Blues Rock 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is here and 2016 has sure delivered as one of the best years of blues rock music in recent memory. If you’re looking for a great gift, BRR has you covered with some great ideas for the blues rock fan and all sorts of musical personalities.

For the “hip to what’s new” person.

The Stonecoats: Poor Boy Blues (Buy: Amazon | Amazon UK)

Everyone has that friend that seems to have a pulse on what’s new or who the up and comer is that very few people know about. So, where do you go to find that person a gift? Try Poor Boy Blues by The Stonecoats. Who are The Stonecoats? They’re a young blues rock group out of Mississippi. The age range of the band goes from 18 to 25 and they have timeless sound that makes a blues rock fan feel right at home.


For the “I haven’t heard a great blues guitarist since Stevie Ray Vaughan” person.

Dan Patlansky: Introvertigo (Buy: Amazon | Amazon UK)

This is a very commonly heard phrase among blues fans. Not everyone is checking out sites like Blues Rock Review to get the lowdown on the newest artists in the genre. Today, Joe Bonamassa is the the main flag bearer for blues guitar, but Dan Patlansky continues to make a name for himself. Patlansky’s 2014 release Dear Silence Thieves was voted Blues Rock Review’s top album of 2014 and in 2016, once again, Patlansky knocks it out of the park with Introvertigo.


For the “Rock is dead, I refuse to listen to Nickelback, and there aren’t any good rock bands anymore” person.

Supersonic Blues Machine: West of Flushing, South of Frisco (Buy: Amazon | Amazon UK)

You know this person, I know this person. Again, there’s lots of good modern rock if you’re looking in the right places. The problem is most people don’t know where to look. Supersonic Blues Machine is one of the best new bands of 2016 featuring Lance Lopez, Kenny Aronoff, and Fabrizio Grossi. The guys bring out the big guns on the album with guest appearances from Warren Haynes, Billy Gibbons, and Walter Trout to name a few, but have plenty of firepower themselves. What you get is a great album from seasoned pros who produced an album that is not only appealing to diehard blues rock fans and guitar enthusiasts, but songs that are also radio friendly if the radio actually decided to play rock music.


For the “I want to show my kids I still listen to cool music” person.

Jack Berry: Mean Machine (Buy: Amazon | Amazon UK)

Jack Berry first grabbed our attention in 2013 with his debut album, Heathen Heart, which placed 2nd on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2013. Mean Machine is the sophomore effort and features the same type of crunching guitar riffs and dirty blues rock that made us hop on the Berry bandwagon three years ago. Definitely recommended for fans of Jack White, Reignwolf, etc.


For the “You have to hear them live for the real experience” person.

King King: Live (Buy: Amazon | Amazon UK)

King King is arguably the best blues rock band in the world today, which is why 2015’s studio release Reaching For The Light was voted Blues Rock Review’s top album of 2015. Just when you think King King can’t go any higher they deliver with Live, perhaps the group’s best album, which is just the 6th album in BRR history to score a perfect 10. Blues Rock is a genre meant to be heard live and King King does it as well as anybody.

Pete Francis

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