Crowes Pasture combine acoustic folk elements to great success on Edge Of America

Crowes Pasture combine acoustic folk elements to great success on Edge Of America

Crowes Pasture strum up a storm on debut CD Edge Of America. This duo, Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin, present a combination of original songs and covers that reflect their influences and let them showcase their folk music influences. Acoustic instruments and vocals shine in this earthy reflection of talent.

The Weisstronauts do it again with Flat Bottom Cold Greaser, a fine batch of instrumental guitar rock

The Weisstronauts do it again with Flat Bottom Cold Greaser, a fine batch of instrumental guitar rock

The Weisstronauts rock right out with yet another fine bunch of instrumental guitar rock tunes on Flat Bottom Cold Greaser, their sixth full length CD since forming in 1999. Their unusual combo of guitar styles and rock subgenres make for many fun moments. They also keep things interesting.

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The latest music Buzz from BillCopelandMusicNews.com

Hello Gentle readers, There are some exciting music events coming up in New England this week and later into October and the rest of the year. I’ve just culled some interesting tidbits for everyone from my e-mail Inbox:

Likho Duo document a fine sound on Blues And The World Beyond

Likho Duo document a fine sound on Blues And The World Beyond

Guitarist and harmonica player Noe Socha and upright bass player Cliff Schmitt play the instrumental blues acoustic style in their Likho Duo. Documenting their song selections in this Blues And The World Beyond album was a wise idea. Their arrangements provide a glimpse into the initial kernel around which these songs were built. What the two accomplish from there is amazing.

Schooltree triumphant on double disc art rock album Heterotopia

Schooltree triumphant on double disc art rock album Heterotopia

There is a lot that can be said about Lainey Schooltree’s new artsy rock opera double disc CD Heterotopia. It’s densely layered with instrumentation and vocals that keep it compelling from start to finish. Hearkening back to the days of Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and King Crimson’s In The Court Of The Crimson King, Schooltree has come up with a highly imaginative work with an accessible, relatable main character that all can sympathize with. Though Schooltree sends her protagonist Suzie through a nonphysical or metaphysical journey, the composer-songwriter keeps her in the every day single young woman mindset.

Josh Gold, in his basement studio

Keyboardist Josh Gold trades road life for studio producer role

Josh Gold has lately gone through a period of transition. The keyboardist and recording studio producer and engineer for the Adam Ezra Group has come off the road. He still plays his keyboard with AEG on local shows when he can. But, the married father of three has decided to focus on a career as the owner of his own Malden, Massachusetts based recording studio. Gold has had a long career to look back on while also building a shiny future for himself right in his own basement studio.

Tim Gartland lets his talent shine on If You Want A Good Woman

Tim Gartland lets his talent shine on If You Want A Good Woman

Tim Gartland had been on the greater-Boston blues and roots scene for many years before relocating to Nashville. Maintaining a strong connection to New England, Gartland also maintains a strong fan base here by releasing fine CDs like this year’s If You Want A Good Woman to remember him by while he organizes his next stop up here. If You Want A Good Woman is loaded with Gartland’s fine vocals and exceptional harmonica work. He is also a strong songwriter who has written some of these tunes with local keyboardist Tom West who also makes a solid showing on this disc.

The Wildcat O'Halloran Band have fun with Hot Pulldown, a fine bluesy concoction

The Wildcat O’Halloran Band have fun with Hot Pulldown, a fine bluesy concoction

The Wildcat O’Halloran Band are at it again. They’ve come up with another disc of fine, cruising, soothing, and sometimes stomping blues with this Hot Pulldown album. O’Halloran showcases a lot of lyrical wit in this mostly originals CD while his guitar, vocals, and his crack support band put things across in edgy, feisty, bluesy style.

Brian Templeton lets his soul shine on Blue Testament album

Brian Templeton lets his soul shine on Blue Testament album

Some years ago, greater-Boston vocalist and harmonica player Brian Templeton got religion. The gentle giant, already a pleasant fellow to begin with, accepted the salvation that many musicians of our generation have accepted. Templeton expresses his faith and spirituality on this album Blue Testament. Whether or not fans of Templeton’s oldies rock and roll, vintage country, or blues feel the faith as deeply has he does, they should enjoy this work of powerful bluesy, rockin, swinging music. Not too many people can make gospel rock like Templeton can. It doesn’t hurt that Templeton has drummer Lorne Entress, keyboardist Dave Lamina, bassist Ed Spargo, and guitarist Lyle Brewer along for the ride.

Rathskeller venue circa mid-1980s

Fifth Annual Rat Beach Party to reunite original Rathskeller bands, players

For greater-Boston/New England music fans who miss the days of the Rat music venue, The 5th Annual Rat Beach Party will feature 55 rock bands spanning over the last two weekends of September. Held at The C Note in Hull, Massachusetts on Nantasket Beach, the roster of bands performing will feature some of the bands that used to perform at The Rat in Boston, Massachusetts. Other lineups will include musicians who used to play in bands at The Rat. A host band for each day will be a notable local area band from the current greater-Boston music scene.