Friday, August 18, 2017

Folk-Rock Quintet Town Meeting drop new track "New Hampshire" and EP "Geography:Part 1"

Folk-Rock quintet, Town Meeting, drop “New Hampshire,” from their recently released EP, Geography: Part 1. Having shared the stage with Bob Dylan, Third Eye Blind, Tancred, and Jill Andrews, Town Meeting continue to carve out their place alongside the greats in their genre.

Stream the track and EP on Soundcloud HERE

Influenced by a wide range of musical acts from Dawes to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, the group was formed in 2014 by brothers Luke (vocals/guitar) and Russ Condon (vocal/cajon). Dean Adrien(vocals/lead guitar), formerly of Orphan, joined in April of 2013. With years of music experience under his belt alongside the likes of Jonathan Edwards, Tom Rush and several others from the Boston Folk scene. Tim Cackett (guitar/bass/mandolin player) joined the band in October 2013. Tim had spent several years prior playing guitar in the various hardcore bands (Anchorlines, Hope Prevails) and his solo acoustic folk project, Poor Soul. Brendan “Babe” Condon (vocals/harmonica/percussion), the youngest brother, rounded out the group’s vocal harmonies in 2014. Soon after the lineup was solidified, the band played shows with Sturgill Simpson, Willie Nelson and Old Crow Medicine Show and dropped their debut, If I Die (2016). Over the past year, the five have been putting the finishing touches on the Geography series.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Blues/Funk outfit Carrie and The Cats debut EP release "All Over Town"

Carrie and The Cats have recently released their 5 track debut EP "All Over Town" and this one is HOT! With a solid blues-funk sound mixed with a touch of soul and R'n'B this will certainly get you up and moving. Outstanding vocal performances by Carrie Wix, wild sax by Billy Hanley, searing guitar by Will Bart and a tight back beat by Pete Crocitto on drums and Joe Conserva on bass all add up to one surefire release that is guaranteed to please.

They are led by Will Bart, a 21 yo guitarist from Long Island, NY who has had the good fortune of having been able to play with Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Bros, as well as Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, and also Robert Randolph and John Medeski of The Word.

Stream the EP on Spotify HERE

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bassist Joseph Veloz new release "Offerings"...multi-talented artist

OFFERINGS is a collection of songs that fully displays the musical talents possessed by bassist JOSEPH VELOZ. The material presented in OFFERINGS shows Joseph as a highly skilled bassist committed to deep grooves and strong song sensitivity and also his evolving composition, arranging and producing skills in multiple stylings/genres. Along with the original material composed by Joseph and other contributors, there are also excellent examples of Joseph's arranging and producing skills including fresh takes of some classic covers. Joseph has also comprised an impressive lineup of musicians and vocalists, consisting of both national and internationally renowned artists.

Joseph has been a touring bassist for well over 20 years. His travels have taken him throughout the United States, Sweden, Russia and most of Europe. Joseph has had the privilege to perform with such legendary artists as Lucky Peterson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Mississippi Heat, James Armstrong, Joanne Shaw Taylor, and many more.

Joseph's performing talents have not only been dedicated to touring,His discography has covered live Blues/Rock, Traditional Blues, Christian Blues/Rock, Americana and R'n'B.

"Joe is a musician's musician. He has an amazing ear and he can adapt to a variety of musical styles MASTERFULLY. Whether it be Chicago Blues, Swing, Reggae, Blues Rock, or Rhythm and Blues. When playing with Mississippi Heat, I marveled at his timing and fantastic bass contribution. His stage presence is also visually stunning." Pierre Lacocque Band Leader Mississippi Heat, Delmark Records

“Creative, fiery, and fierce, he'll deliver every time!” Greg Nagy Singer, Songwriter, Big O Records

“Joe Veloz has both the knowledge and versatility as a bass player to instinctually play the right part for the song, when either improvising live or tracking in the studio.” Pete Galanis Guitarist, Howard and The White Boys; Owner/Operator 3011 Recording Chicago, IL

Stream and download album on iTunes HERE and also on official website:

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Californian blues guitarist/vocalist Marwan Nassar's version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor"

Marwan Nassar is a blues guitarist/vocalist based in Riverside, CA. He is also a guitar and ukulele instructor.

He has recently released a "killer" live version of Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor".

Stream it now on SOUNDCLOUD Here

Also check out 3 more tracks, "Everyday I Have the Blues", "The Stumble" and "Key to the Highway" on his SOUNDCLOUD page and his FACEBOOK page Marwan and The Blueseason

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mick Kolassa and Mark Telesca new release "You Can't Do That"...Blues and The Beatles

What do you get when two blues musicians get together to celebrate their mutual love of some of the most classic songs of the 20th Century? A great new album! 

Mick Kolassa and Mark Telesca have teamed up to bring two mutual loves together: the Blues and The Beatles. This album is the kind of thing that happens when two musicians get together and decide to make some magic. They called the album “You Can’t Do That”, which refers to a great song that has the blues all over it as well as what many people told them when they said we were going to do the record: you can’t do that! 

Stream and download on iTunes HERE

..also available on Amazon and cdbaby

For many, including Mick and Mark, this music is nearly sacred, but as blues artists they find and feel the blues in everything they hear, and the blues flows through the music of the Beatles more so than it does through other forms of popular music, so uncovering it was not too difficult – but oh so pleasurable!

Jeff Jensen joined the team to produce the album and together with Mark and Mick put together some pretty fancy guitar work, and with a little help from their friends the guys got this project off the ground – way off the ground! Reworking these classic tunes into blues arrangements was a joy for the artists, who brought the Beatles into many different styles of blues – but always with acoustic arrangements, no amplifiers or pedals were used in the production of this album! Instead you’ll find resonator and multiple acoustic guitars, harmonica, trumpets, flugelhorns and even a fiddle and mandolin.

Never forget, all you need is blues!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Atlanta Folk/Rock trio Collins Drive release debut album..repeated listens guaranteed!

Inspired by artists such as The Band, Whiskeytown, The Allman Brothers Band, CSN, and Kevn Kinney to name a few, Atlanta folk/rock trio Collins Drive has earned themselves a steadily growing fan base because of their dynamic live performances and roots laden storytelling folk/rock.  After three years of performing live shows all over the Atlanta area, Collins Drive have recently released their much anticipated self-titled debut album on May 20th.

Recorded at Electron Garden Studios and produced by the band and Tim Delaney, the songs on Collins Drive's debut album tell stories and paint pictures of Southern living.  Life through the eyes of a washed up blues man that never got his time (Drunk on Sunday), a Chapel Hill woman waiting in the rain for her bus home (Cemetery Angel), and returning to the town where you grew up (Ghost Town) are just a few examples of this. There’s nothing complex and there are no deep, hidden meanings to these songs. They are just little slices of life put into songs that are easy to grasp on to and easy to connect with. Just give them a listen and maybe you’ll find yourself in some of these scenes and stories.

Collins Drive are:
Don de Leaumont – Guitars/Harmonica/Lead Vocals
Mike Satterlee – Drums

Allison Shockley – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals

Marty's review: Folk/Rock fans, you will just soak this one up! This trio from Atlanta has a sound firmly entrenched in folk roots and know how to tell a good story. 9 original tracks with a crisp, fresh and uncluttered production, vocals that bring out each lyric with ease and an overall sound that is simple, raw, a little black in parts but totally enjoyable from start to finish. Repeated listens are guaranteed.

Stream and download the album on iTunes HERE

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dynamic blues singer-songwriter Gina Sicilia new release "Tug of War"

Dynamic blues singer-songwriter Gina Sicilia creates a deeply soulful new album – the emotionally honest, smartly arranged Tug of War.

