Hendrix still hits all the right notes in 2017

Even though he’s been gone for decades, Jimi Hendrix still makes the news today. This November would have marked Hendrix’s 75th birthday, and this year is also the 50th anniversary of his landmark debut, Are You Experienced. The catalog of work he crafted during his all too short career is still adored by legions of fans and converts new ones every day. A new attraction dedicated to the late guitar innovator is now available to the public, and fans are eager to pay their respects and learn even more about this musical icon.

Little Hurricane release “Isn’t It Great” video

Little Hurricane has released a music video for “Isn’t It Great,” which is featured on the duo’s latest album, Same Sun Same Moon.

Sons release “Zealot” video

Brighton two piece Sons have released a music video for their new single, “Zealot.”

Waterfront Blues Festival Review

The year 2017 marked the 30th anniversary that the Oregon Food Bank has been hosting the Waterfront Blues Festival, in Portland, Oregon. It’s the largest blues festival West of the Mississippi River, and second largest in the USA, with over 100,000 people attending annually and raises over 1 million dollars. The festival is very eclectic, covering every sub-genre that is related to the blues, from Zydeco, traditional acoustic blues and brass bands to R & B, hybrid blues and hard rockin’ blues. Some of the hardest rockers appearing this year were Ty Curtis, Robbie Laws and Sonny Landreth. The best part is that the cost of admission is only $15.00 and 2 cans of food per day or if you get an early pass, it’s only $40.00 for all 5 days.

Lee Roy Parnell announces “Midnight Believer”

Nashville, TN — Lee Roy Parnell will release Midnight Believer on August 11 via Vector Recordings, by BFD Distribution (The Orchard).  Parnell’s new album encompasses a realized vision that reflects the cumulative essence of who Lee Roy Parnell is today.  He states, “One of the best things about gaining some maturity is you finally find out ‘Who You Is and Who You Ain’t.’ That said, I’d have to say that the song ‘Too Far Gone’ best describes me as an artist, now. It’s clearly a Blue-Eyed Soul ‘Beat Ballad’ as Barry Beckett (of The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and my first producer) would call it. Barry really taught me how to make records. He taught me about groove, soul, vocal delivery and how to make every note count! The message here is in life and love we ebb and flow. We have good days and tough days. What counts is going the distance (or at least as far as you can).”

Banditos: Visionland Review

If you want to be purist about it, then you’d probably need a crowbar to lever Banditos into the Blues Rock category. My advice would be – don’t be purist. Hats off to this six-piece outfit originating in Birmingham, Alabama, for pulling off Visionland – a carousel of genres that’ll have you scrambling in all directions for reference points. Garage rock, alt.country, 60s West Coast sounds, Band-like rootsiness – you name it, they hint at it.

Greg Sover: Songs Of A Renegade Review

Starting at the age of 13, Greg Sover taught himself to play the guitar and he did an admirable job. Greg is known for his incendiary live shows around the Philly area and finally, after a decade of work he gives us his debut album, Songs of A Renegade. Along for the ride are producer Garry Lee on bass, Wally Smith on keys, Tom Walling on drums, and Allen James on second guitar.

Steve Winwood to release “Greatest Hits Live”

Nashville, TN, June 30, 2017: Singer-songwriter, legendary vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, mandolin player, producer, Grammy winner and BMI Icon Steve Winwood will release Winwood: Greatest Hits Live, his first-ever live album as a solo artist on Friday, September 1 via Wincraft Records with distribution through Thirty Tigers. It will be available as a 2CD/4LP collection; the vinyl set includes one digital download card.

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