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30
Jan
15

COLIN JAMES-HEARTS ON FIRE- “SLOW BURN GUMBO” CD REVIEW BY JOHN EMMS

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Hearts On Fire finds Colin James in an earthy slow burn of reflective song gumbo.

The title track is simply one of the best songs of his career. A steamy song of love and hurt set up against the backdrop of a modern relationship

It kills with Southern ambience.

Next up, the excellent Just A Little Love finds ace guitarist/co-producer Colin Linden, and the famed rhythm section of Willie Weeks and drummer George Receli setting up a shuffle that would make Bonnie Raitt proud.

This album has a lot of quality laid back songs such as the Mark Knopfler influenced How Does It Feel, James’ superb lead vocal on the Sam Cooke-esque groove of You Were Never Mine and one of his most personal songs ever titled Stay.

James has never sounded as vulnerable as he does on Stay.

A song of  understanding, of forgiveness, and of longing Stay would be a high point on any album.

It should be said this is NOT the blues rock album that his previous album Fifteen was.

He has plenty of killer songs in that category from his varied career.

There is the mid-tempo slinky Heartbreak Road with Reese Wynans and the extraordinary talents of vocalists Ann and  Regina McClary and also the roadhouse smoke of Honey Bee.

But in the end, it’s songs like Stay and Dreams Come and Go with lyrics like “I gave it away for a band of gold, “All strung out down on my floor” that strike at the heart of the matter.

This is a brave album.

Like the smell of a spring morning or the haze from a sleepless night the best songs on this album remain with you long after the music fades.

NOTE…ALBUM DUE DATE IS FEB 3, 2015

JOHN EMMS is a 30 year veteran music journalist, Sun Media contributor, songwriter, and radio host.

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JOHN’S BLUES AND ROOTS BAND THE SHAFTMEN

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27
Jan
15

THIS WEEK..COMING UP-NEW FULL REVIEWS JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, THE DECEMBERISTS, JAMIE CULLUM, COLIN JAMES-BY JOHN EMMS

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Yes, you heard right..it’s busy for the start of the year

 

PLUS NEW TINSLEY ELLIS..TOUGH LOVE..Killer work from Tinsley!!!

 

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JOHN EMMS  is a veteran music journalist, Sun Media contributor, radio host and musician

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https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

 

 

25
Jan
15

REAL MUSICIANS PLAYING IS NOT DEAD-2015-I SAY CHECK OUT THE PASSION/NEW ARTISTS/VINTAGE ARTISTS/ALBUM TRACKS/NEW REVIEWS -BY JOHN EMMS

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I have been reviewing albums for every major and indie label in the world for over 30 years.

You have to have a passion for it.

And of course I do.

So that is what I’m going to bring to you.

Artists who are creating music with passion and may be breaking new ground.

It may not be ‘the single” could be an album track.

It can come from any genre.

Your job will be to go and check out these tracks and artists.

I’m also going to bump up my radio show this year with new artists, new music

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One more thing..(EDM) Electronic Dance Music can rule the charts. It’s cool, And I dig it.

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LET’S START WITH THESE..

Check..  the tracks…on Google/iTunes/your phone/ music app or whatever

 

Arkells-One of Canada”s most important new artists-Track-Crawling Through The Window-Big chords and great storyline-Cd-High Noon. –

Trombone Shorty-New Orleans most important new player-Track-Get The Picture-Funky Horns/and Big Groove-cd-Say That To Say This.

Alan Doyle-Track-Sins of Saturday Night-Small Towns, Big Dreams, Love Won and lost-Doyle says it all-cd -So Let’s Go.

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Jann Arden -Hard To Be Alive-album track-Passionate vocal and yes as Jann says “it’s weird and wonderful at the same time’-CD-Everything Almost

Lana Del Ray-Sad Girl-Stunning ambience and haunting vocal-album track-cd -Ultraviolence.

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Rosanne Cash-Modern Blue- from the cd The River and the Thread-Uptempo groove, revealing  lyrics-her best original work-buy this cd.

The Kooks-Murderer-From the cd Listen-Wow acoustic, new groove..This is what I mean about making new music that’s important

You need this track big time.

JOHN EMMS-Is a veteran music journalist, Sun Media contributor, radio host and singer-songwriter with Canadian  Roots/Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

check out their craft and songs here

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24
Jan
15

TROMBONE SHORTY-SAY THAT TO SAY THIS -“THE GROOVE THAT NEVER QUITS”-CD REVIEW-BY JOHN EMMS

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Trombone Shorty’s latest album Say That To Say This is an album that could be played anywhere in the world.

And it should be.

Why you ask?

Because the ‘groove” never quits.

That’s the key. Drop this music anywhere and it will move you.

Look folks, great musicianship  never goes out of style!

Songs like Get The Picture, and the Meter-esque instrumental title track mix funky guitars, punchy horns, and above all accessible hooks that finish in under 3 minutes.

If that was not enough Andrews gets The Meters back together in the studio for an airy and elegant take on Be My Lady

It kills, just like the Neville/Kravitz inspired Dream On and the funky time signature that drives the track Long Weekend.

What Andrews and his superb band Orleans Avenue do on Say That To Say This is almost what Steely Dan used to do for their hit songs.

That is, make intelligent and eclectic music.

Co-producer Raphael Saadiq can take a lot of credit for how this album is integrated.

In fact, Saadiq (also an excellent musician) knows what a band sounds like locked in.

And for lack of a better term Saadiq’s production work is like a glue.

It bonds Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue into a distinctive sound.

You need this!

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, Sun Media contributor, radio host, and singer-songwriter with Canadian blues/roots rockers THE SHAFTMEN

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

 

 

 

23
Jan
15

THE SHAFTMEN-PACKING UP-A RELATIONSHIP ROCKER-FROM OUR LATEST CD

YES WE DO WRITE SOME NON-BLUES SONGS..HERE IS A DANDY

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23
Jan
15

NEW COLIN JAMES REVIEW -Hearts On Fire-COMING SOON-“KILLER WORK BY COLIN LINDEN AND COLIN JAMES’ BY JOHN EMMS

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JUST A NOTE FOLKS..COLIN’S NEW CD IS DUE FEB 3RD..it’s natural, and the players are “in the pocket”….I’m digging it

J.E.

14
Jan
15

ALAN DOYLE-SO LET’S GO-“DOYLE BLENDS TRADITIONAL WARMTH INTO A MODERN EXCITING RELEASE”-CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

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Earthy, at times moving, and brimming with just plain great songwriting Alan Doyle’s second solo album So Let’s Go may be the most cohesive work of his career.

Sure, that’s saying a lot considering his work as co-founder and lead vocalist with Great Big Sea but Let’s Go has an international feel that could translate way beyond Canada.

The title track written and produced by Doyle and Thomas Salter has a killer feel that jumps out of your speakers.

Doyle’s joyous vocal turns the track into an anthem.

That goes ditto for the infectious singalong rave up  1, 2, 3 4 written with Ed Roberstson.

If there was ever an encore song that could muscle out a Great Big Sea hit at a concert this song would be it.

Doyle gets deeper on the poignant Shine On written and produced with the talented Jerrod Bettis who also co-writes My Kingdom with Todd Clark and Doyle.

In fact, both songs show off the perfect blend of a modern mix with a traditional vibe.

Other key tracks include the working class Celtic soul of Take Us Home, Sins Of Saturday Night, and I Can’t Dance Without You.

Inspiring and consistent So Let’s Go is a winner.

Note the Album release date is Jan 20th/2015

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, Sun Media contributor, and songwriter/vocalist with Canadian roots/blues rockers THE SHAFTMEN

Check out John and the band here

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570




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