Category: Album Reviews J

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JOHN NEMETH Feelin’ Freaky

JOHN NEMETH Feelin’ Freaky

John Németh releases Feelin' Freaky, recorded with The Blue Dreamers and produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip-hop and rock & roll, Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes.

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JEREMIAH JOHNSON BAND Blues Heart Attack

JEREMIAH JOHNSON BAND Blues Heart Attack

Blues Heart Attack reached #5 on the Billboard blues charts. Jeremiah Johnson boasts a six-album discography and performs with Benet Schaeffer (drums), and longtime band mate Jeff Girardier (bass), bringing the band to its rockin’ bluesy peak. Album review by David Osler.

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Jj THAMES Raw Sugar

Jj THAMES Raw Sugar

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?

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JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE Absent Fathers

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE Absent Fathers

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE Absent Fathers. Loose Music. This album is a companion piece to his Single Mothers album but it stands in its own right as an album of subtle and beautifully played alt-country. If it leads you to the other half of the pair then that is no bad thing either. Earle has a...

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JUNIOR WELLS Southside Blues Jam

JUNIOR WELLS Southside Blues Jam

JUNIOR WELLS Southside Blues Jam. Delmark Records. If you’re a blues lover, then this is one recording you need to snuggle up to. This is the follow-up to Delmark’s Hoodoo Man Blues, recorded just after Christmas in 1969. This is also a chance to experience 15 performances by Chicago’s finest from a time when the...

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JOHNNY FONTAINE AND THE RIVALS Lemme Tell Ya!

JOHNNY FONTAINE AND THE RIVALS Lemme Tell Ya!

JOHNNY FONTAINE AND THE RIVALS Lemme Tell Ya! Wanted Men. The blurb is headlined Finest Mafia Blues Rock – Mafia Blues Without Compromise! Can’t say I’m sure about the Cosa Nostra connections apart from their Sicilian roots and propensity to wear hats but this is pretty fine Blues Rock and they make a very accomplished...

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JOE TOPPING The Vagrant Kings

JOE TOPPING The Vagrant Kings

JOE TOPPING The Vagrant Kings. Fellside Records. Joe Topping is well known on the British folk scene having played with Andy Irvine, Ashley Hutchings, Home Service, While and Matthews and various members of Fairport Convention. The album contains ten tracks of self-penned songs plus one cover and the style is a mix of folk, Americana...

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JOE BONAMASSA Different Shades Of Blue (Single)

JOE BONAMASSA Different Shades Of Blue (Single)

JOE BONAMASSA Different Shades Of Blue (Single). Provogue. The title track from Joe Bonamassa’s recent album has now been issued as a single (see Issue 80 for full album review) and here we get a shorter Single Edit plus the full album version. Probably, like me, most readers will already own the full album which...

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JOSH HOYER AND THE SHADOWBOXERS – Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers

JOSH HOYER AND THE SHADOWBOXERS – Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers

JOSH HOYER AND THE SHADOWBOXERS Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers Independent This CD is best described as being a funky house party. Out of Lincoln, Nebraska, Josh has been around a good few years in various guises. Opening, funnily enough, with Shadowboxer, Brian Morrow (bass) and Justin G Jones (drums), lay down a funky groove,...

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JON ALLEN Deep River

JON ALLEN Deep River

JON ALLEN Deep River Absolute via Universal There’s a brand of music pretty much spearheaded by Jon Allen that you might dub Anglicana…I say that tongue in cheek as I don’t care for labelling. But it embraces acoustic and folk elements, blues, early Rock ’n’ Roll, Celtic – especially as regards the major-scale melodies –...

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