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Author Archives: Eric C. Shoaf

Duke Robillard

Doing Things His Way
 
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Mix one part blues, one part jazz, one part swing, stir in some rock and soul, bring to a simmer, and you have Duke Robillard ala mode. In his 35 years in the music business, Robillard has learned to do things his own way. Though a stint in the Fabulous Thunderbirds brought him closer to […]

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The Leilani Lap Steel and Amplifier

 
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John Lee Hooker, Jr.

All Hooked Up
Steppen' Stone Records
 
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It’s one thing to be the offspring of a famous performer, but quite another to share his name and still be able to forge your own identity. After a number of years in the musical wilderness, John Lee Hooker Jr. found his identity (more…)

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Big Joe and the Dynaflows

You Can't Keep A Big Man Down
Severn Records
 
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Big Joe Maher’s latest showcases his bluesy, swinging vocal style and rocksolid drumming on a dozen tracks split evenly between originals and covers, including B.B. King’s “Bad Case of Love” to Billy Wright’s “The Question – Whatcha Gonna Do,” to a special version of (more…)

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Los Fabulocos featuring Kid Ramos

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Delta Groove Music
 
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This second release from the Southern California band Los Fabulocos sizzles like a juicy steak fajita sprinkled with seasoning from rock, tejano, and country-western swing with a garnish of talent and high style.   Born of the rich and varied musical experiences of its members, the (more…)

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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

Spread the Love
Stony Plain Records
 
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Starting like a number of instrumental albums Ronnie Earl has produced over the past 15 years, this one opens with a mid-tempo (Albert Collinspenned) track, then slows for some blues and a cool cover (“Chitlins Con Carne” by Kenny Burrell). But then, (more…)

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Todd Wolfe Band

Live
American Home Entertainment
 
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Wolfe is best known as a sideman for Sheryl Crow, but he has also recorded with Leslie West and Faith Hill, among others. Now, with his own group – a trio – Wolfe delivers a set of nine originals and a live cover (more…)

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Los Fabulocos featuring Kid Ramos

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Deltra Groove Music
 

This second release from the Southern California band Los Fabulocos sizzles like a juicy steak fajita sprinkled with seasoning from rock, tejano, and country-western swing with a garnish of talent and high style.   Born of the rich and varied musical experiences of its members, the eight original tunes and a handful of covers are […]

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Harvey Dalton Arnold Blues Band

Harvey Dalton Arnold Blues Band
Music Mania Studios
 
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Named for its founder, this band is steeped in the blues and modern interpretations of classics. An album of covers? Not inasmuch as the arrangements are completely different which provides an unexpected character to familiar lyrics. So (more…)

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Duke Robillard

Passport to the Blues
Stony Plain Records
 
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One of the busiest players around today, Duke takes a break from touring, producing, and recording jazz, jumpswing, and bop to crank out his most uncompromising blues set in 20 years. Twelve original songs and a cover offer gritty guitar, gravelly vocals, and grinding (more…)

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