Friday, April 21, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
West Coast Blues with a Mama’s Boys Twist..
Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys have called New Orleans home for a few years but originally formed at LA’s famed blues club Babe’s & Ricky’s Inn and are named after that club's owner, Laura “Mama” Gross. It was there that she encouraged them to develop their own rough and raw style with one foot in tradition and one firmly planted in the present.
NEVER TRUST THE LIVING:
The record that starts with a laugh and ends with a spaceship landing! The Music Shed in the lower garden district of New Orleans, LA was the scene of the crime. The band recorded 78 takes of 27 songs over the course of two days and picked the 11 tracks that would best capture where the bands stands. Along with this "Old School" approach to recording, the record is fresh with a palate of lyrics that address subject matter from confederate generals & space visitation, to New Orleans' voodoo. Overall, they successfully struck an original note between traditional and progressive Blues music.
“They sound like sons of Mike Tyson” OC Weekly
"Fascinatingly uncategorizable...cutting the line between Chicago juke and hipster club finer than it's been cut in years." Robert Fontenot - Offbeat Magazine
“This band is GREAT!”- Quint Davis NO Jazz Fest
sample the album on the official website: https://johnnymastro.com/
..and also on iTunes HERE
thank you to www.frankroszakpromotions.com
Marty's review: If you like your blues on the "down and dirty" side then this album is for your ears. With bags of distorted guitars, wailing harmonica and a steady percussion all the way through, Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys take traditional blues, add a bit of West Coast and New Orleans and deliver the blues right at your front door without knocking. With 9 original numbers plus Freddie King's "The Sad Night Owl" and their instrumental take on the traditional "House of the Rising Sun", this album is guaranteed to shake the walls and rattle the windows...please take care!
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Monday, April 10, 2017
Billy T (William Troiani) was born and raised in New York City, and played and recorded with Eddie Kirkland for 12 years and the Tom Russell Band for 10 years. Along the way, he worked with such diverse artists as Lightnin' Hopkins and Nancy Griffith. After moving to Oslo, Norway in 1997, Billy ran the house band at Oslo's Muddy Waters blues club for seven years, helping to launch the young Norwegian talents Amund Maarud and Kid Andersen (now with Rick Estrin & The Nightcats).
Like all the Billy T Band's releases, their fourth album, "Reckoning" is filled with songs steeped in classic American soul, blues, R&B and swamp rock. Their last release won the Norwegian Grammy (“Spellemannprisen 2012") for best blues album. "L.OV.E. (Just a Silly Notion)," released in 2010, received that same award and was elected as the year's best Norwegian blues/soul/ gospel release by the Swedish magazine Rootsy.nu. Also in 2010, the band played on Louisiana Red’s critically acclaimed release "Back to the Black Bayou," nominated for two Blues Music Awards.
"This is much more than the blues. ... first single 'Reckoning' is elegant, blue-eyed soul with brass, strings, blues guitar and a sound that points to Stax and Philly soul. ... and 'One of These Days' stands out by having a stripped-down sound with only acoustic guitar, electric bass, Troiani's soulful singing and female backing vocals." - Jon Vidar Bergan, musikknyheter.no (Norway)
”Music that lives in your heart and speaks to your consciousness." - Blues News
"Billy T Band is one of Norway's leading bands in the blues/soul genre." - Team Rock (UK)
View and download in iTunes HERE
Marty's review: The Billy T Band's latest release, Reckoning, delivers blues roots, Americana, soul and R'n'B in a 10 track collection of original compositions that showcase the many musical and songwriting talents of this fine group of artists. With soulful vocals and harmonies, slick guitar and tight production this album is a delight from start to finish and will please fans of blues and soul alike.
Official website: http://www.billytband.com/
Thank you to Frank Roszak Promotions
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Saturday, April 8, 2017
Jeff Starr is a filmmaker and sitar student. In 2012 he began to videotape his progress learning the sitar. The feedback from viewers was so amazing and encouraging that in 2016 he began to create regular sitar videos in addition to the short films and the Guitar Reviews he was already posting on YouTube.
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Monday, April 3, 2017
“Bombay Beach Revival" is the soul project of Daniel DeBlanke, a great composer and equally great singer.” - AnotherWhiskyForMisterBukowski.com (France)
Already finding fans around the globe, BOMBAY BEACH REVIVAL is the soul
creation of producer and guitarist, Daniel DeBlanke. His latest single, “The Devil There Beside You,” is a protest-inspired timely knock at leadership—quickly turning a good thing bad, and a bold follow up to his 2016 album, Another Soul.
