Now & Then
by The Mystics
Not only are The Mystics one of the longest-running classic-rock groups in Boise, this 15-song album is their first full-length CD. “The old band recorded two songs for a 45 rpm record in 1966,” singer-guitarist and founding member Tim Woodward says. “We figured it was time to finish the album.” Known nowadays as a longtime columnist for the Idaho Statesman, Woodward was just 15 when the seed of The Mystics got planted in 1961. As the Beatles transformed music a few years later, The Mystics became a major local draw for Saturday-night teen dances in Downtown Boise. This album includes new songs (mostly penned by Woodward and singer-bassist Don Cunningham), two songs remixed from 2010, plus two bonus tracks by the early Mystics in 1965.
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by The Blues Addicts ( bluesaddicts.com)
The Blues Addicts definitely prefer their music bluesy, but this isn’t a 12-bar shuffle type of group. “Whether it’s Chicago blues, British blues, Texas blues or Southern rock blues, we are addicted to playing it for you!” the band explains. This 13-song live album, recorded at The Riverside Hotel’s Sapphire Room, features cover songs made popular by acts ranging from Lyle Lovett to The Allman Brothers Band, Derek & the Dominoes to the Grateful Dead.
Living Room Songs
by James Coberly Smith with LeAnne Town ( iTunes)
This 14-track album from singer-songwriter James Coberly Smith is “the sound of people making music together for the sheer joy of making music,” according to its liner notes, “... with tunes evoking ghosts of blues, ragtime, R&B and folk, tinged with the lush tunefulness of jazz standards. Songs of mystery and romance, laughter and love, rendered in a living room.” Primarily powering these songs with acoustic guitar, Smith is accompanied by LeAnne Town, who “sings like an angel, and like James, seems at home with every style of music under the sun.”