Blues

Little Freddie King – Fried Rice & Chicken (2018)

Little Freddie King – Fried Rice & Chicken (2018)

If you hadn’t yet and discovered one of the city’s hidden blues treasures Little Freddie King, ‘Fried Rice & Chicken’ is a perfect way to get acquainted with him

Boz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues (2018)

Boz Scaggs – Out Of The Blues (2018)

Long past the hit-making phenomena of the ‘Silk Degrees’ years, Boz Scaggs is still providing some very good reasons to keep listening to him with his third return-to-my-roots record in a row, ‘Out of the Blues.’

Mike Zito – First Class Life (2018)

Mike Zito – First Class Life (2018)

To Mike Zito, ‘First Class Life’ is taking joy in the place he finds himself in. For the rest of us, it’s just first class blues.

Lance Lopez – Tell the Truth (2018)

Lance Lopez – Tell the Truth (2018)

A terrific addition to Lance Lopez’s catalog, ‘Tell the Truth’ boasts an assessable combination of excellent guitar playing, strong vocals and deft production.

Chicken Diamond – Skeleton Coast (2018)

Chicken Diamond – Skeleton Coast (2018)

The direct punk-blues of the French one-man-band Chicken Diamond never gets old, and Diamond’s fifth long player Skeleton Coast is just as fresh and violent as the other four LP’s. That’s right, there are still

After Years of Struggle, Robert Finley’s Finally ‘Got a Thing Going On’

After Years of Struggle, Robert Finley’s Finally ‘Got a Thing Going On’

Robert Finley stopped to talk about different things but mostly, he just played, accompanied only by the rattling window unit.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017  (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’, Blackfield, Arto Lindsay

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017 (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Taj Mahal/Keb’ Mo’, Blackfield, Arto Lindsay

Even in my jazz-centric world, I can come upon enough standout non-jazz records to put together a decent-sized Best of 2017 list.

Left Lane Cruiser’s Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table amped up North Mississippi blues

Left Lane Cruiser’s Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table amped up North Mississippi blues

Released 10 years ago this week, Left Lane Cruiser’s ‘Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table’ lunges straight for your soul and puts a stranglehold on it.

Denise LaSalle, Soul-Blues Belter (1939-2018): An Appreciation

Denise LaSalle, Soul-Blues Belter (1939-2018): An Appreciation

We loved the sexy, hard-as-nails Denise LaSalle for creating a series of titanic grooves, and also because we were never certain that she couldn’t have kicked our ass.

Rockie Charles, “I Just Called To Wish You A Merry Christmas” from Born For You (1996): One Track Mind

Rockie Charles, “I Just Called To Wish You A Merry Christmas” from Born For You (1996): One Track Mind

The late New Orleans soul-blues great Rockie Charles stashed a dandy little Christmas treat deep within his terrific 1996 ‘Born For You’ LP.

Close