Artist Review Special: Luanne Hunt & Steven Bankey – “Lightning In A Bottle” Duet/Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Acclaimed and widely-received Award Winning Indie Country Star Luanne Hunt has made an astonishing presence on the Artist Reach platform at least twice. And third time is definitely the charm with her new duet-single “Lightning In A Bottle” performed alongside Sioux City Country Artist Steven Bankey.

This song is definitely another one of Hunt‘s upbeat gems with the same lovable and infectiously catchy signature style she is known for. And both voices on this song definitely brings out something special and memorable the more you hear it.

With an old school western-sensibility that ties in some of today’s best Country/Folk elements we’ve all come to know and love, this verse-sharing track is anything but a letdown. We get a story-telling narrative that brings both Hunt and Bankey to the forefront on each verse, while coming together with authentic and innovative vocal harmonies in the chorus to tie it all together into one great foot-stomping package. These two Country stars just soar together beautifully.

The likability factors are there for any Country listener. But it’s not just what is used in this song it’s how it’s used. We have very effective violin parts that parallel beautifully with the steel guitar-fills and piano-licks while showcasing some of the best use of backup tri-harmonies you could hear in such a naturally produced song: making it very busy, but not oversaturated. One thing you’ll be able to pick up on is how dynamic and precise this song’s composition is. It’s not one of those songs in need of relentless synthesizers, compression or auto-tune; this is about as real as it gets and it really sets a great tone for this track and showcases Hunt and Bankey‘s naturally-gifted talent in the most effective ways.

One other thing I found interesting is that even though this song is a duet, it’s not a love song. Which is not a bad thing at all. In fact, I found it more captivating that an upbeat duet is being put to use here without using the “Feature Artist” component. This is a duet for those looking to get out and dance to an amazing Country tune!

Both of these brilliant artists shine bright on “Lightning In A Bottle”. Take a listen for yourself, and we have no doubt you’ll feel the same.

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Artist Review: Cat Beach – “Go to Work” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Another astonishing and compelling reason that the Nashville music scene never disappoints.

That reason comes in the form of the charismatic and artistically articulate recording artist Cat Beach. A pioneer of the city’s renowned music scene with all the right ingredients to showcase some of today’s finer modernized Country & Blues.

Her hot single “Go to Work” is a perfect demonstration of how these ingredients are mixed with Cat Beach‘s very impressive mid-vocal range and groovy production value. While this song lyrically could be the polar opposite of the acclaimed “Take This Job and Shove It!”, we still get to grasp the same catchiness in a whole new way; except this time, you go to your job rather than quitting it on bad terms.

It’s only a lyrical reference however. The song itself is a very enchanting danceable experience with great backup vocals to compliment Cat Beach‘s fun, witty vocal style and bluesy riffs that drive this song forward. It starts out with a bang and cruises with a modernized take on classic Blues progressions that many famous songs utilize, but has a whole different kind of originality and versatility that emanates from every measure. Its message is conveyed beautifully and makes this song very addictive and quite the fun listen.

“Go to Work” has that staying power that will keep you coming back to this song again and again, as well as entice you to check out more of Cat Beach‘s catalogue. If you dig a catchy tune with a big band experience, then this song is definitely for you; and will give you another reason to absolutely adore the Nashville scene.

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Artist Review #2: Roman – “Dirty Bird” Single/Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


We’d like to welcome back our NYC brother and Alt/Rock Singer/Songwriter, Roman, for round 2 on the Artist Reach platform with his new infectiously catchy single, “Dirty Bird”, properly accompanied by a fun, witty, and entertaining Music Video. So in case any of you have been waiting for the Roman Empire to strike again, then your wait is over.
With this track, we have the formula that Roman is known for, however just like with every artist that evolves artistically as their careers manifest, we get some new surprises, twists, turns, and the same likability factors that always end up on overdrive.

With “Dirty Bird”, not only is the song very eclectic and well structured, but Roman‘s mid-ranged and charismatic vocals that carry a humble demeanor really continue to showcase in more impressive and memorable ways, solidifying his signature sound that sets him apart from your run-of-the-mill artists that sometimes tend to struggle to find themselves due to the oversaturation of cookie-cutting post-production antics. Luckily, we do not have this downfall with Roman at all; he is not only keeping his spark of the genre alive and well, but making it better than ever.

And with all this in place, we have a very interesting dynamic in the Music Video, where no matter what you’re doing; from taking a bath to chopping vegetables to cook dinner, you can always make room for dancing. This is a humble and good-hearted video that parallels a very authentic musician that doesn’t need an arena or humongous night club to emphasize a simple thing like getting down to a good song. 

There aren’t any antics that try to put Roman in an overwhelming setting with Lamborghinis, Bling Bling, or materialistic set designs that attempt to distract you from the song by shoving an artist’s ego down your throat. It’s a video that is natural, appealing, and very effective regardless of how simple or elaborate the production design is. Real talent will absolutely do the trick no matter what content or budget you have for a Music Video, so for Roman, this song definitely shines through no matter what his budget or production costs were used. It’s another direct piece of evidence that true talent goes above all, especially musical gimmicks or materialism.

Overall, Roman is an artist that never disappoints. He has a humble sensibility, down-to-earth characteristics, and an authentic signature sound and image that is very defined and memorable. “Dirty Bird” is definitely a must-hear for the ears, and a treat for the YouTube screen. We highly recommend you check out both, the song and video. You will be glad you did.

