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LITTLE FEAT – Live From Neon Park (Floating World FLOATM6353)

Recorded in December 1995 at venues in California and Oregon, this was originally released in June of the following year and is a fine overview of the post-Lowell George group, tackling much of the band’s classic repertoire, though this was the first tour with leather-lunged Shaun Murphy on vocals – she…See More
Jul 27
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

LITTLE FEAT – Live From Neon Park (Floating World FLOATM6353)

Recorded in December 1995 at venues in California and Oregon, this was originally released in June of the following year and is a fine overview of the post-Lowell George group, tackling much of the band’s classic repertoire, though this was the first tour with leather-lunged Shaun Murphy on vocals – she…See More
Jul 27
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SWEET ‘N’ SALTY – I Done Told Ya (Independent)

This duo consists of Libby Rae Watson from Pascagoula, Mississippi, who was mentored in the blues by the late, great Sam Chatmon, the last surviving member of The Mississippi Sheiks (of 1930’s ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’ fame), and hence the reason behind the opening track, ‘Mr. Sam’s Blues’. Many years ago I recall buying…See More
Jul 18
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

SWEET ‘N’ SALTY – I Done Told Ya (Independent)

This duo consists of Libby Rae Watson from Pascagoula, Mississippi, who was mentored in the blues by the late, great Sam Chatmon, the last surviving member of The Mississippi Sheiks (of 1930’s ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’ fame), and hence the reason behind the opening track, ‘Mr. Sam’s Blues’. Many years ago I recall buying…See More
Jul 18
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

Steven Troch Band/ “Rhymes For Mellow Minds” (Sing My Title SMT-009)

Harmonica player, singer and Hohner-endorsed Steven Troch fronts this four piece Belgian outfit on this rather nice CD. It has a richly varied sound, ranging from the Slim Harpo flavoured blues of ‘The Short End’, the Sonny Terry inflected ‘Rabbit Foot Trail’ and the "Otis Rush meets The Yardbirds’" styled ‘Bad Taste’ to the…See More
Jul 10
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Jul 10
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Yuri Apsy –“Nothin’ But The Blues” (Own label )

http://www.facebook.com/yuriapsyBrazil seems to be something of a developing hot-spot for the blues these days, but I was still more than a little surprised at this album - in the best possible way. Singer and guitarist Yuri Apsy has been playing…See More
Jul 8
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

Yuri Apsy –“Nothin’ But The Blues” (Own label )

http://www.facebook.com/yuriapsyBrazil seems to be something of a developing hot-spot for the blues these days, but I was still more than a little surprised at this album - in the best possible way. Singer and guitarist Yuri Apsy has been playing…See More
Jul 8
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Jun 26
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Jun 26
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THE FURIOUS SEASONS – “Now Residing Abroad” (Stone Garden SGN 688)

Out of the Los Angeles hills, The Furious Seasons is an acoustic trio, generally two guitarists with David Steinhardt (Pop Art, Smart Brown Handbag) the main composer and melancholy vocalist, Paul "P.A." Nelson adding delicate acoustic and electric flavourings, and upright bass player and David's brother Jeff…See More
Jun 10
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

THE FURIOUS SEASONS – “Now Residing Abroad” (Stone Garden SGN 688)

Out of the Los Angeles hills, The Furious Seasons is an acoustic trio, generally two guitarists with David Steinhardt (Pop Art, Smart Brown Handbag) the main composer and melancholy vocalist, Paul "P.A." Nelson adding delicate acoustic and electric flavourings, and upright bass player and David's brother Jeff…See More
Jun 10
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PHILIP MARINO – Chasing Ghosts (Independent –

www.philipmarino.com) This American singer/ songwriter currently lives in Suffolk in the east of England, and he follows up his very well-received 2017 five track CD EP release Days Like These with this rather nice ten song album. Philip cites his early…See More
May 16
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

PHILIP MARINO – Chasing Ghosts (Independent –

www.philipmarino.com) This American singer/ songwriter currently lives in Suffolk in the east of England, and he follows up his very well-received 2017 five track CD EP release Days Like These with this rather nice ten song album. Philip cites his early…See More
May 16
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GRAND MARQUIS – Brighter Days (independent

www.grandmarquis.net)Out of Kansas City, Grand Marquis open this CD with the Stax flavoured soul of ‘Another Lover’ and follow it up with the jazz flavoured title track, complete with a vintage Duke Ellington-ish “jungle” trumpet sound and a swinging vocal by Bryan…See More
May 11
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

