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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

John Latini
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

Eight of Five
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

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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John Weeks Band – Dark Angel

Well “The Blues Just Got More Blues,” with the John Weeks Band’s newest release “Dark Angel.” Wow! What a CD! This is the second CD by the John Weeks Band. John was born in France, and played bars and clubs in Paris since the ‘90’s. Not only can he sing, he can play some really solid guitar. They played the opening cut “The Hole” at a gig in Colorado, and the Colorado Blues Society liked it so mu...
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Mississippi Heat – Cab Driving Man

Here’s some crazy good blues from a real blues band! Mississippi Heat just released their 12th recording “Cab Driving Man,” and it’s killer!   A veteran blues machine is this band. Pierre Lacocque, beyond good harp player, bandleader, and cause of it all wrote, wrote 11 out of 16 songs.  His harmonica playing is just fabulous!  His songwriting is right on point as well.  The band includes ace ...
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Knickerbocker All-Stars – Texas Rhody Blues

The Knickerbocker All-Stars have just released their third CD “Texas/Rhody Blues,” and you need to hear it.  This is their third release, and stands right in there with the first two!  With thirteen cuts and blues luminaries galore, it’s a no miss. Real blues from Texas stars such as Jimmie Vaughn, Sugaray Rayford and Willie J Laws.  Rhode Island blues giants Duke Robillard and Monster Mike Wel...
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Holly Hyatt and Jon Burden – Shufflin’ the Blues

If you are a singer, player, blues lover, acoustic or electric, this is food on your blue plate special! Holly Hyatt and Jon Burden have a third CD out called “Shufflin’ The Blues,” and it is killer!  Usually an acoustic duo, they have gone electric and added a drummer, bringing some fabulous music to their listeners.  Holly sings, plays stand up and electric bass, while Jon plays electric, acous...
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