Category Blues

Giovanina Bucci – Go Easy (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Burlington blues artist Giovanina Bucci’s latest single, from her upcoming album “Storytellers,” is a romantic number featuring a rustic instrumental – upright bass, dusty drums and excellent piano – over which Bucci’s sharp guitar leads and vocals nestle nicely. This is a subtly masterful performance, played with passion but not overblown. FCC: Clean RIYL: Susan […]

BOOGIE BEASTS – BRING IT ON (SINGLE) [NAKED RECORDS]

Fresh electric delta blues all the way from Belgium! Sexy slide guitar, wailing harmonica, and more await you on this track. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: The Dynamite Blues Band, The Goon Mat, The Damned and Dirty

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD – LIVING IN A BURNING HOUSE [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Absolutely electric blues from Selwyn Birchwood! Some songs feature accents of horns and some organ, others feature boogie woogie basslines you won’t be able to keep yourself from grooving along to. So much good stuff on this record- give it a spin! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 11 RIYL: Mike Zito, Anthony Gomes, Curtis Salgado

KERRY KEARNY – TALES FROM THE PSYCHEDELTA [HIGHLANDER RECORDS]

Biiiig slide guitar from Kerry Kearny on this classic blues album. Kearny enthralls with the sounds of the delta, plenty of storytelling lyrics, and a voice that sounds like a bucket full of rusty nails (as it should). There’s even a little bit of organ, as a treat. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, 5, 9 […]

Sarah King – The Hour (Self-released) [LOCAL]

VT-based singer-songwriter Sarah King’s brand of “dark Americana” is perfectly exemplified on this new EP, her first release as a solo artist. Twangy Western guitars and sparse, echoey arrangements perfectly complement King’s smoky voice as she delivers sinister lyrics that strike a perfectly macabre and emotional tone.  Track Picks: 2, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: […]

Sarah King – Not Worth the Whisky (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Booze, betrayal and murder are blues tropes for a reason, and VT singer-songwriter Sarah King’s latest single (from upcoming EP “The Hour”) combines the three with her usual lyrical skills and a sparse, echoey arrangement. FCC: Clean RIYL: Susan Tedeschi, Beth Hart, Warren Haynes

OBERON ROSE – HOLOGRAPHIC BLUES [THOUART]

Dynamic and moving, the latest from Oberon Rose features jumping rock with fantastic riffs and vocal harmonies reminiscent of 60s rock. There’s a mood for everyone on this album, from the Roadhouse of Twin Peaks to a mosh pit, even some more Americana-esque heavy piano and acoustic guitar. Worth every moment- give it a play! […]

THE BLUESBONES – LIVE ON STAGE [DONOR PRODUCTIONS]

Who knew the blues scene in Belgium was so electric? At times spooky and at times comical, The Bluesbones bring explosive blues rock that, although it may not be superb lyrically, features fantastic musicianship and heart. The organist plays with gusto and is the heart and soul of the whole outfit. Give it a listen! […]

GA-20 – SIT DOWN BABY (SINGLE) [KARMA CHIEF RECORDS]

A basic blues song from Boston-based GA-20. Enjoy the strolling baseline and shuffling drums. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Blues and Rock & Roll of the 50s and 60s

CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM – GHOST FROM CHRISTMAS PAST (SINGLE) [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

A blues-infused christmas song from Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, 21-year-old guitarist from Clarksdale, Mississippi, who sings and plays like an old soul. Lots to enjoy, even after the holidays! FCC: Clean RIYL: Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Southern Avenue

MOJO MORGANFIELD – IT’S GOOD TO BE KING (SINGLE) [DELMARK RECORDS]

A classic blues track with grinding slide guitar from the youngest son of the legendary Muddy Waters. Enjoy squeaky harmonicas, grumbly vocals, and a piano that holds the beat down. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Muddy Waters, Nora Jean Wallace, Andy Watts

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – UNCIVIL WAR [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Shemekia Copeland hits it out of the park with her newest album after releasing her single “Uncivil War.” Copeland’s vocals are excellent and enable the strong blues sensibilities of her music. She sings anthems, love songs, and ballads for the broken heart. Listeners are even treated to a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Under My […]

SONNY GREEN – FOUND! ONE SOUL SINGER [LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION]

Sonny Green covers some classic soul songs while also bringing in some original tunes on his latest album. Horns abound to keep the groove going, and Green’s slow vibrato voice soars above it all. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 5, 10 RIYL: Nora Jean Wallace, Johnny Iguana, Peter Parcek

BETTE SMITH – THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BETTE [RUF RECORDS]

Bette is back with a force on her latest album! A master of ballads and upbeat tracks alike, Smith wows with her unique, rock-and-soul vocal stylings. Backed by a fantastic band, Bette truly tears it up. Listen all the way through and play, play, play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 4, 7 RIYL: Kat Riggins, Chuck […]

ENRIQUE NICOLAS NOVIELLO – THE GREAT HUNGER [SWITCHSTANCE]

Enrique Nicolas Noviello leads us on a musical journey through jazz clubs and rap cyphers alike. Each song is completely unique and tells a story of its own, but Noviello’s creativity and firm grasp on rhythm are evident throughout (though he does lack a formal musical education). Influences of jazz, hip hip, and blues meld […]

YOU AIN’T UNLUCKY – VERONICA LEWIS (SINGLE) [SELF RELEASED]

A rollicking single from Veronica Lewis that will have you tapping your toes from beginning to end. Dancing piano and sweet vocals abound, accented by choice horns. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: James Hunter

RAY CASHMAN – PALMETTO & PINE [SELF RELEASED]

A solid album of blues rock from Texas native Ray Cashman. Give it a listen! FCC: None TRY: 3, 11 RIYL: Meantooth Grin, Kirsten Thien, The Damned and Dirty

ELVIN BISHOP AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE – 100 YEARS OF BLUES [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Two legends whose careers added together span more than 100 years come together with growly baritones and seasoned harmonica to play you the genuine, rootsy blues. Both have played with blues icons such as John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, and many, many more. Lots of classic sounds for anyone who’s been a blues fan since […]

PETER PARCEK – MISSISSIPPI SUITCASE [SELF RELEASED]

Got the blues? Commiserate with Peter Parcek with this tango of blues. Featuring rusty guitar on some short tracks and some longer jams. Watch for the Beatles cover on track 7, but otherwise play! FCC: Clean TRY: 5, 6, 9 RIYL: JW-Jones, The Smoke Wagon Blues Band, Kirsten Thien, Lloyd Jones

OLIVER WOOD – SOUL OF THIS TOWN (SINGLE) [HONEY JAR RECORDS]

An absolutely stunning single from Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers. Honeyed horns hum in the background while Wood’s vocals spin a soulful yarn, sometimes accompanied by sweet harmonies. Beautiful, melancholy, thoughtful, and a real treat for the ears. Play, play, play! FCC: Clean RIYL: The Wood Brothers, King Johnson, Phil Cook, Cordovas

JOHNNY IGUANA – JOHNNY IGUANA’S CHICAGO SPECTACULAR [DELMARK RECORDS]

Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular features a variety of seasoned blues musicians combining in a magnificent compilation of classic blues sounds. Some tracks feature a New Orleans twist, others a boogie woogie bounce. Some are instrumental, others feature gravelly blues vocals complimented by wailing guitars. Get reading for a foot-stomping good time. Play! FCC: None TRY: […]

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

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

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