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Laurie Morvan Band – “Living in a Man’s World” from the album Fire It Up! which won the Blues Foundation’s best self-produced CD at the International Blues Challenge. We recently said that Laurie Morvan was “poised on the edge of a major breakthrough…sultry vocals, imaginative songwriting, and smoldering fretwork.” Our editors chose this track as truly representative of the theme of this issue, “Powerful Women Play The Blues.”
Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin’ Daddies – “Mr. Lies” from the album Big Rockin’ Boogie. Hailing from the Northwest of the United States, this party quintet has been on our radar for some time. They are one of the best bands in that region and are quicklygaining a national reputation. This track will show you why.
Oli Brown – “Speechless” from the album Heads I Win Tails You Lose. Recently voted “Best British Male Vocalist” and “Best British Young Artist” in the British Blues Awards(his drummer, Simon Dring, won drummer of the year), Brown is quickly catching the attention around the world. “Speechless” is the single from his Ruf Records release.
Lisa Mann – “Little Sister (You Ain’t Suffered)” from the album Lisa Mann. Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band are really good! They have won numerous awards in the Pacific Northwest and will represent the Cascade Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge in 2011. Also an accomplished bass player, Mann wrote this great track which the editors all agreed had to be on this sampler accompanying an issuing in tribute to women in the blues.
Willie McBlind – “Bad Thing” from the album Bad Thing. Calling their music “harmonically tuned electric delta blues” this New York band is nothing but interesting. Fronted by Jon Catler on guitar and Babe Borden on vocals, their approach to the blues borders on psychedelic while remaining true to the roots in a kind of rocking Otis Taylor style. This edgy jump-blues track was produced by Jim Gaines.
Blind Willy – “Living The Blues” from the album Willing To Crawl. We really liked this five-song EP and it got a lot of play in our offices. Combining elements of blues, soul, and rock, with a little swampiness thrown in for good measure, Doug Jones pulled in some impressive Nashville players to put together a soulful track.
Nick Moss – “Georgia Redsnake” from the album Priviliged. Moss is no stranger to Blues Revue, having graced our cover a couple of issues ago. Known as one of the biggest players in Chicago, we liked that this track showed Moss’ down-home side.
Cee Cee James – “Black Raven” from the album Low Down Where The Snakes Crawl. One of our editors said, “James may sound like Janis Joplin, but she has a sound of her own, which she delivers with grit and gut.”
Cliff Belcher & Friends – “Shot Through The Heart” from the upcoming release Cliff Belcher & Friends. Best known as the bass player for Watermelon Slim & The Workers, Belcher called in Eden Brent, Jimbo Mathis, and other friends to put together this upcoming CD. You won’t hear this one anywhere else!
Joanne Shaw Taylor – “Can’t Keep Living Like This” from the album Diamonds In The Dirt. Raised in Birmingham, England, and now based in Detroit, Joanne Shaw Taylor is our cover artist for this issue. This track comes from her latest release on Ruf Records.
Joe Lewis Walker – “Slow Down GTO” from the album Blues Conspiracy: Live On The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Walker is simply one of the most awarded and recognized blues artists in the world. He was recently featured on the June/July issue of Blues Revue. Recorded live on the Blues Cruise, this track features Mike Finnigan from the Phantom Blues Band on keyboards.
R. J. Mischo – “Two Hours From Tulsa” from the album Knowledge You Can’t Get In College. Harpman and singer Mischo leads his Red Hot Blues Band out of Arkansas. On this burning road song Mischo sings about headin’ back to his baby from the road.
Mark Evangelos – “Confusion Boogie” from the album Guitar Mark Evangelos. Based in New York, “Guitar Mark” Evangelos has been building a reputation in the Northeast that now expands to our readers around the world.
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