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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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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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Barry’s Corner Blues CD Review

Blue Barry Faust is a charter member of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society. He has been performing in Knoxville for more than 20 years. A former member of The Bluesblasters, and The Delta Souls, and currently playing with Terraplane Blues, Barry is a blues scholar that no one can rebuff. He's truly a bonafide bluemeister. Read all about what he has to offer in his CD review columns. LATEST REVIEW...
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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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Donald Johnson & Gas Blues Band – Bluesin’ Around

Donald Ray Johnson & Gas Blues Band's “Bluesin’ Around” features eleven cuts of fabulous old school, no bullshit blues! Well just go to www.donaldray.com and listen to some great blues while you read this review!  Yea, it’s that good! Donald Ray Johnson may not be a household name but you HAVE heard him!  Having played with absolute legends, Big Mama Thornton, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, P...
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The McKee Brothers – Enjoy It While You Can

Great Kooga Mooga, The McKee Brothers new CD “Enjoy It While You Can,” is out, and it is out of this world! Looky here…Lee Denis McKee on guitar, keyboards, bass, lead and backing vocals. Ralph McKee on bass vocals, lap steel, and baritone guitar. Melissa Mei McKee, lead and backing vocals. Larry McCray guitar and vocals. Kirk Fletcher, guitar. Lee Thornburg, from Tower of Power, and now touring ...
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The Smoke Wagon Blues Band – “Cigar Store”

The Smoke Wagon Blues Bands’ new CD “Cigar Store,” is 50 minutes of new blues classics! With thirteen cuts and looks like twelve originals at least, this CD is indeed a new blues classic!  Corey Lueck does vocals, and plays some extra mean and tasty harmonica.  Nick Succi on organ and piano is unreal.  Sax player Gordon Aeichele hits it out of the park as well.  What a great blues band! These ...
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Charlie Wheeler Band – Blues Karma And The Kitchen Sink

The Charlie Wheeler Band’s newest CD “Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink” will knock you out! Charlie Wheeler is something else. With 12 cuts on this CD, all original, and written by Charlie, he just explodes with this his fourth album! This is hard rocking blues, a little rock, lots of southern sweetness, and a real three-piece band from the old days. Hard to believe a three-piece band can do so m...
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James “Buddy” Rogers – By My Side

With ten originals out of eleven cuts, the Kansas City guitarist, singer, songwriter, shows off his best stuff. I have really had the pleasure to listen to the soft, pulsing, yet heart-tugging blues of James “Buddy” Rogers!  His newest CD “By My Side,” is out, and it is really good! The one cover is a Freddie King piece “Goin’ Down,” which he absolutely nails! Buddy Rogers began touring at age...
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Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers – Long Black Train

His vocals are on the money, and his songwriting will draw you right into where he is. “Long Black Train,” is Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers follow up CD from their 2014 album “Live at Buddy Guy’s Legends.”  It just continues on from there.  Following up a successful European Tour, the CD was on the Roots MUSIC Report’s blues and rock charts for 16 months!  Fact is he just got back from another ...
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