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Ryan McGarvey: Live At Swinghouse Review

Live At Swinghouse is the fourth release from  Albuquerque blues rocker Ryan McGarvey and a cracker it is from the off. Recorded in Los Angeles in 2016, the power trio of Ryan on guitar/vocals, drummer Logan Miles Nix and Carmine Rojas (late of Joe Bonamassa) on bass combine to make a  wonderful sound from the […]

The Hard Mama: La Ideal Review

La Ideal is the debut album from Spanish blues rock band The Hard Mama. Hailing from Zaragoza, Spain, the five-piece band ranges in age from their late teens to early 20s. The album features eight tracks, all recorded live.

Jamie Lynn Vessels: Storm Coming Review

When you’re young, the whole world is new. You don’t have opinions on many things because you haven’t experienced them. But as you age, one of many side effects is opinions. Opinions on everything. They start large and important but gradually get smaller and more petty. It begins with something as big as the meaning […]

Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen: Break It Down Review

Break It Down is the second LP from Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen, coming after last years EP of mainly covers – ‘Blues 1’. This full sounding power trio from Pennsylvania consists of Dustin Douglas on vocals and guitars, Matt Gabriel on bass, and Tommy Smallcomb on drums. Break It Down is a big […]

Fantastic Negrito: Please Don’t Be Dead Review

‘Some people have said my music is “too bluesy for rock, too rocking for blues, too soulful for this country, too funky for that country.” I don’t believe in genres; I believe in music, I don’t believe in countries; I believe in people.’ – Fantastic Negrito.

Buddy Guy: The Blues is Alive and Well Review

I was actually a bit nervous to review Buddy Guy’s latest album. He’s 81-years-old and musicians, even great ones, eventually lose a step. Guy hasn’t lost a step, though. If anything, he’s somehow gotten better. The Blues is Alive and Well is a fantastic album, and Guys’ voice and guitar are in peak form.

Ally Venable Band: Puppet Show Review

The next taxi off the rank in the blues/rock genre is 19-year-old Texan Ally Venable. This is the second release by this three-piece, Ally on guitar/vocals, Elijah Owings drums and bassist Bobby Wallace, along with some choice guests. Featuring eight originals and two covers, given the intense competition in the female blues/rock world, this album […]

Joe Barksdale: Butterflies, Rainbows and Moonbeams Review

The track record of professional athlete/musical artists isn’t great. You have Kobe and Shaquille O’Neal, who mostly seemed to perform music about each other. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw did six country albums, even charting a hit. Beloved New York Mets icon Tug McGraw never made an album, but he made country star Tim McGraw, which counts […]

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