Category: CD Review

Christone Ingram

“Kingfish” Alligator Records      By Randy Murphy Is it fair to burden a mere lad of twenty with the suggestion that he already belongs on the short list of great blues guitarists? Probably, but whether it is or isn’t, …

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Johnny Burgin

Live Delmark Records By Greg Johnson Johnny Burgin was well-established as a premier guitarist on the Chicago blues scene before he decided to relocate to the West Coast, first to the Bay Area and now in Portland. He built his …

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Janiva Magness – Change In The Weather – Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty (Blue Elan Records)

Change In The Weather – Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty Blue Elan Records By Greg Johnson It is not too unusual to see musicians honoring those they appreciate or respect with recordings of music that crosses genres. It doesn’t always …

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Various Artists – Battle of the Blues Chicago vs Oakland

Various Artists – Battle of the Blues Chicago vs Oakland Delta Roots Records By Greg Johnson During the twentieth century, African Americans undertook a Great Migration from the Southern states to other areas of the nation to search for more …

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Melody Guy – Dry The Rivers – MFG Records

By Jamey Winchester “What kind of music do you play?” Native Oregon Singer and Songwriter Melody Guy fields that question often, and her new album, Dry the Rivers, answers that question nicely: “American music.” Very seldom do I experience a …

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Kathryn Grimm

Blues Tools Self Released By Greg Johnson Kathryn Grimm has put together a smart collection of twelve songs that exhibit directly her talents as a songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist. Everything comes across sensationally. Whether singing light-hearted about how “You Make …

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The Cash Box Kings

Hail To The Kings! Alligator Records By Greg Johnson Over the course of two decades, The Cash Box Kings have consistently shown that they’re one of the premier Chicago-based blues bands. Craftily blending social issues with humor, they produce music …

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Sugaray Rayford

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 …

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Patrick Stilwell

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 …

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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 …

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