New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 11 - Page 64

slated to be the next big thing in the era that gave us singersongwriter icons like Springsteen, Mellencamp and Petty. But a dispute with his label left the musical hero from Cleveland without the platform to reach the record-buying masses. Commercially he was wounded but artistically the man has never slowed down releasing countless albums independently and quite prolifically since. With the help of longtime friend, producer and engineer Bill Szymczyk Stanley returns with another solid effort titled, And Then... that opens with the raucous romp and roll of “All Together Now” complete with ample horns and B3 rising in the mix. This track is a feel good anthem to kick things off. “Radio Waves” is a more contemplative call to action to write your own song in life and know that what you do goes on and on. Stanley has had his share of loss and pain in recent years and on several tracks like “Circadian Rhythm” you can still hear him mourning the passing of his wife on a track that is filled with strength and sadness. But, there’s plenty of heart and heartland rock on “Sound Of A Train” along with the biting commentary of “Snakes” that proves that Michael Stanley is showing no signs of slowing down. Charlie Musselwhite is an award winning electric blues harmonica player who is also well respected for his leadership, singing and songwriting. Charlie came into prominence in the 1960’s and he is still blowing strong in 2015 with his latest album I Ain’t Lyin’. Musselwhite declares “Good Blues Tonight” in the snappy opening track thus setting the bar high and then delivering on the next ten tracks. This is traditional blues played by a talented team of musi- 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 64