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Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze – 28 Years With The Blues | Album Review

Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze – 28 Years With The Blues http://sweetdaddylive.com Self-release 9 songs – 39 minutes The magnificently monikered Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze are a Chicago-style blues band, originally formed by front man Wally “Sweet Daddy” Greaney back in 1990. 28 Years With The Blues is the band’s first release since 2004 and is …

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Brandon Isaak – Rise ‘N’ Shine | Album Review

Brandon Isaak – Rise ‘N’ Shine Self Released www.brandonisaak.ca 13 tracks Brandon Isaak presents an all-original album of 13 blues tunes presented as a solo effort. Recorded in Vancouver’s Tin Can Alley, many of his local friends joined in with the making of this CD.  The tunes range from raw, primitively recorded roots music to …

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Pete Madsen And Celeste Kopel – From The Delta & Beyond | Album Review

Pete Madsen And Celeste Kopel – From The Delta & Beyond Self-released www.petemadsenguitar.com 13 Tracks/44:55 For the past four years, guitarist Pete Madsen has been teaching prewar acoustic blues, with his “From The Delta & Beyond” program being an offshoot of the information he taught, including classic blues songs. This disc offers his renderings of …

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Eric Schenkman – Who Shot John? | Album Review

Eric Schenkman – Who Shot John? Vizztone Label Group https://ericschenkman.com/ 10 tracks/36:27 Eric Schenkman is the lead guitar player from New York City’s The Spin Doctors.  Originally hailing from Canada, Schenkman set up shop with them and still plays with them after all these years.  Here Schenkman’s band is Shawn Kellerman on bass, Van Romaine …

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Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton – The Life And Times Of Blind Boy Billy | Book & Album Review

Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton – The Life And Times Of Blind Boy Billy Peckerwood Publishing www.sauceboss.com 135 pages CD – Blind Boy Billy Burning Disk Records 7 Tracks/22:27 With a career that spans more than five decades, Bill Wharton has morphed from a high school drummer to gumbo-cooking guitarist who is also a singer/songwriter. He …

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Mission Brown – Moorabbin | Album Review

Mission Brown – Moorabbin www.facebook.com/missionbrownband self release 10 songs time-35:48 Punk attitude meets Hill Country Blues or as their promo sheet declares-Lo-Fi Hillbilly Trainwreck Blues. This trio from Victoria, Australia possesses a gritty energy powered by raucous lead, slide and rhythm guitars and a foot-operated drum kit. Gus Kelly plays the stripped down drum kit …

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Josh Lief – Love In Disguise | Album Review

Josh Lief – Love In Disguise www.joshlief.com Self-release 8 songs – 28 minutes Love In Disguise, the new album from Richmond, VA singer-guitarist-songwriter, Josh Lief, is a short (just 28 minutes) but enjoyable slab of guitar-heavy blues-rock, with enough variety between the songs to keep the listener engaged. Opening with the heavy blues-rock of the …

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