Category: CD Review

Sugaray Rayford

Sugaray Rayford - Somebody Save Me - Forty Below Records

Somebody Save Me Forty Below Records By Randy Murphy With a voice that swings with ease between delicate and muscular and a stage presence even God envies, Sugaray Rayford is the consummate entertainer. In his live shows, Rayford burns through

Patrick Stilwell

Patrick Stilwell - Tales From The Riverside

Tales From The Riverside Self Released By Greg Johnson This is one of those albums that you like more after every play. Exceptional songwriting and performances that blend well together make for a winning formula, and Patrick Stilwell knows how

Mary Flower

Mary Flower

Livin’ With The Blues Again Little Village Foundation By Greg Johnson When it comes to the world of acoustic guitarists, Mary Flower is a treasure who stands tall among her peers. Whether it is performing the blues, ragtime, folk, or

The Lloyd Jones Struggle – Full Force (Self Released)

The Lloyd Jones Struggle - Full Force

Full Force Self Released By Greg Johnson While going through some items at home, Lloyd Jones unearthed a long forgotten cassette of a live show recorded back in 1995 at The Emperor’s Chambers. Though the sound on the tape had

James Clem – Stuff You Gotta Watch – Dusty Dust Records

Stuff You Gotta Watch - Dusty Dust Records

Stuff You Gotta Watch Dusty Dust Records By Greg Johnson James Clem has a unique delivery that is always exciting and fun whether fingerpicking or performing on slide guitar or ukulele. On his latest release, Stuff You Gotta Watch, he

Julie Amici and Dean Mueller

I Loved You So Self Released By: Missi Hasting Baker I Loved You So is a charming (and welcome) foray into country blues by Portland-based duo Julie Amici and Dean Mueller.  The collection represents gorgeous collaborative songwriting by a couple

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher - Blues

Blues Chess / UMC Review by Greg Johnson Celebrating what would have been the fiftieth anniversary of the start of his solo career, Blues, the latest release from the archives of Rory Gallagher is a treasure trove of amazing guitar

Jimmie Vaughan

Jimmie Vaughan - Baby, Please Come Home - Last Music Company

Baby, Please Come Home Last Music Company Review by Greg Johnson Anyone who thinks that blues guitar, or any guitar playing for that matter, needs to be fueled by speed and flash, should take a lesson directly from Jimmie Vaughan.

Harpdog Brown

Harpdog Brown - For Love & Money

For Love & Money Dog House Records Review by Greg Johnson Harpdog Brown takes us on an enjoyable romp that brings back thoughts of the nostalgic rhythm & blues tracks of the 50s and 60s. There is a lot of

Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings

Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings - The Lost Sessions

The Lost Sessions E Natchel Records Review by Greg Johnson I was talking with guitarist Tom Holland during sound check at the 2014 Blues Music Awards when Elvin Bishop walked up to me. Pointing at Holland he said, “You know