Ilana Katz Katz takes things to a higher level on Subway Stories

Ilana Katz Katz takes things to a higher level on Subway Stories

Ilana Katz Katz is a fast rising star in the greater-Boston/New England blues scene. Her last two album whet the regional crowd’s appetite. Her numerous live appearances, including many in the city’s Red Line subway station, have heightened her sense of presence. This third album, produced by Barry Levenson of Canned Heat fame, manages to preserve the integrity of Katz’s Appalachian folk and Delta blues influences and techniques while offering a hipper, edgier vibe this time around. She co-wrote with Levenson most of the songs while interspersing a few tasteful traditional ballads.

Linda Marks succeeds on all levels with Singer/Songwriter album

Linda Marks succeeds on all levels with Singer/Songwriter album

Linda Marks’ second release this year, Singer/Songwriter, shows more of her pop ballad side than her more jazz oriented Say Yes To Love, released last September. Like the previous album, Marks displays vocals that soar, rising up to a high register, waving in her breezy numbers like a flag of musical beauty. She also reaches the listener’s soft spot each time with her insightful lyrics.

Getting a Buzz once again, with BillCopelandMusicNews.com

Getting a Buzz once again, with BillCopelandMusicNews.com

Dear Gentle Readers, once again I have compiled some upcoming music events and news that will come to a venue near you. Have fun.

Crooked Coast have fun their own way with Put The Night On

Crooked Coast have fun their own way with Put The Night On

It is hard to define what Crooked Coast is all about. This Cape Cod rock band begins this new CD Put The Night On with a rapper doing his rap thing over an acoustic guitar, drum set tinkering, and the usual rap beat. After this initial intro, Put The Night On turns into a rock album, though the term rock doesn’t completely cover everything going on with this band of Cape Cod musicians.

Gordy Pettipas

MoGuitar blues band rocked hard at DC’s Tavern in Hooksett, New Hampshire

It’s hard to pinpoint what makes a MoGuitar show so successful. Is it all of the busy guitar techniques utilized by Gordy Pettipas? Is it his assertive vocalizing? Is it the flexibility and variety of grooves coming from the rhythm section of bassist Mike Berkowitz and drummer Garrett Cameron? The trio’s gig last Saturday night at DC’s Tavern in Hooksett, New Hampshire found them rocking the room with tremendous blues power.

Peter Parcek offers serious musicianship, tones on Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

Peter Parcek offers serious musicianship, tones on Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

Peter Parcek’s latest CD Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven offers, among fine musicianship, many tasty nuggets of tone that create exciting sonic landscapes. Parcek immerses his listener into his own world of sound. Whether he’s playing slidy material, contrasting guitar parts, or interesting chord progressions, Parcek maintains a freshness, originality, and a high level of excitement in every meter

Matt Prozialeck

Harmonica man Matt Prozialeck shines as member of Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers

Matt Prozialeck has been the harmonica player for Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers for about three years now. His experience in that band has changed his life, having moved to Boston from Chicago to join this Beantown band that plays 150 shows a year.

Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers keep it real on Big Road

Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers keep it real on Big Road

Erin Harpe And The Delta Swingers’ new CD Big Road offers a loving heap of old style blues to audiences who can appreciate both the traditional sound and the energy of modern twists. Recorded, mostly, at Verdant Studio in southern Vermont, Big Road is exactly what it sounds like, a route with two or more travel lanes.

Kirsten Manville has a lot to offer listeners on Some People Sing

Kirsten Manville has a lot to offer listeners on Some People Sing

Kirsten Manville’s latest CD Some People Sing, is a fine assortment of rootsie flavored singer-songwriter material. Produced by Brian Maes at his Briola Studios in Lynn, Massachusetts, Manville’s CD rings with authentic grit. Her vocal sounds clear and pure and the instruments can be heard in all of their natural tone glory in each of these ten songs.

Rick Berlin W/ The Nickel & Dime Band strike solid gold once again with The Courage Of The Lonely

Rick Berlin W/ The Nickel & Dime Band strike solid gold once again with The Courage Of The Lonely

Rick Berlin with The Nickel & Dime Band’s latest CD The Courage Of The Lonely is another winsome affair. Berlin reaches back into older rock and roll idioms and pulls them into the present to write songs that have dramatic punch while remaining true to the original forms. This results in some incredibly good rock and roll numbers that leave one wondering how this guy Berlin isn’t as big as the guys in The Traveling Wilburys.