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Monday, December 9, 2019

Independent artist Aaron Matthews new EP release BEND...instrumental vibes to chill by


Recently released is BEND, the 6 track EP by independent artist Aaron Matthew. Aaron describes it as "Instrumental lofi and chillhop vibes featuring trippy synths, jazzy saxophone, and spaced out guitars, over dusty beats with hard kicks and fat snares. Perfect for all your study/work music needs!" The album is designed to kill stress and create a chill atmospheric vibe.

stream and download here: https://aaronmatthewmusic.org/music#bend-ep

Aaron was born in Jacksonville, Fl. in the United States and raised in the rural Deep South of Georgia. The Deep South is a strange place that forever embedded the blues, jazz, funk, folk, and hip-hop into his songwriting and soul.

He has been performing music live since 2007 when he got his first gig at a local cafe playing for coffee and tips. In 2012, he began to awaken and was compelled to shift realities. Hes old nearly all of his possessions and bought a one-way ticket to a foreign country. He didn't know anyone and didn't speak the language. In exchange for working, he was blessed to live on an organic farm. There, he built permaculture gardens, took care of the land and animals, and spent countless hours meditating with Mother Earth. 


Today, he still calls the Dominican Republic home, but travels often to the U.S. to visit family and tour. He performs live regularly and also works as a professional cannabis industry writer and researcher. 






Marty's review: BEND is six tracks of what I would call sheer bliss and a magical journey that can take you anywhere you want to be. I think Aaron's chosen lifestyle certainly played a part in the composition of these tracks and he has made music HE wants to make. Forget the world for a while and just chill out with these soothing and comfortable vibes that invoke sun soaked islands, warm nights and being somewhere where everything is just as it should be. Take the journey and let Aaron show you the way.



Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Soul Rockin' Funk and Blues outfit Tweed featuring Gervis Myles album release Love Strong


Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk garnered national attention with the release of 4 albums and dates throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and Southern United States. With the passing of frontman Joseph “Smokey” Holman in October of 2017 due to complications from multiple myeloma cancer, the band has brought in Gervis Myles as the lead singer and now performs under the moniker of Tweed Featuring Gervis Myles.

In preparation for a 2018 European Tour the band was in the process of writing material for a new album. With Gervis Myles on board, the band recorded, mixed, and released “Love Strong” in just 8 days, a 10 track album featuring 9 original songs. The album was initially released with limited availability for the European market only, in tandem with band’s 12 date tour playing festivals and clubs throughout Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Austria, and Slovakia.

website: https://www.reverbnation.com/TweedFeaturingGervisMyles





Marty's review: "Love Strong" is pure and straight funky blues-soul that is smooth, cool, rockin' and just plain dynamite! These guys are a tight outfit and they know how to play soulful blues that are designed to make you feel good and chill with ecstatic vibes. Gervis Myles' vocal style has that silky touch that sounds effortless and Tweed's grooves are full of style and grace, a perfect combination.

“Tweed with Gervis Myles is one of those groups that inspired the audience in Häberlen from the very beginning. Gervis Myles knew how to inspire the audience with his sometimes strong, sometimes soft soulful Funk & Blues voice.” - Werner Schmidt, www.swp.de/gaildorf

“With lyrical impact of black romanticism Gervis Myles writes songs like One More Dance and Love Strong. His emotionality is gripping, his modulable voice with enormous range is impressive. Memphis Soul and Blues: Elements of this can be found in the interpretations.” - Leonore Welzin, Heilbronner Stimme

“It's just soul rockin' at its best. Uh Huh, Oh Yeah!” - Freddie & Paul © Rootsville 2018

Monday, December 2, 2019

Burlington VT folk-roots songwriter Jason Baker new album Common Man Blues...poetic and poignant


Vermont-based singer-songwriter, Jason Baker, has released his second solo album of original folk-roots Americana, Common Man Blues

In a recent interview in Lifoti Magazine, Baker says: "Based in traditional Folk styles and a general respect for the roots of American music, I write songs influenced by the deep roots of old-time and acoustic music, but fully modern in lyrical perspective”. A venue manager, when asked by a customer what he was listening to, dubbed Baker’s set of topical folk songs “Socio-Political Americana”. Baker agrees with that assessment, even if, as he says, it doesn’t really roll off the tongue as a phrase. Both of my albums are full of topical songs and seem to add up to an assessment and cultural critique of modern America,” said the singer-songwriter. "It's not the only type of song I write, and I do have a few songs on each album that are not political, but it does seem the right time to say these things."

