Category Blues

ASK YO’ MAMA- GROOVALOTTO’S

Members of this band “Two Wampanog and one Choctaw (from Louisana) ” they tell us on the tracks labeled WBAR that include short radio skits done with humor. Its “Phunkee” its “Soul” its “Blues” and can be heard live on the Traditional Wampanog Territory in various Cultural Centers and social gatherings. This debut album is […]

Honey Island Swamp Band

Described as “Bayou Americana” with organ, mandolin, horns, upbeat and sweet. Play!

Soul Scratch–Pushing Fire

So. Calif. soul band, horns forward, male lead singer. Play!

Elivin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio

As the title suggests, these are fun, humorous pieces, a mix of covers originals, apt for today’s political climate. Play!

Mark Porkchop Holder–Let It Slide

Slide guitar, rockin’ blues, mostly originals, two covers. Play!

Devon Allman–Ride or Die

Guitarist/vocalist Allman (son of Gregg) with a mix of Southern Rock/Blues. Play!

Shemekia Copeland–Outskirts of Love

Great mix of tunes–roots rock blues and Americana! Play!

Moreland & Arbuckle–Promised Land or Bust

Excellent gritty blues and roots rock! Play!

The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials

Chicago blues and rockin’ slide guitar. Play!

Hazmat Modine–Extra Deluxe Supreme

Roots music influenced by gospel, R & B, country blues, jazz and elements from world folk.

Water Is Life II- various artists

Continuing support for the Oceti Sakowin this CD is another compilation from 17  indigenous artists produced by Native American Music Awards (.com)  Some of this year’s winners are included Mackenzies Raid, Best Historical and We are All Connected by Sue Straw, best spoken word and Woman of Heart won an award for best traditional.  supporting […]

Curtis Salgado–The Beautiful Lowdown

Quite a varied mix of blues tunes including reggae, honky tonk, country, hard rockin’ and soft. Play!

Blind Willie Johnson–the Songs of…

A varied mix of artists covering classic blues songs by Johnson. Lucinda Williams excellent!

Kapali Long–The Different EP

Excellent folk/blues by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Long, a Native Hawaiian. Lyrics have depth. Play!

Toronzo Cannon–The Chicago Way

Rocking Chicago Blues both witty, and sad. Play!

Cuicani – Now & Then (Bantu)

Two CDs with songs from 3 recording sessions from this five-member band from LA. CD1 (Then) is earlier material with classic reggae, dancehall, & cumbia, while CD2 (Now) includes folk, soul, blues, & pop.

Youth–Music from the Motion Picture

A mix of genres, classical, avant, R & B, by varied composers including David Lang, David Byrne, Mark Kozelek, Stravinsky…

Lloyd Jones–Doin’ What It Takes

New Orleans style blues from this singer/guitarist from Oregon. Mostly originals, a few covers. Play!

The Suspects–Buzzin’ All Night Long

Central Vermont-based band covering classics from the Chicago blues of the 60’s & 70’s. Play!

Myhrens Dam–60 Days of Passion

Norwegian harp bluesman Rune Myhrens composes his own and covers other classics, honky tonk, and slow blues. Nice!

Lucky Peterson “Live in Marciac 2014”

Guitarist, singer and organist, Lucky Peterson is one of the most authentic blues custodians. He is well versed in its traditions and history. This live recording featuring fourteen tracks includes a mix of originals and cover songs paying tribute to artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wilson Pickett and Chuck Berry. Track 5 is a nice […]

Devon– “Love & Haight”

Devon “Love & Haight”   Label: Phoshphorylative Entertainment Group This album by Devon starts off rocking and begins to suck you in into what you believe may very well be a good album, but unfortunately, the album slows after the first two tracks and turns into contemporary, blah blues. Almost every song is about love and romance, […]

LEON BRIDGES // COMING HOME (COLUMBIA RECORDS)

Smooth, sultry soul music reminiscent of Van Morrison meets Pops Staples meets Taj Mahal meets pieces of The Band’s repertoire.  Some tunes are swingin’ (#6 + #9) with horns, some are soulful doo-wop (#5) and others are more traditional in their soul/R&B vibes.  Track 10 is a spacious acoustic+tambourine arrangement highlighting Leon’s vocals nicely with backing […]

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers

LA-based Piazza has been around as a local band for several decades at least. Here is a mix of covers and originals, harmonica front, with horns, piano. Vocals thinnish.

POPS STAPLES // DON’T LOSE THIS (ANTI-)

Posthumous release of tunes recorded over a decade ago, the style of Pops–the patriarch of the Staples Singers–is unmistakable.  Vocals described as powdery and soulful is just about right.  Bluesy, twangy guitar, female backup singers (with help from Mavis Staples), and clean blues drum riffs.  Produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Play: 1, 3, 4, 5, […]