Author Archives: Rick J Bowen

Naomi Wachira: Song Of Lament (Doreli Music)

Naomi Wachira Song Of Lament (Doreli Music) The definition of the word “lament” is as follows: “a formal expression of sorrow or mourning, especially in verse or song; an elegy or dirge.” Kenyan-born, Seattle-based artist Naomi Wachira, chose to title…

Innocent Words Blues Series: Celebrating Buddy Guy

Photos by Brian Paris “Buddy’s birthday…”78, and still feelin’ great.” That is the tag line for the celebration that will be held at Buddy Guy’s Legends on the corner of Wabash Avenue and Balbo Drive in Chicago, the club he…

Sonny Landreth: Recorded Live in Lafayette (Mascot)

Sonny Landreth Recorded Live in Lafayette (Mascot) Live albums often mark a pivotal point in an artist’s career and rank high among fan favorites. Louisiana slide guitar master Sonny Landreth returned to his home town for three shows at the…

Amber Sweeney: Believing In Love (Self-Released)

Amber Sweeney Believing In Love (Self-Released) For her fourth release, Amber Sweeney teamed up with producer Geoff Ott and took full advantage of his vaunted London Bridge Studios to bring a high level of sophisticated production to a stellar seven-song…

Shannon McNally: Black Irish (Compass)

Shannon McNally Black Irish (Compass) Shannon McNally has a been gifted with a voice that has an ethereal hypnotic affect featuring a mix of southern drawl and Celtic lilt delivered as a velvety alto that ensnares the soul of the…

Eric Bibb: Migration Blues (Stony Plain)

Eric Bibb Migration Blues (Stony Plain) Eric Bibb has a career spanning five decades and 37 albums and a seemingly bottomless well of creativity. Bibb’s latest album, ‘Migration Blues,’ released in March of 2017, showcases his many talents on vocals,…

Amy Black: Memphis (Reuben)

Amy Black Memphis (Reuben) Concept albums have been a staple of the recording industry for some time now, with the format of a theme or story line which binds all the music together allowing and artist to dig deeper into…

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm: Self-Titled (Jay-Vee)

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm Self-Titled (Jay-Vee) After forty years and 20 albums, guitar man and certified soul man Robert Cray can do just about anything he wants, so for his latest record he chose to go to the source…

Lauren Murphie and the Sodo 4: 777 (Self-Released)

Lauren Murphie and the Sodo 4 777 (Self-Released) Recent transplant to Seattle, vocal power house, and whirling dervish Lauren Murphie found fast friends and kindred spirits in the Sodo 4 and quickly joined forces with them to record debut album…

Gina Sicilia: Tug of War (Blue Elan)

Gina Sicilia Tug of War (Blue Elan) Philadelphis-born Gina Sicilia is a vocal stylist who has made her mark as a bodacious soul singer and torch song blues diva with a powerful husky alto. Sicilia recently made a move to…

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…