Bill James is at least 56 by now, considering that he sings “somebody told me you can't rock and roll at 52“ on “You Never Get Too Old To Rock And Roll” andThe Love Doctor came out in 2005. While his age makes him an experienced guitarist and lyricist, his music isn't too aged for today's generation.
You won't believe Michaela Rae's first CD, Blues With a Backbone, when you hear it. Rae is fourteen years old, but plays guitar like any legend you can name. She's been playing basically her entire life, and Blues is full of one super charged song after another, none of which sound like something that came from someone under the age of thirty.
I really wanted to love Jack O' The Clock' s newest release, Rare Weather. From the artwork to the band's description (majestic junk folk) to the list of over a dozen “extra” instruments used to make the songs, I was expecting something refreshing, exciting, and new. But exciting elements in a band played in the same old way aren't that remarkable.
Roger Salloom was not what I was expecting. His opening song on his latest CD, Last Call, instantly brought Bob Dylan to my mind, but the more I listened, the more he started sounding like just Roger Salloom.
I knew before I even listened to Bobby Washington's Nude what it would sound like. With song titles like “Sixty 9”, “Remix That Body”, and “Ain't No Stoppin Me”, it was a little obvious that Washington is fixated on what most cliché R&B albums are – women and the fact that he's the best.
Either Marizane doesn't want you to know anything about them, or they're just so indie the information isn't available. They're from California, and that's all the information you get, other than their fun, rock-pop music.
The Saltshakers is a power-pop band that surprisingly originated in Wisconsin. Their hometown is surprising because their latest album, Lights Out, is mostly fixated on the west coast, particularly California.