New Blues News – 11/5/2019
Brody Buster’s One Man Band – Damn! I Spilled The Blues (VizzTone): Brody Buster’s One Man Band features Buster on guitar, vocals, drums and harmonica. He has high energy and draws listeners into his songs through his energy and rhythm. Right now he appears to be traveling in Florida, but from the sound of this disc, he would start the blues hounds’ feet a-strumpin’. He writer co-wrote all of the all of the songs on this disc. Scroll down and click to listen to some samples of songs on this disc.
Levee Town – City Hall (Self-produced): Blue rock’n’rock trio featuring Brandon Hudspeth (guitar, vocals), Jacque Garoutte (bass, vocal), and Adam Hagerman (drums) with Jaisson Taylor (vocal on “One Single Chance”). Ten of the twelve songs were composed by Hudspeth, who co-wrote one more song with Taylor and the remaining song was written by Eddie Clearwater. This is the band’s seventh release. I am unable to find a track from this disc, but click here to listen to a song from the preceding release.
Randy McAllister & The Scrappiest Band in the Motherland – Spitball, Shatter and Patch (Reaction): “He’s been flying in the face of convention his whole career. No smoke, no mirrors, no choreography, no industry machines. One of the most versatile bluesmen in Texas, Randy plays driving drums and world-class harmonica, writes incredible songs and has one of the most amazing and soulful voices.” (https://randymcallister.com/) He presents himself in a somewhat “rag-tag” fashion, but at his best he rocks the house and carries you with him. McAllister sings and plays harmonica and drums and is supported on this set by Brandon Hudspeth (guitar), Cliff Moore (bass) and Adam Hagerman (drums) with Heather Newman adding background vocals on 3 songs) and Bill Mckemy adding a tuba on the opening song. Click here to listen to samples of songs on this disc. They are listed as “New Unreleased”.
Sparky Parker – In The Dark (Self-produced): “Sparky Parker is a blues/rock/soul guitarist and vocalist from Houston, Texas with the grit, drive, and talent needed to stand tall in the eternally-competitive Texas music scene….Parker launched the Sparky Parker Band in 2012 with Kevin Berry (drums) and “Fender” Phil Lock (bass). The literature suggests that he has released other discs, but apparently this is the first for this aggregation. Parker has a pleasant and slightly plaintive voice and he is a solid guitarist who saves his breaks for the power playing. He composed seven of the songs on this disc and he covers a song released by Bobby Bland “Treat A Dog” in 1974 and the Stones’ “Dead Flowers” but this set is rock with a fine nod to blues on Slim Harpo’s “Shake Your Hips”. Click here to listen to samples of all of the songs on this set.
Lucky Peterson – Just Warming Up! (Jazz Village): “50 – Just Warming Up! is the new album from American blues legend and multi-instrumentalist Lucky Peterson. He is one of the most riveting performers of the modern blues era. A searing lead guitarist, a rich and powerful organist, and a first-rate vocalist, Lucky’s musicianship effortlessly translates gospel, rock, and jazz into a 21st century blues. Many reminisce about the bygone days of the blues, but its flame still burns hot in the hands of Lucky Peterson.” (https://www.amazon.com/50-Just-warming-Lucky-Peterson/dp/B07TPYX9HT) Peterson’s performances are first class from beginning to end! He wrote eleven of the fifteen songs on this disc and and his wife, singer and songwriter Tamara Tramell, wrote and sings two more. This is a certified Professor Bebop “Wax Devoid of Cracks”! Click here to listen to samples of the songs on this disc.