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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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Added by Norman John Darwen on April 16, 2018 at 17:05 — No Comments

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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Added by Norman John Darwen on April 16, 2018 at 16:58 — No Comments

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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Added by Norman John Darwen on April 12, 2018 at 15:20 — No Comments

TIM WOODS – Human Race (Independent

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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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Added by Norman John Darwen on April 11, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

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

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

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

MEG WILLIAMS – Maybe Someday (Independent Release – www megwilliamsmusic.com)

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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Added by Norman John Darwen on April 9, 2018 at 16:11 — No Comments

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

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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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Added by Norman John Darwen on April 9, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

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…

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

THE BUSH LEAGUE – James RiVAh (Independent Release – <a href="http://www.thebushleague.com">www.thebushleague.com</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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Added by Norman John Darwen on February 21, 2018 at 16:54 — No Comments

LAURIE MORVAN - “Gravity” (Screaming Lizard SLR0006)

 

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Added by Norman John Darwen on February 19, 2018 at 11:49 — No Comments

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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Added by Norman John Darwen on February 2, 2018 at 12:56 — No Comments

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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Added by Norman John Darwen on February 1, 2018 at 13:43 — No Comments

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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Added by Norman John Darwen on February 1, 2018 at 11:01 — No Comments

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

ADY JOHNSON – London Songs (Independent)

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Added by Norman John Darwen on December 11, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

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.…

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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…

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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…

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Added by Norman John Darwen on November 6, 2017 at 18:41 — 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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