Must extend a big thanks to my mate Jamesie for all his hard work trawling the web to discover new artists and albums, helped by a few glasses of vino I suspect!
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (2010)
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are an American rock band from Vermont. Formed in 2002 in Waitsfield, VT.
Again a new artist to me, Rock music this time and wow this girl can sing. Think this album will need multiple plays to fully appreciate it's potential, first hearing had me hooked!
Never Going Back (2009)
Another artist discovery from the Blues Ladies, again impressive vocals, songs & tunes, an instant liking for this album!
My only slight gripe is Shemekia's vocals are too powerful on some tracks, flooding over the music mix, a bit of balance with the production required. Not faulting her vocals they are amazing!
My rating - 4/5
New album out now "33 + 1/3" will be having a listen to on Spotify.
Meet Me Where They Play The Blues (1999)
Laid back blues with a touch of jazz gives this album a Cocktail Lounge feel, a few up tempo tracks are thrown in to keep the listener from chilling out to much.
Not really my thing, gave it a couple of plays as I'm always looking for new to me artists and genres, liked some tracks "It Feels Like Rain" was my favourite.
Would give it a 3/5 rating!
Blues Ain't Pretty (2001)
Another blues singer new to me, seems to be an endless list of female blues singers, some bad some good, Janiva is excellent on this album, great vocals, rocky, raw & soulful. Notable track St Gabriel. Rate this album 4/5.
After The Fall (2012)
11 tracks from the Blues veteran, must say it didn't impress me, a bit bland with "lightweight guitar playing" on many tracks. Some good songs, better off listening to Ana Popovic, Samantha Fish, Dani Wilde or the brilliant Joanne Shaw Taylor!
My rating is only a 2/5.
Old School (2007)
Great rockin' Chigago Blues including harp contributions from Billy Branch, powerful vocals from the"Queen Of The Blues", well into her late 70's when recording Old School. Really liked this album, sucker for good Chicago Blues and this album is superb! 5/5 for me!!!
Charlie Musselwhite is an American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader, one of the non-black bluesmen who came to prominence in the early 1960s.
This is a compilation from his Vanguard Records recordings, only 10 tracks but amazing stuff, brilliant harp player. 5/5 rating.
The Well (2010)
Not as good as his earlier stuff, some songs let this album down a bit, all penned by Charlie certainly makes up with his usual excellent harp playing! Not a bad record for a 66 year old, 3/5 rating.
Delta Hardware (2006)
10 good Chicago blues tunes, gets better with each play!
Down In The Alley (2002)
Old school blues, this album harks back to the sounds of Leadbelly & Mississippi John Hurt just to name a few, with traditional accoustic sounds of guitar, banjo, mandolin & bottleneck steel guitar.
Most of the songs are from early 20th century blues greats, this is a good modern recording of classic blues. A 4/5 rating.
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