Chicano Music has gone through a lot of transformations and highs and lows, in the last half a century, sometimes in a good way, some other time not really up to the standards that the genre's Kingpin, Lalo Guerrero, reached in the late 40's.


It is therefore refreshing that a record that sticks to the traditions and the foundations of Chicano Music, with a little contemporary twist, like Johnny & Jaalene sees the light of the day right now, in 2018.

One of the secrets behind the success of a great album is the ability to keep the sound fresh and vibrant throughout the record, at the same time entertaining the listeners and jiggling different musical layers that magically fits inside one another, like a perfectly shaped sonic Matrioska.

This is something that the Leicester-born and London-based troubadour Jack J Hutchinson and his band of brothers Boom Boom Brotherhood fully manage to achieve in their debut album called Set Your Heart For The Sun.

Music business is an environment where it is sometimes easy to get burned off by popularity, stress, pressure and the hard life On The Road, unless you are an artist provided with incredible tenacity, motivations and, most importantly, bags of talent.


For the New York singer/songwriter Sari Schorr, the last two years of her life have been, perhaps, the most intense that the artist has ever lived so far. The 2016's debut album A Force Of Nature saw Schorr being deservedly catapulted to the top of the Rock and Blues charts worldwide, thanks to an irresistible combustion of late 60's and 70's Blues, Funk and Psychedelic Rock, a very inspired songwriting and, most of all, to an extraordinarily powerful voice that brings shivers in your spine.

 

If there is any record in 2018 that can best sum the great shape of contemporary Blues/Rock in Great Britain, that record is certainly Mahogany Drift, an album-project put together by three of the finest and most promising Blues/Rock artists of the current British scene, Troy Redfern, Jack J Hutchinson and Mike Ross, under the acronym RHR, that clearly refers to their surname's initials.


Although having a common love and passion for Blues and Rock, the RHR project is not only a record displaying three different ways to approach Blues and Rock but serves also as a platform for the three musicians to showcase their own style and personal ability as singers, songwriters and guitarists, joining forces, from a songwriting aspect, just on the instrumentals that inspire the album title, Mahogany and Drift.

We very rarely, on our website, get to talk about artists sharing our same geographic roots. Just like Bluebird Reviews, the 25-years old pop/country artist Max Ater comes from the home state of Maine and, at his young age, he has got already quite a story behind him.


Back in 2012, age 19, this talented singer/songwriter won the prestigious show Maine's Got Talent, performing an all-original song and the following year, he released his debut EP called Up 'Till Now, a mini album where the young artist also produced the album all by himself. 

It is safe to say that love for music runs deeply in the DNA of the South Philadelphia-born singer and songwriter Gene Micofsky. After a solid start of his music career as a composer for films and TV, the next inevitable step for this very talented young artist was to release his very first solo record.


And what a special record his debut album called Amusia truly is! Released on 12th October on the major digital music platforms, Amusia is a record that reveals an artist with a deep understanding, appreciation and knowledge of music at 360 degrees. Adding to those qualities a natural inner talent as a singer and a songwriter, one cannot stop wonder really why Micofsky has been waiting so long to reveal his many skills as a musician to the world.

There are not as many pioneering artists left around as American singer/songwriter Don McLean. In a career span of almost half a century, McLean has been and still is one of the most prominent musicians in the history of American Music. 


After an 8-years hiatus from his latest studio album, Addicted To Black, Don McLean announced, earlier this year, the release of his 19th studio album called Botanical Garden, one of the most significant works in the overall glorious career of one of America's most iconic artists.

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