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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For more information on Michael Colton, visit his social media: FACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAM

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!

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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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hamilton Loomis new release "BASICS"...funk, soulful blues-rock and a special mission

Hamilton Loomis does indeed go back to basics on his new album, which is his most personal and emotional effort to date. Gone are the double entendres for which Loomis is known; this time, his lyrics are direct, personal, and often autobiographical. The “basics” theme runs through the entire CD, in its lyrics (“Prayer,” “Cloudy Day”), single-chord progressions (“Sugar Baby," "Looking Into a Dream”), simple melodies (“Come and Get Me”), and stripped-down instrumentation of guitar, bass and drums (“Reason," "Getting So Big”).

Still, Loomis’s trademark deep-grooved funk and soulful blues-rock is definitely present. “I wanted this record to be more stripped-down. Even the CD jacket is black and white and pretty basic itself," he says of the disc, which features songwriting collaborations with Grammy-award winning songwriter/ producer/bassist Tommy Sims, co-writer of Eric Clapton's “Change the World." Loomis’ 2013 album “Give It Back” showed his pay-it-forward attitude of passing on knowledge to young, up-and-coming musicians, just as his mentors (notably Houston’s Joe Hughes, Johnny Copeland and rock icon Bo Diddley) once did for him. On "Basics," Loomis continues the tradition by featuring several of his young protégées, and finishes the record with a jam session by some of his favorite Houston-area youngsters, whose ages range from 13 to 16.

Stream and download the album on iTunes HERE

Loomis is also on a mission to raise awareness about hyperinsulinism (HI), a rare disease that causes low blood sugar. His 3-year-old son was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition in 2015, and Loomis dedicates Basics' opening track, “Sugar Baby,” to Congenital Hyperinsulinism International (, an organization that heads research on the disease, educates doctors and hospitals, and supports families affected by the disease. “They call HI kids 'sugar babies,' so I wanted to write a song in appreciation for all they do for families all over the world,” Loomis says.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Finnish roots artist Dave Forestfield new solo album "Nobody's World"..blues roots with boogie

Finnish roots artist Dave Forestfield won The Best Film Score Award at Defy Film Festival, Nashville, TN in Oct 2016 for his music in the short film Body Language Zone. 2015 Finnish Blues Awards gave him Song of The Year Award for I Believe The Change Will Come, a song from his previous solo album Loyal Till The bitter End.

Nobody's World is Forestfield's 7th solo album. "I think this 14 song album is more a band record than any of my previous albums. It's funny in a way because it's just me and the drummer plus some quests here and there. There's lots of overdubbed guitar and bass in every song, but basically it's just drums and my singer/songwriter piano."

"Often there's been some kind of theme on my records or at least in my head when writing the songs. If I should name some theme this time, I think it could be the trinity of hypocrisy, populism and double standards and the satisfying feel of power it gives to some of us... mixed with some Boogie Woogie, of course!"

Music video Lazy Days and Lazy Nights was released in June and the 2nd video from the album Me and My Bible (We're The Devil) is out now.

All songs written by Dave Forestfield.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes new album release "Walking In the Dark"..blues, folk and Americana

On his seventh album, acclaimed Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with depth, humor and a unique musical style.

Stream the album on SOUNDCLOUD HERE:

Situated at the intersection of the blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter genres, "Walk in the Dark" is an exquisite collection of songs that highlight Lutes’s unmistakable voice and literary writing style. Co-produced with celebrated Montreal producer and Cirque de Soleil collaborator Rob Heaney, the album features a group of Canada's finest roots and blues players, including guitarist Rob MacDonald and keyboardist Bob Stagg along with noted artists Ian Kelly, Guy Bélanger and Joe Grass. It finds Lutes, a Kerrville New Folk winner, Maple Blues and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, exploring a wide range of subjects and paying homage to some heroes: James Cotton (on "There's No Way to Tell You That Tonight") and guitarist Joseph Spence (on the instrumental "Spence").

Recorded mainly over three days in late January in a small studio in Montreal's Notre Dame de Grace borough, the recording captures the essence of Lutes' soulful voice and rhythmic guitar style, enveloped by a group of players who are no stranger to his groove. Featuring 12 new originals, including two co-writes with award-winning Americana songwriter Dale Boyle, and the forgotten John Prine gem "Rocky Mountain Time," the album digs deep into the roots of Canadian and American music and delivers another strong statement. "This album, of all of them, was a journey into the unknown, which is why I like the title so much," Lutes says. "With a great co-producer, and a group of phenomenal players and friends, I went in to the studio to find these songs. And I really feel like we did that."

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lonnie Leo releases second single "Painted Things"

"I wrote this song in a season of life when I felt incapable of genuinely connecting with other people, even some of the people closest to me. It can be a lot easier sometimes to just make people laugh and handle your life on your own. But it sucks. We're designed to lift one another up and help each other grow. I wrote this song about that and it's called "Painted Things"."...Lonnie Leo

Stream the track on Soundcloud HERE

Lonnie Leo fell in love with great songs at a very young age. Via 90's radio country artists like Shania Twain, Martina McBride and John Michael Montgomery, LL was immersed into a world that would eventually prove to have had honed his instinct and equipped his heart for a lifetime of writing. He played guitar leisurely in high school, even though he was forming his own taste in music finding artists like Wilco, Bob Dylan, Parkway Drive (one of these things is not like the, but didn't really dive into learning music until his sophomore year of college in Chicago. Surrounded by proficient gospel musicians and the Chicago scene as a whole, those first years were so formative and after a year of living the barista/musician life out of college, Lonnie was able to make music a full-time career. He recorded his debut album "Painted Things" in 2016-2017 and is releasing singles off it now. LL moved to Nashville from Chicago in June of 2017 to pursue songwriting and is booking solo acoustic and full band shows in both cities while writing his next album. 

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Singer-Songwriter Phil Lomac new release "Northern Cities Southern Stars"...folk roots with rock'n'roll

Phil Lomac combines his heaviest folk influences with the raw power of Rock'n' Roll and the faintest 80's tinge, for a sound that is endlessly charming and deep. His composition takes notes from classic rockers like Tom Petty and Queen with its free, refreshing form and attention to narrative. His newest release, "Northern Cities Southern Stars" is a must listen.

Phil's musical roots trace back to the cold war era Berlin in which grew up. The city is and always has been a cultural melting pot, unique unto itself. Permeated by musicians and artists from all corners of the globe the creative energy was magnetic and inescapable, igniting a spark that would set off his lifelong pursuit into music and shape his eclectic approach to the craft. 

Over the years Lomac has been equally comfortable performing as a singer/songwriter in coffee houses as he has been pounding out ear-splitting guitar riffs in rock'n'roll honky tonks and dive bars. “Northern Cities Southern Stars” is Lomac’s third official release and his most attentive in terms of production and song arrangement and features an eclectic mash-up of genres, including indie rock, pop, folk and roots music, without compromising the characteristics Lomac is known for: solid songwriting matched to lyrics that have power and genuine depth.

"His songs shine with a certain clarity of thought and expression. Solid songwriting and arrangements are matched to lyrics that have power and genuine depth. Phil's songs always have a backbone. Dig a little deeper and there is always a little more underneath." -Indie Darkroom

MusiciansPhil Lomac; lead/backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, banjo guitar, percussion
Styles: Alternative Folk Rock, Rootsy Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Americana Rock
Similar To: Wilco, Elliott Smith, Teenage Fanclub, Apples in Stereo, Tom Petty, Nick Cave
Location: Charlotte, NC / US

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Blues multi-instrumentalist/singer Trevor Sewell new release "Calling Nashville"..An Americana Adventure

Five years, five albums, six American tours, 17 international awards, and guest appearances from the likes of Janis Ian, Tracy Nelson (Mother Earth), Paul Barrere (Little Feat) Vickie Carrico, and Sean O’Bryan Smith (Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Lady Antebellum), the new album from Trevor Sewell, "Calling Nashville," produced by Geoff Wilbourn at the iconic Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, is currently smashing down the barriers between contemporary blues and Americana, with dates already set for 2018 in Europe and the United States.

After spending many years as a session musician, Trevor decided to go it alone, rapidly establishing himself as one of the great emerging guitar talents, and gaining legions of fans in the process. In the U.S., his first album, "Calling Your Name," reached Number 1 on the American Blues Scene chart, where it stayed for seven weeks. His songs have since appeared on more than twenty compilations, alongside Robert Johnson, B.B. King, and Bruce Springsteen.

