When it comes to Mississippi-born bluesmen who plied their trade in Chicago when blues was still king, there aren't many left in 2013. "If you didn't have a good time tonight it's your own damn fault!"
Chicago Blues giant Buddy Guy knows how to make an album. Set for release on July 30th, his 77th birthday, Guy's 2-disc "Rhythm & Blues" is a leading-edge, powerful achievement from the biggest name in the blues... with a little help from some seriously talented friends.
The Chicago Blues All-Stars are "Red, Hot & Blue." Released on the Azure Music label, Red, Hot & Blue is noteworthy on many levels. These musicians are all top-shelf Chicago players who have backed and played with music royalty including Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, gary Moore, Otis Rush, and Muddy Waters.
Well, blues fans, get ready to be wooed! Tommy Z's new album, Sometimes, came across our desk today, and all we can say is "Wow!" Here's a player that has paid his dues and put in his time.
Frank Bang and The Secret Stash bring it with "Double Dare." This album rocks, slides, roars and even soothes in places. This is an energetic album. If this doesn't get you rockin' then you need to make sure you still have a pulse.
This Time Another Year is a Brandon Santini showcase, simmering in places, and smoking in others. The album is mixed very well, and lets the music speak in a spirited voice.