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Walter Trout - The Blues Came Callin’ (Album Review)

There’s nothing like staring death in the eye for inspiration and motivation. Walter Trout intended on celebrating his 25th year as a solo artist with a new album and tour, but instead began a fight for his life and the need of a liver transplant. He perilously went ahead with plans to make a new album, and the result is a collection of fire-breathing confessions and tortured reflection on a life of victories and defeats outlined in 12 kickin’ tracks, titled The Blues Came Callin'.The album…See More
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Jul 5
Hanspeter Eggenberger commented on Rick J Bowen's blog post 'Colleen Rennison - See The Sky about to Rain (Album Review)'
"Thank you, Rick. Just got the album - and I like it."
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Tomás Doncker Band - Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin' Wolf Project (Album Review)

Tribute albums are a popular vehicle for artists in a variety of genres and often feature suburban Caucasians reworking songs of icons from the inner city, Deep South or some other gritty locale. What makes Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin Wolf Project (released July 2014) so special is that it comes from the Brookly- based Tomás Doncker Band -- a group of bonafide inner city musicians who play what they call “Global Soul,” who have studied and been inspired by all the masters, including the…See More
Jun 22
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Duffy Bishop - Find Your Way Home (Album Review)

Northwest icon Duffy Bishop is back without missing a beat, with her first new album in over ten years, Find Your Way Home, which was released in April of 2014. Based in Portland, Ore., Duffy is in the Cascade Blues Association and Washington Blues Society Hall Of Fame. She has won the CBA's Female Vocalist Award so many years in a row that they renamed it the Duffy Bishop Female Vocalist Award. The opening track, "I Don’t Wanna Know about It” -- an edgy shuffle in the vein of Albert Collins --…See More
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Ron Myhr commented on Rick J Bowen's blog post 'Colleen Rennison - See The Sky about to Rain (Album Review)'
"Just got this album, haven't listened to it yet.  Even more motivation. Good one to download from zunior.com, cheaper then iTunes, with a lossless (flac) option at no extra cost. Joni Mitchell a BC native?  Nope, born Fort McLeod AB,…"
Jun 14
A blog post by Rick J Bowen was featured

Colleen Rennison - See The Sky about to Rain (Album Review)

Vancouver native Colleen Rennison may not yet be a household name, even though she has been working professionally for nearly 20 years -- she started as a child actor at age seven -- but her solo debut, See The Sky About to Rain, may change all that. What began as a guest appearance on sessions lead by Black Hen Music director and mastermind Steve Dawson, blossomed into a full-blown album for Rennison, who also fronts her own retro rock band No Sinner. Dawson surrounded Rennison with top-notch…See More
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Colleen Rennison - See The Sky about to Rain (Album Review)

Vancouver native Colleen Rennison may not yet be a household name, even though she has been working professionally for nearly 20 years -- she started as a child actor at age seven -- but her solo debut, See The Sky About to Rain, may change all that. What began as a guest appearance on sessions lead by Black Hen Music director and mastermind Steve Dawson, blossomed into a full-blown album for Rennison, who also fronts her own retro rock band No Sinner. Dawson surrounded Rennison with top-notch…See More
Jun 9
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Matt Anderson: The Man with the Big Heart Has Big Dreams

Canadian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Matt Anderson grew up in the village of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. Life in that blue collar small town on the banks of the Saint John River is fused into his music. In 2010, Andersen won the top prize for a solo/duo at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, beating artists from 11 other countries and five continents -- the first Canadian to prevail over the event's 26 year history.  His prize included festival gigs in America, France, and…See More
Jun 5
Ron Myhr commented on Rick J Bowen's blog post 'Jim Byrnes - St Louis Times (Album Review)'
"This is a great album, highly recommended. I love Jim Byrnes, and I love Steve Dawson.  Almost everything Dawson touches becomes gold. "
Jun 3
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Matt Anderson: The Man with the Big Heart Has Big Dreams

Canadian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Matt Anderson grew up in the village of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. Life in that blue collar small town on the banks of the Saint John River is fused into his music. In 2010, Andersen won the top prize for a solo/duo at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, beating artists from 11 other countries and five continents -- the first Canadian to prevail over the event's 26 year history.  His prize included festival gigs in America, France, and…See More
Jun 2
A blog post by Rick J Bowen was featured

