Category Archives: Albums

Pittsburgh band The Commonheart overcomes Pressure of sophomore album with terrific new release

We don’t have as much of a chance to get out and see (or review albums from) local bands as we’d like, but here’s a Pittsburgh act that’s likely on the verge of a major breakout from the “local” scene, between … Continue reading

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Riding without the King, B.B. King Blues Band still captures The Soul of the King on new album, tour

It’s been four years now since “The King of the Blues” B.B. King moved on to the big blues gig in the sky and what some might consider the better world of which he frequently sang, but the band that backed him has … Continue reading

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Grady Champion delivers some seriously Down Home Blues on Tribute to ZZ Hill

Although bluesman Grady Champion‘s soulful 2014 album debut on the Jackson, Mississippi Malaco Records label, Bootleg Whiskey, was a magnificent one, his latest recording finds Champion bringing things even closer to home for the longtime soul, blues and gospel label, … Continue reading

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Three-disc compilation from late guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher offers nothing but Blues (and that’s good by us!)

If you like the music of blues-rockers such as Joe Bonamassa, Johnny Winter, George Thorogood, Walter Trout, Peter Green, and/or Jeff Healey, and aren’t familiar with the late Irish multi-instrumentalist and singer Rory Gallagher, we can think of no better introduction to his … Continue reading

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Jimmie Vaughan offers one really worth bringing home with Baby, Please Come Home

Jimmie Vaughan may never achieve quite the same level of recognition from the general public as his late, great younger brother Stevie Ray, with Jimmie’s music generally tending to gravitate more towards the laidback, traditional side of the genre, closer to a T-Bone Walker or B.B. King than the world-famous blues-rocking sibling Jimmie helped … Continue reading

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Nobody Told Me that John Mayall would still be making such great albums at 85

When we told you about John Mayall‘s Three for the Road album last spring, you might recall our noting that Mayall’s next studio album would be one that, according to Mayall, “strongly feature(s)…guitar players who will be pretty well-known to all lovers … Continue reading

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Tony Holiday calls upon some talented friends with Porch Sessions

It’s been more than 75 years since Alan Lomax traveled to the Mississippi Delta to make his field recordings of bluesmen like Son House, Muddy Waters and David “Honeyboy” Edwards, and, while the internet and other technological advances have made … Continue reading

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Veteran bluesman Willie Buck still showing how it’s done on Willie Buck Way

Willie Buck may not have been born in Chicago, but he certainly sounds a lot like Chicago, at least the one made famous by the likes of fellow Mississippi natives such as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, and Howlin’ Wolf. While … Continue reading

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Guitarist Joe Louis Walker, harp ace Giles Robson and piano man Bruce Katz team for Journeys to the Heart of the Blues

We’ve liked an awful lot of what we’ve heard from guitarist and singer Joe Louis Walker in recent years, but we’re not sure we’ve heard him sounding any better than on his latest project Journeys to the Heart of the … Continue reading

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Guitarist/singer Robben Ford works off diverse palette for Purple House

Although genre-melding guitarist Robben Ford describes his latest album as “a real departure from tradition in terms of the songwriting” (“tradition” referring to the strong blues and rhythm-and-blues elements that often serve as the basis of Ford’s music), Purple House … Continue reading

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