Melinda: Witness Review

Witness

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones combined to form one artist, look no further than Melinda. Witness is Melinda’s first full-length album and it is filled with promising tracks.

Indigenous feat. Mato Nanji: Time Is Coming Review

Time Is Coming

“Be true to who you are and what you want to do.” In an exclusive Blues Rock Review interview last summer, Mato Nanji of the South Dakota-based blues group Indigenous (and current Experience Hendrix touring member) offered this sound advice to artists looking to break into the music world. Though Nanji’s words of wisdom are relevant to a wide range of art forms, they are particularly applicable to music that thrives on the hearts and souls of its creators – namely, the blues. A year after their 2013 release Vanishing Americans, Indigenous returned in May with their 10th studio album Time Is Coming.

Virgil and the Accelerators Announce “Army of Three”

Army of Three

Virgil and the Accelerators have announced the release of their sophomore album, Army of Three, which was produced by Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest). The album will be available on October 6th.

The group’s debut album, The Radium, was voted #2 on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2011.

Brother Dege: Scorched Earth Policy Review

Scorched Earth Policy

Thick, comforting sounds of soulful blues, envelop Brother Dege’s summer mixtape, Scorched Earth Policy. No, this is not an ordinary full length album. Scorched Earth Policy comes complete with unexpectedly delightful bonus material! A compilation of demos, field recordings, and unique covers, the third solo album from Brother Dege sets the bar higher than any other blues album, to be the perfect soundtrack to accompany long tube rides down a river, with an 18 pack of beer this summer.

Joe Bonamassa Releases “Different Shades of Blue” EPK

Joe Bonamassa has released the EPK for his upcoming album, Different Shades of Blue, available September 23rd in North America and September 22nd in Europe.

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.

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