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Monday, May 21, 2018

Award-winning blues band Johnny Fink and The Intrusion release debut album "JFI."...roots blues with energy


Award-winning blues band Johnny Fink and The Intrusion recently released their debut album, simply titled "JFI." The group was known for years as the best-kept secret in the mid-western scene among blues and blues-rock enthusiasts. That is, until they won the 2015 Cincy Blues Society Band Challenge and made the semifinals at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Then, Johnny himself won the 2016 Cincy Blues Challenge in the Solo category and the band won the 2016 Dayton Ohio Blues Challenge, subsequently reaching the finals at the 2017 IBC.

The first single from the album, "Let's Hear Some Blues," was included on the compilation disc featuring artists from the 33rd IBC, receiving rave reviews and tremendous airplay. "JFI" won the 2017 Cincy Blues Society award for Best Self-Produced CD.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society says of the band, "Johnny Fink and the Intrusion will shuffle you right into the road." And the Cincinnati Blues Society says of the new album, "From fist-pumping anthems to soul-touching blues, this album is a work of art." The "secret" is definitely out.




Marty's review: JFI deliver their brand of rootsy, blues-rock on this their debut album with a confidence and energy that makes them sound a little bit cocky but deservedly so. With a tight production that's also straight to the punch these guys know their blues and know how to deliver them. The nine all-original tracks display their cohesiveness and musicianship with an edge that will please blues fans and certainly earn them more.




official website: https://www.johnnyfink.com/



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers "Usual Suspects"..high octane mistress of the modern blues



The whip-wielding mistress of modern blues is again bringing listeners to their knees: Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers have recently released their seventh original album, “Usual Suspects.”

Made up of award-winning musicians and recording artists from a variety of diverse backgrounds, The Urban Pioneers are an eclectic, wildly entertaining, little (and sometimes big) band with a captivating singer and front-person. Lex Grey is a multiple ASCAP award-winning songwriter who beckons audiences into her world of personal stories cloaked in smoke and stage lights -- a world of drama, humor and rowdy abandon that makes music lovers feel as though they're doing something wrong just by listening. The band juxtaposes bawdiness with intimacy, introspection and a vulnerability that draws you in like a warm embrace. Having earned a reputation as a legendary live band with a dazzlingly theatrical show, the group emerges from the studio capturing live performances that constantly deconstruct and reinvent their palette of sounds.




Official website: http://lexgreymusic.com/

Though she cites Ma Rainey as her greatest inspiration, Grey's vocal stylings have been compared to those of Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey and, interestingly, Robert Plant, her voice an ever-morphing instrument that changes textures and tones on a dime. "Usual Suspects" fearlessly dances through genres while keeping its feet firmly rooted in blues, and it's certain to become one of the year's most talked-about blues releases.

"Lex Grey’s vocals are high-octane and top-notch. And the band, the Urban Pioneers, support her well. ... You get the feeling Grey could sing from the phone book and make you get up and dance in a way you wouldn’t want your granny to see." - M.D. Spenser, Big Fat Wide Americana Hour

"I was immediately drawn into the world of this band, in part because of Lex Grey’s voice, which commands attention in both upfront and sly ways."
- Michael's Music Log

"Starting from a blues base, Lex Grey and The Urban Pioneers develop a multifaceted style with a prominent rock influence. Excellent instrumentalists."

- Ilpopolodelblues (Italy)




Saturday, May 12, 2018

Austin-based blues band Mojo Chyld album release "Raw"...soulful blues-funk that rocks!



Mojo Chyld is an Austin-based blues band that brings a soulful yet funky blend to the historic genre. They perform a mix of original songs and the classics. There are currently five members that make up the collective and each brings his own experiences and vision to the table to form a dynamic groove that not only packs the dance floor, but keeps it rocking. Their Blues will Rock your Funky Soul!

check it out on Bandcamp HERE

official website: http://mojochyld.com/

Marty's review: "Raw" is an apt title for this latest release by Mojo Chyld. With their brand of funky, soulful blues-rock they deliver an album of roots based blues with oomph and pizzazz that will please blues fans in many ways. Hot, fuzzy guitar licks combined with a tight rhythm section, passionate vocals and topped with oodles of funk and psychedelia, this album covers all bases and will rock the foundations wherever it's played.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Linda Em new single release "Hey Baby"...smooth soul/blues with class



Linda Em is a London based Irish singer-songwriter, wordsmith and clairvoyant mysticist. From classic Woodstock era songwriters to Jazz era greats and modern day luminaries, Linda draws from her influences an ethereal energy flow that is evident in voice and song. She has been described as a musical hybrid mix between Patti Smith, Patsy Cline & Beth Gibbons possessing the intoxicating nuances of Billie Holiday.


official website: http://www.lindaem.co.uk/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaEmMusic/

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Grammy Nominee Janiva Magness new album "Love Is An Army".. a bridge between past and present



After Janiva Magness added a 2016 Grammy® nomination to her 27 Blues Music Award nominations – with seven wins, including Entertainer of the Year – she might have taken at least a short rest on her laurels. Instead, one of the preeminent voices in contemporary American roots music has raised the bar for herself. Magness’ fourteenth album, "Love Is an Army," is a brilliantly crafted bridge between the past and present, blending the echoes of classic soul and country music with timeless themes of love and the very contemporary sound of protest.



The dozen songs on "Love Is an Army" reverberate with the timeless character of the Memphis rhythm and blues patented by the Stax and Hi Records studios, especially in tracks like “Back to Blue,” which opens the album and sets its tone, and “Hammer,” which features fellow Grammy® nominee and multiple Blues Music Awards winner Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica. Another Tennessee music city,  Nashville, is the geographic touchstone for the title number, a duet with Texas singer-songwriter Bryan Stephens, and for “On and On,” with Poco front man Rusty Young on pedal steel guitar. Like Magness, both Stephens and Young are on Blue √Član Records. Other guest artists include the legendary R'n'B singer Delbert McClinton, Mississippi hill country blues torchbearer Cedric Burnside, bluegrass guitar and banjo virtuoso Courtney Hartman of the band Della Rae, and pianist/songwriter Phil Parlapiano.





Marty's review: Janiva Magness shows her best on this release by blending all her favorite styles of music from roots to soul to country to produce an album that is every bit a winner in all departments. With a sterling cast of guest players along with a top notch backing band and her own classy vocal delivery, this release shows why Janiva is such a well lauded artist.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Acoustic blues/jazz duo Khashoggi release debut recording "The Live EP"


Khashoggi is a two-piece based in London, formed by songwriters Jessica Craig (vocals) and Michael Webster (guitar) during Summer 2017. They recently released their debut recording "The Live EP". Combining influences from Sub Pop artists and classic blues and jazz performers, they deliver a modern sound against rootsy instrumentation. They have played a number of dates already across London and Coventry and are aiming to record their first full album early in 2018.












Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Blues singer-songwriter Greg Sover new album release Jubilee..eclectic follow up to debut



Greg Sover has started 2018 on all cylinders! Greg’s new EP, "Jubilee," was released January 8. The Greg Sover Band competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis on January 17, representing the Steel City Blues Society of Phoenixville, PA.

"Jubilee" is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Songs of a Renegade," Sover’s 2016 debut album, which put him on the map and announced that he is one of the top emerging blues artists in Philadelphia and beyond. Sover has gotten airplay not only on his hometown station, WXPN in Philadelphia, but on blues radio around the country and around the world.

Sover’s success is due in large part to his band of three Philly veterans with extensive resumes – bassist, musical director and co-producer Garry Lee, guitarist Allen James and drummer Tom Walling. The three are best known as Deb Callahan’s solid backing band. So if you haven’t heard Greg Sover, what are you waiting for?




Sover says, "'Jubilee' is about heartbreak and overcoming heartbreak. You'll hear acoustic music, you'll hear music with the resonator. You'll definitely hear a more eclectic sound of music compared to 'Songs of a Renegade.' The words are better and the playing is better."





Greg Sover Online:
Website: www.GregSover.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/gregsover
Twitter: Twitter.com/gregsover
YouTube: YouTube.com/gregsovervideos

Thursday, April 19, 2018

20 year old Irish singer-songwriter Ghost releases debut single "On the Road"...indie-roots with dark overtones




Ghost is a 20-year old musician from Ireland and has just released his debut single "On the Road" It is the first single from the upcoming debut EP "DIARY OF A HEARTLESS ROMANTIC".  The track is an indie-roots style composition with dark overtones and sparse instrumentation. An excellent release from this promising new artist.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Backtrack Blues Band new release "Make My Home In Florida"...most accomplished and respected


One of Florida's longest-running and most accomplished bands, The Backtrack Blues Band has performed high-energy, Chicago-style blues continuously since its founding in 1980. The group has established a strong reputation for creative songwriting through six CD's and one DVD of original music -- all of which charted on the U.S. blues radio charts.

The quintet's latest masterpiece of an album, "Make My Home in Florida," is an exciting in-concert collection that's the next best thing to experiencing them in the flesh, capturing the group as it lights up the stage of the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. The set list ranges from stone classics of the blues genre (B.B. King's "Woke Up This Morning," Sonny Boy Williamson II's "Your Funeral and My Trial," T-Bone Walker's immortal "T-Bone Shuffle") to Sonny Charles originals such as "Heavy Built Woman," "Shoot My Rooster" and the title track.

The members of Backtrack bring with them authenticity and immense talent. Sonny Charles is an accomplished harmonica player whose tone recalls Little Walter and Paul Butterfield, while Kid Royal, whose style was influenced by the great Texas guitar players, is widely respected as one of Florida's top players. Joe Bencomo is an exceptional drummer who has played in Tampa Bay blues and jazz bands for 40 years; Little Johnny Walter adds solid rhythm guitar and backup vocals; and bassist Stick Davis was a founding member of the Amazing Rhythm Aces (of "Third Rate Romance" fame). The Backtrack Blues Band has appeared with legendary blues artists from B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Gregg Allman, Robert Cray and Johnny Winter. The group has garnered three Tampa Bay Music Awards as the area's "Best Blues Band."

official website: http://www.backtrackbluesband.com/



Friday, April 13, 2018

Norwegian band The NaveBlues release "Possess You" combines alternative rock with soulful blues



Norwegian band, The Naveblues, pride themselves on eccentric sounds and the marriage of a myriad of musical genres. They have crafted a sound that demands to be heard, lulling into a rootsy blues style before rocketing to an electrifying indie rock anthem. Their ample use of the harmonica, often used where lyrics and melodies typically exist, is another defining differentiated when it comes to their sound. 




Their newest single, “Possess You” incorporates the energy of alternative rock and the soul of the smoothest blues track. True to form, the star of the show is the earthy, reverberation of the harmonica running rampant throughout. It’s an equal mix of ferocious rock style and a simmer blues sensibility that turns explosive when you least expect it. The Naveblues are carving out a space for themselves where one didn’t exist before, combining a multitude of genres that bend and build cohesively as one sound. They understand the intricacies of hard rock just as effortlessly as they do the earthy, unadulterated soul of classic blues— and single “Possess You” brings it all together.




The Naveblues self-titled album is an experiment in mixing genres and highlighting the sounds of the blues that have enticed listeners for generations. The 9 track album is unique in its array of arrangements, each different from the next, starting with the dynamic, classic blues style of "Sexy Kiss" which melds seamlessly into the smokey, smooth blues rhythm of "Say My Name.” The piano-forward ballad, “In A Quiet Place” infuses a sense of sensuality, showcasing a softer side. Both the single “Possess You” and “The Ghost Collector” are explosive mixtures of rock sensibility and harmonica gold, an instrument that The Naveblues fold into every moment with mastery, all in an effort to make it a mainstream staple. It all comes to a soulful, reflective end with the Led Zeppelin cover, “Thank You,” dripping with classic blues style and indie rock energy. 

