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.
Album review for Richard Kitson's In Your Own Time. Kitson plays the guitar and various other instruments here and is backed by Nicola Farnon on double bass and vocals and the album was produced by Martin Gregory Smith. Influenced by blues from the 30's onwards this has a blues/folk appeal, with six of the compositions being his own.
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.