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Hamish Anderson: Trouble Review

With a voice of velveteen, Hamish Anderson brings new meaning to smooth. Trouble was released  in October, 2016, and is infused with just enough pop to be energetic. It’s the album version of silk bubble wrap.

Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado: Change My Game Review

Change My Game should do exactly that for Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado. After their last studio release Too Many Roads brought the Danish Rockers many accolades in 2014 including #5 on BRR’s top 20 list that year, they are back to firmly plant their flag with one of the more creative releases in recent […]

Beth Hart: Fire on the Floor Review

Beth Hart’s voice was made for Fire on the Floor. Just as she can growl the low, smoldering notes in a blues song, so too can she swing her voice in fit accompaniment to a jazz tune. Her vocals simmer like water set at a low boil: they murmur over the shifting tempos, bubbling to […]

The Rolling Stones: Blue and Lonesome Review

Critics joke that the Rolling Stones may outlive us all, and if their new album Blue and Lonesome is any indication of their stamina, I’d say it’s possible. The British boys who brought the blues to America’s attention in the 1960s returned on December 2 with their first album in 11 years, a 12-track set […]

Scotty Bratcher: That Album Review

Scotty Bratcher has been hanging around in the shadows for a while supporting other artists as a session musician for many people, working for bluesman Jimmy Hall, and as a member of Noah Hunt’s 420 Allstars. The spotlighted black and white picture on the cover of That Album of Bratcher in profile wind-milling away on his […]

Doyle Bramhall II: Rich Man Review

Rich Man is the fourth studio album from Doyle Bramhall II and his first since 2001. The album kicks off with “Mama Can’t Help You,” which sounds like Bramhall bit off a big piece of Bubble Gum Funk. The funk keeps right on rolling into “November” and “The Veil.”

Mike Zito: Make Blues Not War Review

Royal Southern Brotherhood alumnus Mike Zito has a new record called Make Blues Not War. Despite that cutesy political title, Make Blues Not War is far from some kind of serious political statement.  Audiences can rest easy that this is the fun southern tinged blues rock that they have come to expect from Mr. Zito.

Joanne Shaw Taylor: Wild Review

Joanne Shaw Taylor’s fifth studio album Wild is a solid, modern blues-tinged album that seems to change with repeated listening. Wild is not wild: it’s careful and sometimes cautious, though there are moments of abandon that sneak in. Wild wears in well, rewarding patient listeners more than those expecting an immediate hit.

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