Guy Davis: Juba Dance

Acoustic blues virtuoso Guy Davis will release his new album, Juba Dance, on September 10th. The album's thirteen tracks, most of which feature harmonica player Fabrizio Poggi, are a mix of Guy Davis originals and covers of songs by Muddy Waters, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Rev. Robert Wilkins and Blind Willie McTell. Singer Lea Gilmore duets... Continue Reading →

Cassie Taylor: Out of My Mind

Judging from the title and cover art, I expected Cassie Taylor's new album, Out of My Mind, to be some kind of avante-pop or alterna-rock. Instead Out of My Mind is a wonderfully bluesy, though still unusual, collection. Turns out Cassie is the daughter of Otis Taylor. The standout tracks on her album are the... Continue Reading →

Tom Jones: Spirit in the Room

I really wanted to hate this album, or at least feel indifferent enough to ignore it. I tried, really I did. I didn't even listen to the unrequested advance promo I received. Then a second promo arrived from Jones' record label, so I thought I'd see how bad it is while I mopped the kitchen... Continue Reading →

Dayna Kurtz: Secret Canon Vol. 2

Dayna Kurtz' new album, Secret Canon Vol. 2, is a thing of beauty. The followup to last year's Secret Canon 1, Secret Canon Vol. 2 is a collection of rare blues and jazz covers from the 1940-60s with a few originals in the same vein. Dayna calls the album her "New Orleans record." It's bluesy,... Continue Reading →

Eric Bibb & Habib Koite: Brothers in Bamako

American singer-guitarist Eric Bibb and West African singer-guitarist Habib Koité have joined forces for the new album, Brothers in Bamako. The two first met and became friends a decade ago when Putumayo Records invited both musicians to play on Mali to Memphis and they've finally gotten around to recording together. More than a simple duet... Continue Reading →

Shemekia Copeland: 33 1/3

Blues singer Shemekia Copeland will return on September 25th with 33 1/3. With a guest appearance by legendary guitarist Buddy Guy and covers of songs originally recorded by Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke and Lucinda Williams, the album has both a classic and contemporary blues sound. Shemekia's voice is so strong she could sing anything, but... Continue Reading →

Alabama Shakes: Boys & Girls

Flipping past The Late Show With David Letterman one night, I was astonished and astounded to see/hear what seemed to be a howling classic blues diva fronting a wild and rowdy Southern rock band. It was the incomparable Brittany Howard and her band Alabama Shakes performing "Hold On," the awesome, wailing blues-rock opener from their... Continue Reading →

Joan Osborne: Bring It On Home

Joan Osborne will return on March 27th with her seventh studio recording, Bring It On Home. A collection of classic blues covers, the album features songs originally made famous by Allen Toussaint (who appears on the album), Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Otis Redding and Al Green among many others. Though she is probably best known... Continue Reading →

Mark Schottinger: Free Album Download

Brendan shares his thoughts on The Parking Lot Movie's singer-songwriter Mark Schottinger below. I want to add that Mark's music reminds me a bit of Old Crow Medicine Show, so I suggest OCMS fans check out the free album download at the end of Brendan's review... One aspect of The Parking Lot Movie I particularly... Continue Reading →

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