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.

Life is a funny thing, sometimes. When you may feel that all is lost in your life and something bigger than you is controlling who you are and who you can be, to the point you are feeling that you are falling in a downward spiral with no return, an unexpected twist of fate can bring you back on your feet in a snapshot.


The life story of American Powerhouse singer-songwriter Beth Hart, in that respect, is no mystery to anybody and is quite remarkable the way that the artist has managed to drastically change the course of her life and her career for good, thanks to those aforementioned  twists of fate, namely Hart's husband Scott and her long-time manager Dave Wolff.

There are records able to put yourself in peace with the whole world out there, maybe due to their purity, the optimism that transpire from their lyrics or maybe, just maybe, because there is true artistry behind such records.


American Troubadour Danny Lynn Wilson, after many years spent On The Road trying to reach that fine but decisive balance between clever songwriting, exceptional vocal delivery and inspired musical arrangements, through his brand new record called Peace Of Mind, he has certainly achieved that artistic goal, thanks to a series of life daily vignettes translated into songs of fabulous intensity and depth.

In days like these, where music in its globality lacks of originality and, in some cases, also of musicianship, it is so wonderful to get a breath of classy musical fresh air through the release of the eponymous debut record of the London-based band Jawbone.


Inspired by a song title from The Band's second album, this collective made by four extremely skilled musicians started taking shape and form back in 2008, unbeknown to both Jawbone's lead singers Marcus Bonfanti (Vocals and Guitar) and Paddy Milner (Vocals and Keyboards), when the two artists, who had already a common passion for 70's Folk, Roots and Blues music, lived in the same place for a while in a North London house share. 

In later years, there has been an impressive number of talented music artists coming from New Zealand able to create records of great quality and emotional impact, either musically or lyrically. In that respect, the young singer/songwriter and Indie/Folk artist Mel Parsons has been doing both things very well on a remarkable level for few years, now, receiving a lot of unanimous praises for the quality of her body of work expressed on each of her previous albums from the music industry worldwide.


After a three years gap from Parsons' 2015 very successful album called Drylands, there was a lot of curiosity and expectations coming from both fans and music press, about the next artistic move in the career of a such promising artist.

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.

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