As soon as the sound of Ragged Union’s music fills a listener’s ears, the subtle cleverness of their name hits home. They play bluegrass — a genre known for being anything but ragged. On the contrary, it requires attention, precision, and of course, careful uniting of diverse instrumental and vocal skills. The band’s second album, Time Captain, releasing Oct. 27, confirms just how adroitly the band’s six individual talents merge into one well-meshed whole.
Forever Ray has been performing to sell-out audiences throughout the New York Metropolitan area. They perform the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles, which includes a wonderful blend of musical styles ranging from Jazz and Blues to Country and R&B. Members of Forever Ray have performed or recorded with Ray Charles, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Christina Aguilera to name a few. Unchain My Heart!
Oh Boy Records is pleased to announce the release of John Prine Beyond Words, available for purchase via https://johnprine.com. Beyond Words includes over 100 photographs from Prine's personal collection, copies of handwritten lyrics showing the creative process with select commentary, and lyrics with guitar chords for 60+ classic Prine songs. Watch the trailer for Beyond Words here.
No other tune on the record evolved as far from its origins as this one for me. The musical seed was an acoustic resonator guitar sound I used on Last Danger of Frost. Just a little cascading melody, harmonics, sounded like spilled water. I played it for Johnny and Leslie, who responded as if I’d yelled mush at two sled dogs, and I’ve been ass-over-teakettle trying to keep up ever since. Strong band, heavy lifting all around check Bobby Vega on the outro. The longest song and longest journey by a song on the record. - Steve Kimock