Monday, August 27, 2012

CD Review: New Hot Music Coming From Missing Cats, P.J. Pacifico And Saul Zonana

Musicians John “Jojo” Herman and Sherman Ewing have combined their songwriting talents to become Missing Cats. The duo will release their debut album, “Larry Brown Amen” on September 4 and will embark on a fifteen date tour with the North Mississippi Allstars beginning September 7th.
 
The album begins with the open, airy, Tom Petty-esque rocker, “Any Moment” and continues on with the laid-back, ukulele sounds of “Rose Parade” as you instantly notice the chemistry between the two performers. Ewing’s slide guitar on “How We Go From Here“ is outstanding which makes this one of the more memorable songs on the album. The song “1/2 To The Top” sounds like an outtake of Herman’s former band, Widespread Panic, before his soft piano ballad “Highwire.” Missing Cats recapture that Tom Petty sound on “Your Guess Is As Good As Mine,” before adding some funk to their repertoire with “Skydiver.” The album closes with the seven-minute blues romp of “Vinyl Persuasion.”
 
The new album was produced by Jon Randall Stewart (Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush) and will be released through Two-Bone Shoes Records. For more information on the new album on their tour with the North Mississippi Allstars, please visit their facebook page (facebook.com/MissingCats).
 
Connecticut’s own P.J. Pacifico is not slowing down, he released his last studio album, “Outlet” last year and released a live EP earlier this year and now P.J. is ready to release his fifth studio album entitled “Surface.” The new album was produced by Andy Abel and will be released on September 25 through Viper Records.
 
The nine-song album begins with the very polished, pop-rock sound of “Half Wishing.” P.J.’s voice just seems to get better and more mature sounding with every release. His songwriting also continues to grow as in “Champions & Guardians” as his lyrics just wrap you up and take you on a journey. His voice is so warm and tender on the title song, “Surface” that you can’t help but get lost in the song. P.J. pays tribute to one of his idols with an inspiring cover of Christopher Cross’ “Sailing,” before continuing on with the powerful “It’ll Never End” about surviving cancer. The album closes with another heartfelt, acoustic ballad “Hold Me, Austin” featuring Garrison Starr on vocals.
 
P.J. Pacifico is currently on an east coast tour that will run through mid-October. He will be performing all over Connecticut in the month of September, so be sure to check him out in your area. For a complete list of dates, please visit pjpacifico.com.
 
Guitar virtuoso Saul Zonana will be releasing his tenth studio album, “Fix The Broken” on October 2. Saul performed 95% of the music, using nine different guitars on the ten songs. Saul Zonana has worked with Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew and Crash Test Dummies just to name a few, but he is now focusing once again on his solo career.
 
The album contains some amazing guitar work, as in the opening song “Notice,” as Zonana even uses his guitars to create the keyboard and synth sounds on his new release. His voice draws similarities to Lenny Kravitz at times, but he also maintains his own personality in his vocals. The highlight of the album is easily the eight-plus minute epic “Big Fish” as Zonana stretches out his talents for making the guitar a part of himself.
 
Saul Zonana has some dates scattered over the next few months, be sure to check out his website (saulsonana.com) for up to date information.