"Tug of War" celebrates Gina Sicilia’s status as one of the reigning voices in modern blues and marks a potent evolution in her songwriting. The 11-song set is Sicilia’s seventh release since her emergence as a doyenne of the genre a decade ago. Today, Sicilia’s experience and the fully realized powers of her warm, flexible, emotionally nuanced singing resonate like never before. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt and Grammy nominated producer Dave Darling.

Tug of War’s title alludes to the complexities of life, which ring throughout this album’s original tracks, mostly written by Sicilia. And it speaks of her own experiences. “I’ve been through a lot in the past three years,” she relates. “I suffered through a painful and dramatic event in my life and needed to start over, so I moved to Nashville—where I didn’t know anybody, and went into a period of really challenging myself as a songwriter.” Although Sicilia had planned a career in journalism, her natural gifts made music a stronger draw. While she was still in college, her 2007 debut, Allow Me to Confess, was released. After that, things happened fast. She was signed by one of the nation’s premier roots music booking agencies just one week later and began to tour the globe, play major festivals and rise up the blues charts. The album garnered her first Blues Music Award nomination, for Best Debut Artist.

Since then Sicilia has remained in the upper echelon of female blues vocalists, regularly releasing albums that earn accolades and ride the charts, and playing 150 dates each year. Asked about her passion for making music and her tireless pace, Sicilia replies: “Working— writing songs, touring, recording—motivates me. That keeps me inspired and focused. I’ve learned that hard work and experience are what it takes to grow and become a better artist. And I see myself as always evolving, reaching for a kind of perfection within the music I love to make. I’m not sure I’ll ever find it, but I’ll never stop searching.”

Album is out now on Blue Elan Records

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Marty's review: Gina Sicilia's many talents all come through on this latest release. With a powerful, soulful vocal style, songwriting skills that are honest and from deep within and a slick production that all come together to make this an outstanding release. 11 amazing tracks, 8 self-penned, plus covers of "He Called Me Baby' (Harlan Howard), "Tell Him" (Bert Berns) and the Lennon-McCartney classic "All My Loving".

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Americana/Alt-Country band Some Hollow new EP release "Green"

Burlington,Vermont trio Some Hollow have released their debut EP, Green. The band is about a year old and have recently transitioned from a duo to a trio. While the album reflects the band as a duo, there are 2 tracks (Via Champlain and Don't Call Me Baby) that feature the pedal steel work from their 3rd member, Aidan Lenihan.

Some Hollow is: 
Jason Lee - vocals, guitar, harmonica 
Aidan Lenihan - pedal steel guitar 
Josh Morse - drums, vocals

The bands sound is roots based Americana/Alt-Country utilising harmonica, guitar, pedal steel and drums. The EP sounds fresh and unique with outstanding vocal work and songwriting skills that certainly highlight the fine talents of these artists.

Stream and download the EP on Bandcamp HERE

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Kentucky blues artist Bryan Himes new release "Nobody's Fault But Mine"

Take a trip to the delta and experience Bryan Himes sitting roadside by a full moon playing the blues like only he can. A soulful songwriter who records most of his material live, relying on vibe and musicianship, Bryan Himes is a breath of fresh air with his diverse selection of songs.He has shared the stage with Everlast, Chip Taylor, Tommy Womack, Carrie Rodriguez, Paul 'Wine" Jones, to name a few. His music has been played all over the world along side greats like Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker. 

Bryan hails from Lexington, Kentucky and has been featured on this blog previously (see post here). I'm more than pleased to announce his most recent release the traditional blues classic "Nobody's Fault But Mine", an acoustic blues number that Bryan delivers in his unique "front porch" style of Delta and country blues with slide guitar and vocals that cry out for your attention.

Stream and download this and 5 other tracks, including his version of "In My Time of Dyin'" HERE.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Laura Tate new album release "Let's Just Be Real"...tough and tender from a smooth Texas lady

Laura Tate’s fourth CD, “Let’s Just Be Real,” takes this Texas singer and her talented musicians to a rich, new level of sound and message. On these twelve tracks – a mix of old, new and originals released for the first time – Laura gets real and stays there. With her smooth and sultry voice, she invites us on a jazzy journey that combines rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues. It’s a journey through the cycle of love that carries us through new love, passion, breakup, and back again with heart and humor. Even though poets have written about romantic love for thousands of years, the dozen songwriters featured here will make you see love with new eyes. These songs are surprising and sexy, tough and tender – and Laura’s vocals make each one a pleasure to hear again and again.

Stream and download album HERE

In the studio she ignites a kind of chemistry that bonds her voice with an amazing big horn section and hard-driving piano. Add in extraordinary work on guitar and percussion and this album vibrates with energy and soul. Dallas-born and raised, this charismatic singer and actress brings a vibe to everything. Her years in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York show through in this 
fun fusion of blues, rock and jazz. When you're ready for an album that gets real and rings true, enjoy discovering Laura Tate on

"Lets Be Real". - Cindy Graff Cohen, Music Writer

Find out more on official website:

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Jim Roberts and the Resonants "Beneath The Blood Moon"...southern rock with blues roots

Jim Roberts and The Resonants have arrived on the scene. Formerly known as The Jack Roberts Harvey Band, they now bring their familiar Southern Rock sound back to listeners with "Beneath the Blood Moon."

Roberts has been playing guitar, singing and writing music since the 1970's. He put his musical career on hold in the early '90's to concentrate on being a father, and later spent 16 years working as a police officer. But even though his life's journey took him in different directions, Roberts never forgot his calling. In 2012, Roberts retired from his day job and returned to the music that was his first love. He has opened for Ricky Nelson, Della Reese, Danny O’Keefe, Danny Deardorff and Seals and Crofts, and has co – written with Jimmy Seals of Seals and Crofts.

The album's songs are firmly rooted in the Deep South and the Midwest, where Americana, roots rock, and blues define the landscape. The strong Southern themes tell a story, while Roberts' slide guitar work adds fire and finesse to the mix. Roberts also writes and performs on three-string cigar box guitar, lending a primitive, driving, haunting sound last heard on The Jack Roberts Harvey Band's 2014 release "Devil on a Dirt Road." With down-to-earth songwriting, vocals and slide work laid over a solid rhythm section, Jim Roberts and The Resonants take listeners on a new adventure further down that blues/roots highway.

"Guitarist/chief songwriter Jim Roberts channels numerous forbearers while sounding strictly like himself. He has one of the most lyrical slide guitar deliveries of recent times and his vocals are straightforward. … He’s a promising songwriter with very few, if any, real bugs left to work out." - Las Vegas Blues Society 

"Superlatives simply prevail here: stunning, great blues with strong Americana and gutsy down-and-dirty rock tinges … slippery slide sauce." - Iain Patience of Cashbox, Canada; Blues in the South, Great Britain; and Blues Magazine, The Netherlands

Download and stream album here:

FREE information sheet available HERE

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jarkka Rissanen and Sons of The Desert new release "Hybrid Soul"...R'n'B, prog-rock and ethnic vibes

Jarkka Rissanen and his band Sons of The Desert have recently released their new album Hybrid Soul. After last year's highly acclaimed traditional blues and gospel record, The 20th Century Box, Jarkka Rissanen returns with a full-lengther of original, self-composed material, crammed with rhythm'n'blues, prog rock and ethnic vibes.

The band is formed around Jarkka Rissanen (guitar), Markus Väisänen (guitar), Tatu Back (bass guitar) and Esa Kärki (drums).

Slide guitar master Jarkka Rissanen just celebrated his 60th year birthday in 2016 and after some forty-odd years of constant playing and touring he truly has become a legend in the Finnish roots music circuits. During the years he has played with many famous Finnish artists and bands like Finnforrest, Rauli Badding, Remu Aaltonen, Eero Raittinen, Pepe Ahlqvist etc. Hybrid Soul will be Rissanen's fifth solo record.

