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Joe Bonamassa -- British Blues Explosion (Provogue)

I’ve been following Joe for a number of years now and his live performances are always scintillating, none more than this carnival of British Blues. Celebrating the music of Beck, Clapton and Page, he romps though some classics and other lesser known tracks from this era. Highlights are the Blues Rock of…

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Added by David Blue on May 19, 2018 at 17:31 — No Comments

Steve Hill – The One-Man Blues Rock Band (Manhaton Records)

I’ve always thought it brave of bands to release live albums but a one-man band? No wiggle room but Hill breezes it from the Blues Rock opener, Rhythm All Over to the finale, a fine cover of Voodoo Chile (Slight Return). It’s not just Blues Rock (Dangerous and Never Is Such A Long Time), but Delta Blues…

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Added by David Blue on May 12, 2018 at 20:56 — No Comments

Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps – Here In Babylon (Jesi-Lu Records)

Houston native and LA resident James opens with I Know I Ain’t Been So Perfect; that’s questionable! The title track shows their class, no histrionics, just good music, well played.

James’ vocals are the star and the effectively excellent Rhythm Tramps back her perfectly, particularly on…

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Added by David Blue on May 3, 2018 at 20:54 — No Comments

Adam James Sorensen – Dust Cloud Refrain (Continental Song City)

Produced by Jamie Mefford of Nathaniel Rateliff fame but think you’re getting a copy. Nothing could be further from the truth. No bombastic anthems here, just gentle, sometimes introspective Country and Alt-Country songs, examples being the Country sounds of Steam Train and Boxcar whereas…

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Added by David Blue on April 19, 2018 at 20:37 — No Comments

Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (VizzTone)

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Added by David Blue on April 18, 2018 at 21:01 — No Comments

Graham Robins -- Majestic Halls (33 Records)



Robins’ 5th album opens with the gentle Hall of Faith, an immediate introduction to his Gospel influenced soulful voice. He covers Blues on Indianola Mississippi, his tribute to BB King highlighting a gruff edge to his voice, Soul on Pure Soul which is one for relaxing to late at night and Night In Coleraine…

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Added by David Blue on March 31, 2018 at 22:09 — No Comments

Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys – My Life (Nevermore Records)

My Life celebrates their 20th anniversary with a selection of tracks from throughout that time.

Raven’s distinctive dulcet voice is highlighted in the mellow opener, Handyman, and the innuendo laden Big Bee. Harmonica is integral and some great players are here. Highlights are lung-bursting Jump Blues…

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Added by David Blue on March 20, 2018 at 18:49 — No Comments

Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys – My Life (Nevermore Records)

My Life celebrates their 20th anniversary with a selection of tracks from throughout that time.

Raven’s distinctive dulcet voice is highlighted in the mellow opener, Handyman, and the innuendo laden Big Bee. Harmonica is integral and some great players are here. Highlights are lung-bursting Jump Blues…

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Added by David Blue on March 20, 2018 at 18:49 — No Comments

Laurie Morvan – Gravity (Screaming Lizard Records).

Gravity is Morvan’s 6th release and she expertly fuses Blues, R&B, Soul and Funk. From the fast R&B opener, My Moderation, to the hypnotic Too Dumb To Quit, Laurie’s soulful vocal and stinging guitar are joyful. Twice The Trouble has a vocal nod to Christine McVie and guitar influences…

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Added by David Blue on January 31, 2018 at 21:55 — No Comments

The Lynnes – Heartbreak Song For The Radio

Canadian duo, Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson have been writing and touring together on and off for the last decade but it’s taken them until now to release their debut album. Why have they waited so long? Their strong vocal harmonies and storytelling are a joy and whether they are serving up soft and…

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Added by David Blue on January 21, 2018 at 18:01 — No Comments

Albert Castiglia – Up All Night (Ruf)

Veteran of 7 albums and former member of Junior Wells’ band, Castiglia’s paid his dues. From the powerful, lick laden opener Hoodoo On Me to the acoustic finish of You Got Me To That Place, he showcases a guitar style honed over the years with nods to…

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Added by David Blue on November 20, 2017 at 19:32 — No Comments

The Jive Aces – Diggin’ The Roots Vol. 1 Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues (Golden Age Recordings)

The Jive Aces a tight band, no mistaking and their energy is palpable. Predominately covers, the highlights are Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and Big Joe Turner’s Feelin’ Happy. Chris Wilkinson and Cassidy Janson (the lead in the Carole King…

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Added by David Blue on October 26, 2017 at 20:04 — No Comments

The Reverend Shawn Amos – Loves You (Put Together)

