Levon Helm – Ramble at the Ryman

Levon Helm Ramble at the Ryman Released May 17, 2011 on Vanguard Records He’s over seventy years old now, and still nothing quite gets in the way of Levon Helm‘s tenacious desire to make music. Arguably one of the two most notable people to ever call such a little place like Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, home. Read more about Levon Helm – Ramble at the Ryman[…]

Warren Haynes – “Man in Motion”

Warren Haynes Man in Motion Stax Records – Released May 10, 2011 Warren Haynes will tell us all about himself if we just listen close enough. Shoot, he’ll even print the lyrics. But all we have to do is listen to the title cut. The mighty Gov’t Mule hooks & Allman Brothers duels are replaced by Read more about Warren Haynes – “Man in Motion”[…]

Retro Deluxe – “Watermelon Tea”

Retro Deluxe Watermelon Tea Rinkled Rooster Retro Deluxe, one of the newer blues bands on the scene, is staking out its territory on the playground with the release of their second CD, Watermelon Tea. Boasting sixteen tracks, all originals, written by manager Bob Thompson, Watermelon Tea, like its namesake, is quite a refreshing treat. Founded Read more about Retro Deluxe – “Watermelon Tea”[…]

Marcia Ball – “Roadside Attractions”

Marcia Ball Roadside Attractions Alligator Records – Release date March 29, 2011 We’ve been listening to Marcia Ball for a long time and have developed expectations. ‘Roadside Attractions’ scratches all those itches with a twist or two. The biggest change is that she’s either written or co-written all twelve tunes. It’s her best hookhangin’, sadder but wiser, rockin’ the boogie, sweet Read more about Marcia Ball – “Roadside Attractions”[…]

Gregg Allman – “Low Country Blues”

Greg Allman Low Country Blues Rounder – Release date January 18, 2011 The album notes say that “… a river runs through the blues and Gregg Allman continues to navigate it. This album deposits Gregg Allman at a fresh place on the bank.” ‘Low Country Blues’ is Gregg Allman’s first solo album in 14 years Read more about Gregg Allman – “Low Country Blues”[…]

Bryce Janey – “Down Home Blues”

Bryce Janey Down Home Blues 20113rd Avenue Music The newest release from Bryce Janey is called Down Home Blues. It is all acoustic, rootsy, and it’s terrific. Playing a Gibson LG-1 acoustic guitar and a Kay stand-up bass, Janey is the sole performer on this album, and he shines. The album is exactly what the title implies, down home blues. Read more about Bryce Janey – “Down Home Blues”[…]

Eddie Turner – “Miracles and Demons”

Eddie Turner Miracles & Demons Northern Blues – Released July 13, 2010 Miracles and Demons, the third solo release from Eddie (Devilboy) Turner is a pure unadulterated bluesy treat, but it‘s not what one would call a traditional blues album. Strong rhythmic beats, smoky vocals, heady and psychedelic lyrics, fantastic guitar playing and a great backup band are all attributes which make Read more about Eddie Turner – “Miracles and Demons”[…]

Reverend Raven – “Shake Your Boogie”

Reverend Raven Shake Your Boogie Nevermore Records – Release date Oct. 12, 2010 Shakin’ with The Rev Reverend Raven and the ChainSmokin’ Altar Boys (one of the coolest band names ever) are rockin’ my world with their new release ‘Shake Your Boogie’. The CD jacket quotes Reverend Raven: “Recorded live on stage at The Miramar Theater, Read more about Reverend Raven – “Shake Your Boogie”[…]