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Friday, March 24, 2017

Australian blues trio Lazy Eye new release "Pocket The Black"..soul drenched blues



Soul drenched blues. Think B.B. King sharing a scotch with Booker T at the crossroads after midnight. 

Lazy Eye kicked off 2016 off with a whirlwind trip across the South Pacific to the land where the Blues began. Upon reaching the quarter finals, the Hammond Organ Trio became the inaugural band to represent South Australia at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Following the competition, the band played one show only at the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street, a highlight of the trip, before heading home thoroughly grounded in the blues.

Having clocked up a multitude of miles in their tour van, the 2015 Group Of The Year (Australian Blues Music Awards) has not only developed a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in their home country but has also picked up a swag of accolades along the way including Best Blues Album for their debut release Move Me (2013 SA Blues & Roots), Best Blues Artist (2014 South Australian Music Awards) and nominations for Song Of The Year (Hole In My Pocket, 2015 Australian Blues Music Awards) and Most Popular Blues/Roots Artist (2016 South Australian Music Awards). 

On release, their brand new offering Pocket The Black has been judged the 2016 Blues Album Of The Year (Adelaide Roots & Blues Association) and has been nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2017 Australian Blues Music Awards.


Marty's review: Pocket the Black is Lazy Eye in a live studio setting that captures the true essence of their rootsy blues with soul and delivers it in a straight forward and down to earth way. Keeping the production to as close to their live show as they can, with minimal overdubs and being able to do extra takes, the album is a collection of all original soul-blues numbers with punch and vigor that showcases the professional talents of each member. 

Stream and download the album HERE:

Official website: https://www.lazyeyeband.com/



                              

“Pocket the black is an album firmly planted in the past, present and future of the blues, a brilliant
collusion of old and new” Made In The Shade

“It’s easy to see why Lazy Eye have been getting the plaudits they easily deserve. It’s the blues done well with soul and passion.” Music SA 

“Whetter’s vocals are gritty with a velvety smack of soul” Sydney Morning Herald 

“It’s a pleasure to see a weather-beaten Hammond fronting a band and even more so when it’s wielded with style. Such is the case with Adelaide blues outfit Lazy Eye” The Australian 

“The universal recognition is testament to the hard work and drive the three piece have applied since their formation just three years ago. Their throwback blend of electric blues and old school rock ‘n’ roll has earnt them festival spots all over the country”  Rip It Up

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Roots artists BROTHER PAUL new single ‘Dream On’ and new album "Cadillac Pickup Truck"



Singer-songwriter and roots artist Paul Herbert Hermann Jr. was born, raised and lives in the infamous city of Stockton, California. He started playing music seriously in the late 1960's, gigging around the Central Valley and Bay Area. After a lifetime of Rock clubs and Blues bars he has become a fixture in the California Delta Blues scene. Today the scene as well as the city has fallen on hard times, but Paul has found a new lease on life and a new outlet to make music. A recording project, BROTHER PAUL, spanning 10 years has taken songs written over a lifetime and documented, transformed and elevated them to an new album and an even tighter love and appreciation for family.

THE HEARTBREAKING STORY OF ‘DREAM ON’:

One of the first songs Paul ever recorded was titled Dream On. The idea for the song came to Paul after a dream he’d had about his wife passing away, and having to say goodbye to the love of his life and the mother to his children, Alicia. Back then, Dream On rang true as a love song. With its sincerity and honesty, it instantly became adored by family, friends and of course, by Alicia. Matthew and Paul believed it to be Paul's best composition to date.

A few short years after Dream On was written and recorded, Alicia suddenly passed away. Paul and his family were devastated, and with a tragic twist of fate, life had imitated art. The lyrics now felt like a gut-punch, and haunt the band’s debut album in a way that is both dark and wonderfully cathartic. The song lays out the story of their falling in love, their many happy years, and Paul’s last goodbye to his beloved wife.

Admittedly, for a long time the song existed as a solemn reminder of the great loss suffered by all those who were close to Alicia. But as time passed, Dream On became a reminder of how special she truly was. The task of mixing proved to be difficult, as they needed to find a way to preserve the honesty and naivety of the original performance. But as hard as the process was, it also acted as a form of therapy for Paul. 

The band found the perfect final touch needed when they asked their friend, Gary Wagner, to contribute on piano and organ, which gave the song it’s distinctive, “moody builds and bright crescendos.”  From foreboding premonition, to devastating loss and eventually comforting homage, Dream On, has had an emotional but rich journey to become the song it is now. Brother Paul hopes you’ll take the ride with them, and give it a listen on their debut album, Cadillac Pickup Truck.

