BluesRock & Country Inc. release fourth LP album ‘Rock’n Roll Heart’

The singer and songwriter of country and rock music known as BluesRock & Country Inc. has released his fourth LP album, “Rock’n Roll Heart.” The full-length record contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 35 minutes. Like previous releases from BluesRock, it has been proudly published as an independent record without the direction of the corporate music industry. Built on deep grooves, twanging guitar strings and raw, warm vocals, “Rock’n Roll Heart” makes a strong argument that BluesRock & Country Inc. may be Southwest Africa’s most genuine rock export.

While “Rock’n Roll Heart” officially comes from the BluesRock & Country Inc. project, the true heart of the record is Namibia’s Jos Slabbert, an Afrikaner of French-Irish descent on the coast of the Namib desert.

Asked to cite some favorites, Slabbert has no problem: “Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley’s first three albums, Allman Brothers, John Mayal and the Bluesbreakers, Keb Mo, the Living Blues, Taj Mahal – too many, really, to mention.”

But what he says next tells the audiophile everything needed to understand “Rock’n Roll Heart.”

“Of all the influences,” Slabbert writes, “blues in many of its colours and variations has played a major role, and as I became older, country music started playing an increasing role, too.”

He notes that “Even Elvis Costello does country now that he has become older and tamer.” However, nothing sounds tame about “Rock’n Roll Heart” for listeners familiar with rock music.

Songs like “I Feel So Good Today” and “I Need Your Sweet Inspiration” remind us that distorted guitars and a one-two beat aren’t necessary for a driving, aggressively upbeat tune. It would verge on futility to find a saxophone lead on an indie release as effective as Slabbert’s, too. Blues chord progressions and lyric themes color the entire LP, while Slabbert’s singing ranges from an unpretentious Elvis to a less tremulous Neil Young. The blend of country and classic rock-n-roll braids as seamlessly as it does on a Creedence Clearwater Revival record.

All in all, “tame” is not the word.

“When composing, I often adopt the simple, direct structural approach of the ’60’s and ’70s,” Slabbert writes. This minimalist style of songwriting translates into a friendly-yet-insistent wave that picks listeners up and runs with them.

Asked to describe the themes of “Rock’n Roll Heart,” BluesRock & Country Inc. says, “Most of the songs on this album are about personal relationships, the central theme being love and its ups and downs, but with an optimistic stance in spite of the odds. The tenth track is shamelessly political and naive, but I like it. I think it does express what many people feel, and even though I wrote it about eight years ago, it has become relevant in a political world where hatred has become fashionable, and I don’t mean just in the USA.”

In the end, Slabbert states that there is a unifying message behind his new album.

“In spite of the odds seemingly working against it, hatred having become fashionable to so many, love will prevail. Sigh! I know I’m naive, but I can’t help it.”

“Rock’n Roll Heart” from BluesRock & Country Inc. is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music retailers now. Get in early, blues, rock and country music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Poetry Rock Project releases new LP record ‘Rocking Poetry’

The Poetry Rock Project has released a new LP record album, titled, “Rocking Poetry.” It is comprised of 15 rock compositions for an approximate total of 45 minutes’ playing time. “Rocking Poetry” is a literal title, the record being a compilation of literature’s best poems sung to heavy metal chugga-chugging and riffing, wailing guitar solos. With material from William Blake, Wilfred Owen, William Wordsworth, Robert Burns, S.T. Coleridge, Lord Byron, Robert Herrick, John Keats, and A. E. Housman, as well as original pieces from the artist, himself, “Rocking Poetry” is yet another remarkable offering from this exceptional, variously talented musician.

The album is a departure from the Poetry Rock Project’s usual fare, which under the better-known moniker of BluesRock & Country Inc. is an amalgam of bluesy rockabilly music in the vein of traditional American rock ‘n’ roll with bluegrass undertones. Under this new name, the Poetry Rock Project has created music with influences such as AC/DC and Rammstein, as well as more classic players such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Bonamassa, and Pink Floyd. “Rocking Poetry” shares the guitar tones of Metallica and boasts vocals much like those of Dave Vanian, of popular UK punk band, The Damned.

Speaking of the inspirations for Poetry Rock’s new record is Jos Slabbert, the heart, mind and soul of the Project.

“This album of 15 songs,” he writes, “the product of five years of development, reflects another passion of mine: poetry – particularly Metaphysical and Romantic Poetry, the teaching of which convinced me that music is the best way to bring young people into intimate contact with poetry.”

The Poetry Rock Project treats the classic poems with unerring loyalty to their content, taking no lyrical liberties whatsoever. This makes the songs fantastic resources for teachers, and Slabbert has made them entirely available at no cost (donation optional) from his website at Consequently, “Rocking Poetry” may be today’s best avenue for introducing young readers to poets with whom they feel little natural connection.

Slabbert explains, “I started composing music to poetry, which led to my discovery that some metaphysical, some romantic poetry, as well as war poetry, is often best expressed through metal and Gothic music. So I started writing, playing and singing hard rock, metal and Gothic – and promptly fell in love and felt at home with these adrenalized forms of rock ‘n’ roll.”

“Rocking Poetry” by the Poetry Rock Project is available online worldwide beginning late spring / early summer of 2013.

-Sean McCauley

Sr. Staff Writer


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