Category: CD Review

Sonny Rhodes

Sonny Rhodes

The Essential Sonny Rhodes: Songs & Stories Need To Know Music Clarence Smith, better known to the world as Sonny Rhodes, is part of that long rich line of superior blues guitarists originating from Texas. With a career ranging for

King Louie’s Blues Revue

King Louie’s Blues Revue

Live At Riverhouse Jazz Shoug Records When jazz promoter Marshall Glickman began bringing King Louie’s Blues Revue to Bend for the Jazz at the Oxford series he never felt that the act would become so popular that he’d be booking

Chris Cain

Chris Cain

Chris Cain Little Village Foundation There is little doubt that Chris Cain is one of the most dynamic and inventive guitarists of the past twenty plus years. Why he isn’t mentioned in the first breath of anybody speaking of blues

North Mississippi Allstars

North Mississippi Allstars

Prayer For Peace Songs of the South Records Prayer For Peace finds the North Mississippi Allstars returning with their first new recording since 2013’s World Boogie Is Coming. The brothers Dickinson — Luther and Cody — continue to produce their

Norman Jackson Band

Norman Jackson Band

It’s The Drummer’s Fault! Self produced The Norman Jackson Band were third place winners at the 2016 International Blues Challenge. Hailing from Springfield, Illinois, they are an exciting and energetic group that carries a pedigree deeply rooted in traditional blues

Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish

Chills & Fever Ruf Records Chills & Fever is a game changer for Samantha Fish. This sensational recording is, without doubt, the strongest of her career to date. The song selection is top-notch with a collection of songs that are

Rockin’ Johnny Burgin

Johnny Burgin

Neoprene Fedora West Tone Records After nearly three decades performing in Chicago as one of the city’s best bluesmen, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin made the move to the West Coast, where as he explains in song that “there is more blues

Rae Gordon Band

Rae Gordon Band

Better Than I Was Self Produced With the band’s success at the International Blues Challenge, where Rae Gordon & The Backseat Drivers captured third place overall, the focus of the moment was to come back home and put together a

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Groovin’ In Greaseland Alligator Records Anybody who has listened to Rick Estrin over the past few decades already knows that this man is perhaps the most witty songwriter in the blues. He has a gifted craft for spinning words that

Chicago Slickers – Various Artists

Chicago Slickers

Chicago Slickers Nighthawk Records 102 “Once I had a woman, who treat me nice and kind. But these Chicago slickers make my baby change her mind.” — Guitar Pete Franklin The charm of many blues anthologies lies in the fact