Amos has lived a Bluesman’s life and he has the story. Whether it’s the funky Blues of You’re Gonna Miss Me (When I Get Home) or the cautionary Hollywood Blues, it’s delivered with passion. The Blind Boys of Alabama guest on Days of Depression, making a spiritual opening. Other guests…

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Added by David Blue on May 21, 2017 at 19:50 — No Comments

Alive In Theory – Abandon (Ultraviolet Records)

This debut album from the Manchester duo Alive In Theory is a potent, reflective collection of self-penned tracks. From the eponymous opening track with touches of Kate Bush to the understated but room filling The Other Side, this downbeat album is packed with quality. Marianne…

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Added by David Blue on March 17, 2017 at 19:57 — No Comments

Willie & The Bandits -- Steal (Jig-Saw Music)

Their name sounds like they’re a Country band but don’t that fool you. Willie & The Bandits are a hard rocking outfit that are building a great reputation as a live band.…

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Added by David Blue on January 12, 2017 at 20:24 — No Comments

Tess Of The Circle – Amplify (Vintage Voice Records)

Tess Of The Circle have built up a notable live résumé over the past two years and Amplify is the culmination of many conversations held with fans whilst touring last year. Those fans wanted a sound that was a…

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Added by David Blue on June 26, 2016 at 22:05 — No Comments

Talisco – Run (Roy Music).

Highly popular in Europe, Talisco releases his first album. Whether it’s the dance-tinged pop of Your Wish (used by Google) or the hook-laden The Keys (Toyota), there is something here for most.

The atmosphere is heavy on the haunting, rousing…

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Added by David Blue on May 27, 2016 at 10:39 — No Comments

Debi Doss – Debbie Does (Own Label)

You may not recognise the name but Debi Doss but you have almost certainly heard her voice. She sang the female parts on the Buggles classic,…

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Added by David Blue on November 15, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Chris While and Julie Matthews -- Who We Are (Fat Cat)

Chris While and Julie Matthews Who We Are (Fat Cat)

Who We Are is the ninth studio album from the former Albion Band stalwarts. It’s a combination of…

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Added by David Blue on October 30, 2014 at 22:15 — No Comments

Candye Kane (Featuring Laura Chavez) -- Coming Out Swingin' (Vizztone)

Candye Kayne (Featuring Laura Chavez)Coming Out Swingin’ (Vizztone).

Candye Kane is known as ‘The Toughest Girl Alive’ and her two decade spanning career has seen its ups and downs. Comin’ Out Swingin’ is one of the highs with 13 diverse songs covering Blues (Comin’ Out Swingin’,…

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Added by David Blue on October 3, 2013 at 20:15 — No Comments

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April 2018

1
Courtney Marie Andrews
100 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
PK,CVL,DHO,JB,LK
2
Mary Gauthier
59 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
3
Caleb Caudle
49 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
TJ,TK,MP
4
Western Centuries
48 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
DD,GS,FS,HM
5
Vivian Leva
44 pts.
Time is Everything
Free Dirt Records
 
6
Ed Romanoff
42 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
7
Grant Peeples
41 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Continental
AN
8
Joan Baez
32 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
 
9
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
29 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
MF,HDB
 
Sam Morrow
29 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
JV
11
Chris Smither
27 pts.
Call Me Lucky
Signature Sounds
JSM,JD
12
Michael McDermott
26 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
CRS
13
John Prine
24 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
SP
14
Mary Chapin Carpenter
23 pts.
Sometimes Just The Sky
Lambent Light Records
 
15
Dean Owens
22 pts.
Southern Wind
At The Helm
PJ
16
6 String Drag
21 pts.
Top of The World
Schoolkids Records
FCE,JS
 
Haley Heynderickx
21 pts.
I Need To Start A Garden
Mama Bird Recordings
 
 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
21 pts.
Tearing At The Seams
Stax Records
RM
19
Abe Partridge
20 pts.
Cotton Fields And Blood For Days
Skate Mountain
MVP,RK
 
Adam James Sorensen
20 pts.
Dust Cloud Refrain
Continental Song City
BM
 
Ben Reel
20 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
 
 
Chip Taylor
20 pts.
Fix Your Words
Train Wreck Records
LM
 
Kesia Nagata
20 pts.
Looking For Horses
Caramal Productions
GC,EZ
 
Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son
20 pts.
Clear The Table
SepiaPhone Records
SZ,PG
25
3hattrio
18 pts.
Lord of the Desert
Okehdokee Records
 
 
Marlon Williams
18 pts.
Make Way for Love
Dead Oceans

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