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Ludmerer’s Top 50 INDIE Blues CD Reviews of 2016!

Making A Scene Presents Richard Ludmerer’s TOP 50 INDIE Blues CD’s Reviewed in 2016! These are presented in no particular order because they are all THAT good! We at Making a Scene pride ourselves on our CD reviews. We just don’t give you an insightful opinion, we give you the opportunity to watch the artists we […]

An Ending and A New Beginning: New Year’s Eve at Darwin’s Burgers and Blues in Marietta

Saturday night, New Year’s Eve, was Darwin’s last night in its Marietta location. The little house was full, mostly with people who had been coming to the club since before Lindsay and Aiken took it over. We all felt nostalgic, I believe, thinking of all the memories and bands we had heard there. But we […]

The Independent Blues Awards Nominations are open for 2017


IMPORTANT!! PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU ENTER ANY NOMINATIONS The independent Blues Awards celebrate the diversity and power of the music that is created by those artists that acknowledge their inspiration and roots are in the blues. These awards will represent not only those “touring” artists who work within the established blues community, but embrace working artists […]

Is ASCAP Hurting Live Music Venues?

Where it all Began ASCAP On February 13, 1914 composer Victor Herbert was eating dinner at the Hotel Claridge in NY City when he heard the piano player in the restaurant playing one of his compositions. As he looked around the bustling restaurant, he realized that while the patrons were eating and spending money, they […]




An In Depth Interview with Richard Cagle

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Richard Cagle produced and recorded Annika Chambers, Brad Absher, Carolyn Wonderland’s first and second album. Won Producer of the Year (Houston Press/KLOL Music Awards) for Carolyn’s 2nd album “Truckstop Favorites Vol. 2” While managing her, Carolyn signed with Warner Chappell, William Morris and was offered a major recording deal with Giant […]

An In depth interview with Thornetta Davis

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit MI, USA is the Winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards. Thornetta has been exciting and wowing audiences all over the world. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories […]

An In Depth Interview with Ilana Katz Katz

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Fiddler, Singer, Songwriter, Novelist, and Visual Artist Ilana Katz Katz casts a wide net of creative endeavors. Ilana’s fiddling stems from the old-time Appalachian tradition and dives deep into the Blues. Her unique style – as a solo artist and in a band – has taken her to the stage and […]

An In Depth Interview with Gaetano Letizia

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE A Powerhouse of Blues & Funk Gaetano Letizia – Guitar/Vocals Larry Keller – Bass Mike D’Elia – Drums With a core of three seasoned blues veterans, the Underworld Blues Band delivers in concerts, club dates, festivals and corporate events. Fun, danceable blues standards and great original music. If you’ve had it […]

An In Depth Interview with Jon Gindick

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Guitar and harmonica king Jon Gindick has long been known as one of the most exciting harmonica players and teachers on the international scene. His books on playing blues harmonica have sold over a million copies and have inspired tens of thousands to play the harmonica. His Mississippi Delta Blues Harmonica […]

An In Depth Interview with Jim Koeppel!

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE A music veteran and founder of various roots, blues and country blues combos, including Dust My Blues, Who Slapped John?, and Shuck & Jive. Jim has led bands in the New York area since the late 80’s, with some stints in Nashville and Mississippi. He has performed throughout the U.S. and […]

An In Depth Interview with Derrick Procell

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Derrick’s been singing since he was a kid.  He was in bar bands before he was legal.  He did his first recording as the lead singer in a band, Mothers Worry, when he was 16, and ever since then he’s been Mr. Studio Guy.  Derrick is a natural singer and musician. […]

An In Depth Interview with Mike Zito

HOME PAGE FACEBOOK PAGE Born in South St. Louis, Mo. Mike Zito grew up in a working class home with a dire love of music. It was his escape and way out. After a decade working in a local guitar shop, Mike learned his craft from the ground up playing in clubs 7 nights a […]


CD Reviews


Si Cranstoun Old School

Si Cranstoun Old School Ruf Records When Si Cranstoun refers to “Old School” he is referring to the golden era of rock and R n’ B. His primary influences are Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and Big Joe Turner. Cranstoun was born in Caterham, Surrey, England. Cranstoun’s father Bill promoted Ska and Reggae music and Cranstoun […]

Ilana Katz Katz Movin’ On

Ilana Katz Katz Movin’ On Regina Royale Records Ilana Katz, fiddle, married Warren Katz therefore she became Ilana Katz Katz. Ilana is also a busker. She plays her fiddle in the Boston subway system collecting donations from who ever enjoys her music. She attended a Billy Boy Arnold concert where she met Ronnie Earl. Earl […]