The album is available for free streaming on his website, jbakervt.com, where it can also be purchased for download, and is also live on Spotify, YouTube, and Deezer.

official website: http://jbakervt.com/#about



Marty's review: Jason Baker's second solo release is an all acoustic production that sees Jason tackling some current American issues which he presents in a very honest and direct style. The sound is very traditional roots music with acoustic guitars, banjo, harmonica, ukelele and kazoo, and Jason has help from  guest musicians Rik Palieri and Janice Russotti. The songs are poetic and sometimes poignant but Jason does have his tongue in cheek mostly and keeps the mood buoyant and positive while delivering a few messages along the way.


Friday, November 29, 2019

Blues roots duo Wide Mouth Mason release 8th album "I Wanna Go With You"...encompassing and masterful



When one thinks of the epitome of a ‘blues band’, the first thing that comes to mind is not a couple of Canadian kids coming of age in the 1980's. This is not your typical, run of the mill 12-bar blues about lost lovers, big-legged women, whiskey, church and sinnin’. This is a new voice and a new vehicle for the blues. This is Wide Mouth Mason.

Wide Mouth Mason formed in 1995 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and released their debut album, The Nazarene, in 1996. Fast forward to 2019, where we find Wide Mouth Mason as a duo with original members Shaun Verreault on vocals, guitars, and Safwan Javed on percussions and vocals. Their 8th release, I Wanna Go With You, is Wide Mouth Mason reinvented and unapologetically blues.

The blues has always been one of the musical primary colours for us - the middle ten letters of our alphabet - but on this album we just dove all the way into it”, says Verreault. Of the 12 songs on I Wanna Go With You, all but one features Verreault’s stunning and innovative guitar style dubbed threestyle, or trislide lap steel. Wearing three slides with rounded tips on his left hand, Verreault is able to simultaneously play chords and sliding melodies on resonator/dobro guitar and electric lap steel.

From the rumbling train-like rhythm of the opening track “Bodies In Motion” it is clear that the album’s theme is about travel. Transition. Moving from one place to the next. Reinvention. Sometimes you take the “High Road”, sometimes you hit “Every Red Light”, but if you’ve got good company, the hours fly by. In keeping with the band’s history of hit songs, the track “Anywhere” will surely become a road trip anthem for the young and young at heart.

On returning to their roots, Javed had this to say, "Wide Mouth Mason was originally formed as a blues band, and this album is us embracing our blues roots. Here we are unequivocally stating we are a blues band at our core."

official website: https://widemouthmason.com




Marty's review: For a band that's essentially a duo, these guys put out a wall of sound that is all encompassing, harmonically rich and masterful in its delivery. With scorching guitars, clear and striking vocals and a solid beat that drives the album and keeps it tight. Their years of experience and well deserved accolades have served them well and their talents are accomplished and confident on this release. Fans of pure roots music will eat this one up and certainly one to add to your regular playlist.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Chicago-born blues man Michael Bloom album release "Whisper In The Wind"...pure and unadulterated blues


Michael Bloom is a Chicago-born, classically-trained guitarist, singer and songwriter of classic and original blues. From Oakland to Chicago, Michael’s been writing and playing the blues in one form or another for most of his life. The poetic voices of Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed, and Mississippi John Hurt, the lyrical lines of BB King and Otis Rush, the rhythms of Muddy Waters and Little Milton all echo through his songs.

Whisper in the Wind, part of which was recorded in Chicago while playing with blues legend Mary Lane and The No Static Blues Band, is an 11-song collection of Bloom’s contemporary-but-traditional sound. The album includes eight original songs and three classics that pay homage to Furry Lewis, Johnny Copeland, and Robert Johnson. Bloom’s sound is a rich blend of blistering riffs, skillful slide guitar and no-nonsense vocals with a straight forward and powerful blues band behind him. It might be called Whisper in the Wind, but you will want to play it loud!

official website: https://michaelbloom.com



Marty's review: If you like your blues pure and unadulterated then this an album to add to your collection. Michael Bloom plays the blues straight down the line and delivers it with class and style. He is backed by The Blues Prophecy who provide the electricity and rhythms that make this release come alive. The tracks are a mix of covers that pay tribute to the blues masters and originals that showcase Michael's songwriting talents. He is joined by some special guests that help to make this one helluva blues album!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

James Dalton...blues and folk from New Jersey...raw and energetic roots music


James Dalton, based out of New Jersey, is a performer and a storyteller, a musician and a giver. He's huffed it around, reaching audiences the hard way:one person at a time, on stages and subway platforms, in living rooms and radio studios. Stomping his feet, hootin' and hollerin', banging on guitars, and making mandolins weep. Sharing secrets and laughs, mixing breathtaking vocals with exciting harmonica playing . 

James' most recent releases are "Troubadours", a studio recorded album, and "Tartu Jamm", a live recording. 



Troubadours is a collection of acoustic roots blues and folk that are older songs mixed with newer ones, all recorded in Asbury Park. James' delivery is raw and energetic, showing his passion for the blues and keeping it down to earth.



Tartu Jamm is a live recording where James teams up with Estonian blues guitarist Andres Roots and Les Wilson on percussion for a set that is impressive and appreciated by the live audience.

stream and download here: https://jamesdalton.bandcamp.com



Thursday, November 21, 2019

Roots guitarist Stevie C.Bowen EP release "Music from the Rooms of My Head"..impressive and masterful


Recently released is the debut, instrumental EP from guitarist Stevie C.Bowen, a slide guitar (and non-slide) player originally from southeastern Virginia, but now based in Brooklyn, NY. 

Stevie has released a few records over the years, with bands The House Floor and most recently with A Valley Son. Throughout that time he has learnt a lot and grown into his own as an artist and guitarist, and felt it was time to get something that really represented himself out into the world. He spent the last year pouring his heart and soul into this EP, with whatever free time he could muster between working two jobs and trying to stay afloat in New York City. He's incredibly proud of the result and says the songs are emotive and engaging, ranging from swampy blues and classic soul to cinematic soundscapes.

Stevie describes the EP as emotive, guitar-led instrumental music for the mind and soul. All songs written, performed and produced by Stevie C. Bowen. Mixed by Ryan Lee at Paradise Garage Studios. Mastered by Dan Millice. Artwork by Hope Gimbel.

official website: https://steviecbowen.com/home

stream and download here: 
https://steviecbowen.bandcamp.com/album/music-from-the-rooms-of-my-head




Marty's review: Stevie's debut EP is an impressive 6 track collection of all instrumental compositions that showcase his masterful guitar talents and covers several genres of roots music from blues, folk, soul and some progressive sounding tunes that would fit in well as a soundtrack to an independent movie. The hard work that Stevie has put in to this release is certainly evident and I urge roots music aficionados to check this one out, it won't disappoint.  

Monday, November 18, 2019

Polly O'Keary and The Rhythm Method live album release "As Live As It Gets"...scorching and sizzling


Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, after four studio albums including 2017 IBC Best Self-Produced Album finalist Black Crow Callin’, have realized a long-held goal of creating a live album that captures the energy and fun of their performances. 

As Live As It Gets includes cuts of original songs updated from older versions, some of the band’s few covers including guitarist David Miller’s stunning version of Clapton’s “Old Love,” and some of the cheerful banter between the band and the crowd. As the band prepares to embark on this summer’s national tour, their fifth, this album will extend the live show experience far beyond the reach of the tour van.

official website: https://www.pollyokeary.com





Marty's review: Live blues doesn't get any better than this. Recorded "as it went down", this scorching dose of electric blues is tight and kick ass with sizzling guitar licks from David Miller, Polly's soulful and passionate vocals and her thick and meaty bass and Tommy Cook's wall to wall drums holding down a solid beat. If you have seen this guys live and dig them, now you can take them home too.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Paul Karapiperis album release Acoustic and Electric Growls...dark and mysterious contemporary blues


Recently released is the album "Acoustic and Electric Growls" by Paul Karapiperis, frontman and harmonica player of the Small Blues Trap band.

