To Pooh Corner-Kenny Loggins (limited edition LP)

Heaven And Earth And The Stars-Lulu (LP)

The First Album-Madonna (limited edition picture disc 12” LP)

You Can Dance-Madonna (limited edition LP)

Emperor Of Sand-Mastodon (12” vinyl picture disc)

I Love My Lady-Johnny Mathis (limited edition vinyl LP)

I Can Only Give You Everything/ I Just Don’t Know-MC5 (limited edition 7” vinyl single)

Looking At You/ Borderline-MC5 (limited edition 7” vinyl single)

McCartney-Paul McCartney (red 180g vinyl)

McCartney II-Paul McCartney (clear 180g vinyl)

Tug Of War-Paul McCartney (blue 180g vinyl)

Pipes Of Peace-Paul McCartney (silver 180g vinyl)

Ram-Paul & Linda McCartney (yellow 180g vinyl)

Band On The Run-Paul McCartney & Wings (white 180g vinyl)

Venus & Mars-Wings (red/ yellow 180g vinyl)

Wings At The Speed Of Sound-Wings (orange 180g vinyl)

Take It To The Limit-Randy Meisner (limited edition 12” vinyl)

Monk-Thelonious Monk (limited edition LP)

Say It With Love-The Moody Blues (limited edition 12” vinyl)

Alternative Moondance-Van Morrison (limited edition 2LP picture disc)

Heroes-Motorhead (7-inch vinyl picture disc)

Illmatic: Live From The Kennedy Center-Nas (2LP)

Boxer Live In Brussels-The National (limited edition LP)

Pussy Cats-Harry Nilsson (produced by John Lennon) (vinyl LP)

Juicy-The Notorious B.I.G. (limited edition vinyl LP)

Billy Breathes-Phish (on vinyl for the first time)

Monologue-Phoenix (limited edition 7” vinyl single)

Piper At The Gates Of Dawn-Pink Floyd (limited edition mono LP)

Roxanne-The Police (limited edition 7” picture disc)

Live At The Ritz, NYC 1986-Iggy Pop (limited edition 2LP)

I was born in Detroit on a very very very very very very very cold day-Mike Posner & The Legendary Mike Posner Band (2LP)

The King In The Ring-Elvis Presley (limited edition 2LP)

1999-Prince (limited edition LP)

Keep It Thoro-Prodigy (limited edition 12” picture disc)

Doncha Want My Love/ Hot n’ Groovin/ Funky Lady-Question Mark & the Mysterians (7” vinyl EP)

Live At The Democratic National Convention 2000-Rage Against The Machine (limited edition vinyl LP)

Sundragon Sessions-Ramones (limited edition vinyl LP)

The Complete Singles A’s & B’s-The Rascals (4LP)

Animal Serenade-Lou Reed (limited edition 3LP set)

The Bottom Line-Archive Series: In Their Own Words: With Vin Scelsa-Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson (limited edition 12” picture disc)

It Takes Two (30th Anniversary Edition)-Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (limited edition LP)

Raven’s Reels, Vol. #1--Knoxville-The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (limited edition 4LP box)

Their Satanic Majesties Request-Rolling Stones (limited edition vinyl LP)

Princess Of The Night-Saxon (limited edition 7” vinyl)

Single Collection (A’s & B’s, pt. 1)-Shocking Blue (limited edition 2LP set)

Stay The Same/ Prayer For You-Slightly Stupid (limited edition 7” vinyl)

Goodbye To You! Best Of The 80’s Live-Patty Smyth and Scandal (extremely limited edition 2LP)

Lazy Sunday (stereo) / Ogdens Nut Gone Flake (alt mono mix)-Small Faces (7” vinyl single)

The Smithereens Play Tommy-The Smithereens (limited edition LP)

Live From The Liberty Lunch, Austin TX, December 3, 1992-Soul Asylum (limited edition 2LP set)

A-Sides-Soundgarden (2LP)

Greatest Hits-Bruce Springsteen (2LP)

Hygrograd Acoustic Sessions-Stone Sour (limited edition 2LP set)

The Stooges (Detroit Edition)-The Stooges (limited edition vinyl LP)

40 Oz. To Freedom-Sublime (picture disc)

Sublime-Sublime (limited edition 10” vinyl)

Fly-Sugar Ray (20th Anniversary 7” vinyl single)

Taylor Swift-Taylor Swift (limited edition LP)

1989-Taylor Swift (limited edition LP)

Fearless (platinum edition)-Taylor Swift (limited edition LP)

