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BUDDY GUY - new release
MANNISH BOYS - new release
KIRSTEN THIEN - recent release

2010 International Blues Challenge Winners
    Winner: Grady Champion (Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola)
    Second Place: Karen Lovely Band (Cascade Blues Association)
    Third Place: Cheryl Renee and Them Bones (Cincy Blues Society)
 Solo Duet:
    Winner: Matt Anderson (Harvest Jazz & Blues)
 2010 Best Self Produced CD Competition was a tie:
    Winner: The Informants, "Crime Scene Queen" (Colorado Blues Society)
    Winner: Laurie Morvan Band, "Fire It Up!" (Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society)

Choice Selections...
Modern Blues Legends (1995) * * *
Modern Blues Legends     1995
  1  Damn Right, I've Got The Blues
  2  The Hunter
  3  Beat Of The Night
  4  I Shiver
  5  Story Of The Blues
  6  Give It Back
  7  My Babe
  8  Born Under A Bad Sign
  9  Ellis Island
10  Prison Blues
11  How Long Can A Man Be Strong
12  Stormy Seas
Featuring: Buddy Guy, Danny Gatton, Robert Cray, Gary Moore, Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, Jeff Headley, Dave Hole
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Choice Selections...
American Blues (2003) * * * *
Putumayo Presents    American Blues
  1  Arthur Adams & B. B. King - Get Next To Me
  2  Keb Mo' - Hand It Over
  3  Ruth Brown - Good Day For the Blues
  4  Henry Gray - How Could You Do It?
  5  Taj Mahal - Cakewalk Into Town
  6  Robert Cray & Albert Collins - She's Into Something
  7  Sugar Pie Desanto - Hello, San Francisco (Part 1)
  8  Raful Neal - Call Me Baby
  9  Otis Rush - I Got the Blues
10  Sunpie Barnes - Sunpie's Romp and Stomp
11  Eric Bibb - Needed Time
12  Chris Thomas King - Why Blues?
13  Susan Tedeschi - Just Won't Burn
14  Solomon Burke - None Of Us Are Free
Putumayo World Music promotes an impressive roster of blues artists on their compilation titled, American Blues.  Varied blues styles are represented by 16 respected artists whose attentive selections fit together comfortably.  American Blues entices the listener -- luring them into some of the finest blues recordings around.  Putumayo's American Blues is a project with far-ranging appeal.

(c )2004 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]
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Choice Selections...
Sing Along with Putumayo (2004) * * * * (Release Date: 03.23.04)
Sing Along with Putumayo

  1  Arlo Guthrie - Bling-Blang
  2  Rhonda Vincent - Bananaphone
  3  Tim O'Brien - Man Gave Names to All the Animals
  4  Rufus Thomas - Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  5  Keb' Mo' - Love Train
  6  Taj Mahal - Don't You Push Me Down
  7  Rosie Flores - Red Red Robin
  8  Dan Zanes and Friends - Bushel and a Peck
  9  Music for Aardvarks & Other Mammals - Bellybutton Song
10  Eric Bibb - Michael Row the Boat Ashore
11  Elizabeth Mitchell & Daniel Littleton - You Are My Sunshine
12  Guy Davis - I Will Be Your Friend
Sing Along with Putumayo coordinates childhood favorites with a superb group of notable musicians on a quality recording aimed at the younger generation.  Many parents will undoubtedly join in as their kids eagerly sing along to an entertaining assortment of classic tunes.

(c) 2004 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]
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Choice Selections...
TIME-LIFE Music (3 CD collection)
Living the Blues (1999) * * * (Contains older blues tunes)
LIVING THE BLUES 3 CD Set. Good collection for any Blues entusiasts.

Disc 2- Blues Greats ...
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf
I'm A Man - Bo Diddley
Paying The Cost To Be The Boss - BB king
(and more)
Disc 1- Blues Masters ...
Wee Wee Hours - Chuck Berry
Dust My Broom - Elmore James
Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
Key To The Highway - Little Walter
Stone Crazy - Buddy Guy
Black Night - Charles Brown
Turn On Your Love Light - Bobby Bland
(and more)
Disc 3- Blues Legends ...
Call It Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker
The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim
The Thrill Is Gone - BB King
Something's Got A hold On Me - Etta James
(and more)
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Arthur Adams  Choice Selections...
Stomp the Floor (2009) * * * *   (release date: 11.17.09)
Arthur Adams    Stomp the Floor

1  Stomp The Floor
2  You Can't Win For Losing
3  Don't Let The Door Hit You
4  I Know What You Mean
5  So Sweet
6  You Got That Right

  7  Callin' Heaven
  8  Nature Of The Beast
  9  Thrive On Your Vibe
10  You Are Invited
11  Around The Sun
12  Blue Roots
Arthur Adams
Hense Powell
Reggie McBride
Lou Castro
James Gadson
David Leich
Lee Thornberg
Dave Woodford
Garrett Adkins
- Vocals & Guitar
- Keyboards
- Bass (1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11)
- Bass (2, 3, 8, 12)
- Drums
- Percussion (1, 5, 7)
- Percussion (4, 6, 9)
- Trumpet (2, 3)
- Saxophone (2, 3)
- Trombone (2, 3)
"Seasoned blues verteran Arthur Adams delivers a contagious blend of originals
with smooth fretwork and soulful vocals."     (c) 2009 Mark's Online Music Source

"Adams fortifies his distinctive, velvety voice with restrained emotional heat.
He's strong enough to be gentle, and confident enough to sing from his heart."    - Chicago Reader

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Slick Ballinger   Choice Selections...
Mississippi Soul (2006) * * * *
Slick Ballinger      Mississippi Soul

 1  Sugar Mama
 2  You Don't Love Me
 3  Brotherhood Blues
 4  Mississippi Soul
 5  Let's Get Down
 6  Rosalie

  7  Juke House Blues
  8  Bull Cow Blues
  9  Slow Down
10  Sleeping Dogs Lie
11  Talkin' 'Bout Jesus

Young Daniel "Slick" Ballinger has gained the respect
of blues icons such as BB King and Pinetop Perkins.

"Ballinger's music and showmanship is high-energy,
deeply rooted in traditional blues -- he's the real deal."
      - (c) 2006 Mark's Online Music Source

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Eric Bibb   Choice Selections...
Natural Light (2003) * * * * *
Eric Bibb     Natural Light

 1  Too Much Stuff
 2  Home Lovin' Man
 3  So Sorry
 4  Tell Riley
 5  Guru Man Blues
 6  Every Time it Rains

  7  Champagne Habits
  8  Water Works Fine
  9  Circles
10  Right On Time
11  Gratefully Blue
12  Lucky Man Rag
13  Higher and Higher
Natural Light is a complete package ... slip it into the player ... sit back and enjoy!  Two songs worthy of special mention are Tell Riley and Champagne Habits.  Catching one of Eric's live performances is pure entertainment.

      -  (c) 2003 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]

Eric Bibb, Rory Block, Maria Muldaur   Choice Selections...
Sisters and Brothers (2004) * * * 1/2 (Gospel slants, and more ... country/blues flavor)
Brothers and Sisters

 1  Rock Daniel
 2  Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag
     Your Spirit Down
 3  Get Up Get Ready
 4  Lean on Me
 5  Bessie's Advice
 6  Good Stuff

  7  Rolling Log
  8  Gotta Serve Somebody
  9  Travelin' Woman Blues
10  Little Rain
11  Maggie Campbell
12  Give a Little More
13  My Sisters and Brothers
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Elvin Bishop   Choice Selections...
Elvin Bishop's Raisin' Hell Revue (2011) * * * *
 1  Callin' All Cows
 2  Whole Lotta Lovin'
 3  Fooled Aound And fell In Love
 4  What The Hell Is Goin' On
 5  The Night Time Is The Right Time
 6  Down In Virginia
  7  Rock My Soul
  8  Cryin' Fool
  9  River's Invitation
10  Dyin' Flu
11  Tore Up Over You
12  It Hurts Me Too
13  Bye Bye baby
   Elvin Bishop: Guitar and Vocals
   John Németh: Vocals and Harmonica
   Finis Tasby: Vocals
   Terry Hanck: Tenor Sax and Vocals
   Chris (Kid) Andersen: Guitar
   Ed Earley: Trombone, Vocals, Percussion

Steve Willis: Piano, Accordion and Vocals
Bob Welsh: Guitar
Bobby Cochran: Drums, Vocals
Ruth Davies: Bass
Lisa Leu Andersen: Vocals
Red Dog Speaks (2010) * * * *
Red Dog Speaks - Elvin Bishop
 1  Red Dog Speaks
 2  Neighbor Neighbor
 3  Fat & Sassy
 4  Barbecue Boogie
 5  Many Rivers To Cross
 6  Blues Cruise
  7  Doo-Wop Medley
  8  Get Your Hand Out of My Pocket
  9  His Eye Is On the Sparrow
10  Clean Livin'
11  Midnight Hour Blues

* Guest artists include John Nemeth,
Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tommy Castro,
Roy Gaines, Buckwheat Zydeco,
and others.
The Blues Rolls On (2008) * * * *
Elvin Bishop  The Blues Rolls On
 1  The Blues Rolls On
 2  Night Time Is The Right Time
 3  Yonder's Wall
 4  Struttin' My Stuff
 5  Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket
 6  Who's The Fool
  7  Black Gal
  8  Oklahoma
  9  Come On In This House
10  I Found Out
11  Send You Back To Georgia
12  Honest I Do

* October 2008 interview
with blues guitarist Elvin Bishop
Recording artist Elvin Bishop immersed himself in the blues at a young age - his latest CD, The Blues Rolls On is pure enjoyment.  Twelve retrospective tracks affirm a musician in touch with his roots and optimistic about blues' future.  Keen interplay between musicians and singers showcase Elvin's forty plus years of honest blues exploration.  The total package is a treat - extensive liner notes provide background on track selections, artist selection, even session notes.

For The Blues Rolls On, Elvin Bishop drives some old classics out of the garage - applies a fresh coat of paint - then invites a few friends to join him for a spin through blues country - a journey blues enthusiasts will want to take again and again.  The CD confesses Bishop's love for the genre by gathering together friends, new and old.  Zealous contributions from supporting artists provide additional depth and character to the whole.

The Blues Rolls On features fresh takes on classics like Yonder's Wall, featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks and Tommy Castro.  Conversation between B.B. King and Elvin introduces listeners to Oliver Perry's Keep A Dollar In Your Pocket.  Track 9 revisits Junior Wells' Come On In This House - Bishop's enthusiasm for genuine [grab you by the ears] blues is alive and well.  Lucky for us, Elvin enjoys sharing his enthusiasm with others - such as ourselves.

(c) 2008 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]

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Rory Block   Choice Selections...
Last Fair Deal (2003) * * * *
Rory Block     Last Fair Deal

 1  Gone Again
 2  Sookie Sookie
 3  Country Farm Blues
 4  Last Fair Deal Gone Down
 5  Declare
 6  Cry Out Loud
 7  Amazing Grace

  8  Traveling Riverside Blues
  9  Mama's Stray Baby
10  Hallelu, Hallelu
11  Two Places at a Table
12  Awesome Love
13  Look What the Lord Has Done
14  Old Friends
Rory is an amazing performer on stage.  Using fierce, yet articulate strumming and slide techniques, bluesy vocals and foot stomps, the blues are delivered.  Block submerges her audiences in Delta blues with Last Fair Deal.  Rory Block, Martin Guitar, Delta Blues ... Last Fair Deal.    (c) 2003 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]

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Bill Bourne   Choice Selections...
Voodoo King (2002) * * *
Bill Bourne     Voodoo King
  1  Hilfiger Heaven  (intro)
  2  Hilfiger Heaven
  3  Portland
  4  Holy Holy
  5  Voodoo King
  6  The Ballad of Moses Jane
  7  Which Way?
  8  Whadiddy Do?  (trad.)
  9  Freeway Babe
10  Burning Candles
11  Little Flowers
12  Grace
Bourne performs his original blend of blues with a gritty passion that pulls deep from the vaults of old masters' influences.  His vocal range is engaging and his guitar work is intriguing.   (c) 2002 Mark's Online Music Source

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Ronnie Baker Brooks   Choice Selections...
The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue - Command Performance (2008) * * * *
The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Review
 1  Can't You  See
 2  I Fell That Old Feeling Coming On
 3  Wammer Jammer
 4  Still The Girl In The Band
 5  See You Hurt No More
 6  If It Ain't Me

Featuring: Tommy Castro, Deanna Bogart, Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Marcia Ball, Elvin Bishop, Curtis Salgado
  7  If I Had A Nickel
  8  Will It Go Round In Circles
  9  She's Nineteen Years Old
10  Tell Me Mamma
11  Looking For A Love
12  High On The Hog
13  Sea Cruise

The Torch (2006) * * * * *
Ronnie Baker Brooks    The Torch
1  Born In Chicago
2  Are you Free For Me
3  It's On
4  A Long Goodbye
5  Love Again
6  You Wrong For That Now
7  Half
8  Be A Good Man
9  Train
10  Other Side Of Love
11  If I Don't Make Dollars, Then It Don't Make Sense
12  can't you See
13  It's All About You
14  Mack Momma
15  The Torch Of The Blues
16  Love Me baby
17  A Whole Lot Better Too
The value of the dollar actually goes up in a time of economic vulnerability with the purchase of Ronnie Baker Brooks tickets.  Brooks has a passion for live performance - a crowd pleaser - combining high energy blues and soulful ballads.  His music and background are steeped in blues tradition - the son of Chicago bluesman Lonnie Brooks.

Ronnie Baker Brooks is carving his own signature on the blues - pulling generations together through music that transcends age barriers.  His 2006 release The Torch and the 2008 DVD release Command Performance showcase the talents of this modern day bluesman.

(c) 2009 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]    * Ronnie Baker Brooks Interview

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Shemekia Copeland   Choice Selections...
Wicked (2000) * * * *
Shemekia Copeland    Wicked
 1  It's 2a.m.
 2  Not Tonight
 3  Love Scene
 4  The Other Woman
 5  Whole Lotta Water
 6  Beat Up Guitar
 7  Miss Hy Ciditty

  8  Up On 1-2-3
  9  Wild, Wild Woman
10  The Fool You're Looking For
11  If He Moves His Lips
12  Steamy Windows
13  It's My Own Tears
Shemekia Copeland has made an impression on the blues world and delivers the blues with authority - vocals that demand attention.  The combination of her vocals and varied material could easily be described as the "Perfect Storm"  Copeland refuses to plant her feet in only one aspect of the blues.  Showcasing varied intensities, and vocal prowess, Shemekia Copeland fits nicely amongst the ranks of seasoned blues musicians.   One is known by the company one keeps - Shemekia Copeland has certainly surrounded herself with good friends and talented musicians.

Shemekia Copeland released her second Alligator Records CD in 2000.  Her Wicked effort is what soulful blues was meant to be - grabbing the blues by the vocal cord and never letting go.  Wicked's opening song is the rowdy, It's 2 a.m., which eventually lures listeners to the moody, Up On 1-2-5. In a song co-written by her producer and lead guitarist titled Beat Up Guitar, Shemekia also demonstrates remarkable passion for Delta blues.  Special guest, and friend, Ruth Brown adds some down-home seasoning on, If He Moves His Lips.

(c) 2002 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]    * Shemekia Copeland Interview          PHOTOS

Copeland's newest recording, Never Going Back ... scheduled for release on February 24, 2009

Never Going Back (2009) * * * *  Release Date: 02.24.09

 1  Sounds Like the Devil
 2  Dirty Water
 3  Broken World
 4  Never Going Back to Memphis
 5  The Truth is the Light
 6  Black crow

 7  Born a Penny
  8  Limousine
  9  River's Invitation
10  Rise Up
11  Big Brand New Religion
12  Circumstances

33 1/3 (2012) * * * * *
Shemekia Copeland 33 1/3

 1  Lemon Pie
 2  Can't Let Go
 3  Ain't Gonna Be Your Tattoo
 4  Somebody Else's Jesus
 5  A Woman
 6  I Sing The Blues

  7  Mississippi Mud
  8  One More Time
  9  Ain't That Good News
10  Hangin' Up
11  I'll Be Your Baby Tonight


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Detroit Women and Motor City Express   Choice Selections...
Rattle Your Cage (2005) * * * *
Detroit Women    Rattle Your Cage
 1  Old Weakness
 2  Strongest Weakness
 3  My Man is Ugly
 4  I'd Rather Go Blind
 5  Breakin' Up Somebody's Home
 6  Two Plays For A Quarter
 7  Paradise

  8  Leap Of Faith
  9  When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
10  I Believe
11  Good Rocking Daddy
12  Bone Me
13  Save Your Breath
Detroit Women: Lady T, Stacia Petrie, Cheryl Lescom, Rhonda Bantsimba,
                              Kate Hart, Valerie Barrymore, Karen Vesprini, Susie Woodman
Motor City Express: Dennis Burr, Danny O'Connell, Steve Kohn

     PHOTOS         PHOTO-ART

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Tinsley Ellis   Choice Selections...
Storm Warning (1994) * * * * *
Tinsley Ellis     Storm Warning
  1  To The Devil For A Dime
  2  Cut You Loose
  3  A Quitter Never Wins
  4  Panhead
  5  The Next Miss Wrong
  6  Early In The Morning
  7  When I Howl
  8  Side Tracked
  9  Wanted Man
10  The Sun Is Shining
11  Bush Doctor
12  Mercy Mercy Mercy
*Featuring the intense Tinsley Ellis ballad ... A Quitter Never Wins.

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Kirk Fletcher   Choice Selections...  Kirk Fletcher on myspace.com
My Turn (2010) * * * *
Kirk Fletcher    My Turn
  1  El Medio Stomp    [3:34]
  2  Found Love    [3:53]
  3  Natural Anthem    [4:27]
  4  Ain't No Way    [3:01]
  5  My Turn    [5:26]
  6  Congo Square    [5:11]
  7  Way Back Home    [7:48]
  8  Blues For Antone    [4:06]
  9  Let me Have It All    [5:42]
10  Continents End    [6:39]
    Kirk Fletcher - guitar, bass, & vocals
    Michael Landau - guitar
Gary Novak - drums (Tracks 4, 5, 7)
Travis Carlton - bass (Tracks 4, 5, 7)
Bobby Tsukamoto - bass (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10)
Iver Olav Erstad - organ (Tracks 4, 7, 9) & Rhodes (Tracks 3, 7)
Tom Fillman - drums (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10)
Paulie Cerra - sax and vocals (Tracks 4, 6)
Luke Miller - organ (Tracks 5, 7) & clav (Track 5)
Paul Litteral - trumpet (Tracks 3, 4, 9)
Dave Melton - slide guitar (Track 3)
James Gadson - drums (Track 9)
Karen Landau - spoken word (Track 10)
"Sharp, smooth, and consice, all describe Fletcher's guitar and vocal style -
[My Turn] showcases Fletcher's talents through an exquisite selection of blues."
    - Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]

"Fletcher favors toothy Strat tones, stinging bends, and flurries of tight,
staccato riffs that seem to pop from his fretboard like little firecrackers."    - Guitar Player Magazine

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Robben Ford and the Blue Line *  Choice Selections...
Robben Ford and the Blue Line (1992) * * * *
*Robben Ford long shared Eric Johnson's bass player, Roscoe Beck.
Robben Ford: Autograph

 1  The Brother (for Jimmie & Stevie)
 2  You Cut Me To The Bone
 3  I'm A Real Man
 4  My Love For You Will Never Die
 5  Step On It
 6  Prison Of Love
 7  Tell Me I'm Your Man
 8  Start It Up
 9  Life Song (one for Annie)
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Buddy Guy   Choice Selections...
Living Proof (2010)   Release Date - October 26, 2010
Buddy Guy - Living Proof
Track List:
1  74 Years Young
2  Thank Me Someday
3  On The Road
4  Stay Around A Little Longer
5  Key Don't Fit
6  Living Proof

 7  Where The Blues Begins
 8  Too Soon
 9  Everybody's Got To Go
10  Let The Door Knob Hit Ya
11  Guess What
12  Skanky
Buddy Guy's Legends
Feels Like Rain (1993) * * * *
Buddy Guy      Feels Like Rain

The Real Deal (1996) * * * * *
BUDDY GUY    LIVE   The Real Deal

  1  She's A Superstar
  2  I Go Crazy
  3  Feels Like Rain
  4  She's Nineteen Years Old
  5  Some Kind Of Wonderful
  6  Sufferin' Mind
  7  Change In The Weather
  8  I Could Cry
  9  Mary Ann
10  Trouble Man
11  Country Man

1  I've Got My Eyes On You
2  Sweet Black Angel (Black Angel Blues)
3  Talk To Me Baby
4  My Time After A While
5  I've Got News For You
6  Damn Right I've Got The Blues
7  First Time I Met The Blues
8  Ain't That Lovin' You
9  Let Me Love You Baby

Buddy Guy Live:
The Real Deal

- recorded at Buddy Guy's LEGENDS Nightclub in Chicago - The lineup features G.E. Smith and The Saturday Night Live Band.
Buddy Guy's Legends nightclub sign - photo by Mark's Online Music Source

Sweet Tea (2001) * * * *
Sweet Tea   2001 release

1  Done Got Old
2  Baby Please Don't Leave Me
3  Look What All You Got
4  Stay All Night
5  Tramp
6  She Got The Devil In Her
7  I Gotta Try You Girl
8  Who's Been Foolin' You
9  It's A Jungle Out There
Buddy Guy's "Sweet Tea" was placed on store shelves Tuesday, May 15, 2001.  This effort from the well seasoned bluesman has received great reviews.  One reviewer called Sweet Tea his best album since the 1967 release, I Left My Blues In San Francisco.  I've listened to a few Buddy Guy releases since 1967 and Sweet Tea finds Buddy in the kitchen serving up some of the finest roots-blues I've heard in a long time.  Sweet Tea is a must have for anyone that's serious about owning some of the best roots-blues music around.    - Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]

Alone & Acoustic (an older release) * * * *
Older roots release from Buddy Guy and Junior Wells

1  Give Me My Coat And Shoes
2  Big Boat (Buddy And Junior's Thing)
3  Sweet Black Girl
4  Diggin' My Potatoes
5  Don't Leave Me
6  Rollin' And Tumblin'
7  I'm In The Mood
8  High Heel Sneakers

  9  Wrong Doing Woman
10  Cut You Loose
11  Sally Mae
12  Catfish Blues
13  My Home's In The Delta
14  Boogie Chillen
15  Medley: Baby What You Want
      Me To Do...
Alone & Acoustic ... 2 veteran blues legends at the top of their collective game.
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Hollywood Blue Flames   Choice Selections...
Deep In America - 2 CD Set  (2010) * * * *  Release Date: 01/19/2010
       Disc One: The Hollywood Blue Flames - Deep In America
       Disc Two: The Hollywood Fats Band - Larger Than Life, Volume 2
Deep In America
Disc One
  1  Nit Wit
  2  Rambler and a Rollin' Stone
  3  Crescent City Rock
  4  My National Enquirer Baby
  5  Music Man
  6  Leavin' California
  7  Jalopy to Drive
      (AKA Sonny Boy's Jump)
  8  Bad Boy Blues
  9  I Don't Care
10  Rocky Mountain Blues
11  Hip-Hoppin' Toad
12  Hushpuppy
13  Fly Like The Eagle,
      Cry Like The Dove
14  He's A Blues Man
Disc Two
  1  She's Dynamite
  2  Blue and Lonesome
  3  Hide Away
  4  Kansas City
  5  Half Steppin'
  6  Read About My Baby
  7  Nit wit
  8  Blues After Hours
  9  Jumpi' With Duncan
10  Lonesome
11  Shake Your Boogie
12  Baby, Let's Play House

   Al Blake - vocals & harmonica
   Fred Kaplan - piano
   Larry Taylor - bass
   Junior Watson - guitar
   Kirk Fletcher - guitar
   Richard Innes - drums
   Michael “Hollywood Fats” Mann:
                  - vocals & guitar
       “The Blue Flames are a crew of consummate professionals,
       with a total command of the genre.”       – Blues & Rhythm Magazine

       “Deep In America... a suitcase packed with real blues and scorching blue-hot flames,
       cracklin' with tradition, form, and style.”       – Mark's Online Music Source

       “It’s easy to hear right from the first notes that as great as this band was before,
       they’re absolutely DEADLY now.”       – Real Blues Magazine

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John Lee Hooker   Choice Selections...
Mr. Lucky (1991) * * * *
John Lee Hooker     Mr. Lucky
  1  I  Want To Hug You
  2  Mr. Lucky
  3  Backstabbers
  4  This Is Hip
  5  I Cover The Waterfront
  6  Highway
  7  Stripped Me Naked
  8  Susie
  9  Crawlin' Kingsnake
10  Father Was A Jockey
*The performing guests provide some brilliant collaborations!
Stripped Me Naked, featuring Carlos Santana is well worth the purchase price.
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John Lee Hooker Jr.   Choice Selections...
Live In Istanbul Turkey (2010) * * * * 1/2
Live In Istanbul Turkey
1  Introduction
2  Suspicious
3  People Want A Change
4  It's A Shame
5  Fed Up
6  Funky Funk
7  You Make My Life Brand New

CD includes bonus DVD:
    Extramarital Affair (animated)
  8  They hatin' On Me
  9  One Eye Open
10  Wait Until My Change Come
11  Maudie
12  Boom Boom
13  Doin' The Boogie
14  Talk Too Much

John Lee Hooker Jr.
*... additional info coming soon
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The Insomniacs   Choice Selections...
At Least I'm Not With You (2009) * * * *
At Least I'm Not With You
  1  Lonesome
  2  Broke and Lonely
  3  Directly From My Heart To You
  4  Maybe Sometime Later
  5  At Least I'm Not With You
  6  Root Beer Float
  7  Hoodoo Man Blues
  8  She Can Talk
  9  Baby Don't Do it
10  Angry Surfer
11  Description Blues
12  20/20
13  Insomniacs Boogie

The Insomniacs are;

    Vyasa Dodson - Guitar, Vocals
    Dean Mueller - Bass
    Dave Melyan - Drums
    Alex Shakeri - Keyboards
* Winner - Muddy Awards: 2007 Best Contemporary Blues Act, 2006 Best New Act

The Insomniacs - At Least I'm Not With You (2009)  -  CD review:  Meet The Insomniacs-- a young blues band that's keeping swing style blues burning with a spirited mix of tunes-- thirteen tracks include seven inspired originals written by vocalist and guitarist Vyasa Dodson.  The Insomniacs' attitude is best described by the title track, At Least I'm Not With You... presenting their swing brand of blues with an upbeat, let's have some fun along the way attitude-- enabling audiences and listeners to forget about life's suitcase of negatives.  Also noteworthy is The Insomniacs cover of Amos Blakemore's Hoodoo Man Blues-- delivered in fine form, the band gives guest harmonica player Al Blake generous space to shine. Dodson's Description Blues is a slow, moody, composition with subtle guitar inflections, and highlights band member Alex Shakeri on Hammond B-3 organ. The Insomniacs take a refreshing stroll across familiar terrain... serving up some fine blues in the process.

(C) 2009 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]
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Big Jack Johnson & the Oilers   Choice Selections...
Roots Stew * * *
Delta Blues from Big Jack Johnson

Delta Blues Master Big Jack Johnson
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Billy Jones   Choice Selections...
Bluez * *
Billy Jones     Bluez

 1  At Da' Crossroads
 2  Deal Wit' Da' Devil
 3 Da' Cemetery Bluez
 4  Reconsider Baby
 5  Ain't No Secret
 6  You Got Bad Luck
 7  Da' Love Doctor

  8  Breakin' Away
  9  Revolution Bluez
10  Always On My Mind
11  Personal Manager - live
12  You My Everythang
13  All My Love
14  Gangsta Bluez - inst.
Bluez offers some well crafted originals performed with seasoned blues tradition.  Jones' guitar work and vocals offer variety -- singing with a smoothness similiar to artists like Robert Cray.  At Da' Crossroads allows Jones to reach a bit deeper -- delivering a vocal style more aligned with the soulful delivery of Buddy Guy.    (c) 2004 Mark's Online Music Source

