Ace Records Covers Various Genres Well

I think Billy Bickford, aka “Ace,” of “Ace Records,” is one of those rare talents who know hows to both write and perform songs well. Better yet, he can handle multiple genres, from Country to hip-hop. His music is currently on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and other online places. Singing since the age of 8, when his dad advised him to “sing from your gut,” Ace believes you only live…

Good Lovelies

The Good Lovelies

A guy I know named Rob told me he loves listening to Canadian radio and he suggested I check out The Good Lovelies for their harmonies. When I typed their name into YouTube, up came their cover of the 2004 rap song by Canadian rapper “k-os“– “Crabbuckit.” Familiar with the original, it was fun hearing the song done by three ladies! Hear it here: Naturally, I was intrigued. So I visited…

Ashley Cleveland

Ashley Cleveland

Guest post by Ashley Cleveland Hey everyone—I know you’re dying to hear all about what it’s like to be sixty. For those of you that are younger, it’s probably like watching a car wreck. For those of you that are older, there are notes to compare. But honestly, the view from here is pretty much the same as the view from 59. I did get a little boost recently though…

Marc Scibilia

Marc Scibilia releases poignant single “Summer Clothes”

Marc Scibilia grew up in the cold backwater of Buffalo, New York. His family were music makers, including his dad. Marc’s new song is informed by his past life in Buffalo, with a special nod to his dad, Bob, whom I know personally. Indeed, the picture for the new Marc Scibilia single is a picture of Bob and his son from long ago. Marc couldn’t wait to skip town when…

Songs of Christmas from Russell Lee

Russell Lee is a tried-and-true Canadian guitar player and singer. The Winnipeg-based artist keeps busy with album releases, playing major events, and promoting a recent project called Songs Of Christmas. If you like Blue Rodeo, Jackson Browne, Johnny Cash, or John Denver, I think you’ll appreciate the sound of Russell Lee’s voice on songs like “Little Drummer Boy,” “We Three Kings,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” For Russell Lee, music…

Dave Rudolf offers clever folk and country songs

Dave Rudolf just sent me his 31st and 32nd albums. He calls All Folked Up Volume 3 a “sort of loving mockumentary ala Mighty Wind or Spinal Tap.” The other one, Let It Roll, is “a singer/songwriter album of mine that covers a wide variety of genres.” Let It Roll starts off with the title track, and it sounds like Americana-Country-Blues, complete with Rudolf’s deep voice reminding me of Elvis…

Carol Martini: Songs of the Girl on the Swing

“Tired of this Heartache” starts off Carol Martini’s Songs of the Girl on the Swing release. It’s the kind of song that will encourage anyone tired of doom, gloom, heartache, and pain. Martini’s folk-rock voice and her cleverly-written lyrics make this an upbeat romp that showcases her talent. How would I classify Carol Martini’s music? I’d call it Americana, with a bit of rollicking Country, nice harmonies, and pop sensibilities….

Even Fish Love Beer

Gary Clark has a Country song that will put a smile on your face: “Even Fish Love Beer (A Fish Tail)” Available on iTunes, Amazon and other sites, “Even Fish Love Beer” brings something back to Country music that’s sorely missing these days: a sense of old-school humor with the song lyrics. Even Fish Love Beer When he’s not at his day job as a commercial banker, Clark writes songs, plays…

Curtis Lee Putman

I immediately liked Curtis Lee Putman’s new single, #TallintheSaddle, upon first hearing it. His deep voice suits Country music perfectly, and the beat, the violins and subject matter are spot on for a good Country song. #TallintheSaddle (When I Ride) is the first single from a planned full album release to be entitled #MyTruth. Putman likes hashtags. Like all good Country songs, there’s truth to the words Putman, aka “The…

Michael Stosic’s inspirational Country music

Michael Stosic’s voice reminds me of Barry Manilow. It’s clear, pleasant and warm sounding– the kind that makes women swoon and puts men at ease. As a singer-songwriter from Reno, Nevada, Stosic manages to evoke the feel of the Western States with his latest release, Welcome Home. This is easy-listening inspirational Country music at its best. If you like the sound of the violin, get this album! Michael Stosic got…