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пятница, 26 февраля 2021 г.

Howard 'Guitar' Luedtke & Blue Max - Face To Face With The Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1996
Time: 47:23 
Size: 108,6 MB 
Label: False Dog Records
Styles: Modern Electric Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front+Back 

Tracks Listing:
 1. You Make Me Feel Alright - 3:15
 2. Your Love is Hard on Me - 5:24
 3. Howywood - 4:32
 4. Meanest Gal I Know - 3:51
 5. I'm Gonna Leave this Town - 3:40
 6. Face to Face with the Blues - 4:57
 7. Hard Road to Travel - 4:28
 8. When the Blues Puts its Hold on You - 3:31
 9. Tough Times - 4:17
10. Come on Into My Kitchen - 3:09
11. Terraplane Blues - 3:26
12. When The Cows Come Home - 2:47

Howard Luedtke, also known as Howard "Guitar" Luedtke, is an American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and musician. Luedtke is considered one of the best slide guitar players in the American midwest and currently tours with his band Howard "Guitar" Luedtke & Blue Max. Blue Max is a Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin based blues-rock band that has been performing in the upper Midwest for the past two decades. Luedtke interprets the blues material by Johnny Winter, John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon. Howard, from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, has been playing guitar since 1964. "I grew up with the Beatles, Hendrix and the Stones," says Luedtke. "Then in '69 or '70 I was first exposed to the classic blues and was fascinated by it." Howard played in a variety of blues, rock and country bands, in the Wisconsin area during the early seventies including Black Cat Bone Band in 1974. He formed his own band in 1982 called Blue Max.
Averaging over a 150 shows per year (solo and with Blue Max), Howard has traveled all over the midwest and Europe performing his tribute to the blues. His power-trio band is rounded out by his wife, Deb Klossner on bass and a wide assortment of drummers. From New Ulm, Minnesota, Klossner had been performing since 1983. After four years of performing with several rock bands in Southern Minnesota, Klossner joined Blue Max in 1987. Over the years Howard "Guitar" Luedtke & Blue Max has opened for the likes of Johnny Winter, Hubert Sumlin, Tinsley Ellis, Koko Taylor, Jeff Healey and Lonnie Brooks. In 2001, Luedtke & Blue Max placed second in the Rock category of Contest 4 of Ed McMahon's NextBigStar.com Internet video contest.Luedtke released Alone with the Blues (2006), a solo CD with him performing guitar and vocals.

The Chicago Kingsnakes - Blue Mosaic

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2011
Time: 48:52 
Size: 112,1 MB 
Label: MusicKing Records
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Take Your Time - 5:17
 2. Come Back Home - 4:34
 3. Blues Gone Uptown - 4:25
 4. Tell the Truth - 3:20
 5. Sick and Tired - 6:41
 6. So Cold in Chicago - 3:15
 7. Hip the Gip - 3:11
 8. Stop Drop and Roll - 3:09
 9. Lefty - 4:12
10. You Don't Want My Lovin' - 3:29
11. Mary Jane (Acoustic) - 3:33
12. Mary Jane (Electric) - 3:40

Their first proper album since 2003's "Grass Roots", though they've busied themselves over the intervening years touring the world with Byther Smith and playing shows with Junior Wells, Jimmy Witherspoon, Cash McCall, etc. When added to the fact that Kingsnakes leader, guitarist-vocalist James Anderson, has played with everyone from Buddy Guy and Albert King to Son Seals, James Cotton and Koko Taylor, It's probably safe to assume that The Chicago Kingsnakes are some of the best and most respected blues players around. Their style, unsurprisingly, is Chicago blues, and they play it slow and heavy, and tight and upbeat, and whatever way they play it, they play it well. Opening number "Take Your Time" is measured and intense, and highlights all their strengths, primarily great musicianship. When they're aiming to get feet moving on tracks like "Blues Gone Uptown" and the Sonny Boy Williamson(esque) "Lefty" - the latter with harmonica courtesy of Nelson Keaton - they sound like the ultimate blues bar band.

The Electric Mudd - Back To The Deaden

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 49:41 
Size: 113,9 MB 
Label: Leeway's Home Grown Music Network
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Black Soul Woman - 6:11
 2. Little Georgia - 4:43
 3. Medicine Sam - 5:24
 4. Blues 101 - 5:01
 5. Bike Song - 4:34
 6. Driver - 6:05
 7. Tutnin' Up Jed - 4:14
 8. Extramental - 4:46
 9. To The Butterfy Queen - 8:41

The Electric Mud call upon a punishing rhythm section and dizzying twin guitars alongside gritty, soulful vocals to remind audiences that rock and roll is a timeless, cosmic giant that never truly dies/

Matt Minglewood Band (feat. Jeff Healey) - Live At Last

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2003
Time: 74:43 
Size: 171,3 MB 
Label: Norton Records
Styles: Modern Electric Blues, Blues Rock
Art: Full 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Intro - 0:31
 2. Tell Me - 5:49
 3. Whiz Kids - 4:19
 4. How High Is High Enough - 5:08
 5. Let Somebody Else Drive - 4:34
 6. Hughie T & Annie Lizzie - 2:29
 7. Somebody Help Me - 6:53
 8. Me & The Boys - 4:27
 9. Travelin' Man - 6:46
10. Cape Crusader - 6:09
11. Rockin' The Blues - 7:09
12. Night Creeper - 6:23
13. East Coast Blues - 5:09
14. Can't You See - 8:50

An absolute "must-have" for all Minglewood fans, or those who just love "rockin' the blues." Anyone who has ever seen Cape Breton legend Matt Minglewood live knows he is one of the best "front-men" in the business. "Live at Last" indeed! The band members (Grant Leslie on bass, Neil Robertson on drums and Jim Ralph on keyboards) are at very their best individually and collectively in this live recording--their performance is stellar. But the addition of Jeff Healey to the line-up (arguably Canada's best blues and jazz musician) just sends this album soaring through the roof. Jeff sits in on every track, and his finesse adds a depth that is not to be missed. He blends with and complements Minglewood and his band as if they'd all been playing together for years. Michael Pickett also sits in on several tracks, and his harp is admirably featured on "Night Creeper". 

Michael James - Michael James

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2011
Time: 45:26 
Size: 105,4 MB 
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Guitar Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. She's Coming Home with Me - 4:17
 2. Can't Fix You - 3:59
 3. Like a House on Fire - 2:22
 4. Too Good to Be True - 2:44
 5. We Didn't Stand a Chance - 4:05
 6. That's How We Roll - 4:14
 7. This Place - 4:24
 8. Heard It on the Radio - 4:02
 9. Peace of Mind - 4:21
10. I'm Goin' Back - 4:00
11. The Cat's Meow - 3:47
12. Numberthirteen - 3:05

Michael James born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter. Michael James has been rocking Mpls blues clubs since the mid 1990's with his two bands, Michael James & the Headliners and The Big Bang. (Jonny Lang's former band). He delivers his blues rock with power and emotion. Michael wrote, produced and plays all instruments on all 12 songs on the CD. Sounds Like: Robert Cray, Joe Louis Walker, Kim Wilson.

David Michael Miller - Same Soil

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2015
Time: 54:44 
Size: 125,4 MB 
Label: Pedalenclosures Music
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. All The Blues To You - 4:25
 2. Just Ride - 5:43
 3. Got Them Blues - 3:39
 4. Friend Of Mine - 6:14
 5. Doing Me In, Doing Me Wrong - 5:56
 6. Shoes To Shine - 5:02
 7. Needle To The Wheel - 3:31
 8. If In You Hear Me - 4:47
 9. Born To Lose - 3:33
10. Too Early In The Mornin' - 6:20
11. Man's Got Things To Do - 5:30

Same Soil is David Michael Miller’s second solo album. The sound might be best described as  
“modern traditional.” With it’s mix of blues, gospel, and soul influences, Same Soil is a celebration of traditional roots styles. The album opens with the acoustic guitar driven riff of “All the Blues to You,” which lays the foundation for the entire album of soulful songs with relatable themes. There is always enough familiarity to make you feel at home and enough twists to keep you interested but this is Same Soil’s second major strength. The first is David Michael Miller’s voice.  This man has a command of the human voice that few can match. Dynamically he is always right on the mark without ever sounding like he’s showing off. Every line seems to roll off his tongue with total and complete ease. From the highest, most intense passages to those that are barely spoken; each melodic figure and lyric ooze soul. David explores songs inspired by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, and Bo Diddley among others. The main riff of the down and dirty “Doing Me In, Doing Me Wrong” references’ “Manish Boy” but takes a more modern turn that would make Muddy proud. “Got Them Blues” is an up tempo gospel blues jam that with more than a nod to Robert Randolph. “Friend of Mine” is a soulful blues ballad with sax and guitar work that are reminiscent of early Tom Waits. When David’s voice comes in with the soul and savvy of Robert Cray and a hint of Al Green, the goosebumps really start.  He draws on many influences and styles, yet still  sounds very natural and always earthy.  This may sound like hyperbole but every track on Same Soil is a total winner. This is one of those rare albums where you aren’t skipping around looking for the good songs.  “Just Ride” is great blues rocker.  “Shoes To Shine” is dynamite funk/soul number with surprising chord changes and a great solo section with the sax and guitar trading fours.No review of Same Soil would be complete without mentioning the band hand picked by David to bring the songs to life including keyboardist Jim Ehinger (Bonnie, Raitt, Albert Collins, Billy Vera and The Beaters), saxophonist Jason Moynihan (Buddy Guy) and drummer Carlton Campbell (of The Campbell Brothers). Everyone is giving one hundred percent but no one is “over blowing”, They all play to perfectly serve the songs, David’s voice and the rootsy production.David Michael Miller has the potential to go anywhere and be anything in this business that he wants. He could easily be the next great blues super star ala Robert Cray or Bonnie Raitt. In the mean time we can all groove to Same Soil while we see what the future holds.

Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys - Elmore James for President

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 41:03 
Size: 94,6 MB 
Label: Continental Blue Heaven
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Elmore James for President - 2:31
 2. Red Guitar - 3:19
 3. See Me In The Evening - 4:11
 4. Child Wolf - 3:19
 5. If You Think I've Lost You - 3:28
 6. Wildman Call - 3:09
 7. Last Dance In Memphis - 3:55
 8. Baby Don't Worry - 1:39
 9. Rampart Street - 2:33
10. Like Marie Laveau - 2:51
11. One More Time - 3:40
12. The Bottle Won't Save You - 3:17
13. Little Freddie Is King - 3:04

Powerful, heavy & bluesy! People say it’s the toughest sounding band around. The band with the original, reckless sound hails from New Orleans, LA. Johnny leads the ensemble and has racked up 13 records, countless festival appearances, over 35 European tours in 15 countries, a feature in a 2013 film as well as recording for the BBC in London, German National Radio in Bremen, and Belgian National Radio in Brussels. Elmore James (1918-1963) was an American musician that had popularity, deep soul and an energy that makes his music sound fresh today. JMMB’s 13 song new recording keeps that American spirit alive. Powerful, heavy & bluesy! JMMBs music is a blend of new and old at the same time. Roots run deep as Johnny spent 16 years (and Smoke 6 years) at the blues’ shrine “Babe’s & Ricky’s Inn” under the tutelage of Laura Mae “Mama” Gross. She taught them the only color that mattered was blue and encouraged them to develop their own, loose sound. The results are apparent at every show and every recording “Mama’s Boys” make. 

The Beat Daddys - South To Mississippi

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1994
Time: 42:14 
Size: 96,8 MB 
Label: Waldoxy Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock/Southern Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Delta Lady - 3:48
 2. Train In The Distance - 3:43
 3. How Blue Must I Get - 2:53
 4. Rainin' In The Real World - 4:50
 5. The Love Of A Woman - 6:13
 6. Woman's Got The Power - 4:43
 7. Good Time - 4:14
 8. Hoosier Lottery - 2:56
 9. She Got The Moves - 4:18
10. Amazing Grace - 1:36
11. Mississippi - 2:54

An amalgamation of blues and Southern rock, the Beat Daddys are comprised of Lewis Ross (drums), Brill Morris (bass and vocals), Larry Grisham (guitar, harp and vocals), and Britt Meacham (guitar and vocals). Meacham, from Mobile, Alabama, was a member of Jackson Highway, a group that recorded for Capitol Records, and also toured with soul-blues man Little Milton Campbell. Bassist Morris was part of Mercury Records' David and the Giants and performed in a popular regional Gulf Coast band, Magik. Drummer Ross, also from Mobile, was a founding member of Wet Willie, and he was involved in co-writing the band's hits "Keep on Smilin'," "Red Hot Chicken" and "Macon Hambone Blues." South to MississippiThe Beat Daddys formed in Evansville, Indiana in the mid-1980s and released their own self-produced album before signing with Malaco Records. Their two mid-1990s Malaco/Waldoxy releases, No, We Ain't From Clarksdale and South to Mississippi, are not straight-ahead blues, to be sure, but fans of blues, roots-rock and Southern rock can find much to appreciate in either of them.

J.L. Pardo, Lorenzo Thompson, Quique Gomez & Big Yuyu - Do The Siesta

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2011
Time: 44:15 
Size: 102,6 MB 
Label: Gaztelupeko Hotsak 
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues

Art: Front 
 1. I Want To Be Loved - 2:32
 2. Do The Do - 4:44
 3. Big Boss Man - 3:43
 4. Killing Floor - 3:10
 5. Stormy Monday Blues - 6:58
 6. Evil - 3:18
 7. Come On In My Kitchen - 3:20
 8. Caress Me Baby - 4:48
 9. Phone Booth - 4:40
10. Walkin Thru The Park - 3:39
11. Blow Wind Blow - 3:19

The last CD of the Argentine blues artist Jose Luis Pardo witnessing the Chicago singer Lorenzo Thompson and the Spanish harmonicist Quique Gomez and the Big Yuyu band (from Mallorca). 11 songs of pure Chicago sound with Latin American feeling.

Fast Johnny Ricker - Power And Light

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2001
Time: 51:11 
Size: 117,5 MB 
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. No Riders - 4:36
 2. The Drop On Me - 6:29
 3. Trouble's Hound - 3:58
 4. Full Blown Blue - 4:14
 5. Love Is Down - 4:37
 6. Baby Got A Guitar - 3:54
 7. Gypsy - 4:14
 8. Devil By The Tail - 4:11
 9. I Do Not Have The Blues - 5:02
10. Not But A Shadow - 3:56
11. Introduction - 1:21
12. Ramblin' Man - 4:33

Fast Johnny Ricker from Kansas City is a first class blues rock guitarist specialising in slide guitar. He holds the title of Best Electric Guitar In The Midwest.The Tulsa Blues Society News described him as having "the grittiness of Jimmy Thackery, the raw power of Jimi Hendrix, and the depth of Stevie Ray". He plays mainly in Texas blues and Delta blues styles, although his music has been described as experimental, with elements of psychedelic rock. He has performed with or opened for artists that include Bo Diddley, Tab Benoit, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, Sonny Landreth, and Canned Heat. 

Ally Venable - Heart Of Fire

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 50:17 
Size: 115,2 MB 
Label: Ruf Records
Styles: Blues/Texas Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Heart Of Fire - 4:35
 2. Played The Game - 4:45
 3. Hateful Blues - 4:07
 4. Road To Nowhere (feat. Devon Allman) - 3:53
 5. Bring On The Pain (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd) - 3:54
 6. Hard Change - 4:23
 7. Do It In Heels - 3:35
 8. Sad Situation - 4:10
 9. Use Me - 4:40
10. Tribute To SRV - 8:52
11. What Do You Want From Me - 3:18

Ally Venable, the 21 year-old guitarist from Kilgore, Texas, is pleased to announce the release of her 4th long player, Heart of Fire via Ruf Records on February 26, 2021.The pandemic might have silenced the music scene, shuttered the live circuit, and kept artists from their fans. But with Heart Of Fire, Ally Venable, is coming off the ropes swinging. Defying dark times and rolling up the amps, this fourth release from the acclaimed singer-songwriter is a record to rattle your speakers and signpost better times ahead. “My vision was to spread a positive message of love,” says Venable. “The world needs that right now.”
If Heart Of Fire finds Venable giving the globe some much-needed love, then the feeling is entirely mutual. Still, in her early twenties, Ally’s two decades have moved as fast as her fingers, her path winding from childhood church choirs to the teenage influence of local heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Miranda Lambert. Thus far, Ally has released four albums; No Glass Shoes (2016) and Puppet Show (2018) earned her international fans, Top 10 charting, and ETX Awards, but it was 2019’s #2 Billboard-charting Texas Honey and house-rocking sets on that year’s Blues Caravan tour that sent her to the next level. Now, with Venable’s fanbase snaking further around the block every time she blows into town, Texas roots icon Mike Zito has no doubts, “Ally is the future of blues and the crossover music of American roots-rock.” Not even a global pandemic could derail her momentum. Working at the Bessie Blue Studio in Stantonville, Tennessee last February with world-renowned producer Jim Gaines, Heart of Fire finds Venable laser-focused on her songcraft, challenging herself to write unguarded honesty, even if it hurts. “On this album, I wanted to create a tone of overcoming struggles and persevering,” she explains. Like any battle, this record gets loud. Anyone who has left an Ally Venable show with ringing ears will come expecting rip-it-up guitar work, and Heart Of Fire is a lovely way to burn. In a world of electronic pop, this old-soul gunslinger riffs up a storm on the Led Zeppelin-worthy sting of “Hard Change” and “Do It In Heels,” revs up the slinky hook of “Sad Situation” and drives the title track’s intro with a heavy-booted wah Leah ick. “That song is about being in a state of sadness,” she explains, “and someone comes along and brings you out of it, and then nobody can snuff out your flame.”
The only player who could follow her fretwork is special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who tears up “Bring On The Pain.” As Venable says: “That song is about loving someone, staying true to yourself during the bad times and saying, ‘No matter what’s going on, my love won’t change’. Kenny is one of my heroes, so I’m very honored he said yes to be a part of the song.” While nobody is better at squeezing fresh juice from the blues-rock genre, Venable’s songwriting frequently forks into leftfield. There’s the chain-gang stomp of “Hateful Blues,” its lyric cursing a cruel lover. There’s the pace-changing cover of Bill Withers’ classic “Use Me,”  reborn here with congas, rubberband bass, and a groovin’ lick. And don’t miss the impossibly wistful “Road To Nowhere,” featuring Devon Allman dovetailing with Venable on the chorus harmonies. “Devon jumped right into the song, elevated it, and brought it to life,” she remembers. “His vision for the song aligned perfectly with mine, and I’m so happy with how it turned out.” 
The same could be said for Heart Of Fire. Defiant, passionate, honest, and raw, this is the record these times demand from an artist who refuses to wait for the storm to pass but prefers to dance in the rain. “My goal for this album was to give an outlet for people,” Venable considers. “That’s really where the core of these songs comes from…”

Curtis Salgado - Damage Control

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 51:28 
Size: 118,0 MB 
Label: Alligator Records
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. The Longer That I Live - 3:51
 2. What Did Me In Did Me Well - 4:25
 3. You're Going To Miss My Sorry Ass - 4:09
 4. Precious Time - 4:02
 5. Count Of  Three - 3:35
 6. Always Say I Love You (At The End Of Your Goodbyes) - 4:03
 7. Hail Mighty Caesar - 4:16
 8. I Don't Do That No More - 3:43
 9. Oh For The Cry Eye - 3:33
10. Damage Control - 4:03
11. Truth Be Told - 3:15
12. The Fix Is In - 5:00
13. Slow Down - 3:26

Award-winning vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Curtis Salgado, the man NPR calls “an icon” with “a huge voice,” will release his new Alligator Records album, Damage Control, on Friday, February 26, 2021. Produced by Salgado, Damage Control is his first full band album in four years, and it’s packed with passionate, insightful, original songs.With over 40 years of recording, performing, touring and songwriting under his belt, Salgado is revered worldwide for his ability to wring every ounce of soul out of every song he performs. He is famed not only for his powerhouse live shows and ten previous albums, but also for his songwriting. In 2018 he won the Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year for Walk A Mile In My Blues from The Beautiful Lowdown. In total, he has won nine Blues Music Awards, including the B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year. DownBeat calls his songwriting skills “an impressive gift.” Billboard says Salgado’s music is “inspired and powerful.” With Damage Control, Salgado has created what he calls “a rock ’n’ roll record with lyrics that hit.” The album was produced by Salgado and recorded in studios in Tennessee and California with three different groups of world-class, road-tested blues and roots musicians. The 13 songs—12 originals and a raucous cover of Larry Williams’ Slow Down (famously covered by The Beatles)—will surprise and delight longtime Salgado fans. Salgado has crafted a soul-searching, street-smart collection of vividly detailed, instantly memorable songs. Salgado’s vocals weave, bob and soar, at times jabbing with nuance, and then striking with unlimited power. Of the title track, he says, “Life is all about damage control…trouble and then some. It’s about dealing with what gets thrown at you and saying, ‘I ain’t finished yet.’” The album’s defiant opening song, The Longer That I Live, was originally released as a digital-only single in June 2020. 
Born in Eugene, Oregon, Salgado found his calling early on. By his 20s he was already making a name for himself in Eugene’s bar scene with his band The Nighthawks, and later as co-leader of The Robert Cray Band, where he found himself sharing stages with many of his heroes, including Muddy Waters, Bobby Bland, Albert Collins and Bonnie Raitt. After Salgado and Cray parted ways in 1982, Curtis fronted Roomful Of Blues, singing and touring with them from 1984 through 1986. In 1995 he spent the summer touring as vocalist for Santana. He released the first of his 11 solo albums in 1991.Salgado’s Alligator Records debut, Soul Shot, was released in 2012 to widespread critical acclaim. Blues Revue said Salgado’s music is “triumphant, joyful, blues-soaked R&B” and declared him to be “one of the most soulful, honest singers ever.” He followed up withThe Beautiful Lowdown in 2016 andRough Cut, the stripped-down acoustic album (with guitarist Alan Hager) in 2018. Salgado has performed at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival, The San Francisco Blues Festival, Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival, Denver’s Mile High Blues Festival as well as on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Internationally he’s toured in Saipan, Guam, Canada, England, throughout Europe, Brazil, Chile, Panama, The Philippines, Thailand, and Hong Kong. According to Blues Revue, Salgado’s performances “start at excellent before segueing into goose bumps, ecstasy, and finally nirvana. Salgado has always lived life to the fullest, but he’s also faced adversity, overcoming multiple health challenges. Both of these things inform Damage Control. He battled back from liver cancer in 2006 and lung cancer in 2008 and 2012. In March 2017 he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He’s not only come back stronger each time, he’s also become a prolific songwriter, going from writing a few songs per album to writing or co-writing full albums of original songs. “You can dance to them,” Salgado says of his songs, “but the words have to carry the weight.”

Joanna Connor - 4801 South Indiana Avenue

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 43:56 
Size: 100,7 MB 
Label: Ktba Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Destination (feat.Jimmy Hall) - 3:32
 2. Come Back Home - 4:26
 3. Bad News - 6:27
 4. I Feel So Good - 3:36
 5. For The Love Of A Man - 4:22
 6. Trouble Trouble - 3:41
 7. Please Help - 4:15
 8. Cut You Loose - 4:08
 9. Part Time Love (feat.Joe Bonamassa) - 5:05
10. It's My Time (feat.Joe Bonamassa) - 4:18

Following the success of an album like 2019’s Rise, many musicians would hew closely to their established format and feel, building on strengths, while avoiding large, risky departures from a proven winner. Perhaps due to a life lived as a true performing musician who values artistry and authenticity over commercial success, Joanna Connor instead takes a bold risk with 4801 South Indiana Avenue. She is a fearless veteran who appears to be entering a new phase of her career. The title of the album is as telling as it is cryptic. It refers to the location of Theresa’s Lounge, a south side Chicago club that once hosted some of the finest blues in the world in a no-frills barroom setting. And with the help of producers Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith, Connor creates a set that gives listeners a glimpse at what music might have been played at Theresa’s were it around today. For a studio album this technically stellar and concisely written, it is soaked in a rawness and energy that exceeds many live performances.
Connor wastes no time opening “Destination” with fiery-rapid fire slide-licks that display an impressive combination of speed and precision. Reese Wynans provides a full-bodied piano underpinning that allows the vocal call-and-response duo of Connor and Jimmy Hall to flex their singing muscles. The same piano heft reappears on “Come Back Home,” this time with the tandem of Calvin Turner (bass) and Lemar Carter (drums) driving the song with a rhythm both thick and punchy. While the structures of both opening tunes remain largely traditional, Connor’s gritty, blistering solo’s are anything but, and the open feel of Carter’s percussion on the peppy “I Feel So Good” and “Please Help” allow Conner to show her virtuosity as a rhythm guitarist. “Bad News” might be the strongest number of the bunch for a number of reasons. With a lot of nuanced sonic texture, and possibly the best version of the triple-headed guitar attack of Connor, Smith, and Bonamassa, listeners will appreciate the willingness of the team to stretch this number out a bit. “Cut You Loose” breaks away from anything expected, beginning with the opening fuzzy riffs and acoustic slide. Tempo changes throughout the song and creative verses make for one of the set’s most interesting listens, and also sets a high bar for what hard modern blues can aspire to. The final track, “It’s My Time,” finishes the set nicely while exploring a calmer, more serene aspect of Connor’s voice. And it is Connor’s voice that provides an extraordinary surprise on this album. Instrumental ear-candy, including tons of memorable guitar, is to be expected with an artist/producer pairing like this. However, listeners would be advised to dedicate a spin to focus solely on Connor’s vocal range, intensity, and vulnerability. Her lived-in grit and conviction bolster a voice that carries her songs by itself, even though most people have come to know her for her guitar. The album contains too many bright points to list in one brief review. Tasteful and judicious use of extra-musical sounds, great horn arrangements, and the many clever lyrical turns of phrase are just a few treats that are left for fans to discover themselves. The album delights from cover to cover and each individual song reveals new gems with each listen. 4801 South Indiana Avenue might be Joanna Connor’s best, and its bold, powerful character suggests that her next may likely be even better. 

четверг, 25 февраля 2021 г.

The Electric Mudd - Call It What You Will

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2003
Time: 48:44 
Size: 111,7 MB 
Label: Leeway's Home Grown Music Network
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. John Higgins - 4:51
 2. Whiskey Mama - 4:26
 3. Double Quick Chicken - 4:07
 4. Gumbo - 4:17
 5. Call It What You Will - 3:38
 6. Rainbow Child - 4:15
 7. Ghost Train - 4:30
 8. Don't You Leave Me - 3:45
 9. Swamp Jelly - 6:26
10. Good Ol' Friend - 8:24

Born in the Mississippi Delta, infused with the blues, and steeped in soul music, The Electric Mudd have formulated the recipe for Delta Swamp Boogie. Consisting of six accomplished musicians, The Electric Mudd are gaining much attention for their trademark music and high-energy performances. David Burchfield, whose powerful vocals drip over the music like southern gravy on biscuits, assaults the listeners with warm guitar leads that call up memories of San Francisco Bay area artist of the sixties. Together with Brian Ware's authentic blues licks, the duel guitarists weave melodies that wrap the listener in a blanket of groove. Drummer Jason Boyles and Percussionist Jack McWilliams make up the rhythmic onslaught that fuels their music with a plethora of energy. Keyboardist Chuck Davis' experience and casual approach adds texture and a delicate touch to the plate. Rounding out the lineup is Nick Sosebee's thunderous bass guitar which provides a solid foundation to a powerhouse band.
The Electric Mudd formed when David, Nick, and Jason decided to leave a former band to begin exploring new territory. Having grown up together, they had developed a musical language of their own. They wrote a good deal of fresh material and pounded out the kinks, and then added McWilliams to the mix. After playing gigs in the delta, local music store owner Brian Ware sat in on several occasions and soon joined the band permanently. The band began expanding their repertoire, and was soon playing to larger crowds in such places as legendary Blues landmarks Airport Grocery and Hopson's Plantation in Clarksdale. Around this time, David happened to meet Chuck at a local music store in Greenwood and the roster was finalized soon after.
By the Fall of 2002, it was apparent that they had a loyal fan base that was steadily growing night after night. They played an increasing number of gigs and shared the stage with such noticeble musicians Jim Dickinson, Cary Hudson, Chris Etheridge, and The Kudzu Kings. They began making plans to record an album and by February 2003, they had enlisted the help of recording veteran Jeffrey Reed. They soon began production of their first album "Call It What You Will." During the recording sessions they welcomed Robert Chaffe of The Kudzu Kings, who sat in on four songs. Consisting of ten songs, "Call It What You Will" is a wonderful snapshot of the band's highly danceable "Delta Swamp Boogie." The Electric Mudd employs improvisation on a nightly basis to keep the music fresh and consistently rises to higher levels every time they play. Blending rock and roll, blues, jazz, folk, and soul,The Electric Mudd is so funky, they'll make you want to jump in the shower.

Jason Ricci & New Blood - Live At Checkers Tavern

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2005
Time: 76:32 
Size: 175,7 MB 
Label: Blue Sunday Entertainment
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front + Back

Tracks Listing:
 1. Wake County Stomp -  8:05
 2. Blues Penitentiary -  9:03
 3. Wish You Would -  7:19
 4. Blue & Lonesome - 20:22
 5. Feel Good Funk - 10:27
 6. My Head Is A Bad Neighborhood -  4:49
 7. Reverse Technology - 16:25

Jason Ricci is that rare individual that only comes along once in a generation - an artist with the unique ability to help shape and redefine the sound of his chosen instrument and forever change the course of music history. His style is varied and his influences are far reaching, spanning through countless musical genres including blues, jazz, funk, rock, punk and even drawing inspiration from the current crop of jam bands, all while still retaining the stamp of his own inimitable style. Together with guitarist Shawn Starsky, who brings with him an arsenal of creative talent and fresh ideas, Jason Ricci & New Blood have created a visionary and sonically explosive masterpiece that is sure to shake your foundations.

Jason Ricci & New Blood - Rocket Number 9

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 74:10 
Size: 170,6 MB 
Label: Eclecto Groove
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock/Harp Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. The Rocker -  6:59
 2. I'm a New Man -  5:11
 3. Loving Eyes - 11:15
 4. Dodecahedron -  5:16
 5. Mr.Satan -  3:23
 6. Deliver Us -  4:39
 7. The Blow Zone Layer -  3:50
 8. The Way I Hurt Myself -  6:30
 9. The Eternal Is -  5:29
10. Snowflakes and Horses -  4:36
11. Sonja -  6:19
12. Rocket Number 9 - 10:37

With his pink hair, sullen, expressionless face, and black clothes, harp blower Jason Ricci looks more art damaged emo kid than bluesman, but looks can be deceiving. Ricci tours relentlessly and has brought plenty of new fans to the genre with an approach that combines spacy, jam band meandering, the almost metallic guitar attack of Shawn Starski, and wide open arrangements that touch on jazz, rock, funk, Arab, punk, and, of course, blues. The album combines heavy, bluesy tunes and unexpectedly mellow soul outings. The title track, a Sun Ra tune, shows off the resourcefulness of Ricci and his bandmates -- Starski on guitar, Todd Edmunds on acoustic and electric bass, keys, and percussion, and Ron Sutton on drums. The arrangement opens with a sinister harp interlude, and switches throughout from a straightforward blues-rock vamp to brief solo breaks featuring quiet, jazzy guitar breaks full of swinging comped chords, measured single-note runs and odd effects, hushed bass ruminations, nose flute work from Ricci in the style of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and harp that often sounds as much like a horn section as a harmonica. Guest Michael Peloquin brings a bit of sax in to add an extra flavor. It clocks in at over ten minutes but never loses focus. "The Blow Zone Layer" is a Chicago style jumper with distorted harp and an aerobic rhythm track. Sutton rushes the beat to keep the energy high. "The Rocker" is metal-blues with plenty of meat on the bone, but Ricci's vocal is over the top and somewhat embarrassing. His harp, however, and Sutton's shredding guitar work, full of humorously tossed off arena rock clichés, is impressive. "Loving Eyes" has a vaguely Eastern sound -- Ricci calls it his Junior Kimbrough-meets-Byrds piece -- while Sutton's guitar chimes and shimmers with long sustained notes that match Ricci's restrained blowing. "Sonja," written by Starski and Ricci, is melodic and meditative, with a Beatlesque melody, some hushed non-blues, almost country, harp, and delicate chiming guitar work. Sutton's trap drum is almost invisible, adding just the suggestion of a beat. "Deliver Us" is a funky, gospel tinged tune, with a more subdued vocal from Ricci and some uncredited churchy organ, and brief emotion drenched solos from Ricci and Starski. Vocally there are times that Ricci tries too hard to sound black, or like a young Mick Jagger, which can be embarrassing, but there's no denying his versatility on the harmonica, or Starski's guitar prowess.

Will James & The Boots - The Age of Fear

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 39:03 
Size: 89,6 MB 
Label: Rebel Records
Styles: Blues/Contemporary Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Q Blues - 5:45
 2. 6 UP - 5:28
 3. Caution - 4:29
 4. Gone Express - 5:55
 5. Space Age - 4:33
 6. In A Box - 1:59
 7. Lockdown - 3:35
 8. Freeman Blues - 7:15

The Age of Fear is the new album by Will James & The Boots. It has been released on 2021-02-20 and contains 8 tracks. You can get the album from the link below.

Scott Ellison - Walkin' Through the Fire

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2011
Time: 58:39 
Size: 134,4 MB 
Label: JSE Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Hits Like Dynamite - 3:21
 2. Shakin' With The Blues - 3:09
 3. Aint Just Leavin Town (Feat. Walt Richmond) - 3:09
 4. No Way to Live (Feat. Walt Richmond) - 2:31
 5. Big Big Love (Feat. Charles Tuperville) - 4:06
 6. You Talk Too Much (Feat. Charles Tuperville) - 4:56
 7. Driftin Man (Feat. Walt Richmond) - 3:49
 8. Sweet Thunder (Feat. Lynn Defino & Walt Richmond) - 3:46
 9. Dont Wanna Need Ya (Feat. Charles Tuperville) - 4:25
10. Walkin Through the Fire (Feat. Charles Tuperville) - 4:08
11. Troubled Times (Feat. Walt Richmond) - 4:26
12. The Name of Your Game (Feat. Walt Richmond) - 4:15
13. All Things (Feat. Charles Tuperville & Scott Hutchison) - 4:19
14. Turn Out the Lights (Feat. Charles Tuperville) - 4:11
15. The Man Who Shot Mustang Sally (Feat. Charles Tuperville) - 3:59

Ellison’s partner Walt Richmond can be credited with the tight arrangements and mix sounds and the tasty addition of the Hot Tamale horns, although the use of electronic drums feels a tad unauthentic at times. Ellison’s wit is also on display here with the snappy venom of barrel house rambler “You Talk Too Much,” and the terrifically sarcastic “The Man Who Shot Mustang Sally.” Walking through the Fire is a fine collection of rockin’ blues, and soul from an under the radar artist.

Jimmy Rogers - A Blues Guitar Giant

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2020
Time: 31:47 
Size: 73,6 MB 
Label: Frank Goldy
Styles: Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. The World is In a Tangle - 2:58
 2. Back Door Friend - 3:10
 3. Chicago Bound - 2:41
 4. That's All Right - 2:47
 5. Walking By Myself - 2:48
 6. My Last Meal - 3:04
 7. Goin' Away Baby - 2:44
 8. Blues All Day Long - 3:04
 9. My Baby Don't Love Me No More - 2:18
10. This Has Never Been - 2:51
11. Money, Marbles and Chalk - 3:17

Guitarist Jimmy Rogers was the last living connection to the groundbreaking first Chicago band of Muddy Waters (informally dubbed "the Headhunters" for their penchant of dropping by other musicians' gigs and "cutting their heads" with a superior on-stage performance). Instead of basking in world-wide veneration, he was merely a well-respected Chicago elder boasting a seminal '50s Chess Records catalog, both behind Waters and on his own. Born James A. Lane (Rogers was his stepdad's surname), the guitarist grew up all over: Mississippi, Atlanta, West Memphis, Memphis, and St. Louis. Actually, Rogers started out on harp as a teenager. Big Bill Broonzy, Joe Willie Wilkins, and Robert Jr. Lockwood all influenced him, the latter two when he passed through Helena. Rogers settled in Chicago during the early '40s and began playing professionally around 1946, gigging with Sonny Boy Williamson, Sunnyland Slim, and Broonzy. Rogers was playing harp with guitarist Blue Smitty when Muddy Waters joined them. When Smitty split, Little Walter was welcomed into the configuration, Rogers switched over to second guitar, and the entire post-war Chicago blues genre felt the stylistic earthquake that directly followed. Rogers made his recorded debut as a leader in 1947 for the tiny Ora-Nelle logo, then saw his efforts for Regal and Apollo go unissued. Those labels' monumental errors in judgment were the gain of Leonard Chess, who recognized the comparatively smooth-voiced Rogers' potential as a blues star in his own right. (He first played with Muddy Waters on an Aristocrat 78 in 1949 and remained his indispensable rhythm guitarist on wax into 1955.) With Walter and bassist Big Crawford laying down support, Rogers' debut Chess single in 1950, "That's All Right," has earned standard status after countless covers, but his version still reigns supreme. Rogers' artistic quality was remarkably high while at Chess. "The World Is in a Tangle," "Money, Marbles and Chalk," "Back Door Friend," "Left Me with a Broken Heart," "Act Like You Love Me," and the 1954 rockers "Sloppy Drunk" and "Chicago Bound" are essential early-'50s Chicago blues.In 1955, Rogers left Muddy Waters to venture out as a bandleader, cutting another gem, "You're the One," for Chess. He made his only appearance on Billboard's R&B charts in early 1957 with the driving "Walking by Myself," which boasted a stunning harp solo from Big Walter Horton (a last-second stand-in for no-show Good Rockin' Charles). The tune itself was an adaptation of a T-Bone Walker tune, "Why Not," that Rogers had played rhythm guitar on when Walker cut it for Atlantic. By 1957, blues was losing favor at Chess, the label reaping the rewards of rock via Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Rogers' platters slowed to a trickle, though his 1959 Chess farewell, "Rock This House," ranked with his most exciting outings (Reggie Boyd's light-fingered guitar wasn't the least of its charms).Rogers virtually retired from music for a time during the '60s, operating a Westside clothing shop that burned down in the aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King's tragic assassination. He returned to the studio in 1972 for Leon Russell's Shelter logo, cutting his first LP, Gold-Tailed Bird (with help from the Aces and Freddie King). There were a few more fine albums -- notably Ludella, a 1990 set for Antone's -- but Rogers never fattened his discography nearly as much as some of his contemporaries have. Jimmy's son, Jimmy D. Lane, played rhythm guitar in his dad's band and fronts a combo of his own on the side. Rogers died December 19, 1997. At the time of his death, he was working on an all-star project featuring contributions from Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Robert Plant, and Jimmy Page, and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; upon its completion, the disc was issued posthumously in early 1999 under the title Blues, Blues, Blues. /Biography by Bill Dahl, AllMusic

BlueShot - Crack The Seal

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2006
Time: 58:21 
Size: 133,8 MB 
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front+Back 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Land Of The Tall (Intro) - 0:34
 2. It's So Easy - 4:27
 3. Train Gone Blues - 3:52
 4. Hey Baby (Naked Love) - 4:39
 5. Crossroads (Acustic) - 2:42
 6. Crossroads - 3:16
 7. Break Down - 4:50
 8. Indian Blues - 1:51
 9. Save Me - 5:38
10. Home - 2:14
11. Redhouse Blues - 7:29
12. Over The Hill - 3:25
13. Land Of The Tall - 4:02
14. Evil Spell - 5:45
15. Nasty Sticks - 3:30

BlueShot - power blues/rock group from Denmark (should not be confused to the German band with the same name), with the singer, guitarist and composer Torben Pape in front. In members also were Per Hundborg - bass and Søren Ahlgreen - drums. "Crack The Seal" is the second album of Blueshot. You might have heard them before. They were No. 5 on the american blueschart with a song called "It´s so easy", from this album.

Scott Ellison - Steamin'

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1997
Time: 43:00 
Size: 99,5 MB 
Label: Fishhead Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front + Back

Tracks Listing:
 1. Steamin' - 3:27
 2. Big Blue Car - 4:15
 3. I'm In Trouble - 4:48
 4. King Of The Blues - 3:22
 5. Jesus Loves Me (Baby Why Don't You) - 3:21
 6. Can't Look Love In The Eye - 3:15
 7. Cadillac Woman - 3:17
 8. 4th Of July - 4:22
 9. You Lit The Fire - 4:07
10. Not Fade Away - 4:02
11. Where You Stand With Me - 4:38

A talented singer/songwriter, guitarist, and blues-rocker, Scott Ellison was born on February 13, 1954, in Tulsa, OK. By the '70s, Tulsa had become an unexpected hotbed of blues-based rock bands (as proven by both Eric Clapton and Freddie King's backing bands hailing from the area), which was around the same time that Ellison began playing with others, such as country singer Jesseca James (Conway Twitty's daughter) in 1977 and renowned bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown in 1981. Ellison relocated to Los Angeles by the mid-'80s, however, keeping his music career going by playing with the Box Tops, the Shirelles, the Coasters, and Peaches & Herb, and by the '90s he had formed his own blues band and opened for the likes of Joe Cocker, the Fabulous T-Birds, and Buddy Guy. It was also around this time that Ellison began issuing solo albums, including the titles Chains of Love and Live at Joey's. Shortly after returning back home to Tulsa, Ellison issued his third release, Steamin', followed by One Step From the Blues, which featured several other Tulsa musicians backing him. In addition to solo records and playing with other artists, Ellison has also penned songs that have appeared in such hit TV shows as Sister Sister, Eye on L.A., and the soap opera Santa Barbara, as well as the soundtrack to the Ben Affleck motion picture Reindeer Games. In 2001 Ellison issued his first release for the Burnside label, Cold Hard Cash, produced by longtime Robert Cray producer Dennis Walker.

среда, 24 февраля 2021 г.

John Henry & the Rainmakers - John Henry & the Rainmakers

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 53:45 
Size: 123,2 MB 
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. 3 O'Clock - 11:00
 2. I Ain't Lyin -  4:32
 3. I Know What -  3:49
 4. Million Dollar Swing -  5:53
 5. Postman -  4:12
 6. Psycofilly -  3:50
 7. Sleeping Bag -  7:25
 8. That's Alright -  7:10
 9. You're Gonna Miss Me -  5:51

John Hill, known to everybody as " John Henry" , country born and raised, is a combination of things that makes him what he ultimately is. A cross between country, soul, rock and roll, jazz, all based around his love for the blues. His main love is creating and is currently trying expose himself and his music to the world via studio work balanced against live performance, the latter being his main love. Born outside of Zanesville,Ohio in 1957, a rural area surrounded by all the influences of family, church, AM radio, and everything he could immerse himself in at an early age. His personal veiwpoint is that everything you listen to and like started as an original thought and is the only thing worth spending your time and effort on. Birthing new thoughts and music. John Henry has been playing area venues, blues festivals and special shows from Columbus to Cleveland Ohio with many more to come this year. He is also a member of  the Mill Street Blues Trio which is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. He also runs a long running open blues jam catering to talented and upcoming youths and seasoned veterans with excess energy to expend mentoring those that need it for the last two years.

Sandra Hall - American Roots : Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2002
Time: 43:50 
Size: 100,6 MB 
Label: Ichiban
Styles: Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. I Need to Love You - 5:24
 2. I Got the Will - 3:04
 3. I Miss You So - 3:32
 4. Stop Trying to Run My Life - 4:45
 5. I Wanna See What You Say - 4:23
 6. Pump Up Your Love - 3:58
 7. Boogie Woogie Fever - 3:26
 8. One Drop Will Do You - 2:42
 9. Party At My House - 2:56
10. My Henhouse - 3:44
11. Use What You Got - 4:57
12. Thank You Jesus - 0:54

In the style of Etta James, Koko Taylor, Memphis Minnie, and along with Shemekia Copeland, Sandra Hall keeps raising the standard of Blues singers today. Its jamed full of outstanding Musicians along with the voice of one incredible female singer.
I can't stress how incredible this CD is, and what a added jewel this would be to anyones music collection.

Andy Cowan - After the Rain

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2014
Time: 42:31 
Size: 97,7 MB 
Label: ABC Music / Universal
Styles: Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. With You in Mind - 3:44
 2. What Good Am I - 3:28
 3. Janelle - 2:51
 4. Hold on to Me - 3:58
 5. Make You Feel My Love - 4:02
 6. Back When We Were Beautiful - 3:11
 7. When You Smile - 3:28
 8. Over the Rainbow - 3:11
 9. You Don't Know What Love Is - 3:37
10. Memories of Tomorrow - 3:53
11. Georgia on My Mind - 3:37
12. Falling - 3:25

Seminal Australian soul and blues visionary Andy Cowan returns with a collection of 12 timeless. and seamless contemporary songs with 'After The Rain.' Andy's evocative song writing and timeless vocals have cemented him as one of the country's foremost singer songwriters. revered for his passion and lyricism. 'After The Rain' sees Andy give a nod to the nostalgic stylings of soul and blues greats with version of "Georgia On My Mind" and "What Good Am I." whilst paving the way for modern adult contemporary sounds.

Guitar Shorty - Rare and Live

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 90:43 
Size: 207,8 MB 
Label: Maestro Entertainment, Corp
Styles: Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Shorty's Theme (Live) -  7:37
 2. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Live) -  5:20
 3. Billie Jean Blues -  2:11
 4. Never Make a Move Too Soon (Live) - 10:15
 5. Hard Life Blues (Live) -  2:33
 6. How Blue Can You Get (Live) - 10:40
 7. How Come My Dog Don't Bark (When You Come Round) -  5:15
 8. 08 History of Jody (Live) - 13:36
 9. Bump the Donkey -  5:27
10. A Whole Lot of Lovin' (Live) - 10:24
11. Hey Joe (Live) -  6:00
12. Shorty's Theme (Part 2) (Live) - 11:20

Legendary guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings. Like a bare knuckled boxer, Shorty strikes with his blistering, physical guitar playing and his fierce vocals, connecting directly with body and soul. What really sets Shorty apart is his absolutely unpredictable, off-the-wall guitar playing. He reaches for sounds, riffs and licks that other blues players wouldn't even think of. Amazon.com says his guitar work "sounds like a caged tiger before feeding time. His molten guitar pours his psychedelicized solos like lava over anything in his path." The Chicago Reader declares, "Guitar Shorty is a battle-scarred hard-ass. He slices off his phrases and notes with homicidal fury. He is among the highest-energy blues entertainers on the scene." Through the years, Shorty has performed with blues and R&B luminaries like Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, B.B. King, Guitar Slim and T-Bone Walker. He started playing with these legends while still in his teens and recorded a handful of singles for a variety of labels and an obscure LP during the first 30 years of his career. After decades of paying his dues (like so many unheralded American bluesmen), it took a tour of England to establish Shorty's fame in his home country. His recordings since then all received massive critical acclaim, and his renowned live performances have kept him constantly in demand all over the world. His 2004 Alligator Records debut, Watch Your Back, became his best-received, best-selling album to date. His 2006 follow-up, We The People, won the coveted Blues Music Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year.

Nathan B. Spooner - Grampa's Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 37:12 
Size: 85,3 MB 
Label: Self Released
Styles: Contemporary Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Pamela Jane - 3:59
 2. Mystery Woman - 4:14
 3. Main Frame Baby Jam - 3:17
 4. Less And Less Of You - 2:57
 5. Bad Year Blues - 3:56
 6. St. Louis Blues - 4:11
 7. Statesboro Blues - 3:18
 8. Cayuga Blues Band - 4:04
 9. Last Time I Saw Annie - 3:41
10. Anna Lou, Almost A Love Song - 3:31

After graduating in 1966 from UC Berkeley with a degree in philosophy, and after some time in graduate school at San Francisco State College, Nathan Spooner spent the years from 1970 to 1975 making his living in Berkeley and San Francisco as a street musician.
Between 1975 and 1985 he worked in Alaska as a guitar player and backup singer in night clubs, a commercial salmon fisherman during the summers, and as an on-call stevedore for Local 62 along the waterfront in Ketchikan. Some years after returning to California in 1985, he began reworking the notes he started in 1963 and had kept through his travels to Alaska and Oregon and back to Berkeley.

The Mustangs - Shaman & the Monkey

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 45:14 
Size: 103,7 MB 
Label: Raging Horse Records
Styles: Rock/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. The Line - 4:30
 2. Didn't  I Say - 2:27
 3. Cracking Up - 2:46
 4. Monkey on Your Back - 3:56
 5. Shut It Down - 3:18
 6. Highwire - 3:18
 7. Reynolds Jam - 1:24
 8. The Chancer - 3:43
 9. Gotta Be Good - 3:39
10. Any Road Will Do - 3:57
11. Find Your Love - 3:42
12. Second Chance - 4:04
13. Too Much Is Never Enough - 4:24

THE MUSTANGS are a breath of fresh air on the British blues scene. They combine the power and punch of traditional R’n’B with great original songs and a show-stopping stage set. They have established a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most charismatic bands in British blues. The Mustangs are led by the stunning voice and slashing guitar of livewire frontman Adam Norsworthy. The razor-sharp rhythm section of Jon Bartley (drums) and Ben McKeown (bass) is the tightest on the circuit. The line-up is completed by R’n’B veteran Derek Kingaby on vintage blues harp.The Mustangs formed in Hampshire in 2001. They immediately started gaining rave reviews in the blues press, with writers hailing the band as the country’s brightest new blues talent. News of their deft song-writing and hunger for playing live soon spread. Since then the Mustangs have headlined stages all over the UK, from the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival to the legendary Hackney Empire. They have toured the length and brea
dth of the country, playing alongside giants of the British and American blues scenes. In the last few years the band has also started taking their unique brand of blues rock to ecstatic crowds on the European festival scene.

пятница, 19 февраля 2021 г.

Reed Turchi - I've Chosen Love

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 40:30 
Size: 93,1 MB 
Label: Nine Mile Records
Styles: Roots Rock/Blues/Americana
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Tell Somebody What Love Is - 3:16
 2. Don't Let Love Slip Away - 3:22
 3. Keep on Keepin on - 3:30
 4. I've Chosen Love - 4:04
 5. Cicada Rhythm - 6:45
 6. All Night Long - 7:07
 7. Hot Dog of Innuendo - 6:38
 8. Goodnight Goodnight - 5:45

Art Edmaiston - Saxophone
Anthony Farrell - Keyboards, Bass
Lemuel Hayes - Drums
Wallace Lester - Drums
Lee McAlilly - Bass
Heather Moulder - Keyboards, Vocals
Johnny Radelat - Drums
Ben Sparaco - Guitar
Kathleen Turchi - Vocals
Reed Turchi - Guitar, Vocals

'I've Chosen Love' is an album of two parts, a yin-and-yang of both production techniques and recording mentality. Half of the songs were written using "love" as a lyrical cornerstone, and built on a foundation of soul and blues inspiration, written and mixed in Memphis with the spirit of STAX, Al Green, and Isaac Hayes hovering near, but recorded in the funky blues-rock studio Bud's Recording Service in Austin. These songs, "I've Chosen Love", "Tell Somebody What Love Is," "Don't Let Love Slip Away", and "Keep on Keepin On" were all built with a big studio band, around the core of double-drummers Johnny Radelat (Gary Clark Jr) and Lemuel Hayes (Cindy Wilson), with Anthony Farrell (JJ Grey & Mofro / Greyhounds) on bass. As the tracks grew, Anthony Farrell pushed them from roots-rock to a more cinematic scope with his layered synth work, Art Edmaiston brought a true Memphis vibe with saxophone on "Keep On", and vocal performances by Heather Moulder and Kathleen Turchi made the album a collective rather than front-man-only effort. On the flip-side of these songs, the rest of the album was recorded well into the COVID quarantine, outdoors in the backyard on a late summer night in Nashville, surrounded by cicadas. In contrast to the studio-tight sound, these more extended tracks feature a purely neighborhood band, playing only for themselves, and in celebration of being able to make music in a time without the usual shows, sessions, or collaborations. With an all-Mississippi rhythm section of Wallace Lester (Como Mama's, Reverend John Wilkins) on drums and Lee McAlilly on bass hypnotically grooving, and Heather Moulder's keyboards serving double-duty between rhythm section and lead, there couldn't be a better dance floor for the twin guitars of Reed Turchi and Ben Sparaco to spin through. Thanks to the state of the world beyond anyone's control, 'I've Chosen Love' has become an amazingly appropriate album of the times, a combination of the carefully-planned out and produced recording sessions, and the freely improvised, of-the-moment joy in spontaneous performance with a group of friends under the summer moon.

четверг, 18 февраля 2021 г.

Deadline Friday - Days Gone

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 62:04 
Size: 142,5 MB 
Label: Self Released
Styles: Rock/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Outta Line - 4:40
 2. Broken Man - 5:21
 3. I Resing - 3:34
 4. Get Out - 5:11
 5. Spout - 6:29
 6. F#U - 5:18
 7. 20 Mules - 4:38
 8. Days Gone - 7:30
 9. Backyard Moon - 4:41
10. Stick Figure - 4:43
11. Loving Cup - 4:58
12. St. Cecilia - 4:56

I discovered this whilst idly surfing on Spotify. If you like your rock bluesy with a southern swampy feel this will float your boat but not necessarily sail you into the sunset. The first track kicks off the whole thing well but far too little of what follows is truly memorable although the song 'I Resign' is gorgeous . 

Rosedale Junction - Stompin' on the Front Porch

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 68:27 
Size: 157,6 MB 
Label: Mid-Cape Media
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock/Rock/Soul
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Prison Yard Blues - 6:26
 2. Brass City Blues - 5:52
 3. The Blizzard of'73 - 5:03
 4. Bourbon Man - 3:29
 5. Baby Come on Home - 5:40
 6. Walk Me Home Tonight - 4:49
 7. Chasin' the Devil Blues - 4:26
 8. Bourbon Man - Alternate Take - 3:37
 9. I'd Rather Go Blind - 8:07
10. Grandma's Hands - 3:33
11. The Ballad of the Leatherman French - 7:14
12. The Ballad of the Leatherman French - Outtake - 5:06
13. Song for the Life - 5:00

Rosedale Junction is the crossroads of traditional American born and raised blues, country, R&B and good old fashioned rock 'n' roll.  Founded by Boston based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Toby Soriero, the band’s debut album, Stompin’ on the Front Porch, harkens  back to the golden era of album rock, when LPs were played from beginning to end, lyrics told stories and songs featured plenty of guitar solos. 

John Wickham - City Light

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 53:26 
Size: 122,5 MB 
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Just a Minute (Intro) - 0:58
 2. Love Flows On (feat. Phil Wickham) - 6:15
 3. City Light - 5:29
 4. I Would See Jesus (feat. Lisa Wickham) - 3:45
 5. Mercies (feat. Evan Wickham) - 5:57
 6. Mountain Song - 6:07
 7. The Feast - 4:42
 8. Brand New Start - 5:03
 9. Higher Ground (feat. Terry Clark) - 6:25
10. Thanksgiving Day - 4:16
11. I Have Decided - 4:25

John Wickham discovered a love for the guitar at age ten as an outlet for his innate musical gifts and a source of solace during difficult teenage years. He learned from “every guitar solo I could get my ears on,” during those early years. Since that time, John’s musical journey of over 5 decades has taken him into blues, rock, country rock, pop and jazz with ethereal textures. He is one of the early pioneers of the Contemporary Christian Music genre that sprang out of the Jesus People renewal of the 1960s and 70s in coastal Orange County, California. John was a member of the early Maranatha! Music label bands The Way and Parable where he met his wife Lisa (who was also in the band Parable, singer, percussionist). He was the guitarist for the Benny Hester band during the late 70’s and early 80’s. He and his wife recorded two CD’s—‘Face to face’ and ‘There’s No Greater Love’. John also recorded an instrumental Christmas album simply entitled ‘Christmas Album’. For nearly four decades, beginning in 1981, John and Lisa kept the joy and revival of the Jesus Movement moving in the church as they served as worship leaders. They have three grown children—Evan, Philip, and Jillian— and nine grandchildren.
Years of playing and songwriting have given John a unique collection of songs and tracks.  As he began going back through the years, working song by song, the vision for City Light emerged. Instrumentals, featured vocalists and inspired new material brought the vision to life. John is joined by family & friends who lent their vocal talent to five of the tracks. The album reflects decades of John’s musical calling—and the journey of a generation saved and empowered by the love of God to rebuild their lives, revive the Church, and pass their faith on to generations to come.

вторник, 9 февраля 2021 г.

A.J. Croce - By Request

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 38:53 
Size: 89,1 MB 
Label: Compass Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Nothing From Nothing (Billy Preston) - 3:32
 2. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Neil Young) - 3:31
 3. Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman) - 2:28
 4. Nothing Can Change This Love (Sam Cooke) - 2:44
 5. Better Day (Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry) - 2:13
 6. Ooh Child (The Five Stairsteps) - 3:25
 7. Stay With Me (The Faces) - 3:00
 8. Brickyard Blues (Allen Toussaint) - 4:12
 9. San Diego Serenade (Tom Waits) - 2:58
10. Sail On Sailor (The Beach Boys) - 3:50
11. Can’t Nobody Love You (James Mitchell) - 2:53
12. Ain’t No Justice (Shorty Long) - 4:02

2021 release. Over the past three decades, A.J. Croce has established his rep as a piano man and serious vocal stylist who pulls from a host of American traditions and anti-heroes - it's part New Orleans, part juke joint, part soul. While his last album, Just Like Medicine, paired him with soul legend Dan Penn and an all-star cast of players, this album was born of memories - of favorite artists and shows, but mostly, of late-night gatherings with groups of friends, many of them fellow musicians, with Croce at the piano taking requests. Croce revisits these musical evenings with By Request, 12 personally curated covers that traverse decades and genres, propelled by his spirited, loose-and-easy piano mastery and emotive vocals. It's a tribute to Croce the music fan as well as Croce the musician that both the variety - from pop to Rock 'n' Roll to soul - and execution is inspired, aided by a full band and horns. By Request is the first album Croce has released since losing his wife of 24 years, Marlo Croce, after a sudden heart ailment.

Aaron West - Blues Night 2 - Live In Brisbane

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 59:12 
Size: 135,6 MB 
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues/Electric Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Killing Floor (Live) - 6:06
 2. Hard Times (Live) - 6:51
 3. Come on in My Kitchen (Live) - 5:35
 4. Are You Ready for the Blues ?  (Live) - 6:32
 5. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live) - 6:44
 6. Key to the Highway (Live) - 5:36
 7. All Your Love (I Miss Loving) (Live) - 6:32
 8. My Babe (Live) - 5:26
 9. Nothing Can Change This Love (Live) - 4:57
10. Kansas City (Live) - 4:48

Raised in country New South Wales, Australia, Aaron began playing guitar at age 10 after being inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was influenced by his father’s record collection, especially by great blues musicians like BB King, Buddy Guy, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and Howlin’ Wolf.
He began playing music professionally during high school. After high school he was accepted into the Conservatorium of Music on both jazz guitar and jazz vocals, where he studied music theory for twelve months before leaving to take up a short-term teaching position. He has made a living from music ever since – playing thousands of gigs throughout the world, studio session work, singing jingles for TV and radio, writing and arranging etc. He has had the privilege of meeting, playing, recording, studying, and living with some of the world’s best musicians and singers. He has appeared on most major Australian television networks. His original songs have received airplay both in Australia and overseas.
After years of being a sideman musician – playing other people’s music – Aaron has started leading his own band, where he can play the music that excites him; the legendary African-American styles of Soul, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Gospel, R&B.

среда, 3 февраля 2021 г.

Johnny Hunkins - Down In Flames

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2014
Time: 54:18 
Size: 125,0 MB 
Label: Grooveyard Records
Styles: Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Down In Flames - 5:35
 2. Rings Of Saturn - 4:28
 3. Gonna Have A Party - 5:26
 4. She's In Love - 4:34
 5. Summer of '79 - 5:06
 6. Little Black Dress - 3:50
 7. River Is Risin' - 3:51
 8. Rockin' In The USA - 5:08
 9. Thank You Baby - 3:57
10. You Give Love - 4:22
11. Dresden Burning - 5:39
12. Omnia In Futurum - 2:19

This superb album from Johnny Hunkins, released on the Grooveyard Records Label has it all. It’s Bluesy, Melodic, Rocks Hard and has a couple of quality laid back numbers all full of class. This man can seriously play the six string and combined with such a talented line up of musicians including Derek St. Holmes, Jarrod England, Chris Duarte, Dirty Dave Osti, Tony Franklin and Ryan Hole, the quality is outstanding and they deliver the goods big time.
I highly recommend you check this album out if you have not heard of Johnny Hunkins before or even if you just like solid Bluesy Rock... It is a beauty!!

Eric Starczan, Jennifer Jordan, Ian Siegal - Bluesorama

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 35:39 
Size: 81,7 MB 
Label: Myma Records
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Whole Lotta Money - 3:14
 2. You Don T Belong on This Heart - 3:45
 3. Save My Soul - 3:28
 4. Call Somebody Else - 2:45
 5. I Wanna Lay Down - 3:53
 6. We Gotta Try - 3:04
 7. Bluesorama - 2:59
 8. Cry For Me - 3:44
 9. Feel It For Yourself - 2:48
10. You Are Right For Me - 3:09
11. Tipsy Lil Gypsy - 2:46

A very talented guitarist, Eric Starczan is also a leading singer, director, songwriter and composer. He has until now devoted much of his young career to the service of others. Thus, he co-produced the album "Juste comme зa" by Mickael Miro for Mercury / Universal, which was hugely successful (more than 120,000 albums sold). More recently, he produced the first album of the very promising Tibz, which will be released on My Major Compagny in 2016. Eric Starczan is also very present on stage. He is currently on tour around the world with the group General Electriks, and was the guitarist of Marc Lavoine for a good part of 2013, then of Renan Luce in 2014 and 2015 or even Les Wampas. As well influenced by BB King, Freddie and Albert King as by Jimi Hendrix, The Who or The Kings, he performs with the greatest artists of the moment, whether Mathieu Chйdid, Greg Zlap ...

Rev. Marv Ward - Sparkling Isolation

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2021
Time: 34:42 
Size: 79,7 MB 
Label: Self Released
Styles: Blues
Art: Front 

Tracks Listing:
 1. Cackalacky Blues - 5:03
 2. I Want to Rock You - 3:37
 3. Sparkling Isolation - 2:36
 4. I Need a New Mojo - 3:39
 5. Lost in You - 4:07
 6. Nowhere Fast - 5:04
 7. Angel in My Arms - 3:50
 8. The Miracle of You - 3:35
 9. Picture and a Pillow - 3:06

Veteran blues guitarist Marv Ward grew up in the small town of Lorton, Virginia. He played his first gig at 10 and started performing professionally at age 16. He's played in literally dozens of bands over the past 50 years and has secured his place among bluesmen with his straight forward no-nonsense blues style.  It's a little bit Delta, a litle bit Piedmont, a whole lot of R&B, but mostly, it's straight up Rev. Marv Ward.
The Rev. has played his original and visionary blues stylings in venues all over the country and has shared stages with music legends such as Aerosmith, Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk, Paul Geremia, Maria Muldaur, Nappy Brown, John Hammond, Bob Margolin, Big Bill Morganfield, Mac Arnold, Mooky Brill and many more. “Love Like You Never Been Burned” his latest CD, and “High Flying Bird” his early work only hint at the warmth and appeal of this veteran guitarist and his talented band. Expect sizzling Piedmont picking, Delta blues, greasy rags, and straight-ahead rocking urban blues from this South Carolina singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet.