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Vintage #18 has GRIT!

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Here’s one you need to check out.  Vintage # 18’s new CD “GRIT.”  From the International Blues Challenge performance to their first CD, this band rocks!  Vocalist Robbin Kapsalas can kick the blues all over town with ease.  With a strong and powerful voice, she just lays it out there for you.  Born in Chicago and raised in Atlanta she knows how to sing!  Lead guitar player Bill Holter is as good a...
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TajMo – Taj Mahal & Keb Mo Bands

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  April 2017 TajMo is a musical celebration from two iconic American bluesmen Taj Mahal and Keb Mo!  I know hard to believe.  Two-time Grammy Award Winner Taj Mahal has been one of my heroes since the 60’s!  In fact he’s the reason I started playing blues!  Three-time Grammy Award Winner Keb Mo has turned himself into a world-class bluesman with every new release.  This is exactly what ...
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Eight O’Five Jive – Swing Set

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  Here is a wonderful gift for anyone around this time of year.  One of Nashville’s most popular bands Eight O’Five Jive, has just released their “Swing Set ,” CD and it is fabulous!  Having won the Nashville Industry Music Award (NIMA), for Best Blues Performers two years in a row, 2014, 2015, Best Blues Band 2016, and a Blues Blast Magazine award nomination.  They also took first place i...
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Mr. Sipp – Knock a Hole In It CD Review – April 2017 Blue Barry

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Mr. Sipp – Knock a Hole In It CD Review – April 2017 Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain Blues Society   Well this is gonna’ cost you!  Because you’ll want a copy of Mr. Sipp’s new CD “Knock a Hole In It.”  Mr. Sipp, Castro Coleman, won the IBC, International Blues Challenge, in Memphis just a few years ago.  Add to that he also won the Gibson Best Guitarist Competition!  Oh yea, don’t forget ...
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Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman

Thornetta Davis has a new CD out called “Honest Woman,” and it is worthy! Is it ever! The Queen of Detroit Blues has unloaded with a magnificent CD. Writing twelve of the thirteen cuts, she has proven herself again as a modern blues Icon. This CD covers twenty years of her life, and every song is a wonderful example of where she has been, what she’s done, and a tribute to her God and friends. W...
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International Blues Challenge #32 CD

The International Blues Challenge has been going on in Memphis for 32 years! It has gone from a just a few bands to over 257 acts in 2016. This CD is compilation of finalists from last year, that has been a work of love between The Blues Foundation and Frank Roszak Promotions. Every artist is from either the Solo/Duo or Band division finalists. You will not find a more complete review of contempor...
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John Latini – The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good

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Let’s talk about John Latini’s new CD “The Blues Just Make Me Feel Good” for a moment.  Wow!  Way more than it appears after the first hear.  When I review a CD I never read the credits, or info provided, I just want to hear it and see if I like it.  Well after 20 plays this one knocks me out.  John has perfected the art of laying-off.  Which means he doesn’t beat you over the head with his guitar...
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Eight O’Five Jive – Swing Set

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Here is a wonderful gift for anyone around this time of year. One of Nashville’s most popular bands Eight O’Five Jive, has just released their “Swing Set ,” CD and it is fabulous! Having won the Nashville Industry Music Award (NIMA), for Best Blues Performers two years in a row, 2014, 2015, Best Blues Band 2016, and a Blues Blast Magazine award nomination. They also took first place in both the...
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Southern Avenue

Southern Avenue
Looking for some excellent blues for 2017? Look no further than Southern Avenue! Southern Avenue is a five-piece band that can play anything from gospel, to blues, to whatever you need! Southern Avenue is also a street in Memphis, home of the band, that runs right by the original home of Stax Records. In fact this is the first band that has been signed by Stax since the 70’s! How’s that for an end...
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Jeff Chaz – This Silence Is Killing Me

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Jeff Chaz just released his second CD of the year entitled “The Silence Is Killing Me.” A New Orleans veteran singer of a thousand gigs just released his best CD! With 12 originals, Jeff has unleashed his heart and soul with this one! A gravelly throated bluesman with excellent guitar work Jeff lays it on the line! He even has a Christmas song on here! Chaz was asked to sing Amazing Grace,” on ...
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