BMG Review of “Beautiful Souvenirs” by Tony Schofield ft Sophia Armstrong

 

Tony Schofield's Vanity Project | Beautiful Souvenirs

For transparency I will begin my review of Tony Schofield’s “Beautiful Souvenirs” ft Sophia Armstrong by declaring two points: 1) I am terribly choosy about female vocalists, it’s only from a tonality point but that point alone is a major factor for my ears. However, I fell in love with Sophia Armstrong’s vocals. 2) This review is a first of a kind for BRnB’s to include or focus on a female singer, we are happy to say welcome to Miss Sophia and Tony.

I fell in immediate like of Tony Schofield’s lyrics and music compositions on this album, I was completely surprised to learn that Tony who is a chemist in the United Kingdom does not consider himself a musician;. In his words  “I am not a musician.I am a chemist and I play the guitar. After many years of playing in bands I have accumulated a load of guitars and a load of music ideas. I resolved to get this stuff recorded before I was 60.”  (excerpt from the CD jacket information):
After much encouragement and grouping together the right people the final mix was “put in the can” 7 days after Tony’s 61st birthday. A result that I’d like to add to the thought that it was well worth the wait.
This compilation of songs written mainly by Mr Schofield is a tapestry of stunning vocals, guitars and piano. Featuring the voice of an angel with an edge vocalist Sophia Armstrong separates the women from the girls – weaving the listener through genres ranging from a chart climbing pop tune on track #1 “Lavender”: to the sultry swamp blues of track #6 “Too Much Of a Good Thing” with its fabulous slide guitar intro.
An eclectic mix of songs in the selections and phrasing of each on the album. A wonderfully surprising thing I found (aside from Mr Schofield not claiming to be a musician) was there is something for everyone’s taste in favorites on this 13 track CD. That rarely happens.
With Mr Schofield’s compositions of raw piano solos that allow the listener to believe for just those few moments that what she is hearing is meant for her ears alone creates goosebumps that present with each listen. Like the lyrics the music compositions and instruments give a naturally intense vibe; created from the song’s mix of flares reminiscent of Latin dance, jazz, pop, country, and even some folk. I hear Joan Baez & Judy Collins influences in the lyrics of the title track; “Beautiful Souvenirs”. and that Miss Armstrong channels both beautifully. (whether knowingly or not.)
Beautiful Souvenirs is aptly titled. I mentioned earlier the CD’s phrasing of the 13 tracks, it definitely is a 13 track journey of emotions and memories evoked throughout.
A bottle of wine, candlelight, and “Beautiful Souvenirs” make for a beautiful evening’s ambiance.
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A *BMG Review ~ Steve Pullara’s Cd ” Butterflies Wear Sneakers”

(*Barefoot Music Group)

From the moment I opened Steve Pullara’s new Cd “Butterflies Wear Sneakers” I knew that the family friendly compilation of music that Steve had promised on this CD he was delivering. Even before I heard one note, or even one word, I fell in love with the CD’s artwork/photography by Cher Baldanza.

Then ONE listen through and immediately I knew that If someone were looking to begin or add to the music library of a special loved one this album “Butterflies Wear Sneakers.”  is one I will highly recommend

Doesn’t the title of the album alone make you smile?

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“Butterflies Wear Sneakers” is a perfect title for this newest work from folk singer Steve Pullara who brings his own signature style and sound from his home state of Pennsylvania to the world. Of the eleven tracks on the new CD only one is a cover tune. (A wisely phrased choice as it’s a Stevie Wonder tune.) The other ten are all Steve Pullara originals. It’s an album of universal language that Steve sings. Love.

With Steve’s band members The Red Eared Sliderz-  Patrick Robinson, Brian Nagy, Dan McCormick, Valerie Vuolo and Alfred James Goodrich they bring a rich variety of Folk, Americana and Country music that will captivate the entire family. There is a sweet wholesome in the storytelling Steve weaves through song. 

