Artists To Know In 2016

At Blues Rock Review, we are always discovering great new artists. 2016 is shaping up to be an absolutely phenomenal year in Blues Rock with a steady flow of fantastic albums. There have been many new discoveries with several artists ascending in the blues rock world. Here are five artists worth checking out in 2016.

Jeff Plankenhorn

Austin based guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn has been around the block a bit but found his way on to our radar this year with his latest release, SoulSlide. Plankenhorn is a great slide player, but is just as strong of a songwriter. SoulSlide is a great introduction to a fantastic artist.

Chase Walker Band

The Chase Walker Band is extremely young. The entire band is still in the their teens, but they are also extremely talented. The group released its debut album, Unleashed, in 2014 and followed that up this year with Not Quite Legal. Keep an eye out for these guys because we should be hearing a lot more in the coming years.

Supersonic Blues Machine

Supersonic Blues Machine is without a doubt one of the best new bands to emerge in 2016. The group consisting of Lance Lopez, Kenny Aronoff and Fabrizio Grossi released its debut album earlier this year, West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco, which stacks right up there with the best albums of 2016.


Simo is another group that’s been garnering some buzz in the blues rock world this year led by frontman J.D. Simo. The power trio released Let Love Show The Way with the Mascot Label Group this year and are quickly becoming major players in blues rock.

Ty Curtis

Ty Curtis is no stranger to Blues Rock Review, but is still relatively unknown outside of his home state of Oregon. Curtis is a very soulful singer and excellent guitar player that mixes styles well. He made Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2014 list with Water Under The Bridge and has another winner on his hands with the new album, Blame Me.

 – 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.

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