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SUGAR RAY & THE BLUETONES Seeing Is Believing

SUGAR RAY & THE BLUETONES Seeing Is Believing

This fine album of gut-bucket blues should please any fan of the good old electric-guitar-and-harmonica version of the genre. It’s by turns foot-stompin’ and mournful: If it breaks no new ground, neither does it disappoint. Vocalist and harpist Sugar Ray Norcia is one of several, illustrious alumni of Roomful of Blues – others include guitarists...

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KING KING Live

KING KING Live

King King’s rise continues with a live album that captures the band in great form back home in Glasgow. This review covers only the double CD although the set for sale also includes a DVD recorded at Holmfirth which has almost identical content. The audio discs contain six tracks each culled from across the three...

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THORNETTA DAVIS Honest Woman

THORNETTA DAVIS Honest Woman

This is Detroit chanteuse Thornetta’s second studio album and the first since her 1996 debut release Sunday Morning Music. Dubbed ‘Queen of the Blues’ for her powerful voice, highly acclaimed live performances and a collection of numerous awards over the past quarter of a century. So, has it been worth the wait? The rousing opener,...

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THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS Strong Like That

THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS Strong Like That

There may not be such a thing as the perfect blues band but I would like to put down a marker for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, besides their longevity of over thirty years as a recording band this album highlights everything that is so good about them. Frontman and band leader Kim Wilson is definitely one...

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LURRIE BELL Can’t Shake This Feeling

LURRIE BELL Can’t Shake This Feeling

Down home Chicago style blues playing as it should be Lurrie Bell has it all his life has been drenched in the blues and very blessed. Already this new release has been Grammy nominated and like his previous recording Blues In My Soul he has kept the winning formula band. They are Matthew Skoller on...

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SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM – 2017 UK TOUR

SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM – 2017 UK TOUR

Blues vocalist Sari Schorr is back in the studio this week to record the follow-up album to her critically acclaimed debut album "A Force of Nature”. Before embarking on her UK tour on Wednesday 15th March, Sari is currently recording her new studio album in Bath.

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BAD TOUCH Truth Be Told

BAD TOUCH Truth Be Told

Having seen Bad Touch supporting the Kentucky Headhunters earlier this year, it doesn’t surprise me that Truth Be Told comes hurtling out of the traps like a cheetah in need of its dinner. Energy and enthusiasm are their stock in trade. What’s surprising is the focus and quality that burst through in the first couple...

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BACKTRACK BLUES BAND Way Back Home

BACKTRACK BLUES BAND Way Back Home

This is blues par excellence, raw essential blues and quintessentially this type of music is what the term was designed for! When a group have been together for as long as these guys have in their third decade, then you know you’re on the right road to musical Shangri-La, if nothing else based on the...

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ALBERT KING The Big Blues

ALBERT KING The Big Blues

Born Under A Bad Sign may have been Albert King’s breakthrough album, but The Big Blues was his first long player, not so much an album as a collection of singles recorded between 1959 and 1962 and the sound is rather different. The set kicks off with the excellent, bouncing Let’s Have A Natural Ball,...

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ADAM KARCH Moving Forward

ADAM KARCH Moving Forward

Right from the start, the one word that sticks with me throughout is “pleasant”. Adam Karch is a singer/songwriter from Acadia, on the eastern seaboard of Canada, and this album has certainly grown on me since first playing. In fact, there is nothing here to dislike even though I describe it as primarily an acoustic...