Welcome To Rate The Tracks

We are interested in providing a home for artists that want to have their tracks evaluated by seasoned professionals in the music business and fans alike. If it's a demo or the finished product we want to hear your tracks! This is intended to be interactive between the artists and listeners. Providing feedback to the artists will assist them in developing their music.

June 29, 2016

Genre Busting Blind Guitar Legend and Producer Joey Stuckey To Release New Audio Described Video


Macon, GA - On June 11th, blind guitar legend, recording artist and producer Joey Stuckey was named Jazz Artist of the Year at the 5th annual Georgia Music Awards. Never knowing how to slow down, Joey is busy working on a variety of projects including writing music with his good friends from the UK Charlie Hoskyns (The Popes), Will Morrison (Modern English) and Paul McGuiness (The Pogues).

However, currently Stuckey is most eager to share his latest music video which has been audio described for the blind.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a music video has been audio described or narrated for the blind. There have been a hand full of movies, like 'The Passion of the Christ' but, I've never heard of a music video getting the same treatment,” says Stuckey.

Audio description takes a narrator telling the story of what is happening on the screen. It is kind of like an audiobook, but in this case, it is directly relating the story being told by pictures or video in spoken word form so that the blind can also enjoy the antics and adventure of Joey and his band as he desperately tries to get to his concert. Complete with a thrilling car chase, this video is a lot of fun to watch and the blues guitar and vocal prowess of Stuckey can't be denied.

Special thanks to Delaney Holliman and Doug Diamond for the video production and friends Nash and Jenny Mayfield for writing and narrating the video.

The video and single “Blind Man Drivin'” were released last year while Joey was on tour in the UK, where the song was the official theme song for the first ever Visually Impaired Musicians' Lives Conference, which took place at the University College of London.

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About Joey Stuckey:
Joey Stuckey is a chart topping and award winning blind recording artist, producer, sound engineer, educator and media personality. He is an official Gibson endorser and is also the Official Music Ambassador for his hometown of Macon, Georgia. Stuckey is a brain tumor survivor and loves to tell his story of success and overcoming adversity through his music and humor.

www.joeystuckey.com
www.joeystuckeyproductions.com
www.shadowsoundstudio.com
www.blind-man-drivin.com

About Delaney Holliman:
Delaney Holliman Media
delaney@delaneyholliman.com
www.delaneyholliman.com
Film and photography visual media
From Music Videos to Stylized Photography, we employ the most advanced story telling techniques to help you reach people with your story.

About Nash & Jenny Mayfield:
Nash writes in many genres and for audiences of all ages. He has just submitted his first book, a children's story entitled “4500 Steps”, for publication. Jenny Mayfield has recently launched a blog at www.nowthinkthis.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

June 23, 2016

Track Feature: Al Jewer and Andy Mitran-Transmigration

Sounds of the earth and meditation for the soul comes to mind with the music. Al Jewer and Andy Mitran and their recent release Transmigration...a journey with friends is instrumental bliss.

The feature here is the title track. And you get a good taste of their relaxing sounds that are both worldly and new age wrapped into one nice package. Flutes, sitars, drums, female vocals and more merge to form musical beauty.

Give Transmigration a listen now.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 


More About Al and Andy's Album:

http://www.al-jewer-and-andy-mitran.com/


This album speaks of a journey that these very special people are taking with us. It is a journey that starts with a simple introduction that leads to a conversation and ends with the metamorphosis of that conversation into a formless beautiful piece of music that contains elements of us all. This CD has been about two years in the making and includes a rare and awesome group of collaborators and friends. They are among our most admired artists and composers and we are thrilled beyond belief to have worked with them to bring you this album. 


June 22, 2016

Andy Meadows - Modern Day Crooner




Never Be The Same’ is the latest fun upbeat swing single from rising Texas artist Andy Meadows set to appear on his upcoming album Modern Day Crooner.

Accompanied by a vibrant 9 piece band, Andy delivers a swanky crooning voice powerful enough to compete with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra. Steel guitar and fiddles meanwhile add a country vibe that harks back to Andy’s roots.

June 20, 2016

J-KEYS Releases New Single Wreckless



Featuring a killer hook and a lively party atmosphere, ‘Wreckless’ is the new fun single from Essex-born, Bournemouth-based rising UK hip hop star, J Keys.
The rapper started writing music 10 years ago, his debut album ‘When Idols Become Rivals’ dropping a couple years back, receiving much praise from fans.

