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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…


Added by Norman John Darwen on December 21, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

ADY JOHNSON – London Songs (Independent)


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FreeWorld – What It Is (Swirldisc SD 87625 445)


This cross-generational, multicultural Memphis based group celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with this release, so that the youngest members were not even born when the band began, though 87 year old saxman Dr. Herman Green already had many years of experience of working with the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, BB King and Bob Weir. This set runs the whole range of Memphis music from soul and funk to rock, pop and blues.…


Added by Norman John Darwen on December 11, 2017 at 14:53 — No Comments

DAVIDE PANNOZZO - Unconditional Love (Independent)

Davide Pannozzo | Unconditional Love


Now  here’s an album very much on the borderline between blues and rock - but don’t make the mistake of confusing that with blues-rock, apart from the opener maybe and one or two other places. Davide seems to have a strong 70s influence, at least on the evidence of this album; there is a relatively smooth feel to much of the music here, an electric piano sound straight out of that decade, and something…


Added by Norman John Darwen on November 27, 2017 at 22:05 — No Comments

KINGS & ASSOCIATES – “Tales of A Rich Girl” (Big Wing)


Tales of a Rich Girl - Kings & Associates

This took me a few plays to get a handle on it. Kings & Associates are an Australian five piece band (out of Adelaide), playing rock music that is certainly strongly blues-rooted - the press blurb refers to it as “Neo-blues”, which probably fits as well as anything. Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, the album isn’t quite blues-rock though (but one or two…


Added by Norman John Darwen on November 6, 2017 at 18:41 — No Comments

LARA & THE BLUES DAWGZ – Out Here In The Blue (Lock Alley Music)

Husband and wife team Lara and Gregg Germony handle the vocals and bass respectively on this fine set of eleven original modern blues. The others members of the band include Al Rowe on guitar, the Canadian keyboards player Dan Nadasdi, saxman Reggie Murray from New Orleans and drummer Carlos Ruiz from the southwest. The sax adds a distinctive flavour, and Al tends to be economical in his playing, so that the focus of this Nashville recorded…


Added by Norman John Darwen on November 3, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

VAL STARR & THE BLUES ROCKET – “I Always Turn The Blues On” (Sandwich Factory)

Some fine bar-band blues from Sacramento, California on this album. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Val sets the scene right from the off with the lovely swinging shuffle of ‘High Time To Go’, an original as are all twelve tracks here. Val writes some fine blues numbers, and she is backed by a cracking little band comprising her husband John Ellis on bass, Frankie Soul on lead guitar and Paul Farman on drums, plus several guests making…


Added by Norman John Darwen on October 30, 2017 at 16:43 — No Comments

KELLY Z – “Rescue: Kelly Z At SlideAway Studio (KellysLot)

This album was originally begun in 2011, when singer Kelly Zirbes laid down – but didn’t finish – these eight tracks of classic-sounding 60s soul and funk for producer Chuck Kavooras in Los Angeles. When Chuck and Kelly began discussing a new project, they decided to finish off the tapes and this CD is the result. Kelly’s powerhouse soul shouting is obvious from the outset on Marva Whitney’s funk-filled ‘What Do I Have To Do’, though the tempo slows for a…


Added by Norman John Darwen on October 25, 2017 at 13:06 — No Comments

BENNY TURNER – My Brother’s Blues (Nola Blue NBL004)

It is no exaggeration to state that Freddie King was one of the greatest blues performers ever, but do we really need a tribute album? Well, Benny Turner is Freddie’s younger brother and played bass with the big man in the 50s, 60s and 70s (though not continuously). He was also a recording artist in his own right, beginning in the early 60s. So this is no simple cash-in, though you would gather that…


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Chickenbone Slim: The Big Beat

Chickenbone Slim is the stage name of Larry Tevez, a veteran of various blues and rockabilly bands out of San Diego, California. Those influences are pretty obvious on this set. The first two tracks have a gritty, rootsy blues feel, then ‘Hemi Dodge’ is rocking country and ‘Vodka And Vicodin’ - I looked up the latter, mixing it in this way is recommended – is folky with lyrics that tend to focus on the less salubrious side of life, a trend that continues throughout…


Added by Norman John Darwen on October 9, 2017 at 11:57 — No Comments

WEBSTER AVE - "Daylight" (Independent)

Named after one the Bronx's longest thoroughfares, and so reflecting this band's geographical roots, Webster Ave comprises David Webster on guitars and vocals, bassist Tony Mercadante, and drummer Andrew Caturano; this trio's collective experience includes recording with Bob Dylan, Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez, and Kiss founder member Ace Frehley. That in itself covers a pretty wide base, but throw in the fact all three have worked the blues circuit with…

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STEVE HOWELL & JASON WEINHEIMER - A Hundred Years From Today (Own Label)


