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RED PINE TIMBER CO. – Sorry For The Good Times (Gold Rush)

Plenty of Americana here  – based in Perth, Scotland, this eight-piece has a pure country sound on an item like ‘Bar Stool’, with its aching vocal by Gavin Munro and beautiful harmonies by Katie Whittaker, and with David MacFarlane’s mandolin playing prominent in the backing. It follows on from the exuberant rocking country of ‘Cutting You Loose’, and leads into the bluesy ‘Look At The Moonlight’, with…See More
Dec 21, 2017
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DAVIDE PANNOZZO - Unconditional Love (Independent)

 Now  here’s an album very much on the borderline between blues and rock - but don’t make the mistake of confusing that with blues-rock, apart from the opener maybe and one or two other places. Davide seems to have a strong 70s influence, at least on the evidence of this album; there is a relatively smooth feel to much of the music here, an electric piano sound straight out of that decade, and something of a jazz-funk approach occasionally. Davide relocated from Italy to New York to make this…See More
Nov 28, 2017
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DAVIDE PANNOZZO - Unconditional Love (Independent)

 Now  here’s an album very much on the borderline between blues and rock - but don’t make the mistake of confusing that with blues-rock, apart from the opener maybe and one or two other places. Davide seems to have a strong 70s influence, at least on the evidence of this album; there is a relatively smooth feel to much of the music here, an electric piano sound straight out of that decade, and something of a jazz-funk approach occasionally. Davide relocated from Italy to New York to make this…See More
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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, 2017
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
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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, 2017
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, 2017

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Norman Darwen
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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!
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JANIVA MAGNESS/ “Love Is An Army” (Blue Élan BER1072)



Seven times “Blues Award” winner Janiva has some fine guests on this set – not that this Los Angeles based singer actually needs them, as anyone who has heard her music before can testify, and this is her fourteenth album – but it does mean that Delbert McClinton…

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Posted on February 2, 2018 at 12:56

THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS – Breaks It Down (Put Together Music PTM-00007)

This album is a result of the good Reverend, an ordained minister of The Universal Life Church (google it!), touring through the southern states and encountering some of the divisions that exist in the world at the present time. There are elements of civil…

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Posted on February 1, 2018 at 13:43

CAROLYN GAINES – Beware Of My Dog (Polka Dot Records)

When your father is a noted blues guitarist (Roy Gaines) and your uncle a rock and roll/ R’n’B sax blaster who helped to define the style (Grady Gaines), I guess you’re going to be involved in the blues yourself. Well, Carolyn has promoted, taught, and written about the blues,…

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Posted on February 1, 2018 at 11:01

RED PINE TIMBER CO. – Sorry For The Good Times (Gold Rush)

Plenty of Americana here  – based in Perth, Scotland, this eight-piece has a pure country sound on an item like ‘Bar Stool’, with its aching vocal by Gavin Munro and beautiful harmonies by Katie Whittaker, and with David MacFarlane’s mandolin playing prominent in the backing. It follows on from the…

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Posted on December 21, 2017 at 12:30

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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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