As Bombay Beach Revival, DeBlanke brings a fresh and honest take on guitar-driven blues and rock for fans of The Alabama Shakes, and Joe Bonamassa alike. A Sofar Sounds favorite, DeBlanke is currently performing in Los Angeles with his band, comprised of special guests from bands like Ella Vos, Hands, Western Bells and Robotanists.
Listen to “The Devil There Beside You” on Spotify, Apple Music, and everywhere else music is streaming worldwide.
Marty's take: this one just rocks, it's so hot it's cool, just take my word for it and have a listen.......
Stream the track here:
...and the official website: http://bombaybeachrevival.tumblr.com/
Sunday, April 2, 2017
The year 2016 was one of unexpected change for Tampa Bay area blues and soul vocalist Lauren Mitchell. Her romantic and professional life was in turmoil, with the dissolution of a marriage and a parting of ways with her band. But Mitchell is a student of the blues, a music that's all about finding catharsis in difficult experiences. She had an album to make.
That album, Desire, is her most fully realized musical statement yet. Through a bold mix of her own original material, songs hand-picked from the repertoires of her friends, and covers of tunes performed by Etta James, Bettye Lavette, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Betty Davis, Mitchell tells a blues story that's been a lifetime in the making. It's a stylistically varied set of 13 songs recorded by Grammy-winning producer Tony Braunagel, whose work with Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and Robert Cray have made him one of today's most in-demand blues professionals.
Recorded during a ten-day trip to Los Angeles, Braunagel brought out the best in Mitchell, highlighting every nuance in her powerful vocals and helping her craft an emotionally resonant album that's destined to go down as one of the year's highlights. Besides Braunagel, the band features guitarists Johnny Lee Schell, Josh Sklair and Jose Ramirez, keyboardist Jim Pugh, bassist Reggie McBride, sax player Joe Sublett, trumpet player Darrell Leonard, and percussionist Lenny Castro. "The blues is a song of victory," Mitchell says. "It's a way to say, 'I'm over it,' and now I'm turning it into this beautiful thing that can help someone else heal. That's what this record is for me."
Marty's review: Lauren Mitchell's new release showcases her emotionally charged vocals and life experience songwriting that deliver 13 tracks of vintage style blues and soul. It will not only pull on your heart strings but will educate you about the blues in a way that says "hey, I have a story to tell, and I'm talking to you through the blues". A brilliant production with tight musicianship, gospel style backup vocals and a nod to some of Lauren's influences. An all round exceptional release.
find out more on official website: http://www.laurenmitchellband.com/
" A mesmerizing performer with a voice for the ages!" - Jack Sullivan, Blues Music Magazine
"Lauren prowls the stage like a cat waiting to strike. Her powerful vocals and dynamic stage presence will captivate you." - Larry Lisk, WMNF Radio
"I credit the buzz of energy to The Lauren Mitchell Band, with their lead singer looking sassy in denim and red high heels, purring and roaring into the microphone and tossing her curly mop about with true rock star abandon." - The Scenestress, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"She can deliver a fully sensual version of “I Just Want to Make Love to You” ... then go right into a gospel number without giving her audience whiplash" - Paul Wilborn, Executive Director, The Palladium
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Kyshona combines her unique blend of Soul, Blues and Pop with the raw and Rootsy tones of Nashville, Tennessee in her new single ‘Same Blood’, out 5th May 2017, taken from the triumphant full-length album, ‘The Ride’.
‘Same Blood’ see’s Kyshona harness her natural ability for using music to tap into emotion. Such a gift draws the listener in on an impassioned journey throughout her rousing new single, a journey that continues from beginning to end of the album ‘The Ride’. With elements of Soul, R&B and Gospel, Kyshona shows off vocal styling’s reminiscent of Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Al Green. Blessed with production so organic, you can reach out and touch the imagery summoned throughout the unifying “Same Blood”.
‘The Ride’, an emotional and musical road-trip of Soul and Blues takes in a deep breath to observe the awesome sights of a scenic route through Nashville, reflecting on the captivating journey that Kyshona has undertaken since moving to the legendary musical hub. In a town where Soul and Roots music seem to have been long forgotten in its history, Kyshona’s arrival reminds us of a town where Hendrix and Little Richard honed their artistry and where Jefferson St. housed many record labels dedicated to Blues, R&B, Soul and Gospel as the Country Music scene in Nashville was just getting started.
