Album Review: “Greek Street Friday” – Ian Shaw. Words: Sammy Stein.

I first heard Ian Shaw in 2021 when I reviewed Hannah Horton’s album ‘Inside Out’ on which Shaw was the guest vocalist on tracks ‘Frozen Light’ and ‘Breathing Out’. Horton told me, “I mentioned I was recording a new album and he (Shaw) offered to take a listen and then wrote the lyrics for ‘Frozen …

Single Review: “24F” – Maya Lane

This song is a thing of beauty, it’s acoustic, and has Maya’s signature vocal… She sings strongly over an acoustic guitar that has percussion underneath. For me it’s the harmonies that are doing the job, especially where they are adding more and more in the chorus – there are harmonies throughout the song, but the …

Blog interview: Kendra And The Bunnies

Hello Kendra how are you?    Hello!! I am so good! Thank you for inviting me to interview!   Congratulations on the release of “I’m A Showstopper” how does it feel?   My favorite thing to do is release music. I love the process so much from songwriting to recording and performing. I’m thrilled.    What’s …

Album Review: “Kairos” – Izumi Kimura and Gerry Hemingway. Words: Sammy Stein.

‘Kairos’ is the new release from Izumi Kimura and Gerry Hemingway. Kimura is a pianist, originally from Japan, but now residing in Ireland. She has released several recordings, notably with contrabassist Barry Guy, trumpet player Artur Majewski (Vasco Trilla, Foton Quartet), and drummers Ramon Lopez and Gerry Hemingway. Much of Kimura’s work focuses on the …

Blog interview: Blue Capricorn

Hello Rodrigo how are you?  I’m doing well, thank you. Trying to stay cool in this 100 degree Texas heat. It’s brutal out here. Congratulations on the release of “Palo Santo” how does it feel?  Releasing music is mostly a nerve-wracking moment or an exciting one for me, but we’ll say we’re leaning more towards …

Blog interview: Christina Chong

Congratulations on the release of “No Blame” how does it feel?  It feels quite surreal actually. I’m not sure it’s fully landed with me that it’s materialised. Less than a year ago it was just a thought in my head, and now it’s out there.  What’s the story behind the song?  The song is about …