Mixing R&B, funk, Motown, and soul with strong blues and gospel vocals, and tossing in ska and reggae rhythms for occasional seasoning, JJ Thames has a powerful stage presence and more than enough talent to back it up as a songwriter and as a performer. BM writer Clive Rawlings says you need to hear this album, is he right?
Joe Bonamassa performed two unique all-acoustic shows at the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York City. Both performances were filmed and made into "Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall - An Acoustic Evening" and will be released on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Vinyl on Friday 23rd June 2017.
Lost in Paris Blues Band is the unique result of a spontaneous, 3-day studio session of exceptional musicians in Paris. This album contains 13 cover versions of blues, folk and rock masterpieces, such as One Good Man (Janis Joplin) and Trouble No More (Muddy Waters). This is Pete Sargeant's review.
Shakin’ Stevens releases the video for Down In The Hole from his latest album, Echoes Of Our Times, which is illustrated with a music video exhibiting a rare selection of photos taken in the copper mines. Shaky's biggest UK Tour to date begins tonight - all dates, music and videos are right here.
Amanda St John is a soulful singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. Her debut album Grow was released in 2016 with the title track being used in an International advertising campaign for the Rio Olympics. Amanda St John is renowned for her soulful and emotive performances and is about to embark on her UK & Ireland Tour for 2017.
Neil Warden is based in Edinburgh, Scotland and has been playing and recording guitar for over 40 years. From roots blues to harmonica-infused Paris Texas soundscapes and Eastern improvisations, Neil takes you on a journey on the Weissenborn lap steel guitar. Writer Liz Aitken describes it as leaving you wanting more.
Texas blues and roots at its best from Randy McAllister with this 2016 release, his 12th in total. It's been said that he's one of the most versatile bluesmen in Texas, Randy plays driving drums and world-class harmonica; writes incredible songs, and sings like no one else. Tracks from the album and our reviewer Dave Drury's thoughts are here.
**UPDATE** The Kaz Hawkins band are this year's **WINNERS** of the European Blues Challenge 2017! CONGRATULATIONS from all at Blues Matters! Kaz Hawkins are a hard-working blues band from Ireland, click here to read more and discover why everyone loves them, iTunes links included if you fancy buying?
The truly great Mississippi John Hurt (1893-1966) along with names such as Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and Son House are the foundation stones of the blues. This set contains his famed 1928 sessions for Okeh Records plus 6 bonus tracks from a later period have been added. Hear the tracks and read the review here.
The legendary Walter Trout and his TOP 5 guitarists. His collection includes Sonny Landreth who he describes as the greatest slide guitarist that ever walked the earth! Walter kicks off his World Tour on 20th April with several dates in Denmark & the Netherlands, followed by 7 UK dates from 1st - 10th May. He's ALIVE and on Tour!