Kyshona began her career as a music therapist, working in mental health hospitals and correctional facilities, writing music with her patients and using music to redirect behaviors and emotions. Kyshona soon found the need to write music independently to help her process her daily experiences with her clients. Audiences often find a common thread of overcoming, hope and empowerment in her songwriting and storytelling as she uses her emotional intelligence to create her unique bluesy and soulful style of music.
Sharing the stage with Michael McDonald, Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise amongst others has seen Kyshona receive several accolades including being named one of CMT Edge’s Top 5 Roots Artists to watch in 2015, featuring on NPR’s World Cafe Nashville Sessions and her previous single, ‘Waking Light’ featuring on major network ABC’s show, Conviction. Kyshona continues to donate her time to youth empowerment programs in her community and performing for the incarcerated.
Watch the video for the captivating “Lonely” taken from “The Ride”, here:
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Following her completely SOLD OUT tour of the UK in 2016, Kyshona returns for a selection of special dates throughout June:
June 5 - Stafford, Gatehouse Theatre
June 6 - London, Green Note
June 7 - Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Café
June 9 - Kirton in Lindsey, Town Hall Live
Supporting Carrie Elkin
June 11 - Leicester, The Musician
June 12 - Shewsbury, The Hive
Supporting Jonathan Byrd
June 13 - Milton Keynes, The Stables 2
June 15 - Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre for Arts
June 16 - Market Rasen, Festival Hall
Supporting Jonathan Byrd
June 17 - Sedgefield, Durham
Monday, March 27, 2017
Thornetta Davis was recently nominated for 2 BMA’s as announced by the Blues Foundation on January 16th; Best Emerging Artist Album and Song “I Gotta Sang The Blues”.
The funky, rocking, soulful Queen of Detroit Blues, has a beautiful, enchanting sound that has been described in many ways. When she sings she has a sound that…
- Has the timbre like Sarah Vaughn
- Is sassy like Denise LaSalle
- Has the soulful passion of Etta James
- Belts the Blues like Bessie Smith
- Has the power of Big Mama Thornton
- Touches you in your soul like Aretha Franklin
It is my utmost pleasure to present to you, Thornetta Davis' new original CD “Honest Woman”.
The Thornetta Davis experience is better when it is captured live and she has been captivating audiences the world over for over 25 years. This CD will be a welcome addition to your playlist and one that you will enjoy with repeated listens.
Please visit her Social media sites: thornettadavis.com, facebook, Reverbnation, twitter and YouTube.
Marty's review: Thornetta Davis will just knock you over with the power and emotion that comes through on this latest release. Combining blues, funk, soul and gospel (and everything in between), this 13 track, all original compositions by Thornetta, is a big production with horns, driving guitars, Americana, sexy vocals and a tempo that delivers like a freight train.
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Friday, March 24, 2017
Soul drenched blues. Think B.B. King sharing a scotch with Booker T at the crossroads after midnight.
Lazy Eye kicked off 2016 off with a whirlwind trip across the South Pacific to the land where the Blues began. Upon reaching the quarter finals, the Hammond Organ Trio became the inaugural band to represent South Australia at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Following the competition, the band played one show only at the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street, a highlight of the trip, before heading home thoroughly grounded in the blues.
On release, their brand new offering Pocket The Black has been judged the 2016 Blues Album Of The Year (Adelaide Roots & Blues Association) and has been nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2017 Australian Blues Music Awards.
Marty's review: Pocket the Black is Lazy Eye in a live studio setting that captures the true essence of their rootsy blues with soul and delivers it in a straight forward and down to earth way. Keeping the production to as close to their live show as they can, with minimal overdubs and being able to do extra takes, the album is a collection of all original soul-blues numbers with punch and vigor that showcases the professional talents of each member.
Stream and download the album HERE:
Official website: https://www.lazyeyeband.com/
“Pocket the black is an album firmly planted in the past, present and future of the blues, a brilliant
collusion of old and new” Made In The Shade
“It’s easy to see why Lazy Eye have been getting the plaudits they easily deserve. It’s the blues done well with soul and passion.” Music SA
“Whetter’s vocals are gritty with a velvety smack of soul” Sydney Morning Herald
“It’s a pleasure to see a weather-beaten Hammond fronting a band and even more so when it’s wielded with style. Such is the case with Adelaide blues outfit Lazy Eye” The Australian
“The universal recognition is testament to the hard work and drive the three piece have applied since their formation just three years ago. Their throwback blend of electric blues and old school rock ‘n’ roll has earnt them festival spots all over the country” Rip It Up
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
Singer-songwriter and roots artist Paul Herbert Hermann Jr. was born, raised and lives in the infamous city of Stockton, California. He started playing music seriously in the late 1960's, gigging around the Central Valley and Bay Area. After a lifetime of Rock clubs and Blues bars he has become a fixture in the California Delta Blues scene. Today the scene as well as the city has fallen on hard times, but Paul has found a new lease on life and a new outlet to make music. A recording project, BROTHER PAUL, spanning 10 years has taken songs written over a lifetime and documented, transformed and elevated them to an new album and an even tighter love and appreciation for family.
