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Album review: ERROL LINTON – Packing My Bags

ERROL LINTON – Packing My Bags

Brassdog Records [Release date 02.03.18] ‘Packing My Bags’ is that rare thing, a blues related album that pushes the stylistic envelope while still making an essential emotional connection. Errol Linton has long carved out his own niche in the roots … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK OLBRICH BLUES ETERNITY – Blues Everywhere

MARK OLBRICH BLUES ETERNITY – Blues Everywhere

Hrpp records [Release date 26.o8.17] Mark Olbrich is a veteran Anglo/Polish blues bass player with an impressive CV both that spreads right across eastern Europe to the States. Both the material and band is built round Olbrich’s rock solid and … Continue reading

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Album review: RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS – Groovin’ In Greaseland

RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS - Groovin

Alligator Records [Release date 18.08.17] Rick Estrin has lived a lifetime of the blues. He’s old enough to have known Muddy Waters and came within a missed phone call of working for him. But he’s also young enough to pen … Continue reading

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Album review: EDDIE MARTIN – Black, White and Blue

Eddie Martin - Black, White & Blue

Blueblood Records [Release date 11.11.16] Eddie Martin has always been an independent blues artist. He’s equally happy playing country blues as he is exploring Texas grit or Chicago blues, but it’s when he colours his own blues hybrid that he … Continue reading

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Gig review: HAT FITZ & CARA ROBINSON, Boo Boo Davis– Relache Festival, Bordeaux 28 July 2016

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They say music is an international language and tonight the Australian /Irish duo Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson provide the perfect example of that, with a uplifting show that connects with their French crowd. Faced with the graveyard shift at … Continue reading

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Gig review: SHAKURA S’AIDA, The Howlin Blues Trio – Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 20 July 2016

Relache Festival, Bordeaux, 20 July 2016

In an age of instant celebrity where the mundane too often passes for the exceptional, the Canadian double Maple Blues award winner Shakura S’Aida (pronounced Shack-oora Sigh-ee-da), is here to remind us of the true merits of a soulful blues … Continue reading

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Album review: MORELAND & ARBUCKLE – Promised Land Or Bust

Moreland & Arbuckle - Promised Land Or Bust

Alligator [Release date 20.05.16] Moreland & Arbuckle are here to remind us that Heartland rock isn’t necessarily country music by another name. ‘Promised Land Or Bust’ their 7th album refines their signature roots-rock sound, built on memorable riffs, alternated soulful … Continue reading

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Album review: LUXURIANT SEDANS – Born Certified

LUXURIANT SEDANS – Born Certified

Seventh Son [Release date 08.09.15] From the opening heavy duty guitar squalls, power chords, growling vocal and interwoven guitar parts voiced over cymbal splashes, to the pounding conclusion of Jerry McCain’s ‘Stay Out Of Automobiles’, you know you are in … Continue reading

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Album review: GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Trouble With The Blues

GERRY JABLONSKI AND THE ELECTRIC BAND – Trouble With The Blues

GJB [Release date 21.04.15] Anybody who has heard Gerry Jablonski’s  ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ , the opening cut from their last ‘Twist Of Fate’ album will know the high standards the Scottish band set themselves. ‘Trouble With The Blues’ is … Continue reading

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Album review: DENNIS GREAVES & MARK FELTHAM – Duo

DENNIS GREAVES & MARK FELTHAM – Duo

Zed [Release date 05.04.15] There’s no denying the veracity underlying Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham’s stripped down ‘Duo’ album. It’s crafted with a genuine feel for the music, care for the arrangements and it’s sparked by some inspired interplay and … Continue reading

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Album review: RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS – You Asked For It…Live!

Alligator [Released 08.07.14] It’s hard not to warm to the award winning harp player Rick Estrin’s style. His understated humour and wry lyrics are backed up by stellar harp playing and real showmanship. He’s prospered since taking over The Nightcats … 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: THE BLUES BAND – Live At Rockpalast

Repertoire [Release date 10.06.13] The Blues Band ‘Live at Rockpalast’ is that rare thing, a live DVD that connects as much with the viewer at home as the band did with the audience on the night. Too often a multi … Continue reading

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Album review: MORELAND & ARBUCKLE – 7 Cities

Telarc [Release date 26.08.13] Moreland & Arbuckle are a power trio with a difference. They hail from Wichita Kansas and their blend of riff driven, southern influenced roots rock is shot through with essential blues influences, but not in the … Continue reading

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Album review: HAMILTON LOOMIS – Give It Back

Ham-bone Records [Release date 06.13] Some artists spend their whole careers trying to nail their sound to label and package it. Hamilton Loomis is a fiercely independent musician who stridently walks away from all that. He even left his blues … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NEW GROOVE – Quit Bitchin’

        The New Groove Records [Released 10:12) If passion and commitment equated money, The New Groove would be millionaires. ‘Quit Bitchin’ delivers 10 belting rhythm and blues related tracks that mix hot playing and meaningful lyrics with … Continue reading

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Album review: SWAMP TRAIN – Premium Selection

        Swamp Train [Release date 30.03.13 ] Swamp Train take their name from their own brand of down-home rhythms. Armed with cigar box guitars, washboard and harps they impressively carve out their own take on the blues. … Continue reading

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Album review: MIGHTY MOJOS – Hook Line And Sinker

        Mighty Mojos self release [Release date 21.01.13] The Mighty Mojos certainly live up to their name. The band’s old school approach to high octane rhythm and blues (aka r&b) is a welcome breath of fresh air … Continue reading

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