Roadhouse Blues Bin for Mid April 2019

It’s spring time, well almost in New England, and here is what I am listening to as I await freakin’ warmer weather …..

Manx Marriner MainlineHell Bound for Heaven (2019)

Manx Marriner

Harry Manx is a blues original.  His primary musical instrument is the Mohan Veena,  often associated with classical music from India, which gives Harry’s music a surreal sound that is perfect for the blues. His partner for the album is Steve Marriner, a gifted harmonica and guitar player who also performs on the drums, organ, and bass.  Both have great voices and contribute songs for Hell Bound for Heaven, released by Stony Plain Records.

The recording has a mix of what I call roots blues and gospel tunes.  I particularly enjoyed their rendition of the legendary Charlie Patton’s Rattlesnake.  And the songs Hell Bound for Heaven, Nothing, and Everybody Knows will get a lot of spins on my personal stream (http://s1.nexuscast.com:8043) and during my upcoming sets on Blues Music Fan Radio.  Great tunes from a duo of Canadian artists!!!

Stony Plain Records 2019


Harpdog Brown – For Love & Money (2019)

Harpdog brown

To be officially released on April 26th, Harpdog Brown’s For Love & Money recording is a great throwback to the swing and jazzy feel of the blues in the late 1940’s.  If I didn’t know better I would swear this Canadian from British Columbia had grown up in New Orleans.  With a heavy emphasis on piano and horns on the album, Harpdog reminds me alot of the best of Dr. John….gravely voice, gritty lyrics, and fantastic musicianship.

I particularly enjoyed Thinkin’ and Drinkin’, Blue Light Boogie, Buzzard Luck, and Vicious Vodka.  An album best enjoyed with your woman and a martini and cigar in hand for sure!

Dog House Records 2019


Brandon Santini – The Longshot (2019)

Brandon Santini

Brandon Santini turns up the amplifier (and I’d say it’s about time!) on his new album, The Longshot.  An up and coming harmonica player and vocalist who has already been nominated for the BMA blues harmonica player of the year award (2014), his future is bright to say the least! I always have felt that Brandon, who I became aware of in 2012, had the ideal voice and harmonica skills to lay down some badass blues rock……and now he has.

He is backed on this outing by a solid group of musicians; Timo Arthur and Jed Potts on guitars, one of my favorite keyboard players John Ginty, Chuck Combs on bass, and Reid Muchow on drums.  Ginty, Santini, and Ben Elliot produced the album.

I loved Somebody’s Gotta Go, Back to You, Beggin’ Baby, Going Home, and Drive You Off My Mind.  All of them are now in rotation for my DJ sets.

I certainly think this album deserves early consideration as a nominee for Blues Rock album of 2019!  Keep crankin out dem roadhouse blues Brian!!!

American Showplace Music (2019)


Mark Wenner’s Blues Warriors (2018)

Mark Wenner

A side project for long time Nighthawk Mark Wenner, this album is a refreshing celebration of tunes by Muddy Water, B.B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson, Fats Domino, Big Joe Turner, Elmore James, and Slim Harpo.  Mark is a gifted singer and harmonica player and his brilliance carries this upbeat bluzin’ album.  Fellow Nighthawk, Mark Stutso joins him on drums, along with talented guitarist Zach Sweeney, singer and guitarist Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner, and features the double bass of Steve Wolf.

I loved every cut on this CD including King Bee, Trust My Baby, Rock A While, Hello Josephine, (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, It’s My Own Fault,  and Dust My Broom. The album includes a really nice cover of a relatively unknown tune by Muddy Waters Diamonds at Your Feet that I have worked into my blues sets al ot over the years and the only original song, written by Mark, is an instrumental tribute to the legendary Jimmy Reed entitled Just Like Jimmy.

If you want to spend some time listening to straight up rockin’ blues from the fifties, you can’t do better than downloading and listening to this album!

Ellersoul Records 2018


 

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Ben’s Blues Bin – March 14, 2017

Here’s some of the artists and tunes in heavy rotation on my 24 hour rockin blues stream this week!

Aster Pheonyx and John GintyJohn Ginty featuring Aster Pheonyx – Rockers (American Showplace Music 2016)

New Jersey performers John Ginty and Aster Pheonyx have turned a chance encounter at a studio into a rockin blues collaboration that could well put them into the same stratosphere as Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa and Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks!  She has a powerful voice and he is a world class keyboard/organ player. I hope they recognize the magic in the mesh of their talents and record together for a LONG time. Loved Believe in Smoke and Captain Hook.

 

Vidar BuskVidar Busk & His True Believers (Stompin Our Feet with Joy Grappa Records 2011)

One of a number of great Nordic rockin’ blues artists that have emerged over the last decade, Vidar and his band from Norway will have you hoppin’ and a boppin to Jelly Roll and the Working Man Blues. The tunes feature some bad ass harpin.

 

tiphony dames 2Tiphony Dames With the Coyote Kings (CD Baby 2017)

Robin Barrett and the Coyote Kings lay down some bad ass jams to showcase the voice of this young lady from Harlem on her debut album (and the sixth for the band). Loved the songs Ain’t That a Bitch, Bad News for Me, and Down with the Blues.  She’ll be appearing with the band on April 7, 8, and 9 of 2017 at the Walla Walla Guitar Festival. If you live in the Washington state area…get your tickets now!

RossingtonRossington – Take It on Faith (Loud & Proud Records, 2016)

After a 28 year hiatus, Gary Rossington and his wife Dale have released another awesome blues rock album.  I love their voices and his guitar licks have only gotten better (if that is possible!) from his days with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Loved the cuts Shame on Me and Two Very Different Things.

 

johnny mastroJohnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys – Never Trust the Living (Independent, 2016)

This is the fifth album for this band from my hometown of New Orleans and it is a great contemporary rockin blues disc.  Chocked full of crankin guitars, great harmonica riffs, and solid vocals by Johnny, I just loved Walkin’, Monkey Man, and the title cut, Never Trust the Living.  They have also taken Europe by storm with their raw brand of the blues and done over 30 tours of the continent in the last decade. If you are lucky enough to be in New Orleans this coming weekend for the Saint Paddy’s festivities, you can check them out on Frenchmen street at the Apple Barrel (Mar 17th) and Bombouloa’s (March 18th).

AND…..

My lovely wife and I will be seeing Eric Clapton this coming weekend at the Madison Square Garden….woot…..will give you an update next week!!  Checkin’ one off the old bucket list 🙂