Friday, March 22, 2019

Syracuse-based CLOUTIER release THUNDER ‘N’ LIGHTNING...high-energy blues-rock

Syracuse(NY)-based brothers Mark and Myke Cloutier are an inspired sound rock team on their first album as the band CLOUTIER. Released at the end of 2018, Thunder ‘N’ Lightning features ten tracks of pure, high-energy blues and rock magic. This first ever CLOUTIER band CD came together in between Mark Cloutier’s live concerts with his band The Double Barrel Blues Band.

Combining rock-based and blues-flavored originals, Thunder ‘N’ Lightning is a powerful experience not to be missed by fans of blues-rock giants, from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix to blues guitar masters like Freddy King, Johnny Winter & Buddy Guy. All original, all rock, Cloutier make blues-rock magic with their powerful, rocking sound.

The album features ten originals featuring the vocals and lyrics of Myke Cloutier and the guitars, music and arrangements of Mark Cloutier. They are also joined by Jose Varona on drums and two bass players Mike Spadaro and Joel Kane.
The music has a taste of garage-rock mixed with rock ‘n’ roll from the height of blues-rock boom of the mid to late 1960's.

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Marty's review: Cloutier's aptly titled "Thunder'n'Lightining" comes at you straight from the hip with some kick-ass blues-rock that is full of energy and originality. Taking their cues from past masters of blues guitar, these guys have produced an album that is a tour-de-force of electric blues roots with some garage and rock'n'roll thrown in the mix. Passionate vocals and bold guitar licks with a tight rhythm section all combine to make this an impressive and stunning debut.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Swedish songstress Marlene Oak releases new EP Silver Moon...enchanting folk-rock melodies

Swedish songstress, Marlene Oak recently released her new EP, Silver Moon. Oak has already received rave reviews from EARMILK, PopDust, Pancakes and Whiskey, Celebmix, and more. After releasing a couple of songs, she has gone all in as a live artist and built her following on the pub and festival stages around the country. Marlene has enchanted audiences with her folk-rock melodies as the opening act for Miss Li, Whitney Rose, Susto, and she has been a part of the lineup at festivals such as Way Out West, STHLM Americana and Irisfestivalen.  

"Marlene Oak is an exciting, fast rising Stockholm, singer/songwriter who listeners will be mesmerized by..." (Celebmix)

"We can’t help, but smile and listen intently to the richness of the tune. " (Pancakes and Whiskey)

About Marlene Oak:

Growing up on a small island outside Stockholm, singer-songwriter Marlene Oak turned to music as her escape. After spending her teenage years busking on the streets of the Swedish capital’s Old Town, she first got discovered by someone who simply happened to pass by. After releasing a couple of songs, she has gone all in as a live artist, and built her following on the pub and festival stages around the country. Marlene Oak has enchanted audiences with her folk-rock melodies as the opening act for Miss Li, Whitney Rose, Susto, and she has been a part of the lineup at festivals such as Way Out West, STHLM Americana and Irisfestivalen.

My favourite part about being a music creator is playing live. When you play live, there’s something magical happening. Music in itself is magic, and when you stand there and sing your self-written songs, an invisible bond between me and the audience sort of forms. There’s some sort of connection that’s like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. It’s truly amazing” says Marlene Oak.

With a soothing voice that expresses raw emotions, Marlene Oak manages to move her audiences like few other artists can. Influenced by her idols Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Janis Joplin - one can sense a timeless spirit in her songs.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Finnish singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Forestfield new release Footsteps In The fine form

Recently released is Dave Forestfield's 8th album Footsteps In The Snow on Propaganda Records . Forestfield has won awards in both USA (2016) and his home country Finland (2018, 2015). This is the first time Dave is including cover songs on an album.

"I was having fun with my updated Pro Tools recording studio and played some of my old favorite songs more or less newly arranged as well as some unreleased stuff of mine. The spirit of my session was very lighthearted, I had no plan, I was just having fun. Then I thought why not cut some of the songs with a band? Things went real fast and all of sudden I realized I had an album made. My previous album Nobody's World was pretty much just me doing everything and the drummer doing what drummers do. This time I wanted more people getting involved. Members of my current touring band are there plus a bunch of other fellow musicians too."

Dave Forestfield is a singer / songwriter, guitarist and a record producer from Finland, Northern Europe, with musical roots deep in American soil. Blues, soul, country, old rock’n’roll, folk and jazz ballads are where it all comes from.

Among Dave’s merits there’s a Best Film Score award from Nashville, TN, U.S.A. in 2016 and two Song of The Year awards in 2018 and 2015, granted by Finnish Blues Awards.

Forestfield has released seven solo albums, written songs for other artists, produced albums and composed music for theaters. In 2015 there was also a duet album of traditional afro-american gospel songs with the guitar great Jarkka Rissanen.

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Marty's review: "Footsteps In the Snow" sees Dave Forestfield in fine form with a collection of 6 originals and 7 covers highlighting his all-round talents as a singer/songwriter/musician/producer. With a passion for roots-based music his delivery is top-flight and effortless as he comfortably travels from blues to folk to country and everything in between. His newly written tunes are clever and poignant and he does a fine job with covers from the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, Brian Hyland, Hank Williams and Lennon/McCartney. An endlessly-playable album that is upbeat and highly-listenable. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Coastal Virginia Bluesman Bobby BlackHat album release Put On Your Red Shoes...a multi-blues experience

Bobby BlackHat blends the influences of Chicago, Memphis, Piedmont, and Delta style blues into a toe tappin’, finger poppin’, hip shakin’ blues experience. This project includes: Something Old (updated versions of previously released songs), Something New (brand spankin’ new songs), Something Borrowed (unique covers of classic songs), and of course Something Blues.

Bobby BlackHat, Coastal Virginia Bluesman, recording artist, producer, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, comedian, and actor hails from Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Newport News, VA. Bobby is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which included serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism.

What Others Are Saying…

Hallelujah - Bobby BlackHat and his band sound as sharp as ever, on an
album that paints in every shade of the Blues.” Mike Holtzclaw, The Daily Press

Bobby BlackHat Walters is Virginia's Ambassador to the Blues and there
is no better person to hold that title. Every release is a reason to celebrate, and
this one fires on all cylinders. It's just like one of his live shows - entertainment and excitement all at the same time!” John Porter, WCVE Music



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wallin-Jison return with new acoustic rootsy album "Definitely Blue"..feel-good back to basics

With their unique mix of blues and country influences Wallin-Jison are back with a new acoustic album "Definitely Blue" and the moving leading track "Move Around The Room".

For Wallin-Jison two things are the most important: keeping all songs down to three chords and maintaining a steady output. They're not trying to reinvent the wheel, but instead creating interesting and engaging songs within somewhat traditional formulas - and keeping them coming! ​

-" You might think that limiting yourself to basic twelve bar blues formats could be restrictive to your songwriting, but it's actually the other way around! Surrendering yourself to those timeless and beautiful patterns frees you up to really focus on the lyrical and musical content of a song, instead of cramming a thousand distracting chords and changes into everythingsays songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Christian Wallin . ​

Together with bassist and musical mastermind Lasse Jison Johansson and with six albums made during the last three years...the journey for Wallin-Jison has only just begun!​

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Marty's reviewWallin-Jison is the duo of Christian Wallin and Lasse Jison Johansson and their new release "Definitely Blue" is a healthy serving of back to basics acoustic roots music that is a mix of blues, country and a little bit folky. The pair work well together with some well-rounded instrumentation, clever and feel-good songwriting, and a satisfying vocal range that is easy on the ear and is delivered with unification and playfulness. The album isn't quite 100% acoustic as there is also some excellent scratchy electric guitar in the mix too. An accomplished effort that is worth several spins.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Award winning blues performer Dan Dinnen....deep roots in old style blues

Australia based Dan Dinnen is a blues singer/songwriter, harmonica player and guitar finger-picker who delivers a swag of original tunes that run the gamut from smoking ballads to juke-joint boogies and grooves. An award winning artist, he is a dynamic and energetic performer who combines originality with an old-time blues feel and style.

Dan has performed alongside some of Australia's leading blues artists including luminaries such as Fiona Boyes, Geoff Achison, Jimi Hocking and Lloyd Spiegel. As a solo artist, Dan has played at some of Australia’s premiere blues festivals including: Blues On Broadbeach QLD; Thredbo Blues NSW; Australian Blues Music Festival, Goulburn NSW.

DAN DINNEN & SHORTY is Dan’s other main musical focus and sees Dan team up with one of the Australian blues scene’s most exciting, unique and best loved drummer/percussionists Anthony “Shorty” Shortte. DAN DINNEN & SHORTY dish out a bluesy gumbo of rootsy goodness. A little bit delta swamp, a little bit hill country, and a lot its own unique flavour. Shorty is best known for his work with ARIA award winning Australian blues legends Collard Greens & Gravy.

In 2016, Dan won the MBAS Blues Performer of the Year award in the Solo/Duo category. This earned him a place competing in the 33rd International Blues Challenge on Beale St., Memphis TN in 2017 where Dan made it to the Semifinals. 

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music available on iTunes

Marty's review: Dan Dinnen's approach to playing the blues is the way it should be, rootsy, raw and raucous. He knows where the blues came from and his delivery and interpretation is with heartfelt passion and conviction. His multiple talents as songwriter, guitarist, harpist and vocalist are a testament to his hard work and creativity that have earned him well deserved accolades. He has released three albums to date, "Back Home" (2010), "Last Thing On My Mind" (2013) and "Keep On Stirrin' the Pot" (2017). Take some time out and discover this exceptional artist, it will be time well spent.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Popa Chubby "Prime Cuts" The Very Best Of The Beast From The East..punchy blues that delivers

With a career spanning nearly 30 years, New York City based guitarist, songwriter and singer Popa Chubby unleashes an offering of "Prime Cuts." In this handpicked anthology, Popa brings us 15 tracks from his prolific and ever expanding catalogue. "Prime Cuts" reflects Popa's choice of the best of his best, tracks that keep the Chubby legacy fresh and perfectly grilled.

From classics such as "Sweet Goddess of Love and Beer" and "Stoop Down Baby" to fan favorites such as "Life Is a Beatdown" and "San Catri," along with his stylized and defining versions of "Hey Joe" and "Hallelujah," the collection satisfies like a fine filet mignon. And Popa serves up social commentary on the current state of affairs from the viewpoint of a true New Yorker on the aptly titled, previously unreleased "Go Fuck Yourself," featuring the violin stylings of his daughter, Theodora Horowitz. The record finishes with an unreleased holiday treasure, "There on Christmas," a Popa composition that celebrates the holiday with a big Phil Spector beat.

Singer, songwriter, guitar stylist, his passions run deep and shine bright. With a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson”, Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular and innovative figures.” —Blues Magazine

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Marty's review: If you haven't discovered Popa Chubby yet then this is the perfect place to start, 15 of his best from his long spanning career. With songwriting that pulls no punches and guitar playing that's bold and stratospheric it's no wonder that Popa is popular wherever he goes and has stood the test of time as he delivers the music HE wants to play!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

New York City based Americana-roots duo Sunshine Nights upcoming release "If We Stick Around"

Sunshine Nights is a New York City based Americana-roots songwriting partnership between Amy Priya and Stephen Sunshine. Their songs evoke a charming union of styles, a dichotomy of the old and new, indie-folk sentiment blended with old time blues, bluegrass and a tinge of traditional jazz.

The world will holler back if we stick around,” sings Stephen Sunshine on the song MTA, ushering in the main theme and title on Sunshine Nights's latest full length release. They have independently produced If We Stick Around on their label, Wake Up Records. On this new record, performances are in quartet format. They enlist the talent of drummer Pitti Andrade, who has performed on two of their previous records, as well as numerous live shows. They also worked for the first time on record with banjo, organ, piano player and vocalist Kayla Radomski.

In creating this record, songwriting duo Amy Priya and Stephen Sunshine took major influence from musical greats like Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Townes Van Zandt and Mississippi John Hurt, as well as classical Indian and Tibetan texts such as Patanjali Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Bardo Thodol. Stephen recalls, “We basically started writing this record in a bar on November 8th 2016. There was such a heavy feeling of sorrow across our entire city, and the world as a whole. We are both naturally empathetic people, and we took on that weight. Friendship, civil disobedience, and making this record have kept us afloat in this trying time. The world has recently been thrown into a constant state of paranoia, so much so that making a concept album about the end of the world miraculously became a source of healing.”

Marty's review: I'm ecstatic about Sunshine Nights' new album release "If We Stick Around". It sees them in a very creative mood and expanding their musical horizons to places beyond their native New York. They take their indie-folk roots style and stretch the sound further by adding elements of world music, jazz, roots blues and "city" bluegrass. Also in the mix are two new members that enhance the overall production by incorporating extra instrumentation that adds to the folk duo's acoustic style and makes it much more of a "band" effort. The sublime harmonies are exquisite and their songwriting has matured dramatically as they express their feelings about our current troubled times and how we envision the delicate state of our future. There are also some very "tongue in cheek" moments that bring you back to earth and open your eyes again with a more encouraging outlook. Emotionally-rich, accomplished and very satisfying, this is a major step forward for Amy and Stephen.


Official release date is March 29th with a release party the same day at New York City's The Bitter End.

Venue: The Bitter End 147 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Time: 8:30pm

Cover Charge:$10

Monday, March 4, 2019

Alt-Country pioneer Pete Berwick 6th album release "Island"....pure dose of ethereal Americana

Cowpunk / alt-country pioneer Pete Berwick has been touring, recording and hammering out hundreds of shows a year, as a solo artist and with his bands, for over four decades. Along with releasing six albums, he is also an author and actor, and has written and published four novels, as well as having appeared in film and television.

He is also an amateur boxer. "Can't kill a man born to hang" is Berwick's motto, as he fearlessly travels from town to town and roadhouse bar to roadhouse bar with a lifetime of critically acclaimed songs and his battered six string. 

Over a dozen of his songs have been featured in movies and television, several of his albums have been placed in the year's top ten by various media sources, and his "Ain't No Train Outta Nashville" album, recorded and shelved on Music Row in 1992 and eventually released in 2007, peaked at #5 on XCOUNTRY RADIO, now OUTLAW RADIO.

"Island" is Pete Berwick's sixth studio album, with backing band The Mugshot Saints delivering the musical firepower, produced by Jason Botka at Skye Bleu Studios in Villa Park, Illinois, and according to his critics, his finest work and masterpiece, scraped from the trenches and ruins of the long, hard miles and highs and lows of his hard-fought battles in the music industry. 

Marty's review: Pete Berwick serves up a pure dose of ethereal and stylish Americana on this 6th album release "Island". Pete's songwriting will pull you in and open your heart as he tells his seductive and sensitive stories of life, love and travels. Once you've heard Pete you will certainly want more and as they say "put the needle back to start". The album is produced with a rawness and sincerity that you don't find in many releases today and full credit to Pete and his team for their exceptional efforts.

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"Pete Berwick's new album "Island" contains songs written with the grit of John Wayne and the soul of mainland America." -- 'The Music God' CJ Christopher Plain, Host of 6 Ways 2 Sunday Radio Show on Firebrand Radio 

"Each song is written straight from the heart and delivered like a punch to the stomach. If you like country, blues or just good ass kicking rock and roll, “Island” will fit perfectly in your playlist." --Rob Weingarten, Radio-Television Personality

"This is undoubtedly the finest album release to date from this inspirational songwriter and performer. Pete Berwick captures his own essence in every song. As you feel his emotions run down your spine you unwittingly connect them with one’s own lifetime experiences and you’re hooked, right to the very last song. Essential modern day Americana with an organic ‘live’ feel. Ever so highly recommended!!" --Lucas Campbell, “The Rock of Ages Radio Show” U.K.

"There is a 'tenseness' in the subdued emotions in the songs, a longing that's palpable. I feel 'Island' is the album we always knew he had in him. I can't wait to share it with my audience." --Eddie White - The Cosmic Cowboy Cafe - 2RRR - Sydney, Australia 

“No good music collection is complete without a copy of the upcoming album 'Island,' by Pete Berwick. It’s a heartfelt slice of Americana that may never truly receive the accolades it so deserves. The album is solid, and is reminiscent of the many great Americana / singer-songwriters of my youth, such as The BoDeans, John Prine, Steve Earle, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, even Johnny Cash. It’s an album filled with angst, love, hope and urgency. This album will reach out and tug at your heart and soul.” --Nick Katona, Radio Host, Concert Promoter, and President of Melodic Revolution Records, Orlando, Florida 

"When it comes to Pete Berwick the songwriting is always top notch, and I've always liked that gravelly growl. The vocals on this one sounds like Pete has laid off the PBR and Cigs, and has been drinking honey and smokin' catfish. That turns out to be a sweet combination." --Billy Rose, Radio DJ at KMCN, Clinton, Iowa 

"A coat of polish can't wash away the grit of a Pete Berwick album. And that's a good thing. The enhanced production and beautiful harmonies on his latest release only serve to highlight the heartache and joy." --Mike Preston, Television Host, Music & Entertainment Journalist, Professional Comedian 

"There is only one Pete Berwick, unsung sword slinging Troubadour of outlaw finery." --Chris Gantry, legendary Country Hall of Fame songwriter

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Joel Harper picture book "Frankie Finds the Blues" with forward by Taj Mahal

Joel Harper's "Frankie Finds the Blues" is a delightful and warm hearted story about a young boy who discovers not only the roots of the blues but also its influence on contemporary music. He does this with the help of his grandmother and an elderly gentleman he meets in a local park who teaches him how to play guitar.

With expressive illustrations by Gary Kelley the book is also visually compelling as it is a story of innocence, maturity and a sense of belonging. The reader is immediately captivated by Joel's excitement to learn something new and placing his trust in a complete stranger. His love and respect for his grandmother is honest and inspirational and will captivate not only young readers but also adults along the way.

A well-conceived and unique piece of original literature that is sure to win over many hearts.

The book is available on Amazon HERE , and direct from Joel's website for signed copies:

About the Author:

Growing up in an artistic household, Joel Harper was encouraged by his family to express himself through music and writing. Joel's first book, All the Way to the Ocean (2006) is in its 4th edition and has been adapted into an animated movie. His second book, Sea Change, debuted in 2015. He supports his love of self-expression and discovery by managing his publishing house, Freedom Three Publishing, and working with various local, national, and international environmental organizations and initiatives advocating for marine conservation. When he is not writing and publishing books, he plays and teaches lap slide guitar and Native American Flute.


"Frankie Finds the Blues, what a lovely story of a child learning from his grandmother about this great music and the intergenerational communication and exchange of culture. Frankie is written with love, beauty, great care, and respect. A story like this would have meant so much to my young soul back in the early 50 s when blues music first struck a chord deep within me. Readers who share this book with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are passing on a priceless gift to future generations." (Taj Mahal Grammy Award-winner, blues, blues-rock, R&B, reggae, jazz, country blues, musician)

"Joel Harper's book, Frankie Finds the Blues, with Gary Kelley's artwork, is the ideal vehicle to open new minds and ears to such a vital music form. The roots of all of the American popular music can be found in the blues, and this story illustrates the value in understanding and respecting the history of American music in general. I'm so hopeful that children who do read this book, and their parents and grandparents who read it with them, will continue to enjoy all music trends while finding a new love for the blues, as well." (Barbara Newman, President & CEO of The Blues Foundation)

"The blues is such an important part of American music and Joel's book does an amazing job in introducing the music to the next generation. The blues has been with me since my childhood. While we were largely known for singing gospel, Pop's guitar laid the foundation for our music, and he was playing the blues. I hope every child gets to read this book and falls in love with the blues the way that I did." (Mavis Staples Grammy Award-winner, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee)

“I absolutely love this book! I wish every kid who loves music could get a chance to read this and discover not only how fantastic the blues is, but understand why it is the living root of so much of the music we love today—from hip hop and rap, to classic and new R&B—even pop, rock, and dance. Joel and Gary make the music come alive as something as much fun to play, as it is inspiring to learn about.” (Bonnie Raitt, Ten-Time Grammy Award-winner, American blues singer-songwriter, musician, and activist)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Blues-Rock outfit In Layman Terms release "Strong Roots"...feel-good soulful blues with funk and groove

Cole and Logan Layman have grown up making music together. In 2015 they met Hamed Barbarji, and this would be the beginning of an amazing friendship and a passionate collaboration. Nick Davidson joined the band in 2017 to complete this solid outfit. The band members are multi-instrumentalists and write original music. Their new album is "Strong Roots" was recently released on Endless Blues Records.

Music Journalist Barry Kerzner says, “With its NOLA flavored funk and soulful, rocking blues, ‘Strong Roots’ is strong medicine for the soul indeed. Logan Layman’s vocals belie her tender years, and Cole Layman’s guitar lines add passion and intensity with every note. Hamed Barbarji’s trumpet lifts the music up. Nick Davidson on drums joins Logan on bass to form a groove engine that is tight and tenacious. ‘Strong Roots’ is definitely a contender for Album of the Year.”

This young woman is a serious bassist with immense blues sensibility, along with a sultry retro-flavored voice with a hint of sandpaper that is irresistible. On top of that, creative songwriting and production, groove-heavy rhythm section work and fantastic performances from the whole ensemble establish In Layman’s Terms as one of the coolest music projects in modern blues.”
-Polly O' Keary Recording Artist/Bassist/Singer

As the full of grace suspended step of the stork, Cole & Logan Layman (In Layman Terms) give a sound as gritty, traditional with modern twists - this music comes straight from their souls! A melting point of blues, jazz, funk, R&B with feeling coming from all over decades. The fresh beauty of faces, mind and soul reflected in music. We're really lucky, because the music world nowadays has Cole & Logan, I hope and wish to one day the band inspire more people to make a difference in the Blues world. I'm an optimist again..."

-Michael Limnios Journalist, Europe - Mexico - USA

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Marty's review: The multi-instrumental talents of In Layman Terms come together on this release to create a modern blues mix of "feel-good" music that is well crafted and delivered with confidence and style. They sound like a whole lot of fun is going on as they incorporate elements from jazz, soul, blues and funk in a masterful display of exceptional musicianship and vocalising. Their togetherness is focused with a passion that's infectious.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Award winning blues/roots artist Susan Santos releases 5th album "NO U TURN"...masterful blues-rock

A great passion for the music led Susan Santos to learn, in a self taught way, how to play guitar and sing. Step by step the lefty guitarist and singer was creating her own songs and her particular style of understanding the music.

After several bands, she moved to Madrid in 2009 and formed a band with her own name, This is her more powerful project, a power trio that mixes blues and rock and American roots music. She has had intense years of performing in famous clubs and at numerous festivals in Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Estonia, England, Germany, France & in USA, Chicago and Los Angeles. Santos
appears also quite often in various TV shows, musicals and theatrical plays .

She has now recorded 5 albums, "Take Me Home", (Grasa Records, 2010), "Shuffle Woman" (Peer Music,2012) and “Electric Love” (Paella Records, 2014) ,“Skin & Bones” (Paella Records,2016) and “NO U TURN” (TWH Records, December 2018).

“NO U TURN " is her fifth album and was recorded in Madrid (Spain) produced & mixed by Juan de Dios Martín in Los Angeles, California and mastered in Aftermaster Studios (Los Angeles) by Peter Doell (worked for Glenn Frey, Steve Miller, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty..).

Marty's review: This multi-talented artist delivers her fifth album with a passion and ferocity that is up front and in your face. With her skillful guitar playing, soulful vocals and accomplished songwriting, Susan Santos is the full package on this masterful blues-rock release. Backed by a tight rhythm section and thunderous production, the 10 all-original tracks prove to be a rousing showcase of the artist's tenacity and hard work that has earned her well deserved awards.

"I feel that is the album that Susan Santos always wanted to do. The sound horizons have expanded and an atmosphere of comfort breathe . There closeness and complicity in every note. Susan has grown a lot . We knew his skin, but we have now reached the bone. “ (Manolo Fernández, Radio 3 Spain)

"Susan's outstanding voice and appealing guitar style, along with her strong stage presence is very refreshing in the contemporary blues scene." Blues-rock of XXI Century. 

Susan won The Best Musician Performance 2018 in the European Blues Awards.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Old Riley and The Water debut EP "Biting Through"..inspired by the musicians and people of New Orleans

New Orleans musician Sean Riley can make record-worthy music anywhere he goes: in the clubs, in his rehearsal space, in the studio or in his living room. As leader of Old Riley & The Water, the singer/songwriter has collaborated with his local band mates as well as friends from out of town to create his debut EP, "Biting Through." Recorded at the band’s rehearsal space as well as in the main living space of his Creole cottage in uptown New Orleans, this collection of blues songs speaks to love, loss and missteps. Riley attributes his love for the Crescent City for providing him with the motivation to create this project. “The musicians and people of New Orleans are a major inspiration for me every day,” he says.

Old Riley & The Water is made up of Sean Riley on guitar and lead vocals, along with a fluid cast of excellent New Orleans musicians as well as Joshua Cook, who produced the record, on guitar and backup vocals. 

Their debut EP is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Bandcamp and Google Play. 

Marty's review: this very impressive debut EP is a classic collection of traditional electric roots blues that has everything from ecstatic guitar licks to raw and energetic vocals and a tight rhythm that holds it all together. It's raw and powerful in a delivery that sounds contemporary but with a nod to the original sounds of past blues masters. 

Music, bookings and a calendar of performances can be found at

Sunday, February 17, 2019

UK electric rhythm & blues outfit The Liam Ward Band release 'Uprising'...tight funk and hot rhythms

The Liam Ward Band are an electric rhythm & blues band from south Wales, playing original blues incorporating elements of jazz, rock and funk. 

Uprising is the debut album from the group, and is made up entirely of original compositions pushing the boundaries of blues. Think plenty of Paul deLay’s originality, a dash of Santana’s jazzy rhythm and a healthy dollop of William Clarke’s west coast swing. It's a heady mix of foot-stomping R'n'B and Liam is a National Harmonica League Player of the Year. 

Uprising was recorded at Sonic One Studios and mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London. Virtuoso harp-playing combines with tight instrumentation and quirky arrangements to deliver some of the freshest blues currently on offer either side of the Atlantic.

Liam Ward: Vocals, harmonica
Matthew Llewelyn Jones: Guitar
Martin Hill: Bass

Gaz Davies: Drums

Marty's review: hot rhythms, tight funk, searing guitar licks, wailing harmonica and soulful vocals are the order of the day here on this most impressive release. These guys know their rhythm and blues/soul/funk and deliver it with style, panache and lots of passion. 10 full-blown tracks of roots-based r'n'b that will leave you with a nice warm feeling that tingles and lasts.



Thursday, February 14, 2019

Acoustic roots music trio The Foothills debut EP release Shadow of the Mountain...timeless musical statements

The Foothills, Vincent Beasley, Paul Hadfield, and Tony Neely,  are an acoustic trio from Chattanooga, Tennessee who blend a diverse range of Americana traditions - folk, country, blues, soul, and bluegrass - in an effort to create timeless musical statements that delicately balance artistic integrity and popular appeal.

On their debut EP release, Shadow of the Mountain, the band faces up to the struggles of life and finding hope against all odds. At their core, the songs are intended for rugged souls. 

A great deal of thought went in to selecting the songs for Shadow Of The Mountain. Taken together, the songs are a meditation on finding the perseverance and the strength to conquer the failures and the losses in your life.  

Recorded at The Soundry, the six track EP also features banjo extraordinaire Randy Steele of Slim Pickins Bluegrass Band, drummer JG Oliver of Monday Night Social, and keyboardist Brett Nolan who also engineered, mixed, and mastered the album.  

Shadow of the Mountain is now available on all major music streaming and downloading platforms.


Marty's review:  The Foothills' impressive debut EP is 6 tracks of true, roots based Americana blended with elements of blues, soul and bluegrass. With rich in harmonic instrumentation (banjo, violin, double bass, acoustic guitar) this trio are very confident in their abilities and this comes across on each and every track. Their songs are emotionally-charged with topics ranging from family history, past and future experiences, finding hope to Midwestern resilience and meditation. Well delivered vocals and harmonies with a textured overall production makes this and accessible and important release.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Brooklyn-born New York Blues Hall of Famer Regina Bonelli release "Love Letters"..exhilarating and emotional

Brooklyn-born New York Blues Hall of Famer Regina Bonelli is stepping forward to claim her rightful place among today's contemporary soul-blues divas on her new album “Love Letter,” released on True Groove Records. “Love Letter” is a blues-meets-R&B tsunami from the first single “Don't You Put Your Hands On Me” and the melancholy Al-Green-meets-Etta-James groove of "A Little Rain Must Fall" through the updated and socially relevant stomp of her cover of The Rolling Stones classic "Paint It Black," as well as her signature cold-blooded blues on the lushly orchestrated, stunning title track.

Regina writes blues tunes inspired by her own life and the world around her. She is an electrifying performer and is receiving standing ovations, backed by her A-list band The True Groove All-Stars. Regina has shared the stage with music icons such as Bobby Rush, Paul Simon, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Blues Traveler, Popa Chubby and Ronnie Earl, to name a few. "This collection of songs represents empowerment and healing in a world so sorely in need of both,” Bonelli says. “These are trying times we live in today, and I hope that the messages in these songs reach into the souls of the listeners. I truly believe that this is what music can do, especially the blues."

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Marty's review: Regina Bonelli delivers a powerful dose of soul-drenched, stylish blues on this latest release. Produced by Tomas Doncker and James Dellatacoma all the elements for a top-flight blues-soul outing are here from masterful guitar licks, tight rhythms and Regina's powerful vocal delivery. The masterful, original songwriting on 8 of the 9 tracks is emotional and introspective and the cover of "Paint It Black" is exhilarating and soars. An exceptional album all round and sure to please blues-soul fans.

Friday, February 8, 2019

UK based The Society of Angelic Potheads release "Behind 12 Bars"...roots based whimsiness

The Potheads' bio describes them as "Purveyors of songs from the Hogsmill Delta. A blending of Blues mixed with a dash of Lonnie Donegan, Slade, and various Herbs and Spices found high up on the hills surrounding the Hogsmill, before it joins the Thames.....".

With a name like The Society of Angelic Potheads (SAPs for short?), these guys obviously don't take themselves too seriously, which is a good thing. They inject a lot of fun and whimsiness into their roots based music and deliver with tongues firmly in cheeks (think Devo or Madness with a blues/country-tinged sound). 

Musically they are very proficient with more than competent instrumentation and vocals from all members. The interesting part is their take on songwriting which sees them tackling many subjects from drinking, working, society, culture, boy meets girl plus an attempt at a serious love song. With extremely complex song titles like "3 Fingers", "Me and My Horse", "Feminine Side" and "Flip Flap Flop", this is definitely for the thinking person (if you want to!). They also get down and dirty with their renditions of "Roadhouse Blues" and "Rock Me Baby" which both go down as searing, red hot blues-roots music. "Behind 12 Bars" is a sprawling collection of 10 original numbers plus 4 covers and makes a most unpredictable and visionary release.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

One woman band Ruth Wyand and The Tribe of One release "Tribe Of One"..raw and harmonic

Ruth Wyand and The Tribe of One, is a one woman band from Kill Devil Hills, NC, that generates the energy of a four piece band. With her powerful yet intricate picking style, alternating thumb bass, bottleneck slide, multiple foot drums and raw blues vocals, Ruth draws on her deep love of American roots music to showcase her strengths as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Demonstrating her instrumental prowess, primal rhythmic energy, emotive vocals and songwriting “Tribe Of One” was recorded live in the studio. The album is a mixture of 11 originals plus 3 covers by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Piedmont Blues Guitarist Etta Baker.

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a solo performer with an arsenal of guitars, foot percussions, upright snare & a suitcase kick drum going simultaneously. She sings like an angel, plays guitar like a demon and creates a mighty sound. I’ve caught a few one-person bands over the years with mixed results. Wyand is undoubtedly the best I’ve seen” - John Porter Time For The Blues Richmond VA

. …I’ve had the pleasure of working with and listening to Ruth for over a decade. Once you have the opportunity to see Ruth Wyand and the Tribe of One live, then you’ll understand why I always
introduce her as a “Totally Rocking Chick!” - Lisa Brickhouse-Davis Radio Announcer/Event Promoter & Big Fan WVOD 99.1 Voice of the Carolinas

…“Possessing a powerful voice & the ability to mix jazz runs with primal delta slide - Chip Lamey Juke Joint Notes

Marty's review:   Ruth Wyand serves up a dose of raw and harmonic roots music on this energetic and exuberant release. Being a one-woman band is what makes Ruth special in that she knows where the music is all coming from and knows how to deliver it. With exceptional guitar work, dynamic vocals and cleverly-written songs, this album is a treat for roots music fans from an artist that is skillful and masterful. Thank you Ruth.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Experimental slide guitarist Geiger von Müller premieres new album Teddy Zer and Kwands

Experimental slide guitarist Geiger von Müller recently premiered his new album Teddy Zer and Kwands.

Teddy Zer & Kwands includes the singles Blue Moon Frequency #1 to #3, released in 2018 as a music video trilogy containing superb retro-futuristic visuals. 

Geiger describes himself as "a solid proponent of the neo-cubist semi-deconstructionist blues scene" and the music as "acoustic sci-fi".

"Some of it is experimental, some of it is gorgeous, some of it is both" Roots & Fusion 

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Chameleon of the blues artist Dale Bandy album release "blue."...inspired and personal solo debut

Dale Bandy is an inspired artist with more than 40 years of experience. He wears many hats, including lead vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, band leader and producer. Based in Orlando, Florida, Bandy can be characterized as a chameleon of the blues as he moves effortlessly between traditional blues, '50s style blues, blues-rock, and his own unique take on contemporary blues.

blue.” is Bandy's debut album as a solo artist. Inspired by real-life events, its emotional content is self-evident. We've all had moments where we have gone too far and hurt the ones we love, a sentiment embodied musically in Bandy's song “lf l Could Only Take it Back." “My Bad Reputation” describes courting a woman as a much younger man, while “Get It On” paints a picture of the ebb and flow of love on any given evening at home, a subject anyone who's been in a long-term relationship can relate to. “Country Star” was written in a dream set in a Nashville recording studio in which Dale was directing and teaching the band the song. As he counted off the band, he woke and ran to his studio to record the song. Taken as a whole, “blue.” is the embodiment of Bandy's depth of musical understanding and offers a glimpse into future releases by this multifaceted artist. 

Marty's review: Dale Bandy's multi-functional talents and his perceptive and personal views on life and everyday happenings all come together on this accomplished and finely-calibrated release. Musically he combines several forms of roots music in their simplest and most accessible form with lyrics that are honest and definitive creating a sensitive and masterful collection of compositions that are both well-rounded and sophisticated. Dale's music will allow the listener to maybe think about their own life and reflect accordingly without delving too much in reflectiveness but rather seeing a future that is clear and defined.

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