For my 1665th review, I am proud to present the album Right On Cue the March 30, 2012 album and my third review for Al Wood And The Woodsmen featuring Al Wood on harmonica and vocals, Lindsay Pugh on electric and acoustic guitars, Bass and Dobro, Simon Meilleur on drums and Marty Sobb on electric guitar and organ. It is not very often that I find an album that I could not find a favorite track since I loved the whole album with such great tracks as the title song Right On Cue, Homebound Blues Again, Vicious Cycle Blues, Bitter Pill and much more. I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as Al Wood & Lindsay Pugh’s songwriting talent, plus a superb recording and producing. This album shows the growth of this artist, his performances and his songwriting since his October 3, 2008 album Mood Swingin’ Blues. This is definitely an album you will want to add to your blues library. You can pick up your copy of this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music outlets as well as from their official website https://www.alwoodblues.com/ where you can learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule once this coronavirus situation is over. In closing, I want to thank Al Wood for sending me his CDs and giving me the honor of the opportunity to listen to him and looking forward to his future releases.
Church House Blues is the April 17, 2020 release and my third review for Canadian blues artist Crystal Shawanda via True North Records. After listening to her earlier albums The Whole World’s Got the Blues and Voodoo Woman, I was excited to hear this new album by this great artist. This is an album that I have enjoyed from start to finish with amazing vocals and great instrumentation on such track on this ten-song album with such songs as the title track Church Track Blues, Move Me, Bigger Than The Blues, New Orleans Is Sinking and much more. I was quite moved by the performance on this album as well as the songwriting talent and superb recording. Crystal is an artist I would love to hear more from in the future. I highly recommend this album to anyone that is a fan of the blues and will be available on April 17th from Amazon, True North Records and all music outlets on CD and digital download. Please go to her official website http://www.crystalshawanda.co where you can learn more about this artist, her music and her tour schedule when this coronavirus situation is over. In closing, I want to give a big thank you to Mark Pucci of Mark Pucci Media for sending me this amazing album.
About a week ago I was listening to Lois High’s radio show on https://virtuosityworldwideradio.com/ and she turned me on to a blues artist from Sunderland, Massachusetts Wildcat O’Halloran. I enjoyed the tracks she played by him so much that I decided that I wanted to contact him and offer to review his music. In the mail, I received his March 15, 2020 album Deck Of Cards which features Wildcat O’Halloran on guitar and vocals, Emily Duff on saxophone, Kathy Peterson on bass, Mark Chouinard on drums, Sarah Halloran on vocals and Gil May on drums. This ten-track album that features mostly original tracks, showcases such songs as the title track Deck Of Cards, I Wonder Who (written by Ray Charles), Tell Papa, They Told Me, Blues Energy and much more. I was moved by the performance on this album, as well as how it was written and recorded. This album is available on CD and digital download from CD Baby, Amazon, and many other music outlets as well from his official website https://wildcatohalloran.com/ where you can learn more about the band, their music and more.
Mood Swingin’ Blues is the October 3, 2008 album and my second review for Ottawa, Ontario based band Al Wood And The Woodsmen which features Al Wood who wrote all the material, sings and plays harmonica with support from guitarist Lindsay Pugh, bassist Frank Deresti and drummer Matt Sobb and numerous support musicians. After reviewing the album Hooka Train, I got hooked on this band and wanted to hear more thus the review of this album. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with amazing vocals, bluesy guitar licks, and great harmonica playing on such tracks as Late Night Stroll, Highway 17, Diggin’ Down Deep, Feeble-Minded Woman, and so much more. This band gave a solid performance on this album as well as great songwriting and an excellent recording. This is definitely an album you will want to add to your blues library. You can pick up your copy of this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music outlets as well as from their official website https://www.alwoodblues.com/ where you can learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule.
The Roads We Ride is an amazing March 15, 2019, double CD album by Wily Bo Walker and E D Brayshaw on the Mescal Canyons Records label. On this thirteen track album which is a great mixture of classic rock, blues & Americana, Wily Bo Walker handles the vocals and storytelling and E D Brayshaw wails on the guitars, does the instrumentation and does backing vocals as do a few others here and there on such tracks Storm Warning, Motel Blues, Running Wild, Tennessee Blues, After The Storm and so much more. I was quite impressed with the performance, songwriting, and recording of this album. This is an album, I highly recommend you taking a listen to and pick up your own copy on CD and digital download from Amazon, Bandcamp, and many other music retail outlets. You can also learn more about this artist, the music and much more from the official website https://wilybo.com/
Saint Alvia have been nominated for multiple JUNO, MuchMusic Video and CASBY Awards, featured in Alternative Press, had Top 20 songs at Canadian radio, and have been handpicked to tour with such artists as The Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against, Billy Talent, Green Day, Against Me, Arkells and The Bouncing Souls. The album Static Psalms is their May 21, 2013 album released on the Linus Entertainment Records label. This band features Greg Taylor on guitars and vocals, Greg Fisher on guitar, Jon Laurin on keyboards, Ben Rispin on vocals, Matt Richmond on drums and Adam Michael on bass. This thirteen track album that is a mixture of rock, blues, and punk showcases great vocals and instrumentation on such tracks as Whispering To The Dead, Define Me (the intro took me back to Navy boot camp which the cadence, in the beginning, lol) Mother’s Day, The Pressure, The Commute and much more. This album presents a great performance, amazing songwriting talent, and superb recording. This album is available in CD and digital download format from Amazon, Apple Music, and other music outlets. I was just notified that this is available on Vinyl as well.
