Rory Block- A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith review

Rory Block A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith Stony Plain Records What was the name of the Maria Muldaur album a decade or so ago? Naughty, Bawdy, & Blue, that’s it. That would also work for this new set from Rory Block, the latest in her ongoing mission tracing the historical importance and… Continue reading Rory Block- A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith review

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Sue Foley- The Ice Queen review

Sue Foley The Ice Queen Stony Plain Records SueFoley.com When one considers contemporary blues guitarists, naturally several come to mind, and being a bit northern-centric, Sue Foley immediately jumps to the fore. That paisley-bejeweled pink Telecaster wouldn’t be nearly as impressive in lesser hands, and over the course of nearly three decades as a touring… Continue reading Sue Foley- The Ice Queen review

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Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters- The Luckiest Man review

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters The Luckiest Man Stony Plain Records Bobby Bland’s (written by Don Robey) “Ain’t That Loving You” kicks off this latest blues missive from Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, and the sultry take paves the way toward 70 minutes of the finest, freshest, and grooviest electric blues we experienced in 2017.… Continue reading Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters- The Luckiest Man review

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Kevin Breit- Johnny Goldtooth and the Chevy Casanovas review

Kevin Breit Johnny Goldtooth and the Chevy Casanovas Stony Plain Records Without doubt, Kevin Breit is one of Canada’s most intriguing musicians. Whether working in conjunction with pals including Harry Manx (three albums) and The Sisters Euclid (five albums), on his own (seven and more releases), or as a sideman, Breit always brings something engaging… Continue reading Kevin Breit- Johnny Goldtooth and the Chevy Casanovas review

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Eric Bibb, Tom Ewing, Rob Benzing reviews

I was busy writing last weekend, and the products of my efforts have been published over at Lonesome Road Review. Eric Bibb’s Migration Blues from Stony Plain Records: it is as good as you hope. Bill Monroe’s last lead singer, Tom Ewing, has put together a compilation of tracks from his late 80-early 90 cassette… Continue reading Eric Bibb, Tom Ewing, Rob Benzing reviews

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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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