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The Palomars – Out Of The Past – Catty Town Records

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Our first review is of a fantastic album released by The Palomars on the newly formed Catty Town Records.

The Canadian band from Vancouver have created a masterpiece. Its one of the best records we have heard in a while.A mix of original compositions with some well covered classics thrown in for good measure. Our favourite is the title track “Out Of The Past” with “My Gal Pal” a close second.

The magnificent blend of Western Swing, Rockabilly and Jazz is brought to life by Tom Hammel’s outstanding steel guitar playing.

The recording itself is crystal clear and the production is somewhat reminiscent of a Jive Aces album. The Lyrics are easy to hear and the band is well mixed and a pleasure to listen too.

We look forward to the next release !!! Catty Town and The Palomars have a bright future ahead.

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Recording Quality (out of ten): 10

Authenticity (out of ten): 8 

Songwriting (out of ten): 8 

Enjoyment (out of ten): 10

Overall Score (out of 40) : 36  

GOLD ALBUM

http://www.thepalomars.net/home – Take a look at The Palomars website

When I Wanted To – Joe Jack Band – Moondream Records

Moondream Records have been making some great steps as a new rocking record label. Moondream Artists have seen Airplay all around the world including the BBC. The label have just announced they will be releasing a single by the American Rockabilly duo – Joe Jack Band.

From a quick listen to the promo I can tell you its a real rocker. The upright bass really drives the song and the artwork’s pretty cool too :

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Keep an eye on the Moondream Twitter page for more on this release –

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Three New Vinyl Releases On R.W.A

Rockstar Records and Richard Weise Archives are about to release three new vinyl records on the 28th.

Featuring: The Cochran Brothers (yep includes Eddie), Ray Campi and George Jones !!

The Cochran Brothers – Latch On with The Cochran Brothers

These rare re-releases of the classics are sure to give you something good to dance to and treasure.

Take a visit to the store to pick up your copy today  – Rockstar Records Store

Caro Emerald – 2017 Emerald Island Tour

Caro Emerald has just announced her new  – ‘The Emerald Island Tour’. The 24 date tour starts up in Carlisle on March 28th 2017, ends over in Dublin on May 1st, and includes a spot in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Speaking from the recording studio, where she is working on a new album, Caro said “A new year, new songs, a new show, a new tour. I can’t wait to come over to the UK again, I’m really looking forward to it, especially that dreamy Royal Albert Hall”.
Caro was recently on Ana Matronic’s BBC Radio 2 show, ‘New Year’s eve Party with Caro Emerald’. You can re-listen to the show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086dlg2#t16m10s

Tickets from gigasandtours.com / ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 811 0051 / 0844 826 2826.

Wed 05 Apr 2017 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre Sold Out
Sol Fri 07 Apr 2017 Southend Cliffs Pavilion Sold Out
Sat 08 Apr 2017 Oxford New Theatre Sold Out
Sun 09 Apr 2017 Bristol Colston Hall Sold Out
Tue 11 Apr 2017 Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Theatre Sold Out
Wed 12 Apr 2017 London Royal Albert Hall Royal Albert Hall Sold Out
Fri 14 Apr 2017 Brighton Brighton Centre  
Sat 15 Apr 2017 Manchester Bridgewater Hall Sold Out
Sun 16 Apr 2017 Manchester Bridgewater Hall  
Tue 18 Apr 2017 Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre  
Wed 19 Apr 2017 Hull City Hall  
Fri 21 Apr 2017 Harrogate International Centre  
Sat 22 Apr 2017 Sheffield City Hall  
Mon 24 Apr 2017 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Sold Out
Tue 25 Apr 2017 Cambridge Corn Exchange Sold Out
Wed 26 Apr 2017 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall  
Fri 28 Apr 2017 Ipswich Regent Sold Out
Mon 1 May 2017 Dublin Olympia Theatre  

This summer Caro and her band will play three UK festivals – Hampton Court Festival, Love Supreme and Larmer Tree – as well as shows on the continent www.caroemerald.com/tour.

About Caro Emerald:

Since the release of her 2010 multi-platinum debut album ‘Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor’ Caro Emerald has fashioned her own niche. Gorgeous and stylish, Caro blends retro jazz with sampling and modern pop to create her signature sound.

The Jazz/pop singer’s albums, have been described as being ‘highly stylized nod to the big bands and jazz divas of the 40s and 50s’.

Everything about a Caro Emerald gig is cool” The Herald

Chuck Berry

Im sure you will of all by now heard the sad news of the death of the legend Chuck Berry. This week we decided we would share some of his greatest songs and one of the many covers by other artists of his songs. He also has a new album coming out on the 16th of June called “CHUCK”.

Kicking things off here is his most famous:

 

Heres one of his more cheeky numbers:

 

Heres a song which certainly “inspired” a certain Beach Boys song :

Heres the one and only  JD McPherson’s cover of Carol:

Max Hixon – Lovesick Loverboy – Review

Last week we took a look at Max Hixon’s Lovesick Loverboy single.

