Episode 14 of features Bluegrass and Rap for a diverse mix. Balsam Range is a five-piece Bluegrass band from Canton, North Carolina and named the band from local Blue Ridge Mountains. Papertown tells the story of Canton as an old paper mill town. The album won several awards including top Bluegrass album for the year and features some great covers including Elmore James “One Way Out” make popular by the Allman Brothers. Public Enemy is from New York City and their 1988 sophomore effort, “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” is considered one of the greatest rap albums of all times. Delivering s strong social message that still resonates today, the album is full of passion and honest emotions and some great beats.
In this episode we swap Sheer Mag’s 2017 release “Need to Feel Your Love” and Donald Fagen’s “The Nightfly”. Released in 1982, “The Nightfly” was Donald Fagen’s first solo album after the breakup of Steely Dan. Using many of the same musicians, Fagen crafts one of the masterpieces of it’s day and the first digitally recorded album. Hailing from Philadelphia by way of New York, Sheer Mag’s first album is chock full of great riffs, angst and grit . With it’s low-fi recording style, this album grabs you and never let’s go!
Episode 5 of Album Swap music review podcast has Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings “I Learned the Hard Way” and fIREHOSE “Ragin’ Full On” albums reviewed. Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings album is very vintage soul and funk while fIREHOSE is a punk band from the 80s that bordered on alternative with their sound.