blues Archive

Album Review: Shelton Powe

Piedmont finger-style folk-blues acoustic guitarist Shelton Powe debuted on record with 2012’s Carolina Blues and Gospel. He returned with 2016’s Black Folk Music (God is Good). On his third and […]

Q&A: Matt Stubbs of GA-20

NOTE: GA-20 appears tonight (Thursday, Jan 19) at Asheville’s Grey Eagle. See ya there! GA-20 takes one of the blues’ traditional configurations, plants one foot firmly in the Chicago style, […]

Album Review: GA-20 — Crackdown

The guitar-and-drums duo format is one with a long and rich history in the blues idiom. That stripped-down setup has also found success in rock acts, from Flat Duo Jets […]

30 Days Out, January 2023 #2: Andrew Scotchie, ABACAB, Neal Francis, Free Planet Radio

Here we are in mid-January. As I’ve observed countless times before, this is the “quiet season” in Western North Carolina. The weather can be blustery, but the season presents an […]

Album Review: Demetria Taylor – Doin’ What I’m Supposed to Do

Singer Demetria Taylor grew up in a musical household. Her father was Eddie Taylor, rhythm guitarist for Jimmy Reed. Demetria launched her own career, winning the B.L.U.E.S. on Halstead Blues […]

Steve Hillage: Ten Albums That Changed My Life (Part One)

The following is a significantly more in-depth version of a short piece I edited for Goldmine Magazine . — bk Steve Hillage is one of those special musicians whose influence […]

30 Days Out, January 2023 #1: GA-20, Larkin Poe, Firecracker Jazz Band, Samantha Fish

There’s definitely something of a theme to this, the first 30DO of the new year. All of the live music performances previewed this time are blues or jazz. One of […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2022: Archival/Reissue

Because I tend toward archival material – expanded and/or overlooked reissues, previously unreleased live and studio collections – a good bit of those kind of releases find their way to […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2022: New Releases

2022 has been another great year for new music. Even with everything else going on, I’ve reviewed nearly 120 new albums this year on Musoscribe. And in compiling my annual […]

Traveling in Time with Pat Travers

Pat Travers first came to fame in the late 1970s. After a string of solid but under-appreciated studio albums, the Toronto-born guitarist released Live! Go For What You Know, an […]