From the opening track “The More Teeth Missin’ The Better For Kissin”” and throughout I became enchanted by the touching wordsmithing and the richly organic sounds of the instrument arrangements. This is “Feel Good” music and I would love to see it in our local libraries, especially in the children’s library. The album is a perfect collection of family friendly music and storytelling that very quickly if you’re like me will have your whole family singing along.

We as a universal music community of arts are sorely void of fantastic music that is family friendly and I continually find Steve’s music ‘hook’ to be that he is tapping into an audience that needs stellar musicians and lyricists like Steve. An artist needs a good hook more than ever today to set them apart which is no doubt one of the reasons Steve Pullara is a Grammy Award winning artist. I think we as a universe need role models in artists who share messages of love, optimism, and hope. There’s a beautiful wholesomeness and nostalgia to what Steve brings to our ears, and to our emotional and spiritual intelligence that I find endearing.

As a lyricist Steve’s stories are beautiful reminders of all the goodness we should hold strong. Instrumentally this band is top-notch on all levels, and this reviewer is a fan of the deeply Americana sounds from the Dobro, violin and banjo.

Please visit Steve’s *website and enjoy a preview Steve’s newest “Butterflies Wear Sneakers.” This album makes an excellent gift for an entire gift list, even the artwork on the actual Cd is itself is a gift when first opened…..then just sit back and let the opening introduction of the first track begin your listen…. I promise you’ll be delighted by all the smiling faces listening with you.

I’m still smiling.

http://www.stevepullara.com/#!blank/c1sy3

The album is also available at cdbaby.com, amazon.com, and ITunes.

Support Your Local Artist Today!

Producers: Steve Pullara – Patrick Robinson  – Alfred James Goodrich

Mastering – James Cravero  East Coast Recording Company

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“Naked Glory” by The Sign ( A Barefoot Review)

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Australia’s own Tassie’s Jo Stevens & Paul Volta who are ” The Sign” are a duet band not to be missed, regardless of the genre you might have a preference for; because The Sign draws influences from across the genre board. All are expressed in the rich infusion that creates their original style and sound.

 

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Their album “Naked Glory” which they soft released when they were touring is currently building up massive steam with much radio air play, including on the Barefoot Rock n Blues shows- I am proud to announce the world-wide radio debut of the entire album on March 28th @ 8 pm eastern (USA) and March 29th @ 11 am (Tasmania) on Mixstream Radio (*see links below)

The self proclaimed Recycled Teenagers from Tasmania Australia are unique in their style, sound, and delivery. If The Beatles and Led Zeppelin had been a fusion group, and from Australia, you would be close to the music that The Sign brings the Universe. But make no mistake, The Sign has a signature sound & style all their own. I’m a major fan, and love their style of using slide guitar as almost a call and response technique as part of their lyrical melody lines.

From the introducing track “In Your Own World “Jo & Paul set the rocking tone for the album. Naked Glory is filled with an awesome Beatle-esque harmony style which is most apparent to this listener in “You Can’t Do That” and doesn’t disappoint with any of the 12 tracks.
“Straw of Gold” brings the album all together as it’s closing track.

Jo and her 12-string guitar, vocals, and writing style is perfectly complimented by her partner in crime Paul on his 6-string and back-up vocals, as I am writing these words to “One of These Days’ I can’t stop dancing in my chair!

Curious now?

Great!

Join me on Barefoot Rock n Blues (*info below) for the exclusive debut of the album and hear why Naked Glory is being spun & and an often topic of discussion and sharing between DJ’s and music listeners from around the world.

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NAKED GLORY by The Sign

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sign3

www.thesign.com

*Hear the exclusive world-wide radio debut of Naked Glory in it’s entirety on Barefoot Rock n Blues on Mistream Radio @ www.miposure.com

*USA Sunday March 28, 2015 @ 8pm eastern

*Tasmania Australia Monday March 29th @ 11am

Please join Jo & I in the chat room during the show @ www.miposure.com/mix_radio

From The Sign ~  ” Thank you Toni ..this is wonderful and we will have a surprise for those who are listening as well …I am so looking forward to it ..See teehee, hear you then xx” ~ Jo Stephens-Volte

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