Author Archives: Rick J Bowen

Chris Bergson Band: Bitter Midnight (Two shirt)

Chris Bergson Band Bitter Midnight (Two shirt) Artists are often associated with a city or region; Chris Bergson is New York City through and through. His music are the voice of the soul of the city. His latest album ‘Bitter…

Samantha Fish: Chills and Fever (Ruf)

Samantha Fish Chills and Fever (Ruf) Kansas City contemporary blues artist Samantha Fish discards her “girl with a guitar” image in favor of a retro direction on her covers album ‘Chills & Fever.’ Fish teamed up with producer Bobby Harlow…

Ruthie Foster: Joy Comes Back (Blue Corn)

Ruthie Foster Joy Comes Back (Blue Corn) With an apt title ‘Joy Comes Back,’ Texas troubadour Ruthie Foster returns with her first studio album in three years, and the sound is just that: full of Joy. Foster is known as…

Ronnie Baker Brooks: Times Have Changed (Provogue)

Ronnie Baker Brooks Times Have Changed (Provogue) Chicago’s Ronnie Baker Brooks returns with his first studio album in over a decade, ‘Times Have Changed,’ The certified soul blues icon teamed up with rhythm master and walking musical encyclopedia of what…

Rust On The Rails: Talisman (Chinook Ent)

Rust On The Rails Talisman (Self-Released) Northwest super group Rust on The Rails is a collaborative ensemble that began as an acoustic based progressive rock meets world music hybrid that has evolved into a full force commercial rock band, ready…

Rust On The Rails: Pushing To Make Momentum

What began as an acoustic-based progressive rock meets world music hybrid side project, Northwest rockers Rust On The Rails has grown into a regional powerhouse live band. The band – Cody Beebe (vocals, guitar); Blake Noble (guitar, didgeridoo, backing vocals);…

Jesse Dayton: Can’t Help the Way He Is

Photos by Rick J. Bowen Jesse Dayton has been building a cult following around the globe for years with his guitar shredding, country-infused, Americana sound. At a young age, Dayton was hired to play lead guitar on some of the…

CeDell Davis: Event The Devil get The Blues (Sunyata)

CeDell Davis Event The Devil get The Blues (Sunyata) Seattle scholar, drummer and stalwart producer Martin Barrett has once again unearthed a long forgotten gem in the world’s musical treasure trove; 88-year-old bluesman CeDell Davis. For their third album collaboration,…

Russell Morris: Sharkmouth (EMI Import)

Russell Morris Sharkmouth (EMI Import) The first album of a trilogy inspired by a cast of characters as vast as the land down under, Australian icon Russel Morris released his folk blues and roots rock portrait; ‘Sharkmouth’ in 2012 to…

Jeremy Nail: My Mountain (Open Nine)

Jeremy Nail My Mountain (Open Nine) Texas guitarist Jeremy Nail called on rock icon, Alejandro Escovedo to be his mentor and produce his second album ‘My Mountain.’ The 11 song collection pushes the limits of the singer songwriter genre and…

Mike Zito: Make Blues Not War (Ruf Records)

Mike Zito Make Blues Not War (Ruf Records) St. Louis guitarist Mike Zito has made several acclaimed albums with his tight road band “The Wheel,” which run the gamut of rocking blues, honky tonk, boogie, introspective singer-songwriter, and good old…

Jesse Dayton: The Revealer (Blue Elan)

Jesse Dayton The Revealer (Blue Elan) There is much debate these days as to what is “real country music,” but there is no doubt when you hear Texas guitarist, singer/songwriter Jesse Dayton on his new album, ‘The Revealer,’ that he…

Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat (Rounder)

Bobby Rush Porcupine Meat (Rounder) Eighty-two-year-old “King of the Chitlin’ Circuit” Bobby Rush has always been a shouter, storyteller, and classic blues orator. Like Mark Twain or Richard Pryor, Rush blurs the lines between comedy and commentary. His latest album,…

Camille Bloom: Pieces of me (Self-Released)

Camille Bloom Pieces of me (Self-Released) Seattle-based artist Camille Bloom get very personal on her fifth full length album ‘Pieces Of Me.’ Self-produced and recorded at her new home studio, these 10 new tracks reveal the breadth and depth of…