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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Polly O'Keary and The Rhythm Method "Black Crow Calling"...rocking blues with a touch of soul



Polly’s eclectic blues style reflects her colorful history. She grew up in a log cabin with no electricity or plumbing and began her music career a teen working bars in Mexico. At 19 she had a husband in prison and an 8th grade education. Twenty years later, she was a bassist for touring blues bands, playing a total of four continents, was one of the Pacific Northwest’s most highly awarded blues artists, and was working toward a Ph.D.

Her fourth album features the incendiary guitar work of California Central Coast legend David Miller, as well as the technical mastery of her long time world touring partner and drummer Tommy Cook.




“Polly is a powerful singer and an able songwriter who also plays bass with a fierce strength and a convincing tone.” -Blues Hour

“O'Keary is loaded with primal force even when she's taking it easy. Not anything near your stereotypical chick bass player, she's a leader all the way, not the window dressing. Hot stuff.” -Midwest Record

“Great songs played by an unbelievable band.” -A1 Blues

Official website: http://www.pollyokeary.com/

Stream and download album HERE


Marty's review: Polly O'Keary delivers her style of blues with raunch, punch and touched with soul. A no nonsense, down the middle approach that has been honed over a number of years to produce an album that is polished yet still keeps a rawness that is essential when playing the blues. 10 all original penned tracks that deliver in all ways from Polly's earthy vocals and tight bass playing to her backing band's searing guitar licks and solid drum beats, this album is one of those that will leave you breathless. 



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Americana/Rock/Folk artist Matthew O'Neill new release "Trophic Cascade"..eclectic and emotional


Startup record label and environmental coalition Underwater Panther Coalition are excited to present their debut release, Trophic Cascade, the new LP from New York (via Ontario) artist Matthew O’Neill. Fourteen eclectic and emotional songs filled with layered Americana, Rock, Psychedelia, Soul and Folk. 50% of all profits will be donated to frontline earth protection groups, with a focus on indigenous rights and conservation. Previous support for O’Neill’s music includes CMJ, Magnet Magazine, LA Weekly and many more. Backed by an all-star cast of supporting musicians the album was co-produced by 2 x Grammy winner Diko Shoturma.

Previous Press:
"Bizarre mountain rock, great songs with an atypical guitar style." ~ LA Weekly

"The sparse, can-kicking stroll of the title track is warmed up further by some Wurly and O'Neill's double-tracked vocals that do indeed simmer with the vibe of a lonely cabin singalong waiting to happen." - CMJ

"Sounds like Doc Boggs, Sonic Youth, and JJ Cale stuck in a basement together.” ~ The Raven Gazette

“Uniquely energized contemporary mountain music and electric old time stomp rock.” ~ L Magazine





Album Stream: Soundcloud
Free Single: Bandcamp / Soundcloud / YouTube / Spotify
Genre: Alternative / Americana / Rock / Folk / Soul / Psychedelia / World / R&B
FFO: Neil Young / Damien Jurado / Nick Cave / Joni Mitchell / Will Oldham / Townes Van Zandt / Kurt Vile / Bert Jansch / Vine Deloria Jr. / N. Scott Momaday / Wendell Berry
Supported Environmental Groups: Indigenous Environmental Network / Center For Biological Diversity / Food And Water Watch / Honor The Earth / Oceana / Earthjustice / Wilderness Society



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Roots Blues and Americana powerhouse Low Society new album "SANCTIFIED"



Low Society is the brainchild of blues belter Mandy Lemons, winner of the 2015 Emissaries of Memphis Music Peoples Choice Award, and slide guitar phenom Sturgis Nikides, who recorded and toured with the legendary Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, John Cale (of The Velvet Underground). Their first two albums have garnered critical acclaim and extensive worldwide airplay, including the enthusiastic support of B.B. Kings Bluesville on Sirius XM Radio.

Here's the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed “You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down”, the THIRD studio album from international Roots Blues and Americana powerhouse Low Society, SANCTIFIED. Recorded in Belgium and Memphis beginning in October of 2016.

Find out more on official website: https://screaminblues.com/

Stream and download HERE



Marty's review: "Powerhouse" is an apt description for Low Society with their brand of hard-edged Roots Blues Americana. With the gutsy, soul-drenched vocals of Mandy Lemons and the hot guitar licks from Sturgis Nikides, backed by a sterling group of seasoned musicians, the album is an all round barrel-house of sound that comes at you from all directions. Featuring 8 original songs by Nikides/Lemons, their amazing version of John Prine's "Angel of Montgomery" and the Jordan/Foster classic "I'd Rather Go Blind" originally done by Etta James. This is one for the continuous rotation list.


download FREE information sheet HERE

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Lonnie Leo debuts "Dead For A While"...soulful grooves



Lonnie Leo, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter/ guitarist/ producer sets a vivid footing in his debut album, "Painted Things". With roots in everything from Dylan to D'Angelo, LL packs pensive lyrics and lush melodies into polished, full-band arrangements with a hard-hitting urban edge. 

The first single, "Dead For A While", is what I would call a catchy, soulful/gospel groove with a steady beat and Lonnie's insightful lyrics that make it a very impressive debut and showcases Lonnie's talents as a producer as well.

A FREE download is available HERE

official website: https://www.lonnieleomusic.com/


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Australian soul/blues artist John McNamara new album "Rollin' With It"

The latest album by Multi Award Winning Australian soul/blues artist John McNamara features some of Memphis’ finest musicians. Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios, the impressive lineup of authentic STAX players includes Steve Potts (Booker T & The MGs), Michael Toles (Bobby Bland, The Bar-Kays), Lester A. Snell (Albert King, Isaac Hayes) and the cream of Memphis Soul/Blues studio musicians. Lester Snell completed all the arrangements. 

The album features six of John’s originals, alongside songs made famous by Otis Redding, Bobby Bland and Little Willie John. Also featured is John’s stinging electric blues guitar and his soulful vocal delivery. His music has taken him to Beale to become a Semi Finalist in the 2015 IBC, acclaimed shows in the UK, Germany, Japan & SE Asia, he’s toured with the legends of Australian music and on this album he’s teamed up with some of the best Memphis has to offer to create a sound that’s entirely his own but beats with a heart full of the soul of blues.

Stream and download from iTunes HERE



“Masterful Blues Guitar... Powerful and Resonant Voice.” - RipItUp Adelaide

“So much Soul and Edge for a young man...I got Chills... Nothing will prepare you for the new taste of old soul that is John McNamara!” - Eric Martin (Mr. Big Vocalist USA)

“The Bastard made me feel insecure, He’s So good!” - Russell Morris (Australian music icon)

“John McNamara has a real voice that has a natural grit to it... His playing dances behind the lyric like a trickster... McNamara is a song stylist. You can’t separate the blues from what he does.. he’s really good.” - The Memphis Flyer

“An Exceptional Musical Experience... I felt nothing but a sense of privilege” - Three Weeks Edinburgh

“I’m souled... Soulful is rather an understatement... A beautiful purity to his voice.” - Broadway Baby Edinburgh




Label: Bahool Records
Official website: www.johnmcnamarablues.com


Marty's review: If you're a fan of soul-blues then this album has it all. With a backing band of authentic STAX musicians, John McNamara's smooth and soulful vocals, a tight production that was recorded in Memphis and a 10 track collection of originals and classic covers, this brilliant release will definitely make it in your top 10 for the year. This artist deserves all the accolades and the international status he has received.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hot Rod Hearse play a mix of Blues-Rock, Folk and Rockabilly



Hot Rod Hearse have the fever pretty bad. It’s caused by browsing thrift shops and apothecaries. It’s caused by devouring music and walking around in marshes. Their music is a mix of Blues Rock, Folk Rock and Rockabilly and they call their genre Thrift Shop Rock. They are based in the magical town of Wexford, Ireland.

Hot Rod Hearse will be releasing their first full album on the 14th of July 2017.



Their latest single, "Ballsbridge to Ballymun" was released on Paddy's Day 2017. They are playing some festivals over Ireland this summer, including the Free Fringe Festival in Leitrim and the Strawberry Roots Festival in Enniscorthy.

Their second single, "1973" was released in January 2017 and garnered some rave reviews. Their debut single, "There by the Road" was released in August 2016. Shortly thereafter, it was chosen as one of the Top 20 finalists in the Dublin City Rounders Alt-Country Song Contest. It has also received some very good reviews.

Hot Rod Hearse are :
Hotrod Suzi : Vocals, Washboard, Tambourine, Songwriting
Zeff Ryder : Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Songwriting

Marty's review: for a duo these guys put out a wall of sound that is tight, rhythmic and just plain hot! Suzi's vocals are sultry with raunch while Zeff's musical talents make him a very clever one-man band. The original songwriting cuts it up there with the finest as well. Grant them a listen, you will like what you here.

You can listen to and download their sounds here:




Saturday, June 3, 2017

Romanian country blues artist Southernman Robbie album release "Devil Got My Name"



Southernman Robbie, born Robert-Cristian ZSUGYA (January 21, 1987), is a Romanian musician, singer and songwriter. He brings the roots of the country blues music with an archaic image, playing consecrated songs of the blues pioneers, but also his own written music, combining slide guitar, finger picking, vocals and kazoo that will carry you to the land of southern blues.

Throughout the years he has performed at blues festivals, blues stages and has been part of many musical projects. In 2012 he decided to take the road to the west, where he joined the stage with blues pioneers from Austria. He spent almost a year in Northern Germany, where he preached the blues for shipyard workers from cities around northern Germany. With all the experience gained in his journey, he came back home to preach the blues, and, in 2016, on the last day of February (29), released his first album called "Devil Got My Name", which features 14 acoustic blues songs. Throughout the album he offers you a well kept secret from the Deep South Danube wilderness, as an oasis of acoustic blues for souls. 

In April 2017 he participated as a contestant at the European Blues Challenge 2017 edition in Horsens, Denmark.




Marty's review: Southernman Robbie takes his blues straight out of the Mississippi Delta and puts his own little spin on it without straying far from the original roots. "Devil Got My Name" is an all acoustic affair with Robbie playing acoustic guitar, harmonica and kazoo. The tracks are a mixture of original numbers and covers of traditional blues like "Love In Vain" and "Sittin' On Top of the World". His vocal delivery is with a slight twang which more than suits his style of country blues. A talent worth discovering.

Download FREE information sheet HERE

Official web site: www.southernmanrobbie.com

Social network:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/southernman.robbie/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/southernmanrobbie/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/SouthernmanRob
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/SouthernmanrobbieRo

Google + – https://plus.google.com/+SouthernmanrobbieBucuresti

Monday, May 29, 2017

American blues guitarist Jon Zeeman new album release "Blue Room"



Jon Zeeman’s latest release, “Blue Room,” features eight new original songs along with great covers of Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain” and Jimi Hendrix’s "Still Rainin’, Still Dreamin’.” 

The late, great drummer Butch Trucks joins Zeeman on two tracks on “Blue Room”: "All I Want Is You" and "Next to You.” Zeeman was a frequent collaborator of Trucks, having played in the original version of the legendary drummer's Freight Train Band and being invited by Trucks to play with The Allman Brothers Band at New York's famed Beacon Theatre. Zeeman also played with the great Susan Tedeschi in the early years of her career. 

“After playing 'Statesboro Blues' with The Allman Brothers and hearing the amazing shuffle that Butch pumped out, I always hoped I could get that on a recording of my own,” says Zeeman. “Luckily, that wish came together last year, and we were able to get Butch in the studio with us." Those two tracks are probably the last studio recordings Butch ever cut.

A little history: From the age of 8, Jon Zeeman has been obsessed with guitars, amplifiers, wah-wah pedals, power tubes, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.

Growing up outside NYC, he studied classical piano and decided on a career in music at the ripe age of 13. Early jobs at IHop and other occupations taught him that the business world, or anything that required waking up early was not for him, and so he spent his high school years practicing more and more and doing less and less homework. After studying music at Ithaca College for 2 years, Jon left school to play on the road. In the mid 80's Jon moved to New York City and became involved in producing, session work and song writing, working at his "Studio Z" in a downtown loft. The New York years were punctuated by many trips to Scandinavia, where he toured and recorded with several groups. 

Jon began performing his own music in the mid 90's working regularly at the "55" Club and other downtown venues. Leaving NYC at the birth of his daughter, Zoe, Jon now resides in Martha's Vineyard and West Palm Beach Florida, where he performs regularly. He has toured, recorded and performed with such notables as Susan Tedeschi , Janis Ian, The Burns Sisters Band, Chris Spedding , and the Allman Brothers Band.

Zeeman will donate half of all money and royalties generated by “All I Want Is You” and “Next to You” to benefit Butch Trucks’ family and his charity, The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia.

