New Music

Marty Monsta From Melbourne Is Going A Bit Stir Crazy

But new music keeps him sane

Marty Blackmore

Crazy times in Melbourne folks, it is soooo quiet, people sneakin' around with masked faces, locked down or locked up, no interaction…weird stuff…so I’m digging music…this week some blues, some neo soul, some funky grooves…

Lianne La Havas is an English singer/songwriter (her Mum is Jamaican, her Dad Greek so an interesting, pretty cool background of cultures) with her third self titled album of “modern” soul music…what a wonderful voice…in 2014 Prince saw her songs on the  internet and hosted a press conference and played live in her house!

Lianne La Havas throws us hypnotic guitar parts, mystical melodies, powerful, mournful, improvisation…anyway let the music do the talking…here’s "Sour Flower" and "Weird Fishes" 

And check out Sam Smith's  Liane La Havas album review on Radio 13 from a month or so ago here.

I’m a sucker for a bit of blues harmonica so here’s Tony Holiday from Memphis with new album Soul Service, 8 originals that showcase Holiday’s vocals and harp (Charlie Musselwhite is a fan), slow, fast, soulful, shimmering…..Victor Wainwright plays keyboards and the album was recorded at the Dickinson’s (North Mississippi Allstars) studios.

Here’s "Checker’s On The Chessboard"  and uptempo "Ol’ Number Nine" 

Austin, Texas band Greyhounds consists of duo Andrew Trube and Anthony Farrell (ex JJ Moffro, a wonderful band I caught at Byron Bay Blues Fest a couple of times) with album Primates produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).

This is a great album that just exudes warmth, comfort, funky, grooving along with a familiarity but at the same time stretching out with vocals and instrumentation all sung and played by musicians who know their stuff.

Play loud "Primates" and "Tune In" 


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.