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Norman John Darwen
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LARA & THE BLUES DAWGZ – Out Here In The Blue (Lock Alley Music)

Husband and wife team Lara and Gregg Germony handle the vocals and bass respectively on this fine set of eleven original modern blues. The others members of the band include Al Rowe on guitar, the Canadian keyboards player Dan Nadasdi, saxman Reggie Murray from New Orleans and drummer Carlos Ruiz from the southwest. The sax adds a distinctive flavour, and Al tends to be economical in his playing, so that the focus of this Nashville recorded album is firmly on the songs themselves. And they are…See More
Nov 4
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

LARA & THE BLUES DAWGZ – Out Here In The Blue (Lock Alley Music)

Husband and wife team Lara and Gregg Germony handle the vocals and bass respectively on this fine set of eleven original modern blues. The others members of the band include Al Rowe on guitar, the Canadian keyboards player Dan Nadasdi, saxman Reggie Murray from New Orleans and drummer Carlos Ruiz from the southwest. The sax adds a distinctive flavour, and Al tends to be economical in his playing, so that the focus of this Nashville recorded album is firmly on the songs themselves. And they are…See More
Nov 4
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VAL STARR & THE BLUES ROCKET – “I Always Turn The Blues On” (Sandwich Factory)

Some fine bar-band blues from Sacramento, California on this album. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Val sets the scene right from the off with the lovely swinging shuffle of ‘High Time To Go’, an original as are all twelve tracks here. Val writes some fine blues numbers, and she is backed by a cracking little band comprising her husband John Ellis on bass, Frankie Soul on lead guitar and Paul Farman on drums, plus several guests making significant contributions. The title track has a fine jazzy…See More
Nov 2
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

VAL STARR & THE BLUES ROCKET – “I Always Turn The Blues On” (Sandwich Factory)

Some fine bar-band blues from Sacramento, California on this album. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Val sets the scene right from the off with the lovely swinging shuffle of ‘High Time To Go’, an original as are all twelve tracks here. Val writes some fine blues numbers, and she is backed by a cracking little band comprising her husband John Ellis on bass, Frankie Soul on lead guitar and Paul Farman on drums, plus several guests making significant contributions. The title track has a fine jazzy…See More
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KELLY Z – “Rescue: Kelly Z At SlideAway Studio (KellysLot)

This album was originally begun in 2011, when singer Kelly Zirbes laid down – but didn’t finish – these eight tracks of classic-sounding 60s soul and funk for producer Chuck Kavooras in Los Angeles. When Chuck and Kelly began discussing a new project, they decided to finish off the tapes and this CD is the result. Kelly’s powerhouse soul shouting is obvious from the outset on Marva Whitney’s funk-filled ‘What Do I Have To Do’, though the tempo slows for a deep soul flavoured version of The…See More
Oct 30
Norman John Darwen posted a blog post

KELLY Z – “Rescue: Kelly Z At SlideAway Studio (KellysLot)

This album was originally begun in 2011, when singer Kelly Zirbes laid down – but didn’t finish – these eight tracks of classic-sounding 60s soul and funk for producer Chuck Kavooras in Los Angeles. When Chuck and Kelly began discussing a new project, they decided to finish off the tapes and this CD is the result. Kelly’s powerhouse soul shouting is obvious from the outset on Marva Whitney’s funk-filled ‘What Do I Have To Do’, though the tempo slows for a deep soul flavoured version of The…See More
Oct 30
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Norman John Darwen posted blog posts
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Norman John Darwen posted a blog post

JACK TEMPCHIN - PEACEFUL EASY FEELING: THE SONGS OF JACK TEMPCHIN (Blue Elan BER1049)

One of my rock memories is of seeing The Eagles as a support group (in Liverpool, opening for Neil Young in the mid-70s). Another occurred some years later, when I lived in a worker's hostel in France and was woken up at around 6am every morning for around three months to the strains of the album Hotel California coming through the wall from the room next door - so you might understand why listening to this set was like meeting a long-lost friend you used to really like but you've had no…See More
Sep 8
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

JACK TEMPCHIN - PEACEFUL EASY FEELING: THE SONGS OF JACK TEMPCHIN (Blue Elan BER1049)

One of my rock memories is of seeing The Eagles as a support group (in Liverpool, opening for Neil Young in the mid-70s). Another occurred some years later, when I lived in a worker's hostel in France and was woken up at around 6am every morning for around three months to the strains of the album Hotel California coming through the wall from the room next door - so you might understand why listening to this set was like meeting a long-lost friend you used to really like but you've had no…See More
Sep 8
2 blog posts by Norman John Darwen were featured
Aug 31

