Tuesday, January 31, 2017

International Blues Challenge #32 CD from Blues Foundation and Frank Roszak Promotions

Over the past thirty-two years, one of The Blues Foundation's key events, the International Blues Challenge, has blossomed into an industry-leading annual showcase of the best new talent the genre has to offer. What began in 1984 as a handful of acts displaying their talents today stands as the world's largest gathering of blues musicians. The IBC can make careers, forge relationships between artists and industry veterans, and unite blues fans in their love for the music.

In 2016, the IBC featured 257 acts. The nine tracks on this CD, the result of a partnership between The Blues Foundation and Frank Roszak Promotions, were drawn from the 2016 IBC's sixteen Solo/Duo division and Band division finalists.

The Paul Deslauriers Band gets things off to a rocking start with the bold, swaggering “I'm Your Man.” InnerVision harks back to a classic sound with “Hound Dog,” recalling the days when the blues first had a baby and they named it rock 'n' roll. It's followed by Sonny Moorman's “You Make All My Blues Come True,” a deeply felt take on acoustic blues highlighted by cutting slide guitar.

Next up is the Norman Jackson Band, who name-checks a number of the genre's pioneers on the funked-up, sax-fueled “Norman’s Blues.” Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon deliver a blues lesson in the traditional guitar-and-harp duo format on “When The Money Runs Out.” And The Hector Anchondo Band orders up a “Tall Glass Of Whiskey” amid Anchondo's fat-toned guitar playing on their propulsive track. “Drinkn’ and Drivin' Blues” is a slow shuffle that has Bing Futch, named 2016's Best Solo Guitarist, narrating a sad blues story for the ages. Soloist Dave Muskett is joined here by his band on the hard-driving “Can’t Move On.” 

Rounding out the CD are Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, whose haunting “Black Sheep Moan” shows why they were this year's first-place winners in the Solo/Duo division. 

It's an exciting mix that reflects the diversity of styles on display in any given year at the International Blues Challenge.

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The 2017 #InternationalBluesChallenge kicks off tomorrow night in Memphis with over 260 acts from around the world! Visit for #IBC2017 ticket and schedule info. Who's coming?

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Spearman Brewers new album release "Rue Blues"..acoustic blues roots from Florida

A slow brew of pre-war blues, jazz, jug, and gospel, distilled through the mind of a true Southern Brewmaster, where the bottle meets the string. Spearman Brewers, purveyors of pure, undistilled Panhandle. The new old stuff.

Rue Blue, a musical gumbo with notes of Blues, Traditonal Jazz, Cajun, Old-Time, and Gospel, seasoned with a healthy dose of Louisiana.

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Spearman Brewers are:

Scott Riggs - Vocals, Resonator Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Concert Ukulele, Washboard, Beer Caps 

Jeremy Holcombe - Upright Bass, Soprano Ukulele, Baritone Ukulele, Backing Vocals 

Jeff Glickman - Harmonica

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Darrin James Band new album release "Strange Storm"..folk, blues, funk and rock

Acclaimed Detroit singer-songwriter Darrin James and his Darrin James Band have recently released their 3rd full length album. It explores themes of today's "climate" of constant violence, blatant greed, religious hypocrisy and political chaos. The title, "Strange Storm," takes on new meanings as his music journeys through eclectic sonic landscapes and diverse influences from Woody Guthrie inspired folk, to Afrobeat, blues, and rock n' roll. The album features Thornetta Davis, Detroit's "Queen of the Blues," on supporting vocals and a stellar line-up of musicians from both Michigan and Detroit.

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Darrin James was born in Kentucky, raised in Michigan, and spent a decade in Brooklyn, New York, where he honed his songwriting and production craft. His gravelly voice, gritty guitar, and thought-provoking lyrics embrace the full scope of American rock 'n' roll - encompassing blues, folk, rock, soul, funk, country - and increasingly more flavors from around the globe.

Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Styles: Folk, Blues, Funk, Rock
Similar to/RIYL: Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Antibalas

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Marty's review: The Darrin James Band serves up a feast of musical styles on their latest release, combining blues, roots, folk, soul, funk and rock with singer-songwriter Darrin James' insightful lyrics on today's climate, which results in a well produced soundscape of tight musicianship that comes at you like a hurricane through the night. Well worth a listen and certainly one to be appreciated for the talent involved.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Teresa James and The Rhythm Tramps new album release "Bonafide"...blues with passion

Originally from Houston, Texas, Teresa James is based in Los Angeles where she has assembled a group of some of the top LA based touring and session musicians in her band, The Rhythm Tramps. They have been working in the LA area and at blues festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe for many years. For the last 12 years, the band has also been a favorite on Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Blues Cruise.

She has performed live with such legendary artists as Levon Helm, Delbert McClinton, Eric Burdon, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Big Al Anderson, Kirk Whalum, and many others. Her voice is featured on albums by Randy Newman, Eric Burdon, Tommy Castro, Bill Medley, and Walter Trout, among others. She has also sung for television and movie soundtracks; She and her band were featured in the Disney movie and soundtrack for "HOLES".

Teresa's band is an eclectic mix of Los Angeles based musicians who have worked with a wide range of artists including: Jimmy Reed, Eric Burdon, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes, Was Not Was, Johnny Nash and many, many others.

Marty's review: On this latest release, Teresa James delivers the blues with power, soul and passion. Backed up by her stellar band, The Rhythm Tramps, the 13 killer tracks on "Bonafide" pick you up by the scruff of the neck and won't let you go. It's blues that is full on, up front and tight with no holds barred. Teresa's voice is strong and slightly raspy and her experience in singing the blues certainly comes through on each and every track.

