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Otis Clay Obituary

Another great man has done a full go-round. With the passing of Chicago soul-blues singer, Otis Clay on January 8th, aged 73, music lost one of its true greats, a guy who lived for the music he loved and was on the road till the day he died. Born in backwoods Mississippi, Clay kicked-off his career, like many before him, with gospel at its core before…
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Mitch Mann – Blackwater Creek

This is simply an excellent album. Fourteen tracks of perfectly pitched, Muscle Shoals produced blues and Americana mixed to near perfection. From the opening ‘Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad’, an old standard on any Americana musician’s set-list with strong blues credentials, through solid, distinct takes on classic blues numbers like “St Louis Blues’ to…
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Michael Falzarano – I Got Blues For Ya

Falzarano is one of those largely overlooked US guitarists with a pedigree that should give him a strong profile and following. Probably best known for his work with Hot Tuna frontman Jorma Kaukonen, he also played with the near -legendary New Riders Of The Purple Sage and is little short of a master of US roots music. This is a major…
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The Music Flowed at Cahors Blues Festival in Cahors, France

The 34th annual Cahors Blues Festival was a bit of a mixed bag this year, hardly surprising as it was there last year that Johnny Winter gave his final performance before passing a few days later. To commemorate his presence, the local town authorities have renamed the street leading to the Festival site backstage areas…
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Hank Woji – The Working Life

A 13-track album of impassioned acoustic Americana from a Texas-based East Coaster, this marks the third release from a guy with a clear empathy for the troubles and struggles of the working man. The dedication in the cover with thanks to the late Pete Seeger gives more than a hint of this guys thinking in general. Backed by his big 12-string acoustic guitar…
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Cognac Blues Fest in Cognac, France

Cognac Blues Passions is easily one of France’s most important annual blues events. In many eyes, the premiere event in the country. This year, the 22nd, opened at Jarnac with a storming set from leading young US bluesman Selwyn Birchwood and his band. Birchwood pretty well swept the board back in 2013 at the IBA in Memphis where he picked up the …
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Bert Deivert & Copperhead Run – Blood In My Eye For You

A simply cracking release from a sparkling blues-roots band from Sweden. Acoustic, slide, resonator driven jumping stuff here with 12 tracks of generous goodness. Bert Deivert is a personal favourite of mine and with his last offering, Kid Man Blues now a few years old it’s encouraging to know he’s still producing the Scandinavian goods with this album.
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Bill Wyman – Back to Basics

A new release from ex-Stones bassist, Wyman, is inevitably going to be of interest to a vast army of music fans. For Wyman, it must be difficult at times to ditch some of the overhanging burden of having been an original member of the world’s greatest rock’n’roll and rootsy R&B band, but with this 12 track album, he seems to have shrugged…
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Josh Smith – Over Your Head

To some, Josh Smith will need little or no introduction. Another of those seemingly prodigious young US electric blues guitar guys who has already toured extensively with Joe Bonamassa and regularly trades licks back home on the Florida blues circuit with his good ole buddy, Kirk Fletcher, he clearly comes from the loud, wailing guitar school of playing where…
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Malcolm Holcomb – The RCA Sessions

With Holcombe you can always expect the unexpected. A true original, a singer-songwriter with a flair for the unconventional, searing, raw emotion and lyrics and a voice that could stop a bull-elephant in its tracks. With The RCA Sessions, he again pushes the boundaries, a man with an edge in his fretwork, voice and music at all times.
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Paul Brady – The Vicar St Sessions Vol. 1

Paul Brady is one of those guys, a man always guaranteeing quality in most everything he does or has done for the past 40 years or so. More than just another singer-songwriter, he’s a revered Irish institution with an astonishing knack, an ability to put together cracking support bands, great albums and top dollar live performances.
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Jon Ben Berger – Life is Beautiful

This is a debut offering from a veteran singer-songwriter and guitarist of some note. An American, Berger has for many years been resident in Stockholm, Sweden, where this album was produced by another US_Swede and veteran musician, Brian Kramer. Berger penned all of the eleven tracks here, which are well-paced and reflect his personal philosophy…
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Kyle Carey – North Star

This is truly beautiful album. Every track is serenely imagined, performed and pitched, leaving a lasting impression of tranquility, melody and beauty. A second release from a US singer-songwriter with strong Scottish influences at her heart, North Star is an album that merits discovery for anyone with an interest in traditional Scottish roots music and/or modern Americana.
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Dik Banovich – Acoustic Roots & Blues

Banovich is mostly a Scot with an unlikely name for a member of the tartan clan. Originally from Chicago, he moved to Scotland as a kid, living in the industrial heartland, and home of some of the most interesting music, in Glasgow before moving North to live in the Highlands where he was a notable figure in the burgeoning folk music world. Now based in France…
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Laurence Jones – What’s It Gonna Be

The latest, third, release from young, hot-shot British rock-bluesman, Laurence Jones is a true cracker. A wonderful album of searing guitar work coupled with some deft lyrics that have a stamp of confidence and maturity about them that simply belie his relatively tender years and must speak volumes of what might yet lie tantalisingly in store for the years ahead.
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Terri’Touars Blues Festival – Thouars, France

This was the 11th festival held in the small market town of Thouars, about 60 Kms South of the Loire in SW France, an area readily reachable by car from the UK inside a day. As usual, the format included an opening show with a few US players and event sponsors and local big-wigs both present, followed by…
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Shoutin’ Red – Introducing

‘Introducing’ is exactly that, an intro to a new kid on the Scandinavian blues block. From Sweden, Felicia Nielsen, aka Shoutin’ Red, is a new, young performer with a debut release that marries traditional 1930s acoustic blues with a few standard traditional folk songs to provide this 12-track album.
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Hannah Aldridge – Gig Review at The Green Note in London

Aldridge is a gal with real stage presence and a big, bustling, bouncy voice to match. Standing at just under six feet tall, she easily dominated the small, cupboard-alcove-cum-stage at this popular North London venue. Truth is, The Green Note has never been a personal favorite; it’s just too cramped, too intimate for genuine comfort. Oh, and it’s just…
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Hans Theessink – Around the Block a Time or Two

For the past fifty years or so Hans Theessink has been on the road, an international blues-trail that has taken him from his hometown of Enschede in the Netherlands through the USA, UK, Australia and most of Europe. Each year brings fresh challenges and his well-known Birthday Bashes have spawned CDs, DVDs and become…
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Doug MacLeod – Exactly Like This

MacLeod may have a Scottish Islanders name but he’s actually American. Long resident in West Coast USA, Dubbs, as he’s affectionately known, is easily one of the most accomplished and admired acoustic bluesmen of his generation with countless international awards to his name. ‘Exactly Like This’ is his latest release, an eleven…
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