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!

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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Gregg Martinez

Gregg Martinez

"MacDaddy Mojeaux"Nola Blue RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © June 2020 So when I found out that "MacDaddy Mojeaux" is the twelfth release for New Orleans vocalist and trumpeter Gregg Martinez (his first for Nola Blue Records), I kind of...

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Gerald McClendon

Gerald McClendon

“Can't Nobody Stop Me Now”Delta Roots RecordsPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © June 2020  Although this seasoned veteran of R&B has been around for quite some time, I only discovered him just ten short months ago when I did a review of...

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The Jimmys

The Jimmys

"Gotta Have It"Brown Cow ProductionsBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © 2020 Back in November of 2015, I started out my review of "Hot Dish" - The Jimmy's second release - by clarifying that the band was not full of a bunch of musicians named Jimmy, and that is still...

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Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez

"Here I Come"Self ReleasedPublicity: Blind RaccoonBy Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro  Although "Here I Come" is his debut release, Jose Ramirez is by no means the new kid on the block.  In actuality, between his U. S. tour and his two European tours, he's not only...

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Duffy Bishop

Duffy Bishop

"I'm Gonna Do What I Want"'Lil Spinner RecordsRelease: May 29, 2020By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro Preface With Duffy Bishop's house rockin' performance on the stage at B. B. Kings in Memphis during the International Blues Challenge still very fresh in my mind, the timing...

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