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Jeff Schrems (Cornpone, Jeff Yantz & The Barnhands and founding member of Sprout and the Orange) latest release is called “You Know What They Say!” It truly deserves its exclamation point. This album is the best of his best music to date. It mixes melodies with memories of family, faith and life’s often complete farce. Rock, punk, western swing, folk and pop meets humor and angst - his thanks and joy of offering an occasional not for the faint of heartfelt prayer.

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Matthew de Heus debut release named “Town & Country” includes eight songs, seven originals and one cover for a good cause. de Heus has created a group of songs as homage to the music he grew up with, ranging from Brat Pack to Classic Country, Americana to Lounge and the ever present Pop. He plays rhythm guitar and his baritone vocals are reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot meeting the talking blues of Ray Wylie Hubbard. His tongue in cheek manner and self-deprecating humor can be heard on most of his songs.

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Madeline Ann Day known as Maddy Day finally has her debut disc ready to share with the world on her self-titled “Madeline Ann” cd. Day offers clear, quiet vocals, guitar and percussion. Producer Dan Vaillancourt covers bass and percussion and Paul Friensen-Carper is cellist.

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I’m proud to review Saginaw’s Finest Celt Punk band The Tosspints upcoming 2015 self-release, The Privateer, prepared to change the minds of many who don’t identify with Aggressive Folk, Irish Murder Ballads or Pirate Punk Rock music.

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Greg Nagy from Grand Blanc, Michigan is a blues, soul singer-songwriter who offers his third album named “Stranded” on Big O Records with perhaps his tongue in his cheek on its Valentine’s Day release. The disc is ten songs of love, loss, acceptance and rebirth. As his bio states; “Sidelined with major life changes, the ending of a 24 year marriage, Greg eventually got back to the studio to track his best work ever. Stranded. A record about survival.”

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Originally from Saginaw, now longtime Detroit native and blue-eyed soul singer-songwriter Stewart Francke has released his third successful crowd-funded album called “Midwestern – The Very Best of Stewart Francke 1995-2015” that has eighteen songs, including two previously unreleased tracks; “Shimmer” and “Simone”.

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I want to offer a quick review of a recently released, truly awesome jazz instrumental single called “Estrella” by The Robert Lee Revue that is so short and sweet, you’ll want to listen to it on repeat!

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Saginaw power trio, ɨ am sunday has a five original song disc (or download) 2015 release called “Binary” packed with heartfelt music that harkens back to a time when metal was young and proudly punk.

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Known as The Detroit Diva, Eliza Neals’ new release “Breaking and Entering” is heavy-duty rock infused blues with just a touch of R&B & Americana twang. This disc will be her sixth release not including her single “Sugar Daddy” from the summer of 2014 with The Narcotics also included on this disc. All songs written or co-written by Eliza Neals and there isn’t a song among the twelve I would skip through. Even the seven-minute version of the title track ends with the listener wanting more!

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Bob Marshall finds “Horses That Run Far Away” on his 2015 sophomore disc that offers a baker’s dozen of cowboy country songs that are a fine selection of stories. His 2007 debut disc was “As Good As My Dog Thinks I Am” and he must have the same hope with horses as a real life, second generation cowboy from Ortonville, Michigan.

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Top of my best of 2014 music list has to be Canada’s Zen master of the dark side Leonard Cohen’s disc “Popular Problems”. When the September 8th issue of The New Yorker magazine published the poem of the lyrics to his song “Almost Like The Blues” I literally heard Cohen’s voice reading it to me.

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Michael Packer’s 2013 I Am the Blues – My Story has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award in the category American Roots – Best Americana Album. This is no big surprise to this constant listener.

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Hearing Lafayette, Indiana David Corley’s debut album Available Lightto be released November 18th surprised my ears with this great indie-blues rock singer-songwriter who plays guitar, piano and bass on this album.

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Davey O – No Passengers Davey O. from Buffalo, New York has a new seven-song EP release named "No Passengers" that includes six songs all performed as well as penned by him.

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Music Reviewer, Producer and Host of “The Eclectic Chair” http://radiochair.com/ Survival is the New Success – Paul Sachs New York City singer songwriter Paul Sachs’ fifth album, “Survival Is The New Success” is bursting with 11 songs that are pure American vignettes.

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