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Name
Norman Darwen
Do you wish to be a FS correspondent/reviewer
yes
What is your involvement in music?
Freelance journalist/ reviewer for numerous magazines and websites - specialising in Blues, Caribbean music (esp. French Caribbean), music of La Reunion, African music - and anything else of interest!
How best do you see your involvement here developing?
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KINGS & ASSOCIATES – “Tales of A Rich Girl” (Big Wing)

 

Tales of a Rich Girl - Kings & Associates

This took me a few plays to get a handle on it. Kings & Associates are an Australian five piece band (out of Adelaide), playing rock music that is certainly strongly blues-rooted - the press blurb refers to it as “Neo-blues”, which probably fits as well as anything. Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, the album isn’t quite blues-rock though (but one or two…

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Posted on November 6, 2017 at 18:41

LARA & THE BLUES DAWGZ – Out Here In The Blue (Lock Alley Music)

Husband and wife team Lara and Gregg Germony handle the vocals and bass respectively on this fine set of eleven original modern blues. The others members of the band include Al Rowe on guitar, the Canadian keyboards player Dan Nadasdi, saxman Reggie Murray from New Orleans and drummer Carlos Ruiz from the southwest. The sax adds a distinctive flavour, and Al tends to be economical in his playing, so that the focus of this Nashville recorded…

Continue

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 12:00

VAL STARR & THE BLUES ROCKET – “I Always Turn The Blues On” (Sandwich Factory)

Some fine bar-band blues from Sacramento, California on this album. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Val sets the scene right from the off with the lovely swinging shuffle of ‘High Time To Go’, an original as are all twelve tracks here. Val writes some fine blues numbers, and she is backed by a cracking little band comprising her husband John Ellis on bass, Frankie Soul on lead guitar and Paul Farman on drums, plus several guests making…

Continue

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 16:43

KELLY Z – “Rescue: Kelly Z At SlideAway Studio (KellysLot)

This album was originally begun in 2011, when singer Kelly Zirbes laid down – but didn’t finish – these eight tracks of classic-sounding 60s soul and funk for producer Chuck Kavooras in Los Angeles. When Chuck and Kelly began discussing a new project, they decided to finish off the tapes and this CD is the result. Kelly’s powerhouse soul shouting is obvious from the outset on Marva Whitney’s funk-filled ‘What Do I Have To Do’, though the tempo slows for a…

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Posted on October 25, 2017 at 13:06

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November 2017

1
JW Roy & The Royal Family
80 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,BH,RST,LK
2
Chris Hillman
79 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
BP,FS,HD
3
Turnpike Troubadours
46 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
HM,TK
4
Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton
36 pts.
Wildflower Blues
Cinquefoil Records
TJ
5
Eilen Jewell
34 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
 
6
Lucinda Williams
31 pts.
This Sweet Old World
Highway 20/Thirty Tigers
BR,MW
7
JD McPherson
29 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
JS
8
Mark Martyre
26 pts.
Rivers
Independent
FC
 
Tom Russell
26 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
SP
10
Anna Tivel
25 pts.
Small Believer
Fluff And Gravy Records
MG
 
Margo Price
25 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
JB
12
Fred Wickham
22 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
RK
 
Joe Henry
22 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
HVB,PJ
 
Whitney Rose
22 pts.
Rule 62
Six Shooter/Thirty Tigers
 
15
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
HDB,JJ
 
Jim White
18 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
LM,SZ
 
Peter Gallway
18 pts.
Feels Like Religion
Gallway Bay Music
CVL,DHO
18
Thomm Jutz
17 pts.
Crazy If You Let It
Mountain Fever Records
 
19
Kris Delmhorst
16 pts.
The Wild
Blue Blade Records
 
20
Daniel Crabtree
15 pts.
In The Shadow Of His Wings
Independent
 
 
Jeremy Pinnell
15 pts.
Ties Of Blood And Affection
Sofaburn Records
 
 
Julien Baker
15 pts.
Turn Out The Lights
Matador
EZ
23
Amber Cross
14 pts.
Savage on the Downhill
Independent
 
 
Chris Blevins
14 pts.
Better than Alone
Horton Records
 
 
David Rawlings
14 pts.
Poor David's Almanack
Acony Records
 
 
Grainne Duffy
14 pts.
Where I Belong
Independent
GC,RW
 
Jeff Crosby
14 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records

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