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Frank MigliorelliNew York-based singer-songwriter Frank Migliorelli is currently enjoying time as a full-fledged musician as he is creating his own songs. But this time in his life came after Migliorelli had done his time as a jingle and song writer for ad agencies, children and others. Having had his share of the more commercial side of music, Frank Migliorelli is now doing his own music. Having already created one album of original music that draws from rock, pop, and other styles that helped to create roots rock, Migliorelli and his band called The Dirt Nappers have returned with a brand new release. The brand new album from Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers is called Bass, Drums, Guitars and Organs.

Bass, Drums, Guitars and Organs from Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers begins with the track “When She’s Walking by Your Side”. While the track contains a sound that is largely based on bands that had made up the British Invasion era of Rock and Roll, this version of the style feels more like something that would have been produced by a band like The Raspberries, an American band who ended up being largely influenced by the British Invasion sound. “When She’s Walking by Your Side” would have fit well with music from the sixties but could also have found a place on the airwaves during the early seventies.

With the track of “I’ve Been on My Knees,” Migliorelli and the band create a track that feels strangely familiar as the track’s music seems to drift between early Roots Rock and current Indie Rock. The music created by the band consists of a relatively simple Rock and Roll feel with a little banjo thrown in to the mix. The resulting track would have fit well with artists like Buddy Holly or Bill Hailey but at the same time, would fit just as easily on Americana radio formats today.

The feel of the music changes on the track “It All Falls Down On Me”. The track shows off the true talent of Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers as the band creates a Country/Rock style that seems very reminiscent to songs that had been written by the band The Eagles. All of the guitar parts contained within the track all blend together to create a musical feel that would have felt right at home on that band’s various albums. “It All Falls Down On Me” could fit in with today’s Alt-Rock/Americana bands but would also fit with the older sounds of bands from the seventies.

With the track of “Rafferty Train,” Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers create a track with a light Rock and Roll feel. The easy feel of the music produces a musical feel that would have felt right at home on AM radio formats back in the seventies. As the track plays out, so does a storyline of two people on a train. The guitars that help make up the music of the track produce one of the more interesting tracks on the album.

Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers change the feel of the music once again for the song “Baby Put a Dress One”. While the band stays in the same musical era as “It All Falls Down On Me” as far as the overall influence of the music, the track of “Baby Put a Dress On” contains a slightly retro feel to the music as if the band had added a few psychedelic vibes to the track. Because of that psychedelic vibe, the music to song has a bit of groove to it.

Taking the music back quite a bit on the song “Wound up Woman,” Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers create a song that brings back the feel of the early Rock and Rollers like Elvis Presley or Bill Haley. “Wound up Woman” features the sound of an electric guitar and a piano as the two instruments combine to forge a sound that feels very authentic, as if the track had actually been recorded back in the mid 1950’s.

The pace of the music changes once again on the song “Someone Else’s Dream”. The band slows things down as the track takes on a folk-rock feel that also seems rather dream-like. The lyrics of the song help add to that dream-like quality as Migliorelli sings of feeling lost in a world that doesn’t seem quite real to him. When listening to this song, the listener may come to realize that there are indeed times when you do, in fact, feel as if you are lost in “Someone Else’s Dream”.

Bass, Drums, Guitars and Organs, the new release Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers comes to an end with the track “Former Femme Fatales and Romeos”. The track features a light musical approach with a story-like lyrical content that feels very reminiscent of something Tom Waits. The sadness contained in the lyrics is matched up well with the easy feel of the music. That light feel of the music makes for a perfect way to quietly bring the album to a close.

Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers’ new release of Bass, Drums, Guitars and Organs takes the listener on a musical ride that includes several different styles of Rock and Roll. The different styles on the album combine together to create a release that feels almost timeless.

To hear some of the music from Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers, check out the song “Rafferty Train“.






CarlyA few years after releasing her first album, Everything Happens for a Reason, New York City’s Carly Jamison is back and is just as determined to keep the spirit of rock and roll alive. 2013 marks the release of Carly Jamison’s new album, Ungrounded.

Ungrounded from Carly Jamison proves the old adage of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. For her new release, Jamison once again calls on the talents of Georgia Satellites’ Dan Baird to add guitars to the album and producer Tres Sasser to give her new album the same magic that was evident on the 2010 Everything Happens for a Reason release.

Like her last release, the first thing that you will notice is the deeper-than-normal alto voice from Carly Jamison. Her voice is unique and automatically identifiable. That strong vocal quality mixed with the straight-out rock style that Jamison has become known for continues to set her apart from most of the other women who have already made a name for themselves.

The Ungrounded release begins with the track “Superman Fantasy”. The lyrics of the track have a theme running through them as they describe a person who acts like a man with superpowers. The driving feel of the music on the track makes for the perfect way to start off the new album from Carly Jamison.

With the second track on the album, “No Easy Way Out,” the song begins with Dan Baird performing a guitar part that will remind some of the playing of George Harrison. The easy but efficient playing style that Baird uses on the track is

The track “I Don’t Think We Have Ever Met” has a much slower pace to the music. The acoustic guitar from Jamison and organ from Chris Tuttle on the track combine with the rest of the instruments to create a sound that sounds and feels like something for bands like The Black Crowes. The easy feel of the song may even fit in with older artists that would have been found on AM rock radio in the 1970s.

