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Monday, May 21, 2018

Award-winning blues band Johnny Fink and The Intrusion release debut album "JFI."...roots blues with energy


Award-winning blues band Johnny Fink and The Intrusion recently released their debut album, simply titled "JFI." The group was known for years as the best-kept secret in the mid-western scene among blues and blues-rock enthusiasts. That is, until they won the 2015 Cincy Blues Society Band Challenge and made the semifinals at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Then, Johnny himself won the 2016 Cincy Blues Challenge in the Solo category and the band won the 2016 Dayton Ohio Blues Challenge, subsequently reaching the finals at the 2017 IBC.

The first single from the album, "Let's Hear Some Blues," was included on the compilation disc featuring artists from the 33rd IBC, receiving rave reviews and tremendous airplay. "JFI" won the 2017 Cincy Blues Society award for Best Self-Produced CD.

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society says of the band, "Johnny Fink and the Intrusion will shuffle you right into the road." And the Cincinnati Blues Society says of the new album, "From fist-pumping anthems to soul-touching blues, this album is a work of art." The "secret" is definitely out.




Marty's review: JFI deliver their brand of rootsy, blues-rock on this their debut album with a confidence and energy that makes them sound a little bit cocky but deservedly so. With a tight production that's also straight to the punch these guys know their blues and know how to deliver them. The nine all-original tracks display their cohesiveness and musicianship with an edge that will please blues fans and certainly earn them more.




official website: https://www.johnnyfink.com/



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers "Usual Suspects"..high octane mistress of the modern blues



The whip-wielding mistress of modern blues is again bringing listeners to their knees: Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers have recently released their seventh original album, “Usual Suspects.”

Made up of award-winning musicians and recording artists from a variety of diverse backgrounds, The Urban Pioneers are an eclectic, wildly entertaining, little (and sometimes big) band with a captivating singer and front-person. Lex Grey is a multiple ASCAP award-winning songwriter who beckons audiences into her world of personal stories cloaked in smoke and stage lights -- a world of drama, humor and rowdy abandon that makes music lovers feel as though they're doing something wrong just by listening. The band juxtaposes bawdiness with intimacy, introspection and a vulnerability that draws you in like a warm embrace. Having earned a reputation as a legendary live band with a dazzlingly theatrical show, the group emerges from the studio capturing live performances that constantly deconstruct and reinvent their palette of sounds.




Official website: http://lexgreymusic.com/

Though she cites Ma Rainey as her greatest inspiration, Grey's vocal stylings have been compared to those of Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey and, interestingly, Robert Plant, her voice an ever-morphing instrument that changes textures and tones on a dime. "Usual Suspects" fearlessly dances through genres while keeping its feet firmly rooted in blues, and it's certain to become one of the year's most talked-about blues releases.

"Lex Grey’s vocals are high-octane and top-notch. And the band, the Urban Pioneers, support her well. ... You get the feeling Grey could sing from the phone book and make you get up and dance in a way you wouldn’t want your granny to see." - M.D. Spenser, Big Fat Wide Americana Hour

"I was immediately drawn into the world of this band, in part because of Lex Grey’s voice, which commands attention in both upfront and sly ways."
- Michael's Music Log

"Starting from a blues base, Lex Grey and The Urban Pioneers develop a multifaceted style with a prominent rock influence. Excellent instrumentalists."

- Ilpopolodelblues (Italy)




Saturday, May 12, 2018

Austin-based blues band Mojo Chyld album release "Raw"...soulful blues-funk that rocks!



Mojo Chyld is an Austin-based blues band that brings a soulful yet funky blend to the historic genre. They perform a mix of original songs and the classics. There are currently five members that make up the collective and each brings his own experiences and vision to the table to form a dynamic groove that not only packs the dance floor, but keeps it rocking. Their Blues will Rock your Funky Soul!

check it out on Bandcamp HERE

official website: http://mojochyld.com/

Marty's review: "Raw" is an apt title for this latest release by Mojo Chyld. With their brand of funky, soulful blues-rock they deliver an album of roots based blues with oomph and pizzazz that will please blues fans in many ways. Hot, fuzzy guitar licks combined with a tight rhythm section, passionate vocals and topped with oodles of funk and psychedelia, this album covers all bases and will rock the foundations wherever it's played.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Linda Em new single release "Hey Baby"...smooth soul/blues with class



Linda Em is a London based Irish singer-songwriter, wordsmith and clairvoyant mysticist. From classic Woodstock era songwriters to Jazz era greats and modern day luminaries, Linda draws from her influences an ethereal energy flow that is evident in voice and song. She has been described as a musical hybrid mix between Patti Smith, Patsy Cline & Beth Gibbons possessing the intoxicating nuances of Billie Holiday.


official website: http://www.lindaem.co.uk/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaEmMusic/

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Grammy Nominee Janiva Magness new album "Love Is An Army".. a bridge between past and present



After Janiva Magness added a 2016 Grammy® nomination to her 27 Blues Music Award nominations – with seven wins, including Entertainer of the Year – she might have taken at least a short rest on her laurels. Instead, one of the preeminent voices in contemporary American roots music has raised the bar for herself. Magness’ fourteenth album, "Love Is an Army," is a brilliantly crafted bridge between the past and present, blending the echoes of classic soul and country music with timeless themes of love and the very contemporary sound of protest.



The dozen songs on "Love Is an Army" reverberate with the timeless character of the Memphis rhythm and blues patented by the Stax and Hi Records studios, especially in tracks like “Back to Blue,” which opens the album and sets its tone, and “Hammer,” which features fellow Grammy® nominee and multiple Blues Music Awards winner Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica. Another Tennessee music city,  Nashville, is the geographic touchstone for the title number, a duet with Texas singer-songwriter Bryan Stephens, and for “On and On,” with Poco front man Rusty Young on pedal steel guitar. Like Magness, both Stephens and Young are on Blue √Član Records. Other guest artists include the legendary R'n'B singer Delbert McClinton, Mississippi hill country blues torchbearer Cedric Burnside, bluegrass guitar and banjo virtuoso Courtney Hartman of the band Della Rae, and pianist/songwriter Phil Parlapiano.





Marty's review: Janiva Magness shows her best on this release by blending all her favorite styles of music from roots to soul to country to produce an album that is every bit a winner in all departments. With a sterling cast of guest players along with a top notch backing band and her own classy vocal delivery, this release shows why Janiva is such a well lauded artist.