Honoring Johnny Winter on his birthday today

Johnny Winter, Rock and Blues Muse

We miss the late, great Johnny Winter. Today he would have been 74 years old. He died July 16, 2014. Winter was one of the world’s greatest blues guitarists in the world, regarded as a blues-rock guitar virtuoso. He was also a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Known for his high-energy blues-rock recordings and performances of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Winter also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for Muddy Waters.

After his time with Waters, he recorded several Grammy nominated blues albums. Step Back, his last album that was [Read More]

By | 2018-02-23T12:11:40+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Rock Muse|0 Comments

Album Review: Cry No More by Danielle Nicole

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Powerhouse singer, songwriter, bassist, Danielle Nicole, has a new album, Cry No More, set to release February 23rd via Concord Records.

And what an album it is.

With through-the-roof emotional vocals, Cry No More is no ordinary blues-roots album with an R&B twist. It’s rootsy with a musical edge and some of the best vocals I’ve heard in a very long time. Cry No More is a standout album with exquisite musicianship by Nicole, her band, and a cast of [Read More]

By | 2018-02-23T08:49:49+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|9 Comments

Album Review: Slings & Arrows by Michelle Malone

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By Tom O’Connor

Well-respected Americana singer/guitarist Michelle Malone emerges from the studio with Slings & Arrows, another winning collection of self-produced tracks, due out on her own SBS Records label on March 2nd.

The Atlanta native has turned in a serious “Georgia Record” here, with everything from the music to the art on the cover created by proud natives of The Peach State. Bassist Robbie Handley and drummer Christopher Burrows hold the rhythm section together, keeping things small when required but easily capable of dialing it up [Read More]

By | 2018-02-23T08:58:24+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments

Video of the Week: “Blues on Fire” Andy Watts & Joe Louis Walker

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Blues guitarist, Andy Watts, releases the title track single, “Blues on Fire” from his upcoming album, Blues on Fire, out March 25th. Watts is a leading guitar slinger from Israel and his album features original music composed by Watts as well as covers of familiar blues tunes.

Watts hosts legendary blues artists on Blues on Fire such as Grammy nominee, Joe Louis Walker, who performs on the title track, as well as Danny Shoshan, Ronnie Peterson, Roy [Read More]

By | 2018-02-23T10:00:14+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Video of the Week|0 Comments

Review: Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones

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By Tom O’Connor

Released on January 26th on her own Strawberry Moon Records label, the self-titled Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin’ Stones, featuring 20-year-old wunderkind Wicklund and produced by Sadler Vaden, leaves me with one strong impression: The kids are alright.

The South Carolina native, Hannah Wicklund,who has been playing in bands since childhood, thanks to a supportive, artistic family (her mom even did the album cover art here) really comes into her own on this, her third studio album, delivering on the promise heard in [Read More]

By | 2018-02-23T08:56:26+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|4 Comments