With a new LP in the works, J plans to slowly drip-feed us a new track each month, ‘Wreckless’ being the first taster. It comes accompanied by some vibrant action-packed visuals.

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June 18, 2016

Drum Legend Terry Bozzio Presents a Solo Musical Performance on World's Largest Tuned Drum & Percussion Set on Forthcoming US Tour!


An Evening with TERRY BOZZIO US Tour 2016

Los Angeles, CA – Drum legend Terry Bozzio, known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, UK and his critically acclaimed solo ventures, celebrates his latest release “Terry Bozzio Composer Series” with “An Evening With Terry Bozzio” US tour! This will be a night of solo drumming and include compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation. It is by no means a clinic or a workshop. Enjoy an intimate evening of Terry Bozzio and his monster sculpture of a drum kit together for the first time in seated venues across Europe.

“TERRY BOZZIO - An Evening of Solo Drum Music” is a unique, intense, dynamic, spiritualistic, melodic, orchestral, atmospheric, and musical performance on the largest tuned drum & percussion set in the world. Unless you have seen Terry, you have no idea what you are in for. Bozzio is an enigmatic, evocative, and engaging musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums. Terry Bozzio is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical, & ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Terry Bozzio is “a storyteller,” able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement, & passion.

“I'm looking forward to this extensive US tour in Aug-Nov 2016. I'll have some new pieces to play on my big kit & hopefully some surprises for you in this new show.” - Terry Bozzio

Terry has had tremendous success with his last coast-to-coast North American tour, as well as his last two Terry Bozzio solo drum performance tours in Europe (2012 included his headline show at the Jazz Festival Frankfurt – the oldest jazz festival in the world – and 2013 which included sold out performances in Sweden, Germany, Eastern Europe, and France). Please note that this is not a bombastic 2 hour drum solo. This is MUSIC on drums, “an evening with Terry Bozzio.” In most of Bozzio’s works, he accompanies himself with bass lines while soloing over it melodically on the tuned toms. There is space, classical forms & structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting & fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet!

“Terry Bozzio Composer Series” was released in Japan in the fall 2015! 59 Compositions, with 59 Paintings for each title on a 4 CD, 1 live performance/interview/drum setup DVD & Art Booklet in a Vinyl Sized Package! (On the Ward Records Label). For those of you who may have seen Terry on tour, the house music he played was only some of this material! Terry has been composing in & beyond all genres for several decades: Classical, Fusion, Electronic, Ambient, Rock & Jazz!

Terry just finished a sold out Tokyo show called “The History of Terry Bozzio”, w/ a Japanese All-Star Band, filmed for TV Broadcast and an upcoming DVD (Oct. release - Ward Records). He performed and sung tunes from his past recordings w/ Zappa, Beck, UK, Missing Persons, Bozzio Levin Stevens, Brecker Bros. & Billy Sheehan! Terry plans to mount this show in Europe & the US in future.

Just Released: the Brecker Bros. Heavy Metal Bebop Reunion Band 2CD set from a live concert at Club Citta in Kawasaki, w/ original members. (Ward Records)

“An Evening with Terry Bozzio” US Tour 2016
*Celebrating the release of "Terry Bozzio Composer Series" CD Box Set*

August 14, 2016 US-AZ-Phoenix, MIM Music Theater
August 19, 2016 US-CO-Denver, Soiled Dove
August 20, 2016 US-CO-Denver, Soiled Dove
August 23, 2016 US-OK-Tulsa, The Vanguard
August 26, 2016 US-TX-Fort Worth, McDavid Studio
August 28, 2016 US-TX-Austin, One World Theater
September 03, 2016 US-GA-Atlanta, City Winery
September 04, 2016 US-AL-Birmingham, Saturn
September 07, 2016 US-MO-St. Louis, 2720 Cherokee  NEW!!!
September 08, 2016 US-MO-Springfield, Nathan P. Murphy´s  NEW!!!
September 11, 2016 US-TN-Nashville, City Winery
September 15, 2016 US-FL-Orlando, Plaza Live
September 16, 2016 US-FL-Largo, Largo Cultural Center
September 19, 2016 US-NC-Raleigh, The Pour House Music Hall
September 20, 2016 US-DC-Washington, D.C., Hamilton´s
September 22, 2016 US-PA-Philadelphia, World Café
September 23, 2016 US-PA-New Hope, Havana
September 25, 2016 US-NY-New York City, City Winery
September 27, 2016 US-CT-Stafford Springs, Stafford Palace Theater
September 28, 2016 US-NY-Kingston, Woodstock Music Lab
September 29, 2016 US-MA-Fall River, Narrows Center for the Arts
October 03, 2016 US-MI-Detroit, The Token Lounge
October 10, 2016 US-IL-Chicago, City Winery
October 11, 2016 US-WI-Milwaukee, Shank Hall
October 13, 2016 US-MN-Minneapolis, The Dakota  NEW!!!
October 18, 2016 US-WA-Seattle, The Triple Door
October 19, 2016 US-OR-Portland, Doug Fir Lounge
October 20, 2016 US-OR-Eugene, WOW Theater
October 23, 2016 US-CA-Oakland, Yoshi´s
(more dates to be announced)

