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Peter V Blues Train – Running Out of Time

CD Review: Peter V Blues Train – Running Out of Time, May 2018 By Blue Barry, Smoky Mountain Blues Society 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 ...
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Ilya Portnov – Strong Brew

CD Review: Ilya Portnov – Strong Brew, January 2018 Blue Barry - Smoky Mountain Blues Society 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 now playing blues, and everything under the sun, in the good ole USA. This...
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Chris Daniels and the Kings – with Freddi Gowdy

CD Review: Chris Daniels and the Kings – with Freddi Gowdy, Blues With Horns Vol 1, October, 2017 Blue Barry, Smoky Mountain Blues Society 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 an...
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Blind Lemon Pledge – Evangeline

CD Review – May, 2018 Blue Barry – Smoky Mountain Blues Society 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 instru...
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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 vocal,s and J.D. Sipe on bass they rock!  All music and lyrics were written by Joe and he sings them right.  For a t...
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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, plays trumpet, a...
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CHRIS DANIELS & THE KINGS with Freddi Gowdy – Blues With Horns Vol 1 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 sections.  Some ...
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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 overnight.  I mean tha...
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Rob Lutes – Walk in the Dark – September 2017

Get out the wallet and credit card.  Here’s one of the top 5 acoustic CD’s I’ve heard in the past several years!  Rob Lutes – “Walk in the Dark.”  Rob is a Canadian singer/songwriter, and this is his seventh album.  I’m gonna’ have to look up the previous six!  With ten originals, two more, co-written with friends, and one John Prine cover, you will not be disappointed.  He writes great stuff and ...
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