Marty's review: Hybrid Soul is an all instrumental affair featuring the master guitar talents of Jarkka Rissanen backed by his sterling of band of seasoned musicians. The 10 all original tracks are a progressive style blues rock with world music elements including reggae and R'n'B. The production is superb and has an all round sound that encompasses the many talents of this outfit. 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Grammy nominated artist Janiva Magness new release “Blue Again” ...powerful blues interpretations

The Grammy nominated and seven-time Blues Music Award winner Janiva Magness delivers her brand new album, Blue Again. On this release Magness returns to her taproot to cut her interpretation of a half dozen classics from the Blues canon and beyond, including numbers made famous by Bo Diddley, Freddie King, Etta James, and Nina Simone. Pairing with Producer Dave Darling, Magness and Darling have delivered a powerful Blues album that features guest appearances by Kid Ramos, Sugaray Rayford, and T.J. Norton. 

“Sista Janiva’s robust and soulful voice is showering each cut with determination to make us all fall in love. Her delivery is as always sincere and straight from the heart. Soul music is alive and kicking.” – Mavis Staples

Marty's review: Janiva's interpretation of classic blues numbers delivers on all accounts with a powerful vocal delivery, tight production with some extra raunchy guitar work and an overall soulful feel that makes the album a classic in its own right. 

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Polly O'Keary and The Rhythm Method "Black Crow Calling"...rocking blues with a touch of soul

Polly’s eclectic blues style reflects her colorful history. She grew up in a log cabin with no electricity or plumbing and began her music career a teen working bars in Mexico. At 19 she had a husband in prison and an 8th grade education. Twenty years later, she was a bassist for touring blues bands, playing a total of four continents, was one of the Pacific Northwest’s most highly awarded blues artists, and was working toward a Ph.D.

Her fourth album features the incendiary guitar work of California Central Coast legend David Miller, as well as the technical mastery of her long time world touring partner and drummer Tommy Cook.

“Polly is a powerful singer and an able songwriter who also plays bass with a fierce strength and a convincing tone.” -Blues Hour

“O'Keary is loaded with primal force even when she's taking it easy. Not anything near your stereotypical chick bass player, she's a leader all the way, not the window dressing. Hot stuff.” -Midwest Record

“Great songs played by an unbelievable band.” -A1 Blues

Official website:

Stream and download album HERE

Marty's review: Polly O'Keary delivers her style of blues with raunch, punch and touched with soul. A no nonsense, down the middle approach that has been honed over a number of years to produce an album that is polished yet still keeps a rawness that is essential when playing the blues. 10 all original penned tracks that deliver in all ways from Polly's earthy vocals and tight bass playing to her backing band's searing guitar licks and solid drum beats, this album is one of those that will leave you breathless. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Americana/Rock/Folk artist Matthew O'Neill new release "Trophic Cascade"..eclectic and emotional

Startup record label and environmental coalition Underwater Panther Coalition are excited to present their debut release, Trophic Cascade, the new LP from New York (via Ontario) artist Matthew O’Neill. Fourteen eclectic and emotional songs filled with layered Americana, Rock, Psychedelia, Soul and Folk. 50% of all profits will be donated to frontline earth protection groups, with a focus on indigenous rights and conservation. Previous support for O’Neill’s music includes CMJ, Magnet Magazine, LA Weekly and many more. Backed by an all-star cast of supporting musicians the album was co-produced by 2 x Grammy winner Diko Shoturma.

