Blues

The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014)

The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014)

‘True Blue’ pushes outward, but it doesn’t forget the core within.

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, “Chartreuse” from Live at Montreux (2014)

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, “Chartreuse” from Live at Montreux (2014)

They sound utterly reinvigorated on this stomping new live release.

‘Didn’t really approve of him carrying on’: Top Topham’s unlikely Yardbirds return was decades in the making

‘Didn’t really approve of him carrying on’: Top Topham’s unlikely Yardbirds return was decades in the making

Back in their earliest days, guitarist Top Topham was torn between two worlds.

Something Else! sneak peek: Joe Bonamassa, “Different Shades of Blue” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Joe Bonamassa, “Different Shades of Blue” (2014)

Bonamassa advances his new album with a pretty nice display of his soulful side.

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers – Emergency Situation (2014)

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers – Emergency Situation (2014)

Like Piazza himself, this restless delight never stays in one place for long.

Alastair Greene Band – Trouble At Your Door (2014)

Alastair Greene Band – Trouble At Your Door (2014)

Traveling far afield of Green’s regular gig with Alan Parsons, this album is about visceral emotions.

‘The real Southern soul roots of music’: Steve Cropper opens up on his favorite new band

‘The real Southern soul roots of music’: Steve Cropper opens up on his favorite new band

Not that it’s easy to draw an answer out of the famously even-handed Stax legend.

Royal Southern Brotherhood – HeartSoulBlood (2014)

Royal Southern Brotherhood – HeartSoulBlood (2014)

They plunge a ladle deep into the Deep South’s bubbling gumbo pot of musical influences.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (R&B, Jazz and Blues): Paul Rodgers, Rebirth, Walter Trout, Brad Mehldau, Wilko Johnson + Roger Daltrey

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (R&B, Jazz and Blues): Paul Rodgers, Rebirth, Walter Trout, Brad Mehldau, Wilko Johnson + Roger Daltrey

Little other than a sense of soul holds this list together. That’s more than enough.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Reissues and Live): Toto, the Who, Roy Orbison, Stick Men, Jon Anderson, Mike Bloomfield

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Reissues and Live): Toto, the Who, Roy Orbison, Stick Men, Jon Anderson, Mike Bloomfield

These 10 reissues and live sets provided us with important new perspectives.