THE HEARTBREAKING STORY OF ‘DREAM ON’:
One of the first songs Paul ever recorded was titled Dream On. The idea for the song came to Paul after a dream he’d had about his wife passing away, and having to say goodbye to the love of his life and the mother to his children, Elisha. Back then, Dream On rang true as a love song. With its sincerity and honesty, it instantly became adored by family, friends and of course, by Elisha. Matthew and Paul believed it to be Paul's best composition to date.
A few short years after Dream On was written and recorded, Elisha suddenly passed away. Paul and his family were devastated, and with a tragic twist of fate, life had imitated art. The lyrics now felt like a gut-punch, and haunt the band’s debut album in a way that is both dark and wonderfully cathartic. The song lays out the story of their falling in love, their many happy years, and Paul’s last goodbye to his beloved wife.
Admittedly, for a long time the song existed as a solemn reminder of the great loss suffered by all those who were close to Elisha. But as time passed, Dream On became a reminder of how special she truly was. The task of mixing proved to be difficult, as they needed to find a way to preserve the honesty and naivety of the original performance. But as hard as the process was, it also acted as a form of therapy for Paul.
The band found the perfect final touch needed when they asked their friend, Gary Wagner, to contribute on piano and organ, which gave the song it’s distinctive, “moody builds and bright crescendos.” From foreboding premonition, to devastating loss and eventually comforting homage, Dream On, has had an emotional but rich journey to become the song it is now. Brother Paul hopes you’ll take the ride with them, and give it a listen on their debut album, Cadillac Pickup Truck.
Stream the track "Dream On" on Soundcloud HERE
..and the album Cadillac Pickup Truck HERE
RIYL: Wilco, Billy Bragg, Dr. Dog, Alabama Shakes, Elvis Costello, Rolling Stones, M.Ward
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Friday, March 17, 2017
"10,000 Feet Below" is spelunking the new depths of the blues with Eliza Neals as your fearless guide. Caverns of sound well up through Eliza's supernatural voice and piano driven songs, as Howard Glazer's guitar pierces the echo with honest tone, breaking and entering an abandoned temple of blues-rock left long ago, descending each rung carefully to uplift your musical soul. Producer Eliza Neals rigged the journey, surveyed then mapped the suffocating walls, while finding soulful keys through narrow fissures of sound.
Eliza Neals unflinchingly dives headfirst to underwater eyelets that only a skilled writer can reach -- falling lower to get washed up on golden grotto beaches, a new entrance to blues once left undiscovered.
Marty's review: Eliza Neals delivers her powerful blues-rock with soul and passion on this new 11 track release. 10 of the tracks are self-penned or co-written and her take on Skip James "Hard Killing Floor" is delivered in a piano driven style that even Skip himself would approve of. If you like your blues with raunch and fire then this album brings it to you with no holds barred and Eliza Neals' unique and gut-wrenching vocals will leave you breathless.
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Official website: http://www.elizaneals.com/
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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Charlotte, NC, blues rockers, Bert Wray Blues, have just released their new album, Gut Bucket Radio, via Third Lock Records.
Bert Wray Blues brings together slide-guitarist/singer Bert Wray with drummer Mitch Cooper and bassist Dave Wall. The band’s music merges the vintage juke joint sound with plenty of Carolina twang and fresh songwriting. Equally inspired by Delta blues pioneers, rockabilly cats, and 1960’s blues-rockers, the trio hits the sweet spot between classic blues and good ol’ rock and roll.
Mixing the past with the present is what it is all about at Bert Wray Blues. The trio emerged from the players’ deep North Carolina musical roots. In fact, Mitch once signed Bert’s band to his Third Lock Records back in the alternative music revolution! Dave and Bert met while working in a greasy kitchen, and they bonded over their record collections and blues guitars. It was inevitable that these guys would one day join forces to create Bert Wray Blues.
