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.
Ty Curtis: Blame Me Review
Ty Curtis is back with a down and gritty new record called Blame Me. Ty’s newest album is packed with soul, blues and ripping guitar riffs. This latest effort also features some of the most heart-felt, emotion tugging vocals to come out in several years.
The Temperance Movement Interview: Damon Wilson
The Temperance Movement cannot be pinned down. They don’t want to be – after all, who likes labels? But the real reason the Temperance Movement is not simply a rock group of the blues, Southern or jam band variety is because their music resists the boundaries set by those labels. The band’s second album White […]
The Rides Interview: Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg
A supergroup can be a tricky thing. Actually, any collection of critically recognized talent – whether it’s in film, music, art, etc. – has the potential to veer into disaster as egos clash and stylistic differences wrestle for dominance. It’s the reason culture critics and consumers react with caution when one such project is announced: […]
Rival Sons: Hollow Bones Review
What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with a new Rival Sons record? On June 10, the Long Beach four-piece released Hollow Bones, their fifth full-length album and fourth with Earache Records. We last heard Rival Sons two years ago on Great Western Valkyrie, an album that earned the #8 slot on […]
Eric Clapton: I Still Do Review
With a career of more than half a century, legendary guitarist and three-time inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Eric Clapton gifts us with I Still Do. The 12 track album features wounded stories, a guitar bursting with life, an incognito in the vocals of one of the songs and a clear explanation to […]
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.