Stream the track "Dream On" on Soundcloud HERE

..and the album Cadillac Pickup Truck HERE




RIYL: Wilco, Billy Bragg, Dr. Dog, Alabama Shakes, Elvis Costello, Rolling Stones, M.Ward


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Detroit's Eliza Neals new release 10,000 Feet Below...gut-wrenching blues-rock with passion



"10,000 Feet Below" is spelunking the new depths of the blues with Eliza Neals as your fearless guide. Caverns of sound well up through Eliza's supernatural voice and piano driven songs, as Howard Glazer's guitar pierces the echo with honest tone, breaking and entering an abandoned temple of blues-rock left long ago, descending each rung carefully to uplift your musical soul. Producer Eliza Neals rigged the journey, surveyed then mapped the suffocating walls, while finding soulful keys through narrow fissures of sound.

Eliza Neals unflinchingly dives headfirst to underwater eyelets that only a skilled writer can reach -- falling lower to get washed up on golden grotto beaches, a new entrance to blues once left undiscovered.





Marty's review: Eliza Neals delivers her powerful blues-rock with soul and passion on this new 11 track release. 10 of the tracks are self-penned or co-written and her take on Skip James "Hard Killing Floor" is delivered in a piano driven style that even Skip himself would approve of. If you like your blues with raunch and fire then this album brings it to you with no holds barred and Eliza Neals' unique and gut-wrenching vocals will leave you breathless. 




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Official website: http://www.elizaneals.com/

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Carolina Blues Rockers Bert Wray Blues Set The Dial to Gut Bucket Radio!



Charlotte, NC, blues rockers, Bert Wray Blues, have just released their new album, Gut Bucket Radio, via Third Lock Records.  

Bert Wray Blues brings together slide-guitarist/singer Bert Wray with drummer Mitch Cooper and bassist Dave Wall. The band’s music merges the vintage juke joint sound with plenty of Carolina twang and fresh songwriting. Equally inspired by Delta blues pioneers, rockabilly cats, and 1960’s blues-rockers, the trio hits the sweet spot between classic blues and good ol’ rock and roll.

Mixing the past with the present is what it is all about at Bert Wray Blues. The trio emerged from the players’ deep North Carolina musical roots. In fact, Mitch once signed Bert’s band to his Third Lock Records back in the alternative music revolution! Dave and Bert met while working in a greasy kitchen, and they bonded over their record collections and blues guitars. It was inevitable that these guys would one day join forces to create Bert Wray Blues.




The new album Gut Bucket Radio captures the band's energy and slide blues antics in an 8-song  album that takes the listener on a road trip across the blues landscapes of the past like a gut bucket radio blaring into a new century. Bert Wray Blues will be playing live to promote Gut Bucket Radio throughout 2017.

Marty's review: Bert Wray Blues bring you their vintage style blues on this 8 track release that is raw, rootsy and a whole lot of fun to listen to. The passion for the blues comes out from all 3 members and their playing is nothing short of professional without the need to be flashy about it. Just down to earth with a nod to the blues artists from the past and quality songwriting to match. Favorite tracks are "I Got the Tennessee Blues", "Little Highway Girl" and "Midwood Blues".





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Monday, March 6, 2017

Tom Craig and Soul Patch debut album “ Get Ready For Me”..Memphis Blues with Soul



Tom Craig and drummer John O’Connell have been partners in Blues and Roots music for the past decade. This past year they’ve teamed up with Eric Johnson on Hammond organ, tenor saxophonist Vince Gleason and baritone saxophonist Skyler Hagner. Their broad musical resume includes musical genres such as classic Memphis Soul and R'n'B tunes by the likes of Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding as well as retro R'n'B music from James Hunter and Mayer Hawthorne, to name a few. Their love of the blues continues. 

Tom Craig is a singer/songwriter/guitarist first inspired by jazz vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mel Torme; he found further inspiration in the classic '60's and '70's soul music that was recorded in Memphis and Muscle Shoals and in the blues of the Three Kings (Albert, B.B., and Freddie) as well as Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

For his debut, Craig and his musical cohorts, Soul Patch, offer a sparkling collection of guitar-centric, horn-propelled, organ-cushioned originals that resonate with blues, soul, and jazz. As a singer, Craig seamlessly blends subtlety and swagger in the manner of the great jazz vocalists and as a guitarist, his clear, ringing tone and biting solos mostly evoke B.B. King. Like many of the greats who inspired him, Craig heartily understands the concept of “less is more.” His songs are a diverse bunch that include blues shuffles like “I Can't Help Myself,” a funky grinder with “Louita,” sweet swaying soul with “Ballroom Dancer,” and deep soul ballads like “Every Woman.” 




