Album Review: Eddy Mann – “Worship In Spirit And Truth” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s rare nowadays to find an artist that spiritually captivated you in the way Eddy Mann does. With his new album Worship In Spirit And Truth, we delve into a realm of authentic musicianship and inspirational songs that soothe your soul and bring your faith to greater heights.

Before the album released on October 5th, we got a taste of the record with the album’s opening track “Every Little Thing.” A sensually uplifting song that introduces us to one of the many chapters this album takes us through. Eddy‘s vocals are on point and have a vibrant feel with great control. His voice is very multifaceted and he implements very effective melodies into every song, focusing on the key points of his songwriting structures that really put the musicianship factors at the forefront.

One thing you will notice though is Eddy‘s signature sound and overall aura as an artist. Each track offers up a new angle of Eddy‘s ability and between his bluesy guitar swells and ambient vocal style, we get a special treat every time. His lyrical content strongly focuses on the worshipping aspect and really encompasses the light that faith in the Lord can have in those that see and hear Eddy‘s music and the messages that are delivered.

The production value on this album are versatile and never rehash the same ingredients, and aren’t afraid to explore different avenues of mastering a song in its own right. However, the best part about this album is despite hearing a different approach in May of these songs, you can immediately recognize Eddy‘s signature sound and artistic merit, putting his spiritual touch on every track and every melody that is graced within.

This is an album for anyone and everyone that really appreciates a musically spiritual atmosphere, and really puts their faith in the Lord in whole. Eddy Mann has been a continued vital voice for songs of worship, and Worship In Spirit And Truth is another masterpiece added to his legacy as an artist and creator.

Worship In Spirit And Truth is currently available on all digital music retailers and music streaming outlets. You will not regret picking up a copy, and you’ll be glad we recommended it to you.

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Artist Review: Luanne Hunt – “Backroads, Bottles & Blues”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

If there’s one elite artist that has graced our platform with music that gets better every time, it’s Hall of Fame Country Star Luanne Hunt.

Every release of hers compliments the last, and over time you can’t help but see what an inspiring and thriving catalogue of Country hits she puts out. And she adds to it beautifully with her fresh new EP Backroads, Bottles & Blues, a refreshing and delightfully catchy collection of 7 tracks that will win your heart over, especially if you’re a fan of true country.

From uptempo riffs, piano solos and innovative vocal harmonies with the finest precision one could hear, Luanne‘s natural and angelic voice soothes your soul from start to finish throughout every track. Her opening track “The Rhythm” is the perfect entrance into Luanne‘s signature sound and really gets you to grasp onto her artistic merit and her God’s gift to creating soulful music with heartfelt lyrics. It’s also a great track for those who haven’t heard her yet, and will steal your heart away from the very first verse.

With mid-tempo classic country vibes on tracks like “Broken Branches” and “Old Tobacco Road“, we get to hear another side to Luanne‘s writing style and her versatility as a songwriter shines really bright by making use of great guitar tones and chord progressions. The simplicity of the rhythm section is another great part about Luanne‘s style that allows her to keep her voice at the forefront in all the right places, meanwhile giving every instrument the room to explore different fills, measures and tastefully written solos that make these songs incredibly crafty with top notch musicianship factors.

This EP also includes her hit single “Lightning In A Bottle” from earlier in the year, as well as a new magical country ballad “Love Led Us Here”, a beautifully crafted gem that gets the heart fluttering and the soul glowing. The highlight of every track will always be Luanne‘s voice, one that is irreplaceable and incomparable. But it’s also her classic production value that delivers an old school country flavor with elements of today’s modern sensibilities that makes her truly multifaceted.

She has a positive presence and an amazing story-telling narrative to every song on this EP, and her ability to capture the best melody for each one is what makes Backroads, Bottles & Blues a true country classic record that will be sitting on your shelf of favorites. If you already know Luanne, then you already know you’re in for a treat. If this is your first time discovering her, then you’ll be more than happy that you did. She never ceases to amaze.

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Music Theory: Boss Piano – A Lesson In Cadences

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It is nearly impossible for any piano player to not hear the word cadence at least once in their life. Before explaining the cadence meaning, I will start with the reference of what a musical phrase is.

