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Rory Block – A Woman’s Soul – A Tribute To Bessie Smith | Album Review

Rory Block – A Woman’s Soul – A Tribute To Bessie Smith Stony Plain Records – 2018 10 tracks; 45 minutes www.roryblock.com After completing her Mentor Series of six CDs dedicated to six great founding fathers of the blues* Rory has now turned her attention to female artists and where better to start than with …

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Big Harp George – Uptown Cool | Album Review

Big Harp George – Uptown Cool www.bigharpgeorge.com Blues Mountain Records 12 songs – 57 minutes Singer, songwriter and harmonica player Big Harp George’s debut album, Chromaticism, was nominated as Best New Artist Debut Album in the 2015 Blues Blast Music Awards. His new album, Uptown Cool, continues the path blazed by Chromaticism and his sophomore …

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Joe Barksdale – Butterflies, Rainbows, & Moonbeams | Album Review

Joe Barksdale – Butterflies, Rainbows, & Moonbeams Hear My Music www.josephbarksdale.com 13 Tracks/56:24 Fans of the NFL may recognize the name, Joe Barksdale. He is an offensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers – in addition to being a singer and guitarist. Taking up the guitar five years ago in response to the death of …

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Various Artists – Chicago/The Blues Legends/Today!

Various Artists – Chicago/The Blues Legends/Today! West Tone Records www.mnightshift.com 15 Tracks/68:34 Celebrating several lesser-known Chicago blues artists, this project also pays tribute to the three album set on Vanguard Records, compiled by blues historian Samuel Charters and released in 1966, that featured many artists who later achieved legendary status, like Junior Wells, Otis Spann, …

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Kathy and the Kilowatts – Premonition of Love | Album Review

Kathy and the Kilowatts – Premonition of Love Nola Blue Records www.kathymurrayandthekilowatts.com 13 tracks / 48:43 Austin is the music capital of Texas, and Kathy Murray is a wonderful representative for the blues in this fine city. Kathy got to experience the heyday of the blues scene there while collecting albums from blues masters and …

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Ray Bonneville – At King Electric | Album Review

Ray Bonneville – At King Electric Stonefly Records SF 1009 11 songs – 43 minutes www.raybonneville.com Veteran tunesmith Ray Bonneville delivers a sterling collection of relaxed and downhome originals on this CD. Steeped in blue-eyed soul, they’re a stripped down collection of songs that balance hope and despair as the characters he’s created struggle to …

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