Friday, September 28, 2018

Alt country, folk/americana, blues artists Max Caddy, Ferentz & The Felons, No Dry County and Jackie Venson

With so much cool music being submitted I will be doing some multi-posts in an attempt to keep up with them and get some exposure out there. Take some time to check these artists further and visit their relevant pages and videos...enjoy the music....Marty


Acoustic blues/Americana duo, Max Caddy recently release “Who You Are to Me” from their new EP, Straight to the Face,  Comprised of singer Corina Corina and guitarist Jesse O’Neill, both have had bustling solo careers. "Who You Are to Me" is a 12-bar blues shuffle for the modern era. The duo playfully trades verses about missed signals and frustrations with a tinge of apathy toward a long-burning torch that hasn't quite burned out yet. The recorded guest instrumentation is a first for Max Caddy as it strives to recapture its collaborative live sound. 

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NJ-based alt/folk rock band, Ferentz and the Felons announce the release of “Hudson County,” title track from their new album.  The title song/video, “Hudson County”  is inspired by founder, Zak Ferentz’s tough upbringing  in the projects of Hudson County.  Alternative Nation declares,, “...if you weren't hooked by the strong verse, explosive chorus or subtle yet impactful guitar solo, as the track ends you will be completely sucked into ’Hudson County.’” 

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Americana folk-rock band No Dry County (better known as NDC) and the new tracks,  "Elvis Gun Runner" and "Sheep in Wolves Clothing" (feat. Brandy Zdan)  from their new album, Panhandle Music.  Taste of Country says, " it's almost certainly the only song of its kind you'll hear this year .... or possibly, ever."  “I'm not sure how many bands there are that I hear that sound like early Bruce. I'm talking pre-Born in the U.S.A.. I mean straight out of "Welcome to Asbury Park" years. Lubbock, Texas roots rockers No Dry County are the closest things I've heard in years to that sort of sound.” (Baeble)

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Austin-born, soul/pop guitarist/vocalist, Jackie Venson, recently released ​videos for "Only Have You" via The 405 and , "Don't Lie to  Me" via Soulbounce, and "Rollin and Tumblin" via Popmatters,  follow ups to her EP Transcends (9/30/17). Jackie was hand-picked by NPR as a "Tiny Desk Entries We Love."  She also received the honor of being incorporated in a mural celebrating Black History Month, painted on the East Side of Austin.  "With today's modern rock overrun by formulaic pop-rock choruses, purposeless guitar solos, and desperate electronic bass integrations, Venson sets fire to the faux-rock sounds plaguing the airwaves. With veracity and candor, she has been winning fans over left and right through heartfelt lyrics, a powerful voice and unapologetic guitar work"

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Down Home Blues: New York, Cincinnati and the North Eastern States: Tough Enough (4 CD box set)

Just released is the third box set in Wienerworld’s Down Home Blues series that explores the unique regions of the black American blues scene. This release features 37 artists, many of whom were influential in developing the down home blues scene, including Brownie McGhee, Big Chief Ellis, Alonzo Scales, Cousin Leroy and others.

The box set contains the down home blues of the territories of the North Eastern States that encompasses two important cities that certainly helped in the development and growth of this blues genre. Mainly from artists who were far more comfortable playing their music within the bars and out-of-town juke joints. The tough little venues that were quite different from the bigger rhythm and blues, jazz orchestrated venues that New York and North-eastern cities had established for those bigger sounds.

This is black American musicians, many with pre-war country blues roots which had evolved with an edge that didn't have to come out of the Delta and migrate up to the Illinois or Michigan cites during and after the Second World War. Here, many hailed from Florida, Georgia, Alabama and The Carolinas. 110 performances from single solo artists who were lucky enough to get just one, sublime record release, up to the tight small combo groups of musicians whom all produced equally fine intense recordings.

A four CD set, packaged in a deluxe digipak with an outer slip case, featuring 110 rare tracks, all digitally remastered, some of which have never been reissued since their original release.

Also features an 80 page book on the origins of the music and the blues scene in this region by eminent blues writer and scholar Chris Bentley, complete with essay, rare photos, track listing and full sessionography.

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Marty's review: This very comprehensive compilation of authentic black American blues from the 1940's to 1960's is expansive and emotionally rich. Many of these artists will be unfamiliar to blues enthusiasts but their recorded output is essential not only as historical documents but to the development of blues music as an art form. Covering all genres of blues from acoustic, electric, piano, harmonica, vocal and instrumental to male, female and group artists it is timeless in its presentation while being very accessible as an album of raw, energetic blues.

The audio restoration, engineering and mastering is technically polished making each track harmonically-rich and highly-listenable. Trying to select highlights from a 110 track list is near impossible as each track stands on its own and is equally entertaining and dynamic as the next. 

The accompanying 80 page book is a treasure in itself. Well researched, written and compiled by Chris Bentley, it contains a biography of each and every artist and their relevant recordings with rare pictures, disc labels and track by track listing.

