Thursday, July 19, 2007

"Across The Blue Mountains" by Randy Walker (Acoustic Artist from Virginia (VA))

On "Across The Blue Mountains," Randy Walker plays a crisp and precise harmonica with carefully delivered inflection. Songs like " Star of the County Down" bring the warmth of his acoustic guitar accompaniment straight home. In "South Bound Train" he showcases his vocal skills with a captivating and uplifting tune. Randy is great at what he does and his talents are sure to entertain that easy-going and down-to-earth side of you. If you enjoy great harmonica work, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!

"Set It Free" by Cindy Boehler Cindy Boehler (Bluegrass/Gospel Artist from Axtell, Nebraska (NE))

Wow! That's the word that comes to mind when you listen to "Set It Free" by Cindy Boehler. This mother of seven can sing! Her voice has a very smooth sound with great pitch that will remind you of Karen Carpenter. The CD also includes tremendous backing music by top musicians, including the Jordanaires! The musician's fly up the fretboard in You Gotta Know. One of our favorite tracks is One Step, with a memorable chorus and nice banjo and fiddle fills throughout. If you are a fan of talented mother's who put down their talents to take care of their families, or a fan of country or Americana music, you'll enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today! - Review by RadioIndy staff

Saturday, July 14, 2007

"One on One" by Timatayo (Acoustic Artist from Florida (FL))

"One on One" by Timatayo is a CD filled with passionate acoustic singer/songwriter songs about love, life, and romance. The tracks on this CD highlight the emotion and passion of Timatayo's vocals and songwriting. Furthermore, the acoustic guitar work is impressive, especially the flying licks on "Believe." The meaningful lyrics cut through nicely on this unplugged-type recording. "Fly Away," like many tracks on this CD, combines beautiful acoustic work, beautiful vocals, and a beautiful message. If you enjoy passionate singer/songwriter-style songs about love and romance, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!
- Review by RadioIndy staff

"Tightrope" by Pete Vogel (Modern Folk/Adult Rock Artist from Columbus, Ohio (OH))

"Tightrope" is an impressive CD that features the adult rock and modern folk music of Pete Vogel and a cast of some of Columbus, Ohio's most talented musicians. The music on the CD is layered with many instruments that nicely back the strong vocals and memorable songwriting. All of the tracks that we heard were solid, with many catchy upbeat tunes, nicely mixed with some softer, more acoustic tracks. The impressive musicianship on the CD is a testament to the strong local music scene in Columbus. "Hollywood, USA" has an excellent up-beat groove with screeching sax fills, and reminds us of Stevie Wonder. "On the Gable" is a beautiful, soft song with tasteful piano and acoustic guitar work that highlight an emotional vocal performance. "Are You Alive?" has an inspirational message that is effectively delivered by the soft, deep lead vocals and soulful backing female vocals. If you enjoy adult rock artists such as the Counting Crows or Peter Himmelman, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!
- Review by RadioIndy staff

"Primitive Spirit" by The Primatives (Folk Rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PA))

"Primitive Spirit" is a creative, organic folk rock CD by The Primatives. The tracks on the CD are very acoustic, spiritual and earthy. Various percussive instruments and flute fills are nicely used to add depth to the sound of the primarily clean guitar sound. The strength of the CD lies in the meaningful songwriting that is brought to life by this distinctive organic sound, combined with the tasteful yet complex 3-part harmonies. Track 6, called Pyare, has a typical sound of the CD, and is one of our favorite tracks because the harmonies and flute fills blend particularly well on this track. The guitar work throughout the CD is impressive, especially the acoustic guitar licks in Sorry. The CD breathes fresh life into a very 60s folk rock sound that will remind you of bands such as Crosby Stills Nash and Young and The Grateful Dead. If you enjoy folk rock, especially the legendary folk rock artists of the 60s, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!
 - Review by RadioIndy staff

"Home Again" by John Batdorf (Acoustic/Adult Rock Artist from Los Angeles, California (CA))

"Home Again" by John Batdorf, is a very impressive acoustic adult rock CD. The CD is filled with impressive acoustic guitar work, which sounds really good on this recording. John's vocals are especially beautiful on this CD, and include rich harmonies on many tracks. The recording quality is crystal clear, which is especially effective on this acoustic, unplugged CD, and allows the lyrics to cut through nicely. The songwriting combines well thought-out and thought-provoking lyrics combined with memorable choruses. "Home Again," the title track, combines memorable acoustic guitar work and a memorable chorus, with a powerful lyrical message. "Me and You" includes clever lyrics and nice 2-part harmonies. "Something Is Slipping Away" is a remarkably beautiful song. The up-tempo "One Night Stands" is one of our favorite tracks, with it's hook-filled chorus. If you enjoy acoustic adult rock artists of the 60s and early 70s, such as Crosby, Stills, & Nash, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!
 - Review by RadioIndy staff

"Anything I Can" by Michael Stevens (Folk/Easy Listening Artist from Pennsylvania (PA))

"Anything I Can" is a CD full of heartfelt songs that tell stories about life and love. The production is very clean and allows the lyrics to cut through the music. Most of the tracks, such as Gotta Find Time, are story-telling folk music, with some tracks, such as The Mirror is Getting Older and 27 Shades of Black, being a more easy-listening style with an alternative music influence. Michael's vocal style has a retro 60s folk/easy-listening feel to it. Tracks such as 27 Shades of Black, have memorable choruses and clever lyrics. If you enjoy singer-songwriter folk artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, you'll enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today! Staff
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"Keep on Walking" by Bliss'n'Blue (Modern Folk band from Germany (DE))

"Keep on Walking" is an excellent modern folk CD. When you listen to this CD you will feel like you are in a pub listening to an extremely talented group of musicians having fun entertaining you. This reflects on the excellent production that allows the details of the instrumentation, songwriting, and vocals as well as the personality of the band to shine through. The band is very tight and musically impressive, creating a very pleasing sound mix of acoustic instruments. The songs are catchy and melodic yet unpredictably interesting. We love the guitar licks, melodic chorus, and overall toe-tapping groove of the title track and "The Beggar," two of our favorite tracks. The vocals on this CD have excellent pitch and a swagger, harmony, and raspiness that gives the "Saturday night at the pub" feel to the music. If you enjoy modern folk and/or spending a Saturday night at the pub having a good time listening to a talented band play acoustic instruments, you'll enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today! Staff
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Saturday, July 7, 2007

"1400" by Beverly Clearwater (Acoustic Artist from Boston, Massachusetts (MA))

"1400" is a raw acoustic CD that features the songwriting, vocals, and acoustic guitar work of Beverly Clearwater. If you want to hear raw acoustic adult rock/folk music this is the CD for you. Without deep instrumentation and production, the songwriting is allowed to stand on its own. Tracks such as "Original Sin" exude with emotion. "Wise Got By" and "Believe" feature some of the interesting bluesy acoustic guitar work on this CD. "Live You Die," one of our favorite tracks, exemplifies some of the of graphic and thought-out lyrics on this CD. If you want to hear some raw acoustic adult rock songwriting, pick up a copy today! Staff

Monday, July 2, 2007

"Landlocked" by Jeremy James (Modern Folk Artist from Albany, New York (NY))

"Landlocked" by modern folk artist Jeremy James is an album with a deep-rooted purpose. Uplifting and inspiring, Jeremy pulls at the heart-strings of listeners with songs like "Home" that summons tears, passion, and hope all in the duration of a three minute song. "Old Man Winter" stands out as potently emotional and lyrically crafty. Moreover, Jeremy's vocals are best described as pacifying and contagiously hopeful. "Landlocked" hails no fewer accolades in the area of instrumentation with its catchy lead acoustic guitars and occasional organs. What's more, this record carries with it production that many artists strive to obtain. Modern folk fans of bands such as Nickel Creek will find this assembly to be a well-worth-it investment that will undoubtedly yield renewed hope and optimism!
-Xavier P. for RadioIndy