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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 In depth Interview with Alexis P Suter!

An Exclusive Interview with Alexis P Suter Website www.alexispsuter.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alexis.p.suter.3?fref=ts International Recording Artist’s The Alexis P Suter is a vocalist who transcends styles and genres. When the great Bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis P. Suter sing, he was visibly impressed and said so after her opening set for him at BB Kings NYC. Shaking his head […]

An Exclusive Interview with Diana Rein

http://www.dianarein.com/ https://www.facebook.com/dianarein?fref=ts In mythology, Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures that would lure sailors with enchanting songs and make them crash onto the rocky coast. It is said that some crews survived by using wax in their ears to keep from being compelled. But what if the music was turned up? What if it was […]

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 […]

CD Reviews

 

Charlie Faye and The Fayettes

Charlie Faye and The Fayettes  have effectively conquered time travel in this self-titled album. The proof is that if you heard these 11 original songs and did not know it was a contemporary group, you could honestly believe you were listening to a girl group of the  60’s.  Even the album cover is just right. […]

Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing Skronky Tonk

Little Charlie and Organ Grinder Swing Skronky Tonk EllerSoul Records Little Charlie (Baty) is a guitarist who enjoys playing the blues. But like other guitarists his own interest in where blues meets jazz was increased by listening to others. Organists Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff have stated that they are blues players. An appreciation for […]

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band “Got a Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966”

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band “Got a Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966” www.RealGoneMusic.com “Got a Mind to Give Up Living” is a live performance from (fifty years ago) May of 1966 recorded at the Unicorn Coffee House in Boston, MA, two months prior to the groundbreaking Elektra LP “East – West.”  Previously this […]

Alexis P. Suter Band All For Loving You American Showplace  Music When I first heard Alexis P. Suter open for Levon Helm I knew I was hearing a great new talent. Suter’s second studio recording 2011’s “Two Sides” earned her a 2012 nomination as Best Soul Blues Female Artist of The Year. What I didn’t […]

Big Harp George Wash My Horse in Champagne

Big Harp George Wash My Horse in Champagne Blues Mountain Records Big Harp George, whose real name is George Bisharat, is a retired professor from The University of California Hastings College of Law. He released his debut recording “Chromaticism” last year at the age of 59. That album earned him a 2015 Blues Music Award […]

Reverend Freakchild – ‘Illogical Optimism’

It’s hard to think how to even start reviewing Reverend Freakchild’s Illogical Optimism. And not because I don’t like it, I love it. This is a 3-disc set. The first disc contains an eclectic mix of 15 songs. The second consists of a dozen radically different versions of the Reverend’s popular song, “Everything Is Now.”  […]

Clint Morgan – ‘Scofflaw’

by Rhetta Akamatsu The first time I ever heard of Clint Morgan was when I received Scofflaw to review. And do you want to hear my objective opinion? I was blown away pretty much. This is in no way an ordinary album. It is a celebration of the dark side of humor nature, and then […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

 

On the Scene

 

The Mar-Tans brought New Orleans to Darwin’s in Marietta June 10

It was Friday night in Marietta GA, but with The Mar-Tans playing at Darwin’s, I  thought I would look out the window and see New Orleans.  The intimate atmosphere, appreciative crowd, and the cool jazz and blues made it feel that way. Matt Wauchope’s silky vocals and Will Scruggs’ sensual sax, Terence Prather having a […]

This week: Blues in and around Atlanta, June 13-19

Its a packed full of blues week in and  around Atlanta! os much is going on, but I have to say I am especially excited for Reverend Freakchild at Darwin’s Tuesday and the announcement of the winners of the Indie Blues Awards,, also at Darwin’s Wednesday night. Also, the Bluesberry Festival in Norcross Saturday.  There’s […]

Starr Faithfull – Boston Power Trio Return to the Scene

  Starr Faithfull – Boston Power Trio Return to the Scene   Starr Faithfull is a Hard Rock Power Trio with an eclectic edge hailing from the greater Boston area, a highly regarded band that is named after the socialite who mysteriously drowned in 1931.  Starr Faithfull’s exceptional music is no mystery though. The band […]

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 […]

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

 

EMBRACE the DIVERSITY OF THE BLUES! This is the #1 and Original INDIE BLUES RADIO show on the net. We bring you ONLY currently touring artists who are out there creating new original music rooted in the blues. This is not your old school blues show .. this is blues for a new generation. This […]

EMBRACE the DIVERSITY OF THE BLUES! This is the #1 and Original INDIE BLUES RADIO show on the net. We bring you ONLY currently touring artists who are out there creating new original music rooted in the blues. This is not your old school blues show .. this is blues for a new generation. This […]

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 […]

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 […]