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08/15/20




PEGGY JAMES/Paint Still Wet: An amiable folk rocker with a rootsy edge from her roots in rootsy areas, she serves up an easy going fifth set that seems right at home for when your head needs to get out of the city. With some of Milwaukee's top cats in tow, the result is a nicely polished set that leaves the rough edges at the door but never suffers from too much gloss. The end result is a tasty folk rock treat that ought to ring the bell with singer/songwriter fans easily.
(Happy Growl )

NEW RIVER BLUEGRASS/There Was a Time: Wow. New traditionalist bluegrass that is right in the pocket from the old masters to you. Plying their trade since 2004, producing several bluegrass #1's along the way, if you didn't know this wasn't authentic old timey stuff you'd be sure it was. Mixing music and faith the old fashioned way, whether you believe or not, this is a dose of what the country needs now instead of rhetoric and posturing. Hot stuff.

SHOE BIRDS/Origin: Alt.country from Mississippi that‘s as good as anything coming out of Nashville because it has a lot of Nashville talent in and on it, its is a solid, modern record where Norbert Putnam channels some Bob Johnston and the vibe is alive. Yes, there is some modern country that isn't about bros and sippy cups. Long may it wave.
(Waxsaw)

LISA MANN/Old Girl: With a load of awards under her belt, Mann refuses to fudge her resume to appear younger than she is and embraces who and where she is possibly inspiring others to do the same. Just an ep sized set, she's cast herself here as a singer/songwriter singing her truths nicely.
(Jay Ray)

JOHN FINBURY/American Nocturnes-Final Days of July: Finbury pulls an about face here from his recent Latin jazz outings to craft an instrumental date that lands nicely somewhere between new age and Aaron Copland. Bringing in some no nonsense hitters to fully realize his vision, this is a must for listeners looking for top shelf instrumental music with depth and power to give them something really meaty to gnaw on. First class all the way.
(Green Flash)

NATION BEAT/Royal Chase: A crew that finds out of the ordinary as ordinary, they answer the question of ‘what would happen if...?' A delightful crew of genre splicers and mixmasters, they can easily bring the second line funk to Brazil and make it work. Brashly creative without letting the wheels roll off, this is the perfect party music for a summer evening where you want something with some zest and groove but really want to sit back with a drink in your hand letting the world go by. Well done.
(Fresh Grass)

FUMI TOMITA/Celebrating Bird-A Tribute to Charlie Parker: Parker has been such a towering figure for so long it's almost hard to fathom we're only celebrating his centennial now. Answering the question of whether you can pay tribute by writing all new material with hints of ‘variations on a theme by...'with a resounding yes, Tomita and his pals take some classic Bird changes and change them around. Keeping all the basic daddio vibes in tact, this set can take you back to the day when you weren't there---but will feel like you were. With chops to spare, this is some solid straight ahead jazz that's a treat throughout.
(Next Level 2036)

FAHIR ATAKOGLU/For Love: In which we find this is more a presentation than a record. The Turkish piano man rounds up a load of guest stars that move the proceedings through it's international paces that gives you different tastes of different flavors of love. Like a cabaret/theater presentation, all that's missing is a jewel box theater to give this the right ambience to wrap you around it's finger. A world beat set that breaks the mold, this is moving things to the next level of the game for people ready to take off again. Well done.
(Far & Here)

HEATHER ANNE LOMAX/All This time: Some throwback stuff sucks. Some throwback stuff is nice. Some throwback stuff digs it's fingernails into your back while biting your ear with sweat flying everywhere. That's where Lomax's latest begins. Taking it's rockabilly cues from Elvis in Memphis, with her Ann-Margret female Elvis period sneer and locks, this real deal gunslinger knows how to make temperatures rise. A sizzling sexy set that remembers where rock came from, this ain't for the lily livered. Utterly hot stuff throughout.

Volume 44/Number 292
August 15, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2020 Midwest Record


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