As you might already know, it is a musical thought composed with four measures length in most cases, and incomplete also. A cadence is a chord progression composed usually of at least 2 chords that ends a phrase or a part of a piece of music.

The cadence has a really important role in any piece of piano sheet music because it gives a sense of resolution for that rhythm. There are some types of cadences that are authentic, deceptive, half, and plagal. They are divided into two groups: finished cadences and unfinished cadences.

The authentic cadence is the movement from the chord V to I of the key center. It is usually written V-I and is the most common and most frequently used cadence. For an example, when it comes to the C Major scale, try playing from V (G) to I (C) and you will notice by yourself how a great finish sounds, because the authentic cadence is also known as a perfect cadence and is well-known for its most finished contribution.

When it comes to the deceptive cadence, it is good to know that it’s also called the interrupted cadence. The name is very suggestive, as in this case, it ends on an unexpected chord. The music sounds reminiscent of something interrupting the piece. For this one, the most common chord progression is from chord V to chord VI, also written as V-VI. For an example, using the A Major scale, the chords are V which in this case is the key E and VI which is the key F sharp minor. Play it and listen carefully to get a familiarity to this type of cadence, so you will be able to use it in your own piano tabs.

When it comes to unfinished cadences, it is easy to anticipate that the sound will be unfinished. This happens because the unfinished cadences don’t end on chord I. By using an unfinished cadence at the end of a phrase in a piece of piano sheet music, it will give the listener the feeling that there is more to come in the next section and that the piece is not over.

In the group of unfinished cadences there is the half cadence. It is also known as imperfect cadence and it ends on chord V, while it can start on chord I, II or IV. For an example, in the G Major scale, we take the chords I (which is key G) to chord V (which is key D). Listen and you will notice that this is not the end, it’s more like a “wait for the next part” kind of feeling. When it comes to plagal cadence, the progression is from chord IV to chord I, also found written as IV-I.

Cadences are a great way to practice and develop piano techniques, and are also considered part of the little things that form the basis of piano for any player.

If you need material for rehearsal, here is a website where you can get piano sheets for free.

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Press Release: Cherry-Ilex Sound – “Slow Down A Minute (This Time)” and “Dreaming of a Dream (Remix)” Singles

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

When it comes to soul, sensibility, musicianship and production value, Kevin Bailey Jr. and the Cherry-Ilex Sound music and studio collective never disappoint.

Back to the grind with another brilliant release, Bailey Jr. and his crew have put together the bossa-nova and R&B infused single “Slow Down A Minute (This Time)” with a whole new catchiness from the same caliber of talent.

Reminiscent of the good old Motown Records days, this jazzy and soulful track has enchanting female vocals, great Horn arrangements and a very subtle delivery that is catchy, dynamic and atmospheric. There are many flavors that take place in this song with each verse, and every instrument plays the perfect role behind the vocals.

Delving into the production value, we once again have a very well-crafted tone and mastered mix that really showcase the talent and authenticity without any extra unnecessary noise. The song’s chorus is climactic and enchanting, and puts catchiness into new heights. With a song comprised of several elite musicians behind the production, it’s no wonder that we get something as uplifting and multifaceted as this song.

Bringing us to another track from Cherry-Ilex Sound‘s previous release Rapture Caught Up, we have “Dreaming of a Dream (Remix)” which was written with a lot of Kevin Bailey Jr’s personal artist influences as a cornerstone. Featuring an 80’s rhythmic groove and feel good vibes, this song also encompasses the modern R&B sound we’ve all come to know and love. With amazing lead vocals carried in the forefront, this moving song is one that really entices you to look deeper into the Cherry-Ilex Sound catalogue.

The musical elements are an astonishing mix of yesterday and today’s more influential sensibilities and really brings the old school feeling to new realms. With another chorus that is catchy and captivating in its writing structure, this is another track that brings out the strength of every musician behind the project as well as Bailey Jr’s skills behind the mixing board. It’s the type of song you can hear and see when you let it into your soul, and come back to time and time again to appreciate.

Both “Slow Down A Minute (This Time)” and “Dreaming of a Dream (Remix)” will be available on November 8th, and will undoubtedly be added to your top R&B flavorful favorites of the year.

