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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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’,…


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

Federal Charm -- Federal Charm (Mystic Records)

Federal CharmFederal Charm (Mystic Records).

Manchester’s Federal Charm has released a debut album that befits a true Rock band. This is a joy from start to finish and classic Rock themes abound from Too Blind To See, the stinging and throbbing Reaction and Any Other Day. Their…


Added by David Blue on September 28, 2013 at 19:53 — No Comments

Dana Fuchs – Bliss Avenue (Ruf Records).

This is Fuchs’ third album and follows 2011’s Love To Beg. Opening with the eponymous title track, a rough and ready Blues Rock with Janis Joplin vocal, she rips through 12 original songs. She’s not a one trick pony and changes style with ease; there’s Country (Rodents In The Attic, Daddy’s…


Added by David Blue on September 21, 2013 at 17:38 — No Comments

Oli Brown -- Songs From The Road (Ruf Records)

Culled from three superb studio albums, this has Oli in front of his hometown crowd. It brings out his best and believe me he is one of the best.  Speechless and Next Girl personify raw power but it is Love Is Taking It’s Toll where the trio flower. Pulsing…


Added by David Blue on August 28, 2013 at 22:30 — No Comments

Hamilton Loomis -- Give It Back (Ham-Bone Music)


Already a 7 album veteran, Give It Back provides an 8th dose of ‘funkified Texas music’ and if Funk is what you are after then this is the place to find it. From the funky rocker Stuck In A Rut with its fluid guitar solo through the strong bass of One More Take and the grinding, George Benson sounding Give It Back to the Average White Band influenced Peer Pressure it’s just a joy. Throw in Soul in the form of A Woman Like You, the dirty…


Added by David Blue on August 7, 2013 at 17:21 — No Comments

Tess Of The Circle – Thorns (Vintage Voice Records).


Tess is Tess Jones and an impressive circle of musicians brought in to perform his songs. Thorns is produced by BRIT award winner, Chris Potter. However, the album has missed its time or is a resurrection vanguard. To explain; songs like History and Eyes Of A Clown could be seen…


Added by David Blue on August 2, 2013 at 16:50 — No Comments

Marcus Bonfanti -- Shake The Walls (Jigsaw)

With his 2010 album, What Good Am I To You, listed in Classic Rock’s top 50 albums of the year, the follow up could have been difficult. The opener, Alley Cat, dispels the fears immediately with its great riff and deep, velvet vocals. That voice is the constant despite some genre switches…


Added by David Blue on June 13, 2013 at 22:47 — No Comments

Dave Arcari & The Hellsinki Hellraisers – Whisky In My Blood (Buzz Records).


If you’ve heard of Dave Arcari before then you’ll think you know what you’re in for. However, not everything is as it would appear. Known for his raucous, abrasive style and loved for it on the festival scene, Arcari has mellowed slightly in parts of this album. The Arcari of old is…


Added by David Blue on May 15, 2013 at 17:11 — No Comments

Chris While and Julie Matthews – Infinite Sky (Fat Cat Records).

BBC Folk Award winners, While and Matthews, are widely respected musicians and songwriters and this, their…


Added by David Blue on May 9, 2013 at 20:41 — No Comments


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Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Why River Records
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Ear Music
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Western Vinyl
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
24 pts.
Blue Rose Records
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Six Shooter
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music

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