Album Review for San Diago's Little Hurricane's latest album, Same Sun Same Moon. Little Hurricane was formed in 2010 when Celeste "C.C." Spina, drums, and vocals advertised on Craigslist and met studio engineer Anthony "tone" Catalano Guitar and Vocals. Our reviewer Shirl says this is not as dirty blues as previous albums, check it out for yourself to see if you agree.
Album Review for Ontario's award-winning Tim Bastmeyer's All Star Blues Band. This album was released Independently and recorded at Grassfire Studio. All songs on this album are written by the band, which consists of Tim Bastmeyer on lead vocals and guitar, featuring Juno winners Julian Fauth, Paul Reddick, James Thomson, Juno nominee Sean Pinchin, and Cam de Latt.
The 4th Uk Blues Challenge took place this year at Liverpool's iconic venue The Cavern Club. The winners of this competition will go on to represent the UK at both the 34th International Blues Challenge in Memphis and the 8th European Blues Challenge in Hell, Norway during 2018. This event is hosted yearly by the UK Blues Federation and seeks to promote diversity within the UK blues scene.
EP review for Electric Blues Duo, Xavier Pillac, and Antoine Escalier from Poitiers, France. This self-titled debut EP was released in 2017 on the Baryton Music label. Inspired by street musicians in New Orleans, the duo adopted a “two man band” approach, with Xavier on lead vocals and guitar, and Antoine playing bass with his hands and drums with his feet.
Guido Brassé vocals & harmonica and Robbert Duijf vocals & acoustic guitar make up the Dutch duo, Third House On The Left who have been performing together since 2013. Their debut album Love To See You Cry was released earlier this year and consists of 10 songs all written by Duijf. Their songs are described by our reviewer as being laid back, toe tapping blues.
Live at Brighton Road finds Dani Wilde performing live in the studio with her touring band, featuring her brother Will Wilde on harmonica. Dani is performing mostly original songs, split into an acoustic and electric set. For her fans, this will be a long-anticipated treat, for newcomers it will serve as a beautiful introduction to the depth of spellbinding talent and impact of this young British Blues Lady.
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.
Black Country Communion is set to release their long awaited and highly anticipated 4th album, "BCCIV" via Mascot Records on Friday 22nd Sept 2017. Their first studio album since 2013’s "Afterglow". In the meantime, you can check out their brand new video Collide & get tickets for their 2 exclusive 2018 concerts in Europe.
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.