Here we are at the end of June, mid way through 2020, a year we will all remember no doubt, but let’s concentrate on the music!
J.S.Ondara on this his second album Folk n’ Roll Vol 1: Tales Of Isolation has possibly embodied exactly what has been like for a musician to be essentially locked down for a period of time.
The album was recorded at home and is a stripped back affair comprising guitar, vocals and harmonica, so it’s pretty stark and at times in your face…but it certainly showcases Ondara’s great vocals and song writing. A little history of J.S.Ondara…he is originally from Kenya and came to America to pursue a musical dream, after listening to his heroes of Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Nirvana and Pearl Jam amongst others. His debut album Tales Of America is excellent.
Rosary Of Tears by Joey Vincent’s Bakelite Radio is the new album by Joe Camilleri and friends. Joe has made albums under the names of Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, The Black Sorrows, The Revelators, and Bakelite Radio over a career spanning some 50 years!
His new album is all cover versions, not from a hits perspective but heartfelt renditions of Lena Horne’s Stormy Monday, The Stones Down Home Girl, Blind Willie McTell’s Blues Around Midnight amongst others…..you get the picture.
Always a great song interpreter, this album is a real joy. As critic Glenn A. Baker says Camilleri is “a musical sponge”!
The talented Norah Jones has presented us with another great album Pick Me Up Off The Floor, which blends Americana, jazz, blues, soul and even gospel and features assistance from Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples and Mercury Rev, amongst others.
The lady is sheer class on these 11 songs, showing us why she has 9 Grammy Awards and 50 million+ album sales over her career, and uses her piano playing to wonderful effect on songs such as Hurts To Be Alone and Flame Twin.
Do yourself a favour and listen to the tracks mentioned.
Let’s do this again next week folks!