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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 30, 2012 Fact by bob morello reviewing the the rest II MONTGOMERY GENTRY Average Joe's Ent. Country music stars Montgomery Gentry found a new la- bel home, Average Joe's Entertainment, and they've made a successful debut with their Top 10 winner "Where I Come From." The duos I l-track CO, 'Rebels On the Run,' was the first album release for Average Joe's Entertainment. Included are rebel rants as, "Damn Right I Am," "Ain't No Law Against That" the pleading "Damn Baby," the hurt of "Empty," their current hit single, and the admiring "I Like Those People." With already more than 20 charted singles to their credit, Montgomery Gentry continues the streak with the CD title cut "Rebels on the Run," back to basics via "Simple Things," the tender "Missing You," the raucous "So Called Life," end- ing with "Work Hard, Play Harder." Great CD and great ad- vice! UNDERWORLD AWAKENING - SOUNDTRACK Lakeshore Kate Beckinsale stars in 'Underworld Awakening,' a vam- pire movie that will suck the blood right out of you. The 17- song motion picture track features top artists' - i.e. "Made of Stone" (Evanescence), "Blackout" (Linkin Park), "Apart" (The Cure), Ministry advises "Watch Yourself," and "Young Blood" from The Naked and Famous. Added soundtrack selections have, "The Posthumous Letter" (William Control), seeking answers is Civil Twilight who asks "How'm I Supposed To Die," the surreal "Liar" (8MM), along with the throbbing "Bottle of Pain" (Combichrist), and Collide's invasive "In- truder." Geno Lenardo contributes three tracks, and the fi- nale is titled "Exit Wounds" from Justin Lassen featuring Silent Fury. TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON - THE MOSAIC PROJECT Concord Jazz Medford native Terri Lyne Carrington's 'The Mosaic Project,' her fifth album overall, her first on Concord Jazz, featured a number of singers, was released in 2011, and won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Currently a professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, the talented young lady (46) has over 20 years of per- forming with the superstars of jazz. This album which de- serves a second look consists of some of the finest female instrumentalists and vocalists in the world. Adding vocals to TLC's superb drum work are, Nona Hendryx on her tune "Transformation," Gretchen Parlato vocalizes on Irving Berlin's "I Got Lost In His Arms" and on the Lennon/ McCartney gem "Michelle." Carrington's tribute to Teena Marie is titled "Magic and Music," Angela Davis supplies commentary on "Echo," AI Green's "Simply Beautiful" shines with Cassandra Wilson's voice and the pretty vocals of Esperanza on "Unconditional Love." Terri's "Wistful" is mes- merizing, followed by Esperanza's colorful "Crayola," Dee Dee Bridgewater ices the tasty "Soul Talk" penned by Terri and Hendryx, and the beautiful blend of Carrington's "Mosaic Triad." Winding down this Grammy winning CD is Terri's composition "Insomniac," the driving "Show Me a Sign," and a bonus is "Sisters On the Rise (A Transformation)" by mul- tiple vocalists. LIONEL RICHIE - TUSKEGEE - DELUXE EDITION Mercury Music superstar Lionel Richie expands his creative bound- aries with a 'baker's dozen' of his songs on the CD/DVD release, ruskegee'. Richie puts a new shine on his hits, by adding a country twist, with the help of country music's top artists. Blake Shelton is first up, vocalizing with Richie on "You Are," followe] by "Say You, Say Me" (Jason Aldean), Darius Rucker joins in on the pretty "Stuck On You," Little Big Town provides the smooth harmony on "Deep River Woman," and Kenny Chesney's duet on the romantic "My Love" is awesome. Rascal Flatts supplies the sparks on Richie's "Dancing On The Ceiling," Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is the perfect fit for "Hello," Tim McGraw makes waves on "Sail On," Shania Twain's powerful emotion comes through on "Endless Love," and Billy Currington serves up the tasty "Just For You." A marriage made in heaven has Kenny Rogers with Richie for an excellent version of "Lady," plus the legendary Willie Nelson helps out on "Easy," and this superb album ends with the festive "All Night Long" with Jimmy Buffet & Coral Reefer Band. Tuskegee' is an exciting and transcendent arc in a career that has seen album sales of more than 100 million, 22 Top 10s, five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Golden Globe. KATE McGARRY - GIRL TALK Palmetto Kate McGarry is unique in many ways, most importantly her ability to blend her folk/jazz vocals to make each and every song her very own. A Rodgers, Hammerstein tune sets the pace with "We Kiss In A Shadow," trailed by Neff Hefti's "Girl Talk," the jazzy "I Just Found Out About Love," the ten- der Gershwin tune "The Man I Love," hitting the midpoint with "O Cantador" with Kurt Elling. Second half happenings shine with the breezy "This Heart of Mine," the scat gem "I Know That You Know," slowing the pace for the reflective "Looking Back," the toe-tapping sounds of "Charade," and tops it all off with a creative version of "It's A Wonderful World." McGarry pays homage to her role models among the great women of the jazz vocal tradition, from Betty Carter to Sheila Jordan to Carmen McRae. Kate McGarry celebrates the re- lease of her new CD in concert at Scullers Jazz Club; Tues- day, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) letting going from state to state. As far as Severin's boy Mitt goes, he has no South- ern Strategy beyond catfish and grits. For Santorum, this is a road to nomination and not canonization. Finally, Newt needs to get the id out of this race before he starts looking like Ron Paul. Look- ing at this crowd, even Sarah Palin looks good. If I were a Republican being considered for the running-mate spot, I'm not too sure I would ac- cept the offer. This year, things are looking like they morphed Bob Dole with John McCain and lost all the Viagra along the campaign trail. Oldest Polish Catholic Church in North America to Close The Diocese of New Bedford has announced that parish- ioners of St. John the Bap- tist Church will see their church doors closing for good after 140 years. The church parish was established in 1871 and is called the first Catholic Church serving the Portuguese community in North America. The parish will be merged, at a date not picked yet, with nearby Our Lady of Mount Carmel Par- ish. The church building it- self was erected in 1913. Rea- sons for merging the church was twofold: mounting debt and dwindling attendance. It's always said to see a church closed and a parish merged. Folks at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in East Boston know full well what killing a par- ish feels like. We sympathize with the Polish Catholics down in New Bedford. Ted Cruz Keeps Going on Cruise Control Republicans are banking on a young attorney named Ted Cruz down in Texas as he continues, to make posi- tive waves in the GOP race to replace retiring us Sena- tor Kay Bailey Hutchison. Cruz, a former Texas solici- tor general, is a 10 th Amend- ment scholar and is loved by the Tea Party folks. The GOP needs just four seats to take over the U.S, Senate. As one conservative activist stated, "Remember: entrenched in- cumbency is the disease. fresh blood is the cure." Many see Cruz as part of that cure. Is California Hospital Patient Material? Many in the business world are now calling California "the sick man of the United States." We all remember that old Eagles tune who sang of California, "You can check out any time you like but you can never leave." However, nowadays businesses are leaving California in record numbers despite that warn- ing from the Eagles. Last year, 254 businesses quit the state and the year before the number was slightly less at 202. The sales tax is high at 7.25 percent and the gas tax is 65 cents a gallon. Politi- cians have created an anti- business climate and it ap- pears to be worsening. As Investors Business Daily recently opined, "Though in decline, California isn't dead. If it were a country, it would still be the eighth largest economy in the world. But it is the sick man of America. The political classes can't stop taxing, spending, regu- lating and harassing busi- ness. Until that attitude is Changed, the number of com- panies that give up, check out and leave will just keep growing." President Obama Sermonizes College Crowd Recently, President Obama spoke before a group of com- munity college students blasting Republicans who want more oil drilling here at home. Obama ridiculed the so-called "Drill, Baby, Drill" and "Drill, Drill, Drill" GOP chant. He told the students we can't drill our way out of high gas prices and we are already drilling anyway. How- ever, that's not exactly the truth since most of the cur- rent drilling is being done in North Dakota on private land. No government involvement, Obama keeps talking about energy independence and al- ternative energy sources which at least is better than back in 2008 when he was telling the American people to properly inflate