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James Kinds - Love You From The Top

James Kinds' "Love You From The Top"; Soul, R&B and Blues

James Kinds, the tried-and-true working bluesman, has recently released Love You From The Top, a righteously soulful album packed with West Side Chicago sound.

TBT – Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On'

It was well recorded, and mixed with incredible finesse, including layering Gaye's vocals, rendering them deep, and alluring. The impact that this album had on music going forward, especially soul, was immense.
ben rice band - pour me some whiskey

Thirsty for some Blues? Ben Rice Band – Pour Me Some Whiskey!

Ben Rice Band’s Pour Me Some Whiskey is like a well stocked bar and a brilliant bartender -- you constantly get surprised in the best ways possible!

"They Call Me Big Llou" by Big Llou Johnson is Silky, Sultry Blues

They call him Big Llou, the well-known voice of the "Ten Commandments of the Blues" on B.B. King's Bluesville, because he weights 300 pounds -- and he wants the world to know it!

Hellfire from Joe Louis Walker Raises Hell and Brings Fire

It's easy to see why Walker is collecting worldwide accolades, awards, fame, and recognition. It's only January and his new release, Hellfire, is almost certain to rank among the best albums of the year!

Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials – "Jump Start" Is Great House Blues

Jump Start is the latest CD from Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, and their eighth on Alligator Records. Lil’ Ed Williams’ uncle was the great Chicago showman J.B. Hutto, and he surely would...

Roomful Of Blues' "45 Live" Is Elegant

This entire album is a great listen; because the recording and mix is so well executed, the presentation of the performances is elegant, rich, clear, and has a lot of depth! Everyone is at the top of their game here.
Rob Blaine - Big Otis Blues

Rob Blaine Flexes His Blues Muscles in Big Otis Blues

Rob Blaine is a Chicago blues talent, and his latest album, Big Otis Blues, is a statement that his diverse brand of the blues is a force to be reckoned with.

Travis Colby Band's "Quick Fix" Is The Right Stuff

Quick Fix is a strong outing, especially as a debut album. This album features funky blues, Memphis style soul blues (with a pulse!), swing blues, piano boogie, and superior ensemble style playing. Production values are very good, and the sound quality is good as well. A strong album overall, there are several standout cuts here.

Eric Bibb Tempts with ‘The Happiest Man in the World'

'The Happiest Man In The World' is an acoustic treat for any music lover. Here is an album that is relaxing, entertaining, and will be a welcome addition to any collection. Check it out soon.
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