Robert Cray switches producers for his second album in two years for Mascot/Provogue, but keeps the same visceral guitar presence on the advance single “You Move Me.” It’s bright, then serrated — and always right up front — throughout this loping paean to wobbly-kneed passion.
By the time Albert King recorded his debut album for Stax, he was anything but the new kid on the block. In fact, the scorching blues guitarist had been around for ages, but somehow he’d never quite broken through. That changed in the blink of an eye with his 1967 release Born Under a Bad Sign
He rose to fame playing a flame-kissed fusion of blues rock alongside Rick Derringer, scoring huge turn-of-the-1970s hits on the pop charts. But Johnny Winter, as this 56-track, four-CD Legacy set makes utterly clear, couldn’t wait to get back to the blues.
Featuring additional recordings from the same sessions that produced Bend in the Road, Jeremy Spencer’s newest effort dives deeper into that 2012 project’s sense of varied experimentation. As such, it continues a remarkable comeback for a performer who seemed to only have two gears as a founding member of Fleetwood Mac — Elmore James or Buddy Holly.
A Day In Nashville might as well have been a day at the beach for the virtuosic blue-rock guitarist Robben Ford.
Here’s your chance to sample the forthcoming concert recording from Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, with a free download of the scalding “Close to My Fire” from 2013′s Seesaw. Hart handles the lyric, originally from the German electronic duo Slackwax, with a dangerous passion, while Bonamassa plays with a tasteful economy
Rattling out like a loose-mufflered muscle car, Dark Night of the Soul is a more raw-boned version of Jimbo Mathus’ typical roots rock — darker and harder, like a grittier, more visceral take on the mythical parables of the Band.
It would have been easy enough for Matt Schofield, the most heralded blues guitarist to come out of England in recent memory, to leave at slow burns and nifty shuffles. But Far As I Can See displays broader ambitions — and from the first.
It’s a time of consolidation for Joe Louis Walker, an attacking blues guitarist who has, forever it seemed, been the best modern player to never get his due. That changed in a big way with 2012′s aptly named Alligator debut, Hellfire.
Jeremy Spencer had hoped to mount his first major U.S. tour since his glory days as a co-founding member of Fleetwood Mac, but it wasn’t to be. Spencer has cancelled, citing illness.