Five Must-Hear Blues-Rock Releases

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM

We're a little overdue on these, but trust me when I tell you these five scorching-hot recent blues-rock platters are well worth the wait!

Jimmy BowskillThe Jimmy Bowskill Band Back Number (Ruf)
On his latest release, Back Number, 21-year-old Jimmy Bowskill conjures the blues-inflected '70s classic rock sound with more fury and presence than many artists twice his age. Powerful riffs and licks with equally potent vocals. Highlights: "Take a Ride," "Salty Dog," "Seasons Change"

Joe BonamassaJoe Bonamassa Driving Towards the Daylight (J&R Adventures)
It's Joe Bonamassa—need we say more? While his picking' prowess is universally recognized, his latest release also showcases his ever-maturing vocal power—it almost doesn't seem fair. Highlights: "Dislocated Boy," "Driving Towards the Daylight," "A Place in My Heart," "Lonely Town Lonely Street."

Anders OsborneAnders Osborne Black Eye Galaxy (Alligator)
Combining the power of Led Zeppelin with the lo-fi approach of Jack White and his own New Orleans-inspired musical gumbo, Osborne offers one compelling listening experience on his latest release. Highlights: "Send Me a Friend," "Mind of a Junkie," "Black Tar," "Black Eye Galaxy"

Oli BrownOli Brown Here I Am (Ruf)
This 12-track collection from the highly acclaimed Brown sees him finding comfort in his own skin, and while there's still plenty of fretboard fire, it's no longer the sole driving force.
Highlights: "Here I Am," "Manic Bloom," "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know," "Remedy"

RSBRoyal Southern Brotherhood Royal Southern Brotherhood (Ruf)
The roots of Southern rock's family tree run deep in this new blues-rock collective featuring the headline talents of Devon Allman and Cyril Neville. Add into the mix one of this generation's most exciting young blues guitarists, Mike Zito, and you've got one soulful blues record in your hands. Highlights: "New Horizons," "Moonlight Over the Mississippi," "Hurts My Heart"


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