The new album Gut Bucket Radio captures the band's energy and slide blues antics in an 8-song album that takes the listener on a road trip across the blues landscapes of the past like a gut bucket radio blaring into a new century. Bert Wray Blues will be playing live to promote Gut Bucket Radio throughout 2017.
Marty's review: Bert Wray Blues bring you their vintage style blues on this 8 track release that is raw, rootsy and a whole lot of fun to listen to. The passion for the blues comes out from all 3 members and their playing is nothing short of professional without the need to be flashy about it. Just down to earth with a nod to the blues artists from the past and quality songwriting to match. Favorite tracks are "I Got the Tennessee Blues", "Little Highway Girl" and "Midwood Blues".
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Monday, March 6, 2017
Tom Craig and drummer John O’Connell have been partners in Blues and Roots music for the past decade. This past year they’ve teamed up with Eric Johnson on Hammond organ, tenor saxophonist Vince Gleason and baritone saxophonist Skyler Hagner. Their broad musical resume includes musical genres such as classic Memphis Soul and R'n'B tunes by the likes of Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding as well as retro R'n'B music from James Hunter and Mayer Hawthorne, to name a few. Their love of the blues continues.
Tom Craig is a singer/songwriter/guitarist first inspired by jazz vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mel Torme; he found further inspiration in the classic '60's and '70's soul music that was recorded in Memphis and Muscle Shoals and in the blues of the Three Kings (Albert, B.B., and Freddie) as well as Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
For his debut, Craig and his musical cohorts, Soul Patch, offer a sparkling collection of guitar-centric, horn-propelled, organ-cushioned originals that resonate with blues, soul, and jazz. As a singer, Craig seamlessly blends subtlety and swagger in the manner of the great jazz vocalists and as a guitarist, his clear, ringing tone and biting solos mostly evoke B.B. King. Like many of the greats who inspired him, Craig heartily understands the concept of “less is more.” His songs are a diverse bunch that include blues shuffles like “I Can't Help Myself,” a funky grinder with “Louita,” sweet swaying soul with “Ballroom Dancer,” and deep soul ballads like “Every Woman.”
"Tom Craig & Soul Patch are making the familiar fresh with grease, grit, and grace." -Thomas J. Cullen III, Bucks County Blues Society and Blues Music Magazine
Marty's review: I can't add much more than what has already been said in the above, only to say that if you like your blues with soul and the classic sounds that came out of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, then this amazing debut album will please to no end. My favorite tracks, hmmm..., all of them!! Certainly no fillers here, and the production is tight with all the passion they can muster. This is one album that will be on regular rotation.
Available on official website: http://soulpatchband.net/
Sunday, February 26, 2017
On her 9th album, contemporary blues artist Lisa Biales stretches out on "The Beat of My Heart", delivering a powerful set of unforgettable songs from the perspective of a strong independent woman.
Biales grew up in a musical family and learned singing from her mother. In 2015, she found a 78 record that was recorded back in 1947. It had one song on it, Crying Over You, written by Alberta Roberts, Lisa’s mom. “Hearing my mother’s voice after all these years brought a chill to the bone. I realized that I had to put her song on this project.” You’ll hear Lisa’s mother at 24 years of age, sing the first verse of the song and as Lisa takes over it’s a goose bumpy experience.
Produced by drummer Tony Braunagel (Taj Mahal, Phantom Blues Band, Bonnie Raitt) this recording is full of surprises and each song has a vibe and groove that sets it apart from all the others.
"Lisa Biales has one of those great voices of our times." - Cascade Blues Association
"Biales’ voice is a wonderful instrument.” - Graham Clarke, Friday Blues Fix
"...a powerful voice with a sizable range and uncanny pitch that speaks directly to your heart. The trick with a performer like Biales is to not fall for the idea that any of it is as simple as she makes it sound. She is a performer’s performer in that sense." - Gregory Victor, Parcbench Culture Editor, NY
Find out more on the official website: http://www.lisabiales.com/
Marty's review: Lisa Biales delivers the blues with soul, brass, gospel and funk on this latest 12 track release. The songs are from a woman's perspective and Lisa's strong and powerful voice comes out at you up front and centre. Her choice of songwriters include Mabel Scott, Eric Bibb and Nina Simone and the smooth production certainly brings out the finest in this amazing talent. This is one you will be playing often. My favourite tracks, "Messin' Around With the Blues" and the blues/jazz sway of "Romance In the Dark".
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