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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Americana/Alt-Country band Some Hollow new EP release "Green"

Burlington,Vermont trio Some Hollow have released their debut EP, Green. The band is about a year old and have recently transitioned from a duo to a trio. While the album reflects the band as a duo, there are 2 tracks (Via Champlain and Don't Call Me Baby) that feature the pedal steel work from their 3rd member, Aidan Lenihan.

Some Hollow is: 
Jason Lee - vocals, guitar, harmonica 
Aidan Lenihan - pedal steel guitar 
Josh Morse - drums, vocals

The bands sound is roots based Americana/Alt-Country utilising harmonica, guitar, pedal steel and drums. The EP sounds fresh and unique with outstanding vocal work and songwriting skills that certainly highlight the fine talents of these artists.

Stream and download the EP on Bandcamp HERE

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Kentucky blues artist Bryan Himes new release "Nobody's Fault But Mine"

Take a trip to the delta and experience Bryan Himes sitting roadside by a full moon playing the blues like only he can. A soulful songwriter who records most of his material live, relying on vibe and musicianship, Bryan Himes is a breath of fresh air with his diverse selection of songs.He has shared the stage with Everlast, Chip Taylor, Tommy Womack, Carrie Rodriguez, Paul 'Wine" Jones, to name a few. His music has been played all over the world along side greats like Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker. 

Bryan hails from Lexington, Kentucky and has been featured on this blog previously (see post here). I'm more than pleased to announce his most recent release the traditional blues classic "Nobody's Fault But Mine", an acoustic blues number that Bryan delivers in his unique "front porch" style of Delta and country blues with slide guitar and vocals that cry out for your attention.

Stream and download this and 5 other tracks, including his version of "In My Time of Dyin'" HERE.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Laura Tate new album release "Let's Just Be Real"...tough and tender from a smooth Texas lady

Laura Tate’s fourth CD, “Let’s Just Be Real,” takes this Texas singer and her talented musicians to a rich, new level of sound and message. On these twelve tracks – a mix of old, new and originals released for the first time – Laura gets real and stays there. With her smooth and sultry voice, she invites us on a jazzy journey that combines rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues. It’s a journey through the cycle of love that carries us through new love, passion, breakup, and back again with heart and humor. Even though poets have written about romantic love for thousands of years, the dozen songwriters featured here will make you see love with new eyes. These songs are surprising and sexy, tough and tender – and Laura’s vocals make each one a pleasure to hear again and again.

Stream and download album HERE

In the studio she ignites a kind of chemistry that bonds her voice with an amazing big horn section and hard-driving piano. Add in extraordinary work on guitar and percussion and this album vibrates with energy and soul. Dallas-born and raised, this charismatic singer and actress brings a vibe to everything. Her years in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York show through in this 
fun fusion of blues, rock and jazz. When you're ready for an album that gets real and rings true, enjoy discovering Laura Tate on

"Lets Be Real". - Cindy Graff Cohen, Music Writer

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Jim Roberts and the Resonants "Beneath The Blood Moon"...southern rock with blues roots

Jim Roberts and The Resonants have arrived on the scene. Formerly known as The Jack Roberts Harvey Band, they now bring their familiar Southern Rock sound back to listeners with "Beneath the Blood Moon."

Roberts has been playing guitar, singing and writing music since the 1970's. He put his musical career on hold in the early '90's to concentrate on being a father, and later spent 16 years working as a police officer. But even though his life's journey took him in different directions, Roberts never forgot his calling. In 2012, Roberts retired from his day job and returned to the music that was his first love. He has opened for Ricky Nelson, Della Reese, Danny O’Keefe, Danny Deardorff and Seals and Crofts, and has co – written with Jimmy Seals of Seals and Crofts.

The album's songs are firmly rooted in the Deep South and the Midwest, where Americana, roots rock, and blues define the landscape. The strong Southern themes tell a story, while Roberts' slide guitar work adds fire and finesse to the mix. Roberts also writes and performs on three-string cigar box guitar, lending a primitive, driving, haunting sound last heard on The Jack Roberts Harvey Band's 2014 release "Devil on a Dirt Road." With down-to-earth songwriting, vocals and slide work laid over a solid rhythm section, Jim Roberts and The Resonants take listeners on a new adventure further down that blues/roots highway.

