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Fats Domino

“They Call Me the Fat Man…” – The Legendary Imperial Recordings

EMI

I counted 100 tracks on this compilation of recorded songs from Antoine “Fats” Domino. The Fat Man’s music was the music of my childhood—dad, mom, aunts and uncles used to sit around and sing along to hi-fi LPs I still have. If a certain uncle overindulged, he’d cut loose with “I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Someday.” Pretty much everything you remember is on this, and a lot you never heard of. The music is about as plain and simple as it gets, but it’s Fats—and that burly, childlike voice that still makes me laugh and cry.

– Bruce Collier

Charlie Hunter

Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth

GroundUP Music

The memorable title quote is from boxer Mike Tyson. Guitarist Hunter is joined here by Kurt Knuffke (cornet), Bobby Previte (drums) and Curtis Fowlkes (trombone). This 10-track studio recording evokes tough guys, mean streets and poison dames you don’t wanna mess with. Hunter gives everybody, particularly Knuffke, maximum exposure, and no time is wasted setting up a groove on every recording. Even the song titles tell wry little tales—“Latin for Travelers,” “No Money No Honey” and “Wish I Was Already Paid and on My Way Home.” There’s plenty of humor, swagger and tight, custom-tailored ensemble work here.

– Bruce Collier

Scream Out Loud

Self-Titled

Luxor Records

Pensacola-based Scream Out Loud has been making waves and moving up the regional food chain. The band has firmed up its identity with the new release, as both the sound and lyrics have matured. They are still within the melodic post-hardcore genre, but this album will easily find fans beyond the box.

– Nikki Hedrick

The Springs

Dance with Me

Independent

Husband and wife duo pull off a blend of pop and country that’s plumb irresistible. The Springs are soulful and authentic, and it’s easy to see stars in the making. They perform at HarborWalk Village in Destin Saturday, Aug. 27.

– Nikki Hedrick

The Struts

Everybody Wants

Interscope

What happens when a band begins reaping endless buzz? A well deserved reissue with new songs. The Struts are easily one of 2016’s breakout artists, and word is spreading. This is a bombastic take on classic rock, and I would be remiss if I didn’t include a Queen comparison. The Struts are at the forefront of a rock music movement, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

– Nikki Hedrick

Vagrants

Vagrants EP

Independent

Clocking in at just three songs, the Pensacola band’s EP showcases energy and an ability to balance between hardcore and metal. A dynamic representation of what this band can dole out, and I’m hoping more songs will be on the way soon.

– Nikki Hedrick
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