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Sisters Euclid: Run Neil Run

Read "Run Neil Run" reviewed by Jim Santella


With a program of nine songs by Neil Young, Sisters Euclid offers a tribute that blends jazz and blues with hard-hitting rock. Elements from Young's days with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young show up, but the emphasis leans toward his country blues lines.

Sisters Euclid, which is based in Toronto, is Kevin Breit's band. The group's connection with Neil Young runs deeper than an appreciation for his folk and country appetite. Young was born in ...

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Mem Shannon: I'm From Phunkville

Read "I'm From Phunkville" reviewed by Jim Santella


Fifteen years as a cab driver in New Orleans gave Mem Shannon the experience that he needed to communicate effectively with his audience. He's gathered a common ground selection of songs for this latest album so that he can relate to folks from both sides of the tracks: those who've grown up with the “Big Easy" jazz tradition, and those who've grown up with blues-rock ringing consistently in their earphones.

Gospel plays a large part in Shannon's delivery. ...

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Eddie Turner: Rise

Read "Rise" reviewed by Jim Santella


Blues/rock singer/guitarist Eddie Turner makes his statements loud and clear. A powerful backbeat, throbbing bass pulse and loud drums back up his lead guitar and emotional vocals with a solid wall of sound. His passionate blues message bores its way into Turner's audience without hesitation.

With his cover of Jimi Hendrix's “The Wind Cries Mary," Turner explains a few of the secrets involved in communicating on a personal level. Yet he keeps his distance. His original, “Secret," co-written ...

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Dan Treanor & Frankie Lee: African Wind

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Traditional blues travels around the world on this session of emotional music. Except for “Lonesome Road," Dan Treanor wrote all the songs; Frankie Lee sings 'em with passion. While the timbres featured by the band's array of percussion instruments have a worldwide association, it's all about the blues at heart.

A Bo Diddley beat carries “Mean Woman Blues" along urban streets, up and down the countryside, and back. Lee sings about the feelings we own up to when ...

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Paul Reddick: Villanelle

Read "Villanelle" reviewed by Jim Santella


Bluesman Paul Reddick sings about the timeless topics that have traveled with American journeymen for centuries. He and guitarist Colin Linden wrote the songs on Villanelle. Together, they paint pictures of living a working-class life on the go and scratching out one's keep day by day. Pioneers, wanderers, roaming cowboys, and migrant workers have all shared the same thoughts. They've all been able to put these thoughts to music during those times when the workday is done and folks need ...

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David Jacobs-Strain: Ocean Or A Teardrop

Read "Ocean Or A Teardrop" reviewed by Jim Santella


The contemporary blues environment combines a traditional manner of storytellin' with up-to-date elements that ring true at first listen. David Jacobs-Strain delivers his message with convincing authority. Surrounded by a band that features blues harp and fiddle, exotic percussion and fiery keyboards, the singer/guitarist brings it home. His slide guitar work stands out as one of the best.

Jacobs-Strain has been playing guitar since age nine. But that was only twelve years ago. At 21, he's in his ...

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Janiva Magness: Bury Him At The Crossroads

Read "Bury Him At The Crossroads" reviewed by Jim Santella


The voice gets you right between the eyes. As her powerful interpretation of the blues sweeps you off your feet, Janiva Magness captures your heart and soul as well. She belts 'em out with convincing authority.

Her band provides a little bit country, a little bit traditional Delta blues, deeply passionate moments, and a little bit of modern chemistry. The singer clears the air with her riveting voice and forceful emphasis.

With languorous, back porch, sit-a-spell ...


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