• New Blues, Soul & Gospel News – 5/26/2016

    New Blues, Soul & Gospel News – 5/26/2016 New Blues Adds: Honey Island Swamp Band – Demolition Day (Ruf): Just like the old term “swamp music” covered a lot of styles, so does the Honey Island Swamp Band. The opener immediately sounded like a lost Rolling Stones cut, while the twin guitars recall the Allman […]

  • jazz adds may 26, 2016

    gregory porter.  take me to the alley.  blue note.  Listen to this!  all originals, from vocal luminary gregory porter as he drives the Broadway bus into the r & b archives–all with a light, smart touch.  he can write music and lyrics.  band includes singers alicia olatuja & lalah hathaway;  keyon harrold, trumpet;  chip crawford, […]

  • jazz adds may 23, 2016

    charlie ballantine.  providence.  self.  Second release (green = debut) from Indiana jazz/country-esque guitarist charlie ballantine, student of gorey christianson,  and IU jazz guru david baker.  with amanda gardier, alto;  josh espinoza, organ;  conner green,  bass;  josh roberts, drums.  listen to:  roads, hallelujah, temptation, old hammer, title track.   peter bernstein.  let loose.  smoke sessions.  Smooth […]

  • The Gypsy Jazz sounds of Ultrafaux on Folk & Beyond, May 26

    Gypsy Jazz trio Ultrafaux (Michael Joseph Harris, guitar; Sami Arefin, guitar; Eddie Hrybyk, upright bass) will stop by WTJU this Thursday afternoon, May 26, around 4:30 (edt) for a live session.  You can catch them later that evening at The Garage (details).

  • Dustin Conley Taps His Way In, May 22

    American Tap dancer Dustin Conley will stop by WTJU this Sunday afternoon, May 22, around 12:30 (edt) to chat about National Tap Dance Day, which occurs each year on May 25. Dustin Conley is an American tap dancer more specifically categorized as a hoofer, or rhythm tapper. Dancing professionally since the age of 12, Dustin […]

  • New Blues & Soul News – 5/16/2016

    New Blues & Soul News – 5/16/2016 New Blues Adds: Alabama Mike – Upset The Status Quo (Self-produced): Alabama Mike (Benjamin) began his professional singing career in 1999. Born in Alabama, and he actually began his introduction and love of blues while stationed in the San Francisco area. He has a has a decidedly big-voiced […]

  • jazz adds may 12, 2016

    sonny rollins.  holding the stage:  road shows, vol. 4.   okeh.  Tenor titan sonny rollins continues his showcase of acclaimed live performances;  ..”the interaction of human being to human being creates a tension..i get more involved.”  yes, he does.  the compilation standouts:  disco monk, 1979 Pori Jazz festival, Finland, with exceptional piano work from mark soskin, […]

  • New Blues News – 5/10/2016

    New Blues News – 5/10/2016 Paul Filipowicz – Rough Neck Blues Live! (Big Jake): Veteran blues guitarist / singer Filipowicz’s latest disc is live and tough. The man has been performing for over 40 years and his style is what one might call “roadhouse” blues – raw, loud, rockin’ and thoroughly bathed the brash electric […]

  • New Blues News – 5/4/2016

    New Blues News – 5/4/2016 Eric Bibb and North Country Fair – The Happiest Man In The World (Stony Plain): Singer/songwriter, guitarist, banjo player Eric Bibb returns with another folk / blues / Americana disc of mostly original material and the help of several friends, including Danny Thompson (bass), Olli Haavisto (dobro, guitar, pedal steel); […]