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Press Release: The Story Behind Katie Knipp – “Take It With You” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

THE STORY BEHIND “TAKE IT WITH YOU”, RELEASING NOVEMBER 2018

The story behind “Take it With You”:

My name is Katie Knipp and I have been an indie artist for about 20 years.  Out of all my previous projects, this one means the most and has just floored me on so many levels.  It wasn’t too long ago that I wasn’t sure I would be able to perform and release more music, at least the way I wanted to.  I recently had two babies in a row , they’re now 2 and 3, and it was a pretty hard time in the beginning.  During my second pregnancy I got carpal tunnel from the swelling and I wasn’t sure if it would go away.  It was pretty scary because I play guitar and piano as well as teach piano for a living.  I was also silenced for about a year and a half due to the natural demands of my toddler that didn’t want attention taken away from him whenever I tried to practice.  Most days I could hardly sing or play a note.  The best I could do was type lyrics into my phone at 3 in the morning while up with the baby and read articles on how to get the most out of your one minute of practice time.  Since music is who I am, this was a very dark and depressing time for me and it was just last year.

Fast forward to this year.  In January I finally stopped breast feeding which allowed more flexibility in getting the chance to perform again.  My parents moved closer and were therefore able to help babysit while I practiced.  When I got back onstage as a solo act everything changed.  It changed because my attitude was different. My love for music had been tested and I couldn’t be more grateful now for ANY time I get to play.  I started writing songs from a more natural state of just pure love and they come easily to me now.  I’m no longer trying to prove myself because there’s only one me out there.  Nobody sounds like me.  With the luck and help of Scott at SBL (who also provided harmony vocals on a track), I was able to do a mini tour opening for Robert Cray, as well as opened for The James Hunter Six, and also my idol, Jon Cleary.  Ben Nieves, owner of The Recording Place and Piano Store, and his partner in crime, Chris Horton, came to one of my local shows in Sacramento.  It was there we quickly decided to team up and make the best record we could.  These songs were brought to life by the band I have always wanted to play with.  Neil Campisano on drums, Zack Proteau, on bass and tuba (he owns Octupus Audio and plays with Cover Me Badd), Brett Vaughnrechtfertig on guitar, he leads a killer band called The Mindful, and some extras on a tune with Chet Chwalik on trumpet and Al Bent on trombone.  When I first rehearsed with the rhythm section, it was such a weight off of my shoulders.  Finally, I found some guys that got it.  They brought the songs to life.  We were all listening to each other instead of playing over each other.   Now I am getting these mixes from Chris that bring the out the songs even more than I thought possible.  So, we make a great team.  After my ears, Ben adds his production touches as well and we’re a trifecta of success!  This record goes from psycho to mardi gras and all the feels in between.

So, I have a goal.  I want to be the first woman in my position to still get on the Billboard charts, get onto commercial radio, not just college and internet radio, sell a million units, get songs placed on TV shows and movies, without being gone 200 days a year on tour.  I still want to be able to raise my boys, perform whenever I can, because I LOVE performing, but also be present for my family.  I believe all of this can be accomplished if the product is good enough, and it is.  We’re so oversaturated with highlight reals of people on social media, fake music, fake art, and this is something real and refreshing to grasp onto.  Real musicians playing real instruments on songs written by a woman as real as it gets.  Mother.  Wife.  Piano teacher. Soon to be chart topper inspiring millions of other people around the globe.  You can join me in support of this goal by making sure to purchase this record either during the month of October Presale, or the first week it is released on November 7th.  When I can sell a bunch of units in this short amount of time, bells and whistles go off to the proper companies that can assist in ways that I can’t.  For 20 years, I’ve been wearing all the hats.  Now I’m asking for some help.  Thanks for reading.