My Hometown (2007) * * *
Billy Jones     My Hometown

 1  Here With You
 2  Pull My 44
 3  Right Now
 4  Crystal
 5  Never Let You Go

 6  The Clown
 7  My Hometown
  8  you Upset My Soul
  9  The Rumor
10  Bluez Come Callin'
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Dayna Kurtz (Sultry jazz-tinged vocals)    Choice Selections...
Beautiful Yesterday (2004) * * *

Dayna Kurtz    Beautiful Yesterday
  1  Music Box
  2  I Belong to the Wind
  3  Love Where Did You Go?
  4  Left Alone
  5  Joy in Repetition
  6  Those Were the Days
  7  Everybody Knows
  8  Amsterdam Crown
  9  I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
10  Lost and Looking
11  Parlez-Moi d'Amour
12  Beautiful Yesterday
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Jeff Lang (acoustic guitarist, incredible finger/slide/fret technique)    Choice Selections...
Everything is Still * * *
Jeff Lang      Everything is Still
  1  Big Feeling
  2  Can't Raise My Head
  3  London
  4  The Point
  5  Everything Is Still
  6  No Good Answers
  7  Gina
  8  Trainwreck 49
  9  Release
10  Between The Lines
11  Some Memories Never Die
Jeff Lang lives in Melbourne, Australia.  Whenever there's a guitar to play and an audience to perform for, Jeff Lang is at home, regardless his geographical location.  Lang's influences include John Lee Hooker, Leo Kottke, and Ry Cooder.  Even though the CD, Everything is Still doesn't fully demonstrate Lang's incredible abilities, it received three stars because it includes the neat little song, London.    (c) 2002 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]
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Robert Lockwood Jr.    Choice Selections...
Delta Crossroads
The Legend Live
Robert Lockwood Jr      Delta Crossroads    Robert Lockwood Jr      The Legend Live
Robert Lockwood, Jr. has a very impressive background in blues -- legendary bluesman Robert Johnson met the 11 year old Lockwood, Jr. and taught him how to play blues guitar.  The two musicians began traveling together and performed numerous gigs together before Johnson's untimely death.  At 92, Robert Lockwood, Jr. continues to perform around the country singing the blues.  Lockwood, Jr. is an encyclopedia per the original roots of blues music.

(c) 2004 Mark's Online Music Source
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Jeremy Lyons & The Deltabilly Boys  Choice Selections...
Death of a Street Singer (2008) (partial mp3s reviewed)
Jeremy Lyons   Death of a Street Singer

  1  Drop Out Mambo
  2  I Just Don't Care
  3  Full Deck
  4  What Do You Do
  5  Mr. So n' So
  6  Jackson Sq. Massacree
  7  Chromag Rag

  8  Under a Sleeve
  9  Ostrich
10  Streets of Blues
11  Tuesday Morning Drag
12  Sorry About That
13  My Love Ain't No Train
14  Sweet Shop Baby
* Star Rating will be given once entire CD has been reviewed ... additional info will be added soon!
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Bob Malone  Choice Selections...
Like It Or Not (2001) * * * *
Bob Malone: Like It Or Not    Bob Malone
 1  Like It Or Not
 2  Meet Me In Manhattan
 3  Texas
 4  The Man You Love
 5  Sometimes I Wish I Were Me
 6  Valentines Day
  7  Moderation
  8  Enough
  9  Tomorrow Can't Be Trusted
10  Einstein
11  Just 'Cause I Sing The Blues (Don't Mean I Want To)
Bob Malone [could be] the Rick Wakeman of the new Millennium.  His music and vocals are steeped in New Orleans Blues and his musicianship is genius.  However, the artistic prowess of Bob Malone can only be appreaciated by witnessing a live performance ... visit Bob's Web site.
Malone ... a blues talent with remarkable classical background.      PHOTO

(c) 2002 Mark's Online Music Source
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The Mannish Boys   Choice Selections...
Shake For Me - 5 Year Anniversary (2010) * * * * 1/2
Shake For Me
 1  Too Tired
 2  Mona / Willie and the hand Jive
 3  Reconsider Baby
 4  Educated Ways
 5  Half Ain't Been Told
 6  Number 9 Train
  7  Last Night
  8  Hey Now
  9  Tou Can't Be Beat
10  Black Nights
11  The Bullet
12  Those Worries
13  Raunchy
14  Champagne & Reefer
15  You've Got Bad Intentions
16  Way Down South

    Finis Tasby - vocals
    Bobby Jones - vocals
    Randy Chortkoff - harmonica, vocals, mc
    Frank Goldwasser - guitar, vocals
    Kirk Fletcher - guitar
    Willie J. Campbell - bass
"...an infectious revival of both '40s jump and '50s to '60s Chess-like styles from a band that lives inside the music..."
    - Wall Street Journal

"TMB - great music performed with rambunctious energy respectful to the genre of keeping the blues fun."
    - Mark's Online Music Source

"No band makes the old new again better than The Mannish Boys."
    - Blues Revue Magazine
Past / Alternate Members
    Johnny Dyer - vocals, harmonica
    Kid Ramos - guitar
    Ronnie James Webber - bass
    Tom Leavey - bass
    Richard Innes - drums
SPECIAL GUESTS on "Shake For Me"
    Rod Piazza - harmonica (track 7)
    Kid Ramos - lead guitar (track 15)
    Mitch Kashmar - harmonica (track 14)
    Nick Curran - guitar (tracks 1 & 11)
    Mike Zito - vocals & guitar (track 2)
    Arthur Adams - vocals & guitar (track 13)
    Johnny Dyer - vocals (track 14)
Lynwood Slim - harmonica (track 12)
Rob Rio - piano (track 5)
Fred Kaplan - piano
    (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
Andy Kaulkin - piano (track 16)
"Big Pete" van der Pluijm - vocals & harmonica (track 16)
    Big Pete appears courtesy of Cool Buzz Records,
    Big Pete plays Hohner harmonicas & Marble amps.
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Harry Manx  Choice Selections...
Dog My Cat (2001) * * * * *
Harry Manx's Dog My Cat
  1  Can't Be Satisfied
  2  Bring That Thing
  3  Good Morning Stranger
  4  Reuben's Train
  5  Lay Down My Worries
  6  Rag Bihag  (Dusk Rag)
  7  Sunday Morning Ascension
  8  Baby Please Don't Go
  9  Brick And Stone
10  Song For William
11  Love Ain't No Game
12  Shame Shame Shame
13  Rag Jog  (Evening Rag)
Winner of the 2002 Canadian Independent Artist Award (Blues Category).  Harry Manx is a man of soulful, musical textures ... Having lived in India for several years, studying under slide guitar master Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Manx displays intriguing, subtle, techniques.  Manx has a pleasant personality in both conversation and music ... In concert, his love of music is reflected in his face as a performer and he displays an appreciative awareness of musicians around him.

