Tuesday, November 5, 2013

On the Front Porch with Gary Chapman

It's apparent that Gary is in a great season of life. Fans may remember Gary has wrestled with his demons. Haven't we all!? But today, he is settled and happy in his life with wife Cassie and new baby daughter, as well as his children from first wife, Christian cross-over artist, Amy Grant.

Listeners might think that this album falls under the Christian genre, but I choose to differ in this opinion. Most music artists write and sing about their reality. Gary's singing about life. . . his life. . . mine too and maybe yours! : )

I'm not much of a lover of Country Music, okay okay... I'm a closet Country lover. I cried when I saw the Grand Ole Opry's Ryman Hall last Spring for the first time!!! I digress -  but as I've said over the years - look it up : ) - good music surpasses all genres. This is a solid project that I believe is radio worthy. I've always loved Gary's robust tone. He's awesome! Some moments I felt like I was listening to the great Bobby Darin,  singing in that tone of "If I Were A Carpenter."

THE TRUTH track listing:
1. Freedom
2. Where You’re Going
3. If God Had a Front Porch (featuring Alison Krauss)
4. Ain’t Got a Prayer
5. How Great a God
6. Safe from the Wind
7. Widow of the South
8. Put it in His Hands (featuring Sarah Chapman)
9. All About a Baby (featuring Cassie Chapman)
10. Wisdom of Age
11. Everything I Know
12. When I Say (featuring Rebecca Lynn Howard)
13. I Didn’t Find Jesus
14. That’s God
15. Twenty Bucks Away
16. The Rough Crowd (featuring Tanya Tucker and John Rich)

Favorite songs for me are, 

If God Had a Front Porch with the talented and sweet sounding Alison Krauss. Yes, I can feel the wind lightly blowing as I sit on the front porch listening to these two singing with their friends backing them up with their instruments. The guitar on this reminds me of a song by my friend Roby Duke from his last recording "Ghost." Truly a lovely song. 

How Great a God: I don't talk too much about my faith or my life. But I have to say that my last few years have been pretty tumultuous. How did Gary know what I was going through? What a beautiful song filled with MY TRUTH down to a "T."

"I hated You
You love me
I cursed You
You blessed me
I denied You
You claimed me
I judged You
You set me free
And I can't help but sing how great a God do we serve
That we don't' get what we deserve
How you take what we give and give love in return

How Great a God do we serve
I hurt You
You healed me
I left You
You stayed with me
I forgot You
You remembered me
I failed You
You forgave me"

Safe from the Wind: Gary shows his cool soulful side here. Love the way he phrases his lyrics, especially in the first verse. Good song! Love that Hammond B holding up this tune. It's subtle. Nice.

Widow of the South: This year for me was filled with watching Ken Burn's "Civil War." Being Hispanic AND from L.A., I couldn't really relate to what happened, as horrible as it was. I think I watched that series over and over throughout the year, especially while working on projects. So when I visited Nashville for the first time this year, the reality of this tragic war hit me. Particularly when I was in Franklin. I think I cried just thinking of the lost lives.  Listening to Widow of the South. . . took me back to Downtown Franklin. . . standing on ground where blood was shed, lives were lost, children were left fatherless and wives became widows. Such a beautiful eeriness to Widow of the South. Really like this. 

Put it in His Hands with Gary's daughter Sarah singing back up. I just smile thinking about how sweet it is to do a project with your kids. 

All About a Baby: a beautiful song sung with Gary's wife Cassie. Wow!! I love this song!! I thought it was only about their new addition, but realized it's a Christmas song. Amazing how babies can bring us to thinking about Jesus being born in a stable. Along with my childhood favorite, "Mamacita, 'Donde Esta Santa Claus?," this song will be a traditional song for our Christmases to come. Note: throughout my childhood "'Donde Esta Santa Claus" was a staple, so now it's part of our family's Christmas repertoire today!! HA!! 

The Rough Crowd: I really love this song! It reminds me of The Whosoevers' ministry started by Brian Welch, formerly of Korn, Freestyle motocross aerialist, Ronnie Faisst, P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval, Ryan Ries, son of Pastor Raul Ries of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs, and Lacey Sturm formerly of Flyleaf.  I also love the song because it's a reminder that I am not lost, which as I get older, I seem to struggle with that concept. Country artists John Rich and legend Tanya Tucker lend their voices to this tune. Their lyrics are so revealing. I'd have to say this is probably my favorite next to How Great a God.

As I stated in the beginning, it's apparent that Gary seems to be a good place. I'm happy for him. This is a good album.

Get and enjoy it with me. 






Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sugaray Rayford Tears it Up with Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes at Seattle's Highway 99 Blues Club

Ending an 9 day tour and what he called; barely able to sing, Sugaray Rayford, of The Mannish Boys showed everybody how blues is supposed to be sung. And seeing him at Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle, Saturday night, Oct. 26, 2013 was the place to see Sugaray tear the roof off that sucker with a sold out crowd ready to cut a rug on the dance floor or move in their seats or just dance and sway in their happy spot.

Highway 99 Blues Club is definitely "thee" place  hear the blues live.  The crowd was ready to get down, but I don't think they really knew what they were getting themselves into.

Talking to some around me, I was pleasantly surprised to find that several had come out to see him live because they'd seen him on Youtube. They did know about Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes. What a band!

Figuring that this is how he was discovered by blues lovers up here in the Northwest via Youtube, I figured I'd write less and show you what I recorded instead. With Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes setting the tone, you will see he is dead serious about getting down.  You might even see him twerk a bit. Dang, the man can move!

You know you feelin' the love when Ed from Highway 99 comes up to bring you a tray of red beans and rice with some cornbread!! Ha!! This was great because Sugaray was telling us all about it before Ed walked up!! GREAT! Oh and don't mind me. . .I'm just singing with everyone else and that's how Sugaray likes it. . . group participation.

A beautiful rendition of a Son House classic, you get the feeling that you are sitting on a front porch somewheres, listening to a man moan for his love while his friend Kevin also makes his guitar moans with sadness.

Sugaray is one of the most powerful blues singers alive. He can belt it out, with feeling! He's a talented blues man who is one of those rare and true embodiments of the authentic blues singer - and his wild performance and emotional delivery makes that obvious. His pairing with Kevin Selfe was a great combination; the entire band was having a great time on stage and Kevin was just ripping it up on guitar.  If you're a guitar player like my husband, put him in your "must see" list since he's got the chops and the feeling to go with it.

If you haven't heard it, check out his new album, "Dangerous" which I believe is out now.

From the reaction of the crowd, I have a feeling it won't be too long before we see Sugaray Rayford up here again.


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Saturday, October 26, 2013

It's "Dangerously Close" for BLOODGOOD

Christian Rockers, BLOODGOOD are making a strong comeback with their first studio album in over 20 years with "DANGEOUSLY CLOSE." These pioneers in the Christian/White metal scene haven't lost their touch and look better than ever!

Check out the new video, "Lamb of God."

Watch for the album to be released in late November.
Can't wait for the late release? 
Go right to the source and get it after November 1st!

Download of "Lamb of God" is available NOW! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


I've been a fan of this man for over 30 years.
So happy to make this announcement!
Congratulations Gary!

October 22, 2013

Chapman’s first studio album in over a decade, due November 5th from Merf Music Group, features special appearances by Alison Krauss, John Rich, Tanya Tucker, Rebecca Lynn Howard and more.

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Award-winning singer-songwriter Gary Chapman returns with THE TRUTH, due on November 5th from Music Row-based Merf Music Group and distribution partners Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution. The long-anticipated collection of songs is the first studio album from Chapman since 2002.

THE TRUTH features sixteen new studio recordings, with special vocal appearances from some of Chapman’s friends and family. Allison Krauss joins him on “If God Had a Front Porch,” John Rich and Tanya Tucker show up on “The Rough Crowd,” and Rebecca Lynn Howard sits in on “When I Say.” On a more personal level, Chapman’s daughter Sarah sings on “Put it in His Hands,” and his wife Cassie duets on the Christmas-themed, “All About a Baby.”

For well over three decades, Chapman has seamlessly blurred the lines of contemporary Christian pop, country and southern gospel, racking up an impressive list of Dove Awards, GRAMMY nominations and writing credits for legendary artists such as Kenny Rogers, Alabama and Wynonna. Chapman is also widely remembered as the host of TNN’s popular “Prime Time Country” television series and the “Sam’s Place” concert series and radio program.

While it’s been a decade since Chapman’s last studio album, he has hardly sat idle. Chapman wrote, produced and directed the documentary “The 8th of November” for country duo Big & Rich, successfully helmed the content assets of professional football’s “School of the Legends,” and launched the popular “A Hymn A Week” online song and stories series, which was inspired by singing many of gospel music’s timeless standards at his ailing father’s bedside during his final days.

“Singing those hymns I grew up with helped me remember what music is for,” recalls Chapman. “This project has nothing to do with money, but everything to do with genuinely touching someone’s heart and offering healing. I have no delusions of grandeur at this point in my life and I am pleasantly embracing a place where it really doesn’t matter a whole lot to me what anybody thinks, and I say that with zero arrogance or perceived distance.”

Chapman has been busy at home as well. He and wife Cassie just welcomed the birth of their adopted baby daughter, Eva Rose, earlier this year, while the proud father continues to beam with pride over his son Matt and daughters Sarah and Millie, who’ve since spread their wings for school and successful careers respectively.

THE TRUTH is the most transparent window into Chapman’s heart and soul throughout his entire career, and even if it doesn’t match the past’s multi-platinum sales statistics, he simply hopes it will show listeners his true self. “My family is my life, they’re everything to me really, and my local church is also a primary focus where I serve as an elder,” says Chapman. “I’m excited for people to hear what I have to say about it all and I’m also very anxious to get back on the road, not only to play, but also to connect with everyone again after all this time. I just want to keep singing. It’s one of the things I was born to do.”

THE TRUTH track listing:
1. Freedom
2. Where You’re Going
3. If God Had a Front Porch (featuring Alison Krauss)
4. Ain’t Got a Prayer
5. How Great a God
6. Safe from the Wind
7. Widow of the South
8. Put it in His Hands (featuring Sarah Chapman)
9. All About a Baby (featuring Cassie Chapman)
10. Wisdom of Age
11. Everything I Know
12. When I Say (featuring Rebecca Lynn Howard)
13. I Didn’t Find Jesus
14. That’s God
15. Twenty Bucks Away
16. The Rough Crowd (featuring Tanya Tucker and John Rich)

For more information, visit the official website at www.garychapmanmusic.com.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Eddie Murphy Returns to His First Love with "Red Light" ft Snoop Lion

All I can say is I am so glad to see multi talent; Eddie Murphy returning to music. 
I've always felt this guy had an amazing voice! And in listening to his newest release of
"Red Light" ft Snoop Lion aka Snoop Dog, I am in awe. 

To tell you all the truth, people, Reggae isn't even my music of choice.
But this is one good song with a thought provoking message.

Dang, Eddie Murphy has such
a smooth sexy velvety voice!
I absolutely love it!
And the way he looks so natural in this setting, as if he'd been pursuing music for years! I would love to see him perform in some our best "smaller" clubs. As far as all the musicians on this record, they are stellar! Snoop of course, is always on!
Glad to see you back in this arena!
Maybe we'll see you as the musical guest on SNL!
Wouldn't that be a riot!? Tear it up, when you get there!
You have a hit here with "Red Light."

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

George Duke: Gone Too Soon

There are just no words to say how sad I am to learn of the passing of Grammy Award Winning musician, George Duke. He fought a courageous battle of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. At 67 years of age, he submitted to that disease today.

I hate that I am at this age to see so many great people I grew up listening to who contributed to forming my vast musical tastes, pass away like this. Unless the younger generation are musicians themselves, they will never understand what it's like to lose a legend like Mr. George Duke. He wasn't JUST a jazz icon. He is part of what makes R & B, Pop, Funk and Hip Hop what it is today!
George Duke was the epitome of the "musician's musician." His solo career was stellar. Never stagnant, he was always reinventing himself and giving himself to new styles of music working with the likes of Daft Punk, Ice Cube and others. His who's who in music, from the 1960's up to his passing is absolutely incredible, like Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jean Luc Ponty, Djavan, making music history with all including the late Michael Jackson. He can be heard on "Off The Wall" & "Girlfriend" from the "Off The Wall" LP.
 Man, in listening to this right now, I am reliving when I first heard this song.

"Off The Wall" was and still is OFF THE HOOK!

My friend, bassist extrodinaire Carol Kaye gave me permission to quote what she posted about George today: "George Duke was a wonderful person, terrific Jazz Musician icon, and a hard-working traveling musician - always easy to work with in the studio at Fantasy, and a lovely man. A great family man also. This is wayy so young to lose valuable musicians who give so much....so many more could have learned from his professionalism. Touring is very hard on the body...those tiny airplane seats once you go through the stress of airports, getting gear handled, and then not having the time to eat right along the way....being on the road is harder than most know."

I asked her if there was anything else she wanted to say about this great man. She did! 

Carol: "He sure had a sense of humor but even when kidding, he was still fooling around with substitute chord changes, always finding something musically new while kidding around....now that was a fantastic musician. You couldn't separate him from his music."

Checking out Twitter, I am overwhelmed by the tweets coming in, Here are just a few:

If you are reader of my blog, you know how much
I love Robert Glasper and his music.
Was very touched by his photo tweet with George and another legend; Herbie Hancock. I have to include it.

I liked to share some of my personal songs that George was either on or were from his solo projects:

"Sweet Baby" from the 1981 release on The Clarke/Duke Project LP

Heaven Sent from the Time Exposure LP by Stanley Clark w/George Duke Guest Artist, Keyboards, Prophet Synthesizer, Synthesizer

I am a huge fan of Brazilian artist Djavan. One of my most treasured songs is "Miss Susana" from his 1987 release "Bird Of Paradise" On this song, you can hear George's piano so clear making the mood of this song so sad and yet yearning and wanting that unrequited love.  Beautiful.

Miss Susanna by Djavan on Grooveshark

Of course there are so many songs to choose from. I wish I had more time and room. I will leave you with these last two.

PBS Legends of Jazz - George Duke, Lee Ritenour, & Marcus Miller
George is tearin it up with guys including drummer great; Vinnie Colaiuta with his song; "It On!"

Lastly, George talking about his latest release "Dreamweaver." He is saying "goodbye" folks, ending the album with a very smooth "Happy Trails" written by Mrs. Roy Rogers, Dale Evans. But as he says about this album, it's not suppose to be a sad album but a celebration! And it is.

Thank you, George for giving us your best, even up to the end.

Your work will never be forgotten.

You will never be forgotten.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mylon Le Fevre Talks Rock and Roll, Drugs, Elvis and Jesus in New Autobiography from Heritage Builders

July 23, 2013

(CLOVIS, California)

-- Heritage Builders is proud to announce the release of Mylon Le Fevre’s autobiography, "Live Forever." With help from his wife Christi, the GRAMMY and Dove Award winner is telling his own story, for the very first time, in this exciting new book which is available now wherever books are sold.

“When I was 17, Elvis Presley recorded a song I wrote and from then on my life was a whirlwind ride of a rock and roll fantasy that you couldn’t make up if you tried,” says Le Fevre. “This is my story. From playing stadiums, coliseums and getting high with some of the biggest rock stars in the world to being strung out on heroin and cocaine and trapped in a seemingly hopeless pit of depression and loneliness, its all here, the good, bad and the ugly. I did finally find what I was looking for, but it wasn’t in drugs, money or fame. I found God.”

Le Fevre was just 17 years old and in the Army when he wrote his first song, "Without Him." He was performing that song on stage at a Gospel convention in Memphis, when unbeknownst to him, Elvis Presley was there. Shortly thereafter, Presley recorded the song for his Grammy-winning, multi-platinum album, "How Great Thou Art," making Le Fevre a wealthy and famous teenager, nearly overnight. Le Fevre embarked on a rock and roll journey that he documents in “Live Forever” with more than 100 photos, many which have never been seen before.

Mylon Le Fevre was born into the pioneering Southern Gospel family, The Le Fevre's, and he spent some time as a member of the famed Stamps Quartet (1966–1968). He released a series of solo projects (1964-2003) for Columbia Records, Skylite Records, Atlantic Records and Star Song Records, and has recorded and performed with Eric Clapton, Elton John, Billy Joel, Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Little Richard, Steve Winwood, Mick Fleetwood and The Who, among others. In 2005, Le Fevre was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, and in 2007, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

For more information on Mylon Le Fevre, visit www.mylon.org

For more information on “Live Forever,” visit www.heritagebuilders.com

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I felt like a teenager at the Paul McCartney Show!

You may not know this, but I also write for a local online streaming radio station.

It's Vinyl Radio. The address is http://www.vinylradionw.com

My latest article is on my review of Sir Paul McCartney baptizing Seattle Mariner's Safeco Field!

What an amazing concert!

I screamed like a teenager!! : )

The review is here

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mirza Zaza es Caramelo del Los Oídos (Ear Candy)

It's always exciting for me to hear new music, especially when it's in my native language of Spanish, which unfortunately, I do not speak very well. But I love listening to it. Had an opportunity to listen to something that turned my head around from a group of guys out of Benidorm, Spain.

Mirza Zaza

Their upcoming EP, "ATLAS" which is due to be released July 22nd is a must hear!  

Let me introduce the band.
They are:
Jordi Cantó on Bass
Jorge Garcia on Drums / Vocals
Josema Torrente on Lead Vocals
Nando Díaz on Guitar / Vocals

Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas of alternative rock group; MUTEMATH was the producer of "ATLAS." In fact, Roy did more than produce this project. He programmed, wrote, engineered, and played on it. Being a long time fan of MUTEMATH, I could tell that this had a MUTEMATH flavor to it.
But don't expect it to be a MUTEMATH clone.
This EP stands on it's own.
The band released a promo video "Tu Voz" which I think I've listen to at least 15 times!

Wow!! So much going on. Guitarist, Nando sounds like he was going for that 60's vintage garage band sound. Or maybe it was Roy. Nevertheless, I LOVE IT! 
It has a Lenny Kravitz feel to it.

               IT'S SEXY!

And yet the song is talking about using your voice to make a change.

Here's the Tracklist:
1. Contigo
2. Tu Voz
3. El Último Baile
4. Perspectivas
5. Mundo de Papel

Put your headphones on, the ol'skool kind because you'll want to hear everything going on in the forefront and the background.

This is a really well done rock album. I may not understand all of the lyrics, but the music is taking me away.

"Contigo" is a song that Mirza Zaza recorded in 2011. I found a copy of it on YouTube.
Back then, the song had good bones. DEFINITELY sounds much better tho on this album! I'm glad they chose to record it. Drummer; Jorge and Jordi on bass are the driving force on this tune! Love the early 80's Rush or even "Rosanna" by "Toto" sound of the keys before the 2nd verse followed by the bass. GREAT!  

I am freaking out right now as I listen to track 3, "El Último Baile." You think it's over and then there's this vignette of strings that is so lovely, but perhaps a little sad, like the ending of something special. I'd even go as far as to say; haunting.  

"Perspectivas" is really rockin'. The groove of the verses reminds me of a little of Pop band, Fitz and The Tantrums. But then the chorus has what I equate to Contemporary Christian Music's DC Talk when they were rockin' their "JesusFreak" album! Bottom line. . . retro!

The last song, "Mundo de Papel" seems to be the ballad of the album. Lead vocalist, Josema, really shows off his pipes here proving, as my friends in the 'hood say, he can "sang." I would love to hear what else he can do in this arena.

Roy did a great job at mastering this album. Pure quality sound. So clear! Man!
But everything takes a village, right? Honorable mentions are Ender Thomas Zambrano, former singer for Yanni, and César Milano of Clear Tune Monitors also worked on this project.

Mirza Zaza is going to be a band that you will want to watch for!

Put July 22nd on your calendar and get this EP!

Find them here. . .

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Doors' Drummer John Densmore on Book Tour

John Densmore will be making two appearances in Seattle. 
Watch for my interview with this legend soon after. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Fitz and the Tantrums are Walking to The Sound of Their Own Drum

I don't know where I've been that I'd hadn't heard of this band! But I will tell you this, their albums will definitely be a staple in my music library from now on.

Fitz and the Tantrums, who hail from the Los Angeles area, definitely encompass the L.A. Sound as well as Motown, 80's New Wave, Pop and Rock and Soul.

The Tour starts in Seattle
Thanks to my friend, photographer Steve Bartlett, I was able to attend my first of what may become, many Fitz and The Tantrums shows at Seattle's "Columbia City Theatre." What a great venue! This was the first night of their Spring Tour to kick off their new album "More Than Just A Dream."

The Band is:
Michael Fitzpatrick
Noelle Scaggs
Joseph Karnes
James King
Jeremy Ruzumna
John Wicks

Playing to a sold out crowd, they rocked the house! They knew their night at the Columbia City Theatre was going to be a success. They were there to party! It was awesome!

What was surprising to me were the varying ages in the audience. . . 21 to Senior Citizen??? Which I guess in retrospect doesn't surprise me. I think even my parents would like their music. Their tunes are very singable and bouncy.

What I noticed first about singers; Fitz and Noelle, is their stage presence. It reminded me of when I saw jazz artist Michael Franks at L.A.'s Greek Theatre back in the mid-80's. Michael sang without moving too much while back up vocalist, the great Brenda Russell was all over the place! I loved it! Fitz is the calm and Noelle is the storm!

Their combination of vocals is so "ABC," "Hall & Oates" meets Annie Lennox. Which is funny because towards the of their show, they did a great rendition of 80's Pop band the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams. They owned that song! It was pretty amazing.

They performed many songs off their new album, which by the way releases May 7, 2013.
My favorite song off the album is "The Walker." This song ROCKS!! What a great song for a commercial. Here's some footage from that song by my friend Steve Bartlett:

Fitz and The Tantrums - The Walker from Steve Bartlett on Vimeo.

And a snippet of what I caught but from the back.

Coming Back to Seattle

Fitz and The Tantrums are making their way back to Seattle this summer. This time they'll be at the Showbox SoDo August 9th. For other tour dates check here.

More photos of the Seattle show can be found here

Quick Review of the Album

More Than Just A Dream is the follow up to their 2010 album "Pickin' Up the Pieces." As much as I liked a couple of the songs from their first album, I am really impressed by this new one. If you've read my past reviews, you know I love to listen to an album from beginning to end. More Than Just A Dream does that for me.

Track List:
"Out of My League"
"Fools Gold"
"The Walker"
"Keepin Our Eyes Out"
"Last Raindrop"
"Break the Walls"
"House On Fire"
"The End"
"Get Away"

From beginning to end, the songs are great to listen to. The title track, really sets off the tone for the rest of the tracks. As I said earlier, I love The Walker! What a great song! Spark is also a favorite

Thanks to Hype Machine who just premiered the new Fitz and the Tantrums album More Than Just A Dream online, I was able to listen to the whole thing here. Go ahead and check out the songs and if you like them, support the artist and buy their album.

Official Website

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fitz and The Tantrums Hype Machine Album Premiere & More News



Hype Machine just premiered the new Fitz and the Tantrums album More Than Just A Dream (out May 7th)here.


