Up to now, Angel Forrest has had a glorious three-decade career that’s led her everywhere around the globe. Now in her 50’s, the vocalist still wants to go out there and rock. Throughout her new album Hell Bent With Grace, Angel gives the perspective of an aging woman in the public eye and her lessons learned – with a gritty touch. The album starts off with a tongue-incheek reference to how menopause is a monster (Menie the Monster). Good times keep coming with Get It On, a true treat to get the party going. The opus also explores tough subjects – The Blame Game is about mental health – as Angel takes a retrospective look at her own life, as well as her relationships with the rest of the world and the ones closest to her.
Musically, the album reflects the bluesy influences of Angel and her long-time partners, coproducers Denis Columbus and Ricky Paquette. Fans that were there from the beginning as well as newer ones will embrace Hell Bent WIth Grace’s heartfelt, raw groove which has always made the Canadian blues star’s success.More Info At: https://www.angelforrest.ca/bio
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“All My Dues Are Paid” by Frank Bey available worldwide on January 17, 2020
The Southern Gentleman of the Blues releases his eagerly-anticipated sophomore album on Nola Blue Records.
In the follow up to his award-winning 2018 album, Back In Business, Frank Bey powerfully asserts his career status with All My Dues Are Paid. Co-written with Nola Blue Records label mate Kathy Murray, album producer Kid Andersen and co-producer Rick Estrin, the uptempo title track for his sixth album is a celebration of the unstoppable journey of soul bluesman, Frank Bey.
Recorded at Keeping the Blues Alive Award-winning Greaseland Studios in San Jose, California, Bey is accompanied by an elite group of musicians including multi-Grammy winners Jim Pugh (keyboards) and Jerry Jemmott (bass); multi-Blues Music Award nominee Nancy Wright (saxophone); drummer Derrick D’Mar Martin (Little Richard) and percussionist Vicki Randle (Tonight Show band). Andersen’s reverence and keen exploitation of Bey’s vocal prowess is evident throughout the 13 selections on the album. Northwest Music Scene reviewer Rick Bowen observes, “The full breadth of Bey’s artistic and emotional power is brought to bear in the dynamic, showstopping arrangement of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ that builds to a glorious grand finale.”
Born in Millen, Georgia and starting his musical career in gospel at the tender age of four, Frank Bey is a six-time Blues Music Award nominee. Currently residing in Philadelphia, PA, Bey is a beloved international performer and recording artist. “Frank Bey – You’re Going To Miss Me,” A feature documentary film about the life and musical journey of Frank Bey, is currently in post-production. For more information about Frank, his music and the film, visit www.frankbeymusic.comand www.frankbeyfilm.com.
Harp musician Tomislav Goluban presents his latest studio album entitled ”Memphis Light” with an expected January, 10, 2020 release date. His 11th studio album, a sequel of sorts to his previous album ”Chicago Rambler,” which made significant impact outside Croatia and reached top positions on various radio charts in the USA, Australia, France and the UK.
Nine of the ten tracks are written by Tomislav and the tenth is the classic ”House of the Rising Sun.” As suggested by the album title, Goluban took a trip to the Home of the Blues to record at Ardent studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Tomislav Goluban (vocals, harp) and his band ”Little Pigeon” are Jeff Jensen (guitar), David Green (drums), Rick Steff (keyboard), Bill Ruffino (bass). Mark Johnson (slide guitar), Vince Johnson (guitar), Franher Joseph, Reba Russell and Daunielle Hill (backing vocals) guested on various cuts.
Album Trailer ~ Recording In Memphis
Andrew Kastner, guitarist with Jack Mack, talking about how the band got involved with Clint Eastwood’s film, “Richard Jewell.”
In May of 2019, Andrew Kastner, the founding member and guitarist for Jack Mack and the Heart Attack received a call from someone named Tim Moore. “I’m looking for someone from Jack Mack and the Heart Attack” Moore asked. “You wouldn’t happen to have any footage of you guys playing at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996?” Kastner asked why and Moore replied that he was a producer on a new movie directed by Clint Eastwood and they were looking for footage of the band to put in the film. It so happens that approximately three years ago a friend of Kastner’s told him about a film that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill were trying to make about the falsely accused guard from the bombing in Centennial Park, Richard Jewell. Kastner called Leonardo’s company on more than one occasion telling them that he was with the band playing on stage the night of the bombing and if they needed any information to call him. He never did get a call back.Kastner told Moore that it’s possible that he may still have some footage, but, would need to find it as It had been 23 years since he laid eyes on it. Ironically, a few months before this call, Kastner, who had saved many boxes of tapes and videos from the band’s 40 years, decided they were taking up too much space and probably deteriorating so he threw many of them away. Kastner said he’d call him back and immediately went out to his shed to started digging through the boxes of old tapes and other assorted junk. After 45 minutes of sifting through the dust and spider webs, there they were, four beautiful gray plastic boxes of Sony Beta Cam tapes with “Centennial Park, Atlanta 1996 July 22,24,25 and 26 written on them.” He called Moore back immediately and within 12 hours he and Kastner’s partner in the band, sax player Bill Bergman, and he were sitting with Clint Eastwood, Tim and their team at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank showing them the footage.
Clint and the team were ecstatic. Apparently, they only had a vague idea of what the stage looked like, what the band looked and sounded like, and what the audience looked like and they were going to start shooting in 20 days. One of Clint’s team told Kastner it was like a miracle that you guys walked in with 3 hours of tape and gave him a huge hug. Kastner and Bergman basically handed them an entire scene and look for the film.
It so happens Kastner also dug up 4-5 digital tapes of the bands performances on those hot July nights in Atlanta and licensed two songs and the footage for the film. One of the songs is a cover of the Staples Singers hit, “I’ll Take You There” and the other, a Jack Mack original, “I Walked Alone.” The latter was the song they were playing a few seconds before the bomb went off. When you listen to the end of, “I Walked Alone,” lead singer TC Moses begins to introduce the next song and is cut off by a white noise as the recording abruptly ends. That white noise is the bomb going off severing the wires to the sound tower and the tape machine.
Holiday Greetings From Michele D’Amour & The Love Dealers
Reminder About Holiday Music on the Digital Platform
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