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PHILIP MARINO – Chasing Ghosts (Independent –


This American singer/ songwriter currently lives in Suffolk in the east of England, and he follows up his very well-received…


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GRAND MARQUIS – Brighter Days (independent

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…


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BLIND LEMON PLEDGE – “Evangeline” (Ofeh Records)

Is he named in honour of a multi–purpose cleaner? Whatever, San Francisco based singer/ songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist and producer James Byfield took on the persona of Mr. Pledge in 2008. He plays blues and Americana according to the front sleeve of this release,…


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J.J.VICARS – Irreverent Dissident (Annie Gator AGRCD 106)

Originally from Virginia, guitarist, singer, and bandleader J.J. has a strongly rocking approach on this album; after a brief guitar interlude, he launches into the ferocious, Chuck Berry inspired ‘Long Way From Home’ and mines a blues furrow with the likes of ‘Wang Dang Doodle’,…


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KATHY & THE KILOWATTS – Premonition Of Love (Nola Blue NB005)


There is a lot of blues-rock around these days, but not too much of the “real” blues. This set helps to rectify that, and comes endorsed by bass player and label-mate, the acclaimed Benny Turner, who contributes to four tracks of this excellent release. Singer Kathy…


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LAUREN ANDERSON – The Game (Independent)

Originally from Chicago but now based in Nashville, singer and guitarist Lauren opens this set with ‘Make A Mistake’, a roots rock number that hints at The Rolling Stones and southern rock, though with a soulful, gutsy vocal that recalls Etta James and Janis Joplin. The…


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TIM WOODS – Human Race (Independent


The opening ‘Can You Feel It?” is very much in the vein of West Side Chicago blues great Magic Sam, a…


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PETER V BLUES TRAIN – Running Out Of Time (Independent )

This is the third album by this four piece outfit under the leadership of Manhattan-born singer and guitarist Peter Veteska. It is a…


Added by Norman John Darwen on April 10, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

MEG WILLIAMS – Maybe Someday (Independent Release – www

Meg Williams | Maybe Someday

This all-original six track CD EP, a minute short of twenty, was recorded in singer and guitarist Meg’s adopted hometown of Nashville, Tennessee – she’s been there since July 2016, though she was originally from uptown New York State. Giving her infleucnes as Bonnie Raott and Susan Tedeschi, it is perhaps no great surp[rise that this is a strong, no-nonsense blues and rock set, opening with a bluesy, funky ‘Not My Problem’, a…


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KRIS LAGER BAND “Love Songs & Life Lines” (Own label )


There is a rather nice, good-time vibe to this release, with a sound pitched somewhere between an easy rock groove and an Americana approach – try ‘Sweet Magnolia’ for a good example. Kris’ own warm vocals, concise guitar playing and piano playing are able backed by a small combo of bass player Aaron Underwood, young saxman Lefever, and Scooby Sha Bo Bo (or John Fairchild to his mum) on drums. Mixed by the highly regarded Jim…


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GUITAR JACK WARGO: Keepin’ It Real (Wargod)

Guitar Jack has been around for quite a while, and in that time he has recorded with the likes of Ray Charles, The Jacksons, Billy Preston, Solomon Burke and Thelma Houston among others (who include Kelly Z – he appears on “Rescue”, recently reviewed on this website), as…


Added by Norman John Darwen on March 1, 2018 at 15:44 — No Comments

THE BUSH LEAGUE – James RiVAh (Independent Release – <a href=""></a>)

Out of Richmond, Virginia, (hence the specific text of the album title), four piece band The Bush League here offers some wonderfully stomping blues such as the opening, Howling Wolf inflected ‘River’s Edge’ and the cover of Mississippi Fred McDowell’s ‘Kokomo Me Baby’. Then…


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LAURIE MORVAN - “Gravity” (Screaming Lizard SLR0006)




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JANIVA MAGNESS/ “Love Is An Army” (Blue Élan BER1072)

Seven times “Blues Award” winner Janiva has some fine guests on this set – not that this Los Angeles based singer actually needs them, as anyone who has heard her music before can testify, and this is her fourteenth album – but it does mean that Delbert McClinton…


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THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS – Breaks It Down (Put Together Music PTM-00007)

This album is a result of the good Reverend, an ordained minister of The Universal Life Church (google it!), touring through the southern states and encountering some of the divisions that exist in the world at the present time. There are elements of civil…


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CAROLYN GAINES – Beware Of My Dog (Polka Dot Records)

When your father is a noted blues guitarist (Roy Gaines) and your uncle a rock and roll/ R’n’B sax blaster who helped to define the style (Grady Gaines), I guess you’re going to be involved in the blues yourself. Well, Carolyn has promoted, taught, and written about the blues,…


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RED PINE TIMBER CO. – Sorry For The Good Times (Gold Rush)

Plenty of Americana here  – based in Perth, Scotland, this eight-piece has a pure country sound on an item like ‘Bar Stool’, with its aching vocal by Gavin Munro and beautiful harmonies by Katie Whittaker, and with David MacFarlane’s mandolin playing prominent in the backing. It follows on from the…


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ADY JOHNSON – London Songs (Independent)


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April 2018

Courtney Marie Andrews
100 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
Mary Gauthier
59 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
Caleb Caudle
49 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
Western Centuries
48 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
Vivian Leva
44 pts.
Time is Everything
Free Dirt Records
Ed Romanoff
42 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
Grant Peeples
41 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Joan Baez
32 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
29 pts.
Texas, etc...
Sam Morrow
29 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
Chris Smither
27 pts.
Call Me Lucky
Signature Sounds
Michael McDermott
26 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
John Prine
24 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
Mary Chapin Carpenter
23 pts.
Sometimes Just The Sky
Lambent Light Records
Dean Owens
22 pts.
Southern Wind
At The Helm
6 String Drag
21 pts.
Top of The World
Schoolkids Records
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
Abe Partridge
20 pts.
Cotton Fields And Blood For Days
Skate Mountain
Adam James Sorensen
20 pts.
Dust Cloud Refrain
Continental Song City
Ben Reel
20 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
Chip Taylor
20 pts.
Fix Your Words
Train Wreck Records
Kesia Nagata
20 pts.
Looking For Horses
Caramal Productions
Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son
20 pts.
Clear The Table
SepiaPhone Records
18 pts.
Lord of the Desert
Okehdokee Records
Marlon Williams
18 pts.
Make Way for Love
Dead Oceans

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