Songs of the Week- 2/22/13 Friday, Feb 22 2013 

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Hey everyone!

This has been a wonderful week, musically, and I am absolutely delighted to share these songs with everyone. I hope that you all take the time to check out each of these songs and the artists who have created them. Enjoy!

5. Among Savages- New York City

New York City by Among Savages is rather inspirational song that encourages listeners to not give up when things do not go as planned. I came across Among Savages at a SOFAR show in Los Angeles, and I was quite impressed by them. They happened to play New York City off of their debut album, Wanderings of an Illustrative Mind, and I have been listening to the song off and on throughout the entire week. The impressive vocals, lovely arrangement, and uplifting lyrics all come together to make this song quite addicting. To purchase New York City and other songs, click here.

4- Sean Rowe-Bring back the night

Bring Back the Night by Sean Rowe is a soulful and heartbreakingly beautiful song that I can’t seem to get enough of. Sean Rowe’s deep voice paired with the smooth arrangement suit the lyrics perfectly. Sean Rowe is definitely a musician to look into. You can click here to find out more about Sean Rowe, or you can click here to buy tickets to see him open for Marcus Foster.

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3.Humming House- Forever is Better With You

Humming House’s Forever is Better with You is a wonderful song that has been stuck in my head this entire week. Endearing lyrics, amazing vocals, and a toe tapping, folky arrangement, are all attributes to making this song so amazing. I look forward to hearing more from this newly discovered (for me) band. The band hails from Nashville and has so far released a self-titled album and a live album, entitled Live at the Red Clay Theater. Check out Humming House here.

2. Swim Lessons- someday

I had the pleasure of discovering Swim Lessons at a recent Sofar show in Los Angeles. The first song that Swim Lessons performed was Someday, and it instantly intrigued me. The vocals are smooth and the arrangement is very catchy. Those attributes, combined with well-written lyrics make for a catchy tune that you’re happy to admit that you enjoy. You can find out more about the amazing Swim Lessons here.

1. No- the long haul

Yet another Sofar discovery is the band No. The Long Haul, happens to be one of my favorite songs from this amazing new find. With deep vocals, a melancholy, yet gritty arrangement, and lyrics that I can easily relate to, it’s not hard to see why I have been so attached to this song this week. The Long Haul is the type of song that anyone can get really into and lose themselves in. You can discover more about the amazing No here.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Album Review: Wishbone by Bobby Long Tuesday, Feb 19 2013 

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Hello Readers!

Today my post is going to be a review on an album by Bobby Long that is being released TODAY through ATO Records. This new album by Bobby Long is entitled Wishbone, and I am very excited by it. For those who have been keeping tabs on Bobby Long, and have had the pleasure of seeing him live, Wishbone could not have been delivered to us fast enough. Though Bobby Long goes in a much different direction with Wishbone, it is equally, if not more, impressive than material that has been previously released. In this particular review I will discuss the album, one song at a time. Enjoy!

1. Devil Moon

The first track on Wishbone is entitled Devil Moon, and is completely different than any other song previously created by Bobby Long. Devil Moon offers a rougher energy and allows Bobby Long to showcase his grittier side. The song is a perfect introduction to the rest of the album.

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2. She Won’t Leave

Following up Devil Moon is the softer She Won’t Leave. Though softer in lyrics and in music, She Won’t Leave still packs a punch that is reminiscent of Neil Young. The melody is smooth and compliments Bobby’s soulful voice. The lyrics display honesty that many artists struggle to convey. It is a song that proves that Bobby has the ability to display his softer side while backed by a full band.

3. In your Way

In Your Way provides familiarity to those who have become accustomed to Bobby Long’s signature sound. Though familiar, In Your Way still displays Bobby Long’s change of musical direction. The lyrics seem more personal and the guitar playing more developed. The vocals are rich and are filled with emotion that is expected from a Bobby Long song.

4. Blood in the Orchard

Blood in the Orchard is a song filled with diversity and stronger beats. The title alone warns listeners to expect a gritty song packed with rich electrics and a harder beat. Blood in the Orchard starts off with a harder sound normally heard from Bobby Long and transitions to an addicting melody by the time the chorus hits. The song changes styles throughout its duration, but not in a confused manner. The changes fit with the lyrics and showcase Bobby Long’s diversity. It is a song that l am anxious to see Bobby Long play live.

5. Help You Mend

A change from Blood in the Orchard, Help You Mend is a beautiful song filled with promises and hope. Though slower in tempo, Help You Mend has a strong presence on the album. With rich vocals and a soothing arrangement, Help You Mend exposes Bobby Long’s ability as a writer and passionate artist.

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6. Making You Talk

Flowing easily with Help You Mend, is the soulful Making You Talk. The song features bluesy guitar riffs and heart wrenching lyrics. The lyrics in Making You Talk are relatable, which makes the song all the more addicting.

7. All My Brothers

All My Brothers takes on a 70’s rock style and has an edgier meaning behind it than some of the others songs on Wishbone. I have seen Bobby Long play this song in an acoustic environment and thought that it was wonderful. Hearing this song with a full band attached to it turns this song into something more raw and impressive. It is definitely one of my favorite songs off of the album.

8. My Parade

Slowing things down a bit, My Parade is a song that is well developed and exquisitely executed. My Parade is equipped with more solemn lyrics and a softer, more soulful tempo. Bobby Long’s voice is once again proven to have soulful diversity that cannot be found on most records that are created today.

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9. Yesterday Yesterday

Yesterday Yesterday is relatable and extremely catchy. When I first heard Yesterday Yesterday, my mind was instantly drawn to the Ryan Adams similarities. The song allows Bobby Long to display his vocal range and his boldness in wanting to try different musical directions. It is a song that those familiar with Bobby Long can appreciate, and will ignite curiosity with those who are unfamiliar with him.

10. Waiting for Dawn

Waiting for Dawn will be familiar to Bobby Long fans in the aspect that it paints a picture. Though quite different from older material such as Two Years Old, Waiting for Dawn paints a picture for the listener in the same manner. When listening to the lyrics of the song you get visuals of what is going on in the lyrics. The ability to do this in a matter of 3 minutes and 14 seconds proves that Bobby Longs writing ability is quite impressive. Since one of the things that drew me to Bobby Long was his impressive ability to tell a story through song, I was quite excited about Waiting for Dawn.

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11. Not Tonight, Not Today

Not Tonight, Not Today is a song that I can most envision ending up on the radio. The melody of the chorus is catchy, and the lyrics are easily relatable. Bobby Long’s vocals on the track are smooth and impressive. I can easily envision a crowd swaying along to Not Tonight, Not Today while watching Bobby Long perform it live.

12. To The Light

The last track on the album, To the Light , is an impressive choice to close out Bobby Long’s sophomore album. Though the song starts off softer, To the Light features an addicting drum beat throughout the chorus. To the Light also features a piano and the familiar acoustic guitar stylings that fans have come to expect. Even with those familiarities, To the Light stays true to his change of musical direction.

Overall, I give this album a 8/10. Wishbone is a refreshing follow up to his debut albums, A Winter’s Tale. From the very first whispers of a new album Bobby Long promised listeners that Wishbone would be different in style. He did not fail on keeping this promise, and it has certainly paid off. Wishbone has succeeded in igniting renewed passion from familiar followers, and has opened doors to ignite a widespread interest in potentially new followers.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this humble review on an album by an artist that I am very proud to support. I urge you to purchase Wishbone and other material by clicking here, and to check out Bobby Long tour dates by clicking here.

Cheers,

Rizzle

Songs of The Week- 2/16/13 Saturday, Feb 16 2013 

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Hello! Here is this weeks list of top 5 songs. I hope that you all enjoy the list and take the time to check out each artist. Without further ado….

