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Various Ruf Records Artists – 25 Years Anniversary | Album Review

Various Ruf Records Artists – 25 Years Anniversary Ruf Records CD – 14 Tracks/53:27 DVD – 62 minutes Founded in 1994, Ruf Records was initially conceived as a vehicle to further the career of Luther Allison, His manager, Thomas Ruf, formed the label, christening it with the motto, “When the Blues Crosses Over”. Over the …

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The Cornbread Project – Catawampus | Album Review

The Cornbread Project – Catawampus Straight Shooter – 2019 10 tracks; 33 minutes www.thecornbreadproject.com Here is a very different listening experience! Conceived by Laust ‘Krudtmejer’ Nielsen and Peter Nande of Straight Shooter Records, the idea was to blend traditional blues themes with contemporary music production techniques like loops, samples and beats; Catawampus means something out …

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Wily Bo Walker & E.D. Bradshaw – The Roads We Ride | Album Review

Wily Bo Walker & E.D. Brayshaw – The Roads We Ride Self Produced www.wilybo.com 2 discs, 6 and 7 tracks respectively Film noir script? Pulp fiction novel? One story, two paths and three people is what’s claimed.  Lots of accompanying materials support the two CDs as Scottish born Wily Bo Walker joins up guitarist E.D. …

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Kerry Kearney Band – Smokehouse Serenade | Album Review

Kerry Kearney Band – Smokehouse Serenade Highlander Records www.kerrykearneyofficial.com 12 tracks Celebrating 20 years on making music, Long Island based Kerry Kearney and his band play a style of music they call “Psychedelta”, their own unique style combining rock. Blues and roots music. Kearney has honed his craft for 40 years. The band is Kerry …

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Lil’ A And The Allnighters – Hip Ya | Album Review

Lil’ A And The Allnighters – Hip Ya Straight Up Blues – 2019 10 tracks; 47 minutes www.facebook.com/LilAandtheAllnighters Alex ‘Lil’ A’ Woodson is based in Southern California and this disc is his first national release, an earlier disc being more of a demo recording made for the purpose of getting gigs. Recorded in just two …

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Paul Messinger – The Reckoning | Album Review

Paul Messinger – The Reckoning Self-produced CD 7 songs – 33 minutes www.paulmessinger.net One of the earliest disciples of Howard Levy, the former Bela Fleck & The Flecktones front man who revolutionized harmonica with his advancement of overblow techniques, singer, songwriter and poet Paul Messinger is a voice of reason in a troubled world, something …

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