The band will be performing on the outside stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 8th - if you are in LA and would like to come to the show, click here.

Watch/Share/Embed the video for the band's first single, "Out of My League," HERE.

Upcoming tour dates here.

Bobbie Gale
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Seattle's Super Jam puts the Squeeze on at The Triple Door

I've always been a fan of British New Wave, Pop band Squeeze. So it was pretty cool to attend the April 12th show at Seattle's Triple Door of the Squeeze tribute done by some fantastic Seattle musicians going by the name of "Super Jam."

The show was titled, “Super Jam Plays Squeeze” and was presented by Roseta Productions. Super Jam performed Squeeze’s 1982 hit album “Singles 45’s and Under” in it's entirety with a few extras thrown in.

If you are familiar with the Seattle music scene and you were at this event, then you might have recognized everyone in the band. "Super Jam" included members of "Apple Jam," "Lucas Field," and "80s Invasion."

The band members were:
Rick Lovrovich (lead vocals, bass)
Jakael Tristram (lead vocals, guitar)
Shane Peck (drums)
Mark Romanowski (guitar, backing vocals)
Mark Zyla (keyboards)
Back ups were:
Esther Bentson & Cathy Sorbo

There were a few guest performers as well which added to the great night of reflection:
KJR's Bob Rivers of the "Bob Rivers Show" was on keyboards and Cliff Colon on saxophone

First of all, I was overwhelmed by the audience! The place with packed! It was awesome! To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect when I got there. It was cool to see the varying ages from young to old-ER : ) Parents bringing their kids to relive the 80's with them, just like I have with my own kids.

From the first song, "Super Jam" DID NOT hold back anything. You could tell they were so excited to be playing for everyone there and for themselves. Guitarist, Jakael Tristram had told me a couple of months back that he was a huge fan of Squeeze and would be doing this show with some great Seattle musicians who also loved Squeeze. So I know that when April 12th arrived, they would get to see the fruit of their labor.

Super Jam played two sets:
Set 1:
I’ve Returned
Separate Beds
Up the Junction
Goodbye Girl
Is That Love?
Annie Get Your Gun
Messed Around

The reaction from the audience was exactly how I felt. . . Super Jam captured the essence of songwriters and members of Squeeze; Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook. If you closed your eyes, you could almost feel like you were back in those days of the 70's & early 80's when Squeeze performed.

Local Seattle artist, Lucas Field of his own band with the same name, came on stage and sang "When the Hangover Strikes" which was AMAZING!!! He was awesome!! I really enjoyed it. But when it came to his singing "Black Coffee in Bed," I have to admit I was a little bit disappointed. There was an iPad in front of the microphone so he could read the lyrics to both songs. And although he sang "When the Hangover Strikes" great with a very natural flow, "Black Coffee in Bed" sounded under rehearsed and a little bit like "Bandaroke." I also felt that the song was a little bit too high for Lucas, which made his voice sound a little pitchy. I believe that the song was better suited to Rick Lovrovich's voice.

Set 1 continued with
Slap and Tickle
Cool For Cats

The band took a break and came out to interact with their audience. It was great! They were glowing and it was obvious they were totally overwhelmed by the love and support shown by everyone. While that was all going on, I did talk with a mother and son sitting next to me and asked them if they were fans of Squeeze. The mother was, but her son really didn't know the music of Squeeze, but was a fan of 80's Pop / New Wave. I asked them how they felt about the show at that point, and they really loved it!

I then turned to a gentleman sitting next to me and asked him what brought him to the show. He said that he was also a fan of 80s pop and wanted to check it out. But I found it humorous that he normally attends operas. So that was pretty cool that he choose to check this out.

So now onto Set 2.....
Take Me I’m Yours
If I Didn’t Love You
In Quintessence
Labelled With Love
Some Fantastic Place
Farfisa Beat
I Can’t Hold On

, written by Paul Carrack who was part of Squeeze for a short time and recorded the 1981 release; "East Side Story" was done well with vocals by Jakael. Trivia....the LP East Side Story was produced by Elvis Costello and Roger Bechirian

The encore was incredible! If I remember correctly, it was "Another Nail in My Heart"
"Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)." I totally loved seeing the audience getting up to dance.

This was one fun evening! I hope that Super Jam decides to do this again. Once was not enough for me.

Thanks to Steven Roseta of Roseta Productions for inviting me to be a part of this.

There's some great footage from the show here.

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Note: Check out the review on Examiner.com on "Super Jam Plays Squeeze."

Saturday, April 13, 2013

PSY's "Gentlemen M/V" #EpicFail

It pains me to say this!
But at this point, my husband was right when he said that PSY was a one-hit wonder. I said "How can you say that? He is totally famous in his country! There is no way! This guy is unbelievably talented! You just watch the next song is going to be even better than "Gangnam Style!"

