There is something exquisitely beautiful about the way in which Brooklyn-based Indie/Folk singer/songwriter Jack Symes designs how to put into songs his personal take on modern society.


With the release of his brand new album called Tompkins Park, available via Symes' Bandcamp page, the L.A. raised artist assembles some of the most inspired songs he has written so far in his career, through a series of sonic vignettes based either on personal life or delving deeply into issues part of our everyday's life, written with great sense of narrative and poetry.

For a music artist, perhaps now more than ever, it is hugely important to keep on focusing and nurturing the love for one of the most fascinating and diverse art-forms existing and still trying, at the same time. to make a point on the current state of our society and the extremely difficult and unique time of the world in which we are all living.


In that respect, someone like the American Blues artist Russell "The Hitman" Alexander, has always been a master in blending his talent as a guitar player and as a singer/songwriter with his cutthroat views on the state of modern society, analysing all its pros and cons together with his band of brothers and sisters, through that splendid music machine called The Hitman Blues Band.

It's sometimes infuriating that truly talented artists like the Chicago-born Guitarist Supremo and singer/songwriter JD Simo get unnoticed by big record labels, even more when said artists reach the peak of their musicianship.


Rather fortunately, though, a creative, extremely talented and forward-thinking artist like Simo has managed to forge his name, fame and respect from fans worldwide even without the financial support of major labels,  through years of incendiary live performances and some remarkable studio albums, especially in the last decade of the American guitarist's career.

In the last two decades, there has been an increasing worldwide interest for Scandinavian music artists on different genres, from Jazz to Blues or from Pop to Rock. A very justified interest indeed, given the enormous amount of talent showcased by said artists throughout their whole career, finally starting to pay off, if we may add, deservedly so.


One of those artists is certainly Blues/Rock Danish guitarist and singer/songwriter Ole Frimer, who has firmly established himself as one of the most loved and respected music artists not just in his native Denmark but also in many countries in Europe.

There is always something a bit more special happening, when talented artists get together to work on a collective project. Truth to be told, veteran multi-instrumentalist Micke Bjorklof, guitar supremo Ville "Lefty" Leppanen and bassist extraordinaire Miikka "Chef" Kivimaki from Finland have been working together for quite some time but not on a regular basis, due to their individual music projects.


When they finally are in the same room, though, playing and singing all together, no matter how long has passed since they last worked together, they are always able to recreate an artistic alchemy like very few are able to achieve, especially in the European contemporary music context.

Since the dawn of time, the art of music has always been a highly therapeutic tool for millions of people around the world; for those who so skilfully created it, for music fans and sometimes even for medical purposes to cure diseases.


In that respect, somebody that has used for all his life music not only as a platform to allow his many talents to shine in full glory but also as a mirror to his troubled soul, it's certainly that living Blues/Rock legend that is the American guitarist and singer/songwriter Walter Trout.

Music artists often prefer, once they establish themselves in a certain circuit or have managed to build a certain amount of fans/followers, to stick on what they do best and what provides them that blanket of comfort that guarantee them a lucrative return. In some respects, this is understandable enough, when you are an independent artist that cannot rely on a record label's financial support but the down side of it, it is that this philosophy kills creativity.


There are also fortunately those that rather prefer to follow instead their musical growth without disrupting their artistic integrity and keeping on exploring new musical highway, just like the Pennsylvania-born Blues/Rock and Funk guitarist and singer/songwriter Jeff Fetterman.

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