Simply put I was amazed how much real talent is out there. My latest listen is to an independent album called “Vintage Love” from an extremely talented young lady, named Rehya Stevens. After hearing just a few songs, it’s apparent that Stevens has a wealth of heavy influences in her bones. With poigniant lyrics set to pop-soul music I found myself mesmerized into her realm. Stevens engagingly reaches out and stirs you with her incredible voice and soulful tracks. Upon reading her story , (Rehya) has an impressive list of credits and noteworthy collaborations to her name., but my impression is that her success has come through a passionate pursuit of truth, and art-and has not easily won. even still, Rehya, brings effortless ease , and sexiness to her music in a classy way. She sings about life and relatable experiences that take the listener (inclusively) along with her. While bringing many songs to the dance floor, she never abandons intimate emotion. Case in point; on the throbbing 4 on the floor “All Because of You”, Stevens seems to pay respect to angels along her chosen path, and does so through the power of tremendous vocal inflection-moving you as if you were living her story. Another intimate song on this masterpiece of an album is “A Little Bit of Rain”which features Stevens melodic piano weaving elegantly through subtle guitars- providing the perfect flavor to this supreme love song. In Short each song on this tremendous is worth the investment of time. Unfailingly, Stevens Shares her perspective with clear, perceptive vision. Vintage Love took me through a cathartic journey of emotion and experience both past and present. Thank you Rehya for sharing your “Vintage Love” with me.
I am happy to be along with her on her musical journey. Vintage Love has taken a seat in my heart.
Steven F. Adams
c 2016 used by permission
After hearing and listening to the latest album from Tamanie called “Welcome Home” and reading her bio, I thought to myself, now here is some real talent. This wonderful album is full of music that is flavorful and yet colorfully mastered and really has the abilities to convey the message I got from listening to it. The message I heard on the song “Welcome Home” has really given me is, Tamanie through her lyrical content and singing has taken me around town and allowing me to musically see her place of growing up. The album is a really superb example of Tamanies continual ability throughout the album to really express herself as a contender in the music scene with her tremendous writing talent. At times I kept my feet tapping to the rhythm of each song as I listened. Tamanie really has a good sense when delivering her music to your musical pallet. All songs on the album take on a groove that allows you to really get into and visually see her on stage. Throughout the album I heard great country music along with the blues and one heck of a band backing her up. The band has a certain style that adds to the consistent flare of Tamanies voice. One of those songs that caught my ear is a song called”Open Road”, where Tamanie just projects her way of telling you about the lifestyle of where she is at. On this splendid album Tamanie really has the ability to convey to the person who is listening to the album that “Hometown” feeling and while listening to the album I really felt as if if I were being painted that picture musically what Tamanies world is all about. Another great reason I really enjoyed this album was for the song called “People Talk” and this really showcases Tamanies vocal range and ability to go hand in hand on all the songs. Throughout my listening experience on this album, I could envision Tamanie on the radio, all the songs on this beautifully produced album were exceptional. Especially the on song that took my heart “Welcome Home” I love that, just a great song feeling I got when hearing it, and in fact to be honest I kept it on the repeat cycle for a couple of times. Only because of the feeling it brought me while listening to it. I want to take the time to thank Tamanie for allowing me to be on her musical journey and with her sound, she is well on her way.
Steven F. Adams
c 2016 used by permission
(taken from original post on linked in October 14,2016)
I Feel like a kid in a candy store, having the ability to write for musicians all around the globe. This avenue provides me with such joy and enrichment and self fulfillment. I am amazed and astonished of many of you guys and gals read my posts i am just for a writer out of words to describe this feeling. I have had the honor and privilege to write all my reviews for so many of the artists and you guts and gals actually leave pleasant thoughts and comments. This is a dream come true for me and now my most recent review . All I have say is “Make a little Magic” and kazoom I have been instantly transported into the world of Mr. John McEuen where he has released his long awaited album “Made in Brooklyn”. This album is history in the making. If you don’t know who John McEuen is , he is the founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, since it’s inception in 1966. This album “Made in Brooklyn”, i have been waiting for quite a while now and I finally own it and I love it. With over 20 top forty singles on the charted history with the Dirt Band, John is indeed a “Living Legend”. This Album I have been waiting for quite a while to hear is a giant leap in Johns career, he has formed a superior sound with a large ensemble of fine musicians and is a breathtaking experience. On the album I took a liking to all the songs, and i thought to myself, this is artistry in motion and is superbly recorded. John and his ensemble bring out the finest sound ever. One song called v”She Darked the Sun” , which was written by Gene Clark of the Byrds fame brings in the flavor of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band feel, and it’s just that, depth, real depth. With this field of fine musicians on this album I feel, this will be one of the most historical recorded albums of all time.
Some of the members include Steve Martin, John Carter Cash,Jay Unger, Martha Redbone and Skip Ward and the list continues with other supremely talented musicians. I, personally fell into love with one of those songs, written by, John himself called “Acoustic Traveler”. This to me sums up John’s life and tells his story of “Roots Music”. Yet another song on this superbly mastered and finely crafted album is a version of Mr. Bojangles and with the ensemble and all contributing to this song make it that much better. Forever contributing to it’s awesomeness of this very powerful, yet historical album. To quote David Amram ” This album has provided vitamins for the soul” I am so honored to write this album review for John and I thank him for his continual friendship and his musical journey. I hope this album will inspire other musicians, both young & old of all genres to take notice and realize what a beautiful piece of music history this album “Made In Brooklyn” is. I hope it is revered by the many to come in the future and share the true feeling for amazing talented artists to this wonderful album.
Steven F. Adams
c 2016 ( Taken from original post August 30,2016 linkedin)
After listening to the latest work from Rachel Walker I realized that she has something good. First thing, that comes to mind is that she has a voice from the past that brings her music current and up to speed. I have had the real pleasure of receiving three Cd’s and a companion DVD of hers. Really unbelievably great..all three. One must sit down and really listen to the albums,. I listened first to her album Zorobabel which is really put together, I feel like I have gone back in time traveling with her. Rachel has the ability to really put words of poetry into song and make you feel as a part of the journey. One of the songs on this remarkable album is called “In My Darkness”, it is a deep thought provoking song and the songs that follow are superb and make you wishing for more. The next album “the Best of Zest” vol 1 is just another fine example of consistent songs throughout her musical catalog. A song on this album that really caught my ear was “Must Be a Reason” this song to me really just fulfills that deep spot in music where I always look for it, and this song has it. Throughout all her albums Rachel really edges emotion through her craft like lyrics and edgy singing. The 3rd album “The Best Of Zest vol. 2 really brings the message of really great poetry into song. This album by the Rachel Walker Trio adds full dimension to her awesome lyrical writing. All the songs come alive with the use of cellos, violin, and piano and acoustic guitar which brings full dimension into her lyrics that are superbly written and finished. If one is into true lyrics and poetry mixed together and expressed through song, these albums truly deserve your affections. I know I was thoroughly impressed and will always be a follower of the Rachel Walker Trio and i am truly blessed to be on her musical journey through time. Thank you Rachel for allowing me to be part of your musical journey and I am anxiously a new album of yours so i may continue this wonderful experience.
Steven F. Adams
c 2016 used by permission
(note) taken from the original post on linkedin dated June 11,2016
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