The holiday season is upon us and we have plenty of gift ideas for you at Blues Rock Review. 2011 has been a great year for the genre and here are some gift ideas for a plethora of personalities.
For the “I always know about the best new music” person.
Virgil and the Accelerators: The Radium
A new band sure to be receiving many accolades in the coming years are Virgil and the Accelerators. The young blues rockers released their outstanding debut album The Radium in September. You may not be very familiar with the band yet, but get on the bandwagon now because it’s sure to get crowded.
For the “I haven’t heard a great blues guitarist since Stevie Ray Vaughan” person.
Joe Bonamassa: Dust Bowl
We all loved Stevie Ray Vaughan, but there are some great talents to come along since Stevie. Today, Joe Bonamassa carries the flag for blues guitarists and delivered another #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart this year with Dust Bowl.
For the “Rock is dead, I refuse to listen to Nickelback, and there aren’t any good rock bands anymore” person.
Rival Sons: Pressure and Time
Rival Sons would beg to differ, delivering a classic rock sound with a modern edge. Their new album Pressure and Time features several tracks you’ll want to blast loudly in the car. Rival Sons are the future of rock and roll.
For the “I only listen to music on the radio” person.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band: How I Go
While most music covered on Blues Rock Review will not be found on the radio we can be grateful for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. How I Go, the band’s latest release is a fantastic collection of catchy blues rock based songs. How I Go is an album that can be appreciated by blues fans and mainstream music lovers alike.
For the “I like their studio stuff, but you need to hear them live for the true experience” person.
Philip Sayce: Ruby Electric
Philip Sayce breaks the rules with a half studio/half live album giving us the best of both worlds. Ruby Electric features new tracks and live performances of Sayce staples such as “Daydream Tonight” and the mesmerizing “Alchemy.”
For the “I want to show my kids I still listen to cool music” person.
Gary Clark Jr.: The Bright Lights EP
Gary Clark Jr. is on the verge of super-stardom and is one of the most versatile performers today taking influences from the blues, rock, soul, and even hip hop. The Bright Lights is the best EP of the year and something the entire family will enjoy.