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Nov 10
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Frank Bey – Back In Business: The Nashville Sessions (NOLA Blue NB006)

 Georgia-born Frank is one of the best blues and soul singers around these days, having started out as a teenager as driver and sometimes  opening act for Otis Redding for several years (billed as "Frank Bass")– his roots are obviously in the gospel music he sang as a youngster. He stopped singing for 17 years, but the albums he has made since his comeback have all justifiably been highly praised. With a bit of luck – and perhaps thanks to producer/ drummer Tom Hambridge’s name prominent on the…See More
Oct 26
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

Frank Bey – Back In Business: The Nashville Sessions (NOLA Blue NB006)

 Georgia-born Frank is one of the best blues and soul singers around these days, having started out as a teenager as driver and sometimes  opening act for Otis Redding for several years (billed as "Frank Bass")– his roots are obviously in the gospel music he sang as a youngster. He stopped singing for 17 years, but the albums he has made since his comeback have all justifiably been highly praised. With a bit of luck – and perhaps thanks to producer/ drummer Tom Hambridge’s name prominent on the…See More
Oct 26
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SCOTT SHARRARD – Saving Grace (We Save Music)

Recorded in Memphis and Muscle Shoals with the Hi Records rhythm section and the likes of David Hood and Spooner Oldham respectively, it would be difficult not to recommend this CD. Let’s mention too that Scott was Gregg Allman’s musical director for nearly ten years, and note that of the first three tracks, the…See More
Sep 5
Norman John Darwen posted a blog post

SCOTT SHARRARD – Saving Grace (We Save Music)

Recorded in Memphis and Muscle Shoals with the Hi Records rhythm section and the likes of David Hood and Spooner Oldham respectively, it would be difficult not to recommend this CD. Let’s mention too that Scott was Gregg Allman’s musical director for nearly ten years, and note that of the first three tracks, the…See More
Sep 3
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

SCOTT SHARRARD – Saving Grace (We Save Music)

Recorded in Memphis and Muscle Shoals with the Hi Records rhythm section and the likes of David Hood and Spooner Oldham respectively, it would be difficult not to recommend this CD. Let’s mention too that Scott was Gregg Allman’s musical director for nearly ten years, and note that of the first three tracks, the…See More
Sep 3
Norman John Darwen posted a blog post

JOHNNY & THE HEADHUNTERS - That's All I Need (JT 0006)

This is a straight-ahead, no frills club blues set from a Washington DC area band led by veteran singer and guitarist Johnny Ticktin. Here Johnny is backed by a variety of bass players and drummers, Tam Sullivan on piano and organ and guitarist Dru Lore, who presumably supplies the lovely slide playing on the…See More
Sep 1
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

JOHNNY & THE HEADHUNTERS - That's All I Need (JT 0006)

This is a straight-ahead, no frills club blues set from a Washington DC area band led by veteran singer and guitarist Johnny Ticktin. Here Johnny is backed by a variety of bass players and drummers, Tam Sullivan on piano and organ and guitarist Dru Lore, who presumably supplies the lovely slide playing on the…See More
Sep 1
Norman John Darwen posted a blog post

LAWRENCE LEBO – Old School Girl (On The Air 9657)

And Lawrence is just how she describes herself… this blues set presents her singing sweet but soulful in an early 50s style, with sentiments, enunciation and sometimes arrangements that hark back strongly to days gone by – try ‘Happy Anniversary, Baby – Remix’ which recalls the likes of a young Ruth Brown, LaVerne…See More
Aug 25
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

LAWRENCE LEBO – Old School Girl (On The Air 9657)

And Lawrence is just how she describes herself… this blues set presents her singing sweet but soulful in an early 50s style, with sentiments, enunciation and sometimes arrangements that hark back strongly to days gone by – try ‘Happy Anniversary, Baby – Remix’ which recalls the likes of a young Ruth Brown, LaVerne…See More
Aug 25
Norman John Darwen posted a blog post

TRAVIS BOWLIN – Secundus (Moonbeam)

 This is the second album from Indiana-born but currently Nashville-based singer, guitarist and bandleader Travis, hence the title, though it has much more subtler meanings too. Musically, the album is pretty easily defined as blues-rock, though there is a greater variety that that term usually implies, from the pop-tinged 60s…See More
Aug 22
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

