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Pristine – Detoxing

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Not since the days of the early seventies have I heard a band capture the sounds of that era as if they had recorded their music during that time period. But looking at the date of 2012 assures me it is only Pristine that is taking me on a journey that shows the influence of such rock bands as Savoy Brown, Bloodrock, The Allman Brothers Band (early period) as well a host of other blues rock bands of that era. Pristine is lead by a female singer and that uniqueness is makes it double enjoyable. When Zephyr released its first LP Candy Givens was a female blues rocker that took the music to the very edge. Pristine is a blues rock band that relies on Heidi’s vocals and the warm feel of the keyboards to propel the song along for the guitarist to lead the journey back into the halcyon days of such artist as mentioned earlier. Blues rock is what Pristine Detoxing is about. Soulful. painful and gut wrenching emotion. Few bands blend this sound with modern music but Pristine not only blends the blues rock of the late sixties and early seventies but they also create a new, ready for action 2012 sound that is as tight and as powerful as any other artist of this genre. Heidi’s vocals soar and fly into the face of the listener from all different emotional points. Down and dirty, wailing and pain filled. Desperate and lonely. This is the blues rock of Pristine.
One of the most interesting points is this is a live studio recording that takes the listener through a journey of different emotional feelings without ever loosing a beat. Espen Jakobsen guitar soars and dives and through the emotion of the blues. Anders Oskal organ feels the CD with a powerful and warm soaring organ that reminds one of the days of Hammond B3 with a Leslie attachment that drove such bands as the Allman Brothers. The rhythm of Asmund Eriksson, bass guitar and Kim Karlsen, drums and percussion keep the music rock solid with their tight combination of bass and drums. Pristine is not for the feint of heart. They border on the edge of psychedelic blues rock much the way Zephyr did back in the late sixties and early seventies. Heidi’s vocals are better than Candy Givens but you can still hear a similar edge they both brought to their band. All in all Detoxing is a very good album filled with some excellent tracks as well as a female vocal doing The Allman Brothers Band Whipping Post which drips with desperation, despair, that flat out rocks. Click on the picture to buy the CD:

Tini Grey-Shades of Grey

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Starting with track one, Turn Around you can hear the individuality of Tini Grey who has come into his own with this release Shades of Grey. Track two, Home Again, has a fun style that was popular many years ago. A bit of rock and soul music mix that soars and reminds one of music from many years ago. The third track Hold On delivers with its soulful vocals and harmonies. Tini Grey has a more soulful sound than most male artists heard today. It’s seems that he has listened to many soul records from the sixties and seventies and does an excellent job of creating a new sound that reminds one of the glory days gone by but yet soars to new heights with his rock solid groove and passionate vocals and excellent songwriting. Tini Grey is the most real soulful male vocalist heard in many years. Hold On gets your feet moving and urges your body to get up and move, much like the Style Council’s, My Ever Changing Moods and their great tribute to soul music.
Record Player is track five and its starts out with a slow bluesy acoustic guitar, with lyrics that ooze the soulful sounds of his vocals and push the song to its limit.
I Feel Lucky is a new classic track that really reminds one of songs like My Pledge of Love by the Joe Jeffery Group from 1969. Tini captures these old grooves and makes them sound brand new for audiences who most likely have never listened to the roots of soul music. With a bit of Tyrone Davis, some Bill Withers and some Gamble Huff style song writing, Tini makes music that is rich in history but not stuck in the past. Check out Just Smile, you can feel its groove taking you away. This is positive music, music that makes your smile, you might sing along, but you will want to get up and groove to the positive sounds of Just Smile
The track is smooth without being slick delivering heartfelt vocal which is not over processed so the truth and soul of the singer comes through. Record labels always seem to over process music these days. But Tini Gray has produced a solid rock and soul cd that offers plenty of soul with real emotions and honest music oozing from the grooves of the cd. Music is a magical thing and Tini Grey has captured one of the most magical music releases heard by a male singer in many years.
Weatherman lends its self to a more pop jazz sound which although well done, simply does not have the soulful sound of some other tracks but does show his versatility style, though this track has more in common with artist like Harry Connick, Jr. than soul artist of the sixties.
This is artist will bring smiles to the faces of many people who like the older styles and always say there is no good music anymore. Well here it is don’t waste any more time, don’t debate it, this is the real thing, go buy it today.
This is the best male vocal album of 2012 hands down. Not because Tini is the greatest singer but because he captures the soul of each song. Forget the Grammy awards, this is the real music you have all been missing.
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Day Old Funk

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Day Old Funk has a rich and warm quality to their sound. With a name like DOF, you would expect a hard groove funk band but instead what you get is a very talented group of
acoustic rockers who have a true sense of pop music. With melodies that have warm rich tones not only in the guitars but also in the vocals. These guys work really well together mixing their own ideas of what acoustic music should be. Some really nice harmonies make them a delight to listen to. The songs have true pop melodies that can be traced back to their roots. Not really rock, not really acoustic, Day Old Funk relies on melodies instead of instrumental prowess. Drawing on influences as diverse as steel band and tin pan alley. Track after track changes direction from the track before yet they never seem to lose their cohesion as a band and come out of each track with a tighter sound. Singer Songwriter style songs like Song For Him and Summer End fit well in todays modern pop culture. Check out this link to help DOF play live at the Grammy Awards. http://www.facebook.com/TheGRAMMYs?sk=app_207367796002477&app_data=band%3A123%7Cg%3Aindividual_share_return

The Hawkeyes

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The Hawkeyes-self titled released on Broad Horizon Records

This band seems a mix between The Georgia Satellites and AC/DC.
With more of the leaning towards the GS. Southern rock with a harder edge on the guitar than most bands. This four track ep has two excellent tracks, they are Double E, 7 & A Quarter.
Each of these tracks are some of the best rock and roll tracks you will hear from an independent band. These two tracks are only a taste of what could be. In a world where louder is not always better this band delivers rock in roll straight to your feet. These are songs you will sing along to, songs you will play your friends, songs that you will listen to in ten years and realize how well they have held up to the test of time. The ultimate compliment to any artist is to write songs that stand up to the test of time its self. If this genre’s suits your taste then I would be surprised if you do not like this rocking group.
Joe is the second track on the disc and follows the same pattern and it also has a good hook but has a harder AC/DCish guitar edge as does Junior’s Night Out. The short ep gives a glimpse of what the Hawkeyes could achieve. Two of the four songs are excellent and are worth the price of admission, however it would be nice to hear a full CD which is also a real test for most artist to deliver twelve or fourteen songs in one package. After hearing the Hawkeyes four track ep, It’s seems soon we will listening to a excellent rock and roll release if this ep is any indication of what they have in store.

OLGA interview

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Chatting with Olga who’s new album is a tour de force that features Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars on guitar. She talks about her life and music.

Tell us a little about yourself? Where you born and where did you go to school etc?

I am full Austrian, born in San Francisco and grew up there and in the
bay
area. I went to the Nueva School and had a Yehudi Menuin music
scholarship
there. Thereafter I went into public high school and got heavily
involved
in the drama department there and community theater (San Mateo
Performing
Arts Center)
When did you first start listening seriously to music?

As far back as I can remember. Probably really noticed it about age three or four

I wrote my first song when I was four.
What music were you listening to back then?

Classical music and then when I was 7 I got a radio and listened to the
songs on the radio (80’s pop).

As you grew up when did you start singing?
As long as I can remember. I wrote my first song when I was 4.

Did you play in lots of cover bands growing up?

No, I did not play in any.

What kind of styles were you playing?

 Growing up did members of your family play music?
No, no one did though on my mother’s side of the family there were some
classical musicians but they were all deceased by the time I arrived.
6. How has music affected your outlook on life?
It is the first thing I hear when I wake in the morning and the last
thing
I hear when I go to sleep. I even hear it in my sleep sometimes… So
it
is a part of my consciousness and were it not to be there, I would feel
like I am missing a limb or something…

The influences in life, family, church, teachers, friends,
neighbors,
and experiences all mesh into a fabric of life. These subjects tend to
come out in most people’s songs. Are there one or two songs that have
specific meaning to you?

They all have meaning to me! And when I cover someone else’s song, it
is
also because there is some inherent meaning to me and I connect with
it.
The best songs in my opinion are universal and they may have been
written
at a certain time about a certain person or event, but they will adapt
to
whatever situation you find yourself in presently.

Many people pick one or two artists that they feel are their main
influences, which artist would you say had a major influence on your
music?

Jessie Mae Hemphill and Peggy Lee.
Music is a tough business, especially these days, what have you
been
able to do to better position yourself for success?
I started working in movies!

Anything specific you can share with other struggling artist.
Maintain a positive attitude which is extremely hard to do especially
these days. I am still a struggling artist myself and this is really
the only advice I can give; to stay mentally and physically sound.

Do you feel the local artist influenced you more or are you
influenced
more by the music you listen too?

I am mostly listening to the music that is in my head. I don’t listen
to
much otherwise as I find it interferes with my thoughts and ideas.
Otherwise I listen to old country and blues and 80’s pop songs when I
need
a break. And Italian language tapes and German podcasts!

Do you write all of your own songs?
Yes.
How do you come up with song ideas to write about?

Life. I usually write about first hand experience otherwise I make it a
first person experience in the song.

You have Cody Dickinson, of the North Mississippi All-stars on
your cd as a guest artist, how did you meet Cody and get him involved with
your cd?

I’ve known Cody and his brother Luther for over 12 years now; we met
when
I still lived in Boulder, CO and worked as a radio DJ. I met Cody first
actually, at a Ozomatli show where they opened up for them and also
Galactic. When I saw them play I was really struck by the fact that
they were young white kids my age playing the blues and that was so rare for
me to encounter. In addition, they were into the same style blues I was
(north MS hill country). Will-Dog of  Ozomatli ended up introducing us
(the dressing rooms were next to each other) and said “you guys need to meet
cause you’re both into the same things” and that was that. We are
kindred
spirits and playing music with him is intuitive not to mention
incredibly
fun.

I was working with another friend, Winn McElroy who produced,
engineered and mixed the album. I had laid down the guitar and scratch vocals
(most of which were kept) and told him I was going to have Cody play drums.
I had already talked to Cody about wanting to make a sort of 80’s pop
record and he loves 80’s pop. When he came in to do drums, he got inspired and
said “hey let me add some bass to that” and then the next thing was
that we ended up doing the whole thing together. It took about a year. Winn
also played guitar and bass guitar on a couple of tracks and he is
the one who took everything and made it into the polished finished sound we
were looking for. Winn really knows his stuff!

Do you think you might team up with Cody again in the future?
Yes, for sure. We have already been discussing ideas for new songs and
doing some recording again here soon.

Currently, what is happening in your career that you would like to
share with the readers?

Well the industry is changing so much it has become more and more
difficult to make a living in music. I realize that you can’t fight the
change you just have to survive and adapt to it somehow. I just read an
article that the major labels will cease pressing cds in 2012, which I
knew was coming; people don’t buy cds anymore and mostly only download
songs. Artists struggle more now than ever before and it’s ever more so
challenging to keep a positive frame of mind and attitude. What else
can you do?

The next immediate goal is to make 3 music videos for the new album. I
believe that people like to see the visual along with hearing the music
and so that’s my plan. I am also working in the film and television
industry quite a bit these days so I will continue doing that. My short
film “Statue” which I co-star in and features my music, just won
another award for Best Short Film at the Ocelot Robot Film Festival in Los
Angeles in early November.

Is there anything you would like to add or share with the readers?

Cody and I are playing a Christmas show in Como, MS on December 10th.
Here is a facebook link to the info. We plan on doing more soon!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=241932529194270

Thank you again Olga for doing this interview. Thanks for taking the
time
to share your thoughts and plans with our readers.

As Always,

Olga

http://www.laolga.com

http://www.twitter.com/olgabluesbabe

http://www.imdb.me/Olga

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Olga Whatever You Want featuring Cody Dickinson

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Olga Bringing You Classic Music Today


Olga Whatever You Want  (Featuring Cody Dickinson
Olga starts her release out with What Ever You Want, which is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac Rumors period of the seventies. They Want More the second track has a more laid back feeling with her easy going vocals belying the lyrical condemnation of greed, its never been put so sweet and angelic. A quite contrast in musical sound and lyrical substance, which brings to mind Woody Guthrie and the last lyric to This Land Is Your Land, “I wonder if this land is still made for you and me.” The dark nature of the lyrics meaning with the tongue in cheek music and vocal combination give the song contrast that works well. On the fourth track, Olga hits her stride with Just Take Your Time, an easy flowing track that celebrates its simplicity and it is just a standout track, radio will go gaga over. It has an easy flowing melody steeped in the music of the sixties with a very catchy melody that creates on a warm fuzzy feeling in the mind. As does Birds of Sorrow, which also show the depth and the richness of her vocals, steeped in soul her vocals sail and soar her to new heights with the infectiousness that you finds you tapping your foot too immediately. It too is equally deserving of hit status. Being from Louisiana I am sure Olga has heard her share of great female soul singers, country and pop singers, the whole area is flooded with great talent and Olga shines like a lighting’ bug in the night, chasing her dreams like she probably did as a kid in the yard at dusk.

Olga works best in the songs that have an easygoing feel to them. It Comes and It Goes

Is another one of those tracks that has a very catchy melody with pure pop leanings the track delivers combination of country and soul music.

Little is Known a rock and soul stew of Olga gumbo. Brings to mind Shelby Lynne as does a few of the other tracks, but Olga is Olga so you only hear whispers of the Alabama Lady Shelby Lynne in any of the tracks,

On Better In Some Way, she returns to the easygoing sound, she seems to work best in. However, she follows that up with It is What it is which flows with a bit of Latin Jazz beat with classic soul hard edge style vocal.

Don’t Look Back is a return to the tried and true easy soulful sound, Most artist are always searching for that sound and I believe that Olga has it down with her easy going, soulful sound that is easy on the ears, easy on the mind.

Her tasteful arrangements and the infectious melodies stand on there own and that is why you will find yourself playing this release repeatedly. If you are a fan of Dusty Springfield, Shelby Lynne, Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline that long line of female singers that that grabs your heart and soul and never let us go then you will understand Olga.