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Features

The Independent Blues Awards will be announced June 15 at Darwins in Atlanta!

The winning nominees of the “Making a Scene Independent Blues Awards” will be announced at an event to be held at one of Atlanta’s most respected LIVE Blues Venues Darwins Burgers and Blues!   On June 15, 2016 Darwins is known as the “Biggest Little Indie Blues Club” in Atlanta, was chosen because of their dedication and rich […]

Road Tips for the Touring Musician (and those who want to be)

INTRODUCTION If you are serious about creating a career as a musician or a band, the one thing you will have to come to terms with is the fact that the job IS on the road and performing. It’s not about radio airplay or CD sales (Both of which are used to support a Tour) and there is no […]

Interviews

An Exclusive Interview with Gus Spenos

http://www.gusspenos.com/ Fans of jump, swing and boogie, rejoice: You have a new artist to play! Gus Spenos is a bluesman with the shouting style of some of the all-time greats who also has serious sax chops (and the day job of being a top neurologist in Indianapolis). On If You Were Gold Baby, Spenos and his big band […]

An Exclusive Interview with Joel DaSilva!

http://www.jdandthehowl.com/ https://www.facebook.com/jdandthehowl/?fref=ts Joel DaSilva has soul and blues running through his veins. Born in Rockford and raised in his sweet home, Chicago, he hails from a musical family. His mother and father traveled throughout Brazil, Ukraine, and the USA, his mother a singer and father on vocals and accompanying her on guitar. His father passed […]

An Exclusive Interview with Russell “Hitman” Alexander

 

http://www.hitmanbluesband.com/ https://www.facebook.com/The-Hitman-Blues-Band-161108200630460/?fref=ts The Hitman Blues Band is getting worldwide recognition. Their previous release, “Blues Enough”, was in the running for two Grammy nominations. “Two Minute Warning” (from “Angel In The Shadows”) is available as an add-on to RockBand. The new release “The World Moves On” is being hailed as “the best yet!” They’ve had six […]

An Exclusive Interview with Reverend Freakchild

http://www.www-reverendfreakchild.org/ https://www.facebook.com/Reverend-Freakchild-137706819606417/?fref=ts Reverend Freakchild (a.k.a. Billy, Bhoomisparsha, Fordham, Sal Paradise, Swaraj, Floyd Graves) In the tradition of such Blues Reverends as Rev. Gary Davis – such is the irreverent Reverend Freakchild. Like John Hammond Jr. he is a student of the Blues. He has played in many bands including an early incarnation of Soul Coughing […]

An Exclusive Interview with Albert Castiglia!

 

http://albertcastiglia.net/ https://www.facebook.com/albertcastiglia Born August 12, 1969, in New York, he was a product of that city’s great melting-pot community, the son of a Cuban mother and Italian father. At five, the family moved to Miami, Florida, and when the twelve-year-old Albert took his first guitar lesson, a spark was lit that couldn’t be snuffed out. […]

CD Reviews

Alabama Mike Upset The Status Quo

Alabama Mike Upset The Status Quo Greaseland Records Michael Benjamin aka Alabama Mike was born in Talladega, Al. in 1964. At an early age his father encouraged him to sing gospel. After a hitch in the Navy he wounded up in the San Francisco Bay area. He developed a love for the blues but didn’t […]

Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records

 

“Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records” www.MVDvisual.com Blu-Ray Disc For forty-five years Alligator Records has remained one of the truest Blues recording labels since their humble Windy City beginnings. Bruce Iglauer founded the company in 1971 and still remains; as owner, chief cook and bottle washer, and boss. Iglauer’s first release was by […]

Grateful Dead “Dick’s Picks Volume One” Tampa, Florida 12/19/73 (2-CD’s)

Grateful Dead “Dick’s Picks Volume One” Tampa, Florida 12/19/73 (2-CD’s) www.RealGoneMusic.com This was the first Dick’s Picks edition that was made available at www.Dead.net some twenty plus years ago in 1993. It’s also the last of a series of Dick’s Picks reissues from Real Gone Music. Real Gone started their countdown by first offering the […]

Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection Various Artists

Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection Various Artists Alligator Records The 2016 Chicago Blues Festival, June 10th – 12th, will again be held in Grant Park. This year the festival is celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Alligator Records. The Chicago based label was founded in 1971 by Bruce Iglauer. An underfinanced operation Iglauer operated out of his […]

Will Porter Tick Tock Tick

Will Porter Tick Tock Tick Gramofono Sound Will Porter was born in West Virginia in 1959 where as a youngster he sang gospel. He worked with both Skip James and The Reverend Gary Davis before leaving for New York City. He eventually wound up going west to San Francisco where he established a weekly residency […]

The Hitman Blues Band – ‘The World Moves On’

The Hitman Blues Band is based in New York, and their blues is modern and influenced far more by soul and Motown than by the Delta or Chicago blues.  The World Moves On contains 7 original songs. 1 cover and 4 reworked and remixed songs previously released. The re-released songs have had the Hitman horn […]

Bridget Kelly Band Outta the Blues

Bridget Kelly Band Outta the Blues Alpha Sun Records Outta the Blues comes a love story. Bridget Kelly was born in Hudson, Wisconsin and grew up in nearby Prescott. She went to The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. She spent some time in Los Angeles before moving to […]

Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans That’s What They Say

Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans That’s What They Say ManHat Tone Records Brad Vickers was the bass player in Little Mike & The Tornadoes. He appears on 1988’s “Pinetop Perkins with Little Mike (Markowitz) and The Tornadoes After Hours” and also on 1990’s “Heart Attack” featuring four tracks with Paul Butterfield (believed to be Butterfield’s […]

Eric Clapton I Still Do

Eric Clapton I Still Do Bushbranch Records /Surfdog Records In the 1960’s Eric Clapton’s work with the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Cream caused some to proclaim that “Clapton is God”. As a rock star his guitar playing was revolutionary. Initially there was a rumor that he was afraid to sing but Clapton quickly overcame […]

John D’Amato -‘Born Blue: The Sun Sessions’

John D’Amato establishes that Born Blue is a blues album with the song titles that run through it: “Helicopter Blues,” “Chicken Blues,”  and “True to the Blues,” for example. But it is two songs on the album that really establish his personal connection to the blues: “Born Blue” and “Blues Man.” The title song “Born […]

Del McCoury Band Del & Woody

Del McCoury Band Del & Woody McCoury Music Woody Guthrie (1912 – 1967) was a singer, songwriter and musician who wrote hundreds of songs. Many are today considered traditional but included were ballads, children’s songs and political tunes. Best known is his song “This Land is Your Land”. Guthrie was a big influence on other songwriters […]

Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore House Party at Big Jon’s

Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore House Party at Big Jon’s Delta Groove Music Bob Corritore was born in Chicago in 1956. He relocated to the Phoenix area and began working with Louisiana Red. Corritore also played in a band with Janiva Magness. He started a weekly radio program “Those Lowdown Blues” on WJZZ and […]

Ivas John – ‘Good Days a Comin”

While Ivas John is new to me, Good Days a Comin’  is actually his fifth. It is the first, however, to be completely acoustic. The trend to a return to acoustic music more often is a welcome one, allowing listeners to experience once again the power of this less embellished form in the hands of […]

On the Scene

The New England Blues Summit From the “Worker Bee’s” perspective

L – R: John Hall, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Samantha Fish, Paul Duffley, Adam Signore & David Riley It was an immense honor and pleasure to be part of the Summit team and help bring this awesome event to life. I cannot thank the people who brought me on board enough. The New England Blues Summit was […]

This week: Blues in and around Atlanta, June 6-12

  It’s time for another blues-filled week! The big news this week is the 12th Annual Wolf Fest at Northside Tavern with the Breeze Kings and lots o guests Thrusday night but there are special things going on every night of the week. Here are the listings: Monday Bill Sheffield is at Blind Willie’s and […]

Dave Muskett with Carson Diersing at Darwin;s Blues Bar May 31

The crowd at Darwin’s Blues Club in Marietta was fairly light but  grew to a comfortable size for a Tuesday night as Dave Muskett  took to the stage and began to entertain. The listeners were with him from the beginning, most of them having seen him in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge in January […]

Podcasts

 

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Gus Spenos

This is the only radio show that is dedicated to the touring musicians who are creating new original music rooted in the blues .. these are INDIE Bluesartists .. The true keepers of the flame and the only ones to decide what is or is not blues! .. We celebrate the diversity of music that exists […]

  EMBRACE the DIVERSITY OF THE BLUE! This is the #1 and Original INDIE BLUES RADIO show on the net. This is the only show that is dedicated to bringing you touring artists who are creating new ORIGINAL music rooted in the blues. We do not turn out backs on the diversity of the blues […]

LIVE from the Midnight Circus featuring Russell “Hitman” Alexander!

This is the #1 and Original INDIE Blues radio show on the net. The only show that does not shun the great diversity of music that is being create today in Blues WE EMBRACE IT!.. We only play artists who are out there touring and creating new original music. This is the only show that […]

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Rev Freakchild

This is the #1 and Original INDIE Blues radio show! We are dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the diversity of music that exists in blues. We ONLY play currently touring INDIE Blues artists who are creating new original music rooted in the blues. This is the blues of the 21st Century. Blues the reflects the […]

Music on the Couch # 325

SHOW # 325 – 05/23/16 Live, Uncut & Uncensored Conversations With “Musicians You Should Know”   Listen here:  http://goo.gl/AMIkXR   TALL CITY BLUES FEST We started the show by speaking with Lisa Grissom, Festival Producer. Tall City is a Music On The Couch Festival Partner.  Lisa gave us a great overview of this year’s lineup and events that […]

This is the #1 and Original INDIE BLUES RADIO show! We celebrate and support the diversity of music that is being created in the blues by artists who are out there touring and performing new original music. We honor the past by supporting the future of the blues .. we call that future INDIE Blues […]