Zack Walther Band – The Westerner

The Texas based Zack Walther Band is hard to pin down when it comes to their tastes in music…and that is a good thing! On the new album, The Westerner, due out this Friday, October 25th, they provide a spicy mix of Americana, rock, country, and R&B that plays to the strength of band leader Zack Walther’s soul infused voice.

My favorite tune on the album is Payin’ For It Now. A song about poor life choices that lead inevitably to the blues, Zack’s voice vividly brings home the realization that there is more to bein’ a man than money and cars. An insistent beat and some great backing harmonies with band members Matthew Briggs (drums, guitars, bass) and Mike Atkins (keyboards, bass) make this a recording you won’t soon forget.

Zack reminds me a bit of Gregg Allman on another of my favorite cuts of the recording, What Kind of Man. He originally released this song on a previous album, Get Out of Your Head, and I am glad to see him include it once again. The lyrics are powerful and the delivery is perfect.

The album also features a song originally recorded by Sam & Dave, Hold On I’m Coming that is some damn fine soul music featuring trumpet playin’ by D. Tiger Anaya and some badass sax by Mark L. Wilson.

Other songs that I enjoyed on the album were I’m Going Out of Your Mind that has some awesome guitar riffs, the sultry tune Bad Girl, and DFW which has a great Kenny Wayne Shepherd feel to it.

And for those of you that enjoy cool album art, this one is a must have that was designed by Catherine Atkins.

Overall, this is an awesome album of Americana music performed by a talented band with great crossover potential for contemporary blues audiences on several cuts. I will be featuring some during my upcoming BMFR roadhouse blues sets. If you live in the New Braunfels area of Texas, try and catch their CD release party this Friday, October 25th, at the Brauntex Theater. If you go, let me know what you think.


Zack Walther Band – The Westerner (2019)

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Thursday’s Roadhouse Blues on BMFR

Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST today for some more badass roadhouse blues. Got new tunes by Tullie Brae, Samantha Fox, Eliza Neals & Popa Chubby, Albert Castiglia and the Allman Betts Band!

Below is the intended playlist.

ARTISTTITLE
Roy BuchananShort Fuse
Tullie BraePrice Of The Blues
Albert CastigliaHeavy
Anna SciontiThis World
The Gordon Meier Blues
Experience
Just Keep Ridin’
Eliza NealsLiving With Yo Mama (Feat. Popa Chubby & Dave Keyes)
The Magpie SaluteComin’ Home (Live)
James ArmstrongSecond Time Around
Van MorrisonRoll With The Punches
The Allman Betts BandShinin’
Ida Bang & The Blue TearsShelter Me
Bonita & The Blues ShacksHottest Wings In Town
Karen LovelyNice and Easy
Blues ArcadiaBad Boogaloo
Black Dog FridayOne More Time
Samantha FishBulletproof
The Black CrowesSting Me (slow)
Coco MontoyaHard As Hell
Jan JamesBuild Me A Man
Hurricane RuthBeekeeper
Hamilton LoomisSugar Baby
The NighthawksThat’s All You Gotta Do
Kenny Wayne ShepherdHow Low Can You Go
Anthony Rosano & The ConqueroosBound To You
Corey Dennison BandHear My Plea
Downchild Blues BandMailbox Money
John McNamaraOne, Two of a Kind

Roadhouse Nooner on BMFR – June 25th – 12 pm EST

It’s time for a summer time roadhouse blues nooner with Ben Vee on BMFR today at 12 pm EST. Got some brand new songs by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Jimmie Vaughan as well as lots of other modern contemporary blues from artists around the globe. Tune in at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com!

June Six Pack of Roadhouse Blues

Six blues rock tunes for June!  All have links in Spotify for you to take a listen!!!

Joe BonamassaSloe Gin

Title cut of his 2007 album and the song that elevated Joe Bonamassa from simply a great blues rocker to one of the most talented singers, songwriters, and guitarists of his generation.

Beth HartAm I the One

She burst onto the blues rock scene in 1996 with entrancing live performances that reminded many of Janis Joplin.  From her first album, Immortal, this song represents her at her soul baring finest.

Alvin LeeBluest Blues

One of the finest guitarists to ever pick up the instrument, British rocker and blues man Alvin Lee had a career that spanned over 45 years. He graced the stage at the Woodstock festival in 1969 and as the years passed  by put out some fine blues tunes including this classic song.  Alvin passed away in 2013.

Albert CummingsHoochie Coochie Man/Dixie Chicken Medley

A custom home builder by day and fantastic blues man by night, Albert Cummings gives an invigorated live performance of the Muddy Waters and Little Feat tunes on this cut….incredible!

Gary MooreParisienne Walkway

Irishman Gary Moore started off in the seventies as a member of Thin Lizzy. He drifted in and out of the band as the years went by and by the nineties was a full fledged blues rocker drawing huge audiences where ever he played. He originally recorded this song in the late seventies but released a live version in 1993 that took the  blues world by storm. Gary passed away in 2011.

Kenny Wayne ShepherdDeja Voodoo

Inspired by meeting and seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan perform at the age of 7, this native of Shreveport, Louisiana released his first album, Ledbetter Heights, in 1995 at the age of eighteen.  It included this blue rock gem that shot the album to #1. In the years since, Kenny Wayne has become one of the most recognized blues rock performers on the planet.  And his latest album, The Traveler, is simply fantastic also!

 

Thursday Contemporary Blues on BMFR 3-5 pm EST

Join me for a set of the roadhouse contemporary blues on http://www.bluesmusicfan.com today at 3 pm EST.  New tunes from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Susan Santos, Chris O’Leary, Sean Pinchin, Elles Bailey, and many more.

Below is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Elles Bailey Deeper
Kyla Brox Devil’s Bridge
Katarina Pejak Down With Me
The Doug MacLeod Band Placquemine
Chris O’Leary Heartbreak Waiting to Happen
JP Williams Blues Band Thank You (Dana’s Song)
Gurf Morlix I’m A Ghost
Manx Marriner Mainline Hell Bound For Heaven
Joe Bonamassa Deep In The Blues Again
Susan Santos Dry River
Sean Pinchin River
Rick Vito The Ball and Chain
Gary Hoey Mercy Of Love
James House & The Blues Cowboys Moving On Over
John Latini Lord Made Me a Weak Man
Reverend Rusty & The Case Born For The Blues
Rachelle Coba Dance These Blues Away
Ruth Wyand Broken Woman
John Pagano Band Ain’t Gonna Lose You
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Woman Like You
Dominic Schoemaker Fly Away
Julian Sas The One To Blame
Eric Jerardi Don’t Take It Personally
Murray Kinsley and Wicked Grin So Long, Too Soon
Wily Bo Walker & E D Brayshaw Storm Warning

Contemporary Roadhouse Blues on BMFR 3 PM EST

Join me today for some contemporary Roadhouse Blues at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com at 3 pm EST.  Got some new tunes….some classics…and alot of upbeat tunes for ya! Here is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Widow Blue Pow Wow Blues
Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Steve Winwood Take Me To The River
Tedeschi Trucks Band Hard Case
Chris O’Leary What the Devil Made Me Do
Katarina Pejak Moonlight Rider
Trevor B. Power Band I Wrote It Down
Seth Rosenbloom Come Back Around
Kyle Yardley Treat You Like A Queen
John Mayall Big Town Playboy
Tomislav Goluban Bag Full Of Troubles
Rockin’ Johnny & Quique Gomez Ain’t No High Roller
Jimmy Carpenter You Belong To Me
JP Williams Blues Band Cigar Box Boogie
Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall & Lloyd Jones Love Will
Victor Wainwright Thank You Lucille
Beth Hart Fat Man
Albert Cummings Girls To Shame
Joanne Shaw Taylor Diamonds In The Dirt
Laurence Jones Can’t Keep Living Like This
Joe Bonamassa Dust Bowl
Supersonic Blues Machine Ain’t No Love (In The Heart Of The City)
Walter Trout All I Want Is You
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now

First Tuesday 12 NOON EST set on Bluemusicfan Radio – Feb 5 2019

NOON EST set today!  Join me at http://www.bluesmusicfan.com! Got some “southern boy blues club” tunes…hope you enjoy!  Below is the intended playlist.

ARTIST TITLE
Johnny & The Headhunters Ace Of Spades
Casey James Fight You For The Blues
Tommy Castro You Only Go Around Once
Mike Zito Mississippi Nights
Jeff Strahan Good Outweighs Bad
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Wall of Denial
Boz Scaggs Little Miss Night And Day
Omar & the Howlers Dimestore Hoo Doo
Carolyn Wonderland Judgment Day Blues
Billy F Gibbons My Baby She Rocks
ZZ Top Sheik (Remastered Version)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Nothing But The Night
Jamie Lynn Vessels Gypsy Blues
Tab Benoit Whiskey Store
Lance Lopez Every Time I Turn Around
Tom Hambridge This End of the Road (ft Sonny Landreth)
Foghat Honey Do List
Devon Allman Can’t Lose ‘Em All
Gregg Allman I Can’t Be Satisfied (Live)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Ain’t No Good Life
The Allman Brothers Band Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
Royal Southern Brotherhood Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire
Johnny Winter Mojo Boogie
Alvin Lee I Hear You Knockin’
Joe Bonamassa King Bee Shakedown
The Nighthawks Night Work