With a few tweaks here and there the Local Music Spotlight has returned. The format may be a bit different, but the content will still be spot on. So take a gander spotlight of Georgia music.
Crane – I Love Women EP
Loaded with smooth rhythms, bluesy undertones and soulful melodies Crane has delivered a new batch of infectious tunes with the EP I Love Women. The five song album offers listeners a chance to enter into front man Anthony Crane’s musical world as he sings about the lovely ladies. Each song exhibits a different vibe as Crane travels up and down the R&B scale. The opening track “Come Back” reeks of 1960’s soul music as Crane sings about getting his woman back. It is easy to get lost in the rhythms as the song progresses. Reggae melodies infuse “Kristine” a track about a beach fling and things get a little funky on “One Night Stand” as Crane sings about a guy offering himself up for a one night stand for the ladies that are looking for that sort of thing. The title track “I Love Women” mixes a little bit of everything. As Crane sings about a dude’s love for women making it hard to stay monogamous, funk infused rhythms intermingle with a hint of reggae over a layer of blues held together with a rock background. The album closes with what has become my favorite song, “Sometimes Love Ain’t Enough”. Crane harnesses the spirit of Curtis Mayfield in a song about how love just can’t solve all problems. Like good bourbon I Love Women goes down smooth and will leave you wanting more. Crane has taken their music to the next level evolving from a debut release that jumped all over the place to a focused more polished sound that delves into their love of soul music. Give it a listen, go see them live and throw some support towards this Atlanta band.
Anticipated Album Spotlight
Declaring themselves the “Saviors of Rock & Roll”, after hearing bits and pieces of what is coming from Atlanta’s Bloodplums, they may not be too far off from that assessment. Meticulously assembled by B-Dirty (a founding member of the longstanding local purveyors of hip-hop Heavy Mojo), Bloodplums attack their music with the ferociousness of the Stooges yet keep it from going over the edge with an underlying Bowie/T-Rex aura lurking in the background. They have offered a taste with a couple of tracks online, “Misfortune’s Punk” and “(Music Is) Revolution”, building anticipation for what is to come. The band plays tight with B out front on vocals Matthew Foster setting the tone with his blistering guitar riffs and T-One (drums) & John Stare (bass) holding everything together. They have honed their music through practice, live shows a hard work ethic as they fine tune the upcoming album. Treat your ears to their music and be on the lookout for the new record as well as my full review.
Live Music Spotlight
Curtis Harding @ 529
With so much to do this Friday night why not spend your Halloween enjoying the soulful sounds of Curtis Harding. Loaded with enough gospel tinged soul music that has Sam Cooke and Otis Redding snapping their fingers from the grave, his record Soul Power is one of the best releases of 2014. Friday night he will be offering up those smooth sounds at the intimate 529 and I couldn’t think of anywhere better to spend your evening. The Atlanta transplant offers of live performances that are just as powerful as his music. He puts everything he has into each song leaving it all on the stage as listeners soak in his soulful sounds. The only thing bad about this night of music is that it will eventually have to end. So send the kids out trick or treating with the neighbors, sit a bucket of candy on the front porch and go enjoy the music of Curtis Harding, you can thank me later.
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