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The Rex Granite Band

January 2018 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 Competition after winning the “Best “Blues” award to gain that honor. This is a powerho...
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Reverend Raven – My Life

January 2018 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, while sharing the stage with about every blues Icon you can think of. This wonderful...
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Peter V Blues Train – Running Out of Time

May 2018 The Peter V Blues Train is on the tracks and you better look out! Their new CD “Running Out of Time” is out, and with eleven cuts they lay down the law! Peter Veteska, aka Peter V, started playing guitar when he scored one out of a pawnshop at age 12! Hailing from Jamaica Queens, he has an awesome four-piece band that blasts on down the tracks. He played his first gig at age fifteen. Got...
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Ilya Portnov – Strong Brew

January 2018 Ilya Portnov – “Strong Brew” CD is a clinic on what can be done on a 10-hole diatonic, and chromatic harmonicas. Tons of other stuff in there too, that I can’t really think of! Ilya grew up in Russia, lived in Brazil, and is now playing blues, and everything under the sun, in the good ole USA. This is a nine-cut debut album containing seven originals. One of the covers is a Reverend ...
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Chris Daniels and the Kings – Blues with Horns

October 2017 I don’t do this very often but here it is! Go get this one! Chris Daniels and the Kings with Freddi Gowdy – “Blues With Horns.” www.chrisdaniels.com is the place. With their 15th album in 33 years of playing around this big old world, Chris Daniels and the Kings got a homerun here! “Blues With Horns,” goes back to old blues bands of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s with the cool horn secti...
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Blind Lemon Pledge – Evangeline

May 2018 Every once in a while you run into one of those guys who can play anything. I mean every instrument, sings, writes, produces, the package. Well here’s one for you. James Byfield, also know as Blind Lemon Pledge, has a new CD out called “Evangeline,” and it will make a believer of you. Blind Lemon Pledge is a master acoustic instrumentalist, and this his seventh CD is just killer! Startin...
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2017 IBC #33 (compilation) CD November, 2017

Here is a glorious compilation of blues from this years International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee.  This is a pairing between The Blues Foundation and Frank Roszak Productions.  You can get this at www.blues.org and it’s called “International Blues Challenge #33 CD.”  This is the 33rd year they have had this worldwide competition, and presented here are 14 of the very top contenders!  ...
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61 Ghosts – To The Edge

October 2017 I've had the great pleasure of listening to an outstanding three-piece rock/blues/ delta band called 61  Ghosts!  Their new album . . . "To The Edge,” is definitely to the edge, and in fact over it!  Featuring Joe Mazzari on vocals and guitar, Dixie Deadwood on drums, percussion, backup vocals and J.D. Sipe on bass they rock!  All music and lyrics were written by Joe and he sings the...
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Popa Chubby “Two Dogs”

October 2017 If you know Popa Chubby you know hard-driving blues and rock.  Wide open, foot on the gas.  This new album “Two Dogs,” Popa really stretches out.  With twelve cuts, all made from his home in New York, Popa brings everything from boogie music to the Rolling Stones, right back to Two Dogs!  Ace long-time friend and drummer Dave Keyes shines like the sun!  Popas’  daughter, Tipitina, pl...
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Benny Turner – My Brother’s Blues

September 2017 Benny Turner’s new album “my brother’s blues” is out,   and Wow!  If you don’t know Benny Turner, now is the time to get acquainted.  Benny is toasting his 60th year as a blues musician.  Having traveled around the world over the years, he is a living icon in today’s blues world.  In fact, in October he will be enshrined in the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame!  You don’t get there overn...
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