Category Archives: Albums

John Lee Hooker again proves undisputed King of the Boogie on 5-disc centennial retrospective

This spring, we told you about a 16-song collection purporting to contain the finest recordings of guitarist and singer John Lee Hooker, a bold claim considering the multitude of recordings the native Mississippi bluesman made during his lifetime. As solid … Continue reading

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Former Howlin’ Wolf players Tail Dragger, Henry Gray join star-studded tribute to the Wolf on Howlin’ at Greaseland

For longtime bluesmen Henry Gray and Tail Dragger, the late, great Chester Burnett — a.k.a. Howlin’ Wolf — didn’t just serve as an inspiration. For them, he was a band leader and mentor, and the inclusion of these now senior … Continue reading

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Savoy Brown still wickedly good on Witchy Feelin’

Five decades after its beginnings as part of the British blues explosion, Savoy Brown continues to cast a familiar blues-rocking spell on the band’s latest album Witchy Feelin’ (Ruf Records). Now down to a trio made up of founding member … Continue reading

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Rocking new EP brings Black (Stone Cherry) to Blues

It’s been several decades now since the great Muddy Waters was booed by blues purists for introducing an electric guitar to his live blues performance. During that time, plenty of acts have of course tried to take the blues to … Continue reading

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Mojo Risin’: Time-trippin’ with Bette Smith’s Jetlagger

On the opening track of her debut album Jetlagger (Big Legal Mess Records), Brooklyn-born soulstress Bette Smith promises “I Will Feed You” and that’s exactly what she proceeds to do musically, moving from the haunting, Macy Gray-ish sound of that … Continue reading

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You’ve got to hear it: soulman Chris Pierce’s latest release You’ve Got to Feel It!

We don’t know that we’d really heard of Chris Pierce before either, but it turns out that we did enjoy — along with a few million other fans of the show — the song he co-wrote that was prominently featured … Continue reading

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Walter Trout & friends are All in This Together on blues-rocker’s latest

“After the heaviness and emotional intensity of creating my last studio album, Battle Scars, I just wanted to go in the studio and have some fun and jam with some friends.” — Walter Trout After a couple of albums announcing … Continue reading

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Gregg Allman bids fond farewell to friends, fans with posthumous release Southern Blood

Southern rocker Gregg Allman‘s final album Southern Blood (Rounder Records) may not be the bluesiest he’s done (which would have been a difficult undertaking following his 2011 solo studio offering Low Country Blues), but will certainly be remembered as his … Continue reading

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Lance Lopez shows lowdown blues ways on Live in NYC

Recently, we told you about the latest release from the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, which incorporates a bit more of an Americana sound than we’re accustomed to hearing from the band. Those who prefer your blues-rock somewhat heavier and more … Continue reading

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band lays it on down on rootsy, rocking new album

Guitarist and singer Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band are back to their rocking ways on their brand new CD Lay It On Down (Concord Records), where they also add in some new sounds longtime fans may not expect from … Continue reading

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