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There's a Jam Goin' Down...

by Astra

Lead guitarist & vocalist Astra takes listeners on an inspiring musical trip from the melodic rock of Outsider to Win to reflective ballads Fragments & Your Tune, mood music, the Disco-groove of Universal You, country & blues-rock of Penguin in a Motel
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Know You Never
3:58 $1.29
2. Outsider to Win
4:16 $1.29
3. Your Tune
8:28 $1.29
4. Neptune Blue
2:29 $1.29
5. Universal You
4:41 $1.29
6. Fragments
4:53 $1.29
7. Grey Blue Day
4:18 $1.29
8. Big Jake's Comin' to Town
3:17 $1.29
9. Penguin in a Motel
3:55 $1.29
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes Here are some reviews of ASTRA's music & bio:

“ASTRA's albums are a pure marvel – I really love this music. The guitar work is sheer musical audacity – how does she do it!”
Yves Frayssinet, Bandleader, Hors Série Rock Show Band & the Yves Frayssinet Jazz Combo.

"Astra plays supremely good lead guitar. Harmonic-melodic music with irresistible rhythm – a real pleasure to listen to."
Christa Neckermann, Journalist, Bremen, Germany.

"How could one not feel moved on hearing Astra’s bewitching solos. All put together just right with jazzy-rock ingredients and touches of folk."
Pascal Isch, L’Est Républicain, France.

"Great songs that stay in your mind. Fascinating and moving lyrics, versatility of style."
DJ Nicholas Pirson, Radio Panach France.

"Astra has an outstanding voice.”
Ralf Sommermann, Dissen Skurril Stadtfest (Town Festival), Germany.

"I am very impressed by the high level of musicianship."
Gareth Leslie, Singer-Guitarist, Recording Artist.

"Just a few bars into the first song, and the audience in the Rössl Live Music Club could not resist moving to the rhythm."
Hauke Mormann, Journalist, Brunsbütteler Rundschau, Germany.

BIO. Playing her songs with a group at over 450 live concerts, Astra’s music has been enthusiastically received by audiences and journalists in France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Drawing on the experience of playing live, Astra is now recording those songs. This album features lead and harmony vocals, lead guitar, riff and rhythm electric and acoustic six and twelve-string guitars, bass, keyboards, organ, synth, and percussion.

Astra comes from Brighton on the south coast of England and is currently based in France near Le Mans (famed for the 24-hour car endurance race). The album’s co-producer is Kenn d’Oudney.



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Garry Reed

Review by Garry Reed, Journalist, Libertarian News Examiner, of the album "There
Today was a day of long soaking rain so it was a perfect time for Mary and me to sit back and soak up your music. Mary, being a native born Texas gal, loved the first song, "I Know You Never" and even more "Big Jake's Comin' to Town" because they had that good ol' Texas country ring to them. The Big Jake cut had it all, the arrangement, the voice, the execution, your delivery and of course the lyrics with the completely unexpected twist at the end. We loved it!

Meanwhile I was busy writing notes and I jotted down "love the guitar work" on both those cuts. Later I discovered that I'd written the same thing for every single song on the album. You got that ax mastered, sister! (Little musician talk there.)

I liked your voice and loved the driving tempo in "Universal You." Then just when I was getting used to your sound you went and took on a Jamaicany Caribbean West Indies Islander accent for "Grey Blue Day" and it was a fun, easy to like little ditty in all respects.

And then of course you blew it away with "Penguin in a Motel" that transitioned into the hard driving "There's a Jam Goin' Down" in which you upped your vocal range (is that the right term?) which was totally right for that song. And that, at the very end of your album, is what gave me an insight into your music.

Just this: that husky musky silky sultry voice of yours is absolutely perfect for American country western music. You bring that voice to some place like where we live – Fort Worth, Texas, official nickname "Cowtown" – and croon a few throaty forlorn lost love ballads or hammer away at some good ol' hard drinkin' hard livin' hard lovin' hard truckin' up tempo tomboyin' tunes and you can step up onto any stage in any cowboy dance hall in the state and become an instant hit.

Garry Reed, Freelance Libertarian Journalist.
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