Album Review: Robben Ford Purple House

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Having seen blues, jazz, rock guitarist and singer, Robben Ford live in a small venue a few months ago, I expected outstanding musicianship and incomparable guitar chops when I listened to his latest album, Purple House, released November 9th via earMusic. When I flipped the switch on all nine tracks, I was not prepared for what I heard. Leaning into my speakers, I embraced one of the best, if not the best album of 2018.

Robben Ford is regarded as a [Read More]

By |2018-11-16T10:08:29+00:00November 16th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|3 Comments

Review: Blue Room (20th anniversary reissue) by Mike Zito

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By Dave Resto

Blues Music Award-winner Mike Zito is celebrating the 20thanniversary of his debut album, Blue Room with a reissue through his current label, Ruf Records. It will be released on November 16th.

In the late 90s, Mike Zito was eager to graduate from being a successful blues/rock cover band leader to a songwriter and performer of original material. With only $1,000 to cover costs, he went into a basement recording studio outside of his native St. Louis. During a marathon session [Read More]

By |2018-11-16T08:10:33+00:00November 14th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Album Review: Prime Cuts by Popa Chubby

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By Tom O’Connor

NYC-based blues/rock stalwart, Popa Chubby, will release Prime Cuts – The Very Best of The Beast from the East in the U.S. on November 13, 2018This self-selected “greatest hits” collection includes favorite cuts from his nearly three decades of bringing his version of the blues to the people. No one can accuse Ted Horowitz (aka: Popa Chubby) of taking the easy route on his long musical journey, but in doing it “his way” he has managed to gather plenty of fans [Read More]

By |2018-11-15T20:53:26+00:00November 12th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Review: Carolina Confessions by The Marcus King Band

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By Dave Resto

Southern rock and soul artists, the Marcus King Band have once again captured the music world’s ear with their sensational new album, Carolina Confessions. Produced by multiple Grammy award-winner, Dave Cobb and released via Fantasy Records, it arrived on October 5th.

Singer, songwriter, guitarist Marcus King is a fourth-generation musician from Greenville, South Carolina. On Carolina Confessions, he and his band – keyboardist Deshawn Alexander, bassist Stephen Campbell, drummer Jack Ryan, saxophonist Dean Mitchell and trumpeter/trombonist, [Read More]

By |2018-11-15T21:02:06+00:00October 5th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|9 Comments

Review: Venom & Faith by Larkin Poe

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By Tom O’Connor

With their fourth album Venom & Faith due for release on November 9th, Larkin Poe is sure to fuel their already enthusiastic following with probably their best record yet. Venom & Faith is yet another testament to their innovation as artists. With a blues-roots-rock sound, this sister duo honors their Southern history and hurls it into the present.

Already long-recognized as artists with extraordinary talent by luminaries such as Elvis Costello, expect this confident and sometimes rule-breaking [Read More]

By |2018-11-08T09:49:02+00:00November 5th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|4 Comments