Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

album review: Cindy Bullens, 'Howling Trains and Barking Dogs'

Artist: Cindy Bullens
Title: Howling Trains and Barking Dogs

In the end there are only two kinds of music; good music and bad music. Cindy Bullens’ new album, ‘Howling Trains and Barking Dogs’ is good music. Admittedly it is not a blues album; however, it is roots music and the audience’s crossover. While assigning labels can be off-setting, most listeners would slot New England singer-songwriter Cindy Bullens as an Americana artist. Her new album, ‘Howling Trains and Barking Dogs’ is packed with radio friendly songs including a duet with friend and collaborator Radney Foster on, ‘Labor of Love.’

Bullens career stretches back to singing in Elton John’s band. Her two Grammy nominations came early in her recording career including a nod as one of three singers for the soundtrack, ‘Grease.’ Throughout her career Bullens has attracted high caliber partnerships including work with; Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams and Rodney Crowell. Her songs have been recorded by numerous acts including; The Dixie Chicks, Irma Thomas and Sarah Brown.

Guests on Bullens new album include Al Anderson(NRBQ), Radney Foster and Wendy Waldman. Noted songwriter Bill Lloyd (whose new reunion album with Radney Foster is also excellent) co-wrote the track, ‘In a Perfect World.’

Whereas many albums have a few good songs, Howling Trains unfolds with strong melodies, tactful playing which serves the song and meaningful lyrics. For blues programmers the track, ‘I Didn’t Know,’ with the strong piano playing of Bob Colwell should fit most shows. The ballad, ‘Everywhere and Nowhere’ with its strong Rosanne Cash sound, is heartfelt and makes a nice tonal color break. It is hard to imagine that any listener with, “wide-tastes” would not thoroughly enjoy this release.

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