Category Archives: Albums

Blues-rocker Devon Allman rides on with Ride or Die

Rock legend Gregg Allman had some good things to say about his son Devon Allman‘s musical abilities in the Allman Brothers Band co-founder’s biography My Cross to Bear a few years back, perhaps none more to the point than that … Continue reading

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Featuring both solo and collaborative tracks, latest record from blues master Taj Mahal is true Labor of Love

Last week, we gave you an early listen off blues legend Taj Mahal‘s newest album Labor of Love (Acoustic Sounds) in the form of a delightful “Shortnin’ Bread” that paired Mahal with the late one-armed harmonica player Neal Pattman, a … Continue reading

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Guitarist Harvey Mandel slithers back onto scene with Snake Pit

Back in October, we gave you a preview of Chicago blues guitarist Harvey Mandel‘s new album Snake Pit (Tompkins Square) in the form of the tasty title track. Now, we’re happy to report that the rest of the album is … Continue reading

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Sugar Ray and the Bluetones offer reason to believe with Seeing is Believing

They say that “seeing is believing”, and far be it for us to argue that seeing Sugar Ray and the Bluetones perform live when you have the chance is the smartest way to go. But the good news for blues … Continue reading

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Lurrie Bell just Can’t Shake This Feeling on latest release

If the title of this post were a Jeopardy! clue, the question would of course be “What is the blues?”, not only because Lurrie Bell is one of the best-known of those second-generation blues players about whom we frequently talk … Continue reading

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Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters take sentimental stroll down Maxwell Street

Guitarist Ronnie Earl and his band The Broadcasters deliver another superb offering in this latest release, dedicated to the memory of their longtime friend and former Broadcaster, keyboardist David Maxwell, who died in February 2015. Like previous albums from The … Continue reading

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Armed with arsenal of axes, Joe Bonamassa conquers monster tribute to “three Kings of the blues” on Live at the Greek Theatre

Although we’d of course heard of him by then, it wasn’t until quite a few years into blues-rocker Joe Bonamassa‘s career that he really caught our ear for the first time, when, in June 2010, we were fortunate enough to … Continue reading

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Mojo Risin’: Robert Finley evokes old soul on debut Age Don’t Mean a Thing

It doesn’t matter what other soul-blues albums you’ve heard this year; chances are, Robert Finley‘s debut Age Don’t Mean a Thing (Big Legal Mess Records) will have most, if not every single one of them, beat, with the 62-year-old Louisianan … Continue reading

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Big Head Blues Club returns with tribute to another blues great on Way Down Inside

Recently, we told you about the upcoming release from Big Head Todd & the Monsters’ bluesy side project – what you might call the Dr. Jekyll to their Monster persona – the Big Head Blues Club, a follow-up to the … Continue reading

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Mighty Sam McClain explores Time and Change on soulful posthumous release

Recently, we told you about a new CD/DVD featuring the late David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Here’s another terrific posthumous release, this from soul blues master Mighty Sam McClain, who you may recall passed away last summer at age 72. We really … Continue reading

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