Buy and listen: on cdbaby HERE

Download FREE information sheet

"Really cool, solid melody and sweet guitar riffs." - Bman's Blues Report 

"Zeeman's guitar work is hard to describe ... he really has his own unique sound." - Concert Livewire




Official websitehttp://www.jonzeeman.com/

Publicity: FRANK ROSZAK, KBA Awardee 2014 www.frankroszakpromotions.com

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Australian bluesman Ivor S.K. new album release "Montserrat"..blues and roots with class



“Montserrat” is the debut album from dynamic blues man Ivor S.K., following hot on the heels of the internationally acclaimed, all acoustic EP “Delta Pines”. Montserrat features 10 cuts that travel the gamut of the blues and all of its closely related tangents, introducing a new sonic landscape with fresh instrumentation, while keeping Ivor’s trademark stripped back simplicity. Ivor also plays all the instruments on the album, lending the songs a uniquely personal touch.

Montserrat is a watershed moment in the career of Ivor S.K., displaying a diversity not only as a musician, but also as a song smith in an evolution that takes his talent and passion for keeping the blues alive another step forward. At just 26 years of age, there is plenty more to come.



A brief spinMontserrat kicks of with the title track, an ode to the picturesque
Caribbean island, in the form of a slinky jump blues showcasing lyrical air with stinging lead guitar work. This West Indian flavour flares up again on the Cuban tinged reggae track I Been Had, but not before traversing the chain gang stomp of Don’t Say Goodbye and the humorous country blues of Ain’t No Cross. Take the Good with the Bad is the epitome of swampy, while It’s Raining changes
the pace, bringing in some slow burning acoustic soul. Take Me Back to New Orleans and Murder Tonight exemplify the albums diversity, the former an uncompromising slice of Big Easy funk, the latter a chilling tale told over a chugging boogie. The album ends with a one-two acoustic punch, starting with the album’s only instrumental, the sweetly southern Indianola, and ending with the wry story telling of Good Mawnin’ Judge.

Marty's review: this is an album you will enjoy from start to finish with Ivor S.K. providing all the instrumentation, all original songs and arrangements. Some very classy guitar work along with a wry sense of humour and an understanding of what the blues is all about, this blues man delivers the goods on this outstanding debut album. Favourite cuts for me are "Take Me Back to New Orleans" and "Don't Say Goodbye". Come on down to Montserrat and check it out.




“Ivor Simpson-Kennedy re-interprets Delta Blues so faithfully you’d swear he was a muddy footed native….In a drawl that sounds like his throat is clotted with Mississippi mud….S.K. floats through originals that sound like they were excavated from underneath the porch of some stilt house in the alluvial bottom lands….please, keep ‘em coming.” -Grant Britt, No Depression

“I’d never have guessed that Australian Bluesman Ivor Simpson-Kennedy wasn’t born in Mississippi – his blues are that good! I’m not sure what about Ivor I like best, his gravelly authentic blues vocal or his smooth guitar pickin’ and slide. Some might argue that his songwriting is his most impressive talent. Taken together the sound is of that of a performer three times Ivor’s 26 year age.” -Doug Spike, Blue Monday Monthly

“With a deep, gritty, smoky voice, he serves up his interpretations with good stories, and even better guitar lines and comping. While his work frequently gives a nod to the great delta music of past generations, it sounds fresh, bright, and uplifting. Listeners fall into his work, losing themselves in the sparsely recorded and produced compositions, traveling a timeless road that opens before them. Ivor Simpson-Kennedy has laid down a marker that establishes him as someone with incredible ability and potential.” -Barry Kerzner, American Blues Scene


FURTHER INFO
www.ivorsk.com
www.facebook.com/ivorsk/
ivorsk.bandcamp.com
www.cdbaby.com/Artist/IvorSK
PUBLICIST
FRANK ROSZAK, KBA Awardee 2014
www.frankroszakpromotions.com 


download FREE information sheet HERE


Monday, May 22, 2017

Introducing bluZ (the band)..a musical collaboration with an interesting story


bluZ is a musical collaboration with a super cool origin story. Daniel Levanti is originally from Connecticut and growing up was fortunate to be always surrounded by music and musicians. Most of his family were musical in some way and every celebration was an excuse to pull out the guitars.

