Upon a first listen, you may think Blue Heaven is a quirky fun dance band that knows how to use an echo driven Stratocaster and simple chord progressions (aka ambient guitar tones) to their full potential. There is a method in the simplicity. The music on their sophomore album “Volume Two” has an aura....

New York based Jane Lee Hooker released a debut album of blues covers and was then dubbed a blues band. It turns out that the album, No B! is really a cover story. ”At the end of the...

“Records, record stores, the way we made them, that’s all gone now and it’s up to the young musicians to figure it all out” – Joe Walsh Indeed, the musical landscape has changed...

Joanne Shaw Taylor Nov.13 2022 Byham Theater Pittsburgh, Pa. Reviewed by Michael Rampa  Joanne Shaw Taylor’s rise to prominence mirrors that of Joe Bonamassa, who is now her producer. A series of PBS concerts in heavy rotation peaked a lot of interest among new fans and brought out those who had been following...

Roxian Theater, McKees Rocks, PA, September 2, 2022 Reviewed by Michael Rampa When Mike Campbell stumbled into what became an impromptu audition for Mudcrutch with an $80 Japanese guitar...

Maren Morris Stage AE, Pittsburgh. July 15, 2022 Reviewed by Michael Rampa In her CMA acceptance speech, Miranda Lambert said, “I’m so happy to be a part of the women in country music,...

Livin’ My Best Life Curb records 2022) Reviewed by Michael Rampa Dylan Scott’s second album is a study in contradiction. “Livin’, My Best Life “may seem unwieldy at first with 16 tracks, but it clocks in in just under an hour thanks to five songs that come in under the industry’s the three-minute...

Georgia Broken Bow 2022 Reviewed my Michael Rampa Jason Aldean’s 10th studio album “Georgia” initially seems like a yeoman’s effort. As the second half of a double album that follows...

Lauren Alaina Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World (2021) Mercury Nashville Reviewed by Michael Rampa Lauren Alaina is flat out delightful. The bubbly Southern belle charmed her way into...

Ellen Starski’s debut album “The Days When The Peonies Prayed For The Ants,” is surely one of the most unique titles in recent memory. In her live shows, she takes you along on the album’s autobiographical journey 12 years in the making from her origins in rural Reynoldsville, PA to Nashville. For...

  A collision, a safety car and a Red Bull gamble. Those three ingredients delivered the most exciting Grand Prix in recent memory. Sebastian Vettel led. Then Valtteri Bottas led. But...

Gretchen Wilson Ready To Get Rowdy-2017 (Redneck Records) Gretchen Wilson is best known for her 2004 smash hit “Redneck Woman.” She has three No.1 albums to her credit but has been...

By their own admission Track 45 hails from a town that is – big enough for a WalMart and a Waffle House, but not a Target or a Starbucks. Ironically, Meridian, Miss. (population (41,148) is the birthplace of the father of country music, Jimmy Rodgers. The harmony-driven sibling trio of Track45 includes...

By Michael Rampa April 2021 By their own admission Track 45 hails from a town that is “big enough for a Wal Mart and a Waffle House but not a Target or a Starbucks” Ironically, Meridian,...

  It was only fitting that Lindsay Ell had Lauren Alaina as a guest on her recent livestream concert. Alaina penned the song “Crashing The Boy’s Club.” That is exactly what Ell...

Taylor Hawkins, the jovial, ferocious drummer for Foo Fighters for more than two decades, died Friday at the age of 50. The band announced the musician’s death in a statement but did not reveal a cause. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the...

Pope aims to Thrive on tour Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – Cassadee Pope is hitting the road in 2022 with her upcoming Thrive Tour.Pope released her ninth career album, “Thrive,”...

Cobb turns the page to gospel Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Brent Cobb will release his debut gospel album, “And Now, Let’s Turn To Page…,” on Jan. 28, 2022...

POST A COMMENT. After 1,000 votes, the standings: 1) “All Along the Watchtower”- Jimi Hendrix 2) “Comfortably Numb”- David Gilmour 3)”Stairway to Heaven”- Jimmy Page 4)”I’m So Afraid”- Lindsey Buckingham 5) “Do you Feel Like We Do?”- Peter...

High Octane Music News