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.

December 23, 2016

Featured Album Stream: Metallica-Hardwired...To Self-Destruct

Metallica has made a strong return reclaiming their throne as the kings of heavy metal with a double album set Hardwired...To Self-Destruct. It has been a frequent playlist favorite for me lately. This is their best since the black album! Welcome back boys.

Check out the Spotify stream and the video of the making of one of the great tracks from the album!

Metal heads rise! 

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


December 18, 2016

Featured Stream: Kathryn Kaye-Winter's Deepest Sleep

Kathryn Kaye is a piano player extraordinaire. The beauty and grace she commands from the ivory keys is beyond reproach.

With her new album Reflected In A Flowing Stream arriving on New Year's Eve we have the pleasure of getting a sneak peak of what is to come.

The focus track is "Winter's Deepest Sleep." People that live in the Northeast and beyond can relate to that title.

The beauty of that process is revealed in the music.  As winter puts all kinds of life to sleep for several months we are assured of a reawakening in the Spring. The song is graceful, beautiful and delicate as life itself. It conveys a sense of spirituality and oneness that only nature brings.

Listen and relax to the warm and flowing sounds of Ms. Kaye on her track "Winter's Deepest Sleep."

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Kathryn Kaye:


Kathryn Kaye grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Kentucky.  She began playing piano at the age of four, and music immediately became an essential part of her life.  She majored in voice and keyboard in college, after which she moved to Germany to further her training.  Prior to and during her years in Germany, Kathryn performed professionally as a folk singer and soprano soloist in concerts, recitals, and operas, and she has appeared as a solo performer on television in both Germany and the United States...READ MORE...

December 12, 2016

Featured Stream: James Patrick Morgan-Expected

James Patrick Morgan has a new album out called Expected. The title track is the focus of this feature.

I could not think of a better way to introduce an artist or entice an audience than this killer track!

James has a great voice filled with soul and funk and he knows how to deliver it all with style.

This is a big slice of contemporary, pop and funk mixed together with perfection by a rising young star of the stage. He a great name too, he already sounds like a music/movie star! Check it out for yourself now.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About James Patrick Morgan 


Pop-Soul singer/songwriter James Patrick Morgan has just completed a collection of new music entitled: ART+WORK=LOVE.  The EP illustrates his myriad of musical influences and crackles with the energy he brings to his live shows.  Produced by studio ace David Huff, the EP is full of infectious grooves and pure soul, highlighting James’ love of R&B and funk music.

December 6, 2016

Featured Stream: Naked - Brielle Von Hugel

Brielle Von Hugel bares her soul with a new single titled "Naked." This is a gorgeous lady on the outside and just as beautiful on the inside.

She has a tremendous set of pipes. If you have not heard of her, well you just did and you will quite a bit more I suspect.

The woman will not be ignored, her voice is powerful and passionate and steeped in emotion that flows out her. It is a feeling I am sure all of us can relate to. This is when you find the special person you can be yourself with including all the baggage, bumps and bruises life can offer.

Listen the words, the voice and woman who is singing about something she has lived - there is no doubt that it is real.

The video on "Naked" is quite good as well so listen, watch and enjoy!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Briell Von Hugel:


Brielle’s dynamic, soulful, emotive voice and personality can be described as modern-day vintage. This singer/songwriter mixes pop-edge with yesterday’s bluesy, smoky tones to give her musical storytelling grit—unapologetically honest and straightforward—commanding her audience ...READ MORE...

December 1, 2016

Featured Stream: Cranky George-Misery Road

Cranky George is back on Rate The Tracks to bring listeners another interesting and entertaining track.

This time we get to stream "Misery Road" from their recent album Fat Lot of Good.

"Misery Road" gives you windshield wipers for your tears. Man, what kind of car comes equipped like that? What a great line from the song!

As usual I enjoyed the music, in fact I think the entire Fat Lot of Good is a truckload of musical entertainment. 

This is one example of the band's special blend of rock, Americana, blues and folk. They stir the pot of the emotional stew and its a good time so check it out.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

More About Cranky George:


The genesis of Cranky George dates back to 1989, when James Fearnley (accordion-player and founder-member of London/Irish band The Pogues) met, first, Dermot Mulroney (renowned actor, star and co-star of ‘The Family Stone’, ‘The Wedding Date’ and ‘About Schmidt’), and then Dermot’s brother, Kieran (erstwhile actor in ‘From The Earth To The Moon’ and ‘The Spitfire Grill’, now writer and director) on film locations in Colorado and Virginia...READ MORE...