Eventually attending Berklee in Boston, he studied jazz and songwriting, while taking every chance he could to travel abroad, inclining him toward a definite desire to live in a culture that was unknown and unpredictable.

After spending three nights in Prague on a trip from Germany, the stark difference in appearance of the Czech countryside in contrast to the orderliness of its neighbors to the West was immediately attractive. There was a free mindedness in the landscape itself, and the silver chord of the Bohemian spirit stretched a refreshingly safe distance above any strictness of tradition or expectation.

Two years later he found himself with a guitar, a backpack, and a room in a shared house. After only a few months he would meet his first long time collaborator, Jeffrey Marshall, who like himself had just landed on Prague's shores from America, not knowing a soul and ready to begin anew.

Together they formed the band, "Supercool" (see, we told you this bio is super cool). At Supercool's first concert there was one extraordinary woman in the audience. A painter of rare talent, but also a linguist and an actress. Katia and Daniel married two years later, and she introduced Daniel and Jeffrey to many of the luminaries of the Czech art world.

Through their artistic network, they met Vašek Polansky. Supercool needed a drummer and Vašek was the perfect man. Though he spoke little English at the time, he faked it so well that Jeffrey and Daniel thought he was just incredibly Zen. When the conversation went to the extremes, Vašek's expression remained calm and unchanged.

They quickly recorded their first album together, then took it to Nashville and released it on Dave Pomeroy's label, "Earwave Records". At this point Daniel, Katia and Jeffrey began spending more time in the USA, and Vašek had begun playing with Iva Frůlingova. As circumstances dictated, Jeffrey and Daniel drifted apart geographically for several years, eventually regrouping in 2008 to record their second album back in Prague, this time with David Koller on drums, and produced by Tapani Rauha from Finland. That album took 3 years to finish, but was finally released on Championship Music in 2011.

The years that followed saw Daniel play in a number of different bands, but most importantly was "Sidestreets", which he and Vašek formed together, releasing an album in 2013, "Conversations". Meanwhile Vašek formed his band "On Air", releasing an album of their own, and Daniel still regularly appears as a guest with them when he's in Prague.

In late 2015 Daniel and Katia drove to Washington D.C. to celebrate the release of Daniel's book of poetry, "Where No Wind Can Move the Sand". They stayed a few nights with Katia's cousin Anastasia Rurikov Simes (http://www.rurikov-simes.com/) and her husband Dmitri.  One evening they were introduced to Jay Z. (not THAT Jay Z., a different person who is WAY less famous).

After dinner Jay asked Daniel if he would be able to write some music to a lyric he'd written. Jay sent it immediately after, and Daniel agreed to give it a shot. This was November and Daniel and Katia were heading back to Prague soon for the next six months, so he asked Vašek if he would be interested in recording the song "Blue Blue Ruin", which had still not been written, once he got there. Luckily Vašek had the time, and after two days of working it out, they had the music for the song finished. By April they sent the recorded song off to Jay. He liked what he heard so he continued sending them lyrics.

One year later the bluZ debut album was a reality.


Listen to snippets of the album HERE: http://www.bluzmusic.com/music/

Stream and download the first single Blue Blue Ruin on iTunes HERE


Marty's review: I have listened to 2 tracks from their debut album where bluZ have captured the essence of blues music and show the influence it has on their music. Club Blue is a laid back style traditional Mississippi blues number with some nice acoustic and electric guitar work and Blue Blue Ruin is in a more contemporary style blues-rock with a very bluesy saxophone touch towards the end. 







Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mr Sipp, The Mississippi Blues Child, new album release "Knock a Hole in It"



Mr. Sipp, 'The Mississippi Blues Child," is the alter ego of gospel guitarist Castro Coleman. One of the hottest new names in the blues world, Mr. Sipp made his debut on Malaco Records in 2015, 

On this new release, prepare for twelve brand new tracks of furious fretwork, sizzling solos and vicious licks that have become the identifying features Sipp has built his name on. With this album he is bringing in a diverse landscape of sounds and concepts that is sure to be enjoyed by old fans of the Blues, while also attracting new ones. 

