Review: Soul Doctor by Jimmy Carpenter

Soul Doctor, Jimmy Carpenter, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

Singer/songwriter and saxophone genius Jimmy Carpenter released his latest studio album Soul Doctor, on Mike Zito’s Gulf Coast Records. To create this bright and buoyant 10 song collection Carpenter brought a who’s-who of great players into the studio with him, including drummer Cameron Tyler and bassist Jason Langley. Red Young handles most of the various keyboard duties and Chris Tofield adds some crucial guitar and background vocals. Expect a couple of impressive tracks from some “special guests” as well.

Opener “Soul Doctor” [Read More]

By |2019-11-21T19:07:39-08:00November 19th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|2 Comments

Review: Bywater Call by Bywater Call

Bywater Call, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

Do not miss the November 22nd release of the self-titled debut album from Canada’s Bywater Call via Gypsy Soul Records. A little out of left field and a lot of what’s good, this seven-piece jazz, rock, soul, blues, jam pastiche of a band is as interesting as their music is multi-faceted. They have been nominated as Best New Artist for the 2020 Maple Blues Awards.

Sometimes the right musicians just find each other, and that’s what sounds like happened here. Much has been made about [Read More]

By |2019-11-21T19:10:20-08:00November 21st, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Yesterday’s Gone by Nicholas David

Nicholas David, Yesterday's Gone, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

With the scheduled November 29th release of piano-man Nicholas David’s latest Yesterday’s Gone on Wild Heart Records, guitarist, Blues chanteuse, producer and record label owner, Samantha Fish proves she doesn’t just possess buckets of musical talent, she knows how to spot it in others as well.

After raising his national profile in 2012 with an impressive Top 3 finish on the TV show “The Voice,” Nicholas David and his band took to the road and toured extensively, expanding both his audience and his [Read More]

By |2019-11-21T19:11:49-08:00November 19th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

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 |2019-11-14T16:36:02-08:00November 11th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Review: Keb’ Mo’ Moonlight, Mistletoe & You

Moonlight, Mistletoe & You, Keb' Mo, album review, Martine Ehrenclou, Rock and Blues Muse

By Martine Ehrenclou

Four-time Grammy Award winner and legendary bluesman, Keb’ Mo’ releases Moonlight, Mistletoe & You, one of the best, if not the best, holiday album I’ve heard, out Oct. 18th via Concord Records.

I hesitated to review this record too soon, having heard more than once, “No Christmas music until after Thanksgiving!” I’ve even felt that way myself. But after listening to the record, I realized right away that Moonlight, Mistletoe & You simply doesn’t fit into the usual [Read More]

By |2019-11-14T16:30:28-08:00November 14th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Rise’ by Joanna Connor

Rise, Joanna Connor, album review, Martine Ehrenclou, Rock and Blues Muse

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