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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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
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
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 […]
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
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
Politics, love, hardships, by a master Chicago bluesman. Play!
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
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 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: […]
Montoya’s newest album Coming in Hot features 11 songs that range from a hard rock and heavy blues track to more emotional ballad- based experiences. Produced by Tony Braunagel the album is one to check out and add to any playlist to add a bit of soul and heat. Label: Alligator Records. FCC: clean Play: 1, 3, […]
Bobby Rush is back with his 26th studio album and he is not here to disappoint. He won his first Grammy in 2017 and is still breaking through the mainstream with his more traditional blues approach to music. Play any song in a blues or rock set. Label: Deep Rush Records. FCC: clean. Play: any
From Promoter: “Montreal blues artist Angel Forrest is a 2018 Memphis International Blues Challenge Finalist and has been named Female Vocalist of the Year 2013-2018 by the Toronto Blues Society.” Her 10th studio album, Hell Bent with Grace features rock, blues, and country. Her raw vocals and shredding guitar make her a fun addition to any […]