Mitch Laddie Band: Live In Concert Review

Live in Concert

The Mitch Laddie Band brings their live performance into the intimacy of our living rooms on their recent release, Live In Concert. It is hard to capture the energy and x factor that a live show possesses. But Mitch Laddie and crew have done a solid job at that. Their blend of soul, funk and blues offer a tasteful final product. The vocals are chock full of deep passion and soul, accompanied by excellent soloing throughout. The record manages to capture every nuance of sound, while keeping us aware of the crowd in the background.

Vincent Hayes: The Grind Review

The Grind

Vincent Hayes’ recent album drop, The Grind, is the guitarist’s second release and the next rung climbed on the blues ladder. Hayes is a part of the camp that runs festival circuits and relies on buzz and live presence to generate interest. In this way, The Grind makes a lot of sense. The ten tracks featured all feel as though they were honed in a live environment, constructed out of a simple drum-bass-guitar formula. Hayes manages to create a soulful, funky atmosphere with his minimal arrangements, which speaks volumes about his writing and arranging abilities. Take, for example, The Grind’s second track, “Common Vision,” which sounds far more textured than it reasonably should.

Eric Johnson: Europe Live Review

Europe Live

In 14 lengthy tracks, Eric Johnson demands listeners to appreciate authentic musicianship. On his album Europe Live, Johnson compiled the best performances from his tour across Europe, engaging every area of his career spectrum from early fan favorites to new material. The album opens up with tantalizing instrumentals of jam-band-esque tunes that demand listeners’ full attention. With seductive guitar solos supported by full drum kits, listeners can’t help but surrender their souls to the powerfully complex songs laid out on stage.

Joe Bonamassa Releases “Different Shades of Blue” Video

Joe Bonamassa has released a music video for “Different Shades of Blue,” the title track off his upcoming album, out September 22 in Europe and September 23 in North America.

Richie Kotzen to Release “The Essential Richie Kotzen”

The Essential Richie Kotzen

July 14, 2014 — When Richie Kotzen plays his guitar, you know it’s him. The guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter possesses an inimitable style that’s both instantly recognizable and immediately striking. This unique style courses through The Essential Richie Kotzen, a career retrospective collection set for release September 2 on Loud & Proud Records. It encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work and includes two CDs of classic material, acoustic performances, bootleg material and two brand new songs (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”), and a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material. A three-song sampler, including the two new songs along with “Lie To Me,” is being serviced to rock radio stations later this month. Fans can pre-order the album here.

Interview with Scott Holiday of Rival Sons

Scott Holiday

Rock ‘n roll’s biggest rising stars Rival Sons are in the midst of a very busy summer. Following the release of their fourth album Great Western Valkyrie last month, Rival Sons hit the road, stopping by New York City for two sold-out shows before traveling north for a few dates in Canada. July and August are spotted with festival appearances for the band in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and their native United States, to name a few, but if any group of musicians is familiar with a heavy touring schedule, it’s Rival Sons. On the first day of Rival Sons’ NYC tour leg in late June, we checked in with guitarist Scott Holiday to discuss the band’s musical progression on Great Western Valkyrie and their hopes for the future.

Stone Machine: Rock Ain’t Dead Review

Rock Ain't Dead

Imagine the Paul Rodger’s bands Free and Bad Company merged with the Southern Rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and then finally mix in a little bit of ZZ Top and now you have pretty much nailed down what Stone Machine serves up on their third release – Rock Ain’t Dead.

Royal Southern Brotherhood: HeartSoulBlood Review

Heartsoulblood

Two years ago, members of two of the most respected musical families in the South joined forces to revive the spirit and soul of Southern rock for the genre’s modern age. Built on the combined talents of Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman and leader of Honeytribe), Mike Zito (solo artist), Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band), and Charlie Wooton (Charlie Wooton Project), Royal Southern Brotherhood debuted in May 2012 with a self-titled album that earned them instant credibility and enabled the band to perform their music at venues and festivals around the world. Supported by fans and their label representatives at Ruf Records, the quintet recently returned to the studio for their follow-up project HeartSoulBlood, a 12-track album released officially last month.

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