“SCENT OF NASHVILLE”

As I listened to the EP of Arnold Connelly called “My Eyes Are Only On You” starts off the album with a song called “The Cowboy Dance” and Arnold seems to have a voice from the past, I actually can’t put a specific music artist to mind, however the song shows it’s strength with it’s catchy musical flare of the cowboys strums of the guitar and kind of has a snap to the sound. Surrounding Arnolds vocals are the back up vocals of La Donna Brewer Capps, and makes it have a sound that brings in a unique style. With the next song starting the song called “My Eyes Are Only On You”, where it remains to be a classic sounding song and Arnold has a voice that is one of the past country acts that I remember hearing, but the lyrical content is good and structured, with the steel guitar of Eddie Lange and piano of Tim Atwood, brings in that feeling of music of the past but once again Arnold keeps that real Nashville sound moving. The next track on the enjoyable EP Arnold continues with that traditional Nashville bar room flavor and the song called “I See you” adds the backup vocals of Ladonna Brewer Capps, and the steel guitar adds that real country bar room sent to it and is quite nice as you listen. as I read the players on the album I noticed that on drums is Ronnie McDowell Jr. which as I listened I never would have noticed and adds to the complete sound of this flavorful & heavily influenced by classic and vintage country. With the song called “Saying Goodbye” Arnold has smooth and his lyrics maintain the level of good country writing.  The last track on this EP is called “Single Wide Trailer” where Arnold brings in the sound of rough and a little rowdy kind of feeling to the musicality to the song and has a good sound, with the steel and fancy fret work and piano and the beat of the band keeps that bar room flavor alive throughout. I thank Arnold for willing to share his gift of music with me and I’d like to hear more from him in the future. I appreciate his friendship and thank him for his tremendous gift of song and music.

Steven F. Adams

Owner/Music Journalist Writer at Sound Wave One

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“SHE’S RIGHT HERE”

Well it’s no wonder and about time that this tremendously talented and pure soul is nominated for so many categories of music awards, quite frankly she’s always been a pure delight to speak with as well as to hear her incredible gift of song. With this in mind, Miss Tamanie Dove has bit me with her “Venom” and her incredible latest music project called 2018. It’s been quoted “I couldn’t have done this without your support, well my friends I am here to tell you I feel the same way towards this awesome singer songwriter & friend. Tamanie, arrives this album with a song called “Be Right Here” and what a beautiful ballad that just sums up a real & true emotional chord with myself, she has always had that power of reaching out to you in a way that seems to speak right to my heart and this song is only the first song on this wonderfully produced and sung album. “Stand Up” the 2nd cut on this wonderful and masterful album Tamanie brings in her element of versatility and shows her ability to “mix:” it up and really is vulnerable and is ahead of her time, I guess my words would be a “timeless treasure” that unlocks as you listen. The next track called “Venom” Tamanie, keeps her edgy but true music that really speaks to the elements of time and of place. The next track is called “Gone” Tamanie really is filled with the passion and I can really feel her emotionally charged feelings within the song and her tremendous vocals, …”outstanding” love it. With the next song starting out it’s a hard driven, gear shifting into high gear Tamanie brings the music driving machine to top speed, with the guitars ripping throughout and Tamanie just knockin’ it out of the park. The song is called “Not my Drama  a very explosive but powerful message ushered in the mix with Tamanies’ rough and rowdy kind of lyrics and musicality. The same kind of rough & grindy kind of music that gets your hips and body grinding to the beat, the song is called “Revelation” where Tamanie explores the region of reality and allows you to hear her thoughts, delivered via her powerfully written lyrics and executed with Tamanies’ ever so talented vocal range. “Delusional Hallucination” brings in the sound of tribal beats along with a eclectic style of flamenco and classical guitarism throughout. Tamanie has the ability to express herself through her tremendous vocal range and this song shows her expressiveness and is different, however it has the Tamanie signature on it. “I’ll Try” Tamanie brings in her passion, and expresses a lot of her love on this song  Tamanie, actually once again speaks to you with her natural abilities to convey her feelings and emotions and love throughout her wonderful music catalog. “Dissapear” has a almost funky kind of sound to it, however Tamanie pulls out her trigger of fire in her awesome vocal range and rides with pureness and feelings, and the song has sounds of rhythmic beats and guitar strums and has a almost bluesy funk to it, and is really enjoyable to hear this musical diversity in Tamanie. “I’m That” Tamanie has an almost grindy, edgy feel to this song that has a true bluesy feel to it and the guitar work is phenomenally great and with Tamanies’ vocals once again make it come alive. The next song is called “on Your Knees” Tamanie brings in her element of simple song, the song just is true Tamanie at her finest and I love the song. The last song on this album is called “Never Lie” and is probably one of my favorites on the album, I really love the way the music mix is blended within the haunting and mysterious and outstanding vocals of Tamanie. Tamanie Dove has been a tremendous gift to my life as a writer and I am so honored to have written her music album reviews and in my opinion she needs to be not only nominated for all the elements that she has, but nominated for pure talent and awesomeness and if there is a category for true friend that would get my vote. I thank Tamanie for all of her continued support for my writing and to quote “I Couldn’t Have done This without your Support” XoXoXo.

Steven F. Adams

Owner/Music Journalist/Writer at Sound Wave One

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“SOUND CHECK” THE ONE, THE ONLY.. ROY ORBISON

Born Roy Kelton Orbison on April 23,1936 in Vernon Texas. Given a guitar when he was 6 years old. Truly inspired by the success of Pat Boone. The young Roy grew ever so confident in his music, although a better singer than guitar.Roy signed on a deal with Monument Records with the influences of frat boys Phil & Don Everly. Who had introduced to each other at Northwestern University. Added to the appeal of the music industry was producer Sam Phillips who was working with Johnny Cash. In 1958 Roy recorded a song called “Ooby Dooby” written by Bob Moore, which garnered mild success the producer for Sun Records Jack Clement was quoted to tell Roy that he would never make it as a ballad singer. Roy was determined to make it as a singer, he knew and had his own confidence that had been shaken but not broken. By the year 1960 Roy had gained international success with his song called “Only The Lonely” which peaked at the #2 spot on the American charts, followed up with the song “Blue Angel” which cracked the top 10. With the next song which shared no where near the success of earlier songs the song called “I’m Hurtin’ which landed the number 27 on the charts. t wasn’t til 1962 that Roy which became a critically claimed singer with his song called “Running Scared” which raced up the charts and became Roys first number one song. staying 15 weeks on the charts, followed up with the huge success of “Running Scared” was a song called “Cryin”, In my opinion this song is one of Roy’s finest works, and his almost operatic style vocal range is tremendous. This is one song that I heard on my days as an AM radio jock, and actually fell in love with Roy’s voice and style and articulate range. One of the songs of Roys career playlist is a song called “Dream Baby” (How Long Must I Dream”) As time moved along Roy would not crack the charts until the  fall of 1963 with a song called “In Dreams” and once again Roy placed his eternally etched vocals into music history that landed the # 7 song. That very same year Roy brought us another single called “Falling” just squeezed it’s way over the top 20 charted songs for the year 1963. a merely 3 years had passed since Roy’s last song was heard and his song “Mean Woman Blues” featured in a movie called “Lovin’ You” and was very successful for Elvis Presley both on the R&B and country charts. Nearly a month later Roy followed up with his song called “Blue Bayou” which surfaced the top 30 songs of that year, later to be sung by the iconic Linda Ronstadt brought new life to it and made a top 10 single for her in the year 1977. this particular song in my opinion was heavily influenced by Roy’s marital problems. Later that same year Roy was introduced to the young country musician named Willie Nelson, who had written a song called “Pretty Paper” and didn’t wish to record for an album of his own, but later would, offered the song to Roy to sing, released by Monument Records as a Christmas single for the year 1963 brought to the charts and peaking at #15 just four days prior to Christmas day. By 1964 was contemplating going to the studio & recording a new album and attempting work on a failing marriage with his wife Claudette. By 1964 the marriage was over and as the song “It’s Over” was