How Did I Miss Blues Rock Guitar Slinger, Eric Steckel?

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By Martine Ehrenclou

One of the joys of Rock and Blues Muse is discovering thrilling new music. I stumbled upon Eric Steckel’s new-ish album, Polyphonic Prayer, released early 2018. I wish I’d tripped the sound of this six-string powerhouse guitarist/vocalist before now. Polyphonic Prayer is Steckel’s 10thalbum and a follow up to his 2015 Black Gold record.

As soon as I heard the opening, “Waitin’ For the Bus” (ZZ Top cover,) I grabbed the album on Spotify. This was no ordinary cover—Steckel’s version is similar [Read More]

By | 2018-04-19T11:11:58+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|8 Comments

Album Review: Revelation by Danny Bryant

Danny Bryant, Revelation, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Kevin Porter

British blues-rock guitarist Danny Bryant will be releasing his twelfth album, Revelation, on April 20th, on Jazzhaus Records. At the age of 37, Bryant will be celebrating his 20thyear as a professional, working musician in 2018. Although Bryant is new to me, he is well thought of in the blues world. As one example, Bryant filled in for Walter Trout when Trout was recovering from his known health issues.

Revelation comes in the wake of a tough year for Bryant, as [Read More]

By | 2018-04-19T11:15:52+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Family Tree by Black Stone Cherry

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By Tom O’Connor

Kentucky flamethrowers Black Stone Cherry release their sixth full-length collection Family Tree on April 20th through Mascot Records on the Mascot Label Group. I’ve got just two words for ya–brace yourself.

Black Stone Cherry doesn’t just “perform” on this record, they testify. This self-produced wonder will remind anyone of a certain vintage of everything they miss about hard-hitting Southern rock and it’ll make the more fresh-faced listeners among us finally understand what they’ve been missing in today’s metronome EDM and by-the-numbers pop. In a [Read More]

By | 2018-04-19T11:21:09+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Album Review: Front and Center by Beth Hart

Front and Center, Beth Hart, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

Venerable vocalist and Bluessmith, Beth Hart, will be releasing Front and Center on April 13 via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group. Her first live recording in over a decade, this potent collection is a start-to-finish document of one night’s powerful performance at the Iridium Jazz Club. Undaunted by the challenge of recording a full set, Hart’s confidence is palpable from the opening notes of the evening to the final flourishes of the closer.

Known for her dynamic range and emotional honesty, it [Read More]

By | 2018-04-12T16:25:29+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Find A Light by Blackberry Smoke

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By Tom O’Connor

Find A Light, the latest album from Atlanta band, Blackberry Smoke, due out on April 6th on 3 Legged Records, will remind you why “Southern Rock” has resonated so deeply with all rock fans, for decades, with no end in sight.

With their long, lank hair, dynastic beards and penchant for denim jackets, some would be tempted to call these guys “revivalists” but, as is usually the case with a young band that is looking backward for inspiration while looking forward at [Read More]

By | 2018-04-05T14:20:39+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments