Author Archives: Mike

Nick Moss Band pays up — in blues — on The High Cost of Low Living

We’d be lying if we said we haven’t enjoyed the last few albums from Chicago’s Nick Moss Band, with Lead Belly descendant Michael Ledbetter helping to bring some additional soulfulness to the band’s sound. But it was Moss’ earlier, more … Continue reading

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Blues in My Heart

With Mother Nature having dealt us what seems like a double dose of winter, we figured we’d do a little more double-dealing of our own on this latest episode of our BluesPowR Radio Hour, featuring a pair of tracks each … Continue reading

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John Mayall delivers one for the money on live Three for the Road

We’ve been fortunate to hear quite a bit from John Mayall in the past four to five years, between several new studio albums (A Special Life, Find a Way to Care and Talk About That) and two volumes that captured … Continue reading

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Blues GRAMMY Award-winning duo Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite return with No Mercy in This Land

We weren’t the only ones who really liked Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite‘s 2013 collaboration Get Up!, judging by the GRAMMY Award it received for best blues album. Now the duo is back with another real kicker in No Mercy … Continue reading

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Tune into the Weekend: Deva Mahal, daughter of legendary Taj Mahal, shows blues Run Deep on debut album

Last week, we told you about new albums from two real-life sons of the blues, Mud Morganfield and Bernard Allison, also promising to visit upon one from an offspring of Grammy Award-winning musician Taj Mahal soon. We’ve had the chance … Continue reading

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Doubling Down on the Blues

Sometimes, one track from an album just isn’t enough, which is why we’ve loaded up this episode of our BluesPowR Radio Hour with doubleshots from the likes of Oscar Wilson, the Tyler Morris Band, and a recent tribute collection to … Continue reading

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Second-generation bluesmen Mud Morganfield, Bernard Allison help keep genre groovin’ with stellar new releases

There are few artists we look as forward to hearing new music from as those literal sons and daughters of the blues who have devoted their lives to helping to carry on the music — and thus the legacies — … Continue reading

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Mojo Risin’: Mike Ross explodes onto blues/roots scene with help of Dark Powder

We haven’t had the chance to check out UK roots musician Mike Ross‘ solo debut album Spindrift, but we certainly like what we hear on the follow-up to it in Jenny’s Place (Taller Records), out tomorrow. While the slow blistering … Continue reading

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I Can’t Stop the Blues

“Everything’s gonna’ be alright this mornin’…” when you’re starting it with the latest edition of our BluesPowR Radio Hour, featuring music from Jimi Hendrix, Savoy Brown, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more, including a pair from the Original Blues Brothers … Continue reading

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Keb’ Mo’, Bettye LaVette, Warren Haynes and others pay tribute to King of the Slide Guitar on Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James

Recently, we told you about a 100th birthday set celebrating blues singer and guitarist John Lee Hooker. While that extensive collection consisted of Hooker’s own recordings from throughout his career, this centennial tribute to blues slide guitarist extraordinaire Elmore James … Continue reading

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