Tag Archives: Blues

GA-20 – Crackdown (Karma Chief Records)

Boston blues band GA-20 have come out with their new album Crackdown. A crushed production approach gives this Chicago Blues release a definite blues-rock sound, a real nostalgic-feeling drive. Fairweather Friend starts this off with a modern Black Keys-eque sound, whereas Easy On the Eyes, Be My Lonesome and, I Let Someone In, amongst others, pull […]

Toronzo Cannon & the Chicago Way–The Preacher, The Politician or the Pimp

Politics, love, hardships, by a master Chicago bluesman. Play!

Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues–Roots and Branches

Songs of Little Walter or pieces he made hits–funk, blues, soul + nice harmonica!

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers–Killing’ It Live

Rocking Roots Rock with some excellent guitar, originals and covers. Play!

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

This young man deserves to go far–excellent songs, playing, and passion–finger picking to hard rocking. Play, play, play!

Shemekia Copeland–America’s Child

A broad mix of styles, good stories, sung well, including politics, history and love. Play!

The James Bolden Blues Band–No News “Jus” the Blues

Big band sound with horns, organ, electric guitar, mostly tunes by Bolden and his band, different styles. Play!

Fiona Boyes–Box & Dice

All originals, smokey vocals and excellent slide guitar! Play!

Hyde and Seek

Harpist and frontman Neil Barnes and Hyde and Seek do a  nice mix of covers and originals, a mix of blues styles, too.

The Mark Cameron Band–Live! at Blues on the Chippewa

Mostly originals, one cover, nice harp, slide and electric guitar. Play!

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers–Stompin’ Ground

Mix of covers and originals, rocking to slow, some soul. Play!

Doug MacLeod–Brand New Eyes

2011 release of this great finger pickin’ story teller, wit, intelligence and sincerity. Play!

Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy

2006 release of originals, covers all in strong vocals and nice mix of instrumental styles. Play!

Diunna Greenleaf–Trying to Hold On

Released in 2011, originals from a strong  vocalist and good mix of musical styles. Play!

The Lucky Losers–Winning Hand

Excellent female vocals–Lemon’s songs very good–mix of blues and Americana.

The Lucky Losers–In Any Town

San Francisco based duo performing mostly their own compositions of R & B, American with electric guitar  and blues. Play!

Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy Band

Strong vocals, excellent band and nice mix of traditionals and covers of classics.

Steve Gilbert–Hempstead Highway

Some good covers and mostly originals. Nice guitar! Play!

Rick Estrin & the nightcats

Blues harmonica, fun lyrics, roots rock and blues. Play!

Selwyn Birchwood–Pick Your Poison

A mix of electric and acoustic slide guitar, some horns for a bit of soul. Play!

Mike Zito and the Wheel–Keep Coming Back

A mix of hard blues with acoustic, some tunes more pop than blues.

Catfish Keith–Mississippi River Blues

Excellent finger picking of slide acoustic guitar, blues, gospel, roots. Play!

Ranky Tanky

Traditional yet modern Gullah songs with jazz elements. Play!

Royal Southern Brotherhood–Don’t Look Back

A mix of hard and soft blues, some soul, bongos and banjo! Play!

The Cash Box Kings–Royal Mint

Mix of 40’s and 50’s style Chicago Blues, slow or honky tonk, swing. Play! Track 4 sounds like it promotes racism–not sure if it’s supposed to be sarcastic or not…