Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Jimmy Zee Band..What You See Is What You Get...rootsy blues with a touch of soul

The latest compilation of tunes from Jimmy Zee features some of Canada's greatest players including, Rob MacDonald, Tim Porter, Harpdog Brown, Darryl Havers, Joel Fountain, Miles Hill, Steve Hilliam, and Nadine States. Feature guests include Annabelle Chvostek on backgrounds, Terry Townson on Trumpet, Elliot Polsky on percussion and Rick Threat (Backroads). Produced by Mark Henning and Jimmy Zee.

Jimmy Zee's unmistakable bluesy-soulful voice is the musical trademark that has forged his path throughout the music business for 25 years. Zee's vocals approximate a cross between Joe Cocker,Tom Waits and Robbie Robertson's latter spoken style. 

Marty's review: It took me a while to get around to listening to this album but I'm glad I did. 10 killer tracks of rootsy blues with a touch of soul and Jimmy's unique vocal style make this a must have for blues fans. A good mix of electric and acoustic numbers, outstanding guitar work, harmonica and tight rhythm section all come together to produce an album that confirms the talents of this veteran blues man. My favourite track, "I Ride Alone".

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

61 Ghosts ...To The Edge...high energy indie blues with razor-sharp dynamics

Joe Mazzari and Dixie Deadwood, a duo based out of the Northeastern USA, draw upon their own personal musical influences, their combined passion and need to create a style of music all their own -- one that's influenced by the urban streets and the restless spirits of the Mississippi Hills. Each had honed their own sound through years on the road: Mazzari with his poignant lyrics, melodies and rock guitar, Dixie with her bare-knuckled approach to drumming. Together, Joe and Dixie mix steamy grooves, razor-sharp dynamics and high energy to create what they refer to as “gritty and primal rock 'n' roll.”

Joe brings his gutter-rock guitar, gritty vocals and strong stage presence fostered through his years touring and recording with Johnny Thunders, Walter Lure and Jerry Nolan of Heartbreakers and New York Dolls fame. Influenced by John Hiatt, Bob Dylan, Link Wray, Rory Gallagher and various Delta blues musicians, Joe began writing roots-rock music in his 20's. 

Dixie played drums behind famed blues man Leo "Bud" Welch for years and has performed at more than 20 festivals and venues in the US, Europe and Africa. She is featured in a documentary on Welch, "Late Blossom Blues: The Leo ‘Bud’ Welch Story,” released in January 2017, and on Welch's Mississippi Blues Trail Marker as his drummer. Dixie also played in the All Night Long Blues Band for four years and recorded three albums of Mississippi Hill Country blues. 

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Marty's review: 61 Ghosts take the blues, strip it down to the bare bones, add a bit of raw-edged rock  and roll and deliver it with high intensity on this 6 track EP release. Smokin' hot guitar licks, a solid back beat and lyrics that are taken from the street, this is back to roots music that asks to be noticed and delivers straight down the barrel with no excuses.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Soul revivalists Soul Messengers back with a new album 'Vision and Faith'..tasteful and catchy grooves

Soul Messengers are from Sydney, Australia. Just as their name indicates, listening to their newest album, “Vision & Faith,” you will get caught by a warmth and comforting feeling, while also delivering tasteful and catchy grooves reminiscent of soul giants like Charles Barkley or Bill Withers.

"We really think this is our best work to date. The arrangements and sound on the tracks are more 'us' than ever. With Sam Teskey mixing we've got someone who really is into and understands that true soul sound. We just love how he has taken care of this record." Richard Aljinovic, Soul Messengers

Previously known as Chich and The Soul Messengers, the Sydney based bluesy-soul revivalists present a dynamite live show honed at regular gigs in Sydney and surrounds, the band having played over 85 shows since 2014 at venues such as Marrickville's Lazybones, Newtown's Leadbelly and Sydney's The Basement. In addition to performing regular shows Soul Messengers have been added to NSW festivals Double Bay Street Festival and The Northern Beaches Music Festival in multiple years. Add in past residencies at Enmore's Vic on the Park, Marrickville's Gasoline Pony and Newtown's Botany View Hotel and you have one of Sydney's most booked originals bands.

Soul Messengers are Rich Aljinovic (vocals, guitar), Simon Morel (guitar), Hadi Ansell (bass) and Dave Kirby (drums). They love to play live and are intent on spreading their soul manifesto. With a great rhythm section and happening lead guitarist behind him, Rich feels free to let go and enjoy the moment, freeing his gutsy, soul drenched voice to float between grooving rock 'n' soul to sweet sultry ballads.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Guitarist Alastair Greene releases "Dream Train" on Rip Cat Records..blues rock that's right on track

Alastair Greene’s musical journey has been anything but traditional. His combination of blues, Southern rock, and jam band sensibilities have been thrilling audiences for nearly two decades. With recent appearances at the Chicago Blues Festival and the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, as well as guest appearances with such luminaries as Eric Burdon, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Savoy Brown, John Nemeth, and Debbie Davies, it’s crystal clear: His star is on the rise. 

Alastair recently plunged headfirst into a full-time solo career, stepping down after 7 years touring the world as the guitarist for rock legend Alan Parsons. Alastair is philosophical about his time playing with Parsons, saying, “I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity Alan gave me to handle guitar and vocal duties in his band. It was an honor to play the music created by the Alan Parsons Project to Alan’s fans around the world. After 7 years, the time has come for me to truly pursue my own musical dream.” 

The culmination of his musical experiences, influences, and passion is manifested as his new record, "Dream Train." The album was produced and mixed by David Z, whose production credits include Buddy Guy, Gov’t Mule, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang. "Dream Train" features 13 new songs, 12 of which are Greene originals. The sole cover is a previously unreleased song written by none other than Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top called "Nome Zayne," which was recorded with Billy’s blessing. 

The songs on "Dream Train" range from the hard driving blues rock of the title track, to the sensitive Curtis Mayfield tinged instrumental Iowa. "Big Bad Wolf" finds the band in familiar boogie blues rock territory while "Daredevil" takes listeners on more traditional blues shuffle ride. 

"Dream Train" also features an impressive array of special guests including: Walter Trout, Debbie Davies, Mike Zito, Mike Finnigan, and Dennis Gruenling. Alastair is supported on "Dream Train" by his touring band consisting of Jim Rankin on bass, and Austin Beede on drums.

Marty's review: right from the first notes you know this album is going to grab you by the throat and not let go. Alastair's licks are first class, and the driving rhythm behind him gives a punch that will more than knock you out. From the blues-rock of the title track to the boogie of "Big Bad Wolf" and "Noma Zayne", the smooth blues instrumental "Iowa" and the one acoustic number "Song for Rufus", the 13 tracks on this release will please fans of the likes of ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Rory Gallagher and Robin Trower.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

McKee Brothers 2nd album release "Moon Over Montgomery"...high energy and soulful

Moon Over Montgomery,” the second release by The McKee Brothers, once again features inspired performances by a talented roster of players from Los Angeles and Michigan, including soulful vocalists Bob Schultz (original keyboardist with Bob Seger), Jeff Robinson, Reggie Gonzales, Maxayn Lewis, Laith Al-Saadi (vocal and guitar – 2016 finalist on “The Voice”), Larry McCray (vocal and guitar), guitarist Ari Teitel, keyboardists Bobby West and Jim Alfredson (formerly with Janiva Magness and in Organissimo), horn players Lee Thornburg (formerly of Tower of Power, now touring with Joe Bonamassa) and Doug Webb (Posi-Tone Records recording artist), bassists Bobby Watson (Rufus), Al Threats, and J.V. Collier (Bruce Hornsby) - as well as the brothers themselves: Denis McKee on guitar, keyboards, bass, and vocals, and Ralph McKee on bass, lap steel guitar, and vocals.

The music is high-energy and soulful, in several styles, from gospel (the inspirational title track paying tribute to the 1965 civil rights march), gritty funk ("Go 2 Work!," "Bayou Man," "I Feel Like Dynamite," "Blues of the Month Club"), soul ("Where You Gettin’ It?," "Runaway Love," and the Latin-flavored "Late at Night"), jazz-blues ("Kicks"), to the funky country of "Confidential" and the rock of "Remember When." Check out Laith Al-Saadi’s vocal and Larry McCray’s guitar on "Worried About Tomorrow," the incendiary blues vocal by Jeff Robinson on "You Know How I Lie," with smokin’ guitar by Al-Saadi, the rhythm section’s irresistible New Orleans grooves on "Flat, Black, & Circular" and "Pigfeet," the great Lee Thornburg horn arrangement on the gospel ballad "Celebrate Me Home," and some impressive guitar work throughout by Denis McKee.

Marty's review: with a cast of thousands (well, a couple of dozen) and a generous 16 tracks, this 2nd release from the McKee Brothers has the works. From brassy soul-blues to roots based licks and gospel ballads, this well produced album has enough fuel and ammunition to get you to the moon and back. All you would except from a class act and more. If there is a blues equivalent to the wall of sound, then this might be it.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Trainman Blues..modern blues-roots with a 50's style rawness and simplicity

Trainman Blues is a 4 piece modern blues/roots band, soaking the rawness and simplicity of 50's style blues with modern production techniques. With three singles released and a debut album set for release in February/March, this band is picking up steam. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark,  the band is comprised of Irish singer/guitarist Richard Farrell ( https://www.richardfarrellandt, Ronni Boysen on guitar (Kokomo king and Mud Morgenfield), Laust Nielsen (Blues Producer and Mojo's in-house Bass player) and drummer Thomas Crawfurd ( Fried Okra Band).

Trainman blues is the brainchild of Richard Farrell and Laust Nielsen.They have recently written, produced and  recorded songs together over the last 8 months and they’re looking forward to releasing an album in the start of 2018. Their sound takes inspiration from the raw and roots style blues before it developed into rock ' n ' roll. Fast forward 50 years, with modern production techniques, and now you have the Trainman Blues sound... 

Richard is an Irish man who has found his spiritual home in blues music, he breathes, sleeps and sings the blues, it is second nature to him. From the chugging sounds of the train to the warbling voices of the gospel singers, Richard and his band encompass a wide sound. He sings with guts and all heart, playing a a hollow body guitar in a finger style manner. On the bass guitar is Laust Nielsen, planting delicate and warm bass lines with ease and precision. Laust has been sculpting and producing the songs with Richard for the upcoming album. The up coming album and new single display a new take on blues production, combining a taste of the old and new, with a laid back and downplayed feel, the songs wash over the listener with soothing charm and intriguing ambience. 

Featured on the upcoming album and also playing in a live setting are blues aficionados Ronni Boysen on guitar and Thomas Crawfurd on drums. Ronni commands and weaves powerful riffs and solos on the guitar, playing with the likes of Mud Morgenfield ( Muddy Water’s son) and Kokomo Kings, his tastefulness and vigour for blues reaches beyond the shores of Denmark. Thomas is a melodic and thoughtful drummer, who has finely tuned ear for creating beautifully layered, simple textures. Thomas plays also with Fried Okra band. 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Joel DaSilva new album "Everywhere From Here"

Joel DaSilva is an American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter hailing from Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Fort Lauderdale,Florida. He has recently released his brand new album, "Everywhere From Here". The album was produced by  Grammy winner Eddie Perez at TruNoyz Studios in Fort Lauderdale. Joel, who has been performing as a lead guitarist and vocalist since the age of 18, was the front man for the renowned South Florida blues band The Hep Cat Boo Daddies for 13 years before breaking out on his own as a solo artist. Besides acting in several independent films, Joel's resume includes performances with dozens of blues, rock, and roots notables, including B.B. King, Ray Charles, Leon Russell, Johnny Winter, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, among others.

Delving back deeply into his Chicago Blues and Americana roots, DaSilva has emerged with some truly visceral new material, the culmination of months of soul searching, hard living and late night driving. The first single from the album is titled "Shake," and is a simmering, swampy slow-burner of a song that builds to a fiery guitar solo and really shows off Joel's power and passion. 


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Award-winning guitarist Gwyn Ashton’s new album Solo Elektro, one-man lo-fi garage stoner distorto blues-rock

Solo Elektro is award-winning guitarist Gwyn Ashton’s new one-man lo-fi garage stoner distorto blues-rock album. Full of chord-crunching fuzz guitar, dirty octave dividers and slamming kick drum, it’s a 100% explosive live-in-the-studio recording, sounding retro, with a modern evolution, as heard on the riff-pumped 'She Won't Tell Me'. If you like Sgt Pepper, Jack White and The Black Keys, you'll LOVE Solo Elektro!  The album is heavily inspired and a homage to mid 60's Beatles albums.

