Four New Blues You Should Hear
Posted by Michael Mueller on April 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM
Here are four cool new blues releases dipped in soul, funk, Americana, rock, and even a bit of the jam scene, for your listening pleasure.
Drink Drank Drunk Andy T - Nick Nixon Band (Delta Groove)
Some records ease their way into your conscious—not this one. Drink Drank Drunk is an in-your-face collection of blues drawing from nearly every major geographically defined subset. Highlights include Gatemouth Brown's "Midnight Hour," the ragin' Cajun blues of "Have You Seen My Monkey?," "On My Way to Texas," and the whiskey-soaked title track.
Independently Blue Duke Robillard Band (April 9, Stony Plain)
On this latest 12-track effort, Duke brings guitarist Monster Mike Welch onboard to further fuel the fretboard fire. The pairing shines particularly bright on the Welch-penned instrumentals "Stapled to the Chicken's Back" and "This Man, This Monster," which artfully pit Duke's signature soulful licks against Welch's more bombastic approach.
This River JJ Grey& Mofro (April 16, Alligator)
With a sound that owes as much (if not more) to soul and funk as it does to the blues, Grey has crafted a unique sound and style that continues to grow and evolve on This River. Highlights include soul-rockers "Your Lady, She's Shady" and "Florabama," Georgian blues rocker "99 Shades of Grey," jam-groovin' "Harp and Drums," and the deeply personal title track, which closes the upbeat disc in rather poignant fashion.
Deep Deep Blue Dudley Taft (May 7, American Blues Artist Group)
Anyone who can evoke the sounds of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, and Aerosmith all on one album-opening Bob Dylan cover ("Meet Me in the Morning") has got something good going on. Also featuring tunes by Lou Reed ("Sally Can't Dance") and Freddie King ("Palace of the King") as well as eight originals, Taft covers an amazing breadth of genre-bending sounds. One moment he echoes Pink Floyd on the title track, the next ("Feeling Good Now") he's laying out funk-soul brother riffs replete with horn section, and then he channels his inner Neil Young on the acoustic-based Americana track "Wishing Well."