Marty's review: The NaveBlues' roots-based sound incorporates classic blues, soul and alternative rock that comes together in this energetic album release that will more than excite fans of blues and roots music while also being accessible to contemporary indie music followers. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Memphis TN Ghost Town Blues Band release live album 'Backstage Pass'



After almost nine years, thousands of shows and countless hours spent doing what they love, Memphis, Tennessee's Ghost Town Blues Band recently released their fourth and greatest record, "BACKSTAGE PASS." And best of all, it's a live album! One of Ghost Town's defining features is the group's lively energy onstage, and they've managed to capture that energy on their most action-packed record thus far. 

With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard.” -Living Blues Magazine

Recently featured at Montreal Jazz Festival, Beale Street’s latest success story, 2016 Independent Blues Award winner for “Best Contemporary Blues Song”, 2015 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee for “Best Blues Band” and 2014 International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player.




Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the “must see live bands on the festival circuit today.” Both Preston McEwen behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumentalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy “Dr. John-like, whiskey and gravel-soaked vocals.” With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Tim Stanek on B3 and Taylor Orr on lead guitar, GTBBs well-versed arrangements go from traditional and reverent to completely unique and unreal as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit. Ghost Town Blues Band has performed hundreds festivals, theaters and clubs across the US and Canada in the past couple of years crafting the most energetic and fresh blues show of the decade.

sample the album at official website: http://www.ghosttownbluesband.com/


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Singer-songwriter Crystal Shawanda new album release Voodoo Woman...soulful and rootsy



Recently released is the amazing new album VooDoo Woman from award-winning blues belter Crystal Shawanda

With an impressive array of awards and accolades, thousands of concerts to rapturous audiences throughout North America under her belt, and a remarkable recording pedigree to her credit, Crystal Shawanda still struggled mightily for many years to find her place within the music industry.  

A Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter whose soulful, rootsy sound has allowed for a nearly seamless bridging of the traditional country and blues worlds, Shawanda’s unique aboriginal cultural background has left her feeling like an outsider at times. But that search may be at an end, as the process of creating her latest album, the cathartic, bold and refreshingly authentic VooDoo Woman, the talented Shawanda not just coming to terms with her unique place in the industry, but embracing and truly celebrating it.  

VooDoo Woman stands as an example of an artist who has truly found her voice, and it is a voice that is rich, powerful, charming and intimately real. She has captured the blues with her rendition of these timeless songs and thrown in a couple of her own unique and powerful original tunes as well.  

Crystal Shawanda is reminiscent of a time gone by. She will make you feel every word with a powerful voice that never fails, pure and gritty at the same time. 



official website: http://crystalshawanda.co/

Marty's review: Crystal Shawanda takes classic blues numbers, injects them with fire and soul, mixes in a steamroller attack of instrumentation and delivers with her raspy, belter vocals that shake the foundations and leave you breathless. Her take on standards like "Hound Dog", "Ball and Chain" and "Wang Dang Doodle" are done in her own punchy, take no prisoners style which gives them a new lease of life.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Jim Shaneberger Band release 2nd album "Above and Below"...rockin' blues, funk and soul from Michigan


Jim Shaneberger, a skilled guitarist, bassist, songwriter and vocalist, leads the Jim Shaneberger Band (JSB), hailing from West Michigan. Bassist Jeffrey Baldus and drummer Steve Harris each add their own energy and playing styles for a lively, energetic, and eventful stage performance. With influences like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, and Motown classics, JSB mixes rock, funk, soul, and blues into a sound all their own. 

JSB’s second album, "Above and Below," was released late 2017. The album was written collaboratively and showcases more heavily the influence of drummer Steve Harris and bassist Jeffrey Baldus. This is especially demonstrated on track 8, an instrumental titled “Just Saying Bro.”

"Above and Below" has a diverse array of genres represented, and each song has a unique feel. The rocker of the collection is “Indifference,” a social justice song inspired by the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. The song serves as a call to action for citizens to stand up for each other.




official website: www.Jimshanebergerband.com

Marty's review: JSB come at you loud and proud on this their second album release. Nine powerful tracks of rocking blues, funk and soul that sound like they are more than a 3-piece band. With Jim Shaneberger's skillful guitar licks leading the charge backed up by plucking bass lines from Jeff Baldus and a solid backbeat from drummer Steve Harris, this collection of down and dirty raucous blues will shatter the neighbour's windows with only minimal volume!



Monday, March 26, 2018

Little Freddie King live album release "You Make My Night"..country-style blues from New Orleans


Little Freddie King is a country-style blues musician, links to an era when live music poured from the back-of-town nightclubs that were ubiquitous throughout New Orleans’ African-American neighborhoods, fostering a musical subculture of down home Mississippi blues that developed from the ground up in New Orleans. He is also one of the few survivors and the last of what has become a footnote to the Great Migration of Southern blacks: the Mississippi country bluesmen like Boogie Bill Webb, Jewell “Babe” Stovall, and Arzo Youngblood who carried their tradition farther south rather than north. He is also a cousin of Lighting Hopkins.




 “YOU MADE MY NIGHT” (MWR72) 2017 is Little Freddie King’s way of saying “thank you” to his rowdy and enthusiastic audience after one of his classic low down dirty blues performances. The album was recorded live at “The World-Famous D.B.A Music Club” in New Orleans, La. The songs are a mixture of originals and four of his favorites from his blues friends. The recording is a “time-capsule” featuring eleven tracks of authentic “juke-joint” style music in which perfect pitch and well-tuned guitars just don’t matter. He’s got a rough Mississippi roots electric sound with a New Orleans edge. His brand of the blues is moonshine dripping from the backyard porch, still made from the remnants of the Delta farm he was raised, until jumping a train to New Orleans. His sound is harsh, dirty and powerfully authentic.


Marty's review: Little Freddie King plays a collection of classic blues numbers in this live setting that captures his style of blues the way it should be heard, loud, dirty and no frills. Just imagine yourself standing in this crowd of raucous admirers and "getting down" to traditional blues and soaking it all in. Enjoy!


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Ron Campbell & the bLUES bUSTERS throw a haymaker with 'The Main Event'



album uses boxing metaphor to deliver the blues

“The Main Event” is 16 original tracks from Canadian blues band Ron Campbell & the bLUES bUSTERS (http://ronc.net).

Though perhaps little known internationally, the bLUESbUSTERS are hardly novices; in a career stretching back to the mid-'60s, they've honed their blues chops on a thousand smoky roadhouse stages and are the pride of their hometown, Powell River, Canada. Guitarist/songwriter Ron Campbell has charted on college radio, has written for film and stage, and has won several songwriting awards.

“I've been doing this for 51 years,” says Campbell. “I've recorded a few other CDs, but this -- finally -- is the one that feels right.”

Ron Campbell & the bLUESbUSTERS are a Chicago-style blues dance band with a jazzy twist. This four-piece group -- Ron Campbell (guitar/harp/vocals), Dennis Fox (bass/vocals), Neko (drums), and “Burnin'” Ted Durnin (keys/sax/vocals) -- have been described as “a cross between Joe Bonamassa and Dave Brubeck.”




Not limiting themselves to the usual guitar-based lineup, their prominent use of both saxophone and blues harp, as well as the vocal jazz-style harmonies of their three lead singers, definitely set them apart. Fans have praised their “jazzy, swinging tunes,” their “brilliant songwriting” and their “strong blues vocals.” Of their newest CD, Campbell says, “The preliminaries are over. This is the album I've worked a lifetime to create. To me, it truly is The Main Event.”

In an advance review, Blues Matters magazine said, “'The Main Event' contains something for every blues fan. The songs fit into that slow blues, slightly funky groove [with] enough shifts in mood and key to keep the listener interested. Songs like 'If The Train's On Time' have a pleasing, road-worn timbre, full of down-and-dirty slide guitar and Johnny Johnson-like piano playing. 'Ben's Bounce' is a Hammond organ, harmonica and saxophone-led upbeat stomper. The distinctiveness of the vocals ... and a good production style present 16 original songs which all show their musicians and writers to good effect.”

Once described as “Canada's best-kept blues secret,” Ron Campbell & the bLUESbUSTERS have, with 'The Main Event,' become contenders.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Americana Blues Duo Screamin' John and TD Lind's "Big Bad Coraline" from new album "Gimme More Time"



Screamin’ John Hawkins and T.D. Lind take their game up a notch with their first collaboration in two decades, the new album Gimme More Time. The album was recorded live over three days at La La Land Studios with a roster of friends and former bandmates. The familiarity of the musicians with one another resulted in a hard edged sound that imbues the blues with the raw energy of early Rock 'n’ Roll.

Lind is originally from England. He relocated to America in 1991 to pursue music. In the late 90's, he fronted the Louisville band Edenstreet, which featured Screamin’ John Hawkins and Chuck Mingis on guitars along with bassist Jeff Crane and drummer Paul Culligan. Edenstreet disbanded after its record label, A&M, was sold to Universal Music Group. Lind pursued a solo career while Hawkins, Crane, and Culligan ended up playing in the Predators.




Gimme More Time was originally conceived as a Screamin’ John Hawkins solo album. He recruited Crane, Culligan and harmonica player Joel Pinkerton for the project. Then he got the idea to bring in Lind. “I am generally not a fan of albums by guitar players who don’t sing,” Hawkins confessed. “Tim seemed like a good solution to the problem. There was never any bad blood between any of us. When Edenstreet disbanded, he was on a work visa so he had to go back to England. We always enjoyed playing together.”




Marty's review: these guys play the blues like there's no tomorrow; down the middle, straight to the punch with a dirty feel that grabs you and shakes you around until your head is spinning. The album is a knockout and was recorded "live" in the studio over three days. The sound that comes out is from a bunch of seasoned professionals that love what they play and ain't scared to lay it all up front for you. A big thumbs up from me!






Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mama SpanX release State of Groove...virtuoso collective belt out funky grooves, blues-rock and 70's soul


Singer, songwriter, bandleader and New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee Nikki Armstrong put together some of her favorite musicians from both the East & West Coast's R&B, rock & funk scenes to form the band Mama SpanX. The name came from legendary soul-jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks whom Nikki collaborated with for several years until his passing in 2011. Bands such as Tower of Power, Cold Blood, Sly & the Family Stone, Ike & Tina and especially James Brown inspired the songs, arrangements and grooves on "State of Groove."

Known for her diverse songwriting, unique voice, dynamic stage performance and her ability to build a "smokin'" band, Nikki plus the "Spankers"; seven virtuoso musicians, form Mama SpanX. The self-produced, nine-track, "old school" analog recording of "State of Groove," the band's first release, was recorded and engineered by Richard Robinson (Fleetwood Mac, Pinetop Perkins) with final mixes by Howie "The Doctor" Lindeman (Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway). The original material ranges from R&B to blues/rock to funk with some fun pieces, such as "Being Beautiful," and one cover, "Alligator Boogaloo," based on the 1967 Lou Donaldson soul jazz hit, with additional music and lyrics about being in love with an alligator.

Other songs are reminiscent of early 70's soul, inspired by artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone and Tower of Power. "State of Groove," the last track, is also the mission statement of Mama SpanX. It is about the joy of creating the groove as a band, each artist having their own unique voice while supporting each other to create a new "state" of excitement. So, put down that remote, the cell phone, get off the screens! Get into the groove and get ready to laugh, sing and dance your butt off with Mama SpanX's "State of Groove."




Marty's review: Aptly titled, this album is what it claims, a powerhouse of groove that hits you from the word go and never lets up. With funky rhythms, searing guitars, soul style keyboards and a shiny brass section, the production is top notch. Add to this the songwriting and vocal talents of the NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee Nikki Armstrong, and you have an album that showcases the talents of this fine group of musicians.

