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.
Eric Gales: Middle of the Road Review
Born in Memphis Southern blues man Eric Gales aka Rawdawg, is back with, Middle of the Road, which is his sixteenth album and he’s collaborated on countless others. A true professional and child prodigy, (he released his first album at just 16) Gales has been around the block enough times to give a tour.
Gomes opening path for healing through music
“Music opens paths for healing.” Whether it’s body, mind or soul, Anthony Gomes believes in this credo wholeheartedly. As the man behind the Music is the Medicine Foundation, a nonprofit he founded in 2010, Gomes has seen it proven time and time again. Now more than ever, he says, people need encouragement and to encourage […]
The Soul of John Black: Early in the Moanin’ Review
Slinging dirty blues with just enough pop to be highly addictive, John Bigham brings a little bit of Chicago with him to his current base of operations in Los Angeles. Growing up in Chicago, Bigham didn’t start off playing the blues in fact he began his career by playing guitar and keyboard for punk ska […]
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 […]
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.
Ronnie Baker Brooks has released a music video for “Times Have Changed.” The song is the title track from the upcoming album due out on January 20.
Beth Hart’s voice was made for Fire on the Floor. Just as she can growl the low, smoldering notes in a blues song, so too can she swing her voice in fit accompaniment to a jazz tune. Her vocals simmer like water set at a low boil: they murmur over the shifting tempos, bubbling to the surface until a song needs them to pop. Fire on the Floor is an aged album with a twist: reminiscent of 1930s and ‘40s jazz and soul, the album’s blips of electric guitar and organ serve as gentle reminders of the modern age.
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.
“Unfortunately you have to go through some things to be free”, says Memphis born Eric Gales. “Now, I feel the most free I’ve ever been in life, even more so than when I was a kid”, he opens up. “You gotta help yourself man, once you can help yourself you can genuinely help someone else.”
Critics joke that the Rolling Stones may outlive us all, and if their new album Blue and Lonesome is any indication of their stamina, I’d say it’s possible. The British boys who brought the blues to America’s attention in the 1960s returned on December 2 with their first album in 11 years, a 12-track set of blues covers paying tribute to songwriters and performers like Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and more. Recorded a year ago over three days in London during sessions for a different (and as yet unfinished) Stones album, Blue and Lonesome is pure, energetic and hard working: it’s a near perfect blues album.