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
Atlanta-bred singer/songwriter Michelle Malone has lived through more than a few different incarnations in her career. She's been a blues rocker, a torch singer,an Americana troubadour, and, with her upcoming Acoustic Winter record, a folk singer... or as close to a folk singer as the fierce vocalist will probably ever get.
Indeed, this new effort finds Malone stripping down to the basics. In these songs, in this setting,…Continue
The collection's title may hint at the themes of loss, sadness and healing born out of personal circumstances and bled into the verses, but The…Continue
I just want to put a HUGE thank you out there to everyone who gave me their feedback and nominated their friends and colleagues for this whole ordeal. It has been wonderful to see musicians and fans come forward to support each other. Every single person/band on this list and the people who nominated them are already winners in my book.Voting will be up a bit later this week, but in a feeble effort to generate some more excitement, I wanted to release the nominees today. You know, so you…Continue
Added by Red Line Roots on November 26, 2013 at 7:30am — 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
In summary, you will love this CD if you like beautiful folk rock with a touch of country. The Civil Wars have nothing on this.
The self-titled work is the first CD by this duo, but it is far from the first CD by either Kelli or Swearingen. Both of them have fabulous voices and Jayne Kelli is a vocal chameleon and she can adjust her sound a hundred ways to suit the song. Swearingen is an outstanding singer and guitarist and plays very tasty fills throughout the record.…
Added by Colin Ward on November 22, 2013 at 7:30am — 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
Since forming in 2010 as a duo consisting of drummer Andrew Bryant and guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster, Mississippi-based band Water Liars have been gaining an increasing fanbase of admirers who have become infatuated with the group's rich, Southern-tinged songwriting and no frills rock and roll. Their latest album, Wyoming, is unquestionably one of my personal favorite releases this year and of all time for that matter. Recently I interviewed Justin Kinkel-Schuster and…Continue
Added by Neil Ferguson on November 18, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Pete Anderson is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Producer and groundbreaking guitarist, who melds blues and country to forge a style all his own. Known as a pioneer in the roots-rock genre and an early champion of the Americana movement, he had a hand in introducing the world to artists such as Michelle Shocked, Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores and perhaps most famously, his musical partner of 20 years, Dwight Yoakam. Pete recently released his seventh solo…Continue
Texas-based multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Zebulon Whatley recently made available the third and final installment in his “Dissolution Trilogy,” titled “Trinity,” under his Sons of Perdition banner. A fevered exercise in dark roots and apocalyptic country, “Trinity” is a mad and rambling narrative told in sixteen absorbing chapters. Myth and music collide as the tale takes the listener through the perilous…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on November 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
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
North Carolina bluegrass group the Steep Canyon Rangers may be best known as the backing band for comedian, actor and banjo player Steve Martin, but on their own they have released a number of albums and have forged a career as one of the most respected bluegrass acts. Their latest record, Tell The Ones I Love, which may be their most impressive, incorporates influences of country and Americana music into the band's bluegrass sound. The group worked with Grammy-winning…Continue
When I first began to hear the name Waydown Wailers I imagined a sound somewhat akin to Waylon Jennings. After listening a few sample cuts on the internet, I had them pigeon holed as a “Southern Rock” band. Now that I’ve gotten my paws on their CD, “State of The Union”, simple comparisons fail to embrace what this Northern New York group is all about.
Many influences got into making up the Wailers’ sound, and their various strains…Continue
Added by Keith Gorgas on October 24, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
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
Over the years, having covered the recent blues revival quite thoroughly, I have come across more than a few covers of old blues songs. Many of today’s bands have done this as a means of paying tribute to the bygone artists whose innovative guitar playing and exceptional singing birthed the blues genre in the first place. So I have decided to write a feature about some of these outstanding renditions of traditional blues songs.…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on October 21, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott have a lot in common. Both musicians are accomplished singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, and they both share a passion for country and bluegrass music. On Memories and Moments, their first album together since 2000's Real Time, Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott channel their passions with heartfelt songs that balance rich instrumentals with introspective lyrics. The result is a fine piece of true American roots music. This…Continue
Added by Neil Ferguson on October 15, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
Zebulon Whatley and company, otherwise known as Sons of Perdition, have ventured from the shadows into the daylight to introduce an all-new full-length album, “Trinity,” on Gravewax Records. “Trinity,” a wholly creative and inspired body of work in sixteen movements, is without doubt the best Sons of Perdition effort thus far. And with an altogether idiosyncratic sound marked by dark roots,…Continue
Added by James G. Carlson on October 11, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Red Molly is one of the most entertaining and most genuine bands around. Their harmonies are to die for; their playing is impeccable, and there’s that certain electrifying creative spark that is evident whenever you see them on stage. Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo), Laurie McAllister (bass, banjo), and Molly Venter (guitar) are each enormously talented but the three of them together …. Well, they’re pure magic.
To learn more about Red Molly, visit their …Continue