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 Western Australian Perth musician/guitarist John Pin and his dedication to the legendary Irish guitarist Gary Moore, and his breath-taking, instrumental “take” on one of Moore’s greatest hits ‘Still Got The Blues‘. ‘Ode to G‘ is great, soulful journey full of emotion and memories, ideally mixed and produced by legendary Australian producer, Peter Walker.
… Slooga hail from Austria, and their ‘Dirty Fingers (Live from the Junk Yard)‘ is an authoritative, blues rock slow-burning, dynamite, heavily influenced by legends like Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and B.B. King. Just be patient enough, up to almost the 3rd minute mark, not to miss the mythic crescendo! Ace stuff!
Arizona-born, Alberta-raised artist Dani Moon‘s ‘New Light Shining‘ is an impeccable blend of blues, gospel and americana, with a charismatic and well-balanced vocal performance, and additionally a prosperous collaboration with the multi-Grammy winning producer Jack Miele…
SHOKA OKUBO BLUES PROJECT is a Japanese trio, and ‘Zing Zing Zing‘, is a spirited, blues pop single filled with playful vibes, stylish, female vocals, that will make you sing-along, despite the fact this gem is sung in Japanese! Groovy!
The Sully Band is a 10-piece powerhouse, blues-funk-soul, band, famous for its highly energetic live shows, and ‘If You Love Me Like You Say‘ is a considerable, funky reimagination of Albert Collins‘ blues rock opus. The single is taken from the band’s forthcoming LP ‘Let’s Straighten It Out!‘ set for release in March, via Belly Up Records/Blue Élan Records.
According to born and raised in New Hampshire, singer-songwriter Jesse Hardman, ‘Show Me Eden‘ “was written to help me cut through the noise in my own life at the time, as a compass of sorts“, and it’s an alluring, acoustic, blues folk gem, with an intimate vocal performance, and its main value lies on its immediate and effortless melody…
Alabama singer-songwriter Red Mouth has been active in music and touring for more than a quarter of a century, and ‘Heflin Hollis’, taken from his 2021 Live EP ‘Smells Live If You Want It‘, is a twisted, cabaret, blues rock, magnum opus, an absolute must for fans of Tom Waits & Captain Beefheart, As you may have guessed, this one is not a straightforward blues song, and if you take Red Mouth’s description for granted about this song “a demonic tale of the very real monsters that rule our world“, you should proceed with caution!
Last but not least Ron Addison gifted us with his “soulful and uplifting song about the promise of a life after death and the resurrection” ‘Ain’t No Grave‘ an 100% personal blues rock gem, we may all relate one way or another. Art derived from loss….
‘Blues Brother’: Christos Doukakis