PSY's latest single/video "M/V Gentlemen" has finally been released.

Lesson One: Don't try and out do what you did before.

"Gangnam Style" wasn't a great song, but it made history! It was catchy, bouncy and cutting edge as far as it's video work.

I have watched "M/V Gentlemen" several times and cannot believe what I am watching! There is really nothing original about the video. Sure, there isn't a horse or red Mercedes in this one. But he's got the same people that were in his other video, like the yellow suited guy.

I am really disappointed to say the least! I don't know who he is listening to as far as his creative core of people, but I think PSY needs to fire them and start over! I still believe that he is talented, but this video and this song are a total failure. The lyrical content is unimaginative, with it's extreme crude sexual lyrics. (Yes, I looked up the translation).

I cannot even say that the dancing is anything to speak of.
Okay, I understand that with his newly coined dance moves; "Abracadabra," he is paying some kind of homage to KPop girl group "Brown Eyed Girls." But it's not like Brown Eyed Girls own those moves! Shoot....I was doing that back & forth swaying long before the BEG's were even born! And so were my L.A. friends! There isn't anything new under the sun here!

The way he treats women in the video is atrocious! Sure I get it! He's kind of making fun of how some men treat women! His character is saying that he is Gods gift to women with his arrogant, annoying self. Even to the point of being crude where he is sticking his finger in his arse, only to run his finger in front of a girl sitting at the table. I felt like I was watching a movie trailer for the old Problem Child movies, only this would be called "Problem Child: All Grown Up!" Its obvious that he meets his match in a woman he meets at the gym. And yeah, it's funny that he gets a dose of his own medicine with her, but are we selling music here or a video? I think if it's music, then what a terrible song! There is nothing original about the song whatsoever! It's repetitious..... it's stupid!

This video is so bad, I won't even grace my blog by adding the link of the video.

Yes PSY, we know who you are. Just hope it won't be. . . "Remember that guy from Korea with the Hammer pants? Whatever happened to him?"

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Christafari's 'Reggae Worship'

April 9, 2013

Christafari's 'Reggae Worship' Jumps to #1 on Billboard Reggae Albums Chart
9 months after being released, album jumps to #1 – making Christafari the first Christian band in Billboard history to top the Reggae chart.

(LOS ANGELES, California) -- Nearly nine months after it was first released, Gospel reggae pioneers Christafari have jumped to #1 on this week’s Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with their latest album, Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival. While Christafari is no stranger to the Top 10 on the Reggae chart, this marks the first time in Billboard’s history that a Christian band has secured the top spot.

On Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival (Lion of Zion Entertainment), Christafari reworks classic hymns, reinterprets many of today's top worship anthems and gives fans a handful of original worship songs that truly capture the band's signature sound.

"We've been blown away by the positive response from our fans and the press for our latest album,” says Christafari’s founder and frontman, Mark Mohr. “To think that just a year ago we were asking our fans to help fund this album and now we are #1 on the Billboard chart! It's an honor to be the very first Christian artist to ever top this mainstream chart—and to do so with a worship album is even more incredible!"

Christafari has spent much of the last year on the road, touring internationally including stops in Fiji, New Caledonia, a month-long tour of Brazil and the United States, including a just completed 24-city Hawaiian island tour that resulted in 531 souls saved. In the coming months, the band will return to Hawaii and Brazil, and perform throughout the continental USA.

The band was recently featured on ABC Family’s The 700 Club, and TBN filmed a live concert appearance in Hawaii for an upcoming special broadcast.

With over a half million albums sold worldwide, Christafari is the all-time top selling Gospel Reggae artist. The band continues to tour worldwide, performing more than 100 shows each year reaching more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.christafari.com.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Spinners Lead Singer Passes at 76

The Spinners aka The Detroit Spinners lost it's 4th original member, Bobby (Bobbie) Smith on Saturday, March 16th.

It's so sad when you find that one of your favorite artists have died. The Thursday prior to his passing, I was one of the lucky ones to have just seen The Spinners perform here in the Seattle area. During the show, t was announced that Bobby was feeling under the weather and would not be a part of that evening's show.  I was so disappointed because having been brought up at the height of The Spinners career, I was looking forward to seeing Bobby sing some of my favorite songs, such as "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," "Games People Play" and others.

This great artist will be missed!
Condolences to his family, friends and fellow members of The Spinners.

Check out my article at Vinyl Radio for a recap of the show.

Whosoever South Blends Country and Hip Hop with a Gospel Message on Debut Album “Goin’ Home”

March 18, 2013

Whosoever South Blends Country and Hip Hop with a Gospel Message on Debut Album “Goin’ Home”Album drops May 14th. Debut Single, “Where We From,” is available now at iTunes.

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Straight out of southern Georgia, Whosoever South blends country and hip hop with a Gospel message on their debut album, Goin’ Home, due May 14th from Pit Bull Productions. Produced by Asaf Fulks (Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Tyga, Courtney Stodden), Goin’ Home can only be classified as a genre all it’s own: Country Crunk.

Whosoever South combines street savvy influences like TobyMac and Lecrae with country and bluegrass styles similar to the T Bone Burnett-produced O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, for an unconventional but infectious bass-thumping sound that serves as the catalyst for a dynamic ministry already making a major impact throughout the south.

Husband and wife Rowdy Eunice and Sarah Eunice along with longtime musical partner Mike Mitchell make up Whosoever South. While the group is firmly rooted in ministry, their beginnings were not as well-intentioned. A decade ago, the trio was involved in a regionally successful mainstream act known as Solid Ground, and they were opening for major artists such as Kanye West, Outkast, Ciara and Goodie Mob. Major record labels were interested in moving forward, but the group’s personal lives were spiraling out of control.

“It was so close to breaking big that it was scary,” Rowdy says of Solid Ground. “But many of the people we were in business with wound up dead or in prison and all of that fell apart, which wound up saving our lives in more ways than one.”

As everyone was separately sobering up from the world of parties, drugs and music industry excesses, Rowdy and Sarah found themselves in church by 2006, where they dedicated their lives to Christ. Mike eventually found his way there as well. Despite being on the verge of stardom prior to becoming born again, music was the furthest thing from their minds as they dug deep into the word and simply strove to get their lives on track. But God had other goals for the longtime collaborators.

In 2008, the trio reunited as Whosoever South, which was inspired by John 3:16 and Romans 10:13, coupled with a nod to their southern roots. After hundreds of concerts and a large regional fan base, the group is finally stepping into the national spotlight with their full-length album, Goin’ Home.

“It’s like a genre all its own because we don’t fit into any one genre,” says Rowdy of the group’s sound. “It’s not really been done before, but it’s not all that complicated either. It’s just a combination of good music: country, bluegrass, gospel and rap music all mixed together.”

A perfect example is the lead single “Where We From,” which talks about the group’s unceasing work ethic amidst a simple southern lifestyle filled with dirt roads, farms and good old-fashioned food. On a more evangelistic note, “All The Time” is a bluegrass/gospel/country stomper encouraging believers to let their light shine, while the title track is a down home jam with an equally assertive message.

“When we wrote Goin’ Home, we wanted to get that old bluesy type of feel from back in the day,” says Rowdy. “We wanted to remind listeners that this world is not our home and that one day we’ll leave here and go to our final destination. Hopefully it will be a reminder to not get caught up in the stresses of daily living, but a reminder that we’re just passing through.”

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Scott Krippayne's Hymns

What can be said of an artist who records and releases "another" hymns album? 
Maybe the reactions out there might be, "oh no, do we really need another album on hymns?" 

Okay, I'll be truthful. . . I've been known to say that a few times.
Maybe because, I'm thinking the classic hymns are going to be given some new twist to make them interesting to the listener or the artist wants to get alittle artsy with them.

Well let me tell you. . . you won't find that here. 

Long time singer / songwriter Scott Krippayne, whose 2007 song "This Is My Now" co-written by Jeff Peabody and sung by American Idol's Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis, has taken a chance by releasing his own, "Hymns." 

Don't Try and Reinvent the Wheel

I love the title. . . "Hymns." 

What you see is what you get! 

Hymns are as American as "Baseball, French Fries, Apple Pie and Chevrolet."
HAHAHA! Sorry. . .I couldn't resist. 
If you're as old as I am, you'll know where that line comes from. : )

Seriously, this is what I consider, a true, naked and honest album of the hymns.
So beautiful and refreshing. Scott takes me to that place where I can imagine how these songs would have been heard in their original compositions. All the songs are just Scott and his piano except for the bonus tracks. He seems to take a few liberties within each song, but they so subtle. Scott's bonus tracks are his own. These are a great addition to this album. Love them! I've always loved Scott's vocal tone. It's almost rockin', espe when he sings "Worthy Are You." He is crying out there! I can feel it. I wanna sing it!! Love it. . .oh wait. . . I just said that. Well, I do.

1.   Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
2.   Nothing But the Blood
3.   O Sacred Head Now Wounded
4.   Crown Him With Many Crowns
5.   All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
6.   The Solid Rock
7.   Stricken Smitten and Afflicted
8.   Come Ye Sinners
9.   A Hymn of Glory
10. All Praise to God
11. Were You There
12. Holy Holy Holy
13. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
14. Hymn 14
Bonus Tracks
15. Worthy Are You
16. Reign Forever

Do yourself a favor and listen to this all the way through. It's so lovely. 

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