"Guitarist/chief songwriter Jim Roberts channels numerous forbearers while sounding strictly like himself. He has one of the most lyrical slide guitar deliveries of recent times and his vocals are straightforward. … He’s a promising songwriter with very few, if any, real bugs left to work out." - Las Vegas Blues Society 

"Superlatives simply prevail here: stunning, great blues with strong Americana and gutsy down-and-dirty rock tinges … slippery slide sauce." - Iain Patience of Cashbox, Canada; Blues in the South, Great Britain; and Blues Magazine, The Netherlands

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jarkka Rissanen and Sons of The Desert new release "Hybrid Soul"...R'n'B, prog-rock and ethnic vibes

Jarkka Rissanen and his band Sons of The Desert have recently released their new album Hybrid Soul. After last year's highly acclaimed traditional blues and gospel record, The 20th Century Box, Jarkka Rissanen returns with a full-lengther of original, self-composed material, crammed with rhythm'n'blues, prog rock and ethnic vibes.

The band is formed around Jarkka Rissanen (guitar), Markus Väisänen (guitar), Tatu Back (bass guitar) and Esa Kärki (drums).

Slide guitar master Jarkka Rissanen just celebrated his 60th year birthday in 2016 and after some forty-odd years of constant playing and touring he truly has become a legend in the Finnish roots music circuits. During the years he has played with many famous Finnish artists and bands like Finnforrest, Rauli Badding, Remu Aaltonen, Eero Raittinen, Pepe Ahlqvist etc. Hybrid Soul will be Rissanen's fifth solo record.

Marty's review: Hybrid Soul is an all instrumental affair featuring the master guitar talents of Jarkka Rissanen backed by his sterling of band of seasoned musicians. The 10 all original tracks are a progressive style blues rock with world music elements including reggae and R'n'B. The production is superb and has an all round sound that encompasses the many talents of this outfit. 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Grammy nominated artist Janiva Magness new release “Blue Again” ...powerful blues interpretations

The Grammy nominated and seven-time Blues Music Award winner Janiva Magness delivers her brand new album, Blue Again. On this release Magness returns to her taproot to cut her interpretation of a half dozen classics from the Blues canon and beyond, including numbers made famous by Bo Diddley, Freddie King, Etta James, and Nina Simone. Pairing with Producer Dave Darling, Magness and Darling have delivered a powerful Blues album that features guest appearances by Kid Ramos, Sugaray Rayford, and T.J. Norton. 

“Sista Janiva’s robust and soulful voice is showering each cut with determination to make us all fall in love. Her delivery is as always sincere and straight from the heart. Soul music is alive and kicking.” – Mavis Staples

Marty's review: Janiva's interpretation of classic blues numbers delivers on all accounts with a powerful vocal delivery, tight production with some extra raunchy guitar work and an overall soulful feel that makes the album a classic in its own right. 

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Polly O'Keary and The Rhythm Method "Black Crow Calling"...rocking blues with a touch of soul

Polly’s eclectic blues style reflects her colorful history. She grew up in a log cabin with no electricity or plumbing and began her music career a teen working bars in Mexico. At 19 she had a husband in prison and an 8th grade education. Twenty years later, she was a bassist for touring blues bands, playing a total of four continents, was one of the Pacific Northwest’s most highly awarded blues artists, and was working toward a Ph.D.

Her fourth album features the incendiary guitar work of California Central Coast legend David Miller, as well as the technical mastery of her long time world touring partner and drummer Tommy Cook.

“Polly is a powerful singer and an able songwriter who also plays bass with a fierce strength and a convincing tone.” -Blues Hour

“O'Keary is loaded with primal force even when she's taking it easy. Not anything near your stereotypical chick bass player, she's a leader all the way, not the window dressing. Hot stuff.” -Midwest Record

“Great songs played by an unbelievable band.” -A1 Blues

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Stream and download album HERE

Marty's review: Polly O'Keary delivers her style of blues with raunch, punch and touched with soul. A no nonsense, down the middle approach that has been honed over a number of years to produce an album that is polished yet still keeps a rawness that is essential when playing the blues. 10 all original penned tracks that deliver in all ways from Polly's earthy vocals and tight bass playing to her backing band's searing guitar licks and solid drum beats, this album is one of those that will leave you breathless. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Americana/Rock/Folk artist Matthew O'Neill new release "Trophic Cascade"..eclectic and emotional

Startup record label and environmental coalition Underwater Panther Coalition are excited to present their debut release, Trophic Cascade, the new LP from New York (via Ontario) artist Matthew O’Neill. Fourteen eclectic and emotional songs filled with layered Americana, Rock, Psychedelia, Soul and Folk. 50% of all profits will be donated to frontline earth protection groups, with a focus on indigenous rights and conservation. Previous support for O’Neill’s music includes CMJ, Magnet Magazine, LA Weekly and many more. Backed by an all-star cast of supporting musicians the album was co-produced by 2 x Grammy winner Diko Shoturma.

Previous Press:
"Bizarre mountain rock, great songs with an atypical guitar style." ~ LA Weekly

"The sparse, can-kicking stroll of the title track is warmed up further by some Wurly and O'Neill's double-tracked vocals that do indeed simmer with the vibe of a lonely cabin singalong waiting to happen." - CMJ

"Sounds like Doc Boggs, Sonic Youth, and JJ Cale stuck in a basement together.” ~ The Raven Gazette

“Uniquely energized contemporary mountain music and electric old time stomp rock.” ~ L Magazine

Album Stream: Soundcloud
Free Single: Bandcamp / Soundcloud / YouTube / Spotify
Genre: Alternative / Americana / Rock / Folk / Soul / Psychedelia / World / R&B
FFO: Neil Young / Damien Jurado / Nick Cave / Joni Mitchell / Will Oldham / Townes Van Zandt / Kurt Vile / Bert Jansch / Vine Deloria Jr. / N. Scott Momaday / Wendell Berry
Supported Environmental Groups: Indigenous Environmental Network / Center For Biological Diversity / Food And Water Watch / Honor The Earth / Oceana / Earthjustice / Wilderness Society

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Roots Blues and Americana powerhouse Low Society new album "SANCTIFIED"

Low Society is the brainchild of blues belter Mandy Lemons, winner of the 2015 Emissaries of Memphis Music Peoples Choice Award, and slide guitar phenom Sturgis Nikides, who recorded and toured with the legendary Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, John Cale (of The Velvet Underground). Their first two albums have garnered critical acclaim and extensive worldwide airplay, including the enthusiastic support of B.B. Kings Bluesville on Sirius XM Radio.

Here's the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed “You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down”, the THIRD studio album from international Roots Blues and Americana powerhouse Low Society, SANCTIFIED. Recorded in Belgium and Memphis beginning in October of 2016.

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Stream and download HERE

Marty's review: "Powerhouse" is an apt description for Low Society with their brand of hard-edged Roots Blues Americana. With the gutsy, soul-drenched vocals of Mandy Lemons and the hot guitar licks from Sturgis Nikides, backed by a sterling group of seasoned musicians, the album is an all round barrel-house of sound that comes at you from all directions. Featuring 8 original songs by Nikides/Lemons, their amazing version of John Prine's "Angel of Montgomery" and the Jordan/Foster classic "I'd Rather Go Blind" originally done by Etta James. This is one for the continuous rotation list.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Lonnie Leo debuts "Dead For A While"...soulful grooves

Lonnie Leo, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter/ guitarist/ producer sets a vivid footing in his debut album, "Painted Things". With roots in everything from Dylan to D'Angelo, LL packs pensive lyrics and lush melodies into polished, full-band arrangements with a hard-hitting urban edge. 

The first single, "Dead For A While", is what I would call a catchy, soulful/gospel groove with a steady beat and Lonnie's insightful lyrics that make it a very impressive debut and showcases Lonnie's talents as a producer as well.

A FREE download is available HERE

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Australian soul/blues artist John McNamara new album "Rollin' With It"

The latest album by Multi Award Winning Australian soul/blues artist John McNamara features some of Memphis’ finest musicians. Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios, the impressive lineup of authentic STAX players includes Steve Potts (Booker T & The MGs), Michael Toles (Bobby Bland, The Bar-Kays), Lester A. Snell (Albert King, Isaac Hayes) and the cream of Memphis Soul/Blues studio musicians. Lester Snell completed all the arrangements. 

The album features six of John’s originals, alongside songs made famous by Otis Redding, Bobby Bland and Little Willie John. Also featured is John’s stinging electric blues guitar and his soulful vocal delivery. His music has taken him to Beale to become a Semi Finalist in the 2015 IBC, acclaimed shows in the UK, Germany, Japan & SE Asia, he’s toured with the legends of Australian music and on this album he’s teamed up with some of the best Memphis has to offer to create a sound that’s entirely his own but beats with a heart full of the soul of blues.

Stream and download from iTunes HERE

“Masterful Blues Guitar... Powerful and Resonant Voice.” - RipItUp Adelaide

“So much Soul and Edge for a young man...I got Chills... Nothing will prepare you for the new taste of old soul that is John McNamara!” - Eric Martin (Mr. Big Vocalist USA)

“The Bastard made me feel insecure, He’s So good!” - Russell Morris (Australian music icon)

“John McNamara has a real voice that has a natural grit to it... His playing dances behind the lyric like a trickster... McNamara is a song stylist. You can’t separate the blues from what he does.. he’s really good.” - The Memphis Flyer

“An Exceptional Musical Experience... I felt nothing but a sense of privilege” - Three Weeks Edinburgh

“I’m souled... Soulful is rather an understatement... A beautiful purity to his voice.” - Broadway Baby Edinburgh

Label: Bahool Records
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Marty's review: If you're a fan of soul-blues then this album has it all. With a backing band of authentic STAX musicians, John McNamara's smooth and soulful vocals, a tight production that was recorded in Memphis and a 10 track collection of originals and classic covers, this brilliant release will definitely make it in your top 10 for the year. This artist deserves all the accolades and the international status he has received.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hot Rod Hearse play a mix of Blues-Rock, Folk and Rockabilly

Hot Rod Hearse have the fever pretty bad. It’s caused by browsing thrift shops and apothecaries. It’s caused by devouring music and walking around in marshes. Their music is a mix of Blues Rock, Folk Rock and Rockabilly and they call their genre Thrift Shop Rock. They are based in the magical town of Wexford, Ireland.

Hot Rod Hearse will be releasing their first full album on the 14th of July 2017.

Their latest single, "Ballsbridge to Ballymun" was released on Paddy's Day 2017. They are playing some festivals over Ireland this summer, including the Free Fringe Festival in Leitrim and the Strawberry Roots Festival in Enniscorthy.

Their second single, "1973" was released in January 2017 and garnered some rave reviews. Their debut single, "There by the Road" was released in August 2016. Shortly thereafter, it was chosen as one of the Top 20 finalists in the Dublin City Rounders Alt-Country Song Contest. It has also received some very good reviews.

Hot Rod Hearse are :
Hotrod Suzi : Vocals, Washboard, Tambourine, Songwriting
Zeff Ryder : Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Songwriting

Marty's review: for a duo these guys put out a wall of sound that is tight, rhythmic and just plain hot! Suzi's vocals are sultry with raunch while Zeff's musical talents make him a very clever one-man band. The original songwriting cuts it up there with the finest as well. Grant them a listen, you will like what you here.

You can listen to and download their sounds here:

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Romanian country blues artist Southernman Robbie album release "Devil Got My Name"

Southernman Robbie, born Robert-Cristian ZSUGYA (January 21, 1987), is a Romanian musician, singer and songwriter. He brings the roots of the country blues music with an archaic image, playing consecrated songs of the blues pioneers, but also his own written music, combining slide guitar, finger picking, vocals and kazoo that will carry you to the land of southern blues.

Throughout the years he has performed at blues festivals, blues stages and has been part of many musical projects. In 2012 he decided to take the road to the west, where he joined the stage with blues pioneers from Austria. He spent almost a year in Northern Germany, where he preached the blues for shipyard workers from cities around northern Germany. With all the experience gained in his journey, he came back home to preach the blues, and, in 2016, on the last day of February (29), released his first album called "Devil Got My Name", which features 14 acoustic blues songs. Throughout the album he offers you a well kept secret from the Deep South Danube wilderness, as an oasis of acoustic blues for souls. 

In April 2017 he participated as a contestant at the European Blues Challenge 2017 edition in Horsens, Denmark.

Marty's review: Southernman Robbie takes his blues straight out of the Mississippi Delta and puts his own little spin on it without straying far from the original roots. "Devil Got My Name" is an all acoustic affair with Robbie playing acoustic guitar, harmonica and kazoo. The tracks are a mixture of original numbers and covers of traditional blues like "Love In Vain" and "Sittin' On Top of the World". His vocal delivery is with a slight twang which more than suits his style of country blues. A talent worth discovering.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

American blues guitarist Jon Zeeman new album release "Blue Room"

Jon Zeeman’s latest release, “Blue Room,” features eight new original songs along with great covers of Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain” and Jimi Hendrix’s "Still Rainin’, Still Dreamin’.” 

The late, great drummer Butch Trucks joins Zeeman on two tracks on “Blue Room”: "All I Want Is You" and "Next to You.” Zeeman was a frequent collaborator of Trucks, having played in the original version of the legendary drummer's Freight Train Band and being invited by Trucks to play with The Allman Brothers Band at New York's famed Beacon Theatre. Zeeman also played with the great Susan Tedeschi in the early years of her career. 

“After playing 'Statesboro Blues' with The Allman Brothers and hearing the amazing shuffle that Butch pumped out, I always hoped I could get that on a recording of my own,” says Zeeman. “Luckily, that wish came together last year, and we were able to get Butch in the studio with us." Those two tracks are probably the last studio recordings Butch ever cut.

A little history: From the age of 8, Jon Zeeman has been obsessed with guitars, amplifiers, wah-wah pedals, power tubes, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.

Growing up outside NYC, he studied classical piano and decided on a career in music at the ripe age of 13. Early jobs at IHop and other occupations taught him that the business world, or anything that required waking up early was not for him, and so he spent his high school years practicing more and more and doing less and less homework. After studying music at Ithaca College for 2 years, Jon left school to play on the road. In the mid 80's Jon moved to New York City and became involved in producing, session work and song writing, working at his "Studio Z" in a downtown loft. The New York years were punctuated by many trips to Scandinavia, where he toured and recorded with several groups. 

Jon began performing his own music in the mid 90's working regularly at the "55" Club and other downtown venues. Leaving NYC at the birth of his daughter, Zoe, Jon now resides in Martha's Vineyard and West Palm Beach Florida, where he performs regularly. He has toured, recorded and performed with such notables as Susan Tedeschi , Janis Ian, The Burns Sisters Band, Chris Spedding , and the Allman Brothers Band.

Zeeman will donate half of all money and royalties generated by “All I Want Is You” and “Next to You” to benefit Butch Trucks’ family and his charity, The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia.

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"Really cool, solid melody and sweet guitar riffs." - Bman's Blues Report 

"Zeeman's guitar work is hard to describe ... he really has his own unique sound." - Concert Livewire

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Publicity: FRANK ROSZAK, KBA Awardee 2014

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Australian bluesman Ivor S.K. new album release "Montserrat"..blues and roots with class

“Montserrat” is the debut album from dynamic blues man Ivor S.K., following hot on the heels of the internationally acclaimed, all acoustic EP “Delta Pines”. Montserrat features 10 cuts that travel the gamut of the blues and all of its closely related tangents, introducing a new sonic landscape with fresh instrumentation, while keeping Ivor’s trademark stripped back simplicity. Ivor also plays all the instruments on the album, lending the songs a uniquely personal touch.

Montserrat is a watershed moment in the career of Ivor S.K., displaying a diversity not only as a musician, but also as a song smith in an evolution that takes his talent and passion for keeping the blues alive another step forward. At just 26 years of age, there is plenty more to come.

A brief spinMontserrat kicks of with the title track, an ode to the picturesque
Caribbean island, in the form of a slinky jump blues showcasing lyrical air with stinging lead guitar work. This West Indian flavour flares up again on the Cuban tinged reggae track I Been Had, but not before traversing the chain gang stomp of Don’t Say Goodbye and the humorous country blues of Ain’t No Cross. Take the Good with the Bad is the epitome of swampy, while It’s Raining changes
the pace, bringing in some slow burning acoustic soul. Take Me Back to New Orleans and Murder Tonight exemplify the albums diversity, the former an uncompromising slice of Big Easy funk, the latter a chilling tale told over a chugging boogie. The album ends with a one-two acoustic punch, starting with the album’s only instrumental, the sweetly southern Indianola, and ending with the wry story telling of Good Mawnin’ Judge.

Marty's review: this is an album you will enjoy from start to finish with Ivor S.K. providing all the instrumentation, all original songs and arrangements. Some very classy guitar work along with a wry sense of humour and an understanding of what the blues is all about, this blues man delivers the goods on this outstanding debut album. Favourite cuts for me are "Take Me Back to New Orleans" and "Don't Say Goodbye". Come on down to Montserrat and check it out.

“Ivor Simpson-Kennedy re-interprets Delta Blues so faithfully you’d swear he was a muddy footed native….In a drawl that sounds like his throat is clotted with Mississippi mud….S.K. floats through originals that sound like they were excavated from underneath the porch of some stilt house in the alluvial bottom lands….please, keep ‘em coming.” -Grant Britt, No Depression

“I’d never have guessed that Australian Bluesman Ivor Simpson-Kennedy wasn’t born in Mississippi – his blues are that good! I’m not sure what about Ivor I like best, his gravelly authentic blues vocal or his smooth guitar pickin’ and slide. Some might argue that his songwriting is his most impressive talent. Taken together the sound is of that of a performer three times Ivor’s 26 year age.” -Doug Spike, Blue Monday Monthly

“With a deep, gritty, smoky voice, he serves up his interpretations with good stories, and even better guitar lines and comping. While his work frequently gives a nod to the great delta music of past generations, it sounds fresh, bright, and uplifting. Listeners fall into his work, losing themselves in the sparsely recorded and produced compositions, traveling a timeless road that opens before them. Ivor Simpson-Kennedy has laid down a marker that establishes him as someone with incredible ability and potential.” -Barry Kerzner, American Blues Scene

FRANK ROSZAK, KBA Awardee 2014 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Introducing bluZ (the band)..a musical collaboration with an interesting story

bluZ is a musical collaboration with a super cool origin story. Daniel Levanti is originally from Connecticut and growing up was fortunate to be always surrounded by music and musicians. Most of his family were musical in some way and every celebration was an excuse to pull out the guitars.

Eventually attending Berklee in Boston, he studied jazz and songwriting, while taking every chance he could to travel abroad, inclining him toward a definite desire to live in a culture that was unknown and unpredictable.

After spending three nights in Prague on a trip from Germany, the stark difference in appearance of the Czech countryside in contrast to the orderliness of its neighbors to the West was immediately attractive. There was a free mindedness in the landscape itself, and the silver chord of the Bohemian spirit stretched a refreshingly safe distance above any strictness of tradition or expectation.

Two years later he found himself with a guitar, a backpack, and a room in a shared house. After only a few months he would meet his first long time collaborator, Jeffrey Marshall, who like himself had just landed on Prague's shores from America, not knowing a soul and ready to begin anew.

Together they formed the band, "Supercool" (see, we told you this bio is super cool). At Supercool's first concert there was one extraordinary woman in the audience. A painter of rare talent, but also a linguist and an actress. Katia and Daniel married two years later, and she introduced Daniel and Jeffrey to many of the luminaries of the Czech art world.

Through their artistic network, they met Vašek Polansky. Supercool needed a drummer and Vašek was the perfect man. Though he spoke little English at the time, he faked it so well that Jeffrey and Daniel thought he was just incredibly Zen. When the conversation went to the extremes, Vašek's expression remained calm and unchanged.

They quickly recorded their first album together, then took it to Nashville and released it on Dave Pomeroy's label, "Earwave Records". At this point Daniel, Katia and Jeffrey began spending more time in the USA, and Vašek had begun playing with Iva Frůlingova. As circumstances dictated, Jeffrey and Daniel drifted apart geographically for several years, eventually regrouping in 2008 to record their second album back in Prague, this time with David Koller on drums, and produced by Tapani Rauha from Finland. That album took 3 years to finish, but was finally released on Championship Music in 2011.

The years that followed saw Daniel play in a number of different bands, but most importantly was "Sidestreets", which he and Vašek formed together, releasing an album in 2013, "Conversations". Meanwhile Vašek formed his band "On Air", releasing an album of their own, and Daniel still regularly appears as a guest with them when he's in Prague.

In late 2015 Daniel and Katia drove to Washington D.C. to celebrate the release of Daniel's book of poetry, "Where No Wind Can Move the Sand". They stayed a few nights with Katia's cousin Anastasia Rurikov Simes ( and her husband Dmitri.  One evening they were introduced to Jay Z. (not THAT Jay Z., a different person who is WAY less famous).

After dinner Jay asked Daniel if he would be able to write some music to a lyric he'd written. Jay sent it immediately after, and Daniel agreed to give it a shot. This was November and Daniel and Katia were heading back to Prague soon for the next six months, so he asked Vašek if he would be interested in recording the song "Blue Blue Ruin", which had still not been written, once he got there. Luckily Vašek had the time, and after two days of working it out, they had the music for the song finished. By April they sent the recorded song off to Jay. He liked what he heard so he continued sending them lyrics.

One year later the bluZ debut album was a reality.

Listen to snippets of the album HERE:

Stream and download the first single Blue Blue Ruin on iTunes HERE

Marty's review: I have listened to 2 tracks from their debut album where bluZ have captured the essence of blues music and show the influence it has on their music. Club Blue is a laid back style traditional Mississippi blues number with some nice acoustic and electric guitar work and Blue Blue Ruin is in a more contemporary style blues-rock with a very bluesy saxophone touch towards the end. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mr Sipp, The Mississippi Blues Child, new album release "Knock a Hole in It"

Mr. Sipp, 'The Mississippi Blues Child," is the alter ego of gospel guitarist Castro Coleman. One of the hottest new names in the blues world, Mr. Sipp made his debut on Malaco Records in 2015, 

On this new release, prepare for twelve brand new tracks of furious fretwork, sizzling solos and vicious licks that have become the identifying features Sipp has built his name on. With this album he is bringing in a diverse landscape of sounds and concepts that is sure to be enjoyed by old fans of the Blues, while also attracting new ones. 

Castro Coleman was born in McComb, Mississippi, on August 25, 1976, and started playing guitar as a young child. Coleman recalls, "I was born a musician. Music was in my life from the moment I arrived; both of my parents were in singing groups and played some type of instrument. It's just a natural part of me." Early on he played in several gospel groups and later took a role behind the scenes playing on more than 50 gospel recordings while also learning the role of producer and honing his skills as a songwriter and entertainer.

Marty's review: Take a dose of Jimi Hendrix, add a dash of Lenny Kravitz, stir it through with some 60's style psychedelic soul, funk and blues and you have one of the most impressive album releases of this year. This man is a multi-talent and has put a lot of work in this album that shows on each of the 13 tracks. His guitar playing is a knockout as are his soulful vocals and the funky brass and tight rhythm sections more than compliment his original songs and delivery.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Jersey-based Danny Petroni new album release "Run,Mindy,Run"

Daniel (Danny) Petroni is a NJ-based songwriter/guitarist and leader of a highly creative and energetic hybrid rock-blues-jazz ensemble titled "The Blue Project".
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They have a new CD due out this spring/summer which will feature 10 new songs. It has been 3 years since their last record The Blue Project. Danny said.."these songs were written with the narrative view of a few characters I had met during a benefit concert for the homeless encampment in Lakewood New Jersey, called 'Tent City'."  

Danny's friend Jack Ballo has created a documentary film entitled “Destiny’s Bridge”. highlights American immigrant issues through the eyes of people whom have become homeless due to different gravity of event’s that touched their lives.

The record is Called ‘Run Mindy Run’. The first song “Run, Mindy, Run” is sung through the eyes of an Afghanistan vet, with PTSD. “Under the shadow of the crescent moon…”. Danny..."I used the Tuba instead of the bass on more than a few song on this record. I just love feel and sound of that instrument. The core of the Blue project, Ku-umba Frank Lacy vocals/Trombone, Gary Oleyar on violin and vocals and myself. We have many wonderful New Jersey and New York musicians. I also sing a few songs on the new album, Run, Mindy Run, Bubbles in the Wind and 28 Days."

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