Thirteen tracks of refreshing boisterous piano centric joy, full of authenticity, reinvention and firepower. That’s is an easy way to describe Laying It Down from piano man and two time international blues challenge finalist Arthur Migliazza, but what is happening here is so much deeper as it is evident Migliazza has spent a life time of study to become a master Blues, Boogie Woogie, Ragtime, Stride and Trad Jazz Pianist.
The songs on his new album are presented in a…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on April 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
The fourteen track collection kicks off with the slow burning swamp rocker title track featuring mean resonator slide guitar on a classic tale of returning to the mythical delta…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on March 20, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Bursting forth with a sound salvaged from the cutting room floor of a long lost session of the million dollar quartet at Sun Studios, ‘Parish Lines’ from Rod Melancon isn’t retro; it’s the real deal. Hailing from South Louisiana, as documented on the fiery honky-tonk track bearing that name, Melancon delivers vocal skills full of authenticity and back country pride. The ten strong songs cover the gamut of roots rock, country and hillbilly soul, and tell us tales of a small town…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on March 4, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
John Hiatt is certainly one of the most prolific songwriters of all time having penned hits for Bonnie Raitt, B.B King, Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey and Three Dog Night. His skill with multiple genre’s including rock, country, blues and soul, solidifies his status as one of the founders of modern Americana, and a true songwriters’ songwriter.
His twenty second album is a unique collection of seventeen songs, at least two from each of the 8 albums released between 2000-2012…Continue
On his third album Here I Come Mississippi born Eddie Cotton Jr. is out to prove everything is up to date on the delta. Guitarist singer songwriter Cotton performs with fire, snap and sass on the ten original tracks backed by Myron Bennett (bass), Samuel Scott, Jr. (drums) who hit each groove with calculated precision. Produced skillfully by Grady Champion for his DeChamp records, the 2010 IBC winner also makes a guest appearance adding his legendary harmonica skills to two…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on February 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Hot on the heels of his acclaimed 2013 all instrumental record ‘Get It,’ Tinsley Ellis is back with another set of scorching blues rock guitar tracks on ‘Midnight Blue.’ The ten new songs show how Ellis is a master of tone as he uses familiar themes to explore the depths of his guitar playing, vocal abilities and lyrical expression.
An obvious student of the blues Ellis delivers a classic lovers lament on the opening track “If The River Keeps Rising,’ with its thundering…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on February 17, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
New Yorker Chris Bergson has a mountain of talent with his tight guitar, a smoky baritone that instantly recalls David Clayton Thomas and reflective songwriting skills, but he is also smart enough to know it’s hard to stand alone. For his seventh release Bergson assembled a band of special guests and feature players and recorded live over two nights at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan. The fifteen song set is a mix of modern blues, funk and blue eyed soul, delivered the way it is…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on February 10, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
The formula for a folk pop duo with acoustic guitars has been a long staple of the music world and Simon and Garfunkel, the Everly Brothers and the Indigo Girls wrote the book on how to make it successful. Seattle based duo Cool Water are trying to put their own spin on the genre and with the release of their new album ‘I am Cured,” they honor the traditions of the past and embrace some new ideas. Talented guitarist and lead vocalist Brooke Pennock teamed up with lifelong friend,…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on January 24, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Veteran Northwest musician and multiple WBS “BB” award winner Polly O’Keary returns to form with her third studio album Compass, featuring guitar ace Seattle Slim and several stellar guests including The Seattle Horns, piano man Arthur Migliazza and IBC winner Kevin Sutton. The disc of eleven new tunes is a mixture of fresh ideas and classic sounds recorded and co-produced by the legendary Conrad Uno at his Egg Studio in Seattle.
At the center is the full force gale of…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on January 12, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Seattle is building quite a lexicon of electronic based music and the trio Hard Garden aim to add a little blues to the mix. Delta blues duo Son Jack Jr. and Michael Wilde along with mix master Garret Williams have released their first full length album ‘Blue Yonder,’ a fresh take on the basis of all pop music.aka... “the blues,” by mixing it with an entirely programmed backup, full of found and sampled sounds. Anchored by Son Jack’s deep groovin’ guitar and Wilde’s hot harp, the…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on January 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
There isn’t anything earthshaking or seemingly unique about the third album from San Diego based duo Chris James and Patrick Rynn. The twelve song set is a fine mix of original tunes and selected covers firmly rooted in traditional post war Chicago Blues. The sound is retro yet average the vocals are everyday easy, the guitar and sax solos are solid but not flamboyant. So what makes this album so irresistibly infectious? In today’s guitar centric market the duo have recruited three…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on December 12, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Deb Ryder has certainly studied the masters growing up in the Chicago area and being mentored by Etta James and Big Joe Turner, so it’s no surprise her debut album ‘Might Just Get Lucky,’ is such a strong collection, the real question is why it took so long. Along with her husband and bass player Ric Ryder she has been leading the Southern California band The Bluesryders for over twenty years. The ten song set of all original material showcases Ryder’s huge vocals and skilled…Continue
Added by Rick J Bowen on December 9, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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