Review: Heavy Hearted by Ryan McGarvey

Review, Heavy Hearted, Ryan McGarvey, Blues-rock, Rock and Blues Muse

By Dave Resto

Next generation blues-rock sensation Ryan McGarvey is back with his fifth album, Heavy Hearted, set for release on November 27th 2018. It is the follow up to his successful Live at the Swinghouse (2018).

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ryan McGarvey is a rising guitarist, singer-songwriter who began earning recognition and accolades early in his career. In 2010, Eric Clapton selected McGarvey to perform at his Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, and his lengthy list of awards include: Best [Read More]

By |2018-11-29T17:48:45+00:00November 26th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Sean Chambers Welcome To My Blues

Review, Welcome To My Blues, Sean Chambers, Rock and Blues Muse

By Mike O’Cull

Guitar slinger, singer-songwriter, Sean Chambers, is one of the leading lights of guitar driven blues-rock in the 21st Century. Since his stint as guitarist and band leader for the legendary Hubert Sumlin from 1998-2003, Chambers has established a career based on his command of blistering guitar chops, strong songwriting, and a forward-view creative vision. Chambers’ seventh and latest release, Welcome To My Blues, released via American Showplace Music, is a powerful blast of high-intensity blues and rock and roll, dense [Read More]

By |2018-11-21T15:10:29+00:00November 21st, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|7 Comments

Review Strong Roots by In Layman Terms

Album Review, Strong Roots, In Layman Terms, Rock and Blues Muse

By Tom O’Connor

November saw the Endless Blues Records release of Strong Roots from the rising young band, In Layman Terms. This lean collection of seven originals and one cover doesn’t waste anyone’s time while the band manages to sound like they’ve got all the time in the world. I’m sure this ambitious and unafraid group could have given us a longer album because I’m certain there are plenty more good songs where these came from. You can hear an abundance of curiosity [Read More]

By |2018-11-30T11:57:25+00:00November 30th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Album Review: Robben Ford Purple House

Review, Purple House, Robben Ford, Martine Ehrenclou, Rock and Blues Muse

By Martine Ehrenclou

Having seen blues, jazz, rock guitarist and singer, Robben Ford live in a small venue a few months ago, I expected outstanding musicianship and incomparable guitar chops when I listened to his latest album, Purple House, released November 9th via earMusic. When I flipped the switch on all nine tracks, I was not prepared for what I heard. Leaning into my speakers, I embraced one of the best, if not the best album of 2018.

Robben Ford is regarded as a [Read More]

By |2018-11-16T10:08:29+00:00November 16th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|3 Comments

Review: Blue Room (20th anniversary reissue) by Mike Zito

Review, Blue Room, Mike Zito, Rock and Blues Muse

By Dave Resto

Blues Music Award-winner Mike Zito is celebrating the 20thanniversary of his debut album, Blue Room with a reissue through his current label, Ruf Records. It will be released on November 16th.

In the late 90s, Mike Zito was eager to graduate from being a successful blues/rock cover band leader to a songwriter and performer of original material. With only $1,000 to cover costs, he went into a basement recording studio outside of his native St. Louis. During a marathon session [Read More]

By |2018-11-16T08:10:33+00:00November 14th, 2018|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments