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Features

Independent Blues Awards 2017 WINNERS!

Here they are! The Winners of the Independent Blues Awards! This year we had a record number of votes for our nominees! Our total number of “Completed” votes was 2,226 over 1,000 more than last year. If you want to see the actual totals for each nominee in each category you can view the total […]

How to Add Realism to Midi Strings – Video Tutorial

 A four part series on creating realistic strings with MIDI ..        

Why you shouldn’t sleep on Nomad Factory

 Why you shouldn’t sleep on Nomad Factory Brandon Shire [I realize this entire post reads like a giant advertisement, but I assure you that it’s my honest opinion about a product line that I am personally passionate about. Nomad Factory have never given me a plugin to review, I have no NFR’s from them, and […]

The John Pagano Band releases their new Video “Bottom’s Up”

Indie Blues Artists – The John Pagano Band (formally JPBlues) have released their second production video for their upcoming CD “One More Round”. The first video was for the song “Ain’t Gonna Lose you” which was released as a single and video earlier this year. This new video sets the bar a bit higher as […]

Interviews

An In Depth interview with Scott Ellison

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE A talented singer-songwriter, guitarist, and blues-rocker, Scott Ellison was born on February 13, 1954, in Tulsa, OK.  By the ’70s, Tulsa had become an unexpected hotbed of blues-based rock bands as proven by both Eric Clapton and Freddie King’s backing bands hailing from the area.  It was the perfect match for […]

An In Depth Interview with Scottie Miller

 HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Local music scene stalwart Scottie Miller has been around long enough to acquire a funky nickname (Bones), membership in the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame, experience touring with blues icon Bo Diddley, a signature style that warps far to the south of his home tundra, and an international rep. He’s first […]

An In Depth Interview with Johnny Ray Jones

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE “It’s like a smorgasbord of Americana and blues,” says Jones of the now-finished album, for which most recording took place in 2015 and 2016. Besides “Hole In Your Soul,” a Sam “Bluzman” Taylor-penned song taken from the 1995 sessions, Feet Back in the Door features a varied set of newly waxed […]

An In Depth interview with Antry!

 HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE One of Steve Antry’s earliest jobs was working as a track laborer for the Frisco railroad in Tulsa.  He was underage, but claimed to be 18 to get hired. This turned out to be his defining “Woody Guthrie moment”, as he describes it.  While driving steel with much older gentlemen with nicknames like […]

CD Reviews

Robert Cray Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

Robert Cray Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm Jay Vee Robert Cray was born in Columbus, Ga. in 1953 while his father was serving in the Army. The family settled in Tacoma, Wa. In the early years Cray was in a band with Curtis Salgado called The Cray-Hawks. Cray’s debut recording was “Who’s Been Talkin?” in […]

Sonny Landreth Recorded Live in Lafayette

 Sonny Landreth Recorded Live in Lafayette Provogue/Mascot Label Group Sonny Landreth was born in Canton, MS. but lived in Lafayette, La. for many years. He now resides in Breaux Bridge, La. Landreth plays slide guitar but augments that by fretting behind the slide. His main influences include Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and Mississippi John Hurt. […]

Altered Five Blues Band Charmed & Dangerous

 Altered Five Blues Band Charmed & Dangerous Blind Pig Records/The Orchard The Altered Five Blues Band is a Milwaukee based quintet formed in 2002. They released their debut recording “Bluesified” in 2008 and followed up with 2012’s “Gotta Earn It” which received a rave review from Downbeat’s Frank-John Hadley. Their third all original album “Cryin […]

Stacy Jones Love is Everywhere

Stacy Jones Love is Everywhere Independent Stacy Jones is from the Seattle area. She started playing piano when she was four years old and began singing with her father’s band shortly thereafter. She also learned guitar and harmonica. Influenced by both Howlin’ Wolf and Lucinda Williams she formed her first band, Stacy Jones and the […]

Patrick Recob Perpetual Luau

 Patrick Recob Perpetual Luau Mr. Lucky’s Blues Recording Co. Patrick Recob grew up in Topeka, Kansas and now lives in Kansas City. In the 1990’s Recob played with The Gary Primich Band. He later spent ten years playing with Lee McBee and The Confessors. After McBee died in 2014 Recob took over the vocals for […]

‘Andy Frasco and The UN: Songs From the Road’ may be the best party abum ever

 Andy Frasco travels with a huge group of musicians called the UN, who play instruments ranging from guitars and drums to a horn section which includes a tuba. All of them are capable of dancing with great exuberance. Frasco hmself is an afro-haired crazy man who interacts with an audience better than anyone I have […]

The Nighthawks All You Gotta Do

The Nighthawks All You Gotta Do Eller Soul Records The Nighthawks recorded their first album “Rock n’ Roll” in 1974. It was all covers but in 1977 they followed with “Sidepocket Shot” a mostly original recording. Since then they have always mixed covers with their own songs. My favorite Nighthawks albums include 1986’s “Hard Living” […]

Jake Tavill – ‘Twisted Ideology’

 Jake Tavill is a surprising young artist with a new album titled Twisted Ideology. It starts out with a modern urban song, “You’re Gonna Love Me,” which introduces us to Tavill’s fresh, catchy vocal style. Then he uses piano and vocal to create a eerie, childlike atmosphere for a haunting ballad about life and death, […]

Survivor: The Benny Turner Story by Benny Turner and Bill Dahl

Benny Turner is indeed a survivor and he shares his experiences in his fascinating memoir, Survivor. He grew up in Texas and Chicago. devoted to his older brother, Freddie King.  By the time he was in his teens, he was on the road with Freddie as his bass player and playing gospel music on the […]

Stanton Moore With You in Mind The Songs of Allen Toussaint

 Stanton Moore With You in Mind The Songs of Allen Toussaint Cool Green Recordings/Mascot Label Group Stanton Moore is a New Orleans funk, jazz and rock drummer. He is a founding member of the jazz rock band Galactic with whom he has recorded ten albums. He also records as The Stanton Moore Trio with organist […]

The John Pagano Band gives us ‘One More Round’

Although John Pagano has  been recording under the name JP Blues since he was in his teens, The John Pagano Band is about to release their first album, One More Round, under their new band name.  Although the name has changed, the solid blues-rock and excellent original material has not. Pagano is a strong vocalist […]

Jeanne Lozier “Queen of Your Dreams”

Jeanne Lozier “Queen of Your Dreams” The New York area is a mecca of unsigned talent. Among our undiscovered gems is Jeanne Lozier. Possessed of a unique voice and powerful determination Jeanne has succeeded where others have struggled. She has self-produced a remarkable first album “Queen of Your Dreams” which thoroughly displays her talents as […]

On the Scene

 This week: Indie blues all around Atlanta August 14-20

 

It’s a big blues weekend in and around Atlanta again, with the benefit for Chatman my favored event. John Paul Chatfield Jr known as Chatman, is a popular musician in Atlanta who suffered an arm injury which prevents him from being able to work, so the benefit is to help him out. Plus it;s going […] 

The Space at Westbury Theater Lines Up More Great Music Acts Through Fall 2017

Some of Today’s Biggest National Acts Along with Great Upcoming Bands and Artists Hit the Main Stage & the All Music Inc. Lounge Westbury, NY (August, 2017) — With only a few more weeks left of Summer, there’s even more of a reason for you to catch some great live music at one of Long […]

On the trail of the Allman Brothers: Macon August 12. 2017

 By Rhetta Akamatsu Photos by Takesi Ken Akamatsu Saturday morning on a whim we decided to go to Macon, GA,about 2 hours from our house. We were mainly on the trail of Allman Brothers sites, and specifically wanting to see the graves of Duane. Berry Oakley, and Gregg.  We stopped at the nearest rest stop […]

New Name, New Singer, Same Rockin’ Country: Louisville, KY’s “RiverShine” Bring On New Lead Singer, Continue Tracking “All About the Ride” LP

 Slated for Release This Fall, The Group Has Been Working with Platinum Selling Producer, Singer/Songwriter Mark Slaughter   August, 2017 (Louisville, KY) — From a city steeped in an already rich history of country music, bluegrass, folk, jazz, and more comes a brand new addition packing the roots of rock and country with the passion […]

