In 2012, we released an article highlighting some new discoveries featuring talented up and coming bands. A year has passed and in that time we have discovered more artists deserving of your attention. These five artists need to be heard.
Jordan Cook, also known as Reignwolf hasn’t even released an album yet, but that hasn’t stopped him from turning heads. His powerful live performances have captured the attention of many with several performances going viral on YouTube (see below). His debut album will be met with much anticipation.
Dan Patlansky has an established reputation as one of the great guitarists in his home country of South Africa. Now, he is starting to grab the attention of fans worldwide. His latest album, 20 Stones, ranked #10 on Blue Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2012, and with a new acoustic album soon on the way, Patlansky’s star should continue to rise.
The definition of a DIY musician, Australia’s Claude Hay brings new meaning to the phrase “one man band.” Hay has an amazing knack for catchy hooks and when combined with an incredible prowess on the guitar, you have a winning combination. It’s no wonder Hay was voted #4 on our Top 20 Albums of 2012 for I Love Hate You.
Saidah Baba Talibah
In 2011, Saidah Baba Talibah released her debut album, (S)Cream, which was met with critical acclaim. She followed that album with the single, “Revolution,” a soaring tune that continues to build buzz for her 2013 album. This year promises to be the finest yet for the Toronto based vocalist.
Ben Poole is one of the most exciting prospects out of the UK’s blues rock scene. Still in his 20s, Poole has been praised by legends such as Jeff Beck and Gary Moore. He released his debut album Let’s Go Upstairs in 2012 and will be one to watch for years to come.
– Pete Francis