It’s Friday; John E Dee’s Old School Dance Party is so close we can taste it and we’re pre-gaming with an ’80s legend. To qualify “legendary”, for starters, New Jersey’s Brian K. Morgan played guitar on the Sugarhill Gang classic, “Rapper’s Delight”, and that’s just one of countless iconic collaborations that made Morgan a household name more than three decades ago.
A couple years back Morgan turned some old demo tapes from 1987 into two fleshed out singles (featuring the help of family members), billed the recordings as B & The Family and instantly cemented himself in the modern funk scene. In 2018 B & The Family joined up with Austin Boogie Crew to release two more singles on 7″ vinyl: a 1984 re-release of “Just Want To Love Ya” and a modern funk remix of his 1987 original, “A Good Time”. Arranged by Pittsburgh producer BusCrates, this remix is a flawless blend of ’80s flashback and 21st century production techniques. Get your Dance Party started early on some old-school-meets-new-school with “A Good Time” (BusCrates Remix)!
A quick listen to Austin singer-songwriter (and filmmaker) Willy McGee gives you two immediate impressions: light-hearted lyrics; serious music. McGee put out his self-recorded debut a dozen years ago (when he was still in high school) and through the films and records between then and now, he’s been building up his skills on vocals, piano, guitar and more.
Last Friday Willy McGee released a baker’s dozen of tunes in form of his brand new LP You Gonna Eat That? The record finds roots in Texas electric blues but bounces between songs that sound like Quicksilver Messenger Service, Aaron Neville, and even Christopher Cross. The new McGee is available online and on vinyl and you can dig into You Gonna Eat That with the album’s midway point (offering sage advice for the smartphone generation), “Double Text”!
Although he’s often associated with Bay Area rock quartet Cool Ghouls, Pat Thomas is also a one-man songwriting machine! For seven years, Pat’s been working on his own material in tandem with Cool Ghouls and their steadily growing discography, and while he continues their legacy of emulating late ’60s psychedelic pop, Pat also incorporates its historical foil, Civil Rights-era soul.
Pat Thomas’s latest offering is his sophomore solo album, I Ain’t Buyin’ It, due out next Friday. It’s a fully fleshed out snow globe of sounds with awe-inspiring arrangements and intriguing production – all completed with Thomas at the helm and neatly packaged into an eight-track. Get the paper chase started on I Ain’t Buyin’ It with the album’s lead single and introductory track from Pat Thomas, “The Money Guys”!
Nestled in a dense forest of folk, bluegrass and soul, the lush music of Kaia Kater doesn’t fall under any single category. This Toronto native has been blowing away listeners with her talent on banjo and vocals and a multicultural style that’s equally antiquated and modern, Appalachian and Ontarian, and all around authentic.
Kater’s come a long way since 2013 when she graduated high school and released her debut EP! Next Friday she drops her third full-length Grenades, a fourteen-track album that fragments the genre norms of folk. You can start cooking Grenades early so let’s pull the pin out on the album’s explosive opener, “New Colossus”!
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She’s already written for Kenny Chesney, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Urban (the list goes on and on) and she also just shared something entirely of her own!
Heather Morgan resides in Richardson, Texas and has all the country sensibilities you might associate with such a town name. Only a couple weeks back, Morgan released a dozen new songs in the form of her debut album, Borrowed Heart. It’s got kind of a Kasey Musgraves meets kick-butt-rock vibe to it and you can catch up right now with something composed alongside her songwriting partner Ross Copperman, “I Always Did”!