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5. Charlie Clark- Three Sheets to the Wind

Three Sheets to the Wind by Charlie Clark is a wonderful song that I am sure many can relate to. Three Sheets to the Wind speaks of the fear that one can feel when approached with changes. The melancholy guitar playing, along with Charlie Clark’s mesmerizing voice, allows the lyrics to really shine. To find out more about Charlie Clark and his amazing music, click here.

4. Joy Ike- Time strong>

The song Time by Joy Ike is a wonderfully sweet love song off of her All or Nothing album. Time is equipped with honest lyrics and a beautiful musical arrangement. Joy Ike’s vocals on the track are beautiful, and play a large part in ensuring that the listener will truly feel the meaning behind the lyrics. I highly recommend that you click here to discover more wonderful songs from Joy Ike.

3. Bird Courage- Blind in Both eyes

Blind in Both Eyes by Bird Courage has been a song that I have put on repeat quite a few times this week. Off of the A Promising Flee EP, Blind in Both Eyes contains a killer arrangement and some wonderful vocals. The lyrics are filled with remorse and painful admissions that make it easy for most listeners to connect with. To hear more from Bird Courage, click here.

2. Lee Koch- Three Cheers (Same as Blood Album)

Lee Koch’s Three Cheers was a pleasant find for me this week. From start to finish, Three Cheers grabs a hold of your heart and ears. The arrangement is filled with bluesy and soulful riffs. Lee Koch’s vocals on the track are simply mind blowing. I look forward to seeing where this Temecula, CA artist goes. To discover more about Lee Koch, click here.

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1. The Lone Bellow-Button

Button by The Lone Bellow is a jazzy song off of the bands self-titled album. The arrangement of the song, along with the vocals, make you want to go out and find the nearest jazz club. The lyrics, like in most jazz inspired songs, are riddled with analogies and soulful pleas. Button is just one of the many incredible songs from The Lone Bellow. The self-title album can, and should be, purchased by clicking here.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Featured Event: Marcus Foster 2013 US Spring Tour Saturday, Feb 9 2013 

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Hey all!

I have another featured event that i would like to share with you. This event is Marcus Foster’s US spring tour. Opening acts include Sean Rowe, Ruston Kelly, and The Lone Below depending on the show. I have had the pleasure of seeing Marcus Foster play twice in the last year, and it was an amazing experience. Not only does he have amazing vocals and guitar skills, but he is absolutely charming on and off stage.

If one of his shows happen to be in your area, please do yourself a favor and go see his show. The tour begins on February 27th at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA and ends April 13th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Phoenix, AZ. Below is the schedule for his US spring tour. You can find out more and purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Tour Dates:

Wed/Feb-27 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Sun/Mar-03 Hermosa Beach, CA Saint Rocke
Mon/Mar-04 San Diego, CA Casbah
Tue/Mar-05 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Wed/Mar-06 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri/Mar-08 Seattle, WA Vera Project
Sat/Mar-09 Vancouver, BC Media Club
Sun/Mar-10 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Tue/Mar-12 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
Wed/Mar-13 Denver, CO Hi Dive
Fri/Mar-15 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
Sat/Mar-16 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
Tue/Mar-19 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Wed/Mar-20 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Thu/Mar-21 Columbus, OH Woodlands Tavern
Fri/Mar-22 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
Sat/Mar-23 Toronto, ON Gladstone Hotel(CMW)
Tue/Mar-26 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Wed/Mar-27 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Thu/Mar-28 Boston, MA Café 939
Fri/Mar-29 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live Upstairs
Sat/Mar-30 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
Tue/Apr-02 Charlotte, NC Casbah
Wed/Apr-03 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Thu/Apr-04 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Fri/Apr-05 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
Sat/Apr-06 Nashville, TN Exit / In
Sun/Apr-07 Memphis, TN 1884 Lounge
Tue/Apr-09 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
Wed/Apr-10 Dallas, TX The Door
Thu/Apr-11 Austin, TX Red 7
Sat/Apr-13 Phoenix, AZ Hard Rock Café

Cheers!

