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Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson: Amour

Read "Amour" reviewed by Doug Collette

On Amour, Colin Linden (of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings) and Luther Dickinson (from North Mississippi Allstars) offer a collaborative paean to romantic love that is not entirely sentimental. Even on such an otherwise earnest effort, there is an inherent danger that might come across as campy, but the two guitarists/vocalists demonstrate an abiding loyalty to ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Up From The Roots: Cary Morin, Colin James, Joanne Shaw Taylor & Chris Youlden

Read "Up From The Roots: Cary Morin, Colin James, Joanne Shaw Taylor & Chris Youlden" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues musicians invariably cover traditional genre material because it connects them with the wellspring of emotion at the heart of this music and illustrates the major influences on their personal style. Sometimes these gestures are more obvious than others, but as are those of Cary Morin's on his latest album, they can bespeak bold courage as ...

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Winter 2017

Read "Winter 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.

Mark “Porkchop" Holder
Death And The Blues
(Alive Natural Sound):
2017

Blues Deluxe 2

Read "Blues Deluxe 2" reviewed by Doug Collette

The cultural fragmentation of recent decades or so has resulted in such a multiplicity of niche categories that the blues community only benefits by its long-term loyalty to the genre. Yet even the oftentimes arbitrary nature of the categorization(s) can't prevent the cross-pollination of styles. And, reasonably speaking, who wants to argue the dividing lines between ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters: Good News

Read "Good News" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Ronnie Earl first gained national attention in 1979 when he replaced Duke Robillard as the lead guitarist for Roomful Of Blues. After spending eight years as the main axeman in that group, Earl decided it was finally time to completely branch out on his own. Though Earl had released his first solo disc, Smokin', in 1983 ...

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New Guitar Summit: Shivers

Read "Shivers" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

The second album from the triumvirate of virtuoso guitarists J. Geils, Duke Robillard and Gerry Beaudoin is another set of vintage jazz-blues in which the three guitarists improvise while prodding, teasing and pushing each other to greater heights. While only four of the tracks are originals written by one or more members of the group, each ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Healey & The Jazz Wizards with Chris Barber: It's Tight Like That

Read "It's Tight Like That" reviewed by Ivana Ng

In the United States, the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties yielded a brand of upbeat jazz saturated with sexual innuendo and heedlessness. Across the northern border, Jeff Healey, a Canadian blues-rock guitarist, felt the significance of this traditional jazz. In his latest outing, he and his eight-piece band, the Jazz Wizards, conjur up some old magic. ...

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Jay McShann: Hootie Blues

Read "Hootie Blues" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Okay, it is true that ninety-year-old legend Jay McShann was only 85 when he recorded this live album in early 2001 at the Montreal Bistro in Toronto, intending it for broadcast on CBC Radio. But I think it's safe to conclude that his powers haven't dimished a bit since that event.

McShann (aka Hootie) ...

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Jay Geils/Duke Robillard/Gerry Beaudoin: New Guitar Summit

Read "New Guitar Summit" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

This album has a rather presumptuous title, but then the completed effort has produced some pretty good results. Although the three guitarists have known each other for a long time, the only common bond is their New England heritage. Jay Geils founded the J. Geils Band, one of the most popular rock bands of the late ...

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Duke Robillard and Herb Ellis: More Conversations in Swing Guitar

Read "More Conversations in Swing Guitar" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

On the surface, the pairing of these two guitarists from different generations might seem an odd match. Duke Robillard is the founder of Roomful of Blues, has played with Eddie “Cleanhead" Vinson, Big Joe Turner, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Dylan. Herb Ellis, the elder half of this duo, has played with everyone from Louis Armstrong to ...