‘The Valentine Sessions’, the new album by Matt Rollings was inspired by his early love for piano jazz trios which had a huge influence on him as a young musician. The ten-track album was cut live with no headphones, fixes, or overdubs, and takes listeners on a beautiful journey through slow and mid-tempo grooves, blues riffs and ends with a classic waltz. Unlike his previous album, ‘Matt Rollings Mosaic’ which featured an array of iconic talents like Willie Nelson, Allison Krauss, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett and the Blind Boys of Alabama, ‘The Valentine Sessions’ takes on a more stripped down and organic approach. It’s simply piano, bass and drums. Matt Rollings started playing piano at nine years old and has been a successful studio and touring musician, composer, arranger, and producer for over the past forty years. He has won two Grammy awards as a producer and has played on […]
The foot-stomping single “Misery Whip” by the Canadian blues rock band El Niven And The Alibi truly takes you for a walk on the dark side. Featuring gritty guitar riffs and a massive sound from the band, singer Elliot Niven’s raw vocals cut through the mix with bluesy soul, swagger and attitude. Lyrically alluding to toxic relationships, “Misery Whip” gets its title from the famous two-man saw used by lumberjacks? This Edmonton-based group developed its sound and love for the “dangerous side” of rock. Honing their sound over the years, they focused on the perfect fusion of blues, rock, and grunge, also known as Western Rock.
Soulful songstress Danielia Cotton celebrates life with “Good Day”, the title track from her new full length album by the same name. An inspirational, feel good anthem with a throwback Motown vibe, “Good Day” can’t help but bring a smile to your face. The album was produced by Grammy winner Dave O’Donnell and features musical heavyweights Charley Drayton, Aaron Comess, Andy Hess, Marc Copely, Kareem Devlin and Jeff Cohen. This album is called “Good Day” not because it’s the theme but because it’s what I wanted most fervently these songs to give me when I listened to them, and thus also my audience: a good day, or at least a good mood for 3, 6, 9, 50 minutes. As it says in the title song, it’s been a long, long year, so let’s dance, let’s sing. – Danielia Cotton Following in the footsteps of the singing matriarchs of her family, Cotton is creating a space for her own style and sound. […]
One of the advantages of making politically tinged folk music is that it never seems to age much. Folk music is by definition a tradition. Politicians come and go, but the same underlying issues have remained static for decades and are unlikely to change any time soon. The trick is to be non-specific in the details and universal in your message. Maybe throw in some horns for flavor. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Adrian + Meredith’s “Bad For Business” was written and recorded in their Nashville home back in 2019, but hasn’t aged a day since. “Somehow we got the feeling that the topics of Systematic Racism, Climate Change, and finding more common ground as Americans, was starting to reach a boiling point, and needed some empathy. It’s not our responsibility, per-say, to initiate the uncomfortable conversation any more than anyone else, but we can do it with a killer backbeat.” […]