This not just another blues compilation or a rehash of previously released tracks but a very satisfying and exceptional collection of notable artists displaying their talents in top-flight mode.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Wentus Blues Band album release "Throwback"...Nordic blues from Finland

Most people associate the blues with Louisiana's bayous and Mississippi's cotton fields. But lovers of "the devil’s music" might be surprised to learn that there's also a thriving scene in ScandinaviaAt the heart of this Nordic blues explosion are the Wentus Blues Bandwho hail from Kokkola, in central Finland. Established in 1986, the band plays 150 gigs annually and has acquired a reputation as the hardest working blues outfit in Scandinavia.

Over the years, the five members of Wentus Blues Band have taken pleasure in performing with many of the world’s great blues artists. Through numerous tours in Europe supporting and backing these blues giants, and through the band’s solo tours, Wentus Blues Band has developed into a blues university of its own and has become a treasured Scandinavian musical institution.

"Throwback" is the diary of those tours: songs the band has enjoyed playing amidst the laughter, sweat and tears they've experienced during countless miles on the road. On the album, the group wanted to honor some of their heroes and mentors (ranging from Canned Heat to Eddie Kirkland to Louisiana Red) by playing their favorite tracks written by those cool cats. "We hope you enjoy the results as much as we did when recording and playing," Wentus Blues Band says.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Billboard calls Hamish Anderson a "Guitar Hero" and premieres video for "No Good" from upcoming album

Australian-born, blues-rock artist Hamish Anderson  recently released his new video, "No Good," a preview of his new album due out in 2019. The track, which debuted on Relix Magazine, was selected for Spotify’s Official ‘Nu Blues’  playlist.  Hamish’s new single “No Good” picks up where Trouble (2016) left off - featuring heavier rock sounds and produced by 7 times Grammy winner Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Tedeschi Trucks) with drummer Johnny Radelat (Gary Clark Jr), bassist Chris Bruce (Meshell Ndegeocello) and organist Jerry Borge (Jonathan Wilson).

"Singer, songwriter and guitar hero." (Billboard)

"'No Good'—a pounding rocker that recalls Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at their most defiant and boasts some lightning-strike guitar work from Anderson." (Relix Magazine) 

Hamish spoke with premiere partner, Billboard’s renowned writer, Gary Graff, about the new video, explaining:

'My previous videos had been very story driven, so for this video I wanted to strip it all back to just what it feels like when we’re performing. I was influenced by imagery from the late 70s videos of The Rolling Stones (really from Some Girls/Emotional Rescue era) where it was them playing in NYC industrial warehouse-style environments. Super stark-- and really all about the band performing. In general, we wanted to play more with lighting and movement overall. I got really lucky to work with a great team and we all felt that the energy and the vibe of the song was truly captured in the video.”

Hamish Anderson openly counts as his influences guitar players and songwriters from Robert Johnson and BB King (Anderson was the last artist to open for King before he passed) to Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. Anderson has also shared the stage  with Drive By Truckers, The Rides (featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg), Robert Cray, Los Lobos, Low Cut Connie and Vintage Trouble. 

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Introducing Robert R. Thurman, artist, musician, poet and purveyor of acoustic blues

Robert R.Thurman was born January 5, 1965 in a small rural town in south east Tennessee. He was 12 years old when he first heard Jimi Hendrix, an event which inspired him to become a vocalist and performer, rather than immediately inspiring him to play guitar. At age 14, Robert started his first band, and the following years were spent performing in a succession of rock bands as a vocalist. Then at age 21, he heard the album "Surfing with the Alien" by Joe Satriani and the madness began. He learned the basics first, chord progressions, scales, and etc. and then honed his shredding abilities by utilizing every spare moment for practice.

A sudden health crisis changed the direction of Robert's life and music forever, leaving him primarily housebound and captive within his own home for three years. Instead of focusing on the things he couldn't do, he concentrated on the things that had always been his passion and refuge, and one of those things was music. This time of trial ultimately steered Randy's music towards the blues; one man with one guitar on a journey.

Marty's review: Robert R.Thurman has released music in several different genres, one of them being a collection of acoustic blues numbers including "John the Revelator", "Crossroads", "Hellhound On My Trail" and "Blues This Morning". Take some time out and have a listen to his output, you will certainly like what you hear.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

John Clifton Blues Band album release "Nightlife"...authentic purveyors of vintage blues, soul and rock ’n’ roll

Internationally known from coast to coast, John Clifton and his band are authentic purveyors of vintage blues, soul, and rock ’n’ roll. In the greatest traditions of the genre, John and the boys dig deep and play passionately, and understand the importance of backing up their solid playing with an entertaining stage show. His new album, "Nightlife," out now on RipCat Records, contains 12 killer tracks that guarantee to rock the foundations.

Dressed to kill and with razor sharp performances to match, The John Clifton Blues Band delivers the goods both in their recordings and highly energetic live performances. This is a band who’s at its peak with no intention of slowing down.


