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SELWYN BIRCHWOOD Pick Your Poison

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD Pick Your Poison

Album review for Selwyn Birchwood's Pick Your Poison plus the Official video for Guilty Pleasures. Signed to Alligator Records, Birchwood wrote and produced all 13 tracks here which the run the emotional gamut from humour to gospel, and are filled with all the usual high-octane blues and funk that you'd expect from this original and modern-day bluesman. Follow the link to find out more.

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STEVE KOZAK BAND It’s Time

STEVE KOZAK BAND It’s Time

Canadian blues artist, Steve Kozak has been turning heads of blues fans in Canada for over thirty years since he first broke onto the Vancouver scene in the mid-eighties. Gaining national recognition in 2013 Kozak won a Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year and is a 2017 nominee in Breakout West's Blues Artist of The Year. Read here what The Bishop has to say about his latest album.

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SAMANTHA FISH Chills & Fever

SAMANTHA FISH Chills & Fever

Album review, for the new record out by Samantha Fish, Chills & Fevers, out on Ruff Records. Fish has gone for a selection of soul and R 'n' B tunes from the 60's and 70's this time around. The Detroit Cobras and a New Orleans horn section were the bands for this album, reviewer John Mitchell describes this as one of her most distinctive albums. Follow this link to hear the tracks and read more.

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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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THE SIMON KENNEDY BAND Make Up Your Mind

THE SIMON KENNEDY BAND Make Up Your Mind

THE SIMON KENNEDY BAND Make Up Your Mind. LOJO Records. Simon is one of those rare people in music nowadays who want not only to play the blues but, they also want to pass on the message of the Gospel without making the music sound ‘preachy’ no, he simply wants you to enjoy the music...

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STEVE LURY & ANDRES ROOTS Live In Lerwick

STEVE LURY & ANDRES ROOTS Live In Lerwick

STEVE LURY & ANDRES ROOTS Live In Lerwick. Tartan Blues. I have often been asked, mainly by classical and jazz buffs, why I like to listen to different artists take on Blues classics and I usually respond with something along the lines of “been to see Beethoven/Miles lately?” – it is all about how different...

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STEVE HILL Solo Recordings Volume 1 / Solo Recordings Volume 1 1/2

STEVE HILL Solo Recordings Volume 1 / Solo Recordings Volume 1 1/2

STEVE HILL Solo Recordings Volume 1 / Solo Recordings Volume 1 1/2. No Label Records. Montreal bluesman Hill won Best Album Of The Year Award back in 2012 with this raw one man band effort containing 12 tracks of rough and ready, bold and mostly self-penned blues. Hill sings, plays guitar, bass drum, hi-hat, shakers...

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STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES Terraplane

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES Terraplane

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES Terraplane. New West Records. This is Steve’s sixteenth album and he has focused solely on the blues, this decision came about whilst he was touring around Europe alone and armed with the skeletal ideas for numbers in his head; they became fully developed whilst in Nashville’s famous House of The...

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STEPHANIE MANNS Fool Like Me

STEPHANIE MANNS Fool Like Me

STEPHANIE MANNS Fool Like Me. Independent. This Glaswegian singer/songwriter has been making waves with her brand of folk and blues-laced Americana, and I am pretty sure that this attention will only increase with the release of this excellent CD, the follow-up to 2014’s Come Closer. Her assured, sweet but powerful vocals deliver songs of love...

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STACY MITCHHART Live My Life

STACY MITCHHART Live My Life

STACY MITCHHART Live My Life. Blues Matters CD album review. The talented songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Stacy Mitchhart presents a series of twelve tracks, of largely original pieces, two instrumentals and choice covers on Live My Life

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