Bobby Messano at Darwin’s in Sandy Springs GA, August 11

 Seeing Bobby Messano at Darwin’s is like seeing an old friend. In fact, my husband and I are old friends of Bobby’s so I am far from unbiased.  But I think everyone who sees him feels that warmth and connection and walks away feeling they have seen a very talented friend. Part of it is […]

The Magpie Salute – A Must See Show, A Must Know Band

My Dudes… The Magpie Salute. Man, what a show. More on that later… The Magpie Salute came on the scene in January 2017 and has been getting rave reviews since. Well, I’ve seen them now and the matter is settled. I am here to tell you it’s all that and more. I had the distinct […]

Joel DaSilva and The Midnight Howl at Darwin’s in Sandy Springs, GA August 4

 

 By Rhetta Akamatsu Photos by Takesi Ken Akamatsu Joel DaSilva crouches over his guitar onstage, ready to unleash a flood of sound. The drummer is poised and the bass player stands tall as the audience waits with anticipation.  The song begins, and it is immediately obvious that we’re in for an exciting evening! Trying to […]

Podcasts 

 

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Scott Ellison

This IS The Voice of Indie Blues The Show that brings you the Future of the Blues being made by artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues .. These are the innovators not the imitators .. these ARE the Indie Blues Artists!! This week we start off with music from The Legendary Nighthawks KALO AJ Crawdaddy The Norman Jackson Band Lew Jetton Chris Barnes The Milligan Vaughan Project Altered […] 

 

LIVE From the Midnight Circus Featuring Scottie Miller

This IS The Voice of Indie Blues the show that brings you the Future of the Blues being made by artists who are creating new original music from it’s roots. These artist Embrace the Diversity of the Blues … it is this diversity that is the TRUE Tradition of the Blues .. This week we give you the music by The Legendary […]

 

LIVE from the Midnight Circus “The Voice of Indie Blues” 8/7/2017

This is The Voice of Indie Blues the show that brings you the Future of the Blues .. we play those artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues and believe in creating new original music from it’s roots .. these are the innovators .. not the imitators .. these are the Indie Blues Artists This week we have some great INDIE BLUES […]

 

LIVE from the Midnight Circus “Indie Blues Double Shot” 8/6/2017

This is our Indie Blues Double Shot Show! .. We give you the Future of the Blues 2 songs at a time .. These are the artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues .. These are the Indie Blues Artists! This week we give you Double shot song packs from The Legendary Nighthawks KALO AJ Crawdaddy The Norman Jackson Band Lew JettonChris Barnes The Milligan […]

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Johnny Ray Jones

This is The Voice of Indie Blues the show that brings you the Future of the Blues being made by artists who are out there touring and creating new original music rooted in the blues .. these artists Embrace the Diversity of the Blues and in the true tradition of the blues believe that they must be the innovators not some […] 

Music on the Couch Show #384

MUSIC ON THE COUCH 08/07/17 SHOW # 384 LISTEN HERE: https://goo.gl/X5kGWk     BENNY TURNER – COUCH KID NEWS Benny has written his autobiography entitled Survivor and he came by to talk about how it got written, why it got written and the joys he received from writing the story. WEB SITE       FACEBOOK PAGE LARRY […] 

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Antry

This is The Voice of Indie Blues .. the #1 and original INDIE BLUES RADIOthat brings you those artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues that always has and still is being created from the roots of the blues .. these are the innovators .. not the imitators .. these are the Indie Blues Artists! This week we start off with […]   

LIVE from the Midnight Circus “The Voice of Indie Blues” 07/31/2017

This is the PODCAST of LIVE from the Midnight Circus – The Voice of Indie Blues – the show that brings you the Future of the Blues being made by Independent Blues Artists who embrace the diversity of the blues. These are the innovators not the imitators .. They ARE the Indie Blues Artists! This week we give you 3 hours of great INDIE BLUES […] 

 

LIVE from the Midnight Circus “Indie Blues Double Shot” 7/30/2017

This is The Voice of Indie Blues the show that brings you the Future of the Blues with artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues .. These are the Indie Blues Artists! Today is our INDIE BLUES DOUBLE SHOT show .. we go through out mail bag and bring you 2 great tracks from each of our new artists today .. […]