New Music

It's that time again: New Music from Marty in Melbourne

Marty Blackmore

Hey what a great lot of music in a Soul, Bluesy, Nostalgic frame this week folks! Not sure how that happened but it’s all good!

When you see the name T Bone Burnett mentioned anywhere near a new artist, especially in the production seat, you have to give that artist a listen, and so it is with Logan Ledger’s self titled album!

And what a treat this is, a blend of contained rockabilly, country, roots music in a timeless mode that takes you back to Elvis, Roy Orbison ( think Only The Lonely), George Jones, mostly written by Ledger, assisted by Steve Earle on one track.

I’m Gonna Get Over It Some Day is simply wonderful, and Tell Me A Lie  will take those of us older enough to remember past greats, on a nostalgic journey, and newer listeners on a great discovery. The name is Logan Ledger folks!

And whilst we are on a bit of a nostalgic trip, the James Hunter 6 album Nick Of Time is 13 songs of smooth, well put together 50’s and 60’s Soul/RnB!

James Hunter, from the UK, has been around since 1986, sang backing vocals on Van Morrison’s Days Like These (1995), and had a #1 Blues album in the USA The Hard Way in 2008….I saw him at Byron Bay Blues Festival in 2009, and this guy is the real deal!

Now signed to Daptone, Hunter’s Nick Of Time is recorded in a mono mix that amplifies the retro feel, and along with horns, cool grooves, this album is a beauty.

Do yourself a favour and listen to Who’s Fooling Who and I Ain’t Going Up In One Of Those Things :

Ruthie Foster is a  fine talented gospel, blues and soul singer who has a number of great albums worth checking out, and this new live offering Live At The Paramount, credited to Ruthie and her Big Band features 10 horn players, 4 piece rhythm section, 3 backing singers as well as guitar, keyboard, bass and drums!

So we get a selection of originals, Memphis soul, gospel and a version of Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire unlike any other!

Already receiving 5 star reviews amongst the music press, the album is to be released on DVD later in year.

So here is Ring Of Fire and Runaway Soul :



Written By: Marty Blackmore Marty Blackmore is from Melbourne, originally from Invercargill, where he had a record store in the 70’s. Then, 120 record stores in Australia and New Zealand during 80’s and 90’s (well he was the GM). Currently rewired, plays in a Duo and a Band, loves finding new interesting artists and music in Blues, Americana, Country, Soul and Singer/Songwriter.