Category Blues


With a heavy dose of country twang and sweet three-part harmonies, Bart Budwig captures the blues with this album containing acoustic, broken-hearted ballads and more rock-infused tunes. Enjoy electric guitar solos and some raspy vocals on this album. It’s a good rainy day listen. TRY: 1,3,4 FCC: Clean RIYL: An American Forrest, Jeffrey Martin, The […]


Cliff Beach creates new age Rhythm and Blues turned Funk with his signature keyboard sound in this new single from California Soul Music. The track features a shouted chorus, a sweet saxophone solo, and is punctuated throughout by horns. Enter Honey Larochelle’s raw vocals and you’ve got a summertime hit that would go well with […]


Izo Fitzroy’s single sounds reminiscent of Stevie Wonder and classic Motown at times, with a piano hook, a groovy, walking bassline, and, of course, a soulful horn section. Fitzroy combines old and new to create a danceable track complimented by her strikingly beautiful alto voice. If you like a key change into a bridge, this […]

James Hunter Six – Change Your Mind (Single)

James Hunter, known for his Motown sound and voice full of soul, keeps the 60s sound coming with his newest single, “Change Your Mind.” Featuring harmonious background vocals, funky percussion, and a bold and beautiful horn section all tied together by a solid bassline, this song will leaves you no choice but to dance the […]

Second Hand Mojo – After Midnight

In their first EP, Detroit-based band Second Hand Mojo brings the classic rock sound back into the limelight. The album features raspy vocals, strong lead guitars, and everything from rock and roll anthems to bluesy ballads, and even a few slower, acoustic songs for when you need a good cry. Play! TRY: 1, 2, 4 […]

Kingfish Ingram – Empty Promises (Single)

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram honors the classic, melancholy blues groove while adding in a more modern touch with his latest single “Empty Promises.” The ballad features heartbroken vocals and powerful guitar with the echoes of a horn section that add depth to the chorus. The song is full of soul- play if you’re feeling the blues […]

Sarah King and the Guilty Henchmen – What Happened Last Night [Self-released] (LOCAL)

VT-based blues artist Sarah King turns out a particularly smooth and soulful set of ballads on this album, with detours into harder, funkier material on the title track and “The Gun.” Track picks: 1, 4, 5, 6, 11 FCC: Clean  RIYL: Erin and the Wildfire, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Marcus King

Marcus King – The Well (Single)

Label: Fantasy Records  FCC: none  23-year-old Marcus King is currently finishing up a tour with Chris Stapleton and working on a solo album titled El Dorado, which will be released January 17th. The Well is a single off of the album and is a great first taste of what is to come. The Well is a mix of blues and rock […]

The Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions

Label: Fantasy Records  FCC: none  Play: all The Marcus King Band’s album Carolina Confessions is a beautiful blues rock blend. Marcus King’s vocals are raw and soulful which complement the deep and passionate lyrics. The entire album is fantastic, and each song is different in so many ways. Homesick has a sick guitar solo at the end […]

Doug Shorts – Casual Encounter EP

Label: Daptone Records  Play: 1, 2, 5  FCC: Clean This album is a wonderful combination of blues, soul, and R&B. Get with the Program is a funky start to this album. Play any song for a great set. 

The King Dukes – Numb Tongue

Label: Little Paradise Records  Play: all FCC: clean From promoter: “Bristol Soul Rebels The King Dukes newest album has a track for every mood, whether you want to move your feet or turn back the sands of time and reminisce about times that once were. The quality of the record and the prestige of the […]

Charlie Parr – Charlie Parr

Label: Red House Records FCC: Clean Play: 5, 7, 10, 11 RIYL: Pokey LaFarge, Townes Van Zandt, Trampled By Turtles, Shovels & Rope, Old Crow Medicine Show This Charlie Parr album evokes a sense of nostalgia that makes the perfect addition to a softer playlist. Parr’s vocals evoke a blues country sound and the twangy […]

Bossacucuanova – ‘Bossa Got the Blues

Bossacucanova & Roberto Menescal – Bossa Got the Blues  Label: Six Degrees  Play: 1, 6, 9  FCC: Clean  Bossacucanova is back with their seventh studio album. Really great sound. Full instrumentals and a great addition to any playlist. Track seven is a personal favorite. Very cool jam band/blues influences. 

