Top 20 Albums of 2019

2019 has shaped up to be another strong year in the world of blues rock. For nine years now, Blues Rock Review has been releasing its Top 20 Albums of the Year list. Our readers and staff cast their votes and this year’s list was extremely tough to crack. Here are Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2019.

Keb’ Mo’: Moonlight, Mistletoe, and You Review

Keb’ Mo’ emulates the Christmas Spirit in Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You. Recorded in Tennessee, the album definitely shows off Keb’ Mo’s gift for writing blues while also giving listeners a taste of his fresh R&B style. Highlighting the romance and joy that come with the holiday season, Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You is a wonderful winter listen. 

The Best Interviews of 2019

Over the course of the year, Blues Rock Review has had the opportunity to speak to some of the most talented artists in the genre. We’ve traveled to festivals and concerts all over the country. Here are some of the best interviews over the course of 2019.

2020 Blues Hall of Fame inductees announced

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The 14 honorees of The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame‘s 41st class encompass nearly a century of music, spanning from 1920s stars Victoria Spivey and Bertha “Chippie” Hill to contemporary luminaries Bettye LaVette, Syl Johnson, and Billy Branch.This year’s inductees in the Blues Hall of Fame’s five categories — Performers, Non-Performing Individuals, Classics of Blues Literature, Classics of Blues Recording (Song), and Classics of Blues Recording (Album) — also vividly demonstrate how the blues intersects with a broad variety of American music styles: soul, funk, country, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Sonny Landreth to release “Blacktop Run”

The Louisiana slide guitar icon Sonny Landreth will be releasing his new studio album Blacktop Run on 21st February via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. ‘Blacktop Run’ follows his previous Grammy nominated album Recorded Live In Lafayette (2017) and his back-to-back Blues Music Awards for Best Guitarist and Best Blues Album for Bound by the Blues (2015).

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band release “Tailwind” video

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has released a music video for “Tailwind.” The track is featured on the group’s latest album, The Traveler.

Sparky Parker: In the Dark Review

There’s a lot to appreciate about Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, but beyond their musical ability, I always loved how weird the two were. Hendrix included little skits on his albums and seemed to vibrate at his own frequency. Vaughan was similarly odd, running around in a hat and kimono, like some kind of east-meets-west analogy come to life. And the weirdness actually translated to their playing, give it a boldness that allowed them to take risks and express themselves in ways that never felt self-conscious. But today’s musicians don’t always have the luxury of weirdness. Instead, there’s a pressure for them to seem serious and deep. Sparky Parker’s In the Dark is enjoyable and while the name is kind of unusual, I wish he had come up in an era when artists felt more license to let their freak flags fly. Because there’s a palpable undercurrent of weirdness that the album hints at but never truly unleashes.

Blues Grammy Predictions

The 2020 Grammy nominees were recently announced. Blues Rock Review breaks down the “Best Traditional Blues” and “Best Contemporary Blues Album” categories with predictions.

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