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Kenny Dubman: Conflicted

Kenny Dubman: Conflicted

A chunky rocker featuring Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr on lead guitar rumbles under Kenny Dubman’s vocal on “Old Dogs,” the opener on his latest Conflicted.

Chris Forte: Backyard Astronomy

Chris Forte: Backyard Astronomy

The vibrato bar lovemaking and infiltrating organ on the wonderful “Covidy Blues” (another sure showcase for guitar and another of my faves here), had me back on my heels it’s so cool!

Arnab Sengupta: Leap of Faith

Arnab Sengupta: Leap of Faith

This almost sounds Disney-esque; that’s how much of a standard this song could become, like something we sing for years to come.

Dylan Tauber: He Loves Carmen

Dylan Tauber: He Loves Carmen

The slow plod of keys and overdriven chorus of keys work against (in a good way) the shank beat on the Enya-like “I Love My Father,” a song that mines a deeply emotional by midway, and it’s probably my favorite track here.

Ad Vanderveen: Candle to You 

Ad Vanderveen: Candle to You 

If I’m not mistaken, it’s that mandola, something Vanderveen plays very well indeed, that is the featured string instrument on the second-to-last tune, a Dylan-sounding “Exit Inside.”

Ann Wilson: Fierce Bliss

Ann Wilson: Fierce Bliss

Presently the Wilson sisters (Ann’s sister Nancy, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter is the other have of Heart’s creative team) are at odds in how to carry on their band. It’s nothing that Ann claims is a big rift, but Nancy wants to rest on the band’s legacy output, and Anna wants to explore new music. 

Eric Harrison: Dear John

Eric Harrison: Dear John

N.J. son Harrison make good for John Prine and us all, on Dear John.

Lochness Monster: Working for a Future

Lochness Monster: Working for a Future

I’d advise getting your hands on Lochness Monster’s Working for a Future.

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz: Variant Blues: Music In The Time Of Coronavirus: Songs 21-30

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz: Variant Blues: Music In The Time Of Coronavirus: Songs 21-30

Again, Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz are great players-songwriters-musicians; no doubt about it, I just feel with Variant Blues they may have gone to the same well too many times.

Ajay Mathur: Talking Loud

Ajay Mathur: Talking Loud

The sly slinky “Common Mistake” shows off Mathur’s more wry side; it’s a good jazzy rockin’ tune (I love the “yodee yoyos”), “Comedian” sounds cool but might be a little too hung up on how odd it sounds, although Toni Nesler’s and Stevie Blackie’s insane sounding strings are wicked.

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