Cliff Beach – Live at Namm

Cliff Beach – Live at Namm Label: California Soul Music FCC: clean  Play: 1, 2, 5 Rising Nu- Funk artist Cliff Beach dropped his live session at NAMM. The album is full of blues, soul, and funk. Add to any rock/blues playlist for a great sound and rocking set.

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations – 50 Foot Woman

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations  Label: Record Kicks  Play: 1, 2 FCC: 4  Hannah Williams & The Affirmations put out an album that features a blues/soul/R&B sound that is addictive to say the least. The upbeat, passionate sound of Hannah Williams voice gives a certain depth that is a necessary for any playlist. Play play […]

Marc Benevento – Let It Slide

Label: Royal Potato Family  FCC: clean  Play: all  RIYL: Dr. Dog This album is one that you do not want to turn off. Let It Slide has blues, rock, soul, and funkadelic features. It reminds me a lot of a Dr. Dog album combined with some more blues and electric roots. Play any song to fit into […]

Catfish Keith – Catfish Crawl

Country blues with a mix of soul. Great addition to any playlist. Catfish Keith finds a way to draw the listener in with twangy guitar sounds and fun vocal tracks. Label: Fish Tail Records FCC: clean Play: any

The Nick Moss Band – Lucky Guy!

Lucky Guy! is a bluesy mix of Louisiana swamp pop, West Coast blues, New Orleans funk and rock and roll. This album is a fun mix of old school blues and the flavors of newer blues and soul. Play play play! Label: Alligator Records FCC: clean Play: any

The Cash Box Kings – Hail to the Kings!

From promoter: “After the tremendous critical and popular response to The Cash Box Kings’ 2017 Alligator Records debut, Royal Mint, the band returns with Hail To The Kings! their tenth career release. Recorded in Chicago and produced by Nosek, the album features 13 songs, including 11 originals written or co-written by Nosek and Wilson.” This album is old school blues and is a […]

Security Project – Slowburn

From promoter: “Members of King Crimson, Shriek Back and Peter Gabriel’s original band bring these genre – less masterpieces into the 21st century. ” Play for a cool set! FCC: clean Play: 1, 4, 5 Label: 7d Media

Rick Estrin & The Night Cats – Contemporary

From promoter: “Award-winning San Francisco Bay-area blues band Rick Estrin and The Nightcats released their fifth Alligator Records album, Contemporary, on Friday, September 20, 2019.” Contemporary explores new sounds while incorporating a traditional blues styling. FCC: clean Label: Alligator Records Play: 1, 2, 10

Toronzo Cannon & the Chicago Way–The Preacher, The Politician or the Pimp

Politics, love, hardships, by a master Chicago bluesman. Play!

Lonesome Shack – Desert dreams

From promoter: “With a sound that is raw, expressive, and strange, Lonesome Shack’s music is part hill country blues, part urban folk rock, and owes as much to Alan Wilson’s Canned Heat as it does to Junior Kimbrough.” Play! Label: Alive Naturalsound FCC: clean Play: 3, 5, 8 RIYL: Dr. Dog, Black River Delta

Left lane cruiser – Shake and Bake

Based in blues and classic rock, Left Lane Cruiser moved away from their roots on this album and incorporated sounds from the likes of James Brown, Funkadelic, and more soul artists. This album combines soul and blues in a way that is addictive to say the least. Add to any playlist for some heat. Label: […]

GA – 20 – Lonely Soul

GA-20 led by Matthew Stubbs is a Boston band who is an emerging band in the blues scene. Their album Lonely Soul combines a beautiful mix of blues, soul, and rock and roll. They bring a nostalgic sound with the soul of the 50’s and 60’s. Play play play for a rocking set! Label: Karma Chief Records FCC: […]