Tag Archives: Robert Cray

Album review: LAURENCE JONES – The Truth

LAURENCE JONES – The Truth

Top Stop Music [Release date: 09.03.18] ‘The Truth’ is Laurence Jones’s fifth album and it finds him taking a brave leap of faith into commercial waters with the emphasis firmly on songs. It’s an album that finds him diversifying his … Continue reading

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Gig review: MALONE SIBUN BAND/Lethbridge Owen Band – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 March 2018

MALONE SIBUN BAND – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 23 March 2018

The Malone Sibun Band might not win any medals for the originality of their name, but musically they surpass all expectations with a perfect blend of kick-ass, but soulful rocking blues. They perfectly balance the explosive guitarist Innes Sibun with … Continue reading

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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: BRUCE “MISSISSIPPI” JOHNSON – The Deal Baby

Bruce MIssissippi Johnson - The Deal Baby

Self Release [Release date 26.05.17] Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson is a singer with a colourful past. As his nick name suggests, he hails from Mississippi, and aside from being a marine, he learnt his craft in Paris with veteran B.B. King … Continue reading

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Gig review: JFK BLUE – Old Finchleians, London, 26 March 2017

JFK BLUE – Old Finchleians, London, 26 March 2017

JFK Blue is a new band on the rock/blues circuit and tonight they take a step up by opening for the Stevie Nimmo Trio at the new ‘Spirit of the Torrington’ club at the Old Finchleians, Finchley. They immediately remind … Continue reading

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Album review: RONNIE BAKER BROOKS – Times Have Changed

Ronnie Baker Brooks - Times Have Changed

Provogue [Release date 20.01.17] ‘Times Have Changed’ is an aptly titled album that sees Ronnie Baker Brooks refreshing his own brand of blues with a dip into the best of Memphis as he veers into a more soulful direction. His … Continue reading

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Gig review: THORBJORN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 14 November 2016

THORBJORN RISAGER THE BLACK TORNADO – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 14 November 2016

Just like their viking history, Danish bues-rockers Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado came, saw, conquered by funking up the house with a high energy show that breathes fresh life into the big band blues review format. With a name … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROBERT CRAY – The Barbican, London, 13 October 2015

Once upon a time Robert Cray was the future of the blues, but tonight he’s cast in the role of a remarkably young looking veteran of the genre. Outside of Buddy Guy he’s almost the last man standing and tonight’s … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBERT CRAY – 4 Nights of 40 Years Live

ROBERT CRAY – 4 Nights of 40 Years Live

Mascot [Release date 04.09.15] In an age where volume, speed and showmanship dominate, Robert Cray is here to remind us of the value of heartfelt lyrics, a resonant tone and a soulful singer’s ability to explore every nuance of the … Continue reading

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Album review: JJ GREY & MOFRO – Ol’ Glory

Provogue [Released 24.02.15] ‘Ol’ Glory is JJ Grey & Mofro’s  7th album and their first for Provogue and perhaps because of the label change they’ve quietly dropped their soul swamp rocking and embraced the current shift towards Memphis soul and … Continue reading

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Album review: BILLY WALTON BAND – Wish For What You Want

BILLY WALTON BAND – Wish For What You Want

self release [Release date August 2014] Things may come and things may go but there’s always a better than average chance that the New Jersey shore line will periodically produce a band worth spending your leisure time on. The Billy … Continue reading

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Album review : KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – Goin’ Home

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – Goin

Provogue [Release date 05.05.13] Kenny Wayne Shepherd tells us that: ‘These are songs that helped shape who I am’. It might seem a little early in his career to be indulging in a ‘Goin’ Home’ scenario especially, as he’s still … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE ROBERT CRAY BAND – Barbican Hall, London, 6 May 2014

THE ROBERT CRAY BAND – Barbican Hall, London, 6 May 2014

Plush, refined surroundings for this gig and it was a big step up for support act Azadeh. This was a home town gig for the singer/songwriter and she looked and sounded genuinely pleased to be there. She held the stage … Continue reading

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Album review: MATT ANDERSEN – Weightless

Matt Andersen - Weightless

True North [Release date 14.04.14] Produced by former Blasters sax player and Los Lobos producer Steve Berlin, ‘Weightless’ puts the emphasis squarely on songs, catchy hooks and a subtle sonic landscape that nestles Matt Andersen’s emotive baritone vocal. Released by … Continue reading

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Album Review: ROBERT CRAY – In My Soul

Robert Cray - In My Soul

Provogue [Release date 31.03.14] He may be a 5 times Grammy Award Winner and the youngest living artist to be inducted into the ‘Blues Hall Of Fame’, but Robert Cray is always looking for a fresh and meaningful context for … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUES ‘N’ TROUBLE – Try Anything Twice

Self Release [Release date 17.06.13] Sometime between the mid 80’s and mid 90’s Scotland’s Blues ‘N’ Trouble were real contenders on the European blues scene and even made it over to the States. Essentially a great live band B‘N’T’s unofficial … Continue reading

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Album review: PETE THOMAS & THE HORNS APLENTY – Big

Mermaid Records [Release date 22.07.13] To say that the opening track on Pete Thomas & The Horns A Plenty’s ‘Big’ has swagger, is to underestimate the title of the album that is big in tone, intent and performance. ‘Big’ brims … 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: JIMMIE VAUGHAN – Reissues

      Repertoire Records [Release date 05:2013] Perhaps only Jimmy Vaughan could cut a trio of albums that started with a nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album Award (‘Strange Pleasure’) , nearly won the Best Rock Instrumental Performance Award for … Continue reading

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SHAWN JONES – Struggle Makes You Stronger

High Drive Records www.shawnjonesmusic.com (Release date 11th Feb) Shawn Jones has already released four studio and one live album prior to this new album. He has also been out on tour with BB King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray amongst … Continue reading

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