Katie Belle Akin
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by Randy Wayne Belt (aka: Barley Station) There’s no question that Katie Belle is someone with passionate songwriting vision. She knows how to bring the song right home and make you feel what she is feeling as if you were there listening in her own backyard in the U.S. state of Georgia. The song “Georgia Moon”, will potently make you drift off and make time stand still as you feel you are watching the world disappear just as in the lyrics: “All time stands still when your with me here – I’ll watch the world disappear – with you – under a Georgia Moon.” That part of the song will be stuck in your head forever, as well as the powerful lyric: “and the stars align when our hearts collide – in the clouds feels so right – with you – under a Georgia Moon.” (To Hear it and buy it on iTunes click Here)   And a full version early take is here: (To Hear Georgia Moon Click Here) The song will draw you in by its pure passionate believability. It is, in fact, about a direct experience, in the form of a much hoped for date/romance that ended up not coming to pass. But we’ll find out more about that in the interview. When you hear it, there will be no question that the artists truest emotions went into the writing and production of the song. “Georgia Moon” gives you a down home country feel as well, and stays relatively […]

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Melody Lovejoy

by Randy Wayne Belt (of Barley Station) I always love when I come across a true artist in every sense of the word. And I had a good hunch I was right because you won’t find many female country artists with such colorful hair, and large beautiful handmade earrings. And they look great on Edmonton, Alberta recording artist Melody Lovejoy. And she could well be a trendsetter here because her EP “Letting Go”, released in fall of 2014, has already received airplay in Canada, Japan, and the Netherlands. Melody can best be summed up by her song “Barefoot In the Backwoods” where you will find country music smoothly blended with the roots of rock and a very powerful impassioned vocal delivery. You’ll feel like you are “chasing butterflies and dreaming and running with the wind” right along with her. The same moving passion for singing is felt in an incredible way when you hear Melody’s moving duet with Sawyer Brown member, Shayne Hill. The lyric in this song, “I can almost feel the rhythm of our souls” is rendered even more effective by the sibling-like blend of vocals the two brought to the song. With lyrics like these, I am definitely on the right track in my quest for another true artist. The closing track “Letting Go” delivers another powerful punch in the gut to all the false promises of love by the insincere. The carefully placed banjo blended with solid rock guitar parts makes one think of music by artists […]

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Mickey Loves Mallory
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  By Xristopher Bland If inspiration characteristically comes like a cloudburst, Toronto’s Mickey Loves Mallory managed two incredible things in their newly released song “Flash Flood.” In figuratively flipping their umbrella upward to capture and funnel the raindrops, as it were, they created a song so immediately affecting yet elusive of genre that labels of “alternative” and “electronic” seem oversimplifications of the ineffable place from which music comes, and to which “Flash Flood” speaks. As well, in listening to that place through inspiration and rendering the rain honestly, band members Dani Jean and Brandon DeLyzer experienced the fundamental trustworthiness of inspiration, however it comes. They initially weren’t sure whether their management company would like the song, the pair explained while chatting at a downtown restaurant close to the Gardiner condo where they record. As different as the song sounded, they also understood the often-precarious ground between pushing musical boundaries and alienating listener accessibility. Yet they moved ahead truthfully to the sound of the creative rain. Beginning off the beat before flowing into the ambience of a dark rhythmic pulse, the song includes a jaggedness wrought by a hole cut in a speaker (a technique used by John Lennon for the raw guitar sound in “Revolution”). Above it all, Dani Jean vocally flows to Brandon’s lyrics like a stratosphere of emotion, echoing the haunting interplay of trance vocals by Sara McLachlan on the 1999 Delerium track “Silence.” In other places, glimmers of Grace Jones appear, and where the reaction of “This […]

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