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Johnny and the MoTones – Highway 51 | Album Review

Johnny and The MoTones – Highway 51 Altenburgh Records www.altenburgh.com 10 tracks | 41 minutes “Highway 51 starts in Hurley, Wisconsin and ends in New Orleans, Louisiana…like the MoTones sound!” This quote describes Mitch Viegut (guitars, lead vocals) and Johnny Altenbrugh (piano, lead vocals) 5th album aptly. Their newest effort to get to here from …

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Beverly Crawford – The Essential Beverly Crawford Vol. 2 | Album Review

Beverly Crawford – The Essential Beverly Crawford Vol. 2 http://www.last.fm/music/beverly+crawford JDI Records 11 songs time-52:52 Florida native Beverly Crawford is a pretty generic gospel music shouter. She possesses a strong voice, but not much here to set her apart from the other gospel singers. Tempos and the band make up change here and there. At …

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Mudslide Charley – Words & Bones | Album Review

Mudslide Charley – Words & Bones www.mudslidecharley.com Gut Bucket Records 13 songs – 59 minutes Mudslide Charley are a very interesting band out of Montana, who play rough, raw and raucous blues and roots music. Words & Bones is their fourth album and features 13 tracks of sharply-written, blues-infused, toe-tapping music that really repay close …

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Memphis Minnie – Killer Diller Blues | Album Review

Memphis Minnie – Killer Diller Blues Wolf Blues Classics www.wolfrec.com 24 songs – 70 minutes Although highly-regarded by those in the know, it is perhaps surprising that Memphis Minnie is not better known. Born Lizzie Douglas in Algiers, Louisiana, on 03 June 1897, Minnie was a fabulous singer, a sharp songwriter and a magnificent finger-style …

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Reverend Freakchild – Dial It In | Album Review

Reverend Freakchild – Dial It In Treated And Released Records T&R-009 11 songs – 48 minutes www.www-reverendfreakchild.org Aided by a handful of top-flight sidemen, irreverent shaman Reverend Freakchild returns to the pulpit in his musical church where people of all faiths are welcome to deliver a sermon of blues with psychedelic overtones on this CD …

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Grainne Duffy – Where I Belong | Album Review

Gràinne Duffy – Where I Belong Self-Produced www.grainneduffy.com CD: 10 Songs, 37:17 Minutes Styles: Acoustic Blues and Folk, All Original Songs Gràinne (rhymes with “Anya”) Duffy is a thoroughly Irish maid with a thoroughly Irish name. Her voice, like a summer storm in her home country, would give Bonnie Raitt on “Angel from Montgomery” a …

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