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- Chuck Wicks: Turning Point
- Green River Ordinance: Fifteen
- Jack Wall: Call of Duty, Black Ops III
- Black Violin: Stereotypes
- Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble
- Dominik Scherrer: The Missing
- Jonathan McReynolds: Life Music, Stage Two
- Bobby Long: Ode To Thinking
- Alicia Witt: Revisionary History
- Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class
- Pat McGee: Pat McGee
- John Anderson: Goldmine
- Whitey Morgan: Sonic Ranch
- Anat Cohen: Luminosa
- Meredith Monk: Piano Songs
- Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds
- Louise Goffin: Appleonfire
- Mohammed Fairouz: Follow, Poet
- Michael J. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
- Patty Larkin: Still Green
- Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
- The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
Yearly Archives: 2007
John Gorka is a songwriter’s songwriter. A true craftsman with a rich baritone voice, his songs are always memorable: setting moods, sketching characters, posing quandaries or facing ironies. "The Gypsy Life" is a special recording. Produced by AIX Records to … Continue reading
Alex Shapiro is a renowned concert composer whose music is as expressive as it is boundary-breaking. "Notes from the Kelp" features chamber works where Shapiro takes listeners on evocative journeys that are serious, funny, intimate and grand. Shapiro says the … Continue reading
Victor Axelrod has many musical identities. In the reggae world, the keyboardist, arranger and engineer is known as Ticklah. His latest CD, "Ticklah vs. Axelrod," is a modern dub recording, where the instruments and occasional vocals are mixed in and … Continue reading
Meghan Kabir is a young singer-songwriter with a powerful and passionate voice. In this demo, produced by Matchbox Twenty’s Kyle Cook, she showcases her voice and writing in various pop styles, although it is her singing and lyrics with their … Continue reading
Steve Sano is an accomplished guitarist who came to Hawaiian slack key guitar later in life. After studying with the genre’s masters, he became one if its leading practitioners. "Songs from the Taro Patch" has wonderful versions of newly arranged … Continue reading
Trevor Menear is a Chicago-based guitarist-singer-songwriter who studied jazz but is drawn to blues-inflected rock and soul. He writes energetic songs whose lyrics ponder the world while his guitar is makes strong statements about it. Menear has a flair for … Continue reading
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Lindsay Tomasic creates music that is quietly sensitive and soulful. Her latest CD, "What In The World," features many distinguished producers, musicians and recording engineers who join her on songs about love, life, family and the state … Continue reading
Brandi Shearer has a voice that is so sultry and captivating it hardly matters what she is singing about. But a deeper listen reveals thoughtful and perceptive songs below the finely crafted moods and moments on "Close to Dark," her … Continue reading
Steve Horowitz is an innovative bassist and composer who has long been involved in experimental and concert music. After many solo recordings and projects with is group, "The Code International," his latest recording is a series of bass and drum … Continue reading
Corey Harris’ "Zion Crossroads" is a terrific roots-reggae album from an artist known for a variety of African diaspora musical styles. Harris’s recent trip to Ethiopia influenced a CD that ranges from gospel reggae to politically conscious reggae rock. Harris … Continue reading