Jim Byrnes - St Louis Times (Album Review)

Veteran actor Jim Byrnes is familiar with working in ensembles and painting pictures with a cast of characters. For his loving tribute to his home town St. Louis, Byrnes teamed up again with Steve Dawson, the musical director and production guru at Black Hen Music, who gathered some of the best roots musicians in Canada together to record the basic tracks for the April 2014 release St. Louis Times.The twelve tracks are a mixture of songs that were recorded by St. Louis musicians like Chuck…See More
May 24

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Rick J Bowen

Rick J Bowen, drummer, vocalist, and songwriter, grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan playing in school band, choir and show bands. While earning a BA at Western Michigan University he was able to spend two years in the rhythm section of Gold Company, a top college jazz vocal ensemble. After college Rick played in various rock and blues bands until he landed in Soul Syndicate, a blues/rock group who won the chance to open for Bad Company after taking first in WLAV’s “Baddest” band competition. Soul Syndicate went on to open for The Storm and Common Ground as well as doing club tours of the Midwest and East Coast.

Moving to the Northwest in 1994, Rick soon landed gigs and sessions with many diverse local artists and is on call for sessions and production at Contact Create Studios. Always playing for the song and striving to be the backbone of the rhythm section has allowed Rick to flex his chops in a variety of genres.

As a member of  The Stacy Jones Band, who received the 2009 "best new band" award, has become a NW favorite and received several nominations for "best of the blues "awards. 

Rick is endorsed by and plays THUMPER CUSTOM DRUMS. www.thumpercustomdrums.com

He is also  member and contributing writer for the Washington Blues Society and a staff review writer for Innocent Words. http://innocentwords.com

 

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Danny Petroni & frank Lacy - The Blue Project (Album Review)

Guitarist Danny Petroni teamed up with Frank Lacy to create a modern blues, jazz and soul band that he bills as the “Sound of Asbury Park” the result is the self titled release The Blue Project

The album is a collection of hymns to the common mans struggle and inner city view of modern life mixed with good old time horsing around fun.  Vocalist and trombone man Frank…

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Posted on July 21, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Shawn Amos - The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It (Album Review)

The only thing wrong with the six-song EP The Reverend Shawn Amos Tells It, is that there are only six songs.

Like James Brown said, "let’s hit it, and quit," Amos gathered together what he calls a "Gutbucket power trio," of Chris Roberts (guitar),Don Medina (drums),and Ed Terrio (bass) then threw down the tracks old school -- live, with no overdubs -- in one day.

Amos grew up around the entertainment industry and is the CEO of the digital content studio…

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Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:30pm

Davina & the Vagabonds – Sunshine (Album Review)

Like ice cold lemonaid and watermelon on a summer afternoon, Sunshine -- the new album from twin cites revivalists Davina & the Vagabonds -- is good old-fashioned fun.

Released in May of 2014, the album is set up like an old LP with A and B sides, featuring nine new songs and three reinvented covers, which highlight the unique instrumentation of a rollicking quintet held together by Davina Sowers’ on piano, acoustic bass, drum kit, and a clever trumpet and…

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Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:30pm

Walter Trout - The Blues Came Callin’ (Album Review)

There’s nothing like staring death in the eye for inspiration and motivation. Walter Trout intended on celebrating his 25th year as a solo artist with a new album and tour, but instead began a fight for his life and the need of a liver transplant. He perilously went ahead with plans to make a new album, and the result is a collection of fire-breathing confessions and tortured reflection on a life of victories and defeats outlined in 12 kickin’ tracks,…

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Posted on July 1, 2014 at 10:30am

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At 11:21pm on November 25, 2012, Lindsay May said…
Thanks Rick, I really appreciate the kind words. Had a big year, was a New Folk Finalist at Kerrville and toured in the first half of the year. Now I'm busy mixing another album. It's keeping me out of trouble.
I really enjoy your reviews. You have a nice take on the tunes and great ears.

Hope the gray days aren't getting you down.

Cheers!

Lindsay
At 5:42pm on March 26, 2010, No Depression said…
Hi Rick - Welcome to the No Depression community! We hope you're finding everything okay. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback (here are some FAQs in case anything's confusing). Thanks for joining. Cheers!
Kim
 
 
 

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