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JAZZ TRUMPETER SUNZO OHNO WINS GRAND PRIZE

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), recognized as the most prestigious and respected international songwriting competition, has today announced its 2013 winners. ISC's overall Grand Prize is awarded to Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno for his song "Musashi," entered in the Jazz category. This is the first time in the 13-year history of ISC that the Grand Prize has been awarded to either an artist in the Jazz category or an artist from Japan.

JAZZ TRUMPETER SUNZO OHNO WINS GRAND PRIZE

RACHEL BROOKE - A KILLERS DREAM

Incendiary young country singer and songwriter Rachel Brooke channels the darkest nights of American Southern music, pulling forth influences from raw, early country singing to Chicago blues greats, vintage New Orleans “jass” bands to old animated cartoons, all tied together in the framework of her old-fashioned melodies.
RACHEL BROOKE - A KILLERS DREAM

JACK WHITE - LAZARETTO

Jack White, lover of blues, funk, soul, and good old fashioned rock and roll, has dipped into his bag of inventiveness and has created an album which makes him right at the forefront of non digital music making!
JACK WHITE - LAZARETTO

MATT ANDERSEN - "WEIGHTLESS"

Matt Andersen has one numerous Blues awards in his home country of Canada and is one hell of a singer and guitarist. WEIGHTLESS, his latest offering, while slightly more constrained than previous outings, is one hell of an album!

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HOWE GELB - "THE COINCIDENTALIST"

Classic desert rock from Howe Gelb on latest album....... has travelled many a long and dusty mile to get to his place of prominence as an elder statesman of freewheeling Americana and "Erosion Rock"; A brand of music changing with the elements on a daily basis as nature intended.....if your in the area of Neil Young and Dylan you will love this!
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FLORENCE JOELLE - "STEALING FLOWERS"

Florence Joelle returns to her musical roots for her second album, carving out a unique sound that, although rooted in the past, vibrates in the present. 
A direct to stereo analogue recording, the album was made using vintage microphones and analogue processing
and exudes the warmth and authenticity of the music of the pre-digital era.  Jazz, Country, Blues crossover is pretty good!

 

 

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NUNO MINDELIS - "ANGELS & CLOWNS"

Brazilian Nuno Mindelis, mixes his Blues with Brazilian influences on this superb album! ROR RECOMMENDS!
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AMY SPEACE - HOW TO SLEEP IN A STORMY BOAT

Amy Speace is a fine songwriter and a very good performer........the title track is simply beautiful: a lovely tune, very well sung and perfectly produced......How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat is a wonderful experience..... ROR RECOMMENDS!
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THE BELLE SOUNDS

  

Noëlle Hampton sings like a wistful angel, her warm honeyed tones dripping with tender resignation. She’s released four albums under her own name, all marked by uplifting melodies, insightful lyrics, her quietly powerful vocals and the understated guitar virtuosity of her husband and musical partner, André Moran. With their new band, The Belle Sounds , she continues exploring deep emotions with a collection marked by her characteristic insight and compassion....

SPECIAL PROFILE - PHIL LEE - THE FALL & FURTHER DECLINE OF THE MIGHTY KING OF LOVE

  The Fall and Further Decline of the Mighty King of Love - Phil Lee 


Phil Lee is true to his unique and singular mission; to write songs that try to make sense out of this world, open some eyes, call out some fools and ring out some hard truths. Yet, admirable as such pursuits may be he’s simply being true to who he is. Phil Lee’s music will make you think and laugh and maybe shed a tear or two but it also provides hours of playtime fun because all of those things are part of the package. He couldn’t do it any other way. 

Aretha Franklin Live "It won't be long"

GRACE PETTIS - TWO BIRDS



 

In brief: Fabulous! Grace Pettis continues to develop at lightning speed as a Singer Songwriter and performer and the arrangements and production quality is par excellence.

THE TRISHAS - HIGH, WIDE, & HANDSOME



 
Like a female POCO, distinctive voices, tight harmonies. If your an Emmy Lou Harris fan your'e in for a treat here! The Trishas are great!

IRON & WINE - GHOST ON GHOST

Ghost On Ghost - Iron & Wine 
Sam Beam moves into a more pop orientated arena with his latest....always interesting lyrics and music arrangements.

CHARLES BRADLEY - VICTIM OF LOVE

Victim of Love - Charles Bradley 

His story has been well documented......Classic oldies soul. Charles Bradley has the perfect mix of mellow grooves and the soul of Otis with the voice and catchy beats of James Brown.  

GRETCHEN WILSON - RIGHT ON TIME


Gretchen Wilson is known as a "Redneck Woman" . This album shows that there is much more to her than that.  There's rock, country, blues, a little R&B.......excellent. ROR RECOMMENDS!