Category: CD Review

Various Artists – 50 Years of Como Ms. Blues

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 …

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Band of Heysek, featuring R.L. Boyce & Kenny Brown

Juke My Joint Indies Scope  If you want to feel the rain, you come to the Northwest. If you want to feel the blues, you go to Mississippi.  Which is exactly what this rough-cut band from Brno, Czech Republic, has …

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Duffy Bishop I’m Gonna Do What I Want!

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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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” …

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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 …

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Little Albert

Swamp King Aural Music Little Albert is a side project for Italian heavy-doom-metal guitarist Alberto Piccolo that stands apart from his band Messa. Piccolo has always held a fascination for the blues, and before you start pointing out his metal …

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Jimmy Johnson

Every Day Of Your Life Delmark Records “Every Day of Your Life” is Blues Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Johnson’s first recording for the Chicago-based blues label Delmark in forty years, and it’s actually his first in the past ten …

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Jesse Mae Hemphill

Run Get My Shotgun Big Legal Mess Records I’m a sucker for the Mississippi Hill Country Blues of R. L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Fred McDowell, Ranie Burnette, and of course, Jessie Mae Hemphill. This particular genre of  blues possesses an …

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