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Thursday, January 21, 2016

New artists bring retro rock sounds to our mix

Musical styles go in and out of fashion, but good ones have a way of coming back. The past several years have seen artists like Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers and Fleet Foxes update sounds that hearken back to the folk-rock of the 60s and 70s. In recent weeks we've come across two new artists that are reviving old rock-and-roll sounds.

Jason Wells is quite direct about that: His new self-released album is called "Rock n Roll Revival" and his previous collection was "The Modern Vintage Movement." Jason is from Frankfort, Kentucky. He's been playing guitar since he was a kid, but after years spent working and raising a family, decided to take a chance on doing what he always really wanted - make music full-time. He put out an acoustic CD in 2010, then shifted gears and assembled an electric-guitar-driven, full-tilt rock-and-roll band. It's currently playing venues around the Midwest.

We first happened to hear "Step and a Stumble" from "The Modern Vintage Movement" and were hooked. Jason and his band have a strong blues-rock sound that might remind you of The Black Crowes or The Fabulous Thunderbirds. We've got a few of his tracks now in our big mix at Birch Street Radio. And you can find more at

We've also added the Ruen Brothers' new single, "Aces." How did these two young Brits learn to sound like this? The Ruen Brothers -- siblings Henry and Rupert Stansall from Scunthorpe, England -- seem to have taken a trip back in time and space to study the music of the 1960s, picking up ideas from Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, Frankie Valli and the like. After they made a splash in England, Rick Rubin brought them to California and produced their debut EP, Point Dume, released last year. They haven't really "broken out" in the States yet, but they've got a place in the mix at Birch Street Radio.

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