'A post-psychedelic Phil Spector style wall of sound. If you’ve never heard Gwyn Ashton before listening to this album, you’d swear he’s part of an underground contemporary scene you might have missed. ‘Solo Elektro’  flies the flag for a psychedelic indie blues artist who is only truly happy when he finds new exciting outlets for his oeuvre. It’s an album shot through with raw, brash, kick-ass psychedelic tinged stoner rock with a blues heart and is worthy of your attention. ****’  Pete Feenstra, Get Ready To Rock

‘The journey is full of complexities, sonics that challenges your ear deftly combined with Gwyn Ashton’s sharp musical wit and timing. One thing for sure this marmite album from a one man band has a broad range of in your face rocking blues with complex sounds that never makes the mistake of falling into the pit of self-indulgence’. - Bluesdoodles

‘I produced hard rock for Alberts (Choirboys) and knew the AC/DC, Angels, Rose Tattoo guys quite well. Sounds like it would have fit in well with the Alberts stable of artists back then’. - Jim Manzie, Sydney / LA-based film music and record producer

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Aussie blues brothers "LamBros." release fiery new single "Do Something"

Up and coming Australian brotherly duo, LamBros., have just released their newest single, "Do Something". They've been playing around the country for the last few years at festivals including the Byron Bay Bluesfest.

The song is about the way of tackling the inner demons we face when deciding what to do with our lives. It seems like people are constantly making decisions between doing what they love, or what society tells them to do, and we think that life's too short to live like that. We want people to live without regrets, and live on their own terms. They wrote and produced the song themselves.

Stream or buy the full EP online at:

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Americana artist Janie Barnett new album release “You See This River”..stories of ambiguity and passion

Americana artist Janie Barnett recently released her album “You See This River” which reached the top 20 on Americana radio in its first weeks of release, and is on the first-round Grammy ballot in the following categories: Best Folk Album, Best American Roots Song (“Crazy Good Thing”) and Best American Roots Vocal (“Crazy Good Thing”). 

“You See This River” is the result of Barnett’s long search for artistic authenticity. She has mined her experiences as parent, partner, artist, and social animal, presenting stories that are full of ambiguity and passion. 

Recording artist Kenny White says of her work: “Janie turns the bumps, bruises, and joys of life into evocative and relatable songs…and makes it sound easy…which ain’t easy.”

Stream the album: /playlist?list=PLCi2eb0eS-r6o0 Xe-eIoOvUE32cxOZI8o

A Virginia native, Janie Barnett cut her teeth on bluegrass festivals, church coffeehouses, and the American Folklife Festival.  When she met iconic Americana barnstormer and Newgrass pioneer John Hartford at Folklife, so began her love affair with the alternate roots movement. One can see the roots of this renegade impulse throughout Barnett’s growing up. She defected from the local high school for boarding school, where, ironically, she found her tribe of outside-the-box musicians.  She then defected from the Ivy League to play in a roots and reggae band in New Hampshire and Cambridge, and ultimately defected from the New England music scene to New York City. Barnett rose in the freelance world, making a name for herself as a smart, precise, and professional chameleon musician, singing on countless film, tv and commercial projects, as well as singing backup for iconic stars like Linda Ronstadt, Celine Dion, and Rickie Lee Jones. Appearances on SNL, The Today Show, membership in an elite session musician supergroup – these were the bookings of that time.

Barnett rose to become one of the top 20 session singer calls, while continuing her search for her own essential expression - the essential songs, the essential timbre, the core family of musicians. “I was also going through the long process of my marriage ending. My partner and I needed to set each other free in order to be ourselves. I recognized I had to own that process in the music.” Several collections of music were released through those years, but none Barnett felt had fully captured her authentic voice as a writer or musician.

“You See This River” is the culmination of Barnett’s years of searching and exploring, and living a life that many of us find ourselves living: “By trial and error we find ourselves, we retrieve ourselves from our own fires and folly. We poke and prod and with luck we find our authentic selves and stop looking over our shoulders. The renegade is part of my DNA in a good way, but it also played a role in running from myself. This record, these songs, reflect a period where I stopped running. So the stories reflect the process, and the sound reflects the result.”

​Janie currently splits her time between Brooklyn and Boston, where she has been an associate professor at Berklee College of Music for close to 15 years.


