Right Click – Right Click
The Ark of Music » Americana
by The Ark of Music
3d ago
Sid Hagan returns, but he’s not alone – with the band Right Click, Sid teams up with seasoned musicians and producers to create a self-titled album harnessing several decades of collective industry experience. Guided by one simple tenet – to simply create music they love – Right Click generated an album touching upon a serious helping of various genres, including acoustic, alternative, Americana, blues, country, and rock. So, does Right Click’s latest release express the collective prowess, passion, and expertise of its esteemed and particularly adroit assemblage? Let’s hit the highlights… Wai ..read more
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Rockford Road – Oh, No! I’m in Love! (single)
The Ark of Music » Americana
by The Ark of Music
6M ago
“Oh, No! I’m in Love” is another offering from Rockford Road’s latest album, Epilogue. And in our recent album-encompassing review, I purposely left this very song off my list of highlights; I suppose it didn’t grab me as effectively as the rest. But, with a little more listening time, I have to admit – my opinion started trending upward. Let’s talk about it. If you’re not in the know, Rockford Road exhibits a classic rock sound like few other contemporary “retro” bands. In one song, you might hear The Doors. In another, you may hear moments similar to The Mamas & the Papas. In another, y ..read more
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Rockford Road – I’m Doing Fine (single)
The Ark of Music » Americana
by The Ark of Music
6M ago
Having just reviewed the entire album from which it comes – Epilogue – I must say “I’m Doing Fine” gets better with each and every listen. If you like ‘60s -‘70s-inspired music – if you love The Doors and/or Fairport Convention – you’ll LOVE Rockford Road’s raw, natural sound dipped in blues-based, occasionally folk-leaning classic rock. Not sold? Then join me on a not copyright infringing carpet ride through the ebb and flow of this joyful melodic journey. Wait. Who does what? “I’m Doing Fine” features drummer Jim Davidson, multi-instrumentalist Bob Mahan, bassist/vocalist Tom Wisneski, rhyt ..read more
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Rockford Road – Epilogue
The Ark of Music » Americana
by The Ark of Music
6M ago
Who’s back to deliver uncompromising classic rock? That’s right – it’s Rockford Road, and they’re keeping the spirit of rock and roll alive with their brand-new, full-length album, Epilogue. Running the gamut from blues-based classic rock to deeply rooted americana, Epilogue is another solid collection that relies on the stony heart of rock and the expressive scope of vast, unclimbable canyons. Is Epilogue truly something special? Follow me for the highlights, and if you dig the comparisons, you’re going to want to listen for yourself. Wait. Who does what? Based in Richmond, VA, Rockford Road ..read more
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The Kenn Morr Band – Still Shining
The Ark of Music » Americana
by The Ark of Music
8M ago
Are you ready for some rootsy acoustic folk, Americana, and any genre where the song is king? Where the plain-speaking singer/songwriter and his band create something organic, immune to overproduction, and without a single artificial ounce of autotune? Then allow me to introduce The Kenn Morr Band; specifically, their latest album (of 12), Still Shining. Featuring 11 solid, folk-ringing tracks, Still Shining is a pure, subtle offering of unrefined refinement. So, what makes this album so darn authentic and more than slightly magical? Let’s hit the highlights. Wait. Who does what? Guitarist and ..read more
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Timeseven – Stay (single)
The Ark of Music » Americana
by The Ark of Music
1y ago
Timeseven – the group project led by guitarist, songwriter, and producer William Hayden – returns with “Stay”; a soft, acoustic lullaby performed by a who’s who of talented performers (from the stage, and one in particular behind the mixing board). Is this slice of acoustic, contemporary adult pop a capable expression of the aforementioned talent? Let’s break it down: The quality of sound here is pristine; you can tell it was mixed and mastered by Darrell Thorp, a 10 x Grammy-winning mixing engineer who worked with Paul McCartney, Radiohead, and Beck (ya’ heard of ‘em?). So, he has a SERIOUS p ..read more
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Robin Lane – Woman Like That (single)
The Ark of Music » Americana
by The Ark of Music
1y ago
Robin Lane, once hailed by The Washington Post as “the most talented female artist to come out of New Wave Rock,” has had a fascinating, multi-genre music career. She emerged as a contemporary force in Americana music with her first album on Red on Red Records, Dirt Road to Heaven. Lane was previously part of the L.A. Laurel Canyon music community in the late 60s, where she collaborated with members of Crazy Horse and sang with Neil Young. After her several-year marriage to future Police guitarist Andy Summers broke up, she moved back East and toured solo in the mid to late 80s while also open ..read more
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Eric Hagen – Dying Alone (single)
The Ark of Music » Americana
by The Ark of Music
1y ago
Eric Hagen is a singer-songwriter from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, whose raw and powerful vocal style has turned heads along with his ability to tell a good story through his stripped-back, Americana/folk songs. Hagen released his debut EP, Crossroads Motel, back in 2021, and now returns with single, Dying Alone, which will feature on his upcoming full-length album. Hagen states that Dying Alone is “about how a lot of people find themselves in relationships that they feel stuck in… Some people find that even if it’s not a healthy relationship, they think it’s better than dying alone.” He is join ..read more
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Steven Blane – Songs for New York Lovers
The Ark of Music » Americana
by The Ark of Music
1y ago
Steven Blane is an artist whose progress we’ve been tracking and writing about for a few years now. The New York singer-songwriter has carved out a style and signature of his own through a string of exquisite albums and singles, incorporating elements of folk, jazz, blues, and rock’n’roll into his brand of Americana. His latest offering leans heavily into the world of jazz and serves as a beautiful homage to the city in which Blane lives. The album, entitled Songs for New York Lovers, consists of 13 original compositions that were recorded in Brooklyn with the help of some wonderful session m ..read more
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Lucky Overton – College Town
The Ark of Music » Americana
by The Ark of Music
1y ago
Lucky Overton is a singer-songwriter based in Southern Colorado who is known for his raw and soulful blend of Americana styles. His latest album, College Town, is a delightful blend of country, blues, and folk and “focuses on the struggle of finding love and a place in the world, while making and learning from the regrettable mistakes that come from being young in a college town.” Watch Your Back is the album’s opening track and perfectly embodies the down-on-your-luck sentiment of the blues, with “Can’t you see we’re going nowhere fast?” serving as the song’s refrain. The track is embellishe ..read more
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