Multi-Emmy award-winning guitarist/producer/composer Brian Tarquin presents Vegas Blue, an album that is scheduled for release on March 27, 2020, from the Guitar Trax Records label. This eleven-track album is in memory to the tragedy that occurred October 17, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and features the guest performances of Steve Morse, Trey Gunn, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Naro, Hal Lindes, Tony Carey and many others. This album is a perfect mix of blues, rock and a little bit of jazz with such great tracks as Lights Of Las Vegas, Tomorrow’s Another Day, the title track Vegas Blue, Evil In Men’s Hearts and much more. I was moved by the performance on this album as well as how it was written and recorded. This is an album I would highly recommend adding to one’s music library which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music outlets. I want to thank Billy at Glass Onyon PR for sending this amazing album
I just had to opportunity to listen to what became my 1637th music review, the album by Memphis Tennessee based folk and blues band The Jason Lee McKinney Band called Pieces released February 21, 2020, on the Bonfire Music Group label. This superb album is the eighth studio album by this band featuring Jason Lee McKinney on guitar and lead vocals, Barry Strauser on keyboards, guitar and vocals, Billy Wright on bass and vocals, Sam Berce on lead guitar and Logan Todd on drums plus some additional backup vocals by Susan Marshall, Reba Russell and Vinny Rose. This ten-track album features such great songs as Normal Is Just An Exit, the title track Pieces, So Long, Groove is Getting Old and so much more. I was impressed with the songwriting on this album as well as the performance and how this release was recorded. This is a band that I would love to see perform live and do a concert review. You can get your copy of this album on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Apple Music, Amazon, and other music outlets. To learn more about this band, their music and their tour schedule please go to their official website https://www.jasonleemckinneyband.com. In closing, I want to give a big thanks to Pinecastle Records and Kyle Watson at Roar Publicity for sending me this CD to listen and review
Prove It On Me is the second album from Rory Block‘s new ”Power Women of the Blues” series scheduled for release on March 27, 2020, from the Stony Plain Records label. This recording celebrates the songs of nine ground-breaking female blues artists, includes one of her own originals. Prove It On Me presents Rory’s unique take on songs from phenomenal female performers and songwriters: Arizona Dranes, Elvie Thomas Merline Johnson, Madlyn Davis, Helen Humes, Rosetta Howard, Lottie Kimbrough, Gertrude ”Ma” Rainey and Memphis Minnie. This ten-track album has a great blues sound with a tang of country thrown in with the songs It’s Red Hot, the title track Prove It To Me, In My Girlish Days, Milk Man Blues and so much more. I am so moved by the performance on this album as well as the songwriting and the recording. All vocals on the new disc are by Rory Block, who also played all the guitar and bass parts on her Signature Model Martin Guitars. In addition, all drums and percussion heard on the new disc – guitar bongos, hat boxes, plastic storage tubs, oatmeal boxes, and wooden spoons – were played by Rory. Rory is an artist I would love to hear more from. This album is available on CD and digital download format from Amazon, Apple Store, and many other music retailers. Looking at her website https://www.roryblock.com, I noticed she will be playing at one of our local clubs in May and I am going to be there to listen to her live. On this website you can learn more about this artist, her music, and where she will be playing near you. In closing, I want to thank Dawn Loucks at Linus Entertainment for sending me this great CD.
Grammy Award-winning musician David Clayton-Thomas has announced the release of his latest album, Say Somethin’ which is set for release on March 20, 2020, via Linus Records. This former frontman for one of my childhood favorite bands Blood Sweat and Tears showcases some great tracks on this ten-song album in the form of potent music and inspirational songwriting from the legendary artist. In addition, the album confronts many timely issues across today’s social spectrum, including climate change, immigration, and politics with such songs as Never Again, Clayton-Thomas’ powerful battle cry calling attention to the gun violence plaguing the U.S. and The System, his insistent calls for action within the youth justice system. Other noteworthy tracks on this album feature Dear Mr. Obama, This Town, A Bright Shining City and so much more. I was quite moved by his songwriting talent, his amazing performance, and a superb recording. This voice is still as strong as ever and after I finish this review, I think I will pull my old Blood Sweat and Tears album out and listen to it on my turntable. This release will be available on CD and digital download on March 20th from Amazon, Linus Records, and other music outlets. I need to find a way to get my hands on his other solo releases.