Friday, February 26, 2016

Florida Acoustic Roots Duo, Spearman Brewers, new EP Release "One Drink Minimum"

The Spearman Brewers are a Pensacola based band that plays Acoustic Panhandle Blues, a combination of pre-war blues, jazz, gospel, and jug music. The Brewers honor the past by bringing it to the present with original compositions based on these time-enduring styles.  It's the New Old Stuff, where the bottle hits the string.

Scott Riggs (Brewmaster) - Vocals, Resonator Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mandolin, Concert Ukulele, Washboard. 
Jeremy Holcombe (Rickyard Supervisor) - Upright Bass, Baritone Ukulele, Soprano Ukulele, Bowed Saw.

Influences: Blind Boy Fuller, Tampa Red, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Willie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Casey Bill Weldon, Son House, Barbecue Bob, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Bukka White, Bo Carter, Blind Willie McTell, Washboard Sam, Blind Blake, Bumble Bee Slim, Leadbelly, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Memphis Jug Band, Mississippi Sheiks, Memphis Minnie, Django Reinhardt, Lonnie Johnson, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams Sr, Johnny Cash............Just to name a few.

Marty's review: If these guys were anymore "rootsy" you could cultivate them! Nothing but acoustic instruments here with a clean, crisp sound that is taken from those old 78's (without the scratches) and transports you to that front porch swing on a lazy afternoon. This 6-track EP is a treat for the senses and is guaranteed repeat listens. 

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Monday, February 15, 2016

London based Roots singer-songwriter Linda Em new single release "Blue Girl"

London based Roots singer-songwriter Linda Em hasn't forgotten her Southern Ireland roots with shades of Celtic running throughout her music. With both BBC and Irish radio support for her current debut album 'Shadow Lands' (out now), new single 'Blue Girl' is available on download on 29th February.  The blues roots single takes you back to the 1960's Phil Spector 'Wall Of Sound' girl group soul era, with Linda's pure and raw vocal beautifully intertwining with the soulful backing singers. 

Marty's review: Linda's stripped back, acoustic, roots sound on "Blue Girl" is so refreshing to hear. Her crisp, raw and honest vocal style is unique and more than outshines similar artists I have heard. The production is clean with mandolin, simple guitar riffs, a shuffling drum beat and some beautiful backup harmonies. This song is a joy to listen to and more than worthy of repeated plays. 

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See also: "Run Higher"

“Laid back blues that smoulders” – Blue Girl review – Fatea 

“Linda Em has a purely beautiful voice” – Dan O’Riordan – Phoenix 106.7 

“Melting Celtic roots with influences ranging from the smoky Blues end of the Folk spectrum informed by literate classic singer-songwriters. Think Kirsty MacColl and then think again” – Andrew Darlington R2 album review 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Swedish Blues/Soul/Rock band Julia and The Basement Tapes HOT new EP release "The Dues"

Swedish blues/rock/soul outfit, Julia and The Basement Tapes, have recently released a new EP, "The Dues", which is the follow up to their very successful debut EP, "The Basement Tapes" (previously reviewed on this blog HERE).

Julia and The Basement Tapes were formed at the end of 2012 when Julia Tinglöf (vocal) and Johan Borgh (guitar) had been writing songs together for a while and decided it was time to start a band. The best rhythm section available was contacted, consisting of Samuel Söderberg on bass and Johannes Sidenqvist on drums. The newly formed band participated in the band contest Spinnrocken, which they won. Shortly after that they recorded their debut EP "The Basement Sessions" with the help of producer Andreas Rydman. The EP was released at the end of May 2013. Shortly after that, Richard Hamilton playing the keyboards joined the band. 

Marty's review:  As if their first EP wasn't hot enough, Julia and The Basement Tapes follow up with their second and even hotter EP, "The Dues". Combining their now trademark rocking blues with added soulful keyboards, JBT have produced a sterling 6 track effort of soulful blues with a rocking edge. Opening with the rocking blues of "Please Don't Stop" that showcases Julia's sultry, earthy vocals with Johan Borgh's searing guitar licks, this is what I would term their "trademark" sound. Follow this with the soulful blues ballad and title track "The Dues" with its intense vocals and soulful keyboards, "Don't Want to tell You" combining soulful lead vocals, cool backing vocals and another hot guitar solo, and "Come On Home" that starts as a slow paced blues/soul ballad and builds up to a midway guitar solo that rocks (again!). The Jimi Hendrix inspired "Rewind and Retake" with its opening licks reminiscent of "Voodoo Chile" that builds up to a tight blues/soul rocker that doesn't let up and "Mean Reds" that showcases Julia Tinglöf's passionate "Janis Joplin" style vocals with some cool jazz style horn playing.

Clocking in at a generous 30 minutes, this is a release that is certainly no fillers where each track stands on its own. Take some time out and discover Julia and The Basement Tapes (if you haven't already!).

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