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!

Jonny T-Bird and the MPs

Jonny T-Bird and the MPs

"Common Cents"Neon Grub Jeer MusicBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © April 2021  "Common Cents" is the fourth release for Milwaukee based Jonny T-Bird and the MPs.  If like me, you are unfamiliar with the band, I'd be willing to bet you'd never guess what the MPs stands...

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Trevor B. Power

Trevor B. Power

"What Is Real"Farm 189 RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © March 2021  It's been exactly two years since I reviewed Trevor B. Power's first release and for songwriters like Trevor, the events of those two years have certainly...

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Swamp Poets

Swamp Poets

Swamp PoetsFeaturing: Christian Michael Berry"Hoodoo Du Voodoo"Retrofit RecordsBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © March 2021  The Swamp Poets are a Northern Arizona based American blues based roots music band.  Their primary influence is the diverse styles of...

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Rosedale Junction

Rosedale Junction

"Stompin' On The Front Porch"Center Block RecordsBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © March 2021  "Stompin' On The Front Porch" is a very impressive debut release by the Boston based Rosedale Junction.  The album contains thirteen tracks of what the band calls...

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Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas

"One More Mile"Blonde On Blonde Direct RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © March 2021  Starting with the album’s title, "One More Mile", telling you a bit about Dave Thomas and how this release came about is going to require using a lot of...

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Jay Walter and The Rectifiers

Jay Walter and The Rectifiers

"Rectification"Self ReleasedBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © March 2021  If you are from the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area of "The North Star State" chances are quite good that you've heard of Jay Walter Wilkins.  Dating back to 1989, on and off,...

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Dave Keller

Dave Keller

"You Get What You Give"Tastee-Tone RecordsBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © February 2021  PrefaceIn addition to knowing about the sometimes sad and downright startling; to the sometimes uplifting and spiritual lyrics and songs on this project, there is a whole...

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The Scott O’Neal Band

The Scott O’Neal Band

"Ya Get What'cha Pay For"Stoop Solo RecordsBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © February 2021  Based out of Northern Arizona, The Scott O'Neal Band consists of: "Rev" Scott O'Neal on guitar, vocals and percussion; Gary Van Slyke on bass and backing vocals; Greg Woodbury on...

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Harvey Brindell

Harvey Brindell

"Pennies On The Dollar"Self ReleasedBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © February 2021  Something New, Something BluesHaving recorded and written songs for projects with other bands, "Pennies On The Dollar" is Harvey Brindell's first release under his own name.  Of the disc's...

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Veronica Lewis

Veronica Lewis

"You Ain't Unlucky" Blue Heart RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © January 2021 There are those, and many at that, who will tell you what a horrible year 2020 was, and sadly - they wouldn't be wrong.  That said, I'm thinking that...

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Skylar Rogers

Skylar Rogers

"Firebreather"Self ReleasedPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © January 2021  So there's a show on TV called "I Can See Your Voice" and on it, a contestant has the chance to win a cash prize if he or she can tell the difference...

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Peter Poirier

Peter Poirier

"Empty Arms"'59RecordsBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © December 2020  Peter Poirier is not one of the countless musicians who have been a part of Roomful Of Blues, but with the way he has that vintage Roomful groove down pat, he sure sounds like he could have...

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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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