Lights Of Home-U2 (limited edition vinyl 12”)

The Blackout-U2 (12” vinyl remix)

Turning Japanese-The Vapors (limited edition 7” vinyl)

The Kids Are Alright-The Who (limited edition 2LP)

Live At The Troubadour-Wilco (limited edition 2LP set)

The King Of Slide-Johnny Winter (limited edition vinyl LP)

1987-Whitesnake (30th Anniversary Limited Edition picture disc)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi-John Williams (limited edition 10” vinyl)

Boogie With The Wolfman-Wolfman Jack & The Wolf Pack (12” limited edition picture disc)

The Saga Instrumental EP-Wu-Tang (limited edition vinyl 12”)

Enter The Wu-Tang Clan-Wu-Tang Clan (limited edition cassette tape)

Tormato-Yes (limited edition LP)

Roxy-Tonight’s The Night Live-Neil Young (limited edition 2LP vinyl set)

Lumpy Gravy/ Primordial-Frank Zappa (vinyl)


Roxy-Tonight’s The Night Live-Neil Young (single LP/ CD/ digital release)


When Legends Rise-Godsmack

Kings Among Scotland-Anthrax (DVD)

Last Man Standing-Willie Nelson

You’re Driving Me Crazy-Van Morrison

Megaplex-We Are Scientists

Graffitti U-Keith Urban

Beer Bongs & Bentleys-Post Malone

Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus-Foreigner (CD/DVD)

The Fish Out Of Water-Chris Squire (2CD/ 2DVD/ 1LP/ 2 seven-inch singles)

Dirty Computer-Janelle Monae

Centerfield-John Fogerty (deluxe remaster)

Premonition-John Fogerty (deluxe remaster)

Blue Moon Swamp-John Fogerty (deluxe remaster)

The Vintage Years 1970-1991-Wishbone Ash (limited edition box set)


Ferry Boat EP-The Chapin Sisters (harry’s neice’s and tom’s daughters, Abigail and Lilly)


Attention Attention-Shinedown

Reverence-Parkway Drive

CRAZYTALK-Matt Kearney

Almost Everyday-Matt & Kim


Life Is Good On The Open Road-Trampled By Turtles

Be More Kind-Frank Turner

Girly Sound to Guyville-Liz Phair (3CD/7LP limited edition box)


Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino-Arctic Monkeys

Voicenotes-Charlie Puth

Disobey-Bad Wolves

All I See Is War-Sevendust

7-Beach House

Red Cab To Manhattan-Stephen Bishop (reissued featuring Eric Clapton/ Phil Collins/ Art Garfunkel)

Above The Clouds: The Collection (The Very Best of Glenn Frey)-Glenn Frey (3CD & 1DVD boxed set)


Steven Tyler: Out On A Limb (documentary about the storied life of aerosmith lead singer on VOD and digital HD.)


And Justice For None-Five Finger Death Punch

Burn The Priest-Legion: XX (lamb of god covers album)

Electric Light-James Bay

Tomorrow’s Daughter-Matthew Sweet

Everything Matters But No One Is Listening-Quiet Slang (james alex of beach slang)

Part Of The Light-Ray LaMontagne

Tell Me How You Really Feel-Courtney Barnett

Sparkle Hard-Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Greatest Hits-Lenny Kravitz (2LP 180-gram)

Relics-Pink Floyd (1971 compilation reissued on 180-gram vinyl)

Pulse-Pink Floyd (1995 live package reissued on 180-gram vinyl)

New-Paul McCartney (digipak CD/ 180-gram black and limited-edition colored vinyl)

Wings Greatest-Wings (digipak CD/ 180-gram black and limited-edition colored vinyl)

Chaos and Creation In The Backyard-Paul McCartney (digipak CD/ 180-gram black and limited-edition colored vinyl)

Thrillington-Paul McCartney (originally credited to Percy “Thrills” Thrillington!  Recorded in 1971, but not released until 1977.) (digipak CD/ 180-gram black and limited-edition colored vinyl)

Complete Albums: 1968-1976-Steve Miller Band (vinyl box)

Album Collection, Vol. #2: 1987-1996-Bruce Springsteen (limited edition vinyl box w/ 5LP’s & 2EP’s)


The Black Album-Weezer

Black Labyrinth-Jonathan Davis (solo CD from korn singer)

Love Is Dead-Chvrches


Wilderness-Snow Patrol (first new CD in 7 years)

Noise Floor-Spocks Beard

Eye Of The Zombie-John Fogerty (deluxe remaster)

Déjà Vu (All Over Again)-John Fogerty (deluxe remaster)

Alone With Chrissie Hynde,” BBC documentary that also features a 1981 original Pretenders concert in Cologne, Germany (DVD & blu-ray)

The 3 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows starring Elvis Presley (2 DVD set)

Just Elvis: All His Ed Sullivan Show Performances (1 DVD version of above.)


