Blues Deluxe

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the aforementioned genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

BLUES DELUXE

Late Summer 2019

Read "Late Summer 2019" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. The Mike Duke Project ...took a while Little Village Foundation 2019 ...took a while is an absolutely delightful piece of work in which Mike Duke's sharp pop sensibilities run parallel to (and often intersect with) his soul/r&b roots. ...

BLUES DELUXE

Summer 2019

Read "Summer 2019" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Johnny Shines The Blues Came Falling Down: Live 1973 Omnivore Recordings 2019 The cumulative force of Johnny Shines' performances here, recorded nearly a half-century ago and unreleased until now, deliver an impact that belies his lone voice underpinned with ...

BLUES DELUXE

Fall 2018

Read "Fall 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Introductory text goes here. Shemekia Copeland America's Child Alligator Records 2018 Notwithstanding its topical undercurrent, Shemekia Copland's American's Child packs a wallop because of its fundamental musical virtues: the quality of the material, the unity of the core accompanists ...

BLUES DELUXE

Summer 2018

Read "Summer 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Brother Dege Farmer's Almanac Psyouthern Records2018 Brother Dege is in no hurry on Farmer's Almanac. He and his accompanists The Brethren proceed patiently on “Partial to the Bitters," subsequently proceeding apace as if hell-hounds are on their trail, while ...

BLUES DELUXE

Winter 2018

Read "Winter 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Logan Magness Memphis On My Mind Wolf River Records 2018 The core four musicians on Logan Magness' album move right in stride with each other as they sing and play, thereby elevating the natural flow of the original ...

BLUES DELUXE

Winter 2017

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'Blues Deluxe' is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the aforementioned genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Mark “Porkchop" Holder Death And The Blues (Alive Natural Sound): 2017 Portentous as the title sounds, this record's a catharsis in song if there ever was one. With his sturdy, nimble rhythm section, Holder ...

BLUES DELUXE

Autumn 2017

Read "Autumn 2017" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the aforementioned genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Dennis Johnson Rhythmland Root Tone Records 2017 A complete musician to be sure, Johnson isn't so enamored of his technique that the plays on words in titles of his previous records deny the ...


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