CD Review:Yusuf/Cat Stevens

First Steven Georgiou then Cat Stevens then Yusuf Islam. His name may have changed but his knack for writing great tunes hasn’t. Yusuf/Cat Stevens had dropped out of making music for more than 28 years before releasing two albums under the name Yusuf. It’s been 5 years since the last one, Roadsinger. With such gaps, one might think, that’s it, they have totally written off writing or performing. Well not so fast. Yusuf/Cat Stevens did take all those years off to focus on family, but after hearing his latest, “Tell 'Em I’m Gone,” Cat is back. This album goes back to his musical inspirations, American Blues and R&B that he loved. In fact he covers some of the greats like, Jerry Reed’s Big Boss Man, Edgar Winter’s Dying To Live, a song he used to listen to while touring in the 70’s that he says is a “hidden gem...so underrated” and one of his favorite songs, Procol Harum’s The Devil Came From Kansas. Cat has said this album pays tribute to the grand masters of the blues. Read more...

CD review: Mark Jewett

Sometimes our friends and family see our potential way before we do. Thus is the case with Mark Jewett. As he explains on his latest release, Love Has No Heart of Its Own, “I didn’t even know I could write a song.” We all just need a little push to send us on a path we never dreamed of taking. This was released back in 2011 but put back in my hands just recently. Read more...

CD Review: Nils Lofgren

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Nils Lofgren has just released a 10 disc boxed set that spans his 45 year solo career. We know Nils as an E Street band member with Bruce Springsteen and the young piano player Neil Young hired for his After The Gold Rush album. What many may not know is what a great songwriter he is and how much amazing music he has as a solo artist. This set covers the whole repertoire of his solo years. Read more...

CD Review:Don Middlebrook

Have you heard the term Trop Rock? Think Jimmy Buffett. Think island music. Michigan’s own trop rocker, considered to be the founding father of Trop Rock, is Don Middlebrook and the Pearl Divers. You will hear this distinguishable sound in Don’s latest release, The Key West Connection. Right off the bat it’s there to put you on a sandy beach with iced beverage in hand, a warm breeze off that crystal blue water cooling you donw, and sun shine. The song “Beach Life” will certainly put you on that shoreline, until reality hits!! Read more...

CD review:Paul Thorn

The words too blessed to be stressed were commonly heard in the Baptist church Paul attended as a child back in Tupelo, Mississippi. So adding a bit of gospel singing backup vocals to that tune appropriately fits. Read more...

CD review: Billy Brandt

This weeks CD review is on local artist Billy Brandt’s,The Time Is Now. Billy has put together another stellar group of musicians to join him on on this latest effort. The Sugaree’s, as they are called, are some of the area’s best. Billy Brandt of course, Chris Degnore, Drew Howard, Jason Dennie, Todd Glass, John Holk, Mike Lynch and David Mosher. With a lineup like that you know the music will be top notch. And it is.
With the opening title track, you’ll get a country flavor right off the bat. That resonates throughout the CD on several tunes. One of the things I noticed throughout is the clarity of the vocals. I want to hear the vocals. I love the music as well, but don’t let that drown out the vocals. And on this recording, they don’t, so thank you Roscoe. This is the first CD with the Sugaree’s. Knowing Billy is a Grateful Dead fan, I wonder if he named his band in reference to the Dead song titled the same? I believe if a listener can relate to a song, any song, then the songwriter did a good job. There are several songs here that accomplish that with me. While listening, it felt like some of the songs were written with me in mind. I know they weren’t but the writing was so good, it did it’s job. Those were especially true with The Time Is Now and Don’t Let Your Demons Bring You Down although to relate to it, I wanted to sing, ...His Demons!!! Overall this is a great CD. Loved many of the tunes with my favorite being Don’t Let Your Demons Bring You Down, The Lash, Let Her Down and No Guarantees.

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CD review:Arlen

This week I want to let you know about a terrific solo CD from Arlen of the Salem Witchcraft band.  It's called That's Right.  At first listen, the opening title track had me smiling. It was a fun tongue in cheek tune of guys being guys.  I bet all the men will love and relate to this one.  I would imagine if you formed a boys club with no limits, this is what it would look like.  What follows are some more great rockin' tunes.  And of course they all showcase the amazing voice of Arlen.  The way he can hit those high notes reminds me of Rik Emmett of the band Triumph. Read more...

Let the blogging begin!

One recent early morning I had a nice long drive to my destination and popped in the new CD from my friend Arlen, of Salem Witchcraft. As I was listening, I realized, there is so much great music to explore that I decided I needed to continue to share my insights on the music like I did on the Over Easy show.  However, because of all the changes in the radio business these days, this will be the best place to share these gems. You will get my insights here on the Over Easy blog. I’ve always heard how the Over Easy show has helped listeners find new music and artists and expand their CD collection.  Your CD shelf may get a little heavier, or your player more full now, so here we go.  In this blog you will find out about new releases, particularly from the local scene, and my thoughts on them. I will also delve back into some past gems that still “float my boat”. On a side note, in the back of my mind I thought what if people don’t want my opinion of the music?  Then I thought, well...maybe they’ll just do what I do with the opinion pages...don’t read them.  So if you do want to know, visit this blog often.  You never know what new gem we’ll discover together.  Read more...

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