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A Conversation with Kenny Neal

Acclaimed blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kenny Neal has just released Straight from the Heart, his first release since moving to Ruf Records. The Blues Music Award winner (2019’s Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year) recorded the album in Baton Rouge with a band that includes family members Darnell Neal on bass and vocalist

Ten Years of Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats

Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats celebrate ten years as a band Just over a decade ago, Andrew Scotchie was one of many buskers on the streets of downtown Asheville. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and joined by a high school classmate on harmonica, the experience was a departure. “I had just come out of

Album Review: Kenny Neal – Straight from the Heart

Kenny Neal’s Louisiana roots have always informed his music. Right from the very start he made his origins a significant part of his musical approach. When his indie label debut Bio on the Bayou was reissued on Alligator, it bore the title Big News from Baton Rouge!! Later releases like 1992’s Bayou Blood and Hoodoo

Bruce Iglauer: Alligator at 50 (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… From the artists’ perspective, what makes being on Alligator different? I’ll say this loudly: They’ll never get the personal attention from any other label that they’ll get from Alligator. Even in the days before cell phones, every artist had my home number. And if there was a problem, they knew they

Bruce Iglauer: Alligator at 50 (Part One)

One of Living Blues’ founders, last year Bruce Iglauer celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Chicago-based label, Alligator Records. The acclaimed label commemorated the occasion with a new 3CD compilation, fittingly enough titled 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin’ Music. I chatted with Bruce just ahead of the album’s release date. Your full-page “letter from Bruce”

30 Days Out, July 2022 #2: The Deslondes, The Aristocrats, Rebekah Todd, L.A. Witch

One act with local ties, a supergroup, an emerging artist to watch and some no-holds-barred west coast rock are among the highlights of live music in Asheville over the coming 30 days. Artist: Rebekah Todd Venue: The One Stop Date: Friday, July 15, 9 p.m. Door: (?) With two albums and an EP to her

Album Review: Phantom Blues Band – Blues for Breakfast

Being associated with Taj Mahal is a guarantor of quality. And the Phantom Blues Band developed their reputation backing the venerated blues/world music giant before setting out on their own with 2006’s Out of the Shadows. Four albums and 16 years later, the six-man outfit still delivers. For all its virtues, even the wide-encompassing blues

Album Review: Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames – Nightwalk

A revered mainstay of the Chicago region’s blues scene, Dave weld has a sterling pedigree. An early member of Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, guitarist Weld struck out on his own in 1988. Seemingly more focused on live performance, Weld hasn’t amassed a huge stack of album releases. But the quality of that material

Album Review: The Gun Club — The Las Vegas Story

Blixa Sounds’ campaign of reissues of The Gun Club’s catalog continues with a new, expanded version of the group’s third album, 1984’s The Las Vegas Story. Continuing with the moody, atmospheric punk aesthetic of their previous work, The Las Vegas Story may well be the group’s high water mark. While 1981’s Fire of Love was

Album Review: Charlie Musselwhite — Mississippi Son

At age 78 and with a massive body of work to his name (more than 40 albums, and counting), Charlie Musselwhite is a revered and veteran bluesman. His expressive blues harp and laid-back, lived-in vocal approach has won him acclaim worldwide. And for his latest, 2022’s Mississippi Son, he sticks with Alligator Records, the label