Blues

Tomas Doncker – The Mess We Made (2016)

Tomas Doncker – The Mess We Made (2016)

Tomas Doncker’s genre-bending sound has always been impossible to define, and the bluesy, politically charged ‘Mess We Made’ is no different.

Supersonic Blues Machine – West of Flushing, South of Frisco (2016)

Supersonic Blues Machine – West of Flushing, South of Frisco (2016)

The all-star Supersonic Blues Machine invited famous friends like Billy Gibbons and Warren Haynes over for the sizzling debut ‘West of Flushing, South of Frisco.’

Xander and the Peace Pirates, “Soul Sailing” (2016): One Track Mind

Xander and the Peace Pirates, “Soul Sailing” (2016): One Track Mind

Xander the Peace Pirates’ “Soul Sailing” combines the powerfully soulful vocals with expressive and road weary yet expressive slide guitar playing.

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016)

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016)

Once again Lucinda Williams excels at making her pain, perseverance and hope relatable to ours, like few others can.

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 (Blues, Jazz + R&B): Boz Scaggs, Gavin Harrison, Alabama Shakes

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 (Blues, Jazz + R&B): Boz Scaggs, Gavin Harrison, Alabama Shakes

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 list for blues, jazz and R&B also included Marc Cary, Robben Ford, Dave Douglas, Papa Mali, Matthew Shipp and others.

John Ginty – No Filter (2015)

John Ginty – No Filter (2015)

Hammond B3 master John Ginty made a well-rounded roots rock record that’s of the caliber of Randolph, The Black Keys or the Tedeschi-Trucks Band.

Eric Clapton – Slowhand at 70 (2015)

Eric Clapton – Slowhand at 70 (2015)

‘Slowhand at 70’ finds Eric Clapton reflecting on a storied past, yet his still-powerful artistry places the guitarist firmly in the present.

Joe Bonamassa, “Christmas Boogie” (2015): One Track Mind

Joe Bonamassa, “Christmas Boogie” (2015): One Track Mind

Got the Christmas blues, or just want some blues for Christmas? Either way, Joe Bonamassa’s got ya’ covered.

Walter Trout – Battle Scars (2015)

Walter Trout – Battle Scars (2015)

Depite Water Trout’s devastating illness, ‘Battle Scars’ boasts a striking resiliency and sense of purpose.

Sam Butler – Raise Your Hands! (2015)

Sam Butler – Raise Your Hands! (2015)

Like all the best religious records, ex-Blind Boys of Alabama guitarist/vocailist Sam Butler’s ‘Raise Your Hands!’ has that the ability to lift the spirits of pagans and Christians alike.