Jeremiah Johnson to release “Heavens To Betsy”

Jeremiah Johnson, acclaimed St. Louis blues rocker, is readying the release of his sophomore set Heavens to Betsydue out via Ruf Records on February 14th. The St. Louis bandleader is a beacon of time-honored songcraft, writing on acoustic guitar, digging deep for raw lyrics and insisting on studio production that bottles the sweat of his shows. 

Premiere: Jason Lee McKinney Band – Pieces

In a Blues Rock Review premiere watch the brand new music video “Pieces” from the Jason Lee McKinney Band. “Pieces” is the title track from the band’s eighth studio album, which is available in February.

“Pieces is a song that musically explains all that JLMB is- blues, soul, folk, gospel altogether,” says McKinney. Lyrically the song is petrichor after the lightning and thunder subside. It pinpoints the moment the sweet smell of hope secretes into the soul after an arduous breakup and you know you are actually going to be okay. I wrote the song with my son Zion which also makes it a naturally paternal favorite.”

Rory Gallagher’s “Check Shirt Wizard: Live in 77” announced

Following on from the highly successful ‘BLUES’ album, Chess/UMC are proud to be releasing ‘Check Shirt Wizard- Live In ’77’.

This 20-song, previously unreleased, set is culled from four shows (London, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle) during an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of Rory’s then latest album ‘Calling Card’. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as songs from the 1975 ‘Against The Grain’ album and other live favourites.

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 their debut album. Their long anticipated release, Come Together, is everything fans wanted and more. 

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 that doesn’t jump out from the measured but well-produced album which has solidly tasteful guitar playing, but not a lot of fretboard fireworks. It’s only upon learning that the album is produced and co-written by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach that everything starts to make sense.

Philip Sayce releases new track “Spirit”

Philip Sayce has released a new track called “Spirit.” It’s the first track released from Sayce’s upcoming album, which is one of Blues Rock Review’s most anticipated albums of 2020.

“Spirit is about being true to who I am, covering the ground I stand on, perseverance, trusting my gut and intuition, and staying connected to my truth – through ups and downs, regardless of inner or outer circumstances,” Sayce tells Blues Rock Review. “The lyrics are very direct and pointed, I hope the message and the story in this song resonates with listeners and gives some insight about what’s been going on behind the scenes here.”

Albert Cummings releases “Queen of Mean” lyric video

Albert Cummings has released a new track called “Queen Of Mean.” The song is featured on Cummings’ upcoming album, Believe, available February 14.

“‘Queen of Mean’ was inspired by people that were in my life that weren’t particularly nice to me,” says Cummings. “I put the song together to answer the call of the way they made me feel, which is why you should never make a songwriter angry,” Cummings jokes, “It’s not actually an angry song at all. It’s just a way to poke fun at the situation. Everyone has come across a ‘Queen of Mean’ in their life!”

Marcus King streams “Beautiful Stranger”

Marcus King is streaming “Beautiful Stranger.” The track is featured on the upcoming album, El Dorado, available January 17.

“Beautiful Stranger is a story about longing, searching for love. We tried to paint a picture of a dim lit bar, lost souls finding one another before last call,” says King.

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