Tag Archives: Alligator Records

Album review: TINSLEY ELLIS – Winning Hand

TINSLEY ELLIS – Winning Hand

Alligator Records [Release date 12.01.18] Tinsley Ellis has long been a dependable roadhouse rocke who is equally happy tearing things up as he is searching for an emotive connection. Following in the slipstream of his last CD the soulful ‘Red … Continue reading

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Album review: COCO MONTOYA – Hard Truth

COCO MONTOYA – Hard Truth

Alligator Records [Release date 24.03.17] Coco Montoya’s ‘Hard Truth’ is a career highlight for Coco Montoya. It’s an object lesson in old school dynamics and an album glued together by an essential flow. It’s given a contemporary sheen by drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: ALLIGATOR RECORDS – 45th Anniversary Collection

ALLIGATOR RECORDS – 45th Anniversary Collection

Alligator [Release date 10.06.16] With a back catalogue of 300 albums and a roster that spans generations, Alligator Records has every right to make a claim to being the premier independent blues label of our time. The ‘Alligator 45th Anniversary … Continue reading

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Album review: TORONZO CANNON – The Chicago Way

TORONZO CANNON – The Chicago Way

Alligator [Release date 26.02.16] From the opening sustained notes of Toronzo Cannon’s ‘The Pain Around Me’, you know he’s got something to say both lyrically and musically. In many ways he represents an updated version of a previous Alligator artist … Continue reading

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Album review: TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAIN KILLERS – Method To My Madness

TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAIN KILLERS – Method To My Madness

Alligator [Release date 23.10.15] Tommy Castro’s ‘Method To My Madness’ is a slow burning, bluesy crossover album that is big on grooves, incisive solos, rich melodies and tight band interplay, but lacks killer songs. ‘Method To My Madness’ is a … Continue reading

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News: GREAT BRITISH RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL looks for future stars in unsigned competition

  Coco Montoya (Photo: Mark Hughes/MHP) The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival celebrates its 26th year over the Bank Holiday Weekend of 28-31 August with an impressive line-up of new and established artists. Once again the Festival will be … Continue reading

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Interview: JJ GREY (February 2015)

JJ Grey’s 9th album ‘Ol’ Glory’ is released on February 23rd and it’s his first for his new label Mascot/Provogue. As with previous album he’s immersed himself in a seamless blend of deep swampy grooves, country blues and jammed out old school … Continue reading

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Album review: ELVIN BISHOP – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right

Elvin Bishop - Can

Alligator [Released 18.08.14] Elvin Bishop’s albums are like the welcome return of a long lost friend. Of course he’s never really been away, save for the 7 year recording gap in the 80’s, but his post-Alligator comeback years have been … Continue reading

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Album Review: ANDERS OSBORNE – Peace

Alligator [Release date: 08.10.13] There may be a significant gap between Alligator Records’ original mission statement of ‘genuine houserocking music’ and Anders Osborne deeply felt, confessional singer song-writing, but the contemporary blues scene has surely benefited from the liaison. It’s … Continue reading

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Album review: CURTIS SALGADO – Soul Shot

Alligator Records Curtis Salgado is the latest in a raft of American blues artists who are re-exploring their soul roots. And he’s well qualified to do so with a career that has included stints with Robert Cray and The Roomful … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES COTTON – Cotton Mouth Man

James Cotton

Alligator records [Release date: 06.05.13] Grammy award winning Chicago blues-harp legend James Cotton is back! Well he’s never really been away, but ill health robbed him of his vocals making it all the more remarkable that ‘Cotton Mouth Man’ is … Continue reading

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