Son House- Forever On My Mind review

Son House- Forever On My Mind Easy Eye Sound Preacher, farm and factory worker, and founding father of modern blues: he was called Son House. A protegee and contemporary of Charley Patton, House’s life was filled with mistakes and questionable deeds. What remains undisputed was that House played and sang the blues like few others,… Continue reading Son House- Forever On My Mind review

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Tim Gartland- Truth review

Tim Gartland Truth TimGartland.com Tim Gartland plays the blues the way we at Fervor Coulee like them: close enough to the roots that we don’t get distracted by rock ‘n’ roll guitars and drums, and relevant enough that we care what is being expressed. “There is truth in the heart of the beholder,” Gartland moans… Continue reading Tim Gartland- Truth review

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Rob Lutes- Come Around review

Rob Lutes Come Around http://www.RobLutes.com Rob Lutes’ follow-up to his award-winning Walk In The Dark (Canadian Folk Music Award, Contemporary Vocals) kind of snuck up on me this spring and got lost in the shuffle that has been my most recent life. When I finally made time for it this week, I was immediately regretful.… Continue reading Rob Lutes- Come Around review

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Kat Danser- One Eye Open review

Kat Danser One Eye Open BlackHenMusic.com KatDanser.com Edmonton-based, award-winning songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and all-around force-of-nature Kat Danser returns with a wide-ranging and sometimes swinging collection of electrifying blues music. Previously reviewed HERE and HERE. Danser covers much of what we have come to know as the blues spectrum, and—as she characteristically does —extends herself into… Continue reading Kat Danser- One Eye Open review

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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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