their car tires and get regular tune- ups. While, he continues to lecture us about how drilling won't lower gas prices and that the president has little if any control over gas prices, the mere talk by the White House of releasing oil from the strategic reserves cut the price of a barrel of oil by $2 a gallon. The Washington Post reported on March 15 that oil prices 'dropped quickly" on a mere news report concerning the strategic reserves. Under, Obama, oil production has been cut on public land by 8 percent, he smears oil com- panies, seeks new taxes on them and kisses up to envi- ronmentalists and kills plans for the Keystone pipeline. There is indeed a vast sup- ply of domestic oil but it re- mains off-limits under this White House. Romney Calls Santorum an "Economic Lightweight" Mitt Romney recently called Rick Santorum an "economic lightweight" as his supporters continue in- credible negative campaign- ing against his chief GOP op- ponent. As Mike Levin, a con- servative radio host has said: "Romney hasn't even called Barrack Obama an economic lightweight." At this point in time, Romney needs to start doing more positive advertis- ing in his presidential quest. The more the bashing con- tinues, the weaker any Re- publican will be, come the November election. Already, we see the future of the Democratic fall strat- egy. Recently, Vice President Joe Biden went on the offen- sive saying, "If you give any- one of these guys (Republican hopefuls) the keys to the White House, they will bank- rupt the middle-class ... Gingrich and Romney and Santorum, they don't let the facts get in the way." Appar- ently, neither do Biden or Obama since the folks most hurt by our economic ills and high gas prices are working families and the middle class. Where is the Democratic Outrage Over Florida OEMs? Apparently, many Demo- cratic Party leaders have jumped on the cult of person- ality when it comes to Presi- dent Obama. Down in Florida outside the Florida Demo- cratic Party headquarters, someone hung up an altered U.S. Flag on the flagpole. Instead of a blue field of 50 white stars, there was a large photo of Barrack's face. This action is outrageous and the Democratic National Com- mittee in Washington, DC should have expressed pub- lic outrage at this desecra- tion of the American Flag. However, they were silent as was the liberal news media outlets like MSNBC which often looks more like DNCNBC or PMSNBC at the moment. What Happen to Our Spirit of Adventure? , America recently passed the 50 th anniversary of John Glenn's orbit around the earth as part of NASA's Mercury Program. I was in the 8 th grade at the time at St. Francis de Sales Gram- mar school in Roxbury. My 8 th grade nun walked the whole class over to the TV room where we all sat in the dark and watched a 12-inch black and white television set. I recently read an old quote from the first U.S. as- tronaut to orbit the globe and here's what he said, "Explo- ration and the pursuit of knowledge have always paid dividends in the long run." What happened to that Spirit over the past half-century? when did we lose it? What costs shall we pay for doing that? Were folks like Glenn right or are we right today? You be my guest answering that question? Should Puerto Rico Become the 51 *t State? Recently, Rick Santorum got himself into a little hot water with a recent cam- paign statement while look- ing for votes in Puerto Rico's GOP presidential primary, saying that English should be the official language of the island if it became a state. Many Puerto Rican citizens are bilingual but the subject of language is quite interest- ing. For many Puerto Ricans, Spanish is their primary language and I personally have no problem with this re- ality. Since the end of the Spanish American War, Puerto Rico has held com- monwealth status. Residents are U.S. citizens but they have no one in Congress s nor can they vote for presi- dent from the island. Over the decades, there have been three schools of thoughts on this. There's the status quo commonwealth status, there's statehood and there's the idea of an inde- pendent Republic of Puerto Rico. This last choice always seems like door number three. Most residents seem to like the status quo. How- ever, there are a growing number of folks who actually like the idea of statehood. As someone with Irish- Puerto Rican cousins, I would accept whatever is the will of the people. I have no preference. However, when it comes to language, the issue should be decided no differently than what happens in Puerto Rico, Texas, Hawaii or Arizona.