December 3, 2017
Janie Barnett’s Urban Americana Holiday Party
City Winery 
New York City, NY

December 16, 2017
Natick, MA
Opening for Paula Cole

December 17, 2017
Stoned Soul Picnic, featuring Diane Garisto and Friends 
City Winery 
New York City, NY
Guitar and Vocal

December 30, 2017
Black Squirrel Cafe 
Vienna, VA 

January 20, 2018 
Stoned Soul Picnic
Celtic Connections Festival 
Glasgow, Scotland 

February 10 and 11, 2018
Club Passim
Cambridge, MA  
Opening for Buskin and Batteau


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Leonard Griffie new album release "Better Late Than No Time Soon"...compelling contemporary blues

What's the winning recipe for a compelling contemporary blues album? Start with an artist firmly grounded in the blues. An artist who is also a prolific songwriter, blues guitar master, and a unique and engaging singer. Add to the traditional blues a generous helping of old school Rhythm and Blues, a big cup of Soul, a dash of Jazz. Then make sure all these delicious ingredients are put together in just the right mix, with the right musicians to properly enhance the final blend. 

"Better Late Than No Time Soon" is the result of exactly this recipe. With this effort, Leonard Griffie and a highly talented group of players has created a new album that manages to be both fresh, yet simultaneously traditional. The songs display impressive range. From soulful ballad to smoky R&B to foot stompin' shuffle. Truly the culmination of a lifetime of blues.

Marty's review: just the title alone would make you sit up and take notice of this latest release by seasoned blues man Leonard Griffie. With all the essential elements it takes to produce a super cool blues album, from stinging guitar to hot R'n'B, soul and some good old fashion foot stomping, the talent and years of experience of this artist shine through. 

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

UK Indie folk-rock outfit Speak, Brother new single release "Magnificent"

Vulnerable, honest, ethereal: this is the music of Speak, Brother. Boasting a powerful indie­-folk­-rock sound with subtle hymnal and gospel tones, their story-based anthems have drawn comparisons to the likes of Of Monsters and Men, Kodaline and Fleet Foxes.

Having played shows and received airplay across the UK including BBC Radio 2, the Midlands outfit return with their new single “Magnificent” from their debut upcoming album. The eagerly anticipated Album "Young & Brave" is to be released in Spring 2018.

"Magnificent" is inspired by the beauty and innocence of a young child. A child that could be born into the worst of situations.. A bad tempered Dad, a broken family, poverty, school bullies etc. But this zooms in on the purity, the unadulterated innocence that is born in every human. So small and precious, yet completely unaware of just how beautiful and important that is.

Vulnerable and honest vocals combine effortlessly with an ethereal musical soundscape to create a sound that launces Speak, Brother to the forefront of their genre. It’s no surprise that their music has already earned them airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC WM, BBC Introducing and their single “Lions Roar” hit No. 14 in the iTunes chart.

“A piece of class.” -­- Brody Swain, BBC Intro 
“Their mix of passion and emotive storylines are quite irresistible" -­- FATEA

Stream “Magnificent”, here:

Speak Brother on Spotify:

Facebook: @speakbrotheruk
 Twitter:  @speakbrotheruk

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jack Tempchin “Peaceful Easy Feeling” featuring Janiva Magness, Rita Coolidge, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen

Iconic songs "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Already Gone," "Somebody" and "It's Your World Now" all have these thing in common: they have Jack Tempchin as either writer or co-writer. All were recorded by the Eagles, each is multiplatinum, and two are on the bestselling album of the 20th century: "Eagles: Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975."

Produced by Joel Piper, "Peaceful Easy Feeling: The Songs Of Jack Tempchin" has very special guest vocalist Rita Coolidge on a duet with Jack for "Slow Dancing," originally a top 10 hit for Johnny Rivers in 1977, with a video for the track shot by veteran director Jim Shea up now on YouTube. Grammy nominated blues vocalist Janiva Magness is featured on two songs on the deluxe digital release "Soul Searchin’" and "I Found Somebody," both written with Glenn Frey. Classic rock and country legends Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burritos) and Herb Pedersen (Desert Rose Band) are featured on two songs "Already Gone" and "It’s Your World Now."

