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!
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.
TajMo brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt.
Released on the re-activated Chess label on 24th February is Wilko Johnson's latest album called, I keep It To Myself / The Best Of. Recorded between 2008-2012, this is a two-disc set jam packed with the usual high octane rhythm & blues, some re-workings and Dr Feelgood favourites such as She Does It Right, Twenty Yards Behind & Roxette. Click here to read the review.
Big Fun is exactly what you get here from Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and blues master Elvin Bishop – along with his friends, guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh and percussionist/vocalist Willy Jordan with his latest musical mixture, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio was released on February 10th 2017. It's rootsy, spirited and soulful, with a happy-go-lucky vibe, check it out here.
Scandinavian born Benjamin Folke Thomas released his latest album Copenhagen, in March 2017. Copenhagen is Ben’s best work to date; an album full of Roots and rhythmic Blues, alongside the most beautiful descriptive storytelling, sung with his trademark baritone vocals and packed with anthemic choruses. Links included here for tour dates etc.
This is the 6th studio album from Multi-Award winning Canadian singer-songwriter Ross Neilsen. Here he completely abandons the singular genre format, this is an album of Neilsen’s influences used to tell a biographical story that spans ten years. Driving blues rock, heartfelt ballads, classic and R&B at it's best.