You can walk through different paths in your life but, in the end, if music it's your first love, you will always get back to it, sooner or later. This is exactly what happened to guitarist and singer/songwriter James R. Poggensee, aka Jim Roberts, which in the 90's, after 20-odd years of music activity, to absolve family duties decided to let aside the music and start working as a police officer. But, with time, with the same effect that the irresistible chant of a mermaid would do to humans, back in 2012 Roberts decided to go back to what he really loved doing, a love affair with music lasting for more than four decades and still running. The 2014's album Devil On A Dirt Road, released when the band was still called The Jack Roberts Harvey Band, showed clear signs that the magic in Robert's music was still there, despite the 15-years hiatus from the music business.

Robert's brand new album, called Beneath The Blood Moon and released under a new band name, Jim Roberts And The Resonants, is a definite game changer in Robert's career as a musician. His slide guitar sound is sharper and stronger than ever, his lyrics more personal and inspired, his vocals displaying a growing solidity and maturity in comparison to Robert's last album.

If you want to achieve your goals, you have got to risk it all. This concept might have been in the back of the head of French blues/rock artist Gaëlle Buswel, at the time her brand new album, New Day's Waiting was written and recorded.

The genesis of Buswel's new album started back in 2015, when the French artist decided to pack her luggage and travel to the United States for a month and a half, searching for inspiration for her next music project. The journey proved to be a very successful one for the singer/songwriter, with Buswel immersing herself deeply into the roots of the blues and the rock, two genres very close to her heart.

Bring Back the Sun is a great surprise to listeners who enjoy music from the singer songwriters of the 1970's plus a little classic rock. The guitars lead strong and provide a full rock experience, tasty guitar solos and upbeat percussion. This refreshing treat brings on harmony vocals and a sunny 70's sound. In "Social Director" and "A Place That We Call Yesterday," Charles applies his experience in playing 60-70s rock and folk to create a contemporary record that pushes the boundaries of the singer-songwriter genre. "Yasmine" hits you with a Joe Jackson feel, and the catchy vibes reverb throughout the collection. "Strollin" has serious lyrics with mirror rhymes, that bring forth many of the great qualities we love from the bands that influence Parker. The "Calypso Song" is a break from the harmony line to a free steel drum sound still keeping in with Parker's style. Ballads like "I Love To Feel The Rain" "Stop" and the title track, "Bring Back The Sun" are reminiscent of the days of "Baker Street" with Gerry Rafferty and just an enjoyable time. "One Way To Go" shows off Parker's rocker breed and it stretches across all decades and even genres, including rock, folk, funk and a little punk too. "Say Good Bye" may be a favorite of this 15 song record as it brings all of Parker's talents together in one harmonious song.

PRESS RELEASE: Charles Parker is a triple threat, who not only can sing and play guitar but also writes on a level far above most of his peers.  His unique music is a place where rock, folk and pop cross paths on the way to a remarkably contemporary sound.  Through his work being a professional musician in cover bands and tribute bands, Parker is a seasoned performer who is known for his strong work ethic, passion for music and determination to persevere.  With his over 20 years of experience, the journey continues through the release of his debut album Bring Back The Sun.

ARTIST: Chris Ross and the North
ALBUM: Over Lonesome
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2017
LABEL: Independent
WEBSITE: Chris Ross and the North

Supporters of Chris Ross and the North get behind the band to raise funds to record Over Lonesome. Those who visited the band's PledgeMusic page could pledge to pre-order the upcoming album or memorabilia, e.g. handwritten lyric sheet, private guitar lesson with Zack, personal video of the band singing Happy Birthday to the pledge, and receive exclusive updates and insights into the album making process. A real win-win for everyone.

Too often, in nowadays music world, artists feel like they have to adhere to certain standards, because they know or they think to know what fans are expecting from them, musically speaking. That philosophy generates frequently very monotone albums, with the same musical structure running through the whole album over and over again, just lightly reshuffled to give the fans the impression (or maybe the illusion) they are listening to new and vibrant songs.

Luckily for us, there are still music artists out there that decide instead to follow solely their instinct, no matter where the direction of their music take them to. On this matter, the new album from the English collective Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion called This Is The Life I Choose is the ideal representation of what the music and the concept of making music should be all about and stand for.

It gives such a great feeling to listen to an album like this. Laura Tate, American actress and singer, here on her 4th studio album called Let's Just Be Real, delivers one of the most intense records of her career.

Tate's new album is a masterful display of the Texan singer's vocal abilities on the 12 tracks that travel through old, new and original material, never before released. Tate surrounds herself with the elite of worldwide studio musicians, from the Brass Maestro Lee Thornberg to the devastatingly brilliant Jeff Paris on Piano, B3 and Mandolin, just to mention few of the great musicians involved on the album.

Italy is one of those countries that get inevitably associated to many stereotypes, either positive or negative but certainly not immediately connected to Blues music. The truth is, stereotypes aside, Italians have always had in their DNA traces of Blues in their blood, the main proof being that the first ever person worldwide to write a sheet of Blues music, back in 1908, was a gentleman called Antonio Maggio who wrote a tune called I Got The Blues.

Despite the fact that the Blues in Italy has then, through the years, been relegated for reasons unknown to the back seat of the Italian music culture by the local medias, that has not certainly stopped this wonderful country to keep producing Blues artists of real quality, from Guido Toffoletti, Roberto Ciotti, Fabio Treves and Fabrizio Poggi to the Nouvelle Vague of Italian Blues musicians like Marco Pandolfi, Roberto Luti, Adriano Viterbini and Mike Sponza, among others.

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