Friday, April 28, 2017

Hector Anchondo Band new album release "Roll the Dice"..hard driving blues-rock

Hector Anchondo doesn’t just play the blues—he lives and breathes the blues. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he was drawn to those artists who played Fender Stratocaster's like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, but also respected the country greats such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr. His music reflects those influences, but with a definite modern twist.

Hector has performed with Styx, Johnny Winter, Magic Slim, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Indigenous, Big & Rich, Fishbone and many more. He’s appeared at South By Southwest and Red Gorilla in Austin, TX, the Warped Tour in Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Council Bluffs, IA, Taste of Lincoln Avenue Blues Stage in Chicago, and Coleman Hawking’s Blues Festival in St. Joseph, MO. Backed by his amazing band, his energetic live shows brim with his passionate guitar style.

View and download on iTunes HERE

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Marty's review: The Hector Anchondo Band bring you hard driving blues-rock on this new release with 10 tracks of tight, punchy, soul injected blues. With Hector's brilliant guitar licks up front and a solid backing that includes harmonica, horns and a very polished rhythm section, this release is one for those who enjoy their blues with energy and lots of grunt. 9 original tracks plus their (7 minute) version of Peter Green's "Black Magic Woman" . Certainly no fillers here with my favourite tracks being "Masquerade" and "Face It Down".

Line up:
Hector Anchondo: Guitar, Vocals
Khayman Winfield: Drums, Vocals
Justin Shexlton: Harmonica, Vocals
Josh Lund: Bass
Matt Russo: Percussion
Eric Stark & Kenny Glover: Horns
Back up vocals: Khayman Winfield and Drew Tvrdy

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Blues and Roots Music Blog....Number One on Google Search!!

I recently received an email from a blog visitor that this blog came up #1 on Google Search when searching for "Blues Music Bloggers". I didn't know this and was very excited. 

I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all visitors to my humble blog and to all the contributors who have submitted their details and music. Without you of course their would be no blog.

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Please come back and visit often and I will do my best to keep bringing you the latest on the Blues scene......Marty

Monday, April 24, 2017

Reverend Freakchild “Preachin’ Blues"..raw and fresh acoustic blues

On the heels of the road, Kerouac and confusion, the Freakchild had just gotten all of his guitars and gear stolen in San Francisco! Bloodied but unbowed he braved on and bought another resonator guitar to continue to preach and play the Blues. Booked out and bound to go he continued on the 3 month 2016 Summer US tour. Doubling down and heading for the Northwest, amongst the gigs and travels he found a silver lining and brought back these recordings from KBOO studios in Portland, Oregon

This album proves to be the Rev's amazing solo musical talent and an artful adventure of turning adverse obstacles into the path of awakening. Enjoy the sonic spirituality recorded in studio with no overdubs - and some mellow meaningful preachin' in between tunes.

The last track on this CD is an A Capella performance from the encore at Yorckschloesschen Blues and Jazz Club in Berlin, Germany with an enthusiastic audience clapping along! This enhanced CD also includes a heartfelt academic essay that the Rev. wrote called 'Transcendence through Music: Buddha and the Blues'.

Marty' review: The Reverend Freakchild dazzles us on this essentially live acoustic set combining Delta blues, country blues, folk and Americana with a few of his philosophical insights that may raise an eyebrow but also delight. It's just the Reverend with his acoustic guitar and harmonica but he puts out a wailing sound that will make you sit up and pay attention. Includes covers of Son House's "Preachin' Blues" and Blind Willie Johnson's "In My Time of Dyin'".
Traditional blues never sounded so raw and fresh.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Blues/Soul band Rabbit's Foot new EP release "Tracks"

Based out of Fairfield, Connecticut, Rabbit's Foot blends guitar-driven blues with classic soul and funk to create a sound that nods to the musical heroes of the past, while simultaneously having an original and modern touch.  With the newest EP, "Tracks," Rabbit's Foot explores new territories of their sound, overlapped with a perpetual bluesy feel that permeates throughout all of their songs. "Tracks" effectively captures the feel and energy of a loud, live band, as it is all live-tracked with minimal overdubs.  When it comes down to it, it’s rock n’ roll music recorded and played as it should be. 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys release “Never Trust The Living”...wall shaking blues

West Coast Blues with a Mama’s Boys Twist..

Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys have called New Orleans home for a few years but originally formed at LA’s famed blues club Babe’s & Ricky’s Inn and are named after that club's owner, Laura “Mama” Gross. It was there that she encouraged them to develop their own rough and raw style with one foot in tradition and one firmly planted in the present.

The record that starts with a laugh and ends with a spaceship landing! The Music Shed in the lower garden district of New Orleans, LA was the scene of the crime. The band recorded 78 takes of 27 songs over the course of two days and picked the 11 tracks that would best capture where the bands stands. Along with this "Old School" approach to recording, the record is fresh with a palate of lyrics that address subject matter from confederate generals & space visitation, to New Orleans' voodoo. Overall, they successfully struck an original note between traditional and progressive Blues music.

“They sound like sons of Mike Tyson”  OC Weekly

"Fascinatingly uncategorizable...cutting the line between Chicago juke and hipster club finer than it's been cut in years."  Robert Fontenot - Offbeat Magazine 

“This band is GREAT!”- Quint Davis NO Jazz Fest 

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..and also on iTunes HERE

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Marty's review: If you like your blues on the "down and dirty" side then this album is for your ears. With bags of distorted guitars, wailing harmonica and a steady percussion all the way through, Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys take traditional blues, add a bit of West Coast and New Orleans and deliver the blues right at your front door without knocking. With 9 original numbers plus Freddie King's "The Sad Night Owl" and their instrumental take on the traditional "House of the Rising Sun", this album is guaranteed to shake the walls and rattle the windows...please take care!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Billy T Band new album release "Reckoning" ..blues/soul from New York to Norway

Billy T (William Troiani) was born and raised in New York City, and played and recorded with Eddie Kirkland for 12 years and the Tom Russell Band for 10 years. Along the way, he worked with such diverse artists as Lightnin' Hopkins and Nancy Griffith. After moving to Oslo, Norway in 1997, Billy ran the house band at Oslo's Muddy Waters blues club for seven years, helping to launch the young Norwegian talents Amund Maarud and Kid Andersen (now with Rick Estrin & The Nightcats). 

Like all the Billy T Band's releases, their fourth album, "Reckoning" is filled with songs steeped in classic American soul, blues, R&B and swamp rock. Their last release won the Norwegian Grammy (“Spellemannprisen 2012") for best blues album. "L.OV.E. (Just a Silly Notion)," released in 2010, received that same award and was elected as the year's best Norwegian blues/soul/ gospel release by the Swedish magazine Also in 2010, the band played on Louisiana Red’s critically acclaimed release "Back to the Black Bayou," nominated for two Blues Music Awards.

"This is much more than the blues. ... first single 'Reckoning' is elegant, blue-eyed soul with brass, strings, blues guitar and a sound that points to Stax and Philly soul. ... and 'One of These Days' stands out by having a stripped-down sound with only acoustic guitar, electric bass, Troiani's soulful singing and female backing vocals." - Jon Vidar Bergan, (Norway)

”Music that lives in your heart and speaks to your consciousness." - Blues News

"Billy T Band is one of Norway's leading bands in the blues/soul genre." - Team Rock (UK)

View and download in iTunes HERE

Marty's review: The Billy T Band's latest release, Reckoning, delivers blues roots, Americana, soul and R'n'B in a 10 track collection of original compositions that showcase the many musical and songwriting talents of this fine group of artists. With soulful vocals and harmonies, slick guitar and tight production this album is a delight from start to finish and will please fans of blues and soul alike.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Jeff Starr plays blues music on the demo and lessons

Jeff Starr is a filmmaker and sitar student.  In 2012 he began to videotape his progress learning the sitar.  The feedback from viewers was so amazing and encouraging that in 2016 he began to create regular sitar videos in addition to the short films and the Guitar Reviews he was already posting on YouTube.  