Terry Bozzio's Official Drum Tech: Michel Weekhout

For more information: www.terrybozzio.com
Terry Bozzio biography: http://terrybozzio.com/biography/

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Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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June 15, 2016

Featured Stream: Sasha's Bloc - Runaway Blues

Sasha's Bloc is a true collaboration of artists. They gather to make some fine jazz, blues and R&B.

Most recently one of the best examples of their various talents are on display with "Runaway Blues."

Smooth and silky vocals lead the way with some excellent instrumentation and fills to make those vocals shine brightly.

Sasha's Bloc is one of those indie bands I always look forward to hearing. So check out this stream and see for yourself what you have been missing!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Sasha's Bloc:

 http://sashasbloc.com

Jazz collective Sasha’s Bloc has earned the best reviews of their burgeoning career via coverage of their new CD ‘Heart On Fire’ and recent LA concerts. The band, conceived by bassist Alex Gershman and featuring guest vocalists Jane Monheit and Alvin Chea, evokes the Big Band Jazz Sound of the 1920s-40s: “Gershman and his Sasha’s Bloc serve as a reminder of the reason we fell in love with jazz in the first place. It makes you feel nostalgic and free.” 

June 10, 2016

The Breaking Pattern Reinvent Emo Rock With Incredible New Album "There Are Roadmaps In Our Veins"




The face of the Phoenix emo revival movement’ – The Huffington Post

Taking influences from Real Friends, Man Overboard and The Wonderyears, The band are quite literally breaking the pattern of emo rock by delivering a euphoric and almost ethereal sound through the reverb bathed guitars and heartfelt lyrics. 
The album challenges the personal struggle of a failing relationship. The band’s frontman explains: ‘The album is somewhat of a break-up album, chronicling the various stages of a doomed relationship from the moments leading up to the split until the resolution and recovery. I say “somewhat” because it is not a concept album. The songs do not tell one specific story, but are a compilation of personal experience and the stories I’ve witnessed from friends who had their own hearts disintegrated into red dust.
That being said I feel it's a catalyst through which those feeling less than ecstatic can vent and learn from, whilst also revelling in the bands clear flowing wealth of musical knowledge and experience.
My favourite track, "Let Love Go", is a strong opening to the vibe of the album and has an awesome mix of melodic guitar lines supported by complex atmospheric riffs which complement the nostalgic theme perfectly.
Having sold out many shows since their formation, their album is an opportunity to get into the loop if you've been unfortunate enough to miss out on them.
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The Fresh And Enlightening Psychedelic Inspired Sound Of Young Malak Is Sure To Make Waves On Te Scene

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Young Malak's music is an honest rendition of how accurately music expresses an artist's personality and experiences. Reminiscent of the sounds of Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Flatbush Zombies and Joey Badass, The Virginia Beach phenomenon expertly communicates his experiences of self discovery after having a severe phase of writers block and self disbelief. The outpouring of emotions embedded into the mixtape are sure to make you experience thoughts and feelings that you never felt music could evoke inside of you.
Young Malak talks about his lyrics: ‘One point in my life I was lost stuck trying to figure myself out as well as my self-purpose and the more I searched inside myself I began to overtime breakdown my thoughts and feelings to help me remember me. The more you understand your own self the more you will understand this world, and if you can understand this world you realise everything in the universe is one.’

His performance at the Shaggfest of 2015 communicated his message through his performance and we urge you to see him perform live.
Young Malak is a personification of passion, with activities other than music including spinning poi fire, meditating, enjoying nature, reading spiritual books and indulging in the creative benefits of THC from the well known herb oregano.

