Category: Album Reviews R

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RANDY McALLISTER Fist Full of Gumption

RANDY McALLISTER Fist Full of Gumption

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.

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ROY METTE BAND Vibralism

ROY METTE BAND Vibralism

ROY METTE BAND Vibralism. Indepedent. Roy Mette has had an interesting and varied musical career to date, amongst other items he has released an acoustic album of Jimi Hendrix material and had at least one album released on the inaugural Blues Matters label back in 2007, this his latest release showcases fourteen original tracks of varied...

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RON DAVIES The Kitchen Tapes

RON DAVIES The Kitchen Tapes

RON DAVIES The Kitchen Tapes. Little Chickadee Records. Let me say at the outset, I found this so very, very easy to listen to! Ron Davies gave us a gentle form of music with lyrics that were both perceptive and poetical at one and the same time. This disc is a compendium of his work...

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ROBERT JON & THE WRECK Glory Bound

ROBERT JON & THE WRECK Glory Bound

ROBERT JON & THE WRECK Glory Bound. Independent. This band are as Rock and Roll as you can get, with a no nonsense sound that gets down to business from the first note of opener The Devil Is Your Only Friend. They take blues/rock to a whole new level, which I personally never tire of....

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ROBIN BANKS Modern Classic

ROBIN BANKS Modern Classic

ROBIN BANKS Modern Classic Canadian roots music singer Robin Banks announces a November 25 release date for her self-released CD, Modern Classic, with distribution through CD Baby. Produced by acclaimed guitarist/producer Duke Robillard, who also adds his amazing guitar tones throughout the album, Modern Classic features a dozen all-original songs that showcase not only Robin’s...

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THE RANDY STEPHENS BAND No Strings Attached

THE RANDY STEPHENS BAND No Strings Attached

THE RANDY STEPHENS BAND No Strings Attached Independent Here, you get what it says on the tin – Florida blues, straight and direct with no frills and no monkeying about. No surprise maybe that a tune named Bad Economy features Stephens’ times-is-hard, downbeat vocal, it’s an impressive stretching number with stratospheric guitar flying over Randy...

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RON BEER The Blues Don’t Say It All

RON BEER The Blues Don’t Say It All

RON BEER The Blues Don’t Say It All Independent Not knowing much about Ron Beer, after listening to the first two tracks of this fine album I decided to find out more. Ron Beer is Canadian, from Ontario, and holds a degree in song writing. He’s put that academic base to good use by the...

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ROD CLEMENTS Rendezvous Café

ROD CLEMENTS Rendezvous Café

ROD CLEMENTS Rendezvous Café Batsville BATCD03 This album comprises 26 highly memorable songs written or co-written by Clements, the founding pillar of folk-rock legends Lindisfarne, each one recorded acoustically as originally conceived. Some tracks like Meet Me On The Corner were later developed into Top Ten hits whilst others such as Train In G Major...

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ROB HERON AND THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA Talk About The Weather

ROB HERON AND THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA Talk About The Weather

ROB HERON AND THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA Talk About The Weather Tea Pad Recordings Let me start by saying this CD is not a straight blues CD. In fact, some of the songs lean towards jazz, and a couple even verge on vaudeville, but I don’t say that in a negative way. The opening track...

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RICHARD RAY FARRELL Shoe Shoppin’ Woman

RICHARD RAY FARRELL Shoe Shoppin’ Woman

RICHARD RAY FARRELL Shoe Shoppin’ Woman Blue Beet / Bandwagon The title track tells you he “can’t afford the expense, she’s got more shoes than sense” over a sparky electric guitar lurch that by design or happenstance draws on the classic Barefootin’. Richard Ray’s got a great blues voice that’s totally at home with the...

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