New Blues & Soul Adds – 5/4/2021
Halley DeVestern Band – Money Ain’t Time (Self-produced): “The club billed the show as “imagine Janis Joplin backed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Mothers of Invention with just a hint of Howitzer. That is The Halley DeVestern Band.” A completely accurate description of DeVestern and her seasoned five-piece band that includes guitarists David M Patterson (Shawn Mullins , Kirsten Thien) and Steve Jabas, (Hot Peas ‘NButter) and the rhythm section of drummer Rich Kulsar (Roger Waters, the Zen Tricksters, Mickey Dolenz) and Tom Heinig (Lamont Cranston Band, Mill City Band) on bass, all of whom have the musical muscle and dexterity to back her up.” (https://www.americanbluesscene.com/halley-devestern-band-to-release-live-album-money-aint-time/) Click here to listen to a short sample of a live song from the group.
E.C. Kight Trio- The Trio Session (Americana Music): “Georgia Music Magazine says it best – “Kight is a gentle and elegant woman who manages to channel Southern charm, sophistication and a fierce passion for music into one tremendously intoxicating voice.” Nestled in rural Georgia, EG has grown deep roots on her land, originally settled by her great- grandfather. Her passions include her music, her God, her goats, and her guitar. She is also an accomplished and published photographer. And she now adds author to her resume, with her first children’s book.” (https://egkight.wordpress.com/egs-short-bio/) Straight ahead, down-home music that carries a message. Click here to listen to “Burned” from this release.
Shannon McNally – The Waylon Sessions (Compact): “Recorded with an all-star band and featuring special guests like Jessi Colter, Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell, and Lukas Nelson, Shannon McNally’s extraordinary new collection, THE WAYLON SESSIONS, isn’t so much a tribute to Waylon Jennings as it is a recontextualization: a nuanced, feminine rendering of a catalog long considered a bastion of hetero-masculinity. That’s not to say McNally has a softer, gentler take on the songs of Jennings and his outlaw compatriots here; in fact, just the opposite. Over and over again, she manages to locate a smoldering intensity — a searing hurt buried deep within the music’s deceptively simple poetry — and she hones in on it with a surgical precision. McNally doesn’t swap pronouns or couch her delivery with a wink; she simply plays it straight, singing her truth as a divorced single mother in her 40’s in all its beauty, pain, and power. The result is that rare covers record that furthers our understanding of the originals, an album of classics that challenges our perceptions and assumptions about just what made them classics in the first place. “When I listen to Waylon, I hear an adult,” says McNally. “He sounds like a grownup, and for a long time, I think being a grownup has been confused with being a man. There’s a feminine perspective hidden somewhere inside each of these songs, though. My job was to find a way to tap into that and draw it out.” (https://store.compassrecords.com/products/the-waylon-sessions) McNally certainly captured these songs on equal grounds. Click here to listen to “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” from this release.
Mr. Sipp – Sippnotized (Malaco): “Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child,” is the alter ego of gospel guitarist Castro Coleman. One of the hottest names in the blues world. Mr. Sipp’s popularity has exploded, making him one of the most popular acts on the blues scene today. He has toured heavily including performances at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival and the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, as well as tours of Europe, Brazil and even China. All those who have seen it live are sure to want to see it again, and can even claim to have been hypnotized by Mr. Sipp. So while we keep waiting for that long-awaited concert, at least we can enjoy this new album “Sippnotized” Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child,” is the alter ego of gospel guitarist Castro Coleman. One of the hottest names in the blues world. Mr. Sipp’s popularity has exploded, making him one of the most popular acts on the blues scene today. He has toured heavily including performances at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival and the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, as well as tours of Europe, Brazil and even China.All those who have seen it live are sure to want to see it again, and can even claim to have been hypnotized by Mr. Sipp. So while we keep waiting for that long-awaited concert, at least we can enjoy this new album “Sippnotized”. (Blues Magazine) Click here to listen to “Sippnoized” from this release.
O.B. Buchana – Southern Soul Brother (Ecko): O.B. Buchana is back with a new set of groove songs for dancing in the mellow disco style to the singing of Southern Soul Brother O.B. Buchana. Click here to listen to smooth the songs on this disc.