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The Woes: Heaven Knows— Out of big ol’ New York City this band comes to us with a CD release on April 21st. Described as down-home blue/alt/country with a touch of soul, jazz, Americana and funk (what can’t they do?). They start of the CD with a track “Secret” that sounds like a honky tonk damn good time stomping your feel outside with BBQ and dancing. They play in groups from 20-30 which explains the richness and fullness in sound. They are Delta Blues from the big city and feel authentic in their gathering. Employing organ, harmonica, french horn, accordion, trombone, and banjo they bring back the “early” sounds of the Delta Blues and its effective and effervescent. In addition to cutting this album, they are working on a film score “Spirit of 79,” a documentary about the American agricultural movement. Their music will likely complement the film nicely with their grass roots Americana sound. The lyrics take a bit of a background in most tracks, as the music plays front man more than the vocals. They state  that things that might come to mind while listening to their album are “labels on good whiskey bottles, street musicians on some Southern street before there was radio on a Saturday afternoon, aviator sunglasses, American sedans of the 1950s,” and a whole hell of a lot more. Check them out on Myspace before their album drops. The are classic. With influences ranging from Doc Boggs, John Frusciante, Howling Wolfe, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Hank Williams Senior, Fugazi, Talking Heads, Prince, Chet Baker and Willie Nelson. 5.0 McRiprock’s

Carolann Ames: So Long Abilene— Carolann Ames was the Grand Prize winner in the 2004 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her independent release captures the songwriting that won her this contest. It captures songs of feelings of a musicians life on the road, following a dream, love, tragedy, hope, joy and images captured lyrically while touring. Her track “Love is a Wildfire” was nominated for best American single at 2009’s LA Music Award. Her album includes original songs, as well as, a cover of Elton John’s “Where to Now, St. Peter.” She is tender in her vocals that bring out the Southern spirit that influences her music. She’s an outstanding guitar, vocalist, songwriter, and piano player. 5.3 McRiprock’s

Stuart Bogie/Superhuman Happiness: Fall Down Seven, Get up Eight–The albums title comes from a Japanese phrase nanakorobiyaoki which means every time you face hardship in your life, you have to get back up and face life again. Bogie is out of Brooklyn and hooked up with Superhuman Happiness to produce the album. Bogie plays clarinet, bass clarinet, and tenor saxophone throughout the album. He studied music at Interlochen and the University of Michigan, professionally trained and focusing on the clarinet and bass clarinet. He also is a full-time member of a children’s group The Funky Monkeys and leads other bands in addition to solo acts. This album is full of an afrobeat, electroacoustic experimental feel with guitars, choirs, chords, bells, percussion, clarinet, ensembles, piano, horns, drums and slide whistlers to guitar. 4.0 McRiprock’s

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