(c) 2002 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]
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John Mayall  Choice Selections...
Wake Up Call (1993) * * * *
JOHN MAYALL     Wake Up Call
  1  Mail Order Mystics
  2  Maydell
  3  I Could Cry
  4  Wake Up call
  5  Loaded Dice
  6  Undercover Agent For The Blues
  7  Light The Fuse
  8  Anything I Can Say
  9  Nature's Disappearing
10  I'm A Sucker For Love
11  Not At Home
12  Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
Spinning Coin (1995) * * * *
JOHN MAYALL     Spinning Coin
  1  When The Devil Starts Crying
  2  Spinning Coin
  3  Ain't No Brakeman
  4  Double Life Feelings
  5  Run
  6  What Passes For Love
  7  Fan The Flames
  8  Voodoo Music
  9  Long Story Short
10  No Big Hurry
11 Remember This
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Keb' Mo' * * * * ...Great songwriter, guitarist, singer:
(Delta blues, Country blues and Folk.)  Choice Selections...
   - Keb' Mo' (1994) * * * * *
   - A Little Mo' (1994) * * * * (Limited Edition release)
   - Just Like You (1996) * * * *
   - Slow Down (1998) * * * * *
   - The Door (2000) * *
   - Big Wide Grin (2001) * * * *
1994 Limited Edition release       A LITTLE MO'    Keb' Mo' and Band     Slow Down Tour
* Big Wide Grin takes a detour from the blues, providing listeners
a collection of cover songs - some with intriguing new arrangements.

Kevin Moore, a.k.a., Keb' Mo', traveled and performed with various bands and blues artists through the years, refining his talents and embracing a love for the blues.  In 1980, the relatively unknown blues singer and musician released a solo album called, Rainmaker.  As with many of the more famous blues musicians, Kevin's name eventually underwent a transformation and Moore respectfully became known as Keb' Mo'.

I walked into a music store one afternoon in 1994 ... Keb' had just released his second solo effort simply titled Keb' Mo'.  I bought the CD and also received a complimentary four song EP titled, A Little Mo'.  The limited edition EP accompanied the first shipments of that 1994 release.  It wasn't long before blues lovers around the country began taking note of Keb's music.  Soon, success had not only found it's way to Moore's doorstep ... success even rang the doorbell.

      - Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]
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Nick Moss & The Flip Tops  Choice Selections...
Live At Chans - Combo Platter No. 2 (2009) * * * *
Nick Moss & The Flip Tops
  1  Spare Ribs & Chopsticks
  2  Try To Treat you Right
  3  Whiskey Makes Me Mean
  4  I Got All Kinds of Love
  5  Lonesome Bedroom Blues
  6  Fill 'Er Up
  7  Don't You Lie To Me
  8  Five Long Years
  9  I'm Ready
10  I Wanna Know
NICK MOSS - guitar, vocals,
    harmonica, bass
GERRY HUNDT - bass, guitar, vocals,
    mandolin, harmonica, organ
    organ, vocals, bass
BOB CARTER - drums, vocals
    with special guest...
LURRIE BELL - guitar, vocals

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Magic Slim & the Teardrops  Choice Selections...
Snakebite (2000) * * *
Magic Slim and the Teardrops         Snakebite
  1  What's Wrong
  2  Snakebite
  3  Please Don't Dog Me
  4  Key To Your Door
  5  Shake It
  6  I Ain't Lookin' For No Love
  7  Country Boy
  8  Lump On Your Stump
  9  Lonesome Trouble
10  The Man You Need
11  Mind Your Own Business
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Maria Muldaur   Choice Selections...
Fanning the Flames (1996) * * * *
Maria Muldaur    Fanning the Flames
  1  Home Of The Blues
  2  Fanning The Flames
  3  Trust In My Love
  4  Somebody Was Watching Over Me
  5  Heaven On Earth
  6  Stand By Me
  7  Talk Real Slow
  8  Stop Runnin' From Your Own Shadow
  9  Can't Pin Yo' Spin On Me
10  Brotherly Love
11  Well, Well, Well
12  Strange And Foreign Land
From the woman that brought us Midnight at the Oasis, comes a blues effort worthy of attention. Special guests include Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Mavis Staples.

(c) 2002 Mark's Online Music Source
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Omar and the Howlers  Choice Selections...
Boogie Man (2004) * * * * *
Eleven noteworthy tracks of pure blues grit ... delivered Texas style!
Omar & the Howlers      Boogie Man
  1 Boogie Man
  2 Bamboozled
  3 Stone Cold Blues
  4 White Crosses
  5 Drowning in Love
  6 Shakin'
  7 Right There in the Rain
  8 Bad in a Good Way
  9 That's Just My Life
10 Mississippi Mud
11 All the Love We Can Stand
Omar - vocals, all tracks
Chris Duarte - guitar
Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne - guitar
George Rains - drums
George Reiff - bass
Jon Dee Graham - guitar
Tommy Shannon - bass
Chris Layton - drums
Terry Bozzio - drums
James Fenner - percussion
Alejandro Escovedo - vocals
Omar and the Howlers -- Texas rockin' blues combined with elements of the Mississippi Delta.  Austin blues artist Kent "Omar" Dykes' latest recording joins forces with some of the finest musicians in the Austin area.  Each track written or co-written by Kent "Omar" Dykes -- including two songs co-written with Austin songwriter/singer/musician Darden Smith.

(c) 2004 Mark's Online Music Source
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Shawn Pittman  Choice Selections...
Edge of the World (2011) * * * *
Shawn Pittman    Edge of the World

  1 Sugar (Where'd You get Your Sugar from)
  2 Leanin' Load
  3 Scent of Your Benjamins
  4 Almost Good
  5 One of These Days
  6 Edge of the World

  7 That's The Thing
  8 Maintain
  9 I've Had Enough
10 This Time
11 Something's Gotta Give
12  Somebody Gonna Lose, Somebody Gonna Win
13 If I Could (Make The World Stop Turning)
Shawn Pittman's guitar work has an edge that plays each note with a raw restraint that teases the ear with just enough. "Edge of the World" is refreshing yester-style blues with a dash of coarse ground pepper.  (c) 2011 Mark's Online Music Source

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Ana Popovic Choice Selections...   Solid new release from Ana Popovic!
Blind For Love (2009) * * * *  Release Date: July 21, 2009    FREE DOWNLOAD - Nothing Personal
Ana Popovic    Blind For Love
  1 Nothing Personal
  2 Wrong Woman
  3 Steal Me Away
  4 Blind For Love
  5 More Real
  6 Putting Out The APB
  7 Get Back Home To You
  8 The Only Reason
  9 Part Of Me (Lullaby For Luuk)
10 Lives That Don't Exist
11 Need Your Love
12 Blues For M
    Ana Popovic - Guitars, Vocals
    Ronald Jonker - Bass Guitar
    Andrew "Blaze" Thomas - Drums
    Tony Braunagel - Drums
    Mike Finnigan - Hammond B3
    Ana Popovic    Blind For Love
    Phantom Blues Band - on "Blind For Love"
"From straight-ahead blues-rock to sultry jazz and reggae, Popovic continues the blues tradition with a unique voice and a distinctive guitar sound." - Vintage Guitar
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Preacher Boy  Choice Selections...
Demanding to be Next (2004) * * * *
Preacher Boy     Demanding to be Next

 1  A Little Better When it rains
 2  Whistleman
 3  Nehemiah James
 4  Jackson Street
 5  Comin' Up Aces
 6  Rock Skipper
 7  One-Way Turnstile

  8  Cemetary Stout
  9  Death Letter
10  Ninety-Nine Bottles
11  Umbrella
12  Change
13  My Gold Canoe
    The sound - vintage acoustic instruments, including National Steel Guitar.
    The voice - somewhere between forty grit sandpaper and steel wool.
    The music - steeped in tradition and heritage of Delta/folk blues.

