Review Carlos Santana Africa Speaks

Carlos Santana, Africa Speaks, Album Review, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Maryanne Bilham

By Tom O’Connor

Carlos Santana will be releasing his latest album Africa Speaks on June 7th through Concord Records. This eleven song, Rick Rubin produced, collection is an arresting and significant piece of work from the already beyond legendary Rock/Latin/Jazz guitarist and musical/cosmic ambassador.

After five decades of ground-breaking musical explorations, Carlos Santana is at the enviable point in his long career where he is free to follow his musical heart wherever it leads him. This time around, the 10-time Grammy winner [Read More]

By |2019-06-03T14:28:28-07:00June 3rd, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Review: Kenny Wayne Shepherd ‘The Traveler’

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Traveler, blues, rock, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been making records for nearly 25 years now and has gone from a teenage blues prodigy to a fully-developed songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader in that time. His latest effort, The Traveler, comes out May 31st, 2019 on Concord Records and proves that Shepherd has, indeed, traveled the distance between being a hot-handed guitarist in the blues world and becoming the big-picture-oriented musician responsible for this incredibly engaging band and album.

The Traveler is a cohesive and [Read More]

By |2019-05-30T15:59:50-07:00May 30th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|1 Comment

Review Blues by Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher, Blues, review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Legendary Irish guitar slinger Rory Gallagher still casts a long shadow over blues/rock community even though he left this mortal coil far too soon in 1995. Gallagher fans will be happy to know that a new release of previously unknown material called Blues will hit the streets May 31st, 2019 on the Chess/UMC label. The Gallagher estate broke open its vault and compiled a three-CD set of mostly unreleased recordings of Rory Gallagher playing his favorite blues material in studio, live, and acoustic settings.

The [Read More]

By |2019-05-30T16:01:33-07:00May 28th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|3 Comments

Review ‘Masterpiece’ by Albert Castiglia

Albert Castiglia, Masterpiece, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Albert Castiglia is the best blues guitar player in South Florida and, perhaps, anywhere. “Best” is a subjective term in music but there’s no doubt that the former Junior Wells sideman packs all the goods needed to contend for that crown. His latest in a long string of solo albums, Masterpiece, will see daylight May 24th, 2019 on Gulf Coast Records, was co-produced by Mike Zito, and could very well elevate Castiglia to the upper echelon of the global blues community. He’s a fine [Read More]

By |2019-05-30T16:12:51-07:00May 25th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|3 Comments

Review: ‘Resonator Blues’ by Derek Davis

Derek Davis, Resonator Blues, album review, Rock and Blues Muse

By Robert Rheubottom

Derek Davis storms back in 2019 with brand new music. The Babylon A.D. co-founder drops his third solo album, Resonator Blues on June 1 via Southern Blood Music Records.

Resonator Blues is the follow up to Davis’ 2017 sophomore effort, Revolutionary Soul. The release features ten original tracks, self-penned by Davis, including the singles “Sweet Cream Cadillac” and “Mississippi Mud” along with some choice cover material.

Derek Davis has boldly explored a wide range of styles and influences over the course of his solo career, which [Read More]

By |2019-05-30T16:07:35-07:00May 30th, 2019|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments