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Colfax, California, United States
The moniker, Ruby Slippers, came from the notion that a person can choose to change a frown to a smile in an instant – just click your heels together. The Ruby Slipper of Life is a philosophy that states we have power over every thought of every day, and we can choose to make those thoughts positive.
Ruby’s musical interest was nurtured by a family that exposed her to many types of music. The comedy and storytelling styles of Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, Arlo... Read More
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Review of Stronger Than Strong
Album Info: Stronger Than Strong
John Németh Album: Stronger Than Strong Label: Nola Blue Genre(s): BluesContemporary Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Sep 13, 2020
Eschewing the horns & strings that appeared on 2017’s Feelin’ Freaky, John Nemeth opts for a stripped-down sound this go-around, maxing out his four-piece band’s potential for energy and versatility. Much of the latter can be credited to this West Coast-to-Memphis transplant’s songwriting skills- from primal blues run-throughs- “Come And Take It”, “Fountain Of A Man” to sharp-minded and soulful lyric sets- “Chain Breaker”, “Deprivin’ A Love” and “Bars”. The constant focus is, of course, the man’s assertive vocals and rock-solid harp work.
Zephaniah OHora Album: Listening to the Music Label: Last Roundup Genre(s): True Country
Posted By: Duane Verh
Sep 12, 2020
Zephaniah Ohora checks every meaningful box in fashioning a country set teeming with classic feel and retro atmosphere. Neither hailing from nor residing in typical country turf, the New England-bred, NYC-based singer/guitarist conveys his affinity for old-school country style and sentiment pairing up plain-spoken lyrics and guile-less vocals, serving up convincing workingman’s soul. Sporting a strutting, Waylon-esque tempo, “Black & Blue” should garner attention as should a classic piece of barstool reflection, “Living Too Long”. Ballads “It’s Not So Easy Today” and “Emily” stand out as well. Instrumental backup is superb throughout, highlighted by the work of pedal steel player Jon Graboff. A “best of the year” candidate.
The Texicana Mamas Album: The Texicana Mamas Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Americana Country
Posted By: Joe Ross
Sep 11, 2020
Formed in 2018, The Texicana Mamas (Tish Hinojosa, Stephanie Urbina Jones, Patricia Vonne) sing tenderly, in Spanish and English, about friends, family, struggles, hope, love and anguish. The three singer/songwriters grew up in the San Antonio area, and their promising debut album offers illuminating songs of life on both sides of the Rio Grande. Their interpretive musical impressions cover many moods. While some songs have somber moments, others offer an upsurge of melodic, joyous celebration. Their Tex-Mex Americana music is arranged with the impressively virtuosic assistance of accomplished musicians on strings, piano and percussion, along with some accordion and trumpet on the more up-tempo numbers. The lively “Amigas de Corazon” (“Girlfriends of the Heart”) has guest appearances of Grammy award-winning Mexican-American musicians Flaco Jimenez (accordion) and
With the world in such a mixed-up state of affairs as we go through the last third of the year, it’s worth slowing down to smell the roses and what better way than with the 2020 CD called Healing Resonance, from the dynamic trio of Dean Evenson (silver flutes, keys), Scott Huckabay (acoustic guitars, handpan) and Phil Heaven (viola, keys). Healing Resonance may be considered as instrumental New Age music, yet it’s also quite therapeutic and healing in that this music includes alpha frequencies and the 'Earth Resonance Frequency' of 7.83 hertz to enhance brainwave synchronization for deeper relaxation. Of course all this would matter not if the music wasn’t so skillfully conceived, which it is. Assisting these three gifted musicians are several other fine artists including Doug Tessler (flutes,
Moody and atmospheric, Vancouver, Canada based The Wind Whistles break new ground for modern rock with their album Sail Away. The band recorded several albums in that memorable 2006 to 2010 period. They broke up because of the car crash deaths of three of the members and then they were gone but now ten years after, they’re back in 2020 with a highly charged sound rebound that features the music of founding members Tom Prilesky (vocals, guitar) and Liza Moser (vocals, bass) and both get support from a range of their musical friends. Although there are rock influences and even a look back to the wall-of-sound 1990s shoegaze sound, the overall album is quite intriguing. Someone described it as modern-day electric-folk but to these ears, The Wind Whistles sounds like a long lost psychedelic alt-rock classic. The guitars are superbly recorded and