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!

Johnny Riley

Johnny Riley

Johnny RileyWith Special GuestWatermelon Slim"Clarksdale Revival"Flyindog RecordsBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © June 2021 "Clarksdale Revival", Johnny Riley's fourth release, was recorded live at Bluesberry Cafe in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Along with Johnny,...

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Rob Stone

Rob Stone

Rob Stone FeaturingElena Kato and Hiroshi Eguchi"Trio In Tokyo"Blue Heart RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © May 2021  To this day I still enjoy the music of the genre, but prior to my music interests being totally consumed by the...

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Donna Herula

Donna Herula

"Bang At The Door"Self ReleasedPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © May 2021  "Bang At The Door", is the third release for singer, songwriter, and guitarist Donna Herula.  For the project, Donna - on lead and backup vocals, resonator and acoustic...

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Clarence Spady

Clarence Spady

"Surrender"Nola Blue RecordsRelease Date: May 21, 2021Publicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © May 2021  Since "Nature Of The Beast", the 1996 debut release that garnered Clarence Spady a 1997 W. C. Handy Award nomination in the "Best New Blues Artist"...

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Misty Blues

Misty Blues

“None More Blue”Self ReleasedBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © April 2021  Lead Singer Gina Coleman and Misty Blues are in the midst of celebrating two milestones that are not all that common for a blues band - or for that matter, a band in other genres, as...

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EG Kight

EG Kight

"The Trio Sessions"Blue South RecordsBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © April 2021  Prelude It's pretty hard to forget the first time I met EG Kight because it was the night of my first time going to the W.C. Handy Awards - May 25, 2000.  Yep, it was way...

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Jimmie Bratcher

Jimmie Bratcher

"I'm Hungry"Ain't Skeert TunesPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © April 2021  PreludeA conversation at the House of Blewzz while "I'm Hungry" was playing… Blewzzlady: (calling out from the other room): That's a really good CD you...

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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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