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January 4, 2018

Let’s say you are looking through your music collection, trying to find just the right thing to enhance your evening environment. You wanna hear something fresh and you’re staring at stuff you’ve been listening to since back when all your old rock-n-roll tee shirts still fit. I’m not judging, mine sure don’t fit, and I’ve got a conspiracy theory as to why.  See, the stuff they’ve been feeding us has ingredients, …shhh….they’re everywhere, I can’t talk right now. Ix nay on the azy cray. How abou...

September 10, 2017

The history of the blues has provided us more Lightenings and Willies than you can shake a pair of drum sticks at, but this was the first time I was aware. I now wish I had listened at him long ago. He capitalizes on the fun elements of the music and I’m here to testify that he fixed what was wrong with my day. Well, I fixed myself a cocktail, but it was this cd that got my mind right.

The songs are played like any upbeat electric blues you’ve heard before, but the drums are having a party. The...

September 10, 2017

I didn’t know what to expect when I popped in this CD, and that’s exactly what I got.  Are you with me so far? HA! So I listened again. The first track is a combination of electric and electronic, disco and funk, with pedal effects. The second track has Biscuit Miller as a guest vocalist. The third track is an instrumental with a hot bass line. Did I mention that Joseph is a bass player? You won’t find any barely audible bass here. Track 4 features guest vocalist Lucky Peterson. There is a vari...

September 10, 2017

This is Andrew Chapman’s first cd, but he sounds like he has spent a lifetime behind the mic. Well chosen material, well played. Terry Wilson at the helm, with help from a few Phantoms and his wife. There is great variety on this cd. Different choices in approach, instruments and musicians, although the core is Terry and Tony and Jojo.

Terry wrote a couple of the most fun songs on here, She Don’t Mess With My Buzz and That Takes Some Balls. The great James Pennebaker picks on a couple of numbers...

July 19, 2017

This is the debut release from Greg Stover. He wrote the songs, except for one cover. He is backed by Deb Callahan’s band. I call this music rock, not blues. The band is real good and there are some nice songwriting examples here. I also like the recording, I love the sound of the drums.

The version of Ain’t No Sunshine is brilliant. It’s a full sound although he does the stop beat of the original. There’s a funky keyboard and guitar interplay on the verse that is cool and  with a minute and hal...

July 19, 2017

I I I I  L L Love the Ph Ph Ph Phantom Blues Band! Here we have Tony Braunagel on drums and Johnny Lee Schell on guitar, Mike Finnigan on organ and piano. It was recorded in Johnny Lee Schell’s studio and he engineered it. He also co-produced with Tony and Johnny Ray Jones, th th the g g guy singing on here. This cd has mostly covers with one song being credited to Mr. Jones. Besides the Phantom boys, Coco Montoya plays lead on one song and the Texicali horns are present on six. While this is a...

July 4, 2017

I can’t call this the blues, although the pain of relationships abound in these songs. This is a short cd at 36 minutes. The songs are written and performed by a husband and wife team, with a full band. I hope they are calling on either past experiences or observation for their material. Man, it would be harsh if not! I mean, it leads off with Love Can Seriously Damage Your Heart. When they are doing harmony vocals with background, I thought the tiniest hint of ABBA slipped in. Its there, then...

July 4, 2017

Laura has some solid support on this cd. Tony Braunagel on drums. Teresa James on background vocals and her man Terry Wilson on bass. Keys, a guitar player and a horn section to round it out. Tony is not the producer for once, but Terry is. This isn’t rocking blues despite the cool cover of Thin Lizzy’s The Boys Are Back In Town. (FYI- that’s the song I linked below in the hear for yourself.)  These songs are smooth as Sinatra. The way Laura sings these songs might be described as sexy, I’m not...

July 4, 2017

This is Ivor’s debut cd. Its solid. Drum, bass, guitar and vocals. I think there are a few songs without a drum.  A good portion of the songs feature acoustic guitar and Ivor understands how to play it. I have heard them played like electric guitars before, but that begs the question, “Why?” Ivor can play off the nuances inherent in an acoustic guitar and so plays it well. He also plays a nice electric guitar. It is comforting to hear a young man skilled in playing both. The fourth track is a r...

July 4, 2017

Gina wrote most of these songs , 3 of them she didn’t.  She has a rich, full, strong voice. She will be performing in KC at Knuckleheads on August 5th. I somehow have the feeling that if you’re not there, Luca Brasi will get involved. So how about you maybe do this little favor for Gina, and nobody gets hurt? Come on, whadoya say? Threats of violence aside, going to hear an artist perform original, emotional songs live is what music is all about.

Gina knows how to tell a story, a blues story, wi...

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