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2020 Performance Venue Project

2020 Performance Venue Project Help a Musician – Give a Kid a Smile https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/2020-performance-venue-project The shutdown of businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected musicians and venues particularly hard. As we re-open the economy we can see independent music venues struggling; some are trying to balance physical spacing and capacity limits and some are no […]

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Various Artists – 50 Years of Como Ms. Blues

Various Artists 50 Years of Como Ms. Blues Wolf Records International  by John Taylor Wolf Records International recent compilation album, “50 Years of Como MS Blues,” serves as an excellent primer for anyone who’s interested in learning more about the foundations of North Mississippi Hill Country Blues that flourishes in The Magnolia State. Its nineteen cuts […]

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2020 Blues Music Awards

2020 Blues Music Awards For the first time in its 41-year history, the Blues Music Awards was unable to celebrate with its huge extravaganza as they have done for so many years. The pandemic may have shut down the in-person event, but The Blues Foundation found the means to recognize this year’s achievements in high […]

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New Music Releases June 2020

New Music Releases June 2020 There is so much good music out there. To help sort through it, we recommend starting here.   Bai Kamara Jr – Salone (Moosicus/MIG Music)  Band Of Heysek – Juke My Joint (Indies Scope)  Blind Lemon Pledge – Going Home (OFEH)  David Bromberg – Big Road (Red House)  Don Bryant – You Make Me […]

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Duffy Bishop

I’m Gonna Do What I Want! ‘Lil Spinner Records  “I’m Gonna Do What I Want!” Is not only Duffy Bishop’s first album since relocating to Florida, it’s her first recording in five years. But it is everything that you’d expect, and maybe even more. Her whole personality comes out in every number. It’s fun, it’s whimsical and it’s pure […]

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Franck L. Goldwasser

Sweet Little Black Spider and Other Songs From the Trenches of the Blues  SlimByrd Records  by Greg Johnson There’s a lot of history behind Franck Goldwasser’s tenure as a blues musician. From his arrival in Oakland from Paris, he has proven his craft as more than just another guitar player noodling around with the blues. No, that is […]

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Robert Cray That’s What I Heard

That’s What I Heard Nozzle Records/Thirty Tigers  In tough times, a familiar face can be comforting. And the timing couldn’t be much better to see Robert Cray come back with some new music. The ageless Northwest icon and five-time Grammy winner’s latest, That’s What I Heard, came out at the end of February, just as […]

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Rory Gallagher

Check Shirt Wizard – Live In ‘77 Universal Music Operations  “Check Shirt Wizard” – Live In ’77 is a two-disc compilation from four Rory Gallagher shows in England during the 1977 tour celebrating the then-current release of the “Calling Card” album. Twenty tracks, many from “Calling Card” as well as his previous release, “Against The […]

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The Proven Ones

You Ain’t Done Gulf Coast Records  “You Ain’t Done” is the second recording by today’s freshest and one of the best blues-rock supergroups, The Proven Ones. Falling in the paths recently paved by acts like Southern Hospitality and Royal Southern Brotherhood, the combination of highly recognized musicians teaming together blends the individual expertise of each […]