Review: High Water II The Magpie Salute

The Magpie Salute, High Water II, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

On October 18th, Eagle Rock Entertainment and the Mascot Label Group are scheduled to release High Water II, the highly-anticipated second studio album from Rich Robinson’s latest band, The Magpie Salute.

Robinson (Black Crowes) is again joined by fellow-travelers Marc Ford (Black Crowes) on guitar, bassist Sven Pipien (Black Crowes), drummer Joe Magistro, and keyboardist Matt Slocum, along with the remarkable John Hogg again handling the vocals. Together, the band conjures up a thick stew of psychedelia-tinged Americana Rock & [Read More]

By |2019-10-08T15:39:24-07:00October 8th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Review: Chris ‘Bad News’ Barnes Live

Chris Bad News barnes Live, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

With the October 4th release of Chris ‘Bad News’ Barnes Live, the Vizztone Label Group has managed to capture a party on tape. Listen in and get down.

Credit is also due to Grammy Award-winning producer Tony Braunagel and engineer Johnny Lee Shell of Ultratone Studios. They were also playing on board the same “Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise” and were able to record and capture the good-time energy of Barnes’ shows. After listening, you’ll want to send them a thank [Read More]

By |2019-10-09T17:24:45-07:00October 9th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Strange Ways’ by Deep Blue Sea

Deep Blue Sea, Strange Ways, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

UK blues/rockers Deep Blue Sea have an amazing new album called Strange Ways that dropped September 24th, 2019 on Razor Edge Records that will make fans of real rock and roll get up and move. Based in London, Deep Blue Sea is a four-piece female-fronted outfit with a style that touches on everything great about roots music and is driven by old-school songwriting talent and playing skills. The band seamlessly connects vintage blues/rock, stomping rockabilly, reggae, and more in its [Read More]

By |2019-10-09T17:12:03-07:00October 8th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|4 Comments

Review: Change In The Weather Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty

Janiva Magness, Change in the Weather, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Dave Resto

Blues diva Janiva Magness released her new album Change In The Weather: Janiva Magness Sings John Fogerty, on September 13th. The Grammy nominee and seven-time Blues Music Award winner reteamed with producer Dave Darling for her third album with Blue Elan Records.

Beset by problems early in her life, Ms. Magness rose to become a wildly popular singer on the contemporary Blues and Americana music landscape. In so doing, she’s earned praise from music industry giants, such as Mavis Staples [Read More]

By |2019-10-03T10:44:58-07:00October 3rd, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|3 Comments

Review: ‘Blue Basso’ by The Charlie Wooton Project

The Charlie Wooton Project, Blue Basso, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

The Charlie Wooton Project throws it all down and then some on its brand-new record Blue Basso, a multifaceted, genius-level set of funky blues/jazz fusion released on August 23rd, 2019 on Samantha Fish’s Wild Heart Records. Wooton is known by music fans for his years in Royal Southern Brotherhood and his work with Sonny Landreth, Cyril Neville, Bonerama, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation. He is an eclectic and masterful bassist with chops to spare and a style that encompasses [Read More]

By |2019-10-03T13:05:52-07:00September 30th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Review: ‘Two Rivers Back’ by B. Christopher Band

B. Christopher Band, Two Rivers Back, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

Expect to be impressed by in-demand session and sideman B. Christopher’s new album Two Rivers Back, due out September 30th on Guitar One Records. Already renowned as a studio player extraordinaire, with over 20,000 track placements on TV shows on pretty much every network you could name, you won’t be surprised by B. Christopher’s versatility and casual mastery of the guitar.

That same reputation also likely made it easy for him to enlist the help of so many bonafide heavy [Read More]

By |2019-10-03T13:08:51-07:00September 30th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments

Review: Three Nights Live Sean Webster

Sean Webster, Three Nights Live, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

I’m still getting caught up on September releases. I’m glad I didn’t miss out on Sean Webster’s Three Nights Live, released on September 2nd. This crisp and impressive collection should go a long way in getting “best-kept secret” Webster some wider and well-deserved recognition.

Recorded over three nights of shows last March, Sean Webster and his bandmates; bassist Floris Poesse, drummer Ruud Gielen and keyboardist Hilbrand Bos squeeze every drop out of this lean ten-song set, making it a great introduction [Read More]

By |2019-10-03T13:14:35-07:00October 3rd, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments