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
I’ve been away the last several days, and while I was gone Exclaim! published my review of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley’s latest, World Full of Blues. Link is here: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/rob_ickes_and_trey_hensley-world_full_of_blues It is a stout recording I highly recommend.
Blue Moon Marquee Bare Knuckles & Brawn BlueMoonMarquee.com For a band that so freely reaches back into the tradition, be it blues, jazz, freak-folk, swing, or ragtime, Blue Moon Marquee is entirely unique. Much like and entirely different from Bill & the Belles, I can picture Blue Moon Marquee around a single mic in a… Continue reading Blue Moon Marquee- Bare Knuckles & Brawn review
Bobby Messano featuring Bob Malone Lemonade BobbyMessano.com Bobby Messano once sang, tongue firmly in cheek, “My life is perfect, there ain’t no doubt; have everything I need, I’ve got it all figured out…That’s why I don’t sing the blues.” Things are looking up on Lemonade, Messano’s latest with Bob Malone. A good-time album, Lemonade is… Continue reading Bobby Messano featuring Bob Malone- Lemonade review
The Texas Horns Get Here Quick SevernRecords.com I know every dive in the city, where I can wash my heartaches away; I wake up back in the alley ‘cause I got no place to stay. Guy Forsyth sings these words to kick-off The Texas Horns’ Get Here Quick, a blast of blues like that seldom… Continue reading The Texas Horns- Get Here Quick review
Harpdog Brown For Love & Money DogHouse HarpdogBrown.com A couple months back, blues evangelist Harpdog Brown released an energetic set of New Orleans-influenced jump blues, a true, authentic throwback to and of a previous generation’s music. An outstanding blues harmonica player, Brown’s music has been heard on fine blues radio programs for years, and I… Continue reading Harpdog Brown- For Love & Money review
Adam Holt Kind of Blues Zenith Records AdamHoltMusic.com Every music writer is looking for a niche, a space all their own. Mine appears to be writing about folks I’ve never before heard, and it is a fine gig. Almost weekly of late I am discovering musicians, singers, and songwriters I have not previously encountered. Holly… Continue reading Adam Holt- Kind of Blues review