Rizzle

Songs of the Week- 2/8/13 Friday, Feb 8 2013 

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Hello!
I know I have not been posting as much, and I apologize for that. I will try my best to get back into a regular posting schedule as soon as I can.

With that said, here is Musically Inspired’s Songs of the Week. There are some amazing artists on this list, so I urge you to at least check them out. I hope you all have a great week and enjoy!

5. Boy and Bear- Feeding Line

Feeding Line is a song featured on Boy and Bear’s Moonfire album. Feeding Line grabs your attention from the very first note and keeps it captive throughout the song. The amazing vocals and delicious arrangement are only surpassed by the quality of the lyrics. Feeding Line and the rest of the Moonfire album can be purchased by clicking here.

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4. Kail Baxley- Say Goodbye to the Night

Kail Baxley is an artist that was brought to my attention earlier this week, and I was instantly impressed by him. Say Goodbye to the Night , which is on his Heartstroke/The Wind and the War EP, showcases Kail Baxley’s captivating voice and ability to speak to a listeners soul. Kail Baxley is definitely one to watch. Get Kail Baxley’s Heartstroke/The Wind and the War EP here.

3. Baywood- I Can Breathe Again

Baywood is a band that I was introduced to through a Sofar show in Los Angeles, and I have not been able to stop listening. Baywood has a very unique and catchy sound, which is showcased on their song I Can Breathe Again. The song , off of their Seasons EP, features enticing harmonies, hand clapping, and an impressive musical arrangement. Give yourself a little treat and purchase the Seasons EP here.

2. Meg Myers- Monster

When I first saw Meg Myers at the last Sofar show in Los Angeles, my first thought was that she seemed like a sweet, innocent, twenty- something that would sing nice songs about love and flowers. That first impression was immediately forgotten when she opened her mouth and belted out her haunting lyrics. Though her voice is stunning, it has this raw and distressed edge to it that most would be unable to pull off. Monster, off of her Daughter in the Choir EP, is a haunting song that speaks bluntly of not having feelings reciprocated. With lyrics such as “Oh, well it aches and it aches, you make me wanna die. I gotta kill you my love”, this song is anything but your average heartache song. The song is a breath of fresh air from all the overly gooey songs that speak about wanting someone back. The Daughter in the Choir EP can be found and downloaded here.

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1. Herbert Bail Orchestra- Take Me Down

One of my new favorite bands, also discovered at a Sofar show, is Herbert Bail Orchestra. Take Me Down perfectly showcases their gypsy-folk sound and their impressive vocals. The lyrics of the song are equally impressive and have a way of grabbing a hold of you. You can’t help but move along to the song and pressing the repeat button once it ends. You can click here to buy and listen to The Futures in the Past, which features Take Me Down and other great songs from Herbert Bail Orchestra.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Featured Event: Bobby Long Listening Party in Los Angeles, CA Tuesday, Feb 5 2013 

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Hello Everyone! I would like to take a minute to announce that a listening party for Bobby Long’s new album Wishbone will take place on February 13, 2013. The listening party will be hosted by the amazing Sheila Marrs and will take place at The Cat and the Fiddle from 6pm to 8pm.

For those of you who are not familiar with Bobby Long, please do yourself a tremendous favor and check him out here and come join in on the fun. For those of you who are familiar with Bobby Long, I urge you to come out and attend this event. It will be an amazing opportunity to get to know one another, eat some great food, and hear Wishbone before it is released. Further details about the event are below:

Address: 6530 West Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028

Location Website: http://www.thecatandfiddle.com/

Event Time: 6p-8pm

Parking:$6

RSVP at the Bobby Long Listening Party events page
http://www.facebook.com/events/283336325125709/

I hope that those in the area can make it, and look forward to an amazing evening.

Cheers!

Rizzle