The feel of the album changes with the next track of “Small Talk”. This track takes the listener back a few decades. Because of the inclusion of the saxophone from Chris West, the song has a very retro feel to the music and seems to feel as if it should have been created back in the 1980’s. The playing of Chris West on saxophone and the straight-out rock feel to the rock music in the song brings back the sound of 80’s era Springsteen. If you are one who misses real rock and roll music, the track “Small Talk” will give you at least three-and-a-half minutes of pure rock and roll bliss.

On the track “Prison,” Carly Jamison and the band start out by giving the track an easy feel to the blues-inspired rock music. The music on the track alternates between laid back and slightly more upbeat. When the band takes a few measures to jam several times during the song, they show off the kind of power that might be possible if the song would allow them to release their pent up energy and just let go.

The song “Runaway Train” is a track that truly features a real rock and roll feel. The music is very reminiscent of songs from the early days of rock and roll when Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and even Johnny Cash were just starting out. The classic sound of the track even features the playing of K.S. Rhodes on harmonica. “Runaway Train” is one of the strongest tracks on Ungrounded.

Perhaps the most unusual track on the album is the last track. “I Never Loved You but I Lied” is a track that seems to abandon all rock and roll influences. The playing of K.S. Rhodes on the melodic helps give the track its French jazz-like feel. While “I Never Loved You but I Lied” is one of the most unusual tracks on the album, it does make for a very good final track for the album.

Carly Jamison has created a solid release in her second album of Ungrounded. Jamison stays true to the more classic styles of the genre and that’s what makes the new release from Carly Jamison so strong. If you are a fan of the older styles of rock and roll, this is the album for you.

Ungrounded from Carly Jamison will be released in the near future. Until it is out, stayed tuned to Carly Jamison’s website for further details.

(You can also check out my review of Carly Jamison’s last album, Everything Happens for a Reason.)

Bobby Stevens makes his home in the city of Oberlin, Ohio. The singer-songwriter has been making music for several years now. The first thing that becomes obvious when listening to Bobby Stevens are his coarse vocals that would remind you of Bruce Springsteen. That coarseness in his vocals makes Stevens sound like he was born to perform Rock And Roll music. And with his Roots Rock/Rhythm & Blues style of music, Stevens sounds like he should be from the early era of Rock & Roll. It is this roots rock style of that appears on Stevens’ newest release called Come One, Come All.

To bring Bobby Stevens’ music to life, Stevens brought together several musicians that helped shape that roots rock sound. Together with people like vocalist Haley Antell, guitarist/drummer Andy Cook, Guitarist Ben Ryant, bassist Garyn Jones, keys player Matt Umland and drummer Matt O’Conke, Bobby Stevens brings to life his rock and roll music.

Come One, Come All from Bobby Stevens begins with the song “Alive”. This song has a sound that might remind you of a combination of early Bruce Springsteen and The Lovin’ Spoonful. The combination comes with Springsteen- style lyrics and vocals and Lovin’ Spoonful music.

The roots rock sound really comes alive on the track “Rain on My Wheels”. The barely two-minute song brings back the early days of the “rock singles” that were created to allow more music to be played per hour. Take equal parts equal parts Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis and you get some idea of what this track sounds like.

With the track “Stone Cold Habits,” the sound of the music changes directions. While the preceding tracks have a more rockin’ feel, “Stone Cold Habits” bring to mind the country music that existed back at the time of the first roots rock singers. And while this track features Bobby Stevens on the lead vocals (with Haley Antell in the supporting singer role); the song sounds as if it would have been perfect for the likes of Patsy Cline.

The album slows down on the track “Uncle Walt”. Taking a simple approach to the song, Stevens performs the slow-paced song with just his guitar. The song has a very intimate feel as you get to hear Stevens and his guitar without any other instruments adding to the music of the track.

“State Route 58 (Revisited)” is a track that mixes Rock and Roll and Folk to create a track that is just as rockin’ as it is laidback in its style. This track features a full band that helps to bring a little bit of John Mellencamp to the music of Bobby Stevens’ music. The song also has a feel that brings to mind that of a hit single. “State Route 58 (Revisited)” is one of the strongest tracks on the Come One, Come All album.

“Circles” once again slows the Come One, Come All album down. The song feels as if it were the “lost track” from The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle from Bruce Springsteen; in fact, Stevens and the rest of the musicians on that track seem to emulate the E Street Band at that point in their careers.

Come One, Come All from Bobby Stevens comes to an end with the final track of “Travelin’ Show”. The final song of the album pairs Bobby Stevens with singer Haley Antell in a duet as they sing a song that seems like the continuation of Springsteen’s song “Wild Billy’s Circus Story” from The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. The pairing of the two voices of Stevens and Antell with only a guitar creates a quiet and simple track that brings the album to a close on a soft note.

Bobby Stevens created an album that keeps the memory of roots rock alive with his new release Come One, Come All. The different styles that make up the release fit together well and show that Stevens is a talented singer-songwriter. This new album is just a glimpse at his talent.