Robert Lorayne, Making Music

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Some artists make absolutely everything sound easy, and singer-songwriter Robert Lorayne is one of them. Also an accomplished guitarist, Lorayne has recently released his new album, Out of Nowhere. The album’s 10 tracks explore familiar themes—matters of the heart, including love, loss, and change—with forthright wisdom and awareness. Lorayne, who wrote the songs and music and produced the album, has a natural voice and original guitar style. The result is a clean sound that feels effortless and approachable, making this a great album you’ll want to listen to over and over again.

Several songs tackle the heartache of romantic relationships gone astray. In I’m on the Floor, his lyrics tell the story of an abrupt departure: You left me lying there on the floor, a cool breeze and a slamming door.” In contrast, Little Baby dishes up a tender, joyful message, “Oh little baby, you are everything to me. Oh little baby, you are everything I need.” The title song, Out of Nowhere, deals with the loss of one’s familiar surroundings, “I felt somewhere and never felt alone, out of nowhere, I looked around and you were gone.”

One song, Bricks and Mortar, has a compelling message for our current time:

“There’s a hate across the world.
Have we forgotten that we’re just boys and girls?
Everywhere the hate is growing,
fear is growing of just not knowing
how the world will be tomorrow.
It must be more than hate and sorrow.
We must learn to join together,
things are bad, but they’ll get better.
Do it for the sons and daughters—
we’re the bricks and they’re the mortar.”

Every moment of this record bears Lorayne’s stamp. His vocals are simply superb, the arrangements ambitious, and his frank songwriting a perfect match for his elliptical style. We think you’ll enjoy it. You can listen to Robert’s songs at http://www.robertlorayne.com. His album is available for purchase on iTunes.

The son of legendary memory-training expert and author Harry Lorayne, Robert Lorayne grew up in Manhattan (New York City) and counts The Doors, The Who, and Pink Floyd among his early music influences. Currently living in Newburyport, MA, he’s working on yet another new album with Joe Holaday, of The Fools and Beetle-Juice, on lead guitar.

E J Ouellette’s Supernatural Storytelling—Conjure Man, Conjure Man

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NEWBURYPORT, MA. | The talented enigmatic EJ Ouellette (oo-LEHT) is a man of swirling vision and many hats — Americana, folk, rock, alt Celt and country singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor, and even film director. With his first solo record, Conjure Man, Conjure Man, Ouellette brings together his musical sorcery and storytelling savvy in a collection of original Americana songs.

Beware: Conjure Man, Conjure Man is a charmer. Ouellette’s uncomplicated vocals, seductive songwriting, and roots-driven fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin, with Dave Mattacks (Paul McCartney, Richard Thomas) and Peter Whitehead on drums, conjures up something special. His music tells stories, twangs, rocks, dances, and laments. You will too.

The album’s 13 tracks include nine original songs, one cover, and three instrumentals. In the bluegrass-infused title song, a man asks Conjure Man for a spell “to bring the one I love back home to my bed” and the hoodoo man warns him, “Careful what you wish for.” Supernatural forces are at play in this uptempo song.

Stories about magic, love, and slippery consequences weave through the album, where Ouellette narrates tales of hunger, loss and unexpected discovery. In “Amarantha, Amarantha” a simple country girl is freed by a madman, empowering her to declare independence from her family. “You Lied” describes the painful lament of a husband mourning the too-early death of the love of his life. “Charming the Snake’ illuminates our brutal hunger for success and recognition. In each, Ouellette’s voice has never been more soulful and the songs serve as the medium for his fiddle-driven alter ego.

On “No More Wastin’ Time,” Ouellette adds sax man Steve Baker (Crazy Maggy) to the mix and “It feels like the roads gonna end before you get somewhere, and those turns that you made didn’t get you there.” Ouellette, who credits Steve Earle a key influence, includes a cover of “Don’t Want to Lose You Yet” on the album as a tribute to the musician and love note to his fans.

At the end of the day, Ouellette’s gift is his ability to empathize with others, including the characters in his songs. With Conjure Man, Conjure Man, he offers listeners a special dose of music, magic, and hope that our world, despite its problems, is changing for the better. To download and listen to the title track, Conjure Man, Conjure Man, visit https://www.ejouellette.com/music/.

Released on the Whole Music label, Conjure Man, Conjure Man’s full album is available NOW! Get your copy on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Google Play and many other digital distributors. Prices: CD $20.00, MP3 Download $9.00.

About the Musician
EJ Ouellette has 40+ years of experience as a American rock, alt Celt, folk, and country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, and music entrepreneur. He regularly performs with his band, EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammy.org) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Ouellette offers state-of-the-art recording and production, artist development and instruction at Whole Music, his studio on the Massachusetts North Shore.

But the magic doesn’t stop there.

Through his new project, Hoodoo Man Films, EJ is co-directing and co-producing a pilot series for TV about a mysterious conjure man with supernatural powers; the short film is slated for release in early 2017. And the sound track?

You guessed it!

To learn more about the album and Hoodoo Man Films, visit https://www.ejouellette.com.