Trevor, who hails from the U.K., is one of the most-played blues artists on the UK’s official IBBA Radio Chart for two consecutive years now. He has also performed in the second and third annual The Soirée in Los Angeles during Grammy® Week, in sold-out shows at the Whisky A Go Go and the El Rey Theatre.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lew Jetton and 61 South new release "Palestine Blues" on Coffee Street Records..raw and emotional

"Palestine Blues", the new album from Lew Jetton and 61 South, is a personally poignant and sometimes brutal memoir of a 10 year period in Jetton's life which included struggles with alcohol, drugs, depression, joblessness, frustration and a spiritual tug of war.

Lew Jetton says, “Palestine is the community in which I live but it's also a place of historic significance for being sacred, while at the same time, a place of conflict. That's kind of where I have been for years. I know a lot of blues is happy and uplifting. This is not. I'm OK with that. I wanted it to be real blues, in the emotional sense, and that's what 'Palestine Blues' is.”

"Palestine Blues" is pure emotion. Recorded 3 piece, for the most part, with just Lew on guitar, with bass and drums, so the essence of the songs could show through. No posing. Just the raw feeling, so you really can feel the frustration, the helplessness, the anger, the sadness, that are a way of life for so many today. It follows on the heels of Lew Jetton and 61South's 2016 release Rain, which spent more than 6 months of the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Chart, receiving extensive airplay worldwide and finishing #36 in their year end list of all the Top 200 releases.

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What They're Saying...

Very original. Very dark. Think Gary Clark Jr meets Townes Van Zandt. Maybe the most REAL blues I've heard in a long time, because it deals with real life
and real problems so many of us are facing today. Not a bunch of superficial BS. It's about real pain. The problems the working families and working poor are
dealing with. This one tells it straight “in your face.” Luke Williams, WKYQ

I've played him on my shows in the past, but this CD takes it up another explosive notch!! “ Cap'n Barney, MAYFLOWER HILL BLUES, WMHB

A powerful collection combining creative original lyrics and instrumentation with traditional and contemporary blues themes.....gets better every time I play it!” Brion Foster, KYRS

Monday, October 2, 2017

Laura Rain and The Caesars release 4th album "Walk With Me"...vintage R'n'B and Detroit soul and blues

Detroit’s own Laura Rain and The Caesars have been putting a lot of miles on their Ford V8 motor the past couple years. After releasing their third album (Gold in 2015), the band has continued their heavy touring schedule performing everywhere from Paris, France to San Francisco, CA bringing their unique Motor City funky soul to a new audience.

The band have just released their fourth album of original Motor City Soul-Blues-R&B. Walk With Me is Laura Rain’s best work to date. A delightful trip through funky dance tunes, hard hitting vintage R&B, and lowdown Detroit soul and blues. Recorded to tape (mostly live) with organ and horns driving the beat, Laura Rain again demonstrates she is a unique and powerful singer with authenticity and presence.

Raised downriver Detroit, Laura Rain sings with exceptional skill and power. She thrives on hard work, dedication and resolve. Her ability to deliver her own songs with fearless emotion and excitement while performing is genuine, and startling to witness. When she met her band mate (now husband) George Friend, the two shared a interest in creation. The pair have recorded their latest album at Magnetic Recording in Pontiac MI. Walk with Me is a continuation of their locally grown original vintage r&b, delivering the band’s hard-hitting soul and modern juke-joint blues. From the driving Motown beat and stinging guitar of the title track, to the 80's dance funk of “Pleasure Zone,” Laura Rain uses her voice to engage the listener from sexy provocation, and a call to arms.

Find out more on the official website:

download FREE album liner notes HERE

Monday, September 25, 2017

Blues singer-songwriter Andrew JoJo Chapman returns with new release "Well, It's About Time"

It was in the late 1960's at a small Houston nightclub named the Act III that Andrew Chapman first met Tony Braunagel. Chapman was watching his friend Johnny Winter and his brother Edgar perform, with Tony’s friend and neighbor Willie Ornelas on drums. Braunagel had a band called Buttermilk Bottom, and Chapman came on board to manage them and helped them release a single through Polydor Records in 1970.

Chapman and bassist Terry Wilson formed a band known as The Bloontz All Stars which Braunagel later joined. Ron Johnsen, engineer and executive director for Electric Lady Studios, auditioned and signed the group in 1972. After a stint as the male lead in the Houston run of a play by Broadway's C.C. Courtney called "Ripped and Wrinkled," Chapman recorded an album with Bloontz at Electric Lady in 1972-73. Eventually, he and other members of the group signed on to tour with Houston's Johnny Nash (hot on the heels of Nash's massive hit ”I Can See Clearly Now”), playing legendary venues such as the Bitter End in New York and the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica.

