New Blues News – 10/29/2019

New Blues News – 10/29/2019

Doug Duffy And Badd – Play The Blues (Out Of The Past): “Doug Duffey and BADD’s sophomore album, “Play The Blues,” is deeply rooted in regional blues and flavored with a pinch of Memphis Rock-N-Soul. Duffey’s vivid lyrics tell stories from his real-life experiences of lost love, spirituality and Voodoo, and even nosey neighbors. The grooves are infectious, the solos soar, and the singing cuts deep into the soul of the listener.” ( “Duffey was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2001 and inducted into the National Blues Hall of Fame in 2009. With his Blues Hall of Fame induction he was also named as a “Louisiana Ambassador of the Blues”. Born in Monroe, Louisiana in 1950, Duffey began singing and playing piano at an early age; he was composing and performing professionally by age 14.” ( In addition to Duffy’s vocals and keyboard playing, the band members include Dan Sumner (guitar, vocals); Ben Ford and Adam Ryland are the rhythm section. The songs are blues with some country and a taste rock. I regret I am unable to find any samples from this disc.

Janiva Magness – Sings John Fogerty/Change In The Weather (Blue Elan): Janiva Magness reminds us of the many wonderful compositions that came from the pen of John Fogerty. This release is particularly enjoyable because of Magness’ honoring her own voice and style while maintaining the integrity of Fogerty’s original releases. The players on this disc are Gary Davenport (bass), Steve Wilson (drums, percussion), Zachary Ross (guitar, dobro), Dave Darling and Jesse Dayton (guitar), Arlan Oscar (keys), Sam Morrow (vocals), Rusty Young (dobro, guitar), and Aubrey Richmond (fiddle). Click here to listen to samples of the songs on this disc.

Screamin’ John & TD Lind – Mr. Little Big Man (Down In The Alley): This band takes us back to the time when the blues was helping to shape country and rock’n’roll into the wonderful blend that rocked the house without needing 50 million kilowatt amps to kick up a fuss and keep you jumping right at the heart of the matter. The songs include Jimmy Reed’s “Shame, Shame, Shame”, Magic Sam’s “All Your Love”, Taj Mahal’s ‘Jelly Roll” and Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene with originals by “Screamin’ John Hawkins (guitar), Tim Arlon (vocal, guitar, piano), Jeff Crane (bass, backing vocal), Paul Culligan (drums, percussion) and Joel Pinkerton (harmonica). Straight on playing – worts and all – but reaching for the great nexus! A certified Professor Bebop “Wax Devoid of Cracks”! They apparently like to open with the sound of New Orleans before going back in the alley! Click here to catch the opening song.

Various Artists – Sean Costello Tribute – Don’t Pass Me By (Landslide): Popular singer/songwriter/guitarist Sean Costello passed away about a decade ago. It was released that “he was found dead in his Atlanta hotel room on April 15, 2008, one day before his 29th birthday. A medical report later determined that he died of an accidental drug overdose, caused by the toxicity of heroin, chlordiazepoxide, ephedrine and amphetamine.” (… ) This disc was created and released to benefit the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar research. Guest artists include Albert Castiglia, Steve Marriner, Watermelon Slim, Dennis Gruenling, Victor Wainwright, Candy Kane, Laura Chavez, Bob Margolin, Seth Walker, Sonia Leigh, The Nick Moss Band, North Mississippi All Stars, The Electromatics, Debbie Davies, The Morning Life, Wauchope-Zachary-Prather, and Oliver Wood & Amy Helm. Click here to listen to a performance by Kim Wilson in Costello’s honor.


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