During the Eagles' 14-year "vacation," Jack Tempchin co-wrote radio hits for Glenn Frey’s solo career including “Smuggler’s Blues” and “You Belong To The City” from the Miami Vice TV soundtrack. Other Tempchin tunes have been covered/sung by George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Glen Campbell, Chris Hillman, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Randy Meisner, Tom Rush, Kate Wolf, Richie Havens, Dave Edmunds, Vince Gill, My Morning Jacket and a Top 10 hit with rocker Johnny Rivers, “Slow Dancing Swayin’ To The Music.” 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Blues guitarist Chickenbone Slim second album release " The Big Beat "..blues played with a vintage groove

Chickenbone Slim is the stage name of Larry Teves, a blues musician based in San Diego, and The Big Beat is his second album. He only picked up the guitar in 2011 after many years of playing bass and singing in San Diego bands. He's worked with dozens of musicians, including San Diego blues legend Tomcat Courtney, Big Jon Atkinson and Scottie Blinn, as well as in his own bands, The Boogiemen and Jinxking. He started Chickenbone Slim & the Biscuits in 2013 as a way of strengthening his own vision of the blues. His debut CD in 2016 was nominated as Best Blues Recording in the San Diego Music Awards that year.

Chickenbone's second album was a combination of luck and destiny. He had planned a short tour from his San Diego home to the San Francisco Bay area but found himself with two gigs, four days apart with nothing in-between. As it turned out Kid Andersen was not only off the road from his duties with Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, but had available studio time in his Greaseland Studios in Hayward.

But there was a catch. Chickenbone had several songs, but did he have enough material to make a coherent, full CD of original music? The surprise studio availability had caught him off-guard. Some recent songs had yet to be arranged or rehearsed. He actually wrote one song in the back seat on the road to Northern California and rewrote another, "Man Down," as the minutes ticked off toward the end of his last recording session. The studio work was skillful, and final mastering was completed in July 2017.

Kid Andersen was a key component, handling the recording and mixing controls as well as playing guitar on "Hemi Dodge." Big Jon Atkinson brought his considerable talents to the studio on guitar, bass and, especially, harmonica. Marty Dodson was most critical on drums, using odd-time signatures and vintage grooves to new material, while Scot Smart bolstered his reputation as one of the West Coast's freshest new blues men with solid and nuanced bass playing as well as a guitar solo on "Long Way Down."

Marty's review: with a name like Chickenbone Slim and titles like Vodka and Vicodin and Long Legged Sweet Thing you know you're in for a good ride. With exceptional guitar licks, blazing harmonica and a back beat that is solid, this is rocking blues played with a lot of fun. The production has that raw and down to earth sound with a tightness that shows the dedication and professionalism of all players. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Alt Country singer-songwriter Michael Colton returns with breezy breakup song "Bye Bye"

Los Angeles-based alt-country singer/songwriter and guitarist Michael Colton’s recently released his new single “Bye Bye”. The song, his first single follow-up to last years lauded EP California Blue—takes his country tinged blues rock and songwriting to a new level with guitar chops and backing band sounding stronger than ever and a killer chorus.

With this anthemic new single Michael Colton has written the ultimate breakup sing-along. According to, Colton “has depth, warmth, and grit - and he can play the hell out of his guitar.”

Diving deep into the explosive traditions of virtuosos Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton, Colton began his musical career as a cocky young guitarist. Exploring that music led him further down that road, all the way to blues legend Robert Johnson. Colton went on to record an EP of Johnson’s songs, the critically acclaimed The Robert Johnson Sessions. Colton’s recent live appearances include SXSW, The Sundance Film Festival, and Los Angeles’ House of Blues.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

UK blues rock band Dirk Digglers Blues Revue debut album release "Cuba Neils"..blues with boogie power

Dirk Digglers Blues Revue are a British blues rock band who play high octane boogie drawing influence from American and British artists such as ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green and Dr Feelgood. Cuba Neils, the band’s debut album, was completed in late 2016 and is a collection of their songs to date. Real life tales of women, wine and woe are told over thirteen great original blues tracks. From 70’s rock style opener ‘Nuthin’ Too Untoward’ to Lo-Fi ‘Black Cat Blues’ and Southern style ‘Keep Yo’ Momma Down the Line’, Cuba Neils is 45 minutes of top notch British Blues that is bound to excite any fan of the genre.

The album took its name from Cuba Neils Studio, where it was recorded. During their time at the studio none of the band met Cuba Neil but have been assured he is very nice.

Dirk Digglers Blues Revue are from the Midlands and continue to play the bars, clubs and blues festivals of the UK and are currently working on their second album.

Marty's review: If you like your blues with power, raunch and a generous dose of boogie then you will eat up this debut release from Dirk Digglers Blues Revue. Paying their dues doing live gigs over the last 10 years has certainly honed their talents and the 13 tracks on this well produced release will almost certainly leave you breathless. Turn it up, play it often and play it loud!

Sample tracks on their official website:

..and on SOUNDCLOUD here

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cassie Keenum & Rick Randlett new release "Hauntings"...soulful blues from a pairing of creative artists

“Hauntings” is a project that stems from the collaborations of two talented musicians, Cassie Keenum and Rick Randlett. They let their vision collide, as well as their passion for great melodies and earnest blues music to create an album that is truly personal and special. 

This collection of songs explores the depth of acoustic blues and echoes the roots of the genre. “Hauntings” is an album that feels intimate and understated, yet energetic and uplifting. This record is proof that the blues is alive and well, and here to stay.

Cassie was raised as the daughter of a Baptist preacher, but she always had a rebellious and independent attitude that would push her to fall in love with blues music and shady bars. Rick first fell for the blues spell in the 70's, influenced by artists such as Eric Clapton and other blues-rock pioneers. Together this unlikely duo produces an undeniable chemistry and soulful original blues.

Marty's review: It's always a treat when two like-minded and equally talented artists like Cassie and Rick combine to produce an album that has everything a blues and roots collaboration should, top notch instrumentation, up front and soulful vocals, and songwriting that is personal and from the heart. It all comes together on "Hauntings". A special treat is their version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", just magic!

Official websites: ..

Saturday, November 4, 2017

JD and The Straight Shot new album release "Good Luck And Good Night"..100% Acoustic Americana

New York City-based Americana band JD and The Straight Shot recently released their vibrant sixth studio album Good Luck And Good Night

Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan, guitarist Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), violinist/fiddler Erin Slaver (Martina McBride, Rod Stewart) and drummer/percussionist Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, Saturday Night Live band), the dynamic group’s all-acoustic record was produced and mixed by Copely (Toby Lightman, Owen Danoff, Upright Man) and engineered by Chuck Ainley (Mark Knopfler, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) at Soundstage Studios in Nashville.

Front man Dolan says, “We pushed ourselves harder than ever before on this album and are so proud of the new music.”

Influenced by artists like The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and The Beatles along with traditional Irish folk music and classical music, Good Luck And Good Night delivers a huge sound steeped in the quiet fire of American roots music and the swagger of rock n’ roll. New England Music News enthuses “They expertly fuse folk, country, blues and rock,” Rock At Night calls JD & The Straight Shot “Superb Americana,” Stageshottz Magazine praises, “They define the new Americana sound” and Front Row Music News raves, “They’re equal parts talented and entertaining!" 

The sparkling title track featuring a child chorus crescendo, is a thoughtful commentary on the divisive state of news reporting today, and scorching lead single, “Run For Me,” showcases unbridled energy, galloping rhythms and expansive sonic layers. “Moonlight” entrances with soaring melodies, while the banjo-and-fiddle-driven burner “Ballad Of Jacob Marley” re-tells the tale of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Story about greed and the ability to change. The beauty of Maya Angelou’s words shines in the contemplative “Never Alone” based on her 1975 poem “Alone,” the gospel-infused, foot-stomping “Redemption Train” sings of salvation, the melancholy, moving “Tonight” touches on the terrors of domestic abuse and the graceful ballad “I Know, You Know, I Know” addresses the secret passions of love that cannot be.

Good Luck And Good Night boasts two memorable covers including a rousing rendition of the Three Dog Night classic “Shambala” chock full of vocal harmonies, and, in homage to friend Glenn Frey, a sweepingly stunning cover of the Eagles’ “It’s Your World Now.”

JD & The Straight Shot will be touring aggressively in support of Good Luck And Good Night. The band has previously hit the road with luminaries such as the Eagles, Keith Urban, Don Henley, Dixie Chicks, Jewel, Joe Walsh, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more. South Florida Insider gushes, “JD & The Straight Shot’s wonderful harmonies make the melodies even sweeter” and their live show is “everything a music lover could want and more.”

Marty's reviewThe multiple talents of JD & The Straight Shots come together on this all acoustic, Americana roots production that I know will excite roots music fans. With instrumentation combining acoustic guitars, fiddle, upright bass, accordion and a shuffling percussion, the album sounds crisp and uncluttered with a down to earth approach that is both refreshing and compelling. The lead vocals and harmonies are exceptional as is the songwriting and level of musicianship. There are several music elements in the overall sound which combines blues, gospel, folk, country, bluegrass and Americana. Their efforts in pushing themselves on this release have paid off and the results more than speak for themselves.