Marty's review: This release is a masterful production of powerful blues and soul roots with aplomb and passion. A finely-calibrated line-up supporting John  Clifton's stratospheric vocals and harmonica playing, it's a combination of blues covers and originals that are reliably-solid and exhilarating. The talent and musical craftsmanship show on all levels which makes it a breath-taking and flawless experience from start to finish.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Singer-songwriter David Williams recent release "Tipping My Hat to Leonard"..eclectic mix of folk, blues and more

An eclectic mix of music covering rock, folk, blues, gypsy jazz, Americana, and more, "Tipping My Hat to Leonard" features a variety of bold, captivating instruments and arrangements with a wide array of influences and vocal styles. A collection of 16 songs, from the title one dedicated to Leonard Cohen to songs of love and heartbreak, to humorous songs, to songs of hope and wonder

David Williams writes literary songs that tell stories and capture the many facets of life and love through the genres Americana, folk, blues, and gypsy jazz. He brings a poet's eye, dirt and grit, and insights into the human condition with his songs, working in the vein of songwriters he's admired (such as John Prine, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen).  

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Friday, September 7, 2018

The Keeshea Pratt Band new album release "Believe"..musical collective reminiscent of old school Motown

In January 2018, The Keeshea Pratt Band secured first place in the Band Division for the 34th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The polished, professional, soul-stirring, toe-tapping performances assured the judges that the band is primed to headline major festivals and concert stages as a noteworthy authority on the blues scene, nationally and internationally.

The Houston-based, award-winning Keeshea Pratt Band possesses skill and artistry reminiscent of old school Motown, a rarity among bands of any genre today. The eight-piece musical collective lends its energy and passion to traditional and contemporary blues and also offers a preview of the future of blues. The artistry and dexterity of The Keeshea Pratt Band allows it to journey unapologetically across the genres of classical, jazz, Southern rock, soul, gospel and country, and back again.

Keeshea Pratt is the siren featured on the microphone with soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and musicians representing five states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi) and Japan. Trumpeter Misaki Nishidate is nestled between Dan Carpenter (saxophone) and James Williams III (trumpet) in a three-piece horn section that produces thrilling chorded in-sync rhythms that rival those of big bands. Brian Sowell (lead guitar/vocals) and Nick Fishman (drums) play vital roles in the group, while Shawn Allen (bass) serves as music director, channeling the dynamic energies of this well-oiled musical juggernaut.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Country Blues artist Tracy Merle debut album release "Here I Stand"..retro styled mono recording of original tunes

Designed as an homage to early sixties country and blues recordings, "Here I Stand" is the debut album from Tracy Merle. Staunchly rooted in the past, the recording is mono and the style is proudly retro. This is music for people who remember.

Marty's review: In these modern times of digital technology and studio productions that can seem a little over-produced, it is so refreshing to listen to an album that sounds like it has come from the past but still has that contemporary touch. Tracy Merle's impressive debut has everything one would ask for in an album that is listenable from start to finish. A mix of very stylish blues guitar licks, a solid back beat, Tracy's harmonically-rich vocals and clever songwriting, the 11 original tracks each shine and flow from one to the next in a cohesive style that makes for an enjoyable listening experience. Fans of retro style as well as contemporary roots music will more than appreciate this collection of lush and seductive tunes. Favorite tracks are the country-blues of "Never Quite Got Over You", the 60's style of "Love At First Sight" and the rocking "My Time". 

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Blues Guitarist Artur Menezes 4th album release "Keep Pushing"..traditional blues with mastery and respect

Winner of the Gibson/Albert King Award for Best Guitarist and third-place winner in the Band Category at the 2018 International Blues Challenge, Artur Menezes is a high-octane guitarist whose passion and emotion electrify crowds. Based in Los Angeles, the Brazilian artist is releasing his fourth album, "Keep Pushing."

Artur plays traditional blues with mastery and respect, augmenting his sound with modern blues and creative applications of other genres. He was a lead educator about blues in his native Brazil, where he co-founded the Casa De Blues society, gave TED talks on the music, and helped organize weekly blues concerts. He enhanced his knowledge and skill during stints living in Chicago, where he jammed with the likes of Buddy Guy, John Primer and Linsey Alexander, among others, in legendary clubs including Kingston Mines, Smokey Daddy and Katheria’s.

In Brazil, Artur stood at the top of the blues music scene, headlining festivals, sharing the stage with Joe Satriani for a crowd of 20,000, and opening Buddy Guy's South American 2012 tour in Brazil. Soon his fame spread through the Latin world, with tours of Mexico and Argentina. Europe followed, with a headlining spot at Estonia’s August Blues Festival and a tour of the U.K. In the U.S., Artur has opened for Grammy-winning Bobby Rush in L.A. and tied for top honors among more than 2000 artists from around the world competing for a place to play with Eric Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, one of the world’s largest guitar festivals. Most recently, he was featured on JITV HQ Los Angeles’s Jam in the Van; other featured artists have included Gary Clark Jr. and Marcus King.

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