This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40″ (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “Waiting…” (Hunter deBlanc, from Something to Hold On To – EP (2014))

Genre:  Alternative Pop

Review:  “Waiting…” is a radio-ready hit just waiting to explode.  If the song catches on, beyond the obvious popular appeal (and, hopefully, the accompanying wide-spread success), it should also garner Mr. deBlanc some serious songwriting credibility.  The male-female vocal trade-off isn’t a new idea, but it is done to near perfection.  You’ll appreciate the catchy melody, the tempo changes and the storyline.  C’mon, indie radio stations…show Mr. deBlanc some love!  As for the rest of you, don’t let this one pass you by.  Download it today and impress your friends that, this time, you’re in the vanguard.  Rating: 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  Hunter deBlanc is a Lafayette, LA-based singer-songwriter and pianist.

Song available on:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hunterdeblanc2, https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/something-to-hold-on-to-ep/id904498915 and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MHH8KAG/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk4?ie=UTF8&qid=1410278986&sr=1-2.

Artist Pedigree:  Hunter deBlanc is a former member of the cover band Hunt D Radio out of Lafayette, LA.  He began writing his own original material a couple of years ago and Something to Hold On To is his first foray as a solo artist.

Artist Releases:  Something to Hold On To – EP (2014).

Artist Web Site:  None.

Web Presence:  https://www.facebook.com/hunterdeblancmusic, https://soundcloud.com/#hunterdeblanc and http://www.reverbnation.com/hunterdeblancmusic.

Video:  None.

Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.

This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40″ (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “Cool Ya (Nobody Loves You Like I Do)” (Andrew Ripp, from Won’t Let Go (2013))

Genre:  Pop Rock

Review:  Andrew Ripp describes Won’t Let Go as an “…album…rooted in the idea of hope and love.”  While that’s a little vague, one interpretation might be that the listener can expect to hear songs including such universal themes as love and loss, hope and sorrow and downfall and redemption.  Common themes for many artists.  However, Andrew Ripp separates himself from the field with his knack for writing a catchy melody and his soulful delivery.  “Cool Ya (Nobody Loves You Like I Do)” exemplify these qualities while staying true to Mr. Ripp’s description.  TuneTraveller will let you decide the song’s message.  Is it singable?  Check.  Is it danceable?  Check.  It’s the kind of song that, once discovered, is difficult to put down.  And then you want to share it with a thousand of your closest friends.  Let the sharing begin.   Rating: 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  Andrew Ripp is a Nashville, TN-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Song available on:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C84ND00/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409326491&sr=1-1, http://noisetrade.com/andrewripp/nobody-loves-you-like-i-do-sampler (free download of four songs, including “Cool Ya…,” and https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wont-let-go/id632774958.

Artist Pedigree:  Andrew Ripp has always been a solo artist, although he began his music career more as a songwriter than a performer.

Artist Releases:  Fifty Miles to Chicago (2008), She Remains the Same (2010), Light of Mine (2011), Won’t Let Go (2013), Cool Ya (Nobody Loves You Like I Do) – Single (2013) and Simple (2014).

Artist Web Site:  http://www.andrewripp.com/.

Web Presence:  https://twitter.com/andrewripp, https://www.facebook.com/andrewripp and http://www.last.fm/music/Andrew+Ripp.

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSlUtv-ZulY.

Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.

This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40″ (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “She Walks In” (Easton, from H & H (2010))

Genre:  Pop Rock

Review:  From what little information there is available, TuneTraveller thinks Easton is still together as a band.  Hard to tell for certain.  What’s not uncertain is the mass appeal of “She Walks In.”  Fun, catchy, up-tempo, high energy…all rolled together into one infectious pop song.  And it doesn’t hurt that the lyrical content is a theme most everyone will find relatable.  But don’t take TuneTraveller’s word for it…give it a spin and check it out for yourself.  Because if you don’t like “She Walks In” then you need to schedule an appointment with the school nurse or your audiologist because there’s definitely something wrong with your hearing.  Easton is practically giving the song away on Bandcamp so sign up for your digital download today.  In any event, that’s a better outcome than discovering you’re tone-deaf.  Rating: 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  Easton is a West Palm Beach, FL-based rock and pop band.  Its members are Marc Ryan, Chris Martin, Skyler Mondell and Elliot James.

Song available on:  http://easton.bandcamp.com/track/she-walks-in.  Here are a couple of links to the full recorded version: http://www.gettyimages.com/music/download-songs/376057-she-walks-in and http://grooveshark.com/#!/search/song?q=Easton+She+Walks+in.  Note that “She Walks In” is not currently available for download as an individual track and you must purchase the H & H EP in its entirety (not a bad deal for $4 and some other decent songs).

Artist Pedigree:  Unknown.

Artist Releases:  Easton (2006) and H & H (2010).

Artist Web Site:  None.

Web Presence:  https://myspace.com/eastonrock and http://easton.bandcamp.com/.

Video: 

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Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.

