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.
Album Review for the Marco Piccioni Trio's album Far. The Marco Piccioni Trio blends the warm sound of Blues Rock with the Contemporary European Jazz flavours. Original songs and instrumentals drift through fast swing ostinatos, free improvisations, psychedelic shuffles and lazy, melancholic 12bar cycles. To read the review by The Bishop please click on this link.
Album review for Big Joe Williams, Southside Blues which was recorded live in the Fickle Pickle in Chicago in 1963. Big Joe Williams was one of the great, legendary blues figures of the 20th century. Joe recorded steadily between the 1930's and 1970's, enjoying a great deal of success in the 1940's on the rhythm and blues charts.
Album review for the new self-produced record from blues-rocker Eliza Neals - 10,000 Feet Below. This Detroit Music Award winner has received the highest critical acclaim from both sides of the pond where comparisons have been made with Beth Hart and Janis Joplin. There are a few guest performers here too with Paul Nelson, Billy Davis, Howard Glazer and an assortment of drummers.
Album review for Bobby G with Curtis Grant Jr. and the Midnight Rockers. This is Bobby G's debut album at the ripe old age of 73 and is the first release from new label Third Street Cigar Records. Bobby G emerges on Still Standing as an authentic Mississippi blues man and has been a featured singer in many blues bands but never cut a record until now.
Album review for the Lol Goodman Band. Lol Goodman is a seasoned musician and has been on the circuit for nearly 20 years in various formations. The lineup for Just Wanna Say, is Goodman on guitar and vocals, James Horrocks on bass, Jon Firth on drums and Phil Barrett on the Hammond organ. Our writer Martin Cook says it's the real deal.
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.
Lisa Lystem Family Band has been interviewed in Issue 94 and also featured on the front cover. Jefferson magazine called her "the new Swedish sensation" and on hearing, you can certainly understand why. For a first full album, this is a damn fine piece of work, showing depth, scope, freshness and a variety of styles which you check out here on the album review.
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.
Album review for The Hexmen's latest album King Bee. Blues band The Hexmen, is a product of the post-punk creative maelstrom of Liverpool in the early 1980s. The band’s backbone is blues based certainly, but one of the defining qualities of the Hexmen has always been energy. The quality of blues played tends to have an aggressive edge that owes a lot to punk and is described here as being riotously loud at times!