sitting on the number one spot for both charts both here in the states and overseas in the UK. Ten months later Roy & Claudette re amended their marriage and were together again. As Roy and Bill Dees co writer of “It’s Over continued to work together Roy’s popularity overseas increased. While finishing up his tour in England his wife Claudette joined him to finish up his tour  With all time success with the ever so popular song co written by long time co writer and friend Bill Dees and the song co written by Dees & Roy the ever popular and world famous song called “Oh Pretty Woman”, which stayed on the charts for an astonishing 14 weeks. With the huge success of the song
Oh Pretty Woman” with over 7 million copies sold worldwide.  Roy finished up his UK tour with pride and confidence.  Upon arriving back in the states Roy went back to his home in Tennessee , where he and his wife Claudette enjoyed the love of motorcycles together, then in June of 1966 tragedy struck, Roys wife was riding with Roy where a truck pulled out in front of them, killing her instantly. Then in 1968 Roy was arriving home to his home and to only find fire consuming his home, in the midst of the fire tragedy would strike again, not just once but twice both sons were tragically killed in this fire. Roy at this time seemed to become a very recluse singer and not performing or recording any music, until 1985 Roy was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by music icon & a long time Roy fan himself, Bruce Springsteen, where he convinced Roy to do a live performance of his unforgettable song “Oh Pretty Woman” and turned out to be a almost three hour song set that included Elvis Costello, T. Bone Burnett, Tom Waits and other prominent musicians and friends of Roy’s. In 1988 a Roy resurgence came to a fever pitch with Roy convinced by long time friends Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra, Tom Petty of the Heartbreakers and George Harrison of Beatles fame, and Bob Dylan and brought the song “Handle with Care” a top 10 song. With this renewed popularity, added to the excitement of Roy committing to recording and album with producers Jeff Lynne & Tom Petty, the album released on Virgin records in 1988 and releasing of the song “You Got It” in February 1989, Roy considered touring again, and with the advice and careful consideration of his wife Barbara decided to a tour. Plans were to be made the following week to prepare for this new and exciting moment in Roy’s career. This would never take place, Roy Orbison after enjoying an afternoon with his wife & boys Roy Jr., Wesley & Alex Roy Died of a heart attack at the tender age of 52. Roy has put his eternal flame in the music history books and I will always be eternally a fan and I look forward to hearing that echo of  Roys incredible operatic haunting voice that remains a huge influence on my music writing and musicians alike. May you rest in Peace Roy and never forgotten. To this day his sons have played at numerous events in loving memory of their father. Joined in this is Roys wife Barbara, that remains a active supporter of  his music and others that pursue music as their choice in life. 

For more information on Roy Orbison check out his website http://www.Royorbison.com

Steven F. Adams

Owner/Music Journalist/Writer SoundWaveOne

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” JUST A BUNCH OF GOOD OL’ BOYS”

