Category: Album reviews

Rusty Bryant: Fire Eater (Concord)

Rusty Bryant Fire Eater (Concord) Born Royal G. Bryant on November 25, 1929 in Huntington, West Virginia, Rusty Bryan cut his teeth on jazz music as a child in Columbus, Ohio. Earning his stripes backing Tiny Grimes and Stomp Gordon,…

Charles Kynard: Afro-Disiac (Concord)

Charles Kynard Afro-Disiac (Concord) Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1933, Charles Kynard was a jazz player who mixed in acid jazz and soul to his organ playing. His success was limited as he fronted a jazz ensemble in Kansas…

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…

Ashland: Wildfire (Self-Released)

Ashland Wildfire (Self-Released) If you scroll through the ads for broken furniture, stained mattresses, and cleverly placed posts about sexual fetishes, you can find a few good things on Craigslist. I mean, have you ever wondered how many bands were…

The Band Of Heathens: Duende (BOH)

The Band Of Heathens Duende (BOH) It’s been four years since their last record and a slew of lineup changes since their founding, but thankfully little has changed for Austin-based five piece The Band Of Heathens. They still cling tightly…

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…

Anna Coogan: The Lonely Cry of Space and Time (Self-Released)

Anna Coogan The Lonely Cry of Space and Time (Self-Released) Anna Coogan’s latest release, ‘The Lonely Cry of Space and Time,’ is, if nothing else, a collection of songs dripping with unbridled artistry. Practically shouldering the whole mass herself, her…

Paul Butterfield: Live New York 1970 (Rockbeat)

Paul Butterfield Live New York 1970 (Rockbeat) In the late 1960’s and into the early 1970’s, the duo of Michael Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield were up and coming artists in the blues/rock/soul genre. This double-disc set does not include Bloomfield,…

A Flock of Seagulls: Remixes & Rarities (Cherry Red)

A Flock of Seagulls Remixes & Rarities (Cherry Red) Sakes, how I love what the folks at Cherry Red Records are doing! Their latest is a release by the incredible and often mis-categorized band A Flock of Seagulls. I know…

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…

The Dirty Nil: Minimum R&B (Fat Wreck Chords)

The Dirty Nil Minimum R&B (Fat Wreck Chords) Canadian trio the Dirty Nil may only have one proper studio LP to their name, but thanks to an onslaught of singles and EPs dating back to 2011, there are plenty of…