As Long As I Have You-Roger Daltrey (lead singer from the who sings soul covers)

Hell-On-Neko Case

Cinco No 2: The Second Five LP’s-ZZ Top (includes Deguello/ El Loco/ Eliminator/ Afterburner/ Recycler on 180 gram vinyl LP)

Volume One-Def Leppard (first of four boxed sets, includes first four Def Leppard albums and their rare debut EP.)


Repentless-Slayer (six red and black vinyl singles, in a box, for $66.66)


A Dying Machine-Tremonti

No Shame-Lily Allen

Artificial Selection-Dance Gavin Dance

Version 2.0-Garbage (reissued and expanded)

Life In 12 Bars Soundtrack-Eric Clapton (CD/ digital/ 4LP version due 7/20)

Life In 12 Bars, Eric Clapton documentary (DVD/ blu-ray)

Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good-Megadeth (1985 debut reissued and expanded)


Post Traumatic-Mike Shinoda (of linkin park)

Call The Comet-Johnny Marr

Here We Go Love-The English Beat

Arthur Buck-Arthur Buck (joseph arthur & peter buck of r.e.m.)

Tokyo Bay/ Crying Inside-Nick Lowe (vinyl EP)


A Dying Machine-Tremonti


Youngblood-5 Seconds Of Summer

Pray For The Wicked-Panic! At The Disco


Dear 23-The Posies (30th Anniversary reissue)


Gravity-Bullet For My Valentine

Uniform Distortion-Jim James (my morning jacket)


The Beatles movie, “Yellow Submarine” in theatres with new 4K resolution and 5.1 surround sound.


Life In 12 Bars Soundtrack-Eric Clapton (4LP version/ CD/ digital versions were previously released on 6/8.)


Frosting On The Beater-The Posies (30th Anniversary reissue)


Repulsion For Humanity-Sinsaenum (slipknot/ dragonforce side-project)

August 2018:

Quintessential Yes 50th Anniversary Anthology-Yes (curated by Jon Anderson on 2CD/ 3LP)


Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” former Judas Priest guitar player K.K. Downing’s memoirs released.


Acid For Children” memoir of Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to be released!


Amazing Grace-The Posies (30th Anniversary reissue)


History Of Local Releases from Binghamton Area Artists:




Honest Company-Zarni de Wet

My Story-Marv Williams


The Age Of Entitlement-Lo-Fi Resistance


Ashley Lux-Ashley Lux (EP)

The Art Of Feeling-Jilly May


Do Bad Things-Peaches And Crime

Looking Back: Our American Irish Souls-The Burns Sisters

Binghamton Music, Vol. #1-Various Artists


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


Light Up The World-Lila Ignite


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)


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


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


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

Graveyard Shift (ep)-try.fail.repeat


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


Beyond The Gray-Jared Campbell

Lisa Wants To Talk To You-Gary Wilson

Enough (ep) -Adri Young

Lost Discoveries 1998-2008-Anubis Spire


Got A Good Thing Goin’-The Blue J’s


The Way You Look At Me (ep)-Dena

Children Of A Foreign Faith-Anubis Spire


Hoboin’-Pinecone Fletcher

Anderson And I-Jared Campbell (live)

Guitarizm-Randy McStine


Rest Out-Jared Campbell

Mary Had Brown Hair-Gary Wilson

Back To Abydos-Anubis Spire


Direction-Audrey’s Stone

Where It All Begins-Jared Campbell

Forgotten Lovers-Gary Wilson

Direction-Audrey’s Stone


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

Second Shot-Randy McStine


Free Little Bird-Marie Burns

Somewhere Near Itaska-Dirt Farm


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


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


Baby To Baby-Jimmyjohn McCabe (yolk)


Just What The Doctor Ordered-Frostbit Blue

Individually Twisted-Yolk

In This World-The Burns Sisters


Tradition: Holiday Songs Old And New-The Burns Sisters


Caution: Social Prescription May Cause Side Effects-Yolk

Ice Breaker-Frostbit Blue

Close To Home-The Burns Sisters



Songs From The Heart-The Burns Sisters


Endangered Species-The Burns Sisters


The Burns Sisters-The Burns Sisters


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. 


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


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.


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


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.