Christmas Day has gone, you wonder where it went, and now the New Year is fast approaching and you’re either currently in a laid back scenario or catching up with friends at a hectic pace as you practice for New Year’s eve…
So here’s a selection of artists new material that I hope fits a spot…
Sam Burton is from Salt Lake City, now resident in LA and gives us his debut album I Can Go With You which is a cohesive blend of 11 tracks presented in a melancholic, rich, moving, whimsical style that recalls the Tims, Buckley and Hardin.
Sparsely produced by Jarvis Taveniere on the Tompkins Square label, the songs are just wonderful in the way they flow and take you with them…described as a folk rock balladeer, Sam Burton’s voice just takes you along in a delicate but forceful familiarity, accompanied with some delicate acoustic guitar and pedal steel, bass, drums and backing vocals.
Found! One Soul Singer is the title of another debut album by Robert “Sonny” Green, whose powerful gritty soul voice takes you back to another time, that recalls the late, great James Carr!
Recorded at the now famous Greaseland Studios by Kid Andersen, whose name seems to appear in a lot of my listening these days, there are many standout tracks featuring strong trombone and sax playing (Mike Rinta and Terry Hanck, Sax Gordon, Aaron Lington), keyboards (Chris Burns), guitars, bass and drums.
Okay let’s go out with band The Immediate Family whose members read like a who’s who of rock music, and who give us an EP of fresh, pure rock n roll to drown in, Slippin’ and Slidin’!
Guitarist/songwriter/singer Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel, bassist Leland Sklar, guitarist/singer Waddy Wachtel and relative newcomer guitarist/singer Steve Postell give us a professional collection of their own songs (bar “Werewolves Of London” which Waddy Wachtel wrote with Warren Zevon).
The band have released two previous albums in Japan, and will release another EP shortly with an album in 2021…the calibre of playing evidenced here is as you would expect from these old farts who have been playing together close to 50 years!
Best to ya…here’s to a wonderful 2021!