Crank up the Joy!
That’s what happens when you give local music. The music artist gets a jingle in their stocking (or PayPal account or whatever) AND your friend / lover / relation gets a great new collection of tunes to help ring in the new year. If you have good sense of their musical tastes, you can be sure they’re jammin’ to the tunes throughout 2022 and beyond.
We’ve put together this “catalogue” of available music from regional music artists from a range of genres and we KNOW you’ll find something to satisfy most everyone on your list.
What’s our cut if you purchase any of these offerings? Zero percent. That’s right. We’re doing this to try to help local musicians battered by two years of pandemic restrictions — a crappy situation we understand all too well.
Into the Vortex … and Out the Other Side is the 6th album from New England songwriter Mike Birch. The 18 original songs were written and recorded from late 2018 through early 2021 and document his personal voyage through this time as well as everyone’s experiences dealing with the world crisis we are currently living in.
The Cinnamons are an Easthampton, MA-based ethereal rock duo. The project was created from an ad Craig Douglas posted online for a female vocalist to contribute to a brand new project that would be heavily influenced by early 4ad record label artists Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance as well as The Cure and Depeche Mode.
Listen Free! DC Wolves is a rock band from the Springfield area, driven by principal singer and songwriter Dan Cahill. The band takes influence from a variety of rock styles, such as riff heavy artists like Queens of the Stone Age and Baroness to more melodic artists like Radiohead and Shearwater.
This record took a long time to come to fruition. I hope these songs help you through the difficult times we all find ourselves in today.
Performed, Recorded & Mixed by Sean Kobuk
Mastered by Damien Rasmussen at Smoke and Mirrors Audio
Trumpet – Jimmy Rose (When You’re Your Own Hero)
Trombone – Matt Lowe (When You’re Your Own Hero)
Lee’s Sandy McKnight teams up with noted LA musician Fernando Perdomo (Echo in the Canyon) for a 15-song journey through 60s/70s-influenced Pop Rock and PowerPop. Melodic hooks, exceptional musicianship, and the Elvis Costello-tinged vocals of McKnight create a soundscape of irresistible energy, joy and excitement.
“The album, What’s On My Mind, is a collection of original songs concerning the life of a mature woman living alone in uncertain times. These songs have strong melodies with memorable lyrics concerning love, politics, dreams, and loss. Yep, the things that are On My Mind.
None More Blue celebrates Misty Blues’ 10th album together. All of the original compositions on the album were written during the pandemic and sheds light on the creative connections the band was able to maintain in a primarily virtual and remote environment. The early single release from the album, Nothing To Lose, has taken the Roots Music Contemporary Blues Charts by storm.
“From classic rock and roll to punk rock to heavy metal and more, the outlourdes at times focus on the strange or just plain crazy in our local area of the Bridgewater Triangle.
Strange evil Anawan rock and roll pulled from out of the unknown depths of the Bridgewater Triangle and spanning hockomock to misery swamp.
Boston singer-songwriter Kieran Ridge has written, produced and recorded four albums. The first three with The Kieran Ridge Band, and now the self-titled LP, Kieran Ridge & The Moonrakers with his current band.
Kieran’s previous releases have been widely played on Americana radio shows across the U.S., Canada, as well as nine European nations, earning the highest praise from reviewers along the way.