Author: JD Nash

JD is currently associate editor and social media manager for American Blues Scene. He's also the former host of Blues Influence on WREN radio.

Janiva Magness’ sixteenth studio album, Hard to Kill, is a boldly honest and affecting collection of songs that sit on the bedrock of blues, soul and funk. Deeply connected with her frank and profoundly moving 2019 memoir, Weeds Like Us, the new album will release simultaneously with the audiobook edition this summer. While recording last year, Magness realized how closely tied the two pieces of work really are – Hard to Kill is a tough and assured reflection of the intense memories and feelings exposed in Weeds Like Us.  I feel like it’s a retrospective — not just of my…

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Two years after her psychic blues album, Black Crow Moan, Detroit sensation Eliza Neals is back with her newest blues rock offering Badder to the Bone, out now via E-H Records. This is Neals’ second album in the era of COVID. Where Black Crow Moan was primarily ballad-filled to fit the times of 2020, Badder to the Bone starts off with blistering slide guitar over a Bo Diddley beat on “United We Stand.” Neals wrote or co-wrote all but one song on the album, and also arranged and co-produced it with Michael Puwal of ICP and Kenny Wayne Shepherd fame.…

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“It it’s not fun, we’re not doing it.” So states the motto of the Topeka Blues Society. Based in the capital city of Kansas, the Topeka Blues Society (TBS) was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization in July of 2008. The mission of the Society is to promote music rooted in the blues, through performances, education, community involvement and outreach, and artist support throughout N.E. Kansas. One of the founding members of the Society is someone who almost everyone who has played the blues in the Midwest knows, Suki Blakely. Suki has had her hands and heart in the…

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Jessica Harper, better known in music circles as GeminiiDragon, is a scorching vocal talent from the murky bayou country of Louisiana. She hails from Thibodaux, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche. Thibodaux is a vibrant community and sister city to Houma, Louisiana, home of Swamp Blues icon Tab Benoit. With a dynamic, deep growl of a voice, GeminiiDragon has released her debut album, Fighting Fire With Fire, via Nepotism Recordings. She’s been influenced by artists ranging from Koko Taylor, Nina Simone and Janis Joplin to Albert King, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac (She is a vocalist but loves…

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