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Keb’ Mo’: Moonlight, Mistletoe, and You Review

Keb’ Mo’ emulates the Christmas Spirit in Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You. Recorded in Tennessee, the album definitely shows off Keb’ Mo’s gift for writing blues while also giving listeners a taste of his fresh R&B style. Highlighting the romance and joy that come with the holiday season, Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You is a wonderful winter […]

Sparky Parker: In the Dark Review

There’s a lot to appreciate about Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, but beyond their musical ability, I always loved how weird the two were. Hendrix included little skits on his albums and seemed to vibrate at his own frequency. Vaughan was similarly odd, running around in a hat and kimono, like some kind of […]

The Sensational Barnes Brothers: Nobody’s Fault But Mine Review

Growing up in a musical family, brothers Chris and Courtney Barnes formed a fresh gospel duo in Memphis Tennessee. Known as The Sensational Barnes Brothers, the pair have a natural gift for music which is exemplified in their album, Nobody’s Fault But Mine. 

Nicholas David: Yesterday’s Gone Review

Perhaps the secret behind Nicholas David’s organic, natural sound is as simple as letting the music arise organically and naturally. There was no apparent rush to create Yesterday’s Gone, released three years after With These Hands. In fact, his time spent opening for, and playing with the Devon Allman Project, seems to have been the […]

Kamchatka: Hoodoo Lightning Review

I judge the quality of a song by stripping it down to its barest essentials. If someone can convey a complex idea using just voice and instrument, you know it’s a solid concept. Because it’s way too easy for artists to hide behind lush productions that mask the absence of depth. So pretty much any […]

GA-20: Lonely Soul Review

Formed in 2018 by Matthew Stubbs and Pat Faherty, GA-20 is a young and fresh band based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their latest release, Lonely Soul, demonstrates their love and dedication to the golden age of blues and rock of the 1950s and 1960s. The entirety of the album maintains a nostalgic sound while remaining original […]

Joanna Connor: Rise Review

I first stumbled upon Joanna Connor on YouTube, watching her perform an incendiary, electric cover of Son House’s “Walkin’ Blues,” seemingly performing at a backyard barbecue. It’s not unusual to see a flashy guitar player on YouTube, but Connor’s soulfulness and technique really jumped out at me. And apparently with others, as the video has […]

Ghost Hounds: Roses Are Black Review

Rock and roll doesn’t need to be raw to be effective. Roses Are Black features the Ghost Hounds producing music that rocks hard, but that is also tight and polished. The cohesiveness of the sound is especially impressive given the circumstances that led to the album.

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