Castro Coleman was born in McComb, Mississippi, on August 25, 1976, and started playing guitar as a young child. Coleman recalls, "I was born a musician. Music was in my life from the moment I arrived; both of my parents were in singing groups and played some type of instrument. It's just a natural part of me." Early on he played in several gospel groups and later took a role behind the scenes playing on more than 50 gospel recordings while also learning the role of producer and honing his skills as a songwriter and entertainer.




Marty's review: Take a dose of Jimi Hendrix, add a dash of Lenny Kravitz, stir it through with some 60's style psychedelic soul, funk and blues and you have one of the most impressive album releases of this year. This man is a multi-talent and has put a lot of work in this album that shows on each of the 13 tracks. His guitar playing is a knockout as are his soulful vocals and the funky brass and tight rhythm sections more than compliment his original songs and delivery.



available online at www.malaco.com

also on iTunes HERE

download FREE information sheet HERE

publicity: www.frankroszakpromotions.com




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Jersey-based Danny Petroni new album release "Run,Mindy,Run"



Daniel (Danny) Petroni is a NJ-based songwriter/guitarist and leader of a highly creative and energetic hybrid rock-blues-jazz ensemble titled "The Blue Project".
(see previous post on this blog):
http://thebluesmusicblog.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/the-blue-projectblues-jazz-funk-from.html )


They have a new CD due out this spring/summer which will feature 10 new songs. It has been 3 years since their last record The Blue Project. Danny said.."these songs were written with the narrative view of a few characters I had met during a benefit concert for the homeless encampment in Lakewood New Jersey, called 'Tent City'."  

Danny's friend Jack Ballo has created a documentary film entitled “Destiny’s Bridge”. http://destinysbridge.com/It highlights American immigrant issues through the eyes of people whom have become homeless due to different gravity of event’s that touched their lives.

The record is Called ‘Run Mindy Run’. The first song “Run, Mindy, Run” is sung through the eyes of an Afghanistan vet, with PTSD. “Under the shadow of the crescent moon…”. Danny..."I used the Tuba instead of the bass on more than a few song on this record. I just love feel and sound of that instrument. The core of the Blue project, Ku-umba Frank Lacy vocals/Trombone, Gary Oleyar on violin and vocals and myself. We have many wonderful New Jersey and New York musicians. I also sing a few songs on the new album, Run, Mindy Run, Bubbles in the Wind and 28 Days."

Find out more on official website: http://dannypetroni.com/





Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Canadian singer-songwriter Chris Antonik new album "Monarch"..blues from the heart



We can all suffer setbacks in life, but the heart and soul can find healing in the aftermath. While creating his third album, Monarch, critically acclaimed guitarist/singer/songwriter and Maple Blues Award nominee Chris Antonik (pronounced "AN-tah-nick," not "tonic") focused inward on his own deeply personal corners, against the backdrop of a marriage coming to an end.

Following up Chris Antonik (2010) and Better for You (2013, named Blues-Rock Album of the Year by Canada’s Blues Underground Network), Monarch closes a trilogy of self-expression. Traveling from an earnest desire to give more and make things better to a destination of peace and forgiveness, Monarch embodies an artist moving on with newfound momentum and an understanding of the past.



Though forgiveness is free, there are tolls to pay along the journey. The songs on Monarch cover every mile of that emotional terrain in a blues landscape punctuated by Antonik's searing guitar work. Joining him are Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck) on drums, Guenther Kapelle (Wild T and the Spirit) on bass, Jesse O’Brien (Colin James) on keyboards, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar on harmony vocals, and others. Monarch was recorded by multiple Grammy- and Juno award-nominated engineer Jeremy Darby (U2, Pink Floyd) and co-produced by Antonik and Ted Onyszczak (Better for You).



"Antonik is a cross between B.B. King and Eric Clapton." - Gonzo Online, 2013

"For that deep, bluesy feeling, you can go straight to the man’s heartfelt guitar and lovingly constructed solos." - The Edmonton Journal

"We don’t have to wait for history to tell us if Chris will be regarded in the same class as the truly great blues talents; it’s already self-evident. - Rustzine.com

Marty's review: this latest release from Chris Antonik has everything, from brilliant guitar playing, songwriting that comes from the heart, music that punches with brass, soul and funk and an artistic professionalism that shows in each and every track. Chris has put his all into this release and the results are nothing short of exceptional. 

