Blues

Greg ‘Stackhouse’ Prevost – Universal Vagrant (2016)

Greg ‘Stackhouse’ Prevost – Universal Vagrant (2016)

If you miss hearing the Rolling Stones’ early-’70s sound, then you’ll definitely enjoy the hard, blues-rock direction Greg Prevost has taken up here.

Murali Coryell – Mr. Senator (2016)

Murali Coryell – Mr. Senator (2016)

With his eighth release ‘Mr. Senator,’ Murali Coryell continues to forge his own path as a soulful blues-rock singer, songwriter and — as you’d expect from a Coryell — mighty fine guitar player.

Seth Walker – Gotta Get Back (2016)

Seth Walker – Gotta Get Back (2016)

Think of ‘Gotta Get Back’ more as Walker’s renewal of his vows to the family and sweet, soulful roots music that made him who he is.

Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (2016)

Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (2016)

‘The Royal Gospel’ by Cyril Neville’s Royal Southern Brotherhood should be eliciting a lot of hosannas in response.

Chicken Diamond – The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (2016)

Chicken Diamond – The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (2016)

The 4th album by the French rowdy blues one-man-band Chicken Diamond gives us more of the same full-on bite that graced the first three long players, and a little bit more.

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.