CDs make perfect stocking stuffers, so stock up on a handful of discs issued recently by regional recording artists.
'Hot & Sweet'
Last Saturday, Dave Hanlon's Cookbook celebrated its new album, "Hot & Sweet," with a CD release party at downtown's Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. The funky disc features veteran drummer-bandleader Dave Hanlon, guitarist Lee Tiffault, bassist Jimmie Spivey, keyboardist Ed Vivenzio and vocalist Ava Andrews.
Cookbook takes its "Hot & Sweet" holiday tour to the Cedar House in Skaneateles at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, before returning to the city for a Dec. 18 engagement at Shifty's Tavern, 1401 Burnet Ave. For info, visit davehanlonscookbook.com
'Nights & Weekends'
Liz Strodel plays drums for one of CNY's top blues outfits, the Super Delinquents, but last month she released her debut solo disc, "Nights & Weekends."
The distaff drummer demonstrates her musical versatility on the CD's five tracks by also playing electric and acoustic guitars and keyboards including piano, organ and Fender Rhodes. And of course she sings the songs she wrote, notably a rollicking "Train" and an intriguing "Better Days." Jocko, from More Sound Studio should take a bow for the masterful mixing job.
The Super Delinquents - Strodel, Pete McMahon, Gerry Neely, Michael Delaney and Peter Cappelli - plug in at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Find Liz Strodel on Facebook.
The Tim Herron Corporation sure sounds more like a collective on its highly listenable disc, Talkabout." The folk-rock sound is crisp and clear as guitarist Herron and bassist Eric McElween deliver eight delightful tunes ranging from "Better Days" to "Road to America." Guest artists include Charlie Orlando and Mark Nanni. Visit timherroncorporation.com.
Veteran guitar man Frank Rhodes loves his rockabilly! On "Hola!' the new disc by his trio, El Kabong, Rhodes picks wicked leads on 15 tracks, including lesser-known 1950s tunes such as "King Kong" and "Honky Tonk Hell." El Kabong opens the disc with Moon Mullican's "Seven Nights to Rock" and also plays kickin' versions of Charlie Rich's "Mohair Sam" and Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody."