Review: It’s A Mighty Hard Road by Popa Chubby

Popa Chubby, It's A Mighty Hard Road, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Turbulent and eclectic New York-style blues guitar legend Popa Chubby digs deep and opens a can on his brand new album It’s A Mighty Hard Road. The record hits March 2nd, 2020 in the US and February 14th, 2020 in Europe on Dixiefrog Records, his first for the label after five years elsewhere, and is meant to celebrate Popa’s 30th year in the blues business. Popa became an icon in the course of those three decades, forging an [Read More]

By |2020-02-17T11:19:17-08:00February 17th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Richie Kotzen ’50 For 50′

Richie Kotzen, 50 For 50, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and all-around rock and roll superhero Richie Kotzen delivers the most ambitious project of his career with his new release 50 For 50. It’s a three-disc set of 50 new original songs that dropped February 3rd, 2020 on Kotzen’s own Headroom-Inc. label that’s meant to commemorate his 50th birthday. This is Kotzen’s 22nd solo album and proves beyond doubt that his skills and creativity have done nothing but grow with the passing of time. 50 songs [Read More]

By |2020-02-20T13:48:53-08:00February 19th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Front Porch by The Mary Jo Curry Band

Front Porch, Mary Jo Curry Band, album review, Rock and Blues Muse, Martine Ehrenclou

By Martine Ehrenclou

Based in Central Illinois but ready to bust out the world over, The Mary Jo Curry Band is set to release their latest album, Front Porch on February 21st. Front Porch features powerhouse vocalist Mary Jo Curry and her outstanding band. This is blues music with a rock n’ roll bite.

Front Porch screams live performance with a sassy, live-wire vocalist with the chops to front a band with top quality musicianship, including guests Albert Castiglia, Andrew Duncanson, and [Read More]

By |2020-02-20T12:00:33-08:00February 20th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments

Review: The Marshall Tucker Band ‘New Year’s in New Orleans

The Marshall Tucker Band ‘New Year’s in New Orleans: Roll Up and Light Up ’79!, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Kevin Porter

The Marshall Tucker Band is nearing its 50th anniversary, and in commemoration, the band dug through its vaults to release this gem of a live album, New Year’s in New Orleans:  Roll Up ’78 and Light Up ’79.  Recorded before a rowdy audience on New Year’s Eve in 1978, the concert was simulcast on over 150 radio stations across the country, making it the most listened-to concert at that time.

The [Read More]

By |2020-02-20T13:58:01-08:00February 20th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Sonny Landreth ‘Black Top Run’

Sonny Landreth, Black Top Run, Album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Louisiana’s own slide guitar magician Sonny Landreth will light us up with a new studio album, Black Top Run, on February 21st, 2020 on the Provogue/Mascot Label Group imprint. The set will come out in limited-edition gold vinyl, black vinyl, and CD formats. Long regarded as one of the finest guitarists the USA has ever produced, Landreth is a major talent whose playing style and songwriting chops conspire to give his work the kind of individuality most musicians will never [Read More]

By |2020-02-14T09:41:23-08:00February 14th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments

Review: Albert Cummings ‘Believe’

Albert Cummings, Believe, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Hot-handed blues/rock guitarist and vocalist Albert Cummings checks back in with his faithful fans with an outstanding new album, Believe, that comes out February 14th, 2020 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and produced by Grammy winner Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana), Believe is a winning mix of blues, country, and rock sounds that have been infused with the soul that’s simply part of the atmosphere in Muscle Shoals. Tracking in the same [Read More]

By |2020-02-13T12:07:45-08:00February 10th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Jeremiah Johnson ‘Heavens To Betsy’

Jeremiah Johnson, Heavens To Betsy, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

St. Louis blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Jeremiah Johnson delivers an amazing and highly entertaining new album called Heavens To Betsy to his ever-expanding fanbase on February 14th, 2020 via Ruf Records. The record puts Johnson’s love for old-school songcraft at the center of the action and contains a seemingly endless series of memorable tracks, which are enhanced by his considerable vocal and instrumental skills. Produced by Pete Matthews, Heavens To Betsy veers away from the hard blues of Johnson’s [Read More]

By |2020-02-13T12:11:14-08:00February 13th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments