Here at Mark Weber Music Blog, we get a lot of emails. As you know, we (me, Mark Weber, and guest writers) enjoy promoting music makers from a variety of genres while also keeping people up-to-date on things such as music business tips, new releases, trends in music, etc. So, this being the Mark Weber Music Blog, it’s time to share news tidbits from various artists and such… Here’s Mark Weber’s Music Mix August 2016.
Mick Hayes is a friend of mine who has a new project coming out called GuitaR&B. It’s guitar with R&B flavor. What’s not to like? Hayes has a strong vocal presence and the new release features fellow music maker Najee on “Snowed In With U.” Check out Mick Hayes here.
Remember the classic song “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks? It has been re-made in a jazzy rock sort-of-way by Project Grand Slam. They’re a fusion band led by bassist/composer Robert Miller. Honestly, this hot new track reminds me of my time in the NYC bars and clubs at night when truly talented bands played their hearts out. It’s even complete with saxophone solos and such. Lucy Woodward is the singer on “You Really Got Me.” I’m diggin’ it. Check out Project Grand Slam here.
Michael Robertson has been singing, performing and writing songs for over 30 years and it shows. He’s GREAT at what he does. His first solo release, All My Stories, is a welcome addition to my ears after all the electronic noise on the radio these days. Robertson has the kind of voice and song style that make you feel like you’re in his living room enjoying a nice night of music with friends. It’s Americana, Country, etc. Call it what you want; it feels honest, authentic and good. Check out Michael Robertson here.
I’m not a fan of the band Heart but I bet some of you reading this are. Fans should know that singer Ann Wilson has a solo EP out called Focus. On it she does live versions of Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” and Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up.” Check out “The Ann Wilson Thing” here.
The Afters in the Music Mix
Former P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby has a new instrumental CD available entitled Hymns. Renowned for his innovative finger-style guitar techniques, Truby says the project was specifically produced with the purpose to help people who are going through trauma or sickness. It was originally his wife’s idea.
“I have performed finger-style covers of hymns in my live sets over the years,” says Truby. “One day my wife mentioned the idea of a therapy-type album. I know that suffering can consume a lot of thought and energy. So this album was arranged with peace and healing in mind. We started with the idea of distributing it to cancer patients. Now we want to make it available to anyone who may be going through grief, recovery, divorce or any other difficulties.” Check out Jason Truby here.
–Mark Weber Music Mix August 2016