Blues Americana artist Katie Knipp has been on a passionate musical journey her entire life. Always in choir, she was drawn to the piano at the age of 15. Since there was no piano at home, she began teaching herself on every lunch break during high school in the choir room. Beginning college, Katie believed it would be practical to major in medicine. Singing in a choir rendition of Mozart’s Requiem changed her future path. The haunting beauty of the music made tears roll down her face, and she knew that, in order to follow her heart, she would dedicate herself and her studies to music. Attending U.C. Santa Cruz, Katie enjoyed the calm, serene new environment. Driven to continually grow, she taught herself guitar on the beaches of California’s coast. “The waves would drown out any mistakes I made, so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed by wrong notes,” says Katie. As she dug deeper into her music major, it became clear to Katie that she also wanted to write her own material. Witness to a gruesome on-campus suicide on her 21st birthday, she decide she needed a change of scenery; she transferred to Cal State Hayward, where she would earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in vocal performance. The dark experience of the suicide, however, would stay with her, and became one of many events that helped mold her writing into the gutsy, soul-on-a-platter type material. To date, Katie has released four studio albums, a DVD, and played hundreds of venues throughout California. Sacramento News and Review nominated her for Best Blues Artist in Sacramento in 2017.  Readers of The Northbay Bohemian voted her band “Number One Band in Marin County” for two consecutive years. Currently laying down roots in Sacramento, Katie has worldwide radio support, has opened for such acts as Robert Cray, The James Hunter Six, Jon Cleary, The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds and Tommy Castro, and shared the stage as a back up singer for Barry Manilow. Her music can be found on iTunes, many other digital mediums, as well as retail cds on http://www.katieknipp.com. Katie unflinchingly maintains the goal of being a viable force in the music world. Her success is largely based upon her willingness to take risks, diversify her format and learn from collaboration with others. Katie performs in several formats, from solo to full band. Equipped with a powerful voice, Katie also plays piano, guitar, dobro and harmonica. Her hard work has shaped her into a mature artist, focusing on the organic, free elements that reach people the most.  Currently in the studio with her 5th album to be released in the fall of 2018, she is also busy raising her two toddler boys as well as teaching piano and voice lessons in Rocklin, California.

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Northern California Blues Americana Siren Katie Knipp is equipped with powerful vocals and plays a variety of instruments from boogie woogie piano to slide guitar, to honest harmonica laden stories in between.  Her raw solo act captures audiences hearts from her first notes.  Currently in the studio with her 5th album to be released November of 2018, her sound has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, Beth Hart, and what the late Taz Digregorio of the Charlie Daniels band once said, “Dylan in a Dress!”

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Album Review: Sim Ross – “Mother’s Day Blues” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s rare nowadays that you run into one of those albums where you don’t have to skip over one track. This is exactly the case with the multifaceted and passion-driven “Mother’s Day Blues” album from Sim Ross.

Hailing from the elite Austin music scene in Texas, Sim Ross blends a dynamic signature sound that is comprised of roots-rock and Americana with edgier components and presented with limitless musicianship factors and production value. This is one of those clear and concise albums that you know you’ll love from the very first track.

One of Sim‘s notable singles, “Sweetness”, is a perfect example of how effective the likability factors from this album really is, and how it resonates with a great play on creating a multi-genre approach that brings out originality and familiarity. Taking some of the best components from his musical influences that range from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and The Black Crowes, Sim Ross‘s edgy vocal tones, innovative guitar progressions, and infectiously catchy hooks really brings every component to the forefront of showcasing Sim effectively, and properly. This is one of those songs that is more of an anthem – it doesn’t leave a stone unturned. The songwriting structure and overall presentation of this track delivers up one of the many gems that makes this album shine the way it does.

Taking a look at another angle of Ross, “Avalanche” brings us to a dark and witty aura that showcases the same signature that has been etched into the musical chemistry, but grasps a whole other part of you. With another powerful chorus and charismatic vocal delivery carrying the torch with authentic guitar work and all the right textures, we delve into another captivating track that brings versatility to this album that is indicative of precision and performance value.

This 14-song catalogue definitely gives a nod to an era when track sequence was an art form. It creates a narrative for the listener, and a perspective for the artist that you can identify with. “Mother’s Day Blues” is one of those albums you’ll keep coming back to time and time again, finding something new each time you play it from beginning to end. With an album this in-depth, creative, and beyond what you’ll anticipate, it definitely makes you eager to see and hear what Sim Ross puts out next. This is the type of artist you truly invest yourself into.

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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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