GRAND MARQUIS – Brighter Days (independent

www.grandmarquis.net)Out of Kansas City, Grand Marquis open this CD with the Stax flavoured soul of ‘Another Lover’ and follow it up with the jazz flavoured title track, complete with a vintage Duke Ellington-ish “jungle” trumpet sound and a swinging vocal by Bryan…See More
May 11

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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!
How best do you see your involvement here developing?
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LITTLE FEAT – Live From Neon Park (Floating World FLOATM6353)

Recorded in December 1995 at venues in California and Oregon, this was originally released in June of the following year and is a fine overview of the post-Lowell George group, tackling much of the band’s classic repertoire, though this was the…

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Posted on July 24, 2018 at 17:33

SWEET ‘N’ SALTY – I Done Told Ya (Independent)

This duo consists of Libby Rae Watson from Pascagoula, Mississippi, who was mentored in the blues by the late, great Sam Chatmon, the last surviving member of The Mississippi Sheiks (of 1930’s ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’ fame), and hence the reason behind the…

Continue

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 17:02

Steven Troch Band/ “Rhymes For Mellow Minds” (Sing My Title SMT-009)

Harmonica player, singer and Hohner-endorsed Steven Troch fronts this four piece Belgian outfit on this rather nice CD. It has a richly varied sound, ranging from the Slim Harpo flavoured blues of ‘The Short End’, the Sonny Terry inflected ‘Rabbit Foot Trail’ and the "Otis…

Continue

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 17:42

ARTUR MENEZES – Keep Pushing (Independent –

http://www.arturmenezes.com"

The fourth album by this Brazilian singer, guitarist and bandleader opens with a couple of nicely traditional-sounding blues numbers; that perhaps isn’t not too surprising…

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Posted on July 9, 2018 at 16:00

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July 2018
1
American Aquarium
93 pts.
Things Change
New West
BK,TJ,JB
2
Gretchen Peters
56 pts.
Dancing With The Beast
Proper Records
ML,GF
3
Patrick Sweany
51 pts.
Ancient Noise
Nine Mile Records
FC,RK,BM,CVL,TK
4
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
47 pts.
Downey To Lubbock
Yep Roc
SP,JBO,JJC
5
Melissa Carper & Rebecca Patek
34 pts.
Brand New Old-Time Songs
Independent
 
6
Ry Cooder
33 pts.
The Prodigal Son
Perro Verde Records
DH
7
Jenny van West
32 pts.
Happiness To Burn
Independent
RST,NC
8
Brooks Williams
30 pts.
Lucky Star
Red Guitar Blue Music
 
9
Levi Parham
29 pts.
It's All Good
Continental Records
 
10
I See Hawks in LA
26 pts.
Live and Never Learn
Western Seed Records
WR
11
Rory Block
25 pts.
A Woman's Soul
Stoneyplain Records
MB,AL
12
Phil Cook
24 pts.
People Are My Drug
Thirty Tigers
LK,JD
13
Mike Aiken
23 pts.
Wayward Troubadour
Northwind Records
BP
14
Karen Jonas
22 pts.
Butter
Independent
HVB
15
Buckley
21 pts.
Las Cruzes
Rum Bar Records
 
 
John Prine
21 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
 
17
Neko Case
20 pts.
Hell-on
Anti Epitha
MW
 
Sam Lewis
20 pts.
Loversity
Loversity Records
HDB
 
Verbraak Van Bijnen
20 pts.
Endless Road
CRS
HH,TV
20
Jesse Dayton
19 pts.
The Outsider
Blue Elan
LM,SZ
21
Dieter van der Westen Band
18 pts.
Me and You
Independent
 
 
Hadley McCall Thackston
18 pts.
Hadley McCall Thackston
Wolfe Island Records
CRS
 
Willie Nelson
18 pts.
Last Man Standing
Legacy
 
24
Carter Sampson
17 pts.
Lucky
Continental Song City
 
 
Tami Neilson
17 pts.
SassaFrass!
Outside Music

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