Marty's review: This very ambitious and generous (17 track) release is what I would call a contemporary/progressive blues-rock conceptual journey that takes essentials from roots blues (harmonica, acoustic and electric guitars), adds some low key, gravelly vocals and injects a few other interesting and eclectic sounds to create a dark and textured collection of connected compositions that  tell a story that is dark and mysterious and could possibly be used as the soundtrack to a Wim Wenders or Coen Brothers movie. The setting is "desert like" with lots of space in between subtle guitar leads, a slow and steady backbeat and Paul's vocals which are sublime yet tender. I think Daniel Lanois would be impressed with this as it does have some similarities to his productions yet is totally original and a credit to its creator. Something you would play on a long road trip or late at night with your favorite substance close by.

stream and download here: 
https://paulkarapiperis.bandcamp.com/album/acoustic-electric-growls-2019







Thursday, November 7, 2019

Blues and roots vocalist and songwriter Billie Williams new album release "Hell To Pay"..power and passion


Songwriter and vocalist Billie Williams’ powerful new record "Hell To Pay" – her second with Grammy-winning producer Danny Blume –weaves the blues into her unique style of contemporary roots music.

On the heels of Billie’s self-titled debut album, which received critical praise and worldwide airplay, Hell To Pay offers a collection of eleven new originals that showcase Williams’ songwriting and vocal prowess. Billie draws inspiration from heartbreak with her hard-hitting opening track “Damn,” and from devotion with her classic-style soul tune “You.” Deeply affected by our troubling times, she also expresses her anger and concern in the feminist anthem “Ten Million Sisters,” and the title track “Hell To Pay,” which speak to the #metoo movement and the deepening socioeconomic divide.

Skillful writing, strong vocals, and world-class musicians make Billie Williams’ Hell To Pay a record that will leave a lasting impression across the musical spectrum.

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



Marty's review: "Hell To Pay" is an album that is seething with power, passion and soul, all delivered from the nuanced songwriting skills and extraordinary vocal abilities of the very talented Billie Williams. Backed by a stellar cast of dynamic and solid musicians that provide the throbbing soundscape for Billie's compositions, the album is a contemporary blues roots tour de force that will certainly resonate with fans and aficionados. 



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

singer/songwriter Bill Filipiak acoustic blues release Put The Top Down...sensitive and timeless


Bill Filipiak is a singer/songwriter with an affinity for acoustic blues music. His album "Put The Top Down" has been featured on Americana radio stations across the US. More recently it's found a home on blues radio programs throughout the United Kingdom. While Bill has been writing and performing for nearly 30 years, "Put The Top Down" is his first full release and represents a new focus on music and songwriting for Bill.

stream and download here: https://www.filipiak.com

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Marty's review: "Put the Top Down" is a real treat for fans of acoustic blues roots music. Bill Filipiak has a skillful handle on his songwriting and his vocals have that enigmatic and tender style that is sensitive and timeless. The overall production on the album is earthy with that "shuffling" beat that gives it that feel-good vibe and makes it instantly enjoyable. Check out the recent video for "Top Down" on YouTube too, it's top-notch!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Ontario-based roots artist Madison Galloway debut album Moon and Mercury..a lesson in roots music


Ontario-based roots artist Madison Galloway is set to release her debut full-length album Moon and Mercury – a collection of songs that range from foot-stomping highs to ambient lows. Blending elements of folk, rock, and blues, with flavours of the world, she creates an eclectic journey of sound.

