Walter Trout releases “Please Love Me”

Walter Trout has released “Please Love Me,” a new track off his upcoming album, Survivor Blues, available January 25.

Watch Gary Clark Jr. perform “Feed The Babies” on The Late Show

Gary Clark Jr. performed “Feed The Babies” from his upcoming album, This Land, on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. This Land will be released on May 1.

Premiere: Bobby Thompson – “On The Ground”

In a Blues Rock Review premiere, stream “On The Ground,” the brand new track from Bobby Thompson. The track covers new territory for Thompson as he dives into a realm of sonic sounds.

“I want to carry on the tradition, of blues and folk music, without mimicking, but with solid interpretation and writing,” says Thompson. “People like Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., and Mississippi John Hurt are top-shelf in my vinyl catalog. Lightnin’ Hopkins and Townes Van Zandt were friends. Bob Dylan sang blues songs. Blues music and folk music are close relatives. That’s the tradition I want to continue in with my songwriting and performances. Pushing the boundaries has always been the tradition of blues and blues-rock. This new single does just that.”

Gary Hoey announces “Neon Highway Blues”

Mascot Label Group and Gary Hoey have announced a March 15 global release date for NEON HIGHWAY BLUES via Provogue Records.  The album’s eleven tracks display Hoey’s confidence and assuredness alongside the freshness of someone who’s still in the process of discovery and refinement.   Hoey self-produced the album at his New Hampshire based home studio, while also enlisting friends Eric Gales, Lance Lopez. Josh Smith and his 17-year-old son Ian for guest appearances.  He shares, “I really wanted to make sure this album had a lot of Blues on it.  I kept sticking to the Blues and listening to the classic players, all the Kings, Albert King, Freddie King, BB King, and finish with some Burger King (laughing)…tried to get that to be a focus of this record — and still put some songs for that my long-time, die-hard fans expect; instrumentals and some rockin’ Zeppelin type stuff. There’s definitely a variety here.”

Gary Clark Jr. releases “This Land” video

Gary Clark Jr. has released a music video for “This Land,” the title track of his upcoming album available May 1.

Katarina Pejak to release new album produced by Mike Zito

It takes a brave artist to blaze their own trail. From her birth-city of Belgrade to the Marz Studios in Texas where she recorded her dazzling new album, Katarina Pejak has walked countless roads and stuck a thousand pins in the map. Now, with Roads That Cross, this award-winning performer unveils a fresh set of songs that follow her muse wherever it leads her. Inspired by blues, jazz, country and rock ‘n’ roll – and shaped by all the cities she’s called home – this is music that crosses borders and brings people together. As producer Mike Zito says: “Katarina is one of a kind…”

2019 Blues Music Award nominees announced

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For the 40th year, the Blues Music Awards will present a one-of-a-kind gathering of renowned performers and rising stars who reflect the breadth and variety of talent found in today’s blues music scene. Universally recognized as the top accolade for blues musicians, the BMAs annually honor the past year’s exceptional achievements in performances, recordings, and songwriting, along with serving to sustain the blues’ rich cultural traditions. This celebratory evening, which ranks as a premier event in the music world, traditionally attracts almost all its nominees; the musicians typically perform at the award show too.

Kris Barras Band releases “Rock and Roll” cover

The Kris Barras Band has a released a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.”

“Over the Xmas and New Year period, I got together with some friends to film our own version of the Led Zeppelin classic ‘Rock And Roll.’ It was all recorded completely live, no overdubs….warts ‘n’ all!,” said Barras.

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