While rummaging through my older brother’s extensive record collection back in 1977, I came across a debut release from a quirky guitarist with thick, black-rimmed glasses, skinny tie and a catchy name.
“It’s About Time” is the aptly titled latest effort from Patty Smyth. The album is a pleasant surprise and a fresh reminder about the singer-songwriter’s talent for crafting and delivering memorable songs.
One bright spot for my wife and mother-in-law during this pandemic is the arrival of a new Keith Urban album. They both have seen Urban perform over the years and always wait eagerly for new material from the country superstar.
The Beatles were right all along. Love is all we really need. It’s a message that has been preached by numerous artists for decades. As we all yearn for a return to some normalcy, demonstrating peace, love and understanding must guide us in our everyday interaction with one another.
As Labor Day quickly approaches, summer begins a methodical retreat in all its shimmering glory. As a kid, I always loved summer. Freedom was truly mine as I could hang with my buddies without the worry of school responsibilities or weekday curfews that restricted any sort of mischief.
Chris Tomlin’s latest album is an inspiring and diverse journey filled with arrangements echoing the praises of a transformational walk of faith that cleanses and strengthens the soul.
In 1976, a band from Topeka captured my attention by issuing a fourth album with songs possessing a potent mix of classic and progressive rock. “Leftoverture” was the release that sparked the rise of Kansas and established the Midwestern band as one of the prominent rock acts of the late 1970s.
I always find a calming comfort from listening to a Ray LaMontagne album. From 2004’s “Trouble” to 2018’s “Part of the Light,” LaMontagne repeatedly strikes a sentimental chord that sparks memories of joy, love and simpler times.
“People done gone crazy, people done gone mad/People done forgot the superpowers we all have/We were born to love, not hate/We can decide our fate/And look for the good in everyone and celebrate all our mistakes,” declares Jason Mraz on the title track of his latest release.
I guess it’s only fitting that the Boomtown Rats released a new album during the Year of the Rat. Thirty-six years after “In the Long Grass,” the Irish band makes a surprising comeback with a solid effort that recalls the glory days when tracks like “Rat Trap,” “She’s So Modern” and “I Don’t Like Mondays” propelled the group to fame in the late 1970s.
After helping craft songs recorded by notable artists like Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves and Sheryl Crow, Brandy Clark emerges from the shadows and into the spotlight with an impressive third album.
On his latest album, James Taylor pays tribute to the Great American Songbook and the arrangements that served as an inspiration before he became a songwriter.
During my college days, my cassette of “Sports” by Huey Lewis and the News would receive regular playing time on my daily commute from home to campus.
On their last album, the members of Little Big Town were lost in California delivering laid-back songs with a nostalgic feel that carried a hint of Southern California sweetness.
Echosmith’s “Lonely Generation” is an intimate detailing of what it’s like navigating life in an age when social media and modern technology dominate the majority of our time.
Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are recognized as the biggest-selling duo in country music history. Their 1991 debut album, “Brand New Man,” sparked a legendary career that produced classic country hits like “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “My Next Broken Heart” and “Neon Moon.”
As he celebrates 50 years as a solo artist, Rod Stewart gets the royal treatment on his latest album.
With Def Leppard’s 2019 tour completed, now comes the announcement that the British icons will be joining fellow rockers Mötley Crüe and Poison for a stadium tour in 2020.
With Halloween now just a sugarcoated memory and Thanksgiving quietly waiting in the wings, it’s that glorious period when artists begin releasing new holiday albums.
A multiple inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of two iconic bands, Gregg Rolie certainly has impacted the music scene over the last 50 years as a founding member of Santana and Journey and as a touring member of Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band.
I recently came across a new offering from Sandy Lusco Huffman. The passionate singer-songwriter from Greene County has just released “Where the Boys Are,” her seventh album.
After singing the praises of a more heavenly nature on her last release, Tori Kelly follows 2018’s “Hiding Place” with a third album that possesses far-reaching emotions from a very personal level.
As the charismatic frontman of Creed, Scott Stapp was living the true rock ’n’ roll lifestyle with the release of 1997’s “My Own Prison” and 1999’s “Human Clay.”
Always favoring the gritty dreams-verses-reality mentality conveyed by Bruce Springsteen on “Born to Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” I’ll openly admit that it took me a few listens to embrace the American West tone embedded in Springsteen’s detailed storytelling on his latest release.