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Album Review: Delta Deep – East Coast Live

“Supergroup” is a term that gets bandied about so wantonly that it has become nearly meaningless. To their credit, the members of Delta Deep don’t bill themselves as one. But it’s worth noting the band’s pedigree: Def Leppard’s Phil Collen leads the group, which also features players from Stone Temple Pilots and India.Arie’s backing band.

Album Review: Back South — The Dirt Yard Choir

Led by singer, songwriter and cigar box guitarist Todd Cecil, Back South is a WNC-based trio that specializes in country blues with a decidedly hard-edged rock sensibility. Imagine ZZ Top without all the filigree, leaning back toward their blues roots. Now picture a guitarist who plays a custom instrument fashioned out of a cigar box

Chris Cain’s Effortless Blues

Modern-day bluesman Chris Cain grew up in San Jose, but his roots are in Tennessee. “My dad grew up in Memphis,” he says. Cain has his own distinct musical style, but he readily admits to some of his influences. “My dad had a lot of really good records. B.B. King and Albert King; that kind

Getting to the Point with Kim Simmonds: The Savoy Brown Interview, Part Four

Continued from Part Three… In many ways, Witchy Feelin’ hearkens back to the band’s most well-known period. As displayed on the cover of its last few album, the lettering of the band name is nearly identical to the stylized lettering used on Looking In. But beginning with 2014’s Goin’ to the Delta and continuing to

Getting to the Point with Kim Simmonds: The Savoy Brown Interview, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… Overseas, it was a different story. The band made a point of touring regularly in the United States, building a loyal fan base in the process. But Simmonds says that the group’s prominence on American stages was only part of the key to its success there. “Touring is important, but it

Getting to the Point with Kim Simmonds: The Savoy Brown Interview, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Released in the UK only, Savoy Brown’s debut album Shake Down was a collection of eleven songs; all but one (guitarist Martin Stone’s “The Doormouse Rides the Rails”) were classic blues covers. But a mere ten months later, Getting to the Point was released; more than half of that album featured

Getting to the Point with Kim Simmonds: The Savoy Brown Interview, Part One

An edited version of this feature appeared in Record Collector. Savoy Brown was among the first groups to kick off the British blues boom of the 1960s. Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers were already on the scene by 1965 when guitarist Kim Simmonds put Savoy Brown together, but the widespread explosion of

Hundred Word Reviews for January 2018, Part 2

As promised, here are ten more capsule reviews of new music. The Sherlocks – Live for the Moment In an era many define as “post-rock,” it’s refreshing to discover a band that makes high energy, melodic rock that maneuvers the narrow bath between the faux fist-pumping of arena rock and the often slavish and mannered

Hundred Word Reviews for January 2018, Part 1

As we begin another calendar year, now seems like a good time to clear out some of my backlog. All of these albums are new (or at least newish) releases. Paul Moran – Smokin’ B3 Vol. 2: Still Smokin’ As a lover of soulful organ jazz a la Jimmy Smith, I was taken in by

Hundred-word Reviews for December 2017: New Music

As the end of 2017 approaches, it’s time to clear out some of the backlog on my review shelf. Here are ten titles, all new music, that I think might be worth your time. For the sake of brevity (not to mention expediency), each review is kept here to 100 words. Ella Atlas – The