Five Cool Ones – Five New Albums Released This Week (March 27, 2020)

Rock is still Rolling this week despite the current state of affairs, and that is a very good thing. Some real gems are hitting us this week including a 17 minute new Bob Dylan song, a return to form for Pearl Jam and Sufjan Stevens provides some food for the soul with his ambient record, Aporia.

Brian Fallon – Local Honey

Along with Asbury Park icons Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Brian Fallon with his band, The Gaslight Anthem, is one of the golden boys of the New Jersey soundscape. This time out, on the frontman’s third solo effort he leans more to the Americana side of the musical spectrum delivering an excellent album that is more Ghost of Tom Joad than Born to Run.

Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof

Three records in, Lilly Hiatt, daughter of John Hiatt, is establishing herself as the reigning Queen of the Nashville Americana Country scene. This time along with her expansive voice Hiatt delivers a solid set of roots-friendly guitar rock. Sometimes channeling Dolly Parton and going down and dirty Bonnie Raitt style other times, there is a maturity on this record that bodes well for the future of humanity.

In This Moment – Mother

Maria Brink is very much one of the great rock voices that criminally floats just under the radar. Sometimes described as the female Marilyn Manson, here, with her band In This Moment, she delivers straight ahead goth-edged rock and roll with an edge that will make you feel alive. Experiencing the over the top covers of Steve Miller’s “Fly Like An Eagle” and “We Will Rock You” is worth the price of admission alone.

Matthew’s Southern Comfort – The New Mine

This Americana-Folk group was formed by former Fairport Convention singer-guitarist Iain Matthews. Filled with folk-inspired harmonies and intricate string work on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, there is a lot to enjoy on this record. Highlights are Joni Mitchell’s “Ethiopia” and the Buffalo Springfield worthy “C’mon Amigo.”

Tesla – Five Man London Band

This record is notable because, well, here at Rock is the New Roll we love Tesla and are huge fans of their Iconic record Five Man Acoustical Jam, one of the first live acoustic records to make an impact and a clear inspiration for the MTV Unplugged series. Here, the band plays an acoustic set live from Abbey Road studios covering the band favorites “Signs” and “Love Songs” along with “California Summer Song” from their new record. They even throw “We Can Work It Out” into the setlist because, when in Rome, do what the Romans do.




Five Cool Ones: Five New Albums Released This Week (March 20,2020)

Picking’s are a bit slim this week as many artists are delaying their releases for a bit, at least until they can actually tour to play their new songs in front of their fans. That being said, current Queen frontman Adam Lambert has a new one out as does Morrissey. Even Gordon Lightfoot makes an appearance this week with his new record, Solo. Here are five nice ones we have culled for you.

Mapache – From Liberty Street

This one has so many Laurel Canyon vibes wafting all over it the record might as well have been recorded on Joni Mitchell’s couch. This, their sophomore record is a breezy harmony-ladened gem.

James Righton – The Performer

The debut solo record from The Klaxons frontman will take you back to the days of ’70s rockers Bryan Ferry and Todd Rundgren with a side order of Nick Lowe thrown in for good measure.

Mike Mattison – Afterglow

Recently, mostly known for his work in the Tedeschi Trucks band, he is the lead singer, Mike Mattison steps out on his own with a highly likable set of Americana, Rock, and Blues influenced songs.

Kelsea Ballerini – Kelsea

It seems that Kelsea Ballerini has been bubbling just under the surface of stardom for some time with this latest record, Kelsea, quite likely serving as the springboard to mainstream stardom. Having been nominated for a Grammy in 2017 for Best New Artist, be ready to hear this Pop Country star pretty much everywhere you go in 2020.

Carla Olson – Have Harmony Will Travel 2

Known for her recent collaboration with The Byrds Gene Clark, Carla Olson, this time, calls on a bevy of her famous friends to add texture and flavor to a great musical set of cover songs as well as original material. Terry Reid takes it gritty jumping in on “Scarlet Ribbons,” Timothy B. Schmit does what he does so well on “A Child’s Claim To Fame,” and don’t sleep on Carla classing this up with Percy Sledge on “Honest as Daylight.” There is something for everyone on this one with Peter Noone and Gene Clark also joining in on the fun. The spectacular “Del Gato” is worth the price of admission alone.


Five Cool Ones: Five (More) Reasons Why Rock Is Not Dead

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Rock music is back and better than ever. look no further than the Mongolian Rock band The Hu or the fact that Wishbone Ash released a new album in 2020. We are in crazy times folks, and there is no time like the present to treat our ears to Rock and Roll the way it is supposed to be played, loud and proud. Here are five new Rock and Roll bands that are making the scene.

Gorilla Riot – Peach

Besides sporting a name that is one of the more kick-ass monikers in Rock and Roll, these guys are the real deal. If you consider a five-piece Dirty Blue Rock band from Manchester with a three-prong guitar attack to be the real deal that is. And, we certainly do. Part Grunge, part MC-5, turn the volume up on these guys and feel the noise.

The Claws – No Connection

These boys represent the best of the L.A. Rock Throw-back scene. The Stonesy riffs are front and center as is the subtle yet in-your-face Nicky  Hopkins piano. Just sit back and savor “Little Glimmer,” the opening track from their 2020 release No Connection and you will feel the vibe of a top album of 2020 album in the making.

Slander Tongue – Slander Tounge

The New York Dolls by way of the Stooges. These boys from Berlin spew out a massive sprawl of early ’70s Flintstone Rock with the late ’70s skinny-tie Pogo-Rock. Whatever happened before or since it doesn’t really matter.

The Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromantic

If there is such a thing, The Night Flight Orchestra is an immensely approachable  Progressive Rock and Roll band. Their orchestral arrangements put those early ELO records to shame, and this band continues to push the boundaries of Classic Rock.

Buffalo Summer – Isolation Blue

Pound for pound, Isolation Blue, The new record from Buffalo Summer is one of the most anticipated records of the year. For us, anyway. Some sort of freak hybrid of Bad Company, Free and Thin Lizzy, this one has our hair on fire.