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Kim Riley shines in solo acoustic & duo format; rocks Whippersnappers with fine selections and delivery

Kim Riley shines in solo acoustic & duo format; rocks Whippersnappers with fine selections and delivery

Kim Riley has been playing out professionally for several years. Both in her native Boston area and now up in her adopted home state of New Hampshire. So, it’s no wonder that the versatile cover performer can dig up all sorts of songs from her huge binders of song lists. Riley even performed “Mad World” […]

Boston singer-songwriter Sarah Blacker is a young woman in a hurry

Boston singer-songwriter Sarah Blacker is a young woman in a hurry

Sarah Blacker could best be described as a young woman in a hurry. The Boston-based singer-songwriter is constantly writing new songs and she’s constantly releasing new music. Her last full length CD Come What May was released in March of 2011. She released her Perfectly Imperfect E.P. this past year, and she is readying some […]

A music journalist's letter to Santa

A music journalist’s letter to Santa

Dear Santa, I know this is a last minute Christmas list, but there’s a few things that the greater-Boston music scene really needs. If there’s anyway for you to drop these things off during your fly over tonight, I would greatly appreciate it. For Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ & Blues in Brighton, a larger room with […]

Jim Libby shows much potential on debut country-rock album Made In USA

Jim Libby shows much potential on debut country-rock album Made In USA

Jim Libby’s debut country rock album Made In USA is chockful of songs that have a distinct balance between a driving beat and a subtle nuance of melody. Libby’s tunefulness will make listeners want to listen carefully to every note. His force of nature rhythms will make certain they never get bored by any of […]

Sideman Sez is a soulful triumph for singer, musician, writer Rob Loyot

Sideman Sez is a soulful triumph for singer, musician, writer Rob Loyot

Former Entrain member Rob Loyot sings, plays saxophone and percussion, and wrote some of the material for this new project called Sideman Sez. Combing his songwriting, musicianship, and studio production and engineering skills, Loyot created several embraceable R&B songs on this very likable album. Loyot’s voice and saxophone melodies flow smooth as honey while his […]

Adam Ezra Group continues great run of CD Release Parties for Daniel The Brave

Adam Ezra Group continues great run of CD Release Parties for Daniel The Brave

Adam Ezra Group continued a series of local CD Release Parties last night for their new disc Daniel The Brave. And, as always, the show last night at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, New Hampshire was a killer performance from this neo-hippie band from Boston. The group kept the crowd energized and enthusiastic with their […]

Nicole Nelson is on a role

Nicole Nelson is on a role

Boston’s beautiful and now very well known singer Nicole Nelson has been on a roll this year. Aside from her perennial success with her long time duo partner Dwight Ritcher, Nelson won a Boston Music Award for Female Vocalist Of The Year after appearing as a contestant on NBC television’s reality show The Voice. The […]

My second list of some favorite songs by local artists

My second list of some favorite songs by local artists

I received so many positive responses to my last list of favorite songs by local artists that I felt compelled to write a second. Off the top of my head, here they are: “Kokomo Me Baby” as recorded by Peter Parcek. Parcek has a lot of fun with this shuffling, boogie blues number by Fred […]

Nancy Beaudette offers holiday goodies on Fa La La CD

Nancy Beaudette offers holiday goodies on Fa La La CD

Nancy Beaudette calls her Christmas CD Fa La La and the warm rhythm everybody associates with that refrain sums up the entire album. Beaudette has loaded this CD like a Christmas stocking with all sorts of embraceable goodies. Opening title track “Fa La La” gets a warm bracing support from Beaudette’s ukulele and a tinkling […]

Marty Nestor offers roots rock glory on Saint Of The Highway

Marty Nestor offers roots rock glory on Saint Of The Highway

Marty Nestor has been sharing his edgy, roots rock originals all over greater-Boston for several years now. His latest CD Saint Of The Highway offers some exceptionally good new material and some exceptionally good re-recordings of older material. Nestor has the most earthy organic rock and roll sound since The Band. “Down On The Street” […]