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Linda Nunez – ‘Cry Mercy’

Remember the days when rock music really rocked and there were still quality female rockers who knew how to rock the house as hard as or harder than their male counterparts?

In this day and age of manufactured stars and synthetically produced music, Linda Nunez is that rare combination of style, substance and passion that resonates with you long after the song is done.

Don’t take my word for it. Take a listen to the tour de force that comprises her latest indie release “Cry Mercy” and the proof will be self-evident. No matter if its the bombastic opening salvo of the title track, the plaintive power ballad of "That’s Where I Went Wrong" or the soothing comfort of "Havana Reprise" Linda Nunez delivers nothing less than a rock solid performance driven by power, passion and pure good-old-fashioned guts and determination.

Music lovers know that the best music is always that which not only moves your body, but also moves your spirit equally. Astute listeners will find in the melting pot of power rock that Nunez delivers performances evoking the drive and verve of female rockers like Debbie Harry, Joan Jett and Melissa Etheridge (when she had the edge — not the whiney girl-with-guitar shtick she fell into during the JC years) alongside powerhouse vocals that are reminiscent of Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart or Amy Lee of Evanesance all spiced up with a flare that is 100 percent distinctively Linda Nunez.

Already possessed of a loyal and dedicated following in the southeast, Linda Nunez is in the vanguard of a new breed of female performers set to take the music world by storm. "Cry Mercy” is a rallying cry to female indie artists everywhere who can do more than croon sullen folk ballads and recite poetry to world beats. Linda Nunez is a musical force to be reckoned with and when she’s done women’s music will never be the same again.

 

Josh Zuckerman – ‘Out From Under’

What happens when you take equal parts rock ’n roll and country music, throw in a dash of spiritual flair, and package it all in a too-hot-to-handle package of pure sexiness?

You get Missouri native singer-songwriter Josh Zuckerman.

Zuckerman’s passion for music was no more apparent than on 2004’s highly acclaimed “Totally New Sensation”. Not one to rest on his laurels, Zuckerman’s newest effort “Out From Under” sees him delve even more deeply into his psyche with lyrics that expound on his own spiritual quest for truth while avoiding the all-too-tempting trap of being overbearing or preachy.

Zuckerman’s lyrics are immediately relatable and put the listener in the mind of talking with an old friend or spending time with a cherished relative and coming away with a broader view of the situation at hand.

His grasp on the human condition resonates throughout the album and finds incredible footholds in the soul of the listener while his music evokes a feel for times past mingled seamlessly with a modern sensibility that makes perfect sense when channeled through his soulful form. Without a doubt, Josh Zuckerman is one to watch as he makes his mark on the music world. Check out “Out From Under” and see what all the fuss is about.