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Dancers in the Mansion
Dancers in the Mansion

Reviewable material is piling up at my house, so it’s time for one of those columns that takes more time listening than it does writing. Maybe you’ll discover something interesting.

‘Dancers In The Mansion,’ Stewart Eastham (Long Bar Music, )

This Aug. 12 CD is probably available in other forms. It’s mostly happy with plenty of tempo and musical variation to satisfy many folks. “Sometimes The Road” has both Spector and classic-country elements; and, the title song adds a rockabilly touch. Other tunes add different instruments/elements to please open-minded listeners.

‘Midnight Highway,’ Quinn Sullivan (GBG Records, )

Singer/guitarist Quinn Sullivan is 17, but he’s shared stages with Buddy Guy and others as a “blues prodigy.” He’ll be on tour when this review of his July 26 recording surfaces.

This is a blues-rock album, with a nifty instrumental (“Buffalo Nickel”) a respectful cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and the genre-bending title song. Blues-flavored music lovers not tied to conventions will enjoy this collection.

‘Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in the Alice

Cooper Group,’ Dennis Dunaway with Chris Hodenfield (St. Martin’s Press, )

Dunaway was the skinny, unique, idea-filled bassist of the original Alice Cooper band before management talked lead singer Vince Furnier to become a more showbiz solo artist. Folks who enjoy Rock ’n’ Roll memoirs will find lots to enjoy here.

‘Return To Ox,’ King Llama (Independent Release, 1/2)

This July 15 CD is likely available in other formats. The trio (guitarist Ryan Tanner Bailey, drummer Luis Briones and bassist Nico Staub) play instrumental progressive music that occasionally rocks. Tunes flow together, but I enjoyed the opener, “Blobo,” the one with the drum break, “Call Me Elmo,” and the whole collection’s cinematic air. This one isn’t my bag, but some listeners will dig it.

‘The Distance,’ David Mitchell (Independent Release,)

David M. is a local singer-songwriter/guitarist who emailed a couple weeks back. The songs are high quality; the harmonies are cool (especially Kacey Mann Higdon on “Old Biloxi”); but things are a bit too mellow for yours truly. Mellow-music fans will enjoy it repeatedly.

‘Stake My Claim,’ Big Eyes (Don Giovanni Records, 1/2)

This Aug. 19 recording originates from lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Kait Eldridge and band. I hadn’t heard Big Eyes before (other than the Cheap Trick song), but the album exhibits Kait’s songwriting and guitar abilities.

The opener “Stake My Claim” is the only “name-able” song from this burned CD; but lots of tunes are here with hooks galore. Power-pop or pop-punk fans will love this one!

Ricky Flake, a former punk rocker and current music fan, lives in Biloxi. Reach him at flakericky@gmail.com