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Albert Cummings: Believe Review

This latest album by Massachusetts singer and guitarist Albert Cummings was recorded in Muscle Shoals, with the legendary Jim Gaines in the producer’s chair, so there’s little surprise that when it kicks off with a horn-laden cover of the Sam and Dave hit “Hold On (I’m Coming)” the resulting sound is big and rich and […]

Jeremiah Johnson: Heavens To Betsy Review

When you’re making a simple dish, the quality of the ingredients becomes even more important, since they’re doing more of the work. No one complains about low-grade tomatoes in chili. The tomatoes however, might be more of a concern in a tomato and mozzarella salad. Which isn’t to say that we’re pivoting to a food […]

Tinsley Ellis: Ice Cream in Hell Review

There are no right or wrong answers with music. It’s subjective and everyone brings their own preferences and past experiences to the listening process. So what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Having gotten that out of the way, Tinsley Ellis does blues rock right and Ice Cream in Hell is positively […]

Ben Poole: Live ’19 Review

Ben Poole’s newest album captures the essence of powerful live performances. Recorded at Old Schoolhouse in Barnsley, The Half Moon in South London, and Bootleggers in Kendal, Live ‘19 is a thrilling listening experience. The songs are all hits off Poole’s albums Anytime You Need Me and Time Has Come. With Wayne Proctor on drums, […]

Malone Sibun: Come Together Review

Marcus Malone and Innes Sibun of Malone Sibun form one of the most exciting blues rock groups on the UK scene right now. Both Malone and Sibun have climbed the rank of blues rock artists as distinguished musicians. Teaming up, the power duo were nominated for Best Band at the European Blues Awards before releasing […]

Marcus King: El Dorado Review

Marcus King’s El Dorado features lots of fun, 70s-inspired blue-eyed soul that’s perfectly entertaining on its own. However, as you learn more about King and about the album, its direction becomes more and more interesting. For one thing, despite his rich, textured voice, King is just 23-years-old. And King is considered a guitar hero, something […]

Zack Walther Band: The Westerner Review

With his long-time drummer and creative partner Matt Briggs, Zack Walther reassembles his eponymous band to release The Westerner, an LP comprised of 10 songs (seven of them new) in the Texas-steeped sound of blues-country rock. Mike Atkins (keys, bass, vocals) joins the duo along with a number of other musicians, creating a diverse set […]

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 […]

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