Damn Near Righteous - is Bill Medley's first record since the untimely passing of Bobby Hatfield (Medley's partner in the Righteous Brothers). This album honors thier legacy and showcases the singular artistry of Bill Medley in his own right....Damn Near Righteous features a soulful reimagining of the Beach Boys hit "In My Room" performed with Beach Boy frontman Brian Wilson and Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers....As an added bonus - Damn Near Righteous includes a 40 minute DVD featuring archival concert footage and interviews with Bill Medley, Brian Wilson, and many other music luminaries.
Down in the Delta, the blues covers ground ranging from ballads to boogies, and this notable release from Rooster Blues Records proves that no one combs the down-home musical landscape better than Arkansas' Lonnie Shields. A well-kept secret since his exceptional debut recording in 1993, <I>Portrait</I> (named Album of the Year by <I>Living Blues</I> magazine), Shields is bound to break through to the vastly larger audience he deserves with the richly textured sounds and seductions of his latest effort, <I>Midnight Delight</I>. As varied in his styles as his late mentor, Frank Frost, he offers up dark danceable blues (like "I'm Bad" and "What Am I Gonna Do with All These Women?"), engaging soul ("Midnight Delight," "Woman, I Want to Talk to You"), and irresistible radio-ready fare ("Flowers in the Rain," "Long, Lonesome Road"). On this recording, Shields showcases a level of musicianship and songwriting lyricism rarely attained by peers of far greater renown. <I>--Alan Greenberg</I>