Album Review: Black Magic by Jared James Nichols

By Dave Resto

Die-hard devotees of heavy blues-rock–trust me when I tell you that you’ll soon rejoice when Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based guitar titan, Jared James Nichols, returns with his newest effort, Black Magic (Listenable Records) on Friday, October 27th. On this strong follow-up to his 2015 debut album, Old Glory & the Wild Revival, Nichols and his band continue the well-established momentum, using it now to power Black Magic. Between albums, Nichols and his band spent a great deal of time touring and sharing the stage with many heavy-weight acts,  …(Read More)

By | September 19th, 2017|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Concert Review: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Los Angeles, 9.15.2017

By Martine Ehrenclou

The 20,000-seat Staples Center was jammed packed for the Daryl Hall & John Oates concert, and their opening act, Tears For Fears. I never would have guessed that at this point in their careers, that Daryl Hall & John Oates would have put on such a stellar show. Daryl Hall, age 70, was at the peak of his game as was John Oates at 69.

15-20 years prior, I’d seen Hall & Oates, a rather predictable performance back then and at a much smaller venue. Recently, I’ve watched many an episode  …(Read More)

By | September 17th, 2017|Concert Reviews|4 Comments

Album Review: Exile & Grace by King King

By Scott Bampton

Is there a more aptly named rock and roll outfit than King King? Their new album, Exile & Grace, will be released October 6th, 2017 on Manhaton Records. The Scottish four-piece have been the undisputed overlords of the UK blues scene since their Reaching the Light album swept the board at the British Blues Awards. That record earned five awards for the Glasgow band.

With Exile & Grace, King King have reached something of a career crossroads. It’s their fourth studio album and it represents a notable, though  …(Read More)

By | September 17th, 2017|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

“I’m on a Mission”- Interview with Blues Guitarist Walter Trout

Photo: Austin Hargave

By Kevin Porter

Walter Trout is doing what he loves best: playing his signature blues-rock music live across the country before his loyal fans. He’s touring behind a sparkling new album, We’re in This All Together, an all-star collaboration with 14 of the best and brightest names in blues and rock music. (Rock and Blues Muse album review). A sense of joy and happiness pervades throughout the album, perhaps not surprising given Mr. Trout’s near brush with death three years ago.  The recipient of a liver transplant,  …(Read More)

By | September 9th, 2017|Interviews|1 Comment

Gary Clark Jr. 12 Bar Blues Jam–Check this out!


 

Check out this acoustic blues jam with Gary Clark Jr.! If you aren’t familiar with this Austin-born guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, you’re in for a treat.

Grammy Award-winner, Gary Clark Jr., has been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, but he has a style all his own. With a mix of blues, contemporary soul and rock & roll, Clark’s music is a mix of inspiration from past and present. An amazing live performer, Clark was selected by Eric Clapton to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, which soon led to a record  …(Read More)

By | September 15th, 2017|Must See Music Videos|0 Comments