Album Review: Burn it Down by Eric Johanson

By Martine Ehrenclou

Grab your headphones. You’re in for a treat with the debut album, Burn It Down by Eric Johanson, out now on Whisky Bayou Records. Produced by Tab Benoit (who also plays drums on the album) is a richly honed blues-rock-roots album with grit and spirit, rockin’ rhythms, and a masterful guitar player with soul. Burn It Down has a fresh sound with nuances of the Bayou on its 11 tracks. And if you thought it couldn’t get any better than this, it has well-crafted songs with meaningful lyrics, all but  …(Read More)

By | November 9th, 2017|Album & Single Reviews, New Artist Features|2 Comments

The Bogart Jones Band, 14th & Willow, New Artist Feature

By Martine Ehrenclou

The Bogart Jones Band, from Central Illinois, was our first New Artist Feature to be chosen out of 35 music submissions featured by Rock and Blues Muse back in January. With a blend of rock and soul, blues and southern funk, this band caught our attention immediately. Since we first published a review of their album, they’ve come a long way and have received quite a bit of media attention. Check their website and tour schedule for more information.

After hearing the first song on their new album,  …(Read More)

By | September 13th, 2017|Album & Single Reviews, New Artist Features|0 Comments

Album Review: Outstanding Blues-Rock Band, Henrik Freischlader Trio!

Photo: Tim Wilke

By Martine Ehrenclou

As soon as I clicked on the first couple of tracks of the Henrik Freischlader Trio’s 2016 album, Openness, I knew I’d struck gold. This is one bad**s power blues-rock trio with soul. And I use the term blues-rock lightly with this band. Their music is not pure blues. Henrik blends styles such as rock, blues and jazz with serious grooves. Talk about exquisite musicianship—the Henrik Freischlader Trio has that and a whole lot more.

Maybe some of you know of the Henrik Freischlader band. For those of  …(Read More)

Album Review: Davy Knowles-Three Miles from Avalon

Davy Knowles

By Tom O’Connor

Why are British musicians, even after all these years, still so enthralled with The Blues? Probably for the same reasons so many Mexican kids in SoCal are such dedicated Morrissey fans; emotional truth is both timeless and borderless. When music speaks to what is in your heart – as so few other human-created things can – that is all that matters, really. Davy Knowles is a young man from a wind-swept island in the middle of the Irish Sea, but it is pretty clear he spent his childhood soaking  …(Read More)

The Nth Power, Live to Be Free: creative originality in jazz-funk-rock


By Derek Malone

For their latest album, The Nth Power opted to skip the studio and record their newest material live at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. As some critics have noted, “they cut out the middleman.” The end result, Live To Be Free was released on November 11th, 2016 on Harmonized Records.

Nevertheless, the music sounds so tight and polished that I’d forgotten that I was listening to a live album until I heard a smattering of applause following the second song.

I like to make a certain generalization about the difference between jazz and rock music that is not  …(Read More)