Showing posts from October, 2012

ALBUM REVIEW: Homespun Remedies "Great Depression"

Debuting at Dallas' famed Poor David's Pub in 2007 to a near-sellout audience, DFW-based Homespun Remedies soon released its self-titled debut and followed with the band's newest album "Great Depression" - which was released in June 2011. Through some quirk of the US mail, the review copy of "Great Depression" sent to Country Chart Magazine only just arrived a few days ago. Indeed, this is one Post Office miracle that is deserving of sainthood - yes the music is that darn good. The album begins with the quiet introduction "Leave This Town" and is followed by "What's Goin' Round," which is mellow Texas country gold. The careful vocal performance and harmonies sound new but definitely pay homage to the past. "Empty Pockets" has a retro-cool vibe while the next cut "Make Believe" is the album's biggest surprise. It is a folksy story in song that carefully blends Americana with classic country, and th

ALBUM REVIEW: Doreen Taylor "Magic"

Casting a spell on the country music world all the way from upstate New York is the captivating voice of Doreen Taylor, and the songstress' new album "Magic" might just be the perfect potion for country chart success. The 11-song album begins with "Last Call (for Alcohol)," which has a retro cool Olivia  Newton-John vibe that works. The melody is super-catchy, and Taylor's powerful vocals sparkle. It must be mentioned that Doreen Taylor is 1) not a musical novice 2) not the typical new country artist. That is because she hails from the Great White Way - yes, Broadway. Indeed, Taylor has been performing on and off Broadway for years - most notably opposite Davis Gaines in  Phantom Of The Opera  (playing the female lead role of Christine). With a Master's Degree in opera, Taylor has surprisingly strong country music chops. "Another Rainy Night In Memphis" is a nuanced and powerful vocal performance that evokes memories of a mixture of Bonn

ALBUM REVIEW: The Piedmont Boys "All On Red"

South Carolina's hilly Piedmont region is full of salt-of-the-earth people - you know the humble and unprententious citizens that make America great. So it's no wonder that a few hard working rabble rousers decide to shake things up in Greenville, SC. Enter The Piedmont Boys and the band's new release "All On Red." To get a sense of the unpredictable nature of the band, you have to know where the title "All On Red" came from. Founding band member Greg Payne, a Kernersville, North Carolina native, told Country Chart Magazine that the name originated following a show in Grande Ronde, Oregon: "After our show, they paid us $1600 for two nights of playing," Payne said. "I took all the money...and put it on red at the roulette table. We were so broke anyway, I figure I'd take a chance...I WON." The Piedmont Boys aren't just winners at the casino. The album "All On Red" delivers ten diverse and interesting songs beg