Mr Martin Simpson and Mr Dom Flemons proudly present a selection of Ever Popular Favourites, released in 2016. This is the result of an EFDSS commission, both artists have been researching and exploring how folk songs travelled from England to North America and vice versa, changing shape as they journeyed.
Cookin' In The Kitchen with Dinah: A Tribute To Dinah Washington. This third album by vocalist Kathryn Hettel is a collection of her favourite songs from the iconic Dinah Washington. Spanning genres of Jazz, Blues, Pop and Soul. Writer Roy Bainton describes it as being highly recommended.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Izo FitzRoy is a soul singer, songwriter and pianist from London and this is her debut album. With a rare combination of powerful vocals, honest songwriting and dynamic live performances, Izo FitzRoy's music is a unique and captivating blend of soul, gospel and blues. Our reviewer describes her as a young lady with a foot in both the modern blues and light jazz music worlds
Known for their days in Whitesnake, Bernie & Mickey prove here that good old fashioned blues/rock is still King, having co-written the best tracks that Whitesnake ever did. This collection was originally released in 1995 as the album, 'Ozone Friendly', this version has been revamped and extra tracks inserted.
The legendary Charley Patton Down The Dirt Road Blues, 1929 - 1934 Wisconsin and New York Recordings. Recently re-mastered 2CD, released on Soul Jam and features 50 classic tunes. Charley Patton was the 1st and finest bluesman to emerge from the Mississippi Delta region.