When acoustic blues was first being picked up by white blues enthusiasts, it was the guitar virtuosity that was the focus; in the last few decades though, there has been a sharp increase in performers who can both play and sing convincingly. Marshall, Texas born Steve Howell is one of these. He was inspired to start moving beyond simple guitar strumming by seeing Mississippi John Hurt in 1965 (Steve was thirteen at the…


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JOHNNY OSKAM - In My Shadow (Independent)

Johnny Oskam | In My Shadow

This is the second album from young Southern Californian singer/ guitarist/bandleader Johnny, following on from 2014's Soul Search. Johnny likes to play hard and heavy, with elements of Led Zeppelin (try the opening track), Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Philip Sayce, and Jimi Hendrix, though there are also long quieter interludes, and his songs are written as such rather than mere excuses for extended guitar shredding. He is happy…

Added by Norman John Darwen on October 5, 2017 at 10:56 — No Comments


One of my rock memories is of seeing The Eagles as a support group (in Liverpool, opening for Neil Young in the mid-70s). Another occurred some years later, when I lived in a worker's hostel in France and was woken up at around 6am every morning for around three months to the strains of the album Hotel California coming through the wall from the room next door - so you might understand why listening to this set was like meeting a long-lost friend…

Added by Norman John Darwen on September 6, 2017 at 22:00 — No Comments

Trevor Sewell - “Nashville Calling: An Americana Adventure” (Independent Release)

Trevor Sewell | Calling Nashville

Some of this material is a long way from the blues with which Trevor is most usually associated, but then, Trevor himself was a long way from home when he recorded this album. Trevor is a British singer, guitarist and songwriter, born in Sunderland and once known as Max Atom during his time with 80s new wavers The Revillos, but he has been enjoying a lot of success across the pond recently, and  this album was, of course, laid down in Nashville, Tennessee.…


Added by Norman John Darwen on August 29, 2017 at 23:09 — No Comments

THE JON SPEAR BAND – Hot Sauce (Independent)

This Virginia quartet certainly surprised me with the opening track ‘Bottom Of The Bottle’, which brought to mind Free, with a few hints of Led Zeppelin thrown in for good measure! ‘Geographical Cure’ is a rock band’s treatment of calypso, a nicely retro poppy number, before ‘It Was A Really Great Gig’, a humorous tale set to a rockabilly-blues arrangement, and the almost five minutes long title track is a clever slow- to mid-tempo blues that gives…


Added by Norman John Darwen on August 23, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

ANTRY – Devil Don’t Care (Tres Lobas)


Listening to the tough, blues-rocking gospel of ‘Devil Don’t Care’, it is not difficult to forget the overly sentimental side that sometimes surfaces in both country and gospel – but Steve Antry, a member of Tulsa, Oklahoma blues-rockers Joyride, remembers it and it crop up on several tracks on this album. ‘How Far Down’ has a dramatic Americana approach, with searing gospel ad libs from guest vocalist Shaun Murphy and southern rock…


Added by Norman John Darwen on August 2, 2017 at 18:20 — No Comments

ANDREW CHAPMAN A.K.A. JOJO: Well, It’s About Time! (UpIsland Records)


That album title is pretty appropriate – let’s have a little history… Vocalist Andrew Chapman first met Tony Braunagel – now a renowned drummer and producer on the modern blues scene – back in Houston in the late 60s. Andrew came to manage Braunagel’s band, Buttermilk Bottom, before forming a band called The Bloontz All Stars with bass player Terry Wilson – Braunagel joined them later, and they made an album around 1972 and ‘73 before touring with Johnny…


Added by Norman John Darwen on July 27, 2017 at 15:33 — No Comments

SCOTTIE MILLER BAND - Stay Above Water (independent release)

Stay Above Water - Scottie Miller Band

Stylistically this set ranges from the acoustic country of 'Guardian Angel' at one extreme to the progressive rock tinges of 'Come Along'. The bulk of the material though falls into a blues, or at least a blues-tinged, bag. The opening 'Burned All My Bridges' is a fine blues-rocking shuffle with just the merest hint of Howling Wolf in the introduction and rhythm, 'Keep This Good Thing Going' features…


Added by Norman John Darwen on July 24, 2017 at 11:44 — No Comments

MICHAEL PACKER – “I Am The Blues – My Story Vol. 3” (Iris Music Group IMG-986-3)

Michael Packer - I Am The Blues My Story, Vol. 3 (2017) 320 kbps

Born in 1950, Michael Packer died of liver cancer on 6th May 2017, shortly after having completed this set as the final part of his musical legacy. He recorded as a member of country/ folk/ rock band Papa Nebo on Atlantic, then with Free beer for Buddah and RCA, then as a well-respected bluesman in the New York area, working frequently with the late Delta blues legend David “Honeyboy” Edwards.

This is a musically varied set, though strongly rooted in the…


Added by Norman John Darwen on July 1, 2017 at 20:14 — No Comments


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