The Record Company: All of This Life Review

The Record Company’s new album All of This Life landed this summer like a cool breeze on a sweltering day: it’s refreshing, it’s needed and it just feels good. Ever since coming together in Los Angeles in 2011, The Record Company has stood apart from the crowd of blues-hungry musicians as a trio with some serious chops—and this album proves it.

The Apocalypse Blues Revue: The Shape of Blues to Come Review

I grew up in a ridiculously heavy metal part of Queens, New York. You could be mercifully teased for wearing a Guns n’ Roses t-shirt to junior high, since they “weren’t metal” (and somehow explaining they didn’t claim to be metal just made things worse). A special dispensation was given for the band Danzig, though, which was considered metal due to singer Glenn Danzig’s pedigree fronting the Misfits and Samhain, which were actually punk groups. Avoiding the insane metal logic of 12-year-old boys for a moment, Danizg, the band’s 1988 debut album, was and is a beloved record for me. Which is why I flipped out upon hearing The Shape of Blues to Come, by The Apocalypse Blues Revue. It’s very reminiscent of that first Danzig album, while also standing just fine on its own.

Tas Cru: Memphis Song Review

Having never been to Memphis, I guess it’s difficult to define the music from there. But as Memphis is in the title of this CD, it is clearly  a  source of inspiration for Cru. The rest of his band, including Bob Purdy on bass, Dick Earl Ericksen on harmonica, Andy Rudy on piano, and Guy Nirelli on organ, are equally committed to putting forward some sincere and no-nonsense blues for the people. Cru grew up influenced by the music produced at Sun Records and he has transferred that seamlessly into his songwriting. Memphis Song brings us a dozen original songs that touch on nearly every genre associated with the city.

Jonny Lang performs “Don’t Stop” live

Watch Jonny Lang perform “Don’t Stop” live in a Blues Rock Review exclusive video from Summerfest in Milwaukee.

Waterfront Blues Festival Review

Music festivals have been going on since 1959 when the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals first began. By the end of the 1960s gigantic, eclectic music festivals were common place with landmark festivals like 1967’s “Monterey Pop,” 1968’s Miami Pop” and 1969’s “Woodstock.” The first festivals were a showcase for the roots that pop music was born out of in the form of blues, folk and gospel. Seminal artists like Mississippi John Hurt, Sun House, Bukka White, Odetta, Pete Seger, Cisco Houston and John Lee Hooker, who were featured along with new acts like Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, the “Butterfield Blues Band,” and Bob Dylan to name some.

Jimi Hendrix – Always The Best

Jimi Hendrix – There isn’t another name as iconic. Metallica, Motorhead, Prince and the Pretenders have all stated that they wouldn’t have had the careers they’ve had if it wasn’t for Hendrix. What makes this man so legendary and why does he remain relevant, still to this day?

Greta Van Fleet release “When The Curtain Falls” single

Rock and roll upstarts Greta Van Fleet have released a new single called “When The Curtain Falls.” The band is close to completing work on a new album to be released soon.

Matty T Wall: Sidewinder Review

Western Australian Blues Rocker Matty T Wall released his highly anticipated new album Sidewinder on the 2nd of July (coming after 2016’s ‘Blue Skies’). With the help of Stephen Walker on bass, Ric Whittle on drums, and Gordon Cant on keyboards; Matty T Wall’s Sidewinder is blending elements across multiple genres, most notably Blues, Hard Rock, and Pop. Wall’s guitar proficiency seems to be the biggest thing to stand out across the album, like a strong beacon guiding the musical proceedings. Although, his vocals hold plenty of weight too and seem to have improved majorly since the last album.

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