Category Blues

CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM – ROCK & ROLL (SINGLE) [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

A heart-wrenching new single from accomplished young guitarist, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. The song is a tribute to Ingram’s mother, who passed away in 2019, and worked her whole life to give Ingram all the opportunities he deserved. Through soulful vocals and smooth guitar, tears will soon flow from any listener. PLAY! FCC: Clean RIYL: Buddy […]

GABE STILLMAN – SHAME SHAME FT. THE NIGHTHAWKS (SINGLE) [SELF-RELEASED]

A fresh blues track from Gabe Stillman, accompanied by the Nighthawks. Sharp harmonica, soulful guitar, and an old-fashioned groove. You won’t feel any shame for giving this one a spin. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Ben Rice, Mick Clarke, Roomful of Blues

PAULA BOGGS BAND – A FINER THREAD (SINGLE) [SELF RELEASED]

A new single from the Paula Boggs band that blends jazz, bluegrass, Americana, and world music. A unique and gritty sound from some incredibly talented musicians. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Paula Boggs

JOSIAH JOHNSON – NOBODY KNOWS (SINGLE) [ANTI-]

Former and founding member of The Head and the Heart Josiah Johnson makes his solo debut with his newest single, Nobody Knows, a folksy tune about introspection and learning how to take responsibility for oneself. The song is personal and beautiful. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Planes on Paper, Christian Lee Hutson, Clem Snide

CLIFF BEACH – PENNY CANDY (FEAT. MESTIZO BEAT) (SINGLE) [F-SPOT/CALIFORNIA SOUL]

You’ll have your funk face on while listening to this new single from ever-groovy Cliff Beach featuring Mestizo Beat. Absolutely delicious Nu-funk. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: The Soul Motivators, Soul Scratch, The Aquaducks

THE ALLERGIES – GET YOURSELF SOME (SINGLE) [JALAPENO]

An infectious new single from Bristol-based duo The Allergies. This song will have you movin’ and groovin’ any time of day. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Dr. Rubberfunk, Smoove, Fort Knox Five

MOUNTAIN TIME – MUSIC FOR LOOKING ANIMALS [SPARTAN]

A beautiful album of new age folk fueled by horns, strings, and backup vocals. Mountain Time’s complex lyrics ask us the big questions about life. You’ll hear the influence of 60s and 70s sounds, such as those of Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan. Layered vocals, complex rhythms, and gorgeous guitar make for a […]

GLEN HANSARD – COLD COMFORT (SINGLE) [ANTI-]

A gorgeous new single from Glen Hansard, created during his time in quarantine. Hansard himself says it best when he says, “All a song wants is to be heard. I hope something in this music can be of use to you. I know it has been of great use to me to make it. Beauty […]

JIMMY JOHNSON – EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE [DELMARK RECORDS]

The newest album from a Chicago blues legend who is still making music in his 90s! Enjoy a record of originals and covers, all played and sung to perfection by Mr. Jimmy Johnson. As is his trademark, many styles are represented on the album, including some reggae (check out track #3!). Enjoy top-notch musicianship and […]

JOHNNY BURGIN – NO ORDER BLUES [DELMARK RECORDS]

An album full of classic blues sound, complete with wailing harmonicas and raspy vocals. Burgin made this album as a compilation of some of his favorite players from his tours in Japan. It offers a peek into the Japanese blues scene, and boy is it hopping! Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 5, 8 RIYL: Breezy Rodio, […]

SMOOVE AND TURRELL – STRATOS BLEU [JALAPENO]

You’re in for a major funky treat from Smoove and Turrell on their latest album, Stratos Bleu. Featuring a combination of soul sounds and house music influence, the record is full of driving, danceable beats. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 7, 10 RIYL: Soopasoul, All Good Funk Alliance, Lack of Afro, Flow Dynamics

THE CLAUDETTES – HIGH TIMES IN THE DARK [FORTY BELOW]

The latest release from The Claudettes, self-proclaimed purveyors of “garage cabaret” is a vintage-inspired collection of catchy tunes and heartfelt ballads. The album features seductive vocals and is driven by the sparkly piano playing of Johnny Iguana, who also wrote all songs on the album. Enjoy this combination of blues, jazz, and soul. Play! blues-jazz-soul […]

THE DEVONNS – THE DEVONNS [RECORD KICKS]

An excellent debut album from The Devonns! Hailing from the streets of Chicago, Illinois, The Devonns are heavily influenced by the classic soul sound. This throwback musical journey of an album features a contemporary twist and will have you swaying and bopping your head through each song. All complimented by strong string and horn section […]

LINSEY ALEXANDER – LIVE AT ROSA’S [DELMARK RECORDS]

This summer while you’re out in your driveway washing your car or taking a long ride out to the beach, turn on Linsey Alexander’s newest live album, Live at Rosa’s. Alexander, a legend of the Chicago blues scene and a true professional, has played with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Magic Slim, […]

THE STILL, SMALL VOICE – ROLLER RINK (SINGLE) [KNOW HOPE]

Christina Benton shares childhood memories and life lessons in this new single from her indie-rock project, The Still, Small Voice. Benton’s lyrics are reflective and poetic, accompanied with a melody that fits just right. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Formerly Bodies, Comrades, Valleyheart

HIBBS FAMILY BAND – TEARS IN MISSOURI [SELF-RELEASED]

In their debut album, Hibbs Family Band brings a heartfelt compilation of soothing lullabies and bittersweet memories put to music. Featuring melancholy country vocals, acoustic strings of several sorts, and pure piano, the album truly evokes the feeling of family love. Stick around until the last track for a lively, foot-tapping finish to the alubm. […]

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – UNCIVIL WAR (SINGLE) [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Shemekia Copeland brings an anthem of unity and love with her newest single, which she describes as “not just a song” with a message of “trying to put the ‘united’ back in the United States.” Gorgeous vocals accompanied by a soulful band featuring slide guitar, mandolin, and a sweet B3 organ. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: […]

BROTHER DEGE – THE EARLY MORN (SINGLE) [DEGE LEGG]

This single from Brother Dege brings a strong dose of melancholy blues. Featuring clean slide guitar and sorrowful vocals, this is a track for restless nights. FCC: Clean RIYL: Holman Autry Band, Preacher Stone, Blackberry Smoke

SON LITTLE – ALOHA [ANTI]

Son Little mixes R&B and Soul sounds of the past with Indie sounds of the present to create an unusual combination of musical identities that make for an interesting listening experience. Throughout the whole album, Son Little’s raspy, soulful vocals convey a variety of emotions, complimented by an array of electronic and acoustic instruments. This […]

HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS – HOURGLASS (SINGLE) [RECORD KICKS]

Imagine yourself floating down a river in an innertube. The sun is shining, the water is icy cold, and you’re listening to the new single from Hannah Williams. A solid piece of British soul featuring a harmonious chorus and a steady groove, the track is embellished with Williams’ sweet yet powerful soprano vocals. The song […]

DR. RUBBERFUNK – MY LIFE AT 45 Pt. 4 [JALAPEÑO RECORDS]

Dr. Rubberfunk’s latest 45 blesses listener’s with the medicine of music. Side A, a soul rock jam that alludes to classic blues lyrics and chord progressions, features the sunny funk vocals of John Turrell. “Boom” will have you thinking about the good old days: summer concerts on the lawn before the pandemic hit. Side B, […]

BART BUDWIG – ANOTHER BURN ON THE ASTROTURF

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 (FT. HONEY LAROCHELLE) – SOCK IT TO ME (SINGLE)

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 – BLIND FAITH (SINGLE)

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 […]