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Alice Howe Debuts With ‘Visions’

Not only is Alice Howe a gifted songwriter and performer, she has the wherewithal to surround herself with artists that were actually on the scene of the genre she has chosen to showcase.
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Tony Campanella is ‘Taking it to the Street’

As for 'Taking it to the Street,' while blues purists may poo-poo the effort, we think it's a blues/rock album that will get played many times over in the collections of those who appreciate the modern genre.
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Tal Wilkenfeld Breaks New Ground With ‘Love Remains’

If it's not already in your personal library we can only ask why not? To paraphrase the Bard, if music be the food of love, Tal Wilkenfeld, play on!
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Manx Marriner Mainline Are ‘Hell Bound For Heaven’

Manx Marriner Mainline might have roots in the blues, but some of the album's nicer moments are when they take the blues and gospel in more personal directions.
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Eliza Neals and the Narcotics: More Than a Greatest Hits Album

Mentored by Motown Master Barrett Strong, Neals has taken the soul-rock-blues world by storm. Her operatically trained voice, combined with stellar writing and instrumental skills have sent her skyrocketing into the musical stratosphere.
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Dale Watson – Son of Sun

'Call Me Lucky' is real music, and it’s the best CD Dale has put out in more than 24 years of recording 27 albums. What it shares with the best in blues is honesty, simplicity and truth.
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Arlen Roth Introduces Us to the ‘TeleMasters’

Guitar players will love TeleMasters because it's chock full of impressive playing. Not just the number of notes everyone can fit in, but the choice of notes, and perhaps most importantly, the feeling and emotion behind them.
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Gary Hoey Has the ‘Neon Highway Blues’

'Neon Highway Blues' "wasn't a quick record to make," nor was it easy, according to Hoey. It displays the care that came with the time spent on it.
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Bernard Fowler Turns the Rolling Stones ‘Inside Out’

If anyone has the right, the talent, and the wherewithal to re-visualize Rolling Stones music, it's Bernard Fowler, and if there ever was time to do so, it's now.
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Katarina Pejak Debuts on Ruf Records With ‘Roads That Cross’

Pejak's "Nature of the Blues," the album's lead-off track, is a 60s surf-inspired song, with vocals that purr and funky electric piano from another era.
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