Blues

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.

Mike Zito & The Wheel, “Keep Coming Back” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Mike Zito & The Wheel, “Keep Coming Back” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Here’s the premiere of the title track from Mike Zito and the Wheel’s new deeply soulful blues-rock album “Keep Coming Back.”

Levon Helm made a rootsy, thrilling comeback with Dirt Farmer

Levon Helm made a rootsy, thrilling comeback with Dirt Farmer

Levon Helm’s ‘Dirt Farmer,’ released on Oct. 30, 2007, was so determinedly rustic that it made the Band sound like sleek electronica.

The Ann Wilson Thing – #1 (2015)

The Ann Wilson Thing – #1 (2015)

As with the Heart legend’s musical heroes Led Zeppelin, Ann Wilson gets closest to the bone when exploring deep into her blues roots.

Taj Mahal’s rangy, guest-packed Maestro was perfectly titled

Taj Mahal’s rangy, guest-packed Maestro was perfectly titled

Every song from Taj Mahal’s ‘Maestro,’ released on Sept. 30, 2008, was a change up. He’s a Swiss Army knife of the blues.

Gary Moore’s imperfect Back on the Streets pointed to bigger things

Gary Moore’s imperfect Back on the Streets pointed to bigger things

‘Back on the Streets,’ released on Sept. 30, 1978, underscores why Phil Lynott asked Gary Moore to join Thin Lizzy.

Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love (2015)

Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love (2015)

There’s no let up in Shemekia Copeland found on ‘Outskirts of Love’; her hold on the Queen of the Blues crown is as firm as ever.

James Leg – Below The Belt (2015)

James Leg – Below The Belt (2015)

On ‘Below The Belt,’ the music of the preacher from hell James Leg is satisfying to the soul – whether Leg is in his usual element or not.

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