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There are very few music genres where artists are able to mirror their talent and personality with the music they are playing as well as Blues/Rock does. It might be due to the fact that the two genres constitute a perfect balance between the more calm and introspective side (the Blues) of an artist with a more wild and erratic one (the Rock), both symbolism of the Jekyll and Hyde sides that perhaps not just musicians have inside of them but inside of many of us common mortals too.

Said balance has always worked and still does work perfectly for the very talented guitarist and singer/songwriter from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ryan McGarvey. 

It's funny the way the circus of the music business works. In the last decade or so, record labels have been increasingly in financial dismay, with most of them going bankrupt or even vanishing from the face of the earth completely.

On the other end and rather ironically, there has been (and there is still) an  impressive amount of new and promising rising stars, displaying so much natural talent that, for some of them, it proves difficult to be contained in just one record.

Every album constitutes a different and personal journey, in the life and career of every musician. For Louisiana's Blues/Rock Maestro Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the triumph of his latest album released in 2017, Lay It On Down, surely represents one of the most rewarding and successful artistic achievements of a highly successful career span that stretches to more than two decades of music, a career during which Shepherd has won numerous Awards, together with the unanimous appreciation of the music press from all around the world.

Chosen by a panel of music expert from five different countries as the worthy winner of the 2017 Bluebird Reviews Award as Artist Of The Year, Shepherd's new album sees the guitarist reaching a remarkable level of artistic maturity in many ways, not just as a songwriter but also as a singer.

You won't be able to find many 67-years old as talented, lively and charismatic on the face of the earth as California-based Blues/Rock Hero Walter Trout. His life's tapestry has been and still is something of almost a supernatural nature, given the series of life events that the guitarist and singer/songwriter has been through.

Among the many definition that Bluebird Reviews can find on the World Wide Web about the meaning of the word "regeneration", especially when it comes to biology, the one that our website likes the most is "The process of renewal, restoration, and growth that makes genomes, cells, organisms, and ecosystems resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage."

It's almost inevitable, during everyone's lifetime, that some personal events would change the course of our existence, our personality and our attitude towards life in general forever. In these respects, the last 24 months of one of the most iconic Rockstars worldwide, Glenn Hughes, have been indeed full on, both to the artist's personal life and his musical activity too.

Between recovering from health issues such as a double knee's replacement and the loss of both his parents in a short period of time, Hughes, universally known as The Voice of rock'n'roll, has found the way to battle these hard times through music, the art form that comes more natural to the singer/songwriter and bass player. Between the space of 12 months, from the end of 2016 to the end of 2017, Hughes has released two albums, one as a solo artist called Resonate, recognized as one of the finest albums of his whole career and one with the project Black Country Communion called BCCIV, the fourth studio album of the Super-Group made by Hughes himself on bass and vocals, guitar guru Joe Bonamassa on guitars and vocals, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and keyboard master Derek Sherinian.

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