Category Blues

Sarah King – Nightstand (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest track from this Vermont blues artist is a dark, smoky murder ballad led by distorted keys and crunchy guitars, topped off with Sarah’s powerful and convincingly sinister vocals. Truly “music to bury a body by.” FCC: Clean RIYL: Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, Kat Wright, Beth Hart

JABBAWOKI – SOMETHING’S COOKIN’ [WABBAJOKI RECORDS]

Get on the dance floor! Jabbawoki’s latest will have you jamming to funky guitar riffs and punctuated drums. Play! But watch out for FCC tracks… FCC: 3, 4, 5, 7 TRY: 2, RIYL: Frankie, Bedroom High Club, Sounds Like A Storm

MESTIZO BEAT – CANOGA MADNESS [CALIFORNIA SOUL]

Jump right into the soundtrack for an early 70s spy movie that will have you busting out both your salsa steps and your soul train moves. Mestizo Beat brings funk and groove with Nigerian, Ethiopian, and Cuban influence. Play, play, play! FCC: 3 TRY: 1, 4, 7 RIYL: Diggin’ Dirt, Black Market Brass, Jungle Fire

Reid Parsons – Alone [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The latest release from Vermont native Reid Parsons is a slice of smooth, soulful blues, subtle and understated to its benefit, with pristine guitar leads and vocal harmonies.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Grace Potter, Marcus King, Warren Haynes, Sarah King

BETTE SMITH – I FELT IT TOO (SINGLE) [RUF]

A raucous rock and soul romp from the incomparable Bette Smith! Listeners will recognize gospel roots among the wailing saxophones and group vocals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Kirk Fletcher, Nikki Hill, Flamingo Tours

DIRTY STREETS – ROUGH AND TUMBLE [ALIVE NATURALSOUND]

Some perfectly mediocre rock and roll from Dirty Streets. Full of classic rock sounds, wailing slide guitar, and featuring a cover of Joe South’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.” Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 3, 10 RIYL: KING MUD, Zachary Kibbee, Black River Delta, La Chinga

DANIELLE PONDER & KARATE BOOGALOO – LOOK AROUND (SINGLE) [HOPESTREET RECORDINGS]

Ponder’s vocals are the smoothest you’ll ever hear as they flow like molasses around lyrics about the state of our world today. Originally written when wildfires were raging in Australia at the beginning of 2020, the lyrics have only become more pertinent as the year has gone on. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Harri Endersby, Lex […]

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