Monday, April 30, 2018

Acoustic blues/jazz duo Khashoggi release debut recording "The Live EP"

Khashoggi is a two-piece based in London, formed by songwriters Jessica Craig (vocals) and Michael Webster (guitar) during Summer 2017. They recently released their debut recording "The Live EP". Combining influences from Sub Pop artists and classic blues and jazz performers, they deliver a modern sound against rootsy instrumentation. They have played a number of dates already across London and Coventry and are aiming to record their first full album early in 2018.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Blues singer-songwriter Greg Sover new album release Jubilee..eclectic follow up to debut

Greg Sover has started 2018 on all cylinders! Greg’s new EP, "Jubilee," was released January 8. The Greg Sover Band competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis on January 17, representing the Steel City Blues Society of Phoenixville, PA.

"Jubilee" is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Songs of a Renegade," Sover’s 2016 debut album, which put him on the map and announced that he is one of the top emerging blues artists in Philadelphia and beyond. Sover has gotten airplay not only on his hometown station, WXPN in Philadelphia, but on blues radio around the country and around the world.

Sover’s success is due in large part to his band of three Philly veterans with extensive resumes – bassist, musical director and co-producer Garry Lee, guitarist Allen James and drummer Tom Walling. The three are best known as Deb Callahan’s solid backing band. So if you haven’t heard Greg Sover, what are you waiting for?

Sover says, "'Jubilee' is about heartbreak and overcoming heartbreak. You'll hear acoustic music, you'll hear music with the resonator. You'll definitely hear a more eclectic sound of music compared to 'Songs of a Renegade.' The words are better and the playing is better."

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

20 year old Irish singer-songwriter Ghost releases debut single "On the Road"...indie-roots with dark overtones

Ghost is a 20-year old musician from Ireland and has just released his debut single "On the Road" It is the first single from the upcoming debut EP "DIARY OF A HEARTLESS ROMANTIC".  The track is an indie-roots style composition with dark overtones and sparse instrumentation. An excellent release from this promising new artist.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Backtrack Blues Band new release "Make My Home In Florida"...most accomplished and respected

One of Florida's longest-running and most accomplished bands, The Backtrack Blues Band has performed high-energy, Chicago-style blues continuously since its founding in 1980. The group has established a strong reputation for creative songwriting through six CD's and one DVD of original music -- all of which charted on the U.S. blues radio charts.

The quintet's latest masterpiece of an album, "Make My Home in Florida," is an exciting in-concert collection that's the next best thing to experiencing them in the flesh, capturing the group as it lights up the stage of the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. The set list ranges from stone classics of the blues genre (B.B. King's "Woke Up This Morning," Sonny Boy Williamson II's "Your Funeral and My Trial," T-Bone Walker's immortal "T-Bone Shuffle") to Sonny Charles originals such as "Heavy Built Woman," "Shoot My Rooster" and the title track.

The members of Backtrack bring with them authenticity and immense talent. Sonny Charles is an accomplished harmonica player whose tone recalls Little Walter and Paul Butterfield, while Kid Royal, whose style was influenced by the great Texas guitar players, is widely respected as one of Florida's top players. Joe Bencomo is an exceptional drummer who has played in Tampa Bay blues and jazz bands for 40 years; Little Johnny Walter adds solid rhythm guitar and backup vocals; and bassist Stick Davis was a founding member of the Amazing Rhythm Aces (of "Third Rate Romance" fame). The Backtrack Blues Band has appeared with legendary blues artists from B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Gregg Allman, Robert Cray and Johnny Winter. The group has garnered three Tampa Bay Music Awards as the area's "Best Blues Band."

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Norwegian band The NaveBlues release "Possess You" combines alternative rock with soulful blues

Norwegian band, The Naveblues, pride themselves on eccentric sounds and the marriage of a myriad of musical genres. They have crafted a sound that demands to be heard, lulling into a rootsy blues style before rocketing to an electrifying indie rock anthem. Their ample use of the harmonica, often used where lyrics and melodies typically exist, is another defining differentiated when it comes to their sound. 

Their newest single, “Possess You” incorporates the energy of alternative rock and the soul of the smoothest blues track. True to form, the star of the show is the earthy, reverberation of the harmonica running rampant throughout. It’s an equal mix of ferocious rock style and a simmer blues sensibility that turns explosive when you least expect it. The Naveblues are carving out a space for themselves where one didn’t exist before, combining a multitude of genres that bend and build cohesively as one sound. They understand the intricacies of hard rock just as effortlessly as they do the earthy, unadulterated soul of classic blues— and single “Possess You” brings it all together.

The Naveblues self-titled album is an experiment in mixing genres and highlighting the sounds of the blues that have enticed listeners for generations. The 9 track album is unique in its array of arrangements, each different from the next, starting with the dynamic, classic blues style of "Sexy Kiss" which melds seamlessly into the smokey, smooth blues rhythm of "Say My Name.” The piano-forward ballad, “In A Quiet Place” infuses a sense of sensuality, showcasing a softer side. Both the single “Possess You” and “The Ghost Collector” are explosive mixtures of rock sensibility and harmonica gold, an instrument that The Naveblues fold into every moment with mastery, all in an effort to make it a mainstream staple. It all comes to a soulful, reflective end with the Led Zeppelin cover, “Thank You,” dripping with classic blues style and indie rock energy. 

Marty's review: The NaveBlues' roots-based sound incorporates classic blues, soul and alternative rock that comes together in this energetic album release that will more than excite fans of blues and roots music while also being accessible to contemporary indie music followers. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Memphis TN Ghost Town Blues Band release live album 'Backstage Pass'

After almost nine years, thousands of shows and countless hours spent doing what they love, Memphis, Tennessee's Ghost Town Blues Band recently released their fourth and greatest record, "BACKSTAGE PASS." And best of all, it's a live album! One of Ghost Town's defining features is the group's lively energy onstage, and they've managed to capture that energy on their most action-packed record thus far. 

With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard.” -Living Blues Magazine

Recently featured at Montreal Jazz Festival, Beale Street’s latest success story, 2016 Independent Blues Award winner for “Best Contemporary Blues Song”, 2015 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee for “Best Blues Band” and 2014 International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player.

Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the “must see live bands on the festival circuit today.” Both Preston McEwen behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumentalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy “Dr. John-like, whiskey and gravel-soaked vocals.” With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Tim Stanek on B3 and Taylor Orr on lead guitar, GTBBs well-versed arrangements go from traditional and reverent to completely unique and unreal as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit. Ghost Town Blues Band has performed hundreds festivals, theaters and clubs across the US and Canada in the past couple of years crafting the most energetic and fresh blues show of the decade.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Singer-songwriter Crystal Shawanda new album release Voodoo Woman...soulful and rootsy

Recently released is the amazing new album VooDoo Woman from award-winning blues belter Crystal Shawanda

With an impressive array of awards and accolades, thousands of concerts to rapturous audiences throughout North America under her belt, and a remarkable recording pedigree to her credit, Crystal Shawanda still struggled mightily for many years to find her place within the music industry.  

A Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter whose soulful, rootsy sound has allowed for a nearly seamless bridging of the traditional country and blues worlds, Shawanda’s unique aboriginal cultural background has left her feeling like an outsider at times. But that search may be at an end, as the process of creating her latest album, the cathartic, bold and refreshingly authentic VooDoo Woman, the talented Shawanda not just coming to terms with her unique place in the industry, but embracing and truly celebrating it.  

VooDoo Woman stands as an example of an artist who has truly found her voice, and it is a voice that is rich, powerful, charming and intimately real. She has captured the blues with her rendition of these timeless songs and thrown in a couple of her own unique and powerful original tunes as well.  

Crystal Shawanda is reminiscent of a time gone by. She will make you feel every word with a powerful voice that never fails, pure and gritty at the same time. 

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Marty's review: Crystal Shawanda takes classic blues numbers, injects them with fire and soul, mixes in a steamroller attack of instrumentation and delivers with her raspy, belter vocals that shake the foundations and leave you breathless. Her take on standards like "Hound Dog", "Ball and Chain" and "Wang Dang Doodle" are done in her own punchy, take no prisoners style which gives them a new lease of life.