Music Reviews

Keep up with the latest Blues releases and concert reviews

Most of our CD Reviews come to us from the tireless Peter Lauro, over at Music4Mary.com, who keep his finger on the pulse of all new releases in the Blues arena. Occasionally we have reviews submitted to us by ABS Members, and we encourage that!  We also encourage reviews of live concerts, if you’ve seen something lately that was particularly noteworthy. There is a lot here, so click away!

David Rotundo Band

David Rotundo Band

"So Much Trouble"Dreams We SharePublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © November 2020  There is a paragraph in David Rotundo's biography that I just have to share with you all.  Ironically, as impressive as it sounds, it was the last four...

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Peter Veteska & Blues Train

Peter Veteska & Blues Train

Peter Veteska & Blues Train"Grass Ain't Greener On The Other Side"Self ReleasedPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © November 2020  Earlier in the year, Peter Veteska took the Peter V Blues Train into the shop for a tune-up and...

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Paul Boddy

Paul Boddy

Paul Boddy & The Slidewinder Blues Band"Friends Of Tuesday"Slide RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © November 2020  Paul Boddy & The Slidewinder Blues Band are out of the Philly, PA area, and with the band being...

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Laura Tate

Laura Tate

"Live From El Paso"811 Gold RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © November 2020  Perhaps you know of Laura Tate from having heard some, or all, of her previous four releases; perhaps you know of her from having seen some, or all, of the...

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Red’s Blues

Red’s Blues

"Broke Down In The Fast Lane"Sherry & Ray MusicBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © October 2020   "Broke Down In The Fast Lane" is the third release for Sacramento, CA based Red's Blues.  The band is fronted by the husband and wife team of Richard "RW" Grigsby on bass,...

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Shaun Murphy

Shaun Murphy

"Flame Still Burns"Vision Wall RecordsBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © October 2020  If you were to type her name into the search bar at our website - www.mary4music.com - besides mine and my partner Mary's (and that would even be close) Shaun Murphy's...

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J.T. Lauritsen

J.T. Lauritsen

"Blue Eyed Soul Vol. 2"Hunters RecordsBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © October 2020  A little over two years ago when I reviewed "Blue Eyed Soul Vol. 1" by J.T. Lauretsen & The Buckshot Hunters, I closed out my review by saying….. "Aside from the music, I also found...

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John Németh

John Németh

"Stronger Than Strong"Nola Blue RecordsRelease Date: October 16, 2020Publicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © October 2020  "Stronger Than Strong" is John Nemeth's tenth release and with it arguably being one of his best of the ten, it could have...

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StratCat Willie & the Strays

StratCat Willie & the Strays

"On The Prowl"BlackHat MusicBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © September 2020  StratCat Willie is Willie Hayes, a seasoned bluesman of some fifty years.  With influences that include Mike Bloomfield (one of my early influences as well), T-Bone Walker, Ronnie...

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Malaya Blue

Malaya Blue

"Still"Blue Heart RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © September 2020  If you're a fan of The Voice you'll certainly have seen a blind audition where the coaches hear such a stunning vocal performance that not only do all...

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Lisa Mann

Lisa Mann

“Old Girl”JayRay RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © September 2020 Lisa Mann - singer; songwriter; two time Blues Music Award winner in the "Instrumentalist - Bass" category; and winner of the Blues Blast's "Rising Star" award - and...

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Laura Green

Laura Green

"Green Eyed Blues"Laura Green MusicBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © September 2020  Singer, songwriter Laura Green's debut release is titled "Green Eyed Blues" - and if I may take the liberty of being complimentary  - it could also have been called...

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Cathy Grier & The Troublemakers

Cathy Grier & The Troublemakers

"I'm All Burn"CG Music WorksBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © September 2020 CommentaryBefore I get into this review I'd like to compliment Cathy Grier for the precise attention to detail she displayed in the listing of the musician credits.  As a reviewer – and...

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Bridget Kelly Band

Bridget Kelly Band

“Dark Spaces”Alpha Sun RecordsMarketing: Marlene Palumbo @ Indienink MusicBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © August 2020  PrefaceI'd have to search long and hard to find someone I know through blues music who doesn't know Bridget Kelly and Tim Fik - especially if...

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Eric Johanson

Eric Johanson

"Below Sea Level"Release Date September 18, 2020Nola Blue RecordsPublicity Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © August, 2020  "Below Sea Level" is Eric Johanson's second solo release and his first on the rapidly growing Nola Blue Record label.  The...

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Kirsten Thien

Kirsten Thien

"Two Sides"Screen Door RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © August 2020  I try not to make a habit of doing things like this but from time to time, as I set out to do a review of a CD, I realize that there's absolutely no better way to open than...

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Hurricane Ruth

Hurricane Ruth

"Good Life"American Showplace MusicManagement: The Galaxie AgencyBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © July 2020  Prelude Back about seven or eight years ago - while we were all in town for the Blues Music Awards - Hurricane Ruth, Blewzzlady Rose and myself were...

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Crooked Eye Tommy

Crooked Eye Tommy

"Hot Coffee And Pain"Blue Heart RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © July 2020 "Hot Coffee And Pain" is the second release for Crooked Eye Tommy, and their first on Blue Heart Records, a division of Nola Blue, Inc.  The band centers around...

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Wily Bo Walker & Danny Flam

Wily Bo Walker & Danny Flam

"Ain't No Man A Good Man"Mescal Canyon RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © July 2020  The last time Wily Bo Walker and Danny Flam collaborated on an album was back in 2015 and that project - "Moon Over Indigo" - wound up being...

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CD Woodbury

CD Woodbury

“World's Gone Crazy”Self ReleasedPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © July 2020 If you should happen to run into CD Woodbury wearing his all too recognizable Shriner style hat, before you ask him if he is a Shriner – as I did when I ran into him at the...

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