As I listened to the new album from Tommy Miles with the Milestones, entitled “Ol’ Dude with an Attitude” Tommy & band. The sound of theirs is unique and has that rings attitude first cut on this album is called “Fire One up” and Tommy has that traditional country flare with his pointed lyrics that just tell it like it is. As the album continues the band brings in the sound of a twangy guitar with the song called “Anything But Goodbye” and Tommy’s songs have a contagious feeling to them. Tommys vocals have a unique style to them and are enjoyable. The next song called “This Old Man” tells his story of seems to be his own life and has a catchy feel to it, the fiddle and mandolin add flare to the song. the next song on this album is called “My Last hoorah” and has a sound of real traditional country and is quite enjoyable and Tommy brings in his own style of singing to every song on his album. “Guaranteed to Fit The Bill”Tommy & band the Milestones bring a rhythm sounding song and have a flavor of country bar music. the next song is called “I’m over you” and is a real “tear in the beer’ kind of song and Tommy brings in the Milestones , that keep the music flowing. The twang and rhythm continues with the next song called “Better Man” and throughout the album Tommy shows off his lyrical abilities on each song, including this one. “You’re Too old” the next song on this traditional and vintage sounding album, Tommy & Milestones keep the music flowing. The constant strumming of the guitar and steel guitar is evident throughout and always add a element of flare to any good song. I really caught on to this album by this song called “Made In China” where Tommy brings in his attitude part of his music and it all comes together with this song. the song called “Will I Ever Feel Fine” the band showcases their stuff in a great way and this is my personal favorite song on the album, where the Milestones & Tommy bring their music alive. “The Old Man in The Mirror” has & continues Tommy & the Milestones sound and adds his musical antics throughout. The Last Song on this album is called “Ol Dude With an Attitude” and Tommy & the Milestones have a sound that is unique, but traditional country withy a flare of Tommy’s continual antics and has got this good Ol’ Boy himself liking it.

Thanks to Tommy & the Milestones for allowing me to hear such talent and want to hear more of them in the future.

Steven F. Adams

Owner/ music journalist Writer Sound WaveOne

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“SPIRITUALLY FULFILLED REVIVAL”

What a true honor and what a tremendous album I have the pleasure of writing a review on. Last time I wrote a review on these guys they were as good as ever and proving all over that they in the “Rock of Ages” and with this being said, after 52 solid years together, the Oak Ridge Boys, once again arrive with their latest musical project which in my opinion the Oak Ridge Boys have it and more. The album is called 17th Avenue Revival” and the Oaks, are like a bottle of fine wine, getting better with age. The first song called “Brand New Star” the Oaks, make that revival sound come alive with all of the songs featured on this momentous album and with their beautiful ensemble that makes up the Oak Ridge Boys. This song has that real feeling and carries the emotions of a real up close and personal feeling of being at the revival with them. “The Will Be A Light” the Oaks bring their pureness and simplicity to the song and the vocals are tremendous and I personally fell in love with this song. The Oaks just really have that ability to convey such goodness, in all they sing. This song is a very touching and solid and brought tears to my eyes. “God’s Got It” is another real true revival feeling and the Oaks come alive with their awesome ability to convey God’s message of love & hope through their talented vocals and pure musicality throughout. “I’d Rather Have Jesus” the emotional value comes alive through the real feelings in the vocals and the song has a touch of magical blessings to it, and I felt it throughout as I listened to the song. “Walk In Jerusalem” the Boys really make the sound come alive with the true baritone vocals of William Golden where he makes it fell ever so real and true. With the next song starting called “Where He Leads Me, I will Follow” the Oaks have that sound that is ever so clear and like always maintained that feeling of realness.. Throughout my listening of this album, I recollected on how fortunate and truly blessed I am to write on such a gracious music group, of fine musicians including Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Golden, Richard Sterban. With this being said the album continues the traditional sound of a true revival feel and the song is called “Pray to Jesus” has a real rock & roll days tempo to it, and is a fun catchy song and adds continual  flare to the album. “If I Die” the Oaks keep the sound of realism and add the element of emotion to this pointed and direct song. The Oaks really have outdone themselves on this album and they never have stopped amazing me. Especially with the lyrics and vocals that bring in true emotion in me. The last song on this album is called “Let It Shine On Me” brings the full flavor of the Oak Ridge Boys, and is a true testament of who the Oak Ridge Boys are. I am truly once again truly honored and truly totally blessed to write on such pure goodness. I can actually see why the Oaks have been together for as long as they have, it’s quite simple, giving people a sound that is so much filled with goodness there is no room for negativity, and also realizing that there’s more to life than just this life and we all would ” Rather Have Jesus” than anything in this world. As for me I a true and loyal fan and they never my total quenching thirst for such extreme talent and their ability to feed my spiritual side with their outstanding and superb musical wonderfulness. Many thank you’s to Duane Allen & the Oak Ridge Boys for their continued support of my writing  & his personal assistant Miss. Kathy Harris for her tremendous heart of gold.

Steven F. Adams

Music Journalist/Music Reviewer Owner Sound Wave One

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SUMMED UP IN A “FOUR LETTER WORD”

As I listened to the new song called “Four Letter Word” by the rising star and new comer to the Nashville music scene named Zach Stone, Zach has a extremely awesome soft baritone vocal range that really ushers  in the sound in a most welcome way. As I listened to the song I knew that right from the start Zach Stone has that sound, that sound that is a superbly polished and refined sound. With this song being first to be released, Zach brings his pure emotionally packed lyrics and his vocals are very sincere. Zach with the song reflects a heartfelt emotional value of heartbreak, one in which we all can relate. Zach, and his musical style is fresh & mature.  Zach in my opinion is the next rising star to hit the top of the charts. I am over anxious to hear more with his soon to be released album.

Steven F. Adams

Music Journalist Music Reviewer Owner Sound Wave One

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“ALL HIS OWN STYLE”

As I began to listen to the album called “I’m not ok” by the musician named Jake Flint, he’s got a unique sound all his own and his rough scratchy vocals adds to the sound that I really like in music artists. Starting off this superb album, is a song called “Allyn From Allen” Jake brings in a unique style that I can’t place, Jake has a sound that is all his own, and can’t be compared  to anyone as of my most recent memory, and this song Jake brings in his superior talents and kind of resembles an early Bob Dylanish at times, Jake has a complexity to his style of guitar and is fresh and likable. “Cowtown” the guitar of Jake has a really great rhythm and the strumming makes it sound really great added to this the mandolin brings in flavorful approach and has an almost rock guitar sound inner mixed with his sound. “Drownin” is a harmonica based song that Jake and company bring to the music table and Jakes style has a modern pop slash country flavor mixed together and get a sound that is really enjoyable. “Hurry Up & Wait” Jake really drags in the element of rock and roll he has a country flare in his vocals at times, it is evident on this song, but sometimes it’s tucked into the mix which keeps the rock part of his music alive. ”
“First impression” the next track on this amazing album by Jake Flint, has an element of blues with his ability to turn on the chords of a true blues guy. As I read more about Jake Flint I he writes his own music, which in my opinion is a good thing, there are some actual singer songwriters out there, but it’s becoming a rare commodity. The next song called “I wonder why I wander” shares that blues riffs in the song and with the assistance of an organ in the song adds a element of mystique and I really really like this song, and it showcases Jakes guitar work. As the album rolls on the next song came on called “Let it Be” where out of no where blam! came the guitar work and Jakes band added a full punch to the song and was brought to life with this song. As I listened more intently, after the 3rd or 4th spin of the album, Jake has that Bob Dylan style of vocals, but electrified. “Whole Kind of blue” Jake brings in his heavy blues influences and he has the ever present throughout the album, and I being a blues guy myself, Jake really knows his way around the electric and acoustic guitar. “the Fly Song’ Jake has the hillbilly approach and his strumming is catchy and the lyrics are have a little flavor to them but once again Jake has his style all his own, and that is a good thing. “Why God” Jake has a harmony on this that is really smooth and shows a different style of the album, and I almost thought I was listening to a different album. Jake flint really has a tremendous feel for a style that I really can’t place or put my finger on, however it’s really enjoyable. “Cold Cold World” has the full flavor of a good old country song and slows the tempo a bit but Jakes ability to make it sound good is evident and has a voice from the past and really has a nostalgic feel to his entire music in this album. I want to take the time to thank Debbie Miller and Brenda Cline and also Jake himself for allowing me to hear his awesome and very expressive music. Looking forward to hearing more from Jake and his future of music.

Steven F. Adams

Owner/Music Journalist Writer Sound Wave One

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