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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Real Gone Music - The Mamas and the Papas - The Complete Singles 50th Anniversary Collection - New release review

I just had the opportunities to review one of the best pop collections ever assembled and it's terrific. That's right...I'm talking about the Mamas and the Papas and The Complete Singles 50th Anniversary Collection. Sure, this collection has all of the radio tracks, Go Where You Wanna Go, California Dreamin', Monday Monday, I Saw Her Again, Words of Love (a terrific sleeper featuring Mama Cass), Dancing in the Street, the huge... Dedicated To The One I Love, Twelve Thirty, the dynamic Dream A Little Dream of Me, but also Mama Cass solo tracks including Make Your Own Kind Of Music! All this and 22 pages of liner notes by Ed Osborne, some great photos and 53 tracks should keep you happy for a long while. Made during a time when the hippie movement was just beginning and the drug culture was an experimentation, a masterful compilation of singles by great writers and singers, John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty and Mama Cass Elliot.

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Queen Delphine & the Crown Jewels - Come And Get It - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Come and Get It, by Queen Delphine & The Crown Jewels and it's got style. Opening with My Cat Got Nine Lives, a cool shuffle track features Queen on lead vocal accompanied by Norman Hamilton on harp, Lester "Lammy" Johnson on bass, Steven Weakley on guitar and Keith Strong. With a polished strut, Queen lays down a good opener. On I'm A Woman, Lammy drives the track with a strong bass line and Delphine gives it a healthy vocal oomph backed by Ezra Bufford on keys. Very cool. What Would I Do has a light airy feel with Delphine's vocals floating on a bed of keys and light percussion. Strong radio style track. R&B track with pop styling and Gospel overtones, Kindness For Weakness, is springy and solid. Bufford adds a real nice key solo adding a cool edge. Wrapping the release is Lammy's Blues, an instrumental blues with a bit of funk. With a solid bass line from Lammy, Hamilton plays harp and lead guitar over a tight drum rhythm. Bufford is spot on with a solid key solo making this a super closer.

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Five Alligator Artists Nominated For Eight Blues Blast Awards



Blues Blast, the internet blues magazine, has announced the nominees for its 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards. Five Alligator Records artists received a total of eight nominations. Shemekia Copeland, Curtis Salgado and Toronzo Cannon each received two nominations. Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers each received one.

Voting is free and open to the public at beginning July 1 and running through August 15. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremony, held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on September 23rd, 2016.

Alligator nominees are as follows:

Contemporary Blues Album - for Outskirts Of Love
Female Blues Artist
Soul Blues Album - for The Beautiful Lowdown
Male Blues Artist
Contemporary Blues Album - for The Chicago Way
Male Blues Artist
Blues Band

Rock Blues Album - for Method To My Madness


Dex Romweber Announces Solo Album, Launches New Track "Trouble of the World" via American Songwriter

Dex Romweber Announces Solo Album Carrboro, Out On September 9

*Track Premiere of "Trouble of the World" via American Songwriter

*Album pre-order / new tour dates with J.D. Wilkes


Former Flat Duo Jets leader and rockabilly, garage legend Dex Romweber will release a new solo album Carrboro on Bloodshot Records on September 9th. American Songwriter premiered the album’s lead single “Trouble of the World” – a song suggestive of Romweber’s earlier projects Flat Duo Jets and Dex Romweber Duo.

Carrboro is now available for pre-order on CD/LP/digital formats:

On the new album, Dex assumes several musical mantles (and uncharacteristically plays all or many of the instruments). There’s the sparse and jumpy hillbilly liveliness of “Knock Knock (Who’s That Knockin’ On My Coffin Lid Door?)” with help from Rick Miller of Southern Culture On The Skids; “Lonesome Train,” originally recorded by Cecilia Batten in nearby Chapel Hill in 1957; and a take on the T. Bone Burnett-penned “I Don’t Know,” sung by Ryan Bingham and The Dude for the film Crazy Heart (says Dex: “the lyrics seem to be so much about my own life… damn I just had to record it”). With the fuller sound of the New Romans, a 10-piece Chapel Hill collective, “Nightide” is a Tarantino grind on the surf-deck of the USS Enterprise, while Mahalia Jackson’s “Trouble of the World” throbs with a thrilling apocalyptic gloom.

In support of the new album, Dex also announced an extensive run of tour dates including a European festival as Flat Duo Jets and a September run with Legendary Shack Shakers’ J.D. Wilkes. All dates are available on Dex’s tour page and listed below, with more to come soon.

7/1 – Heavy Rebel Weekend – Winston-Salem, NC
7/3 – Honeysuckle Tea House – Chapel Hill, NC
7/7-9 – SJOCK – De Kempen, Belgium (as Flat Duo Jets)
7/21 – The Station – Carrboro, NC
9/7 – Grey Eagle Music Hall – Asheville, NC*
9/8 – Martin’s Downtown – Roanoke, VA*
9/9 – Milkboy – Philadelphia, PA*
9/10 – Dogfish Head – Rehoboth, DE*
9/11 – Hill Country – Washington, DC*
9/13 – Atwoods – Cambridge, MA*
9/14 – Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY *
9/15 – Roxy and Dukes – Dunellen, NJ*
9/16 – Abilene Bar Longe – Rochester, NY *
9/17 – Village Idiot – Maumee, OH*
9/18 – PJ’s Lager House – Detroit, MI *
9/20 – Brauerhouse, Lombard, IL*
9/22 – Southgate House, Newport, KY*
9/23 – Willie’s – Lexington, KY*
9/24 – Americana Music Festival – Nashville, TN

* = with JD Wilkes

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ruf Records artist: Royal Southern Brotherhood - The Royal Gospel - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, The Royal Gospel, from Royal Southern Brotherhood, and it's their best yet! Opening with Where's There's Smoke There's Fire, this band is hot. Tyrone Vaughan "smokes" the guitar strings with a vicious guitar solo and Norman Caesar's B3 ride is very effective. Darrell Phillips bass work, Bart Walker on guitar and Cyril Neville on percussion with Yonrico Scott on drums makes this a spectacular opener. I've Seen Enough To Know is a cool R&B style track with light funky guitar work and a great bass line. Blood Is Thicker Than Water has a super slinky, funky groove with reggae like vocals. An infectious percussion groove and slick guitar tips this one. A really cool track and one of my favorites on the release. R&B/gospel style, I Wonder Why really has a solid bass groove with nicely woven fabric of guitar , percussion, organ and vocals. Excellent! Cyril's fingerprints are on the writing of I'm Comin' Home, a really groove heavy track. The bass line is terrific and the slide work hair raising! Very nice! Everybody Pays Some Dues has a cool James Brown strut courtesy Walker and Vaughn. Vocals are strong and a cleanly executed guitar solo dresses the track. A soft bed of acoustic guitar by Walker and really lush vocals gives Face Of Love a strong face for radio play. Very nicely done. Spirit Man has soulful lead vocals and cool B3 work over a great percussion section. This track shows a modern interpretation of the stumble drum effect that I love so much about New Orleans jazz and an excellent slide guitar solo is scorching. Nice! Hooked On Plastic is funky to the max. A great bass line and well blended vocals over a hot rhythm line and clever guitar riffs makes this a particularly memorable track. Can't Waste Time has a great funky groove and super backing vocals giving it just the right feel. If this track doesn't get you moving, the San Andreas likely won't. Wrapping the release is Stand Up, a R&B style fast paced track that is just waiting to bust loose. Walker and Vaughan trading riffs on this track creates hot dynamics and with a cushion of B3 and hand claps the track had an old style revival conclusion, driven by a driving bass line of Phillips. Steamy ending to a hot release!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New Release from Hal Leonard: Play Like Freddie King

Play Like Freddie King 
with New Hal Leonard Publication 

Play Like Freddie King

by Dave Rubin

$19.99 (US)

Inventory #HL00122432

ISBN: 9781480355699  

UPC: 884088952501  

9" x 12", 120 pages 

Now Available!  

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June 28, 2016
Milwaukee, WI

With the brand new release from Hal Leonard Play Like Freddie King, guitarists can study the trademark songs, licks, tones, and techniques of the blues guitar royal. This comprehensive book and audio teaching method provides detailed analysis of King's gear, tone, techniques, styles, songs, licks, riffs, and much more. Guitarists will learn everything they need to know about Freddie's legendary playing, from his early '60s guitar instrumental hits to his '70s blues-funk excursions and beyond.

The book includes access to audio tracks online, for download or streaming, using the unique code inside the book. Including PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch set loop points, change keys, pan left or right.

Songs include: Funnybone * Going Down * I'm Tore Down * Pack It Up * Remington Ride * San-Ho-Zay * Side Tracked * The Stumble * and more.
Play Like Freddie King is available from music and bookstores or by visiting

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