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Sass Jordan & Dana Fuchs: Two Chanteuses' Blues

Read "Sass Jordan & Dana Fuchs: Two Chanteuses' Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette


When performed with style, grace and depth of feeling, singing the blues is a wonder to behold. But when such virtues are replaced by histrionics, affectation and musical self-indulgence, the performers and the performances fall flat. In building their respective careers of no little renown, Sass Jordan and Dana Fuchs have both proven they can deliver ...

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Henry Kaiser & Rome Yamilov and Bernard Allison: Blues Changes

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Is blues music the most mutable of all musical forms? It's a question worth asking when taking into account the expanse of styles within the genre that stretch all the way from the skeletal acoustic likes of Son House and Reverend Gary Davis to the earthshaking electric onslaughts of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Henry ...

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Heart Of Fire

Label: Ruf Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Heart Of Fire; Played The Game; Hateful Blues; Road To Nowhere; Bring On The Pain; Hard Change; Do It In Heels; Sad Situation; Use Me; Tribute To SRV; What Do You Want From Me.

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One Woman Band

Label: Ruf Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Last Minute Packer; Espiritu Papago; Can't Escape; Evil Thoughts; Meet Me In My Dreams; Reap What You Sow; Loving Me Is A Full Time Job; It Hurts Me Too; It Ain't Bad; Bad Apple; Just One More Time.

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Ally Venable: Heart Of Fire

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The virtues so readily apparent on guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Ally Venable's last album, Puppet Show (Connor Ray Music, 2018), remain fully in evidence on her Ruf Records debut. It is telling, however, that for Heart Of Fire, the sultry poses she struck on the cover of the previous LP give way to those focusing on the way the ...

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Ghalia Volt: One Woman Band

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As pictured on the cover of One Woman Band, songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ghalia Volt radiates such a commanding presence that it's hard not to imagine the array of musical instruments displayed alongside her coming to life all on their own. In a very real sense, though, that's exactly what the Brussels Belgium-born blues-woman accomplishes on this third album ...

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Spring 2020

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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. David Clayton-Thomas Say Somethin' Linus Entertainment 2020 Circa “Spinnin' Wheel" plus “And When I Die," ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Ronnie Wood and Mike Zito: Tributes to Chuck Berry - Playin' Guitar Like Ringin' a Bell

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Chuck Berry should be revered as one of American history's great storytellers. His depictions of people ("Johnny B. Goode"), places ("Memphis Tennessee) and things ("Rock and Roll Music") carried a vivid attention to detail further distinguished by the author's immediately recognizable electric guitar sound: marrying the blues with country music Berry set himself apart from forebears ...

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Albert Castiglia: Up All Night

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Make no mistake, the ambiguity in the title of bluesman guitarist/composer Albert Castilglia's seventh album, Up All Night, is a positive attribute. Because as much as he trades in the tried and true of the blues, as on the rough-and-tumble, “Hoodoo On Me," he manages to imprint a personal stamp on what he does.On ...

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Up All Night

Label: Ruf Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Hoodoo On Me; I Been Up All Night; Three Legged Dog; 95 South; Knocked Down Loaded; Quit Your Bitching; Woman Don't Lie; Unhappy House Of Blues; Delilah; Chase Her Around The House; You Got Me To That Place.


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