Category Archives: blues

Review: George Thorogood and the Destroyers – The Dirty Dozen

Label: Capitol/EMI Released: July 28, 2009 George Thorogood’s principle charm is that he plays the blues for people who aren’t really all that blue. In many ways, he’s a classic blues artist from his shuffling riffs to his beer-soaked voice, except, at his best…well, he’s kinda fun. Thorogood’s latest release, The Dirty Dozen, is at least sporadically successful in that… Read more »

Review: John Scofield – Piety Street

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Label: Emarcy Released: March 31, 2009 Over the years, John Scofield has worked with a who’s who of jazz and fusion artists. He has established himself as one of the top names in jazz guitar and is almost as well known outside of jazz circles as he is within. He’s one of those artists who finds himself in the unique… Read more »

Review: Cephas and Wiggins – Richmond Blues

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Label: Smithsonian Folkways Released: July 29, 2008 I was scared when I was first asked to review Richmond Blues. Most of what I’ve heard from Smithsonian Folkways has been extraordinary, but most of the music I’ve discovered on their label is classic stuff that’s passed the test of time. It’s hard to go wrong with Lead Belly or Paul Robeson… Read more »

Review: Van Morrison – Keep It Simple

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Label: Lost Highway Released: April 1, 2008 Van Morrison has done some of his best work over the last decade or so. The old curmudgeon has shown that he still knows how to put his entire soul into song, whether he’s making an album that concentrates on folk or soul or even skiffle. That makes Keep It Simple kind of… Read more »

Review: The Mystix – Blue Morning

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Label: Released: October 9, 2007 While the resumes of some members the Mystix may look impressive (Jerry Lee Lewis, Ben E King, Peter Wolf, even studio work at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals), don’t be fooled. This is a group of session players, not a real band. They do play well together as session players often do, but there is… Read more »

Review: Radio Moscow – s/t

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Label: Alive Natural Sound Records Released: February 27, 2007 Radio Moscow is a modern day power trio whose influence reaches back to the days when the sub-genre first reared its head with the likes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream. Radio Moscow don’t ignore everything that’s happened since the late 60s, but their influences don’t stretch too far beyond… Read more »

Review: Various Artists – Down Home Saturday Night

Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Released: July 31, 2007 As the liner notes describe, all across the country on a Saturday night music and good times go hand in hand and always have. American roots music, from bluegrass to zydeco, has been an influence on modern music as well as a vital part of life for many, many people. It’s the… Read more »

Review: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles – Diamonds in the Dark

Label: Sugar Hill Records Released: June 12, 2007 Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles do more than just channel the past. True, Diamonds in the Dark is partially images of days gone by, but the package is fresh. Touching on every raw influence of rock music, the end result is an album that is both clean and warm, touching the… Read more »