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Bombay Beach Revival new release "The Devil There Beside You" blues-rock

Bombay Beach Revival" is the soul project of Daniel DeBlanke, a great composer and equally great singer.” - (France)

Already finding fans around the globe, BOMBAY BEACH REVIVAL is the soul
creation of producer and guitarist, Daniel DeBlanke. His latest single, “The Devil There Beside You,” is a protest-inspired timely knock at leadership—quickly turning a good thing bad, and a bold follow up to his 2016 album, Another Soul.

As Bombay Beach Revival, DeBlanke brings a fresh and honest take on guitar-driven blues and rock for fans of The Alabama Shakes, and Joe Bonamassa alike. A Sofar Sounds favorite, DeBlanke is currently performing in Los Angeles with his band, comprised of special guests from bands like Ella Vos, Hands, Western Bells and Robotanists.

Listen to “The Devil There Beside You” on Spotify, Apple Music, and everywhere else music is streaming worldwide.

Marty's take: this one just rocks, it's so hot it's cool, just take my word for it and have a listen.......

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tampa Bay area blues and soul vocalist Lauren Mitchell new album "Desire"

The year 2016 was one of unexpected change for Tampa Bay area blues and soul vocalist Lauren Mitchell. Her romantic and professional life was in turmoil, with the dissolution of a marriage and a parting of ways with her band. But Mitchell is a student of the blues, a music that's all about finding catharsis in difficult experiences. She had an album to make.

That album, Desire, is her most fully realized musical statement yet. Through a bold mix of her own original material, songs hand-picked from the repertoires of her friends, and covers of tunes performed by Etta James, Bettye Lavette, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Betty Davis, Mitchell tells a blues story that's been a lifetime in the making. It's a stylistically varied set of 13 songs recorded by Grammy-winning producer Tony Braunagel, whose work with Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and Robert Cray have made him one of today's most in-demand blues professionals.

Recorded during a ten-day trip to Los Angeles, Braunagel brought out the best in Mitchell, highlighting every nuance in her powerful vocals and helping her craft an emotionally resonant album that's destined to go down as one of the year's highlights. Besides Braunagel, the band features guitarists Johnny Lee Schell, Josh Sklair and Jose Ramirez, keyboardist Jim Pugh, bassist Reggie McBride, sax player Joe Sublett, trumpet player Darrell Leonard, and percussionist Lenny Castro. "The blues is a song of victory," Mitchell says. "It's a way to say, 'I'm over it,' and now I'm turning it into this beautiful thing that can help someone else heal. That's what this record is for me."

Marty's review: Lauren Mitchell's new release showcases her emotionally charged vocals and life experience songwriting that deliver 13 tracks of vintage style blues and soul. It will not only pull on your heart strings but  will educate you about the blues in a way that says "hey, I have a story to tell, and I'm talking to you through the blues". A brilliant production with tight musicianship, gospel style backup vocals and a nod to some of Lauren's influences. An all round exceptional release.

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" A mesmerizing performer with a voice for the ages!" - Jack Sullivan, Blues Music Magazine 

"Lauren prowls the stage like a cat waiting to strike. Her powerful vocals and dynamic stage presence will captivate you." - Larry Lisk, WMNF Radio

 "I credit the buzz of energy to The Lauren Mitchell Band, with their lead singer looking sassy in denim and red high heels, purring and roaring into the microphone and tossing her curly mop about with true rock star abandon." - The Scenestress, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

 "She can deliver a fully sensual version of “I Just Want to Make Love to You” ... then go right into a gospel number without giving her audience whiplash" - Paul Wilborn, Executive Director, The Palladium