Review: Prove it On Me by Rory Block

Rory Block, Prove It On Me, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Six-time Blues Music Award-winner and supremely talented acoustic guitarist Rory Block takes us all to school once again on her new album Prove It On Me. The set comes out March 27th, 2020 on Stony Plain Records and is the second installment of Block’s “Power Women of the Blues” series, which spotlights the music of female performers from the blues’ formative years. Many of these women were under-represented in the blues boom of the 60s and others simply disappeared, [Read More]

By |2020-03-26T17:04:21-07:00March 23rd, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Afterglow’ by Mike Mattison of Tedeschi Trucks Band

Mike Mattison, Afterglow, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mike Mattison steps out on his own with his second solo album Afterglow, which dropped March 20th, 2020 on Landslide Records. It’s a solid set of Americana informed by blues and rock influences that will keep you listening through every second of its ten-song length. Mattison takes an eclectic approach to his material and his overlapping inspirations make Afterglow one of the most quietly commanding releases of the year. His style is inviting [Read More]

By |2020-03-26T17:04:58-07:00March 26th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Alex Dixon ‘The Real McCoy’

Alex Dixon, The Real McCoy, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Kevin Porter

Alex Dixon, grandson of Blues titan Willie Dixon, delivers The Real McCoy on March 24th, a terrific no-nonsense Chicago-style blues album on Dixon’s label, Dixon Landing Music. Alex is a renowned musician in his own right, having played with his grandfather and other legends such as Chuck Berry, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley, and B.B. King. He co-wrote 40 songs with his grandfather, including some on his grandfather’s album Hidden Charms, which won a Grammy for “Best Traditional Blues Album” in [Read More]

By |2020-03-26T17:07:41-07:00March 24th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Michael Mills Band ‘Stand Up’

The Michael Mills Band, Stand Up, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

The Michael Mills Band sparks a blues/rock firestorm on its brand-new album Stand Up, which is set for a March 20th, 2020 release via Sony/Orchard. It’s a super cool set full of extremely well-written songs and top-flight playing from some of the finest musicians on the USA’s West Coast that’s certain to light up the speakers of roots music fans the world over. The group as a whole is quite adept at crossing genres like blues, rock and roll, [Read More]

By |2020-03-19T14:38:48-07:00March 17th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘In A Roomful Of Blues’ by Roomful of Blues

In A Roomful Of Blues, Roomful of Blues, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Kevin Porter

The renowned blues-swing band, Roomful of Blues makes a welcomed return with In a Roomful of Blues on March 13 via Alligator Records. In a Roomful of Blues is the band’s first album of original material in nine years and its 23rd overall. The album shows a band at the top of its game with a blend of blues, funk, rock, Latin, jazz, soul and even zydeco. Like the group’s previous albums, In a Roomful of Blues [Read More]

By |2020-03-12T16:25:38-07:00March 12th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments

Review: King Solomon Hicks ‘Harlem’

King Solomon Hicks, Harlem, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

King Solomon Hicks is a rising star in the blues game whose debut album, Harlem, hit the streets March 13th, 2020 on the Provogue/Mascot Label Group imprint. Only 24 years old, Hicks is already a powerful vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and interpreter who has developed a unique sound that’s both fresh and familiar.

Harlem is a tight 11-song set produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Kirk Yano (Miles Davis, Public Enemy, Mariah Carey) that presents King Solomon Hicks as a relevant contemporary blues artist [Read More]

By |2020-03-12T16:22:37-07:00March 9th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Review: Sass Jordan ‘Rebel Moon Blues’

Sass Jordan, Rebel Moon Blues, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Canadian rock vocal queen Sass Jordan has a hot one to offer with her new record Rebel Moon Blues. It comes out March 13th, 2020 on Stony Plain Records and features Jordan following her blues inspirations all the way back home to where they impacted her style of award-winning rock music.

Co-produced by Jordan and D#, the eight-song set brings us Jordan working out on seven well-chosen blues covers and one new original song. It’s her ninth studio album and her [Read More]

By |2020-03-04T10:20:02-08:00March 4th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|5 Comments