New Release Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Here are a couple of the new releases that came out today that caught my attention.  Personally, I think I am going to pull the trigger on Sonny Landreth’s – Elemental Journey.  I have been listening to a lot of  slide players lately and Sonny is one of my favorites.  The album features some great guest and a nice mix of genres too.  I like musicians that aren’t stuck in one style and Sonny Landreth can play many extremely well.

Sonny LandrethElemental Journey

For his first all-instrumental album, slide guitar master Sonny Landreth assembled an extraordinary group of musicians that included guest guitarists Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, steel drum legend Robert Greenidge and members of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra directed by Maestro Mariusz Smolij. With elements from many different musical influences – Rock, Blues, Classical, Zydeco, Country, Jazz and Reggae – Landreth’s melodic and harmonically rich compositions shift seamlessly and astonishingly to make this his most diverse and adventurous work to date. 

Joe BonamassaDriving Towards the Daylight

Driving Towards the Daylight is the thirteenth studio album from blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa and follows 2011’s collaboration with Beth Hart, Don’t Explain. Produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Black Crowes) the album sees Bonamassa take on a selection of covers including Tom Waits’ ‘New Coat of Paint’ and Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Who’s Been Talking’, all delivered in a classic mix of sixties-inspired British and American rock and blues.

Slash Apocalyptic Love

2010’s release of Slash’s first ever debut solo album was a worldwide success. It garnered both critical and fan acclaim around the globe,
debuted #3 on the US Billboard Charts and went on to sell 230k+ albums in the US alone. Supported by 7 tours around the globe, sell out shows, a Super Bowl appearance and countless media appearances, the project set the tone for Slash to be recognized as the true rock icon for today.  “Apocalyptic Love is a true return to form for Slash. Born out of the live band experience that he created on the last album, with a top-notch line up of musicians, this new album promises to be a return to ROCK. A straight
forward, balls to the wall rock album that Slash fans have known him for throughout his career. Featuring vocals throughout the album by Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), and one of rock’s tightest backing bands consisting of Brent Fitz on drums and Todd Kerns on bass, this album promises to further solidify Slash’s place atop the Rock world throne.

Tedeschi Trucks BandLive: Everybody’s Talkin’  

Armed with a new Grammy Award for a debut album deemed “masterpiece” by Rolling Stone and praised by concert-goers around the world for brilliant musicianship and roof-raising performances, Tedeschi Trucks Band is catapulting to new heights of popularity as they release their first live album, Everybody’s Talkin.

Critics have praised the outstanding live performances of Tedeschi Trucks Band. Led by one of the most dynamic husband-wife teams in popular music, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and slide guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, the 11-piece ensemble is the ultimate big band for lovers of rock and delta blues that also pays homage to the far-ranging influences of funk, gospel, jazz and world music.

Everybody s Talkin contains eleven tracks cherry-picked by the group to serve as a musical look-back on their first band-building year. Featured are versions of tunes from Revelator that are already crowd favorites “Bound For Glory”, \”Love Has Something Else To Say” some with added details, that takes them a notch higher than the studio originals. Other songs reveal the group’s affection for a wide range of soulful forebears, including Stevie Wonder (“Uptight” ), Muddy Waters (“Rollin’ And Tumblin'”), Bill Withers (“Kissin’ My Love”), Joe Cocker (“Darlin’ Be Home Soon”), Bobby Bland (“That Did It”), Harry Nilsson (“Everybody’s Talkin'”) and the Staple Singers (“Wade In The Water”).

Together, the tracks flow one into the next with the collective spirit and lift of a typical TTB concert raising the roof with a Saturday night sense of abandon, and gently concluding with a Sunday morning spiritual.

2 Comments on “New Release Tuesday, May 22, 2012”

  1. AiXeLsyD13 says:

    I’m also looking forward to the Slash album. I dug his last solo outing, and really like Miles Kennedy as a choice of vocalist. He’s got some great highs, but can growl with the best of them.

    I wish Velvet Revolver albums had a little more guitar in the mix. Sadly, some of their songs were duds. I also wish the tunes that Slash, Duff, & Izzy were working on before “the project” developed into VR would surface. I bet there is some gold in there.

    At any rate, I’m an old-school GN’R fanboy & dig most everything those guys put out.

    • Matt Fleming says:

      I had the same opinion of the Velvet Revolver albums. When they release Slither I ran out and got the album but was kind of disappointed with some of their other tunes. I am a fan of old-school GN’R too. I remember when Appetite came out, one of the older kids on my school bus used to bring his boombox with him and blast it all the way to school which was about a 40 min ride for me. It was actually quite humorous thinking back at it. Our bus driver was this sweet old lady who could barely see above the steering wheel driving with Welcome to the Jungle blaring out the windows.

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