(c) 2004 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]
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John Primer  Choice Selections...
Knocking At Your Door (2000) * * * *
John Primer    Knocking At Your Door

 1 Knocking at Your Door
 2 Change Your Evil Ways
 3 Lonely Days and Nights
 4 Excited by Your Charms
 5 Hard Working Woman
 6 Brutal Hearted Woman

  7 Everytime You Touch Me
  8 That's Alright
  9 A Woman Was Made to be Loved
10 I Been Dogged Around
11 I Want to Know
12 The Kiss of Fire

John Primer is the real deal when it comes to boogie flavored blues.  Primer's blend of blues is upbeat and performed with enthusiasm whether on stage or in the studio.  His backing musicians, The Real Deal Blues Band, provide solid rhythm behind Primer's vocals and lead guitar.  Band member Matthew Skoller's harmonica contributions are certainly worthy of special mention.

(c) 2004 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]
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Robert Randolph & the Family Band  Choice Selections...
Unclassified (2003) * * * *
Upbeat and up-tempo... a bit rowdy in deliverance.  Also includes
a few nice ballads alongside jams that hint of the Allman Brothers.
Robert Randolph    Unclassified

1 Going In The Right Direction
2 I Need More Love
3 Nobody
4 Soul Refreshing
5 Squeeze
6 Smile

  7 Good Times (3 Stroke)
  8 Why Should I Feel Lonely
  9 Calypso
10 Problems
11 Run For Your Life
        Robert Randolph - Pedal Steel guitar, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
        Danyel Morgan - Bass, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
        Marcus Randolph - Drums     John Ginty - B-3 Organ, Piano
                Lenesha Randolph - Backing Vocals, Lead Vocal Duet with Jim Scott
                Candice Anderson - Backing Vocals    Ricky Fowler - Lead Vocal Duet on Smile
                Neal Casal - Backing Vocals    Leon Mobley - Percussion
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Randy Oxford Band  Choice Selections...
All the Buzz (2004) * * *
The Randy Oxford Band     All the Buzz
Track List;
1 Think
2 Texas Hurricane
3 Knockin' Myself Out
4 Crazy 'Bout You
5 Bumble Bee
6 Why Don't You Do Right?
7 Peach

  8 Help Me
  9 Moscow Blues
10 Darkerside of the Sun
11 Sugar In My Bowl
12 Hard Way to Go
13 High Flying Bird
Randy Oxford Band;
Jerry Lee Davidson -
Randy Oxford -
Virginia Klemens -
Steve Blood -
Riky Hudson -
Michael Stubbelfield -
Guitar, Vocals
Trombone, Vocals
Guitar, Vocals
Guitar, Vocals
Drums, Vocals
Bass Guitar
The Randy Oxford Band's interplay between vocals, trombone and guitars is unique, invigorating and invites repeated listenings.  Their musicianship, vocals, and choice of selections combine to create a notable edition to your music library.  By incorporating the trombone as one of the lead instruments Oxford has given the band a distinct and original sound.  Induction into Washington State Blues Society's Hall of Fame in 2002 is one of several blues awards presented to Trombonist Randy Oxford.

Think, the opening track on All the Buzz is a very good yet undistinguished version that doesn't adequately hint at the gems contained on the CD.  The second track is where things begin heating up -- with the first notes of the guitars on Texas Hurricane, it quickly becomes apparent that the Randy Oxford Band is serious about the blues.  Virginia Klemens serenades listeners with sultry soulful inspiration on Why Don't You Do Right? and Help Me.  The band delivers an amusing rousing romp with the slightly naughty Memphis Minnie hit Bumble Bee.  Davidson and Blood contribute impressive guitar leads and rhythms throughout the CD, complimenting Stubbelfield's solid bass lines and Hudson's tight drumming.  Oxford jumps into the driver's seat providing resonant trombone leads on several tunes including Moscow Blues and Darkerside of the Sun.

(c) 2004 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]
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Roy Rogers  Choice Selections...
Split Decision (2009) * * * *    Released: April 21, 2009      Interview and Photos - click here
Roy Rogers    Split Decision

1  Calm Before the Storm
2  Patron Saints of Pain
3  Little Queen Bee
4  River of Tears
5  Bitter Rain
6  Your Sweet Embrace

  7  Someone Like You
  8  Rite of Passage
  9  Requiem for a Heavyweight
10 I Would Undo Anything
11  Holy Ghost Moan
12  Walkin' the Levee
In April 2009, Roy Rogers released his first studio album in seven years with The Delta Rhythm Kings.  The material on Split Decision is solid and diverse-- offering the listener new twists through creative arrangements and a strong rhythm section.  Through the years the journeyman musician/singer/composer/producer has developed a slide guitar technique that executes a ferocious attack on the fretboard.  Rogers' guitar prowess is demonstrated with skill and timing that unleases fierce slide work when the music demands attention.  However, the master musician is quite comfortable performing slow ballads delivered with mellow finesse.  Rogers is high energy and brilliant onstage... his slide work and finger-picking is astounding.  Make plans to attend a live performance to fully appreciate this gifted artist.

(c) 2009 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]

Slide Zone (1994) * * * *
Roy Rogers      Slide Zone

1  Get Back In Line
2  Spent Money
3  House Of Blue Dreams
4  Lover's Moon
5  Livin' On Borrowed Time
6  Ode To The Delta

  7  Not Fade Away
  8  Slide Zone
  9  Lookin' Up At The Downside
10  Rough House
11  Still A Long Way To Go
12  Off The Cuff
Slide of Hand (1993) * * * *
Roy Rogers     Slide of Hand

1  Don't Give Up
2  Bad Situation
3  Don't Say A Word
4  Stones In My Passway
5  Cure For An Achin' Heart
6  Mellow Apples
7  Slide Of Hand

  8  Make Your Paradise
  9  Rockin' At The Hey Hey
10  Down Home girl
11  Work Hard For The Money
12  Change Of The Season
13  Bull Hog Grind
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Kim Simmonds   Choice Selections...
(Founding member of Savoy Brown ... incredibly original blues guitar master)
Blues Like Midnight (2001) * * *
Kim Simmonds      Blues Like Midnight
  1  Cry Before She Goes
  2  Morning Light
  3  Tell the World
  4  Move to a Country Town
  5  Hold on Baby
  6  My Woman Blues
  7  Rag Ah
  8  Sometimes You Gamble
  9  Long Ways from Heaven
10  Blues Like Midnight
11  Baby Says She's Leaving
12  Crying the Blues All Night
13  Blues for Lonesome
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Lynwood Slim and the Igor Prado Band   Choice Selections...
Brazilian Kicks (2010) * * * *   (Release Date: 11/16/10)
Lynwood Slim    Brazilian Kicks
1  Shake It Baby (3:18)
2 Is It True? (3:35)
3  Bloodshot Eyes (3:36
4  My Hat's On The Side
    Of My Head (2:41)
5  Blue Bop (3:13)
6  Little Girl (5:41)
    Lynwood Slim: vocals,
    harmonica, flute
    Igor Prado: vocals, guitar
    Rodrigo Mantovani: acoustic bass
  7  I Sat And Cried (3:00)
  8  Maybe Someday (4:58)
  9  Show Me The Way (6:17)
10  Bill's Change (4:06)
11  The Comeback (4:06)
12  The Way You Do (3:45)
13  Going To Mona Lisa's (4:36)
    Yuri Prado: drums & percussion
    Denilson Martins: alto, tenor,
    baritone saxophone
    Donny Nichilo: piano
Lynwood Slim & Igor Prado Band
"Lynwood Slim & the Igor Prado Band get their kicks
playing stylish, swingin' blues!"   -  Mark's Online Music Source

