The Easter holiday gave us a perfect layover to stack up a healthy selection of new Blues CDs in our mailbox. This week features several of those albums, beginning with the title track off the new album by Janiva Magness. Love Wins Again is available now, and you can Click Here to Listen to my archived interview with Janiva Magness! From there, we hear a ton of great new Blues releases, including music by Guy King. Scroll below this week’s playlist to watch a video of Guy in the studio discussing his new album, Truth, and a seocnd video for his new song, “My Happiness.”
Courtesy Black Hen
The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “Driver’s Wheel” by Steve Dawson. Steve is a Vancouver native, who has since relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. For this new album, he assembled a full band, and incorporated many traditional Roots music styles into his Blues. It is a stark contrast to his stripped down, instrumental album released in 2014. The new set is available digitally, on CD, or on 180 gram double vinyl LP! You can purchase the vinyl, learn more about Steve Dawson, and listen to his new podcast on his official website – SteveDawson.ca
1. Janiva Magness – Love Wins Again – Love Wins Again
2. Brothers Brown – Hurricane – Dusty Road
3. John Campbelljohn Trio – Stop Making Excuses – Chin Up
4. Waydown Wailers – Susie Q – Empty Promises
5. Little G Weevil – Back Porch – The Teaser
6. Delta Generators – Feel No Pain – Hipshakers And Heartbreakers
7. Igor Prado Band – Shake and Fingerpop – Way Down South
8. Guy King – A Day In A Life With The Blues – Truth
9. Trudy Lynn – Let My Daddy Do That – Everything Comes With A Price
10. Mark Cameron – Somewhere Down The Line – Playing Rough
11. The Texas Horns – Kick Me Again – Blues Gotta Holda Me
12. Damon Fowler – Alison – Sounds Of Home
13. Steve Dawson – Driver’s Wheel – Solid States & Loose Ends
This week features a lengthy stack of new arrivals, including music from all over the world. There’s new songs by artists from Scandinavia, The Netherlands, and Hungary! In Blues News, there’s information about a petition that has been started in an effort to get a commemorative stamp made in honor of the great Les Paul in time for his 100th birthday! Les Paul is an American innovator, both in the world of music and technology. He’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his name is connected to one of the most beloved guitar models ever made! Click Here and visit LesPaulFoundation.org to put your name on the petition.
This week’s featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is off the brand new album by Little G Weevil. The song is “Deep Bow” and it comes off his new record Moving. Little G Weevil, you may remember, was the winner of the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo competition in Memphis, Tennessee. He was also named the year’s best solo guitarist at the IBC. He moved to the U.S. from Budapest, Hungary and worked blue collar jobs to support his passion to play the Blues.
Little G Weevil is now based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Moving features a dozen new songs recorded acoustically. The album is available now from the Vizz-Tone Label Group.
1. Long Tall Deb – Train To Tucson – Raise Your Hands
2. J.T. Lauritsen & Friends – Valley Of Tears – Play By The Rules
3. Big Bill Morganfield – Money’s Gettin’ Cheaper – Blues With A Mood
4. King of the World – Wrong side of life – Can’t Go Home
5. The Todd Wolfe Band – Against The Wall – Miles To Go
6. James Montgomery Band – Black Cadillac – From Detroit To The Delta
7. Jeff Golub with Brian Auger – J&B – Train Keeps A Rolling
8. John Primer/Bob Corritore – Cairo Blues – Knockin Around These Blues
9. Lee Palmer – Me and My 68 – One Take Live At Canterbury
10. Brian Lee & the Orbiters – Playing in the Dark – In Orbit
11. Sterling Koch – Working Man’s Blues – Let it Slide
12. JJ Grey & Mofro – Harp & Drums – This River
13. Rev. Jimmie Bratcher – Jupiter & Mars – Secretly Famous
14. Marshall Lawrence – Long Way Back Home – House Call
15. Little G. Weevil – Deep Bow – Moving
1st Place IBC – Selwyn Birchwood Band, Suncoast Blues Soc.
Selwyn Birchwood won Gibson’s “Most Promising Guitarist”
2nd Place IBC – Michael van Merwyk & Bluesoul, German Blues Network
3rd Place IBC – Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band, Colorado Blues Soc.
1st Place Solo/Duo – Little G Weevil, Atlanta Blues Soc.
Weevil also won “Best Guitarist Solo/Duo”
2nd Place Solo/Duo – The Suitcase Brothers