Blues Of The Month Club
April - Duke Robillard - Independently Blue
For over four decades, Duke Robillard has been one of the most respected blues and roots music guitarists working today. His new disc, Independently Blue, shows endless creativity in bringing new ideas to blues forms. Fellow New England guitar hero Monster Mike Welch is an important contributor providing Duke with a daredevil foil on all tracks.
March - Otis Taylor - My World Is Gone
Veteran bluesman Otis Taylor returns with a new album featuring his special brand of trance-blues. Focusing on subjects of social injustice, Mato Nanji, from the band Indigenous joins Otis on six of the new songs.
February - Eric Bibb and Habib Koite' - Brothers in Bamako
The new CD Brothers in Bamako brings together Habib Koité and Eric Bibb -- two soulful histories into a never-before heard guitar sound. Koite', a native of Mali, brings West African influences to match Bibb's Blues tradition. Both are legends in their respective genres making Brothers in Bamako among the most unique collaborations in recent years.
January - Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper - Get Up!
November - Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theatre: Live From New York
Joe Bonamassa took New York’s famed Beacon Theatre by storm for two sold out nights, and highlights are now available on Joe’s new double CD “Beacon Theatre: Live From New York.” Guest appearances include Beth Hart, John Hiatt, and famed classic rocker Paul Rodgers.
October - Semekia Copeland & Dave Fields
We've got a great double-whammy for Blues of the Month members in October: First, the recently crowned Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland has released another fine effort -- this one called 33 and 1/3. The set was produced by Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, and features a guest shot from Buddy Guy.
Second is Dave Fields, who was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame. But Dave deserves a following well beyond the Empire State. His new CD called Detonation is bound to win over all who put their ears to it.
September - Pat Donohue & Butch Thompson - Vicksburg Blues
Vicksburg Blues from Pat Donohue & Butch Thompson is music at its best. The dynamic duo creates a 19-track album that harkens back to the great albums of yesteryear, mixing Delta blues, ragtime and Dixieland jazz. You might know these two from there regular appearances on public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion." Pat Donohue digs deep on the vocals, singing uncommonly soulful versions of "Vicksburg Blues" and "219 Blues" and a very playful version of "Papa's on the Housetop." Backed up by Butch Thompson's nuanced piano playing and haunting clarinet solos and Pat's own hot guitar licks, Vicksburg Blues is a blues classic that speaks to all generations.
August - Barbara Carr - Keep The Fire Burning
St. Louis native Barbara Carr got her start when she signed with the legendary Chess Records label, where she released singles such as "I Can't Stop Now" and "Think About it Baby." Later, Barbara and her husband started their own record label, called Bar Car. By our count, her new CD, called Keep the Fire Burning is her fourteenth -- her first for Catfood Records down in Memphis.
July - Debbie Davies - After The Fall
June - Mannish Boys - Double Dynamite
It’s almost hard to believe that the new Mannish Boys album on Delta Groove Records will already be their seventh! The new one is a double album called Double Dynamite and the 26-song set features guest appearances from Elvin Bishop, Rod Piazza, Jackie Payne, Jason Ricci, Junior Watson, Mud Morganfield, Kid Ramos and others.
May - The Scissormen - Big Shoes
Like some of the early blues bands, the Scissormen are composed of just a drummer - R.L. Hulsman and a guitarist - Ted Drozdowski. Their newest album is a combination live recorded CD and DVD documentary of the concert.
April - Eric Bibb - Deeper In The Well and Pearl Handled Revolver - Colossus
Eric Bibb, known as the bluesman who lived in Sweden and Finland for a number of years, returned to the US, to Louisiana specifically, to work on his new album of blues, folk, country, and Creole music. It is Eric's 36th album. Pearl Handled Revolver are a blues/rock band based in the UK, and they have been around for some time. Having released three EPs already, Colossus is their first ‘full length’ album.
March - Carolyn Wonderland - Peace Meal
Houston native Carolyn Wonderland dropped out of high school to pursue music. She moved to Austin and released Groove Milk in 1993 under the name Carolyn Wonderland and the Imperial Monkeys. 8 albums later we have Peace Meal. Produced by Grammy winners Ray Benson, Larry Campbell (the man behind Levon Helm’s resurgence), and Michael Nesmith (yes, the most musical of the Monkees), Peace Meal has classic blues and gospel crooning. The disc was recorded at Helm’s studio in Woodstock as well as in Austin Texas.
February - Guy Davis - The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the Blues
New from Guy Davis, it’s called The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the
Blues. It’s a two CD set of Guy’s one-man play of the same name. In short, it’s an audiobook-style release full of stories and music as told by Guy’s character, Fishy Waters. It’s Guy Davis’ first release since 2009’s Sweetheart Like You, and we hope you enjoy this unique take on the blues.
January - Terry Hanck - Look Out!
Terry Hanck is well known for his hard blowing sax, incredible range and gusty vocals. Born in Chicago, Hanck was heavily influenced by the blues, soul and jazz music of the 50's and early 60's. After moving to California, he toured with Elvin Bishop who gave him plenty of opportunities to hone his craft on stage. His New CD "Look Out!" is our CD of the Month For January!
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