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.
Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry release Black To Blues a 6 track EP of blues classics originally written and/or performed by legendary blues musicians like Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Booker T. Jones, Albert King and Freddy King. On Black To Blues, these traditional songs get wildly Black Stone Cherry-fied, while also paying homage to the original on the other hand.
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.
Deano from Backwater Roll Blues band catches up with The Red Devils after their performance at the Borderline Club in London last night. The Red Devils are currently on tour to celebrate their 25th anniversary and have a new promo cd available at gigs only. Their performance in London came as an invite from Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top who also asked them to share bills with his band on their current European Tour. Video links and photos included here.