Left Lane Cruiser: Beck in Black Review

Beck in Black

Dirty blues, nasty rock, distorted vocals and half the band leaving all go into the recipe for the latest release from Left Lane Cruiser. This is a bit of an unusual “best of” album in that there are six new (to us) tracks. Beck in Black is a celebration of the band’s previous line up of Frederick “Joe” Evans IV on guitar and vocals, and Brenn Beck on drums. This was the line up for the first ten years until Beck left the band in 2014.

Walter Trout: ALIVE in Amsterdam Review

Walter Trout

Some musicians are at the peak of their abilities while they’re in their most natural element: onstage, before a roaring crowd, playing into the spotlight. Others find their creative impulses best met in a recording booth or in the quiet corner of a tour bus, where they can sort out lyrics and melodies with fewer distractions. It’s hard to say which environment Walter Trout prefers – after decades of performing and recording on his own and with bands like Canned Heat and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, he seems perfectly at home on both his 2015 studio album Battle Scars and his new live record ALIVE in Amsterdam, the latter of which was recorded in late November 2015 and released last month by Mascot Label Group/Provogue Records.

Stream The Apocalypse Blues Revue’s “The Tower”

New blues rock group The Apocalypse Blues Revue is streaming “The Tower” from the group’s debut self-titled album available August 26th.

The band was Co-founded by Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin and guitarist Tony Rombola. Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone is on vocals and Brian Carpenter is the bassist.

Diana Rein: Long Road Review

Long Road

Diana Rein, known and referred to by her fans as the Six String Siren, a suiting name for the Romanian born and Chicago bred electric guitarist returns with Long Road.

Top Electric Guitars to Play Rock and Blues

Fender Stratocaster

Though we might not all be vying to be rock stars, there’s something great about having a brilliant guitar for rock and blues. While these genres might seem rather different, the following guitars are great multitaskers.

Bright Curse: Before the Shore Review

Before The Shore

Before the Shore is the debut album of melodic rock band Bright Curse. Heavily atmospheric and spacious, the album begins with “Lady Freedom,” a sonic portrait of rocky outcroppings, obstacles, and a daunting quest. The moody arrangement and heavy guitar sound indicate an influence of doom and Viking metal. The instrumentation, specifically the soloing in the guitar’s aligns itself philosophically with jazz with an ‘in-the-moment’ approach that allows the composition to breath with a inspired lungful of seeming improvisation while the vocalist’s soaring output elevates the track.

Samantha Fish: Monteith River Park Gig Review

Samantha Fish

On Thursday night, July 7, 2016, at Monteith River Park, in Albany, Oregon, where they’ve been having free summer concerts for the past 30 years, Samantha Fish was the headliner. I made plans to attend the concert, since Albany is less than 20 miles by the Interstate 5 freeway. It wasn’t supposed to rain, but this is Oregon and we live in a valley surrounded by rain forests, so you never know when some precipitation might form. Fortunately it was the fine mist type of rain rather than the torrential deluge brand.

Crow Black Chicken: Pariah Brothers Review

Pariah Brothers

Crow Black Chicken is back with a new album Pariah Brothers that may be their best effort yet. Pariah Brothers is twelve greasy songs, packed into a barbeque joint of sound, washed down with a big red soda. Crow Black Chicken embodies the sound of the south.

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