Official website: https://www.chrisantonik.com/


Preview and download album on iTunes HERE

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Hector Anchondo Band new album release "Roll the Dice"..hard driving blues-rock



Hector Anchondo doesn’t just play the blues—he lives and breathes the blues. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he was drawn to those artists who played Fender Stratocaster's like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, but also respected the country greats such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr. His music reflects those influences, but with a definite modern twist.

Hector has performed with Styx, Johnny Winter, Magic Slim, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Indigenous, Big & Rich, Fishbone and many more. He’s appeared at South By Southwest and Red Gorilla in Austin, TX, the Warped Tour in Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Council Bluffs, IA, Taste of Lincoln Avenue Blues Stage in Chicago, and Coleman Hawking’s Blues Festival in St. Joseph, MO. Backed by his amazing band, his energetic live shows brim with his passionate guitar style.



View and download on iTunes HERE

Official website: http://hectoranchondo.com/

Publicity: www.frankroszakpromotions.com


Marty's review: The Hector Anchondo Band bring you hard driving blues-rock on this new release with 10 tracks of tight, punchy, soul injected blues. With Hector's brilliant guitar licks up front and a solid backing that includes harmonica, horns and a very polished rhythm section, this release is one for those who enjoy their blues with energy and lots of grunt. 9 original tracks plus their (7 minute) version of Peter Green's "Black Magic Woman" . Certainly no fillers here with my favourite tracks being "Masquerade" and "Face It Down".

Line up:
Hector Anchondo: Guitar, Vocals
Khayman Winfield: Drums, Vocals
Justin Shexlton: Harmonica, Vocals
Josh Lund: Bass
Matt Russo: Percussion
Eric Stark & Kenny Glover: Horns
Back up vocals: Khayman Winfield and Drew Tvrdy




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Blues and Roots Music Blog....Number One on Google Search!!



I recently received an email from a blog visitor that this blog came up #1 on Google Search when searching for "Blues Music Bloggers". I didn't know this and was very excited. 

I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all visitors to my humble blog and to all the contributors who have submitted their details and music. Without you of course their would be no blog.

Here is a screen capture of my #1:



Please come back and visit often and I will do my best to keep bringing you the latest on the Blues scene......Marty


Monday, April 24, 2017

Reverend Freakchild “Preachin’ Blues"..raw and fresh acoustic blues




On the heels of the road, Kerouac and confusion, the Freakchild had just gotten all of his guitars and gear stolen in San Francisco! Bloodied but unbowed he braved on and bought another resonator guitar to continue to preach and play the Blues. Booked out and bound to go he continued on the 3 month 2016 Summer US tour. Doubling down and heading for the Northwest, amongst the gigs and travels he found a silver lining and brought back these recordings from KBOO studios in Portland, Oregon

This album proves to be the Rev's amazing solo musical talent and an artful adventure of turning adverse obstacles into the path of awakening. Enjoy the sonic spirituality recorded in studio with no overdubs - and some mellow meaningful preachin' in between tunes.

The last track on this CD is an A Capella performance from the encore at Yorckschloesschen Blues and Jazz Club in Berlin, Germany with an enthusiastic audience clapping along! This enhanced CD also includes a heartfelt academic essay that the Rev. wrote called 'Transcendence through Music: Buddha and the Blues'.



Marty' review: The Reverend Freakchild dazzles us on this essentially live acoustic set combining Delta blues, country blues, folk and Americana with a few of his philosophical insights that may raise an eyebrow but also delight. It's just the Reverend with his acoustic guitar and harmonica but he puts out a wailing sound that will make you sit up and pay attention. Includes covers of Son House's "Preachin' Blues" and Blind Willie Johnson's "In My Time of Dyin'".
Traditional blues never sounded so raw and fresh.

Available through: TreatedandReleasedRecords.com

Official website: http://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/




Friday, April 21, 2017

Blues/Soul band Rabbit's Foot new EP release "Tracks"



Based out of Fairfield, Connecticut, Rabbit's Foot blends guitar-driven blues with classic soul and funk to create a sound that nods to the musical heroes of the past, while simultaneously having an original and modern touch.  With the newest EP, "Tracks," Rabbit's Foot explores new territories of their sound, overlapped with a perpetual bluesy feel that permeates throughout all of their songs. "Tracks" effectively captures the feel and energy of a loud, live band, as it is all live-tracked with minimal overdubs.  When it comes down to it, it’s rock n’ roll music recorded and played as it should be. 







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