DJ for The Crossroads with Adam Kennedy
GATESHEAD, tyne and wear, United Kingdom
As the old saying goes modern music evolved from the Blues and Robert Johnson. Each week on his show, Blues Hall of Fame inducted photojournalist Adam Kennedy will be embracing that sentiment as he takes you down to “The Crossroads” metaphorically speaking. Adam will be playing the very best of blues, roots, and rock music from artists around the globe. Here you will find the perfect mix of contemporary music as well as legends from each of these beloved genres.
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Tas Cru Album: Broke Down Busted Up Label: Subcat Genre(s): Acoustic Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
Sep 17, 2021
Guitarist Tas Cru frames a mixture of moods within comfy, chiefly acoustic borders; his own congenial, rough-hewn vocals bolstered by ear-pleasing teamwork with Mary Ann Casale. The earthy sounds are seasoned with subtle touches of style and Ann Harris’s fiddle provides an ideal touch of spice. Standouts include “Where Do We Go”, “River of Insanity” and the title track.
Jesse Brock Album: Streamliner Label: Sound Biscuit Genre(s): Traditional Bluegrass
Posted By: Joe Ross
Sep 13, 2021
From Bowling Green, Ky., mandolinist Jesse Brock has spent more than two decades as a professional musician playing in groups including Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Lynn Morris Band, Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Brock Family Reunion Band, Gibson Brothers and Mainline Express. Brock is a two-time winner of IBMA’s Mandolin Player of the Year Award (2009 and 2015), and his 2021 solo album “Streamliner” also features him playing guitar, bass and singing harmony vocals on various tracks. Bill Monroe’s instrumental “Big Mon” is a great showcase for Jesse’s prowess on mandolin. Brock enlisted lead vocalist Greg Blake to bring his sturdy voice to a set of bluegrass songs plentiful on ear-grabbing lyrical savvy. The arrangements of songs like Zeke Clements’ “Nobody Loves Me” and Ben
Following up with his spring 2020 release of Gratitunes, multi-instrumentalist Max Highstein has released another album of grooving contemporary instrumental music. The jazz, rock and pop flavorings found among Highstein’s catchy melodies and careful orchestrations have consistently landed his albums in the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 World Album Chart. Viewing music as a strong therapeutic healing agent, Max blends his saxophones, clarinet, piano and fretless bass with colorings of cello, guitar, flute and percussion. His feel-good music also incorporates some synths, pads, bells, and various mystery sounds.
Highstein’s education shows that he’s received a BA in music, as well as two different Masters degrees in spiritual psychology and counseling. Perhaps those perspectives explain how Tiptoes manages to take us on a jaunty, happy, expressive adventure. How
It's been a few years since Lawson Rollins’ Airwaves (best of) album so I’m happy to say he’s back with an all-new CD called Rise. The ten-track album combines the best of his contemporary World guitar style that blends jazz, New Age, World Beat, Nuevo and Rumba flamenco to great effect in an all-instrumental setting. The all-original lineup of tracks finds Lawson in the company of fine musicians, the ones who have played with him over the years, including string players Mads Tolling and Charlie Bisharat. Strings are prevalent throughout Rise, with Mads and Charlie on violin / viola and the addition of a pair of cellists. Also appearing on Rise are long time Rollins collaborators Stephen Duros (keys, guitars, drum programming) Davo Bryant (drums) and Dan Feiszli (bass) as are other guest artists including Jeff Pierre (backing vocals on two tracks) and Mary
Larry Cordle Album: Where The Trees Know My Name Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Contemporary Bluegrass
Posted By: Joe Ross
Sep 6, 2021
Raised in Cordell, Ky., Larry Cordle now makes his home in Nashville, and he’s assembled a cast of top-rated session players to produce an eclectic album that’s full of lyrically potent, emotionally moving and witty songs. “Sailor’s Regret” (by Johnny Williams) lays down a solid bluegrass groove to open the set, followed by a crowd-pleasing standard written by Michael Martin Murphey, “Cherokee Fiddle,” and a fresh-sounding cover of Harlan Howard’s “Pick Me Up on Your Way Down.” Cordle’s profoundly earthy vocals always seem comfortable with songs that have warm-hearted sentiments, and his self-penned songs deal out both humor and heartsickness. “Natural State” is a cute story of young love and discovery, and “Breakin’ on the Jimmy Ridge,” “The Farmer” and “The Devil and Shade