Madison Galloway is an emerging voice in Canadian roots music, and at just 19 years old, has already begun making her mark. She takes the stage with her band and signature blend of earthy rock and blues, consistently turning heads with a high-energy performance. They charm audiences with their impressive originals, reaching back to pay homage to the great artists of the past while forging a sound all their own. They switch it up between acoustic, slide and electric guitars, harmonica, keys, ukulele, banjo, and more to deliver catchy, folk-inspired tunes in an incredible live show.




Madison has released a 5-song EP entitled Who Knows Where and has built a reputation as a road warrior – touring relentlessly as a band, duo, and solo performer. She’s played hundreds of shows including notable performances at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Riverfest Elora, and RBC Bluesfest, making a name for herself as a must-see act. Galloway has shared the stage with renowned artists such as 54-40, Ron Hawkins (Lowest Of The Low), and Colter Wall; and now with her first full-length record and national touring in the works, she’s just getting started.

stream and download here: https://madisongalloway.bandcamp.com




Marty's review: Madison Galloway's very impressive debut album is a lesson in roots music performed by a young artist with an incredible talent. Several genres of roots music are showcased here and Madison's soulful and passionate vocals deliver the excellent choice of songs, originals and covers, in a delightful and exceptional way that  belies her age, making her sound like a seasoned professional. The production is earthy and fresh and is supported by tight instrumentation and a an overall sound that transports with an upbeat vibe

Monday, October 28, 2019

Blues-rock powerhouse vocalist Eliza Neals new EP release Sweet or Mean featuring Popa Chubby


Eliza Neals' signature gritty-velvety powerhouse vocal comes out with one of the most notorious Blues-rock guitarists in the industry. Ted Horowitz AKA Popa Chubby is producer, arranger & plays electric and the rare acoustic guitar on Eliza Neals' all new original songs on "Sweet or Mean" EP.

"Sweet or Mean" is rootsy blues-rock bliss with no gimmicks or tricks from the first heavenly note to the last guitar riff. Popa Chubby's tone is reminiscent of ZZ Top, Santana and other seasoned vintage guitarists who know how to knock audiences out. Dave Keyes the New York based pianist/ Hammond organ specialist who travels the world making people dance, lent his extraordinary skills. Also from NYC, bass man Chris Gambaro-Vega adds to the raw and ferocious vibe of the ensemble. New England's finest blues drummer John Medeiros Jr. plays exactly the right groove. 

Special guest horn section from the "Top of the Rock," Jimmy Fallon's own Ian Hendrickson-Smith on saxophone and Michael Leonhart on trumpet of Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and The Roots puts the B in Badassery.

official website: http://elizaneals.com





Marty's review: Eliza Neals' latest release is a real belter! Bad ass blues-rock with attitude and a razor sharp edge that showcases Eliza's powerful vocal style and Popa Chubby's searing guitar licks. This will have you against the wall and leave you breathless! Say no more...

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Blues Rock duo Northern Social release self titled debut EP...blistering and thunderous



After breakout appearances in 2019 on festival stages and following the digital release of their single, “Waiting” in February 2019, comes the debut five song, self titled EP by guitar and drums duo, Northern Social (Dylan Wickens, Mike Rajna). 

Northern Social looks to break the traditional mold for blues and rock based duos, with Wickens carrying both the bass line and guitar parts simultaneously and Rajna playing full drum kit and providing vocal harmonies to compliment Wickens’ hollering ; an urgent call to sit up and listen.

Written and produced by Dylan Wickens, and co-produced by Mike Whaling at Sarah’s Hall, in Russeldale, ON. Canada, this five song EP features songs of truth, that come from personal experience and observation.

Using the blues as a starting point, Northern Social dives off the edge of the cliff head first, eyes open, embracing the possibilities.

available through official website: https://www.dylanwickens.com



Marty's review: Northern Social's debut EP is 5 tracks of blistering blues-rock that is up front and solid and a tour de force of well crafted blues. Dylan Wickens plays guitar with a well founded confidence and attitude with the emphasis on energy, and Mike Rajna provides the solid back beat that more than keeps up, together creating an all round thunderous sound that is transporting and exhilarating.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Acoustic blues-roots duo Wallin-Jison new release Dark House...well crafted and sublime


Wallin-Jison have found their happy place, right where country and blues music intersect, carving out a niche of their own with acoustic guitars and banjo, backed by a subtle but driving beat. The new album "Dark House" picks up where it's predecessor, the critically acclaimed "Definitely Blue" left off.
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"We hit on something with the last album that felt so good. That rootsy country-vibe as always been a big part of what we do, but with these last two albums we've really found way to bring it into sharp focus. Sound-wise...it's like we have arrived" says vocalist/guitarist Christian Wallin.​

"We're all about keeping it simple; making the songs breathe, making the lyrics come through. It's about hanging back and not over-playing or over-producing anything. We think about these things a lot"​.