Previous Press:
"Bizarre mountain rock, great songs with an atypical guitar style." ~ LA Weekly

"The sparse, can-kicking stroll of the title track is warmed up further by some Wurly and O'Neill's double-tracked vocals that do indeed simmer with the vibe of a lonely cabin singalong waiting to happen." - CMJ

"Sounds like Doc Boggs, Sonic Youth, and JJ Cale stuck in a basement together.” ~ The Raven Gazette

“Uniquely energized contemporary mountain music and electric old time stomp rock.” ~ L Magazine

Album Stream: Soundcloud
Free Single: Bandcamp / Soundcloud / YouTube / Spotify
Genre: Alternative / Americana / Rock / Folk / Soul / Psychedelia / World / R&B
FFO: Neil Young / Damien Jurado / Nick Cave / Joni Mitchell / Will Oldham / Townes Van Zandt / Kurt Vile / Bert Jansch / Vine Deloria Jr. / N. Scott Momaday / Wendell Berry
Supported Environmental Groups: Indigenous Environmental Network / Center For Biological Diversity / Food And Water Watch / Honor The Earth / Oceana / Earthjustice / Wilderness Society

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Roots Blues and Americana powerhouse Low Society new album "SANCTIFIED"

Low Society is the brainchild of blues belter Mandy Lemons, winner of the 2015 Emissaries of Memphis Music Peoples Choice Award, and slide guitar phenom Sturgis Nikides, who recorded and toured with the legendary Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, John Cale (of The Velvet Underground). Their first two albums have garnered critical acclaim and extensive worldwide airplay, including the enthusiastic support of B.B. Kings Bluesville on Sirius XM Radio.

Here's the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed “You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down”, the THIRD studio album from international Roots Blues and Americana powerhouse Low Society, SANCTIFIED. Recorded in Belgium and Memphis beginning in October of 2016.

Find out more on official website:

Stream and download HERE

Marty's review: "Powerhouse" is an apt description for Low Society with their brand of hard-edged Roots Blues Americana. With the gutsy, soul-drenched vocals of Mandy Lemons and the hot guitar licks from Sturgis Nikides, backed by a sterling group of seasoned musicians, the album is an all round barrel-house of sound that comes at you from all directions. Featuring 8 original songs by Nikides/Lemons, their amazing version of John Prine's "Angel of Montgomery" and the Jordan/Foster classic "I'd Rather Go Blind" originally done by Etta James. This is one for the continuous rotation list.

download FREE information sheet HERE

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Lonnie Leo debuts "Dead For A While"...soulful grooves

Lonnie Leo, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter/ guitarist/ producer sets a vivid footing in his debut album, "Painted Things". With roots in everything from Dylan to D'Angelo, LL packs pensive lyrics and lush melodies into polished, full-band arrangements with a hard-hitting urban edge. 

The first single, "Dead For A While", is what I would call a catchy, soulful/gospel groove with a steady beat and Lonnie's insightful lyrics that make it a very impressive debut and showcases Lonnie's talents as a producer as well.

A FREE download is available HERE

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Australian soul/blues artist John McNamara new album "Rollin' With It"

The latest album by Multi Award Winning Australian soul/blues artist John McNamara features some of Memphis’ finest musicians. Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios, the impressive lineup of authentic STAX players includes Steve Potts (Booker T & The MGs), Michael Toles (Bobby Bland, The Bar-Kays), Lester A. Snell (Albert King, Isaac Hayes) and the cream of Memphis Soul/Blues studio musicians. Lester Snell completed all the arrangements. 

The album features six of John’s originals, alongside songs made famous by Otis Redding, Bobby Bland and Little Willie John. Also featured is John’s stinging electric blues guitar and his soulful vocal delivery. His music has taken him to Beale to become a Semi Finalist in the 2015 IBC, acclaimed shows in the UK, Germany, Japan & SE Asia, he’s toured with the legends of Australian music and on this album he’s teamed up with some of the best Memphis has to offer to create a sound that’s entirely his own but beats with a heart full of the soul of blues.

Stream and download from iTunes HERE

“Masterful Blues Guitar... Powerful and Resonant Voice.” - RipItUp Adelaide

“So much Soul and Edge for a young man...I got Chills... Nothing will prepare you for the new taste of old soul that is John McNamara!” - Eric Martin (Mr. Big Vocalist USA)

“The Bastard made me feel insecure, He’s So good!” - Russell Morris (Australian music icon)

“John McNamara has a real voice that has a natural grit to it... His playing dances behind the lyric like a trickster... McNamara is a song stylist. You can’t separate the blues from what he does.. he’s really good.” - The Memphis Flyer

“An Exceptional Musical Experience... I felt nothing but a sense of privilege” - Three Weeks Edinburgh

“I’m souled... Soulful is rather an understatement... A beautiful purity to his voice.” - Broadway Baby Edinburgh

Label: Bahool Records
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Marty's review: If you're a fan of soul-blues then this album has it all. With a backing band of authentic STAX musicians, John McNamara's smooth and soulful vocals, a tight production that was recorded in Memphis and a 10 track collection of originals and classic covers, this brilliant release will definitely make it in your top 10 for the year. This artist deserves all the accolades and the international status he has received.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hot Rod Hearse play a mix of Blues-Rock, Folk and Rockabilly

Hot Rod Hearse have the fever pretty bad. It’s caused by browsing thrift shops and apothecaries. It’s caused by devouring music and walking around in marshes. Their music is a mix of Blues Rock, Folk Rock and Rockabilly and they call their genre Thrift Shop Rock. They are based in the magical town of Wexford, Ireland.

Hot Rod Hearse will be releasing their first full album on the 14th of July 2017.

Their latest single, "Ballsbridge to Ballymun" was released on Paddy's Day 2017. They are playing some festivals over Ireland this summer, including the Free Fringe Festival in Leitrim and the Strawberry Roots Festival in Enniscorthy.

Their second single, "1973" was released in January 2017 and garnered some rave reviews. Their debut single, "There by the Road" was released in August 2016. Shortly thereafter, it was chosen as one of the Top 20 finalists in the Dublin City Rounders Alt-Country Song Contest. It has also received some very good reviews.

Hot Rod Hearse are :
Hotrod Suzi : Vocals, Washboard, Tambourine, Songwriting
Zeff Ryder : Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Songwriting

Marty's review: for a duo these guys put out a wall of sound that is tight, rhythmic and just plain hot! Suzi's vocals are sultry with raunch while Zeff's musical talents make him a very clever one-man band. The original songwriting cuts it up there with the finest as well. Grant them a listen, you will like what you here.

You can listen to and download their sounds here:

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Romanian country blues artist Southernman Robbie album release "Devil Got My Name"

Southernman Robbie, born Robert-Cristian ZSUGYA (January 21, 1987), is a Romanian musician, singer and songwriter. He brings the roots of the country blues music with an archaic image, playing consecrated songs of the blues pioneers, but also his own written music, combining slide guitar, finger picking, vocals and kazoo that will carry you to the land of southern blues.

Throughout the years he has performed at blues festivals, blues stages and has been part of many musical projects. In 2012 he decided to take the road to the west, where he joined the stage with blues pioneers from Austria. He spent almost a year in Northern Germany, where he preached the blues for shipyard workers from cities around northern Germany. With all the experience gained in his journey, he came back home to preach the blues, and, in 2016, on the last day of February (29), released his first album called "Devil Got My Name", which features 14 acoustic blues songs. Throughout the album he offers you a well kept secret from the Deep South Danube wilderness, as an oasis of acoustic blues for souls. 

In April 2017 he participated as a contestant at the European Blues Challenge 2017 edition in Horsens, Denmark.

Marty's review: Southernman Robbie takes his blues straight out of the Mississippi Delta and puts his own little spin on it without straying far from the original roots. "Devil Got My Name" is an all acoustic affair with Robbie playing acoustic guitar, harmonica and kazoo. The tracks are a mixture of original numbers and covers of traditional blues like "Love In Vain" and "Sittin' On Top of the World". His vocal delivery is with a slight twang which more than suits his style of country blues. A talent worth discovering.

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