"West Coast Blues is alive and well and living in Brazil!
Doubters need only spin Igor Prado Band!"   -  Blues Revue Magazine

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Kevin Spears  "Kalimbaman"    Choice Selections...
Natural Elements  (2006)  * * * * *       PHOTOS
Kevin Spears    Natural Elements
  1  Prophet In The Attic
  2  The Scribe
  3  Flight of The Flamingo
  4  Eden
  5  You've Been Good
  6  King David's Groove [Ad Lib]
  7  Expressions
  8  The Mountain
  9  Dreams
10  King David's Groove
       Kevin Spears...
       kalimba, guitar, keyboard, vocals
Kevin Spears "Kalimbaman"
photo by Mark McKinley

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The Stella-Vees   Choice Selections...
Come Round Baby (2007) * * * *
The Stella-Vees  -- Come Round Baby
1  Shakin It Off
2  Come Round Baby
3  T Bone Boogie
4  Lien On My Body
5  A'w baby
6  Two Bones And A Pick
7  Catfish Blues
8  Take A Look

  9  It Takes Time
10  What Have I Done
11  Weeping Willow
12  I Want Everyone To Play
13  Tip Top
14  Tip Top
       (basement recording)
15  Easy Baby
       (basement recording)
16  Takin The Hard Way

Jason "Juke" Lockwood
Mark Hoekstra
Steve Parrish
Tim Dennison

- Guitar and Vocals
- Harmonica
- Drums
- Electric & Stand-up Bass
The Stella Vees are a powerhouse blues quartet drenched in tradition and shakin' things up with their debut release, Come Round Baby.  The four bluesmen deliver real deal Chicago-style blues that's simmered in restraint, steeped in tradition, and seasoned to perfection.  Their collective sound is well-crafted around the belief that less is more and pays homage to blues greats that came before them.  Lockwood and band have a genuine understanding of what blues music is all about and how it should be played.

Come Round Baby features 14 tracks, including seven originals written by The Stella Vees' guitarist and vocalist Jason "Juke" Lockwood, plus two notable bonus [basement recording] tracks.  Lockwood's vocals are in top form throughout, and his guitar playing is concise, crisp, and earnest.  I found each of the seven original compositions noteworthy and high caliber contributions-- in both music and lyrics.  Weeping Willow and Lien On My Body could easily become modern day blues classics.  If you enjoy your blues delivered with a nostalgic twist that nods to the present, look no further than Come Round Baby for your next blues fix.  The Stella Vees are primed and ready to bring the blues to your doorstep.       (c) 2010 Mark D McKinley [Mark's Online Music Source]

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Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers   Choice Selections...
Sinner Street (2000) * * * *
Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers    Sinner Street
  1  Grab the Rafters
  2  Bad News
  3  Sinner Street
  4  Lovin' My Money
  5  Chained to the Blues Line
  6  Detroit Iron
  7  Hundreds into Ones
  8  Never Enough
  9  Million Dollar Bill
10 Havin' a Heart
11  Blues 'Fore Dawn - Jimmy Thackery
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Kirsten Thien   Choice Selections...
Delicious (2010)  [Screen Door Records] * * * * 1/2
Kirsten Thien    Delicious
1  Love That’s Made To Share
2  Nobody’s Ever Loved Me Like You Do
3  Please Drive
  4  Taxi Love
  5  Delicious
  6  Ain’t That The Truth
  7  Treat ‘im Like A Man
  8  Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues
  9  I Ain’t Superstitious
10  A Woman Knows
11  Get Outta The Funk, Get Into The Groove
   * 12 Treat ‘im Like A Man (Radio edit)
   * 13  Taxi Love (Radio edit)
          Kirsten Thien - Vocals, Guitar
          Hubert Sumlin - Guitar
          Dave Patterson - Guitar
Arthur Neilson - Guitar
Billy Gibson - Harmonica
Tommy Mendel - Organ
Mike Freeman - Vibraphone
Kent Smith - Trumpet, Horn Arragments
Andy Snitzer - Tenor Sax
Dan Myers - Tamburine
John Pisano - Bass
Erik Boyd - Bass, Nasville Guitar
Dylan Wissing - Drums, Percussion
Steve Holley - Drums
Galia Arad, Susan Didrichen - Backgraound Vocals
Karen Lloyd Erik Boyd - Backgraound Vocals
The Team - Party Noises
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The Sky Is Cryin' (1991) * * * * * (Includes a nice version of Little Wing)
  1  Boot Hill
  2  The Sky Is Crying
  3  Empty Arms
  4  Little Wing
  5  Wham
  6  May I Have A Talk With You
  7  Close To You
  8  Chitlins Con Carne
  9  So Excited
10  Life By The Drop *
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Tee Dee Young * * * * * (Gifted guitarist - Lexington, Kentucky)   Choice Selections...
I've Got To Move (2009) (CD Released July 2009)    PHOTOS
Tee Dee Young    I've Got To Move
Full Length CD including the following songs:

1 I've Got to Move
2  Where's My Baby Gone
3  Hey Baby
4 Why I Still Play the Blues/Jungle Boogie
5  Rock Me
6  Troubled Man
7  Yesterday
8  Proud Mary
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Mike Zito * * * * * (guitar, grit, and vocals)   Choice Selections...
Pearl River (2009) (Release Date is September 22, 2009)
Mike Zito    Pearl River
  1  Dirty Blonde   3:37
  2  Pearl River   4:54
  3  Big Mouth   4:08
  4  Change My Ways   5:15
  5  Eyesight To The Blind   3:21
  6  One Step At A Time   3:37
  7  39 Days   4:07
  8  Shoes Blues   3:24
  9  The Dead Of Night   4:05
10  Sugar Sweet   3:30
11  Natural Born Lover   5:30
12  All Last Night   5:27
13  C'Mon Baby   4:57
Mike Zito  Pearl River

Mike Zito: vocals & guitar, toy piano on "Dead of Night"
Lonnie “Popcorn” Trevino Jr: bass & background vocals
Eric Bolivar: drums & percussion
Reese Wynans: keyboards
Cyril Neville: vocals on "Pearl River"
Susan Cowsill: vocals on "Shoes Blues"
Anders Osborne: vocals & acoustic guitar on "One Step at a Time"
Randy Chortkoff: harmonica on "Born Blind"
Lynwood Slim: harmomnica on "Last NIght"
Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone: accordion on "Dead of Night"
"True grit, guitar, and vocals" ... "Mike Zito's Pearl River is a winner!"  - Mark's Online Music Source
"His bluesy Americana vibe finds an impressively restrained balance between melody and musicianship."  - Blues Revue

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