TRAVIS BOWLIN – Secundus (Moonbeam)

 This is the second album from Indiana-born but currently Nashville-based singer, guitarist and bandleader Travis, hence the title, though it has much more subtler meanings too. Musically, the album is pretty easily defined as blues-rock, though there is a greater variety that that term usually implies, from the pop-tinged 60s…See More
Aug 22
Norman John Darwen posted a blog post

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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Norman Darwen
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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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SANDY CARROLL – Blues & Angels (Catfood CFR-027)

From Memphis, Tennessee, singer, keyboards player and songwriter Sandy’s previous albums have focussed on Americana and country music, but now she returns to the blues – and, given the lyrics of many songs – Angels. There are still elements of Americana – try the heartfelt love song ‘Mississippi Me’, with…

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Posted on November 9, 2018 at 15:30

DENNIS JONES BAND - WE3 LIVE  (Blue Rock)

 

Recorded in Beaver Creek Brewery in Wilbaux, Montana, this CD finds Maryland-born, Los Angeles based, bluesman Dennis drawing on his previous five albums for his material, before he signs off with a storming version of the Albert King classic…

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Posted on November 9, 2018 at 15:24

DELTA MOON – Babylon Is Falling (Jumping Jack 12018)

This band is a nice swampy rock and blues outfit out of Atlanta, Georgia, with a sometimes spooky sound. This is their tenth studio album, and uniquely southern tracks such as ‘Babylon Is Falling’ and ‘Little Pink Pistol’ feature some fine slide guitar…

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Posted on November 1, 2018 at 17:53

DELTA MOON – Babylon Is Falling (Jumping Jack 12018)

This band is a nice swampy rock and blues outfit out of Atlanta, Georgia, with a sometimes spooky sound. This is their tenth studio album, and uniquely southern tracks such as ‘Babylon Is Falling’ and ‘Little Pink Pistol’ feature some fine slide guitar…

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Posted on November 1, 2018 at 17:52

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September 2018

1
The Devil Makes Three
70 pts.
Chains Are Broken
New West
FC,JB,RK,TJ,LK
2
Jimmy LaFave
65 pts.
Peace Town
Music Road Records
PKO
3
Malcolm Holcombe
48 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
FB,JBO
4
Cody Canada & the Departed
47 pts.
3
Blue Rose Records
CVL,DHO
5
Jeffrey Foucault
43 pts.
Blood Brothers
Blueblade Records
MB,SZ
6
The War And Treaty
42 pts.
Healing Tide
Thirty Tigers
FCE,AL,MG
7
Martha Fields
40 pts.
Dancing Shadows
Independent
SP,DH,RST,RW
8
The Weight Band
35 pts.
World Gone Mad
Must Have Music
DD,CRS,BM
9
David Olney
32 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music
LM
 
The Black Sorrows
32 pts.
Citizen John
Blue Rose Records
 
11
Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis
31 pts.
Wild Wild Wild
Bloodshot Records
GS
12
Hadley McCall Thackston
28 pts.
Hadley McCall Thackston
Wolfe Island Records
 
 
Nathan Bell
28 pts.
Er Gwaetha Pawb a Phopeth
Angry Stick
PK
14
Curse Of Lono
26 pts.
As I Fell
Submarine Cat Records
MM,JF
15
Ryan Martin
25 pts.
Gimme Some Light
High Moon
 
 
Stephen Simmons
25 pts.
Gall
Locke Creek Records
TK,HDB
17
Jason McNiff
23 pts.
Joy And Independence
At The Helm Records
 
 
Jim Lauderdale
23 pts.
Time Flies
Yep Roc
 
 
Kevin Gordon
23 pts.
Tilt and Shine
Crowville Media
MP
20
Eliza Gilkyson
21 pts.
Secularia
Red House Records
KG,JJC
21
Boz Scaggs
20 pts.
Out Of the Blues
Concord Records
BH,JSM
 
Lucero
20 pts.
Among The Ghosts
Thirty Tigers
JJ
 
Melissa Carper & Rebecca Patek
20 pts.
Brand New Old-Time Songs
Independent
MW
24
The Jayhawks
17 pts.
Back Roads and Abandoned Motels
Legacy
 
25
Lori McKenna
16 pts.
Tree
Cn Records

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