New Artists You Should Know

In 2012, we released an article highlighting some new discoveries featuring talented up and coming bands. A year has passed and in that time we have discovered more artists deserving of your attention. These five artists need to be heard.


Jordan Cook, also known as Reignwolf hasn’t even released an album yet, but that hasn’t stopped him from turning heads. His powerful live performances have captured the attention of many with several performances going viral on YouTube (see below). His debut album will be met with much anticipation.

Dan Patlansky

Dan Patlansky has an established reputation as one of the great guitarists in his home country of South Africa. Now, he is starting to grab the attention of fans worldwide.  His latest album, 20 Stones, ranked #10 on Blue Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2012, and with a new acoustic album soon on the way, Patlansky’s star should continue to rise.

Claude Hay

The definition of a DIY musician, Australia’s Claude Hay brings new meaning to the phrase “one man band.” Hay has an amazing knack for catchy hooks and when combined with an incredible prowess on the guitar, you have a winning combination. It’s no wonder Hay was voted #4 on our Top 20 Albums of 2012 for I Love Hate You.

Saidah Baba Talibah

In 2011, Saidah Baba Talibah released her debut album, (S)Cream, which was met with critical acclaim. She followed that album with the single, “Revolution,” a soaring tune that continues to build buzz for her 2013 album. This year promises to be the finest yet for the Toronto based vocalist.

Ben Poole

Ben Poole is one of the most exciting prospects out of the UK’s blues rock scene. Still in his 20s, Poole has been praised by legends such as Jeff Beck and Gary Moore. He released his debut album Let’s Go Upstairs in 2012 and will be one to watch for years to come.

– Pete Francis

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete founded Blues Rock Review in 2010 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

5 thoughts on “New Artists You Should Know

  • As an Aussie, I must say, it’s great to see Claude Hay made the list.

    If you haven’t heard ‘I Love Hate You’ yet, I recommend you check track 6 (Close) and track 11 (Hound) http://claudehay.com.au/music/. ‘Close’ is a blues rock ballad on par with the best of the Gunners if you ask me. And ‘Hound’ conjures up a caravan of desert carny folk with a great swaying beat, but the verse melody is an absolute winner. These two songs, in my mind, are signs of a melody making master in the making.

    Can’t wait for the next album 🙂

  • Some one to keep an eye out for is this guy Gordy Pettipas. So far he is unknown. He has played all along the East Coast of the US and the Midwest with a couple scattered shows in the California Area. He is an incredible guitarist his vocals are not 100% great but he’s working on them and getting MUCH , MUCH better, his guitar playing though is top notch. I caught a recent show from him last weekend in Wichita Ks and he has made some HUGE improvements on them. He was saying he will be recording 2 albums starting in DEC of this year and hopes to have them both completed and released by FEB or March of 2015..He’s got some REALLY good original material.


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