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Sparky Parker: In the Dark

Read "In the Dark" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Crafting the perfect riff has been the goal of every blues and rock guitarist since Jimi Hendrix first began channeling Albert King. Welding a memorable theme to jaw-dropping technique is the surest way for a budding guitarist to elevate his or her reputation. Houston, Texas' Sparky Parker's debut opens with one of those defining ...

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Big Joe & The Dynaflows: Rockhouse Party

Read "Rockhouse Party" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Big Joe Maher, a veritable institution in our nation's capitol, has been active in Washington's jazz and blues scene since the 1980s, when he put together his own combo and also began drumming for former Powerhouse guitarist Tom Principato's blues band. But it wasn't until he recorded his own debut, “Good Rockin' Daddy," in ...

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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

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Peter Parcek: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven

Read "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" reviewed by Doug Collette

Ably aided and abetted as is Peter Parcek on Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, he never runs the risk of his own contributions being overshadowed by the esteemed likes of his guests including North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson, Muscle Shoals veteran Spooner Oldham and long-time Willie Nelson band member Micky Raphael. he guitarist/vocalist/songwriter acquits himself ...

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Kim Wilson: Blues and Boogie Vol. 1

Read "Blues and Boogie Vol. 1" reviewed by Doug Collette

Spearheaded by this long-time linchpin of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, on Blues and Boogie Vol. 1, a group of musicians as versatile as they are empathetic tackles classics from Little Walter, Elmore James and others. Kim Wilson and the ensemble not only display innate knowledge of its roots, but that elusive joy derived from actively honoring same. ...

ARTICLE: 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 ...

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The Nighthawks: All You Gotta Do

Read "All You Gotta Do" reviewed by Doug Collette

On All You Gotta Do, The Nighthawks illustrate how they've established, then nurtured their vaunted status among the most venerated of American blues units for over four decades and upwards of twenty albums. The changes the band's seen under the tutelage of original founding member Mark Wenner continues unfettered on this self-produced album: the band alternately ...

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 ...


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