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If you were to blend the eclectic musical stylings of Nellie McKay add the incredible voice range of Kate Bush, you may begin to understand the wild ride Lesley Kernochan’s “The Pickle Jar” will take you on.  No need to try and pigeonhole Ms. Kernochan – that’s virtually impossible, and while it may be a frustration for many reviewers and music buffs, it’s a breath of fresh air to me.  I have listened to this CD countless times over the past few weeks, enjoying it more every time.  

Imagine being pulled and whirled through a series of musical stylings – staccato violins, banging pianos, musical saws, trombones.  Various key changes, tempo changes, timing; and that could be all in one song!  How it moves so effortlessly from mandolins and a little honky-tonk piano in one piece into a romp worthy of a stageful of dancing Roaring 20’s flappers I’m not sure, but every listen I give to it leaves me smiling and laughing at discovering some new piece of brilliance.  

Do I love The Pickle Jar?  Absolutely.  Will I look for more Leslie Kernochan in the future?  You bet your eclectic butt.  Due to this CD, I figured I’d better give special music finds the same carp(e) libris accolades bestowed upon my favorite reads, known around here as The Goldfish Award.  A humble award, yes.  I have no gleaming trophy to toss Leslie’s way, but I will offer up a virtual goldfish.  It is well earned in my opinion, and if you’re tired of the same old same old, I suggest you snag yourself a copy of The Pickle Jar and be prepared for a rollercoaster ride on a musical kaleidoscope.

Thank you to Lesley Kernochan for providing a free copy to one carp(e) libris reviews reader!  

Rules for Entry:

1.) Just visit Lesley Kernochan’s MySpace page and give her songs a listen.  Come back here to tell me what you like about it.  (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

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3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Sunday, February 22, 2009, to enter.

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When I was a kid, I begged my mom until she ordered me an R&B cassette tape advertised on television with a 1-800 number.  I didn’t know any of the singers before then, but this compilation tape got me hooked on greats like Otis Redding, Van Morrison, and Sly & the Family Stone.  T Bird and the Breaks brings in all the funk I got hooked on way back when.

This here’s strutting music.  Get in your car, crank up your T Bird and the Breaks CD, and roll the windows down because you’re about to become the coolest cat on the freeway.  There’s no way you’ll be able to sit still during this R&B groove inspired recording.  T Bird and the Breaks is an 11-piece band from Austin, Texas and the self-titled CD is their first.  The band includes fantastic lead, rhythm and bass guitars; a trombone and wailing tenor and baritone saxophones; amazing percussion; and three backup singers.  Lead singer Tim Crane (T Bird) has a voice born for R&B:  Edgy with occasional gravel, his style has a commanding presence.  My biggest regret is not being able to see the band live; one can only imagine the party that must ensue every time these guys take the stage.  

Good news is, T Bird and the Breaks are giving away a copy of their self-titled CD to one very lucky, always hip carp(e) libris reviews reader.  And if you don’t win?  No need to dial a 1-800 number for ordering.  You can get it here through CDBaby.

Rules for Entry:

1.) Just visit the T Bird and the Breaks MySpace page and tell me why their music appeals to you. You’ll find links in the sidebar to videos and music clips.  (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Monday, February 16, 2009, to enter.

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When I first gave The Sam Lamont Band a listen, I knew it was my kind of band.  What I didn’t immediately pick up on was the why – the “Steve Miller” why of my attration.  I’m a longtime Miller fan – been to a few concerts, have the t-shirts – so I was pretty happy to have discovered The Sam Lamont Band has the same groovy, laid-back easiness as that ’70s icon with the subdued persona and dark sunglasses.  Other bands you could add to the comparison list:  Dire Straits, Bruce Springsteen, perhaps a dash of Eric Clapton.  All good reasons to give this band a serious listen.

Good Intentions is Sam Lamont’s first CD with a full band.  It’s a warm mix of folk and blues, and Sam’s subdued voice lends itself well to the acoustic guitars, drums, and an occasional organ. Original music written by the 2008 West Virginia Blues contest winner Sam Lamont offers a great lineup of tunes sure to make a fan of you, even before the end of the first song.

Swinging grooves, laid-back tempo, easy flowing voices; a great mix for a Saturday afternoon with nothing to do but sitting back with a few friends, remembering.  The Sam Lamont Band hails from Morgantown, West Virginia and they perform all over the mid-Atlantic region.

The Sam Lamont Band has kindly provided a copy of their Good Intentions CD for us to give away to a random winner here at carp(e) libris reviews, and I wanted to make sure to offer it during the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival Week because I believe this CD will appeal to a wide variety of listeners.

Look for an upcoming review and giveaway of Sam Lamont’s self-titled solo CD.

Rules for Entry:

1.) Just visit Sam Lamont’s MySpace page and tell me why his music appeals to you. You’ll find links in the sidebar to videos and music clips.  (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, to enter.

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Amy of BC, Canada – you’ve won!  Enjoy the music…

I told you carp(e) libris reviews would be adding indie music reviews and giveaways, and today we start!  Our very first review is for the new Ragani CD, Ancient Spirit.  It’s a perfect way to begin our music reviews as it encompasses much of what we’re looking for.

Ragani’s new music CD, Ancient Spirit, is the second of her kirtan series.  Kirtan is an Indian style of call-and-response chants used in sacred devotionals.  It is smooth, flowing, and completely relaxing.  Ragani’s beautiful voice lends itself well to the deep spirituality of kirtan.  Her graceful tone is followed by a response of a chanting group, back and forth, washing away the listener’s tensions.

My first listen of Ragani’s fourth CD, Ancient Spirit, no one in the room spoke for the first 20 minutes of the CD; it was mesmerizing.  My 2 1/2 year old boy quietly listened too, and within moments he was fast asleep.  By the time Ancient Spirit had finished, I felt as if I had just awoken from one of those rare naps that leaves you rejuvenated.  The tension had left my muscles and I felt ready to go on with the rest of my day.  A pleasantly surprising response; I’ve listened many more times to repeat the results!

Perfect for the yoga practitioner, the one in need of decompression after a long and stressful day, or the world traveler if only through music, Ragani’s Ancient Spirit will soothe the senses and delight the ears.

Ragani is kindly giving one carp(e) libris reviews listener an autographed copy of her Ancient Spirit CD.  I’m very happy to have her work as our first musical giveaway.

Can’t wait?  Buy the Ancient Spirit CD here.

 

1.) Just visit Ragani’s Website and tell me why her music appeals to you. You’ll find links in the sidebar to videos and music clips.  (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Monday, February 2, 2009, to enter.

Check out all current giveaways for both my blogs here.