Month: July 2015

Violette – All My Life

 French transplant Violette mixes jazz, pop and rhythm n’ blues, to form a friendly and wonderful musical blend. All My Life is from Violette’s new long-player, Falling Strong (February 2015).  Violette has a rich, soulful voice, that can be bluesy (as in this track) or steeped in pop r&b goodness (title track), pure pop ballad (Perfect Illusion), and those are just the first three tracks on Falling Strong!  Throughout this release, Violette’s vocals linger and caress and the songwriting is memorable, with tunes that…

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Shane Hennessy – Zephyrus

 It is rare to have a piece of music without vocals on Vodka, but this young man is absolutely too good to leave off anyone’s playlist.  Enter Shane Hennessy, a musician and songwriter with some serious guitar chops!  Zephyrus is the title-track to Shane’s May 2015 long-player by the same name, and highlights this musician’s talent with emphasis.  Shane hails form Ireland, and has played with or been acknowledged by many great guitarists.  Check out the “Bio” section of his web site for more on…

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Carol Keogh – My Father The Jeweler

 Carol Keogh is a musician, singer, songwriter and visual artist from Ireland. Her latest 3-song EP is entitled My Father The Jeweler, which is a tribute to her late father, Brendan Keogh who passed away in 2014. The cover art is also by Carol Keogh, a piece entitled Whale Tail.  Carol has remained in the musical shadows in spite of her tremendous voice. She has lent her talents to a number of Irish bands over the years that also have been…

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Little Hurricane – Sheep In Wolves Clothes

 Little Hurricane is not new to Vodka, making their first appearance over two years go with the scrappy two-piece rock and roll of Give Em Hell, followed in short succession by Haunted Heart and finally about a year later with Crocodile Tears, all from their stellar debut long-player, Homewrecker, released in 2012. Sheep In Wolves Clothes is from the duo’s latest long-player, Gold Fever (2014), and punctuates why I love this group so much. It’s emotive rock, played and sung…

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Big Big Train – Wassail

 Starting July off with a bang are progressive rock greats Big Big Train and their latest EP, Wassail, which was released last month (June 2015). Here is the video for the title track. Go buy the EP and listen! Big Big Train is not new to Vodka, making their first appearance a little over a year ago with Make Some Noise. But that is just because that is when Vodka discovered Big Big Train, not because they are new to the music scene….

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