North Mississippi Allstars: Portland Gig Review

The North Mississippi Allstars (NMAS) comprised of brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson first formed in 1996. They were precursors of duos like the Black Keys or the White Stripes, only using guitar and drums in its most basic form. Most of the time they pick up a bass player ranging from Duwayne Burnside, son of R. L. Burnside to Phil Lesh, from The Dead; tonight it was Rob Walbourne, who also played drums beside Cody the main drummer. NMAS is a “Jam Band” much like the Grateful Dead was, improvising and rearranging as they play “Roots Music,” Their father, the late Jim Dickenson was a contemporary of the “Grateful Dead,” as well as being a session musician, a solo artist fronting his own band, “Mud Boy and the Nuetrons.” The elder Dickinson was also a record producer for  the “Rolling Stones,”Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin, founding “Zebra Ranch” in Hernando, Mississippi.

Hamish Anderson Blog: Festival Tour

Australian blues rocker Hamish Anderson has been quite busy on the road promoting his latest album, Trouble. Anderson had the opportunity to play some of the biggest music festivals in the United States over the summer and is blogging about the experience for Blues Rock Review.

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown: Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown Review

Finally. This was the thought that popped into most Shakedown fans’ minds when the band announced that it was–after nearly five years–releasing its second album. Fans have waited…and waited…and waited. The first Shakedown EP From the Sandcastle, released in the fall of 2011, was a rock ‘n’ roll revelation. Blues infused rock bands like Rival Sons and the Stone Foxes were already around, but still–it was so unusual to hear a band playing the way they did. And suddenly, there was the Shakedown, shaking the rock genre back up. Wild Child came along in early 2013 as an affirmation of what many thought of From the Sandcastle­–this was a band in which they could place their trust to carry rock forward. Perhaps that put an excessive amount of pressure on the band. Perhaps the comparisons listeners have for years drawn between lead singer Tyler Bryant and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan didn’t help. Perhaps the last few quiet years have simply been a result of power plays by record companies ill-fitted to serve a rock band in the 2010s. Most likely, it’s a combination of these factors and more.

Alastair Greene Interview

After spending the past seven years as the guitarist for the Alan Parsons Project, blues rock guitarist Alastair Greene is ready to take his solo career full time. Greene just released Dream Train last month, which has been very well received. Blues Rock Review caught up with Greene to discuss the recent change in his career, the new album, and more.

Supersonic Blues Machine: Californisoul Review

One of the most immediately noticeable qualities of Supersonic Blues Machine’s Californisoul is the sheer production value that went into the album.  It features heavy-hitting guests such as Billy Gibbons, Eric Gales, and Robben Ford.  To borrow from Elton John, Californisoul creates a “solid wall of sound” that is impeccably mixed throughout, making the album pleasing and palatable. I’m getting ahead of myself.  I can spend the whole review talking about all the people who worked on Californisoul, but to keep it brief, the album most prominently features Lance Lopez (guitars, vocals), Fabrizio Grossi (bass), and Kenny Aronoff (drums).

Tinsley Ellis’ “Winning Hand” gets January release date

Alligator Records has set a January 12, 2018 release date for Winning Hand, the powerful new album from Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis. He will immediately hit the road for a mammoth three month U.S. tour, launching on release date with a concert at the Variety Playhouse in his hometown of Atlanta.

The Temperance Movement announce “A Deeper Cut”

UK based blues rockers The Temperance Movement have announced a new album titled A Deeper Cut, which is set for release on February 16th. It’s the followup to last year’s White Bear.

The band is set to kick off a tour of the UK and Europe on November 6th. A list of tour dates is available on the band’s website.

Album Releases: November 2017

November’s Album Releases video features new albums from Greta Van Fleet, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, Mollie Marriott, and Samantha Fish.

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