Recent transplant to Seattle, New Zealand born singer songwriter Fleur Jack found herself in the world of her teenage dreams, namely the land of “grunge rock of the 90’s,” and one of its holiest shrines the vaunted London Bridge Studios. Previously she had toured in America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong and released two albums as Fleur Jack & The Jandals and two others as the lead vocalist, bassist & writer for rock band “The Twitch”, who placed 2nd in the…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on November 22, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Journeyman singer-songwriter guitarist Eric Bibb and his collaborator Glenn Scott have assembled a wide cast of characters with a colorful palette of sounds to weave the tapestry that is true world music fusion on the new release Jericho Road.
The thirteen song collection draws lyrical inspiration from Dr. King, Mandela, Gandhi, Mother Teresa and the like, while meshing musical textures of folk, blues, soul, African and Latin to create an album of meditation, motivation and…Continue
The Honey Island Swamp Band is named after a Louisiana marshland and claim New Orleans as their home, but the skilled five piece pays homage to all the great sounds from southern states. Formed by Aaron Wilkinson (vocals, mandolin, guitar, and harmonica) and Chris Mulé (vocals, guitar) in San Francisco after the devastation of hurricane Katrina, along with fellow expatriate evacuees Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals). The group landed a house gig at John Lee…Continue
Brother Dege, aka. Dege Leg recorded his tenth album, How to Kill a Horse, in an empty warehouse in Lafayette, LA. As you listen to the ten song collection you begin to smell the smoky residue, taste the grit and feel the hot wind that blows through the broken windows as you are transported to the lonely locale that inspired these artful tomes and desperate dirges. Dege delivers each with a gravelly everyman voice that is only remarkable in its presence of authentic pain and…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on November 4, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
This sampling of banjo recordings from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is the labor of love of two Smithsonian archivists: Greg C. Adams of the Rinzler collections and Jeff Place of Folkways. In what must have been one of the most rewarding work assignments in history, the two combed through hundreds of tracks to find 30 that are "iconic, instructive, or [reflective of] some of the more notable ways in which people have used the banjo over time."…
On his new album of soulful blues rock and funk, Magic Honey, Cyril Neville is joined by several other brothers from New Orleans and Ruf records. The twelve song set features Neville Brothers band mates Cranston Clements on tasty guitar, “Mean” Willie Green on pile driving drums, and from the Anders Osborne trio Carl Dufrene on bass. Special guests include appearances from the legendary Allen Toussaint on piano and Dr. John on organ, as well as Walter Trout and his Royal Southern…Continue
If you have a tight budget and non-session players, you need to sound at least this good. This first CD by Charlie C startsright out of the gate with a rollicking title track, “Trouble,” which implicitly says, “Oh yea? Here’s what I got!” It sets the bluesy show tune groove that makes this CD worth having.
So let’s get the playing out of the way: it’s good. For non-session players, they were solid. The engineering is fairly tight (Matt Erich, engineer), with production from…Continue
Added by R. Leckey Harrison on October 22, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
Vancouver-based indie folk collective The Fugitives are the brainchild of songwriters Adrian Glynn, and Brendan McLeod. The duo have followed the formula of taking on a music genre that is the current vogue and combining it with smart songwriting, stellar musicians and top flight production to create a sensational product and creative platform such as their predecessors; Steely Dan , Tears For Fears, Savage Garden, and Brooks and Dunn.
Their new album Everything Will…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on October 17, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Veteran bluesman RB Stone cashes in all his chips and is going for broke with his new album Loosen Up by joining forces with Grammy winning producer, songwriter and drummer Tom Hambridge. Together with a group of crack studio musicians the duo have created a commercial rocking blues album of radio friendly tracks featuring hard driving drums and gritty guitars, exploiting familiar blues and country themes of hard luck in trouble with a tongue in cheek flair. The ten tracks cover…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on October 7, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Patty Larkin is the consummate guitar goddess. She knows her way around the fretboard and steel strings like few others. Patty has been called a “musical adventurer” and a more true statement could not be said about her. Fans are captivated by her bold musicianship, sophisticated lyrics, and charming stage presence. She’s got it all wrapped into one insanely talented body.
To learn more information about Patty, check out her …Continue
Added by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on September 21, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Guitar man Mike Zito picked out his A team of musicians and crack audio engineer David Farrell and headed into the Dockside Studios in Maurice Louisiana for six days and created a love letter to the Lone Star state called Gone to Texas. The thirteen songs set of bluesy countrified soul rock was wonderfully tracked and mixed with a deep warm sound anchored by the stout rhythm section of Scott Sutherland on bass , drummer Rob Lee and Lewis Stephens on keys who bolster Zito’s greasy…Continue
Albert Collins is famously quoted as saying, “I sure love what you’re trying to do.” That sentiment easily fits the new release The House of Mercy from rising U.K blues sensation Bex Marshall. While the album showcases Marshall’s formidable talents as a vocalist with a raspy delivery that draws instant comparisons to Janis Joplin along with her solid slide guitar chops and songwriting skill that create a Delta Blues-meets-country gospel sound. Her choice to self produce the album…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on September 12, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
I said and thought it a million times before, "there is very little music these days that excites me". Sure, there is a lot of music that I love, but not much that sends a jolt of electricity through my entire body and makes me smile a stupid mile wide grin while I listen in my ear buds on the train (and people assumably look at me like I have a screw loose). Chris Thile (who I have remarked as the best and most exciting musician I will ever encounter in my lifetime) has been the…Continue
On her fourth album, Star Anna takes another step away from her beginnings as an Ellensburg sidewalk busker and alt country ingénue, and heads towards a more gritty urban sound with the brooding ten song album, Go To Hell.
Star also leaves behind her long time band The…Continue
Bonnie Whitmore and her Sultry Southern voice and rapier wit are surrounded by friends, family and bevy of instruments on second solo album There I Go Again. The ten song roots country pop collection features the many talents of The Mastersons; the husband/wife band of sister Eleanor Whitmore and guitarist Chris Masterson, as well as George Reiff on bass and Falcon Valdez on dynamic drums and percussion. Masterson is the chief architect of the sound as he not only produced and…Continue
The drums kick off that classic sing sing sing beat, then a snarling guitar joins in and a swirl of horns whips up the tempo until powerhouse vocalist Candye Kane belts out “Hey you, stand back I’m coming out swinging,” telling you you’re in for one hell of ride. Candye Kane and partner in crime Laura Chavez are back with their third album together Coming Out Swingin’, and they mean business. This powerful 13-song set was recorded the way that the blues is meant to be; live, raw…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on September 3, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
You knew Jim Allchin would be back with plenty of furious fretwork to satisfy the legions of guitar heads and tone junkies out there, but his new album Q.E.D also has a few surprises in the mix of thirteen new tracks of blues, rock, salsa and jazzy soul. Allchin joined forces with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ben Smith from Heart, tasking him as co-producer and drummer for the project. Smith takes the reins with gusto taking charge of the rhythm section by driving each track…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on August 8, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Consider yourself fortunate if you catch Karin Blaine live. Well, actually, that will be an automatic response. This woman is not only a good song writer and player; she is a very good entertainer. She plays, sings, and will make you laugh between songs, songs she writes that concern her and the world she finds herself living in. A modern day woman writing and singing about Modern Day Living, which is the title of her new CD.
As a nominee of Best New Folk Artist in…Continue
Added by R. Leckey Harrison on July 31, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments
After two years of touring and picking up multiple Grammy and BMA awards, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are clearly in the driver’s seat with the eleven piece roots-and-blues collective they formed in 2010; the second studio album, Made Up Mind, from the Tedeschi Trucks Band shows the group hitting on all cylinders. Like Revelator, their 2011 debut album, Made Up Mind was recorded at their Swamp Raga studios, a two-story, $400,000 recording and practice space behind Trucks and…Continue
Veteran session player, band leader and music director at the Stanhope House, Les Lucky puts all his skill on display on his solo debut Frets & Hammers. The twelve song collection of rootsy, poppy, easy going tunes were written, recorded and performed entirely by Lucky on guitar, bass, keys and percussion. One could call this a demo album taken to the extreme as Lucky fleshes out all the arrangements with a fluidly weaving compliment of instruments on each track, even echoing…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on July 26, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments