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


First ‘stop’ is the anthemic track and video ‘Black Magic‘ by British powerhouse rockers Sweet Crisis (‘With Black Magic we wanted to capture that early 70s feel and sound. As kids we devoured our dad’s record collections – Humble Pie, Free, early Fleetwood Mac and Hendrix, and from there we soaked up The Black Crowes, Black Keys and Gary Clark Jr.’ Guitarist Piers Mortimer):

…Next we have a great outfit hailing from Texas, called New Sky and their neo blues gem (‘not our Grandfather’s blues‘) ‘The Balcony Club‘, with a distinctive and dynamic vocal performance:

The Doc Holland Band from Australia unleash a perfect mix of country & blues with ‘Promised Land‘, and we couldn’t agree more with this: ‘Love is a journey, and we’re all trying to get to the promised land‘:

Next up is LA virtuoso guitar talent Jamey Arent and his bombastic, blues-rock with jazz/funk fusion instrumental ‘The Back Burner‘! Ready to groove?

Seldom do we come across such an expressive vocal performance like the one by Aussie Colin Jones and his “blues meets R&B” opus ‘Please Don’t Make Me Love You‘….

Bluesy hard rock duo 100 Watt Vipers (Paul Joseph and DJ Riddick from Jacksonville Florida) and their ‘beast’ ‘The Bell Tolls Heavy‘ is dealing with “The ‘…the struggles of the working class man. It’s about working hard, trying to live with honor, feeding the family, and getting beaten down again and again, but always getting up. No matter how weary and tired he becomes, he always gets back up, and is truly a rich man as a result.” – Paul Joseph

Dear One is an americana folk-pop five-piece band based out of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, but ‘The Bay‘ is their excellent view on how modern blues should sound like. Grandiose…

Last but not least, our favorite Australian young blues-roots-rock talent Hamish Anderson with his track ‘You Give Me Something‘  brimming with rocking attitude and soul….

‘Blues Brother’: Christos Doukakis