This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40″ (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “Thieves” (My Dear Wendy, from Thieves – Single (2014))

Genre:  Alternative Pop

Review:  Self-styled music critics always seem to be searching for a way to describe the sound of an artist by making comparisons to more established artists.  While, in some cases, comparisons may be inevitable, TuneTraveller generally avoids them, preferring to believe that every artist demands to be heard on the merits of their own unique sound and creativity.  So, dispensing with any such comparisons, let’s discuss the merits of My Dear Wendy and Amanda Gunnels.  Specifically, My Dear Wendy’s new single “Thieves.”  Despite the accompanying video, it seems patently obvious that the song has an underlying message and a broader agenda than the lyrics suggest.  “Thieves” definitely isn’t a 3-minute throwaway…your attention is actually required.  That’s a rare attribute in the world of pop music.  Because while 3-minute throwaways certainly have their place, we should sit up and take notice and applaud the effort when an artist goes in the opposite direction with a song that’s slightly more serious in content, yet still achieves a catchy melody and sing-able lyrics.  Thank you, Ms. Gunnels, for raising the bar.  TuneTraveller hopes that your laudable effort is rewarded with a substantial number of digital downloads.  So, provided you enjoy the song, please show your support by getting your copy today.  Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  My Dear Wendy is Amanda Gunnels, a Los Angeles, CA-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Song available on:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mydearwendy, http://www.amazon.com/Thieves-My-Dear-Wendy/dp/B00JK43RYS and https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/thieves-single/id858752237.  Here’s a link to the full version:  http://www.reverbnation.com/mydearwendy/song/20522043-thieves.

Artist Pedigree:  Amanda Gunnels has generally been a solo artist until forming My Dear Wendy.  My Dear Wendy is a full band, although the line-up of supporting players changes depending on who’s available.

Artist Releases:  My Dear Wendy – EP (2012) and Thieves – Single (2014).

Artist Web Site:  http://www.mydearwendy.com/.

Web Presence:  http://www.reverbnation.com/mydearwendy, https://www.facebook.com/mydearwendy and https://twitter.com/My_Dear_Wendy.

Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxQ0oIVsnkY.

Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.

This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40″ (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “Back It Up” (Jenna Marotta, from Gypsy (2014))

Genre:  Throwback Pop

Review:  A blend of Motown (replete with a horn section) and borderline 1970s-era Disco (particularly the vocal stylings) coupled with dead-on pop sensibilities, “Back It Up” will have you up and out of your seat from the opening bars.  At first glance, Motown, Disco and pop seem to have little in common; however, rest assured that these styles share many of the same roots and Ms. Marotta has integrated them to perfection.  Given the opportunity, “Back It Up” should find equal acceptance on the dance floor and with the nostalgia set.  Is that a testament to these music styles or a testament to Ms. Marotta’s songwriting prowess…or both?  You’ll have to decide for yourself.  What you don’t have to decide (or, at least, spend any time thinking about) is whether to download the song.  Go on.  Then invite some 50-somethings over and watch them re-enact their Disco moves while the 20-somethings show them how it’s really done.  Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  Jenna Marotta is a New York City, NY-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Song available on:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jennamarotta2, http://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Explicit-Jenna-Marotta/dp/B00CW54TWG and https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gypsy/id650243849.  Here’s a link to the full version:  https://soundcloud.com/jenna-marotta/back-it-up-1.

Artist Pedigree:  Jenna Marotta has always been a solo artist.

Artist Releases:  Gypsy (2014).

Artist Web Site:  http://www.jennamarottamusic.com/.

Web Presence:  https://www.facebook.com/jennamarottamusic/info and https://twitter.com/jeanaeluv.

Video:  None.

Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.

This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40″ (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “Sooner” (Andrew Allen, from Sooner - Single (2012))

Genre:  Sunshine Pop

Review:  If you’re having a not-so-stellar day, “Sooner”  provides an instantaneous mood enhancer.  Think about the one you love, assume the chair-dancing position and allow yourself to be transported to a better place.  If you haven’t guessed already, “Sooner” is a happy song filled with hope and good feelings.  If that’s your cup of tea, then make it your mission to download it today!  Mr. Allen has a voice well-suited for this type of sunshiny pop and he also makes the lyrics more interesting by telling us the story was related to him by someone else (when we really know it’s auto-biographical…wink, wink).  So, put the doldrums away and, instead, let the seduction of “Sooner” put a smile on your face.  Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  Andrew Allen is a British Columbia, CAN-based singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist.

Song available on:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sooner-single/id535718771.

Artist Pedigree:  Andrew Allen has always been a solo artist.

Artist Releases:  The Living Room Sessions (2008), Andrew Allen – EP (2009), I Wanna Be Your Christmas – Single (2009), Loving You Tonight – Single (2010), I Want You – Single (2011), Smooth Federation (2012), Sooner – Single (2012), Satellite – Single (2012) and Play With Fire – Single (2013).

Artist Web Site:  http://www.andrewallenlive.com/.

Web Presence:  https://www.facebook.com/andrewallenlive, https://twitter.com/andrewallenlive and http://www.reverbnation.com/andrewallenlive.

Video:  .

Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.

This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40″ (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “Let It Show” (James Randall, from Let It Show - Single (2014))

Genre:  Alternative Pop

Review:  Not something old, not something borrowed and not something blue, but definitely something new.  Well, maybe a few borrowed elements (but, who doesn’t?); however, James Randall’s “Let It Show” simply takes the best of pop and soul and smoothly blends them together into a mid-tempo treat as tempting as a chocolate and vanilla swirl ice cream cone on a hot Summer day.  You’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s that tasty, but one thing’s for sure…like the ice cream cone, “Let It Show” doesn’t last long enough and there’s a certain disppointment when it’s gone, so you’ll need to savor every delicious note.  Luckily for you, you can download the song and listen to your heart’s content.  And remember this.  Too much ice cream…bad.  Too much “Let It Show”…good.  Very good.  Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  James Randall is a San Jose, CA-based singer-songwriter and producer.

Song available on:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jamesrandall13.

Artist Pedigree:  Unknown.

Artist Releases:  Let It Show – Single (2014), Over Before We Began – Single (2014) and Find Yourself – Single (2014).

Artist Web Site:  Pending.

Web Presence:  Pending.

Video:  None.

Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.