Saturday, January 29, 2005

Debra Farris Band: Blues Cat
GoodTime Danceable Blues Funk. "Blues with Grooves." The most creative description we've heard is "Bonnie Raitt meets K.D. Lang at Brickhouse"
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Friday, January 28, 2005

Giles: Blue Funk
"Outstanding musicianship, excellent original songs,and a fresh approach to the blues make GILES a must-see band. Led by awesome guitarist and singer MARK KOEHORST, with award-winning musician and son PIET on bass and the powerful drumming of TERRY SHAUGHNESSY.
Don’t miss them!" - Boogaloo Promotions
Mr. David Booker: O Brother, I'm Here
David Booker plays rousing, listenable, and danceable jazz, blues, rock, swing, 50s rock n' roll, 60s R&B/Soul, and all other strains of Americana and roots music at venues in and around Denver and beyond
Ripley Blues: The First Five Years
A collection of great Rhythm & Blues from bands who have played the famous venue over the last five years including The Yardbirds, Dr Feelgood and many more

Thursday, January 27, 2005

John Hammond: In Your Arms Again
On his latest venture, Hammond once again takes up the pen with the album's title track and Come To Find Out as well as gritty interpretations of covers — including I've Got A Woman and Fool For You by the great Ray Charles

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Rocky Zharp (solo): Live @ Fat Daddy's (Shelbyville, Ind.)
Raw rocky live solo. Thanksgiving Day 2003 in Shelbyville, Indiana
The Roadrunners
A little blues, A little country, a dash of folk, and a shot of whiskey
Hot Rod & The Blues DeVilles: Built For Comfort
Rockin Midwestern blues at it's finest. Soulful vocals, driving grooves, blistering guitar. With influences like Buddy Miles, Hendrix, and The Allman Bros, it's a mix of old with new. A stylistic journey into blues and roots
Ralph Woodson: The Ralph Woodson Trio
Blues rock that taps into Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Santana

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Gary Kendall: Dusty & Pearl

Gary Kendall: Dusty & Pearl
Downchild Blues Band bassist, Gary Kendall's new solo recording features some of Canada's best Blues musicians
Judy Wallace Group: Cape Blues
Original rhythm and blues--jazz and blues that swings
Randy Dawson: D'nile Blues
Strong vocals over bluesy rock, skiffle, r&b - power ballads depicting anger, sorrow, laughter & hope..
Charles Burton Blues Band
"My debut CD is all about the blues as I love them: heavy on guitar, smooth vocals, and barbecue grease. If you follow guitar blues at all, you're sure to recognize the influences of some of my heroes: Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Freddie King, and B.B. King. People tell me that my voice reminds them of Boz Skaggs', which may be true, but I never listened to his stuff enough to cop anything from him. You'll hear some vocal growling on my CD, which I did cop from Johnny Winter, a true growl-master! If you love guitar blues, I'm sure you'll enjoy this CD."
Dan Lawson Band: In the "Nick" of time
Great blues guitar. A Blues and Boogie style at its best. A "Sound" and "Tone" thats all his own... thats Dan Lawson. "Lou Bryant" and "Plymouth Rock Records" you have a winner here...Good luck "Seasound studios"
The Superstitions: Leave all Blades and Pistols at the Door
Not Since the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Hollywood Fat's Band has there been such an exciting Blues Roots sound with a Chicago and swamp twist; Dangerous on the Edge Traditional 50's music today
Earlwood Greg: Sweet One
Australian Blues with a twist,four part harmonies, great playing and fabulous production
Various Artists: Goin' Down South Blues Sampler Vol. 2
From the stark sounds of the Mississippi Delta to the electric blues of contemporary Beale Street,this CD represents the best of contemporary Memphis blues

Sunday, January 23, 2005

The Blues Foundation will produce the 26th W.C. Handy Blues Awards on Thursday May 5, 2005 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The nominees are:

Acoustic Blues Album of the Year
Paul Oscher - "Alone With The Blues"
Billy Branch & Kenny Neal - "Double Take"
Corey Harris - "Mississippi To Mali"
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines - "Goin' Home"
Carey & Lurrie Bell - "Second Nature"

Acoustic Blues-Artist of the Year
Paul Oscher
Corey Harris
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
Eric Bibb

Best New Artist Debut
Watermelon Slim - "Up Close & Personal"
John Lee Hooker, Jr. - "Blues With A Vengence"
Nora Jean Bruso - "Going Back To Mississippi"
Michael Powers - "Onyx Root"
The Bo-Keys - "The Royal Sessions"

Blues Album of the Year
W.C. Clark - "Deep In The Heart"
Mavis Staples - "Have A Little Faith"
The Holmes Brothers - "Simple Truths"
Guitar Shorty - "Watch Your Back"
Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers - "Keepin' It Real"

Blues Band of the Year
Little Charlie & The Nightcats
Smokin' Joe Kubek Band
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets
The Holmes Brothers

Blues Entertainer of the Year
Bobby Rush
Kim Wilson
B.B. King
Pinetop Perkins
Solomon Burke

Blues Song of the Year
"Alone With The Blues" - WRITER Paul Oscher , Performed by Paul Oscher
"Have A Little Faith"- WRITER Jim Tullio and Jim Weider, Performed by Mavis Staples
"Run Myself Out Of Town"- WRITER Wendell Holmes, Performed by The Holmes Brothers
"Piecework Politicians" - WRITER James Harman, Performed by James Harman
"Nothin' Ever Hurt Me"- WRITER EG Kight, Performed by EG Kight

Comeback Blues Album of the Year
Big Joe Duskin - "Big Joe Jumps Again!"
Gary U.S. Bonds - "Back In 20"

Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
Charlie Musselwhite - "Sanctuary"
The Holmes Brothers - "Simple Truths"
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - "Now My Soul"
Guitar Shorty - "Watch Your Back"
Michael Powers - "Onyx Root"

Contemporary Blues-Female Artist of the Year
Janiva Magness
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland
EG Kight
Deborah Coleman

Contemporary Blues-Male Artist of the Year
Kim Wilson
Chris Thomas King
Charlie Musselwhite
James Harman
Robert Randolph

Historical Blues Album of the Year
Hound Dog Taylor - "Release The Hound" (Alligator Records)
Charles Brown - "A Life In The Blues" (Rounder Records)
Muddy Waters - "Hard Again" (Epic/Legacy)
Johnny Winter - "Second Winter" (Columbia/Legacy)
Lucille Bogan - "Shave 'em Dry" (Columbia/Legacy)
Muddy Waters - "I'm Ready" (Epic/Legacy)

Bob Stroger
Willie Kent
Bill Stuve
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones
Mookie Brill
Sherman Holmes

Jimi Bott
Popsy Dixon
Sam Carr
Sam Lay
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Ronnie Earl
Duke Robillard
Kirk Fletcher
Bob Margolin
Roy Rogers

Kim Wilson
Charlie Musselwhite
Rod Piazza
James Harman
Paul Oscher

Calvin Owens - Trumpet
Mark Kazanoff - Saxophone
Roomful of Blues Horns
Greg Piccolo - Saxophone
Sax Gordon - Saxophone

Henry Butler
Honey Piazza
Dave Maxwell
Marcia Ball
Jon Cleary

Robert Randolph - Pedal Steel Guitar
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Fiddle
Sonny Rhodes - Lap Steel Guitar
Otis Taylor - Banjo
Andra Faye - Mandolin

Soul/Blues Album of the Year
Mavis Staples - "Have A Little Faith"
Bobby Rush - "Folk Funk"
W.C. Clark - "Deep In The Heart"
Tad Robinson - "Did You Ever Wonder?"
Charles Wilson - "If Heartaches Were Nickels"

Soul/Blues-Female Artist of the Year
Mavis Staples
Bettye LaVette
Etta James
Toni Lynn Washington
Barbara Lynn

Soul/Blues-Male Artist of the Year
Bobby Rush
Tad Robinson
Little Milton
Solomon Burke
W.C. Clark

Traditional Blues Album of the Year
James Cotton - "Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes"
Jody Williams - "You Left Me In The Dark"
Duke Robillard - "Blue Mood: The Songs Of T-Bone Walker"
Pinetop Perkins - "Ladies Man"
Sam Myers - "Coming From The Old School"

Traditional Blues-Female Artist of the Year
Jessie Mae Hemphill
Nora Jean Bruso
Ruth Brown
Koko Taylor
Maria Muldaur

Traditional Blues-Male Artist of the Year
Robert Lockwood Jr.
Jody Williams
Sam Myers
Hubert Sumlin
Pinetop Perkins

Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Bobby Kyle Band: Last Call for the Blues
"Kyle may be one of the best ... blues singers in the business. Yes, he really is that good and proves it time and again." - Blues Revue Magazine
Bobby Kyle: After The Storm
Bobby's mournful slide guitar work has been praised on the pages of Living Blues and Jazz Times. His style, while refreshingly new, is respectful of traditional blues forms. He delivers authentic rural blues on both acoustic and National Steel guitar. Special guests: Johnny "Clyde" Copeland and Eddie Kirkland

Jeff Eads: XIII
Solid groovin' blues guitar work married to contemplative lyrics and a deep velvet voice
Judy Wallace Group: Early Recordings
Judy has performed on Cape Cod stages both as a solo performer, singing and accompanying herself on guitar and harmonica, and as the leader of her band, The Judy Wallace Group. As a solo, she opened shows for such well-known folk and blues artists as Shawn Colvin, John Hammond Jr., Ellen MacIllwaine, Louden Wainwright III, and old time bluesman Moses Rascoe. She has also shared the stage with blues masters Rory Block and Paul Geremia, as well as jazz trumpeter Lou Colombo and song stylist, guitarist Patty Larkin
Hooch and the Bluesicians: Fly Right
Hooch's varied musical styles include everything from burning Chicago blues to melodic Delta blues to country rock to country western to reggae to jazz. His firm belief that there is no one way to play the harp and no one musical genre to play with it shows in his style and in his engaging performances
Marco Pandolfi & The Jacknives: Step Back Baby
Marco Pandolfi & The Jacknives was born from a fundamental need: playing the blues without compromises. The mutual goal is to recuperate the tradition of the first electric blues, with a naked quality and deep-rooted sound that goes "back to the origins", and to pay homage to the feeling and energy of the black masters

Friday, January 21, 2005

John Starr & Blues Band: White Hot Blues
Fun fast funky blues & jazzy swing tunes heavy with vocals, Sax, harmonica, electric guitar
Fat Danny & The Hard Tymz Blues Band: Life Behind The 8 Ball
Made just like those great old Chess sides. Real musicians, playing together in the studio direct to analog tape. Danny and the band feel that this CD is their strongest effort to date and an accurate representation of their live sound and Danny's songwriting abilities
Amund Maarud: Commotion
Electric Blues Rock from Norway

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Country Boy: Country Boy Blues
This is the real blues from the deep south to the big city
Mary Luckey Thompson: Still Here/Still Happy
Live concert to support friend fighting ovarian cancer. Blues duet that falls back to prayer and gospel during the evening. Inspiration and uplifting
Ken Bott: The Blues From Bottsville
This CD is fun, quirky, and irreverant but make no mistake the players are world class. Produced and recorded by Jimi Bott (Drummer for The Fabulous Thunderbirds) it also features Marc Ford (Black Crowes/Ben Harper) and Portland's harp virtuoso Jim Wallace
Mike Wheeler Band
Mike has performed with John Primer, Son Seals, Matthew Skoller, Willie Kent & the Gents, Cadillac Dave & His Chicago Redhots, Big James & the Chicago Playboys, Sam Cockrell & The Groove, to name a few. He has also recorded on various CD's: Cadillac Dave and His Chicago Redhots - Checkin' On My Baby (Mike received high regards for his original song - "Been So Lonely"). Big James & The Chicago Playboys - If It Wasn't 4 Da' Blues, Sam Cockrell & The Groove - I'm In The Business, and Joanna Connor - The Joanna Connor Band

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

John MacPherson: Sweet Mac's Blues
Saxophone Blues with a "feel good" groove

Pat Carr: Put Yourself In My Place

Pat Carr: Put Yourself In My Place
Over an hour of blues and blues-rock with a touch of soul and jazz added for good measure
Blakester: It's About Time
Texas Blues/Southern/classical Rock

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Gary Miles Lucas: Lucky In Love
Rocking, soulful blues served up on the debut release by this veteran of the U.S. and European blues club scene
Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys: Buy American
Bluesabilly...American Roots...Blues
Key Frances: Friday Night Road Trip
Psychedelic road trip blues

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Brothers N' Blues: That's Alright
The second release for the band. You'll hear music in the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Ronnie Earl, Chris Duarte, and Tommy Castro. All the songs were written by guitarist Mark Sells, and are based on first-hand experiences that the "blues" are made of
The Dudes: Nothing But The Truth
The Dudes give you Blues to Bluegrass and everything in between. This is Texas Blues Rock with a good measure of Louisiana flavor stirred right in. Good God, Ya'll
Jimi Bott: Jimi Bott Live Volume One Cheap Thrills
This CD swings, shuffles, rocks and imbeds itself into a stone-cold groove. If you like soulful vocals, undeniable rhythm with incendiary harp, piano & guitar, this CD is for you. It features The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rod Piazza, Junior Watson & more

Friday, January 14, 2005

Jill Bailey: Back on Track
R&B and Blues and Jazz
Sherry P. & Makoto M.: Big City Blues
Southern California Blues Society's pick for Best Self-Produced CD. Hear why. Sherry's powerful vocals and Makoto's tasty guitar make for an instant classic, yet contemporary Blues experience

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Mike Pupo: UNDERCOVER Love Is Blind
Original 2004 Blues
Lil' Joe And The Hoodoos: Oh Now Baby
Lil' Joe and the Hoodoos is a four-piece band completely focused on fine quality musical performance. The band's members have played for many years in the Central New York area in a variety of venues. It is not, however your average "bar band". Lil' Joe and the Hoodoos have a new and refreshing sound featuring the originals of Lil' Joe as well as a smattering of favorite cover tunes by Jimmy Lang, BB King and Blind Willie just to mention a few. Be assured your audience will be entertained when these guys perform
Forced Call: Off The Clock
Hot rock and blues only mildly describes what these guys have on the burner with two blistering guitarists, the "lord of the boards" on keys, a melt in your mouth sax player and the best rhythm section this side of James Brown
Peace River Music: Tattooed Blue
Jazzy guitar blues
Silvan Zingg Trio: Boogie Woogie Triology
Boogie Woogie Trio. Piano, bass and drums

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Jay Gordon: Live On The Sunset Strip - No Quarter Given
Jay Gordon is a guitarist on the scene with big steps. He's a blues/rock guitarist by definition, full of explosiveness and individualism. He can definitely be counted among those who will put his stamp on the future of the blues and rock
Beautiful Bobby Blackmon: Travelin' Home
This music is a mixture of contemporary urban blues with some added funky southern soul-blues flavor. It's danceable with some tasty guitar and vocals from a soon to be recognized artist
Chris Cobb: Other Plans
Modern Electric Blues, very guitar based with rock and jazz influences
Loose Gravel and the Quarry: Boulder in the Highway
Hard drivin' Chicago style original blues and classic rock