"Tom Craig & Soul Patch are making the familiar fresh with grease, grit, and grace." -Thomas J. Cullen III, Bucks County Blues Society and Blues Music Magazine





Marty's review: I can't add much more than what has already been said in the above, only to say that if you like your blues with soul and the classic sounds that came out of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, then this amazing debut album will please to no end. My favorite tracks, hmmm..., all of them!! Certainly no fillers here, and the production is tight with all the passion they can muster. This is one album that will be on regular rotation.


Available on official website: http://soulpatchband.net/

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Contemporary Blues artist Lisa Biales new album "Beat of My Heart"



On her 9th album, contemporary blues artist Lisa Biales stretches out on "The Beat of My Heart", delivering a powerful set of unforgettable songs from the perspective of a strong independent woman. 

Biales grew up in a musical family and learned singing from her mother. In 2015, she found a 78 record that was recorded back in 1947. It had one song on it, Crying Over You, written by Alberta Roberts, Lisa’s mom. “Hearing my mother’s voice after all these years brought a chill to the bone. I realized that I had to put her song on this project.” You’ll hear Lisa’s mother at 24 years of age, sing the first verse of the song and as Lisa takes over it’s a goose bumpy experience. 

Produced by drummer Tony Braunagel (Taj Mahal, Phantom Blues Band, Bonnie Raitt) this recording is full of surprises and each song has a vibe and groove that sets it apart from all the others.

"Lisa Biales has one of those great voices of our times." - Cascade Blues Association

"Biales’ voice is a wonderful instrument.” - Graham Clarke, Friday Blues Fix

"...a powerful voice with a sizable range and uncanny pitch that speaks directly to your heart. The trick with a performer like Biales is to not fall for the idea that any of it is as simple as she makes it sound. She is a performer’s performer in that sense." - Gregory Victor, Parcbench Culture Editor, NY

Find out more on the official website: http://www.lisabiales.com/



Marty's review: Lisa Biales delivers the blues with soul, brass, gospel and funk on this latest 12 track release. The songs are from a woman's perspective and Lisa's strong and powerful voice comes out at you up front and centre. Her choice of songwriters include Mabel Scott, Eric Bibb and Nina Simone and the smooth production certainly brings out the finest in this amazing talent. This is one you will be playing often. My favourite tracks, "Messin' Around With the Blues" and the blues/jazz sway of "Romance In the Dark".



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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Blues/Soul artist Bruce Mississippi Johnson covers "Death Letter Blues"



Who is Bruce Mississippi Johnson

An imposing and charismatic figure, 6 foot 4 inch  former US marine, Bruce Mississippi Johnson is a vocalist/writer/bandleader with a truly classic blues/soul voice which, allied to his heartfelt and timeless material, instantly brings to mind the music of Johnny Taylor, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Gill Scott Heron, Lou Rawls, Robert Cray, Bobby Bland and more. Following a successful career in Europe, where he was part of a group which delivered a triple platinum status recording, Johnson has now relocated to London and by so doing, instantly fills the void to be THE male blues/soul voice everybody on the scene has been waiting for. 

"Death Letter Blues" is his version of the classic Son House signature tune. You can stream and download this track FREE here:
https://brucemississippijohnson.bandcamp.com/releases

Bruce also has a new album set for release in May 2017 and his current new single and video from that album is "No Good". You can preview it HERE.


Find out more on his official website https://www.brucemississippijohnson.com/


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Detroit blues artist John Latini new album release "The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good"



John Latini is a 3-time solo Detroit blues champion and award winning songwriter. He has won song writing awards and 2 film music awards for his compositions and recordings in 5 states. 

His first blues record "The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good" is bursting with flavor and smart songs, mostly penned by himself. The blues champ growls, and in response the guitars and horns howl. In addition to being a serious craftsman of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style, but more than anything he’s an intense, incandescent performer, with an emotional, testosterone-charged voice. If this is what the blues feels like, then take a daily dose and enjoy.

Read more about John Latini:
http://www.smokinsleddogrecords.com/bm-artist-john-latini.php

“Recalling the raspy, liquor-soaked growl of Tom Waits, Latini’s soulfully controlled vocals animate the stories of the songs. At once smooth and rough, his singing sounds alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.” -The Ann Arbor Observer




Marty's review: I think the title of this album very much says it all. The blues are not there to bring you down but rather lift you up when you are down, and John Latini certainly achieves that on the 13 outstanding tracks on this album. John's up front and down to earth approach to his music is what makes this release shine. His songwriting has been honed down to a craft and skill where every lyric comes together to create a story that's makes you want to listen and his musicianship backs it up with some expert guitar playing and a strong, soulful voice.

