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Blues

Sunnyland Slim & John Dee Holeman


Sunnyland Slim & John Dee Holeman - Blues Legends Live
Two intimate concerts jam-packed with enthusiastic fans: frontrow seats for two powerful, very different blues legends. more...
Best Of Mapleshade Vol. 2


Best Of Mapleshade Vol. 2 - 13 Shades Of Blue
A top-drawer tour of the musical worlds touched by the blues, hand-picked from the riches of the Mapleshade archive. more...
Midnight Blue


Midnight Blue - 1nner City Blues
These guys take me back to my roots in the DC music scene. They play real-deal soul jazz, the stuff that was bubbling out of the clubs on Rhode Island Ave. where I taught myself to record in the ’70s. more...
The Blue Rider Trio


The Blue Rider Trio - Harp Steel and Guts
Eight years in the making, this follow-up was worth the wait. Ben Andrew’s voice has gained that seared-by-life bluesiness; Mark Wenner’s harmonica cuts even deeper; and Jeff Sarli’s bass adds layers of subtlety to his knock-you-down drive. more...
Bob Willoughby


Bob Willoughby - Blues, Booze & Oldtimey Soul
Willoughby’s piano has the most soulful, blues-drenched swing I’ve ever heard. And his singing matches—a gravelly, boozey voice right smack between Tom Waits and Dr. John. more...
Joe Stanley


Joe Stanley - King Of The Honky-Tonk Sax
How could I resist a chance to showcase the godfather of the down-and-dirty R&B sax of the ’50s and ’60s? Joe raised the bar-walking sax style to a high art—and toured with Marvin Gaye and led the great R&B hit-making Bill Black Combo (Elvis’ backup band). more...
Bad Influence


Bad Influence - Live At The Bad Habits Cafe
These guys take a gritty approach to that magic moment when the blues turned into rock ’n‘ roll. Whop Frazier sings Motown-steeped, bluesy vocals on classics from Wilson Pickett, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Reed. more...
Sweetman


Sweetman - Austin Backalley Blue
This is butt-shakin’, tassel-twirlin’ Texas strip joint blues. Sweetman’s raw, in-your-face tenor sax leads a down-and-dirty Austin R&B band (including veterans of the Fabulous Thunderbirds). more...
Big Joe Maher


Big Joe Maher - Mojo
Do you love ’60s R&B, Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield? Do you love Muddy and T-Bone, the “straight and nach’l” blues? If so, Big Joe and his Big Blue sextet are your meat. Big Joe’s a natural-born blues shouter, as irresistibly laid back as Albert King. more...
Drink Small


Drink Small - Electric Blues Doctor Live!
Hailing from Bishopville, South Carolina, Drink Small has the biggest, deepest bass voice in the blues. His amazingly expressive sound falls right in between B.B. King and Bo Diddley. But Drink’s got a little something extra.. more...
The Blue Rider Trio


The Blue Rider Trio - Preachin' The Blues
Authentic Piedmont and Delta blues from Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie McTell, Leadbelly, plus a handful of tasty originals. more...
Archie Edwards


Archie Edwards - Blues 'N Bones
As Archie put it "I play what they call the old Piedmont style, but I call it East Virginia blues ’cause that’s where I learned it." I’m entranced by his amiable, sitting-on-the-porch vocals and his relaxed steel and slide guitars. more...