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Justin Benyon - In Motion (Self Released 2020) $15
Justin Benyon is a musician and singer/songwriter based in Aberdare, Wales. He’s played an active role in the Welsh music scene for the last 30 years, including as a member of The The Broken Vinyl Club. Several years ago, he built his own home studio and began learning how to use new technology so that he could record the backlog of songs he’d been writing over the years. In 2020 he decided to record “In Motion”, his first solo album, and got busy recording songs in his home studio, singing and playing most all the instruments himself.
Dennis Dalcin - The Incomplete Completeness (Kool Kat Musik 2021) $14
Jay Gonzalez - Back To The Hive (Middle Brow Records 2021) $12
A sunny, breezy time capsule of power pop and AM gold. Jay Gonzalez, keyboardist/guitarist in the Drive-By Truckers releases “Back To The Hive” builds upon the legacy of 60’s British Invasion artists and 70’s singer-songwriters without ever sounding derivative. “Though his style is more heavily influenced by artists from the UK, there are echoes of Southern and West Coast Rock here and there.
Groovy Uncle - Searching For The Grown-Ups (Trouserphonic Records UK 2021) $17
Groovy Uncle has long been an outlet for Glenn Prangnell’s love affair with sounds of the 60’s with an uncanny knack to reproduce perfectly the sounds of that golden era and make them sound fresh and contemporary. 2020’s lockdown posed something of a problem for Glenn. With his usual method of gathering a familiar posse of players out of the question, he learned how to record at home alone and digitally adding a handful of remotely-recorded brass and guitar tracks. There is a home grown feel to it, but it is still very much that Groovy Uncle sound.
Brad Marino - Looking For Trouble (Rum Bar Records 2021) $13
Brad Marino returns with “Looking For Trouble”, his second Full Length release, jam-packed with power poppin' rock and roll. Imagine Rockpile meets The Ramones, Mick and Keef get into a tussle with The Flamin’ Groovies, The Knack get all tangled up in blue. It doesn't lose that Garage Rock feel, but ventures into unexpected areas that show Marino is no one trick pony.
Reigning Sound - A Little More Time With Reigning Sound (Merge Records 2021) $15
It's been more than 15 years since Greg Cartwright uprooted to Asheville NC, but this new Memphis-made record shows the songwriter in top form and wholly inspired by his birthplace. For this new record, Cartwright reunited with Reigning Sound's original "Memphis lineup" of Jeremy Scott (bass), Greg Roberson (drums), and Alex Greene (keyboards), all of whom played on the band's earliest recordings. The new songs explore fresh lyrical and musical territories, but at times also tastefully echo back to earlier efforts.
Various Artists - Yesterday's Tomorrow : Celebrating the Winston-Salem Sound (Omnivore Records) $15
The impetus for this extraordinary concert was that Chris Stamey had a book fresh off the press, a song-based memoir called “A Spy In The House Of Loud”. A portion of the book referenced his time in New York, but the first part remembered, song by key song, was the late 60’s and early 70’s creative rock music scene in Winston-Salem, NC. This was sometimes called the Combo Corner scene, after the title of a short-lived column in Guitar Player magazine.
Original members of bands such as Arrogance, Little Diesel, Sneakers, Sacred Irony, and Rittenhouse Square, including Mitch Easter, Peter Holsapple, Will Rigby, Stamey and Don Dixon - convened on May 12 2018, at the Ramkat Club. Those Fuzzbox years were recalled and this remarkable live concert recording shines brightly with the camaraderie and precise enthusiasm for those days of yore.