Album is available for streaming and purchase now through Smokin Sleddog Records



                                    



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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Jack Mack and the Heart Attack Horns new album "Back to the Shack"..funky soul blues



Jack Mack’s sweet, funky soul music has earned a critically acclaimed 30-year legacy of success in the music business that includes ten records, blockbuster movie soundtracks and hundreds of global television and stage performances. They've circled the globe performing concerts, clubs, festivals and some of the world's most outrageous private affairs. Their smokin’, Southern-flavored R'n'B and soul is inspired by the legendary artists who recorded for influential labels such as Stax/Volt and in locations rich in musical history such as Muscle Shoals, with hints of Philadelphia and the Motown sound in the mix as well.

Back to the Shack is their latest album, featuring 10 soulful and bluesy tunes, nine co-written by the band and all performed with a fresh, contemporary approach. The album, coming on the heels of the group's 2014 EP, "Lookin' Up,” which was produced by Grammy-winning blues producer Tom Hambridge, features one of New Orleans’ favorite sons, vocalist and co-writer Mark Campbell, as well as guitarist and songwriter Andrew Kastner and the world- class horn section The Heart Attack Horns.




They're joined by some of the finest studio and touring professionals -- musicians who have worked with successful artists such as Robert Cray, Keb'Mo', Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal. These include keyboardists Mike Finnigan and Carlos Murguia, Tony Braunagel and Les Falconer on drums, trumpet mavens Les Lovitt and Lee Thornburg, and others. Singer Melanie Taylor (who has performed with Aerosmith and John Mayer) adds sparkling backing vocals to the opening track, "Standin' Before the King.”


Marty's review: big, bold, bluesy, soulful and funky are just a few of the adjectives I can use to describe this latest release by Jack Mack. Taking influences from such legends as James Brown, BB King, Solomon Burke, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett among others, this 10 tracker delivers on all aspects with tight production, soulful vocals and lyrics that tell a story worth hearing. The experience and professionalism all come through resulting in an album that will please all lovers of blues and soul.


                                          

"From jump 'til the final note, this album is nothing short of astounding. It's sure to please the most discerning soul and blues aficionado." - Cleve Baker, Confessing the Blues

"For anyone who grooves on the soul-shakin', groove-poppin', fire-up-your-mojo, party-time sounds of such legends as Wilson Pickett, Booker T., The Blues Brothers, Eddie Floyd, James Brown, and Sam and Dave, this is for you." - iTunes

"I think this is my favorite blues-eyed soul album, ever. Add just a touch of whiskey to it, you'll be listening to it over and over and singing at the top of your lungs!" - Google Play Music

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official website http://www.jackmack.com/



                                                    


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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Vin Mott's Rhythm & Blues Band new album "Quit the Women for the Blues"..down and dirty


Vin Mott is a young up and coming Blues artist from New Jersey, USA, and his brand new debut album entitled "Quit the Women for the Blues", featuring 10 original Blues tunes, has just been released.

Vin is 27 years old and is from Pequannock, NJ. It was in high school when Vin began discovering his love of Blues and Roots music, the sound of the harmonica, and began teaching himself to play the Blues harp. In 2007 Vin went on to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he graduated in 2011 with a BA in Songwriting. By the late summer of 2013 Vin had returned home to New Jersey. Over the next several years Vin, along with the help of guitarist Sean Ronan, would book countless gigs in local taverns, roadhouses, and restaurants such as the Great Notch Inn, the Robin’s Nest Rhythm & Blues, Hat City Kitchen, and Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza, as well as branching into Eastern PA and the Philadelphia area. The live band (Vin Mott’s Rhythm & Blues Band) has included some of the areas most talented young Jazz, Blues, and Roots musicians. 




Vin’s debut album was officially released on February 3rd, 2017 and is available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. Aside from singing and playing Blues harp, Vin also works as a drummer in the Bob Lanza Blues Band (Vin played drums and harp on the album Till the Pain is Gone which reached #5 on Billboards Blues Chart in November 2016) and Trudy Lynn Blues Band and teaches music professionally at the School of Rock Montclair (NJ). 

Marty's review: If you like your blues down and dirty then Vin Mott certainly delivers them here on his debut album. A very rootsy production with Vin's expert blues harmonica and slightly husky vocals combined with some killer tone guitar playing and a more than tight rhythm section. With titles like "I'm A Filthy Man", "Ol' Greasy Blues" and "I Wanna Get Ruff With You" what else could this be but THE BLUES. My favourite track is "Freight Train", I just love the sound of a locomotive coming at you played on a harmonica!

Sample tracks on reverbnation HERE

                                             


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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.




Available from The Blues Foundation: https://blues.org/

For more information contact: www.frankroszakpromotions.com


The 2017 #InternationalBluesChallenge kicks off tomorrow night in Memphis with over 260 acts from around the world! Visit http://bit.ly/IBC2017 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.

Stream and download the album HERE https://spearmanbrewers.bandcamp.com/

See previous post on this blog HERE

Website: http://www.spearmanbrewers.com/

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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