Category: CD Review

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

Mick Kolassa & Mark Telesca

Mick Kolassa & Mark Telesca

You Can’t Do That! Acoustic Beatles Blues Swingsuit Records The music of the first British Invasion had a very distinct background based on influence from American blues and popular artists of the time. This is true with most of the

Karen Lovely

Karen Lovely

Fish Outta Water Self Produced Karen Lovely’s latest release, Fish Outta Water, again showcases the vocalist blowing down the doors with her immense singing strength. This disc is modern blues played correctly as Lovely blends various approaches to Americana music

Paul deLay Band

Paul deLay Band

Live At Notodden ‘97 Little Village Foundation Ten years since his passing and twenty since this recording was made at the renowned Notodden Blues Festival in Norway, hearing the voice and harmonica of Paul deLay was like hearing a long

Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod

Break The Chain Reference Recordings The title song “Break The Chain” is the most personal song that Doug Macleod has written to date. Dealing with the subject of abuse, it is something that Doug claims he experienced growing up and