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"Teresa James is a true original. When she sings you can feel it in your bones."... Levon Helm, "The Band"

"Jump on this band-wagon while there is room..." ... Blues 411

"Teresa James has a voice that comes from deep down in the soul, as real and authentic as it gets When she sings, you know she means it."... Graham Clarke for Blues Bytes

"I haven't heard pipes of this caliber in a long time... this is an amazing body of work...this lady has star written all over her." ... James "the Blueshound" Nagel,  producer/programmer KPFT Houston

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Derrick Procell - Why I Choose to Sing the Blues...Blues that Sizzles

When Derrick Procell began writing songs with Grammy winner Terry Abrahamson, he hadn't planned on releasing the music under his own name. But as overwhelming positive feedback from other blues artists came back -- all of them wondering who the singer/producer was -- it became clear that Procell needed the world to hear his versions of the songs before they became hits for others.

After releasing self-produced CDs under the Americana banner, "Why I Choose to Sing the Blues" is Procell’s debut blues album. Most of the 12 original songs were co-written with Abrahamson, while the others are solo Procell compositions.

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"Blues fans around the world who are seeking smart, powerful modern blues songs that honor the legacy of the genre’s masters will find it here. ... It’s refreshing to hear an album that is entirely devoted to the service of the song. Highly recommended!" - Chicago Blues Guide

Marty's review: Derrick Procell takes the blues by the horn on this release and gets down and dirty with 12 sizzling tracks that come out at you with power, force and passion. Derricks vocals are more than suited to singing the Delta blues and the production and backup on this album are tight, bold and brassy. Blues aficionados will eat this one up.

A fiery live performer since his early days covering blues classics with his college band, Parchman Farm, Procell brings his full energy to the proceedings whether he's playing piano or harmonica. What really sets him apart, though, is his soulful, passionate, gritty vocals. Procell has become a sought-after studio singer for television and radio ads, and his songs have been included in such high-profile programs as "The Office," "Boston Legal," "True Blood" and "Criminal Minds."

"Some of the best songwriting I've heard in a long time; great lyrics, great melodies, great grooves. A record that's good enough for musicians to enjoy, but also really musically accessible. ... His singing style reminds me of Marc Cohn, Gregg Allman or Delbert McClinton. It's a refreshingly different blues record because there are a lot of styles, not just a bunch of 12-bar blues songs. Smart songwriting, great singing, playing and arranging." -

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Australian New Blues duo HPKNS new single release "Amy Spencer Blues"

Australian New Blues duo HPKNS (James Deville and David Lovegrove), have just released their third single "Amy Spencer Blues". 

"Amy Spencer Blues" ties together the riff-driven blues of their first single "Soda Man" and the melodic pop sensibilities of previous release "LA Andy." HPKNS trademark pounding bass heavy beat and grooving guitar lines are prominent throughout , whilst sections of focused vocal harmony stand-out and add an extra dimension rarely seen among other riff based rock."

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James and David are from Bayside Melbourne (Jet, British India) and have been writing and performing together for over 10 years. Sending demos back and forth whilst traveling in 2013 and 2014, they ultimately made the decision to quit their full-time careers and follow their passion for music, culminating in their new Blues based project HPKNS. 

Following in the footsteps of the foot-stomping style made famous by Lightnin’ Hopkins, John-Lee Hooker and others while incorporating a bass heavy underbelly and their penchant for melody and harmony, HPKNS aim to develop the Blues in their own unique style.

HPKNS previous 2 singles “Soda Man” and "LA Andy" received airplay on MMM’s Homegrown and JJJ's Roots and All as well as numerous positive reviews on Australian and International music blogs such as and .

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

American Blues Guitarist Landon Spradlin album release No More Blue Mondays

Landon Spradlin’s blistering guitar solos come through no matter what style of blues he is playing. From the Louisiana delta to B.B. King’s in Memphis, from jamming in Texas to recording sessions in London, his throaty, gut-wrenching vocals, songwriting, and guitar work communicate the heart and soul of the blues like few musicians can. No More Blue Mondays, recorded with members of Eric Clapton's band and originally released in 1995, is available now.

Spradlin has shared his musical gift with countless fans over the years, playing on street corners, in bars and music houses, at festivals and churches, and even at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He has been a featured artist at the International Guitar Show, in Dallas, for many years and has shared stages with The Kentucky Headhunters, Lee Roy Parnell, Anson Funderburgh, Buddy Whittington, Rick Derringer, Cyril Neville, the Nighthawks and many other artists.

Spradlin and his band won the Piedmont Blues and Preservation Society's Blues Challenge in 2009 and went on to represent the society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where they made quite an impression. For Spradlin, being soulful isn't limited to a specific sound; rather, it's simply a natural part of who he is. His guitar playing and his voice, deep and full of emotion, are powerful in a soul-stirring way. No More Blue Mondays is definitive proof that he belongs in the company of the greatest artists the blues genre has to offer.

"Landon Spradlin is a blues treasure, a force to be reckoned with. He's like Ray Charles meets Johnny Winter." - Jimmy Wallace, Dallas International Guitar Show

Marty's review: emotion and passion are the 2 key ingredients on this most stirring album by preacher, blues guitarist and singer Landon Spradlin. Taking all the elements of traditional blues and adding a bit of soul and gospel, the 9 amazing tracks on this album will certainly wake up something inside you and open your eyes and ears to the talents of this very unique artist. The production is tight, the songwriting is from the heart and the delivery is just exceptional. My favourite track is his soaring gospel version of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away".

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