This inspired collaboration was born out of a mutual love and respect for the classic blues era of the ‘50s and ‘60s and artists such as Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Elmore James and B.B. King. Featuring Anthony Geraci, Ronnie James Weber and Marty Richards, along with special guests Laura Chavez, Doug James and Sax Gordon.
Rick Vito’s latest endeavor marvelously illustrates his distinctly singular approach to roots music, along with his trademark blues-infused slide guitar. Vito skillfully blends traditional blues, rock ‘n’ roll and R&B with modern sensibilities and consummate musicianship that’s sure to please even the most discerning listeners.
Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King return to form with a stripped-down set of tough, electrified Texas roadhouse blues. “Road Dog’s Life” features an arsenal of mostly new and original material, emphasizing King’s own wry, insightful lyrics, along with Kubek’s searingly incisive, incendiary guitar. With guests Kim Wilson and Kid Andersen.
“Long Walk Home” features 11 original compositions demonstrating Selfe’s musical depth and diversity with forays into West Coast, Texas, Chicago and Delta blues, along with top-notch support by veteran blues and roots musicians including Mitch Kashmar, Gene Taylor, Allen Markel, Jimi Bott and Doug James.
“Close to the Bone” is a new spin on the Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King sound – it’s their ‘unplugged’ release, played almost entirely on acoustic instruments. It allows their music to breath and flow, and displays some beautifully subtle interplay that might have been overlooked in another setting. Featuring Big Pete, Bob Corritore, Lynwood Slim, Kirk Fletcher, Shawn Pittman, Fred Kaplan and more!
Of the album’s twelve songs, eight are originals by Popovic, from which two are co-written by writing partner Mark van Meurs. Also on the album are songs gleaned from the rich blues history done by some of Ana’s favorites, including Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Otis Spann, Nina Simone and Sugar Pie DeSanto. Features special guests Jason Ricci, Sonny Landreth and Jon Cleary.
Produced by Anders Osborne, “Greyhound” is the continuation of the songwriting process established by Zito on his two previous critically-acclaimed recordings on Eclecto Groove. His music retains its bluesy Americana charm and big wide-open Texas sound as he explores more personal and introspective themes inspired by that fateful bus trip that helped determine his path in life.
“Edge of the World” marks Shawn Pittman’s tenth release and contains an inspired program of original material by an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, recalling all the vintage tones and ambiance of the great blues recordings of the 1950s and ’60s.
A “revue” in the classic sense of the term showcasing three hard-hitting vocal pros, including John Németh, Finis Tasby and Terry Hanck, each moving in and out of the spotlight for their featured numbers and presided over by the good-humored and congenial master of ceremonies, Elvin Bishop.
Bishop smoothly steers the way from strutting blues and R&B, to a good dose of good-time rock & roll, and even an occasional detour through Doo-Wop, Zydeco, and gospel. Elvin has made plenty of talented friends over the years, and many of them jumped at the chance to help out, including John Németh, Buckwheat Zydeco, Roy Gaines, Tommy Castro, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Kid Andersen.
Produced by legendary Los Angeles guitarist and close friend, Michael Landau, “My Turn” finds Fletcher stretching out instrumentally and exploring new sonic territories on the guitar. In addition, Kirk also makes his surprising vocal debut on two songs, which include the Jimmy Reed classic, “Found Love,” and an ultra funky version of Sly Stone’s, “Let Me Have It All.”
“Deep in America” stands as a testament to the strength and power of a band whose music continues to burn ever so brightly after igniting that very first flame more than three decades ago. Features a virtual treasure trove of classic archival material obtained from two different eras of the band, including more vintage live recordings by the original Hollywood Fats Band!
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With his guitar back to the forefront, Zito revisits his musical roots while still maintaining an emphasis on his affective songwriting. “Pearl River” serves up a rollicking slice of Americana with heaping slabs of greasy New Orleans funk, gritty blues and good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Featuring Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Reese Wynans, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone and Lynwood Slim.
Ana Popovic offers up a little something for everyone including blues, rock, jazz, funk and gospel. On “Blind for Love” Ana demonstrates once again that she possesses the vision to forge ahead with her own uniquely distinctive style and continues to evolve as a deeply personal and gifted songwriter.
Featuring: B.B. King, James Cotton, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, Warren Haynes and many more! “The Blues Rolls On” is another defining moment in Bishop’s long career – a crowning achievement and welcome reminder for all of us that the blues is still alive and well.
An electrifying live album performed by blues veterans in a new super group, spearheaded by Tommy Castro and Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise founder, Roger Naber. “Command Performance” brings the energy and excitement of this decade’s hottest blues ticket from the high seas to the land! Includes special guests Marcia Ball, Curtis Salgado and Elvin Bishop.
“Still Making History” spotlights Ana’s growth and maturity as an artist, emphasizing her songwriting skills alongside her sensual vocals and masterful guitar. The end result is a deeply personal and inspirational work by a courageous artist, possessed with both a passion and a vision to share music that’s destined to make history.
The legendary Gulf Coast guitarist goes back to his roots to explore the rich history of Louisiana, Texas and the West Coast on classic material by Lowell Fulson, Ray Charles, Lonesome Sundown, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Frankie Lee Sims and more. Special guests include Al Blake, Rusty Zinn, Fred Kaplan, Rob Rio, Jeff Turmes and Richard Innes.
One of the most progressive blues releases in years. Goldwasser taps into a deep wellspring of influences, from blues and soul, to world music, to rock and beyond, while at the same time remaining deeply rooted in the blues tradition. Guests include Phillip Walker, Kirk “Eli” Fletcher, Alex Schultz, Alastair Greene, Souhail Kaspar and more.
This double CD extravaganza features special guest performances by blues legends Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Roy Brown, Kim Wilson, Junior Watson and a rare vocal debut by Hollywood Fats! The historical live recordings on the second disc make this the first release by the original Hollywood Fats Band since their debut album, “Rock This House,” over 30 years ago!