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Lucius Parr – Blues and Me: Going to Texas | Album Review

Lucius Parr – Blues and Me: Going to Texas Self-produced CD 12 songs – 48 minutes www.luciusparrband.com Phoenix, Ariz.-based vocalist Lucius Parr is an old-school bluesman with strong Texas roots, which comes through loud and clear on this pleasant mix of soul-drenched music that’s chockful of stinging, single-note guitar runs and themes that deal with …

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Crooked Eye Tommy – Hot Coffee And Pain | Album Review

Crooked Eye Tommy – Hot Coffee And Pain Blue Heart Records – 2020 9 tracks; 49 minutes www.crookedeyetommy.com Crooked Eye Tommy made a strong impression with their debut release Butterflies And Snakes back in 2015. The band is led by brothers Tommy and Paddy Marsh, the strange name deriving from Tommy’s eye condition. As on …

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Big Pacific – Welcome to the Party | Album Review

Big Pacific – Welcome to the Party Self-produced CD 12 songs – 47 minutes www.bigpacificband.com Based out of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Big Pacific is a four-piece ensemble of veteran Canadian musicians who deliver guitar-driven music that melds West Coast blues and classic-sounding rock into a pleasant, original sound that’s all their own. Led …

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Sugar Ray and the Bluetones featuring Little Charlie – Too Far From The Bar | Album Review

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones featuring Little Charlie – Too Far From The Bar Severn Records www.sugarrayandthebluetones.com 15 songs – 64 minutes After meeting while on tour for a Mark Hummel project that honored Little Walter, Sugar Ray Norcia and guitarist Little Charlie Baty started discussions about making a record together. It took some years …

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Bette Smith – The Good, The Bad And The Bette | Album Review

Bette Smith – The Good, The Bad And The Bette Ruf Records – 2020 10 tracks; 40 minutes www.bettesmith.com Bette Smith’s previous release Jetlagger (2017) made a strong impression and the Brooklyn native has again ventured to Mississippi to record this follow-up. The Drive-By Truckers rhythm section (Matt Patton, bass, Bronson Tew, drums) provides a …

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Neil Barnes – Bald Guy with a Lot on His Mind | Album Review

Neil Barnes – Bald Guy with a Lot on His Mind Bar-B-Q Sound Recordings BBQSR 2020 10 songs – 45 minutes www.neilbarnesmusic.com San Francisco-based harp player Neil Barnes pulls out all the stops for his latest CD, enlisting the services of studio wizards Kid Anderson and Big Jon Atkinson and assembling an all-star lineup to …

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Jimmie Vaughan – The Pleasure’s All Mine: The Complete Blues, Ballads And Favorites Sessions | Album Review

Jimmie Vaughan – The Pleasure’s All Mine: The Complete Blues, Ballads And Favorites Sessions The Last Music Co – 2020 CD1: 15 tracks; 51 minutesCD2: 16 tracks; 54 minutes www.jimmievaughan.com After the success of last year’s Baby Please Come Home Jimmie’s new label decided to re-release two earlier albums in the same style. 2020 marks …

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