Metta Prayer, the lead single from Grammy® winners Opium Moon's forthcoming album, is a Buddhist loving kindness meditation (metta bhavana) set to the band's rapturously seductive, ancient/modern sound (Lili Haydn's soaring violin, the silvery glisten of Hamid Saeidi's santoor, Itai Disraeli's driving bass, and the chill beats of percussionist M.B. Gordy, with lushly resonant vocal harmonies by the acclaimed devotional singer and multi-instrumentalist Benjy Wertheimer.
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When the influential punk band The Dictators decided to get back together, the plan was to record immediately to reestablish the band creatively. With that they decided on a fun song to cover - the 1972 hit from The Osmonds' "Crazy Horses".
The Rock Doctor gives Joe Krown's "Tribute" 5 stars in review. "Sometimes the most fun you have as a reviewer is going into an album with no idea of what to expect. Other than seeing that Joe Krown plays piano- the cover is a bit of a giveaway- which lends itself to some Louisiana vibes, I was a babe in the woods. It turns out that Tribute is a whole lot of fun. As Blues Review puts it, “Krown swings hard on the blues while seamlessly blending the church and the street.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? You bet it does. I confess to being...
“All of It” was one of the rare Allen Toussaint instrumentals that's in the style of the music of the legendary New Orleans group the Meters. It was originally released in 1996 on Toussaint's NYNO Records release "Connected". Krown brought in the original guitar player from the Meters and from the Toussaint version of the song Leo Nocentelli to recreate not only the Toussaint feel but the intended feel of the Meters. The end result is a New Orleans styled funky piano instrumental.
Bluesman Doug MacLeod released his new EP Raw Blues 1 today. MacLeod described the record's creation, "Producer Andreas Werner wanted to record me like I play live - just sit down in front of the mics and play. And that’s what I did. So what you got here is the ‘no frills’ raw blues feeling caught in the moment."