2016 is almost in the books and there have certainly been some great live albums released. The Blues Rock Review staff breaks down the Top 5 live albums of 2016.
5. Lance Lopez: Live In NYC
“With equal parts of SRV, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top, and a little bit of B.B. King dropped in, Lance Lopez delivers a live dose of the heavy Texas blues rock that has become his signature sound – an equal mix of stupefying yet not overly done guitar prowess and his gritty rock vocals.” – Kevin O’Rourke
4. Walter Trout: ALIVE In Amsterdam
“In the five decades since Trout began his musical career, he has come to represent determination, honesty and survival: everything that a true bluesman is. On ALIVE, his solos are scorching and his vocals are powerful – Trout is in his element, playing better than ever.” – Meghan Roos
3. Joe Bonamassa: Live At The Greek Theatre
“When the album concludes with “Riding with the Kings” as an encore, Bonamassa leaves his audience with the feeling that, while many artists can and should play the music of these legendary blusemen, no one can do it quite like him.” – Meghan Roos
2. Philip Sayce: Scorched Earth Vol. 1
“Scorched Earth is a very appropriate title because Sayce burns down the stage with his playing throughout. If you’re looking for the live experience look no further. Bring on Volume 2.” – Pete Francis
1. King King: Live
“King King Live does a superb job capturing a remarkable performance and is a fitting first live album for this band.” – Kevin O’Rourke
Return on Wednesday, December 14 as we reveal the Top 20 Albums of 2016!