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.

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.

Some of the most common definitions found next to the word Artist in few of the most renowned dictionaries worldwide are related to an Artist being either "someone who practices or is skilled in an art", or "someone who displays in his or her own work qualities required in an art form, such as sensibility and imagination" or, most simply "an artisan".


Right now, in the whole of the Blues and Rock music business, there is a very restricted circle of musicians able to incorporate all of the aforementioned definitions on being an Artist and most certainly, the legendary 67-years-old American guitarist and singer/songwriter Walter Trout belongs to that circle.

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.

There has always been, in the music business, an old saying about the fact that great albums are made through difficult circumstances and the past decades of music have amply proved this old saying.


A music genre that has often been associated with personal losses, hard times and difficult circumstances is the Blues. The very same genre that formed and shaped the solid roots of Rock And Roll, a genre that has allowed (and still does) many artists, through the years, to give voice to the pains of their heart and souls, either through their lyrics or through an instrument that, since the dawn of Blues, has symbolized the whole concept of being a Blues musician, the guitar.

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.

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