Of course, the excellent songlist goes a long way towards assuring a successful session but the atmosphere that roots music veteran guitarists Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson and their cohorts generate here turns each of these classic tear jerkers and torch songs into particularly intoxicating mood pieces. It’s a toss-up whether Rachael Davis or Ruby Amanfu is the more evocative vocalist on their respective features- Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I Do” or Kris Kristofferson’s “For The Good Times”. Pleasing as well is Sam Palladio’s two-part with Ms. Davis on “Crazy Arms” and country royalty Billy Swan working his own “Lover Please”.
Dee Miller Band Album: Leopard Print Dress Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Contemporary BluesBlues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Feb 6, 2019
Dee Miller takes on the formidable task of personalizing a classic- in this case, the Eagles’ “Take It To The Limit”- infusing it with her own considerable soul and power. It’s the same solid moves with which she handles her own collaboration, the smart, swinging leadoff track, “Hot and Sweaty”. Guitarist Craig Clark proves a worthy vocal sidekick setting up Ms. Miller’s entrée on the rockin’ title track. Clark and keyboardist Jesse Mueller provide multiple strong solo stretches atop rock-solid rhythm.
Johnny V Band Album: Love Power Label: The Leaders Genre(s): Rock & Roll
Posted By: Joe Ross
Feb 5, 2019
From Greece, the Johnny V Band likes to rock ‘n roll. At a live gig, I’m sure they get the crowd on their feet. There’s also some YouTube video indicating that this band can play blues if they choose to. Fronted by Johnny Vatzolas on guitar and vocals, the rest of the band includes Dimitris Yalamas (bass), Nikos Vargiamidis (drums) and Perry K. (keyboards). Although there’s not a lot known about this band, several tasteful, raucous originals make this an interesting soulful album. “Poisoned Kiss” and “Midnight”, for example, start with engaging, rocking guitar riffs. For some mellower offerings, check out “Love is Power” and “Something.” (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)
Kalyn Fay Album: Good Company Label: Horton Genre(s): Contemporary Folk
Posted By: Joe Ross
Feb 5, 2019
From Oklahoma, Cherokee singer-songwriter Kalyn Fay has penned evocative songs and presents them in a deft manner that paints pictures. Her arrangements are austere, and messages are simplistic and straightforward. Fay sings about life’s fundamentals and currents with observations about companionship, heartbreak, memories, determination and struggles. Her folk and Americana arrangements are built with the assistance of about a dozen accompanists, and producer Jesse Aycock contributes greatly to the album’s resourceful moodiness with electric guitar, steel, Dobro, piano and harmonies. Kalyn Fay is a talented singer-songwriter with plenty of material to enthuse Americana fans. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)
Jumping Matt is vocalist and harmonica player Matyas Pribojszki from Hungary. He started playing harmonica at age 15, after hearing the late Sonny Boy Williamson. From 1994 – 2004, his first band, The Blues Fools, became the most well-known Hungarian blues band on the European blues scene and recorded three albums. During the past 15 years, he has released five albums as Matyas Pribojszki Band, toured Europe and the U.S. His signature jumps on stage earned him the nickname “Jumping Matt." His new release “Dressed Up” features the rest of his combo (Ferenc Szász-guitar, Daniel Molnár-drums, László Csizmadia-bass), as well as the Custom Big Band with its twelve members. There are a dozen songs on this CD, all originals except the closer "Switchin` in the Kitchen" (by Big Joe Turner). From start to finish, these guys