Tony Stampley dips deeply and often into the Bocephus well, but nevertheless proves a capable songwriter and singer with personality on such Dixie-fried observations as "American Offline," "Dirt Road Rock 'n' Roll," and "I Hate to See You Go (But I Love to Watch You Walk Away)." "Another Cold One" and "One Bad Habit" slice and pound with authority, but Stampley proves an emotive country balladeer on such cuts as "Dreamin' Again," the gospel-tinged "Doctor Jesus," and father/son treatise "He Never Said He Loved Me." Stampley rocks hard and with country edge, but when he steps out and shows a softer side he actually makes his case a little better.
The transition from carefree adolescence to decision-laden early adulthood is the complex subject intricately and emotionally evoked on K's Choice's fourth studio album, which is accompanied here by a second disc of live material.
Blues legends B.B. King and Bo Diddley, as well as contemporary blues stars such as Jonny Lang and Marcia Ball, will be on hand for the Doheny Blues Festival next weekend in Dana Point, Calif. Produced by Omega Events and sponsored by Miller Genuine Draft, the event will take place May 18-19 at the 62-acre Doheny State Beach park.
Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn's collaboration with musicians from Mali will be released July 30 in North America via Honest Jon's/Astralwerks. The album, "Mali Music," is an attempt to introduce Western audiences to the diverse music of the culturally rich West African country. The 16-track set was released last month internationally, with proceeds benefiting the Oxfam charity organization.