Ronnie Baker Brooks has spent the last 43 years working his fingers to their raw hide. A Chicago native, Brooks started playing guitar at 6, and while Times Have Changed is his first album in ten years it’s easy to say he’s still got it. The album was produced by Steve Jordan and features his father Lonnie Brooks, “Big Head” Todd Mohr, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Angie Stone, Eddie Willis, Al Kapone, Felix Cavaliere and Lee Roy Parnell as well as Steve ‘the Colonel’ Cropper, as in founding member of the Blues Brothers Steve Cropper.
Eric Gales Interview
When you ask his peers, many say Eric Gales is one of the best if not the best guitar player in the world. On February 24, Gales will release his new album, Middle of the Road. Blues Rock Review caught up with Gales to get the lowdown on the new album.
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 […]
Artist Picks: Favorite Albums of 2016
Last week we released the Top 20 Albums of 2016. This week, some of today’s top blues rock artists share their favorite album releases from a very noteworthy 2016.
Top 20 Albums of 2016
2016 will go down as the best year the blues rock genre has seen in quite some time and perhaps the most competitive in the six year history of Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 list. With so many albums worthy of recognition, the readers and staff of Blues Rock Review voted on the Top 20 Albums […]
With Quinn Sullivan’s Midnight Highway set to be released on Friday, January 27, “She Gets Me” is now available for streaming.
In a Blues Rock Review premiere, “Change In Me” from Eric Gales is now available for streaming. The track is featured on Gales’ upcoming album, Middle Of The Road, out March 24.
“I changed up some things in life and decided to go a new route,” said Gales about the new track.
Aaron Keylock has released a music video for “Spin The Bottle,” which is featured on his debut album, Cut Against The Grain, out January 20.
Bill Carter was born in 1950 and is a performing singer/songwriter whose compositions have been recorded by over two-hundred artists over the decades that include, Ruth Brown, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Waylon Jennings, John Mayall, Robert Palmer and Stevie Ray Vaughan to name some. His roots are from Virginia and his grandfather was A.P. Carters’ first cousin, but he grew up in Seattle. His musical career began in 1966 in San Francisco in the Haight Ashbury district where he was hanging out. Then after moving to Austin, Texas in the 1970s he married his wife Ruth, who became his song writing partner. They supported themselves through songwriting along with Bill performing in the Austin area. Over the decades he’s hung out with everybody from Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) to Johnny Depp and toured with Stevie Ray Vaughan and the “Butthole Surfers.” At the same time he’s produced a number of his own albums over the years, the most recent of which is Innocent Victims and Evil Companions, released on the “Forty Below” record label. A video of “Black Lion,” one of the songs off of the album won “first place” as the 2016 “Best Music Video” winner at the “Big As Texas Short Film Festival.”
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.
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 memory. Filled with a myriad of songs that spans the gamut from dirty delta influenced blues, to soulful and dynamic ballads and some powerful rockers this album showcases the breadth of their abilities along with the Risager’s unique voice. It has been described as one part Ray Charles, one part Bob Seger, and part Joe Cocker and while you can hear all those influences there is definitely something unique that sets him apart.
Quinn Sullivan is now streaming the title track from his upcoming album, Midnight Highway, out January 27.
“Midnight Highway is a song that takes you on a journey from start to finish. The song was written and produced by the great Tom Hambridge and the idea of the song fits perfectly into what my life is like at the moment. I immediately fell in love with the song because I related to the message that it sends out, which is the fact that no matter what, you have to keep moving and growing on whatever path you choose to take,” said Sullivan.