Review: Josh Smith ‘Live At The Spud’

Josh Smith, Live At The Spud, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Roots guitar virtuoso Josh Smith and his boss power trio dish out an amazing take on American music on their first-ever live album Live at the Spud. Released by Flat V Music on January 8th, 2020, the record contains nine tracks recorded live at the Legendary Baked Potato music club in Studio City, California over the course of two nights in December of 2018.

Josh Smith is an extraordinary guitarist by any measure and has developed a unique, mature, and [Read More]

By |2020-01-27T13:55:48-08:00January 27th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Bandolier Kings ‘Welcome To The Zoom Club (A Tribute To Budgie)’

Bandolier Kings, Welcome To The Zoom Club (A Tribute To Budgie), album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Bandolier Kings is an inspired and hard-rocking tribute project dedicated to the seminal Welsh power trio Budgie. The album is called Welcome To The Zoom Club (A Tribute To Budgie) and was released in the USA December 12th, 2019 on Grooveyard Records. The European release is set for January 24th, 2020. Bandolier Kings was launched by Swedish guitarist Janne Stark (Overdrive, Mountain of Power, Grand Design, Constancia, Merryweather) and Grooveyard manager Joe Romagnola. Original [Read More]

By |2020-01-21T14:45:25-08:00January 21st, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Review: Malone Sibun ‘Come Together’

Malone Sibun, Come Together, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Blues/rock supergroup Malone Sibun is among the hottest new bands coming out of the UK right now. Led by Detroit blues legend Marcus Malone and high-voltage UK guitarist Innes Sibun, the group’s debut album Come Together greets the world January 31st, 2020 on the Redline Music label. Malone Sibun has already been nominated for a European Blues Award in the Best Band category, despite not yet having an album on the market. That’s an incredibly good omen predicting big things that [Read More]

By |2020-01-20T12:38:04-08:00January 20th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Kern Pratt ‘Greenville MS…What About You?’

Kern Pratt, Greenville MS...What About You?, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Kern Pratt is a riveting and soulful guitarist and songwriter from the great state of Mississippi who is currently making outstanding blues music that the world needs to hear. His latest album, Greenville, MS…What About You?, came out November 15th, 2019 on the Endless Blues Records imprint and is as fine a record as you’re likely to encounter this year. The set features Pratt and a top-flight group of musicians laying down three originals and seven covers that show [Read More]

By |2020-01-23T10:17:28-08:00January 23rd, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Tinsley Ellis ‘Ice Cream In Hell’

Tinsley Ellis, Ice Cream In Hell, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tinsley Ellis has been one of the rulers of the blues/rock world for decades and has built his career on a foundation of gruff, emotive vocals, extra-hot guitar skills, and top-notch original songs. His latest release is the album Ice Cream In Hell, which leaps out into the world January 31st, 2020 on Alligator Records. Tracked in Nashville and produced by Ellis and his longtime co-producer Kevin McKendree (John Hiatt, Delbert McClinton), Ice Cream In Hell reinforces Ellis’ [Read More]

By |2020-01-16T10:57:21-08:00January 16th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments

Review: Marcus King El Dorado

Marcus King, Eldorado, album review, Rock and Blues Muse, Martine Ehrenclou

By Martine Ehrenclou

Blues-rock, Southern R&B and soul artist, Marcus King, releases his new solo effort, El Dorado, on January 17th via Fantasy Records. Produced by Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, El Dorado is a collection of 12 tracks written by King and Auerbach along with songwriters Pat McLaughlin, Paul Overstreet and Ronnie Bowman.

In 2017, I first heard South Carolina native Marcus King and was struck by the then 20-year-old singer, songwriter, guitarist. King was described as a phenom, both on guitar and [Read More]

By |2020-01-15T13:55:57-08:00January 14th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|4 Comments

Review: Dirty Shirley by Dirty Shirley

Dirty Shirley, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Dirty Shirley is an exciting new hard rock project that combines legendary guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) with emerging Croatian rock star vocalist Dino Jelusic (Animal Drive). The band’s debut album, Dirty Shirley, comes out January 24th, 2020 on Frontiers Music and is expected to hit rock and metal fans right between the eyes and ears. Produced by Lynch and mixed by Alessandro Del Vecchio, Dirty Shirley is a rock and roll tour de force filled with the kind of songs and [Read More]

By |2020-01-17T13:27:01-08:00January 17th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments