Capsule Reviews for February 2024: New Releases in Jazz, Soul and Blues

Jazz, soul and blues this time around. All well worth a spin, they are. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Live in London Having only just celebrated his 24th birthday days ago, […]

Album Review: Monster Mike Welch – Nothing But Time

Three-time Blues Music Award nominee (and 2019 winner in the Instrumentalist – Guitar category) Monster Mike Welch has been releasing albums under his own name since his 1996 debut, These […]

Bluesman Mighty Mike Schermer on Inspiration and Songwriting (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Did Albert King’s style of playing inform your approach to the guitar? Mighty Mike Schermer: Definitely. Albert played really loud, and the band was really cracking. […]

Bluesman Mighty Mike Schermer on Inspiration and Songwriting (Part 1 of 2)

Nevada-based Mighty Mike Schermer released his eighth solo album last year. He humbly titled it Just Gettin’ Good, but the plain truth is that he’s been making great music for […]

Album Review: D.K. Harrell – The Right Man

Some albums take a slow-build approach. They start modestly, with some subtlety, drawing the listener in. On his debut release The Right Man, D.K. Harrell takes a very different path. […]

Album Review: Alabama Mike – Stuff I’ve Been Through

As the saying goes, don’t judge a book – or an album – by its cover. Though the largely monochromatic photo and graphics that serve as the cover of Stuff […]

Album Review: Silent Partners — Changing Times

The stirring, evocative strings that adorn “Ain’t No Right Way to Do Wrong,” the opening track on Silent Partners’ debut album Changing Times, serves notice that the group is no […]

Hundred-word Reviews for April 2022, Part 2

Picking up where I left off yesterday, here are five more brief capsule reviews of new albums. This is a remarkably eclectic assortment. Speedfossil – No Anesthesia If you like […]

Album Review: Tia Carroll — You Gotta Have It

Soulful and funky are handy adjectives often used to describe above-average blues. And those words deserved to be employed yet again in a review of Tia Carroll’s You Gotta Have […]

Album Review: Chris Cain — Raisin’ Cain

Though he’s a West Coast musician based in San Jose, California, Chris Cain’s vocal and guitar styles owe a significant debt to Mississippi-born B.B. King. As showcased on Raisin’ Cain, […]