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Guy Davis

The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With The Blues
Smokeydokey Records
 
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Actor and guitarist Guy Davis is all about the blues. His new two-CD set combines his talents to create an audio play, blending storytelling with music. The result is a musical odyssey of a make-believe bluesman packed with all the stellar deep blues fingerpicking and slide work of which Davis is so capable. Davis grew […]

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James Kinds

Love You From the Top
Delmark
 
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James Kinds is one of the overlooked maestros of the blues. In 1977, he was hailed as one of Chicago’s new generation greats – someone to keep an eye on, alongside Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch, and James B. Moore. In 1993, he moved from the West Side to the Midwest – Dubuque, Iowa – where […]

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Ernest Ranglin

Avila
Avila Street Records
 
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Standing at a crossroads of reggae and jazz, Ernest Ranglin has crafted a unique voice. His mellow-toned and laidback fusion is singular. And stunning. To anyone familiar with Jamaican music and reggae, Ranglin is legend. He began on ukulele, then built his first guitar from a sardine can and wires. He played and recorded mento […]

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Joey DeFrancesco with Larry Coryell and Jimmy Cobb

Wonderful! Wonderful!
HighNote
 
Jerry-DeFrancesco

Wonderful is right! This organ trio, featuring guitarist Larry Coryell, is pure joy with its bright and lively charge through a songlist of jazz classics and originals. The ensemble is led by Joey DeFrancesco, a Miles Davis alum who almost singlehandedly led today’s resurgence of love for the Hammond B3 in jazz with his 1989 […]

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Mark Knopfler

Privateering
Universal
 
Mark-Knopfler

When it comes to inspired songwriting and guitar playing, Mark Knopfler’s not in dire straights. On his new solo album, he had so much material, he chose not to leave good songs on the shelf and released Privateering as a two-CD collection, his first double-disc studio recording in 35 years. The result is the most […]

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Old Crow Medicine Show

Carry Me Back
Ato Records
 
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The Show is back!After a hiatus starting in August 2011, with old band members leaving and new ones joining, this album was much anticipated by fans. Never fear. It’s every bit worth the wait. In fact, Carry Me Back is like two albums in one. There are “old” songs and “new” songs here, the old […]

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Florence Joelle

Kiss of Fire
Zoltan Records
 
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Florence Joelle sings rock and roll like Billie Holiday might, croons a torch ballad as Wanda Jackson may, and spices it all with a bit of Patti Smith attitude. Add to that Joelle’s French accent by way of London’s Camden Town, plus a wardrobe of silk and satin vintage evening dresses that can cause whiplash. […]

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Holden

L’Essentiel
Watusa Records
 
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Think of Holden as the Velvet Underground with a French accent. This noise-pop duo differs, however, in chronicling not the wild side of the ’60s, but the existential estrangement of modern-day life – all set to haunting vocals and swirling guitars a la Nico and Lou Reed. At its heart, Holden is the partnership of […]

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Wanda Jackson

The Party Ain't Over
Third Man/Nonesuch
 
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If you listen to Wanda Jackson’s ’50s rockabilly and country recordings, you know she didn’t need Jack White. Cuts like “Let’s Have a Party” were shockers to mainstream decorum – especially when they came from a gravelly-voiced, sweet-looking, hard-rocking young woman. Now, in 2011, White adds his production sense, label, and guitar, and proves the […]

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Cousin Harley

It's A Sin
Little Pig Records
 
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Paul Pigat is a believer in the Big Twang. Based in Vancouver, he plays guitar like he was born under a bad neon sign in Memphis. Pigat is the guitarist, composer, and bandleader of Cousin Harley, a roots/ rockabilly combo backed by string bassman Keith Picot and drummer Jesse Cahill. Pigat picks with abandon and […]

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