Rory Block Keepin’ Outta Trouble a tribute to Bukka White

Rory Block Keepin’ Outta Trouble a tribute to Bukka White Stony Plain Records Rory Block hails from Princeton, NJ but spent a lot of her formative years as part of the Greenwich Village folk music scene. At the age of fourteen she was introduced to the music of the Mississippi Delta. She recorded for Elektra, […]

Travis Tritt: A Man and His Guitar – Live from The Frankilin Theatre

It’s been more than 25 years since Travis Tritt began his musical career, yet on his 2-disc CD set, Travis Tritt: A Man and His Guitar  – Live from The Franklin Theatre, he sounds as fresh  and relevant as ever. While staying true to his roots, he shows that he is capable of crossing the line […]

Smoke Wagon Blues Band Cigar Store

Smoke Wagon Blues Band Cigar Store Independent The Smoke Wagon Blues Band, from Hamilton Ontario, was formed in 1996. Their now out of print debut was 1997’s “Smoke Wagon Blues Number 36”. They followed up in 2001 with the live “Low Down Righteous Blues”. “The One and Only” was issued in 2005 and resulted in […]

MonkeyJunk Time to Roll

MonkeyJunk Time to Roll Stony Plain Records MonkeyJunk, the Ottawa Ontario based trio, is Tony “D” Diteodoro, rhythm and lead guitar; Steve Mariner, lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass, harmonica and organ; and Matt Sobb, drums, percussion, and backing vocals. The band released its first album “Tiger in Your Tank” in 2009 and won the […]

The McKee Brothers Enjoy It While You Can

The McKee Brothers Enjoy It While You Can Independent The accompanying publicity sheet states that “Enjoy It While You Can”…features great performances by a talented roster of players from Los Angeles and Michigan…” I will list them later. But who are these McKee Brothers that they can attract such a talented ensemble when this is […]

Music Blu-ray Review: Heart – ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’

In June of this year, Heart played with an orchestra for the first time in a career spanning over 40 years, and they did it with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall in London, England. The 1080 video captures the beauty and majesty of the historic building and also provides plenty of […]

Taj Mahal Labor of Love

Taj Mahal Labor of Love Acoustic Sounds Taj Mahal was born Henry Saint Claire Fredericks in Harlem on May 17th, 1942. He was raised in a West Indian-American and African-American family. He grew up in Springfield, Ma. and in the early 1960’s studied agriculture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He graduated and moved […]

Biscuit Miller Wishbone

Biscuit Miller Wishbone Bluebass Music David Miller was born and raised on Chicago’s south side. He was nicknamed “Biscuit” by his grandma as he wouldn’t get outta’ her kitchen. He learned to play bass from his friend’s older brother. He formed his first band “Clever” with another friend Ivan Wallace. The family moved to Minneapolis […]

Fiona Boyes delivers on ‘Professin’ The Blues’

By Rhetta Akamatsu Full disclosure: I received this album from Fiona Boyes  for review. Fiona Boyes has a new album release, Professin’ The Blues, and on it, she does just that. Produced by the legendary Professor Keith O. Johnson of Reference Records and recorded  at Skywalker Sound studios in California ,this is a perfect match of […]

Mike Zito Make Blues Not War


Mike Zito Make Blues Not War Ruf Records Mike Zito worked ten years at a downtown St. Louis guitar shop where an older employee taught him an appreciation for The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton and B.B. King. He released “Blue Room” his first independently produced album in 1997. Follow up albums included 1999’s “America’s Most […]


On the Scene


This week: Atlanta blues all around Jan. 2-8

  Happy 2017! There’s a huge hole in the round-up until Darwin’s re-opens in its new location in Sandy Springs. You can help by contributing to their GoFundMe! Also, several clubs (like Blind Willie’s have not made their schedules available yet. But there are some great shows I do know of this week, including the […]




LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Richard Cagle

This is The Voice of Indie Blues .. the show that brings you the future of the blues by playing only Independent Blues Artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues by creating new original music rooted in the blues … these are the innovators not the imitators .. these ARE the INDIE Blues artists […]

This is The Voice of Indie Blues .. the show that brings you the future of the blues by playing only Independent Blues Artists who Embrace the Diversity of the Blues by creating new original music rooted in the blues … these are the innovators not the imitators .. these ARE the INDIE Blues artists […]

LIVE from the Midnight Circus Featuring Ilana Katz Katz

This is the voice of indie blues. The show that brings you the best in independent blues artist who in the true tradition of the blues are creating new original music from it’s roots. These artists embrace the diversity of blues .. These are the innovators not the imitators .. These ARE the Indie Blues […]

LIVE from the Midnight Circus “The Voice of Indie Blues” 12/26/2016

This is The Voice of Indie Blues! The show that is dedicated to bringing you the Independent Blues Artists that Embrace the Diversity of the Blues. These are the innovators not the imitators .. these are the INDIE Blues artists This week we bring you music from Lew Jetton Benny Turner – Real BluesTrudy Lynn […]