Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sandi Thom is a glowing example of humanitarian, musician and business woman. These days, it seems she is somewhere, everywhere, breaking down cultural barriers. She's putting herself firmly on the (global) map, and building a larger fan base, one show at a time.

Go ahead. Google her name to find numerous interviews and reviews, like The Herald Scotland or The Huffington Post. Visit ST TV to hear a 'stripped back solo version of "Help Me", taken from the bluesier fourth album, Flesh and Blood (2012), or the stunningly rich vocal of "I Owe You Zero". Then, follow her social media to learn of an endearing relationship with fans and call for tolerance and world harmony.

Bluebirdreviews was excited to hear the nominees for the 2014 Rock Hall of Fame. Read the list and our articles on some of these historic bands, but this does not even begin to include our list of favorites.

(The Meters? WOW! They should have been called out for the Rock Hall years ago!)

Call the tune, folks. You know we've got to ramble.


PRESS RELEASE: Unique, edgy, ferocious yet somber, The Netherland's The Charm the Fury formed in 2010 and has brilliantly managed to stand out from the crowd. The band is not only known for its harmonious but chaotic tracks, but also because of female screamer Caroline Westendorp. Caroline's vocals will turn the head of any female fronted act, as well as, give male fronted bands a severe run for their money.

Hailed as "Hollands best kept secret", The Charm The Fury, are frantically taking the globe by storm with their aggressive take on a modern day metal trend. Already leaving crowds in frenzy across multiple countries while also taking the European festivals by storm!

The new music video for their single "Carte Blanche" can be seen here:

The debut full length " A Shade Of My Former Self", released September 17, 2013 via Pavement Entertainment (North America), shows sheer progression and maturity in the bands unique sound and structure. Check out the band talking about the new album here:

The band will also embark on a hectic touring schedule with dates confirmed supporting We Came As Romans, While She Sleeps and a prolific slot at this years Warped Tour Eindhoven! Plans for a full North American tour are also in the works for complete worldwide domination.

I Googled 'etiquette for writing a belated album review' and nothing popped up on the first page. To play it safe, though--in case Erma Bombeck actually wrote a segment in one of her books, this article is strictly news and commentary.

Whenever a fellow music friend brings a talented artist to my attention, I get all excited. In this case, thank you Jim. I find myself caught up in researching, in reading their bio and press, and in listening to their music (kind of like what happened to me when I first heard Joe Bonamassa's music, in June 2010).

So...let me tell you a little bit about the multi-instrumentalist, singer, songerwriter, Eric Steckel. Not only is he supremely gifted at playing the guitar, he's going to become some kids hero, one day.

At the young age of 11, the blues-rock guitarist recorded his first album, A Few Degrees Warmer (2002). He caught the eye of John Mayall early on in his career, which resulted in an invitation to tour with The Bluesbreakers in 2004 and collaborate on their album, Road Dogs, in 2005. Steckel has opened for Johnny Winter at The Paradiso in Amsterdam and shared the prime-time bill with Gregg Allman at the legendary Pistoia Blues Festival, according to his official press.

Today, at age 23, the North Carolinian has achieved milestones musicians' his senior only dream about and is, "Hailed as one of the next big things in the Blues!" Furthermore, Steckel manages every aspect of his brand, with a "do-it-yourself" attitude, a popular trend among today's independent artists. He routinely tours Europe and USA and has assembled a strong following along the way.

Drew Schultz is a drummer, percussionist, songwriter, and producer who is the spearhead of the Back To Class project, a series of his original music featuring soul and Motown legends, raising funds for public school music programs in Detroit. He has performed with countless R&B legends including The Four Tops, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Dramatics, The Miracles, and The Contours. The Back To Class Blog will spotlight each song from the series, and each artist who has performed as a part of the project. You can find Drew at Back To Class is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more.

Lesson 1: Spyder Turner

Today's post focuses on Mr. Spyder Turner, who lent his voice to the Back To Class song "Simple Words" :

I first met Spyder Turner in Manhattan, where I had been studying for the summer at New York University's jazz program. Dennis Coffey, guitarist extraordinaire, had called to let me know that he would be playing at Lincoln Center, as a part of a Detroit Soul review called Ponderosa Stomp. Dennis always liked to have hand percussion at his shows, so I offered to come and play for his set. I remember scrambling to get to the jazz building at NYU in order to borrow a single conga, a tambourine and shaker, and a pedal that let me play a second tambourine with my foot. The backing band was called The Party Stompers, a great group of guys who I would go on to play with for years to come. At sound check I got a chance to talk with bassist, Adam Stanfel and guitarists, Jeff Meier and Mike Hurtt, and met legendary arranger/keyboardist McKinley Jackson. We did a brief run through with Dennis, and the guys asked if I'd like to play for the whole show. Of course I was thrilled to do it, as this was my first time playing anywhere near Lincoln Center!

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