Bai Kamara, Jr.- Salone review

Bai Kamara, Jr. Salone Moosicus/MIG Music BaiKamara.com The most exciting blues album to reach the Fervor Coulee Bunker this summer arrives by way of Belgium, Bai Kamara Jr. & the Voodoo Sniffers’ deliver Salone. Named for Kamara’s home country Sierra Leone (Salone is the county’s name in the Krio language), this expansive collection of songs… Continue reading Bai Kamara, Jr.- Salone review

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Watermelon Slim- Traveling Man review

Watermelon Slim Traveling Man Northern Blues Music WatermelonSlim.com In troubled times, the familiar brings us comfort. One of the finest bluesmen we know, Watermelon Slim provides relief from the disquiet surrounding us today. Traveling Man is a two-album set of solo performances, just Slim, his resonator steel guitar, and a bit of harmonica. It is… Continue reading Watermelon Slim- Traveling Man review

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Autumn 2019 Blues releases, reviewed

Several fine blues albums have made their way to me these last couple months, and today is the day I finally share my thoughts about them. Apologies to the PR folks, labels, and musicians for the delay. First up: Paul Gabriel Man of Many Blues Smoke Ring Records PaulGabriel.net There are no shortage of blues… Continue reading Autumn 2019 Blues releases, reviewed

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Watermelon Slim- Church of the Blues review

He’s had a little success in a life mostly marked by failure… Watermelon Slim Church of the Blues Northern Blues WatermelonSlim.com From 2006-2010, I was pleased to receive a Watermelon Slim album annually, and to praise his vison for the blues for various publications. From the self-titled Watermelon Slim & the Workers album (2006) through… Continue reading Watermelon Slim- Church of the Blues review

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Andy T Band- Double Strike review

Andy T Band Double Strike  American Showplace Music I love receiving albums from groups I’ve never previously heard. Thanks to a growing network of publicists who send me material to review, this has been happening a bit more often recently as when Double Strike showed up in my mailbox a week ago. I don’t know… Continue reading Andy T Band- Double Strike review

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Rory Block- Keepin’ Outta Trouble review

Rory Block Keepin’ Outta Trouble: A Tribute to Bukka White Stony Plain Records Indisputably, Rory Block is one of the most impressive contemporary blues artists. Rooted so deeply in country blues traditions, Block can’t be anything but authentic. Unfortunately, I’ve not caught every installment of her Mentor Series, which started with her tribute to Son… Continue reading Rory Block- Keepin’ Outta Trouble review

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MonkeyJunk- Time to Roll review

MonkeyJunk Time to Roll Stony Plain Records There is an American band starting to make a bit of noise south of the border with an aggressive, swampy blend of rhythm & blues that is as deeply entrenched in tradition as it is forward looking. They are called The Blue Shadows (Canadian readers pause—they have nothing… Continue reading MonkeyJunk- Time to Roll review

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Matthew Skoller- Blues Immigrant review

Matthew Skoller Blues Immigrant Tongue ‘N Groove Records Veteran Chicago harp player and bandleader Matthew Skoller has released an engaging, passionate collection of tasteful, groove-laden blues. There is so much going on in these songs that one may be tempted to over-think things. Better to just relax into the propulsive rhythms and absorb their medicine.… Continue reading Matthew Skoller- Blues Immigrant review

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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters- Maxwell Street review

Still catching up on summer… Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters Maxwell Street Stony Plain Records http://www.RonnieEarl.com Ronnie Earl has been around. Twenty-plus albums, the last ten on Canada’s venerable Stony Plain Records, has found the master guitarist one of the most revered guitarists producing the blues. At times a little jazzy, often late-night right, Earl… Continue reading Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters- Maxwell Street review

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