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Newborn Are Getting Down To Earth With 'Gravity' Taken From Self Titled EP - Out 14th July



Newborn's nostalgic yet surprisingly uplifting anthem 'Gravity' features grungy guitars and heartfelt lyrics. With an almost harrowing opening guitar riff, as soon as the vocals come in you are lulled into a hazy state leaving you feeling the raw emotion behind the song without even thinking. 

With the mesmerising EP scheduled for release on June the 14th it's a tantalising wait to hear the rest of the tracks. Quoting the frontman Allen 'Music ... It really does heal people.’ so particularly if you are in need of a little boost, watch their social media religiously in order to hear them first.

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The 'Young Lioness Of Africa' With Self-Titled Roaring Album




Whilst predominantly being sung in Sissala, regardless of whether you can understand it, the lyrical delivery through melody, rhythm and her outstanding performance on the album supports the claims that music continues on where words leave off.
The song "Peace" features driving and motivating bass and drum parts forming a western style representation of her fierce character and role in her nation.

With such a strong debut album and her fantastic activities outside of music, particularly in Ghana, she is set to blow up in the music industry.


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June 7, 2016

Role Model Challan Charmichael Presents His Fresh Single 'Step by Step'

"Nottingham's next MC Hammer" - The Nottingham Post

"Step by Step" boasts a catchy and feel good hook supported by a smooth and sleek production. Featuring local children from his church to sing along with him adds the extra freshness, originality and true inspirational nature of Challan's music. Taking influence from artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston "Step by Step" has all the ingredients of a chart topping summer track youd hear whilst basking in the summers glorious sun.
Challan explains the feelings behind music: ‘I love good wholesome music and am very aware of how music can help you to motivate and uplift. In the current climate with so much negativity in the world it is very easy to be bombarded with negative images and messages continuously. Sometimes it is good to focus on the positive side and also positive messages so that we can remember it is not all doom and gloom.

The single will be available on Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp, Datpiff.com, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, and Youtube for free
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Review - Exhilarating Belfast Rock Band 'Irontown Diehards' With Their Self-Titled Album


With all players having played in top rock and metal bands of Northern Ireland they aren't to be taken lightly. Their albums lead track "Fly High" displays their experience and immense ability to utilise their past experience to create a new sound that possibly even has Alter Bridge (one of their influences) running for their money. With a full yet spacious introduction the tracks grows to an uplifting and heavy chorus with a particularly strong vocal line soaring over the top of some fantastic guitar.
With their Victorian-esque outfits, theyre definitely an original band breaking out of the conventional rock/metal aesthetic, perhaps inspiring a new generation of musicians to branch out beyond the current revival of vinyl sales.

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June 3, 2016

Electro London Records Releases New VINYL Album, ‘SYNTH WAVE – Volume 1’


‘Synth Wave Volume 1’ challenges the apathetic and predictable current popular music scene and features an array of artists who are regularly championed by the likes of BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, and Radio X. 
Synth Wave is not just a genre, it's a culture, an attitude, a state of mind. This is not just a compilation album, more a reflection of a world-wide music phenomenon that is happening now in cities around the world… with artists from Argentina, France, Canada, UK, Sweden, Ireland and Brazil. Exciting, acclaimed artists with new songs, inspired by their electronic peers, with synthesizers, emotion, style and attitude…
‘Synth Wave Volume 1’ has been collated by the team behind the popular Electro London Festival (headlined by ex-Kraftwerk Wolfgang Flür), Analogue Nights and Synthetic City music events: Johnny Normal and Rob Green (The Department) are Electro London Records.**

Listen to a snapshot of the entire ‘Synth Wave Volume 1’ album here: CLICK HERE

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KMF - 'Young You' Review

The unique and deeply musically rooted sound of KMF has the artistic bond to make you want to jump into the crowds of even the muddiest of the summer festivals of 2016. Their new single "Young You", out now, features a captivating introductory piano that instantly puts you in the uplifting summery mood. The track is exactly what everyone needs after the gloomy weather of the winter months and gets you eager to put your shades on and sit in the sun  sipping your favourite beverage.
KMF has a sound for all boasting a plethora of performance venues such as Melt!   festival in Norway, Montreux Jazz Festival all the way over to Southern America and  Mexico.

‘Young You’ is out now and is to appear on the group’s upcoming self-titled album KMF set for release June 3rd.

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