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Tom Hambridge – The NOLA Sessions

  CD Review, June 2018 By Blue Barry, Smoky Mountain Blues Society Well summer rolls on and the hits just keep coming!  Tom Hambridge’s new CD, ” The NOLA Sessions,” will be out soon, and he just turned the summer heat way up!  This CD features thirteen original tunes by Tom, and features some outlandish guests setting in!  The NOLA Sessions, New Orleans, Louisiana that is, is ph...
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Russ Green – City Soul

CD Review – June 2018 By Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain Blues Society Well there’s a new River Monster in the big Blues Pond and it’s Russ Green!  His new CD “City Soul,” is simply outrageous!  Born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, Russ left town, only to return and find he was a harmonica player!  He loved Hendrix, but couldn’t afford a guitar.  So he picked up a harp.  After bei...
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Matty Wall – Sidewinder

CD Review – June 2018 By Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain blues Society What’s with these guys from Australia?  I have heard some outrageous blues come from the Land Down Under lately!  Matty Wall and his band are the latest example!  Good Lord people, Matty Wall can play some guitar, sing and write!  His new CD “Sidewinder,” is a glorious twelve cut bomb waiting to explode in your head!  Mat...
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Boz Skaggs – Out of The Blues

By Blue Barry, Smoky Mountain Blues Society June 2018 Every once in a while you hear a magical name reappear and you say “What?  Well all right!  Thank you!”  It just happened when I got a copy of the new Boz Skaggs CD “Out of The Blues,” to review!  Boz Skaggs has been around for five decades now, and so have I, and he’s back and strong as ever, and back into the blues!  I remember ...
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Kid Ramos – Old School

CD Review: Kid Ramos – Old School, May 2018 By Blue Barry, Smoky Mountain Blues Society It’s been 17 years since Kid Ramos came out with a new CD. Life has gotten in the way since his 2001 release of “Greasy Kids Stuff.” He has had two sons, Johnny sings on this CD, and has beaten a long battle with cancer! He hasn’t missed a lick. This CD was made at Big Jon Atkinson’s home studio in H...
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GHALIA & Mama’s Boys – Let The Demons Out

CD Review: GHALIA & Mama’s Boys – Let The Demons Out, January 2018 By Blue Barry, Smoky Mountain Blues Society Ghalia & Mama’s Boys newest CD “Let the Demons Out” is going to change a lot of perspective! Ghalia Vauthier is from Brussels! She started out busking on her hometown streets, and worked her way to the good old USA. She did the traveling thing too. Visiting Chicago, Memphis, Nash...
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Danielle Nicole – Cry No More

CD Review: Danielle Nicole – Cry No More, January 2018 Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain Blues Society Danielle Nicole’s new CD “Cry No More” will be out in late February, and it garners your attention! You may recognize that name from her outstanding bass work and vocals with the band Trampled Under Foot out of Philadelphia. That was her family band, with brothers Nick and Kris who played toget...
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Willie Jackson

CD Review: Willie Jackson, TYB, May, 2018 Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain Blues Society My God what a find! Real blues here in 2018! Check out Willie Jackson’s “Chosen by the Blues” CD! Real old school, harp and old-style blues, no tube screamers or fancy stuff just real blues! Willie is from Savannah, Georgia, and has certainly payed his blues dues! Starting out in church where he sang and...
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The Rex Granite Band

CD Review: The Rex Granite Band, January 2018 Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain Blues Society The 2018 International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee will take place again this year in January. The Rex Granite Band with Sarah Benck will be there! Their new CD “Spirit/Matter/Truth/Lies” will give you a taste of their brand of blues! They will be representing Nebraska at the IBC Band Competi...
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Reverend Raven – My Life

CD Review: Reverend Raven – My Life, January 2018 By Blue Barry,Smoky Mountain Blues Society Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys have done it again! Here we go with their eighth CD and it is fabulous! Hailing from Milwaukee, The Reverend and his boys have played and toured the known universe for 20 years now! Over those years they have played about every venue you can think of, w...
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