Here's a review of JOHN ELLIOTT’s album BACKYARDS from Norway translated via the Google Translator from Norwegian to English:
“Elliott has a very nice and pleasant voice, and writes spruce texts about daily challenges and love. This is a wonderful autumn album which like the sort of music when you crawl under the blanket with a cup of cocoa and a good book. I think evocative and melancholy are the two key words I hunt here. So are you looking for something evocative and melancholy of the musical autumn cosiness, you could do a lot worse than buying this disc.”
THE JOE JACKSONS are a rock 'n' roll band from Austin, TX featuring former Weary Boys front man Mario Matteoli and local top guns Rob Bacak (Crooks) and Zac Bryant (Sounds del Mar). Together they mix Stooges-era sleaze with early 80's punk and a little Seattle grunge for good measure. Hold on to your faces, lest they melt right off.
BLOOD PUMPS just put out their very first EP America & Burgers, but singer/bassist Bill Stevenson, guitarists Mike Brinley and Joe Lewis, and drummer Jordan Cook have quite a bit of experience playing together. Together, they form the rhythym section of Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears. While they may share members of the same band, Blood Pumps is fully the brainchild of singer, Stevenson.
Mesmerizing and Endlessly Surprising - a songwriter's songwriter. Playfully prodding the human condition through an idiosyncratic pop ingrained with folk and NOLA jazz instincts, the singer/guitarist/pianist tosses off tunes with that a mixture of simplicity and gravity." - Austin Chronicle
"The story goes like this – KUTX Eklektikos host John Aielli himself admitted he fell in love with the music of Shane Cooley one summer when he heard his music at a local coffee shop. Aielli was captivated. “I’ve worked in radio since 1963, and over the years I’ve learned to recognize talent,” he said recently. “There was something in his sound that made me want to listen…” There’s proof positive to this testimonial with Cooley’s release of Kings Highway, an album rich in roots, Americana, a bit of rock and eclectic touches of pop."
~Laurie Gallardo, KUTX Austin Music Minute
photo: CPaul Cardoza