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Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed & Dangerous / August 2017

Now I know that the blues will never die, but every once in a while a band comes up with some crazy good stuff!  That’s the case with the newest album by the Altered Five Blues Band, “Charmed & Dangerous.”  This is the fourth full-length album by this Milwaukee based super band!  Jeff Taylor has the blues voice we all love and Jeff Scroedl’s guitar work is spot on!  Taylor just blasts out ...
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Greg Sover – Songs of A Renegade – August 2017

There’s some hot new stuff coming out of Philadelphia in the ways of blues, rock, and good times!  Greg Sover has just released his second CD, “Songs of A Renegade,” and it is warming up the summer for sure!  Ten cuts with nine originals, and an up-tempo version of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine,” that has gained a lot of airplay in Philly so far.  Throw in “Moments,” the first cut on this CD, a...
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Lew Jetton & 61 South – Palestine Blues

Some folks like happy blues, tired blues, soft blues, fancy blues, well here’s one that’s HARD BLUES!  Lew Jetton & 61 South’s new CD “Palestine Blues” will hit you in the forehead like a sixteen-pound hammer!  This is Lew’s follow up CD “Rain,” which garnered acclaim in 2016 spending more than six months on the Roots Music Contemporary Blues charts, finishing #36 out of the top 200 releases. ...
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Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer – A Hundred Years From Today

Ace acoustic fingerpicker Steve Howell has teamed up with Bass player Jason Weinheimer for some great acoustic blues!  Steve knocks it out of the park on this one.  With two Mississippi John Hurt songs, a little Lightnin’ Hopkins, some Bo Carter, Jim Jackson, even some Hoagy Carmichael and then some!  If you’re an old school country blues finger picker here you go!  Every song clean and clear, tru...
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Lightnin’ Willie – No Black, No White, Just Blues 08.2017

Looking for that cool old stuff you can’t get enuf of?  Well here it is!  Lightnin’ Willie – “No Black, no White, Just Blues.”  www.lightninwillie.com  Unbelievable funky old blues stuff from way back there!  I use this phrase when I play out, “Old Blues for a New World,” this is what you got right here.  Super entertainer, Lightnin’ Willie, plays ace guitar and superlative vocals!  He is down, di...
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John McNamara – Rollin’ With It 08.2017

Get ready for some big time fine blues music!  John McNamara has a new CD out called “Rollin’ With It.”  It ain’t just rollin’, it’s flying!  Monster guitar player, singer, and songwriter John McNamara, from Australia, is making some waves.  Teaming up with some of the best musicians in Memphis this CD is killer!  Great voice!  Fine chops!  Wonderful musicians, this is a can’t miss for your collec...
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Stacy Jones – Love Is Everywhere – 08.2017

Great Kooga Munga!  www.stacyjnesband.com  I ain’t fooling around!  Just go there!  Stacy has an unbelievable CD out there, so get on this website and check it out!  Award winning singer and song-writer, Stacy Jones has just completed her seventh album and it is something to behold.  With ten out of eleven originals,  Stacy shows her songwriting skills are beyond question!  She also plays d...
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Willa Vincitore – Better Days

I love a CD that just gets better and better the farther you get into it.  I think you just get caught up in the groove, and find yourself comfortable there.  That’s certainly the case with Willa Vincitore and her newest CD “Better Days.”  So here you go….www.willaandcompany.com  Willa is an ace singer/songwriter having honed her skills with the Chris O’Leary Band.  While there she did vocals for ...
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Joseph Veloz – Offerings CD Review – June, 2017

Bass lovers rejoice!  Don’t get too many CD’s with the bass player being featured throughout.  That has all changed now.  Joseph Veloz new CD “Offerings” shows what a veteran, world-touring musician can do on bass.  With eight cuts, and three originals, Joseph steps out and nails several styles of excellent music.  Oh yea, a fourth song written with a little help from his friends.  The whole CD is...
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The Gordon Meier Blues Experience – Magic Kingdom 2017

Here’s a ton of old school blues that you won’t find in many places.  The Gordon Meier Blues Experience’s CD, “Magic Kingdom.”  Put that baby on, crank it up, instant party!  Gordon plays guitar on every track.  Lead, or rhythm, or something, and sings as well.  Joe Taino plays slide on two tracks, while monster harp player Dennis Gruenling blows up the place on five more tracks.  Tom Hammer plays...
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