Review: Laura Cox ‘Burning Bright’

Laura Cox, Burning Bright, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

French rock guitarist/vocalist Laura Cox and her incredible band has a new album called Burning Bright that will make you believe in the power of music again. Released November 8th, 2019 on the Verychords imprint, Burning Bright puts Cox at the leading edge of the New Classic Rock movement that’s been gaining momentum in the past few years. She is an absolutely first-class player and singer but what makes her great is that she nails the zeitgeist of the original blues-based [Read More]

By |2019-11-11T12:19:26-08:00November 11th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Rise’ by Joanna Connor

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Joanna Connor is known as the Queen of Blues/Rock Guitar, an outrageously talented and original guitar player who many discovered when a video of her performance at the 2014 North Atlantic Blues Festival went viral. Out November 8th via M.C. Records, Rise is a follow up to Connor’s 2016 Six String Stories. A 12-song release with two covers, Rise features a wide array of styles with superb musicianship, and above all Joanna Connor’s virtuoso guitar skills, strong voice and her [Read More]

By |2019-11-08T09:40:18-08:00November 6th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Album Review: Ghost Hounds ‘Roses Are Black’

Ghost Hounds, Roses Are Black, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Ghost Hounds are a fully fired-up American rock and roll band in the classic sense with a stadium-worthy new album called Roses Are Black out November 5th, 2019 and features guest appearances by Slash, Kenny Aronoff, Reese Wynans, and Michael Rhodes. Roses Are Black was crafted by founder and guitarist Thomas Tull, alongside producing and songwriting partners David Grissom and Kevin Bowe. The set was mixed by six-time Grammy Award-winning producer Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, The White Stripes, Danger Mouse, Arctic [Read More]

By |2019-11-12T17:15:44-08:00November 7th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Review: Revival by Rissi Palmer

Rissi Palmer, Revival, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Rissi Palmer is one of America’s freshest and most compelling singer/songwriters. Her latest album, Revival, came out October 22nd, 2019 and displays a mixed roots style that reaches far beyond her beginnings in country music. The record marks the first time Palmer has made a full-length release outside of the Nashville environment and contains eight new original songs that take on topics both personal and political. Brian Owens produced most of Revival except for the tracks “Seeds,” which was produced by Grammy [Read More]

By |2019-11-07T13:17:31-08:00November 4th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Review: Hollywood Cowboys by Quiet Riot

Quiet Riot, Hollywood Cowboys, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

80s metal stars Quiet Riot were one of the prime movers of the original MTV days and also served as the launching pad for founding guitarist Randy Rhodes, who went on to a tragically short, brilliant career with Ozzy Osbourne. The group is still rocking hard today, however, and has a killer new album called Hollywood Cowboys that’ll explode into the world November 8th, 2019 on the Frontiers Music imprint. Produced by drummer Frankie Banali, a band member since 1982, the [Read More]

By |2019-11-07T13:21:29-08:00November 4th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments

Review: ‘Shine’ by Ghost Town Blues Band

Ghost Town Blues Band, Shine, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

The Ghost Town Blues Band is an absolutely scorching musical outfit from Memphis, Tennessee with a brand-new album, Shine, that came out October 4th, 2019, produced by Kevin Houston. The record is an engaging set of hybrid modern blues music that blends of elements of blues, rock, jam, and funk styles into a fresh, original whole. Already, Shine has risen to Number One on the Billboard Blues Chart and Number 26 on the Rock Chart, which is proof positive of just [Read More]

By |2019-10-31T12:49:16-07:00October 30th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|3 Comments

Review: Rock N Roll A Tribute To Chuck Berry by Mike Zito

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By Tom O’Connor

Mike Zito will be releasing Rock N Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry by Mike Zito and Friends on November 1st via Ruf Records. As you would expect, this mammoth 20-track tribute is to one of the prime architects of Rock & Roll, performed by some of today’s hottest Rock and Blues guitar players and is chock-full of both homages and flashy highlights. The 21 guest guitar players include Charlie Berry III, Joe Bonamassa, [Read More]

By |2019-10-31T12:54:47-07:00October 29th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments