- Written by Deb's Music Stop
Songstress Sandi Thom to Release New Single, Earthquake
Tales of heartache are common storylines in music. So, what happens when the lyrics that roll off a singer's tongue mirror those of their own, most private anguish? An autobiographical recording is born.
In 2014, multi-platinum selling, singer-songwriter, Sandi Thom suffered a devastating life event when a long-term, romantic relationship dissolved without notice. She recalls the impact of the empty house after he moved out and likened the pain to being hit by an earthquake, where the world shatters around you and everything you once knew and held dear suddenly is taken from you. (I remember learning of the break up on social media and how saddened Thom's close-knit group of followers were on the day she posted the news.)
Resilience, family, and friends saw Thom over the crisis. It inspired her to write the new single, "Earthquake." The power, pop-ballad is a mere glimpse of what's to come from the pop, folk, rock and blues artist, who plans to release her first self-produced album, Weapons Of Past Destruction in spring 2016, on Scottish label MITA. "Earthquake" is available for download beginning November 27, 2015, via iTunes.
"It's the catch 22 of being a songwriter. You have to suffer through something real and raw to come out with your best a work. In a strange way, the pain of the break up inspired me to write my best album ever, so in some ways I'm thankful for having gone through it all," says Thom.
Viewers will find more than one "Earthquake" video circulating around the internet. After watching three, I discovered that each format impacted me differently. First is the official music video (seen above), shot with a 360 degree GoPro. Here, Thom presents as four characters trapped in one room. Each personality displays a varied level of disillusionment. It's an interesting concept that is perfect for MTV (that's if MTV still played cool videos). Second is the official lyric video which visualizes phrases swirling about a transparent, spinning globe. Perhaps the intent is to connect the world to one universal burden? Then, in watching Thom's live performance aired on Vintage TV, the magnitude of her grief struck me to the core. Never before have I seen the singer more vulnerable than in this footage. Not only does the strain of despair resonate in her angelic vibrato, the look in her eyes tell us something more.
In my mind, gone are the days of "I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In Her Hair)." Thom has evolved into a grown woman singing about big girl stuff, where real pain is a tragic component in life, as evidenced by this song and similar tracks from her last few studio albums.
"Earthquake" is strikingly honest and poignant, where, in the end, the only path to recovery is by letting go of the past and crossing over to a triumphant space.
Please stay tuned for more on Sandi Thom in the coming months, as Bluebird Reviews staff plan to write a full album review and interview the songstress. Related articles include: Flesh and Blood, Sandi Thom: Maine Debut, The Global Reach of Sandi Thom, and recently, The Tale of Two Sandi's: Interview with Sandi Thom. For more information please visit the artist's website, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube
Yours in music,
Photos courtesy of Sandi Thom. Video courtesy of Sandi Thom and Vintage TV.
2015. All Rights Reserved.
- Written by Deb's Music Stop
Ray Goren Releases Third EP-- Songs For You
Singer and multi-instrumentalist, Ray Goren caught my attention with the release of LA Sessions and Save My Soul, in 2014. The 5-track EPs showcased a budding artist's knack for composing snappy, pop-driven tunes and sentimental ballads. Considered a musical prodigy, Goren began playing guitar and writing his own music before he turned seven. He has performed with guitar and songwriting legends such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Bonnie Raitt. On August 21, 2015, Goren brought his talents to the masses once more, with the release of Songs For You, his debut EP on Jay Vee Records, produced by Grammy Award winning artist Steve Jordan.
- Written by Bluebird
While we are still reeling from Robert Plant's recent live tour and the mystical, Lullabye and The Ceaseless Roar, followed by the LP More Roar, our trusty rock historian, record collector, Paul Gorse, reminded us of Plant's impeccable embrace of all music genres over the decades. Plant's 1999 tribute to Skip Spence showed up in my box this week. More Oar is a reminder that Plant's entanglement of his own musical (Moby) grape vine has never let go.
- Written by Giovanni "Gio" Pilato
To help finding your favourite artists and friends of Bluebird Review on Tour around the globe and enjoy the best of music, wherever you live in any part of the world. Many more artists and their tour dates on our website still to come. Have a great time and, most of all, never stop loving music!
Fabrizio Poggi & Chicken Mambo
The legendary Harmonica Blues from Italy will tour the United Kingdom to promote his latest studio album with the Chicken Mambo band called Spaghetti Juke Joint.
Nov 8th The Ivy House, London
Nov 9th Bulls Head, London
Nov 10th The Railway, Winchester
Nov 11th Nambucca, London
Nov 12th Mr Kyps, Poole
Nov 13th Central Studio - The Theatre At Queen Mary's College
Nov 14th Craft Beer & Blues Festival - Reigate
Walter Trout Band
Walter Trout is back with a new album, Battle Scars. The American Blues/Rock artist will be touring Europe premiering worldwide his comeback album.
Nov 07th Frederikshavn, Blues Festival - Denmark
Nov 08th KB, Malmoe - Sweden
Nov 10th Kedelhuset, Silkeborg - Denmark
Nov 11th Amager Bio, Copenhaghen - Denmark
Nov 13th Nordic Hall, Harstad - Norway
Nov 14th Kulturhuset, Tromso - Norway
Nov 17th Arc, Stockton-On-Tees - United Kingdom
Nov 18th ABC, Glasgow - United Kingdom
Nov 20th Holmfirth, Picturedrome - United Kingdom
Nov 21th Forum, London - United Kingdom
Nov 24th Assembly, Leamington Spa - United Kingdom
Nov 25th Cheese & Grain, Frome - United Kingdom
Nov 28th Le Carre', Amsterdam - Netherland
Joe Satriani - Feat. Support Artist Dan Patlansky
The Shockwave Tour 2015 continues in the United Kingdom in November. The legendary American guitarist will have, as support artist for this tour, another old friend and fabulous artist Dan Patlansky.
Nov 01st O2 Apollo, Manchester
Nov 02nd Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Nov 03rd Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Nov 04th Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield
Nov 05th Cardiff St.David's Hall, Cardiff
Nov 07th Southend Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-On-Sea
Nov 08th Bristol Colston Hall, Bristol
Nov 09th Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth
Nov 10th Hammersmith Apollo, London
One of the greatest blues artists of all time will be performing in November in the United States.
Nov 06th Paramount Theatre - Rutland, VT
Nov 07th Garde Arts Center - New London, CT
Nov 08th Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
Nov 12th Scottish Rite Auditorium - Collingswood, NJ
Enjoy the music!
Giovanni "Gio" Pilato
- Written by Deb's Music Stop
CD/DVD: Radio City Music Hall
ARTIST: Joe Bonamassa
LABEL: J & R Adventures
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2015
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://jbonamassa.com/
Blues-rock guitarist, Joe Bonamassa is living his boyhood dream of performing at world renown theaters (Royal Albert Hall, Vienna Opera House, and Red Rocks Amphitheater). His newest concert CD/DVD release, Radio City Music Hall is nothing less than stellar! It captures the artist in the best of dual roles, a tale of two Joe's-- the finger-picking, acoustic troubadour and the electric blues-rock titan. This performance marked the culmination and finale of a special 18-month tour Bonamassa showcased around the world (twice). The CD & Blu-Ray Deluxe Collector’s Edition include 2 newly recorded songs, 9 unreleased live tracks, over 75 minutes of music, over 2 ½ hours of live video, a 40 page collector’s book with photos, and special behind-the-scenes footage.
The opening set sees Bonamassa revisit several fan favorites as presented at Vienna Opera House in July 2012 (An Acoustic Evening at Vienna Opera House), with musicians Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle, mandolin; Ireland), Mats Wester (nyckelharpa, mandola; Sweden), and Lenny Castro (percussion; Toto, Fleetwood Mac; USA). Reese Wynans (keyboards; Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble; USA ) is the newest member to the lineup.