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DIANE DURRETT & SOUL SUGA – Live (Independent –

www.dianedurrett.com)“Ain’t nobody gone blind looking at the bright side” sings Diane on the opening number here, a fine example of the positive nature of soul music, and there’s no doubt that’s what is on offer here. Recorded over two show s at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia in July 2017, this CD presents singer and guitarist Diane backed by a tight six piece band including two backing vocalists and supplemented by the funky trombone playing of Wes…See More
Dec 28, 2018
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DIANE DURRETT & SOUL SUGA – Live (Independent –

www.dianedurrett.com)“Ain’t nobody gone blind looking at the bright side” sings Diane on the opening number here, a fine example of the positive nature of soul music, and there’s no doubt that’s what is on offer here. Recorded over two show s at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia in July 2017, this CD presents singer and guitarist Diane backed by a tight six piece band including two backing vocalists and supplemented by the funky trombone playing of Wes…See More
Dec 28, 2018
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DAVID LUMSDEN AND FRIENDS – Hues Of Blues (Independent Release)

 David was the lead guitarist for vocalist Hurricane Ruth from 2011 to 2017, but here he steps out under his own name, though with the support of a memorable group of “friends”. His buddies include the excellent singer and pianist Wayne Carter (lend an ear to his rendition of Denise LaSalle’s ‘You’re Ruining My Bad Reputation’, with David’s top-notch electric slide guitar…See More
Dec 12, 2018
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

DAVID LUMSDEN AND FRIENDS – Hues Of Blues (Independent Release)

 David was the lead guitarist for vocalist Hurricane Ruth from 2011 to 2017, but here he steps out under his own name, though with the support of a memorable group of “friends”. His buddies include the excellent singer and pianist Wayne Carter (lend an ear to his rendition of Denise LaSalle’s ‘You’re Ruining My Bad Reputation’, with David’s top-notch electric slide guitar…See More
Dec 12, 2018
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DAVE KELLER – Every Soul’s A Star (Catfood)

 This is the label debut for this talented singer/ guitarist/ songwriter, originally from New England. Dave thanks label mate and frequent touring companion Johnny Rawls on the sleeve, and that’s as it should be. Dave has obviously learned a lot from the older man, not least how to make very impressive soul-blues albums – for that’s just what this is.Backed by house-band…See More
Dec 6, 2018
A blog post by Norman John Darwen was featured

DAVE KELLER – Every Soul’s A Star (Catfood)

 This is the label debut for this talented singer/ guitarist/ songwriter, originally from New England. Dave thanks label mate and frequent touring companion Johnny Rawls on the sleeve, and that’s as it should be. Dave has obviously learned a lot from the older man, not least how to make very impressive soul-blues albums – for that’s just what this is.Backed by house-band…See More
Dec 6, 2018
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PETER V BLUES TRAIN – Shaken But Not Deterred (Independent)

 Singer, guitarist and bandleader Peter Veteska was born in Manhattan in 1959 and started playing guitar round the age of 12, learning through listening to the likes of Derek & The Dominoes and The Allman Brothers. Almost a decade later, he packed up playing and only returned to it after a quarter of a century had elapsed. As he puts it, “I was the new kid on the block yet I was in my early 50s”. Perhaps it is because of this that his music sounds both fresh and lived-in. He’s a blues…See More
Nov 25, 2018
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PETER V BLUES TRAIN – Shaken But Not Deterred (Independent)

 Singer, guitarist and bandleader Peter Veteska was born in Manhattan in 1959 and started playing guitar round the age of 12, learning through listening to the likes of Derek & The Dominoes and The Allman Brothers. Almost a decade later, he packed up playing and only returned to it after a quarter of a century had elapsed. As he puts it, “I was the new kid on the block yet I was in my early 50s”. Perhaps it is because of this that his music sounds both fresh and lived-in. He’s a blues…See More
Nov 25, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018

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WILLA VINCITORE – Choices (Building Records)

This is the second album from the Hudson Valley, New York State based singer Willa Vincitore, the follow-up to her well-received debut, Better Days, in 2017. The throbbing opener ‘Just Ain’t The Same’ is a reminder of just what a fine vocalist she is – there’s a little bit of a Tina Turner styled approach to her sound here – but then…

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Posted on January 9, 2019 at 16:14

DIANE DURRETT & SOUL SUGA – Live (Independent –

Diane Durrett | Diane Durrett & Soul Suga Live

www.dianedurrett.com)

“Ain’t nobody gone blind looking at the bright side” sings Diane on the opening number here, a fine example of the positive nature of soul music, and there’s no doubt that’s what is on offer here. Recorded over two show s at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia in July 2017, this CD presents singer and guitarist Diane backed by a tight six piece band including two…

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Posted on December 12, 2018 at 18:00

DAVID LUMSDEN AND FRIENDS – Hues Of Blues (Independent Release)

 

David was the lead guitarist for vocalist Hurricane Ruth from 2011 to 2017, but here he steps out under his own name, though with the support of a memorable group of “friends”. His buddies include the excellent singer and pianist Wayne Carter (lend an ear to his rendition of Denise LaSalle’s ‘You’re Ruining My Bad Reputation’, with David’s…

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Posted on December 10, 2018 at 18:05

DAVE KELLER – Every Soul’s A Star (Catfood)

 

This is the label debut for this talented singer/ guitarist/ songwriter, originally from New England. Dave thanks label mate and frequent touring companion Johnny Rawls on the sleeve, and that’s as it should be. Dave has obviously learned a lot from the older man, not least how to make very impressive…

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Posted on December 5, 2018 at 15:30

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December 2018
1
Malford Milligan
75 pts.
Life Will Humble You
Royal Family Records
JF,FB
2
JD McPherson
61 pts.
Socks
New West Records
CVL,DHO,MVP,MB
3
Rosanne Cash
50 pts.
She Remembers Everything
Blue Note Records
WR,BP,JSM,HB
4
Ad Vanderveen
45 pts.
I Was Hank William
Blue Rose Records
TK,LM,BM,JB
5
John Hiatt
44 pts.
The Eclipse Sessions
New West
FC
6
The Yearlings
41 pts.
Skywriting
Lonely Sounds Records
EZ
7
Tip Jar
40 pts.
Onward
Independent
FS
8
Nathan Bell
39 pts.
Loves Bones & Stars
Angry Stick Recording Co.
RB,SZ,PG
9
The Brother Brothers
38 pts.
Some People I Know
Compass Records
BK
10
Richard Dobson
30 pts.
I Hear Singing
Brambus Records
JS,NC
11
Steve Forbert
29 pts.
The Magic Tree
Blue Rose Music
PR
12
J.P. Harris
28 pts.
Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
Free Dirt Records
TJ
13
The Bottle Rockets
24 pts.
Bit Logic
Bloodshot Records
GS,PKO
14
Rodney Crowell
23 pts.
Christmas Everywhere
New West
 
15
Christian Kjellvander
22 pts.
Wild Hxmans
Tapete
 
16
Erin Costelo
21 pts.
Sweet Marie
Compass Records
PJ
17
Colter Wall
20 pts.
Songs of the Plains
Young Mary's Record
 
18
The Hillbenders
19 pts.
The Hillbenders
Compass Records
FH
19
Eric Bibb
18 pts.
Global Griot
Stony Plain
 
 
Karine Polwart
18 pts.
Laws of Motion
Hudson Records
HH,KG
21
Carson McHone
17 pts.
Carousel
Nine Mile Records
 
 
Malcolm Holcombe
17 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
MF
23
Ben Bedford
16 pts.
The Hermit's Spyglass
Cavalier Recordings
SP
 
Craig Moreau
16 pts.
A Different Kind Of Train
Independent
MP
 
David Olney
16 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music

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