Yesterday Max released his first Album by the same title. Max has not only written & produced every song on the album, but has impressively performed it all himself painstakingly mulitracking each instrument.

He also edited the videos himself (with a little help to shoot them).

As we said last week the title track Lovesick Loverboy is truly outstanding and we are pleased to say that the rest of the album follows suit.

One thing we really did like is the tracks all sound individual and doesn’t all blend into one mass of noise like many albums we are sent.

Heres the track rundown: (See last weeks post for Track one)

Track 2 – “Picture Of Perfection” is a classic late 50’s early 60’s pop song which could be compared to songs like: Unchained Melody or The Great Pretender.

Track 3- “What Has Happened To Our Love” is a Del Shannon inspired song and has a really cool feel to it with an Organ making an appearance.

Track 4 -“Loneliest Man” is a moody stripped back Rockabilly Blues number with hints of songs like “All I Can Do Is Cry” about it.

Track 5 -“Loveless Arrangement” is a refreshingly modern sounding song which seems to be inspired by artists like Dion.

Track 6 – “Stolen Heart” is bound to be a new Rockabilly classic.

Track 7 – “Daydream Girl” is a simpler song with some catchy upright bass work.

Track 8 – “Where You Hidin’ Baby” Another very contemporary take on the Rockabilly sound.

Track 9 – “Dream On” – We’d say this one would fit onto a Dreamboats and Petticoats album pretty well.

Track 10 – “Tonight Is All For You” – This track really complements “Dream On” and has great pace to it.

Track 11 – “Call Somebody Honey” – A much heavier Rockabilly song with hints of Imelda May and Brian Setzer.

Track 12 – “Finally Fall In Love” – This acoustic track is like a part B to Picture Of Perfection and is a really great way to end the album.

Well done Max a fantastic debut album which we would call a: Gold Album

You can purchase yourself a copy of the CD here:

  https://www.maxhixonmusic.com/buy-cd

Max Hixon – Lovesick Loverboy – The Single – Out Now !

We are always happy to introduce you to  a new artist and we are really loving this new single by British Singer/Songwriter Max Hixon. Its a real catchy proper rockabilly track with modern lyric writing.

The Songwriting is absolutely top notch and i’m sure Max will become a new favourite for many of our readers. Easily on a level with some of the ReChords or Bellfuries releases which is really saying something.

The bassline is reminiscent of a classic sun early Elvis or Johnny Cash tune.The double bass doubled by the guitar makes it a central part of the piece. The vocals are very clear and you can hear every word. Overall a really nice mix.

He is also one of the first artists on the newly formed Moondream Records which we are sure will have a promising future if this single is anything to go by.

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After this strong single we are looking forward to hearing all the songs on his debut album due later this month which we will be reviewing for you.

Support the artist and buy the single here :

Google Play

Amazon

ITunes

Preorder the album on :

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Vist Max’s Website: Here

GOLD SINGLE

 

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – Manchester – o2 Apollo – 3rd of March – Review

We were recently given the chance to watch a live performance of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox live at the O2 Apollo in Manchester.

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The venue’s Art Deco style itself was very appropriate for the bands styles of music and aided in setting the scene for the night. Many of the people who had come to watched also dressed up. Lots of the girls had done vintage hair styles (victory rolls everywhere). There was a real sense of excitement in the air and atmosphere.

The show was hosted by a confident Ariana Savalas in a quirky cool manner, with a jet lagged Scott Bradlee making an appearance towards the end of the show. They celebrated the success of the group and featured many songs from the viral youtube videos.

The show opened up very strong with Von Smith’s rendition of Call Me Maybe backed by the talented band with the very cool drummer. Other highlights included the three girls singing “Bye, Bye, Bye” and of course “Blank Space”. The crowd also loved Casey Abrams’s All About The Bass skills.

Giving the vocalists a break, the band played a medley of songs with a tap dancer.

When Scott Bradlee arrived he asked for requests to play on piano by the audience.Being a Manchester gig, a large portion of the audience cried out Wonderwall ! When he asked for another song the cried out “Wonderwall again, Wonderwall everytime” in the end he got some different songs to add in and played a mix of “Thriller”,”Ghostbusters theme”,”Wonderwall”,”Piano Man” and “Heart Of Glass”.

The show included all manner of entertainment; tap dancing, fun instruments, flowers thrown and even a little bit of a lap dance !

An enjoyable evening, recreating the vibe of the videos.Though would of even better if Haley Reinhart and Robyn Adele Anderson had joined them too !

We spoke to two of the other people who had attended after the show heres what they had to say:

  • “A little surprised when Scott Bradlee turned up about three quarters of the way through to be honest. I thought he would of been playing the piano the whole way through.”
  • “Amazing, what a night, absolutely cracked up at wonderwall”