STATION_MANAGER for Hambone's Blues Party
Long Grove, Illinois, United States
Scott "Hambone" Hammer, a Chicago-based attorney, went on-air with Hambone's Blues Party in November 1995, broadcasting from a small Arlington Heights radio station, WCBR 92.7FM. Thirteen years and 650 shows later, he currently can be found on listener-supported public radio, WDCB 90.9FM, simulcast on the web at www.wdcb.org, every Thursday, from 10 p.m. until midnight.
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On the third volume in Ms. Block’s “Power Women of the Blues” series the celebrated vocalist/multi-instrumentalist puts on an appealing one-woman show celebrating songs from the 60’s through the 80’s, frequently entering pop territory. Acoustically-fronted versions of the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There”, Carole King’s “You’ve Got A Friend” and the Mary Wells classic hit “My Guy”, among others, exude consistent charm as well as vitality. But her own darker-hued “Lovin’ Whiskey” is a subtle show-stealer.
Abiola Album: Abiola Time Label: Alade Enterprises Genre(s): Afro-beat
Posted By: Joe Ross
Oct 1, 2022
Right from its outset, opening with a burst of world music delight on “Kilofe,” singer Abiola establishes an alluring sound of contemporary musical radiance. Presenting moods, messages, songs and evocations from around the world, Abiola draws inspiration ranging from Caribbean street festivals and steel drums (“Para Ti, Para Mi”) to synth-disco pulsed rhythms (“Naked Talk”). With vocals that are consistently bold, bright and earthy, Abiola imparts extra soul to the poppish “Can’t Wait” and “What We’ll Be.” There are rollicking electronics on “Free,” multi-tracked voices on the Afro-centric “Werey Style” and an enchanting reggae flavor of “Give Me.”
“Ko Le To” is a mellower, sensuous track receiving considerable airplay around the world as Abiola
Bywater Call Album: Remain Label: Gypsy Soul Genre(s): Contemporary Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Sep 24, 2022
With pipes built for power ballads, Meghan Parnell is right at home in the muscular, expansive sound generated by this Ontario-based seven-piece, rhythm-and-horns outfit. Her force and focus are a constant on an all-original set both stylish and soulful. In addition to the killer title track, “Falls Away”, “Lover Down Slow” and “Left Behind” stand out. Very nice work.
Cover albums are nothing new and in fact artists paying tributes to their big influences are as normal as apple pie. Although it was a novel phenomenon in the late 1980s and early 1990’s, especially widespread, when in fact the CD first arrived, and the tributes keep coming 40 years on. Case in point is the 2022 release of Got It Covered by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eleanor Underhill. Featuring the pop penchants of the ace banjo player and vocalist, Got It Covered kicks off with her truly memorable cover of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”. Other artists getting the treatment here include The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Don Henley, Pink Floyd, Madonna and much more.
Eleanor spoke with Roots Music Report on some of the tracks; “Feeling Good is an amazing song and I was intrigued to find out that it was written for a British
Vocalist Crystal Shawanda predictably and reliably scorches and powers her way through a suitably tailored soul-and-blues set. Her sultry, drag-tempoed workup of Willie Dixon’s “Evil” should garner attention as should the self-penned title track and Kimberly Rew’s lyrically smart “That’s Just the Woman In Me’.