Willie J Laws Jr. - Review

Willie J Laws Jr. - Review

The Last Prophet of the Funky Texas Blues….

Now that’s a bold statement to make, and Willie J Laws Jr. definitely has a divine gumbo full of funky blues simmered and spiced just right with a mix of Country, R&B, Texas Boogie Blues, Tex-Mex, and straight up Blues. And every bite is served up with a whole lot of soul!

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Vintage Rhythm and Blues Ensemble - Review

Vintage Rhythm and Blues Ensemble - Review

Every Wednesday in Cranston RI there is a great place to unwind in the middle of a stressful week with some smooth blues and fun swing.

Down at the Pub on Park is the hidden gem, the Vintage Rhythm and Blues Ensemble lead by Tom Ferraro, that is the perfect way to relax and or try out your swing footwork. Each week they bring in a guest artist which can vary from regional treasures to national (and in some cases international) touring artists. But at it’s core it is a solid traditional Blues and Swing Blues band that holds true to the purist heart of the classics.

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Tyler Morris Band - Review

Tyler Morris Band - Review

An old soul in a young body, gifted beyond his years!

Tyler Morris is one of those rare individuals that has talent far beyond what all logic would dictate by looking at the number of years he’s been alive. It’s no wonder then that he has worked with a long and ever growing listed of big names in Blues and Rock.

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Anthony Gomes - Review

Anthony Gomes - Review

Do you like your Blues to Rock? How about loud? Who doesn’t love a bit of peace? But what about love, ya gotta love love!?

If you said yes, then Anthony Gomes is your man.

AG can go from 0-110 in a single note and then land you in a sweet soulful place.

In the finest tradition of Rock born of Blues, AG is bringing the Blues back to Rock.

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Joe Moss Band - Review

Joe Moss Band - Review

Modern with retro respect.

Joe Moss brings in the feel and push of the ever evolving Chicago Blues sound without losing or disrespecting a single note of the rich and storied history of Chicago/Dela Blues origins.

He constantly works to bring in talented artists alongside him while he continues the work of finding and exploring the future of the Blues. His upbringing amongst the music in Chicago by his parents has richly informed his career. You can clearly see this in his ever evolving and growing repertoire of music.

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Nick Black - Review

Nick Black - Review

Nick Black is defying all of the norms and blending genres in a way that hasn’t been seen since the days of Motown when they took R&B and Pop and Soul and turned it into something beautiful.

Playing brand new music and building on the giants, Nick Black and his amazing band have made a whole new genre all their own. Soul-Pop. Seamlessly blending Blues, Funk, 2nd Line (with that horn section!), Motown, and Soul has truly been a triumph!

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Delta Generators - Review

Delta Generators - Review

The first time I had the pleasure and privilege to see the Delta Generators live was at The Bull Run Restaurant and I was left quite startled, having not had the chance prior to see them since I moved to the region I couldn't believe that I'd stumbled onto pure gold. How is it that this uniquely New England force of nature is not hitting the news every night for blowing the walls down at every venue they touch?

A mixture of Blues and Roots with a hard driving guitar that will hold you enthralled from the first note. 

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Welch Ledbetter Connection - Review

Welch Ledbetter Connection - Review

Energetic. Classy. Soulful. Kind Hearted. Mischievous. and Fantastically Fun.

Just a few of the words one could use to describe a concert that is so tight, so locked in, and completely ready to take you on a ride through Chicago like you've never gone before.

The Welch Ledbetter Connection are something to behold as they seem to exist in that rare air at the top of world.

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Festival Reviews

Festival Reviews

As Festival Season is beginning to reach its end for the summer, I will start to post the reviews here. 

Stay tuned for festival information coming your way! 

Also I'm happy to announce that the backlog of reviews are beginning to be cleared up and should be posting very soon! 

The Zac Harmon Band review posted last night and another band should be posting later tonight as well!  

Venue reviews will also begin to be posted intermixed with artists/musicians.  

Later this year a long awaited video project will be going live in three parts. I'm hoping to have this completed within the next 6-8 weeks! 

Thank you for all the support and encouragement from everyone! 

Zac Harmon - Review

Zac Harmon - Review

I want to start this review off by simply stating that prior to seeing Zac Harmon live, I honestly didn't know much about him. Honestly I wasn't all that familiar with his work. Which now that I HAVE seen him live, a couple of times in fact, I can't believe He wasn't already in heavy rotation on my playlists. 

A Jackson MIssissippi native…

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The Queen of Soul

The Queen of Soul

We lose celebrities frequently and we are saddened but move forward. When we lose icons and individuals who have moved more than concert ticket sales or election cycles, but instead moved us as a people forward in a positive manner, those are moments that will always live with us. Musicians, leaders, scientists, authors, and friends, when we lose those individuals then we are left with a mark on us of bittersweet memory. 

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BaHa Brothers Sandbar and Grill - Review

BaHa Brothers Sandbar and Grill - Review

BaHa Brothers is one of those venues that is a delight but you might easily miss it with it being nestled away in its own oasis. 

In the heart of Taunton MA is a great venue that hosts a regular weekly blues night along with other great events throughout the week. The band, BaHa Brothers was founded by Jay Gonsalves, Bill Strojny, and Matt Wasylow in 1992 to fill the need for a beach party band in the Boston and Cape Cod area.

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Albert Castiglia - Review

Albert Castiglia - Review

When you think of the Rock Blues category there are some stand out artists that come immediately to mind. Walter Trout, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, SRV, etc. 

There's another name that should always be on that list and that is Albert Castiglia (pronounced ka-steel-ya). The man has a gentle good humor that stands in contrast with his hard driving guitar and a voice that absolutely matches every note! 

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Bobby Messano and The Broken Toys - Review

Bobby Messano and The Broken Toys - Review

Bobby Messano has a long and well travelled career where he has worked with the likes of Steve Winwood, Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins, Joe Lynn Turner, Fiona, Clarence Clemons, and Lou Gramm. He served as the Music Director for Steve Windwood on his UK and European tour, and has made every bit a name of his own carving through the years! 

Touring with his Broken Toys, you get the fun and personal experience of someone who has not only seen some great musical history, but has helped create it along the way as well! 

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Iron Horse Music Hall - Review

Iron Horse Music Hall - Review

The Iron Horse Music Hall is located in the heart of Northampton MA, and has that downtown "smallish town" feel. The venue lends itself truly to the feel of an intimate Blues club. And it's one that brings in big artists! 

From the outside you would never know the depth of what is yet to come. The staff are all quite friendly and work hard to keep up with a packed room at showtime. They truly put their full energy into the work. I've yet to have a bad experience. 

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Roomful of Blues - Review

Roomful of Blues - Review

Where do you start when you try to describe Roomful of Blues...? With a band that has existed and evolved over 50 years of history, that has had 48+ band members throughout the years, and has amassed an amazing (and well deserved) list of awards and accolades. It's a challenge to find a starting point that is remotely sufficient to the task of describing or even attempting to review such a talented group of musicians! 

In fact, this review is rather late because I've had trouble starting it for just this reason. I only hope that I succeed in conveying just how amazing they are!  

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