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Artist Review: Roman

Review by: Justyn Brodsky, Dave Welsh, & Martin Abrams


NYC-based Country/Indie Acoustic artist, Roman, that also encompasses a 90’s influence with his dynamic and catchy acoustic-oriented centerpiece to his music, has been building himself quite the empire lately; among fans, presentation, and overall musical inspiration and evolution as a professional musician.

And with that said, his upcoming album, appropriately titled Empire, has collectively been an anticipated release among fans, and also some of Roman‘s best material to date. 

Tracks from this upcoming LP like “Thank You” and “Without You Here” demonstrate perfect elements of what to expect from Roman‘s upcoming release. He’s been hard at work in the studio with this album and has yet to show any disappointment with the samples he’s released. His sound is versatile, eclectic, and expresses a very hybrid, emotional, and captivating signature sound that is not only refreshing but also universal in a way where almost anyone can enjoy a musical-approach in the way Roman does.

His album Empire is definitely a collection of tracks that pays homage to not only an insatiable era of music with today’s sensibility, but to his fans as well. And to anyone new that discovers Roman, will be very glad they did.

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Artist Review: Nikki Shae

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


There are some artists that have that niche; that power to pull you in with their undeniable talent, sensational songwriting, and a voice that sings to your soul. Country/Pop Starlet Nikki Shae has this ability, and her musical persona along with the top-notch production value that showcases her songs perfectly is what parallels her natural beauty and talent, ensuring you to love her from the very listen.

Her track “Favourite Hello (Hardest Goodbye)” is a very anthemic and versatile ballad-oriented song that immediately encompasses Shae‘s perfect vocal range for a song like this. It’s an emotional grasp that plays with your heartstrings, and with a powerful chorus to accompany her spot-on vocal harmonies and melody structures, you’ll be falling in love with this song the very first time you give it a listen. 

Her other track, “Let Me Love You” is more upbeat with more Rock and Pop sensibilities that shows a whole different side to Shae. Her vocal approach is just as dynamic and beautifully crafted, but still gives you that musical butterfly sensation in your stomach when you listen to her soothing voice in the forefront through every measure. This charismatic song once again showcases eclectic and high-quality production value that brings out the best of Shae‘s vocal structures, and clever lyricism that has a witty edge. Another flawless track that will leave you wanting more from this artist as she again fills your heart with soul-soothing melodies with her beautiful vocal range. 

All in all, this is not your average run-of-the-mill Country-coated outfit. There are insatiable elements of strong musicianship, above-average songwriting abilities, and an ambient signature sound that gives you an instant comfort for any and every listener that discovers Nikki Shae. I can definitely see this artist going very far with the solid material that she’s armed with. Even if you aren’t a Country music fan, Nikki Shae will be an exception, hands down. She is as good as they come, and you will be astonished from your very first listen.

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Artist Review: Steve Andrews

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Hailing from the Wales landscapes of Cardiff and often compared to Neil Young, Indie Folk Rock Acoustic/Electric Artist Steve Andrews, is a fun-loving and colorful character with a sound to match.

This veteran musician has a very eclectic craft and tracks off his most recent effort demonstrate it clearly. His upbeat track “Living Book” and acoustic-infused catchy hit “Ever Yours” are dynamic, well produced, and share a common ground from Andrews‘ influences and original persona. 

His vocal range is perfect for the folk role, and in his homeland goes by the name of Bard of Ely, which pays homage to his roots. And you can definitely hear his roots implemented in his music, where he expressively showcases his moods, adventures, inspirations, and the great memories he has made living as an innovative, native English musician.

If you’re into an outstanding world class Folk sound with many great edges and key factors that makes an Artist truly inspiring, Steve Andrews is definitely the guy you’ll want to take a close listen to, and also perhaps research into as well. He has many stories to tell, and lives life fully through entertaining the public, attending every event and concert he can, and playing a very dynamic style of Indie/Folk that everyone can enjoy. Check into the Bard of Ely and experience something eclectic, electric, acoustic, and all around a joy to behold.

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Artist Review: Russell Lee

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


An exercise in catchy, witty, and clever Country/Rock.

With influences ranging from Bob Seger to James Taylor, critically acclaimed Canadian Recording Artist, Russell Lee, hailing from the Manitoba landscapes of Winnipeg, has performed for thousands of fans, has released three well received albums, and has sustained a very reputable presence with a very bright future ahead as he continues to write, record, and perform.

His most recent album, What Do I Do, is a collection of very humble, catchy, well-written songs that showcases many positive angles of Lee‘s musicianship, and dynamic writing skills. The production value is exactly where it needs to be and never outdoes itself. From very integrated melodies with great use of keyboards, harmonicas, 3-part harmonies and impressive guitar work, What Do I Do is definitely an album that is impossible to go unnoticed.

When it comes to priorities as an artist, Russell Lee has everything down to a science. The first one being amazing song structures and writing techniques; melodies that stick in your head and a proper way to showcase his voice with the best musicianship to back it up, along with production value to tie it all together to give his songs a full sound that never leaves a stone unturned. It’s refreshing to hear an artist that truly puts his best foot forward with his music and absolutely knows where his strengths are, and how to present them properly.

We at Artist Reach recommend Russell Lee without hesitation, especially if eclectic Country-Rock is in your heart. You will be listening to him non-stop.

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