Review: ‘California Sun’ Red Rooster Original

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By Mike O’Cull

Red Rooster Original is a five-piece rock band from Mexico with a fiery debut album, California Sun, that came out digitally on April 20th, 2020 and will be released on physical formats in September. The group tracked 13 original songs in just two days at Signature Sound Studio in San Diego, California with producer Jose Antonio Dabdoub, laying everything down live just like onstage. The sound is a gut-punching mix of hard rock, blues, and punk/garage that’s urgent [Read More]

By |2020-06-04T19:07:04-07:00June 4th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|3 Comments

Review: Blues With Friends by Dion

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By Chris Wheatley

Released June 5th on KTBA Records (Joe Bonamassa’s new record label), Dion’s first album of new recordings since 2016’s New York is My Home, nails its colors to the mast with its title. Musically and literally, Blues With Friends is as honest as they come, and when your friends include Stevie Van Zandt, Billy Gibbons, Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Springsteen, Samantha Fish, Sonny Landreth and Bonamassa himself, any self-respecting Blues fan can’t help but get excited.

It’s fair to [Read More]

By |2020-05-28T17:38:13-07:00May 27th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Static’ Blacktop Mojo

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By Mike O’Cull

Blacktop Mojo drops another dose of mind-blowing rock and roll on its new EP Static, a four-song effort that comes out May 29th, 2020 on Sand Hill Records. It’s a small-but-mighty set of the band’s signature blend of heavy grunge, classic rock, and hard-nosed Texas metal. The sound is quite possibly as close to being perfect modern hard rock as any band has ever come and Blacktop Mojo absolutely packs the heat required to become the biggest rock act in [Read More]

By |2020-05-28T17:28:25-07:00May 28th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Ruthie Foster Big Band ‘Live At The Paramount’

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By Mike O’Cull

Three-time Grammy nominee and nine-time Blues Music Award winner Ruthie Foster shows us all again why we love her on her new record Live At The Paramount. The album came out May 15th, 2020 on Blue Corn Music and captures Foster’s glory in a brass-heavy big band context. The set was recorded live January 26th, 2019 at the 105-year-old Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas and is an extraordinary mix of Ruthie’s blues and gospel genius [Read More]

By |2020-05-21T16:38:52-07:00May 20th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Buffalo Fuzz ‘Volume II’

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By Mike O’Cull

Buffalo Fuzz is a tough-toned, supremely distorted heavy blues/rock duo from Minnesota that gets it done the hard way on its latest release Volume II. The record drops June 5th, 2020 and is overloaded with gritty blues/stoner/doom tracks that hit harder than expected. Jared Zachary (guitar, lead vocals) and Jake Allan (drums, backing vocals) are a two-man groove factory in the Black Sabbath mode, kicking out power-chord-and-drum jams topped with wailing vocals that often deal with themes of life [Read More]

By |2020-05-21T14:15:52-07:00May 21st, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Sunshine’ The Black Moods

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By Mike O’Cull

The Black Moods deliver the straight-up rock and roll goods on the band’s sophomore record Sunshine, which dropped May 8th, 2020 on the Steelhorse Entertainment/The Fuel imprint.

The group is a mighty power trio made up of frontman/guitarist Josh Kennedy, drummer Chico Diaz and bassist Jordan Hoffman that makes great, crunching rock music with big guitar tones, strong hooks, and excellent lyrics. The three players exhibit a strong classic rock influence but also have cool things of their own [Read More]

By |2020-05-21T16:35:29-07:00May 18th, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Memphis Loud’ Victor Wainwright & The Train

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By Chris Wheatley

Call it jump-blues, boogie-woogie, honky-tonk or plain old rock ‘n roll, the music which Grammy nominee, Savannah-born pianist Victor Wainwright records and so clearly adores, practically crackles with electricity. It’s a force summoned from the deep roots of the earth and channelled through the spirit and into his fingers, powered by American history and informed by decades of roots music.

Set to release May 22, 2020 on Ruf Records, Memphis Loud is Wainwright’s sixth album since emerging [Read More]

By |2020-05-21T16:42:17-07:00May 21st, 2020|Album & Single Reviews|0 Comments