Chapman ultimately tired of the industry -- "I loved the music, but the business turned me off," he says -- and began a successful corporate life in hotels and investment banking. But he continued to hit the studio with his friends periodically. A couple of years ago, he decided he wasn't finished with music, so he reached out to his former Bloontz All Stars band mate Terry Wilson, who had become a respected producer and engineer. Recording in Los Angeles, London, Houston, Nashville, and Mobile, Alabama, Chapman and his fellow musicians sent tracks to their keyboardist friend John “Rabbit” Bundrick (The Who, 1979-2012) for his contributions, and had Braunagel jump into L.A.'s Ultrasound Studios to add drums. "The trust level between us was amazing," Chapman says. "This record greatly exceeded my expectations."

Stream and download "Well, It's About Time" HERE

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Cold Heart Revue new album release Renegade Heart..punching blues-rock

The Cold Heart Revue have a lot to live up to. Their first single (You’re A) Picture On A Wall hit iTunes No#1 Blues Singles Chart and they are a big new name as the young blues band of the moment on the European festival circuit. Their touring work at the Isle of Wight Festival, Bluesfest and Brighton Blues Festival has generated a big following that they must be keen to impress. The heaps of expectation would make a lesser band short of breath. Their new album release is Renegade Heart and is now available.

Stream (You’re A) Picture On A Wall on Soundcloud HERE

..and their new release Tattoo Girl HERE

Thankfully The Cold Heart Revue deliver punching blues rock recordings played by a top rank band hitting their stride. The opener I Can’t Get Started is a guitar feast worthy of a Bluesbreaker Clapton and is followed fast by new tracks with a greater lyrical depth. The words are about the poor, and the over-riding philosophy of Renegade Heart is to ‘kick off your shoes and dance on the desk’ a line from standout track Hope and Magazines because it might be better than allowing your spirit to go under. They might well be right.

England has a big history of young promising guitarists and in David Robinson there may be a new star. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Peter Green produced some lively guitar work in early blues bands and Robinson is from this school of players, confident, bluesy and youthful. The playing is solid on the CD. Tattoo Girl is a homage to the late Chuck Berry and deserves special mention to drummer Andy Sturges who plays with staggering energy and sophistication on such a loud thrashy track. The Cold Heart Revue make big noise and Renegade Heart is something to and submission by Jim Jay

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Hot Rod Hearse release their debut album “One Time, Pappie !”, they call it Thrift Shop Rock!

Hot Rod Hearse are proud to announce the release of their debut album, titled “One Time, Pappie !”. 

They have been featured on this blog previously. See previous post HERE.

Hot Rod Hearse are from Wexford, Ireland. They have a unique sound, fusing together Swamp blues, Rockabilly, Folk and straightforward Rock into a sound they call Thrift Shop Rock. Their debut single, “There by the Road” received a lot of praise and with over 19,000 views on YouTube, it was also a finalist in the Dublin City Rounders Alt Country Songwriting Contest. 

Having played the Strawberry Roots Festival in Enniscorthy, the Free Fringe Festival in Leitrim and the Dublin Rock 'n Roll Festival, an Irish tour is in the pipeline as well as thereafter taking their music to the UK, Europe and further afield. 

Marty's review: Hot Rod Hearse showcase their roots-based sounds on their impressive debut album. Combining blues, rockabilly, folk and rock they present their fine song writing and musical talents on this 9 track collection. The emphasis is on raunch and twang with a good dose of energy. 

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based blues guitarist Scott Ellison new release Good Morning Midnight

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based blues guitarist Scott Ellison has been on the rock and blues scene for over 30 years regularly performing at top blues festivals and venues across the US, Canada, and the UK. Having been brought up in the heartland of America, the rich musical traditions and influences of the South which still flow like a river along Route 66, live on through Ellison’s laid-back style, top-notch guitar playing and commanding presence on the stage. 

Scott Ellison has performed and/or shared the stage with numerous legendary rock and blues icons including Joe Cocker, B.B. King, Levon Helm, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Buddy Guy. His songs have been featured in motion pictures and TV productions including; Eye on L.A., Santa Barbara, Reindeer Games, and the ABC-TV Hit Series, Nashville. On his latest album, "Good Morning Midnight," Scott continues his long-time collaboration with fellow Tulsa icon, producer/songwriter/pianist, Walt Richmond who co-wrote several songs and co-produced the album. Richmond is known for his work with many outstanding recording artists including Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, and Bonnie Raitt.

"Ellison is a prolific songwriter, and his work reflects influences from the British Blues Invasion, Motown, and Memphis rhythm and blues." BLUES IN BRITAIN

“Ellison shares with the listener a deep, soulful blues experience that showcases his multi-dimensional talents.” CHICAGO BLUES GUIDE

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Soulful Blues Rock from South Carolina's Tastes Like Chicken

With America’s dependency on alcohol and opioids at an alarming all-time high, few artists have dared to address the complicated issue. South Carolina’s Tastes Like Chicken have bravely attempted to fill that void with the release of their poignant and soulful new single “Bottle in My Hand

Check out the recent premiere of “Bottle In My Hand” on Popdose HERE

Recently voted Best Band in the Pee Dee by the readers of Florence’s The Morning News, “Bottle in My Hand” is proof that Tastes Like Chicken know firsthand the struggles associated with the destructive cycle of dependency.

The talented five piece band led by co-founders Lance and Brad Shirley create a spirited mid-tempo jam with a poignant theme and surprisingly melancholic undertones. The band have honed their talents and earned a sizable fan base by performing over 200 shows and festivals a year throughout the south and their home base of Florence, SC. They feature tight musicianship, pristine vocal harmonies and an eclectic sound that is heavily influenced by a myriad genres of music, including jazz, R&B, country, soul, and gospel.

According to songwriter Lance Shirley, “Bottle in My Hand” laments the dependent relationship people often form with alcohol: “The song is about drinking to make your problems go away. Although it may be a temporary fix, it usually ends up compounding the problem or bringing about new problems.”

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

UK Americana Debut by Mick Wynne, Brighton's wandering blues man

The well-traveled UK troubadour, Mick Wynne, released his debut EP on 29th May 2017  and it is available on Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, iTunes and other digital sound purveyors.  

Stream and download from Spotify HERE

The virtuoso former John Entwistle and Tim Rose guitarist Mick has selected 3 tracks from his debut LP release later this year ‘The Mysterious Abduction and Return of a Homesick Mick’ as a taste of things to come. A seasoned session guitarist Mick has Worked with the likes of Peter Green, Ron Magness, Pierre Tubbs, Patrica Morrison and the Producer Joe Gibb.

The recently ‘returned’ Mick has compiled these Blue tinged tracks into ‘The World of Mick EP’.

The lead single Fooled By You (ft. Alison David) is a belting soul/rock number with an overlaid lapsteel adding a country feel to the track. The song documents both self-deception and being fooled by the world around you. The other tracks on the EP Love of My Woman and You are the Message consist of a more solid blue theme. You Are The Message is an ode to Blues legend Peter Green whom Mick sees as a huge influence. The EP Consists of rustic textures; blending Soul and Blues with modern recording technique bravely exploring new boundaries while still holding true it’s root. This is roots Americana renovated for the 21st Century.

Mastered at the famous Abbey Road Studio, ‘The Mysterious Abduction & Return of a Homesick Mick’  is scheduled for worldwide release later in the year.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Bruce Mississippi Johnson debut album release "The Deal Baby"...old school blues and soul

‘’The Deal Baby’’ is the debut album from Bruce Mississippi Johnson. It consists of 12 original songs each providing a contemporary combination of ol’ school blues and soul delivered by Bruce’s unmistakable bass baritone voice. The album was recorded at Studio Davout and Studio De La Reine in Paris, France. It was auto produced by Bruce and Johan Dalgaard and mixed by Grammy Award winning mixer Veronica Ferraro at Super Sonic scale studios in France. 

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Born in Mississippi the heart of the musically fertile area that is America’s ‘deep south’, Bruce Johnson is a man who was born to sing. As a child in his grandfather’s church, and later, in the company of his father’s record collection he got the kind of musical education most folks can only dream about. Listening to soulful voices like Al Green, his cousin Jackie Wilson, Lou Rawls and Gil Scott Heron, Bruce discovered he could sing. 

Bruce has a voice of his own, one that straddles soul, blues and jazz, as at home singing the songs of Hendrix, Gil Scott Heron or BB King as he is with  his own heartfelt songs. On stages and in studios across Europe, Bruce Mississippi Johnson is a force to be reckoned with.

See also previous post on this blog HERE

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