Eli Cook ups his ante with heavy guests

April 23, 2014

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Young as he is, Eli Cook knows his way with the blues, having navigating through them over the course of four albums. But Eli’s newest one, out on April 29th, is set to promote the guitarist to the upper echelons of his chosen genre’s players. “Primitive Son” sees Cook welcome onboard a string of famous instrumentalists, including such luminaries as Vinny Appice and Pat Travers as well as members of LYNYRD SKYNYRD, DOUBLE TROUBLE and GOV’T MULE, plus Sonny Landreth and Leslie West, so there’s a nice balance between Southern and Northern strains of it. The Virginian stands his own ground there, though, with a nice poise, and his real breakthrough is just around the bend.

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CHINA SKY – the revival

April 20, 2014

It’s been more than 25 years since CHINA SKY released their self-titled album which featured “Some Kind Of Miracle” – almost a hit. It could be that if the band, formed by ex-MOLLY HATCHET guitarist John Ingram with Ron Perry at the mike and Richard Smith on bass, built on the momentum. But even their hard-edged Southern swagger didn’t stand the business pressure and, within the six weeks after the record was out, the trio broke up. Yet they were never forgotten and now are back in the studio. More so, they filmed a documentary about the group.

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THE OAK RIDGE BOYS: out live for the first time

April 20, 2014

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Almost impossible to believe but THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, being in action since the late ’40s, have never released a concert recording – until now. “Boys Night Out” is their first live album, and it features the band’s current line-up that last year celebrated its 40th anniversary – and here’s the result. In the absence of founder members there still are the guys who, in the ’60s, took the gospel/country collective into the rock era. The more interesting these tapes are.

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Neil Young runs for cover

April 19, 2014

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For an artist of his vintage, Neil Young demonstrates quite a high working rate, churning up record almost on yearly basis, so another of his releases could hardly be a surprise if only it wasn’t a collection of other people’s songs. Young has never been known for sprinkling his studio platters with many covers but they appeared in his live set from time to time, yet “A Letter Home,” out now on Jack White’s Third Man Records right for the Record Store Day, is full of unexpected delights. Meanwhile, it’s available only on vinyl, although it’s sure bet a CD or a digital versions will materialize as well.

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