New Music

Madness with a Blues Woman on The Shore with Marty Monsta

Marty Blackmore

Hey, hey, it’s another day to bring you good music listening folks…

Jerry Joseph is a 59 year old US soul singer/songwriter/guitarist, who, by the evidence on his new album The Beautiful Madness, has been woefully overlooked! 

Apparently he has been to New Zealand so some of you lucky Kiwi’s may have caught him in concert! 

Already being touted as a contender for 2020 Roots/Rock album of the year in some circles, it was produced by Patterson Hood, who recruited his band Drive By Truckers (here called The Stiff Boys) as backing band, with Jason Isbell appearing as a guest!

The songs explore some deeper aspects of the human condition, but are wonderfully written and sung by Jerry Joseph in a deep expressive tone, sometimes with elements of Elvis Costello, and the album was recorded over six days!

This is on high rotation at my place, you gotta do yourself a favour and listen to “Full Body Echo” and “Black Star Line”, written in the hours after David Bowie’s death:


Bloody hell, Nora Jean Wallace’s album Blues Woman leaves you in no doubt she means what she says! 

This is 10 fantastic tracks of powerfully sung and played blues by an Chicago artist that knows exactly how it’s done, with a band that knows exactly how to play…Johnny Moeller guitar, Steve Gomes bass, Kevin Anker organ, Steve Guyger harmonica, Stanley Banks keyboards, Robb Stupka drums, and special guest, Kim Wilson harmonica, on one track.

Wallace has been off the music scene for 16 years, but is back with a vengeance, singing every word straight at you...her live performances must be great…when you finish listening to the whole album, you are exhausted! 

So go on, give it a go, with “Martell”, a drinking song “drink some Martell ‘til my eyes turn bloodshot red” and title track “Blues Woman”:


From Fremantle, Australia, we have singer/songwriter Natalie D-Napoleon with her album You Wanted To Be The Shore But Instead You Were The Sea, recorded in an old chapel in the hills behind Santa Barbara on a single microphone, where she lived while pursuing her career as an award winning poet and lecturer, and which features Doug Pettibone guitar (Lucinda Williams), Dan Phillips piano/percussion and James Connolly bass/co production (Van Dyke Parks). 

Natalie D-Napoleon is currently back in Australia completing her PhD in Creative Writing, so it’s no surprising the songs on her album lyrically push some boundaries, whilst being in the Americana genre!

This is her fourth solo album, and an acoustic version of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” with her American trio, made playlist rotation around Australia in 2009!

If you’re a fan of country/ folk music, interesting lyrics, that are raw, honest and vulnerable, check out “Wildflowers” and “Thunder Rumour”

Saying thank you to being free…

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.