J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

W.B. and The Geezers: “You See Old.. I See History” – stirring melodies and sharp musicianship

The eclectic country band, W.B. and The Geezers is comprised of two Navarre area musicians – William Lake and Bill Crouch, – who have decided to embrace their coming second childhood with instruments and drinks in hand; from the ridiculous ED commercials and senior dating, to the effects of the wars of their past, the band write, play and sing with experience and heart.

Les Ladd the retired RCA producer and engineer mixed the master of W.B. and The Geezers’ brand new album, “You See Old.. I See History”, which was recorded at Coleman Studios in Navarre. Les Ladd was the producer and engineer for The Outlaws, George Strait, The Oak Ridge Boys and many others.

The 12 songs on “You See Old.. I See History” are totally in the pocket, with a mix of honky-tonk, ballads, and a few contemporary songs to keep up with the newer Country generation. Not because they have to, but because they can do!

Bill Crouch and William Lake

Bill Crouch and William Lake

For me, W.B. and The Geezers (whom I’ve never heard of before today!) is in a class of their own. Comparing a W.B. and The Geezers album to the album of any other artist in country music is simply unfair…to the other artists, since none of them get close to the tongue-in-cheek sassiness of these fellas – not by a country mile. Sometimes playful, and at others bitingly sharp, the boys smother their astute lyrics with stirring melodies and sharp musicianship.

W.B. and The Geezers are troubadours par excellence. All they need to do is sing the song and let the story tell itself. This is what the ‘Geezers’ do better than anybody, and it’s the secret of this album. They know that a good song does not need to be over sung or too embellished, and they have the confidence, skill, and good judgment to sing and play every song not too much, not too little, but just right, so that the listener can feel and enjoy every tune without frills, gimmicks, or theatrics.

I have no doubt in my mind, from the conviction in their singing that W.B. and The Geezers have been any and everywhere they’re singing about, and it was further back than just yesterday too. Containing thematic and musical echoes of their experiences, W.B. and The Geezers tell it all, from romance to war and everything in-between.

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W.B. and The Geezers

I didn’t think their ages and the changing industry would make it possible for an independent Country album release of this caliber, as track after track hit me hard with emotion.  Besides the cheeky and gritty nature of catchy songs like “Shout to the World”, “I Got the Nut” and “Round Bottom Girls”, it’s the more somber tracks like “Children of the Streets” and “That’s Why it’s Called Pain” that truly captured my attention. W.B. and The Geezers obviously just keep getting better and better through the years.

With each subsequent song on “You See Old.. I See History”, W.B. and The Geezers prove that they are as relevant and talented as ever. Their singing always seems so effortless but at the same time very effective in delivering the message of the lyric. As they mix the soft and subtle on “Ocean Blue”, with toe tapping and boot stomping on “Diamonds and Coal”. This album has so many good songs that you’ll just want to listen over and over again!

***For a limited time fans can also download mp3s of W.B. and The Geezers’ 2014 EP “Don’t Want To Dream” at their Reverbnation page for FREE.

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