New Blues News – 1/24/2017

New Blues News – 1/24/2017

Jon Gindick – When We Die, We All Come Back As Music (Self-produced): Harmonica player/instructor/author Jon Gindick has created numerous books and videos on playing the harmonica, but this is apparently his first disc purely as a performer. He has a talky vocal style, plays guitar and plays great harmonica. He wrote all of the songs on the disc as well. He is supported throughout the disc by producer Ralph Carter (bass, keys, drums, percussion, backing vocals) and there are other guest players who join in on songs here and there: Louie Broussard (drums), Chuck Kavooris (slide guitar), Brad Rabuchin (guitar), Ken Stange (piano, organ), Bill Biller (sax, clarinet), Bobby Loya (trumpet) and Al Walker (tenor sax). Click here to listen to the songs on the disc.   

Steven Graves – Captain Soul (Self-produced): Steven Graves identifies his style as American roots music. It has a ring in my ears more like guitar driven rock’n’roll from the 70s and I would say that is certainly the root of the sound. He has released six discs previous to this one. All of the songs here are originals. He is supported by numerous players on the disc, the regulars being David Mendoza (bass, harmony vocals), Travis Cruse (guitar) and drummers David Tucker and Jim Coulson. Keyboard duties are handled by Art Alm, John R. Burr, Jon Dryden and Dayan Kai (also guitar); and numerous other musicians and singers. Many of the songs have themes around doing the right thing and have a religious tone. Click here to listen to samples of the songs on this disc.   

Little Mike – How Long? (ELROB): Little Mike Markowitz formed his band the Tornadoes in 1978 and has been blowing his powerful harp in front of the group ever since. Paul Butterfield was a big help in Mike’s development and he has played and recorded with many blues greats, including Jimmy Rogers, Pinetops Perkins, Hubert Sumlin and Zora Young. This disc features eight originals and four covers including JB Lenoir’s “How Long”, Eddie Taylor’s “Bad Boy” and Bobby Timmons “Moanin’”. The Tornadoes include Cam Rob or Dave Sweet (drums), Troy Nahumko and John Edelmann (guitars), Ken Stearns (bass, guitar)and Mitch Margold (B3). Everybody is on point with the straight ahead Chicago by way of Brooklyn blues. Recommended! Click here to listen to samples of the songs on this disc.   

Clint Morgan – Scofflaw (Lost Cause): Singer/songwriter/pianist Clint Morgan reminds me of a rockin’ country & blues man with more than a touch of Johnny Cash in his voice. There’s a huge “good vs bad” or “God vs the Devil” across the songs and it’s not at all clear which side will win. Morgan has more passion on the “outlaw” material and more shame or resignation on the teachings of the Bible. There is some hard rock here and some folksy country hymn singing. Most of the musical support is provided by Kenny Vaughan (guitar), Rob Thorworth (acoustic guitar, rhythm electric guitar), Dave Roe (bass), Jerry Roe (drums), Kevin Johnston (percussion, keys), Jonathan Yudkin (fiddle), Jim Hoke (dobro, harmonica, “jaw harp’, sax, autoharp, clarinet, mandolin, side guitar) and Maria Muldaur (vocals). The disc gets into your head sometimes in a really good way and, at others, in a troubling way. The boasts and hard guy images are truly strong. Several previous reviewers have called this the best Americana release of the year. I couldn’t argue or support that assertion, but I do think it’s worthy of our attention. Click here and scroll down to listen to samples of songs on this disc.   

Scotch Hollow – Little Tortuga (Self-produced): Scotch Hollow is a roots band that mixes a generous helping of country twang with just enough blues to stir the pot. The group was founded by Mark Verbeck (guitar, songwriter) and vocalist Carly Martin. Based in Kansas City, the group now includes JD Linn (bass), Benjamin Scholz (drums, percussion), Brady Buster (harmonica) and Joel Schuman (piano). Verbeck wrote all but three songs and those were written by Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and Blind Willie Johnson. The performances are solid and spare as one would expect for this style of music. They certainly can raise a little sand in the down-home way. The disc is expected for release in April, but click here for a live slice of a song on the new disc.   

Kopasetically,

Professor Bebop

More Recent Posts

  • Host Profile: Jordan Taylor

    Name: Jordan Taylor Radio Name: Sister Pirate Jenny (2017- current), Helvidius (2006-2016) Show: Radio Freedonia, Saturday, 2 – 4 p.m. Day Job: Teacher, St. Anne’s Belfield School – American Studies, Literature and Film Volunteer: The Bridge Progressive Arts (Board Member and sometime programmer since mid2000s) How long have you been a host at WTJU? I think […]

  • #ClassicsaDay #Stokowski Week 2

    Tags: , , , , ,

    For April, 2021, the Classics a Day Team celebrates a legend — Leopold Stokowski. He was born in April (1882), and became a cultural icon. His recording legacy spans over 60 years. And whether he was conducting a premier orchestra or a group of studio musicians, the sound was unmistakable. To share all of Stokowski’s […]

  • Jazz Messenger delves into UVA’s Distinguished Major Projects, April 16

    Tags: , , , , , , ,

    UVA Jazz Ensemble members Tina Hashemi, vocalist, and Thomas Kehoe, pianist, will stop by WTJU Friday morning, April 16, at 11 to chat about the UVA Jazz Performance Program and April 24 release of the Distinguished Major Projects recordings.  They will be joined by UVA Professor John D’earth. The Jazz Messenger, hosted by Brian Keena, […]

  • Host Profile: Nick Rubin

    Name: Nick Rubin Radio Name: Poubelle Show: Radio Freedonia, Saturday, 2 – 4 p.m. How long have you been a host at WTJU? Since summer 2004 Why should someone tune into your show in particular? I pretty much just want to share good vibes and a wide variety of good tunes that fit the day’s […]

  • Allen Pettersson – Symphony No. 12 delivers emotionally

    Tags: , , , , , ,

    This is not music for the faint of heart. Allan Pettersson’s 12th Symphony delivers almost a solid hour of unrelenting outrage and compassion for the downtrodden of society. And even if you don’t understand the words the chorus is singing, the singers’ delivery gives you their emotional impact. Petterson set nine of Pablo Neruda’s poems […]

  • Host Profile: Rick Clark

    Name: Rick Clark Show: Radio Wowsville, Sunday, 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Day Job: Hotel Manager How long have you been a host at WTJU? 5 years Why did you become a WTJU host? I’ve always loved sharing the music I love with others and discovering new music. Hearing the great original programming on  WTJU […]