Official website: https://www.mamaspanx.com/



Friday, March 2, 2018

UK Indie-Americana collective Carousel release debut EP...soaring harmonies and folk-rockers



Carousel are 4-piece Indie-Americana music collective are based in Southend-on-Sea on the coast of Essex, UK. They fuse Americana, country, folk, rock’n’roll, blues and roots music into their own unique approach whilst taking full advantage of having four accomplished vocalists at their disposal. The band’s influences include an array of artists from Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash to the modern day Americana stylings of Brandi Carlile and The Lone Bellow. The band’s aim is to breathe new life into music venues and street-level performances around the UK, with a view to remove the barrier between artist and audience.

Marty's review: Their highly anticipated 5 track debut EP was released late last year and features their combined talents from beautiful, soaring harmonies on the tracks "Porcelain" and "Comfortable Skin" to the raunchy, all-out rocker "Throw Me to the Wolves". Add to this their proficient songwriting and instrumentation talents and you have a debut that will win over new and old fans alike. Take some time out and plug your ears into this one.




Stream and download on Bandcamp: https://carouseluk.bandcamp.com/


Official website: https://www.carouseluk.com/


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Guitarist/Songwriter Davide Pannozzo new album "Unconditional Love"...modern blues with panache


Internationally renowned blues guitarist Davide Pannozzo's new album, Unconditional Love, was produced by Grammy-winning producers Steve Jordan and Will Lee. Davide, who recently reached the semifinals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, has performed as a headliner in the United States, Italy, Germany, France and the UK, and has been described by critics as one of the most interesting artists in contemporary blues guitar. 

Davide -- whose style is very much his own, even though splashes of Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix can be heard in his music -- is living proof of the existence of the American dream. After releasing an album through Universal, he started working on new music and decided, unsolicited, to send his material to Steve Jordan. Recognizing his talent, Jordan gave him a call and offered to work together on the project. Davide promptly relocated from Italy for New York to begin work on the new album. 




Unconditional Love talks about our times. It’s a modern blues album that overflows with strong storytelling, all underpinned by Davide's belief that each person is valuable and can play a role in making the world a better place. Jordan and Lee helped him forge a powerful, elegant sound that highlights Davide's sophisticated guitar playing, powerful singing, and intricately nuanced songwriting, making the album unique in its genre. The incredible Unconditional Love features the stellar musicianship of Shawn Pelton, Ricky Peterson and Oli Rockberger, and includes eight original songs plus inspired covers of George Harrison's Wah Wah and Billy Cobham's Stratus.




Official website: http://www.davidepannozzo.com/

Marty's review: the multi-talented Davide Pannozzo impresses on a high level with this latest release, showcasing not only his amazing talent as a guitarist but also his accomplished songwriting skills. Featuring 8 originals plus covers of Wah Wah and Stratus, this is one killer of an album and only further demonstrates why this artist deserves the accolades and recognition he receives and deserves.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Blues guitarist/vocalist James Kelly releases first solo album Rock N Roll Samurai..raucous and smoldering!



James Kelly hails from Sydney, Australia, and, after almost 25 years of playing guitar in countless bands across the country, he finally got around to releasing his own solo album. The album goes by the name of Rock N Roll Samurai and it features James on guitars, bass and vocals, Carlos Adura on drums and the legendary Big Blind Ray Lechminka on harmonica. The music is a raucous, smoldering stew of so many of his musical influences, drenched in a swampy, blues rock gravy.





Marty's review: James Kelly's brand of hot, pumping, balls to the wall style of blues-rock hits you right between the eyes and will leave you breathless in a very short time. James doesn't hold back with his subject matter either, with everything from (in his own words) "sadistic femme fatales, pushers and dealers, cannibalistic villains and nihilistic abandon!" He delivers the lyrics with a devilish rasp in his voice and his tight band are up front and in your face. With track titles like "Light the Fuse", "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" and "Cocaine Carolina", what more can you say. Plus his version of John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" is a killer!

Official website: https://www.thatjameskelly.com/