Blues Boom is a column that will target on presenting the cream of the crop of blues, modern blues, neo blues & blues rock sound. Eight tracks will be featured on every post that every blues fan should directly move to.
“Simple music is the hardest music to play and blues is simple music”. – Albert Collins
Starting this Blues Boom round-up with the Surrey based band 3TIMES7 and their soulful blues just released latest single ‘Heaven Needs Another Blues Man‘, which according to its creators “was written as the bands response to the loss of their dear friend who sadly passed away in early 2020. It tells the story of how they used to Jam together and just how much their presence is missed“. The intimate vocals and the light veil of melancholy are among the song’s most definitive elements, and all we may say, is that the best way to heal pain & loss is through art; Art like this one!
… Dustin Dale Gaspard‘s 2nd single ‘Good Lookin’ George Berton‘ from upcoming debut album ‘Hoping Heaven Got A Kitchen‘ is an accomplished amalgam of blues rock, americana and old-school country, with a great, well-balanced vocal performance and tasty guitar work. According to Cow Island/ Lafayette based singer-songwriter, this treasure “honors the story of his grandfather George Berton Lege, a marsh dwelling, bourbon drinking, suave Cajun man from deep south Louisiana.”
Spyderhuff‘s ‘Lazy Soul (Slothfulness)‘ is an exquisite, “dirty” blues rock banger with classic rock elements, featuring raw, bluesy vocals, ear-melting guitar solos and a gradual climax that will pay off the patients ones, proving, that the for over fifty years playing together, childhood friends Tom Kuhr and Don Beyer, apart from immense experience, share mutual love for music but also one for another. And this love, and passion, can be felt in their music, which fans of John Hiatt, Government Mule, ZZ-Top, Lou Reed, Dire Straits, Steve Earle, Leo Kottke, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, and James McMurtry, should by all means invest!
Mark Newman‘s (co-written with Walter Roberti) ‘Tulsa‘, is a compelling blues rock song with Southern rock elements, that was written in memory of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 which just marked it’s infamous 100th anniversary. Make sure you also check the ideal accompanying video, directed by George Panagakos.
New Orleans, Louisiana-based artist Tom Andes‘ ‘Uptown Blues‘ is a splendid blues folk gem that started as an exercise to Steve Earle‘s ‘South Nashville Blues‘, from which Tom took the beginning of it (“Went downtown, was just to ease my pain“)m and then made his very own song. And that enchanting crescendo after the 2nd minute mark, will simply make your day!
Swedish band Westfall Company recently gifted us with ‘She’s Been Lovin’ You‘, a fuzzy, blues rock treat with stunning retro sound, rhythm blues ethos and tons of passion and emotion, that will spin you like a twister the sand, in Gobi Desert! Immense…
Rob Europe‘s ‘Saddle River‘ is among the most alluring surprises of the past few weeks; An intriguing mix of acoustic folk with Bentonia blues, featuring an deep, warm vocal performance, and an impeccable acoustic guitar work, filled with the recording’s raw ambience. It’s like having the artist in front of you performing unplugged and we strongly suggest to appreciate this on headphones! 100% natural!
.Last but not least All Them Witches need no special introduction. ‘Blacksnake Blues‘ was released a while ago and it’s an 11+-minute misty, bluesy, psychedelic opus, and the first song from the band’s upcoming project ‘Baker’s Dozen‘.
‘Blues Brother’: Christos Doukakis