Rick Monroe has gained legions of fans all over the country while supporting artists from Dierks Bently and Eric Church to Charlie Daniels and Dwight Yoakam. Now, the “Great Minds Drink Alike” singer is satiating fans with his new release, Gypsy Soul, due May 12th.
Monroe had a hand in writing all six-tracks on the EP including the groove-filled, romantic jam "This Side Of You," which is currently moving rapidly up the Billboard Indicator and MusicRow Charts. The five additional tracks showcase Monroe's diversity and hold a little something for everyone - from the mid-tempo ode to the woman who makes his heart skip a beat (“Better”), to the easygoing and sweet “Ease On Down” to the EP’s honest title track which reflects Monroe's own journey as a wayfaring troubadour. Gypsy Soul is rounded out with "Moment Like This", an edgy country rocker (that’s surely radio ready) dealing with moving on and regret, and the dynamic "Rage On," which with its mix of Monroe’s in-command bluesy vocals, Hammond B-3, and horns leaves you wanting more.
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The Jon Stickley Trio prepares to release the follow-up to their 2015 critically acclaimed album, Lost at Last, when they unleash their third full length, Maybe Believe, on May 12th. The Trio - Jon Stickley (guitar), Lyndsay Pruett (violin) and Patrick Armitage (drums) flex some seriously creative musical muscles on the twelve-track project which contains nine originals and three covers that beguile with the trio’s skillful, energetic musicianship.
Beginning with the delicate twists and turns of the brief opener, “Jewels”, the trio continue to ignite a music fire layering genres in ways that are the definition of unique and creative including the eclectic “Playpeople” which draws inspiration from Green Day, Duran Duran, Grateful Dead, and David Grisman Quintet; and “Slow Burn” which does just that as it grows from a subdued piece to one with hard rock elements before returning to melodies that fit a fairytale.
Maybe Believe’s originals veer from the infectiously quirky (“The Price of Being Nice”) to potently punk (“Mt. Sandia Swing”) to those that can only be described as a – delicious - musical stew (“Cecil”). And while the originals are interesting and inventive, the covers are equally compelling. Written by Richard James (a.k.a. Aphex Twin) “Avril 14th” is brief and delightful, while Bill Monroe’s “Jerusalem Ridge” is dynamically updated and “Birdland Breakdown” (John Reischman) sweeps you away. The collection closes out with Pruett’s “Lady Time” a two-parter that blends regal and soothing melodies reminding us that while words make music relatable, melodies carry a power all their own.
Due May 9th, Michael Gaither's latest release, Hey Karma, is an eleven-track collection that features guitars, banjos, and mandolins lovingly bringing to life tunes about life, love and things in between. Gaither goes nostalgic on the lead track, “Mix Tape” - which with its light percussion and bluesy backdrop proclaims the joys of making that little plastic soundtrack - as well as “Tuesday Nights At Eight (Song for Red Skelton)” while nice harmonies are found on “Outside the Gates of Graceland” a song that envisions searching for a dream. Different angles of love can be found on “It’s Nothing Personal,” the smartly written, harmonica-laden “Best of Breed Romance” and the delightfully sweet “Somewhere I Went Right.” Other tracks on the album include a subdued version on Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns, and Money”, the title track which calls on karma to take care of the ones who are in line to get their due and the thoughtful “On Saturday and Sunday”. For more information visit HERE.