Marty's review: If someone asked me to define "roots music", then I would tell them to listen to "Dark House". The latest release from duo Wallin-Jison is a lesson in blues-country roots that is well crafted, sublime and with a tenderness that envelops you in a "warm and fuzzy" way. The vocals are subtle with a slight growl, the instrumentation is sparse yet upbeat, and the overall production has that shuffling along a dirt road feel to it that is instantly accessible and glows with quality and color. Favorite tracks for me are "The Price of Happiness" and "Laid Off".

stream and download HERE




Monday, October 14, 2019

Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers "No Good Deed"..undeniably evocative and irrepressibly energetic


Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers’ third studio album, No Good Deed, features an enthralling array of original material along with some cleverly reworked covers of songs from the Rascals, Etta James and others, and is the band’s most multidimensional album to date. Not only does the album showcase the band members’ diverse talents and knack for creating music that is undeniably evocative and irrepressibly energetic; this time they’ve peeled back the layers to reveal more of their respective influences, unleashing infusions of punk, jazz and blues.

The original material takes a journey along the mood and energy spectrum — defiance and decisiveness meet remorse and reflection for a seductive, energizing and intoxicating romp, all propelled by the work of phenomenal musicians. “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” is sure to induce stadium-style foot stomping and hand clapping. The bluesy, richly textured “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” is a haunting dig through the wreckage of love lost and the attempt to reclaim inner strength. “Bad News” transports the listener to a dark bar where it’s easy to hide until “the bad news has arrived, it’s closing time.” “Movin’ On” is a no-holds-barred anthem fueled by Abair’s ‘hell yeah’ attitude as she declares she’s “movin’ on like a gypsy vagabond, let the past be the past — it’s dead, I’m gone.”



“What you hear on “No Good Deed” drips of me and the Boneshakers but also unveils variations of where the band can go,” says Abair. We pushed into other spaces that we’re really comfortable in — we just hadn’t showed.

official website: https://www.mindiabair.com




Thursday, October 10, 2019

Bushmaster featuring Gary Brown album release Dancing In the Belly of the Beast...soothing and flawless


Gary Brown addresses social issues in soulful blues-funk band Bushmaster. Attending a concert in Arlington, Virginia, was the push Gary Brown needed to start his own band.

Brown was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Palmer Park, Maryland. In his early childhood, his parents played music in their home from artists like Charles Brown, Amos Milburn and Joe Turner.

Brown says he was somewhat of a “tumbleweed” after high school and didn’t have a plan other than music. He got a jolt of confidence after the Charlie Pastorfield show. With that experience still fresh in his mind, he went to a friend’s house for a jam session.

The drummer at the session said Brown had a lot to say, both musically and lyrically, and should consider starting a band. He did, and the project became Bushmaster.

Bushmaster has been a trio from the start, Brown says, but has had a number of lineup changes. ...read more about Bushmaster HERE

official website: http://bushmasterblues.com




Marty's review: "Dancing In the Belly of the Beast" is a 14 track gem of an album that encompasses Gary Brown's insightful lyrics with his soothing and flawless soul-funk-blues guitar and the exceptional and exhilarating production work on the album. Gary's vocals are done with passion and emotion and he delivers each lyric with a vision and tenderness that tells the story in a special way. The overall sound is a throwback to the early seventies style of blues-rock that is solid, meaty and hypnotic.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

UK blues and roots artist Ged Wilson album release "Anthology"..a collection of his finest and most popular



Recently released is the new album from Ged Wilson Anthology.’ This accomplished album draws together the finest and most popular tracks from Ged’s three previous albums.

Anthology’ is an album to get lost in. Starting from the simple solo tracks on the ‘A side’ and flowing through to the full band sounds of the ‘B Side’ this album showcases the indisputable strengths of Ged Wilson’s songwriting and performance and will provide fresh discoveries even for those already familiar with these recordings of Ged’s music. Ged Wilson is a well loved favourite of blues fans across the UK, and a regular on the blues festival circuit, with his dynamic and engaging performances never failing to impress.




Blessed with a warm, husky voice, Wilson is also a fine harp player and guitarist” – Blues Blast

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





Marty's review: This album is a treat for lovers of acoustic blues and roots music in general. Ged's style is all encompassing and he stays true to the traditional blues yet also spins his own take within each track. Gifted with the perfect voice for the blues and using raw and primal instrumentation, he delivers with a confidence and passion that is infectious and satisfying. Certainly one to add to the collection.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Legendary blues-rockers Savoy Brown 40th album release "City Night"..throbbing and stratospheric


Savoy Brown fans might be the luckiest fans in the world. No other blues rock act alive today has delivered so much excellent music for so long, and the group shows no signs of slowing down. Their legacy of the godfather of British blues-rock continues with the 2019 release of “City Night,” the band’s 40th album, on the California label Quarto Valley Records.

From the aggressive swagger of the opener “Walking on Hot Stones,” the album is an adventure through 12 blistering tracks of scorching guitar, unrelenting
rhythms from bassist Pat DeSalvo and drummer Garnet Grimm, and the soul-weary but indomitable grit of Kim Simmonds’ vocals.



Throughout, the blues man who has seen more of the world than any 20 of his peers sorrows at the troubles of the modern era, as in the acerbic vocal and
crystalline guitar of “Neighborhood Blues,” then defiantly commits to the struggle, as in the stomping Bo Diddley-esque “Hang in Tough,” before reveling in the joys the word still offers, as in the rollicking celebration of urban life of the title track “City Night.”

As Simmonds says in his endearing online diary, “Am I getting lazy in my old age? No, I’m not ever retiring! I’m on this train ‘till the end…..”

official website: https://www.savoybrown.com




Marty's review: classic British blues-rock at its finest with no signs of slowing down, Savoy Brown deliver a gem of a 12 tracker with their trademark throbbing and stratospheric sound that has been the foundation of their long standing career. Kim Simmonds' reliably-solid guitar work backed up by the tight and refined rhythm section of bassist Pat DeSalvo and drummer Garnet Grimm combine to create an epic wall of electric blues that is surrounding and timeless.




Monday, September 30, 2019

UK blues and roots band 3TIMES7 album release Rain in Chicago...unique and mega-talented



Rain in Chicago is the latest album from the Surrey (UK) based blues band 3TIMES7, due for release in October 2019. The album was inspired and written during a blues pilgrimage taken by Jenny Lawrence (Vocals) and David Holdstock (Guitar) as they travelled from Chicago to New Orleans, heading down the blues highway.

This album demonstrates the many different genres that continue to influence the band, from swing gypsy jazz numbers like “Knock Knock”, delta blues numbers like “Graveyard Blues” to rock numbers such as “First Light”.



3TIMES7 continue to tour around the South East of the UK and have recently played abroad in Denmark, Barcelona and Amsterdam. The band have had the privilege of playing legendary venues like The Alley Cat and 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street, the Midnight Blues sessions at the Brighton’s Green Door Store and the Kingston Mines in Chicago, Illinois.

official website: https://www.3times7.co.uk


Marty's review: Rain In Chicago is a powerful dose of contemporary blues with blistering guitars, shiny brass licks, tight rhythms and soulful vocals that all unite in a cohesive and flawless attack that comes out at Grand Prix speeds. 3TIMES7 combine elements from multiple genres of roots music and stir it all in a big musical pot that tastes of style, skill and sophistication. Each track is a standout and regular spins are guaranteed. Give these guys a listen, they are fresh, unique and mega-talented.