Here  is the dilemma. We receive up to 250 new cd's per month. To write about all of the things we would want to would take more time and manpower than we have yet many of these cd's are worthy of exposure to fans of roots Americana music. Looking back at the days when you could walk into a record store and see a rack of New Releases, Staff Picks or Sale Items right at the front of the store gave us an idea. Why not reproduce a Sale/New Release rack digitally? We can put 20 albums up each week, attach a quick review of why these records are there and put a player in the article so fans can walk in, look over the New Releases, listen and click on a link to buy it if they are so inclined. So here it is. Each Saturday morning we will feature 20 NEW albums with short reviews, a player to listen to selected tracks and a link to purchase it. Artists who are featured would be smart to lower the price on Amazon or CD Baby for the week if they want to take advantage of the high traffic.



Is there any category for homespun roots music that twangs, bends and inspires with organs, guitars, solid rhythms and soulful vocals? It is southern soul with a rock force picking out the guitar notes. Spirit brings in a gospel influence and the interactive instrumentation nods towards jam bands. There is no title, and that is maybe why Black Robin Hero can incorporate all the sound elements and make the music with a happy ending from its own hand, and not a result of its historical styles. Black Robin Hero craft their debut, narrow plains EP, with a sound balances what the band listens to and what the band plays. There is soul, rock and roots. The rhythms roll with an easy slope across the tracks. The basic guitar, bass, keys, and drums get assistance from some additional harmonies and percussion. The tunes on narrow plains EP get a big helping hand from the trumpet/sax work of Henry Westmoreland.

Black Robin Hero opens the EP with all guns firing. “I Hope They’re Wrong” showcases flashfire horns, cocksure guitar work, and somebody-get-me-a-towel vocals. “Capstan” has an assured swagger that delivers its southern rock rhythm with a sharp edge and “We Won’t Stop” takes every opportunity to catch a breath after each break in the beat. “Long Road” takes a slow path to get to its target and uses the confidence of its vocals to confess a more personal use of methods to get through, citing how our individual paths might not always meet with approval but suggesting that maybe the pat on the back should come from the inside.

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