Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Minstral Show – (Episode 051)

Today’s show spotlights a good variety of rock, folk and progressive rock sounds from this the new age of music, Featuring: Middle Distance Runner, Two Wounded Birds, JD McPherson, Rick Parfitt, Tom Keifer, Neil Young, The Hanging Stars, The Greek Theater, Agnes Obel, and Lunatic Soul.

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SET: 01

Today’s first set brings the positive energy of Pop Rock and Rock n Roll to the forefront; to help us battle the negative forces we all have to deal with on a daily basis.

Middle Distance Runner starts us off with the title track to their 2015 album “Secret Things”. This is good driving music that easily turns your steering wheel into a drum kit…just be careful of that base petal however, as you could find your self speeding down the road a little too fast. A very likeable song filled with hooks and energy to drive your spirit in a positive direction.

And, Just when the energy level peaks, Two Wounded Birds follows with a great Pop Rock tune called “To Be Young” taken from their self titled 2012 album “Two Wounded Birds”. This song really takes off as it creates a euphoric experience I can’t seem to get enough of…the song has it all, as it comes in waves with an infectious blend of sound and a melancholy lyric that creates an atmosphere of memories, good feelings, and the urge to sing…that’s the magic of real pop music…

JD McPherson follows with his smash hit “North Side Gal” taken from his debut 2010 album “Sign and Signifiers”… “North Side Gal” is a time warp back to the 50’s like no other…when I first heard this song, my jaw dropped and when it finished, I had to put the song on repeat. It was an instant favourite for this old free lance DJ…as you can imagine, dance floors all over time, will be up and rockin as this song plays…an instant classic in the positive sphere of music.

Closing the set is Status Quo guitarist, Rick Parfitt with “Lock Myself Away” taken from his solo album “Over and Out”. The album was postumously released by earMusic on March 23rd, 2018 after the sudden passing of Rick Parfitt on December 24th, 2017. Rick had finished the vocal and guitar tracks but didn’t have the opportunity to complete it and so a number of great musicians helped to complete the album including, Brian May of Queen, Chris Wolstenholme of Muse, former Status Quo bassist Alan Lancaster and current bassist John "Rhino" Edwards which was also co-produced by Parfitt's son Rick Parfitt Jnr. A great job done by all to give music fans a great album by an artist that is dearly missed.

So, get ready for an up-beat Pop and Rock n Roll set of music to power the positive vibes of your day, on the Minstral Show.

SET: 02

Our second set turns the page to a 70’s style of Rock with Tom Keifer, Neil Young and The Hanging Stars.

Cinderella vocalist, Tom Keifer opens the set with “Solid Ground” taken from his 2016 debut album “The Way Life Goes”.

“Solid Ground” reminds me of the great Rod Stewart and Faces song “Every Picture Tells a Story” the song however, is purely Tom Keifer and clearly a classic on its own. This is a Really, really good solid rock tune by Tom Keifer and band.

Neil Young Follows with “No Hidden Path” taken from his 2007 album “Chrome Dreams II” - “No Hidden Path” is a 15 minute song of spiritual consciousness by Neil Young…a good trip and a classic tune in every way. Love this song.

The Hanging Stars close the set with “Floodbound” taken from their March 2016 album “Over the Silvery Lake”. If you enjoy Crosby Stills Nash and Young, there’s a very good chance you will really enjoy UK band The Hanging Stars. The entire album is an excellent tour through soft Americana country psychedelic music…I mean, what’s not to like? “Floodbound” is my personal favourite from this excellent 2016 album.

And so we sit on solid ground with no hidden path as we are floodbound with great music, on the Minstral show.

SET: 03

“The Greek Theater” open the final set with “Kings of Old” taken from their Feb 2017 album “Broken Circle”. This was a must have album for me in 2017 as I found the album to be filled with a variety of great retro 60’s and 70’s sounds that resonated with me as I’m sure it will resonate with others as well.

Following the Greek Theater is Agnes Obel with “Trojan Horses” taken from her October 2016 album “Citizen of Glass”. ”Trojan Horses” is a shadow of deeply poetic words and sounds of reflection. What more can I say about this brilliant artist and album that I haven’t already said in earlier episodes…”Citizen of Glass” is a must have album by an awesome artist…

“Lunatic Soul” the solo project of Mariusz Duda of “Riverside” follows with “The Art of Repairing” taken from his May 2018 Album “Under the Fragmented Sky”.

“The Art of Repairing” is an electro progressive masterpiece that repairs the fractured soul through a music stasis that builds to a cathedral of sound. a very unique song by the creative genius of Mariusz Duda…in a way, the music reminds me of Alan Parsons with a touch of Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”. An excellent song to end today’s episode.

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And now, Kings of Old, Trojan Horses and the Art of Repairing on the Minstral show. See you next week everybody.

The Minstral Show – (Episode 051)


SET 01
Middle Distance Runner – Secret Things
Two Wounded Birds – To Be Young
JD McPherson – North Side Gal
Rick Parfitt – Lock Myself Away

SET 02
Tom Keifer – Solid Ground
Neil Young - No Hidden Path
The Hanging Stars – Floodbound

SET 03
The Greek Theater – Kings of Old
Agnes Obel – Trojan Horses
Lunatic Soul - The Art of Repairing


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